Do you still think electromagnetic medicine isn’t real? Then wait until you read today’s article shared by J.T. (to whom a big thank you for spotting this one!). Before we get to that, however,  an apology: due to some scheduling glitches I didn’t notice until today, there wasn’t a blog for yesterday, but there were two blogs for one day earlier this week, so my apologies for the confusion.

Today’s blog-focus is a stunner, and as one might expect, it has me contemplating all sorts of high octane speculations. It’s a stunner because a recent University of Iowa study has indicated that one might be able to control some aspects of type two diabetes remotely via manipulation of and exposure to certain types of electromagnetic fields:

Remote control of blood sugar: Electromagnetic fields treat diabetes in animal models

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Now, while I find it more than a little disconcerting that the picture of those (presumably) involved in the study shows them all wearing t-shirts with flying saucers on them, I do find it very interesting that immersion in a static electrical field and a magnetic field simultaneously enhances the body’s response to insulin and lowers blood sugar:

Researchers from the University of Iowa have discovered a safe new way to manage blood sugar non-invasively. Exposing diabetic mice to a combination of static electric and magnetic fields for a few hours per day normalizes two major hallmarks of type 2 diabetes, according to new findings published Oct. 6 in Cell Metabolism.

“We’ve built a remote control to manage diabetes,” says Calvin Carter, PhD, one of the study’s lead authors and a postdoc in the lab of senior author Val Sheffield, MD, PhD, professor in the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics, Division of Medical Genetics and Genomics, and the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the UI Carver College of Medicine. “Exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs) for relatively short periods reduces blood sugar and normalizes the body’s response to insulin. The effects are long-lasting, opening the possibility of an EMF therapy that can be applied during sleep to manage diabetes all day.”

The unexpected and surprising discovery may have major implications in diabetes care, particularly for patients who find current treatment regimens cumbersome.

The new study indicates that EMFs alter the balance of oxidants and antioxidants in the liver, improving the body’s response to insulin. This effect is mediated by small reactive molecules that seem to function as “magnetic antennae.”

In addition to mice, the method was tested on human liver cells:

In addition to the mouse studies, the researchers also treated human liver cells with EMFs for six hours and showed that a surrogate marker for insulin sensitivity improved significantly, suggesting that the EMFs may also produce the same anti-diabetic effect in humans.

Carter and Huang are energized by the possibility of translating the findings to human patients with type 2 diabetes. In terms of safety, the World Health Organization considers low energy EMFs safe for human health. The UI study also found no evidence of any adverse side effects in mice.

The team is now working on a larger animal model to see if the EMFs produce similar effects in an animal that has a more similar size and physiology to humans. They also plan to conduct studies to understand the redox mechanism underlying the effects of EMFs. Their goal is to move into clinical trials with patients to translate the technology into a new class of therapies. With that goal in mind, Carter, Huang, and Carter’s twin brother, Walter, have created a startup company called Geminii Health, with help from the UI Office for the Vice President of Research.

However, as one might imagine, I have some high octane speculation to advance here. Notably, the type of electromagnetic field being talked about here is (1) low energy, (2) apparently steady as it is a static electric field, i.e., the language used in the article suggests it is not a pulsed field varying in strength or intensity over time with regular (or irregular) periodicity, and (3) it is magnetic.

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