Researchers may have just made a breakthrough discovery about how our brains send information. This discovery could both help us better understand how memory works and how information is spread without the use of a direct connection or synapses.
Researchers found that information can be transferred in electrical waves throughout the neural tissue without following the traditional synaptic pathways.
Since our body is full of neurological tissue this discovery could indicate how the electrical fields from reiki, energy healing, chi gong, chakra energy, emotions, and other energy waves travel across the body.
The discovery was made when neural spikes traveling through the brain were recorded to be too slow for any known mechanism. The only explanation that scientists could come up with was that the wave was spreading across a mild electrical field that they were able to detect with their instruments. Computer modeling tests also supported their theory.
“Others have been working on such phenomena for decades, but no one has ever made these connections,” said Center for Neural Engineering Director Steven J. Schiff, at Penn State University. “The implications are that such directed fields can be used to modulate both pathological activities, such as seizures, and to interact with cognitive rhythms that help regulate a variety of processes in the brain.”
The report was recently published in The Journal of Neuroscience.
“Researchers have thought that the brain’s endogenous electrical fields are too weak to propagate wave transmission,” said Dominique Durand, Elmer Lincoln Lindseth Professor in Biomedical Engineering at Case School of Engineering. “But it appears the brain may be using the fields to communicate without synaptic transmissions, gap junctions or diffusion.”
How Researchers believe the fields may work
The computer modeling tests from a mouse’s hippocampi located in the center of the brain showed that the electrical field begins in one cell or group of cells and then will spread like a wave over the rest of nearby cells. The hippocampi is the area of the brain associated with spatial navigation and memory.
Even though the electrical field is a low amplitude the wave of energy will activate and excite nearby structures in the body which will then become excited and spread to other nearby structures. The rate at which the wave travels is about 0.1 meter per second. Just visualize a warm fuzzy feeling spreading around your body and you will understand how this slow-moving but effective method of informational transfer can spread throughout your body.
Because theta waves, such as those in sleep, are associated with how we form memories researchers are looking into how these new electrical waves will influence both our memory and the physiology of epilepsy and seizures. Durand’s lab is still searching for the core source of what triggers the wave to occur.
Electrical Waves Give more Evidence to a 6th Sense
If you have read our previous article on how science now backs up the sixth sense and how our bodies take in data from electrical fields on the cellular level you will start to see how all of these pieces of data are falling into place. If you were sensitive enough to this level of stimuli then you could potentially learn to feel and eventually manipulate these waves.
This also may explain our emotions and how they seem to start in an area of our body such as our heart or gut and then wash over our entire being. As we work to understand what is going on energetically within our bodies we may be able to gain greater control and see the benefits to ancient practices that train on these specific energy fields. Yoga and chi gong may soon gain momentum as word of these discoveries spread.
Biden to Ban Menthol Cigarettes, Citing Health Impact on Youth and Black People
The Biden administration is reportedly planning to propose an immediate ban on menthol cigarettes, a product that has long been targeted by anti-smoking advocates and critics who claim that the tobacco industry has aggressively marketed to Black people in the U.S.
On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that the administration could announce a ban on menthol and other flavored cigarettes as soon as this week.
Roughly 85 percent of Black smokers use such menthol brands as Newport and Kool, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Research has also found that menthol cigarettes are easier to become addicted to and harder to quit than unflavored tobacco products, along with other small cigars popular with young people and African Americans.
Civil rights advocates claim that the decision should be greeted by Black communities and people of color who have been marketed to by what they describe as the predatory tobacco industry.
Black smokers generally smoke far less than white smokers, but suffer a disproportionate amount of deaths due to tobacco-linked diseases like heart attack, stroke, and other causes.
Anti-smoking advocates like Matthew L. Myers, president of Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, also greeted the move to cut out products that appeal to children and young adults.
“Menthol cigarettes are the No. 1 cause of youth smoking in the United States,” he said. “Eliminating menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars used by so many kids will do more in the long run to reduce tobacco-related disease than any action the federal government has ever taken.”
However, groups including the American Civil Liberties Group (ACLU) has opposed the move, citing the likelihood that such an action could lead to criminal penalties arising from the enforcement of a ban hitting communities of color hardest.
In a letter to administration officials, the ACLU and other groups including the Drug Policy Alliance said that while the ban is “no doubt well-intentioned” it would also have “serious racial justice implications.”
“Such a ban will trigger criminal penalties, which will disproportionately impact people of color, as well as prioritize criminalization over public health and harm reduction,” the letter explained. “A ban will also lead to unconstitutional policing and other negative interactions with local law enforcement.”
Pollution Is Making Human Penises Shrink and Causing a Collapse of Fertility, Scientists Say
With many still scoffing at the idea of rampant pollution posing a threat to humanity, a new study could drastically change the conversation: the chemicals across our environment could be the cause of shrinking human penises.
According to a new book by Dr. Shanna H. Swan, conditions in the modern world are quickly altering the reproductive development of humans and posing a threat to our future as a species.
The argument is laid out in her new book Count Down: How Our Modern World Is Threatening Sperm Counts, Altering Male and Female Reproductive Development, and Imperiling the Future of the Human Race.
The book discusses how pollution is not only leading to skyrocketing erectile dysfunction rates and fertility decline, but also an expansion in the number of babies born with small penises.
While it may seem like good fodder for jokes, the research could portend a grim future for humanity’s ability to survive.
Swan co-authored a study in 2017 that found sperm counts had precipitously fallen in Western countries by 59 percent between 1973 and 2011. In her latest book, Swan blames chemicals for this crisis in the making.
“Chemicals in our environment and unhealthy lifestyle practices in our modern world are disrupting our hormonal balance, causing various degrees of reproductive havoc,” she wrote in the new book.
“In some parts of the world, the average twentysomething woman today is less fertile than her grandmother was at 35,” she also wrote, noting that men could have only half the sperm count of their grandfathers.
Swan blames the disruption on phthalates, the chemicals used in plastic manufacturing that also have an impact on how the crucial hormone endocrine is produced
However, experts note that the proper implementation of pollution reduction measures could help humanity prevent the collapse of human fertility.
Visualizing The World’s Deadliest Pandemics By Population Impact
Humanity has been battling against disease for centuries.
And while most contagious outbreaks have never reached full-blown pandemic status, Visual Capitalist’s Carmen Ang notes that there have been several times throughout history when a disease has caused mass devastation.
Here’s a look at the world’s deadliest pandemics to date, viewed from the lens of the impact they had on the global population at the time.
Editor’s note: The above graphic was created in response to a popular request from users after viewing our popular history of pandemics infographic initially released a year ago.
Death Toll, by Percent of Population
In the mid-1300s, a plague known as the Black Death claimed the lives of roughly 200 million people – more than 50% of the global population at that time.
Here’s how the death toll by population stacks up for other significant pandemics, including COVID-19 so far.
The specific cause of the Black Death is still up for debate. Many experts claim the 14th-century pandemic was caused by a bubonic plague, meaning there was no human-to-human transmission, while others argue it was possibly pneumonic.
Interestingly, the plague still exists today – however, it’s significantly less deadly, thanks to modern antibiotics.
History Repeats, But at Least We Keep Learning
While we clearly haven’t eradicated infection diseases from our lives entirely, we’ve at least come a long way in our understanding of what causes illness in the first place.
In ancient times, people believed gods and spirits caused diseases and widespread destruction. But by the 19th century, a scientist named Louis Pasteur (based on findings by Robert Koch) discovered germ theory – the idea that small organisms caused disease.
What will we discover next, and how will it impact our response to disease in the future?
Like this? Check out the full-length article The History of Pandemics
Republished from ZH with permission.