Originally posted by Bedlam
Those two things DO happen. Nothing makes me feel crappier than a positively ionized environment.
What I'm not sure of, is that solar flare activity causes either to occur at ground level. Ionosphere, you bet. Now I'm going to have to look that up.
Heck, that might be a valid mechanism.
It's not as unlikely as some other ideas in this thread. Solar flares can affect power grids, so one
might be inclined to infer since those are electrical and the human body operates on electrical impulses, maybe it can affect humans also, but as with
the microwave amplitude example, that's not necessarily the case.
The field strength resulting from solar flares can be very small per unit length, but transmission lines are so darn long that those small amounts add
up over long lengths and the resulting voltages can potentially take down a grid, though as we see, this happens infrequently. The human body isn't
nearly that long, so subjected to the same field strength, there's just not that much to "add up" as with transmission lines. At least that's my
simplified view, but if you find any research worth sharing, let us know.
Edit to add: I did find this generic statement but there are no specifics:
Some academics have claimed that such geomagnetic storms can affect humans, altering moods and leading people into negative behavior through
effects on their biochemistry.
Some studies have found evidence that hospital admissions for depression rise during geomagnetic storms and that incidents of suicide
Without specifics, I find such statements less than convincing.
Now if people lived in Colorado, and the northern lights become visible from there during a magnetic storm as mentioned in that source, and the bright
lights kept them from sleeping normally, and the lack of sleep altered mood, that effect I would find completely plausible.
edit on 25-11-2012
by Arbitrageur because: clarification