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Geopathic Stress Zones
and Insomnia

 

Humanity, Protection of Animals,
Environment and Nature

  Healthy and
Ethically-Orientated Nutrition
  Molecular Morphology    


GEOPATHIC STRESS ZONES

Do "Water Veins" or "Earth Rays" really exist? What is geological background of these terms, which more scientifically should be called "geopathic stress zones"? Can geologic formations affect sleep, well-being and health?

From 2002-2016, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gerhard W. HACKER studied stress effects present at different locations above ground, with a main emphasis on possible influences of geopathic zones (often referred to as "water veins") on the human and animal organism. Using a multi-disciplinary approach (joint collaborative projects with medical specialists, biologists, psychologists, biochemists, physicists, geologists, etc.), intensive research is also carried out to elucidate the possible reasons for location-related stress effects. Stringy underground water ways (aquifers) seems to be one of the main geologic formations bearing stressors adversely affecting living beings. In addition, geologic faults, local changes of the Earth's magnetic fields, such as those caused by accumulations of magnetic or magnetizable minerals, and other specific inclusions contained in the upper earth crust are likely to contribute to the location dependency phenomenon. In addition to natural factors, a series of man-made environmental components are of interest, also including technical electromagnetical fields.

Decomposition and moved ions in ground water. (c) Hacker et al., Hallein / Salzburg, 2011.  

Aquifers ("stringy water ways") are probably the most common cause of geopathic stress: groundwater works its way through countless tiny pores. According to the principle of an "electrokinetic microchannel battery", frictional effects can lead to electric and magnetic fields that are superimposed to the Earth's magnetic field. By physicists, this hypothesis has been replicated in laboratory experiments, and their findings conclusively confirm the existence of this effect. (Ref.: Stephen R. Brown, Robert W. Haupt: Study of Electrokinetic Effects to Quantify Groundwater Flow. Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico; Sandia-Report 1997). Decomposition and moved ions may play an important role too. Diagram: Hacker et al. in Korotkov (ed.): Spiral Traverse (2011), based on drawings of Mag. Wolfgang Gadermayr, Civil-Safety-Officer for Geology, Hallein bei Salzburg.

"Rock-Wave" in the Austrian Oetscher mountains. (c) Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gerhard W. Hacker, Salzburg, Austria (2008).  

Layers of folded sediment (calcium carbonate plates), buildt up by tectonic forces inside the earth crust.

(Photo taken in the Oetscher mountain region, located in the south-western part of Lower Austria, by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gerhard W. Hacker)

Fault formation. (c) Mag. Wolfgang Gadermayr, Hallein bei Salzburg, Austria.  

Geologic Fault: candidate of a geologic formation which is also likely to contribute to the geopathy phenomenon - e.g., by piezoelectriceffects.

(Photo by courtesy of Mag. Wolfgang Gadermayr, geologist & accredited geology expert , Hallein near Salzburg, Austria)

Magnetfeld der Erde. Lizenzfrei Geophysik Universität Bremen / Wikipedia (2007).
 

Local variations of the earth magnetic field can influence the immune system. (Ref.: Roman A. & Tombarkiewicz B.: Prolonged weakening of the geomagnetic field (GMF) affects the immune system of rats. Bioelectromagnetics 30, 2009).

(Photo: Institute of Geophysics, University of Bremen, Germany; according to Wikipedia "Erdmagnetfeld" licence free)

Methods

Our study groups used immunochemistry and biochemistry (measurement of stress parameters including hormonally and immunologically relevant substances), biophysical procedures (such as the gas-discharge visualization, GDV), techniques from sports medicine (heart rate variability; HRV), psychology (state tests, questionnaires, etc.), as well as methods from geophysics, hydrogeology, veterinary medicine, and complementary medicine.

Some of our Cooperation Partners

Salzburg Federal Hospital - University Clinics of the Paracelsus Private Medical University (Mag. Dr. Christoph AUGNER, Ph.D., M.Sc.; Psychologist & Biologist, Environmental- and Work Psychologist; Deputy Head of the IGGMB - Research Institute for Frontier Questions of Medicine and Biotechnology); Veterinary Medical University of Zurich (Vetsuisse University of Switzerland; Dr. med. vet. Linda FURTER; Veterinarian); Institute of Geology & Geography, Nature Research Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania (Dr. Rimantas PETROSIUS, Physicist; since 2008); Department of Geology, University of Patras, Greece (Prof. Dr. Stavros PAPAMARINOPOULOS, Geophysicist); Land Salzburg, Governmental Sanitary Headquarters (Dr. Gerd OBERFELD; M.D. with Environmental Medicine Specialist Diploma; specialist for technical electromagnetic fields); Expert Consultant: Mag. Wolfgang GADERMAYR, Accredited Civil-Safety-Officer for Geology, Hallein near Salzburg (Geology and Hydrogeology).

Review Articles

Reviews on the topics Geopathy, diurnal Rhythmicities of GDV and other Stress Parameters were recently published in the two books of Prof. Konstantin KOROTKOV "Spiral Traverse" and "Energy Fields". Prof. Korotkov kindly permitted download of the two chapters using the following links. The books can be ordered directly via Prof. Korotkov either in printed version or as eBooks. Clicking on the following photos of the book cover pages will start downloading the two papers as pdf-documents:

Free Download of:

Hacker G.W. et al.: Geophysical Background, Target Structures and Effects of Geopathic Stress Zones, as Detected with Gas Discharge Visualization (GDV) Methodology. Book chapter in: Spiral Traverse: Journey into the Unknown, 2nd edn. Korotkov K. (ed.), ISBN-13: 978-0-9742019-4-8; ISBN-10: 0-9742019-4-4. St. Petersburg University, Russia, 315-348 (2011).

pdf-file, 1,7 MB

Cover of the Book "Spiral Traverse", edited by Prof. Konstantin Korotkov, St. Petersburg (c) Korotkov, 2011.

 

Cover of the Book "Energy Fields", edited by Prof. Konstantin Korotkov, St. Petersburg (c) Korotkov, 2011

Free Download of:

Hacker G.W. et al.: Daytime-related rhythmicity of gas discharge visualization (GDV) parameter glow image area: Time course and comparison to biochemical parameters measured in saliva. Book chapter in: Energy Fields. Electrophotonic Analysis in Humans and Nature. Korotkov K. (ed.), ISBN 978-5-91014-022-0. St. Petersburg University, Russia, 214-232 (2011).

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Phenomenon "Geopathic Locations" - True or Fake?

"Tree-Cancer" in the gardens of the Vienna Castle of Schoenbrunn. (c) Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gerhard W. Hacker, Salzburg, Austria (2008).  

If trees grow on geopathic stress zones, quite often, tumor-type neoplasias can be observed.

(Schoenbrunn Castle park, Vienna;
Photo by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gerhard W. Hacker)

The knowledge of the existence of geopathic stress zones (often referred to as "water veins", geological faults, etc.) is probably as old as mankind, and many have already sought to gain scientific evidence for influences to the human organism using acknowledged methods. Worldwidely until only a few years ago, no manuscript on that topic had been published in recognized MedLine-cited biomedical journals. Although epidemiological studies had given indications for an increased occurrence of certain symptoms and diseases possibly related to living at specific places, direct "location dependency" effects had not been conclusively evidenced. However, in 2005, under the title "Evidence for Biomedical Geopathic Zones and their Influence on the Human Body: Scientifically Traceable Effects and Ways of Harmonization", the Salzburg location dependency study has been published by Hacker et al. as the world's first investigation of its kind in a peer-reviewed medical journal (FKM - Research in Complementary Medicine, Vol. 12, pages 315-327, 2005; Karger Publishing Corporation, Freiburg i. Br., Germany; Impact Factor in 2005: 1,417). Since 2005, a number of additional manuscripts on the subject have been released (see list of publications), and new submissions of further manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed MedLine-quoted journals are in the pipeline. Our team has also, for the first time, obtained statistically significant evidence for worse well-being occurring at geopathic places (Augner, Hacker & Jekel: "Geopathic stress zones: Short-term effects on work performance and well-being?" JACM - Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (USA) 16: 657-661 (2010). Examples of important topic-related publications of other research teams are: Stephen R. Brown, Robert W. Haupt: Study of Electrokinetic Effects to Quantify Groundwater Flow. Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico; Sandia-Report 1997; A. Roman & B. Tombarkiewicz: Prolonged weakening of the geomagnetic field (GMF) affects the immune system of rats. Bioelectromagnetics 30, 2009.

More recent research activities on the topic included long-term psychological tests, a study of sleeping disorders, more detailed biochemical analyses of stress-related parameters, possible influences on aging, and the influence of geopathy on farm animals. Intermediate reports of those studies have been published (see publication list; e.g., Hacker et al 2007 (in Russian); Augner et al. in DZA -Deutsche Zeitschrift für Akupunktur/ German Journal of Acupuncture and Related Techniques 53, 14-20, 2010). A remarkable result derived from the Zurich studies performed on milk cows by Dr. Linda FURTER (VetSuisse University of Zurich, Switzerland) is the detection of a statistically significant influence of location on the concentration of melatonin and on milk quality (milk cell count), observed in two Zurich Cow Stalls: It was found herein that certain locations (identified as geopathic areas by independently working dowsers) can lead to lowered melatonin sulfate concentrations and increased somatic cell counts (SCCs) in raw milk, indicating udder inflammation and leading to lower milk quality and quantities (Furter LM: Geopathic Stress Zones and their Effects on Health of Dairy Cows (in German language); Inaugural-Dissertation, supervised by Hacker G.W. at the VetSuisse Faculty of the University of Zurich, Switzerland; 2010).

In the above mentioned 2005 FKM publication, using a randomized double-blind study design involving more than 135.000 single measurements, possible influences of geopathic stress zones have been scientifically analyzed. Meanwhile, our team as well as others could underline the validity of the Gas Discharge Visualization (GDV) technology used in the FKM-published study, as being a scientifically reproducible and sensitive stress measurement system: For this purpose, comparative analyses of diurnal rhythmicities of different biochemical parameters quantified in saliva have been performed (e.g. Hacker et al. 2007 (in Russian language); Augner et al. in DZA - German Journal of Acupuncture & Related Techniques 53, 14-20, 2010). Also, the new studies on milk cows performed in Switzerland, Austria, Ireland and USA, clearly support the high relevance and validity of our results which can be summarized as follows:

Certain locations (stress zones; geopathy) affect human beings and animals. Such places can induce stress, hamper sleep quality and quality of life, can lead to decreased melatonin concentrations, diminish our resistance on infections, appear to influence aging and work performance in the long term.



Short Summary of our Study Results:
Location-Related Stress Phenomena and their Impact on Health

Certain locations (certain places above ground) can lead to individually different degrees of stress reactions. A significant portion of the multidimensional phenomenon encountered is originated by specific geologic conditions. Such "geopathic fault zones" are often misleadingly referred to as "water veins" or "earth rays". For many years, our research team has dealt with this issue and has, in addition to stress effects, shown lowering effects on the hormone melatonin, weakening influences on the body's "energy" system (Human Energy Field - HEF; a term originating from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) / meridianal analysis / acupuncture), the cardiovascular system, the nervous system, the immune system, on well-being, and even on behavior, using complementary, biomedical and psychological methods.

Recently, clearer evidence for the detected impact of different locations above ground on the body's defense system could be gained in a pilot study and from a study in cow barns, using biochemical analyses. The new results support the validity of our previous investigations, in particular, those linked to the Gas-Discharge Visualization technology (GDV). As clinical standard methods, Enzyme-Linked ImmunoadSorbent Assays (ELISAs) have been used. Due to financial reasons, some of the biochemical testing was only performed with a few test persons only. We observed distinct reactions pointing towards stressing biochemical influences too, using certain salivary key parameters for stress reactions, such as Immunoglobulin A (IgA) and cortisol of test candidates sitting above a geopathic zone. Individually different reaction strengths and response rates of characteristic biological rhythmicities of all parameters tested were observed, and time course analysis has shown that effect to be true for the GDV Glow Image Area too. Results obtained in the studies performed in Zurich, Switzerland, showed a statistically significant influence on melatonin concentration and clear effects on milk quality (milk somatic cell counts; SCC).



Download of a manuscript dealing with geopathy:

Main lecture delivered by Prof. Hacker at the conference "Earth's Fields and their Influence on Organisms", Druskininkai, Lithuania, springtime 2008, organized by Dr. Rimantas PETROSIUS and the University of Vilnius Institute for Geology:

Geopathic Stress Zones and Their Influence on the Human Organism


Own Publications and Abstracts on location dependency
Peer-reviewed Manuscrips in MedLine-cited international Journals are bolded

Hacker G.W., Pawlak E., Pauser G., Tichy G., Jell H., Posch G., Kraibacher G., Aigner A., Hutter J.: Biomedical evidence of influence of geopathic zones on the human body: Scientifically traceable effects and ways of harmonization. Forsch. Kompl. Med. Klass Naturhlkd. (Res. Compl. & Nature Medicine), Karger, 12: 315-327 (2005). Published online: November 8, 2005.

Hacker G.W. et al.: Auswirkungen geopathischer Zonen und deren Harmonisierung: Biomedizinischer Nachweis und Bedeutung für Krankenhäuser. Harmonization of Stress Fields – Proof of Efficiency and Significance for Patients and Health Care Personnel. Effets et harmonisation des zones géopathiques: justification biomédicale et signification pour les hôpitaux. Proceedings, First European Conference on Hospital Technology, Baden-Baden; 5 pages, available each in German, English and French language (2005).

Hacker G.W., et al.: Komplementaertechnik - Gibt es „Erdstrahlen“? Wissenschaftliche Belege für standortabhängige Wirkungen auf den Menschen und Möglichkeit zur Harmonisierung. (Do "earth rays" exist? Scientific evidence for location dependent effects on the human body and possibility for harmonization.). Proceedings, Meeting of the Austrian Society of Hospital Technics Specialists (OeVKT), Pörtschach / Kärnten, Austria; 83-86 (2005).

Hacker G.W., Augner Chr., Florian M., Pauser G.: Diurnal relationship between gas discharge visualization (GDV) and salivary amylase, IgA, cortisol and substance P. Book chapter (in Russian language), invited by Prof. Konstantin Korotkov (ed.): The Principles of Electrophotonic Analysis. St. Petersburg University Press, SPbFU ITMO, Russia. ISBN 978-598947-059-4, pages 128-138 (2007).

Hacker G.W., Pauser G.: Geopathy and its effects on the human organism, as detected by GDV. Book chapter (in Russian language), invited by Prof. Konstantin Korotkov (ed.): The Principles of Electrophotonic Analysis. St. Petersburg University Press, SPbFU ITMO, Russia. ISBN 978-598947-059-4, pages 239-249 (2007).

Hacker G.W., Pauser G.: Geopathy and its effects on the human organism, as detected by GDV. Book chapter (in Russian language), invited by Prof. Konstantin Korotkov (ed.): The Principles of Electrophotonic Analysis. St. Petersburg University Press, SPbFU ITMO, Russia. ISBN 978-598947-059-4, pages 239-249 (2007).

Hacker G.W., Augner Chr., Eder A., Pauser G.: Standortabhängige Belastungsphänomene und deren Bedeutung im Klinikbereich. (Location-Dependent Stress Phenomena and their Significance for Hospitals). In: Proceedings of the 2nd European Conference on Healthcare Engineering (ECHE 2007), Wien, Sept. 5-7, 2007. Summaries in German (Seiten 105-106) and English (pages 229-230) (2007).

Hacker G.W., Eder A., Augner Chr., Pauser G.: Geopathic stress zones and their influence on the human organism. Proceedings of the Druskininskai congress of the University of Vilnius on "Earth's Fields and their Influence on Human Beings", 21 pages (2008). Will also be published as an updated version in 2010 also as a book chapter.

Hacker G.W., Demarmels U.: Die neue Dimension der Gesundheit. Ganzheitlicher Schutz vor belastenden Umwelteinflüssen. Ein Ratgeber aus wissenschaftlicher und spiritueller Sicht. (The New Dimension of Health: Holistic Protection from Pathogenic Environmental Influences. A Guide Book Combining Scientific and Spiritual Viewpoints.) SüdWest, Verlagsgruppe RandomHouse / Bertelsmann, München. 240 pages (2008).

Hacker G.W., Pauser G.: Fondements géophysiques, structures cibles et effets des zones de stress géopathique détectés avec la Visualisation par Décharge Gazeuse (GDV). (Geophysical Background, Target Structures and Effects of Geopathic Stress Zones, as Detected with Gas Discharge Visualization (GDV) Methodology). 30 pages long book chapter French language in: Les Principes de Analyse GDV. Korotkov K., & Frère J, ed; M. Pietteur, ISBN-10: 2874340480. pages 189-218 (2009).

Augner Chr., Hacker G.W., Schwarzenbacher S., Pauser G.: Gas Discharge Visualization (GDV): Eine auf physikalischen Methoden und Meridiananalysen basierende Technik zur Untersuchung von Stressreaktionen und energetischen Schwachstellen – Zwischenbericht laufender Forschung. (Gas Discharge Visualization (GDV): A Technique Based on Physical Methods and Meridian Analyses to Detect Stress Reactions and Energetic Weaknesses – Report of Ongoing Research.) Dt. Ztschr. f. Akup. (DZA) – German Journal of Acupuncture & Related Techniques 53 - 2/2010, 14-20 (2010).

Hacker G.W., Demarmels U.: Az egészség új dimenziója. Átfogó védekezés az egészségkárosító körneyezeti hatások ellen. Tanácsok tudományos és spirituális szemszögböl. Hungarian language edition of  the book "The new dimension of health: Holistic Protection from Pathogenic Environmental Influences. A Guide Book Combining Scientific and Spiritual Viewpoints. Almandin Books Bt., Budapest, Hungary, ISBN 978 964 88153 3 0, 229 pages (2010).

Hacker G.W.: Stress aus dem Boden. (Stress from the Ground). Invited book chapter for: Die Kunst zu leben (The Art of Living), Rosenstatter R. & Porsche P.D. (ed.), Kulturverlag Polzer, Salzburg, pp. 112-125 (25.11.2010).

Furter L.M.: Geopathische Störzonen und ihre Auswirkungen auf die Gesundheit von Milchkühen. (Geopathic Stress Zones and their Effects on Health of Dairy Cows). Inaugural-Dissertation, supervised by Hacker G.W. at the VetSuisse Faculty of the University of Zurich, Switzerland. 95 pages (2010).

Hacker G.W., Augner Chr., Pauser G.: Daytime-related rhythmicity of gas discharge visualization (GDV) parameter glow image area: Time course and comparison to biochemical parameters measured in saliva. Book chapter in: Energy Fields. Electrophotonic Analysis in Humans and Nature. Korotkov K. (ed.), ISBN 978-5-91014-022-0. St. Petersburg University, Russia, 214-232 (2011).

Hacker G.W., Pauser G., Augner C.: Geophysical Background, Target Structures and Effects of Geopathic Stress Zones, as Detected with Gas Discharge Visualization (GDV) Methodology. Book chapter in: Spiral Traverse: Journey into the Unknown, 2nd edn. Korotkov K. (ed.), ISBN-13: 978-0-9742019-4-8; ISBN-10: 0-9742019-4-4. St. Petersburg University, Russia, 315-348 (2011).

Hacker G.W.: Geopathisch belastete Standorte - Mythos oder Wirklichkeit? (Geopathic Locations - Myth or Reality?). Invited book chapter in: "Salzburger Kulturwissenschaftliche Dialoge Band 2.: Mythos - Mensch - Maschine" ("Salzburg Cultural Scientific Dialogue Vol. 2: Myth - Human - Mashine"). Klopf J., Frass M., Gabriel M., Buland R. (eds.) & Gesellschaft für Kultursoziologie an der Universität Salzburg / Society for Cultural Sociology at the University of Salzburg, Paracelsus-Verlag, Salzburg (in press, 2012).

 


MEDIA REPORTS:

The Salzburg location dependency study results have been reported publicly in a large number of lectures.
Media reports in radio, television, and in popular print media yielded broad public interest:

ORF Radio Salzburg (Austria)
Radio Antenne Salzburg (Austria)
Radio Voice America Health (U.S.A.)

Television channel ORF-2 (Salzburg today, Austria today, Science Magacine Modern Times)
Television channel ORF eins (Welcome Austria)
Salzburg-TV
Television channel Pro-7
Television channel NTV
Television channel Bayern-3 (Bavaria-3, Germany)
Television channel SWR Baden-Baden (Germany)
TV-Gesundheit (Web-TV)
Lithuanian Television
Fox Television New York
and many more

 

Print Media:
Kronenzeitung
Salzburger Nachrichten
Kurier
Presse
Gesundheit
ÄrzteExklusiv
Ganzheitsmedizin
Agrinews USA
UW Exponent.org
usagnet
AGRI-VIEW - The Number One Ag Newspaper in Wisconsin
Agriculture briefs - TELEGRAPH HERALD
Severna Park Voice
and many more

In 2009, Prof. Hacker was honored to participate in the well-known health talk show of Dr. Michael KELL "Mind, Brain and Body with the Doctor" at Radio Voice America Health - U.S.A.'s largest health radio channel (see at "press and TV").