What is Chronobiotic Nutrition? by Marcella vonn Harting

Chronobiotic Nutrition is about eating foods at precise times of day for specific health results. When this system of eating is followed, the benefits are optimum digestion, nutritional efficiency, high-level wellness, and robust vitality. Chronobiotic Nutrition is based on a person's utilization of circadian rhythms of light and color similar to acupuncture's "Midnight-Noon Law," which is also based on the same rhythms of light and color.

The human body would be in a state of total nutrient lockup without the synchronization of all physiological transportation of fluids and solids. The antidote to nutritional gridlock is a time-controlled eating protocol like Chronobiotics. Attending to the cellular "terrain" of the body is useless without attending to the terrain's time-specific traffic laws.

The Chronobiological light cycle is a timing function regulating the growth cycle of all life on planet Earth. Our primary and intrinsic biological pacemaker has been genetically hard-wired into us by billions of sunrises and sunsets on this planet. Evolution has calibrated organic life's DNA to the 24-hour cycle of day and night. Gay Gaer Luce in "Body Time: Physiological Rhythms and Social Stress," written in 1971, validates humans have a time structure.

The human body is a living sundial consummately calibrated to the daily bombardment of energy waves emanating from the Sun and modified by Earth's atmosphere and magnetosphere. Physiologists have noticed some biological processes fluctuate with the tides, phases of the moon, rising and setting of the Sun and the seasons. The processes continue on a 24-hour cycle even when a person is unaware of the time of day.

The Earth's 24-hour rotation in relationship to the angle of the Sun's radiation causes a frequency-pulling entrainment determining the rhythm and survival of everything moving or crawling on this planet. In essence, the Sun's angle of light acts as a giant pendulum causing every smaller pendulum to swing in unison. If you hang a hundred pendulum clocks on a wall, within 24 hours all clocks will be entrained and calibrated to the biggest pendulum clock.

The Sun is the dominant "pendulum clock" in our terrestrial environment. When a smaller "pendulum clock" (one of us) becomes desynchronized from the dominant clock (the Sun), the result is dis-ease and eventual extinction. Chronobiotics re-establishes the resonant bond between man and the environmental field. Each human organ has a 'timing' relationship in its function. For example, the peak period for the lungs is 3:00-5:00 am and this is often the time of death from lung ailments, e.g. pneumonia, tuberculosis, or emphysema. Asthma's relationship to timing is discussed in detail in The American Journal of Medicine (July 29, 1988) medical article "A Nocturnal Disease." William W. Busse M.D. assigns the lowest oxidative rate of lung function from 3:00 - 4:00 am and the highest oxidative rate of lung function to 3:00 - 4:00 pm.

The science of Chronobiology seeks to use optimal timing to treat illness. The healing method that incorporates the circadian rhythms is known as Chronotherapy. According to Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D. (CancerDecisions.com), there are more than 50,000 articles in PubMed about Chronobiology and 78 references to clinical trials.Dr. Halbergin reported in 1972 in the journal Science that simply changing the time of day at which a drug was given to leukemic mice, increased their survival rate three-fold. A clinical study with humans conducted at the University of Minnesota published results in the journal Science in 1984.

A group of women with advanced ovarian cancer were given standard drugs for treatment, Adriamycin and cisplatin. Half of these patients were given treatment at 6 am while the other half received their drugs at 6 pm. After five years, the survival rate was 44 percent in those who received a favorable timing schedule while just 11 percent in those who received a less favored schedule.Where Chronobiology is chiefly concerned with treating illness, Chronobiotic Nutrition aims to head off problems in advance through applying optimal timing to how we eat.

Marcella Vonn Harting is co-author of the new book, "Yes, No, Maybe, Chronobiotic Nutrition" (Yes No Maybe Publishing LLC; 2004; $18). She consults for the aromatherapy and nutrition industries and has presented workshops in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Japan and France. For more info on her book and workshops, please visit: www.yesnomaybe.net, or call 1-480-443-3224.