Institute Of HeartMath – HRV Study In Saudi Arabia Produces Exciting Results – 21 March 2013

human_body_globe_02Every cell in our bodies is bathed in an external and internal environment of fluctuating invisible magnetic forces that can affect virtually every cell and circuit in biological systems. Therefore, it should not be surprising that numerous physiological rhythms in humans and global collective behaviors are not only synchronized with solar and geomagnetic activity, but disruptions in these fields can create adverse effects on human health and behavior.

That excerpt and another at the end of this article are from The Global Coherence Initiative: Creating a Coherent Planetary Standing Wave. That is a report published last year about the Global Coherence Initiative and the 2010 GCI Interconnectedness Study. More than 1,600 GCI members in 51 countries participated in the study, which found convincing evidence that solar and geomagnetic disturbances and activity influenced them psychologically. This was based on several measures, including positive and negative emotions, general well-being, anxiety, confusion and fatigue.

Physiologically Based Study Produces ‘Profound’ Results

“Now comes new data from a study conducted in Saudi Arabia in 2012 that mirrors and strongly supports findings from the Interconnectedness Study,” says HeartMath Director of Research Dr. Rollin McCraty. “What’s exciting about this study, is that it used physiological measures to produce equally strong evidence that humans are influenced by geomagnetic and solar influences. When these disturbances reach the earth’s magnetic field, which is what protects us from all of that, the field takes a hit and it becomes less coherent, disturbed and changes rapidly.

Franz Halberg The essential importance of the new data is that it shows disturbances in geomagnetic fields and from solar activity can influence human beings physiologically, in this case their heart rate variability (HRV). HRV, the physiological measure in the study, is the naturally occurring beat-to-beat changes in heart rate, or heart rhythms.”

“More specifically,” he said, “heart rate variability is a physiological measure that reflects autonomic nervous system activity and dynamics, (which) can tell us how healthy we are or whether we’re stressed or not.”

“When, for example, our HRV levels are consistently low,” McCraty explained, “we’re expending more energy than we’re renewing. We’re depleting ourselves physiologically, which also equates to psychologically, so we don’t have the same inner resources or capacity to manage ourselves, stay in charge of ourselves and maintain our composure. If we’re physiologically depleted, which is reflected in low HRV, we’re more likely to put too much significance in small things, create drama or have negative reactions when we normally wouldn’t.”

Saudi Arabian Women Participate in HRV Study

The HRV study kept track of the HRV of 16 women working at the Prince Sultan Cardiac Center in Hofuf, a city in the country’s Eastern Province. The study was conducted under the direction of Dr. Abdullah Al Abdulgader, the center’s director and a respected cardiologist who has been associated with the Global Coherence Initiative and Dr. McCraty for several years.

“The 16 people monitored their heart rate variability for 24 hours a day, three consecutive days each week for five months with HRV recorders,” said McCraty, a co-author of the study. He recently gave a presentation on the study at the King of Organs Conference in Hofuf, which is in the Al Ahsa area of Saudi Arabia.

McCraty noted that the latest findings were extracted from analysis of three months of the study data and additional analysis is being done on the data from the full five months of the study. A report on the study will be issued in the future.

“That’s a total of 960 24-hour HRV assessments that were done for this study,” he said. “It’s a huge study, in terms of data analysis. I’m pretty confident that this is the first time that a group has been studied for this long. There are other studies that have been done, and papers have been published on this … looking at HRV and solar and geomagnetic changes, but they’ve been fairly short time spans, maybe over a week or a couple of weeks and fewer using all the measures that we were able to incorporate because we had data from our GCI sensor sites as well.”

GCI Sensors Rollin McCraty

GCI Sensors Record Critical Data

These sensor sites – four of the 12 to 14 GCI is planning have been completed, including the one in Saudi Arabia that was used in the HRV study – are the central components of the GCI’s Global Coherence Monitoring System (GCMS). McCraty is its project coordinator.

Ionosphere The sensor sites, also called remote monitoring stations, each contain ultrasensitive magnetic field detectors specifically designed to measure activity such as magnetic resonances in the cavity that is formed by the surface of the earth and the ionosphere. Scientists have shown that these resonances, or magnetic frequencies, can affect human health, mental and emotional processes and behavior. (In the picture to the left, the colored lines indicate the Schumann resonances which exist in the space between the earth and the ionosphere.)

The researchers were especially interested in the Schumann resonances, which are the range of frequencies that occur in this Earth-ionosphere cavity.

Schumann Resonance DataSchumann resonance data recorded from the Global Coherence Initiative sensor site in Boulder Creek, California. Note that all the resonant frequencies directly overlap human brainwave frequencies.

The frequencies are caused and influenced by various sources such as lightning, geomagnetic storms and activity during solar cycles among others.

“Our hypothesis is that these frequencies are a critical link (to the influence of geomagnetic fields on human behavior) because the Shumann frequencies overlap human brainwave frequencies,” McCraty said. He explained that the study clearly correlated disturbances in these rhythms with lower HRV, or, in the case of the Interconnectedness Study, “more mental confusion, more fatigue or more anxiousness.”

HRV Study Is Great Success: More to Come

What researchers hoped to confirm was that the HRV levels of the women, at and around the time of these disturbances, which occur sporadically, but frequently, would be affected. “They were, and there is no mistaking the preponderance of evidence,” McCraty said.

“It is very convincing data that there’s a real effect,” he said. “At this level of analysis, we’re seeing the correlations are quite strong and have been consistent over a very long time period. … It was one thing (in the Interconnectedness Study) to show the mental and emotional effects, but now we’ve got measures showing pretty profound physiological effects. The data that we found mirrors what we found in the previous study.”

“Much more analysis remains to be done on the full five months of the study,” McCraty said, “but no matter what else researchers learn, the psychological effects observed in the Interconnectedness Study now have been mirrored by the physiological effects in the HRV study, thus strengthening their hypothesis.”

More to the point, McCraty said, “When the fields were less disturbed (in the Interconnectedness Study), they felt better. When the fields were disturbed (in the HRV study), HRV was lower. When the fields were not disturbed, HRV was higher.”

If all living systems are indeed interconnected and communicate with each other via biological, electromagnetic, and nonlocal fields, it stands to reason that humans can work together in a co-creative relationship to consciously increase the coherence in the global field environment, which in turn distributes this information to all living systems within the field.

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