The following is a gathering of scientific evidence related to the effects of Electromagnetic Radiation in the development of cytokine storms and the viral expression.

Our genetic material is naturally filled with virus-derived genetic elements.  As part of this dynamic network of microorganisms that inhabit the body, interactions with bacteria and other microbial agents influence the virome’s behavior.  In fact, the composition of the virome is influenced by numerous factors that affect it directly, such as an infection, or changed host–cell populations, e.g., environmental toxins such as chemicals, pesticides, radiation, antibiotic consumption, vaccination, oxidative stress, or diet. 

A. Exposure to electromagnetic fields induce Cytokine Storms

Hemoglobin is the iron-containing protein molecule in red blood cells that carries oxygen from the lungs to the body’s tissues and returns carbon dioxide from the tissues back to the lungs.  The iron contained in hemoglobin is also responsible for the red color of blood.

Electromagnetic Frequencies (EMF), Radio Frequencies (RF) induce the separation of iron from the blood’s hemoglobin triggering the same type of pro-inflammatory cytokine storm described in Covid-19.

Understanding Cytokines
Cytokines are small secreted proteins released by cells have a specific effect on the interactions and communications between cells. Several different cell types coordinate their efforts as part of the immune system, including B cells, T cells, macrophages, mast cells, neutrophils, basophils and eosinophils. Each of these cell types has a distinct role in the immune system and communicates with other immune cells using secreted cytokines.

Cytokines are the response army of the Immune system. There are both pro-inflammatory cytokines and anti-inflammatory cytokines. Macrophages are antigen-presenting cells that use cytokines to stimulate specific antigen dependent responses by B and T cells and non-specific responses by other cell types. 

There is significant evidence showing that certain cytokines/chemokines are involved in not only the initiation but also the persistence of pathologic pain by directly activating nociceptive sensory neurons.

Here are some scientific sources:

  1. 50 Hz electromagnetic field exposure promotes proliferation and cytokine production of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells.
    EMF is able to promote the proliferation of rBMSCs, up-regulate the expressions of hematopoietic growth factors in rBMSC and mMSC and increase the mMSC induced proliferation and migration of RAW264.7.
  2. Effect of long-term occupational exposure to extremely low-frequency electromagnetic fields on proinflammatory cytokine and hematological parameters.
    Long-term exposure to ELF-EMFs probably affects immune responses, by stimulating the production of proinflammatory cytokines, and increasing some hematological parameters.
  3. A review on the effects of extremely low frequency electromagnetic field (ELF-EMF) on cytokines of innate and adaptive immunity
    Physical and biological parameters of ELF-EMF can interact with each other to create beneficial or harmful effect on the immune cell responses by interfering with the inflammatory or anti-inflammatory cytokines.
  4. Cytokines and radiation-induced pulmonary injuries
    Research into immunological regulation of inflammation has discovered that there are many different types of cytokines mediating the inflammatory response of immune cells to radiation.
  5. Hippocampal lipidome and transcriptome profile alterations triggered by acute exposure of mice to GSM 1800 MHz mobile phone radiation: An exploratory study
    This study provides preliminary evidence that mobile phone radiation induces hippocampal lipidome and transcriptome changes that may explain the brain proteome changes and memory deficits previously shown by our group.

B. Exposure to electromagnetic fields induces activation and expression of virus genomes

The gut virome is a viral collective inhabiting the intestine, co-existing and closely integrated to the bacterial microbiome, fungi and other microbial communities that constitute the microbiome. The virome contains the most abundant and fastest-mutating genetic elements on Earth. The mammalian virome is comprised of viruses that infect host cells, virus-derived elements in our chromosomes, and viruses that infect the broad array of other types of organisms that inhabit us.

Viruses can be found on all human mucosal surfaces, and frequently live in other cell types.  It is estimated that each healthy human individual harbors more than ten permanent chronic eukaryotic viral infections that drive continuous activation of the immune system including herpesviruses, polyomaviruses, anelloviruses, adenoviruses, papillomaviruses and, for many people, additional viruses such as hepatitis B virus, hepatitis C virus, and HIV. 

A frequent consequence of chronic and acute viral infection is immune overstimulation, in other words, when innate immunity is permanently stimulated (constant environmental toxins, poor diet, vaccination, antibiotics) and the intensity of the reactions is stronger, these mechanisms may be directed against the host and subsequently stimulate acquired immunity.

Here are some scientific sources: 

  1. Exposure to a 50 Hz electromagnetic field induces activation of the Epstein-Barr virus genome in latently infected human lymphoid cells.
    Exposure to 50 Hz electromagnetic field resulted in an increased number of cells expressing the virus antigens (18% activation of the EBV genome compared to 4% in the control cells). This finding provides evidence that DNA can be modulated by a magnetic field. According to the 14th Report on Carcinogens (RoC) released by the USA’s National Toxicology Program (NTP) in Nov 2016, the Epstein Barr virus is now a known human carcinogen based on sufficient evidence from human studies.
  2. The induction of Epstein-Barr Virus early antigen expression in Raji cells by GSM mobile phone radiation.
    The data indicated that mobile phone exposure could induce the expression of EBV-EA in Raji cells and the induction was even more evident with the presence of the tumor promoter TPA.
  3. Wireless control of cellular function by activation of a novel protein responsive to electromagnetic fields
    Results demonstrate that these fish exhibit robust behavioral response induced by static and alternating magnetic stimuli.
  4. Immune-Modulating Perspectives for Low Frequency Electromagnetic Fields in Innate Immunity
    In the present review, we describe and discuss the effects of extremely low frequency (ELF)-EMF and pulsed EMF on cell signals and factors relevant to the activation of danger signals and innate immunity cells.
  5. A short‐term extremely low frequency electromagnetic field exposure increases circulating leukocyte numbers and affects HPA‐axis signaling in mice
    Short‐term ELF‐EMF exposure with a specific noise signal, similar to fields from environmental sources, did increase total leukocytes, mainly represented by CD4+ T‐lymphocytes and neutrophils. We found indications that this increase may be caused by changes in the HPA stress axis. These imply that short‐term ELF‐EMF exposure may cause small changes in stress regulation, potentially resulting in shifts in different leukocyte subsets.
  6. Effect of 50 Hz Extremely Low-Frequency Electromagnetic Fields on the DNA Methylation and DNA Methyltransferases in Mouse Spermatocyte-Derived Cell Line GC-2
    50 Hz ELF-EMF exposure can induce the alterations of genome-wide methylation and the expression of DNMTs. These results suggest that epigenetic regulation might play an important role in the biological effects of 50 Hz ELF-EMF exposure.


Read more about immunity and the human virome in the Spring 2020 edition of Naked Food.

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