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Special Issue "Health and Energetic Environment"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2020

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Rollin McCraty

HeartMath Institute, 14700 West Park Avenue, Boulder Creek, CA 95006, USA
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Interests: cognitive processes, behavior, health and the global interconnectivity between people and Earth’s energetic systems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are organizing a Special Issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. This issue will address the global interconnectivity between people and the Earth’s energetic environment as well as its impact on emotional and cognitive processes, health and behavior. The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is a peer-reviewed scientific journal that publishes articles and communications in the interdisciplinary area of environmental health sciences and public health. For detailed information on the journal, please see: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijerph.

Historically, many cultures believed that their collective behavior could be influenced by the sun and other external cycles and influences. This belief has proven to be true. On a larger societal scale, increased violence, crime rates, social unrest, revolutions and the frequency of terrorist attacks have been linked to the solar cycle and the resulting disturbances in the geomagnetic field. Importantly, solar activity not only has been associated with social unrest, but also with the periods of greatest human flourishing, including clear spurts of innovation and creativity in architecture, arts and science as well as periods of positive social change.

The energetic environment, which includes the geomagnetic field, Schumann resonances, solar activity and cosmic rays, has been shown to have a significant impact on mental and emotional processes, health and behavior. The branch of science that studies how solar and geomagnetic activity affects living organisms, especially humans, is called heliobiology. The human body is designed to adapt to daily and seasonal climatic and geomagnetic variations, but environmental factors like geomagnetic storms can alter the hormone balance of the body, such as the melatonin/serotonin balance. These factors affect many physiological functions, including blood pressure, breathing, the immune system and reproductive, cardiac and neurological processes. Geomagnetic disturbances are associated with significant increases in hospital admissions for depression, mental disorders, psychiatric issues, suicide attempts, homicides and traffic accidents.

In this Special Issue, we invite research that explores relationships between global behaviors and the synchronization of numerous physiological rhythms with solar and geomagnetic activity. The majority of research conducted thus far has focused on how disruptions in the Earth’s magnetic fields are associated with adverse effects on health and behaviors. Other research offers growing evidence suggesting that the Earth’s magnetic fields helps to synchronize, energize and nonlocally interconnect living systems. Growing evidence also suggests that some solar and magnetic energy influxes can also be utilized as a source of energy that has positive biological and behavorial effects.

This Special Issue welcomes theoretical and empirical contributions and is open to any subject area related to the effects of solar, geomagnetic and cosmic environments on health, mental and emotional processes, behavior and interconnectivity.

Dr. Rollin McCraty
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • heliobiology
  • geomagnetic field
  • Schumann resonance
  • solar wind
  • cosmic rays
  • solar radio flux
  • energetic environment
  • magnetic field
  • Earth
  • synchronization
  • entrainment
  • nonlinear dynamical systems
  • global interconnectivity

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Empirical and Heuristic Phenomenological Case Study of the HeartMath Global Coherence Initiative
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(7), 1245; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16071245
Received: 15 March 2019 / Revised: 29 March 2019 / Accepted: 4 April 2019 / Published: 8 April 2019
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Along with the creativity of vast technological advances, humanity’s endemic destructiveness continues. Planetary healing needs motivated this research. The aim was an empirical and heuristic phenomenological investigation into and an evaluation of the theoretical and technological implications of the HeartMath Global Coherence Initiative. [...] Read more.
Along with the creativity of vast technological advances, humanity’s endemic destructiveness continues. Planetary healing needs motivated this research. The aim was an empirical and heuristic phenomenological investigation into and an evaluation of the theoretical and technological implications of the HeartMath Global Coherence Initiative. The single case study, and limited amount of data, indicated the null hypothesis. Methodology included HeartMath Inner Balance tool and newly developed Global Coherence application (app). Data collection involved linked empirical measures and experiential journaling. Quantitative data analysis, which consisted of statistical analysis of correlations between six existing Global Coherence magnetometers and empirical measures of meditation records, from Inner Balance and Global coherence apps, respectively, yielded unexpected findings, both significant and insignificant, in the form of trends towards global and local group coherence, respectively. Qualitative findings essentially revealed variations on the, interrelated, consciousness themes of wholeness, holistic healing, energy healing and meditation. In addition to various limitations and implications, interpretation of integrative findings indicated theoretical and practical support for the HeartMath mission and vision of developing and promoting personal, social and global coherence. Full article
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