Light = Energy Part 1

What is energy? How is it made and where does it come from?

Albert Einstein proposed a beautiful equation in the early 1900s to helps us understand energy called Mass-energy equivalence:


E = energy
m = mass
c = speed of light

The law of conservation of energy states that energy cannot be created nor destroyed. It can only be transformed from one form to another. E=mc2 gives us those 2 forms:

M – mass (stored energy or potential energy of an object at rest)
c – light (“free” energy or radiant energy released from an object that moves)

It is clear that in order for life to exist, it must satisfy the energy equation. Any decrease in mass leads to exponential increases in the liberation of light. On the contrary, any decrease in the speed of light leads to exponential increases in mass. This is how life can alter the shape and size of things by manipulating this equation through environmental variations. Life adapts to these variations utilizing the concepts of this equation.

Most people assume the ‘c’ in E=mc2 is constant, because the speed of light is a constant in space (i.e. measured in a vacuum). However, most fail to consider that as the median in which light travels changes, it alters the speed of light, and as mentioned above, when light slows down, mass is increased. Consider how photosynthesis occurs in plants. Light hits water which interacts with carbon dioxide to create plant sugars and oxygen. It is the light energy that drives this reaction, and a plant makes sugar out of thin air by slowing light down using water. This process is controlled in plant chloroplasts. Animals and humans actually reverse this process in mitochondria by consuming plant sugar, and oxygen to reproduce water and carbon dioxide.

Image result for chloroplast photosynthesis mitochondria cellular respiration

It is clear life needed to control the speed of light for various reasons:

1) to create chemicals for signalling
2) to support and regulate growth and metabolism
3) to do work (to power our thoughts and our actions)

Life needs to collect and store light in order to build things with mass and structure, and it uses water as the repository for electromagnetic radiation (i.e. light). The light that is stored in water can then be liberated to drive biological processes and chemical reactions within cells in order to do work to support complex life.

So how does this all tie in to modern health and wellness? Well, most people today focus on things like diet, exercise and supplementation to maintain health. The problem with this is that without a fundamental understanding of energy, and the importance of light, we will not be able to reverse-engineer ourselves back to optimal. Consider the following: when we die, we have no energy. But, we still do have a physical body (i.e. corpse) with mass. So if we use E=mc2 to calculate death, E=0. If E=0 then either ‘m’ or ‘c’ must equal 0. We have a corpse with mass which means that death = loss of all energy from light. Additionally, when we are sick, we are in a state of energy loss. But again, our body still has mass, so illness is a result of the loss of energy from light. While this may seem like a perspective you’ve never considered, I encourage you to check out the work of German Professor Dr. Fritz Popp on biophoton release. It turns out that every cell in our body releases light energy in the form of biophotons, and this energy can be measured in the range of UV light. The more stressed a cell is, the more light is releases.

This series will cover in depth how our health is affected primarily by light. The series will unfold the physics of light, and examine how adaptation and evolution built complexity using nothing but light.

4 thoughts on “Light = Energy Part 1”

  1. Why do we need to light for metabolism if we lack the photoreceptors that absorb sunlight that is used in the light reactions of photosynthesis? Isn’t the reason we get skin cancer because our bodies don’t have the proper mechanisms for absorbing radiation?


  2. What makes you think we lack photoreceptors? Our skin and eye are loaded with them. Neuropsin and Melanopsin are pretty important photoreceptors that absorb specific frequencies of light: UV and blue light.

    Also, what does a plant use to capture sunlight? Chloryphyl. Have you ever compared a Chloryphyl molecule to Hemoglobin? They are nearly identical, other than the fact that the transition metal in Chloryphyl is magnesium and Hemoglobin uses iron. Hemoglobin is loaded with porphyrins that absorb specific frequencies of light, and our red blood cells are loaded with them. Sunlight on the skin increase nitric oxide which allows the red blood cells to rise to the surface to absorb sunlight and oxygen. So I would argue we absolutely do photosynthesize.


  3. Great Blog! Thank you for taking the time to make this stuff easier to understand!

    So if we live an indoor life, do our bodies have to rely solely on ATP to function? Since no light would mean no exclusion zone = no energy from light.


    1. Indoor living is a problem because we need light to hit our surfaces in order to create a gradient to drive energy flow. And when light is not present, temperature goes down which reverses the gradient (hence we burn fat in our sleep).

      When sunlight hits us, the infrared portion is what initially builds builds the EZ. This occurs at sunrise, and expands as the UV frequencies hit. Our mitochondria also release heat (infrared) when it is cold out and that maintains the EZ.

      When the EZ is poor, we cannot recycle ATP fast enough to unfold proteins to allow water binding and we see a deficit in the cell. This is when the cell switches to glycolysis (or sugar metabolism) because it can produce ATP faster but is much less efficient.


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