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.


  1. Autumnforest- thanks for your nice comment - and I do think this year we will actually get a spring!!
    We are bombarded with so many frequencies daily sometimes I am surprised our brains aren't fried!!
    Fascinating thought that this might not only be affecting our world -but theirs too-definitely interested to read more about this in the future!!
    all the best to you my friend!!

  2. Hi baby brother;
    How's it going on your side of town? Hope the neighbors are quiet. I'm digging all this rain--wow! My fruit trees are bursting with new growth--they believe it's spring. I read the article and then went outside to study the WiFi antenna they have atop my light post outside my house and wondered--can I call and ask them to put it somewhere else? They'll think I'm a kook but, hell, I am. I am definitely getting a laptop protector for between me and the laptop. My work station is next to the router with WiFi and everything in my house is wireless so it's scary. Still, I've used my EMF meter and my house seems very good in that respect. I have yet to see a house with problems with ghosts that doesn't have a baseline of 1 or more. I don't think it's the reason it's haunted, I just think hauntings are more detectable by us humans in that situation.

  3. I do tend to put my laptop on my lap, but I hardly ever put a phone to my ear when I'm at home. I usually use a speakerphone, unless I'm in a public place. I very rarely use a bluetooth either - I don't really like the idea of an electronic device sitting in my ear for long periods of time.

  4. Hey Jeff;
    Good choices. Personally, if I were a man, I'd keep the laptop protected from your groin--prostate cancer. I'm personally looking for a good laptop protector --- it'll keep my thighs from heating up. (I can't believe I just said that! hee hee). I don't own a cell phone and absolutely refuse to. My work space I've checked with my meter and it's kosher, so all in all, considering I live in the middle of streaming waves of energy--not bad.

  5. This is more of a question than a comment, but you know so much about EMF and I am just learning. My mother's house has an entire section of the living room that lights up the EMF detector. We have guessed, skeptically, that this probably has something to do with the electric outlets in this portion of the room. Is that a reasonable guess?

  6. Jessica;
    It definitely does sound like that's an issue. What happens when it's electrical is that you'll get consistently similar readings in the same areas. In the case of something paranormal, it's something intermittent and then gone. If you follow light switches and plug outlets along the wall, you'll probably find just where the electrical is running. If it's above 2, I'd say she might consider having someone look at it. Does the room make you feel uncomfortable? It's a good experiment in how sensitive you are to EMF. But, for the long term, it might be a sign of bad wiring.