The accident of Japanese
nuclear power plant by earthquake and Tsunami scared all people in
the world about radiation exposure.
If you know how Sundo
practicing is good at lessening the damage from radiation exposures, would you
start practicing Sundo from today ?
1. Why radiation exposure is dangerous
When TRL4, a kind of protein in our body, detects any
bacteria or virus invasion to our body, it increases the number of neutrophils,
a kind of white blood cells, and captures the bacteria until newly generated
reactive oxygen can kill them. Therefore, reactive oxygen is essential to kill
bacteria, which is essential for the function of our immune system, but, the
problem is radiation exposure will break our body immune system and make lots of
reactive oxygen, even though there is no bacteria invasion. The reactive oxygen
is very unstable one, and will be combined at anything nearby quickly, while it
kills the cells and creates many kinds of fatal damages to the cells of our
reactive oxygen only for the purpose of killing bacteria, not for killing our
normal cells. Therefore, unless we control the reactive oxygen very carefully,
it will be extremely harmful to our health.
2. How we control such harmful
active oxygen ?
There has been lots of research about reactive oxygen in
the world. Doctors are now understanding a lot about it.
a. Autonomic nerves
control the balance between sympathetic nerve and parasympathetic nerve.
Sometimes energize more sympathetic nerve but sometimes more parasympathetic
nerve. it is a very delicate control.
The best way is not to make
unnecessary reactive oxygen at all. Reactive oxygen is made when sympathetic
nerve is energized when he/she was excited, angry, sad, stressful, tired by hard
working, and etc. Therefore, if we stimulate the parasympathetic
nerve intentionally, it will stimulate sympathetic nerve to calm down, peaceful
mind with deep breathing, and it will suppress the creation of reactive oxygen.
b. To remove the
already made active oxygen.
Our immune system also is ready to
make HSP(Heat shock protein) in our body when our body has been exposure by
radiation, and it will promote to produce Superoxide Dismutase (SOD), an
anti-oxygen enzyme at our organs.
And it neutralizes the reactive
oxygen. The problem is when we age, over 40, its level decreases, and it is not
enough to remove all the reactive oxygen by radiation exposure.
c. We need extra
SOD to fight against active oxygen.
Most of the plants are growing well
under the hot Sun which generates lots of ultra violet(UV) rays, because they
can produce enough SOD for themselves.
Even if we eat such natural SOD
through consumption, it is not shown to be beneficial.
Vitamin C or E is also a very good
anti-oxidant, and it works well in the labs during experiments, but actually
when we try it to the real patients, it doesn’t work at all. It doesn’t matter
whether it is made by natural raw materials or by man made chemicals.
Because, all of them become
ineffective in the stomach, before they reach to our cells.
Many pharmaceutical companies tried
to make such anti-oxidants but so far only one Japanese Doctor, Niwa Eukie,
succeed to make an effective one.
exercise will be good for health. But don’t over exercise than normal,
because it will create reactive oxygen. Sudden exercise is also
bad. Slow and steady exercise at the appropriate level, is the best way to
create the anti-oxygen enzyme, SOD.
3. Diferent kinds of active oxygen.
5 species of reactive oxygen, and among them, peroxide, OH, is the most unstable
and powerful to kill cells or damage DNA of cells, or create many kinds of
4. Why does it happen?
It is produced
in the process of metabolism. Mitochondria is the factory of producing energy in
every cell by using nutrient and oxygen. In the process, reactive oxygen is
produced as unwanted byproduct.
b. Once bacteria is detected, white blood
cells are activated and then reactive oxygen are produced to kill the bacteria.
If there is small number of reactive oxygen left, then our immune system can
remove them, but where there are too much left, it will damage our cells.
c. UV ray, Radiation ray,
agriculture pesticides, insecticides, and cigarette smoke also will create
reactive oxygen a lot.
5. Sundo practicing and stimulating
practicing is an exercise of stretching and deep breathing. It is in slow
motion, but uses whole body with over 500 different postures of stretching. It
helps to keep balance of our body, and autonomic nerve system. Generally
speaking, it is more oriented to stimulate parasympathetic nerve, by deep
breathing and peaceful mind. The more we learn and practice the Haenggong, we
can breath less number of times. It will reduce the amount of oxygen we use and
slow down the metabolism, which leads to decreased reactive oxygen production.
Great master Cchungsan demonstrated to stay in the deep water for 17 minutes
without any equipments. That was possible because he was able to slow down his
Even if it is a weak
Radiation exposure, but with repeated exposure, it can create large damage. We
should cautious about small dose radiation exposures like X-rays and
practicing Sundo everyday, and remove daily created reactive oxygen from your body.
you accumulate it in your body ?