(NaturalHealth365) What if electromagnetic pollution wasn’t strictly a wireless technology problem? What if it was a much broader issue? Wouldn’t you want to know if the electrical supply that powers your home was a major source of electrical pollution and the cause of health issues?
The standard electrical frequency that is in North American homes and offices is 60 hertz. This is what’s used to operate our TVs, cookers, refrigerators, washing machines, and lights.
But, increasingly so, there are a large number of other electrical frequencies that can be found on our wiring. These frequencies are known as ‘High Frequency Voltage Transients.’ The problem is these high frequencies are believed to cause a number of serious health problems. This has earned them the name ‘dirty electricity’.
Where can I find dirty electricity inside the home?
A major source of dirty electricity is the electronic devices that are in our homes and in the homes of our neighbors.
Dave Stetzer, a leading expert on dirty electricity, and other scientists, have found that these high frequency voltages come from our computers, printers, copiers, TVs, game consoles, tube fluorescent lights, compact florescent light bulbs, dimmer light switches, variable speed motors, treadmills, vacuum cleaners, sewing machines, wind turbines, solar energy inverters, smart meters, and other electronic devices. Many modern electronic devices add high frequency transients to our home electrical wiring.
Dirty electricity can also be caused by arcing on power lines during storms when lines touch trees. It can also be created from unfiltered cell phone and broadcast frequencies from nearby antennas.
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Leading epidemiologist Dr. Samuel Milham, who has studied this subject in detail and even wrote a book on it, believes that these exposures coupled with the proliferation of wireless technology mean that “we may be facing a looming epidemic of morbidity and mortality”.
Dirty electricity in electrical wiring has been linked to many serious diseases and health conditions, including:
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Elevated blood sugar
- Migraine headaches
- Attention deficit disorders
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Multiple chemical sensitivities
- Depression and suicide
How is dirty electricity created inside the homes?
Most modern electronic devices now use Direct Current (DC) power. These devices are equipped with switch-mode power supply (SMPS) converters that convert the alternating electrical current (AC) from the wall outlets into DC current.
These SMPS converters can create dirty electricity – which are then added to our electrical wires. These converters can often be found in rectangular boxes in surge protector strips or on larger electronic devices. And, they may be built into the equipment.
Let’s talk about the worst offenders.
Compact florescent light (CFL) bulbs are believed to be among the worst contributors to dirty electricity. They use ‘pulsed electronic technology.’
These new bulbs, unlike the old incandescent variety, switch on and off some 20,000 times per second. It’s this switching activity, which breaks up the normal 60-hertz sine wave of electrical power into fragments, returns the unused electrical fragments to the electrical system and thereby creates dirty electricity.
Compact florescent light bulbs add pollution to house and office wiring in the 50 to 100 KHZ range. One CFL bulb can contaminate the electrical system of an entire house when it’s in use.
The mainstream media continue to ignore the ‘biological effects’ of dirty electricity
Dr. Magda Havas, of Trent University, in Canada has been studying the biological effects of high frequency voltage transients and similar forms of electromagnetic pollution since the early 1990s. She says:
“Most of the research on the biological effects of nonionizing radiation is done at one of two frequency ranges: extremely low frequency associated with electricity (50/60 Hz) and radio frequency associated with wireless telecommunication devices (800 MHz to 2.5 GHz range).
An intermediate frequency range [high frequency voltage transients], at the low end of the RF spectrum (kHz), flows along and radiates from wires and thus has characteristics of the two major types of electromagnetic pollution mentioned above.
Scientists doing research on the biological effects of power line frequencies seldom measure this frequency range and thus ignore the effects it might have on health.”
How can electricity in a wire be a health risk?
First, there is the issue of ground current. According to Dave Stetzer ground current has become a major problem in the U.S. since 1992 when the electric utility companies started using the earth, the ground we walk on, as if it was an electric wire. Previously utility companies used a neutral wire to return unused electricity to their substations.
Since 1992, energy companies have decided to just run wires down the side of electrical poles into the ground.
In North America ground current is now practically everywhere. These dangers are compounded by the presence of large amounts of dirty electricity – which flow through the ground and our electrical wiring.
Dirty electricity does not stay in your wiring. It manifests the skin effect. It travels on the outer skin of the wire and can easily radiate through walls into our living spaces and our bodies.
Great tips on protecting your health
Here are some simple ways to reduce your exposure to dirty electricity:
1. Eliminate/minimize the use of these devices in your home.
2. Replace dimmer switches with on/off switches.
3. Replace CFLs with traditional light bulbs.
4. Replace smart (utility) meter with an analog meter.
5. Eliminate/minimize use of any device susceptible to be equipped with a SMPS converter.
To deal with this issue effectively you need to measure the dirty electricity levels in your home and install dirty electricity filters if the readings are above 50 GS units. GS units are measured with a Graham micro-surge meter. For more tips on reducing your dirty electricity exposures – learn how to use a GS filter.
What is the correlation between electricity and disease?
Dr. Samuel Milham studied U.S. vital statistics and census records for 1920–1960. He found that urban death rates were much higher than rural rates for a number of diseases including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and suicide. He believes that many of these diseases could be prevented today if appropriate steps were taken to reduce the harmful effects of ground current, dirty electricity and radiation from cell phones, cell towers and the like.
Governmental agencies, utility companies and corporations who create electrical products continue to underestimate and often downplay the potential harm of electromagnetic fields.
Get smart before it’s too late. Act now to take steps to protect your health from dirty electricity and other EMF exposures.
About the author: Lloyd Burrell is the founder of ElectricSense.com. His website offers solutions to the growing number of people whose health is being compromised by exposure to wireless and similar technologies. Download his free EMF Health Report today!
Magda Havas, PhD; “Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity: Biological Effects of Dirty Electricity with Emphasis on Diabetes and Multiple Sclerosis,” Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine 2006, ISSN 1536-8378, DOI: 10.1080/15368370601044192.