In an interesting research done by the Biophysics Research Institute at Tomsk State University in Russia, a series of experiments were conducted to study rats in an
environment devoid of the earth’s magnetic field.
The experiments indicated the rats losing social skills, facing memory problems and undergoing biological changes in their internal organs. The researchers proved that
the earth’s magnetic field clearly affects all living beings.
At different instances of time in the earth’s history, there have been cases of earth’s magnetic field strength depleting to extremely low levels and the scientists attribute something like the extinction of dinosaurs due to this.
In the experiment conducted, twelve rats were put into a confined area with magnetic levels reduced to one thousandth of the usual strength for about 10 days. Another group of 12 rats were placed in a container under normal conditions.
Upon constant monitoring, the rats in the magnetic free zone became increasedly aggressive. It is in the nature of rats to fight to establish a social hierarchy and once
the social order is set, the fights stop.
The scientists observed that the rats in the magnetic free zone lost their social skills and could not remember how to set the social hierarchy. Added to this, they lost memory frequently and forgot their surroundings.
The earth’s magnetic field has an intensity of the order of 50 microtesla. This is thousands of times stronger than that of Mercury and Mars. The earth’s strong magnetic field is believed to protect the earth’s surface and all living creatures from the sun’s charged particles flowing to the earth called the solar wind.
The scientists believe that the astronauts traveling on interplanetary expeditions would be at a serious risk of exposure to low or no magnetic fields thus leading to possible mental disorders.
Some of the other consequences of zero or no magnetic field strength are:
- Higher incidence of physical deformity
- Decrease in the muscle fiber energy production
- Reduction of enzyme activity in mice
These effects give a good insight into the consquences of lack of magnetic field strength on living beings on earth and can shed light on how many of the diseases can be due to magnetic field deficiency or excess of it.
Gaining a good knowledge in this area can help develop suitable magnetic therapy treatments that can help cure or reduce human disease/disorders.