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Dirty Electricity and the Diseases of Civilization

 Another deliberately hidden critical facet of the damage inflicted by non-native electromagnetic energy on the human body is the effect of Dirty Electricity.

“Electric and magnetic fields, or EMF, are emitted from electrical devices or anything that uses electricity. Earth currents are low electrical currents found in soil. Natural activity deep within the earth causes some of these currents along with above ground electrical energy to produce low magnitude electrical currents. Transients and high frequency noise or signals come from the wiring of buildings, and from the use of common electrical devices found in homes and offices. The noise is created when electrical current is transmitted and interrupted.

“In these characterizations of electrical pollution, high frequency signals pollute regular electrical currents traveling in wires and currents through the earth. To better understand the background for the causes of electrical pollution, it is helpful to learn the basics of how the electrical current works.

“Regular “clean” power enters homes, buildings, and offices at 60 Hz. The increased use of electrical power overloads electrical grid base, which distributes the power. Power is “dirty” or polluted when it contains the high frequency signals flowing through overloaded wires, and not just clean 60 Hz power.

“The pollution of electricity is often compared to how water is polluted. At the source, water is clean. It is what comes with the water and pollutants along its path to the recipient that makes the water harmful to humans. However, like water pollution in many ways, electrical pollution is complex and often difficult to understand for the common consumer. The causes are varied and sometimes cannot be identified with certainty. However, the bulk of overloaded electricity bases can be attributed to the reliance on electrical appliances in today’s environment.

“In the 1950’s, the National Electrical Safety Code required a neutral wire to return wire to utilities. In this code it was forbidden to use the earth as a neutral return. This was a worsening problem in rural, farm areas where the currents were being returned to the soil affecting the feeding of animals. Later, the Public Service Commission allowed utilities to use grounding rods to serve as neutral wires for return. This was done instead of increasing the size of the neutral rods. Installing ground rods is a less costly solution than making the neutral rods larger in size. The grounding rods serve as an alternate and additional pathway for the energy to return to the substation instead of to the earth.

“Those concerned about electrical pollution say the size of neutral wires to make sure energy is returned to its source needs to be much larger. The current regulated size of the neutrals is not large enough to handle the load due to the greater use of electricity. The currents that are not properly directed are emitted into the environment or into homes or offices where electrical devices are widely relied upon by consumers. Neutral wires are not often sized for the modern electrical load. Power that is misdirected into the earth or home environments contains a much higher frequency that the 60 Hz classification making it “dirty” or unclean.

“Dr. Robert O. Becker, author of Cross Currents and the Body Electric stated that “I have no doubt in my mind that at the present time that the greatest polluting element in the earth’s environment is the proliferation of electromagnetic fields. I consider that to be far greater on a global scale that warming”.

“The high frequency currents most commonly created by computers and other electronic devices are circulated by various wires and systems, emitting the high frequency currents into home or office environments. Many cases have been documented where decreasing the amount of “dirty” electricity has lessened the effects of health problems and complications. Some of those health problems being attributed to electrical pollution include fibromyalgia, attention deficit disorder, asthma, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, and asthma. There are also cases that detail that electrical pollution aggravates other preexisting conditions like multiple sclerosis and migraine headaches.(2)

“The diseases of civilization or lifestyle diseases include cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes and are thought to be caused by changes in diet, exercise habits, and lifestyle which occur as countries industrialize. I think that the critical variable which causes the radical changes in mortality accompanying industrialization is electrification. Beginning in 1979, with the work of Wertheimer and Leeper, there has been increasing evidence that some facet of electromagnetic field exposure is associated epidemiologically with an increased incidence of leukemia, certain other cancers and non-cancers like Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and suicide. With the exception of a small part of the electromagnetic spectrum from infra red through visible light, ultraviolet light and cosmic rays, the rest of the spectrum is man-made and foreign to human evolutionary experience. I suggest that from the time that Thomas Edison started his direct current electrical distribution system in the 1880s in New York City until now, when most of the world is electrified, the electricity carried high frequency voltage transients which caused and continue to cause what are considered to be the normal diseases of civilization. Even today, many of these diseases are absent or have very low incidence in places without electricity.

“When Edison and Tesla opened the Pandora’s box of electrification in the 1880s, the US vital registration system was primitive at best, and infectious disease death rates were falling rapidly. City residents had higher mortality rates and shorter life expectancy than rural residents. Rural white males in 1900 had an expectation of life at birth of over 10 years longer than urban residents.

“Although the authors of the 1930 US vital statistics report noted a 58.2% cancer mortality excess in urban areas, it raised no red flags. The census bureau residential electrification data was obviously not linked to the mortality data. Epidemiologists in that era were still concerned with the communicable diseases. Court Brown and Doll reported the appearance of the child- hood leukemia age peak in 1961, forty years after the US vital statistics mortality data on which it was based was available. I reported a cluster of childhood leukemia a decade after it occurred, only because I looked for it. Real time or periodic analysis of national or regional vital statistics data is still only rarely done in the US.

“The real surprise in this data set is that cardiovascular disease, diabetes and suicide, as well as cancer seem to be strongly related to level of residential electrification. A community-based epidemiologic study of urban rural differences in coronary heart disease and its risk factors was carried out in the mid 1980s in New Delhi, India and in a rural area 50 km away. The prevalence of coronary heart disease was three times higher in the urban residents, despite the fact that the rural residents smoked more and had higher total caloric and saturated fat intakes. Most cardiovascular disease risk factors were two to three times more common in the urban residents. Rural electrification projects are still being carried out in parts of the rural area which was studied.

“It seems unbelievable that mortality differences of this magnitude could go unexplained for over 70 years after they were first reported and 40 years after they were noticed. I think that in the early part of the 20th century nobody was looking for answers. By the time EMF epidemiology got started in 1979 the entire population was exposed to EMFs. Cohort studies were therefore using EMF-exposed population statistics to compute expected values, and case-control studies were comparing more exposed cases to less exposed controls. The mortality from lung cancer in two pack a day smokers is over 20 times that of non-smokers but only three times that of one pack a day smokers. After 1956, the EMF equivalent of a non-smoker ceased to exist in the US. An exception to this is the Amish who live without electricity. Like rural US residents in the 1940s, Amish males in the 1970s had very low cancer and cardiovascular disease mortality rates.

“If this hypothesis and findings outlined here are even partially true, the explosive recent increase in radiofrequency radiation, and high frequency voltage transients sources, especially in urban areas from cell phones and towers, terrestrial antennas, wi-fi and wi-max systems, broadband internet over power lines, and personal electronic equipment, suggests that like the 20th century EMF epidemic, we may already have a 21st century epidemic of morbidity and mortality underway caused by electromagnetic fields. The good news is that many of these diseases may be preventable by environmental manipulation, if society chooses to.(1)

 
 

EMF-Impact on Health

magnetic-field-lines-154887_150Over the last several years there has been an increasing amount of information concerning EMF’s (Electromagnetic Field) and their effect on health. As is often the case with complex technologies, the average person’s knowledge about EMF’s is limited and often contains inaccurate information. Since electromagnetic fields cannot normally be seen or touched, individuals must rely on information from those who study the properties and effects of this form of radiation. The goal of this post is to give an overview of EMF’s with a focus on what properties they have, their impact on humans, how they may benefit or negatively affect optimal health, and how to mitigate the negative effects they can cause.

An electromagnetic field (also EMF or EM field) is a physical field produced by electrically charged objects, such as power lines, transformers, electrical panels, building wiring, appliances, lighting, computers, telephones, cell phones, Bluetooth devices and even automobile engines. This field affects the behavior of charged objects in the vicinity of the field. This is a key fact to remember as we consider the properties of electromagnetic fields. The field can be viewed as the combination of an electric field and a magnetic field. The behavior of the electromagnetic field can be resolved into four different parts of a loop: The electric and magnetic fields are generated by electric charges, The electric and magnetic fields interact with each other, The electric and magnetic fields produce forces on charged particles, The electric charges move in space. The potential effects of electromagnetic fields on human health vary widely depending on the frequency and intensity of the fields. Due to the close proximity of electrical wiring in modern buildings, the typical person receives more EMF radiation from electrical wiring than any other source. The number two source is usually from cell phones, appliances, TVs and computers. The third largest exposure is often from power lines. The fourth largest is usually from automobiles, cell towers, etc.

EMF directly affects the brain by generating damaging excitatory activity in the the cells potentially leading to anxiety-related disorders, leptin resistance, autism, and brain cancers. A primary effect of EMF radiation is that the molecular clock in the brain, located in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), as time elapses, may no longer be able to work precisely, leading to a myriad of symptoms and disorders in the brain and body. Studies have shown that EMF’s can adversely affect the pineal gland’s secretion of melatonin. Melatonin increases the effectiveness of the body’s natural killer lymphocytes, thus inhibiting tumor growth. The reduction of pineal gland function has been implicated in the development of breast, ovarian, prostate and melanoma cancers. Decreased melatonin levels have also been directly related to depression, mood changes and psychiatric disorders.

atjatszotorony-205456_640Tests have also shown that certain EMF frequencies, such as those produced by cell phones, have the effect of weakening the blood brain barrier, allowing toxic substances to be absorbed into the brain, that are normally blocked by this barrier. Except for visible light and infrared EMF, we can not perceive any of these energies without instruments designed to find them. The problem is our brain senses them all without sensation being perceived consciously. As a result of this, the vast majority of people are completely unaware of the massive increase of EMF radiation in our environment.

The electromagnetic energies that originally surrounded life were simple. There was the Schumann resonance, which was found to be 7.83 Hz, which essentially is a weak ELF electromagnetic field modulated by the micro-pulsations. There were random bursts of of static electricity from lightening centered at 10,000 Hz and they reverberated over the entire Earth’s surface at any time. 3000-5000 of these strikes happen simultaneously. Light was present from our sun. UV and infrared light were originally the most abundant forms of EMF on the surface of the planet for 4 billion years. Studies have shown that individuals subjected to a 7.83 Hz frequency tended to express that it resulted in their feeling ‘good’, while tests with other frequencies could cause various reactions from riotous behavior to depression.

In 1893 Nikola Tesla demonstrated the first AC power system at the World’s Fair. Thus began enormous changes to the EMF’s surrounding the Earth and affecting its inhabitants. The resulting gradual electrification of the cities, subjected city dwellers to the EMF fields generated by 60 cycle AC currents flowing in their houses and workplaces. Since World War II a vast array of different EMF has been added to the human and animal environment. The military and industry began to use shorter wavelengths and to bounce them off the ionosphere for long distance communication. The use of these ELF’s is incredibly damaging since these RF waves are never de-modulated, which means they last forever, continuing to bounce around within the Earth’s ionosphere.

Once cell phones were invented the surrounding sea of EMF grew exponentially, so that currently the first mile above the Earth’s surface is filled with 2 million times the amount of EMF that we were surrounded by in 1900. Humans have altered their electromagnetic background more than any other aspect of their environment. These changes have come over a very short period of time and the results on the human biologic system is clearly seen in the epidemiology of disease over the 20th century. We are literally swimming in an ocean of electromagnetic energies that life has never before had to deal with. Because these energies can’t be seen or easily felt, their effects are ignored by most individuals and kept under wraps by those who stand to gain monetarily from their proliferation.

The best we can do as individuals is to minimize the impact of undesirable EMF pollution and interference by taking the following precautions in order to support the body’s ability to respond to stress and maintain optimal health. The following list should be consulted, keeping in mind that the less you are exposed to these harmful EMF’s the better chance you have to remain in optimal health.

With the recognition that it is currently impossible to live a life free of this harmful radiation, the emphasis should always be to eliminate if possible and at the very least to minimize your exposure as much as possible.

The following recommendations will go a long way in decreasing your exposure to non-native EMF:

1) Do not live near high tension power lines.

2) Eliminate or properly shield Smart meters that have been installed by your electrical service provider.

3) Minimize the use of cell phones and always use the speakerphone option.

4) Minimize or eliminate the use of cordless phones at home and at work. Utilize a land line telephone at home and at work.

5) Avoid Bluetooth headsets and all other headsets except air-tube headsets.

6) Minimize or eliminate Wifi at home and at work. Utilize hard wired devices such as computers, tablets, mice, keyboards, printers, speakers, phones, security wiring. Minimize EMF influence by unplugging electrical appliances and Wifi routers when not in use and especially in the bedroom.

7) Utilize nonelectrical alternatives for home appliances. The Lehman’s Non-electric catalog is a great resource for this.

8) Minimize or avoid the use of microwave ovens.

For more info and products for EMF testing and mitigation, take a look at Less EMF on the web: http://www.lessemf.com/

If you would like to rent test meters take a look at Neuert Electromagnetic Services on the web: http://www.emfcenter.com/metrsale.htm

Cites:

Primal Body, Primal Mind
Nora T. Gedgaudas, CNS, CNT  2011

Simple Steps to Reduce EMF Exposure In Your Home or Office
Misty Williams  2013

EMF 5: What Are the Biologic Effects of EMF?
Jack Kruse, M.D.  February 14, 2013

Background Information About EMFs
Michael R. Neuert, MA, BSME   2006

In Rhythm With the Earth: Electromagnetic Fields and Your Health
Michael R. Neuert, MA, BSME  Common Ground Magazine, 1993

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