Quantifying the Ruler: How Heart Rate Variability Connects Our Cells to The Universe

Mel Hopper Koppelman · September 25, 2023

In this presentation, we will explore several foundational frameworks to provide a unifying view of how we can use Heart Rate Variability (HRV) to evaluate and monitor our health and that of our patients. The presentation will start off with an overview of why we as practitioners and health leaders should be familiar with HRV as a set of biomarkers. We will then take a closer look at what HRV is and how our body creates it. We’ll then take a broad view of how the Universe functions according to both a modern translation of the Neijing, a 2,000 year old core text of Classical Chinese Medicine, as well as according to modern physics.

We’ll continue on to look at how cells function in health and disease through the lens of the Cell Health Cycle and the Cell Healing Cycle, a 3 step process that all cells go through when stressed, infected or injured. All biochemistry lies downstream of these cycles and we will explore how heart rate variability is intimately connected with connecting biochemistry to our behavior and overall health state. We will explore Polyvagal theory and how this helps us understand paradoxes in HRV as well as how HRV is intimately connected to human development, evolution and trauma. Finally, we’ll finish with some practical ways to use HRV in everyday life to monitor our health.

Course Objectives:

  1. The clinical relevance and importance of heart rate variability (HRV) as a biomarker for health, longevity and performance
  2. The basics of heart rate variability and what it tells us about our health and that of our patients
  3. How HRV points to first principles of the cosmos and biology
  4. How HRV is connected to cellular biochemistry and human development
  5. How to use HRV to assess and track autonomic balance in themselves and their patients

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