The Hidden Spectrum: Neurodegeneration in the 21st Century

by Paul Shepherd
| August 11, 2020
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The Human Zoo Animal

  • What can be learned from a doctor’s diagnosis?
  • Is a diagnosis simply a gateway drug for an Rx in our modern medical system?
  • Do some Rx’s actually cure, or do some Rx’s only treat the symptoms to kick the proverbial can down the road to prolong a condition for
  • Time-X until another symptom or problem at Time-Y comes along?
  • What if I told you we are the fish living in a fish-tank?
  • What if the environments we inhabit could be an extremely important part of the puzzle that is greatly under-looked in health, wellness and biology?

Let’s step back a moment and think about zoo animals in cages or fish that are not allowed to swim in their natural environments. What happens to a healthy animal living in a closed-off indoor environment? I’m not just thinking about a polluted with chemicals or gunk, but the alteration of the expected light, nature’s light, into the artificial space itself. What happens when artificial lighting is pulsed down from above, even at the wrong times of day as an animal prepares for sleep? What happens if an electrical supply with electromagnetic fields penetrating daily to alter body voltage or interact with the opsins in the eyes or skin? These are all deeper questions that the media rarely reports and doctors seldom consider at this time when parents are looking for solutions to improve their children.

Autism in the Neurological Spectrum

Autism has complexities and variances with each child. The synergies with autism are vast as we must also consider which parts of the brain, central nervous system, the Brain-Gut axis and the parts of the neurology are being affected. As a Spectrum Disorder, I find it very wise to think about autism alongside a child’s normal environments (both the amount of time indoors and outdoors). As a parent, I also include the micro-environments of my child’s sleeping space. Knowledge nuggets are always useful. Here are many points of interest for parents to look up.

First begin with mitochondrial mechanisms including myelin formation (or the lack thereof) and the Nodes of Ranvier, Vitamin D connections to sunlight frequencies, immune-responses, axonal transport defects and the permeability of the Blood-Brain Barrier (BBB). I also like to go back a generation or two up the mother’s mitochondrial DNA line, including how nnEMF exposures may have related to the past environments of mom, grandmother, great-grandmother and so forth up the material line. In the near future, I also believe we will be cross-sectioning this knowledge with what genetic variants or Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) the child may be carrying based on inheritance, such as a mutation like COX5A as a Cytochrome c Oxidase deficiency.

The consumption of excitotoxins, preservatives, heavy metals and other substances into the child’s body can also be problematic, but often modern medicine over-focuses on only the biochemistry, rather than considering the dynamics of the biochemistry with the biophysics. Yes, the addition of many artificial foods and chemicals can be problematic or even dire. But in synergy with common nnEMF exposures like artificial lighting conditions can alter sleep and create more oxidative stress in cells due to melatonin loss, melatonin being critical for cellular health helping with autophagy and being a powerful free-radical scavenger (antioxidant).

For instance, common neurological irritants like artificial preservatives and excess glutamate in the food supply can contribute to the cell membrane pumps going awry due to the receptors on those cell membrane surfaces, but the mechanisms of nnEMF exposures can also contribute as well. Have we entered a new era of a terrible and perfect neurological storm?

The Root of Neurodegeneration

Neurodegeneration is a broader term that relates to the reduction in neurological function and structure over time: neurons. As we can see, neurodegeneration was casually mentioned at the beginning of the 21st Century, has become far more talked about recently and has expanding implications as we move into the next decade. As a major point of interest, neurons are post-mitotic cells. In other words, they do not perform the tasks we find in normal cell cycling. Mitotic cells, on the other hand, are able to clean up the debris and waste from cells via mechanisms known autophagy and even “programmed cell death” or apoptosis to give rise to daughter cells that are hopefully more efficient with less debris. In that have a harder time cleaning-up compared to most cells in the body.

Typically, Autism is uncommonly mentioned side-by-side with neurodegeneration because the term implies an age-related degeneration, but there are many relationships and connections to consider. When looking through the scientific literature on neurodegeneration, typically diseases like Parkinson’s Disease, Huntington’s Disease, Lateral Sclerosis and Alzheimer’s Disease, which all related to the breaking down, diminishing of nerve fibers, demyelination and often the resulting death of neurons. But children today are being diagnosed with a myriad of neurological conditions, such as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Anxiety and Depression.

Let’s step back a moment and logically think about what is more plausible with the sudden increase of these neurological diseases appearing.

  1. Was it all a genetic and biochemical epidemic?
  2. Have our environments changed out from under us?
  3. Have people been removing Nature herself from their daily lives?
  4. Have people been changing their daily behaviors with nnEMF-producing technology?
  5. Do people generally use blue-screen devices more each day than the past?
  6. Any of the above of the in synergy?

The flicker effect from screens, overhead lighting systems, and many sources that come from an AC (Alternating Current) power source can be a problem to our neurology, compared to a DC (Direct Current) source like the sun or natural fireplace. The flicker influence that occurs every 100 (50 Hz) or 120 times (60 Hz) every second is irritating to the brain directly and many biochemical pathways also respond to it.

For instance:

“Studies have found an association between sleep behavior and the use of computers and video games in early childhood. The blue light emitted from TV screens suppresses endogenous melatonin. The study found an association between daily new media (tablet and smartphone) usage and sleep quality in toddlers. New media usage exposes toddlers to the risk of fewer hours of sleep and taking longer to fall asleep, irrespective of other factors.”

Nature or Technology: Is There a Way to Co-Exist?

The implications are profound. Is our neurology in a battle between technology and nature? Luckily, some things start out as free in this world, and they are worth their weight in gold: like Nature herself. Some irony in the fact that our National Parks and nature preserves now cost us money to maintain. Recently in Oregon, a new nature preserve opened up near me called Riley Ranch. It has an interesting history because the 184 acres were privately owned for a very long time. The local community banded together to expand the parks in the area and the city bought it out to help protect the wildlife. No dogs or bikes are allowed in the Nature Preserve; they must obey the rules and stay on the trails. The Reserve borders the Deschutes River where there are mountain lion dens, so there are risks in Nature just like there are risks driving down a freeway.

For things that are not free, I will look at the more expensive items, on purpose, to see if it’s a better product. I apply similar logic with most “healthcare” systems. The more the price is driven down, I would expect less quality overall because more corners could be cut. There is also a lot of bait and switch within medicine itself and medical professions. People tend to clump all of medicine under the same umbrella; in my opinion, that’s the first step where humanity goes wrong to not decipher each of the hundreds or thousands of variables in biology and how patients are often treated for a single condition, rather than thinking about the dynamics happening within the basic unit of life, the cell, how to improve its health and maintain integrity of the organelles, water lattice and electromagnetism within it.

For neurological diseases in particular, it is especially tricky to get an accurate diagnosis from a doctor. Some conditions and behaviors can be mimicked by other symptoms. As many people are learning, mitochondrial dysfunction may express a very wide range of potential diseases, but symptoms can be shared and have a variance of expressions over time, including seasonal shifts due to the lack of sunlight frequencies upon the body as a major factor. I personally believe if I were a patient being diagnosed by a doctor, it would work against my psychology to have a diagnosis in this area of neurology. Luckily as a Biologist, I can look at the science my doctor might not be reading.

Because life systems are complex on many scales and in many systems, I don’t believe my doctor will know the actual dynamics of the epigenetic expressions, the redox state in specific tissues, past and present environmental exposures, personal behaviors, a high accuracy of my blood panels (including time of day responses), past and present substances consumed, past and present frequencies and non-native frequencies consumed, stressors to specific organs and their influence on various systems, what pathogens may be present in the mix, and all of the other variables that can influence life. I also include recent discoveries in the biology that we are just learning about, such as the recently discovered Glymphatic System of the Brain. Case in point, the glymphatic system acts like a shuttle to move around the cerebrospinal fluid surrounding the spinal cord and the brain; as a result, this helps to clear out damaged proteins and other waste accumulation during sleep (and hence, why it has more recently become a focus in Alzheimer’s Disease with amyloid proteins). This clearing-mechanism could play a central role in reversing neurodegeneration in most neurological conditions. This is why I take a more logical approach to improve all of my cells for my overall health by developing a lifestyle that cycles closer to nature’s patterns.

Science does offer us closer observations to what we believe is happening, but the territory is vast and long and even after a lifetime of study, new questions will be asked. However, patients also want their doctors to have all of the answers for a level of confidence. As the volumes of science grow and doctors have little time to absorb the ever-growing content, we need a better design from the researcher’s laboratory into a doctor’s office. That time-lag alone is very telling as to why so many neurological problems have spiralled out of control, but people are not finding the answers they need. At the end of the day, no one gets a Get Out of Jail Free Card from this life. Even if a remedy is found, all we can hope for is to extend our lifespans with better health quality and a better brain function. Moreover, our mitochondria play a central role. Does your doctor know how the mitochondria work if you asked? Could your doctor tell you about the details of Electron Chain Transport and the Cytochrome Complexes?

I very much believe that personal observations and instincts about our health are not to be dismissed or under-valued. We record everything we do on our own disk drives, outside of the knowledge of our partners and doctors. For this reason, I am very direct and honest with myself when it comes to health, and will not pass off the smaller observations. I trust to know what is best for me, generally, if I have enough knowledge and wisdom to make that determination. This is how I came to put my own observations under a microscope to become aware of how sunlight influenced me for the better and how nnEMFs influenced me on the other side of the equation.

Once I started being more honest with myself, including logging journals, collecting data, observing more and spending more time outside and indoors, I noticed the patterns emerge as to a huge health-influence upon my life and even my own neurology. Could my “health” care doctor diagnose the biophysics in my life? Would I expect my doctor to do this? If I hired my doctor to show up on my doorstep at 6am and kick my butt in the morning to get out of bed and go on a walk, would that be better money spent?

Doctors and Their Specific Educations

The way I see it, we have to own our personal health, but also not be afraid to access other people to help us to get to the root about how our health ailments showed up and how we can fix ourselves. There are many wonderful doctors out there right now, but there is also an epidemic of doctors that need more time to learn the ever-widening breadth of the scientific disciplines to find the connections to health that may not have been yet considered. Many doctors do make it their hobby to keep up with the latest research and learn about some aspects of the science outside of their areas of expertise, but the 21st Century may now patients may encourage their doctors to learn the chronobiology, epigenetics and biophysics as many new diseases go undiagnosed or are roughly named a disease with some amount of accuracy. Although specializing and over-focusing in one area of the science or medicine can have benefits also, life is a dynamic myriad of potential synergies so the reductionist mentality could cost someone dearly if there is more to the overall puzzle. Our modern environments have created a modern patient with new needs; I believe this is why there is no longer a place for doctors with rigid knowledge-sets. Patients will find doctors that will go to greater lengths to act as their Sherlock Holmes and consider every possible piece of our health puzzle.

It is wise to keep in mind that Scientific observations are not actual facts or proof of things. They are better or currently-best fits for the data points, still built on observations, to help build theories: theories that also might adjust over time. When someone says to me, “give me the proof this or that toxin or carcinogen is dangerous”, it is quite clear the person asking the question is either setting a trap on purpose, or knows little about the Scientific Method itself and how theories are formed. I like to ask them back, “Um… actually, can you first tell me how a toxin or carcinogen is safe and at what concentrations or dose-sizes and with what expressions happening in the individual? Please provide me the science where it proves something is safe.” Moreover, it’s a good practice for the patient to keep in mind the differences between proofs and standards, of which many established standards are simply rough guidelines for the entire population, rather than the individual.

I have come to believe that doctors, medical professionals and all of humanity for that matter are at a crossroads with education in the biological sciences. Much of the newer scientific observations have not yet entered the classroom, so they are not yet in the minds of a chunk of our healthcare practitioners going through their schooling, while some Scientific Disciplines are also being overlooked in our schools and colleges, like Biophysics and the processes of light and energy interwoven with life’s biochemistry. For additional complication, students are typically trained to think in terms of independent mechanisms, rather than a combination of interwoven systems and mechanics. Although humans are creatures of light, mass and energy, students for a few generations have been taught living things are about biochemistry and genetics, while often downplaying the energy systems or even excluding our own biophoton emissions within us.

In the coming years, Science itself will be changing. If humanity continues down the material path of mass and matter, we will feel the consequences of the coming storm of greater nnEMF exposures, the acceptance of a technology-based world and the minimizing of nature. Those never trained to think in these terms of light and energy life systems, we can expect medical judgments to continue based on the biochemistry alone: never entertaining interactions from the wide range of physics going on inside of us, such as the space around the inner mitochondrial membrane measured around 30,000,000 Volts per Meter. Our neurology is, by definition, electrical and can be measured. Our brains and hearts are electrical organs, else there would be no need for an EEG or EKG during surgery, and there would be no need to ground a patient during open-heart surgery. Society as a whole needs to be asking how these electromagnetic aspects of life have been ignored, downplayed or outright dismissed.

There are many basic and logical questions to ask in our modern world, and these questions directly deal with how our cells are influenced by our environments.

  • Has Humanity been acclimated to for all of its history and existence under sunlight and attuned to the natural frequencies of the earth?
  • Do Humans receive anywhere near the same Light physics upon their topological surfaces (and through their eyes) compared to even 100 years ago? 1000 years ago? 5000 years ago?
  • Has the Electromagnetic Spectrum changed? If so, have the way frequencies are used changed out from under Humanity?
  • What new impacts are ongoing upon living systems and the Earth itself compared to just 200 years ago?

We must continue to marry all Scientific Disciplines and interlink them before the health of humanity reaches a lower, low than it already has. I foresee a New Scientific Revolution upon us, whether the doctors, scientists, researchers, government agencies, CEOs or other executives like it or not. A great choice may divide the rigid scientists from those that are more widely-learned in the near future: how we look at health must change for humanity to benefit. And more than dozen years later since this article was published, the majority of the general public (and even parts of the medical world) appear to be oblivious to the fundamental importance of the mitochondria, how they function and give us energy for life. Will our medical system and the public become conscious enough to understand these deeper connections, or will neurodegeneration continue to take hold? We have now reached the tipping point.
By Scott J. Compton