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Mineral Imbalance Symptoms

Vitaminas-y-minerales-en-la-dieta-de-los-ninos_referenceThought I’d follow up that rather lengthy article with one a bit shorter.  Throughout the recovery from EMF Sensitivity, I noted a variety of symptoms that resolved once nutritional balance was restored.

They aren’t generally associated with the specific nutrients – that I’ve ever seen – so I thought I’d share them so that others can consider what might be going on.

None of this is meant to replace a physician’s advice.  The following is based on my own experience and/or direct observation.

Eyes.  Gritty feeling – too much calcium.  Blurry – not enough potassium.  Highly sensitive to sunlight – low adrenal function (not enough minerals).

For more about the eyes, I suggest reading Dr. Bates book The Bates Method for Better Eyesight.

Hair.  Curly hair that goes straight – too much calcium.  Color darkening (associated with hormonal changes – actually heavy metals, excess calcium, excess zinc).  Excess copper will deposit as various shades of red.  Magnesium and potassium deficiency related to excess calcium will cause grey.  Reblance and the grey goes away.  Rebalance further and hair will restore to its natural condition – in color and texture.

Nails.  Weak nails – low potassium.  Break in thumb nail – either thumb – halfway down nail – low potassium.  Slow growth – excess calcium.  Yellow and crumbling toenails – excess calcium/low potassium.

Skin.  Overly dry skin – excess calcium.  Loss of elasticity – excess calcium/low magnesium and low potassium.  Chapped lips – excess Sulphur.  Resolve the imbalance, the issue resolves.

Other.  All muscles in the body are affected by electrolyte balance and potassium in particular.  If you consider what body functions are controlled by muscles you begin to see where low potassium can result in problems in a number of areas.

I also observed severe lower back pain is associated with high sulphur and low potassium.  Eliminate the sulphur foods and restore potassium and the pain disappears.  Arthritis pain is associated with excess calcium.

In Summary.  Many of the symptoms associated with a variety of health conditions are the direct and sole result of a nutritional imbalance.  Resolve the imbalance and the symptoms disappear.

This includes EMF Sensitivity.  Restore mineral balance and the EMF Sensitivity disappears.

NOTE:  It can take years to restore severely depleted minerals and any medications, over-the-counter or pharmaceutical, could hinder efforts.

As can eating or drinking the wrong foods.

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Research – I’m Missing Something…

images-5This article is lengthy.

One of the advantages of looking at situations holistically is that you are more likely to see patterns.

If your “holistic view” isn’t cutting it?  Take a step back or up – look at the situation from a broader view.

It was my ability to see patterns that enabled me to put pieces of the EMF Sensitivity puzzle together. Observing apparent cause and effect scenarios helped me zero in on the fact it was an environmentally induced illness.

Along with a stubborn refusal to accept all those symptoms stemmed from “stress.”

It can be frustrating when others don’t see what you do.

Years ago, while working in a particularly toxic environment, I used to tell a buddy I felt I was the only one who saw two and two is not five.

Even after explaining what it was I thought I was seeing, most people didn’t see what I saw.

Again, being stubborn helped.  I refused to be talked into the stress angle because I knew better.

It only takes one.  Eventually, I spoke with someone who said, “I can see that and it’d be easy enough to test.”

An engineer, he designed the test that illustrated I am able to detect fault lines.

While his counsel was helpful it was his support that turned an ungodly situation into something manageable.

He was the first person who didn’t try to talk me out of what I was experiencing and observing.

He saved my life.

I was so beaten down from being sick I was ready to give up. I know where that would have ended.  He saved my life.

It Only Takes Once.  Once again I’m in a situation where I am observing apparent cause and effect scenarios I can’t – yet – explain.

I don’t have all the pieces yet.

I am frustrated because I don’t have a solid explanation for what I’m experiencing and what it might mean but unlike when I was living in the East Bay California, thinking I was losing my mind even as I was losing my health, I am not close to giving up.

It helps that I am nowhere near as sick as I was though I am negatively impacted to the degree I end up not feeling so well. 

I also have people around me who believe me and are trying to help me figure it out.

It helps having a solid track record.  The EMF Sensitivity was just the tip of the iceberg.

Esoteric EMFs.  What I’m dealing with is something that sneaks up on me.  Ironically, it’s because I fixed a different EMF problem that I’m in the situation I’m in.

Starting two years after my brain surgery, I experienced terrible migraines that began forty-eight hours prior to a thunderstorm.  These headaches got worse as time went on and eventually necessitated trips to the ER where I was given narcotics that did nothing to take away the pain but did allow me to sleep until the storm system passed, after which I woke free of pain.

I now realize that the medication I was on – Dilantin – for the “prevention” of seizures after the brain surgery drained me – badly – of potassium.  The longer I was on the damned stuff the more my potassium stores were depleted, the worse the migraines got.

There is a calcium component to the pain because calcium, which makes up scar tissue, is a metal and an EMF conductor.

The pain was at the surgery site.

Once I set about reducing excess calcium, the area of pain experienced prior to the thunderstorms shrank.  After I realized that my potassium stores were still depleted?  I began a regimen of supplemental potassium.  The result?  No more headaches before storms.  The problem? There’s still something…

Silent and Stealthy.  It’s taken me almost a year to see the current pattern associated with the problem and though I have most of the pieces, there is an all too elusive component.

Something is causing extreme stress (though not pain) and it appears to be tied to the EMFs associated weather. I say appears because there are many times when the weather will change and I’m totally fine.

The toughest part is that I am not even aware that I’m stressed!

I’m just going about my life and the next thing I know – I’ve eaten foods or had beverages that leave me feeling bad.

Unaware of the stressor, I will unconsciously eat something that would be considered comfort food, though not necessarily empty calories.

Trail mix is one of the go-to foods and while considered healthy, it’s pretty disastrous for me due to the high Sulphur content in the foods.

Why would I eat something that wasn’t good for me?  Here’s the challenge – I’m on autopilot and take action before I realize what I’ve done.  The food causes stress in my system which has me reaching for other foods and beverages to address it and the next thing I know I’m in a bit of trouble.  The most frustrating thing is that I am unaware of what the initial stressor is.

My thought is that if I knew what that was I could go after it and take it out of the equation, heading off trouble before it starts.

Appearances are deceiving.  It appears to be weather related.  I say this because within forty-eight hours of the “comfort zone” act, it will change.

It generally rains though thunder is not always a part of the equation.

I suspect it has something to do with barometric pressure changes – when the pressure goes down and the temperature rises it is the worst – but even this has enough exceptions that I cannot conclude it’s weather related.

X Files.  I’ve been aware of this unknown component for years, long before I knew what was responsible for the EMF Sensitivity.  I just had no idea how to quantify it.  My husband came up with the X Factor which I later renamed Factor P because I thought I had an idea what it was.  Unfortunately, recent data has me realizing it isn’t that simple.

Working Vacation.  On my vacation I was able to compare and analyze a number of components.

The time of year meant it was a shoo-in to be around a storm related weather change. 

I was able to eliminate a number of factors.

  • Latitude
  • A number of geologic components
  • A number of demographic components

And while I cannot eliminate weather as a factor, I cannot confirm it is the only one because there are times when I’m totally immune to the weather change.

A lot of times.

There are also times when I am very stressed but there is no weather change.

Thus, Factor X, a total unknown.

I’ve talked this situation over with my family until I’m blue in the face and while we’ve come up with a number of anecdotes, none of us has a theory for what – exactly – Factor X is.

But I’m not giving up.

The Good News.  I am optimistic that eventually I’m going to get to a point that  I won’t be sucked under by the X Factor.  I have this optimism because of how far I’ve come.  I no longer get the migraines before the storms. Hell, I’m not even aware there’s a problem until I have had foods and beverages that are high in Sulphur.

Apparently, the go-to food for stressed adrenals.  Too bad it is a short-term gain long-term pain nutrient.

I also continue to see incredible improvements in other areas of my life – what I called mop-up symptoms – as I continue the protocol of reducing excess calcium and rebalancing nutrients.

This is beyond what I did to cure the EMF Sensitivity.

My gum health has improved dramatically and the moles on my body continue to just drop off.

Three very small ones that I’d had for years all just came off – almost all at the same time. 

The pattern is always the same.  The mole burns and feels uncomfortable.  It kind of scabs up and drops off.  I cover the spot with a paste of baking soda and water for 10 – 14 days (or longer if I feel it appropriate).  That’s it.

My nails are incredibly strong and healthy, normal in color.

My hair is reverting to its natural color as the excess calcium comes out.  It’s healthy.

I feel more energy than I’ve had in years.

I’m every bit as stubborn, determined to figure out what the hell the X Factor is and make it a nonissue.

Free of it?

o-PHILADELPHIA-facebook.jpgAs I sit here listening to Dystopia of High-Finesse and sipping The Guide – a pinot noir from Oregon with cherry notes – as opposed to vanilla or pepper – it occurred to me that the vacation I recently returned from is the first real vacation I’ve had in twelve years.

It isn’t so much that I haven’t traveled as that it was the first time I was able to completely relax and enjoy what I was doing.

Even my trip to Philly and DC in 2015 was overshadowed by the EMF Sensitivity.  Yes, I was free of the symptoms, but I’d also moved to a new part of the country.  Was I okay? 

As I recall that wonderful trip, I can’t help but remember that I got sick after breakfast.

Oatmeal = phytic acid – and cantaloupe = high Sulphur – two detrimental components that had been making my life a living hell. – totally unknown to me at the time.  All I knew is I felt icky but NEVER tied it to the “healthy” breakfast.

My daily trip to Starbucks set my system right.

The caffeine fed my adrenals.

I remember the incredible service at the Starbucks near the Smithsonian.

I know – which one?

My husband told me today he was meeting colleagues at a Starbucks near the customer and he had to ask “Which one?” because there were literally TWO in the same damned strip mall.  How moronic is THAT?”  (Speaking as a non-franchisee).

The service in DC was amazing – all smiles – and the atmosphere incredible.  Outdoor tables with incredible energy and total chaos talking all at once.

I couldn’t help – ahem – overhearing a woman going on into the cell phone about showing up at court over some custody/court case with – I guess – the father of her child?  “Girl…”  Uh-huh.  Cool.

Reminded me of living in the Detroit Metro Area – at one point in the top 3 most stressful and fast-paced cities in the nation, behind only NY and LA. 

It was a breath of fresh air for this Midwest soul.

It was as if I’d never left…

I finished Pin but…

It’s only in the transformation I’m experiencing that what the REAL vacation did for me is coming home.

I now understand all those other trips – including my beloved PA/VA trip – were not opportunities for me to truly relax.

Because I was still sick with toxic metals, even as my technology – read WIFI and Cellular and Bluetooth – symptoms were gone.

My vacation to the East was overshadowed by the cloud hanging over my head and my heart.

Every time (since 2009) we moved – a move motivated by an effort to find a HEALTHY (read SAFE)) place to live – I had to look my family in the eye and answer the unspoken question of Can we stay?  Are we safe from chemical poisoning?

A horrible burden.  What was I supposed ot say?  I hope so?

Living with EMF Sensitivity has been a horrible burden in so many ways.  It’s only now that I am – free.

I can’t say truly free because the spectre of the poisoning of me and my family will always be a part of my psyche.  To try and dismiss it would be akin to disabling a smoke detector.  Only an f-ing idiot would do so.

On my first real vacation – TRULY away from the burdens that have haunted me since I moved to the East Bay, CA and became sick – I relaxed – and reconnected to my soul in ways I am only now beginning to understand.

And my soul sings because of it.

But I will never ever forget.

I will never ever ever let down my guard.  Fool me once…

Listening to Sam Tinnesz – Babel.  INCREDIBLE…

 

Chemical or Electrical? EMF Sensitivity Considerations…

Difference-Between-Electrochemical-Cell-and-Electrolytic-Cell-1As I sit here listening to Hi-Finesse’s Greatest Hits Vol. 1 and sipping a nice Oregon Pinot Noir, an interesting thought occurred to me.

The kind of random thought that fuels research.

While emotions have a vibrational frequency, which suggests they are electrical in origin or nature, I know the chemicals that induce them.

I know – from personal experience – what metal/minerals induce various health states and thoughts and feelings.

It brings to mind a conversation I had with a colleague who holds a PhD in chemistry.  It was at the onset of my research into EMF Sensitivity and I was deciding whether to write from a chemistry or physics angle.

Unlike physics, chemistry was not my strong suit. Ironically, that all changed upon discovering that nutritional imbalances are the root cause of autoimmune diseases including EMF Sensitivity.  Chem class anyone?

I stood on my front lawn in the East Bay, California, incredibly sick from EMF Sensitivity, even as I spoke to him on the cell phone.  He pointed out that nothing in the body happened that wasn’t chemical in nature.  I countered with the fact that the chemical messages relied on the electrical signaling network of the cells.

Thanks for your patience, wisdom and perspective, TK.

In the end I decided to go at it from the physics side for one simple reason:  I was extremely comfortable with the subject, including theoretical and  subatomic, and appreciated how the laws of physics explained how the universe works.

The various laws of physics and their associated components did more to explain what took place during my NDE than chemistry. Ironically, though many will not relate, physics did more to explain God than my Catholic upbringing.  For me, at least.**

The totality of the experience has taught me that we are electrochemical beings living in an electromagnetic world and the complexities of that present themselves in numerous ways, many of which have yet to be revealed.  But here is one of the ultimate ironies of it all.  Chemistry, and not electricity, is behind a great deal of the life-altering and often devastating symptoms associated with EMF Sensitivity.

Want proof?  Overload on calcium and watch how quickly depression sets in, along with anger and paranoia.  Oh, and we can’t forget hopelessness and despair.

EMFs of various frequencies can heighten and intensify the feelings but they don’t necessarily directly cause them.

Only 5 – 15% of the Western population is EMF Sensitive.

If you fix the chemical imbalances the ability of EMFs to induce negative states is reduced and/or eliminated.

Now consider this…where do we ingest most of our chemicals from?

I suggest you move beyond the air we breathe and even the water we drink for this exercise, though both do contribute significantly.

Let’s just say there is a hell of a lot more to EMF Sensitivity than Cellular or WiFi frequencies.

A GREAT place to start on the road to healing is to get your electrolytes balanced.  That’s an electrochemical solution at its finest.

**  I am aware of Dr. Michael Persinger’s “God Helmet” that suggests God is a brain manufactured electromagnetic phenomenon.  I counter with the perspective that God – Higher Power – etc – exists and that you can tune the brain like you tune a radio dial to pick up a frequency that is already there.

You can definitely “F” up this dial chemically, which puts it out of tune.

Too much of one mineral and not enough of another.  The minerals that have the most impact?  Electrolytes.

Dig deeper.

Variability Vs. Repeatability: The Challenge of Diagnosing EMF Sensitivity

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In reading an article about RF interference, I was reminded of the parallels between networking hardware and humans.

Humans are electrical beings.  We are all transmitting and receiving signals twenty-four hours a day. Our brains, an electrical organ, along with the nervous system – another one – process the signals and carry out any necessary actions as a result. 

When I read a particular paragraph, I was reminded of the difficulty involved with diagnosing EMF Sensitivity.

This difficulty tends to leave researchers frustrated to the extent they dismiss the symptoms as psychosomatic.  In other words, the subjects are told there is no such thing as EMF Sensitivity though I think that sentiment is going out of fashion as more information about the legitimacy of this condition becomes available.

From the article: 

  • What RF levels will impact equipment operations?
    This is truly a case-by-case issue. There are no set regulations defining a single RF level that will cause RF interference. Among other things, it depends on the sensitivity of the equipment under consideration, or how low an interfering signal can be in the presence of the equipment and cause problems. Also, equipment can be particularly sensitive to very low signal levels of one frequency and yet quite immune to high signal levels of another frequency—so frequency is an important factor. Some electronic system components are internally shielded and have a very high immunity to interference. But generally, most equipment has not been so engineered.

I disagree with the last line where it applies to humans. Our immune systems are definitely designed to handle EMFs from a variety of sources.  When the immune system has been compromised because the body doesn’t have the nutrients necessary to make the enzymes and hormones that power this intricate system, then it is unable to shield effectively.

This paragraph beautifully illustrates the difficulty in diagnosing EMF Sensitivity.  Different people can and do react differently – different symptoms – to different frequencies.

No two EMF Sensitives will necessarily react the same way.

I once saw a video in which a British man was talking about how he and others who were EMF Sensitive had been participating in a laboratory study in which they were blasted with different electromagnetic frequencies. He expressed frustration at the fact the different members of the group responding differently to different frequencies and sometimes not being affected at all convinced researchers there was nothing scientifically measurable going on.

EMF Sensitivity is an environmental condition.

Though if you repair the internal environment, the external one has less – if any – negative impact.

EMF Sensitivity is caused by heavy metal toxicity induced mineral imbalance.  Fix that and the sensitivity – and its associated symptoms – vanish.

It’s a highly individualized condition.  This is why really digging into when any symptoms started and what environmental conditions – internal as well as external – changed is critical in mapping out a strategy to deal with it.

Keep a journal!!!!!

The scientific method so accepted for research may not be enough in this situation.

Variability and not repeatability needs to be prioritized.

Variability in the Treatment as Well.  Not all remedies work for all individuals.

It depends on what is going on with any one individual.

Not even the fact that mineral imbalance is at the root of the problem erases the need to accept variability.

Yes, detoxing heavy metals and other toxins is key, as is rebalancing the minerals.  The variability lies in the methods of detox and rebalancing, which will vary depending on what toxins are involved and what minerals need rebalancing.

Constant Change.  Just  to make this super fun – the body’s chemistry changes throughout the detoxification and rebalancing process, so changing the protocol as necessary – tweaking it – is critical.

No matter how often.  

I write about this in my books.  An example would be how food intolerances can appear and disappear as the rebalancing ensues and continues. 

All these variables necessitate that the patient be truly involved – I would go so far as to say needs to own responsibility for – their recovery.  A doctor can guide.  A doctor can suggest.  A doctor can run tests to illustrate progress.  Only the patient can tell if something changed prior to a doctor visit or test result.

It’s a myth that something is working because you feel worse before you feel better.  Sometimes, yes, but not nearly as often as you might think. 

The best way to approach dealing with EMF Sensitivity when you are not a health expert is to accept that you are an expert – in YOU.

I believe a doctor and/or health care provider is a consultant. He or she is not a parent and does not and should not have the final say.

You are an expert in YOU!

Esoteric EMFs

Untitled-design-3-4.jpgNote:  To get the most from this article, try to determine which network component you identify with.  (i.e. receiver, transmitter, repeater, antenna, etc).

Holistic living is about so much more than whether or not there’s a cell tower within sight.

EMFs are waves that radiate.  Those at the low end travel farther than those at the higher end so while proximity matters, line of sight doesn’t necessarily.

Cured of my EMF Sensitivity, I am able to turn my attention to other more esoteric but no less impactful frequencies.

Yes, I know technically that is still a type of EMF Sensitivity but given most people associate EMF Sensitivity (EHS) with technology (rightfully so), I will differentiate in order to provide clarity.

While tackling a particularly challenging issue, I came across a couple of articles that beautifully explain the overarching challenges involved.

The fundamentals.

For me, it validated actions I’ve been taking and remedies I’ve developed to deal with the more esoteric (read hard to quantify) energetic influences that have an impact on the quality of life.

To truly understand the challenges faced by an EMF Sensitive, you have to look beyond technology.  These articles apply to both and should be interpreted appropriately.

The remedies and actions required by someone facing the more esoteric frequency issues are sometimes the same as the ones used for technology EMFs, though not always.

And in fact, remedies that help with technology can actually intensify the other.

I would like to point out that there is a difference between electrical and magnetic forces and those are different than electromagnetic forces.  Each force needs to be dealt with directly and what helps one may worsen another.  This is why it is imperative to truly understand what is going on with your health and not just assume.

The symptoms associated with EMF Sensitivity can apply to a number of health conditions and are all related to nutrient balance and inner health.

Paying close attention to your environment and how you are affected by it is a critical first step in understanding whether or not you are EMF Sensitive and what you may need to do about it.

For more information on determining whether or not you have EMF Sensitivity, see Riding the Waves: Diagnosing, Treating, and Living with EMF Sensitivity.

Be well!

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This is the far more insidious of the issues in my opinion.

From the Article:  Mutual coupling degrades not just the antenna efficiency, but it can alter the antenna’s radiation pattern as well. This is one of the limitations involved in antenna arrays. If the energy received by all the antennas in your array are highly correlated, then you don’t really have an antenna array; rather it will function more like one large antenna, which makes beam steering much less effective.

In other words, a hive mentality.  If no one has the chance to offer a unique perspective, efficiency goes down.