Seeing is believing.

Vision is a powerful sense.

Whether the capacity for vision is the product of thousands of years of evolutionary development or the result of an original design modified over time by the aforementioned invisible hand, vision is a marvelously powerful tool. While roughly 0.3% of the American public is legally blind, I have heard it said that the majority of people relate to the world around them primarily through their visual sense. Even if you are an auditory or kinesthetic learner, I’ll bet that you rely heavily on your vision to help you navigate your world.

It is often easier to understand a new concept when you can see how it works. Advances in computing are transforming education at the moment, and I am amazed by how quickly young children pick up new concepts with the assistance of visual aids. Subjects that formerly required the ability to imagine or picture a theory or process can now be portrayed in graphic detail, thanks to computer-generated graphics.

One such development caught both my eye and interest the other day, and it comes to us from the field of scientific animation. XVIVO Scientific Animation aims to provide knowledge through animation. Two of their visual productions in particular made me think that had I seen such animations earlier in my education that I might have elected science rather than political science and business as my major:

I mentioned yesterday that our bodies are marvelously designed. It excites me to have a visual representation of the tiny processes that translate the invisible life force into visual tangible expression. Watching these videos heightened my awe and appreciation for the little things in life that make life possible and led me to think more about the lifestyle choices I make from day to day.

The food you eat, the attitudes you hold and the investments you make in the world around you all reverberate through and impact the various layers of organization in your body – systems, organs, tissues, cells and so on. There is an increasingly popular system of medicine called “Functional Medicine,” which is based in part on the idea that our increasingly toxic world is impacting the normal function of the very cells that make a healthy life possible. The result? Simply put: what is now commonly recognized as chronic disease.

Why are healthy lifestyle choices important? Because they can have a positive impact on the very processes depicted in these stunning visual animations. Healthy cells, productive mitochondria, unpolluted intercellular material, and so on translate into better health and a greater sense of wellbeing.

I hope that you, as I did, can see the importance of maintaining a clean, healthy body in a new light because of the pioneering efforts of companies like XVIVO. They say that seeing is believing and I have seen and I believe!

7 thoughts on “Seeing is believing.

  1. Kolya

    Wow, that’ was like watching the Matrix. It was incredible and almost unbelievable that all of that is going on as I sit here and eat a piece of toast.

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  2. MCR

    Great visuals. I am reading a book about how the health of the cardiovascular system has a dramatic impact on all the organs of the body. Seemingly unrelated illnesses can be helped as this is understood.
    I know many would say, well of course but this isn’t the thread that most doctors would follow to help a patient. Next time you visit your doctor ask about the interaction of the hormonal system and high blood pressure, or ask how you can find out what minerals you’re deficient in and how is that affecting your health.
    A common example is the “party line” on blood pressure; “we don’t know what causes it.” There are a growing number of doctors that don’t believe that high blood pressure is caused from a lack of high blood pressure medication. They are educating themselves on how the body’s health can be treated on the cellular and biochemical levels. If the foundation is not healthy why would we think the organ or system would be.
    Thanks Gregg, we are ultimately responsible for our own health and this information helps.

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  3. Colin

    This is great stuff. Being able to see the body’s processes in detail like this are great for people who might not be able to really connect with a written description or a picture from an electron microscope. I’m glad you brought up that it’s our responsibility to take care of these processes in ourselves, though. A mitochondria will use what it is given; it can’t make the choice not to eat donuts for dinner.
    Did anyone else see the parallel between the depicted cellular landscape and an ecosystem in the macrocosm? In both, there are individuals that seem independent (whether a lysosome or a vulture) but actually are very interdependent in their specific roles. Another great topic!

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