Electricity Found to Cause Massive Brain Cell Loss
Tulsa, Oklahoma, July 19, 2014 -- A sweeping two-part study of the effects of electricity on the human body has concluded that short- or long-term exposure to the phenomena may be responsible for the untimely demise of millions of brain cells.
The study also brings scientists to the disturbing conclusion, described by coordinators as "shocking", that most humans are unwilling to alter their behavior to prevent damage to their primary brain functions, even when made aware of the causes of that damage
"It was quite a jolt," said Dr. Abe C. Diesey, who supervised the study. "We went into the study expecting to find no harmful effects at all, particularly considering the acceptance and ubiquity of electricity in all industrialized societies. Instead we found the exact opposite. The results were, in a word, electrifying."
The first part of the study consisted of both long- and short-term tracking of over 50,000 test subjects in nine western industrialized nations. Subjects' brain cell counts were measured at frequent stages throughout a three-year test period, with the data cross-referenced against electrical appliance use and ambient exposure.
"We found a direct, linear correlation between electricity exposure and brain cell deactivation and decay, even at comparatively low exposure levels," said Dr. Diesey. "The more time our test subjects spent near electrical devices and the closer they were to them, the greater the rate of brain cell attrition."
"One somewhat uncomfortable conclusion we arrived at," Dr. Diesey added, "is that our electroencephalograph and other brain scan equipment, which are of course electrically powered, were themselves probably to blame for the destruction of millions of brain cells in each of our test subjects. With the benefit of 20-20 hindsight, I'd have to say it's fortunate every one of them signed an iron-clad waiver."
During the second part of the study, Dr. Diesey and his colleagues shared the study's initial findings with a sub-sample of 5,000 test subjects, then tracked their behavior patterns over the next eighteen months to observe how they would respond to the new information.
"What we wanted to see was how strongly the awareness of electricity's dangers would impact their behavioral patterns," Dr. Diesey said. "As it happens, the pattern changes we detected were so small as to be statistically insignificant. Current trends indicate individuals will do little or nothing to prevent themselves from growing progressively stupider, if it means sacrificing their gadgets."
According to Dr. Diesey, of the 5,000 test subjects virtually all made either a few minor changes, or no changes at all, to their lifestyles with regard to electricity exposure, even after having been apprised of the risks to their intelligence and mental health.
"One of the most chilling experiments we tried consisted of connecting a test subject to a brain cell attrition scanner in which live results were displayed on a computer monitor," Dr. Diesey said. "The subjects could watch their own rate of brain cell decay in real time, a decay caused during the test primarily by the ambient electrical output of the computer system and the monitor they were at that moment watching. Most subjects were mesmerized. One stared at the screen for seventeen hours straight with only one short bathroom break, at an approximate cost of 420 million brain cells."
According to the study, neural decay can be triggered by a disruption to the brain's own electrical system from ambient voltage. Neurological signals in the brain are normally transmitted from neuron to neuron via electrical impulses. When these impulses are disturbed by an external power source over a period of time, individual neurons are flagged by the brain's auto-immune system as malfunctioning. A complex hormonal mechanism in the brain's glial cells then initiates a type of fail-safe shutdown sequence on the malfunctioning neurons, which subsequently wither and decay.
"The initial shutdown flag can be triggered either immediately or following a long period of extended exposure, depending on numerous factors including the frequency of ambient electrical impulses, their voltages, and the prior state of health of the particular neuron," Dr. Diesey explained. "It's often a several-stage process, with individual cells being 'put on probation' following one or more minor malfunctions. If left undisturbed, the neuron may eventually return to a normal, active state. Subsequent disruptions caused by ongoing electrical exposure, however, will tend to flag the cell for immediate shutdown. Large quantities of this kind of neuron deactivation will have a significant negative effect on an individual's intelligence, motor skills, and ability to complete sentences."
Based on the findings, Dr. Diesey recommends that individuals take immediate steps to shield themselves as much as possible from what he describes as "the potentially devastating effects of electricity exposure".
"It's really very simple," Dr. Diesey said. "Watching TV or sitting in front of a computer screen or a game console will, over time, turn you into an idiot. We have the proof. Unfortunately, our study also proves that, for most people, that's a price they're more than willing to pay."
By Ion Zwitter, Avant News Editor
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