By Michael R. Neuert, MA, BSME, Originally published in Common Ground Magazine, ©1993 Michael R. Neuert
and New Life Magazine, ©1994 Michael R. Neuert
“The human species has changed its electromagnetic background more than any other aspect of the environment. For example, the density of radio waves around us is now 100 million or 200 million times the natural level reaching us from the sun. Nor is there an end in sight.” (Dr. Robert O. Becker in “The Body Electric” 1985)
Take a moment to sit back and recall your own experience of an unexpected power outage. How did your body feel? Did you notice a sense of relief, calmness, or a release of tension? Think back to a time when you were away from electrical power for several days, like during a backpacking trip. How did you feel?
My own awareness of electro-pollution began many years ago, when a major storm cut off all power in my area. Suddenly, no TV, no lights, no music from the neighbor’s stereo. Even the refrigerator ceased its rumble. In an instant, my shoulders dropped, my body relaxed, my breathing deepened. Somehow, I became more “at ease.” The environment seemed to become calmer, more peaceful.
What changed? What was the “irritation” I experienced when the power was on? Why did I feel better when the electricity went off?
Our Natural Electromagnetic Environment
Certain types of electromagnetic radiation are natural to our environment. For example, the sun bathes us in sunlight, energy from the “visible” portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. The earth itself is a huge magnet, with its own electromagnetic field. Influenced by the sun, moon and cosmos, the earth’s geomagnetic field fluctuates in regular rhythms – daily, monthly and yearly.
The surface of the earth and the ionosphere form a huge resonating chamber, in which the magnetic field of the planet vibrates or pulses. These pulses range in frequency from about 0.1 to 30 cycles per second. They are most concentrated at around 10 cycles per second. Let’s call these natural magnetic pulsations “the rhythm of the earth.”
For millions of years, life on earth has existed and evolved within this relatively simple electromagnetic environment. Our eyes have evolved to “see” the visible electromagnetic radiation of the sun. Our biological cycles became tuned to the rhythms of the earth’s geomagnetic field. For example, female menstruation corresponds to the field’s lunar cycle.
In fact, scientists have recently discovered that our pineal gland can somehow sense the cyclic changes of the earth’s magnetic field, and use this information to regulate important biological functions. The pineal gland is the master gland of the body, secreting chemicals to regulate the brain and all the other glands. For example, the pineal gland controls the secretion of melatonin – a very important hormone which affects our moods, wake/sleep patterns, and is related to the immune system.
Interestingly, when scientists measure the electromagnetic wave patterns of the human brain, they find a spectrum of frequencies nearly identical to the pulsations of the earth’s magnetic field! In fact, the dominant brain wave frequency for humans and all animals on earth is 10 cycles per second – the rhythm of the earth! A mere coincidence?
Brain waves at 10 cycles per second correspond to a calm, relaxed state of mind (called alpha waves). During sleep, the brain’s waves become slower (delta and theta waves). The fastest waves occur when the mind is most actively engaged, ranging up to about 20 to 30 cycles per second (beta waves).
In the United States, electric power lines, transformers, building wiring, lights, clocks, appliances, motors, TVs, stereos, computers – almost everything electrical or electronic in our modern world – all emit artificial electromagnetic fields at a frequency of 60 cycles per second or higher. Military, communication, and other electronic systems emit EMFs over an immense range of frequencies greater than 60 cycles per second, rarely encountered on earth before the 1900s."