Humans are affected by space weather, and not just astronauts.
Every day, 24/7, NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center (part of the National Weather Service), monitors and sends out space weather alerts, watches, warnings. and forecasts about solar and geophysical events which impact satellites, power grids, communications, navigation, and many other technological systems. What I hope to see in the very near future are space weather alerts, watches, warnings, and forecasts sent out to inform the human population of potential health hazards. Unfortunately, most physicians and mental health specialists are not schooled in this area.
Dr. Michael Persinger, a behavioral neuroscientist, states “Very small changes in the activity of the earth’s magnetic field, due to alterations in solar activity, can affect all human beings. These direct effects are primarily upon the subtle but complex electromagnetic fields that interact with everyone’s consciousness, due to the marked similarity of the characteristics of our brains and our genetic history. Solar activity can change consciousness without our awareness.”
People with health issues, such as those with depression, neurological disorders, cardiovascular and stroke patients, those wearing pacemakers, etc., should especially pay attention to the space weather forecast. Here’s why:
A large number of studies have identified significant physical, biological and health effects associated with changes in Solar and Geomagnetic Activity (S-GMA). Variations in solar activity, geomagnetic activity and ionospheric ion/electron concentrations are all mutually highly correlated and strongly linked by geophysical processes. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1023%2FA%3A1015637127504
Monthly death number is linked to cosmic ray activity, and inverse to solar activity. Central place of stroke-related deaths in cardiovascular mortality is emerging. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17998801
CARDIOVASCULAR, CELLULAR DAMAGE:
During the past decades, many studies were published considering cosmo-terrestrial influences on different sites of human homeostasis. Conclusion: Cosmic Ray Activity is predominant in plaque disruption, cellular damage and electrical instability; the GMA (Geomagnetic Activity) in the activation of coagulation and inflammation.
There is an increasing amount of evidence linking biological effects to solar and geomagnetic disturbances. A series of studies is published referring to the changes in human physiological responses at different levels of geomagnetic activity. http://journals.ohiolink.edu
RESULTS: A significant relation was found between the level of GMA – geomagnetic activity (I-IV) and blood coagulation parameters, (platelet count and aggregation, fibrinogen, INR [ratio of patient’s prothrombin time to normal], inflammation markers–serum C-reactive protein (CRP), elements of anti-phospholipid syndrome, number of deaths from ischemic CVA, SCD, outpatients death from AMI. The monthly occurrence of AMI (total and all subtypes) was connected with CRA (cosmic cosmic ray activity). Monthly deaths were correlated with CRA, and both events were closely connected with atherothrombosis.
CONCLUSION: Three basic components of atherothrombosis-blood coagulation, inflammation, atheroma disruption are connected with environmental physical activity–CRA (cosmic ray activity) is predominant in plaque disruption, cellular damage, electrical instability, GMA -( geomagnetic activity) in the activation of coagulation and inflammation. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19024794
Suicide data was a national tally of daily male and female death figures where suicide had been documented as the cause of death. A total of 51 845 males and 16 327 females were included. The average number of suicides was greatest in spring for males and females, and lowest in autumn for males and summer for females. Suicide amongst females increased significantly in autumn during concurrent periods of geomagnetic storm activity (P = .01). This pattern was not observed in males (P = .16). Ambient electromagnetic field activity impact behavior in a clinically meaningful manner. The studies furthermore raises issues regarding other sources of stray electromagnetic fields and their effect on mental health. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16304696
HEART FAILURE, PSYCHIATRIC ADMISSIONS:
Presumably unrelated behaviors (e.g. psychiatric admissions, seizures, heart failures) have been correlated with increased global geomagnetic activity. We have suggested that all of these behaviors share a common source of variance.
They are evoked by transient, dopamine-mediated paroxysmal electrical patterns that are generated within the amygdala and the hippocampus of the temporal lobes. Both the probability and the propagation of these discharges to distal brain regions are facilitated when nocturnal melatonin levels are suppressed by increased geomagnetic activity. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1428225
DEATHS, SUICIDES, TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS:
Cosmic rays activity revealed significant negative correlation with solar/geomagnetic activity indices and related physical phenomena levels. This activity strongly correlated with flux of protons with the energies >90 MeV proton flux and did not exhibit significant correlation with 60 MeV proton fluxes. Cosmic rays intensity strongly correlated with monthly numbers of deaths was strong for non-cardiovascular deaths, suicides, and traffic accidents. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12099402
The annual percentage of patients with convulsive seizures in the Neurological Department of the Bangur Institute of Neurology, Calcutta, is found to be significantly correlated with the annual values of sunspot numbers and geomagnetic activity indices for the period 1955–1971. For a particular (GMA) geomagnetic activity index the correlation coefficient is significant at a 99% confidence level. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7254715
EPILEPTIC SEIZURES & DIZZINESS:
Admissions of 762 patients for epileptic seizures and 1553 for dizziness were studied for the connection with the level of monthly and yearly solar activity in the 11-year solar cycle and with four levels of daily geomagnetic activity levels (400 epileptic patients and 802 patients suffering with dizziness). Conclusion: Admission of patients with epileptic seizures and dizziness are related to geomagnetic and solar activity. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1809861
The monthly number of preterm births showed a significant and direct correlation with solar activity indices (r = .32, p = .0016), and a significant and inverse correlation with cosmic ray activity indices (r = -0.3, p = .008). http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17715570
Arterial bp was found to increase with the increase of the GMA level, and systolic and diastolic bp were found to increase significantly from the day before till the second day after the geomagnetic storm. These effects were present irrespective of sex and medication. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15300726
A greater reduction in 6-OHMS excretion was observed when increased geomagnetic activity was combined with elevated 60 Hz MF or reduced ambient light exposures. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0304394099003080
These are just a handful of studies but if you are interested in more studies, you can find many at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed In the search bar type geomagnetic activey and/or cosmic rays, solar activity and health, or you can be more specific. This information is not being presented to cause panic or alarm. During times of strong solar activity, e.g., coronal mass ejections that are geoeffective (earth directed), people with heath issues have the opportunity to take precautionary measures.
Maybe you don’t have any known health issues but wake up feeling ‘off’, had a bad nights sleep, feel moody, irritable, achy joints, headache. Check the space weather forecast. Today’s forecast, according the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center, shows that the geomagnetic field is expected to be quiet. However, there is a possibility for some minor storming due to the impact of yesterdays CME. Here’s another informative space weather site.
ST. PATRICK’s DAY CME IMPACT: As predicted, a CME hit Earth’s magnetic field at 0600 UT on March 17th. The impact sparked a moderately strong (Kp=6) geomagnetic storm that sent Northern Lights spilling across the Canadian border into the United States as far south as Colorado: Space Weather.com
I put together a video “Solar/Geomagnetic Activity, Schumann Resonances & Biophysiology” with excerpts from a study done by Dr. Neil Cherry. The extensive study was published in the journal Earth and Environmental Science – Health Hazards – Volume 26, Number 3, 279-331.