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"Melanin: The Organizing Molecule
Building on the "reflexive universe" model of Arthur M. Young ...
physician Frank Barr hypothesizes that neuromelanin, a complex
category of light and sound absorbing molecules, is responsible for
our continuum of mental states. It is the molecule, he claims, that
coordinates interactions between the endocrine and nervous systems.
Barr summarizes his theory:
Neuromelanin - through 1) its photon-phonon-(exciton)-(soliton)
interactions; 2) its semi- (and possibly super-) conductive
capacities; 3) iots cation exchange flow; 4) its continuous free
radical signal; 5) its neuroglia direct current; 6) its potentially
diverse covalent modifications; 7) its potential to trigger
reversible enzyme cascade amplifications; etc. - could precisely
regulate the neuroendocrine system. By meticulous phase-timing,
neuromelanin could coordinate the synthesis, release, uptake,
destruction, modification, and/or recycling of the various
neuroamines and peptides throughout the brain".
(Certainly one of the more unusual theories which have been promoted
to explain the function and regulation of the brain and the immune