In order to understand how and why light is critical to your health, it is helpful to understand some of the research that has been undertaken on DNA since the 1970s by Russian and German physicists.  Unfortunately most practitioners in the UK and the US are unaware of the research into physics and quantum physics, as we tend to be more focused on biochemistry for health. And of course we rarely read Russian or German research papers! Leading German practitioner Dr Deitrich Klinghardt, Global Integrative Practitioner of the year for 2007, has commented that in general practitioners are over-educated in biochemistry and under-educated in physics. “When I’m in Germany I say the opposite. … you guys are over-educated in physics and you’re under-educated in biochemistry!”(1)

The phantom DNA effect

Dr Vladimir Poponin is widely known for an experiment in the 1980s that was dubbed the “phantom DNA effect” study. Dr Poponin is a quantum physicist who is recognised worldwide as a leading expert in quantum biology, including the nonlinear dynamics of DNA and the interactions of weak electromagnetic fields with biological systems.  He is currently the Senior Research Scientist at the Institute of Biochemical Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) and is currently working with the Institute of HeartMath (IHM) in a collaborative research project between IHM and the RAS.

In the experiment, Poponin shone mild laser light on a sample of DNA placed in a tiny quartz crystal container. The DNA was then observed with equipment that enables the observer to see single photons of light.

What Poponin claimed to have found is that the DNA acted like a sponge and absorbed the light. It stored the light in a corkscrew-shaped spiral. He reported that an “unknown force” holds this light in the same place for up to 30 days after the DNA molecule itself has been removed from its influence. (2)
Co-investigator in the research Dr Peter Gariaev has reported seeing this effect for the first time in 1985, when he worked with correlation spectroscopy of DNA, ribosomes and collagen in the USSR. He was unable to publish until 1991, which he did in a US journal, following with a book chapter (in Russian) on the phenomenon in 1994 (3).  The phantom DNA study was also replicated by Pecora in 1991. (4)

This is the first experiment confirming that DNA has a light, or energetic, duplicate. As humans have trillions of DNA molecules in the bodies, it is valid to conclude that the human body also has an energetic duplicate, something, as we know, the Indian yogis such as Patanjali wrote about thousands of years ago.

DNA as a transducer of light and information
Prof Fritz-Albert Popp is a German theoretical biophysicist regarded by many of his contemporaries as a genius who should have won a Nobel Prize for his work. He received the Röntgen-Prize at the University of Würzburg and completed his PhD in Theoretical Physics in 1969 at the University of Mainz. He was a professor at Marburg university. Prof Popp discovered and made the first extensive physical analysis of “Biophotons”. (5)
Popp started work in the 1970s studying the effects of ultraviolet light on very carcinogenic substances. He found that the carcinogens would absorb the light and “scramble” it, sending it out at a different frequency. Next Popp got a student of his to build a device which could detect single photons of light and they started researching other substances.

They found that cucumber seeds give off light. They assumed it must be the chlorophyll responsible for the emissions, so they looked at a potato to confirm the theory. The potato was found to give off even more light. As just part of many studies Popp undertook, he found that raw uncooked food gives off more light than cooked food and free-range eggs give off more light than standard ones.

Light as information

Popp started to conclude that this biophoton field around living organisms contained information which was useful to the organism.

He found for example that when humans are stressed, they give off more light than usual, a sign that information is being sent to the cells for healing as the body is needing additional rejuvenation. In addition Popp surmised that the biophoton field contains information which tells the DNA what to do, because light emitted and stored by DNA is coherent.


Coherent light

Coherent light is made of waves of light which match up exactly peak to peak and valley to valley:

Incoherent light:



Coherent light:



Mysteries in biology explained

The completion of the Human Genome Project resulted in some confusing and surprising results. Humans have only 20-25,000 protein-encoding genes; this is not enough genes to match the number of different proteins in the body. In addition, only 4% of the total number of human genes was found to encode for proteins and RNA, the rest were labelled so-called “junk” DNA.”
The conventional belief is that genes direct the construction and function of all cells, but this doesn’t explain how the cells differentiate and specialise, nor the speed of growth and communication. For example, proteins are synthesised in one place in an organism, while their action in the form of a command is immediately expressed in another place separated from the first one by hundreds of cells.

Morphic fields
The controversial biologist Dr Rupert Sheldrake, PhD, author of  “A New Science of Life”,  has been writing about these unexplained questions for years, theorising that living organisms have a “morphic” field which contains information which is critical to cells for growth, specialisation and rejuvenation. This is in alignment with Popp’s biophoton field research.
Sheldrake received a first class honours degree in biology at Cambridge, won a scholarship to study history at Harvard, got his PhD in biochemistry at Cambridge and was director of studies in Biochemistry and Cell Biology at Cambridge.  In talking about his research on plant hormones, he is reported to have said:  “…after nine years of intensive study, it became clear to me that biochemistry would not solve the problem of why things have the basic shape they do”. (6)

More recently, drawing on the work of French philosopher Henri Bergson, Sheldrake has proposed that memory is not stored in the brain, but in the morphic field or the biophoton field. In other words, the brain is simply a receiver of information.

Is your brain necessary?
In 1997 an intriguing New York Times article discussed the findings of Dr Eileen Vining of John Hopkins University, who studied 54 children with epilepsy who had half their brain removed. The children’s lives improved and they had the same sense of humour and IQ after the surgery. (7)  The benefits of Hemispherectomy surgery was confirmed by a study at Johns Hopkins Children’s Centre in 2003. (8)

The implications of this kind of research had already documented in an article in Science by Roger Lewin asking, “Is Your Brain Really Necessary?”  (9)
This article discussed the work of University of Sheffield neuroanatomist Prof John Lorber on hydrocephalus – which is the disease of water on the brain.  Sheffield researchers studied 253 hydrochephalus sufferers. Of the group 9 had just 5% of their brains left. Four out of nine of them had IQs or more than 100 and 2 had more than 126. (10)  In 2006, similar results were found in golden hamsters with hydrocephalus.  (11)

This is all intriguing evidence to suggest that a biophoton field may be a major source of information for our physical bodies and introduces a hypothesis that may even solve the problem of where human memory may be stored.

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Article References

1. Quoted from the Clinical Rounds Interview in 2006 available at Dr Klinghardt’s website
2.  Gariaev PP et  Investigation of the Fluctuation Dynamics of DNA Solutions by Laser Correlation Spectroscopy. Bulletin of the Lebedev Physics Institute 1992, 11-12: 23-30.
Gariaev PP and Poponin VP. Vacuum DNA phantom effect in vitro and its possible rational explanation. Nanobiology 1995 (online at ).
Poponin VP. Modeling of NLE dynamics in one dimensional anharmonic FPU-lattice. Physics Letters A. (in press).
3. Gariaev PP et al. Holographic Associative Memory of Biological Systems. 1991, Proceedings SPIE – The International Society for Optical Engineering. Optical Memory and Neural Networks, 1991, 1621:.280- 291..
Gariaev PP. “Wave based genome”, in Pl’za, 1994, Ed. Obsh. 279p. (book chapter, in Russian).
4. Seils J, Pecora R. Photon correlation spectroscopy study of a 2311 bp relaxed circular DNA–applicability of Rouse-Zimm and wormlike chain models. Biochem Soc Trans. 1991, 19(2):511-2.
5. A full history and list of referenced scientific studies here:
9. “Is Your Brain Really Necessary?”, Roger Lewin. Science 1980, 210 (Dec 12):  1232-4. (Online at )
10. Lorber J, The family history of “simple” congenital hydrochephalus. An epidemiological study based on 270 probands Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1984, August 4; 289(6440): 281–4.
11. Edwards J.F, Hereditary hydrochephalus in laboratory reared golden hamsters (Mesocricetus auratus), Vet Pathol  2006, 43(4):523-9.

“The Source Field Investigations”, by David Wilcock (Dutton Adult; 1st Edition, 2011).

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