Cell Phone GPS on Airplane Mode

As a passenger in a truck or automobile, you are already receiving quite a bit of electromagnetism from the engine's electromagnetic field, especially if it's a hybrid vehicle. Most readers are already aware that reflective surfaces will increase your electromagnetic field radiation exposure, due to the ricochet effect, so why would you ever want your cell phone set on cellular and add to this electro-schmutz?

Not every vehicle has a built-in navigation GPS system. So, what do you do if you are lost while driving? Yes, you can use you phone's GPS if you have location services activated. Just set your phone on "airplane mode." 

In airplane mode, your phone is not sending/receiving electromagnetic particle-waves, benignly termed "signals," from the nearest microwave transmitters (A.K.A. Cell Towers). With location services enabled, your phone's location is being tracked by satellite and the GPS app will still work. There is still some increase to the already present EMF field, but less than when the phone is on the cellular setting.

This is all a compromise; using the lesser of evils in a pinch, but you will be able to calmly find your destination and avoid distractions that could cause an accident.

Real Estate Adventures and EMF Radiation Chapter 1

With the repletion of education and information that the internet provides, EMF (electromagnetic field) radiation has increasingly become a topic of concern; especially when it comes to buying a new home.

US government safety standards for EMF radiation are no longer taken seriously by informed Americans. Powerline AC Magnetic Fields or ELF (Extremely Low-Frequency Radiation) and cell tower transmitter RF (Radio Frequency or Microwave Radiation) emissions are becoming the foremost concern among a growing number of home buyers.

What does today's real estate agent, attorney, or home buyer need to know? First, America has no official public safety limit or distance due to EMF radiation for how close a property can be to a power line or cell tower transmitter. Anyone who wants to employ an excessive level of EMF for their cause or reason to be released from their responsibilities agreed to by contract will not prevail in a court of law.

Therefore, good advice for an inexperienced buyer is to have the desired property assessed before entering into a purchase agreement. It costs a lot less money and aggravation to have a home tested for EMF than it costs to break a signed contract.

Here's a story of a situation that occurred a few months ago. A man, interested in buying a house on a few acres in southwestern New Jersey, requested an EMF Testing. He shared that he had just shown the house to his brother who remarked that the power lines crossing through the backyard "looked nasty" and that the property should be assessed for EMF radiation. The new caller admitted that he had knew little about EMF radiation but wanted to have the property tested before moving his young family into this new home.

I tested the AC Magnetic Fields (ELF); the frequencies in the EMF spectrum associated with power line energy. The readings were elevated throughout the property.  Unforeseen, there was actually another power line running underground just beneath the front yard that caused elevated magnetic levels inside this house. The lines out back consequently affected the large backyard where the boys would be playing.

In the written EMF Report, he received all measured and recorded data, safety standards from countries outside the US, and a link to the BioInitiative.org website.

The next day, I received a phone call from his lawyer. She summoned, "Based on your expert opinion, what is your safety limit for ELF radiation?" I asked her why was she was phoning me, and not my client, and if this conversation was being recorded. She said, "Yes." 

She divulged that our mutual client had already signed a contract with the owner, prior to our first contact. Oh, boy.

The client had apparently gone to the owner with his EMF Report. The owner then replied that none of this was his concern. (Nice guy, huh?) If the client didn't want the house, then he would lose his money. That's when he called a friend's attorney.

I emailed my client to phone me. He shared that the owner would not let him test the property unless he paid a $1000 deposit towards the signing fees and that this money was not refundable.

My response surprised him. I said that if you are looking for me to testify that the EMF radiation on this property, according to US standards, is not safe, then he is mistaken. (I was clear in my report to him that this property was within US government safety standards for EMF.)

However, there was an easier way for him to be released from this contract. Because the owner would not let him test the property for EMF unless he signed a contract and paid monies, he technically entered this contract under duress. Therefore, the contract could be dismissed.

There are four lessons learned from this story:

1) You have the right to test your prospective dream home for electromagnetic radiation. 

2) You should have the home tested before entering into a signing contract. It could save you money and aggravation in the long-run.

3) Real Estate agents should know that if they maintain their integrity and look out for their clients' best interests, then they will not only sleep better at night, but will build a dependable, faithful, and loyal client base for referrals.

4) When in doubt, definitely have your home tested for electromagnetic field radiation. It could save you and your family's life.

Ancient Chinese Meditation

Meditation: 

It costs you nothing and can bring you many invaluable benefits.

It can help you achieve a state of calmness and center.

It can bring you to a state of parasympathetic-off.

It can help heal your brain by increasing Theta brainwaves.

It can help repair the adrenal glands and the thyroid.

It can help the lymphatic system flow.

It can help the body release heavy metals.

It can help relieve pain. 

It can increase your both your I.Q. and emotional intelligence.

It can lower your stress and your blood pressure.

It can increase electron flow to your meridians.

It can increase your life-force.

It can prolong your life.

It can bring you peace.

 This simple meditation is one of the oldest. I hope to share more, in the future.

This simple meditation is one of the oldest. I hope to share more, in the future.

Meditation

Prologue

Being able to achieve a state of calmness is essential for anyone trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle or heal from an illness. Integrating meditation into your life will certainly have multiple benefits. My meditation teacher, Dr. T.K. Shih, rest his soul, claimed that not only would it ensure your mental and physical health, but it would also increase your intelligence. It will most certainly increase your emotional I.Q. 

Here is an article I published years ago. I hope that it brings you some peace. Meditation is one of the most important healthy elements in my life. If you develop a good practice, it will be for you, also.

Silence: The Quality of Being

"Let silence take you to the core of life."
- Jalaluddin Rumi

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Today, making the rare mid-morning cup of Earl Grey tea brought back memories of years devoted to meditation. Recalling just how difficult the first six months of daily practice were; trying to sit in silence, quieting the mind.

It seems like another lifetime. I remember how seemingly impossible and improbable the endeavor was, as well as frustrating.

Why was my mind so absurdly difficult to control? Like an R.E.M. dream state, miscellaneous thoughts would pop up or fade in with the slightest provocation. Self-possessed, my mind would latch on to something that happened in the past or ponder tasks that needed to get done. This failure to quiet the mind was proof enough that I may have thought I was awake when my eyes were open, but actually, I was still very much asleep.

It could be safe to say that most of us think we are awake, while going about our affairs, but are also living and functioning in a similar dream state, more or less; letting the mind drift from one thought to the next. Or, at times fixating on an issue or event mistaken as focus, concentration, or clarity of thought.

Describing silence, an impossible task, is a Zen Koan unto itself. Often, it is defined by what it is not - the absence of sound. In the case of meditation, it is the absence of secondary thought or psychological or psychic noise. It's a state of quietude, a still mind. It is the condition of being, existing, breathing. It is unfathomable, limitless, and boundless.

The concept of a silent mind has intrigued seekers for thousands of years. In Psalm 62, of the Old Testament, we find: "For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation."

Isadore Twersky, Orthodox Rabbi, and Harvard Professor states in his Introduction to the Code of Maimonides: "One must be attuned to the silences."

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The first line of the Tao De Ching: "The Tao that can be spoken is not the eternal Tao."

The Tao is Silent and ever present. It is the infinite void. But most importantly, emptiness has potential; like an empty urn ready to be filled.

This ready vessel or prepared mind invites knowingness, consciousness, creativity, truth, and love. It intuitively comprehends the "known" that has no name, words, or teachings.

The Tao recommends: "Do Nothing, but leave nothing undone."

This quote is one of my all time favorites! Every time it's revisited, a deeper meaning is uncovered.

The brilliance is in the first part: "Do Nothing." It is the silence. The quiet. The peacefulness. The release and relief from striving. It is the sureness, the certainty, the stillness of calm reserve, natural confidence and composure. It is Joseph Campbell's "infinite moment."

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Silence is the moment that is freedom.

Intimate knowledge and the mental resources to tap into this silence give us the ability to thrive in every moment, with vibrancy and freshness. To see an event as unique and distinct, without history or prejudice, judgement or fear. To see that it is perfect with all of its various imperfections.

With this understanding, the reader can begin practicing "walking meditation" or, in other words: live each moment with consciousness. This way of mindfulness requires intelligence and attentiveness. With humility and self-awareness, it is possible.

From the 7th century, we have a poetic recount of the benefits of an attentive mind.

"Silence is the mystery of the world to come. Speech is the organ of this present world. More than all things love silence: it brings you a fruit that the tongue cannot describe. In the beginning, we have to force ourselves to be silent. But then from our very silence is born something that draws us into deeper silence. May God give you an experience of this 'something' that is born of silence. If you practice this, inexpressible light will dawn upon you."

—Bishop Isaac of Nineveh, On Ascetical Life

From silence comes an indescribable and alluring feeling; bearing witness to grandeur and wonder, a dimension with a life of its own.

Silence is the quality of being.

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ELF Radiation: Things We'd Never Think Of

Here is the unedited version of an article I wrote for my friend Scott Harris's business newsletter, published a few months ago. I hope you glean some new information from this to help you and your family thrive. Here is Scott's business webpage: Scott Harris

The last thing that most of us would ever think of while we're trying to decide where to position the heirloom furniture in our wonderful new apartment that Brown, Harris, Stevens Residential Real Estate just landed us is how far away from a dimmer switch we need to place our favorite chair. Most of us would never wonder if the lamps, alarm clocks, gadgets, and devices we keep at our bedside are having an effect on the quality of our sleep. "Of course not! No one has ever announced this as a problem in the evening news. I've never heard of this hullabaloo!" 

That's right. You probably never have.

Some of you may be old enough to remember your parents impatiently cautioning for the umpteenth time, "Children, please don't sit so close to the television set!" We'd move back thinking that this new viewing spot just wasn't as much fun. 

Our parents were just trying to protect us from the very real and proven hazards of ELF (Extremely Low-Frequency Radiation.)  Back then, the dangers were more in our society's consciousness than they are now. This energy has been proven in thousands of verifiable studies to cause us all kinds of harm; from cancer and neurological disease to infertility, memory loss, chronic fatigue syndrome. and depression.

So, you might say,"But, Jim, we don't have televisions with tubes in them anymore. What's the big deal?"  Yes. That's right. Most of us don't, but we do have other things in our home that can emit very high levels of ELF radiation. The good news is that it only takes us moving a couple feet away from a high ELF source to become safe.

Here are just a few tips to help make you and your loved ones much safer in your home from ELF:

  1. Place your comfortable chair a few feet away from any light/dimmer switch or wall outlet.

  2. When using a kitchen appliance such as a blender or toaster, stand a couple feet away once you've pushed the ON button.

  3. Toss out that old microwave oven. If the seals are worn, then you are literally slow cooking your neurons.

  4, Move those electrical cords under your desk as far away from your feet as possible.

  5. Avoid sitting near your circuit breaker box.

I encourage you to become more aware and informed of the possible ill-health effects of all electromagnetic fields. There's enough conclusive and verified proof out there that we should all start implementing ways to reduce our exposure. I'm here to help. 

A little knowledge can go a long way towards improving your health and/or preventing a serious illness. I wish you well.

Why I Wear Leather-Soled Shoes: The Answer May Surprise You

People who know me, know that I like a good pair of shoes. The reason I like wearing leather-soled shoes may surprise you.

As most New Yorkers are aware, there are at least a few electrocutions in the city each year due to someone not wearing rubber-soled shoes. In the morning, businesses hose down the sidewalks out front of their entrances. If a faulty extension cord or an electrical arc activates water on a sidewalk and then someone comes in contact with this water while wearing a shoe that doesn't have rubber soles, the result can often be fatal. 

For this reason, when I go to meet my BNI One friends at the Cornell Club in Midtown at 7 AM on Wednesdays, I usually will wear my rubber-soled Allen Edmunds. Otherwise, I wear my leather-soled Allen Edmonds. 9.5 E or 10 D in case you'd like to buy me a new pair ;)

Why the leather? Well, as we go through the day, our bodies accumulate voltage in our bodies. This voltage comes from the frequent contact we have throughout the day to various electromagnetic fields. In NYC, this happens just about every minute of the day. 

If we are wearing a rubber-soled shoe, then we end up carrying this excess electromagnetism because rubber is non-conductive. This electric charge will not dissipate but rather be stored in our bodies. Holding this unnatural charge will eventually wear us down because our adrenals have been over-stimulated for many hours. If you are already EMF Sensitive, then you will find yourself getting incredible headaches, tingling sensations in the skin, tinnitus, and more. 

The leather soles allow the voltage to pass through us and dissipate into the sidewalk or ground. It sounds strange, I know, but it really does work this way.

If I'm wearing my rubber-soled walking shoes in Central Park, I will occasionally grasp onto a metal fence post that is planted into the ground or even take my shoes off and just stand in the grass. I am not only dissipating any electromagnetism that has built up in my body, but I'm adding healthy electrons from the Earth. You can also get healthy electrons by putting your hands on a tree. Remember the "tree huggers" in the Sixties? 

You won't see me hugging a tree, but you will see me leaning against one or running barefoot in the grass after Scooter, our Boston Terrier. 

So, yes, there's nothing like a great pair of leather-soled Allen Edmonds shoes to relieve my body from electromagnetic accumulation due to the constant EMF exposure accrued by living in the Big Apple.

Smart Meters: The Frog and the Kettle

Recently, a professional woman living and working from her home in Midtown, NYC shared her concerns that the co-op board in her building had just passed a vote to install Smart Meters for every apartment in her building. She had read somewhere that Smart Meters were harmful because they gave off EMFs. She admitted to not knowing much about EMFs. This is the case for 99% of all Americans. 

Apparently, now, there is no escape from Smart Meters for New Yorkers. Yes, many any of us city-folk have incorrectly presumed that these noxious devices were a location-specific affliction limited to the American Suburb. At this moment, their epidemic virus-like installation is being naively approved by an alarmingly increasing number of co-op and condo boards throughout our fair city. 

Since when did New Yorkers become so gullible that we just take anyones' word for anything, especially a corporation's word?

Your local Power Company's sales representative will tell you that Smart Meters operate or function within US safety standard guidelines. Yes, this is not a lie. What he doesn't tell you is that US government safety standard guidelines for electromagnetic fields are 80 years out-dated and happen to be the worst safety standards in the world. (Read: The Body Electric, by Robert O. Becker for the EMF back-story.) 

Well, here's the modern truth: Smart Meters are not safe. In fact, they may be even more harmful than that cell tower down the block or the power line running under your sidewalk. Do you really need another randomly pulsed electromagnetic field pummeling your brain and body 24/7? 

Last night, I watched a live Facebook video podcast where the guest health expert answered a viewer's question about what to do about her recent sleeping problems that were presumably caused by a newly installed Smart Meter. The health expert replied, "Distance is your friend." (Granted, this was not this particular expert's field of competence. She meant well, though the answer was not quite correct.)

"Distance is your friend," is a cliche that we EMF consultants use for the remediation of ELF (Extremely Low Frequency Radiation) but, not RF (Radio Frequency Radiation.) In the case of a Smart Meter, you would have to get nearly a 1/4 mile to a mile, or in metric distances; 0.4 to 1.6 kilometers further distance; depending on which random pulse among billions per second you wanted to avoid. To follow this poorly advised EMF remediation recommendation would have been quite difficult for that sleepy questioner because she would have to pick up and move her entire house or apartment building. (I hope you found this funny. For our own health, we all need to laugh, often; even when things look grim.)

Radio Frequency radiation requires EMF shielding. In the case of a Smart Meter, you can shield from the back-side of the meter, but not the front. If you put a screen mesh over the front, then the signals can't be connected to other Smart meters on the grid. The power company will be alerted and will then proceed to sending someone out to tear off your RF shielding mesh. If you persist, then you will be charged with a fine or a summons to appear in court for destruction of property; even if the meter is barnacled onto the wall outside your home or one is pointed at your home.

Another issue is that even if you shield the back of the meter, then a part of your projected signal can still reflect back on to you from your next door neighbor's wall, albeit with lesser intensity. You are also being pulsed by other Smart Meters in your proximity. Shielding for Smart Meters is somewhat akin to "putting your finger in the dike."

Dr. Martin Blank, PhD, Columbia University, tells the story of the frog and the kettle of water cooking on the stove. If the water is boiling and you throw a frog in, it will immediately jump out of the kettle. But, if the flame is on simmer and the water heats very slowly, then the frog will be comfortably cooked to death. Dr. Blank equates our current EMF health dilemma to the second instance.  (View the lecture here: RESEARCH.)

The following is a copy/paste/edit of an article I wrote a few years ago on the issue of how WiFi radio frequencies effect melatonin production and hence: sleep patterns. The same issue applies to Smart Meters. As you may already know, melatonin is integral for proper sleep function. It is also essential for our auto-immune response.

Earth's magnetic fields shift each day from short daytime waves to long night-time waves. Our brains instinctively sense this magnetic shift signaling our pineal glands to produce melatonin. In 2016, Dr. Joseph Kirschvink proved that our brains contain biogenic magnetite within the cerebral cortex and cerebellum fostering our brains' ability to sense the changes in polarity from shifts in Earth's magnetic fields.

The Smart Meter is the big and nasty cousin of the WiFi router. It typically sends a signal in the 902 MHz (Megahertz) to 2.4GHz (Gigahertz) range. This is a more penetrating frequency than just your average 2.4 GHz signal that can already penetrate through brick. 

The WiFi routers (you have two: one is typically oscillating 20 bands between 2.4 GHZ- 2.4835 GHz and the other is 5 GHz) inside your modem. 2.4 GHz means that the emitted signal has 2.4 billion short daytime-like EMF pulses per second (approximately 5 inches long) penetrating your body, 24/7. These are both particles and waves traveling at the speed of light, that are unevenly pulsed and electrically charged. They often have an upsetting effect on our sleep patterns by effecting Theta and Delta brainwaves. With their daytime-like short and rapid waves, WiFi and Smart Meter radiation can confound our pineal glands into perceiving that it is daytime thus stopping production of melatonin. This will eventually cause us to wake. Hence, we will not get the necessary sleep to grow and repair our cells. 

In NYC, if you add up the hundreds of WiFi's, thousands of cell phones and other wireless devices, residential cell towers within every quarter of a mile, and now Smart Meters to your proximity; it is a wonder that any one of us gets any sleep.

WiFi and Smart meters adversely effect your sleep function and your health. The big difference between a WiFi router and a Smart Meter is that you can power-off your WiFi at night, but you can't power-off the Smart Meter.

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Despite All of Your Troubles and Woes, Get Happy!

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Hey, if we have the time to consider our happiness, then things can't be all that bad, right? We're not running for our lives; chased by a wooly mammoth or saber-toothed cat. Isn't it all relative? For the 11% of Americans, 12 years of age and older who are depressed (National Center for Heath Statistics), this comment doesn't help. Possibly, we're running from other monsters and demons?

One would think that because life has become more convenient - with the inventing of household appliances, the internet, air travel, and technology that our sense of well-being and happiness would have increased proportionally. Isn't that what advertising has told us would happen?

Then why are 23% of American women between the ages of 40 and 59 taking antidepressants? Women are 2.5 times more likely to take antidepressants than men, but 75% of all suicides are committed by men! (NCHS) These statistics imply that perhaps women are more apt to do something about their grief before it's too late.

What is the primary environmental condition for depression? There are undoubtedly causal effects from chemical toxicity via pollutants in the air, food, and drinking water. Or, it's from the bombardment of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) waves from cell phones, electricity, and harmful ultraviolet radiation caused by a depleting ozone layer? Perhaps, the increase in depression and resignation is due to world politics, terrorism, injustice, and poverty? Or, changing societal values and pressures and the multi-generational erosion of the nuclear family? Yikes!

Obviously, there are too many variables to pinpoint one particular environmental cause for unhappiness. For most of us, a dip into the jar of malaise is usually not the result of any one situation, but a domino cascade of adverse personal and career related events. These, coupled with additional external factors challenge even the strongest to maintain their rudder in such a maelstrom.

Aristotle said: "Happiness depends on ourselves."

If this is true, then what can we do about it? For a start, like the A.A. credo suggests: We can only look at changing what we have the power to change and hopefully have the wisdom to know what we can't.

Even though most of us are more or less happy, isn't it impossible to be happy all of the time? Maybe. Perhaps, those who claim perpetual happiness are just a few sandwiches short of a picnic?

It's feasible that having the strength and ability to bounce back are essential ingredients to happiness? Optimism brings with it a certain resiliency. Aren't we supposed to toughen up, pick ourselves up by the bootstraps and march on. But, how?

Socrates said: "Happiness is living well."

For most mortals, this means getting wellness back on track. To accomplish this, most of us initiate little routines. It starts with some stretching, light exercise and improving our diet. That doesn't mean just eliminating toxins from our food consumption, but also noxious television news, too.

Yes, the TV, A.K.A. "idiot box," goes off, except, in our home, sporting events. We can always check the headlines at Reuters.com. Spend the remaining time reading positive material; such as this website. 😉Then, begin a new project that's fruitful and enjoyable or help someone out. After a short time, the wind is back, the sails refilled, and it's full speed ahead.

Once our feeling of happiness returns, we see in retrospect that it can be fleeting. It needs to be nurtured and cared for; as a gardener maintains his garden - with disciplined and regular maintenance.

If we understand what makes us happy, then we can try to preserve it in our lives and leave out what doesn't. Of course, this isn't always possible. We all can't be skipping around in white silk pants and flowers in our hair. Life Happens. It has a way of presenting the next thing to push our buttons, just when we least expect.

Who has time for happiness? For many, it seems like a luxury. Survival is enough of a concern. Being miserable is a state of mind many know best. My friend John X says: "I know this, and can function with this. There's a comfort level to being in a place that I know well. I don't have time for thinking about being happy. Anyone who tells you that they have the answer probably also has a bottle of snake oil for sale, too." 

When you get the Blues, where do you go for help, for answers? There are a lot of self-proclaimed experts out there with letters after their names preaching happiness with the conviction of a used car salesmen. Doesn't every pop psychologist have a book on the subject? Hey, happiness sells! This whole happiness thing is a big business.

Here's something they don't want you to know:

Happiness is something that you discover for yourself.

No one can give you a recipe to bake it or a map to find it. No one can draw plans to build it, no one can tell you what it is. You can't find it in a book, a poem, at the bottom of a bottle, or in a pill. It has no description. It is without words. It's something that you know you have it when you do and often don't know that you don't have it when you don't. It's a feeling or attitude with which you live your life.

It is something that comes when you realize that it's yours if you want it; when you choose it. It's not a person or a thing. It's not a sound or a smell. It's not something money can buy because that thrill eventually wears off.

Many say that you make your own happiness. How does one make it? For some, it's doing what they love to do. For others, it's having someone gratefully receive their gifts, recognize their hard work and efforts. For others, it's helping to lessen the suffering of others. For others, it's giving; to make a contribution or a difference. Some say; "Happy Wife, Happy Life." For some, it's the feeling of freedom. Many artists feel it's from the satisfaction of bringing beauty to the world or expressing their shared humanity through their works. Maybe, it's finding God.  For some, it's having one more day.

Some say happiness is an ability. It's the grace to enjoy the small things, or, to appreciate their life and the people in it. Some say it's from being able to love fully. Like the Wilson Pickett song says;" Ninety-nine-and-a-half won't do."

Some don't believe that they deserve happiness. They would rather punish themselves for their sins and misdeeds. Some suggest that it's yours if you have the strength to forgive. If you can see that you made your mistakes with the knowledge, limits, inexperience, strength, and fears you had at the time, then maybe you can let it go.

Yes, you are sorry. You regret your choice. You would make amends if you could. You made a mistake. We've all made mistakes. Now, you can choose once again.

You don't have to be alone anymore. Happiness comes when you decide that you no longer have a choice for anything else. You choose happiness when you decide that you don't have the time for anything but love.

Happiness is not something you can pursue, or find. Happiness will find you.

 

Electromagnetism Casts a Large Net

Most of us would not associate the cause for an electrical fire, the heat and radiation from a thermal nuclear explosion, the pulsing energy generated from your cell phone, or the warmth created from a home appliance, with electromagnetism.

Electromagnetism has been with us since the Big Bang. It is considered one of the four natural forces of the universe, along with gravitational force, strong nuclear force (which holds atoms together), and weak nuclear force (radioactive decay).

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Do Humans Emit Radiation?

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The short answer is: YES.

Humans emit Thermal Radiation. We glow in the infrared portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. It is completely harmless.

What about humans ongoing radiation therapy? This radiation is contained within the body and does not pose a radiation threat for anyone other than the recipient. In fact, the best thing you can do for your loved one who must undergo chemo or radiation treatments is to hug them often. 

When you hug someone, you can share with them your love and also your electrons to facilitate the healing process. Love is a more powerful force than most people realize...and, it's something that never runs out. It only builds up the more often this force is tapped.

Loving others is a great way to help heal yourself, too!

Granite Countertop Radiation Explained

Ah, granite countertops, You've finally arrived. They're beautiful, durable, easy to clean, and provide a hard-supportive surface. But, everyone says that they're a little radioactive. What does that mean, "...a little radioactive?" Is that like, "...a little pregnant?"

What kind of radiation does granite emit? Within the veins of the stone radioactive uranium, thorium, and radium naturally occur. True, these levels are usually in such small amounts that they pose little risk, especially if you get some distance from the countertop. However, occasionally, I will bump into a countertop that emits higher than 100 CPMs (counts per minute.) This is too high for my comfort level and should be too high for yours, also.

Why? Let's put this into context. An average person living at sea level (NYC) acquires about 300 millirems of naturally occurring ionic radiation per year.  EPA.gov article on radiation exposure.  

100 CPMs translates to 10 millisieverts per hour or 333 millirems. Therefore, for this example, the average yearly exposure is doubled. If you are in your kitchen several hours each day preparing meals, a 100 CPM level could present an unsafe issue. If you are not in the kitchen very much, then this is not very significant.

Granite countertops can measure as high as 300 CPM. This is over 1,000 millirems, which is too high.

Another stat to add context: the Federal Government places a restriction of 500 millirems maximum exposure for anyone under 18 years old who works with or near radiation. 5,000 for an adult. The EPA recommends that our exposure to background radiation should not exceed 100 millirems a year.

 

There's more to granite than what the salesperson tells you.

The real problem with owning a granite countertop that no one ever talks about is that radon gas is a natural residue of the radioactive decay of radium. Radon gas is the second leading cause for lung cancer (second to smoking.) The levels of radon gas emitted vary from stone to stone. In some homes, the radon gas emitted from the ground into the basement is much more of an issue. (BTW, we provide state-of-the-art digital radon testing.)

Fortunately, radon gas in the kitchen can be diluted by increasing air flow, as with other toxic volatile organic compounds, by introducing proper ventilation to the area. The problem often occurs in colder climates during winter-time when no one wants to leave a window cracked open or have their loud exhaust fan running continuously.

So, if you do have granite countertops and you want to be confident that they are safe, we can test them with our pancake style Geiger counters which are sensitive enough to detect the smallest amount of radiation. Don't guess. Be sure. 

Here's the link to our testing: Radiological Testing

 

 

This Film Could Save the World - click this title and share

Why is the bee population being decimated? Why are so many species of birds becoming extinct? Why are neurological diseases and cancer rates blowing up? 

This wonderfully produced documentary, RESONANCE - BEINGS OF FREQUENCY, could literally save the world. If only more people become aware of it and its message. 

There are clear reasons why so many people are oblivious of the harmful effects that man-made electromagnetic fields are causing us and the entire planet. Find out why.

Please, click on the title of this article, scroll to the bottom, then share it with your friends and family.

This information needs to spread.

Thanks, to Joy H., South Carolina

Formaldehyde May Be More Ubiquitous and Harmful Than You Thought...What should you do?

Prologue

We at Elexana are now testing the air quality in clients' homes for various chemical toxins that may be causing biological stress. Air Quality testing is currently an add-on to our home EMF Testing. We recommend it be considered when you schedule your home visit.

Formaldehyde is an HVOC: Highly Volatile Organic Compound. It is a part of our Air Quality Testing. This informative article is from this url:  http://enhs.umn.edu/current/5103/air/formaldehyde.html

Here are some things you can do to reduce your exposure to formaldehyde

  • Using alternate products such as lumber, metal, or solid wood furniture.
  • Avoiding the use of foamed-in-place insulation containing formaldehyde, especially UF foam insulation.
  • Enclosing unfinished pressed-wood surfaces of furniture, cabinets, or shelving with laminate or water based sealant
  • Washing durable-press fabrics before use
  • Ensuring combustion sources are properly adjusted.
  • Avoiding smoking indoors.
  • Using organic dry-cleaners

Climate control:

  • A good approach to controlling levels of formaldehyde is to control environmental factors such as temperature and relative humidity (RH)
  • Maintaining moderate temperatures and low relative humidity levels (30~50%) 

Reducing temperature from 30 to 20 ‘C alone resulted in a reduction of the levels of 70%: a 40% reduction was observed when reducing RH from 70% to 40% (5).

Increase ventilation: open windows, use fans, etc.

Formaldehyde

Characteristics
Formaldehyde is an organic chemical that is very prevalent in our environment. It has colorless gas with a pungent odor from a family of gases called aldehydes. Commonly known as a preservative in medical laboratories and mortuaries, formaldehyde is also found in other products such as chemicals, particle board, household products, glues, permanent press fabrics, paper product coatings, fiberboard and plywood. It is also widely used as an industrial fungicide, germicide, and disinfectant (1). 

It is a sensitizing agent that can cause an immune system response upon initial exposure. It is also a suspected human carcinogen that is linked to nasal cancer and lung cancer. Formaldehyde exposure is most common through gas-phase inhalation. Airborne concentrations of formaldehyde above 0.1ppm can cause irritation of the respiratory tract (2). 

Sources
Sources of formaldehyde in the home include building and insulating materials, smoking, household products, and the use of un-vented, fuel-burning appliances, like gas stoves or kerosene space heaters. 

Table1 Formaldehyde Uses and Potential Indoor Sources (3)

ProductsExamples

Paper ProductsGrocery bags, sax paper, facial tissues, paper towels, disposable sanitary products

Stiffeners, wrinkle resisters and water repellentsFloor covering(rugs linoleum, varnishes, plastics), carpet adhesive binder, fire retardants, permanent press clothes

InsulationUrea formaldehyde foam insulation (UFFI)

Combustion DevicesNatural gas, kerosene, tobacco smoke

Pressed-wood productsPressed-wood products Plywood, particle board, decorative paneling

OtherCosmetics, deodorants, shampoos, fabric dyes, disinfectants,

Even though many products have the potential for releasing formaldehyde into indoor air, relatively few are responsible for causing significant levels of contamination. Pressed wood products and UFFI (Urea Formaldehyde Foam Insulation) can release formaldehyde at greater rates than other products. 

In homes, the most significant sources of formaldehyde are likely to be pressed wood products made using adhesives that contain urea-formaldehyde (UF) resins. Pressed wood products made for indoor use include: particleboard (used as sub flooring and shelving and in cabinetry and furniture); hardwood plywood paneling (used for decorative wall covering and used in cabinets and furniture); and medium density fiberboard (used for drawer fronts, cabinets, and furniture tops). Medium density fiberboard contains a higher resin-to-wood ratio than any other UF pressed wood product and is generally recognized as being the highest formaldehyde-emitting pressed wood product (4).

a. Particleboard

 

b. Medium-Density fiberboard (MDF)

 

c. Hardwood plywood paneling

 

Figure1. Several types of wood composite materials
Other pressed wood products, such as softwood plywood and flake or oriented strand board, are produced for exterior construction use and contain the dark or red/black-colored phenol-formaldehyde (PF) resin. Although formaldehyde is present in both types of resins, pressed woods that contain PF resin generally emit formaldehyde at considerably lower rates than those containing UF resin. Emission potential for various construction materials, furnishing etc are summarized in table 2.

Table 2 Formaldehyde Emissions from a Variety of Construction Materials, Furnishings, and Consumer Products (5)

 

The rate at which products like pressed wood or textiles release formaldehyde can change. Formaldehyde emissions will generally decrease as products age (Figure 2). 

Figure 2 Time-dependent changes in formaldehyde levels associated with 6 grades of particleboards (5).

During the 1970s, many homeowners had urea-formaldehyde foam insulation (UFFI) installed in the wall cavities of their homes as an energy conservation measure. However, many of these homes were found to have relatively high indoor concentrations of formaldehyde soon after the UFFI installation. Few homes are now being insulated with this product. Studies show that formaldehyde emissions from UFFI decline with time; therefore, homes in which UFFI was installed many years ago are unlikely to have high levels of formaldehyde now (4).

When other materials in indoor such as carpets, gypsum boards etc, have adsorbed formaldehyde, these products may also start releasing it into the air and be secondary sources (2).

References
(2) An Update on Formaldehyde. U.S. EPA (1997 - Revised)
http://www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/formald2.html
(3) Hines A. L. etc, Indoor Air Quality (1993)
(4) EPA, “Indoor Air Pollution: An Introduction for Health Professional”
http://www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/hpguide.html
(5) Godish T, “Indoor air Pollution Control” (1989)

Exposure Level in Indoor Air
The World Health Organization guideline for indoor air formaldehyde concentration is 0.08 ppm (0.1mg/m3). The California Air Resources Board recommends an “action level” of 0.1 ppm and a “target level” of 0.05 ppm or lower for homes.

Formaldehyde is normally present at low levels, usually less than 0.03 ppm in both outdoor and indoor air. The out door air in rural area ha lower concentrations while urban areas have higher concentrations. Residences or offices that contain products that release formaldehyde to the air can have formaldehyde levels of greater than 0.03 ppm (2).

Average concentrations in older houses with UFFI are generally well below 0.1 ppm. In homes with significant amounts of new pleased wood products, levels can be greater than 0.3 ppm (6). Table 3 is the summary of the formaldehyde levels in residential environments.

Table 3 Formaldehyde Levels in Residential Environments (5)
 

Highest average concentrations are reported for mobile homes. The high concentrations of formaldehyde in mobile homes are primarily caused by the large quantity of the decking, decorative hardwood plywood wall covering, particleboard shelving, and cabinetry made form a variety of pressed wood products. With few exceptions, average formaldehyde levels in UFFI houses are typically in the range of 0.5-0.06 ppm.

References
(2) An Update on Formaldehyde. U.S. EPA (1997 - Revised) 
http://www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/formald2.html
(5) Godish T, “Indoor air Pollution Control” (1989)
(6) EPA, Reference guide to major indoor air pollutants in the home
http://www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/insidest.html#ref8

Measurement Methods
There are numerous methods for determining the concentration of formaldehyde in indoor air. Air testing for formaldehyde can be conducted using either passive or active sampling techniques. The former are relatively inexpensive and are useful when the homeowner wants, in the interests of saving money, to do air beyond a screening function, interpretation of results is often difficult for experts and almost impossible for lay individuals. It is most desirable to conduct air testing by using an active sampling method, such as the NIOSH chromotropic acid method. 

In cases where accuracy of results is important, only trained professionals should measure formaldehyde because of the difficulty of obtaining good data and interpreting the results. Do-it-yourself formaldehyde measuring devices are available. The results should be interpreted with caution, however, because weather conditions, ventilation rates, and other factors can affect the results. Such devices should be used according to the instructions (2).
The following is a brief summary of some of the methods.

Table 4 Formaldehyde Analytical Methods

Method IDSampling MethodPurpose of Sample

OSHA 52
OSHA ID-205
IP-6A
IP-6C
Detector Tubes
Miran 1A
NIOSH 3500
Coated XAD-2 tube
Passive dosimeter
DNPH-treated silica gel sorbent
DNPH treated passive monitor
Colorimetric (length-of-stain)
Non-dispersive infra-red
Chromoprotic method (Filter + impingers with 1%sodium bisulfide solution)TWA or STEL
TWA
TWA
TWA
Grab
STEL
TWA

* TWA = time-weighted average (usually 8 hours) 
STEL = Short Term Exposure Limit (15 minutes), Grab = short or instantaneous sample. 

References
(2) An Update on Formaldehyde. U.S. EPA (1997 - Revised) 
http://www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/formald2.html
(7) K. Hess-Kosa, “Indoor air quality – sampling methodologies”, (2002)
(8) NIOSH Manual of Analytical Methods http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/nmam/pdfs/3500.pdf

Control and Steps to Reduce Exposure
A. Source control
l Purchasing pressed wood products labeled as low-emitting or products made from PF such as oriented strand board or soft wood plywood (figure 3).

a. Strand board http://www.homehardware.com/html/forest1.htm
b. Softwood plywood, http://www.tables4sale.com/ Tables_008a.jpg
 



References
(2) An Update on Formaldehyde. U.S. EPA (1997 - Revised)
http://www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/formald2.html
(9) IFAS, Indoor air quality in Florida: Formaldehyde http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/HE/HE35300.pdf
(10) EPA, Source of Indoor Air Pollution-Formaldehyde, http://www.epa.gov/iaq/formalde.html
 

Cellular and Molecular Effects of Electromagnetic Fields

In this video, Dr. Martin Blank, Columbia University, presents that there are many plausible biological mechanisms triggered by the effects of radio frequency radiation and the ELF, extremely low frequency radiation, from electrical power generation.

Dr. Blank sites many studies made over the course of decades and gives us his scientific insights into these studies. In one section of the talk, he elucidates on studies linking ELF radiation with not only the often mentioned Leukemia, but also Alzheimer's Disease and Breast Cancer.

I found his metaphor of the "Frog and the Kettle" to be poignant. He relates that if you put a frog in boiling water, he immediately jumps out...but, if you put him in comfortably warm water and you leave the flame on low under the kettle, he will eventually boil to death.

Dr. Blank then exclaims, "This is what is happening to us!"

Visionary Claims: "The Future Is the Past."

Here's a note I wrote back on April 23, 2017...today's first thought.

If we are fortunate, in our lifetime we may get to meet someone who is a great thinker and visionary. These people have a creative gift for viewing things with a clarity that most of us would never see.

Through my wife's charity, Concerts In Motion, I had the distinct pleasure to meet such a man. I performed a classical flute concert in the home of Mr. Eugene Lang, the billionaire philanthropist and visionary who invented barcode technology and the credit card scanning tape.

Unfortunately, I had met Mr. Lang (He said, "Call me Eugene.") in his declining years while he struggled with Alzheimer's disease. Fortunately, due to the power of music and the positive effects that music can have on listeners' cognition, we very often witness those with serious neurological illnesses suddenly becoming completely lucid, briefly returning to their former selves.

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My wife, Jennifer, who also sang for Eugene, shared that in the few weeks before he passed, he would have quite a few of these moments of communicative lucidity. She related that a couple of times he had said,

"The future is the past."

Of course, knowing what I do about electromagnetic and chemical toxins, I could immediately relate to the apparent truth of this statement. It was humbling. Even in the depths of Alzheimer's, this brilliant man had the strength of spirit to continue being a deep thinker, as best he could.

As a society, we have been moving into the "past" direction for quite some time, now. As more and more people become informed, I see us moving towards a world with sustainable organic farming; foods rich in phytonutrients - absent of synthetic GMO's and toxic pesticides. I see tap water that will eventually be free of fluoride, chlorine, trace metals, arsenic, and medical waste. I see clean air and ocean waters that are free of fossil fuel additives and industrial pollutants.

And, what about electromagnetic fields? Despite those who are using the time-proven techniques of disinformation and "creating public doubt," conscientious scientists are all warning that we are all over-exposed and living in a time-sensitive situation. It has become obvious that in our haste for technological advancement, since World War II, that we have launched an incredibly titanic electromagnetic force onto our world, without sound and proper scientific vetting. 

Being solution driven, I've wracked my brain to invent a technological resolve to our dilemma. With dissappointmet, I could only come up with one half-cocked idea that would need piles of money and intellectual resources. If only we could find a way to veil our communication frequencies as a substratum of Schumann's Resonance (7.83 hertz), then our cell phone technology could shift from being harmful to all life forms to augmenting the Earth's natural healing frequencies. 

Of course, the physics of electromagnetism doesn't currently support the possibility for this idea.  Regardless, our most gifted scientists need to begin thinking of alternatives to our current use of harmful electromagnetic fields for wireless communication, specifically in the microwave frequencies.

 

 

 

NYC Cell Tower Maps

In Europe, cell towers are required to be placed no closer than one kilometer from each other. A kilometer equals .62 miles.

Manhattan is 22.82 square miles or 36.75 square kilometers. In 2013, there were 14,000 mobile phone base stations.

Below is the 2007 map of approved antenna permits. Today, knowing what is in my neighborhood, I think that it's safe to say that this number has been actualized.

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If this was a European city, we'd have about 37 cell towers. On the map above, there's too many to count. 

To add, we now have cell phone kiosks on every corner, up and down Broadway and cell transmitters in the subways.

Here's another Manhattan cell tower map.

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Most of us have a cell phone, wifi in the home, cordless phones, bluetooth appliances, Alexa, baby monitors, wireless keyboards and mice, smart meters, and more. Add to this, a power company that doesn't know what a gauss meter is and wiring errors causing high EMF in nearly half of all homes.

 Brooklyn and Downtown Manhattan Cell Transmitters

Brooklyn and Downtown Manhattan Cell Transmitters

 This is a typical occurrence in Manhattan.

This is a typical occurrence in Manhattan.

Why Non-Ionic Pulse Radiation Could Be More Dangerous Than Ionic Radiation

Prologue

In the ensuing video Dr. Martin L. Pall, Biochemistry and Basic Medical Sciences, lectures on the health effects incurred from non-ionic pulse radiation. This radiation is the kind given off by smart meters, cell phones, wifi, and cell transmitter towers. 

According to Dr. Pall, the one aspect of this type of radiation which makes it so harmful is that it interferes with calcium ion (Ca2+) signaling. He shows how this interference can be linked to a host of diseases that have been confounding our medical profession for many years. 

Towards the end of the video, he makes an urgent appeal to repeal the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and for us as a society to begin to reduce our exposure to electromagnetic fields.

Here is the video which can also be found on our research page: