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Dez
2005

Can mobiles cause depression? Cellphone smog could aid depression

Cellphone smog could aid depression: Study

Press Trust of India

New Delhi, December 12, 2005

Concerns expressed on possible effects of mobile phones on humans have been dismissed by people involved in the business, but a recent research suggests that the electromagnetic "smog" from mobile phones and electronic goods could be playing a role in aiding depression.

In a study done in Australia pertaining to the period between 1968 and 2002, the researchers came to the conclusion that the suicide rates increased during geomagnetic storms, triggered by solar flares during these years.

"The sample was huge, involving 51,845 males and 16,327 females between 1968 and 2002. It would be useful to replicate this again; we did a previous study and found similar results. This suggests that electromagnetic radiation does affect behaviour" says Prof Michael Berk, Department of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences, University of Melbourne, Australia.

The study by Prof Berk came in support of the hypothesis that mood, and indeed suicidality, can be influenced by disturbances in the electromagnetic field in our environment and may have an adverse impact on mental health.

Man-made disturbances in the electromagnetic field are those caused by the power distribution grid and electrical devices.

It is here that the day to day devices like microwave ovens and mobile devices that emit magnetic fields come into the picture.

According to Prof Berk, two previous, but less comprehensive studies had also shown a positive relationship between geomagnetic storm activity and an increased incidence of suicide.

Blood pressure was shown to increase significantly for males and females when there was an increase in geomagnetic activity.A positive trend was also noticed between geomagnetic activity and subjective psycho-physiological complaints.

On the connection between mobile phones and depression, doctors are sceptical. " Depression is a psychiatric disorder and I am sure in 99 per cent case, it is the case. This is not seasonal as the study suggests," says Dr Samir Parikh, a Consultant Psychiatrist in New Delhi. "Magnetic field exposure is not a sufficient cause of depression or suicide," he says.

"Moreover, electromagnetic radiation is not always dangerous. Extremely high frequencies of electromagnetic waves (EHF-therapy) are used by doctors to treat various forms of depression in the western countries," says Dr Parikh.

"We cannot be sure what mobiles phones etc do and their effects may differ. This suggests at least that we should look," says Prof Berk.

In another study done this year on the impact of standard mobile exposure on 18 children, 10-12 years of age, it was noticed that there was a tendency for reaction time to be shorter during exposure to microwave radiation. Further, the scientist involved in the study were of the opinion that effects of radiation from a GSM handset could be different from a analogue handset.

So what do the studies done so far on mobile devices' effects say? They are inconclusive and that's the way the mobile manufacturers would like to see them.

© HT Media Ltd. 2005.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1571289,0050.htm

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EMF influences on depression

Following is an article from irishhealth.com reported by Sylvie in France about an Austalian study! I have not heard about this study but here is what the Irish are saying about it.

While we are on the topic, about a year ago I had the opportunity to ask Yuri Grigoriev, chairman of the Russian National Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (RNCNIRP) about the possibility that cell phone use by teenagers may be linked to a rise in teenage depression. He verified that this was a known problem from their understanding.

Don Maisch

Can mobiles cause depression?
http://www.irishhealth.com/?level=4&id=8656

[Posted: Mon 12/12/2005]

An electromagnetic ’smog’ from mobile phones and electronic goods could be contributing to depression, according to a new study.

The study, carried out on nearly 70,000 people in Australia between 1968 and 2002, supports the hypothesis that a person’s mood can be influenced by disturbances in the electromagnetic field in our environment and that this can affect our mental health.

Man-made disturbances in the electromagnetic field are those caused by power distribution grids and electrical devices, such as microwaves and mobile phones.

The researchers said suicide rates increased during ‘geomagnetic storms’ during the years covered by the study.

They found that blood pressure was shown to increase significantly for males and females when there was an increase in geomagnetic activity.

A positive trend was also noticed between geomagnetic activity and subjective psycho-physiological complaints.

Some commentators, however, feel the results of the Australian study are inconclusive and that there is not enough evidence to date that magnetic field exposure is a cause of depression or suicide.

Visit irishhealth.com’s Depression Clinic at-
http://www.irishhealth.com/clin/depression/

http://www.emfacts.com/weblog/index.php?p=342

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More on that Australian study on depression and geomagnetic storms

The following article from The Times of India is a better reporting of that Australian study on depression and geomagnetic storms between 1968 and 2002. I contacted the Irishhealth.com for the reference for their story and all they could say was thay they had deleted it!

The Times of India:
(Sent by Robert Riedlinger)

Mobile phone “smog” could be aiding depression

[ Monday, December 12, 2005 11:36:43 amPTI ]

NEW DELHI: Concerns expressed on possible effects of mobile phones on humans have been dismissed by people involved in the business, but a recent research suggests that the electromagnetic “smog” from mobile phones and electronic goods could be playing a role in aiding depression.

In a study done in Australia pertaining to the period between 1968 and 2002, the researchers came to the conclusion that the suicide rates increased during geomagnetic storms, triggered by solar flares during these years.

“The sample was huge, involving 51,845 males and 16,327 females between 1968 and 2002. It would be useful to replicate this again; we did a previous study and found similar results. This suggests that electromagnetic radiation does affect behaviour,” says Prof Michael Berk, Department of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences, University of Melbourne, Australia.

The study by Prof Berk came in support of the hypothesis that mood, and indeed suicidal thoughts, can be influenced by disturbances in the electromagnetic field in our environment and may have an adverse impact on mental health.

Man-made disturbances in the electromagnetic field are those caused by the power distribution grid and electrical devices. It is here that the day to day devices like microwave ovens and mobile devices that emit magnetic fields come into the picture.

According to Prof Berk, two previous, but less comprehensive studies had also shown a positive relationship between geomagnetic storm activity and an increased incidence of suicide.

Blood pressure was shown to increase significantly for males and females when there was an increase in geomagnetic activity. A positive trend was also noticed between geomagnetic activity and subjective psycho-physiological complaints.

On the connection between mobile phones and depression, doctors are sceptical. “Depression is a psychiatric disorder and I am sure in 99 per cent case, it is the case. This is not seasonal as the study suggests,” says Dr. Samir Parikh, a Consultant Psychiatrist here. “Magnetic field exposure is not a sufficient cause of depression or suicide,” he says. “Moreover, electromagnetic radiation is not always dangerous. Extremely high frequencies of electromagnetic waves (EHF-therapy) are used by doctors to treat various forms of depression in the western countries,” says Dr Parikh.

“We cannot be sure what mobiles phones etc do and their effects may differ. This suggests at least that we should look,” says Prof Berk.

In another study done this year on the impact of standard mobile exposure on 18 children 10-12 years of age, it was noticed that there was a tendency for reaction time to be shorter during exposure to microwave radiation. Further, the scientist involved in the study were of the opinion that effects of radiation from a GSM handset could be different from a analogue handset.

So what do the studies done so far on mobile devices’ effects say? They are inconclusive and that’s the way the mobile manufacturers would like to see them.

http://www.emfacts.com/weblog/index.php?p=344

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Here’s the study!

From Iris Atzmon:

Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=16304696&query_hl=5>

Bioelectromagnetics. 2005 Nov 22; [Epub ahead of print]

Do ambient electromagnetic fields affect behaviour? A demonstration of the relationship between geomagnetic storm activity and suicide.

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. (c) 2005 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

PMID: 16304696 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

http://www.emfacts.com/weblog/index.php?p=345

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Bioelectromagnetics. 2005 Nov 22; [Epub ahead of print]

Do ambient electromagnetic fields affect behaviour? A demonstration of the relationship between geomagnetic storm activity and suicide.

Berk M, Dodd S, Henry M.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=16304696&query_hl=2

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More on depression and EMR

From Alfonso Balmori:

On this topic see also:

1) Environmental power-frequency magnetic fields and suicide. Perry FS, Reichmanis M, Marino AA, Becker R, 1:Health Phys. 1981 Aug;41(2):267-77.

2) Reichmanis, M., Perry, F. S., Marino, A. A., and Becker, R. O. 1979. Relation between suicide and the electromagnetic field of overhead power lines. Physiol. Chem. Phys. 11:395-403.

3) Savitz D., Boyle CA., Holmgreen P., Prevalence of depression among electrical workers. Am. J. Indust. Med. 1994. 25: 165-176.

4) Verkasalo, P. K., Kaprio, J., Varjonen, J., Romanov, K., Heikkila, K., and Koskenvuo, M. 1997. Magnetic fields of transmission lines and depression. Am. J. Epidemiol. 146:1037-1045.

Best regards.

Alfonso Balmori
Spain

http://www.emfacts.com/weblog/index.php?p=347

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Comments on depression and EMR

From Betty Vanables:

Hi Don, a little more on depression your readers might find of interest Regards, Betty

DEPRESSION AND EMR

From files of the EMR Safety Network Int’l

A female, mid sixties, had experienced bouts of depression over a number of years which were attributed medically to her disturbed sleep and personal problems. Though she had an aversion to drug therapy anti-depressants seemed the only solution, to which she resorted from time to time. Learning of EMR health effects she took steps to remove EMR from her bedroom with subsequent pleasing results in quality of sleep, lack of depression, general wellbeing, improved energy levels. Three years later circumstances necessitated a change in household arrangements that once again exposed her to the original levels of EMR. Over the next 8 –10 weeks this woman experienced a distinct lowering of energy and wellbeing and a deepening depression the cause of which she could not discern. She lost interest in life and found it extremely difficult to start the day. Recalling her information on EMR she once again removed EMR from her sleeping area which resulted in her mood and depression lifting and a return to a cheerful manner and regaining an interest in her activities. Over a period of 10 days or so this lady experienced a gradual return to a depression-free healthier frame of mind.

Following are a few references linking depression and EMF/R where electromagnetic field therapy was used in treating Parkinson’s Disease. (PD) (Ref.1) Some success has been achieved in treating the tremours of PD with EMF under controlled conditions with therapeutically administered doses at specific frequencies. These conditions are quite unlike those where random exposures to EMF have adverse effects on people, as their testimony reveals. Dr Sandyk’s study reveals a number of neuropsychiatric diseases including depression , which are influenced by environmental cues, including magnetic fields.

References:

1..Magnetic Fields and Seasonality of Affective Illness, Implications for Therapy. Intern. J of Neuroscience Sandyk R., et al. 1991. Vol 58.pp261-267

2.. Beale I L, Pearce N E, Conroy D M, Henning M A and Murrell K A, 1997. Psychological Effects of Chronic Exposure to 50 Hz Magnetic Fields in Humans Living Near Extra-High-Voltage Transmission Lines. Bioelectromagnetics, 18, 584-594.

3.. Dowson D I, Lewith G T, Campbell M, Mullee M and Brewster L A, 1988. Overhead High-Voltage Cables and Recurrent Headache and Depressions. The Practitioner, 232, 435-436.

4..Perry F S, Reichmanis M, Marino A A and Becker R O, 1981. Environmental Power-Frequency Magnetic Fields and Suicide. Health Physics, 41, 267-277.

5..Perry S, Pearl L and Binns R, 1989. Power Frequency Magnetic Field: Depressive Illness and Myocardial Infarction. Public Health, 103, 177-180.

6.. Poole C, Kavet R, Funch D P, Donelan K, Charry J M and Dreyer N A, 1993. Depressive Symptoms and Headaches in Relation to Proximity of Residence to an Alternating-Current Transmission Line Right-of-way. American Journal of Epidemiology, 137, 318-330.

7.. Reichmanis M, Perry F S, Marino A A and Becker R O, 1979. Relation Between Suicide and the Electromagnetic Field of Overhead Power Lines. Physiology Chemistry & Physics, 11, 395-403.

8..Savitz D A, Boyle C A and Holmgreen P, 1994. Prevalence of Depression Among Electrical Workers. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 25, 165-176.

9.. Van Wijngaarden E V, Savitz D A, Kleckner R C, Cai J and Loomis D, 2000. Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields and Suicide Among Electric Utility Workers: A Nested Case-Control study. WJM, 173, 94-100.

10.. Verkasalo P K, Kaprio J, Varjonen J, Romanov K, Heikkilä K and Koskenvuo M., 1997. Magnetic Fields of Transmission Lines and Depression. American Journal of Epidemiology, 146, 1037-1045.

http://www.emfacts.com/weblog/index.php?p=349

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More on depression and EMR

And lo and behold, our friend nitric oxide synthase answers to this:

http://www.annalsnyas.org/cgi/content/abstract/973/1/91

"Further Immunohistochemical Evidence for Impaired NO Signaling in the Hypothalamus of Depressed Patients" (Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 973:91-93 (2002))

and: http://www.iran-daily.com/1384/2398/html/science.htm

"Surprising Links Between Depression, Suicide, Epilepsy"

and:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=15569249

"Low nNOS protein in the locus coeruleus in major depression." (J Neurochem. 2004 Dec;91(5))

(And of course NO modifies serotonin.)

Again not a whole answer, but a further nudge that EMFs affecting enzymes like NOS explains rather a lot of what we see.


Andy

From Mast Network

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