VIBRATIONAL BIOHACKING

A UNIVERSE IN OSCILLATION

Mankind has been intrigued with the workings of the universe ever since Adam gazed up at the night sky. The features of the night sky have not changed all that much over the course of human history, but their interpretations sure have. Stars and the vast cosmos have been rationalized from a sparkly blanket covering the sky to ancestors watching us from above as twinkly stars to literal assemblies of gods themselves. Throughout all these versions of cosmic storytelling, the Earth was also thought to be the center of the universe until Galileo came in to disrupt this notion.

Fast forward to today, astronomy has given us remarkable insights into the expanse of space and all the stars, galaxies, and exotic objects it contains like comets, meteors, moons, black holes, quasars, and more. The inner workings of the cosmos, on the other hand, have been a favorite subject for physicists the world over in their pursuit of a single theory for everything. Along the way, we find ourselves with a young inventor named Nikola Tesla who believes after extensive pondering and experimentation that the secrets of the universe lie in three core concepts: Energy, Frequency, and Vibration.

Tesla’s belief was backed up by ancient knowledge as well, particularly the 12 Laws of The Universe. Law number 2 goes as follows.

“At microscopic levels, everything that is in the universe is in constant motion and vibration”

Tesla’s observations have further been proven true with rigorous experimentation demonstrating Brownian motion, Chaos theory, and Atomic collisions. The latest and perhaps greatest leap forward for the idea of vibration is the String theory. String theory states that the smallest most basic building block of everything from the enormous galactic clusters down to the tiniest subatomic particles are loops of vibrating string. The frequency and amplitudes of those vibrating strings determine physical properties like mass, charge, and spin.

String theory is the closest we have gotten yet towards the ultimate theory of everything.

VIBRATION AND RESONANCE

To make matters even more interesting, vibrations or oscillations in the microscopic makeup of matter also have peculiar ways of interaction and propagation. Einstein’s description of the dual nature of light is a clear example, whereby photos of light can act as discrete quantum particles of energy but also a wave flowing through space. Vibration underlies both dualities of photon existence in the form of the oscillation of the particle photons as well as the propagation of the photon wave.

And when vibrations or waves from two separate sources interact with each other, their frequency and phase with each other can lead to a phenomenon called superposition whereby the resultant vibration can either be decreased if the component waves are out of sync with each other or increased if they are in sync. This is called resonance and it is the foundation of many of the applications of vibration that we will discuss in this chapter.

TESLA’S EARTHQUAKE MACHINE

Here’s what we’ve learnt so far. Tesla was a smart guy and it did not take long for him to realize that vibration and frequency were the underlying processes for our universe. He also knew that they could interact with each other. Wo what do you expect a young curious mind like his to do? Test it of course.

So, Tesla put his head to work and designed what he called a mechanical oscillator, a handheld device that used the hydraulic power of steam to push a piston up and down creating mechanical oscillation. To check for possibilities of resonance, and just to play around with his little contraption, Tesla took it with him to the East Hudson street near SoHo. He placed the oscillator with a tower and turned it on. He noticed that not long afterwards he could feel the vibrations from the machine gaining strength in the ground and inside the walls of buildings around him. The structures were resonating.

The vibrations grew so much so that people thought it was an earthquake and ran out of buildings on to the street. Before any major damage could be done, Tesla turned the machine off and ran away with it before police arrived.

This little setback was of course, not going to stop him from exploring further. Tesla was frequently visited by Mark Twain in his laboratory and Tesla noticed Twain was not in good shape. Tesla offered to help him using a larger version of the mechanical oscillator and Twain agreed. He then utilized the vibrational capabilities of the oscillator daily for a couple months, feeling better with each use. Eventually, Tesla noted how Twain had regained his youthful vigor for life and was virtually unidentifiable from the man who was plagued with illness just months ago. This was one of Tesla’s first official uses of what is now called Whole Body Vibration therapy. Tesla continued to refine the machine and use it for treating various health problems of the public ranging from constipation, pain disorders, weakness, injuries, infections and heart disease. He believed this to be his greatest work in the service of the people.

DAWN OF VIBRATIONAL MEDICINE

The use if vibration as a tool for healing was not a new discovery by Tesla. Vibrational medicine has been around since the ancient civilizations of the Chinese, Greeks and Hindus. Pythagoras was a Greek mathematician and philosopher who discovered that the soothing harmonies made by music as well as the sounds of hammering steel in a blacksmith shop were mathematically related. He then used this realization to produce instruments that he would employ to do “soul-adjustments” using the principles of vibration and frequency.

Fascinated by Pythagoras’s work, the Greek began to widen the use of vibrational medicine. In battlefields, stringed instruments would be played over soldier wounds to help them drain and heal faster. They would also use reverberant chambers to promote a more restful sleep for those suffering from sleep disorders.

Ancient Egyptians had a firm belief in the divine healing quality of sound. They would use certain resonant sounds only during special prayers and ban their use in normal everyday language. They also developed a rattling device called a Sistrom that was reserved for use in ceremonies because it emitted high pitched sounds. Archeologists also suspect that the Great Pyramids were also intended to be used as healing chambers owing to the reverberant quality of their internal structures.

Buddhist monks have used “singing bowls” to produce reverberating sounds to promote spiritual healing and connection. Australian aborigines have used long wind instruments over fractured bones to make them heal faster. Native American tribes would do singing ceremonies to aid in the healing of their fellow men. The use of sound and vibration as a healing tool has been widespread thousands of years before Tesla’s mechanical oscillator, and it has only gained in popularity since.

MEDICAL AND PSYCHOLOGIC APPLICATIONS

Vibrational medicine has been under study and observation for thousands of years and our methods of testing and understanding it have only gotten better over time. Vibrational therapy can be given as Whole body therapy or Regional therapy, with more proponents for the Whole body method.

Whole body vibrations have been studied under various conditions, such as Cheung W. H. et al. in 2021 using vibrational therapy to aid in the repair of osteoporotic fractured bones in elderly people. The healing process was observed to be moderately enhanced by the vibrations and although the exact way broken bones sense and respond to vibration signals is still unclear, the prevailing theory is that Osteocytes (bone cells) may respond to vibration signals by increasing formation of intracellular canaliculi and augmenting the formation of proteins that promote bone formation such as the Osteocyte-Specific Dentin Matrix Protein 1 (DMP-1).

Similarly, osteoporotic fractures are also a risk for middle to elderly aged women as the normally protective levels of estrogen decline following menopause. So, to check on whether whole body vibration therapy was conducive for better bone health in menopausal and post-menopausal women under 65 years of age, a systematic review of 10 different studies concluded that significant improvements in Bone Mineral Density (BMD) occurred following the use of low frequency vibration therapy.

For athletes, especially runners, any injuries to the ankle can easily bench them for an entire season. Ankle sprains that become chronic not only keep athletes from competing again, but also put a serious damper on their quality of life. To see if vibrational therapy could be of any help, a randomized clinical trial tested the use of balancing programs on an uneven surface as well as whole body vibrational therapy to see if they could improve balance and movements of athletes with chronic ankle sprains. The result was markedly improved balance without any increases in bone mineral density as measured by dual-energy x-ray absorption.

Fibromyalgia is debilitating condition of chronic generalized pain over the body that significantly decreases the patient’s quality of life. With no cure as of yet, the only hope of patients with fibromyalgia is better pain management. Use of whole body vibration therapy in itself as well as an adjunct to mixed exercise was tested in a review of 150 female subjects with fibromyalgia. Superiority was not significantly observed for the addition of vibration therapy. However, symptom improvement was noted across the board.

For mental health conditions, modern contemporary use of Binaural beats and Lo-fi music is also increasingly popular as both achieve the goal of redirecting the anxious mind back to a state of calm, focus and relaxation in order to wind down, improve sleep, boost productivity and more.

HEALING BEYOND SYMPTOMS

Vibration therapy has been in used extensively from times of old to treat symptoms of various conditions. Even Tesla’s supposed earthquake machine did wonders for the symptoms of his peers. However, interest is now growing regarding the use of vibrational energies as a method to treat not just symptoms, but also address underlying causes.

In one example, diabetic mice with wounds were subject to two modes of vibrational energies: Frequency (one group at 45 Hertz frequency, and the other at 90 Hertz) as well as Amplitude (0.3 g vs 0.6 g) The 0.3 g, 45 Hz or low energy protocol showed significant improvements in wound healing as well as increased expression of insulin like growth factors within mice cells to counteract the diabetes. The higher energy protocol with 60Hz at 0.6 g surprisingly showed no improvements, thus demonstrating that among the different energy levels of vibration sources, lower energy and lower amplitudes worked best for augmentation of healing.

Similarly, whole body vibration has also been postulated to be of use in children with Cerebral Palsy, a debilitating condition affecting neural function, cognition and balance.

By far the most ambitious use of vibrational therapies is to fight cancer. Resonance and its deployment to weaken structural integrity of cancer cells is by all means a difficult task. However, progress is being made as in 1981, different sources of sound energy have been tried such as Chinese gongs, stringed instruments, xylophones and singing voices over a span of 18 months to see which sounds resonate negatively with cancer cells. Interestingly the researchers found that a C note scale or Ionian scale was the best fit for the criteria in altering cancer cell functions leading to cell rupture and death. A remarkable observation which s solidified with further ongoing research may just lead to an ironically simple solution for cancer, one that held the secrets to Tesla’s universe.

CONCLUSION

Energy, vibration and frequency are the backbone of the universe we reside in. It then makes all the more sense to utilize these primal modes of energy transmission to our advantage when trying to gain the upper hand in our battle against disease and aging. Whether it’s improving already healthy organs and tissues using positive resonance or harmonically augmenting the repair work of damaged ones, one thing is certain. Vibration and Frequency do hold the keys to the inner workings of our cosmos.

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