Future Shock, Prizes and Surprises from Bioelectric and EMF Research:
There are many beneficial, as well as potentially hazardous, biological interactions with the artificial EMF and natural (geoelectromagnetic) environments in which we live and work. It has long been established (30+ years) that electromagnetic therapies of controlled specific pulse-type (sharp rise time or square-wave) waveforms and pulse rate frequencies can produce visual [5} and hearing effects  (without lights or speakers), induce sleep and anesthesia, suppress pain, ease depression, improve tissue and bone growth healing  and successfully treat addictions to hard drugs, alcohol and tobacco. The applications mentioned above are considered the body-penetrating effects of the magnetic field pulsing components and have been primarily conducted in other countries. EMF therapies appear to be rapidly emerging as the medicine of the future. (see Therapeutic EMF and Body Fields USA Links)
In this country the electric field is not considered a health factor, because it does not penetrate the body. However, note that the acupuncture system, found in all living things, is associated with healing. It is more primitive than the nerve system , and has discrete electrical components that change slowly with time. It appears to be affected by mind, body and environmental changes, and thus may respond to electric field changes (natural and artificial). Perhaps the acupuncture total body surface system acts as a sort of ‘transceiver’, transmitting and receiving subliminal information on many different levels about EMF variations (external and internal) which may then stimulate (or indicate) body, mind and healing reactions.
The information transmitted from the life processes of biosystems (microorganisms to elephants), plays a survival role in detection of food, enemies, and mates. The information transmitted to biosystems from the natural earth (geoelectromagnetic) environment also seems to play a survival role in navigation, migration, biological rhythms, and anticipation/detection of weather and earth changes, both subtle and catastrophic, e.g., seasonal variations, weather fronts, hurricane/tornado proximity, and earthquakes [2,3,20]. How much of this information do we humans use or react to unconsciously in our daily life and how much is latent talent which can be trained? Consider the sensitivities of the Australian aborigines and martial arts masters. As understanding increases about our health dependence on natural and artificial EMF factors, our environmental awareness will be increased.
Thousands of research reports on bioeffects of low-power extremely low frequency (ELF) EMF, radio frequencies (RF) and modulated (mixed frequency) fields on humans and other living systems have been missed because they were not published in medical journals. Some of the best reports are in journals relating, not primarily to the research results, but to the methodologies involved, e.g., appearing in industrial, electronics, physics, communications, life sciences, and obscure specialty publications [3,4,6,12,13,20,21,25]. How does one publish original research in a new area with few or no peers available for ‘peer review’, as required in the established medical and scientific journals?
In addition, the physical and mental problems reported for the phenomenon known as ‘sick building syndrome’ (11) may involve long-term exposure to variations and mixtures of ELF/EMF along with improper light spectrum balance, and low frequency sound or vibrations, as well as poor air circulation and chemical irritants/pollutants.
Sensitive, inexpensive, portable EMF measuring, recording, imaging and analysis systems have recently evolved from space and satellite research programs. The use of Expert Systems to process large numbers of variables, miniaturized ‘smart’ sensors for continuous monitoring, and high-resolution imaging systems, now provide us the opportunity to study the long-term, low exposure rate, multi-faceted, complex challenges to health that are being encountered in this culture.
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