25 June 2006

Artificial light and a Healthy Night's Sleep

Quote for the day:

There is no hope for a civilization which starts each day to the sound of an alarm clock
Author Unknown

Back in the 1960's started experimenting with energy fields and how they impacted my daily life. First thing was to remove my watch and then came reading by lots of candle light. Then removed all electric clocks from my bedroom followed by going to bed with the sun and waking up to it naturally (no alarm clock). The benefits to my sleep pattern and regularity of feminine cycles increased - much to my delight.

Here it is 40 years later and modern science has found the inner workings of why artificial light and energy fields are so very harmful to our health. The May 2006 Journal “Cancer Cause Control” again has warned of the danger of the nighttime use of artificial light.

They confirm many previous studies that conclude that suppression of the hormone melatonin by exposing the eyes to light during the night leads to an increased risk of breast cancer and other cancers as well. Scientists have been issuing this warning since the early 1990’s.

For some unexplained reason the media have been very slow to make this information known to those with the greatest need to know, namely cancer survivors and those at high risk because of their genetics. Perhaps the reason is the false belief that there is nothing people can do about it, so why alarm them.

Less well publicized studies by George C. Brainard in the U.S. and James K. Thapan in the U.K. showed that not all colors of light have the same effect on the pineal gland, the source of melatonin. It is the blue component is white light that causes suppression of melatonin. A study lead by Leonid Kayumov, PhD in Canada showed that subjects wearing glasses that blocked the blue light continued making melatonin, even though exposed to bright light, just as they had during previous nights when they were held in darkness.

To avoid the danger of increased risk of cancer, avoiding light all together, or wearing glasses that block the
blue light, for a few hours before bedtime, should become normal practice for everyone, based on these studies.

Some of us just need the sound and feel of running water

Then there are those who can fall asleep sitting


British Society for Neuroendocrinology - Melatonin in humans
The Julius Axelrod Papers: Melatonin Hypothesis
The Pineal Gland or Third Eye
The Pineal Gland - Edgar Cayce Australia
The Third Eye - Pineal Gland


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