New Study Reports that Human Heart Rhythms are Correlated with Solar-Geomagnetic Field Fluctuations
Throughout history, people have wondered: are we somehow connected with the Earth, the Solar System and the Stars? Do our bodies somehow respond physically to solstices, eclipses, changes in our planet’s magnetic field, or storms on the Sun?
Some answers may lie in a recent study from Rollin McCraty and colleagues, who studied how human heart rhythms were correlated with changes in geomagnetic field activity caused by storms on the Sun (McCraty 2017): McCraty and colleagues found that during solar storms, study participants’ heart rhythms changed in ways that suggest changes in nervous system activity relevant to health, well-being and how we respond to stress.
Solar storms directly influence the Earth’s magnetic field, and solar geomagnetic activity has been associated with a variety of effects in humans, including changes in melatonin/serotonin balance, blood pressure, immune system activity, and reproductive, cardiac, and neurological processes (McCraty 2017). Strong solar storms are also associated with changes in blood flow, aggregation and coagulation, increased blood pressure, cardiac arrhythmias, and poorer outcomes for existing diseases, e.g., increases in incidence and mortality due to heart attacks and increased rates of seizures in epileptics (McCraty 2017). And in 2003, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, GA, USA, provided “strong empirical evidence” that high levels of geomagnetic activity due to solar storms have a “negative, statistically and economically significant effect on the following week’s stock returns for all US stock market indices,” with the data suggesting that investors become more risk-averse at times of high solar geomagnetic activity (Krivelyova 2003). These studies show that human physiology is indeed tied with changes in solar geomagnetic activity.
McCraty and colleagues identified several statistically significant correlations, reporting that changes in several HRV indices were associated with solar geomagnetic activity due to the storms that occurred during the study. The study also reported that HRV activity was synchronized with changes in Schuman resonance power: when the solar wind strikes our planet’s magnetic field, the Earth itself acts as a kind of spherical magnetic field drum, producing standing waves at particular frequencies called Schumann resonances. Do these correlations between Schumann resonances and HRV activity suggest that our nervous system is somehow ‘tuned’ to these characteristic resonance frequencies in the Earth’s magnetic field?
Rollin McCraty and his group of researchers have made another step forward in a long series of research, offering us a new look at how life on our planet is connected with the Earth and the Sun. More research in this fascinating new field of study may one day teach us more about how we are connected in many other ways too. Are we all somehow connected physically through the Earth’s magnetic field? Do we respond to one another through magnetic fields (McCraty 2013)? Are we all part of the collective social organism of our planet? What happens when we meditate on the Earth as our Mother, for peace on Earth, or during turbulent times?
About David Muehsam, Ph.D., CHI Director of Technology Innovation
David Muehsam, Ph.D., is a biophysicist with research focus on the biophysical bases of EMF bioeffects and therapeutics, the biophysical bases of yoga, meditation and mind-body therapies the connections between the Arts and Sciences. Dr. Muehsam holds a BA in Physics from Hampshire College, and PhD in Neurophysiology from the University of Bologna, and has authored on biophysical mechanisms of EMF bioeffects, EMF therapeutics, mathematical modeling of EMF bioeffects, and complementary and alternative medicine. Dr. Muehsam is Senior Biophyscist at VID Art Science, National Institute of Biosystems and Biostructures, Italy, and is also a yoga/meditation teacher and an accomplished musician, performing on flute and saxophone since childhood.
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