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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Cosmic Hypochondria?

Q: Do "magnitniye buri" or geomagnetic storms really affect our health? Why do they get so much attention in Russia but so little in other countries?

Dr. Albert Brian, American Medical Center:
I haven't heard about such a phenomenon being discussed in the United States, where I am from, so I do not think it has to be taken seriously."

Dr. Tarek Sultan, European Medical Center:
Geomagnetic storms are believed to be associated with a higher risk of strokes and heart attacks. And foreigners also associate their headaches with the weather."

Dr. Natalia Udaltsova, Centro Medico Italiano:
Magnitniye buri can occur in any weather regardless of heat or cold and are a result of drastic pressure change in the atmosphere. This changed atmospheric pressure causes a change of weather conditions, which can affect people with dysautonomia and vascular sensitivity. For instance, an increase in temperature brings a vasodilator effect, while a decrease brings vasoconstriction, which is also reflected in general well-being. People that have special sensitivity toward the weather changes are called meteopaths. Those are the aged people and also those that suffer from unstable blood pressure.

Dr. Igor Pushkarev, European Medical Center:
Magnitniye buri is a very popular topic on TV, radio, in newspapers and magazines. If we didn't know about them as much, everyone would be OK."