In order to understand how EM pollution affects the body it is first necessary to explain some physiology as to how the body normally works without EM pollution.
The body is electric. Every cell has an electrical potential between the inside and the outside of the cell of about -60mV. Energy is continually consumed maintaining the electrical potential of every cell in the body so that it functions as optimally as possible.
The relative distribution of K+, Cl- and Na+ ions primarily are responsible for maintaining a normal resting potential of -60mV. It is alterations in this electrical potential that determines what enters and leaves the cell according to what chemicals bind to receptors embedded in the cell membrane. The above diagram demonstrates this process within the immune system function.
Some cells have developed specialised structures that propagate local electrical currents and release chemicals (neuro-transmitters) that propagate the electrical signal to other specialised cells. This is the basis of the nervous system. The picture above shows the difference between fast (with myelin insulation) and slow (no myelin) nerve fibres. The nervous system is sub-divided into the central nervous system (CNS) that includes the brain and spinal cord and the peripheral nervous system made up of segmental nerves that exit from the spinal cord between the vertebrae and service the various organs of the body including the skin sensory receptors and muscles that control movement. The nervous system is integral to the control and function of the body as a coherrent unit including the hormonal system that regulates some functions of the body. Many of these sensory and motor functions and hormonal responses happen without conscious thought and control to maintain the homeostasis of the body – ie the ideal adaptability of the organism to the surrounding environment within fairly narrow capabilities. All areas of the body are inter-dependent to varying degrees and disturbances in one area will affect the function of seemingly unlinked organs etc. Disturbances in the body of any type will therefore alter the ability of that individual to maintain homeostasis over a period of time.
At the cellular level, cell membranes are made of a lipid bi-layer with proteins that are voltage-controlled that determine cellular transport of ions and other metabolic substrates in and out of the cell. The structure of the proteins is determined by the local electric fields and this determines what ions are allowed to pass through protein ion channels. All cellular metabolism including such fundamental function as DNA expression is controlled by the cellular environment – both chemical and electrical. Ultimately the physical and chemical aspects are interrelated in their influence given that the physical electrical fields determine solubility and thus the chemical environment and metabolism, whilst the chemical composition of the cell and the distribution of ions determines local physical electrical fields and protein conformation. The whole biological system is delicately balanced and variations from the optimum that naturally and inevitably occur can be compensated for within reason, although there will be a small biological price to pay at some point in the life of the organism which we see as ageing. Larger disruptions to this equilibrium have more significant effects and can lead to clinically detectable changes in measurable parameters that if sustained will lead to symptoms of recognisable disease.
All organisms have evolved to be adaptable to transient alterations in atmospheric electrical and magnetic fields. Electrical storms and thunder can be detected before they start and will induce biological changes for their duration. Being transient in nature, organisms can accommodate for these relatively small changes. Larger influences as happens from a direct lightening strike have a significant alteration to the electrical potential of cells that can disrupt function significantly enough to result in organism death. After the storm has passed the body is capable of re-establishing the internal equilibrium and excess electrical ionic charge is typically grounded. Other frequencies such as the Schumann Waves that form a network around the world are planetary in origin and space travel has highlighted our biological requirement for its constant existence. Interference in normal body frequencies has been shown to significantly affect our health.
The bulk of normal healing happens at night for a number of reasons. The brain has been found to communicate with cells directly through brain waves in the 300nm wavelength that regulate cellular repair and function. The DNA double helix uncoils and acts as an aerial to receive these regulatory brain frequencies and indeed DNA activity and repair is determined by them. At night there is less cosmic interference from the sun because the earth provides a shield for the body and when asleep, muscle activity that generates its own interference frequencies is significantly reduced. With energy not being required to move and for conscious thought etc more energy is available to be directed towards cellular repair. There is good scientific rationale behind the “old wives” recommendation to go to bed early and get a good night’s sleep when feeling ill to speed recovery!
The massive increase in electrical appliances that create external interference in the night-time healing processes during the latter half of the 20th Century must be recognised for their part in causing disturbed sleep patterns and less efficient healing at night. Melatonin which is a hormone that naturally increases at night and helps in the regulation of the healing of cells has been shown to decrease in people who sleep in areas of high interference. With electric blankets, TV, HiFi, alarm clocks and PCs being very frequently found in bedrooms these days it is no wonder that areas of the body with rapidly dividing cells are affected most noticeably which might partly explain the decreasing fertility of the male population that relies on ongoing production of new sperm and immune system problems that relies on a rapid response of dividing white blood cells and immuno-globulin production in response to infection. Disturbance of the immune system can result in allergies and chronic ill health, both of which are on the increase within the population. It is of considerable concern but not surprising that it is our childrens' bedrooms (that invariably have the most equipment that is more likely to be left switched on at night!) who are most susceptible to the EM pollution as growing individuals. This is because they have more dividing cells that will be adversely influenced.