We all have a fascination with coded signals. If you had siblings while growing up, you likely developed special signals, maybe a special little language, that the adults would not understand. You’ve probably seen movies where someone would notice some rhythmic tapping and exclaim, “that’s Morse code!” Of course the person in the movie just happens to know Morse code and starts decoding the message. Supposedly native Americans once used smoke signals to communicate without their enemies understanding their messages.
Many forms of communication exist in nature that we still don’t quite understand. Dolphins can apparently communicate via various sounds and gestures. Dogs can communicate through many means, not the least of which is their amazing sense of smell. It even appears that some dogs can detect the smell of certain cancers and differentiate between them! We think ourselves so sophisticated with our use of language to communicate, but we don’t recognize just how vast and varied are other forms of communication in nature.
We know that cells communicate. In fact, we’ve even looked into the mechanics of that communication: ligands extending through the cell membrane convey biochemical, bioelectrical, and EMF (electromagnetic field) waves into the inside of the cell, where the very biology of the cell adjusts to the messages sent through those ligands. But we are still learning of more ways in which cell communication occurs. One novel way may be through membrane voltage fluctuations.
We can tell that dolphins or dogs appear to be communicating, even when we don’t know what they are conveying. When cells cause regular electrical patterns, we suspect communication may be occurring that we don’t understand, not unlike how we can detect Morse code tapping when we don’t know the code. In any communication, it’s only important that the signal receiver know and understand the coding of the signals.
When we study cancer, we look for anything that is different about the cells for clues as to how to combat it. We’ve learned that the progression of normal cells to cancer cells generally show increasing characteristics of normal stem cells transforming into cancer stem cells. We see different proteins being emanated from cancer cells. And now we are perhaps seeing another mode of communication. In a study published in Communications Biology, researchers at the The Institute of Cancer Research, London, England and Imperial College London used sophisticated equipment to measure cell membrane voltage of cancer cells. This equipment is normally used to record electrical activity in brain cells, but when they turned the equipment on breast cancer cells, they discovered two things: a reduction (depolarization) of the usual cell membrane voltage, and a sometimes rapid variation in the voltage. These fluctuations in membrane voltage intrigued the researchers, because the fluctuations, like the rhythmic tapping that turns out to be Morse code, appear too patterned to be random — they appear to be communication signals. As one researcher stated, “Our research suggests a hidden electrical signalling network among cancer cells that might play a key role in cancer cell behaviour including communication with each other and other cells within the tumour. We know already that the spreading of cancer, the main cause of death from cancer, is facilitated by electrical activity.”
So maybe we have discovered new cancer communication! If so, what is the cancer communicating?
Just how does the cell membrane change voltage? Cell membranes must block the transfer of ions, which are tiny electrically charged atoms or molecules that are small enough that they could pass through. So the cell membrane needs to maintain an electrical charge to repel these ions. And yet the cell needs some of the ions at times. To control the passing of specific ions into the cell when desired, voltage-gated ion channels are special transmembrane protein channels that allow the ions to pass through when they “open”, which happens when their voltage is attractive to the ions in contrast to the cell membrane voltage. This is an active function of cells, requiring energy to maintain cell membrane voltage and to open and close the ion channel gates.
When cell membrane voltage reaches zero (neutral), ions can pass freely into the cell. This means the cell is dead, because the unregulated flow of ions is destructive to cell metabolism. Some polarization of the cell membrane is necessary to stop free ion flow. Energy is required to maintain this polarization and to control the ion gates. So vibrant cell metabolism generally results in a strong membrane polarization and active gating.
A regular fluctuation of membrane voltage generates an electromagnetic field (EMF) wave, because an EMF is always generated from voltage variations. EMFs are sometimes used for communication, and always have the ability to radiate from the source and be picked up elsewhere. But we don’t know the language of the communication that the cancer cells may be using.
While EMFs emanating from brain cells due to cell membrane voltage fluctuations are normal, cancer cells appear to have a much lower operating membrane voltage. When the cell membrane voltage is low, the fluctuations are of a lower amplitude, the cell is less able to reject unwanted ion penetration, and the cell is supplying less energy to maintain the voltage. These are not signs of a healthy, vibrant cell. Is the cancer cell “sputtering” — are its rapid membrane potential changes an attempt to maintain polarization and are failing frequently? Or is the cell causing these fluctuations in an effort to communicate? The researchers in the London study used voltage-gated channel blockers to disrupt the fluctuations, and they noticed a reduction of the ability for the cancer to spread. They theorized that the cancer cell communication somehow strengthens the cancer community.
But if the signals are being sent by means of a failing cell membrane polarization, could we call the communication “distress” signaling? We know that cancer is good at providing a support community, particularly via a tumor, and the cells in that community need to coordinate their activities to maintain the cancer tumor environment. The communication is from one unhealthy cell to another. If the cells were healthy, they would maintain a strong membrane polarization and these signals would not appear. Cancer are normal cells that got into trouble and are trying to operate out of their unhealthiness.
Down we go
We now know that cancer generally happens in stages. The medical community increasingly uses the term “pre-cancerous” because they realize that some steps downward in health occur before the cancer stage is hit. Along with steps toward stem cell characteristics, we can add loss of cell membrane potential to the list of changes that happen before cancer itself. Although steps toward stem cell likeness make the cell hardier, they are also a reversion to a more primitive state. A stem cell is not participating of the normal, everyday work of the body: it exists to differentiate later into those cells that do the regular work. Stemness is a self-protecting behavior of cells to harden themselves in a hostile environment. Loss of membrane voltage potential is a failure of a different sort: the cell is losing its ability to participate fully in its normal activities because its contrast with the ion gates is lessened. All changes toward cancer are steps away from the normal, healthy activity of the body.
Researchers can measure the cell membrane potential to get a general idea of how the body is maintaining voltage potential. Downtrends in bioelectrical conductivity of the body to tiny alternating currents suggest a weakening of cells overall. Strong, healthy, and active cells maintain better conductivity levels than unhealthy, weakened cells. Lowered readings don’t necessarily indicate cancer, but they do indicate a general weakness which can open the door to cancer and other diseases.
This is better explained in an article published in Frontiers in Physiology, where researchers from the University of York, York, UK reviewed various research articles regarding membrane potential and its relationship to cancer progression to encapsulate that research. They charted the various membrane potentials of many forms of cancer and show that they are generally much lower than those of healthy tissues.
They also draw some interesting correlations from the reviewed data: “depolarization may maintain cells in an undifferentiated stage at the gene expression level” and that a CSC (cancer stem cell) during tumorigenesis does “symmetric division” which creates two CSC’s rather than one stem cell copy and one cell which will later differentiate into a mature cell — this increases the number of CSC’s at double the normal rate. The depolarization of the cancer cell membranes seems to lead to the downward steps of cells into CSC’s, and to the maintenance of CSC’s once established. Cancer is all about self-protection and proliferation in an unhealthy environment.
Researchers are looking for everything that makes cancer different from normal cells, so they can potentially exploit those differences against the cancer, which has differences in metabolism, signaling, protein/enzyme management, epigenetic DNA expression, and even cell membrane potential. The bottom line is that cancer is normal cell response to unhealthy conditions. When conditions are ideal, normal cells have no need to harden themselves against a poor environment. They are strong and energetic, maintaining their normal metabolism and membrane potential, but when they weaken, they struggle to survive and take steps toward cancer and other disease. So the best defense against all disease is strong, vibrant health. Don’t make your cells start issuing distress signals as they weaken. Pursuing health is your first line of defense against cancer.
Dr. Nemec’s Review
Signals are electromagnetic frequencies. Cell membrane voltage potential is the amount of charge stored in the cell membrane. Similarly to your cell phone being fully charged, partially charged, or on the verge of shutting off and what we call dying — meaning no longer usable — when your cell phone dies you can no longer communicate with it. Let’s say every cell in your body, which is up to 100 trillion cells has its own cell phone to communicate with, but to communicate you need energy to drive the cellular communication. This is the membrane potential, so whenever a cell is going to become dysfunctional, diseased, or on the verge of death, it will have a progressively lower and lower cell membrane potential as the charge in the cell battery becomes less and less.
Adaptability of cancer cells
One unique thing about cancer cells is they’ve learned to adapt to lower energy and maintain life at this lower energy.
Because they grow fast, much faster than normal cells, they had to adapt to get enough energy to continue to grow quickly — and the quickest energy source that doesn’t require a lot of energy or effort to extract is glycolysis, or simply the breakdown of sugar for energy. Normal cells use glycolysis to make pyruvate which enters the citric acid cycle, and then onto oxidative phosphorylation to produce the maximum amount of ATP energy. This is approximately 38 units of ATP. Whereas glycolysis doesn’t require energy to get some energy back so you can get 2 ATP units without expending any energy so cancer cells are glycolytic, sugar-consuming, low energy metabolizing, abnormal cells that have learned how to grow and reproduce with lower energy, but consuming it at a much higher rate. Because it has learned to adapt to low energy in the form of ATP, which produces the basis of all cellular function, it just makes common sense it would also learn to live with lower membrane potentials or lower charge in the cell battery and still be able to thrive.
There is the unique signature of the cancer cell. It can grow and reproduce with a lower membrane potential whereas normal cells would start to die, and because you can measure this membrane potential, this is a potential test to find out if a person is becoming healthier or opening the door to cancer along with other diseases. We have done this membrane potential testing for years at Revolution New Medicine and find it very valuable in charting patient progress.
Who is the king of the body?
With 100 trillion cells communicating to each other there is the possibility of miscommunications. This is similar to the symphony orchestra having many many instruments, playing in unison, but if the rhythm, the timing is off just a little bit all these musical instruments, which make the most beautiful music when in harmony, make distress when the harmony and rhythm are out of sync. So how do they prevent this? They have a conductor of the symphony orchestra, one person who overseas all of the members playing the instruments. This conductor makes sure everyone plays in unison so the end result is the most beautiful music, which is balancing, even healing to those who hear this music. Whereas, without a conductor, the music in time would get out of sync, and although every instrument player is playing their piece perfectly, it comes together as disharmony, and even an irritation to the listener, producing not only noise, but irritating noise, which would end up producing dysfunction. The cells work the same way.
So who is the conductor of the symphony orchestra of the hundred trillion cells so they all play the music of life perfectly?
It is the BRAIN. The brain sends out the electromagnetic frequencies that resonate to every single one of the hundred trillion cells to make sure they all work as one. Just imagine a conference call with 100 trillion participants and one supervisor instructing all hundred trillion participants in what they should do for the betterment of the whole. The brain supervises all the cells, tissues, glands and organs in the body, receives its information from the mind, and translates that information into frequencies or signals that it communicates to all of the cells.
Does disease start at the cellular level?
No, it starts at the brain level with communication to the cells. Does the brain send out bad messages? No, it’s sends out basically just two messages: one of stress and one of rest and peace.
Why does the brain send out stress messages?
The brain is just receiving the information from the mind, then it sends the information through messages of signaling frequencies of stress or peace.
All health, all disease, all healing comes down to the mind, sending the information to the brain and the brain relaying that message through signaling to the cells.
So if you have cancer or any other disease, you know 100% for sure somethings out of balance in your mind, whether it be subconscious or conscious, sending stress information to the brain which relays it to all the cells in the body. This is the root of all disease, dysfunction and premature death apart from accidental injuries.
Over the last 40 years at Revolution New Medicine we have analyzed thousands of brain scans and correlated areas of the brain to specific areas in the body. When we added the conscious, the subconscious, and conscious mind information into our protocol, that was the game changer, the last piece of the puzzle of complete vibrant health. In our Revolution New Medicine Protocol, we measure subconscious and conscious stress programming with brain 3-D imaging, energy systems analysis, inflammation scanning, genetic testing, metabolic profiling, cellular, microenvironment analysis, and cell membrane potential testing. We do this to track the entire communication from the mind to the brain to the cells of the body. This is the only way to complete health and healing. This is the only way to make beautiful music.
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