Saturday, February 6, 2010
Electrosmog: What's it to you?
An interesting article had me thinking about EMF and its affects on the human body. We hear a great deal about it in ghost hunting as we run around in the dark with EMF meters to measure electromagnetic fields, but the truth is it does cause sensations in the human body. The greater question is, what else happens to our bodies when they come in contact with all the increasing EMF in the atmosphere today?
Sam Milham, M.D. (epidemiologist) has been studying for 30 years the potential hazards of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) — the radiation that surrounds all electrical appliances and devices, power lines, and home wiring and is emitted by communications devices, including cell phones and radio, TV, and WiFi transmitters. He’s come to a controversial conclusion: The "electrosmog" that first began developing with the rollout of the electrical grid a century ago and now envelops every inhabitant of Earth is responsible for many of the diseases that impair — or kill — us.
Electrical hypersensitivity (EHS) is becoming more widespread. Symptoms of EHS, a recently identified condition, include fatigue, facial irritation (resembling rosacea), tinnitus, dizziness, and digestive disturbances, which occur after exposure to visual display units, mobile phones, WiFi equipment, and commonplace appliances. Experts say up to 3% of all people are clinically hypersensitive, as many as one-third of us to a lesser degree.
Two of the worst creators of transient radiation: light dimmer switches and compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs). Transients are created when current is repeatedly interrupted. A CFL, for instance, saves energy by turning itself on and off repeatedly, as many as 100,000 times per second.
So how does the human body respond to this pulsing radiation? "Think of a magnet," explains Dave Stetzer, an electrical engineer and power supply expert in Blair, WI. "Opposite charges attract, and like charges repel. When a transient is going positive, the negatively charged electrons in your body move toward that positive charge. When the transient flips to negative, the body's electrons are pushed back. Remember, these positive-negative shifts are occurring many thousands of times per second, so the electrons in your body are oscillating to that tune. Your body becomes charged up because you're basically coupled to the transient's electric field." Remember, every cell in your body handles communications through your own electrical system and now there’s an outside source affecting the cells.
What do experts suggest? Doing a few things to lower your exposure: Don't expose yourself unnecessarily to EMF hazards. Don't buy a home next to a WiFi tower. Get a corded telephone instead of a cordless one. Don't let your teenager sleep with a cell phone under her pillow. Don't use your laptop computer in your lap. Treat your EMF-emitting devices with the same cautious respect you do other invaluable modern devices, like your car, which is also dangerous — and can kill. You don't drive in an unnecessarily risky fashion — at high speed or while talking on a cell phone (right?).
So, knowing all of these electrical impulses are whizzing around us, does that mean we're more haunted nowadays? It shouldn't affect the haunting rate, but it could very well affect either our ability to percieve it or its ability to show itself. Long before electricity, there were hauntings. It's not necessary to have EMF, but I will admit that some of the better findings I've come across occurred in buildings with a baseline reading averaging above 1 and no places in the building showing below 1. So, it's not just affecting our world, it's possible it's affecting theirs too. I have yet to learn more about those nights with geomagnetic activity, especially electron fluxes and how that might tie in with high electrical activity and its effects on electrons in the human body and perhaps even in the spirit world. I'm hardly a scientist, but I am a dog with a bone and a stubborn Southern gal who won't let anything go, so expect to hear more in the future.
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