Electrical Pollution: What's it doing to you and your clients?
by Shivani Arjuna
In the past year, I have taken 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 the major cause of health problems in the USA after what folks eat and think.
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
the symptoms that we experience, but most people, even when exposed to levels
and wave lengths that are literally killing them, never feel a thing. (Dr.
Neil Cherry, Evidence that Electromagnetic Radiation is Genotoxic: the
implications for the epidemiology of cancer and cardiac, neurological and
reproductive effects. His June 2000 presentation to Australian Senate Inquiry
. Also avail. at www.emfguru.org/EMF/genotoxic/Genotoxic-EMR-paper.htm/
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
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 Miltrim & 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.
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 2/26/03) 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.) Cows
give up to 10 more pounds of milk per day on the days when the RF in their
environment is low, and 20 pounds more if power quality is remediated and
remains clean. (Donald Hillman et al, Relationship of Electric Power
Quality to Milk Production of Dairy Herds, Shocking News, 9/11/02 Also avail. at
wwww.electricalpollution.com) I myself need half to a third as much thyroid
hormone when in progressively cleaner electrical environments. In an RF-free
environment, I would probably not need any at all.
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, 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. About a year ago, 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.
"electrically sensitive," a sort of walking EMF meter. I would experience
symptoms if I went near a TV, a telephone, a car fan, the computers in the post
office or bank, the chair in the dentist's office, the water pipes in our
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 quite well. Only, however, to the extent to which I am able to avoid RF!
I remain electrically sensitive to date. My reactions to RF have changed,
however, from cardiac events to intestinal spasms and fatigue, which are
definitely preferable. This change occurred after classical homeopathic
treatment, as a result of which, I understand, one tends to be relieved of
symptoms from the top gradually downward in the body. The other “side effect”
is that I became an electrical-pollution educator and activist.
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
- I know a Polarity Practitioner who wonders why many of her 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 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, do people develop different conditions due to their own inherent weakest links, so to speak, one getting diabetes while another develops Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? What role do astrological aspects and transits play?
- 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)
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.
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)
find that lying down I am affected more by broad area RF 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)
is that the loads on the electric lines are different at different times. And
flow on Earth’s EM grid lines is said to reverse at certain times of day. (One
of these times is midnight, when I had more “spells” than at any other time of
- The belief that only ionizing (heating) radiation can harm living organisms has absolutely been proven wrong, 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?
- 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. If in addition such an area is on a planetary grid line, cancer is
very likely. (Before electrical service was available, research showed 95%
correspondence between cancer and sleeping on such lines.) (Gustav Freiherr
von Pohl, Earth Currents: Causative Factor of Cancer and Other Diseases.)
- Dowsers, who use the magnetite in their foreheads while dowsing, as animals do for biolocation, say that ground currents are
specifically on the Earth's magnetic grid lines. In Europe, particularly in
Germany, baubiologie practitioners check homes for such dangerous lines.
- 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.)
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)
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,
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.)
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
- 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!
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 Ie. 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.
fascinating is the military use of electricity and microwaves. Electromagnetic
pulse (EMP) weapons technology used in the Gulf War is apparently 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 HAARP 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
(Becker, ibid. 303-304)
As Polarity practitioners, we know that the entire body is an 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. How to do this will be the subject of the conclusion of
this article, in the next issue.
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/,
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) puts out an information packet that
includes an information-packed 17 page booklet that includes 200 references.
Call 715-564-3362. ( I suggest a $5 donation.)
copyright 2003 by Shivani Arjuna R.P.P.
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