Your Body- Electric!
Your body is made up of over 75
trillion cells. Each cell has electrical properties and electric
potential, much like that of a battery. The electron and electrical
force are as important to life as the water we drink and the air we breathe.
When Albert Szentgyörgyi, winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his work
on biological oxidation mechanisms and vitamin C, was asked whether he
thought that the healthy living state could be defined solely in biochemical
terms, his answer was a definite no. When asked why, he thought for a
moment and then motioned as if he was holding a rat in each hand and said,
"One is alive, one is dead, but the biochemicals are the same."
Szentgyörgvi's point was that the biochemicals were only the bricks of the
living state and that the electrical factor was the life giving mortar.
To the human body, the movement
of electrons and electrically charged particles are essential for even the
most basic cellular processes. Every single physiological process in
the human body is mediated by electrical force. DNA replication, movement of essential
vitamins and minerals in and out of cells, muscle contraction, and nervous
system signals all require electric force to make them happen.
So you see, electricity and electrical force are not things to be feared.
Without them, we wouldn't exist! Watch below to 0learn how the body
uses electrical energy in just one cellular process, the creation of the energy currency of life,
adenosine triphosphate (ATP).
Note that low
level microcurrent electrical stimulation
is thought to increase ATP production by
up to 500% by inflating the hydrogen proton
1. Cheng N, Van Huff H, Boclcx E, et al. The effect of electric currents on
ATP generation, protein synthesis, and membrane transport in rat skin. Clin
Orthop 1982. 171:264-72.