Endogenous Fields And Human Peripheral Blood Lymphocytes: A Big Breakthrough In Biology.
Drs. Tamara Galonja-Coghill and Roger Coghill
January 31, 1999
Recently in our laboratory Tamara and I have been investigating the importance of endogenous electric fields. These are the fields emitted by every living creature as a result of internal processes such as heart regulation, brain rhythms, muscular activity and the like.
Last March (1998) we first conducted an experiment where we extracted white blood cells essential to immune comptetence and tumour protection, called lymphocytes, from a human donor. We put them into three 1ml sealed glass containers and then into a mu-metal box protecting them from external readiative influences thereby. Into one of the containers we fed a gold wire attached to the donor's skin surface, and taped the mu-metal box to the donor's forearm overnight. The second container only had the cell culture (control), and the third container had a gold wire sealed inside it, but going nowhere (sham-exposed).
The next day we checked the cell cultures in the three containers for viability using a standard test known as trypan blue exclusion. In this test any cells whose "skin" (plasma membrane) has been damaged turn bright blue, but intact cells stay white. So one can count both types to see how viable is the culture of interest.
We found that the cells exposed to the donor's cutaneous (endogenous) electric fields stayed significantly more viable than the controls and the sham-exposed: exposed cells were usually more than 70% viable, whereas unexposed cells treated in exactly the same conditions were never more than 50% viable the next day. Over the next month we repeated this test six times, always with the same result, and eventually had counted (blind) some 10,000 cells. ("Blind" means that the person counting the cells under the microscope does not know from which container they have come). Then we substituted an ELF field (50Hz,. square wave, 32mV) and found that this damaged the cells more than normal. The same when an RF/MW field from a mobile phone on standby (ETACS, 900MHz.)was used.
Finally we wondered if any endogenous human field would be protective, but found that only the donor's field has a protective effect. This last study was scrutineered by scientists from Oxford University and the Karolinska Institute, who came to our laboratory and stayed several days while the study was repeated.
Why were they so interested? It is because this is the first time any experiment has shown the existence of an important protective biological mechanism at levels of electric field strength so weak that it is far below thermal levels. It is clear that this hitherto unsuspected communications mechanism between immune system cells and the electric field present in all of us plays a vital role in self-recognition. Because we used a gold wire to feed in the signal, it is also evident that the communication does not involve any chemical reaction or magnetic fields, but that the signals are solely electric or possibly photonic in nature.
We have been invited to repeat the experiment (this will be the fourteenth time!) at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden under the surveillance of their neuroscience department.
Because electric fields are additive our study shows for the first time unequivocally how other weak fields such as from powerlines or cellphones are disturbing this communications mechanism. Physicists can no longer argue that the artificial fields cannot have any biological effect. It really is a big insight into how the weak fields of modern technology sometimes disturb our health, and has many practical implications for modern life. These influences may not always be adverse, by the way.
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