Chronobiology

Chronobiology is a field of science that examines periodic (cyclic) phenomena in living organisms and their adaptation to solar and lunar related rhythms. Research into the field of chronobiology has shown the functions and processes of the living organisms can be predicted over daily, monthly and yearly cycles. These cycles are known as biological rhythms. “Chrono” pertains to time and “biology” pertains to the study, or science, of life. The related terms chronomics and chronome have been used in some cases to describe either the molecular mechanisms involved in chronobiological phenomena or the more quantitative aspects of chronobiology, particularly where comparison of cycles between organisms is required. This great science explains why the symptoms of certain diseases and conditions are worse at particular times of the day, month or year. It is a new meaning of study methodology of biological phenomena based on the cronovariations of the environmental energies and the biological phenomena altogether considered, on the same time (chronos).

Chronobiological studies include but are not limited to comparative anatomy, physiology, genetics, molecular biology and behavior of organisms within biological rhythms mechanics. Other aspects include development, reproduction, ecology and evolution. Even today with all these huge improvements in the field of medicine, it has been a great struggle to convince physicians, scientists, and others in the North America of the importance of chronobiology.

The University of Minnesota’s Franz Halberg, M.D., is known around the world for his study of the relationship between the body’s time structure and health.

According to Franz Halberg, M.D.: “Chronobiology, the study of mechanisms underlying rhythms spawned chronomics, the mapping of chronomes as objective endpoints, consisting of point-and-interval estimates of characteristics, justified by the recognition of a need to deal with the high extent of generality if not ubiquity of chronomes. The importance of time structures warrants a new cartography, chronomics, that should be useful, if not indispensable for routine consultation in any planning of data collection and/or interpretation. Conceivably, this journal could contribute to this still unrealized goal in biomedicine, also needed more broadly in other disciplines. Illustrative transdisciplinary examples are found in 2,759 published titles (through September 2003), most of them listed on my website http://www.msi.umn.edu/~halberg/.

“It’s been a bloody fight to put across what is today generally accepted as circadian rhythms, that you have built into you a time structure as a genetic feature with ups and downs that determines how you respond to a drug, or a physical stimulus, or to emotions.” ~Halberg

Click on the link to read the electronic version of the article – Review of Transdisciplinary unifying implications of circadian findings in the 1950s

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