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Heavy Metal Music for EMF Sensitivity(Calcium) induced Allergies

cover_live_at_oakland_coliseum“You’re always wrong, Frank.  That’s what’s so right about you.”      –  Henry Blake to Frank Burns MASH – Mad Dogs & Servicemen, 1974

In 1985, rock musician Dee Snider was invited to testify before Congress regarding “offensive (i.e., profanity, obscene images, lyrics describing sexual and/or violent matters) material in regards to music albums.”

Various authorities have been claiming rock and roll music would destroy this country since Elvis gyrated on stage in the 50s.

The whole thing was ridiculous and hypocritical.

How many members of the PMRC and/or their supporters listened to Elvis, The Beatles, Led Zepplin, the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, or other supposedly counterculture musicians in their youth?

What’s interesting is that with all the focus on the supposedly offensive lyrics and/or imagery, no one ever discussed the music itself or its effects on people.

In 2008, while searching for remedies, if not a cure, for mysterious symptoms caused by sensitivity to ultra-low and very low electromagnetic frequencies, I discovered that certain heavy metal tunes relieved and eliminated the symptoms.

I created a play list that enabled me to be around these frequencies without suffering – enabled me to live a more normal life.

But why?   I spent a great deal of time trying to understand what it was about the specific heavy metal tunes that facilitated the relief.  To this end, I spoke to several professionals.  They listened politely and pretty much to a one, suggested that heavy metal music was not really music.

Tell that to AC/DC, Motley Crue, Ozzy Osbourne, Dio, Godsmack, etc.

 One percussionist did suggest binaural beats and entrainment which was interesting but didn’t apply.  A classical guitarist turned up his nose and refused to speculate.

I shrugged and went on my way, compiling a comprehensive list of heavy metal songs that provided intense relief to debilitating symptoms.  A copy of this list is in the Fix EMF iPhone app.

Although I didn’t observe a specific health benefit from heavy metal musisc until my EMF Sensitivity research, I had noticed that, beginning shortly after my brain surgery, listening to heavy metal music – and AC/DC in particular – was very soothing for me.  So, it was no surprise when I read in 2015, researchers observed significant mental health benefits from listening to heavy metal music.  Specifically, it is good for treating anger and depression.  Both are symptoms of EMF Sensitivity and – ironically – heavy metal toxicity.

I recently released Calcium:  The Old Man Mineral and Its Role in EMF Sensitivity.  In the book I discuss depression and anger as symptoms of excess calcium.

These are also symptoms of EMF Sensitivity.

While only eliminating the excess calcium will cure the situation, using a variety of remedies can relieve the symptoms.

These remedies are discussed in Riding the Waves: Diagnosing, Treating, and Living with EMF Sensitivity.

I find it fascinating that the study came to the same conclusion I did – that listening to heavy metal music has positive health benefits.

Not all heavy metal songs do the trick.

Today, I was experiencing itching due to calcium in something I ate.

As I explain in my Old Man Mineral book, I have all but eliminated the itching.  However, as I  test reintroducing foods, I am sometimes caught up.

It was calcium rich green leafy lettuce.

Iceberg lettuce does not cause an issue.

I was working on Dark Bishop: Metatron’s Army Book 7 (and itching away) when I had the thought to listen to heavy metal music.  My logic was that if the calcium is responsible for the itching – and it is happening because of EMFs – then using an EMF remedy should stop the itching.  By the beginning of the second song the itching had ceased. 

 I played two full songs and part of a third from my EMF list before declaring the initial test a success and turning off the music so I could return to the manuscript. 

I recognize that this is preliminary, but it is definitely consistent with my observation that heavy metal music eliminates certain symptoms of EMF Sensitivity and since excess calcium contributes to, if not directly causes, EMF Sensitivity, I am satisfied that the test proved my point.

 I think it the highest of irony that heavy metal music helps with heavy metal toxicity symptoms.

Here’s Why!  The reason heavy metal music works for EMF Sensitivity symptoms is pretty straight forward.  Ultra-low and very low electromagnetic frequencies are sound waves.  They were “hijacking” my brain.  My solution?  Introduce a different sound wave to cancel them out.

Simple physics.

The music is a remedy.  The cure comes from detoxifying the heavy metals, including excess calcium, and replacing depleted nutrients.

For more information:


The Catch-22 of Electrolyte Balance

4seat-see-sawA reader contacted me with a very astute observation.  Since I believe the information is of value to a wider audience, I will respond in a post.  I will begin, however, by pointing out that this is a very complex situation as it involves the interrelationship between several nutrients that are electrolytes.  I will do my best to explain it in a simplified manner, but the truth is, it’s a complex aspect of nutritional balancing.

From the email:

Just a thought/brainstorm on your bakingsode/calcium and potassium/EMF’s posts:

Increased potassium intake is associated with calcium urinary retention:

Therefore it seems that sodium bicarbonate is the preferred method and not potassium bicarbonate (it could have been that the bicarbonate was the main item that worked but due to this research it does not seem that way).

However, higher sodium intake lowers potassium levels as it directly affects the sodium/potassium equilibrium.

Therefore higher sodium intake most likely leads to higher EMF susceptibility.

Therefore attacking hard water with high calcium with sodium may lead to higher EMF susceptibility.

And attacking EMF susceptibility with potassium leads to higher calcium retention and all of its negative effects.

This seems like a catch22 (unless for moving to a soft water location).

He brings up excellent points.

Up and Down on the Playground.  This goes to that teeter totter relationship that I’ve written about.  Imagine a nutrient (say, sodium) on one side and it’s on the ground while the other side (potassium) is up – because there isn’t enough of it.  If you want to bring balance you can attack it in multiple ways.  You could remove some of the sodium until there is balance or you could add potassium until there is balance.

I’m sure others could come up with other methods as well.

When it comes to the minerals involved in EMF Sensitivity, there is a catch-22 for the simple reason that there are more than two components needing balance.

Each side of that teeter totter is connected to other teeter totters.

As I write in Calcium: The Old Man Mineral and Its Role in EMF Sensitivity, excess calcium can wreak havoc with our health.  Therefore, in addressing the specific symptoms, it is necessary to reduce excess calcium.

Either by removing some or by adding its counter component.  Just one little detail… there’s more than one counter component!

Calcium is a mineral, a metal, an electrolyte.  Here are the other electrolytes:

  • Sodium
  • Potassium
  • Chloride
  • Phosphate

You cannot upset the balance of one without affecting the others.  This means that you have multiple connected teeter totters going up and down helter-skelter as you work to bring them into balance.

All Bets Are Off.  Interestingly, the problem I ran into after moving to a soft water location was that, in spite of continuing the baking soda to address the excess calcium, I ended up low in sodium.

Horribly low.

I believe it ironic because one of the nutritional myths is that people who are worried about sodium intake shouldn’t use baking soda.  However, as Dr. Sircus writes, that is not necessarily the case.

Rather than reinvent the wheel on this, I suggest reading his material.

I eat a very low sodium diet by nature.  I also eat potassium rich foods.  This led to a nasty situation wherein I had to increase my sodium intake.

NOT through ingesting sodium bicarbonate!

I made the mistake of drinking an electrolyte drink that was higher in potassium – worsening the symptoms associated with the low sodium, most notably dizziness and a nasty ringing in my ears.  Upon increasing my sodium intake, the ringing ceased and the dizziness went away.

So, yes, there is a catch-22 with balancing electrolytes because you can easily throw off other electrolytes.  It’s definitely a complex situation.

Location matters!  As I write in Calcium: The Old Man Mineral and Its Role in EMF Sensitivity, the therapy one uses while living in an area with hard water will yield different results than when living in an area without it.

For me, the therapies, including homeopathy and probiotics, were ineffective.  In my situation, the probiotics were a total disaster in such an environment and it took months to straighten that mess out.

Yes, low potassium increases EMF Sensitivity but I actually ended up with low sodium through the bicarbonate therapy.

My potassium was too high relative to sodium.  Go figure.

The interrelationship between the electrolytes is complex and needs to be managed carefully.  For me, the baking soda therapy was indeed the most effective at removing the excess calcium but yes, it brought with it some unfortunate side effects.  I addressed those as quickly as I became aware of them but it took awhile for me to figure out that my symptoms were due to low sodium and not low potassium.

About 36 hours.

Tricky business.  Detoxing and rebuilding nutritional balance is an incredibly complex venture and I adamantly encourage people who are not knowledgeable to consult with a health care professional when starting on the path.

Especially, if you take any medication or have specific health issues that need to be considered.

 It can be incredibly frustrating, and it is hard work.

You will find yourself saying “Now what?!” more often than you care for. 

However, when you restore nutritional balance, your symptoms resolve and the sensitivity to EMFs disappears.

At least, it did for me.

Return of the Suffering.  The symptoms and sensitivity will return if balance is knocked out again, so it is imperative that you determine how it got out of balance to begin with.

Many medications deplete valuable nutrients – and electrolytes in particular.

In my situation, the damage from excess calcium led me to take action.  Unfortunately, due to that catch-22, I did experience other [temporary] electrolyte imbalances.

For me, it was absolutely worth the temporary discomfort. 

I addressed these imbalances as soon as I became aware of them!

Detox is complex too!  The gentleman also asked me to comment on the rigorous detoxification I undertook.  I comment more on this in Wipeout EMF Sensitivity, the Challenge of Curing Autoimmune Disease.  In summary, you need to be very careful when doing a rigorous detox because you can really throw off your electrolyte balance if you aren’t careful.  The most effective way to approach, in my opinion, is as follows:

  • Stop ingesting the problem

This requires determining what is causing the problem and dealing with it.

  • Use nutritious food to replenish nutrients

Use supplements sparingly and get off of them as soon as possible.

  •  Take other steps as appropriate

Only you can determine if colonics or infrared or other therapies associated with detoxification are appropriate for you.  

I have found that inundating the body with good nutrition in the absence of the toxins is an effective way to get the toxic environment turned around, retoring health.

The minerals will displace the metals.

The key is to discontinue ingesting the toxin that caused the issue(s) in the first place.

You absolutely have to determine how you were exposed.  Find the source and either stop ingesting it or move the hell away from it.

Did You Say MOVE?  That might be what it takes.  Is it hard?  You bet!  Is it ideal?  No!  You may have to turn your life upside down in order to deal with the source of the toxins, but I do not know – in all honesty – any other way to ensure you can fully heal.

And stay healthy. 

Unique.  As a final comment, I wish to point out that my body chemistry is unique to me.  I customized everything to address my particular situation.  I gathered information, considered what I was dealing with, and mapped out a plan.  I adapted the plan as appropriate for each member of my family, taking into consideration their individual needs.

I also considered their age, weight, sex, and how much of various toxins they were exposed to.

There is no quick fix.

The remedies I discovered and share in Riding the Waves: Diagnosing, Treating, and Living with EMF Sensitivity can ease the symptoms so that you can address the underlying issue without the stress of suffering the symptoms as you do so.  Desperation can lead you to make poor choices so I encourage people to ease the symptoms when they can and address the underlying cause in order to restore health and end the sensitivity.

EMF Sensitivity in the Rear View Mirror

rear-view-mirrorOn Saturday, January 20, I was fortunate to be a guest on Dr. Susan Kolb’s Temple of Health Radio Show.  We discussed my book Riding the Waves: Diagnosing, Treating, and Living with EMF Sensitivity.  It was an honor to have the opportunity to educate people about the little understood and often disbelieved health condition of sensitivity to electromagnetic frequencies.

Yes, it’s real!

Dr. Kolb was intrigued by the idea of sensitivity to geomagnetic frequencies, and specifically, the ultra-low and very low frequencies (ULFs and VLFs) that come from the earth’s fault lines.

These frequencies increase in number and strength in the days and weeks prior to an earthquake.  Those who are sensitive to these frequencies may find themselves feeling dizzy, nauseated, and fatigued during this time period.

In preparation for the show, I reread the book.  I had mixed emotions as memories of how sick I was surfaced.  However, I couldn’t help but realize just how far I’ve come.  Not only am I no longer sickened by electromagnetic frequencies, I understand why I became EMF Sensitive to begin with.

I mentioned it on the show.

What stands out most after my discussion with Dr. Kolb is that many people could be suffering from EMF Sensitivity and not realize it.  This is because, as I write in Riding the Waves, the symptoms are generic and could be attributed to a variety of conditions, including MCS, SAD, and other autoimmune conditions.  This makes identifying EMF Sensitivity a challenge.

It occurred to me during the show that the real value of my book – aside from educating people on the subject of EMF Sensitivity and introducing them to remedies that bring relief from the associated life-altering and often debilitating symptoms – is the blueprint it provides for the investigative work that is required to determine whether or not you are suffering from EMF Sensitivity.

I believe this is particularly important because if you are misdiagnosed – or if your child is misdiagnosed – you (he/she) could be unnecessarily medicated which can bring a host of issues through side effects and potential nutrient deficiency impact.

And won’t address the problem.

Many of the symptoms associated with ADD and ADHD actually signal EMF Sensitivity which does not require medication to treat.

None of the remedies require a prescription.  They are inexpensive, easy to access, and do not require a physician’s “permission” to implement.

Those are the remedies.  The cure is a different story.

Sort of.

The root.  Exposure to heavy metal toxins led to my EMF Sensitivity.

Definitely environmental.

 The metals displaced critical nutrients such as magnesium, and potassium which affected my electrolyte balance as well as my immune system.  In order to cure the condition, I had to detoxify the heavy metals and restore nutritional balance. 

Not easy!

 During the discussion, Dr. Kolb provided important insight into the challenges of detoxification, and it is for this reason I have continued to urge people to work with a trained health professional when taking this step.  But first, you need to know what you’re dealing with.  This is why that detective work that I so painstakingly carried out is critical.

You do not want to be treating the wrong issue!

 As I write in Calcium: The Old Man Mineral and Its Role in EMF Sensitivity, I continue to live in EMF Land.  However, I am not suffering there.  Now, I’m an interested observer who continues to research in order to better understand the condition that turned my life inside out.

A Holistic Mess.  There is no aspect of life that isn’t impacted by EMF Sensitivity.

  • Body

 Aches, migraines, burning watery eyes, ungodly fatigue.

  •  Mind

 Depression, hopelessness, procrastination, racy mind, difficulty concentrating.

  •  Spirit

 Feeling spiritually disconnected, loss of sixth sense abilities – including intuition. **

 This is why it is so critical that the condition be identified and measures taken to resolve it.

The information in Riding the Waves: Diagnosing, Treating, and Living with EMF Sensitivity will definitely help you identify whether or not you are suffering from EMF Sensitivity.

 One size does not fit all.  Some people will not be able to take the steps necessary to cure the condition.  Perhaps they have damaged glands and/or organs and need to take medication.  That doesn’t mean that they cannot take steps toward improving the quality of their lives.

Most of the remedies can be used by anyone and have zero side effects as they are not ingested.

Educate yourself.  When I was growing up, my father taught me that when you are afraid of something, it is a good idea to learn as much as you can about the subject.

Knowledge is power.

My material is written to educate, not only those who may be suffering from EMF Sensitivity, but also their care providers.

Doctors are invaluable consultants though ultimately, individuals are responsible for their well-being.

Life can be good!

**  I write more about the impact of EMF Sensitivity on spirituality in Wipeout EMF Sensitivity:  The Challenge of Curing Autoimmune Disease.



Temple of Health Radio Talk Show

decoration-spa-bamboo-green-stonesIt is my pleasure to announce that I will be talking with Dr. Susan Kolb on her Temple of Health Radio Show this Saturday, January 20, beginning at noon EST.

We will be discussing EMF Sensitivity and my book Riding the Waves: Diagnosing, Treating, and Living with EMF Sensitivity.

 Dr. Kolb, MD, FACS has years of experience treating patients holistically.  Her show brings a perfect balance of viewpoints highlighting not only the role of body, mind, and spirit in health, but also the importance of each.

For people who are not familiar with Dr. Kolb’s show, I encourage you to visit her site and listen to earlier shows.  Dr. Kolb and her guests bring a wealth of information that is invaluable for those seeking good health.

I found myself nodding repeatedly when listening to many of her guests speak of the complex interrelated factors that are at the root of disease.

In addition to my book Riding the Waves, I recently released Calcium: The Old Man Mineral and its Role in EMF Sensitivity.


[Har] Bringers of Doom

Egg-Chicken-In-Egg-Chicken-Or-Egg.jpg.653x0_q80_crop-smartWhich comes first, ill health or the behaviors that result in and/or from it?

Classic chicken or egg proposition.

In seeking to answer this, I first considered the idea that when we aren’t feeling well and/or when we’re feeling stressed, we typically take action(s) to remedy the situation.

We seek to restore a state of well-being.

Next, I considered how this played out in my own life.

The answer is straight forward, yet complex.

To put the answer into context, I’ll start by inserting a definition.

Comfort.  1)  To soothe in times of affliction or distress.  2)  To ease physically, relieve.  3)  A condition or feeling of pleasurable ease; well-being and contentment.

We associate certain behaviors with bringing comfort

  • Comfort foods

Typically carbohydrates that are empty of nutrients

  • Comfort behaviors

Can include actions, often self-destructive, that we wouldn’t take under normal circumstances

  • Comfort locations

Where we go to feel better.

Though these steps may bring temporary relief, I’ve come to realize that they often lead to continued stress which drives more behavior to bring relief – which leads to more stress.

Where’s the exit?  Ending such a cycle can be difficult simply because you have to determine what brings the stress to begin with.

Hint:  It’s not the behavior(s)!

I finally determined that the stress comes first.  Unfortunately, simply knowing this isn’t going to stop the cycle.  You have to find the [Har] Bringers of Doom!


 Brooms:  The Bringers of Doom!


{Har] Bringers of Doom are events and circumstances (which can include people) that stress our systems.  The important consideration is that we typically don’t realize just how bad the stress is and what a negative impact it is having on our systems.

We don’t realize how badly the situation is draining our batteries.

 The Stars are Aligning.  Over the course of three years, I came to see that certain events happen at specific, yet seemingly random times.  When I superimposed this timeframe over the previous twenty years, I saw that there most definitely was a pattern.

Nothing random about it!

 Taken individually, each event and/or circumstance seemed harmless.  A step back to look at the bigger picture, however,, brought a different interpretation.


Aha!  I came to realize that these events stressed me more than I realized!

They often masqueraded as happy events and/or positive situations.

I’d like to clarify a point.  This is not the same as all stress is stress, even good stress.  That isn’t necessarily true.  How a situation affects any individual is very specific to that individual.

15770215-empty-gas-tank-Stock-VectorThe stress drained my adrenal fuel which had me seeking to replenish it.  As a result, I made poor nutritional choices.

I don’t like chocolate, I don’t eat desserts.

 Though I didn’t binge, the small amounts and short durations of the foods I did choose threw my still healing system badly out of balance.  Unfortunately, I didn’t recognize it until there were repercussions.

Whew!  It was the incredible relief I felt once balance was restored that alerted me to the problem.

It was like breathing clean air after living within a cloud of smog!

Able to make the causal association, I recognized the importance of avoiding The Brooms!

 The pain and suffering are totally not worth it!

Relationship Patterns.  Specific events happened in response to other events.

Ironically, the precipitating event was a very positive step in the right direction.

There was an action – reaction sort of thing going on.

Wherein the action was good for me.

Trojan-HorseThe Trojan Horse.  None of the secondary events were self-sabotaging in nature.  The secondary events appeared to be positive when in reality, they were far from it.

It took me until recently to understand these positive changes led to events that led to behaviors that increased nutritional deficiencies.

Which led to poor health, which led to seeking further relief.

1-2I finally emerged from the Broom induced hell I recently found myself in.  The duration was shorter and the recovery was faster – no doubt due to my overall health recovery – but one thing stood out.  I never wanted to go through that hell again!

Not if I could help it!

us_navy_031018-n-8295e-266_damage_controlmen_spray_fire_hose's_off_the_hanger_deck_during_a_damage_control_demonstration_held_for_embarked_guests_aboard_uss_ronald_reagan_(cvn_76)_crop-0I encourage people to take a closer look at what is going on in their lives.  They may be surprised by how much something or someone is yanking their chain and driving them to act in a way that is against their best interests.

Caution!  Be careful who you discuss this with.  That individual could be part of the problem.

 So, which came first, the  [stress] chicken or the [behavior] egg?




Good luck and good health!

For more about how consumer behavior is driven by chemicals, see Wipeout EMF Sensitivity:  The Challenge of Curing Autoimmune Disease and/or Calcium: The Old Man Mineral and Its Role in EMF Sensitivity.


Can Supplements Cause Food Intolerance?

This is a lengthier article.

I had a lot to say!

As I continue my journey of recovery, I continue to peel the onion, pulling back layers that are relevant to the cause-effect of symptoms and conditions.  Most recently, I stumbled on the realization that taking mineral supplements can lead to food intolerance.

At least, it did for me.

It also, as it turns out, caused a scary health symptom in a friend.

 To Supplement or Not?  Throughout the years, I have taken supplements on and off.

Maybe a multi-vitamin, or a specific supplement if I was trying to address something.

I prefer to take nothing unless necessary.

And then I take the minimum dose and quit as soon as the condition is resolved.

I do not take supplements as a preventative.

Too Much of a Good Thing?  One of the supplements I have had great success with is magnesium oxide.

I tried other forms of magnesium and had little to no success, and in some cases, a worsening of symptoms.

 Mineral Teeter-TotterA variety of minerals “cancel each other out” like two individuals on a teeter-totter.

Sodium and potassium act to control fluid balance in cells.  Too much sodium and/or not enough potassium, and you can experience symptoms associated with fluid imbalance, including water retention and high blood pressure.

Calcium and magnesium have a similar relationship.

Iodine and vitamin D (a hormone) play a critical role in regulating calcium in the body.  Interestingly, most Americans are deficient in all three nutrients.  Can we say excess calcium?  Hmm, could be…

Over the previous eight years, I took magnesium oxide more than any other supplement.  Weirdly enough, in the previous four, I’ve had mixed results with efficacy.

Turns out, if I lived in an area with hard [high calc] water, the results were different than if I didn’t.

The Teeter Totter At Work.  When I had hard water, the magnesium acted to balance the excess calcium.  When I didn’t – I was getting too much.  But I didn’t know it!

The Healing Begins.  In 2014, I began a serious detoxification regimen aimed at clearing heavy metals and reestablishing nutritional balance.  Unbknownst to me, during the process that took over two years, I moved to a place with hard water.

Unlike when we lived in Arizona, the dishes weren’t scored and our shower glass wasn’t almost beyond redemption from calcification, nor was the water cloudy.  

There were other signs.  Health symptom signs I didn’t catch until later.  Hindsight, as they say, is 20/20.

This significantly impacted the recovery process and my health.  I eventually moved away from the hard water but continued to take magnesium since I had come to realize just how many health problems were the result of excess calcium in the body.

Everything was going along swimmingly.  The longer I was away from the hard water, the better I felt.  All symptoms but one were clearing and I was confident that one would be a matter of time.

After about seven months, I started to experience symptoms of magnesium deficiency.

Weird given I was taking magnesium supplements.

I made changes in my diet and added an additional 400 mg capsule of magnesium oxide.  The symptoms of magnesium deficiency worsened.

Around this time, I found myself talking to several individuals about magnesium supplementation.  During one of the conversations, I noticed a friend had developed tremors.  As time went by, they seemed to worsen.

The head and hands were tremoring badly.

This person otherwise felt fine and seemed fine.

We had many discussions about what was going on, what changes in diet, stress, and lifestyle might be taking place.  Research showed that tremors could be a sign of magnesium deficiency.  The thing was, this friend was also supplementing with magnesium.

More is not better.  When I passed on that it could be low magnesium, and that perhaps their body wasn’t absorbing what they were taking, they decided to up the dose.

The tremors became much worse!  

I immediately suggested they stop all magnesium supplements to see what happened.  You guessed it, the tremors stopped – almost.

A slight bit remained.

I initially figured over time, as the body cleared the magnesium, the tremors would cease.  They didn’t, though they were barely noticeable.  Careful questioning revealed that they were taking a multi-mineral supplement that contained magnesium.  I suggested they stop and the tremors disappeared.

Sometimes it’s just more.  I wasn’t entirely surprised by this. The body is incredibly efficient.  If it gets too much of something, it works to jettison the excess as quickly and as efficiently as possible!

Hard to do if you keep bombarding it by taking more.

What’s more, I’d known – and written – that a symptom can be associated with too much or too little of a nutrient.

bailing-iinNow me.  My friend’s situation made me wonder if the same might be happening to me.  Was I suffering symptoms of magnesium deficiency because I’d been taking too much when I no longer needed it, causing my body to jettison it by the boatload?

I immediately ceased taking magnesium and the deficiency symptoms began to resolve.

It took three months for some of them to resolve.

Then a Strange Thing Happened.  Mysterious food intolerances began to disappear.

I had been totally baffled when foods and beverages I’d eaten for years began to cause problems.  The irritating part was that most of the foods are considered super foods and are purported to be very healthy.

 I was cautious.  By this time, my diet had been reduced to very few foods – irritating – and tiresome.

Hopeful, I continued to test problematic foods.

I was as puzzled by the ability to suddenly eat foods that had been problematic as I was that they’d become problematic in the first place.

A Break in the Case.  I was reading an article about foods and their effects on inflammation in the body.  At the bottom of the article was a note that in recent studies, magnesium had been shown to have an inverse relationship to inflammation – and caused it.

The article stated more studies needed to be done before drawing conclusions.  After all, magnesium is a miracle mineral – right?  Or is it?

While that little tidbit was interesting, what caught my eye was the list of foods included in that segment of the article.  They were all foods I had developed an intolerance to!

detectiveFollowing a hunch, I decided to look into what foods were high in magnesium.  I found a list of 21.  Eliminating two that I don’t eat, I saw that I had developed an intolerance to all but two of the foods on the list!

Light Bulb!  In light of the fact my body had been flushing magnesium because I’d taken too much in supplemental form, it made perfect sense that any foods high in magnesium would cause an immune response!

I had become “allergic” to magnesium!

Further research illustrated that the beverages I’d become intolerant to, including red wine, were also high in magnesium.

Time Heals.  Many autoimmune recovery programs start with elimination diets.  They include all sorts of speculation about why these foods are a problem.

Big on the list?  Genetically modified wheat.

What none of them suggested was that taking too many supplements of a nutrient can lead to the body flushing the excess – leading to a deficiency of that nutrient and a sensitivity to foods rich in that same nutrient.

But they do recommend a veritable pharmacy of supplements you should take.

There is plenty of excellent information is in these books, and the elimination of foods that cause an immune response is important to healing.  Andddd, taking supplements when appropriate can certainly accelerate healing.  However…

 When Can I Eat?  There are varying theories regarding how long someone should be on an elimination diet.  A good consensus is three months.  For myself, after three months of no magnesium supplementation, I was able to eat foods and drink beverages that have significant sources of magnesium.

Including as I verified last night – red wine!

These are foods I had mysteriously become intolerant to!


I am still “recovering” from the sensitivity, so I will limit foods high in magnesium – including red wine – for several more months.



The Bottom Line. 

  •  I have observed that the health protocol I followed while living in a place with hard water will not work in a location that does not have hard water.  
  • Taking too much of a nutritional supplement can cause the body to flush the excess, leading to deficiency symptoms.
  • Taking too much of a nutritional supplement when you do not need it can result in a sensitivity to foods high in this nutrient.
  • Taking supplements when you don’t need them can cause health problems.
  • Realizing you no longer need a supplement – and that you are actually getting too much – is tricky business. It isn’t always obvious.  It is imperative to pay attention to your body and adjust your health regimen as appropriate.

 A Word of Caution.  In the mid-20th century, it became fashionable for doctors to tell their patients to treat their high blood pressure by cutting back on sodium.

If high sodium is the problem, this is wise advice. 

However, as often as not – if not more so – it was low potassium that was the root cause.

Reducing sodium will allow potassium levels to come up but it doesn’t address the root cause of low potassium.

Treating health symptoms that are ultimately caused by excess calcium and not low magnesium by taking magnesium supplements  is not necessarily the right approach.  Doing so can cause a slew of health issues, including tremors, hormonal issues, and gum issues.

It can also lead to food intolerances.

 The appropriate solution?  Deal with the excess calcium!

 Harvard and other institutions have released information suggesting calcium supplementation is excessive and should be considered with caution.

Between fortified foods, hard water, and other environmental factors, it’s probably more common than people realize to get too much calcium.  Simply increasing magnesium does not solve the problem!

A Final Note.  For those who associate low vitamin D as the reason for autoimmune problems, note that The Vitamin D council cautions against taking vitamin D if calcium serum levels are high.

Many foods, including orange juice, are enriched with calcium and vitamin D.

Given how many people pop calcium supplements like they were M & Ms and take vitamin D drops – you have to wonder – what’s really making people sick?

Even more interesting when you considered the longest lived peoples in the world do not include supplements as part of their health regimen.


GMFs and the Living Noise

20141019_045622_4096_0131I woke around 4:15 am Pacific Coast Time with a very loud, incredibly high-pitched ringing in my ears.  At first, I thought we were about to have an earthquake, and judging by the pitch and volume, it was going to be a big one.

I’ve been able to predict earthquakes from symptoms, including audio tones, for years.

The sound made me nauseous.

Another potential earthquake symptom.

It was dominant in my right ear and very uncomfortable.  I rolled from side to side, then went on my back and blocked my ears hoping to determine if the sound was coming from inside or out.


Given my recent efforts to address a potassium deficiency, I wondered if I’d screwed something up.

Sometimes taking a large dose of magnesium can cause ringing until the body is able to metabolize it.  Thing was, I hadn’t taken any magnesium.

Trying not to panic at the thought of permanent nerve damage – from what I didn’t know – I meditated.

I was hoping to get to the point I could just fall back to sleep, very difficult when contemplating the possibility of that awful noise in my ear for the rest of my life.  Such are the thoughts that go through your head at 4:30 am.

After twenty minutes the sound reduced in volume, but not pitch.

What a relief!  No more nausea.

After twenty minutes more, it was gone.


Something Familiar.  There is one other time I heard something similar.  Years back, while living in San Diego, I woke in the middle of the night to a similar sound, though the volume wasn’t as loud.  At the time, I thought I was hearing something from the nearby Coronado Naval Base.

As I was about to publish Riding the Waves: Diagnosing, Treating, and Living with EMF Sensitivity, I determined I’m able to hear electromagnetic frequencies.  Apparently, I can hear geomagnetic ones as well.

I didn’t think about it again until I noticed something very strange in my neck of the woods.

Is that a bat?  I heard the little guy before I saw him.  At first I thought I was seeing things but no – that was definitely a bat flying back and forth between two large trees – in the daytime no less – squeaking the entire time.

I did a bit of research, found a site with Q & A, saw that not all bats that come out in the day are rabid or sick.

The bat continued flying at rapid speed in a direct line back and forth between the two trees, squeaking the entire time.  After about 20 – 30 minutes, he began flying in a circular pattern between the trees, being sure to keep beneath their canopy, always squeaking.  Then he landed and began walking up the tree bark.


Is it a bird?  Out of nowhere, several very large birds began dive bombing and flying in a very aggressive pattern though they stayed clear of the bat.  Even stranger, they weren’t hunting anything.


Who’s that knocking on the window?  The next thing I know one of the birds is ramming into the window – apparently confused.

No – not seeing its own reflection.  We’ve had that, too.  This was unique.

Several other birds flew and landed nearby – in a manner that suggested they were upset or disoriented.  It suddenly dawned on me.  We’ve had a significant solar storm in our area within the past days.  It made complete sense the bats and birds would be affected by a shift in geomagnetic radiation.

GMFs EMFs – it’s all noise!  My observation of these poor critters made me wonder.  I went out to Youtube and found a recording that closely matched the high pitch that woke me up.

Just nasty.

As I am writing this, yet another bird swooped and began to walk up the tree.  He also appears disoriented.  These guys really appear to be suffering, as if trying to get away from it.

What’s with walking up the tree bark?

I’ve also heard the larger mammals making a tremendous amount of noise close by.  They are typically asleep at this time.

While I feel bad for the critters – I’m happy to have an explanation.  Definitely not nerve damage.