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Global Study of Human Heart Rhythm Synchronization with the Earth’s Time Varying Magnetic Field

    • Published: 2021
    • Inga Timofejeva1, Rollin McCraty2, Mike Atkinson2, Abdullah A. Alabdulgader3, Alfonsas Vainoras4, Mantas Landauskas1, Vaiva Šiaučiünaitė1, and Minvydas Ragulskis1
    • Appl. Sci. 2021, 11, 2935. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/app11072935.1. Department of Mathematical Modelling, Kaunas University of Technology, Kaunas, Lithuania.2. HeartMath Institute, Boulder Creek, CA, USA.3. Research and Scientific Bio-Computing, Prince Sultan Cardiac Center, Alhasa, Saudi Arabia.4. Cardiology Institute, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Kaunas, Lithuania.
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Abstract

Changes in geomagnetic conditions have been shown to affect the rhythms produced by the brain and heart and that human autonomic nervous system activity reflected in heart rate variability (HRV) over longer time periods can synchronize to changes in the amplitude of resonant frequencies produced by geomagnetic field-line and Schumann resonances. During a 15-day period, 104 participants located in California, Lithuania, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, and England underwent continuous ambulatory HRV monitoring. The local time varying magnetic field (LMF) intensity was obtained using a time synchronized and calibrated network of magnetometers located at five monitoring sites in the same geographical locations as the participant groups. This paper focuses on the results of an experiment conducted within the larger study where all of the participants simultaneously did a heart-focused meditation called a Heart Lock-In (HLI) for a 15-min period. The participant’s level of HRV coherence and HRV synchronization to each other before, during and after the HLI and the synchronization between participants’ HRV and local time varying magnetic field power during each 24-h period were computed for each participant and group with near-optimal chaotic attractor embedding techniques. In analysis of the participants HRV coherence before, during and after the HLI, most of the groups showed significantly increased coherence during the HLI period. The pairwise heart rhythm synchronization between participants’ in each group was assessed by determining the Euclidean distance of the optimal time lag vectors of each participant to all other participants in their group. The group member’s heart rhythms were significantly more synchronized with each other during the HLI period in all the groups. The participants’ daily LMFHRV-synchronization was calculated for each day over an 11-day period, which provided a 5-day period before, the day of and 5-days after the HLI day. The only day where all the groups HRV was positively correlated with the LMF was on the day of the HLI and the synchronization between the HRV and LMF for all the groups was significantly higher than most of the other days.