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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!

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Interview with Lloyd Burrell

o-radio-microphone-facebook1.jpgTo my good fortune, Lloyd Burrell of ElectricSense reached out to me for an interview regarding my work diagnosing, treating, and living with EMF Sensitivity. 

Known as EHS or Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity in Europe.

What an awesome opportunity to educate people on this often misunderstood condition!

Lloyd is every bit as passionate as I am about helping people live a fuller, healthier life!  It was a true delight to speak with him!

During the interview I mention one of the many remedies I discovered for reducing and/or alleviating the symptoms, a bracelet with copper, silver, and zinc.  I have since been contacted about where I bought the bracelets.  While the store I bought the bracelets at no longer carries, them, I can provide some suggestions on where you can find versions of this particular remedy.

This is a remedy for various symptoms.  It is not a cure. 

The bracelets were one of many remedies I used to alleviate symptoms while I went about curing the root cause of the condition.

To find out more, read Wipeout EMF: The Challenge of Curing Autoimmune Disease and Calcium: The Old Man Mineral and its Role in EMF Sensitivity.

The bracelets I purchased for $8 a piece are now on the web for $40 and more.  To me this is gouging.

The quality just isn’t there to justify this.

You can easily get a less expensive and equally suitable piece elsewhere.

A bracelet that is only copper can and should suffice for many.

The best places?

  • The tourist shops in old ghost towns and mining towns in the American Southwest. **
  • Native American events such as PowWows  **
  • Native American store websites **
  • Pharmacies **
  • Amazon
  • Etsy

** means BEST PRICES! You will NOT be ripped off at the tourist shops or going through Native American vendors.

I never have.

Caveat.  If you do not suffer from EMF Sensitivity and you wear metal, you may have a different experience.

Once I was cured of my EMF Sensitivity, I discovered I can become uncomfortable wearing metals under certain conditions.  My own electromagnetic field is different since curing myself of the issue.

Not all copper is copper.  I did not have luck at all – as I write in Riding the Waves: Diagnosing, Treating, and Living with EMF Sensitivity – buying copper from the hardware store.

For more information on the remedies, see Riding the Waves.

FYI.  Lloyd is putting together a seminar that promises to be packed with information for those wanting to learn more about this condition.  The information presented is suitable for those just scratching the surface as well as those looking for a more scientific/research take on it all.

See his site for details.

Be well!

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.