Electrical Pollution: What's it
doing to you and yours?
part 2 of this article
series: electrical pollution
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
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 ww.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.
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
“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.
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!
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 wwww.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!
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. Sometimesl 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.
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, .... )
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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,
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
belief that only ionizing (heating) radiation can harm living organisms has
been absolutely disproven, yet persists as the basis for “official” exposure
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
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.
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?
the electrical pollution is riding on the Earth’s natural electromagnetic grid
lines, what are the ramifications?
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
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)
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.
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.
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
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
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)
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,
(Click on "power quality.") See also Dave's concise and powerful testimony in
the case of MI vs. their electric utility. See also
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