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If life seem peachy, it's only a matter of time . . .

Why am I here? Coincidence? Fate? Clicking the link for some ancient document that is no longer maintained, and whose essence may still lie herein, or just want a sense of perspective. Enjoy! This site will always be in development for continual improvement, based on my opinion. That does Not mean it's broken. If it appears static, it is not. Search terms are reviewed, and those that are relevant are periodically included in the FAQ. New material is added as I see fit or deem appropriate, ensuring client ID is safeguarded. If there was one document that you longed for, because it simply clicked with you, and is not visible any more, try the way back machine, or send me an e-mail. I promise not to laugh.

Even before recorded history, there has always been someone willing to take, or is now actually taking, unfair advantage of someone else. Some with an aura of legitimacy, some with credentials, some simply hucksters. Sometimes the prey is an individual, and sometimes it's a group or business. The Vultures (capital for many, not for importance) are legion. They come in various colors, shapes, character, motivation, and expertise. They come in technical clothing selling power savings with cheap capacitors for residential use (when they are only efficient in an industrial setting); they come in healthy colors selling high voltage devices to kill mold (and simultaneously harm the user) or to sell "harmonizers" to "neutralize" the "EMF," whatever EMF may mean at the moment. Similarly for Indoor Air Quality concerns. The latter in greatest volume after a major storm. They come in volume and quantity when one is not paying attention. It does not take much intellect to tell who they are. But many are asleep at the wheel, as it were, willing to pay someone for that elusive "solution", and end up paying for several such individuals without relief. But eventually, there's that someone who comes to clean up the mess. Not in the timely fashion you might expect or desire, but there is always that someone. When I am reached, I am then sometimes asked to make miracles at no cost. I quickly point out that I am not God, my services come with a fee, and the solution may be complex and require lots of time to implement.

Using the classical approach, that pursued by CIHs (Certified Industrial Hygienists) or ACGIH (American Council of Governmental Industrial Hygienists), Environmental Exposure, whether chemical or electrical in nature follows the law of flying bullets, they being a.k.a. MPE (Maximum Permissible Exposure). The theory concludes that unless you exceed the MPE (get hit by a flying bullet) you do not suffer injury, even for long term exposure "just" below the MPE. So there is no middle ground. Humans either get hit by a flying bullet, and get injured / killed, or there's no need for concern. I wonder how many CIHs or ACGIHs would be comfortable spending long-term exposure to any environmental stressor "just" below the MPE . . . In reality there have been, and increase to be, mountains of evidence supporting health-damaging effects for many environmental exposures well below the MPE. Consider Alternating Magnetic Fields, for instance. The generally accepted MPE for 60 Hz is 9040 mG (milliGauss), whereas even US Government studies give evidence of statistically significant increases in diseases above 2 mG, and doubling of Leukemia above 4 mG . . .


Ironically, this is / will be unpopular in some sectors. There will be scoffers, sometimes with well-paid PHDs behind them saying the material belongs in the halls of ghost "hunting." There will be those seeking to sue someone for a wrong done them who will point the finger and see dollar signs, or some other form of relief. They are either well paid for what they say, or ignorant because they don't look at both sides of an issue, and realize that the problem is owned by both user and provider. This can be said for electrically based problems, this can be said for indoor air quality based problems, this can be based on consequences of the cheapest way (in the short term) of doing things (especially when we all work with limited resources . . . ). In this light, I would like to provide a perspective of the difference between homes in North America and elsewhere, because there are significant and essential physical differences between the two that make the problems in North America unique to North America.

Most homes in North America built since WWII are fabricated with wood, paper, and plastic. Most homes elsewhere are fabricated with dirt, bricks, rocks, and concrete. Throw a bucket of water onto a wall or floor of a North American home, and unless you dry it up quickly you have a major mold problem. Throw a bucket of water onto a home surface outside of North America, and there is usually no problem. The Indoor Air Quality problems associated with homes in North America do not exist elsewhere, except in isolated cases.

North American electrical systems use the three-wire Edison scheme redundantly interconnected with everything and anything for "improved" grounding, when the real reason is to mask a failure to regularly check the integrity of the middle wire, which becomes loose and thus a fire hazard (for the "how" check magnetics.html or stray.html on this site). Just about everyone else's electrical systems use a two-wire scheme, ungrounded beyond the main breaker. All of the magnetic field problems associated with North American homes, as well as the fire hazards, do not exist anywhere else, except in isolated cases.

Install a cell tower down the street in North America, and the occupants will be basking in RF. Install a cell tower outside North America, and there is significant reduction indoors except nearby windows.

Emissions pyramid

Those facts notwithstanding, the scientific community has conveniently studied Magnetic fields, sometimes to exclusion of everything else, partly because they are easier to quantify. This is akin to mice holding one eye closed and examining only part of an elephant with magnifying glasses, and pontificating that that's the whole elphant. The media has focused on Magnetic fields to such an extent, and the deception is so complete, that I encounter clients on a regular basis who purchase a meter designed to measure Magnetic fields alone as the sole biological irritant. One instrument, intended to measure Magnetic, Electric, and Radio Frequencies, is so insensitive in the Electric and Radio Frequency settings that it would seem to "confirm" that Magnetic Fields are the sole problem. Nonetheless, Electric Fields have always been a problem on all continents to a much greater extent, Radio Frequencies may be a carrier of a problem rather than "the" problem, and Harmonic Emissions are a mixture of non-linear power usage (dirty electricity, smart meters, etc) that produce a multitude of frequencies simultaneously. It is sad that many will suffer debilitating diseases brought on by years or generations of exposure, and then think to blame the last straw on the camel's back as "the" culprit.

The biological consequences are legion . . .

But the government and its agencies are supposed to protect us!

Hmm . . . r_r_r_r_Right!

Regulatory Agency Functions

When contemplating work-related or domestic environmental guidelines, many turn to regulatory agencies for guidance. There is an inherent flaw with this process.

Regulatory agencies, at any level, have a variety of responsibilities.

1) One of them is to prevent immediate and obvious dangers from occurring. An example is regulation preventing irresponsible handling of chemicals such as Chlorine, to preclude an immediate health hazard to the user, and the immediately neighboring public. Another example is guidance in working with voltages that can produce shock, and death on contact. They espouse well the MPEs.

2) One is to provide guidelines for chemical or other exposures that will prevent evident localized or systemic damage within a short amount of time. This is mainly a period of short duration such as a few hours or days. They espouse well the MPEs.

3) One is to keep the peace, preventing the public from becoming alarmed en masse, with unpredictable consequences (search out and read the panic over Orson Wells' "War Of The Worlds").

4) One is to provide guidelines for exposures that will or may produce illnesses over a long period of time.

The last responsibility has an inherent conflict with all the others.

When considering biological interaction with chemistry and other exposures, long-term effects can take 10+ years to manifest themselves. This presents a dilemma. Since impact from long-term low-level exposure cannot be immediately detected, it becomes problematic to identify the long-term consequences of any specific low-level exposure. Epidemiological studies, which are time-based long-term studies, can help in this determination, unfortunately however, only after the fact and bodies have dropped out of the count. Synergistic interrelationships are also usually not considered, even though they may exacerbate any one interaction, possibly because there are too many of them.

When considering environmental conditions that are already compromised with chemical and other factors, regulating agency guidelines that indicate the need to reduce levels significantly will tend to incite public discomfort, court actions, and industry attacks on agency action. That being the case, the agencies are constrained into simply accepting the situation as is (or possibly only nibbling at problems), issuing no guidelines, or providing ones that simply reinforce the placebo that everything is fine, if we simply do not make the situation worse.

While the components that cause the problems are universal, the problems caused by them are local, not universal. When considering economics, most individuals see a short term goal, and choose inferior products and try to resolve the ramifications at great expense down the road (if they even know that there are ramifications). Then considering the average consumer, whose technical knowledge base is inferior to even basic needs, we have a population that is saying to the robber: "take me."

These are truly unfortunate circumstances, and we will have the desire of least resistance to blame someone else, but if truth be known, they are most likely conditions we have brought on ourselves.

But . . .

The idea that some technical systems have been put in place before there was sufficient knowledge to determine that they were safe, does not justify the continued replication of their established engineering and their grandfathering into a "safe" status.

However, it also does not justify the public having free and unrestricted ability to prosecute the myriad of industries involved. Let's sue the car manufacturers for auto accidents we cause, that wold not happen if we did not have cars . . .

Since evidence is available, it makes sense for the public, industry, and regulating agencies, to come to agreements of understanding regarding low level biological interaction mechanisms, and make an effort to reduce "established" environmental aggressors on an ongoing and progressive basis, without disrupting life and business cycles, instead of promoting legal pursuits that make lawyers the only winners.

However, I am not so naive as to think that a selfless attitude will prevail when legions of alligators are searching for the me-mine pot of gold because they perceive a wrong done to them by others. So problems will keep on being unwittingly built into structures by individuals looking for a least-cost / most-profit route, and people like me will keep on getting paid to educate the "victim" and identify the problem.

The material is offered on this web site as a public service with an intent to make an educated consumer, when that task was foiled in the process of growing up physically. I would still make income off of the concepts expounded on, even if the material were not posted, but there is enough myth and misinformation in various places, that if the materials on this web site helps the uninformed into resolving related problems on their own, the desired result has been accomplished. It is hoped the knowledge you gain here is put to good use.

As a final note, I leave you with a story of a suffering individual, a little voice whispering in his ear, the trip to the authorities, then to the expert for healing, with the vultures in the wings waiting to take an undeserved profit.

2 Kings 5
1: Naaman was the commander of the Syrian army. The LORD had helped him and his troops defeat their enemies, so the king of Syria respected Naaman very much. Naaman was a brave soldier, but he had leprosy. 2: One day while the Syrian troops were raiding Israel, they captured a girl, and she became a servant of Naaman's wife. 3: Some time later the girl said, "If your husband Naaman would go to the prophet in Samaria, he would be cured of his leprosy." 4: When Naaman told the king what the girl had said, 5: the king replied, "Go ahead! I will give you a letter to take to the king of Israel." Naaman left and took along seven hundred fifty pounds of silver, one hundred fifty pounds of gold, and ten new outfits. 6: He also carried the letter to the king of Israel. It said, "I am sending my servant Naaman to you. Would you cure him of his leprosy?" 7: When the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes in fear and shouted, "That Syrian king believes I can cure this man of leprosy! Does he think I'm God with power over life and death? He must be trying to pick a fight with me." 8: As soon as Elisha the prophet heard what had happened, he sent the Israelite king this message: "Why are you so afraid? Send the man to me, so that he will know there is a prophet in Israel." 9: Naaman left with his horses and chariots and stopped at the door of Elisha's house. 10: Elisha sent someone outside to say to him, "Go wash seven times in the Jordan River. Then you'll be completely cured." 11: But Naaman stormed off, grumbling, "Why couldn't he come out and talk to me? I thought for sure he would stand in front of me and pray to the LORD his God, then wave his hand over my skin and cure me. 12: What about the Abana River or the Pharpar River? Those rivers in Damascus are just as good as any river in Israel. I could have washed in them and been cured." 13: His servants went over to him and said, "Sir, if the prophet had told you to do something difficult, you would have done it. So why don't you do what he said? Go wash and be cured." 14: Naaman walked down to the Jordan; he waded out into the water and stooped down in it seven times, just as Elisha had told him. Right away, he was cured, and his skin became as smooth as a child's. 15: Naaman and his officials went back to Elisha. Naaman stood in front of him and announced, "Now I know that the God of Israel is the only God in the whole world. Sir, would you please accept a gift from me?" 16: "I am a servant of the living LORD," Elisha answered, "and I swear that I will not take anything from you." Naaman kept begging, but Elisha kept refusing. 17: Finally Naaman said, "If you won't accept a gift, then please let me take home as much soil as two mules can pull in a wagon. Sir, from now on I will offer sacrifices only to the LORD. 18: But I pray that the LORD will forgive me when I go into the temple of the god Rimmon and bow down there with the king of Syria." 19: "Go on home, and don't worry about that," Elisha replied. Then Naaman left. After Naaman had gone only a short distance, 20: Gehazi said to himself, "Elisha let that Syrian off too easy. He should have taken Naaman's gift. I swear by the living LORD that I will talk to Naaman myself and get something from him." 21: So he hurried after Naaman. When Naaman saw Gehazi running after him, he got out of his chariot to meet him. Naaman asked, "Is everything all right?" 22: "Yes," Gehazi answered. "But my master has sent me to tell you about two young prophets from the hills of Ephraim. They came asking for help, and now Elisha wants to know if you would give them about seventy-five pounds of silver and some new clothes?" 23: "Sure," Naaman replied. "But why don't you take twice that amount of silver?" He convinced Gehazi to take it all, then put the silver in two bags. He handed the bags and the clothes to his two servants, and they carried them for Gehazi. 24: When they reached the hill where Gehazi lived, he took the bags from the servants and placed them in his house, then sent the men away. After they had gone, 25: Gehazi went in and stood in front of Elisha, who asked, "Gehazi, where have you been?" "Nowhere, sir," Gehazi answered. 26: Elisha asked, "Don't you know that my spirit was there when Naaman got out of his chariot to talk with you? Gehazi, you have no right to accept money or clothes, olive orchards or vineyards, sheep or cattle, or servants. 27: Because of what you've done, Naaman's leprosy will now be on you and your descendants forever!" Suddenly, Gehazi's skin became white with leprosy, and he left.