Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for February 18, 2006

With all of this new evidence, I’m one step closer to selling our house. I need to know if the electromagnetic waves are affecting me directly. My wife doesn’t display any symptoms and our baby was born without any defects. Why am I the only one with the symptoms?

Back to google…there must be a test that can be done by a doctor or maybe some kind of home testing kit. I didn’t quite know what I was looking for until…

FOUND IT! I came across a web site that sell products directly related to EMF testing and discovered a meter that will display the actual strength of the electromagnetic waves. This is what I need. I don’t want to make the purchase over the internet so I do some more googling to find out if there is somewhere local and it doesn’t let me down. I type “EMF meter toronto” and the first result is for a hobby store called EfstonScience. They sell them for $29.00. What a great investment. I tell my wife about the meter and within hours we are driving across the 401 to pick one up.

I tell the salesperson that I’m looking for an EMF meter. He shows me three models and I like that one that squeels if it’s in the danger zone. I’m sold.

We install the battery and drive back home across the 401. We have the meter ready to take readings and as we pass the cell phone towers the meter is showing safe levels. So I decide to drive pass the old house and take some readings on the street and then closer to the cell phone tower in the area. All the readings show safe. Was I using it correctly?

We get back onto the 401 and drive underneath the power lines coming from Pickering Nuclear. The meter starts screaming!! DANGER! DANGER! This is what I’ve been waiting for. We notice that the meter gives us the high danger reading whenever we pass underneath the power lines and only get a small blip when we pass the cell towers.

The danger of course it not passing underneath the hydro lines, it’s the effects of long term exposure.

How interesting. I wonder what it will read when we get home? We don’t live near any power lines…

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March 6, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for February 15, 2006

I’m at my second day of googling the effects and symptoms of electromagnetic hypersensitivity. I come across an article written by Corky Adams in the Toronto Star. After reading the article my jaw dropped to the floor. I couldn’t believe what I was reading.

A study from Trent University had determined that Oshawa had the second highest levels of electromagnetic fields in a study of sixty communities.

Charting the hidden force at street corners

There’s a steadily growing conviction among some researchers that electromagnetic fields can promote bad things such as cancer, miscarriages, depression, Lou Gehrig’s disease and, possibly, Alzheimer’s disease. But there’s all-too-scanty knowledge of how much exposure people get in the course of a day.

To help bridge this knowledge gap, Magda Havas, who teaches in the Faculty of Environmental and Resource Studies at Trent University in Peterborough, has taken readings on the main streets of 60 Ontario communities ranging in size from Toronto (2.3 million people) to Burk’s Falls (1,000).

She found that 49 of the communities (82 per cent) had readings above the level that is associated with childhood leukemia. The worst of all the communities, by far, was Kingston, followed by Oshawa, London, Peterborough, and Toronto.

Burk’s Falls had the lowest readings, followed by Cambridge, Newmarket, Madoc, Perth and Bradford.

Pinpointing sources is important, because it is the accumulated exposure, collected at different places from different sources during the course of a day, that determines health impacts.

Havas is quick to point out there is no proof, as yet, that electromagnetic fields directly cause illnesses. But there is plenty of evidence showing they are associated with illnesses and can promote them.

Her work on Main Street, Ontario, should be a wake-up call to public utilities and other businesses generating electromagnetic fields, such as banks and cellphone companies, which one day could face lawsuits from people claiming compensation for impaired health.

No doubt aware of potential liability, the California Public Utilities Commission ordered a study eight years ago on the effects of electromagnetic fields. Slated to cost $11.2 million, it is the most extensive study ever done and is about to be released. According to the London Sunday Times, the study will suggest hundreds of thousands of people may be at risk.

The strength of magnetic fields is measured in milliGauss (mG), after the German mathematician Karl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855). According to federal government guidelines in Canada, a cumulative, 24-hour exposure of up to 1,000 milliGauss is safe.

However, Havas says, this guideline is ridiculous. Studies have established that a 24-hour exposure in the range of 2-4 mG doubles the incidence of childhood leukemia. A daily exposure of 16 mG has been shown to triple the risk of miscarriage during the first 10 weeks of pregnancy. When breast cancer cells are exposed to 12 mG, their growth rate increases.

To put this in context, kitchen appliances, measured at a distance of 30 centimetres, can run from 0.1 to 30 mG. In offices, photocopy machines emit up to 4 mG, fluorescent lights up to 3 mG and computer terminals up to 0.6 mG. Power drills can generate up to 4 mG and power saws up to 30 mG.

In Kingston, Havas monitored 36 street corners on Princess St. between Division and Ontario Sts. Her mean reading was 47 mG. In Toronto, the mean reading for 108 street corners on Yonge St. between Bloor and Front Sts. was 19.2 mG. In Oshawa, the mean on Simcoe St. was 29.5 mG; in London on Dundas St., 22.9 mG; and in Peterborough on George St., 20.8 mG.

That’s not good news for sidewalk cafes, street vendors, couriers and people living over stores. Her study is published in The Science Of The Total Environment 298 (2002) at pages 183-206. The study is good news in terms of raising awareness and that’s crucial to any health issue.

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Entry for February 14, 2006

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So now that I’ve discovered this cell phone tower in the area of our new house I drive around the neighbourhood looking for the actual location and I find it. It’s located on top of the walk in clinic where I first saw the doctor about the vibrations. How’s that for irony?

I’m curious to find out if there are any cell phone towers in the old neighbourhood. I only started vibrating since I moved to Oshawa. I check it out and yes, there is one at the end of the old street on the corner of Port Union and Lawrence. I take advantage of Google Earth and using the measurement tool, I measure the distance between my house and the cell phone tower…in both neighbourhoods…and they are exactly the same:  350 meters.

Now I’m really confused. If it was the cell phone tower causing my problem why is there one just as close in the old neighbourhood? The symptoms seem to match but what is causing the problem? I need to investigate further.

I do a look up of the doctor my mother mentioned on the Global TV show and nothing turns up. Dr. Rinna Brey is an unusual name so I should be able to find something.

Somehow I discover the spelling of her name was wrong! Her name is Dr. Riina Bray. I mention this to my mother and she says it was spelt the other way on the TV show. I find her listing in the Ontario doctor’s search web site and notice that she’s not accepting new patients. Maybe if I mention this to my doctor or the naturopath, I can get a referral. I’m sure both of them are ready to send me to someone else by now.

I’ve been wrong before and I need some evidence to prove that this is the problem. I’m not a doctor, not even close so I need something to prove beyond a doubt that the electromagnetic radiation is the cause of my problems. I start googling again.

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Entry for February 14, 2006

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After some reading about the symptoms Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity, I decide to look further into what causes them.

Electromagnetic radiation is caused by radio waves, TV towers, cell phones, cell sites, mobile phones, cordless phones and microwave ovens. Things that are very hard to avoid. I’ve had a cell phone for seven years, a cordless phone for five years and a microwave oven for sixteen years.  It goes on to suggest that your house should be 13 km from nearest cell phone tower or other radio, TV transmitter.

Because we just moved to the Oshawa area and the vibrations started six months later, I decided to focus on the location of the nearest cell phone tower. I start googling away and come across a site that displays the location of cell phone towers for each carrier in the southern Ontario area. ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT! I click on the link for Oshawa and find my street location and there is a Rogers cell phone tower around the corner from my house.

Definately closer than 13 km.

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