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La variación de los campos geomagnéticos vinculados a las erupciones solares interviene en el aumento de suicidios

Estudio Australiano

Los campos electromagnéticos de las antenas de telefonía o líneas de alta tensión pueden desencadenar los mismos procesos

Jueves 15 de diciembre de 2005 · 2087 lecturas

Do Ambient Electromagnetic Fields Affect
Behaviour? A Demonstration of the
Relationship Between Geomagnetic Storm
Activity and Suicide
Michael Berk, Seetal Dodd,* and Margaret Henry
Department of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences-Barwon Health,
University of Melbourne, Geelong, Australia
The relationship between ambient electromagnetic fields and human mood and behaviour is of great
public health interest. The relationship between Ap indices of geomagnetic storm activity and national
suicide statistics for Australia from 1968 to 2002 was studied. Ap index data was normalised so as to be
globally uniform and gave a measure of storm activity for each day. A geomagnetic storm event was
defined as a day in which the Ap index was equal to or exceeded 100 nT. Suicide data was a national
tally of daily male and female death figures where suicide had been documented as the cause of death.
A total of 51 845 males and 16 327 females were included. The average number of suicides was
greatest in spring for males and females, and lowest in autumn for males and summer for females.
Suicide amongst females increased significantly in autumn during concurrent periods of geomagnetic
storm activity (P.01). This pattern was not observed in males (P.16). This suggests that
perturbations in ambient electromagnetic field activity impact behaviour in a clinically meaningful
manner. The study furthermore raises issues regarding other sources of stray electromagnetic fields
and their effect on mental health. Bioelectromagnetics 27, 2006.