Solar Flares and Human Health

On July 5th my husband and I noticed that we were both having an unusually awkward day, spilling things, knocking into familiar objects and feeling headachy , rather woozy and “off” for no discernible reason. Then when all of our telecommunications blacked out I remembered something about solar flares being predicted for this time frame. Later, when our internet connection returned, I decided to look into the phenomenon and possible effects on human health. According to the staff at www.space.com an enormous, sprawling sunspot known as Active Region 1515 , 100,00 kilometers long, and wider than 15 Earths set end to end, has spewed 12 M Class (moderately severe ) solar flares since July 3rd. These flares occur when magnetic energy that has built up in the Sun’s atmosphere is suddenly released along with electrons, protons, and heavy nuclei…resulting in a force ten million times greater than energy released from a volcanic explosion. These solar events have the potential to disrupt satellites, power grids and communications infrastructures. According to a recent study published in the New Scientist, solar storms can also have an effect on the electromagnetic fields of Earth and of humans and other biological entities.

According to Columbia University psychiatrist Kelly Posner, our pineal gland, which regulates circadian rhythm and melatonin production, is sensitive to magnetic fields. This circadian regulatory system is dependent upon repeated environmental cues to synchronize internal clocks. Dr. Posner further explains that magnetic fields may be one of several radiation hazards to humans, since intense solar flares release highly charged energy particles which can contaminate mammals in a manner similar to low-energy radiation from nuclear blasts. TAO Grand Master Lim of the Qi-Mag Institute maintains that the extreme magnetic effects of strong solar flares can affect our human central nervous system, brain activity and balance, thought patterns, behavior and mental-emotional responses. Therefore, all living beings may experience some degree of nervousness, anxiety, worries and jitters. More sensitive people may become irritable, lethargic, exhausted; experience short term memory loss, heart palpitations and headaches. Electromagnetic blackouts may also disrupt medical devices such as cardiac pacemakers. Physically and emotionally stressed biological systems are the most vulnerable. (Monique Muller, “Solar Flares and Their Effect on human Health”, www.americanlivewire.com)

My husband and I are feeling much clearer, however my 96 year old mother was not so fortunate. She was admitted to hospital on July 5th with cardiac fibrillations when her pacemaker malfunctioned. Her cardiologist believes that any association with recent solar flares is purely co-incidental. I am not so sure. In any event, it is a fact that we are now heading into a peak in our Sun’s eleven year flare cycle with 2013 expected to bring about even more violent space weather events. Given the increasing evidence that this Solar Cycle 24 is likely to seriously impact life on Earth, it seems clear that upcoming and ongoing flares should become an integral part of mainstream media radio and television weather forecasts. As it now stands, most of the important information is available only on internet and alternative news outlets. Becoming aware of the potential of these flares to destabilize on a number of levels would be especially wise given these stressful times of rapid change and geopolitical upheaval. An excellent authoritative exploration of this topic is available in Mitch Battros’: Solar Rain: The Earth Changes Have Begun, (Earth Changes Press, 2005).

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