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A theory of biological cell resonance and its relationship to health and occupational shift work.
Shift Work and Health: A Symposium, June 12-3, 1975, Cincinnati, Ohio. Rentos PF, Shepard RD, eds., Cincinnati, OH: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHEW (NIOSH) 76-203, 1976 Jul; :263-269
The theory of biological cell resonance was presented, and its potential relevance to health effects of shift work was discussed. The electrodynamic theory of life was extended to a cellular level. The biological cell resonance theory maintained that cells of a given organ are tuned to a particular biological clock. The concept of a biological system employing multiple organ biological clocks was consistent with the findings in previous studies of independent circadian rhythms for different physiological functions. Radiation induced changes in cell division and increased chromosomal abnormalities were attributed to cellular response to resonance. It was postulated that the breakdown of communication between biological clocks could result in loss of the cells' ability to multiply in an orderly fashion, causing chaotic cell division and disorganized mitotic activity. The author concludes that the desynchronization of biological rhythms which occurs during adaptation to changes in work shift could potentially have harmful consequences, including the development of cancer.
NIOSH-Author; Shift-work; Occupational-health; Radiation-injury; Cellular-function; Biological-rhythms; Cell-division; Physiological-function; Chromosome-damage
Shift Work and Health: A Symposium, June 12-3, 1975, Cincinnati, Ohio
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