Our creator gave everything on this planet an internal body clock. To keep it ticking and alive and well, the spirit of the tick-tock was best expressed by St. Francis of Assisi, who was born in Italy in 1181 and died Oct. 3,1226, at his beloved chapel, Portiuncula. He was recognized by Pope John Paul II as the patron saint of ecology. In his poem entitled “Canticle of Creatures,” which has since become known as “The Hymn to the Sun,” a praise poem to God for His wonderful works, he refers to the beauty and brilliance of brother sun that gives us light and warmth.
The light of the moon and stars are remembered for their brightness. Precious water and fire are also praised. Gifts from Mother Earth that give us fruit, bright flowers and herbs are lifted up. Even brother wind, air and clouds has its place to sustain life. Finally, even praise was given for sister bodily death, from whom no man living may escape. It is evident from this poem that the clock of time is measurable in changes that take place on our Earth.
The human body clock also ticks and expresses itself in momentary changes. An article by Dr. Richard Martin, head of the pulmonary division at the National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine, Denver, Colo., revealed that different diseases and body systems peak at various times throughout the day. The following is an example of some conditions that are time-related in a 24-hour period:
Midnight: The multiplication of skin cells is at its peak.
1 a.m.: Most surgical deaths occur, pregnant women are most likely to deliver and cells known as lymphocytes increase in numbers.
2 a.m.: Growth hormones peak.
3 a.m.: Blood pressure bottoms out.
4 a.m.: Asthma symptoms increase, diabetes becomes more sever and stroke rates peak.
6 a.m.: Severity of allergic rhinitis and rheumatoid arthritis peak and onset of menstruation is most likely.
7 a.m.: Blood pressure and heart rate rise dramatically.
8 a.m.: Most common time of day for angina attacks and heart attacks.
9 a.m.: Urinary volume peaks.
3 p.m.: Mental performance and physical strength peak.
6 p.m.: Severity of osteoarthritis peaks.
8 p.m.: Most common time of day for cerebral or brain hemorrhage.
9 p.m.: Blood pressure peaks.
11 p.m.: Greatest concentration of circulating blood cells known as eosinophils and lymphocytes. These cells are released during infections.
I hope you can now realize how the complex and magnificent body that you have inherited operates. It is therefore important, even when taking medications, that you and your physician consider all of the above facts.