We are seeking to develop hypotheses and theories; up to now, this has been driven by a small group of scientists, but going forward, we would like to build a community and work with others to develop ideas to be tested.
The Foundation is seeking to build on research undertaken, for example, at the Research Centre for Optimal Health at Westminster University in London, and the Harwell campus in Oxfordshire. This research initially focused on the role of natural compounds and how they affect bioenergetics, but is now extending to investigate the role of biological photons (biophotons) and electromagnetic fields (EMF) in this interaction. The main focus is therefore the mitochondrion, which not only may generate its own photons and EMF, but is also modulated by external photons and EMF. We have, in fact, speculated that the mitochondrion can, in many ways, be viewed as an entity reliant of quantum effects (Nunn, Guy, and Bell 2016).
Historically, the foundation of quantum mechanics was based on theories that explain how light, in the form of photons, interacts with electrons and atoms – photons are actually the force carrying entities in EMFs. It thus goes back to the time of Einstein, and other greats in the field, such as de Broglie and Planck. Although the idea of EMFs and photons do play a key role in life has been around for 1960s, as proposed by Herbert Fröhlich, the idea that biophotons were important has been around even longer, ever since Alexander Gurwitsch started looking for “morphogenetic fields” in the 1920s, and discovered the UV light, derived from one set of cells, could influence another – the so called “mitogenetic radiation”. This was later picked up the Russian research community, who confirmed the existence of “dark luminescence”, and was then expounded by Fritz-Albert Popp from the 1970s onwards (Popp 2003).
Although there has been some newer emerging research showing that cancer cells, if exposed to beta radiation, can emit UV which affects other cells (Le et al. 2015), with the advent of new technology, it is becoming possible to rigorously explore these ideas in much more detail. Being able to study the interaction between photons, mitochondria, and electromagnetic fields and metabolism in single cells, and critically, between cells, could provide a valuable clue as to whether or not these basic quantum principles are being used by life today, and whether they are modulated by compounds used as medicines. If it can be shown that indeed, life is also using photonic modulation in metabolism, this could have a profound influence on how we view life itself.