Biophotons, light, human body, disease and health 
Compiled by Walter Sorochan Emeritus Professor San Diego State University

Posted May 27, 2019; updated October 17, 2021.  Disclaimer The topic of biophotons is a complex and emerging quantum physicals topic that has immense implications for the wellbeing of the general population, medical practice and the health care system.

We are on the verge of understanding the complex relationship between light, the human body, health and life. But you would not know it from the way most persons view their health, the sun and light.

What if everything you ever thought that was true about the body, what doctors tell you about your body and how the body works and makes energy and communicates, was WRONG? This article attempts to explain how hidden light affects all of us. "Man is essentially a being of a special light."

This author believed that we were somehow connected with the sun, although my friends thought I was crazy. Ancients made the sun a diety while we, the civilized, stay indoors to avoid a sunburn. Most persons view exposure to the sun as causing skin cancer. They were in disbelief even when I pointed out to them that the sun's ultra violet rays [UVB] were absorbed by the skin cholesterol and then the liver and kidneys synthesized this light ray into hormone D [common referred to as vitamin D].  And no one took note that the sun's photons entered through the eyes and into the pineal gland that controlled our reactions to sleep at night and waking up with daylight.

But now I can mention that "I am the light" and mention quantum physics to them [ehhh .... what's that?] and hopefully get them to open their eyes and ears to biophotons and photons.

"Quantum Physicists have now come to the conclusion that more than 90% of our human anatomy is composed of star dust particles. These [photon] particles are called biophotons. .... Light appears to be a fundamental part of our being. It’s hard-coded into our very bodies to function directly with, and through – light. Further more, the fact that we can affect light with our intentions (thoughts) alone are amazing!  "We are Light Beings!!!""  El-Bey: Humans made of light 2015

So it is time to open the hidden mystery of photons and biophotons and how these relate to health and life!

Why is it important to know about photons and biophotons?:  Photons work at the quantum physics level. Quantum physics reads like it is complex. But if we can better understand how the body works at the highest nano-quantum level, then it is easier to understand how the body works in everyday life.

The U-Tube below is a good start:

Where do photons come from? By Yathish Dhavala 10/1/2018 Length = 2:01 mns.

Source: Photon source

Kobyashi and associates validated that the body emits light or photons in 2009.  Below is an example of their study that was funded by the Japanese Institute of Health:  Kobayashi: Captured photon emission from human body 2009

NIH  photon capture

For details on interpretation of photos and camera capture technique refer to the Kobyashi article in the references.

photons kirlian body auraKobyashi's capture of photons was preceded by Kirlian photography, which was officially invented in 1939 by Semyon Davidovitch Kirlian and released to the public in 1970. The Kirlian photographic process reveals visible “auras” around the objects photographed [illustration on left is a violet colored light glowing [aura] around a person. Wood: Kirlian photography of auras 2019 Kirlian technology is not as sophisticated as biophotonics.

What is a Photon? A photon is a "bundle of energy" that comes from the sun, and is found in the DNA of plants and animals.  Jones: Photons 2018

Biophotons may be detected with photomultipliers or by means of an ultra low noise CCD camera to produce an image, using an exposure time of typically 15 minutes for plant materials. Photomultiplier tubes have also been used to measure biophoton emissions from fish eggs, and some applications have measured biophotons from animals and humans.  Biophoton measurements

Biophotons are weak emissions, invisible to the naked eye, of light radiated from the cells of all living things. A photon is a single particle of light. Plants, animals and humans generate up to 100,000 photons per second, per .15 square inches (1 sq. centimeter) of surface area. The light is too faint to be seen by the naked eye, but biophotons have been detected and verified using a special photon detector machine invented in Germany.

Dr. Fritz-Albert Popp.a German researcher in biophysics and a Nobel prize winner, is the father of photons. He paved the way for other researchers to study biophotons and relate these to wellbeing and life. According to Popp, light is constantly being absorbed and remitted by DNA molecules within each cell's nucleus. These biophotons create a dynamic, consistent web of light. A system that could be responsible for chemical reactions within the cells, cellular communication throughout the organism, and the overall regulation of the biological system, including fetal embryonic development. The human body emits biophotons, also known as ultraweak photon emissions (UPE), with a visibility 1,000 times lower than the sensitivity of our naked eye. Sayer: Light & human body 2013 That is why you cannot see a photon with your naked eyes, but you may see an aura.

Coherence in Quantum Physics:

Two wave sources are perfectly coherent if they have a constant phase difference and the same frequency, and the same waveform These work in harmony and are referred to as coherent. Source: Wiki: Wiki: Coherence meaning

The laser-like coherence [two lasers making one wave] of the biophoton field, makes it the primary system for exchanging information in a highly functional, efficient and cooperative fashion, lending credability to the idea that it may be the intelligent factor managing biological processes.

Dr. Pjotr Garjajev claims that this communication is not something that happens only inside the individual cells or between one cell and another. He claims organisms use this "light" to "talk" to other organisms and suggested that this could explain telepathy and ESP. It was like human beings already had their own wireless internet based on our DNA.

According to a 2010 study, "Cell to cell communication by biophotons have been demonstrated in plants, bacteria, animal neutriophil granulocytes and kidney cells."  Sun: Biophotons communication 2010

A photon is a particle of light wave defined as a discrete bundle (or quantum) of electromagnetic (or light) energy. Photons are always in motion and, in a vacuum (a completely empty space), have a constant speed of light to all observers. Photons travel at the vacuum speed of light. Jones: Photons 2018 Photons trigger 100,000 functions per second all at the same time in each cell of the body. Body cells working at this nano-speed should make you aware that the human body is complex and very specific. The video below adds credibility to this information.

Basic Properties of Photons:

According to the photon theory of light, photons:  Jones: Photons 2018  Helmenstine: Photon defined 2019

  • have no mass
  • cannot decay on their own.
  • energy of the photon can transfer (or be created) upon interaction with other particles.
  • are electrically neutral.
  • are also referred to as a Quantum.
  • are a discrete packet of energy associated with electromagnetic radiation (light wave).
  • behaves simultaneously as both particles and waves at the same time.
  • moves at a constant velocity, "the speed of light", in empty space.
  • have zero mass and rest energy.
  • carries energy and momentum, which are also related to the frequency (nu) and wavelength (lamdba) of the electromagnetic wave, as expressed by the equation E = h nu and p = h / lambda.
  • can be destroyed/created when radiation is absorbed/emitted.
  • can have particle-like interactions (i.e. collisions) with electrons and other particles, such as in the Compton effect in which particles of light collide with atoms, causing the release of electrons.

Your Body is Glowing. Your body actually emits light on a daily basis, in concentrations that rise and fall with your body clock and the rhythmic fluctuations of your metabolism over the course of the day.

The U-Tube below by Dr. Popp provides more information about biophotons in the body.  The U-tube automatically translates English into several languages:

Dr. Popp - Biophotons Video length= 6:49 mins.

Source: Popp: Biophotons

Dr. Fritz-Albert Popp explains that .... “the function of our entire metabolism is dependent on light.” Popp is the inventor of biophoton theory and has coined the term biophotons which refers to coherent photons emitted from biological organisms. Biophoton theory concerns DNA as the most probable source of biophoton emission.

Popp’s biophoton theory also postulates that a web or hologram of light is constantly emitting and absorbing photons in DNA, cells, tissues, and organs and proteins. This hologram could correspond to auras, chakras, meridians and other energy matrices that have been part of eastern philosophy and healing traditions for millennia.  

Popp was the first to suggest that this light must come, at least in part, from the foods we eat. When we eat fresh, raw plant foods, the light waves or photons in the plants are taken in and stored by your body. Now scientists refer to this special plant energy as exosomes, that carry information for health or disease, that are also found in humans.

Biophotons are the smallest physical units of light, which are stored in, and used by all biological organisms – including your body. The intensity of biophoton emission is much higher in the hands and face and can vary considerably (up to fifty percent more or less than the daily average) depending upon skin temperature. The purpose of these biophotons is much more important than many have realized. It turns out they may very well be in control of virtually every biochemical reaction that occurs in your body — including supporting your body’s ability to heal.  Popp: Magnetic fields interacting with organisms 2000

All the photons that are emitted from your body communicate with each other in this highly structured light field that surrounds your body, and which is the actual carrier of your long-term memory. This light field also regulates the activity of your metabolic enzymes.  Biophoton Research

The information transfer on biophotons is bidirectional, which means your DNA sends information out on a photon, and on the same photon the information of all the biophotons from your body is broadcast back to your cells, and to your nerve tubulins, which are light conductive molecules in your connective tissue.

The tubulin, in turn, receives the information-carrying light impulse and conducts it at the speed of light throughout your body, where it is translated inside each cell into activating or inactivating certain metabolic enzymes.

Illness Occurs When Biophoton Emissions are Out of Sync:

The purpose of these biophotons is much more important than many have realized. It turns out they may very well be in control of virtually every biochemical reaction that occurs in your body — including supporting your body’s ability to heal, communicate between cells, prevent diseases and infections and attain optimal wellbeing. Medicine in the past and still today has ignored using biophotons as a therapy and disease prevention.

Popp specifically focused on biophotonics and evolved the theory of Biophotinics [electromagnetic vibrations]. The theory states that when we are more stressed, we leak light, meaning the number of biophotons increase. When we are in a more relaxed state, our bodies keep fewer photon lights. We feel better.

Research by Popp also showed that the light emissions of healthy people follow a set biological rhythm for day and night and also by week and month, and appear to be connected to biorhythms of the earth. Exposure to sunlight for about half an hour each day sends sunlight photons to the skin that collects and the body eventually synthesizies hormone D; much like photosynthesis in plants. Hormone D is involved in over 300 functions of the body. This is an example of how the suns rays, transporting photons to the body skin, make essential chemical substances that help humans survive. 

Popp discovered that benzo[a]pyrene (the cancer producing molecule) absorbed the UV light, then re-emitted it at a completely different frequency -- it was a light "scrambler". The benzo[e]pyrene (harmless to humans), allowed the UV light to pass through it unaltered.  An odd property of these compounds was that each of the carcinogens reacted only to light at a specific frequency -- 380 nm (nanometres) in the ultra-violet range. A compound at this frequency of 380 nm must cause cancer because it permanently blocks this light and scrambles it, so photorepair can't work anymore. Using a photon of 380 nm again clears this scrambling and restores the equilibrium in the cell that was cancerous.

Popp showed that the light emissions of healthy people follow a set biological rhythm for day and night and also by week and month, as they are also connected through the pineal gland to biorhythms of the earth. Indeed, although we know very little about the pineal gland and how it affects the body, it may well be that the pineal gland may be involved in photon activities on a very large scale.

Popp studied biophotons on cancer patients. He found that light emissions from cancer patients had no such biological rhythms and appeared scrambled, which suggests that their cells were no longer communicating properly. Likewise, according to his research, Popp found that, in multiple sclerosis, patients were taking in too much light, leading to a similar confusion on a cellular level. Even stress influenced people’s biophoton emissions, causing them to increase in response to the stress.  Biophoton Research

It’s known, too, that cancer-causing chemicals alter one's body biophoton emissions, interrupting cellular communications, while certain substances help restore them. Popp found mistletoe to be one such substance that appeared to restore the biophoton emissions of tumor cells to a normal level.

Interestingly, even conventional medicine confirmed that mistletoe extract does appear to have a beneficial effect on cancer, with one study published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine showing that mean survival rates nearly doubled among breast cancer patients who received mistletoe extract.

Dr. Pjotr Garjajev, who did pioneering work to unscramble the DNA code, claims that this photon communication is not something that happens only inside the individual cells or between one cell and another. He claims organisms use this "light" to "talk" to other organisms and suggested that this could explain telepathy and ESP. It was like human beings already had their own wireless internet based on our DNA.

Popp proved that light in your body is stored by, and emitted from, your DNA. "The DNA inside each cell vibrates at a frequency of several billion hertz. The vibration is created through the coil-like contraction and extension of your DNA — which occurs several billion times per second — and every time it contracts, it squeezes out one single biophoton; a light particle. That photon contains all the information on everything going on in your DNA at that moment. One single biophoton can carry more than four megabytes of information, and relays this information to other biophotons that it crosses in the biophoton field outside your body."   Mercola: Power of light to heal 2010  

Photons also regulate the activity of your metabolic enzymes but details of this information are sketchy. 


Photons switch on the body's processes like an orchestra conductor bringing each individual instrument into the collective sound. At different frequencies, they perform different functions. Popp found that molecules in the cells responded to certain frequencies, and that a range of vibrations from the photons caused a variety of frequencies in other molecules of the body. Biophoton Research

It is well known from biological laboratory experiments that if you blast a cell with UV light so that 99 per cent of the cell, including its DNA, is destroyed, you can almost entirely repair the damage in a single day just by illuminating the cell with the same wavelength at a much weaker intensity. To this day, scientists don't understand this phenomenon, called photorepair, but no one has disputed it.

Photorepair works most efficiently at a frequency of 380 namometers [nm] -- the same frequency that the cancer-causing compounds react to and become scrambled. This was where Popp made his logical leap. If the carcinogens only react to this frequency, it must somehow be linked to photorepair. If so, this would mean that there must be some kind of light in the body responsible for cell repair. A compound must cause cancer because it permanently blocks this light and scrambles it, so photorepair can't work anymore.

In 1950, Western researchers found that cells could be killed in darkness with ultraviolet radiation, kept shielded from visible light for twenty-four hours or longer, and then if radiated with visible light, the cells would start reviving by hundreds of thousands even though they had been clinically dead. Specifically, every cell emits mitogenetic radiation twice in the ultraviolet range: when it is born and when it dies. The UV photon emitted at death contains the exact virtual state pattern of the condition of the cell at death. The healthy cells are bombarded with death messages from those that are dying, and this diffuses the death pattern throughout the healthy culture, eventually kindling into the same death pattern there. Popp: Magnetic fields interacting with organisms 2000  Biophoton Research

Popp showed this with an experiment using onions that UV light that causes onions to communicate with each other. He showed that cancer tumors reacted to high intensity levels of UV light in the range of 380 nanometers. By using a method called photo repair he illuminated cells with a weaker intensity of UV light, causing the DNA to undergo rapid healing. It is only when UV light is at a lower intensity level that the healing of DNA occurs.

With the help of a lab assistant, Dr. Popp built a machine called the “photomultiplier” which measures weak photon emissions that stimulate healing. While measuring these photons in humans, he discovered that the cells of the body have biological rhythms of 7, 14, 32, 80 and 270 days respectively. These numbers all readily divided into 7. It also showed that people who had these disturbed biological rhythms were cancer patients. His research also showed that stress triggered an increase in biophotons, while good health triggered fewer biophotons. It is no surprise that foods highest in biophotons are also used as natural cancer cures, especially when you eat them within 3 hours after being picked from the ground or tree. Dr. Gabriel Cousens states that people who eat a junk food diet register 1,000 or less biophotons in their systems, whereas people eating a fresh raw food diet have 83,000 or more biophotons in their bodies.

Authors Stuart Hameroff and Sir Roger Penrose suggested that EEG rhythms (brain waves) also derive photons from deeper level microtubule vibrations, and that from a practical standpoint, treating brain microtubule vibrations could benefit a host of mental, neurological, and cognitive conditions.  Biophoton Research  Hameroff: Biophotons in nerves & brain 1996

If you examine a neuron, you will see that there are many hollow tubes surrounding the nerve axon. These microtubules were thought of as a kind of scaffold to support the nerve fiber. But they are now getting a second look as the possible architecture of our consciousness. The particular characteristics of microtubules that make them suitable for quantum effects include their crystal-like lattice structure, hollow inner core, organization of cell function and capacity for information processing. According to the researchers, their size appears perfectly designed to transmit photons in the UV range.

A recent commentary published in the Journal Investigacion Clinica titled “Evidence about the power of intention” addressed this connection: Intention is defined as a directed thought to perform a determined action. Thoughts targeted to an end can affect inanimate objects and practically all living things from unicellular organisms to human beings. The emission of light particles (biophotons) seems to be the mechanism through which an intention produces its effects. The intention to heal, as well as the beliefs of the sick person on the efficacy of the healing, influences and promote his healing. Now we may be able to better understand how healing takes place with positive thinking and placebo patients healing.

The placebo effect is the power of intent and biophotons could also help us understand the placebo effect of self healing. Medical doctor Lisa Rankin, who validated that the body heals itself, found that many placebo patients, given sugar pills or salt water as a substitute for the real drugs [referred to as placebo], believed that they would heal in spite of not knowing that they got placebos. They had positive healing effects, often better than those of patients given medications or surgery.  Placebo persons believed that they will be healed. Their belief gave them the faith that they could get well and this stimulated the mental-mind-brain to react and change the chemistry of the body. There is no doubt that photons were involved in this healing process. Rankin: Body heals itself 2013

Biophoton emissions will vary according to the functional state of the organism. If a disease such as cancer affects certain cells, then the cells under attack will radiate a different photonic signature than healthy cells of the same type. Cancer cells and healthy cells of the same type, for instance, can be discriminated by typical differences in biophoton emission. In this way biophotons can be a noninvasive tool for assessing the state of health or vitality. Applications can extend far into other areas like testing food and water quality, checking for chemical or electromagnetic contamination. Biophysicists in many European and Asian countries are currently engaged in such research.  Biophoton Research

Skeptics, having read this far, may still be in disbelief about biophotons, that these are linked to the body and assume that it is not functional or safe at this time. Here is an example that such skeptics are behind the times.

The theory behind biophoton therapy is based on the work of Dr. Franz Morell and has been expanded by the work of Doctors L.C. Vincent and F.A. Popp, who theorized that light can affect the electromagnetic oscillation, or waves of the body and regulate enzyme activity.  Biophoton Research

Biophoton therapy is the application of light to particular areas of the skin for healing purposes. The light, or photons, that are emitted by sunlight are absorbed by the skin's photoreceptors and then travel through the body's nervous system to the brain, where they help regulate what is referred to as our human bio-energy. By stimulating certain areas of the body with specific quantities of light, biophoton therapy can help reduce pain as well as aid in various healing processes throughout the body.  Biophoton Research Biophoton light therapy vastly improves emotional, mental and physical health.

Many therapists are now practicing some form of biophton therapy. For example, Biophoton therapist Sandra Levarek, Certified Chiren® Practitioner in Biontology,™ has been a full-time practicing biophoton therapist in Sedona, Arizona, since 2012. This biophoton light therapy vastly improves one's emotional,  mental and physical health. The Chiren® instrument developed by Johan Boswinkel allows the therapists to tune into their clients and measure where the biophotons are emitting chaotic light. With this information a therapist can correct the chaotic light in order to give control back to the clients’ own health.  Kamp: Practicing biophoton therapy

A recent research has found that mammalian mitochondria can also capture light and synthesize ATP when mixed with a light-capturing metabolite of chlorophyll. The same metabolite fed to the worm Caenorhabditis elegans leads to increase in ATP synthesis upon light exposure, along with an increase in life span. Researchers further demonstrated that the same potential to convert light into energy exists in mammals, as chlorophyll metabolites accumulate in mice, rats and swine when fed a chlorophyll-rich diet. Results suggest chlorophyll type molecules modulate mitochondrial ATP by catalyzing the reduction of coenzyme Q, a slow step in mitochondrial ATP synthesis. Researcher Xu and associates found evidence that through consumption of plant chlorophyll pigments by animals are able to derive energy directly from sunlight.  Xu: chlorophyy helps capture photons in cells 2014  Chlorophyll in plants had been largely dismissed as being unimportant to humans, but now it has a place in one's diet. We all need to eat dark green leafy vetetable plants that have high chlorophyll content to stay smart and well and have chlorophyll act as a helper in the absorption and digestion of food.

The few examples of how photons can affect the human body opens a new chapter in understanding diseases and wellbeing. Skeptics who lack an understanding of quantum physics and are married to the medical model may challenge the theory of biophotons and the possibility that the body uses a hidden form of light to heal and regulate functions of the body. Science fiction has now become a reality!

Although there is a lot that we do not know about biophotons, one should be aware that biophoton technology has already been applied in industry for quite some time. A few examples: photon science has been applied to detect contaminents in spices; dried mushrooms; iodine content in fish and algae; dietary supplements; cosmetics; environmental radiation; tap water and soils. But the real challenge is to apply biophoton science to how the human body works.  Zehringer Application of biophotons to industry 2017

Although there are many missing links of information about how biophotons and the body work at this time, the door is open to a flood of more research and information in the next few years. Today we live in a nano-micro technology era where change comes exponentially swift and not slow as arithimetically in the industrial age. We need to change or become fossil dynosaurs.

I hope you enjoyed becoming more informed about how your body lights up.


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