There has been a positive advance among health seekers to focus on the cell, instead of just particular organs like adrenal glands.
Adrenal glands are small glands that secrete hormones that are messengers not actually energy producers like the larger organs of the gut, liver and kidneys, yet some people treat adrenals as the primary source of energy for the body. Better to focus on the functioning of cells in all the organs where energy is produced to perform all functions. This is closer to root causes.
The biohacking community utilizes these insights into the cell to proclaim themselves “mitochondriacs,” while placing cells in the larger context of the environment in two ways:
1. the physics of nutrition: photons from the sun and magnetic fields and electrons from the earth.
2. the physics of toxicity: blue light especially at night and omnipresent non native electro magnetic fields disrupting cellular
functioning, noticed most acutely by people who are EMF sensitive, but affecting everyone whether they know it or not.
This kind of biohacking is a systems perspective that seeks to understand how all the parts fit together as a whole.
The narrowest interpretation of biohacking can be seen in the question asked often online, “What is your biohack for X.” At worse this is just using a trendy adaptation of a technology term in the old paradigm of “taking this for that.” This has the weakness of:
• Fragmented rather than systemic solutions
• Symptom rather than cause focus
• Generic solutions rather than customized solutions.
This way of thinking is a symptom of the established paradigm of science that is highly specialized and focuses to get more detail but loses sight of the big picture. I call this fragmented science. Lacking is synthesis to see the whole system.
Even for advanced biohackers the complexity of the body is something that challenges all of us all the time to keep track of all the factors in complex systems like the body. Our information is always incomplete. Particular individuals and cases have nuances beyond any theory.
I think cell membranes should not be forgotten while we look at mitochondria which produce the final energy.
Cell membranes must function properly to allow nutrients in the cell and push waste and toxins out.
Cell membranes help coordinate of the parts and whole: they receive communication from hormones about what to do at a particular time so that all the cells can work together: sleep, digest, or run from danger.
Cell membranes are important in the work of Dr. Jack Kruse, a major influence on biohacking. Dr. Kruse is a synthesizer of many sources of information in the revolution in cell biology and the organism’s connection into the environment by introducing more physics to biochemistry.
Kruse gave in example of how damaged cell membranes do not fully receive hormonal messages: “Leptin resistance” occurs when the hormone leptin is not received by cell membranes at many places in the body, like the hypothalamus hormonal gland in the brain. Leptin hormones have many functions and are created by fat cells to signal the brain how much fat the body has, for example. If the brain can’t receive leptin hormones then it thinks there is not much fat on the body and appetite continues above what is needed. Leptin has so many functions it has been called the master hormone.
When I have explained leptin to people for the first time they often ask, “So can I take a supplement to get more leptin?” This makes no sense from what I explained. As far as I know there is no such thing as a leptin shortage. They are still seeing leptin as an isolated component that can be treated from the outside as conceived in the old paradigms of fragmented science and medical model of health. They are seeing each thing as determined by itself essentially, rather than relationally as it fits into the whole system of the body and environment. The systemic problem of cell membrane damage is a symptom of root causes:
• Toxins like mercury or pesticides.
• Lack of nutrients like cholesterol in saturated fat and phospholipids in eggs, lecithin.
• Excessive nutrients and metabolic waste products interfering in general and possibly directly with cell membranes.
A general example of the later is the result of eating carbs that are not fully digested or utilized: advanced glycation end-products, AGEs, which generally affect the nuclei of the cell as I understand it, not necessarily coat the cell membrane.
These are root causes of many health symptoms. These are causes of so many symptoms, including hormonal resistance or lack of sensitivity whether the receptors are on the membranes or inside the cell.
“Insulin resistance” is well known as a reason that eating too many carbohydrates are damaging. Maybe cell membrane damage is an overlooked part of the explanation for problems associated with high insulin levels. If high carbs create waste residue interfering with cells, then that can be one of the reasons for lack of receiving insulin and carbs in the cell. Although some people on high carb diets don’t have this problem, it is one more factor to consider.
I have not heard of melatonin resistance. Melatonin is known as the sleep hormone but is also a major antioxidant. Melatonin is a great example of hormones as coordinators, not just as a supplement and “take this for that” solution that can replace the body producing it in a highly regulated and timed way with day and night cycles. Melatonin is produced by getting sun through our eyes and being in the dark at night to activate melatonin. This coordinates the circadian rhythm that is important to health and affects other hormones.
Health seekers focused on thyroid, adrenal and sex hormones should consider the cell receptor problems as systemic issues of nutrient deficiency, nutrient excess, toxic damage, and the coordination of all the hormones in concert within a circadian rhythm. Hormonal problems are symptoms that are not simply resolved by taking more of that hormone. In the case of too much hormonal output as in hypo thyroid and high cortisol need to be seen as compensations for some other weak systems of larger organs like the liver and lymph that are needed to the job properly, as Henry Bieler explained.
Nourish Your Cell Membranes and Cells
Cholesterol and Phospholipids
Cell membranes are made of phospholipids and cholesterol, which is not the dangerous nutrient as alleged.
Raw butter and raw eggs are great sources of cholesterol and many other nutrients.
Raw foods have enzymes for digestion and more nutrients that are destroyed by heat.
Cholesterol rich foods, especially raw, will make your skin look better.
For people concerned with hormones, cholesterol feeds steroidal hormones of the adrenals and sex glands.
I personally have notice much more benefit from cholesterol and saturated fats than DHA from fish as has been recommend by some.
If you are allergic to dairy like milk, butter has less allergens, and you can heal your allergies.
Allergy triggers like A1 casein, lactose, and sulfur intolerance are often only be the result of nutrient deficiencies of cofactors necessary to digest dairy, like potassium.
Allergies are also caused by heating or pasteurizing milk because heat destroys lactase the enzyme need to digest lactose. You are not lactose intolerant as much as lactase deficient. Lactase is present in raw milk to help digestion. Fermentation as yogurt or kefir can help especially if you do it yourself and it is live, unlike in the store.
The sun speeds up all healing. Sun provides photons that are converted to electrons which is what so much nutrition breaks down to anyway. This is the physics of nutrition.
People who burn easily are lacking cofactor nutrients like cholesterol and sulfur to tolerate sun and create vitamin D. Membrane nutrition protects the body against sun burn.
Fasting is another all purpose healer that specifically addresses metabolic waste that may interfere with membranes. Fasting not only burns fat but burns or excretes other forms of metabolic waste when you are not busy digesting food. Weak or dead cells are broken down for nutrients to feed stronger cells to upgrade the quality of cells. This is called autophagy, digesting yourself, so to speak.
The body is so clever at fasting that people can do a dry fast without water and the body will extract water from unhealthy cells and make water from hydrogen from fat cells that it combines with oxygen you breathe. You are not going to automatically die of thirst in 3 or 4 days like they say.
Fasting is so important it has been incorporated in spiritual and religious traditions. Modern science has provided many more physical reasons to fast.
Fasting is the most cost saving health therapy available--it is cost negative. Fasting strengthens digestion and efficiency leading to a need for less food with more energy after the fast if you adopt a supportive diet with intervals to rest your digestion and recycle nutrients.
If toxins are a root cause of cell membrane damage and damage to other tissues, then detox is a solution. Fortunately, most detox can be accomplished through general nutrition. As Dr. Kruse says, “Redox before detox.” This means general cellular health through nutrition and less toxic exposure is the foundation.
Cell membrane nutrition as a method of detox has even been used as a medical strategy called Phospholipid Exchange Therapy, which is using fats to repair cells membranes and cells to achieve detoxification. Kind of like an oil change. I only mention this to make a point. You can do all that and more on your own by making healing fats part of your lifestyle.
The older paradigm of health is based on fragmented science and medical interventions that are focused on symptoms in a fragmented way from the outside. Most alternative health seekers are still influenced by this paradigm even if they are all natural.
The new paradigm of health holistically looks at lifestyle and environment.
The new paradigm looks at root causes systemically and treats from the inside so the body can heal itself.
Holistic means across levels of systems, mind and body, including, on the physical level: the cell, the body, and its environment, both chemistry and physics.
Here I have illustrated the importance of the cell membranes for a more complete view of the cell, not just mitochondria.
Cell membranes must be healthy to get nutrients into the cell to feed mitochondria and to get waste out.
Cell membranes help coordinate parts of the body through hormones and other means.
I have explained hormones as coordinators between cells and organs within the body to correct the tendency of reductionist fragmented science and medical thinking to look at hormonal glands as important things in themselves rather than relationally as part of a system that includes hormone receptor sites on cell membranes and in the cell.
The example of the melatonin is how a hormone coordinates the body with the environment, the sun, which is now being replaced with artificial light, blue light, at the wrong time.
Systems have opposite aspects that need to be balanced as an equilibrium.
Nutritional deficiency and excess need balance.
Excess is balanced with fasting, which is just as important as eating. Fasting improves digestive efficiency and removes barriers to absorbing nutrients.