EMF Overload: Tempest of the 21st Century
As the newest electronic devices and apps nestle their way into every corner of our lives, forecasters predict a storm of electromagnetic frequencies brewing that threatens to overwhelm our own bioelectric energy circuitry.
Nicky was a rescue dog who joined our family when my son was 7. He resembled Lassie, but his personality was another story. We knew nothing of his history until after our first weekend together. Returning from school that fateful Monday, the boys, who loved their new dog, found all of the trash, every stuffed animal, a ream of toilet paper and most their mother’s left shoes in pieces all over the house. There was never a question as to the boys’ priorities; they instantly forgave the dog.
Nicky and the family went through many learning curves together and embraced each other’s idiosyncrasies. In addition to abandonment fear, he was terrorized by thunder and lightning. His detection system for thunderstorms was infallible. In contrast to his inherent and sometimes-misguided courage, hours before a storm hit Nicky would begin trembling. He would hide under his humans’ legs or a rug and was inconsolable.
July proved to be impossible. His alarm system couldn’t detect fireworks. When a neighbor started lighting rocket flares for various occasions throughout the year, his meltdowns intensified.
I had deep empathy for Nicky’s escalating anxiety and his highly sensitive nervous system. My body’s bioelectric system is also on a hair trigger, because after being struck by lightning in the 1970’s, I survived, but the left side of my body and brain and my immune system remain compromised. I find Nicky’s storm trauma especially instructive for our time due to the dramatic increase in man-made electromagnetic frequencies that are coming into contact with the human energy field. Mankind’s bioelectricity system is under siege and a perfect storm is brewing.
Are EMFs Dangerous?
As electronic devices, communications and implants make rapid inroads into every nuance of our lives, the debate continues about whether the increased sea of electrical frequencies buzzing through and around us is cause for alarm. The wireless technologies that run our world rely on an extensive and ever-growing network of fixed antennas, or base stations, relaying information with radiofrequency (RF) signals. As the number of local wireless networks increase, so does the RF exposure of the population.
Our bodies run on complex electrical communication systems where cells, tissues and organs “talk” to each other through continuous electrical impulses transmitted and received along their own network of energy meridians. These electrical impulses regulate every biological process sustaining life. Can “static” from increasing outside frequencies interfere with our body’s ability to function holistically?
The World Health Organization’s Fact Sheet #296 (Electromagnetic Fields and Public Health: Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity, Dec. 2005) states: “As societies industrialize and the technological revolution continues, there has been an unprecedented increase in the number and diversity of electromagnetic field (EMF) sources. The sources include video display units associated with computers, mobile phones and their base stations. While these devices have made our lives richer, safer and easier, they have been accompanied by concerns about possible health risks, due to their EMF emissions.
“For some time, a number of individuals have reported a variety of general health problems that they relate to exposure to EMF. While some individuals report mild symptoms and react by avoiding the fields as best they can, others are so severely affected that they cease to work and change their entire lifestyles. This reputed sensitivity to EMF has been generally termed ‘Electro-Magnetic Hypersensitivity’ or EHS….[which] is characterized by a variety of non-specific symptoms attributed to exposure to EMF…The collection of symptoms is not part of any recognized syndrome.”
Symptoms of EMF sensitivity are often attributed to generalized stress or psychological conditions and treated symptomatically. In his 2010 book, Living Safely with Electromagnetic Radiation, Jim Waugh, a Canadian engineer who conducts EMF inspections of homes and workspaces, identifies the more serious symptoms including “impaired sense of smell, digestive problems, severe thirst, nosebleeds, internal bleeding, altered sugar metabolism, immune-system abnormalities, redistribution of heavy metals within the body, hair loss, pain in the teeth, deteriorated fillings, enlarged thyroid, and testicular or ovarian pain.” Some EMF sufferers report the onset of symptoms following dental work, vaccines, severe attacks by viruses and mold or a lightning strike.
Electromagnetic sensitivity is now recognized in some countries as a physical reaction triggered by exposure to electromagnetic radiation. Sweden officially classifies EMF sensitivity as a disability and provides protected housing and support including job retraining for its affected citizens. In 2009, 3 percent of its population was categorized as impaired, with 10 percent of that group recognized as severely impaired. As Waugh explains, “Sufferers experience serious neurological, cardiac, respiratory, dermatological, ophthalmologic and sensory symptoms. Experts agree that sufferers of electromagnetic sensitivity at this level of reaction must reduce or eliminate their exposure to prevent further damage.” This may result in the need to move to remote areas, job loss and isolation.
The Aura As the First Line of Defense
Animals and humans share a detection system for the threat of rogue electrical impulses. This mobilizes an energetic defense system designed to protect the organism from risks found in nature, such as a lightning strike. The detection system includes the aura, which is the electromagnetic field surrounding the body. Body hair and ears reinforce this system, which is why some lightning strike survivors felt the skin reflex when their body hair stood on end prior to the flash.
Body Meridian: Gall Bladder and Triple Warmer are the outermost yang meridians of the body and can be called its electrical bodyguards. Spleen functioning is disrupted by an overactive Triple Warmer responding to EMF overload, while an overworked Liver meridian may be connected to prostate enlargement due to its flow through the male reproductive system.
When the body detects incompatible electrical impulses, including wireless technologies, it can repel some of these frequencies. At a certain point, which is unique for the individual organism, the aura can no longer block the harmful energies and the body mobilizes defenses designed to protect itself against lightning.
Once the system detects a threat, two remarkable defenses are mobilized. First the body makes itself less capable of conducting electrical current. This survival strategy involves withdrawing the life force from the surfaces of the body and the aura, temporarily safeguarding it deep within the organs.
The second strategy is that the body attempts to protect itself mechanically by tightening connective tissues, including tendons and ligaments. The bony plates of the skull contract deeply to protect the brain. This extreme re-organization guards against death by electrocution, but severely impairs all other functions.
I experience these responses whenever I pass through a store security system or airport-screening device. Like other EMF sufferers, I am constantly adjusting my life to avoid exposure to triggering frequencies.
The sensory system coordinating this response is a small part of the larger intelligence of the body. In the past, most individuals lived their entire lives without experiencing the emergency response system for lightning. Many cultures lived in harmony with the vibrational frequencies emanating from the sun and moon. Now, due to the excessive man-made electromagnetic fields buzzing around us, individuals who have never been struck by lightning are living in a constant state of alarm and dis-rhythm, often without any awareness of their compromised condition.
Head Meridians: EMF frequencies of cell and cordless phones held against the ear directly challenge Gall Bladder and Triple Warmer meridians, contacting the bony plates of the skull. This impairs the flow of cerebral-spinal fluid, which should travel up the spinal column and over the back of the head to cool the brain.
When the aura is compromised, nerves have little protection from the environment. Like Earth without the ozone layer, the human energy field with a compromised aura is imperiled. Cell membranes become rigid and defended when exposed to incompatible frequencies and attempt to defend themselves by tightening their borders. The transport system of nutrients and waste products in and out of the cell is disrupted when these gap junctions are impaired. Interventions are not effective until the individual is protected from exposure to triggering frequencies.
Sufferers of EMF sensitivity may find their aura habitually collapses in the direction of man-made electrical currents such as computer screens or TVs, manifesting as one-sided TMJ, tone deafness, hearing difficulties, eye problems or neck vertebrae misalignment. They may also have allergic reactions to common items including foods and sunlight. These symptoms occur because their joints are tightening and the bony plates of the skull are contracting. This impairs the flow of cerebral-spinal fluid, which should travel up the spinal column and over the back of the head to cool the brain. When the brain is both over-heated and in contraction, it is in a state of impairment.
Swedish reports have noted a connection between computer use and mucous membrane dehydration as an early warning of EMF sensitivity. Cravings for chocolate, coffee, salt, sugar or fatty foods accompany the dehydration as the brain signals for food. Sufferers notice fatigue, irritability and other stress indicators from which they recover overnight, then in a day, until they don’t return to a healthy baseline.
The Meridian System of Energy Flow
Meridians are electromagnetic pathways in the body activated in acupuncture, shiatsu massage, yoga poses and other alternative medicine Eastern mind-body practices. Like an underground river system, they flow throughout the living organism, choreographed by the angle of the sun’s rays. Most of the twelve main meridians are associated with and named for organs. Each meridian has a two-hour “high tide,” which forms the 24-hour day. Many ancient cultures developed techniques to balance the meridian flows and to harmonize them with the cycles of nature.
In Chinese cosmology, yang organs are hollow and yin organs are more complex. For example, the kidneys (yin) filter the urine, which is subsequently stored in the hollow organ of the bladder (yang). Yang meridians begin or end on the face and sense organs, and mediate the external environment. Yin meridians begin or end near the heart. Yang meridians are paired with yin meridians sharing related functions. For example, Heart (yin) is protected by the yang Pericardium meridian, associated with the hollow sac surrounding the heart.
Whenever an electronic device such a cellphone is used or worn close to the body, the aura has no chance to detect or repel incompatible frequencies. This is similar to the dog encountering fireworks in July. When the alarm function of the aura is bypassed, the six yang meridians are the next line of defense and protect the brain and heart by discharging incompatible frequencies. Internally, the digestive tract speeds up its function to dump excess EMFs. Stomach, Small Intestine and Large Intestine meridians disrupt their functions to restore electrical balance. Depending on the individual’s constitution, the body expels excess electrical energy with a sudden bowel movement or by shunting heat to the skin or blood. Teeth may also pull frequencies away from the brain because each tooth corresponds to a meridian. Eventually, overused yang meridians lose their rhythms and become exhausted. This is interpreted as irritable bowel syndrome, gastric reflux, high blood pressure, stress, or any of a growing number of illnesses, and treated symptomatically.
The Triple Warmer and Gall Bladder are the outermost yang meridians and can be called the electrical bodyguards of the brain because of their pathways around the sides of the head. Triple Warmer runs along the outer edges of the arms, neck and around the ears. Gall Bladder runs from the sides of the face and head down the outside edges of the torso and legs. EMF frequencies of cell and cordless phones held against the ear directly challenge Gall Bladder and Triple Warmer meridians. When the aura is strong and resilient, the use of personal electronic devices for limited periods of time should be easily tolerated. But when the yang meridians are constantly defending the body against artificial frequencies in the airwaves, these conveniences overwhelm the energy defense system. Gall bladder removal now fuels the surgical assembly line that was once filled with children having their tonsils removed. From an energy standpoint, removing the gall bladder is akin to removing the bulb in the alarm light on the car dashboard. It deactivates the warning system but does not address the cause.
Of the yin meridians, Spleen is responsible for tissue repair, cell growth and the distribution of “chi” or the life force between all organs when the body is in a state of balance. When the body is in “fight, flight or freeze” mode and perceives it is at war, Triple Warmer (yang) energy displaces Spleen. Like a baseball player who bunts, Spleen meridian sacrifices itself when the body is under stress. Spleen meridian includes the pancreas and thyroid gland. Spleen imbalance disrupts metabolism and blood sugar levels. Weight loss cannot occur when Triple Warmer is dominant. Spleen vitality is also crucial for the natural menses cycle and fertility.
In a healthy organism in a healthy environment, the Triple Warmer dominance of fight or flight should relax completely once a threat has passed. In the sea of EMF energy, it does not release. In fact, the body can become attuned to Triple Warmer dominance as an addictive frequency. In this case, when the energy system relaxes, the individual feels anxious and craves the disharmonious frequencies.
Liver is a very resilient yin meridian and can withstand tremendous abuse. Unlike Spleen that sacrifices itself, Liver attempts to work harder. The ancient myth of Prometheus, chained to a mountainside with an eagle pecking at his liver, illuminates Liver’s extraordinary regenerative capacities. Liver overcharge disturbs the production of neurotransmitters in the body and renders meditative states and sleep impossible. When Liver is unbalanced, sleep is impaired between 1 am and 3 am, Liver’s high tide.
EMF symptoms may intensify during an impacted meridian’s high tide period and not during EMF exposure. Commuters don’t realize they are experiencing insomnia at 2am because they passed so many cell phone towers when they drove home at 6pm. The body shifted the excess electricity to Liver to protect Kidney. For men, the overworked Liver may also be connected to benign prostate enlargement because this meridian flows through the male reproductive system.
Public Mobilization For EMF Awareness
Despite the body’s many ingenious strategies to protect the heart and brain, the sobering truth is that electrical pollution is increasingly difficult to avoid. According to brain tumor analyst L. Lloyd Morgan, BS, lead author of the 2009 landmark report, “Cellphones and Brain Tumors: 15 Reasons for Concern,” “Exposure to cell phone radiation is the largest human health experiment ever undertaken, without informed consent, and has some 4 billion participants enrolled. The public must be informed.” Author Jim Waugh echoes, “The proliferation of man-made radiation has become a global biological experiment for which there is no control group.”
In Full Signal, the explosive new one-hour documentary investigating the effects of wireless technology on the public, filmmaker Talal Jabari interviewed 18 experts in 10 countries and six U.S. states, as well as concerned citizens and those stricken with EMF-related syndromes. Reviewing the film on www.vtcommons.org, author and political activist Chellis Glendinning writes, “Full Signal’s interviewees make it as clear as crystal that — no matter what Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and the Federal Communications Commission tell you — the EMFs blasting from your Blackberry, home WiFi port, cordless phone and laptop, not to mention the public antennas throwing ubiquitous waves to power up your GPS and iPad, can be as dangerous as the ionizing radiation from a nuclear bomb; they’re just slower acting.” Glendinning calls on the public to “join in melting the psychic numbing surrounding this behemoth in our midst” by watching the film and alerting the populace.
Americans in particular should be concerned about the levels of ambient radiation around us. According to Waugh, the RF limit in the United States is 580 microwatts/cm2. The RF limit in the most EMF proactive countries — Italy, Switzerland, Sweden and China — is 10 or under. These countries have set standards to minimize the as-yet-unknown risks of electromagnetic fields.
In contrast, the U.S. passed the pro-industry Telecommunications Act of 1996 (TA96), sponsored by John McCain. This law prohibits communities from preventing the installation of cell towers due to health concerns. TA96 sets a dangerous precedent. The law grants for-profit industries free rein to infiltrate every home, school and workplace throughout the day and night with an increasingly complex electrical overlay that has never been proven safe, leaving citizens no rights concerning the quality of their habitats. While the U.S. Constitution guarantees Americans the right to bear arms, this law denies citizens the right to defend from this onslaught.
Most recently, a new study published in JAMA, February 23, 2011 and reported on in The New York Times measured the effects of cell phone radiofrequency signal exposure on brain glucose metabolism. The study concluded that a 50-minute cell phone exposure was associated with increased brain glucose metabolism in the region closest to the antenna. While the finding was of “unknown clinical significance,” it caused speculation about the cumulative effects of such activity since brain tumors utilize excessive amounts of glucose, and changes in glucose utilization are a key mechanism supporting tumor growth. The conclusion supports the hypothesis that steady and sustained EMF exposure could possibly create conditions favorable for the growth of brain tumors.
Rebirth With New Energies Forming
As wireless technology advances, Americans are encountering even more inescapable electromagnetic bombardment. The controversial Smart Meter Grid being installed in California and planned for national deployment beginning in 2012 utilizes wireless communication to record real time energy consumption for monitoring and billing purposes. Smart Meters have the capacity to remotely turn power on and off, detect service outages and bill customers at higher rates for use during prime time. They are also endorsed by conservation organizations because meter readers will no longer need to use fuel to drive to homes. But they create a new form of electro-smog pulsing randomly through homes 24 hours a day.
California residents have been protesting the installations for many reasons. The utility has made recent concessions by allowing individual homeowners to pay an extra fee to “opt out” of the installation of a Smart Meter on their homes, however the RF frequencies from the transponders still blanket every organism within the grid. Although informed communities are now declaring moratoriums on the installation of the grid, statewide action may be required to demand further safety research. (see “Letters: Hidden Risks of Cell Phone Usage” on page 12). Italy has installed a Smart Meter grid nationwide; however the Italian system is hardwired and communicates over low-voltage power lines.
The Ageless Wisdom teaches that mankind is at the threshold of an initiation where fear, worry, and irritation must be replaced with goodness, truth, and beauty. Before the advent of excessive EMF pollution, noted 20th century inventor, musician and Ageless Wisdom author Torkom Saraydarian wrote, “Mechanical noise from cars, airplanes, factories and various equipment is very harmful to the aura, especially to the glands and nervous system. The electronic waves to which humanity is subjected day and night are one of the reasons why people cannot make a breakthrough into higher psychic realms. Telephone conversations also have a very heavy effect on the aura around the head and ears.”
Contrasted with our seduction by technology, the yogis and ancient Chinese masters were able to perceive, diagnose, treat and cure subtle energetic imbalances before they manifested as illness. By performing the salutation to the sun barefoot on the earth, they used their bodies to dowse the subtle environmental influences and used this awareness to balance the relationship between self, humanity and the cosmos. As Joni Mitchell sings, “We’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden.” Addictive wireless technologies have never been proven safe or compatible with our bioelectricity and we can only speculate about their effects on our evolution to higher etheric realms.
Although the airwaves have already reached the flash point for growing numbers of EMF-sensitive individuals, the decisions of ordinary citizens can still forge a necessary course correction and turn the herd back toward the garden. The perfect storm can manifest as either a tsunami of EMF-related illnesses or a quantum leap in awareness of the subtle energy body and holistic medicine. We have been gifted with many tools and teachings from cultures around the world to help restore us to the level of etheric awareness that is our birthright. For this grace we give thanks and for this new world we pray.
Patricia Burke is a meridian yoga teacher and writer living in Gloucester, MA. Please visit http://www.theceresinitiatives.com for more information about EMF and the meridian system of Oriental medicine. Anma Jackie Gordon is a visionary artist and yoga teacher in Millis, MA.