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Space Weather Affects Human Health but Also Sparks Strange Cults

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Space Weather Affects Human Health but Also Sparks Strange Cults
Does space weather, generally understood to be the result of solar flares (1) and other eruptions from the surface of the sun, have an impact on human health? The short answer is, sometimes. People on Earth are protected from the effects of sun-produced space weather by the Earth’s atmosphere and magnetic field.

However, the Washington Times (2) reported several years ago on a study conducted by the Institute of North Industrial Ecology Problems in Russia. The study found that there is a correlation between solar activity and mood. It seems that during periods of peak geomagnetic activity coming from the sun, incidents of anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and even suicide increased in the Russian city of Kirovsk.

The theory is that this increased activity causes the pineal gland to pump out more melatonin. Melatonin is a depressant that helps us to sleep better. But excessive amounts can also have an effect on human mood. Fortunately, the effects on human mood by solar activity are brief.

Speaking of things coming from the heavens that affect human mood, the so-called “full moon effect” is said to cause an uptick in criminal and risky behavior. Many police officers and emergency room personnel believe in the effect. However, as LiveScience (3) reported, no scientific basis has been proven that such an effect exists.

Birth During Solar Maximum and Life Span

More recently the Huffington Post (4) reported on a study conducted by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim that concluded that people who are born during a solar maximum, when solar activity is at its greatest, tend to live shorter lives.

Moreover, women born during these periods tend to be less fertile.

Scientists speculate that ultraviolet light from the sun, especially during solar maximum periods, can suppress certain molecular and cellular mechanisms in the body, thus affecting long-term health. The study supports the belief that environmental factors during birth and early childhood can have lifelong effects.

Of course, any discussion of how space weather can sometimes impact human health would not be complete without a mention of how the phenomenon can inform the establishment of cults, based on pseudoscience.

According to a website known as the Esoteric Metaphysical Spiritual Database (5), a person calling himself Dr. Simon Atkins has predicted that something called “Wave X” is due to impact the Earth as early as September 2015, with far-reaching consequences for human life.

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Wave X

“Wave X” is apparently coming at us from the galactic center and will consist of an electromagnetic frequency. How this wave will affect humans depends on how the particular human is spiritually attuned to the effects of the wave. The more one is attuned, the theory goes, the more benefits one will derive.

People will find themselves with enhanced psychic abilities and will be able to teach those skills to others not similarly blessed. The event will be the culmination of a process, so the theory goes, that started with the so-called “harmonic convergence” of 1987.

Simon Atkins (6) describes himself as “a climate economist, disaster risk forecaster, doctor of bioelectromagnetics and natural health, a corporate strategist in planetary and solar threats on business continuity, a scientific truth advocate, and a spiritual pacifist.”

He was born in England, raised in New York, and worked in Japan and Finland, the latter where he developed his theories of Wave X and its effects on the human psyche.

It goes almost without saying that “Wave X” is not something that is recognized by the scientific community. The concept appears to be the latest in a number of end-of-days predictions that have come out of the new age community, albeit with more benign effects than the usual apocalypse. Still, such an event would work pretty well as a science fiction story. M. Night Shyamalan, call your office.

References & Image Credits:
(1) TSW: How the Spike in Solar Flares May Affect Earth in 2012
(2) Washington Times
(3) Live Science
(4) Huffington Post
(5) IN5D

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