Fiber Optic Carbon Fibers

@midjourneybot: /imagine: human fascia conducting piezo electricity

The outermost layer of the “human robot” is covered in a protective skin. Our skin cells, called Keratinocytes, protect our internal air and water from exposure to external air and water in the environment. Remember, 60% of our bodies are water so that our cells can perform chemical reactions and conduct electricity. So our skin cells have even more oils and fats, called Lipids, than the other cells in our body. Keratinocytes even pack lipids into the extracellular matrix between cells.

Our skin has its own “oil sprinkler system” that constantly secretes fresh oil onto the surface of our robot. The little sprinkler heads are known as Sebaceous Glands and the oil is known as Sebum. Sebum protects us from bacteria, viruses, and the sun with a mixture of lipids, wax esters, and squalene. Squalene acts as an antioxidant to protect us against harmful UV radiation, so your skin is secreting its own sunscreen on you right now. 😎


@biblenerds: Oils are our protection from the entropy in our environment. It’s why oils are the main ingredient in lotions, lip balms, and shampoos. The Bible uses oil in anointing rituals for the same reason we use oil to fry up chicken in a pan—oil provides protection from the fire. 🔥


Fascinating Fascia

Just under our skin is a fabric that wraps around our entire body called Fascia. Fascia is one of the most fascinating substances in the human body. Fascia and fascinating both come from the same Latin word that means “to bind”. To be fascinated literally means to be spellbound. Here’s what fascia looks like up close.

To learn more about fascia, here are a few quotes from “Fascia 101” by Ashley Black.

The Four Types of Fascia

  1. Superficial Fascia: Considered the deepest layer of skin, superficial fascia gives you your outward shape.

  2. Deep Fascia: This layer of dense, fibrous connective tissue surrounds individual muscles and ligaments and groups them together for functional movement.

  3. Visceral Fascia: Found within your abdomen, visceral fascia surrounds your internal organs and suspends them in place.

  4. Fascial “Spinal Straw”: These three layers of fascia surround the spinal column and attach to all the other types of fascia to provide nourishment to the spinal discs of the spine. This type of fascia is also responsible for shortening the distance between vertebrae.

What Does Fascia Do?

  • Forms Connective Tissue: Like a rubber band wrapped around and within a set of straws, fascia holds your body parts in place and connects them. Fascia moves, relaxes, and stretches with the muscle fibers, and this sticky material also houses blood and nerves that link each part of your body together.

  • Reacts to Trauma: Fascia protects your systems from within by reacting and responding to trauma. For example, it's the material responsible for creating post-surgery scar tissue. Fascia also creates tightness in your joints when they are unstable or misaligned. While this tightness is a protective measure that prevents you from further injuring yourself, tight fascia tissue can cause problems and limit your range of motion.

  • Acts as a Communication System: As fascia is found within almost every region of the body, it provides the perfect framework for a functional communication system. Like a fiber optic cable, the fascia sends signals from one part of your body to the rest—all more quickly and efficiently than your nerve endings can.

  • Stores Fluid: Fascia is filled with fluid, which keeps it flexible. This fluid must flow continuously to maintain smooth functioning. If the fascia is low on fluid, it will fail to operate properly.

  • Efficient Delivery System: Fascia acts as the ultimate transportation system by delivering nutrients to cells and transporting waste and other unwanted compounds. It absorbs the nutrients from the capillaries and transports them throughout the body through blood.

  • Transfers Electrical Energy: Similar to acupuncture, fascia transfers energy and frequency vibrations from one part of your body to the rest. In fact, ancient healing arts like QiGong believe that fascia contains and transports Qi, the body's ultimate life force.

  • Long Term Storage System: While storage systems are beneficial for protecting your physical belongings, the fascia can hold on to more than you bargained for. This connective tissue holds onto toxins as well as emotions and trauma. Releasing these toxins from your fascia through massage therapy appointments with physical therapists can lead to significant improvements—emotionally, mentally, and physically.

What Does Unhealthy Fascia Do?

  • tightens the entire body and limits your range of motion

  • triggers myofascial pain syndrome (MPS)

  • disrupts communication signals and limits blood flow

  • traps toxins in the body

  • dries out and becomes brittle and thick

  • cannot take in nutrients, causing cells to die

  • blocks energy flow and cell voltage

  • limits muscle elasticity and triggers chronic pain

  • physically traps trauma in your body

  • may trigger tightening that leads to migraines

  • can tear, like a hernia or grade 1-2 muscle tear

  • can fold or bunch, causing adhesions

Fascia is a really big deal. Every muscle we have is doubled bagged in fascia. Every organ we have is double bagged in fascia. The shape of our fascia even defines the shape of our body…in every kind of way you can imagine. We basically live inside a “tailored wetsuit” made of fascia fabric.

The fabric of our wetsuit is so high tech, it is practically magical. Fascia not only carries all the wiring for our nervous system, it is also Piezoelectric, which means it generates electricity when it’s compressed. So when we walk, the ground force from each step actually sends a wave of electricity from our feet up through our entire body. We literally “plug into the ground” with every step we take, which is why NASA requires astronauts to run on a treadmill for two hours every day in space. If they don’t power their muscles, they can’t even walk when they return to Earth.

The very individual way each foot strikes the ground changes how the piezoelectricity is distributed through our bodies. That’s why you might have seen a chart like this from Chinese medicine:

Are you fascinated yet?

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For some crazy reason, Western medicine treats fascia like packing material from an Amazon box—some surgeons just cut it out and leave it on the operating table. So the only medical videos about fascia on YouTube come from chiropractors, or this one from a university research lab called, “Strolling under the Skin”. (29 mins)

Most amazingly, our fascia is also Fiber Optic, which means it conducts light. Fascia also conducts heat, in addition to light and electricity. Fascia even transmits forces across our body, just like a spider web—when a fly gets caught at the edge of a spider web, its struggle to escape is felt across the entire web. 🕸️


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Carbon Fibers

Our fascia fabric is woven together with threads made from a protein called Collagen. Collagen threads have a triple helix weave pattern which means they don’t stretch along their longitudinal axis. This gives them high tensile strength.

In the previous story, “Micro Machines and Micro Computers”, we learned that the average human is 50-60% water, 15-30% fat, 10-20% protein, and 6% minerals. Well, collagen is 30% of total proteins, which makes it the most abundant protein in our body. It’s incredible that all those little micro machines know how to lock together and then braid themselves into fiber optic threads. 🧬

Our bodies weave the collagen threads into all kinds of intricate patterns to create sheets of varying elasticity. The collagen sheets in our Ligaments and Tendons are arranged with long, parallel fibers that act like industrial strength rubber bands. The stretch in some of these weaves can withstand 1000 pounds of force. 🏋️‍♂️

In contrast, the collagen weaves used in our Bones are designed to be incredibly stiff. These sheets have earthly minerals embedded in them like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium and potassium. The embedded minerals give them additional strength and rigidity, just of like carbon fiber. Our bones are basically “calcium fiber” instead of “carbon fiber”. Actually, if we look at the chemical composition of collagen, carbon atoms are 50% of collagen’s total molecular weight. So our bones actually are carbon fiber.

You are a carbon fiber robot with fiber optic electronics. Literally and molecularly.

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Maybe the most surprising thing about our ligaments, tendons, and bones is how they work together. Remember this skeleton guy from Biology class who had hinges between his bones for joints?

It’s natural to think that’s how our robot works, but it’s actually backwards. Our ligaments and tendons aren’t holding our bones together, they are equally pulling all our bones apart, all at the same time. This design principle is called Tensegrity. Here’s a more accurate model of how our skeleton works:

See how our bones can never actually touch? Our ligaments and tendons use tension to stay “loaded” with potential energy all the time. Tensegrity is a big reason why the human body is so energy efficient. The average “human robot”, weighing 150 pounds, only needs the calories in an apple to move all its weight a mile.🦿

Our design is incredible.

If you want to keep learning about our fascinating fascia, check out “Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Manual and Movement Therapists” by Thomas Myers.

Pains in the Neck and Everywhere Else

Tensegrity works amazingly well…as long as all the tension in our body is symmetrical.

I learned this the hard way because my spine is not very symmetrical. I received permanent damage to my left rib cage before I learned to walk. As a kid, I was diagnosed with an extreme umbilical hernia, scoliosis, and kyphosis—which is just a fancy way of saying I am a partial hunchback.

My left oblique muscle, left pec minor, left glute minor, and gall bladder were completely paralyzed. I was unable to fully exhale on my left side until I was 45 years old. The cork screw twist in my torso meant that my shoulders and hips were never in the right place when I moved, which lead to a lifetime of serious joint pains. 😣

I began seriously researching fascia in 2018 after hearing a story about a physical therapist who could completely cure “golfer's elbow” with a paper cup and a box of pencils. I was intrigued. Before this therapist treated people, she would warn them, “I can cure your golfer’s elbow, but you're going to hate me for it.” She would fill the paper cup with water and place it in the freezer. During the appointment, she would peel away the paper rim and use the ice to completely numb the elbow. Then she would take the eraser ends of the pencils and dig them deep into the elbow—twisting, smashing, and grinding up all that bad fascia.

Over the next few days, the patient’s body flushed out all that damaged fascia and rebuilt itself, just like our DNA is pre-programmed to do. So the important lesson to learn is that trauma sometimes leads to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), but more often trauma leads to Post Traumatic Growth (PTG).

I liked this idea, but as a scientist I wanted more datapoints. So I setup an elaborate experiment to test how various forms of healthcare treated fascia. Over the next 12 months, I presented the exact same story about pain in my elbow to experts in almost every kind of fascial therapy I could find:

  • Orthopedic surgeon

  • Physical Therapy

  • Thai massage

  • Chiropractors

  • Chinese acupressure massage

  • Rolfing Structural Integration

  • Postural Restoration Institute (PRI)

  • Active Release Therapy

  • Ayurvedic massage

  • Pilates

  • QiGong

  • Tai Chi

  • Yoga

  • Bowen Therapy

  • Gua Sha Scraping

  • Chinese Cupping

  • Swedish massage

  • Craniosacral massage

  • Ashiatsu

  • Neufit electrotherapy

Each of these professionals prescribed a different remedy based on what they thought was the root cause. The orthopedic surgeon wanted to inject my elbow with Cortizone to numb the pain. The physical therapists massaged and flexed the tendonitis immediately surrounding my elbow. The active release therapists stretched the fascia along the forearm and tricep muscles. The Rolfers focused on mobilizing the fascia in my shoulder and wrist. Chiropractors thought the problem was in my spine, while Thai massage focused on my sacrum. Ashiatsu massage focused on “meridians” or lines of force that travel along my entire body. Chinese acupressure has a similar strategy, and they worked my elbow problem all the way down to my feet.

My takeaway from that experiment was: the more “Western” the medicine, the more myopic it is. The more “Western” the medicine, the less it cares about fascia. The only thing I like about Western medicine today are the advanced machines (like MRI scanners) and the drugs. Western medicine is so good at managing pain, that sometimes pain is the only thing they try to manage. How does a cortisone shot correct the underlying structural issues caused by repetitive stress?

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Most of the professionals I encountered in this research are “cash medicine” in America, so I was able to interview them for a full hour. Fortunately, I had the research budget to invest in this because when health insurance pays for our health appointments, we only get 6-8 minutes with the doctor.

My first good interview came from Steve Cuddy in Austin, who is certified by the Postural Restoration Institute (PRI). Cuddy told me that almost all our aches and pains are caused by 1 of 3 things: our eyes, our lungs, or our teeth. 👀🫁🦷

That seemed way to simple, so I asked him to prove it to me. Cuddy had me stand up straight, squeeze my teeth together slightly, and then look down at the floor. He asked, “Which leg is carrying more of your weight?” I was leaning on my right leg so strongly that my left knee was bent. Then he said, “Okay, look up and open your mouth”. He placed a tongue depressor in the left side of my mouth and asked me to bite down again. He said, “Okay, look down again”. Without me noticing, my weight had shifted onto my left leg so strongly that my right knee was bent. I immediately asked him to do it again, like a kid watching street magic. 🪄

Our teeth and our tongue subconsciously influence the motion and balance of our entire body because they are integral to our Vestibular System. Lines of tension from everywhere in our body travel up through our neck and merge right behind our jaw. Our brain basically controls our entire body like a marionette puppet from the hyoid bone. So if you have pain anywhere in your body, you’ll also have pain somewhere in your neck.


@biblenerds: The tongue really is the rudder of the body, just like it says in James 3. It’s not just a metaphor.

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When you see Michael Jordan dunking a basketball, the shape of his tongue is revealing exactly what his brain is telling his body. ⏩

Our tongue posture even affects the shape of our face. Here’s a short video to learn more. (5 mins)

All my fascia research since my interview with Cuddy has only confirmed exactly what he told me years ago. Take the eyes for example. Our bodies will do whatever they have to do throughout the day to keep our eyes level and steady at all times. Most animals with stereoscopic vision do this. Your eyes are probably level right now, regardless of your body position. Here’s a few seconds of a cheetah running in slow motion. Just watch how hard this animal’s body works to keep its eyes level and steady at full speed.

Here’s how keeping our eyes level can become a problem. Let’s say that you naturally prefer the left side of your couch when watching TV. When you lean up against the left arm rest, your brain will subconsciously change the energy distribution in all of your muscles to keep your eyes level. When your spine leans to the left, the right side of your neck will automatically become shorter than your left. Not a big deal, right?

If your “Netflix and chill” is 2-3 hours per day like everyone else, that’s 2-3 hours per day of flexing your right neck muscles slightly harder than your left. After a few weeks of doing absolutely nothing wrong, your neck muscles are now “asymmetrically strong”. The problem is when you stand up straight, the left side of your neck now has to work harder than the right to keep your eyes level. So by the time you get back home at the end of each day, you literally have a pain in the neck. You can massage it or stretch it, but eventually you will sit back down in your favorite spot and unconsciously make the problem worse.

Every repetitive motion leads to asymmetric strength, and every asymmetric strength leads to pain.

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Repairing the Robot

The reason we lose flexibility and range of motion as we age is because the fascia in our bodies prefer to trade “complexity of motion” for “specialization of motion”. Our bodies constantly tailor the shape of our fascia wetsuits to make it easier for us to repeat our most common motions in the future.

Whenever our body wants to make a muscle stronger, the body shortens the muscle. In the example of watching TV from the left side of the couch, remember how the right neck muscle became shorter than the left? Strong muscles are strong muscles, but also “short muscles” are strong muscles. Bodybuilders have muscles so short that they can barely move. Their short muscles create explosive power, but they are completely exhausted after about 30 seconds. By contrast, the “long muscles” of ballerinas can lift their entire body weight for an entire ballet.

This is why it’s important for us to practice Yoga or Tai Chi every day as we age—those series of motions create “complexity of motion”. Yoga and Tai Chi will keep your robot young and nimble as long as you practice them. So the first way to repair our robot is to actually use it thoroughly. This is easier said than done, so find a Yoga or Tai Chi class near you.

Use it or lose it.

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The second way to repair our robot is myofascial release. After a few years of studying fascia and the various ways to improve it, I began training as a Rolfer in 2020. Rolfing Structural Integration is the only intervention that I found that can address every malfunction of our fascia including injuries, repetitive stress, and developmental abnormalities. #hunchbackofmaterdame

Rolfing was invented by a brilliant woman named Ida Rolf 🤩. She was born in 1896 and earned a PhD in Biochemistry from Columbia University before women in America had the right to vote. Here’s a 2-min video to show you what Rolfing looks like.

Our fascia fabric constantly adheres to itself to shorten our muscles, but sometimes the adhesions come from injury. Rolfing manually separates these adhesions to return our joints and muscles to their prior state. Rolfing actually makes our joints and muscles “younger” than they are today.

For the last three years, I have practiced Rolfing on myself, my wife, and our kids for at least two hours every single day. Most importantly, for those first 18 months, I practiced Rolfing for the first hour every day WITH MY EYES CLOSED. Spending an hour every day in forced blindness changed my life.

It all started when I asked one of my myofascial coaches, “Why does it seem like you have x-ray vision? Like, how did you know my leg was going to hurt right there before you got there?” She said, “Well, it’s interesting you say that. The lady who trained me was blind. I asked her almost the same question. She said that I needed to stop seeing with my eyes and start seeing with my hands, so she challenged me to work with my eyes closed. If you are really serious about improving your game, you should work on yourself with your eyes closed.”

So I did.

For months I felt like a clumsy idiot. I dug my fingers into my knees, elbows, and armpits to trace the lines of tension that ran throughout my fascia. Wherever I found adhesions, I pinned them while I moved the joints on either side of the adhesion to learn all the unnatural twists in my body. It took months, but eventually my brain built a 3-D mental map of the human body that’s really difficult to describe. It was kind of like learning a foreign language. Now, when I feel someone’s forearm muscle for example, I somehow know exactly what’s wrong with their shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles.

Today, I also use a cadre of specialized tools that aid myofascial release. I store them in our living room so they are never more than a few feet away. They include: Therabands, Hip Hook, Pso-back, Thrival Meat Grinder, fused lacrosse balls, foam rollers, Chinese cups, Gua sha scrapers, Hypervolt percussion gun, pneumatic posture pump, Hip Ball, Nuckle, Rotater Reliever, Yoga Toes, Chirp wheels, Pelvic Clock, Castleflexx calf stretcher, DoubleUp Roller Vice and the Blackboard foot trainer. I also have a Rogue Fitness pull up bar mounted in my living room that my kids and I hang on every day.

Using these tools is also easier said than done, so find a Rolfer near you.


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