Research shows that the pineal gland is strongly influenced by very small magnetic fields.
Even applying a tiny magnetic field of less than half a gauss has been shown by many different researchers to increase or decrease the amounts of melatonin and serotonin being produced by the pineal gland.
With all the hype about a lack of serotonin being at the root of clinical depression, and an imbalance in melatonin being linked to other mental disorders, it seems that electromagnetism may actually hold some of the solution to both of these issues.
How? Read on!
Other researchers have noted that the pineal gland’s cells actually change, physically, in response to a varying magnetic field. In another poorly understood twist, research has also discovered that shining a light on the head somehow modifies the amount of hormone the pineal gland produces - even though the gland is buried so deeply inside the brain, it can’t be directly reacting to this light.
(Which could this also hold the key to understanding - and finally resolving - Seasonal Affective Disorder….)
This next bit is a little crazy, but human beings actually have ‘mini magnets’ in our brains, which is another one of the reasons why we’re so affected by electro-magnetic forces.
Experiments began in the 1970s which started to prove the ‘magnetic sense’ of human beings, and other living creatures, right down to even the most apparently simple bacteria.
In 1975, researcher Richard Blakemore found that even certain bacterium had a pronounced ‘magnetic sense’, that resulted from a chain of tiny magnetite microcrystals. Building on Blakemore’s work, researchers Charles Walcott and Robert Green of State University in New York started looking for magnetite deposits in the brains of homing pigeons - and found them on the right side of the bird’s head, between the brain and the skull.
Eight years’ later, a researcher working at the University of Manchester, Robin Baker, reported that he’d found magnetic deposits in the human brain, located close to both the pineal and pituitary glands, in the sinuses of the ethmoid bone. The ethmoid bone is a spongy bone located in the centre of the head, behind the nose and between the eyes.
Bob Becker postulated that this magnetic sense in the ethmoid bone was responsible for transmitting the ‘cues’ from the earth’s electromagnetic field to the human pineal gland responsible for maintaining the body’s circadian rhythm and biocycles.
Big changes in the the earth’s electromagnetic field could severely throw-out a human being’s biocycles - with enormous consequences for their mental and physical health. Becker’s theory was ratified a couple of decades later, by Russian scientists.
In December 2008, New Scientist Magazine published a study by Russian researcher Oleg Shumilov which suggested there’s a direct connection between the Sun’s solar storms, and biological effects in human.
“Many animals can sense the Earth’s magnetic field, so why not people, asks Oleg Shumilov of the Institute of North Industrial Ecology Problems in Russia.
Shumilov looked at activity in the Earth’s geomagnetic field from 1948 to 1997 and found that it grouped into three seasonal peaks every year: one from March to May, another in July and the last in October.
Surprisingly, he also found that the geomagnetism peaks matched up with peaks in the number of mood disorders i.e. depression, anxiety, bi-polar (mood swings) and even suicides in the northern Russian city of Kirovsk over the same period.”
“The most plausible explanation for the association between geomagnetic activity and depression and suicide is that geomagnetic storms can desynchronize circadian rhythms and melatonin production,” says Kelly Posner, a psychiatrist at Columbia University in the US. The pineal gland, which regulates circadian rhythm and melatonin production, is sensitive to magnetic fields. “The circadian regulatory system depends upon repeated environmental cues to [synchronize] internal clocks,” says Posner. “Magnetic fields may be one of these environmental cues.”
The pineal gland, which regulates circadian rhythm and melatonin production, is sensitive to magnetic fields. “The circadian regulatory system depends upon repeated environmental cues to [synchronize] internal clocks,” says Posner. “Magnetic fields may be one of these environmental cues.”
That’s a post you really won’t want to miss, as it makes for some really fascinating reading… See you then.