Written by David (mrloferlofer)
I will try my best to keep the details surrounding the deaths to a minimum; the articles are linked in the text.
Three teen athletes collapse in two weeks:
Oliver Louis (15) suffered a sudden cardiac death brought on by sickle cell sickling and heat exhaustion at the end of his 5th day of football practice on Tuesday September 7th, 2010 in Orange County, Florida.
Hayward Demison (17) suffered a sudden cardiac arrest after scoring a touchdown in Portland, Oregon on Friday September 10th, 2010. Demison was revived by a nurse on the sidelines after being dead for two minutes.
Reggie Garret (senior) Quarterback collapsed on field from heart disease which caused a sudden cardiac death shortly after throwing a touchdown pass; Garret was rushed to the hospital and pronounced dead at 9:30 PM in Texas on Friday September 17th, 2010.
As you can see in the image on the top right, taken from the Moscow Neutron Monitor, Cosmic Ray Activity had been peaking in Early September with a sharp Forbush Decrease occurring on September 9th, 11th due to a C-Flare on September 6th, 8th.
The images in the column on the right are there to illustrate the contrast between the low Solar Activity and high Cosmic Ray Activity in early September. The images were taken from the Russian Solar Monitoring site TESIS and Sonoma University's GRB Monitor, respectively.
The first C-Flare came on September 6th, just one day before Louis collapsed at football practice on September 7th, 2010 and the second C-Flare came on Sept. 8th, two days before Demison collapsed after running in a touchdown; too little too late.
According to the Orlando Sentinel: Louis died of "exertional sickling due to sickle cell trait and heat stress" when he collapsed near the end of a workout on his fifth day of practice.
The high cosmic ray activity, accumulation was due to the frequent occurrence of Gamma Ray Bursts and the low solar activity which resulted in a sharp Forbush Decrease. These sharp energetic shifts can triggers a wide variety of health conditions.
Space Weather is the main driver in the basic changes in every individual organisms adaptation to environmental stress.
Photo Archive for September 1-18, 2010:
"solar flares issued from a giant sunspot named 'active region 798/808.' X-rays ionized Earth’s upper atmosphere. Solar protons peppered the Moon.
During the storms, something strange happened onboard the International Space Station (ISS): radiation levels dropped.
'The crew of the ISS absorbed about 30% fewer cosmic rays than usual,' says Frank Cucinotta, NASA's chief radiation health officer at the Johnson Space Center. 'The storms actually improved the radiation environment inside the station.'
Scientists have long known about this phenomenon. It's called a 'Forbush decrease,' after American physicist Scott E. Forbush, who studied cosmic rays in the 1930s and 1940s. When cosmic rays hit Earth's upper atmosphere, they produce a shower of secondary particles that can reach the ground. By monitoring these showers he noticed, contrary to intuition, that cosmic ray doses dropped when solar activity was high.
This whole story is ironic because flares and CMEs are themselves sources of deadly radiation. CMEs, in particular, cause 'proton storms.' En route to Earth, CMEs race through the sun's outer atmosphere, plowing through the hot gas at speeds exceeding a million miles per hour. Protons caught in the path of a CME can be accelerated to dangerous energies.
Cosmic rays are different, and worse. Cosmic rays are super-charged subatomic particles coming mainly from outside our solar system."
There was little to no Solar Activity the first week of September, just gamma ray burst after gamma ray burst, which raised the Cosmic Ray Activity that affected Earth.
Some conclusions from the Baku Study on Sudden Cardiac Death are referenced, here:
- The timing of Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD) shows significant relationship to space physical activity parameters.
- The number of SCDs is rising on the highest and lowest daily levels of Geomagnetic Activity. The relatively rare Geomagnetic Storms concentrate most of Sudden Cardiac Deaths at days of lowest Geomagnetic Activity.
- Days with SCD are accompanied by higher CRA (neutron activity on the Earth's surface) and is additionally increased at days with multiple SCD.
These results are in agreement with observations in other parts of the world:
- Monthly number of SCD was related to Cosmic Ray Activity and inversely related to Solar Activity and Geomagnetic Activity.
- Gender differences in SCD links with Geomagnetic Activity were found: men were more sensitive and apparently affected more.
- Cosmic Ray Activity could be considered as one of the regulating factors in human homeostasis.
This correlation can be seen in the triggering of three separate cases of sudden cardiac arrest all occurring to teenaged males during a two week period of increased CRA and Neutron activity on the Earth's surface and solar activity that was too low to protect Earth from the harmful particles, effects.
According to NASA, the reason for this is simple:
"When sunspots explode, they often hurl massive clouds of hot gas away from the sun. These clouds, called CMEs (coronal mass ejections), contain not only gas but also magnetic force fields, knots of magnetism ripped away from the sun by the explosion.
Magnetic fields deflect charged particles, so when a CME sweeps past Earth, it also sweeps away many of the electrically-charged cosmic rays that would otherwise strike our planet. This is the 'Forbush decrease.' Wherever CMEs go, cosmic rays are deflected."
The Earth needs a moderate amount of solar flaring to keep the cosmic rays at bay.
Again, one potential effect of Cosmic Rays:
"During a solar storm, a small amount of very energetic protons and ions with energy levels exceeding 500 MeV are contained in the SPE particle stream. These very energetic solar cosmic rays have the potential of creating a particle stream that travels down to the planet’s surface.
If an individual is at the wrong place at the wrong time, and the nuclear particle enters the human body, it can produce very damaging effects. If the particle thermalizes within the nervous system, the release of intense ionization can cause an electrical instability in the heart and result in a Sudden Cardiac Death."
"Study of heart rhythm variability in various environmental physical conditions was conducted by Breus et al. It was concluded that variations of natural external synchronizers, such as solar radiation and geomagnetic field fluctuations, lead to a similar response in biological systems, namely adaptive stress...
There are many factors that can place a person at risk of Sudden Cardiac Death, including: coronary artery disease (majority of SCD is linked with this disease) resulting in ventricular tachycardia, ventricular fibrillation; asystolia, pulseless electrical activity (electromechanical dissociation).
Smoking; heart failure; dilated cardiomyopathy (an abnormally enlarged heart and the cause of SCD in about 10% of patients); the first 6 to 18 months after a heart attack; hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and some other conditions are related to higher risk of SCD.”
One thing that's interesting to note about Garret and Demison is that they had both just scored touchdowns, and had been the center of attention, or focal point of all the eyes of the audience.
And, according to researchers like Michael Persigner and Dean Radin: photons are going in and out of our retinal system.
"Athletes are seen as one of the healthiest segments of our society. Sudden cardiac death (SCD) in a young athlete is always shocking and profoundly impacts the schools and communities where it occurs. It has been suggested that the prevalence of these events is not as high as it may seem, given the considerable media attention that often accompanies SCD in a young person."
There are many variables to consider, however, the lack of magnetic protection in the solar wind afforded by Solar Flaring and CMEs allowed a high neutron count to trigger various health conditions, in this case: Sudden Cardiac Death.
This article is meant to be an application of part of the evidence suggesting that Galactic Cosmic Ray Activity is a common trigger factor in Sudden Cardiac Deaths.