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A SENSE-ble Look at Healthy Living: Magnetoreception

I have a sense from the comments I’ve read that you all are enjoying this SENSE-ble look at a healthy lifestyle. I’ve enjoyed writing these refracted blogs and learning from them. I hope you’ll be attracted to the fifteenth sense I’m sharing: magnetoreception.

city map with a pointer showing location

Although not totally understood how sensing magnetic fields work in the animal kingdom, there is much evidence that it’s successful. Magnetoreception can be found in bacteria, insects, and all major groups of vertebrates. The migratory practices of birds, monarch butterflies, and salmon are classic examples of their ability to find the right direction on this earth.

We humans don’t seem to possess a magnetic sense, but I do think I have a magnetic personality. I sense changes around me; however, I have been pulled in many different directions — some right and some wrong.

I’m not afraid to admit that I’m directionally challenged. I get turned around so easily. I get lost even when I have access to maps and a compass.

As on any journey, there is a starting point and the desire of where you want to go. I started my journey on getting healthier late in my life. I can’t explain why I waited so long. It took being over 320 pounds and several health scares to make sense to know I was going in the wrong direction.

There have been many times I didn’t detect the correct magnetic field. I was attracted to the wrong things. Having problems in finding the right way is extremely challenging. Luckily, I’m not afraid to ask for directions.

Discovering TOPS was my best course correction I could ever make. It’s better than any map or compass I was using. TOPS is my GPS, helping me find the right magnetic fields to follow. I have had good success, but the challenges continue.

My journey is ongoing, and it’s comforting now that if I start getting lost, I know what to do. TOPS is my magnetoreceptor.


This is part 15 of the multipart series, “A SENSE-ble Look at Healthy Living.” In my next blog, we’ll look to tension sensors.

Missed the beginning of our journey through the human senses? Check out the rest of A SENSE-ble Look at Healthy Living.

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