Camping and Inverters

With the weather getting nicer, camping season is just right around the corner for many of us.  For some this means pulling a camper behind you to your favorite destination or packing a tent to get away and relax.  This also means trying to figure out a way to power everything.  This was exactly my thought recently as I tried to purchase a couple different forms of power to take with us.  To my disappointment, I ended up returning both items.  Here is why.

Many people that go camping want power.  If you can’t plug into an outlet then you will want to bring the power with you.  This means getting a generator.   Regular AC generators can be rather loud and really take away peace and quiet that you want when you are camping.  This was my thought and so like many I looked to an inverter generator, which is much quieter.   After much research I choose a 2000W Inverter Generator made my WEN.  I choose this because it claimed the lowest THD which was at .3% at no load and 1.2% at max load.  Everything was fine until I fired this up and plugged in the Mircosurge Meter to take a reading.  The reading was over 2000 G/S units.  By plugging in two Stetzerizer Filters the G/S reading was still 500, which is a far cry from the 30 G/S units I was hoping for.  What does 2000 G/S unit look like?  Just take a look at the red in the picture below.   The area between the cursors represents a frequency of 20 kHz.

Inverter generator

The blue wave shown above is 60 Hz power, the same that runs in our homes.  The high red waveform is the high frequency that is riding on the 60 Hz cycle (blue wave).

Another item that I tried was a battery inverter.  In this case it was a Suaoki 220 Wh/20,000 mAh Portable Generator Power Source Power Supply.  When I plugged in my Microsurge Meter to test this, it gave readings of 1700 G/S and after adding two filters the reading only came down to once again 500 G/S units.  The waveform is shown below.   The area between the cursor is 33 kHz.

Battery Inverter

The problems shown for these two items are very common.  I was hoping to find an exception to the rule but I did not.  Since both of these items created very large amounts of dirty electricity I ended up returning both of these items.  It seems that when we camp now we will be doing so with less electricity, and possibly the way that we should have been doing it all along.

If you are wondering about your inverter generator,  or even testing your camper (since most campers have an inverter in them) all you would need to test this is a Microsurge Meter.    Simply plug in the meter and read the number.  The higher the number the worse it is.  To lower the number just add a filter in the plug in.  Test all the plug ins and add filters anywhere the reading drops more than 20%.  In our camper we have 5 filters plugged in.  You can purchase meters and filters by clicking this link.

CFL’s

Recently in my local newspaper there was an article about CFL light bulbs.  This can be read here.  If you have read this or have CFL’s in your home please take time to read this.

Using the argument that ‘because we have always done it so it must safe’ should never be made.  There is a reason we have done away with mercury filled thermometers.  Mercury is toxic at any level.  Even more toxic for pregnant women and children.  However, besides the mercury issue there are many more factors that make CFL’s toxic.  The mercury in them is just one.

All fluorescent lighting will give off a radio frequency because this is part of the process for them to make light.  If a person is standing near this type of lighting it will generate current within a person’s body the closer that you stand next to it.  The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences recognizes that at 18 microamps biological processes relevant to cancer take place.  This is almost 1/1000 of what a regular outlet is rated for.  If you were to stand near a CFL you will be over this.  If you have one in a lamp by your bed or on your desk, chances are you are over this.  This can be easily measured with a voltmeter (FLUKE 187,189 or 287 can all do this) or you can even capture the waveform with an oscilloscope.  This is not the only radio frequency that fluorescents will generate.

Almost all fluorescent light bulbs and CFL’s will add a radio frequency back onto your building’s wires.  These are harmonics which can be called high frequency voltage transients, or easier referred to as dirty electricity.  This too is easily measured with either an oscilloscope or a Mircosurge Meter.   There are numerous research papers that talk of the health implications of being around areas that have high levels of dirty electricity.  Cancer once again is one, but there are many more.

In order, to achieve energy efficiency, we have gone from linear loads (primary used in the 70’s) to non-linear loads today.  The ubiquitous use of non-linear loads (all our electronics are non-linear) has also created issues for the utility companies.  The byproduct of achieving energy efficient products are harmonics which are normally left unaccounted for, mainly because of the belief that since it is a small amount it is ok.  These small amounts add up and what you are left with thus is ground current, (since neutral and ground are bonded).  In many places the primary neutral return is too small to carry the load.   The harmonics generated from all these devices are in the frequency of radio waves and it is possible then to pick these up with an AM radio, either one that is hand held or even in your car radio.  The buzzing sound that you hear in your AM radio or the reason that your AM station cuts when driving by power lines is due to our use of non-linear loads and ‘green’ energy.

If you are looking for energy efficient light bulbs look to LED instead.   Be careful though as many LED’s will also create dirty electricity.  You must test them to find out which ones don’t.

Making your cell phone safe

Today one of the biggest exposures to EMF in your daily life comes from the very thing that most people can’t stand to live without, their phone.  Ironically, there are a lot of people that realize that their phone might be doing something harmful to them.  In order to combat this there are numerous companies that have sprung up and claim that adding this or that to your phone will make your phone safe.  The real question is how do you make your phone safe to use?  This is where the paradox starts, because the truth is if your phone works, it is not safe.

EMF’s simply put are toxins.  Toxins at any level aren’t ‘safe‘.  EMF’s can damage DNA as Dr. Henry Lai found as far back as the mid 1990’s.   A  comprehensive paper written on the toxic effects of EMF exposure written by Dr. Neil Cherry can be read here.  The latest cell phone study done by the National Toxicology Program reports increased DNA damage as well.  The paper is expected by December of this year.

How can you tell if the little device that is stuck to your phone is doing anything?  Well it is pretty simple. Does the phone still work?  Can you call it?  If the answer is yes to either one of these, then sadly you have wasted your money.  If you are currently shopping for a sticker for your phone and in the marketing says ‘that will not alter the function of your phone’ then it would be best to keep on walking.  It would be very comparable to smoking a non filtered cigarette versus a filtered cigarette.  Yes with a filtered cigarette you are getting less tar and all of the other harmful things that are found in cigarettes, but the fact remains that you are still smoking.  Smoking is toxic just like EMF’s are toxic.

What can you do?  The best option is to give up your phone.  That is what I did, however this is something almost everyone is not willing to do.  The next best option is to use airplane mode on your phone or device as much as possible.  THIS IS FREE and built into the phone.   If you are unwilling to use airplane mode then the option becomes even more cumbersome and less effective.   Other options include wrapping your phone in aluminum foil.  This will of course drain your battery faster than normal.  The last option would be buying a metal Faraday Cage for your phone, and makes using your phone much harder.

If you have fallen for some device that you wear or have on your phone, you are not alone.  I fell for this too because like everyone that buys these items I wanted to make my phone safe.  Buying something and putting it on my phone made me feel safe.  That was an illusion.  The reality is that my phone still worked ,and I under the illusion that I was safe, used my phone and devices as much if not more instead of less.  The reality, I was making myself feel worse not better.  On top of that I was around my little girl that had stage 4 cancer, which certainly didn’t help and only made matters worse for Kyanna (Puzzle Series).

 

 

Low EMF

When it comes to mitigating EMFs (electromagnetic frequencies) you may come across the slogan “Low EMF”.  If you are wondering what that means, well your guess will be as good as mine. “Low EMF” is just a vague statement especially when no reference is given.  In reality, something that is labeled as “Low EMF” should be taken as lightly as the terminology or usage of the word “natural” in relation to quality of food.  The question then is what do you look for?  Here are some tips to help and some ways to test.

Low EMF can relate to many different fields or frequencies.  Knowing what is lower is the first key.  The second point to make here is that if it is lower then there should be a measurement to show testing before and after.  There are devices to measure all of the fields and frequencies, so you should be able to see these measurements.  If this is not stated, shown, or explained, then just keep shopping.

There are many items that are marketed as low EMF.  The common assumption is that this will make an item safe.  Please know that this is often not the case.  If you are wearing a pendent to block EMFs, or have something on your phone or tablet, know that these don’t make them safe, and in many cases it is questionable if they are doing anything at all.  Many people buy these items thinking they have made their device ‘safe’.  They have not.  The worst part is that in thinking they are now ‘safe’ they use the item even more, which is even more dangerous.

The easiest way to test the quality of a pendent or something you put on your phone is to simply try and use it.  If your phone still works then the item doesn’t work as well as it should and in my opinion you shouldn’t buy it.  What does work then?  Airplane mode works and is build into most all devices and it is free. It works.  Wrapping your phone in aluminum foil 3-4 times works.  Try that and then call the phone, it should go straight to voice mail.  If it doesn’t wrap it a couple more times.  Putting a device in an all metal container will also work as well as any type of Faraday Cage.   The best way to lower exposure is to not have a cell phone, but if you need one, please do one of the things mentioned above.

The sauna industry is a great example of an industry that recognized the harm of magnetic fields and took a proactive response to reduce them.  Infrared Saunas are used to help promote a healthy lifestyle and have many health benefits.  What is not a benefit is being exposed to high magnetic fields.  It is because of this that you will see some marketed as ‘Low EMF’.  What should low mean?  If the sales person or site that is selling the sauna doesn’t state what the magnetic fields are then just keep shopping.  When you do find this you are looking for fields that are less than 1 milligauss or .1 microtesla. Ideally these measurements should be taken in close proximity to the heating elements.  The ambient field within the sauna should be under 1 mG. This magnetic field level recommendation comes from the BioInitiative Report.

If you come across something that you have questions on, please just ask by sending an email to darnell@flutterbusters.com.   I can point out the things that you should be looking for in the item so you can make a more informed choice.

Otto Warburg

In the early part of the last century Otto Warburg made an important discovery.  One that was the basis for the way that we treated Kyanna’s cancer, and really how we live our lives now.  Know as “the Warburg effect”, Otto Warburg noticed that cancers cells, even in the presence of oxygen would ferment glucose.  Explained in the most basic of terms, cancer cells use sugar as their fuel.

Your body’s cells have two ways that they can produce energy.  One is through aerobic respiration (with oxygen), the other is anaerobic respiration (without oxygen, ferments sugar).  Under normal circumstances your cells will use aerobic respiration, however in times when you need more energy, your cells will use anaerobic respiration, which is much less efficient but can give you the energy you need in times of need.  Times this is important could be things like running for your life from something, exercising hard, or just under constant stress.  Normally your body will shift between these two modes, but with cancer it seems that it will get stuck in the anaerobic respiration as Warburg found.  The question then becomes how do you get the cells back into aerobic respiration?

With any living organism, if you take away its food source it will have two options, one is die and the other is adapt and eat something else.  For a cell this would mean going back to aerobic respiration.  How do you starve a cancer cell?  In this case you stop eating sugar, anything that will turn into sugar (carbs), and things that are naturally high in sugar (fruits).   Besides cancer cells, your body also needs sugar.  Namely, your brain needs sugar to operate.  However referring back earlier in the paragraph, in the absence of sugar your body will adapt and will produce what are called ketones.  Ketones then act as the sugar that your body needs, and the beauty is that cancer cells are not able to use ketones.  This is the reasoning behind why our family did the Ketogenic Diet, and to some extent continues to do so.  Not only can this diet be helpful for cancer, but also epilepsy and weight loss (since your body is converting fat you eat as well as the fat you have stored into fuel).   You can easily find if you are in ketosis with a simple monitor that will analyze your blood with strips, much like a diabetic strips.  This is something that we monitored with Kyanna every couple of days.

Electromagnetic fields and frequencies (EMFs) in the most simplistic explanation can cause stress on the body.  The stress it causes will range per individual, because everyone reacts to stress differently.  Electromagnetic fields and frequencies are everywhere.  They are inundated in our lives and can be a constant form of stress for people.  It is then best if you can mitigate your exposure as much as possible.   Please refer to previous posts regarding how to mitigate EMFs.  Since there is more than one way to deal with a problem, I am going to address many of the other things that we did with Kyanna and by and large still do.  Many of these are simple things with the hardest part being that you actually have to do them.  This will include such things as diet, therapies, and detoxing that we did and still do.  These are are things we did after we found out Kyanna had cancer.  I wish we had done all these things before Kyanna got sick.  Then if she still would have gotten brain cancer we would know we controlled what we could have controlled.  In my opinion, the best way to prevent cancer would be to act like you already have it.  Make the changes now because these are all things that you can control.  Do not wait until there already is a problem.

For much more information on Warburg’s theory, how it corresponds to current theories, and newer research efforts in cancer research because of it, I would suggest reading Tripping Over The Truth by Travis Christofferson.

Building, Buying, or just Living

If you are looking at buying a house, building a house, or just living in a house here are some things that you should look at in addition to the normal things that you look at.   Like real estate, this post is all about location, location, location.  With a little planning, all of these can be greatly reduced before there is a problem.

  1. Make sure that the main electrical panel is not located in or under the bedroom.  Magnetic fields found around a electrical panel can easily pass through walls and ceilings.  You want to have the electric panel come in at a location where you don’t spend a lot of time.  If it is already under a bedroom move the bed as far away as possible from it.   A magnetic field will dissipate with distance.
  2.  Stay away from cell towers and radio transmission towers. You can do a simple internet search to see what towers are around where you want to buy/build or live. To find cell phone towers simply type your address here.  To find radio transmission towers in your area type in your details here. The farther you are away from these the better.  Rural will be better than urban.  If you want to do something for the house that you live in, plant trees, preferably coniferous.  Please know with the deployment of 5G there will be many more towers being built.  This means that a good spot today may not be a good spot tomorrow.
  3. Stay away from electrical substations and high voltage lines. Ground current will be higher near a substation than farther away.  In regards to high voltages lines, the taller they are, the farther you want to be from them.  If you currently live next to these, your options are limited since this is out of your control. 

These are simple but very important things to consider if you are buying or building a home.   The best way to reduce exposure to EMF’s is with a little planning and foresight.  Once you are in that home, trying to ‘fix’ these becomes much harder and much more expensive.

The Puzzle Series Part 7: Summary and What to Do

When I read the obituaries, the first thing that I do is scan them all, looking at the ages of everyone that has died.  If they were over 70, chances are I don’t read them.  The ones that I read first are kids (anyone under 20), then anyone close to my age.  I try to learn what happened to the child (drowning, cancer, allergic reaction, bike injury), learn from it, and apply it in my life so I can keep my child safe. The explanation of Kyanna’s death was highlighted in really 5 posts.  Like an obituary, it is only highlighting the high points that we wanted everyone to know, to understand the depth of a person or a topic it takes much more time and energy.

The big question is: What do you do about this?  Simply, you need to start being aware of what is going on around you.  If you are interested in knowing what towers are around your address type in your address here.  In this post here there are a number of things that you can do around your home in order to reduce your exposure (there is a short summary at the bottom).   Staying away from ‘smart’ tech is wise and upgrading to wired connections is also better.  That topic is talked about more in detail here.  Start limiting your cell phone use.  Kids shouldn’t have cell phones.  The radiation from cell phones penetrates much deeper into their skulls than it does in adults.   Look at the picture below:

brain-image

If you are going to use a phone, use it on speaker phone at arm’s length.  Never carry it in your pockets when not in airplane mode.  When not in use, it should be in airplane mode with all of the functionality turned off (location, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and anything else).

The biggest thing that you can do is measure your environment or have it measured for you.  Know what you are dealing with and then act in a manner that you are comfortable with.  Measure first, panic second.  If you do this the other way around it will cost you a lot more money.  All of the fields that were harmful for Kyanna are measurable with the right meters, there is no one meter that will measure everything.

If you are looking for what level of exposure is safe, know there are no safe levels.  Zero is safe.  Toxins have no safe levels.  This doesn’t mean I think we should abandon all of the technology that we have.  For example, the legal blood alcohol level in Wisconsin is .08.  This doesn’t mean that at .079 I am safe to drive.  There are some people that are not safe to drive at .04 or even lower.   Do I think we should ban alcohol?  No, though we should use it in moderation and be aware of the effects of overuse.  Use it wisely.  A small amount of alcohol can prove helpful, and large amounts harmful.  It is my belief that the same can be said for EMF’s.

 

 

 

 

 

The Puzzle Series Part 6: Metals, Melatonin, and More Wireless

The only problem area left to address for Kyanna is the heavy metals within her system.  Although EMF’s have been shown to redistribute metals within the body, (the summary of effects of EMF’s are gathered here) it is much more likely they came from other sources, such as diet or other environmental exposures.

After learning all of this one might ask: Doesn’t your body have ways to combat these things?  The answer to that is yes.  Your body produces many things to help combat environmental effects.  One of those chemicals is melatonin.  More about melatonin is talked about in the blog post here .  The creation of melatonin though is also affected by radio frequencies, as can be read in a review of many research papers on the topic here.  So not only do EMF’s cause problems, they also inhibit the body from repairing itself.

We first discovered Kyanna had an issue with EMF’s from the blood work that was done in Spain.  In Spain the oncologist (Dr. Raymond Hilu) determined this by looking at Kyanna’s blood under a powerful microscope.  Next is to look at the red blood cells.  In a healthy sample, they are evenly spaced throughout.   In Kyanna’s case, they were all clumped together, signifying an issue with EMF exposure.

Almost all of the known issues Kyanna had can be explained by an exposure to EMF’s from research.  Sadly much of this research was done before she was even born.  Some of it was done before I was born, and yet we still use EMF’s more now than ever.   The more I have learned the more I believe it is not just Kyanna that had issues with EMF’s.  There are many, many people that have these issues.  However, they write it off as a host of many other things, the range of severity different for each individual.  Things like autism have risen right alongside the expansion of our use of EMF’s as can be read here.  Cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and suicide have risen with the electrification of the US as published here.  I don’t think there is a person reading this that is not affected by at least one of those things.  All of these things are here, in our lives and the levels of our exposure are rising.

In the coming years there will be the deployment of 5G.  This will come at an estimated cost of 56 billion dollars for deployment and testing (to make sure it works, not to make sure it is safe from a health standpoint).  They have opened a new band of the electromagnetic spectrum for this to allow faster speeds for wireless.  In doing so, this means there will be more infrastructure built.  This will increase your exposure to more EMF’s.  If you believe that the government has looked into the long term effects of the project, think again.  The chairman of the FCC Tom Wheeler said, “Unlike some countries, we don’t believe we should spend the next couple of years studying what 5G should be or how it should operate.”  In essence they are not waiting for standards, or health concerns. They are not waiting for science to determine anything because companies want to make money.   Since they will be using a new band of the electromagnetic spectrum, all of the research will be done after the fact. Years down the line after companies have made their money, they will then protect their interest, which is making money, as they are now.  Your health and your family’s health are a distant second place to companies’ profits.  What this really means is that you and your loved ones will be part of the experiment going forward.   I hope that it turns out better for you than it did for us.

The Puzzle Series Part 5: Epidemology

The basic point of epidemiology is to understand which environmental factors can lead to disease.   It is a way of finding a common thread for disease, so that others may not be affected by it.  In particular, it is a way to judge the long term effects of something on a population.  In part 4 of this series, there was a study in regards to dirty electricity.   In this post more papers are presented that are relevant to this topic in regards to Kyanna.

In the recent years some of the most noticeable studies about harmful effects from electromagnetic radiation have come from Scandinavia and other European countries.   One such study shows that the increased risk from brain cancer for children rose by more than 500% if they used a cordless phone or cell phone before the age of 20.  That study can be read here..  There are other studies that show increased cancer rates from living closer to FM transmission stations. Also among these, studies like this one found people living within 400 meters of cell phone transmission towers were three times more likely to develop cancer than those that lived over 400 meters.  All of these pertain to Kyanna as they are present where she lived and all of these items can be measured.   More importantly, you see where towers are located around your home by typing in your address here.

These reports are by no means a smoking gun.  They are a reference point and another piece of the puzzle.  However, they do correlate and fit into the puzzle of a possible means of why Kyanna had a brain tumor and what could have caused it.  What happened to one person can and often does happen to another.  Epidemiology points out hazardous environmental factors that can influence health.   It is because of this knowledge there are limits on things like asbestos, DDT, smoking, and many other things.  The difference is that none of those are/were cornerstones of society like the electromagnetic spectrum is for us today.   Is there then any wonder why we all want them to be ‘safe’?

 

 

 

The Puzzle Series Part 4: Dirty Electricity and Contact Current

Dirty electricity, which is high frequency voltage transient, riding on your building’s wires is an unrecognized problem in many parts of the world.  For one, these frequencies occur at low levels that are non-thermal and because all of our standards are based on thermal effects, they are simply written off by many.   In 2008 there was an epidemiology report published that listed chronic exposure to dirty electricity as an important predictor of cancer incidence in an exposed population.   In this case, it was a cancer cluster in teachers in a California school.  In that study it was concluded that a teacher working in a room with reading >1000 Graham Stetzer (G/S) units had an increased chance of cancer by 13%, while working in a room with readings >2000 G/S units for one year increased the chance of cancer by 26%.   When Kyanna was diagnosed, the classroom that she was in had readings of over 2000 G/S units, as well as many other classrooms that she spent time in.  In terms of our home the max G/S reading was 300 and that was in Kyanna’s bedroom.

A large part of dirty electricity is made up of harmonics.  Harmonics are nothing new and have been around since we started using electricity.  What has changed is the amount that are now produced and are unaccounted for.   Harmonics are created when current and voltage are not used proportionately.  Almost all electronics today work this way, this is called a non-linear load.  Since harmonics are an extremely low frequency, and non-thermal, there has not been much attention paid to them from a health standpoint.   However, because of the engineering problems they can pose, there are limits to the amount of harmonic pollution a machine my produce.  Large loads of harmonics can causes problems for the utilities as well as machines.

Harmonics increase impedance, with increased impedance comes increased resistance, with resistance comes heat, and heat is very bad in electrical systems.   In the early 1990’s the utilities, at least in this area, starting running ground wires on the utility poles, instead of running larger primary neutrals or an extra neutral.  You can see the grounding wires today on every couple of poles.  By doing this they gave electricity an alternate path back, however it also means using the earth as a return source.    Undersized primary neutral returns I talk about here and can be tested.   Understanding this frame work, leads to how contact current fits into all of this.

By using the earth, or in some cases the water/sewage system of municipalities,  as a means to complete a circuit you open up many pathways for electricity to travel.  This means that you have small amounts of electricity running through your home.  Biological processes relevant to cancer start at 18 micro amps as stated in this paper here, as well as numerous other well-programmed studies.  This is measurable, by recording the wave form and by also measuring the amount of current running through your body done with a voltmeter.  There are areas that Kyanna was exposed in our house (mainly the basement) that  were higher than 18 micro amps which only adds more pieces to the puzzle.