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Exploring the Spectrum: The Effects of Natural and Artificial Light on Living Organisms

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An exciting video journey through the world of time-lapse photography by one of the founders of the science of photobiology. Do fluorescent lights cause cancer and childhood learning and behavior disorders? Can long-term exposure to low-level radiation as from TV sets, computers, fluorescent lights, and similar devices harm your health? Does living behind window glass and with glasses covering our eyes over years affect our health? Is natural sunlight and trace ultra-violet radiation really harmful to our health? Or is it necessary and beneficial? How do cells, plants and animals respond to constant exposure to different light color frequencies? Does mal-illumination and electrosmog create nervous agitation and a weakened immune system? These and similar questions were the subject of Dr. John Nash Ott's pioneering investigations in the field of photobiology, using the methods of time-lapse photography. In an era of increasing low-level electromagnetic pollution, where everyone is "wired up" to the internet 24/7, and even children have the latest cell phones, iPods, blueberrys and other Wi-Fi gizmos, sitting under fluorescent lights with eyeballs glued to display screens, Dr. Ott shows we are paying the price with our health and biology. Our indoor lifestyles and chronic wearing of UV-blocking eye-glasses and contact lenses additionally has deprived us of biologically-necessary natural trace-ultraviolet and bluer frequencies of light, with an irrational and nearly superstitious fear of natural sunlight. Dr. Ott's time-lapse movies, reproduced here, show how plants and animals are deeply affected in movement, growth, form and sexual behavior, by these significant bioenergetic changes in our natural living conditions. This is a wonderful video showing Dr. Ott's original film sequences from 30 years ago, including entire plants growing from a seed to fruit in less than a minute. A fascinating nature study for both adults and children! Digitally remastered from Dr. Ott's original 35mm films, and much better quality than the older VHS version, this is a collector's item and scientific masterpiece guaranteed to transfix both the amateur and professional, and a definite must for every parent and schoolteacher.

About the Director

Dr. Ott founded Ott Pictures, and the Environmental Health and Light Research Institute in Sarasota, Florida. Many of the time-lapse sequences in several of the late Walt Disney's films, such as Secrets of Life and Nature's Half Acre are the work of John Ott, as well as the time-lapse sequences in Paramount's production On a Clear Day You Can See Forever.

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Product Details

  • Directors: John Nash Ott
  • Format: Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Natural Energy Works
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2008
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015I0HKO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,371 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Dr. John Ott was upsetting a lot of establishment-type dogmatic teachers and professors in the 1970s and 80s, because his work showed we all need the trace UV radiation which comes from the sun, and that it is not a danger. He showed how "mal-illumination" created illness in plants and laboratory mice, and his work suggested schoolchildren were reacting badly -- with outbreaks of lukemia and hyperactive behavior -- when confined like lab rats in those window-less fluorescent-lit cages called "schools". He stumbled upon these problems while making time-lapse films for Disney, observing that basic physiology and even sexual behavior was affected by loss of trace UV, and that life required full-spectrum light and the normal dark period of rest. The implications of this is, fluorescent lights (even the cute little "compact fluorescents", which are little toxic bombs) cause cancers and childhood learning and behavior disorders. And long term exposure to non-visible radiations from fluorescent lights, computers, microwave ovens, cell phones and such, can also harm your health. This film not only details an important scientific discovery, but it is entertaining, as you get to see all kinds of plants moving and growing in speeded-up time-lapse photography. Not just the opening of flowers, but the growth and ripening of apples and bananas, the growth of a full-size pumpkin from a tiny seed shoot, and the crazy behavior of lab rats and children when exposed to low-level electromagnetic frequencies, as compared to when those frequencies are blocked. He also shows how greenhouses using uv-transmitting plastic windows have better and healthier growth than the normal ones using uv-blocking window-glass. Same with animal breeders, where the lack of UV in indoor pens led to sickness. Really quite amazing. Dr.Read more ›
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The packaging of this DVD didn't impress me and I was a bit skeptical, but the video itself sure did!

The first part of the DVD was goofy and supposed to be funny. It may have been done for Disney, and you may want to skip over it. After the band stops playing it gets very serious the rest of the way.

This isn't just a dry classroom lecture on light like some of the stuff you see on YouTube such as a professor giving a PowerPoint presentation. This is mostly video clips of many lab experiments during Dr. John Ott's career. You really must see some of his light experiments. In particular, the cellular changes due to different lighting.

I must admit my early research online into light and color left me a bit skeptical because it seemed somewhat like off-the-wall New Age ideas, but all that changed once I saw what happens to your cells. I don't know how you can argue with what you see under a microscope.

Ott notes at one point that some of his health discoveries were only discovered by time-lapse photography, and you would not be able to make the discoveries without time-lapse photography.

Many of the early video clips deal with how different flowers respond to different colors of light. This is all quite colorful and beautiful, and interesting, but somewhat irrelevant to anyone who isn't a gardener. Still, if you hang with it, he moves on to the more practical matters such as how light affects your health, and your children's health.

Case in point is the video of an African American child who is in a class lit by one type of lighting. He is sitting at the back of the class, agitated and disinterested, and seemingly with ADD.
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Dr Ott made time lapse movies of plants growing for Disney and learned some amazing things. In this video he tells some of his findings. In "My Ivory Celler" he tells a lot more. It's great viewing and reading.
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I live between 2000-2300 feet from three cell phone towers. I had noticed that plants would not grow properly in my garden and inside the home. In some areas plants would die. I would replace the dead plants and the replacement plants would also die. I eventually took all of my wireless devices out of service at my home and my garden sprung back into life! The wireless radiation was causing my plants to deform, stunt, and in some cases die. I also had really painful and sensitive teeth during the weeks after taking the devices out of service, it eventually cleared up. I no longer have wireless devices at my home, as they can be biologically toxic to plants and teeth! The wireless devices that appeared to be causing this were outdoor temperature sensors and Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) utility meters. I had already established before this that my Wifi was making me sick and had already taken that out of service. I wasn't surprised to see in the DVD that Dr. John Nash Ott had figured out that the animals were reacting to the airport RADAR system. I can also recommend the books "Health and Light" by Dr. John Nash Ott and "Public Health SOS" by Magda Havas and Camilla Rees.
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This is a fast-paced rattle through some amazing experiments by Dr Ott. I found it thought provoking and would like to follow up on the research in the areas he covered, as it is a bit dated. That is not a criticism however - it's a refreshing way to learn about a man's research and what you can do because you want to discover something.
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