Quantum timing, jet lag, and health

Intriguing claim: short people tend to live longer than tall people.

Practical value: acting in alignment with the nature of time can dramatically improve your health (including living closer to the center of the earth, toward lower elevations /sea level).

Clarification: the nature of time is that time is a perceived EFFECT, not a fundamental reality (NOT a constant).

Example: For instance, while sleeping, do you perceive the passage of time differently from when you are awake?

Further clarification: “Gravity bends time.” When light is radiating away from a central point (such as a lamp or a star), the light moving in different directions will all move at a NEARLY identical speed, with the variation in speed controlled by the bending of that light toward massive objects (through the gravitational pull of heavy objects). Note that light has mass. Because light has mass, the mass of other things “pulls” or “bends” light. As light gets closer to a massive object, then the speed of light toward that object tends to increase.

Key issue: Time is a perceived effect that is related to the movement of light. When light is traveling from the sun to the earth, the speed that the light is traveling increases as the light approaches the center of the earth’s gravitational field. Because of that, the taller that an organism is, the more that it will have a potential issue with synchronization.

Tall people, for best health, need to do things that keep the various parts of their body “in synch.” Further, if they live at high elevations, the potential for “timing issues” becomes even bigger.

What is an example of a timing issue outside of the realm of biology? I think of two simple ones: a vehicle and an orchestra.

In an orchestra, does it matter if all of the musicians are playing at the same speed? What if there is a slight difference in the speed of different musicians, and that slight difference continues for 4 minutes or 9 minutes? Before long, the slight difference can be huge if there is no re-calibration.

But it could be much worse. You probably presume that all of the musicians generally started to play whichever song at the same time. What if all of the musicians are playing the same song, but do not start at the same time? One starts and then a few more start a few seconds later and, within the first minute, almost all of them have started to play the song (though of course at slightly different speeds).

Another example would be a vehicle such as a truck. Imagine a truck with not just 2 axles (and 4 wheels), but several axles (9?) and 18 wheels.

Now, how important is it for all of the axles to be rotating at the same rate? Even if all of the tires are identical (the same size, etc), it could be a problem the speed of the axles was more and more inconsistent (unsynchronized) the further back down the vehicle the axle is from the front.

But that is again just the start of the analogy. What if some of the wheels are not inflated well or are not the same size as the others. In that case, then there will be a massive problem with the “alignment” of the vehicle. In minor cases, the vehicle will constantly veer to the left or right. However, if an 18-wheeled vehicle could have tires rotating at lots of different speeds, that would be a major problem. It basically would not work at all.

It would be like a caterpillar (or some other creature with lots of legs) in which the legs were all moving at speeds that did not synchronize with the rest of the legs. Imagine a horse trying to gallop, but with each leg running at a different pace. Now, if you can imagine the disastrous immobility and clumsiness of such a horse, you are starting to respect the value of the issue of synchronicity.

Though are some interesting metaphors, but what is a specific example of a timing issue in the realm of biology? Let’s start with an uncommon but obvious example and then go toward one with more general relevance to all people.

A common word for one type of timing issue is “lag.” Have you heard of people feeling especially weary after flying in a plane? “Jet lag” is not just for people who travel across time zones, but also for people who fly only in north-south directions. The fatigue and sickness that can result from air travel is widely known (and it CAN be relieved or balanced).

Some websites claim that the quality of air on planes can contribute to fatigue. I do not argue with that. However, what about for someone like an astronaut that may have a very high-quality source of air during their space flight? In other words, what about in cases in which the air quality that the pilot or passenger is breathing is far higher than what they would typically get after the flight is over? Do they still experience fatigue (even severe complications lasting weeks or months after a single flight)? If so, why?

Next, here is an example that is constantly present, even for those who do not fly in airplanes. The heart is a set of muscle tissues that form four chambers, each with a valve. These chambers contract in a coordinated sequence. How does that happen?

A sequence of electrical impulses results in a complex series of muscle contractions known as a heart beat. If the different contractions that result in a heart beat are perfectly coordinated, then that produces optimal power. If the different contractions are far out of sequence, then that produces constant “wear and tear.”

Imagine a washing machine that has an unbalanced load of heavy, wet laundry. Instead of just quietly spinning the wet laundry and drying it, a machine with an unbalanced load will waste a lot of energy. It will rock back and forth. It will make noise. It will make slightly more heat than if the load was not unbalanced.

Why all the inefficiency? Because the washing machine is not intelligent and does not slightly alter the speed of the spin to avoid an imbalance. How does the load get unbalanced? Because the washing machine does not correct the speed of it’s rotation to allow for imbalances to naturally balance out. The imbalance starts small and then, because of no alteration to the speed, the imbalance grows and can eventually cause the machine to rock and lurch and thud. In some cases, the laundry in a washing machine will get so unbalanced that the washing machine suddenly stops.

So, the mechanisms for controlling the timing of the contractions in a heart muscle are much more intelligent and self-correcting than what we would find in a washing machine. However, for any creature that keeps a big elevation difference between their head and the rest of their bodies (like a giraffe), it is very important to keep the timing synchronized in regard to things like the electrical signals for contracting the muscle fibers of the chambers of the heart.

Are there ways to throw off biological timing minutely? Yes.

Are there ways to promote synchronicity within an organism (even if it spends a lot of time at high elevations or is unusually tall for its species)? Yes.

What are other examples of timing issues in an organism? The short answer is “illness.” That includes all forms of neuro-degenerative disease, poor quality of sleep, auto-immune disorders, type 2 diabetes, mitochrondial dysfunctions (like multiple sclerosis), systemic inflammation (including fibromyalgia), and even what is generally known as “stress.” In other words, all of those effects can be produced simply through bad timing at the quantum level (by having no ability to correct for the different speeds of the movement of light in different parts of the body). When the timing issue is corrected (similar to when the load of laundry in the unbalanced washing machine is manually balanced by hand), then the effect is no longer produced. The effect discontinues.

All of that was an introduction to the next article (which inspired my comments above). The article contains a few transcription errors and lots of science jargon, but I highly recommend it for “ultra-nerds” like me. For everyone else, you are welcome to contact me for recommendations on how to use these insights to improve your health.



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