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EMF Glossary Definition

Schumann Resonance

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The Schumann Resonance is a set of spectrum peaks in the extremely low frequency (ELF) portion of the Earth’s electromagnetic field spectrum. Discovered in 1952 by German physicist Winfried Otto Schumann, these resonances are global electromagnetic resonances, generated and excited by lightning discharges in the cavity formed by the Earth’s surface and the ionosphere.

Basic Principles of Schumann Resonance:

  1. Natural Frequency of the Earth-Ionosphere Cavity: The Schumann Resonances occur at several frequencies, with the fundamental mode being approximately 7.83 Hz. This frequency falls within the extremely low frequency range of the electromagnetic spectrum.
  2. Excitation by Lightning: Worldwide lightning activity (thousands of lightning strikes per minute globally) excites these resonances. These electromagnetic waves then circulate around the Earth, guided by the lower edge of the ionosphere, creating standing waves with peaks at specific frequencies.
  3. Observation and Measurement: Schumann Resonances can be observed and measured in the atmosphere and are seen as a set of peaks in the spectrum of the Earth’s electromagnetic noise background.

Schumann Resonance and Human Health:
The relationship between Schumann Resonances and human health is a subject of interest and speculation, particularly among those studying the effects of electromagnetic fields on biological systems. There are several theories and hypotheses in this area:

  1. Electromagnetic Environment and Biological Rhythms: Some researchers have proposed that since human beings evolved in the electromagnetic environment of the Earth, including the Schumann Resonances, these frequencies might play a role in regulating biological functions. It is hypothesized that these natural frequencies may influence circadian rhythms and brain wave patterns.
  2. The “Resonance” Theory: One theory suggests that the human brain is tuned into the frequency of the planet, the so-called “resonance” effect. Proponents of this theory argue that the Schumann Resonance frequency of 7.83 Hz is in harmony with the brain’s alpha and theta states, promoting relaxation and creativity.
  3. Impact on Health and Wellbeing: Some studies and hypotheses suggest that deviations from or disruptions to these natural frequencies could have adverse effects on health. However, these claims are not widely supported by the scientific community, as there is a lack of empirical evidence to conclusively establish a direct relationship between Schumann Resonances and health outcomes.

Scientific Skepticism and Research Challenges:

  1. Lack of Empirical Evidence: There is a significant gap between the hypothesized health effects of the Schumann Resonance and the available scientific evidence. Many of the claims about its influence on human health are speculative and not backed by robust scientific data.
  2. Challenges in Research: Studying the effects of such low-frequency environmental factors on human health is challenging. It’s difficult to isolate the influence of Schumann Resonances from other environmental and lifestyle factors that impact health.
  3. Need for More Research: More rigorous scientific research is needed to explore any potential relationship between these natural electromagnetic frequencies and human physiology or health outcomes.

In summary, while the Schumann Resonances are a fascinating and well-established physical phenomenon related to the Earth’s electromagnetic environment, their direct impact on human health remains an area of speculation and ongoing research. While there are theories suggesting a potential link between these resonances and biological processes, current scientific evidence does not provide a conclusive understanding of these effects. As such, the relationship between the Schumann Resonance and human health should be approached with an open mind and a critical perspective, recognizing the need for further empirical study in this field.

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R Blank is the CEO of Shield Your Body, which he founded in 2012. With hundreds of thousands of customers in over 30 countries, and having been interviewed on platforms including Dr. Phil, ABC news television and ElectricSense, R is an internationally followed expert on issues of EMF, health and safety. He also hosts “The Healthier Tech Podcast”, available Apple, Spotify and all major podcasting platforms. In the past, he served on the faculty at the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering as well as the University of California, Santa Cruz. Previously, R ran a software engineering firm in Los Angeles, producing enterprise-level solutions for blue chip clients including Medtronic, Apple, NBC, Toyota, Disney, Microsoft, the NFL, Ford, IKEA and Mattel. He has spoken at conferences around the world, including in the US, Canada, New Zealand and the Netherlands, and he is the co-author, along with his father Dr. Martin Blank, of ‘Overpowered‘ from Seven Stories Press about the science of health effects of EMF radiation. He has an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and received his bachelor’s degree, with honors, from Columbia University. He has also studied at Cambridge University in the UK; the University of Salamanca in Spain; and the Institute of Foreign Languages in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. Read more about R and SYB or connect with R on LinkedIn.

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