The biological effects of solar activity

T. K. Breus, K. Yu Pimenov, Germaine G Cornelissen-Guillaume, F. Halberg, E. V. Syutkina, R. M. Baevsky, V. M. Petrov, K. Orth-Gomér, T. Åkerstedt, K. Otsuka, Y. Watanabe, S. M. Chibisov

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Abstract

The synchronization of biological circadian and circannual rhythms is broadly viewed as a result of photic solar effects. Evidence for non-photic solar effects on biota is also slowly being recognized. The ultrastructure of cardiomyocytes from rabbits, the time structure of blood pressure and heart rate of neonates, and the heart rate variability of human adults on earth and in space were examined during magnetically disturbed and quiet days, as were morbidity statistics. Alterations in both the about-daily (circadian) and about-weekly (circaseptan) components are observed during disturbed vs. quite days. The about-weekly period of neonatal blood pressure correlates with that of the local geomagnetic disturbance index K. Circaseptans which are seen early in human life and in various other forms of life, including unicells, may provide information about the possible site(s) of life's origins from an integrative as well as adaptive evolutionary perspective.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)273-283
Number of pages11
JournalBiomedicine and Pharmacotherapy
Volume56
Issue numberSUPPL. 2
StatePublished - Nov 2002

Keywords

  • Adaptation
  • Adjustment
  • Biological rhythms
  • Circadian
  • Circasemiseptan
  • Circaseptan
  • Heliogeomagnetic factors
  • Internal evolution

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