Electrical Pollution: What's It's Doing to You and Your Clients?
Author: Shivani Arjuna R.P.P
I recently took a crash course in electrical pollution. I crashed, so of course I had to find out why in order to remedy the situation! What I have learned and experienced have convinced me that electrical pollution is a major cause of our health problems.
Electrical pollution, invisible, silent, odorless, tasteless, is the perfect pollutant. We have not evolved any methods of sensing its presence. A few people, like me, have become "electrically sensitive" and are able to know when we are being exposed due to immediate symptoms that we experience, but most people, even if exposed to levels and wave lengths that are literally killing them, remain
unaware. Even when they do experience palpable sensations, the cause simply does not occur to them.
Everyone living in areas of the world with electricity is being negatively affected. It is only a question of degree. (Dr. Neil Cherry, Evidence that Electromagnetic Radiation is Genotoxic: the implications for the epidemiology of cancer and cardiac, neurological and reproductive effects. His presentation to New Zealand Parliament in May 2000, European Parliament in June, 2000. Look for link at www. electricalpollution.com/ Dr. Cherry’s work is monumental.)
Electricity is termed “dirty” or polluted when the normal 60 cycle sine wave carries with it various high frequencies, which damage electronics and living beings. Industry and large corporations spend billions to protect their electronic equipment from this, but nobody is looking out for humans.
The present pollution is created as electricity passes through anything electronic, which “chops up” the sine wave and then dumps these high frequencies into the current as it is passed on. This RF (radio frequency) energy causes neurological, cardiac, respiratory, ophthalmological, dermatological and other conditions ranging in severity from headaches, fatigue and ADD to pneumonia, psychosis and strokes. (“No Place To Hide” Volume 3, Number 1, April 2001, “Special Issue on Russian and Ukrainian Research” by Arthur Firstenberg. Article can be obtained at (718)
434-4499 or see at www.electricalpollution.com/) Childhood leukemia is markedly higher in areas with electrical pollution. (Savitz, D.A. et al. 1988. Case Control Study of CHILDHOOD CANCER and Residential Exposure to 60(c)Hz Magnetic Fields. American Journal of Epidemiology 128(1):21(c)38.).
In “the old days” before electronics, electrical power was polluted at the source, by brushes in the generators. A monumental epidemiological study using childhood leukemia as a marker found an absolutely correlating increase in this disease in areas of the USA, Africa and Europe as they sequentially became electrified. (Samuel Milham & E.M. Ossiander, Historical evidence that residential electrification caused the emergence of childhood leukemia peak, Medical Hypotheses, vol. 56, #3, 2001, pp. 290-295) Generators now produce clean power but modern pollution levels are much higher due to electronics.
For every electron that leaves a substation, one must return. As electricity polluted with high frequencies likes to spread out in what is called the skin effect, the presently inadequate utility wiring system causes 70% of the return current to flow across the surface of the earth. Most people think the earth soaks up electricity like a sponge. It does not. Electricity just flows over the surface,
like water over a brick. This ground current is attracted to, and enters your home on, water pipes, gas mains and phone lines, greatly increasing the amount of high-frequency exposure you already have from your own electrical service. Various metal structures in your home, from wiring and lamp cords to fins in electric baseboards and the metal springs in your bed actually broadcast these harmful frequencies right through your body 24 hours a day, whether or not any electrical appliances in your house are turned on. In many places attempts to ground bring in more current
than they take out!
You may have read that strong EMF is created by your refrigerator, hair dryer, etcetera. This is true, but the electronics in your house are really quite a small part of the picture as electricity is already extremely RF-polluted when it enters your home, from everybody "upstream." It is not commonly known even by those who write on this subject, nor by many who do professional remediation, that the RF is the main culprit.
Doctors are as unaware of this situation as everyone else, so the best way to determine whether someone's health problems are related to RF is to lower the RF levels and see what happens. In schools and homes where RF remediation has been done, many kids with Attention Deficit Disorder suddenly don't have it any more, and teachers with mysterious maladies that kept them from working a full work week now don't miss a day. Many chronic headaches and complaints of chronic tiredness melt away. (Melrose Chronicle, Melrose, WI, U.S.A. 2/26/03) Kids who had such severe
asthma they needed nebulizer treatments no longer do. Many diabetics find that their need for insulin drops dramatically or even ends when they avoid RF, and conversely that it increases when they are exposed. (My friend and mentor Dave Stetzer’s blood sugar skyrockets within minutes when he is exposed to RF, which seems to be the sole causative factor. To date, the blood sugar of every person he has tested is affected within minutes.)
Animals are equally affected. Cows give up to 10 more pounds of milk per day on the days when the RF in their environment is low (Donald Hillman et al, Relationship of Electric Power Quality to Milk Production of Dairy Herds, Shocking News, 9/11/02 Also avail. at www.electricalpollution.com), and 20 pounds more if power quality is remediated and remains clean. (Conversation with power quality expert Dave Stetzer.) If your dog sits on the roof of his dog house, this may be why!
My own story illustrates both the effects of RF exposure and the challenges of dealing with them in a meaningful way. We live in rural Wisconsin, U.S.A. in a Winnie-the-Pooh three-acre beech and maple woods surrounded by farm fields and more woods. Deer and an occasional wild turkey wander through the yard and organic garden and the loudest noise is made by crows. Not a place where you’d expect to find dangerous environmental pollution, so that was not a suspect when I began to have "spells." Although I have always had low blood pressure, I began experiencing spells of a sudden and sharp rise in blood pressure with skyrocketing pulse rate and frightening cardiac arrhythmia. I was taken to the ER by ambulance twice, but by the time I got there pronounced normal. $18,000 worth of medical tests found nothing to account for these and other bizarre symptoms, so doctors finally pronounced that I was having "panic attacks" and prescribed beta blockers, which force the heart into a regular 72 beats a minute and turn you into a zombie, in my experience. I refused them. Insomnia increased to the point where I was sleeping, in broken bits, from 3-5 hours a night. I felt as if I was made out of paper. Sometimes just breathing and walking were very taxing. My anxiety level was extreme, my adrenals were exhausted and my thyroid needed help from hormone replacement. Already slender, I became a shadow. I wasn't sure I was going to survive.
I had read a bit about EMF a few years before, and it occurred to me to try some experiments, such as sleeping in different places in the house. I noticed immediate symptoms if I went near a TV, a telephone, a car fan, the water pipes in our house.... (Later I would discover I had become “electrically sensitive,” a sort of walking EMF meter, affected by dimmer switches, electric heating systems, computers in banks and post offices, the chair at the dentist’s office, .... )
At least now I had a clue. I was very fortunate to be put in touch with power quality engineer Dave Stetzer, who graciously taught me about power quality and what I needed to do to clean up my immediate environment and save my life. We did experiments and took readings with a variety of meters and gizmos, indoors and out. We put in shielded phone lines, moved water pipes, replaced the first 4 feet of our water pipe with PVC (Helps 50%. RF still comes in via the water itself.), gutted
old electric baseboards that though disconnected were broadcasting RF over large areas including our bedroom. We installed RF filters, took out dimmer switches and fluorescent lights, sold the aquarium, got me a speaker phone and a laptop computer I use on battery only, and I avoid the high-field parts of the yard.
With each of these steps results were immediate and dramatic. The cardiac symptoms ceased. I was able to sleep. My anxiety level dropped. My recovery has been steady and I am now much better. Only, however, to the extent to which I am able to avoid RF! I remain electrically sensitive to date, and my activities are severely circumscribed. I am almost entirely a stay-at-home. Even here, the RF is not totally unavoidable when the power is on. I am better on days when I spend a lot of
time away from the house in areas free of ground current, and in warm weather when we can turn the main off at night.
This article is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Toxic electricity is a chronic, severe stress, affecting virtually everyone, that only increases as the pollution proliferates. I offer the following points and ideas for your further consideration.
- I know health practitioners who wonder why many of their clients, in spite of doing "all the right things" still have such serious problems. No one has thought to check what RF they are living in.
- I used to give Polarity sessions to a woman who lived across the street from a hefty electric cable. No matter what I did, nothing happened! It was so bizarre, as if something was canceling out the energy. Finally I became aware and took meter readings. Her apartment had EMF high enough to cause childhood leukemia. What was that doing to her? To me? To the Polarity sessions?
- Under this stress, it seems that people develop different conditions due to their own inherent weakest links, so to speak, one getting diabetes while another develops Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
- The particular wavelengths one is exposed to are relevant, as is the strength of the field. As these two vary, different "windows" are created, with varying effects. US military research shows that particular wavelengths cause different symptoms. (Charles Polk & Elliot Pastow, Handbook of Biological Effects of Electromagnetic Fields, 2nd ed. 1996) (The military knows the specific wave lengths to cause depression or rage or incite crowds to riot.) Also, each individual is a unique
receiving antenna. For instance, one' s height affects which wavelengths one receives most easily. ( Polk, ibid. chapter 9) Weight and fat/water content play roles, as do metals in the body. ( C. Polk & J.H. Song, Electric fields induced by LF magnetic fields in inhomogenous biological structures... Bioelectromagnetics vol. 11, 235-249, 1990)
- I and many others experience much more affect from broad area RF when lying down than when standing. This is not so strange, as research shows ants realign the way they hold their antenna and bodies when they are exposed to EMF. (B. Blake Levitt, Electromagnetic Fields, Harcourt Brace, 1995) Not only is our "antenna” tilted at a different angle why we are horizontal, but we also have greater electrical potential the further apart our "poles" are. This is one reason livestock suffer so much.
- Another factor is that the loads on the electric lines are different at different times of day and different days of the week. The RF at your house will also vary depending on what the people “upstream” from you are using current for.
- The belief that only ionizing (heating) radiation can harm living organisms has been absolutely disproven, yet persists as the basis for “official” exposure guidelines.
- The current induced in the body is a product of field strength and frequency. A field oscillating at 180 Hz induces three times the current in you as a 60-cycle field does. In such a field, every cell in the body will experience a shift in polarity 180 times a second!
- Living organisms are sensitive electromagnetic systems that run on millivolts. Vanishingly small charges far below the threshold of awareness affect them. (Exposure guidelines set by utility-supported "experts" are still based on voltage. Remember that the frequency of the field or current is the key factor!)
- Our natural body currents are DC. Earth itself has a very strong DC field with which we evolved. AC is damaging to living systems, inducing currents within them which DC does not.
- The Earth's field fluctuates with time of day. Different organ systems of the body are more energized at different times of day. In fact, sensitivity to the minute fluxes in the Earth’s natural magnetic field is the most important component of our circadian rhythms. (Levitt, ibid., 118-120) How are these affected by EMF?
- If the electrical pollution is riding on the Earth’s natural electromagnetic grid lines, what are the ramifications?
- We are particularly sensitive to EMF during sleep, the time when various healing activities take place in the body. (It is interesting that the front-to-back polarity of our brains reverses during this time,) (Levitt, ibid. 133) The effects of spending eight hours asleep in toxic electrical field are very serious.
- The polarity of cells is disrupted by EMF and currents, with profound effects. Healthy cells have: polarized walls with positive charge outside, negative inside; few and small pores in cell walls; calcium ions mostly outside cells; ability to communicate with other cells via molecules; ability to attract attaching information-bearing molecules. Their ability to choose what to allow in and out depends on electrical charges on ions like calcium, sodium, proteins, sugars, hormones, etcetera, as well as pore size and cell wall polarity. Cells affected by EMF and currents: lose polarity; have calcium ions equally inside and out; lose ability to manufacture enzymes; have cell walls with more and larger pores; allowing waste molecules to penetrate the cell. If the field or current is of long duration, the cells die. This is called electroporation. (J.C. Weaver, Molecular basis for cell
membrane electroporation, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Vol. 720, pp. 141-152, 1994. Several more references listed in CURE booklet.)
- Melatonin production is decreased by exposure to EMF. Though most known as the hormone necessary for good sleep, melatonin has such numerous functions that health is not possible when it is insufficient. Besides regulating our internal clock, it affects gonadal hormones, moods and behavior and the immune system and exerts direct effects on the growth of cancers in the breast, prostate and colon. 1(R.P. Liburdy et al, ELF magnetic fields, breast cancer and melatonin, Journal of Pineal Research,vol. 14, p. 89, 1993)
- Safety standards are based on exposures considered safe for the average adult male, however children are more affected by EMF than adults. The greater the cell division rate, the more chances for something to go wrong, and the growth processes themselves are affected by EMF, babies in utero being most affected. Field-created defects are permanent and are passed on to succeeding generations, for instance the inheritance of brain-tumor tendency in children of men with high occupational exposures. ( Dr. S Nordstrum, "Effects of paternal EMF exposure on offspring,
Bioelectromagnetics, vol. 4, pp. 91-101, 1983) "There may also be frequency-specific windows for different organ systems, meaning that certain exposures may be particularly detrimental at fixed times during fetal growth." (Levitt, ibid.)
- Resonance occurs when an aspect of a force, such its wave length, matches a characteristic of an object receiving the force. This allows the power inherent in the force to be maximally transferred to the object, causing it to vibrate. (The crystal goblet when the opera singer hits high C, for instance.) Within the object, the resonance is self-perpetuating! You and I are objects being thus affected.
Similarly, trees resonate extremely well to microwaves, leading to deforestation, particularly in mountainous regions where the microwaves bounce off the angles of the slopes. (Wolfgang Voldtrodt, Electromagnetic Pollution of the Environment, Environment and Health: A Holistic Approach, ch. 8. Avebury Press, 1989)
- Dr. Robert Becker theorizes that healers can sense a disease site in a person's body through radiating an electromagnetic field from their hands which induces EM resonance in the patient, the return signal then being felt by the healer. A resonant action occurs between the fields given off by the healer and the intrinsic electrical-control systems within the patient's body. "While these currents have a vanishingly small flow, they would nonetheless produce local DC magnetic fields
within the tissues. These fields, in combination with a frequency given off by the healer, could result in resonance with other charged particles." As the theory rests on complex resonance, the Earth's magnetic field must be involved. Therefore, Dr. Becker reasons that healers will have greater diagnostic and healing ability during times of quiet geomagnetic field conditions and those abilities will be adversely affected by magnetic storms and locations in which man-made magnetic fields or
extra low frequency (ELF) fields are present. (Becker, Cross Currents, 240-241) An important issue for Polarity therapists to consider and research!
- Cyclotron resonance enables very low-strength EM fields, acting in concert with the Earth’s steady-state magnetic field, to produce major biological effects by concentrating the energy in the applied field upon specific particles, such as the biologically important ions of sodium, calcium, potassium, and lithium.” This resonance is produced by frequencies between 1 and 100 hertz. European
electricity is 50 hertz and N. American is 60 hertz! Yet safety standards have been based on power, not frequency. (Becker, ibid. 235)
- Dr. Becker believes "That humans interact so fundamentally with the earth's magnetic fields...may be the most important biological discovery of the 20th century." It may also be a hidden variable in all research.
- The effect of microwaves is also vital to understand. One point to be aware of is that microwave exposure breaks down the blood/brain barrier. (Bertril R. Persson, Blood-brain barrier permeability in rats exposed to EM fields used in wireless communication, Wireless Networks, Vol. 3 #5, pp. 455-561, 1997. Also learn more at www.microwavenews.com/ )
- Regarding effects of eating microwaved food, see article at www.mercola.
com/article/microwave/hazards.htm For example, habitual eating of such food causes long term permanent brain damage by "shorting out" electrical impulses in the brain due to depolarization of the brain tissue. Microwaving food also destroys nutrients and creates carcinogens.
-Dreadfully fascinating is the military use of electricity and microwaves. Electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapons technology used in the Gulf War may be responsible for a good deal of the damage to veterans resulting in Gulf War Syndrome. The symptoms are almost exactly those of RF toxicity. The GWEN and HARP ground wave transmissions are another silent and imperceptible exposure for Americans. "GWEN is a superb system, in combination with cyclotron resonance, for producing behavioral alterations in the civilian population." The military has also developed high-power pulsed microwave weapons that penetrate all bodily systems. These couple with the central nervous system and yield "prompt debilitation." (Becker, ibid. 303-304)
- The human body is a highly sensitive electromagnetic energy system. We need to learn as much as possible about how this system is affected by external electric fields entering the body!
- Presently, no one is looking out for individuals regarding EMF. Both military and utility establishments exercise their undemocratic freedom in ways very harmful to the citizenry. We must educate ourselves and take protective measures on our own.
RESOURCES: Get a good introduction and read about the RF filters at www.electricalpollution.com., or at Dave Stetzer’s site, www.stetzerelectric.com. (Click on "power quality.") See also Dave's concise and powerful testimony in the case of MI vs. their electric utility. See also http://emfacts.com/, http://www.ortho.lsumc.edu/Faculty/Marino/EMF.html and (through 2003 only) www.emfguru.org. Follow links to related web sites.
B. Blake Levitt's book, ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS, is a treasure chest of information, including much not elsewhere readily available on the effects of EMF on animals and plant life. Dr. Robert O. Becker's book, CROSS CURRENTS, is a "must read" as well. C.U.R.E.(Citizen's United for Responsible Electricity, a small group of dedicated folks in WI, U.S.A.) puts out a packet that includes an information-packed 17 page booklet with 200 references. Call 715-564-3362. ( I suggest a $5 donation.) Out of print but still available is Lucinda Grant’s HANDBOOK OF ELECTRICAL SENSITIVITY.
copyright 2003 by Shivani Arjuna
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Invitation to dowsers:
What are the health effects when manmade electricity and electrical pollution ride on the Earth’s electromagnetic grid system, or underground water, minerals, etcetera? If dowsers and those working with electrical pollution share their knowledge and experiences, and do experiments together, I believe we will have great breakthroughs in our understanding and be able to develop common techniques to benefit many more people. If you are interested, please contact me.
I have tried to make this an easy site to navigate but am limited by my technical skills. To get around that, to the right you will find an index page link for the tutorials, tools/techniques and videos. More will be added as the blog develops.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Electrical Pollution: What's It's Doing to You and Your Clients?
Thursday, May 29, 2008
University of Albany, New York– August 31, 2007
Serious Public Health Concerns Raised Over Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) from Power Lines and Cell Phones
An international working group of scientists, researchers and public health policy professionals (The BioInitiative Working Group) has released its report on electromagnetic fields (EMF) and health. It raises serious concern about the safety of existing public limits that regulate how much EMF is allowable from power lines, cell phones, and many other sources of EMF exposure in daily life..
Electromagnetic radiation from such sources as electric power lines, interior wiring and grounding of buildings and appliances are linked to increased risks for childhood leukemia and may set the stage for adult cancers later in life. A report from the BioInitiative Working Group (www.bioinitiative.org) released on Friday, August 31st documents the scientific evidence that power line EMF exposure is responsible for hundreds of new cases of childhood leukemia every year in the United States and around the world.
The report provides detailed scientific information on health impacts when people are exposed to electromagnetic radiation hundreds or even thousands of times below limits currently established by the Federal Communications Commission(US FCC) and International Commission for Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection in Europe (ICNIRP).
The authors reviewed more than 2000 scientific studies and reviews, and concluded that the existing public safety limits are inadequate to protect public health. From a public health policy standpoint, new public safety limits, and limits on further deployment of risky technologies are warranted based on the total weigh of evidence.
The report documents scientific evidence raising worries about childhood leukemia(from power lines and other electrical exposures), brain tumors and acoustic neuromas (from cell and cordless phones) and Alzheimer’s disease. There is evidence that EMF is a risk factor for both childhood and adult cancers. Public health expert and co-editor of the Report Dr. David Carpenter, Director,Institute for Health and the Environment at the University of Albany, New York says “this report stands as a wake-up call that long-term exposure to some kinds of EMF may cause serious health effects. Good public health planning is needed now to prevent cancers and neurological diseases linked to exposure to power lines and other sources of EMF. We need to educate people and our decisionmakers that “business as usual” is unacceptable.”
Health questions about power line EMFs were initially raised by Nancy Wertheimer, a Colorado public health expert and Ed Leeper, an electrical engineer in 1979. She noticed that children were twice or three times as likely to have leukemia tended to live in homes in the Denver, CO area close to power lines and transformers. Now, there are dozens of studies confirming the link, but public health response has been slow in coming, and new standards to protect the public are necessary.
Brain tumor specialist Dr. Lennart Hardell, MD, PhD and Professor at University Hospital in Orebro, Sweden is a member of the BioInitiative Working Group. His work on cell phones, cordless phones and brain tumors is widely recognized to be pivotal in the debate about the safety of wireless radiofrequency and microwave radiation. The evidence for risks from prolonged cell phone and cordless phone use is quite strong when you look at people who have used these devices for 10 years or longer, and when they are used mainly on one side of the head.
Brain tumors normally take a long time to develop, on the order of 15 to 20 years. Use of a cell or cordless phone is linked to brain tumors and acoustic neuromas(tumor of the auditory nerve in the brain) and are showing up after only 10 years (a shorter time period than for most other known carcinogens). “This indicates we need research on more long-term users to understand the full risks” says Dr.Hardell.
Dr. Hardell’s work has been confirmed in other studies on long-term users. A summary estimate of all studies on brain tumors shows overall a 20% increased risk of brain tumor (malignant glioma) with ten years of use. But the risk increases to 200% (a doubling of risk) for tumors on the same side of the brain as mainly used during cell phone calls. “Recent studies that do not report increased risk of brain tumors and acoustic neuromas have not looked at heavy users, use over ten years or longer, and do not look at the part of the brain which would reasonably have exposure to produce a tumor.”
Wireless technologies that rely on microwave radiation to send emails and voice communication are thousands of times stronger than levels reported to cause some health impacts. Prolonged exposure to radiofrequency and microwave radiation from cell phones, cordless phones, cell towers, WI-FI and other wireless technologies have linked to physical symptoms including headache, fatigue, sleeplessness, dizziness, changes in brainwave activity, and impairment of concentration and memory. Scientists report that these effects can occur with even very small levels of exposure, if it occurs on a daily basis. Children in particular are vulnerable to harm from environmental exposures of all kinds.
Co-editor of the report, Cindy Sage of Sage Associates says “public health and EMF policy experts have now given their opinion of the weight of evidence. The existing FCC and international limits for public and occupational exposure to electromagnetic fields and radiofrequency radiation are not protective of public health. New biologically-based public and occupational exposure are recommended to address bioeffects and potential adverse health effects of chronic exposure. These effects are now widely reported to occur at exposure levels significantly below most current national and international limits.”
Biologically-based exposure standards are needed to prevent disruption of normal body processes. Effects are reported for DNA damage (genotoxicity that is directly linked to integrity of the human genome), cellular communication, cellular metabolism and repair, cancer surveillance within the body; and for protection against cancer and neurological diseases. Also reported are neurological effects including changes in brainwave activity during cell phone calls, impairment of memory, attention and cognitive function; sleep disorders, cardiac effects; and changes in immune function (allergic and inflammatory responses).
Sage says “the Working Group recommends a biologically-based exposure limit that is protective against extremely-low frequency (power line) and radiofrequency fields which, with chronic exposure, can reasonably be presumed to result in significant impacts to health and well-being”. Contributing author Dr. Martin Blank, Columbia University professor and researcher in bioelectromagnetics says “cells in the body react to EMFs as potentially harmful, just like to other environmental toxins, including heavy metals and toxic chemicals.
The DNA in living cells recognizes electromagnetic fields at very low levels of exposure; and produces a biochemical stress response. The scientific evidence tells us that our safety standards are inadequate, and that we must protect ourselves from exposure to EMF due to powerlines, cell phones and the like.” He wrote the section on stress proteins for the BioInitiative Report.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org (open on August 31, 2007)
Report: available at http://www.bioinitiative.org/ (on August 31, 2007)
Title: BioInitiative: A Rationale for a Biologically-based Public Exposure Standard for Electromagnetic Fields (ELF and RF)
Friday, May 23, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Here is an interesting and informative article by Christan Hummel from Earth Transitions that summaries some of the important aspects one should consider if they are looking for a new home.
After our dermas and clothing, the house is our third skin and a very important factor in keeping healthy. We should remember that when choosing a house or a site we are defining our future quality of life. Geobiology proposes coherent and structured ways to establish the important criteria bearing on this choice. It suggests the following rules of thumb.
Harmony between nature and the inhabitants, flowery gardens, trees absorbing dust and producing oxygen.
Compact and hard ground, stony or sandy.
Atmosphere rich in negative ions, near parks, forest or ocean.
Orientation towards North and West for the living area.
Area with little or no noise, away from high power lines and transformers.
Locate the perturbated zones or have them located.
Construction materials of high natural quality such as wood, stone, bricks and tiles.
Dimensions respecting the human scale, good relation between height, width and length.
Insulation with cork, coco fibre or mineral wool.
Non toxic paint, take notice of the influence of colours (chromotherapy).
Electricity; avoid the transformation of the bedroom into a research laboratory with TV, radio and other electric appliances. The ideal solution would be to be able to switch off the bedroom areas for the night to avoid long exposure to electromagnetic fields (the effects of these fields can be enhanced by metal beds).
Floor coverings made out of natural materials such as terra cotta tiles, cork, wood, woollen carpets or plant fibres.
It is not recommended to have a bedroom situated over a garage. The metallic mass of cars is a strong agent of disturbance of the natural magnetic field.
It is best to sleep with the head of the bed pointing North as to be aligned with the geomagnetic field.
The Ancients translated in their stone temples the great laws of the universe. They all based themselves on the same principles using the cosmo - tellurian forces. Their dynamic complementarily generated a third vital element for Man, the evolution of all things. We must now rediscover these laws hidden in each of us and communicate them to our constructions, from the most modest to the most sumptuous. Such a realization is possible on three levels:
The technical level, product of reason using the laws of mechanics, physics, chemistry and astrophysics to determine the choice of the materials and the site. The harmonic level, the human soul rejoicing in the vital movements of cosmic cycles.
The symbolic level, the knowledge enabling the elaboration of the "Axis Mundi" and Man's spiritual matrix. This level constitutes the intimate ties giving the other two levels their real grandeur.
When these three levels are balanced the building becomes an architectural medicine, a physical, psychological and spiritual harmony.
SOURCE: Earth Transitions
Friday, May 16, 2008
Here is an interesting article I came across that discussed the effects of Geopathic Stress on Animals. For those of you who have a sick pet or animal, you may find this especially interesting....
"I first came across mention of it in an article in the Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, in which the author suggested that, when there were many members of a family (animal and human) that had chronic or frequent health problems that did not respond very well to treatment, it would be worth while looking at geopathic stress as a cause. .
We had major health problems with our hounds and our sheep, so called in a dowser to check out the farm and buildings. He found that our sheep house was built over three lines of geopathic stress, so that the whole building was affected. The area we kept the rams in had several lines running through it, and all but one of our fields was affected by several lines. We housed our sheep overwinter and had had major problems each year with just about every health problem known to sheep, and animals dying suddenly. One of the rooms in the kennel block had a line running right through the bed, and every hound that had lived in that room had died of cancer of some kind. The house itself was clear of lines but the whelping room had two running through it.
The dowser felt there was nothing to be done about the lines except move animals away, but I looked more into the matter and discovered that there were ways of neutralising the energies, which is what we did and had immediate improvement in the sheep's health, with no more sudden deaths. I started dowsing and finding lines of geopathic stress for myself.
A friend in America wrote to say that her young dog had developed bone cancer, which all her hounds had died of. This seemed to me almost certainly a case of geopathic stress, so I did some dowsing and then rang and told her that her kennels and all but one room of her house were affected by geopathic stress. She called in dowsers who confirmed my findings; the kennels were both built over crossed lines, which gives rise to the strongest effects, and the house was affected by a grid with only one room clear apart from the area close to one wall.
I dowsed in one house where there were three Great Danes. They had a line of bedding along the wall of the staircase and their person told me that the three would battle over which part they were to sleep on (they were not allowed to sleep elsewhere but had to go on that bedding) and the one lowest in the pack heirarchy always ended up sleeping at one end, which was where I found a line of g.s. He had had chronic health problems all his life and had now (aged five) developed cancer.
It used to be that before a house was built, a flock of sheep would be driven on to the planned site. If they settled down happily, then the house would be built but if they would not settle but kept trying to get away, then another site would be found. Animals are very sensitive to areas affected by geopathic stress and will mostly try to get away from it, although cats are a bit inclined to seek out lines of geopathic stress. Ant hills are often to be found on lines outdoors. One person's dog would only sleep curled into a ball in an area just in front of the television in the sitting room and that turned out to be the only part of the house, except for the porch, that was not affected by a grid of geopathic stress.
There are a number of devices that can be used to deal with the effects of geopathic stress. These are usually plugged in to the electric circuit (although they don't actually run on electricity) and will deal with the whole building but not the outdoors. There are small devices that can be carried around in order to protect the person from geopathic stress found when away from home, such as in shops or hotels. It is often the case that a person who has been exposed to geopathic stress for a long period or at a high rate becomes very sensitive to it for a time wherever they find it, once their own home has been protected, and some people even get withdrawal symptoms from no longer being affected.
In some homes there may be just a single line of geopathic stress that was running through a person's bed or favourite chair and it is usually considered enough to move the bed or chair away from the line. Where there are several lines, particularly if lines cross, it is probably best to use some sort of a device, although some people will use crystals instead.
So how would you know if you are affected by geopathic stress? If you and/or your family and/or animals have health problems that developed following a move to your present home, especially if these problems do not respond to treatment, or only respond to a certain degree, or as soon as one thing clears up another develops. If you or they feel better when away from home. If the "feeling" about your home causes uneasiness in some members of your family or in some visitors, or if your animals try to avoid certain areas in the home. If the previous occupants suffered serious illness. These are all pointers to the possibility of geopathic stress being present
How we dealt with the lines of geopathic stress that affected our farm buildings and kennel block was by tracing where the lines entered our property and deflecting them by means of a piece of angle iron driven into the ground where each line came into our farm land. However, this would not be a reasonable method to use in blocks or estates of houses, because it would be sending the lines into other peoples' property."
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Reducing Manmade Electro-Magnetic Stress in Your Home
Call in an electrician to check your wiring, if your home has not been rewired for more than 20 years.
Be aware where you position TVs, hi-fis, computers and battery chargers, as their EMFs can penetrate through walls.
Avoid installing a satellite dish on the wall immediately behind the bed area, or make sure the television is earthed.
Use battery alarm clocks, instead of electric ones, or keep them at least four feet away from the bed.
Do not trail or coil wires under beds and turn off and unplug any equipment immediately behind them (apart from side lights).
Avoid placing a bed above fluorescent lights in the kitchen, as these emit radiation which can cause bed springs to be passive resonators of EMFs.
Do not have the meter and fuse box in the bedroom, or directly above or below the bed areas. This is particularly important in children's rooms.
If you insist on keeping your microwave, unplug it when not in use and do not put it under the central heating boiler as the microwave radiation may affect the water in your system. Microwaves will also travel into nearby refrigerators and food cupboards, affecting the quality of food.
Source Living in Harmony
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Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Wireless telephones are hand-held phones with built-in antennas, often called cell, mobile, or PCS phones. These phones are popular with callers because they can be carried easily from place to place.
Wireless telephones are two-way radios. When you talk into a wireless telephone, it picks up your voice and converts the sound to radiofrequency energy (or radio waves). The radio waves travel through the air until they reach a receiver at a nearby base station. The base station then sends your call through the telephone network until it reaches the person you are calling.
When you receive a call on your wireless telephone, the message travels through the telephone network until it reaches a base station close to your wireless phone. Then the base station sends out radio waves that are detected by a receiver in your telephone, where the signals are changed back into the sound of a voice.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) each regulate wireless telephones. FCC ensures that all wireless phones sold in the United States follow safety guidelines that limit radiofrequency (RF) energy. FDA monitors the health effects of wireless telephones. Each agency has the authority to take action if a wireless phone produces hazardous levels of RF energy.
FDA derives its authority to regulate wireless telephones from the Radiation Control provisions of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (originally enacted as the Radiation Control for Health and Safety Act of 1968). [http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/comp/eprc.html].
FCC derives its authority to regulate wireless telephones from the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and the Telecommunications Act of 1996 [http://www.fcc.gov/telecom.html].
Monday, May 12, 2008
"High magnetic fields interfere with the cell membrane and make it highly penetrable. This way, people get toxic acidic shocks. The protective barrier is out of balance, is confused, which leads to diseases like cancer, arthritis and depression".
The confused cell is explained in Reinhard Kanuka-Fuchs book "Healthy Home – Healthy Office" as follows: "What are the changes that take place in this process? Hormones play a key role in regulating most of the functions of our cells, tissues and organs, ie. cell growth, differentiation, reproduction and immune response.
They may carry nerve impulses from the brain across the cell membrane as neuron transmitters, or bind with receptors on the cell membrane. Melatonin, which regulates our biological clock and influences our mood, will inhibit tumour growth and fight cancer. Calcium ions are released by receptors and stored as primary messengers of our cells in the cell membrane.
They also stimulate production of enzymes, which regulate the tumour killing of lymphocyte cells. Individual cells are found to communicate electromagnetically with hormones as chemical messengers, providing a sort of postal system and with nerve cells as a "hard wired" network providing the telegraphic system. Coherent oscillations along a chain of cells resonating at the same frequency can act in a "line-of-sight" communication network, providing a type of "bucket chain-brigade". Polarisation and depolarisation may proceed as a travelling wave along the cells. These electrical potentials provide a homeostatic regulatory system together with direction determining functions of ferromagnetic materials in cells".
Magnetic fields are present nearly everywhere in every modern house, since our power lines and appliances deliver not only the necessary electricity to run your washing machine, stereo, TV and so on, but pollute at the same time your home environment with magnetic fields and frequencies. You can shield electro-pollution to a certain degree but you will have a problem with magnetic fields and frequencies. This fact creates a big problem, since magnetic fields can confuse the cells by changing their chemistry.
Magnetic Fields Can Change the pH of Blood
R. Barefoot and Carl Reich, M.D. wrote in the book "The Calcium Factor – The scientific Secret of Health and Youth" the following: "Exposure to uncontrolled magnetic fields can have the opposite effect on the bio-electric body". Using a "North Pole" magnet, he demonstrates that calcium bicarbonate breaks, under the influence of a negative magnetic field, into calcium hydroxide and carbon dioxide. Water can change under the influence of a North Pole magnet from 7.5 to 9.2 and blood from 7.2 (which is too acid for blood) to 7.5 (which is too alkaline for blood).
How Can You Protect Yourself from Electro-Pollution?
The following is extracted from the book "Pollution Solutions"
Inform yourself, read, research and observe, measure with a Gauss meter.
Take action, participate in training seminars, and help yourself, your family
Educate others and tell friends, children, employer, doctors etc.
Keep 1 metre distance from electro-pollutants.
Reduce the time of exposure, make breaks so your system can realign.
Reduce the level of field strength, if possible with shields etc.
Consider possible synergetic (interactive) effects with chemicals etc.
Increase your health condition, immune system and discharge your body often.
Regain response ability. Empower yourself. Don't rely on authorities.
Support "Prudent avoidance" schemes locally, nationally and internationally.
Remove as many electrical devices from the bedroom as possible.
Unplug and discharge appliances if necessary.
Stay away from conductive materials such as metals.
Avoid metal spring mattresses, bed frames, electric blankets, waterbeds.
Avoid synthetic surfaces, furnishing, bedding and clothing.
Install a circuit breaker, demand switch if necessary.
Keep healthy plants and cacti in your bedroom.
Apply vibrational medicine for healing instead of chemical treatment only.
Obtain an inspection and report for your bedroom from a building biologist.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Low frequency electromagnetic fields, whose frequencies, harmonics and sub-harmonics coincide with the range of frequencies used by our brains, hearts and cells. Subtly and at extremely low intensities, they strongly interact, through resonant absorption, with primary functions of our bodies with significant elevations in depression, sickness and death. (Dr. Neil Cherry: See full text )
"When these health-damaging frequencies ride on the "clean" 50/60 Hz current of our electric utility transmission systems, they are known as "electrical pollution." After entering our buildings via wiring, water and gas pipes and phone lines, they broadcast from these filling our living spaces with frequencies that damage our health.
Body impedance of electrical current decreases and current passing through the body increases as frequency increases . We have good resistance to 50/60 Hz but less as the frequency increases. Above 1.7 KHz, all the energy dissipates internally into the human body.
"Today the earth has a higher conductivity than the utility's neutral circuit return wires, and therefore, carries the majority of neutral current returning to the substation (Gonen 1986; Morrison 1963, Hendrickson,Michaud, Bierbaum 1995).
Substantial grounding grids are buried in the earth below substations. Electric currents in the ground that emanate from the grounding of the neutrals of the distribution lines and other sources converge on these grounding grids. Consequently greater ground currents are present near substations and in structures in their immediate vicinity. Ground currents also have a greater probability of being present in direct paths between large users of electricity and between these users and the substation.
In the case of 60 Hz electrical power, storage is not feasible. If the demand for electrical energy falls below the output of power plants, it may be necessary to shunt some electric current into the earth until the output is adjusted to match the demand. Current that is shunted into the earth adds to the ground current.
The grounding practice in the utility industry forces all living organisms to be continuously in physical contact with the electrical distribution system. The extensive grounding of the neutral in the distribution system also forces electrical currents to be present to a greater or lesser degree in all materials making up the environment of living organisms. Of course the living organisms, since they are themselves conductors of electricity and in contact with materials carrying electric currents, are basically plugged into the electrical circuitry of the distribution system.
Worldwide research and investigations of both animal and human health problems in dairy barns have demonstrated that small continuous currents (as low as a fraction of a microamp) can affect well being."
The effect of grounding the electric distribution system to the earth is a national electric distribution system in which 65 to 75% of the current returns to the substations through the earth rather than through the wires. (Hendrickson 1995, Gonen 1986, Morrison 1963.)
The scientific research and advising body of the American electric utilities is EPRI, The Electrical Power and Research Institute. An EPRI study by Kavet, et. al, printed in Bioelectromagnetics 21:538-553 (2000), found that the contact current caused by the present system is very likely a cause of childhood leukemia. Contact current of as little as 18 microamps is implicated. Many of us are exposed to 30 times that much every time we touch our kitchen counters or other items in our homes.
Kavet's paper brings together ground currents and 60 Hz magnetic fields as co-contributors to leukemia in children. It is not surprising to draw this conclusion, since both magnetic fields and contact currents resulting from ground currents increase electric current in the body.
Source: Life Energies Author: Dr. Duane A. Dahlberg, Ph.D
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Rod Reid who runs the support group ElectroSensitivity-UK, has collected case histories from many sufferers, some of whom are forced to live in isolation, on a restricted diet, without modern comforts, such as electricity or heating, because they have developed multiple chemical sensitivity in addition to their electrosensitivity (also referred to as electro-hypersensitivity or EHS).
If early warning signs are not heeded, some EHS sufferers can go on to develop allergies to almost everything in their environment, and in extreme cases this can include any source of light.
So what are the early warning symptoms?
In 2002, a group of German doctors made a plea for stricter safety limits on mobile telecommunications technology, which included a list of symptoms based on their clinical observations of patients exposed to EMR in their daily life. In this document, known as the Freiburger Appeal, they state that, “One can no longer evade these pulsed microwaves. They heighten the risk of already-present chemical/ physical influences, stress the body’s immune system, and can bring the body’s still-functioning regulatory mechanisms to a halt,” causing:
1. Learning concentration and behavioural disorders (e.g ADD)
2. Extreme fluctuations in blood pressure, ever harder to influence with medications
3. Heart rhythm disorders
4. Heart attacks and strokes among an increasingly younger population
5. Brain-degenerative diseases (e.g. Alzheimer’s) and epilepsy
6. Cancerous afflictions: leukaemia, brain tumours
Moreover, we have observed an ever-increasing occurrence of various disorders, often misdiagnosed in patients as psychosomatic:
1. Headaches, migraines
2. Inner agitation
3. Chronic exhaustion
4. Sleeplessness, daytime sleepiness
6. Susceptibility to infection
7. Nervous and connective tissue pains, for which the usual causes do not explain even the most conspicuous symptoms
Not everyone who is exposed is affected to the same degree, or manifests the same symptoms. As a Homeopath used to treating the individual and not the disease I do not find this surprising, but this is often given as a reason for the reluctance in the UK to acknowledge that EHS exists, so the real cause goes untreated and the patient may be persuaded that their illness is psychosomatic.
Recently a new provocation study, to look at whether or not people reported symptoms when exposed to mobile phone mast frequencies situated within the Psychology Department at Essex University. We need to ask why research funds were found for a psychological appraisal, when biophysicists in this country find it so hard to fund research into the bio-chemical and bio-energetic effects of different frequencies on the human body.
Some people who volunteered for the Essex study were rejected on the grounds that they were too sick, and others were cautious in volunteering for fear that any exposure would make them sicker, so it is difficult to see how the results from this study will move the debate forward.
In 2005 the Health Protection Agency (HPA) issued a statement recognizing that some people experience ‘hypersensitivity’, but did not acknowledge that they were being affected by EMR. Only in Sweden and Germany are there retreats designed for people needing to recover from EHS.
In Sweden, EHS has been a recognized disease since 2002, and there is government sponsored support for those who need to live and work in EMR free environments to stay healthy. Olle Johansson, Professor of Neuroscience at the Karolinska Institute, and an expert on the effects of EMFs, was quoted as saying that he estimates “around three percent of the UK population will display hypersensitivity with maybe ten percent to 15% affected in some other way”. (The Guardian, April 10, 2004).
Two years on, and the experts are still trying to draw attention to the need to exercise the precautionary principle with regard to health and safety, as the electrosmog around us grows ever denser.
Source: Read the entire article, The Risks to Health from EMR