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THE SOMATID CONNECTION

One of the most interesting components of both living and non-living matter are things called somatids, named as such by Gaston Naessens. Somatids are described as ultramicroscopic ,subcellular, living reproducing entities. They are remarkable in that they cannot be destroyed by ultraviolet radiation (routinely used to sterilize), or by 50,000 rems of nuclear radiation, or temperatures of over 200 degrees centigrade, and they are impossible to cut by diamond, and do not respond to any of the strongest antibacterial or anti fungal chemical agents.

Gaston Naessens was able to see somatids because working in the 1950s with artisans from the Lietz optical fac tory and the French military contractors Barbier-Bernard et Turenne, he constructed a microscope which can magnify live elements to enlargements of 30,000 X, with a resolution of 150 Angstroms (1 Angstrom = 100 millionth of a centimetre).The electron microscope can enlarge to the order of 400,00X with a resolution of 30-50 Angstroms but, as Naessens explains it, it ' necessitates manipulations that alter the physical aspects of objects being observed.' To understand the somatids , or even identify them correctly, however one has to be able to see the changes they go through.

Consequently, when tiny bits and pieces were found in the blood they were called 'dross' or crasse sanguine. Naessens has discovered that these small particles are in fact polymorphous (which means they occur in many or various forms) living things. In 1990 I had the opportunity to see a film showing somatids, which look like short, sparkling worms, tiny in comparison with red blood corpuscles and far more numerous. In a healthy person, somatids go through a three-stage cycle (somatids, spores, double spores) and produce, it is thought, trephone, a hormone indispensable to cellular division.
However, when the immune system is weakened or destabilized through stress or trauma, the somatid goes through another thirteen evolving forms(including bacteria, mycobacterial forms, yeast-like forms, ascopores, asci and mycelial forms).

Somatids are found in all living organisms, including the sap in plants. According to Francoise Naessens, Gaston's late wife and assistant, '...the "tiny bodies".. are fundamentally electrical in nature...Somatids are actually tiny living condensers of energy, the smallest ever found.' To understand the significance of this discussion, consider the fact that if a cube of fresh meat is injected with an in vitro culture of somatids, placed in a vacuum sealed vessel and put in the sun, the meat will only remain fresh, but will grow!

Gaston Naessens says, '..we have observed, in all biological liquids and particularly in the blood, an elementary particle endowed with a movement of the electronegative repulsion, possessing a polymorphic nature.' Essentials oils are a biological liquid and there is no reason to suppose that somatids are not present in them. It may well be that as further research is carried out, we will discover that essential oils in some way transfer somatids, the little condensers of energy, or influence the trephone factor - either chemically, electrically or energetically - and keep the somatids to a healthy (for us ) three-stage cycle.

Not only has Naessens discovered an extraordinary and marvellous microscope, and discovered somatids, he has developed a product based on camphor and its derivative called 714-X which has arrested and reversed the progress of diseases in over 1,000 cases of cancer as well as in several dozen cases of AIDS. Naessens writes , '...after having carried out numerous experiments on camphor and its derivative, we have discovered that this product is endowed with remarkable pharmaceutical properties. It carries to the tumour cells all the nitrogen that it needs, supressing by the same action the secretion that would paralyse the immune system.

Aromatherapists will find it interesting that he has chose to work with camphor. Oil of Borneo Camphor (Dryobalanops camphora) is used in aromatherapy for depressive states, and acts as a tonic, among other things. Borneol is also found in small amounts in the essential oils of lavender, cinnamon, rosemary and certain types of hyssop.

OTHER FACTORS
Invisible forces are a fact f life, the air is full of invisible messages - from mobile phone conversations to satellite TV pictures. No biologist discusses physiological processes without talking about electricity, which you or I don't see. Physicists tell us that all life is basically vibration, and there are even reputable scientists saying that life is basically vibration, and there are even reputable scientists saying that life is just a big hologram! Compared with this, talk about etheric emanations seems positively old hat and perhaps it's not so surprising that university professors are proving the existence of auric bodies and chakras. Preliminary studies are proving what aromatherapists have long known - that essential oils have an effect far beyond the physical body

SUMMARY
In the biological sciences there is still much to learn. To discuss essential oils solely in terms of chemical components is dismissive of other important factors in the nature of life. Aside from this, science has not yet identified all essential oil components. Life is living, that is the point! Nature has the capacity to retain life within it to a remarkable degree. In Denmark, Spergula arvensis seeds were germinated after 1,700 years and in China seeds of a Manchurian lotus were found to be fertile after 1,000 years.

While recognizing and acknowledging the importance of the therapeutic value of the known chemical components of essential oils, they are probably working in tandem with other factors, and syergistically with each other. The fact is that certain essential oils work in therapy in certain conditions, yet chemically their effects cannot be explained. Sitting on the shelf of bottles, essential oils might be regarded as nothing more than a chemical cocktail, but they are powerful, energetic, dynamic liquids.

Despite the criticism of being vague, aromatherapists continue to say that essential oils contain  a 'life force' but it may be some time before science can prove them wrong!

Reference : The Fragrant Mind : V A Worwood  

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