5236Microwaves govern us
- Dec 1, 2005http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2005/11/30/1133311107131.html
ELECTROMAGNETIC "smog" from mobile phone networks and whitegoods
could affect mood and behaviour, a psychiatrist says.
Michael Berk, of the University of Melbourne, has found a link
between the suicide rate and increases geomagnetic storms, triggered
by solar flares.
Professor Berk, who treats patients with bipolar disorder, analysed
suicides in Australia from 1968 to 2000 and matched them to data on
In most years there was a small but significant increase in the
suicide rate among women on the day of a solar flare and up to two
days later. The study was a "natural experiment", he said, because it
allowed scientists to objectively analyse an increase in exposure.
The finding meant it was feasible that electrical and communications
equipment could affect mood, Professor Berk said, though not
inevitably for the worse.
John McGrath, professor of psychiatry at the University of
Queensland, said the finding was important but it was hard to know
how magnetism might biologically affect suicidal behaviour.
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