Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for February 24, 2007

The front page of the current Markham newspaper has a very sad story about a seven year old child who has been diagnosed with Leukemia.

30 months of chemotherapy and it went into remission but late last year, the blood disorder returned. Doctors at Sick Children’s hospital told the family chemotherapy will help keep blood cancer cells at bay, but the real cure may be in a bone marrow transplant.

The family, including his three older siblings, were tested in January and none were appropriate matches. Understandably, they decided to launch an aggressive public awareness campaign, asking people to take a simple blood test in the hope of finding a suitable donor.

Knowing the link between Leukemia and the hydro transmission towers, I decide to look up the family name in the Markham area. It’s a unique family name and shouldn’t be too hard to find as the article included the name of his public school. It’s in the area of Markham Road and 14th avenue. I know right away that the area has hydro transmission towers in that exact area.

I find only one match for the family name in Markham and using the postal code, I look it up using Google Earth. The program zooms in to the same area of Markham Road and 14th avenue. Using the measurement tool, it’s only 529 metres from the hydro lines. And the school that he goes to? It’s even worse: 286 metres.

I happen to mention this story to a few close friends. After I finish telling them, one of them tells me that he lost his cousin at the age of 21 to Leukemia so I ask him where he lived. In the Islington and Rexdale Blvd area and he gives me the street name. I’m not familiar with the general location so I type the street into Google Earth and it zooms in. I can tell by the distinct green patches that it’s in the area of the hydro transmission lines. I take the measurement tool and he lived 748 metres away.

So does long term exposure to hydro transmission lines cause Leukemia? You decide.

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February 25, 2007 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

Entry for August 09, 2006

Good Vibrations
by SARAH STACEY, You Magazine

16:36pm 28th July 2006

The notion that our bodies have a natural energy field around them may sound like New Age hocus pocus. In fact, the US National Institute of Health not only recognises this complex electro-magnetic energy system but, in 1994, coined the phrase ‘biofield’ to describe it.

The problem is that other physical objects, including modern communications and office equipment, also emit frequencies and electromagnetic energy, which can have an adverse effect on our bodies.

Holistic physican Dr Mark Atkinson explains: ‘the body’s electro-magnetic field provides a template for the physical body; any imbalance in this field gets reflected by the body as a disturbance in cell structure and function, which is the precursor state to illness.’

I’ve been exploring two technologies that claim to rebalance the biofield. Bi-Aura Therapy is an intensive system of ‘bio-energy healing’ where the practitioner moves their hands around your (fully-clothed) body but doesn’t touch you.

Practitioners complete a nine month course at the end of which they must demonstrate they can use it in a way that brings benefit to others. Dr Atkinson, who has studied this himself, has no doubt it can help. I had one Bi-Aura session (a course of four is recommended), which left me feeling soothed – as if I had been repacked and put together tidily.

The practitioner Sue Atwood told me that elderly people often see a significant improvement in quality of life.

The second is the Qlink pendant, which was introduced to me by two doctors, Dr Wendy Denning and Professor Kim Jobst. This employs Sympathetic Resonance Technology which, the makers claim, ‘repairs and tunes your biofield’ so it functions optimally.

I met its originator, Robert Williams, (a musician who once played saxe with the Beach Boys), whose own health crisis in the 1970s led him to work with leading scientists to develop this device, which marries natural energy in the shape of crystalline structures with cutting edge technology.

According to Professor Jobst, ‘Qlink is a safe and effective tool that helps guard the cells of the body against electromagnetic field effects – e-smog – from computers, mobile phones, engines and so on. It helps to combat stress and promote sound sleep; the effects on blood pressure and heart rate are impressive in some patients. I have seen some remarkable – and sustained – effects.’

Dr Atkinson says: ‘it made a lot of difference to me when I was working hard at the computer, in terms of sustained energy and clarity of thinking.’

As with pharmaceutical drugs, there may be a placebo effect although Professor Jobst points out that the ‘remarkable’ effects seen in race horses and other animals sporting a Qlink mean there is something more, which merits serious research.

One thing I know: neither technology carries a risk of side effects.

August 9, 2006 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

Entry for July 23, 2006

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With my advanced knowledge of deficiencies from months of research, all of the symptoms of electromagnetic sensitivity appear to be vitamin/mineral deficiencies and that’s exactly what Kevin Trudeau was saying in his book:

“No matter what disease or illness you have , one of, or a combination of, these four things cause it:

  1. Toxins in your body
  2. Nutritional deficiencies
  3. Exposure to electromagnetic chaos
  4. Mental and/or emotional stress

This is the same book that I started reading in the Naturopath’s office on my first visit. Now I’m wondering if she even read the book at all? I told her about the EMF exposure and how I thought it created a niacin deficiency. She agreed at the time but I think she should’ve reviewed the symptoms again and done some research on the types of vitamins and minerals I needed. She never offered anything more. Instead we chased candidiasis, did a hair analysis that told us nothing that helped my symptoms, and did a very expensive hormone test that came up normal.

On my first appointment she suggested drinking 8 – 10  glasses of water a day and gave me water soluable B vitamins. A recipe for disaster…

That was back on August 4, 2005. As of today, (One week shy of one year) I still have the exact same symptom that I went to see her for: An internal vibration.

Exposure to electricmagnetic chaos can create a nutritional deficiency and it’s not hard to figure out why. If the absorption of vitamin and minerals are effected by electromagnetic exposure, then it’s easy to see that the first signs would be water soluble vitamin deficiencies. And it will be a different set of symptoms for each person because whatever vitamin you happen to be low in, is the one that will show up first. If I was deficient in vitamin C, could I have developed Scurvy? If I was low in Niacin could I have developed Pellegra?

Water-soluble Vitamins

The water-soluble vitamins include vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B12 and Vitamin C, as well as Biotin (B7) and Folic acid (B9). The water-soluble vitamins are not normally stored in the body in any significant amounts. Therefore, they must be consumed in constant daily amounts to avoid depletion and interference with normal metabloic functioning.

I will always give the Naturopath credit for giving me acidophilus and the B vitamins but that was only the start. Everything I have done has provided me with a very small piece of the puzzle and it was up to the patient to piece it all together. Health care shouldn’t have to be like this.

I’ve made mistakes and done some crazy things but sometimes you need to try different things and make those mistakes. In every example of self discovery, it has lead me in another totally different direction and in some cases: Success. If not success, then it gave me something to think about that eventually lead to something else. I’m not a doctor or a scientist or even a self proclaimed health professional. I’m a normal person who is not getting anywhere with the existing health care system so I forced to do my own research and reach my own conclusions.

I love hearing about how so many people in Ontario don’t have a family doctor. What I would like to know is how many of those people don’t have a doctor by choice.

How many more people are like me doing there own research? How many people don’t have time for doing their own research? How many people have blind faith in the health care system as I once did?

A friend at work summed it up like this: It’s like I’m walking down a very long corridor with a closed door every few feet. Every attempt at solving my symptoms allows me to try opening a door. Sometimes it’s locked and sometimes it opens leading to another corridor and another set of doors. For the past few months, I’ve opened so many doors and now I feel so close to that last door.

And I will open that last door…

July 23, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for June 30, 2006

And then I skip ahead in the book and come across a chapter called ” The Brain and Nerves” on page 158. This sounds like the chapter for me:

The brain and nerves are the most highly-evolved tissues in the human body, designed to send and receive the electromagnetic vibrations that direct all the physiological functions of the body and allow man to creatively adapt to and alter his environment.

Each organ and tissue structure of the body is connected via the nervous system to a specialized part of the brain that directs it’s function. Thus we have a “heart brain”, a “kidney brain”,  a “stomach brain”, and so forth and electromagnetic messages contantly pass back and forth along the autonomic nerves, telling the brain the state of each organ and tissue area. The brain responds by instructing the organ to adjust itself, not only in accordance with what is going on in that organ alone, but in consideration of the needs of all other organs and tissues in the body. No single organ or tissue can be treated in isolation.

Could this have been why it had such an effect on me? Having an electromagnetic device beside my head would certainly appear to have an effect on the normal communicating function of the brain. Would a doctor tell me this? Not a chance.

June 30, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for March 14, 2006

Recently I have been feeling good about my symptoms but the past few days I’ve had a very very mild pain in my chest that comes and goes and a few moments of extremely mild shortness of breath. I figure it’s nothing to worry about because I’ve mentioned these symptoms to my doctor before and he wasn’t concerned. The pain was so mild I felt stupid even mentioning it to anyone. My body is still recovering so I forget about it.

I was in Shoppers Drug Mart today and a friend of mine pointed out the book by Kevin Trudeau “Natural Cures They Don’t Want You To Know About”. We had been talking about his book for a while now. So I pick it up and start reading…I then remember this was the same book I was reading in the naturopath’s office back in September. I flip through the pages and start reading a random page in which he says:

“No matter what disease or illness you have , one of, or a combination of, these four things cause it:

  1. Toxins in your body
  2. Nutritional deficiencies
  3. Exposure to electricmagnetic chaos
  4. Mental and/or emotional stress

Exposure to electricmagnetic chaos? I grabbed the book and I was sold.

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Entry for March 13, 2006

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After reading the 42 page report over the weekend, I thought I would give acupuncture a try. I called one close to my office and made an appointment for tomorrow afternoon.

FANTASTIC! Here is what is says on their web site:

“We are here to listen to your health concerns and to offer you natural remedies in a multi-disciplinary approach to help you attain a healthy body and mind.”

I’m really interested about the health effects from the overhead powerlines so I start using Google Earth to map out the powergrid from Pickering Nuclear. I follow it into Scarborough and I follow it eastward into Oshawa. I notice that the main lines are north of the city and I’m a little surprised at how close some of the subdivisions are to the powerlines. I’m interested to find out about the powerlines behind the Toys R Us store on Thickson.

As I’m following them into Whitby, it switches to a lower resolution. I can still follow them but it’s a little harder. We had planned to visit my wife’s brother in Brooklin so I figure I’ll drive along Thickson and follow them. We follow them all the way to Taunton Road and I turn left and then turn right onto Anderson. My wife and I are looking at the new subdivisions in the area and she points out that a good friend of mine lives close by. Then it hits me. About six months ago I was telling him about my weird symptoms and how I was going into the hospital for a colonoscopy. He started telling me about how his daughter has some gastro symptoms and she had the same thing done and the doctors found nothing.

Could his daughter’s health problems be from electromagnetic sensitivity? Using Google Earth, I use the measurement tool and he is only 200 meters away from the powerlines…

I’ll contact him to see if the doctors found out anything more on his daughter’s symptoms. It’s my guess they have no idea what the problem is.

Then I remember another friend of mine who tried to sell her house last year. It was a beautiful large house and it was immaculate inside. It was on the market for months and she couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t selling and after looking at the pictures, I couldn’t either. It was priced right for the area and she dropped the price twenty thousand dollars but it still wasn’t selling.

One day I overheard her talking to her friends and she said the only thing wrong with the house is that some people don’t like living near power lines. I manage to find her house using Google Earth and she lives 166 meters behind the major transmission lines coming from Pickering Nuclear. She’s lived there for a couple of years so I’m a little surprised that she doesn’t have any health problems.

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Entry for March 07, 2006

You can’t be serious…are they trying to kill me?

Toronto Hydro plans city-wide WiFi Web access available almost anywhere

Today Toronto Hydro Corp. is expected to announce plans to bring “municipal Wireless-Fidelity” (WiFi for short) to Toronto. It’s a mesh of radio signals that can blanket an entire city, giving subscribers wireless Internet access virtually anywhere.

WiFi receiving and transmitting units will be mounted on items of urban furniture, like street lamps or pay phones. They’ll pick up radio waves carrying the Internet and pass them on from street lamp to street lamp. The waves will course up and down every street in the city, through parks, schoolyards, markets and pool halls. Subscribers will surf the Internet on a park bench or in a shopping mall.

Liang said the wireless industry won’t use stronger signals because it’s not yet known if they could cause health problems. But what about an abundance of weaker signals? It remains to be seen if anyone in the city would be spooked by the increase in regular-strength signals the project would unleash.

They wouldn’t be the first to question the safety of WiFi transmissions. Fred Gilbert, president of Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, recently banned WiFi networks from parts of the campus, saying it’s still not known if regular exposure to wireless signals can have long-term health consequences.

Long-term health consequences? I’m a walking example!

And I’m still vibrating…

March 7, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for March 06, 2006

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My wife and I are discussing the recent developments and I mention to her about how I felt sick in the Toys R Us store in Whitby. Was it sympathy pregnancy or was it electromagnetic sensitivity? Let’s take the meter to the store to see what the readings are.

We jump into the car and just before we make the left turn onto Thickson, I point out to her the huge hydro lines behind the store. I never noticed them before. Let’s drive around the store and take some readings. We did this twice and the entire time the meter displayed safe numbers.

Let’s try readings inside the store and now that I’m feeling better and our daughter is now almost four months old, we’ll see if it has any effect. The readings are fine and there is nothing to be concerned about.

I’m not sure if it was psychological or not but I left the store feeling sick…again.

Then I remember the time we went to Subway sandwiches in the plaza right beside the Toys R Us on the same side of the street and how I felt ill. So much so that my wife went into the grocery store next door to buy pears so I would feel better. I’m not sure what the problem is but it’s suspicious that I always feel sick on the same side as the hydro lines. So why does the meter say it’s safe? Could it be that it only measures a certain frequency range?

So does the EMF have an effect on me? I need to do more research.

March 7, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Entry for March 01, 2006

What does Health Canada have to say about EMF exposure?

Health Canada’s Role

Health Canada, along with the World Health Organization, monitors scientific research on EMFs and human health as part of its mission to help Canadians maintain and improve their health. At present, there are no Canadian government guidelines for exposure to EMFs at ELF. Health Canada does not consider guidelines necessary because the scientific evidence is not strong enough to conclude that typical exposures cause health problems.

Some national and international organizations have issued exposure guidelines for EMFs at ELF. However, these guidelines are not based on a consideration of risks related to cancer or other health problems. Rather, the point of the guidelines is to make sure that the electric currents in the body caused by exposure to EMFs are not stronger than the ones produced naturally by the brain, nerves and heart. For the most part, typical EMF exposures in Canadian homes, offices and other work sites, are far below these guidelines.

No Canadian government guidelines for EMF exposure? Scientific evidence is not strong enough to conclude that typical exposures cause health problems? Looks like I am on my own. It’s now March and I’m still vibrating. I really thought I had found the problem. Why not take the meter into work? I’ll see if there is anything in my work environment that could be causing my symptoms.

The first thing I measure is the GO Train engine. I turn the meter on as I’m walking past the train and the levels are safe. I get into work and I start showing my friends. The microwave oven in the kitchen is a big hit. I measure the area around my desk and take readings at the monitor. All the levels are safe.

On the way home from work I need to take a streetcar and then a subway to get to Union Station. I get aboard the streetcar and I find a seat. I grab the meter from my pocket and turn it on. It starts squeeling like a pig and because it has automatic shutoff, I can’t turn it off. I try to muffle it underneath my coat. People are starting to look around and if I wasn’t in Toronto, they’d probably think I was some kind of terrorist with a bomb. No doubt about that one. Definately above normal readings on the streetcar.

I exit at University and head to the subway. As the subway pulls into the station I take a look at the meter. It’s showing above normal readings again but this time the subway is so loud that nobody hears the squeeling. As I’m riding to Union, I take the meter out to check it and it’s still reading high.

I guess I’m lucky I only ride them for twenty minutes a day. I wonder if any of the subway or streetcar drivers are vibrating from long term exposure? I wonder what effect it has on people who ride them for over an hour twice a day?

March 7, 2006 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

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…

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.

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

   

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