A friend of mine, pointed this video out. It is excellent in my opinion. She is working towards a Special Family Resource site for Charleston and the whole state of South Carolina. Portions of it still need to be fleshed out and she is fundraising right now for that area of the website. So, what is it about? It will be an online concierge service, tailored to each area and will link the newly diagnosed family to professionals that can help them find services for their special child. Typically, when a diagnosis is given…there is no answer to the question: “Where do I start?” My friend found that out personally. For her there was no one and today it still is a tough to negotiate. She hopes to change that. The good news for her is that her child’s issues were caught before they became permanent. However, she still tends the torch of compassion for those that continue to live with a special family member.
The video shows quite well what normal people do not understand-daily frequencies as viewed by a sensitive. ‘Normals’ do not really get the difference between themselves and what I call a Sensitive. Autism does fall into that group and it is a very significant set of issues all on its own. But as a designer and looking at things in a larger way, I ask myself, what do they have in common with others challenged by the environment? I can answer back right off the top of my head: the chemically sensitive, the heavy metal overloaded person, people with mold toxicity, electro-sensitives and those with hyperacusis.
So what can we do about it as designers? Well in this case, please watch the video and brainstorm a few ideas for yourself. For my idea, I would figure out other lighting systems. Florescent lights might be “energy saving” but they are not very good for the environment (mercury) and on top of that, there is a little known fact that for sensitives they sound loud…very, very loud…like a close up lawn mower machine. So try and put yourself in the shoes of a child sensitive trying to learn at a school that typically has bays of florescent lighting. It is not a comfortable feeling and all a designer has to do is to specify a different lighting system.
For the Gulf Vets experiencing Gulf War Syndrome. Please read the letter below from Dr Lieberman. While I may or may not personally support war efforts, these soldiers are sourced from our families and friends. These soldiers sacrificed their own personal freedom for a time and their health forevermore. Some join based on patriotism and many join based on need or other situations. Posting this letter is a way for Gulf Vets to know there is treatment available and to create awareness of environmental toxins. This is a quick summary of found biotoxins of the Gulf War Vets. While this is an example of a war induced state, we at home are also exposed to many biotoxins. We find them in the earth, the water, the air and when material is burnt. These biotoxins are largely responsible for the start of the disease state. Doctors work on the body while designers such as myself, we work on the building. It is where you spend most of your time. Your home is where you heal. Design systems for Life can provide solutions for harmonious well being.
If one wants to contact the Center of Occupational & Environmental Medicine just click the link.
The Lemon Test: showing how a very simple yet specific geometry design preserves vitality in fruit at an increase of 50-60% of it’s typical ‘shelf-life’.
I think this experiment shows with extreme clarity, how a shape impacts the vitality of a biological system. Have a look at the picture and compare the lemon to the left (without a shape) to the lemon on the right (with a shape). These two lemons were purchased on the same day and from the same lot and observed for just over a month. Another set was purchased for comparison at the end of the experiment period. Something to mention is that the lemons were put directly on an earth line which is part of a grid system named after its German discoverer in 1953 by the name of Anton Benker b 1895. These grids are approximately 32′ x 32′ x 32′ or 10 m x 10 m x 10 m. They run North-South and East West and right up through the Earth’s ionosphere and are known to impact the environment. This is a three dimensional cube lattice system that emits radiation. Studies have shown that they heighten the chance of detrimental health in biological systems such as plants, animals and have detrimental effects on stone or other building materials.
They are made of negative fields and positive fields. One can utilize a negative field for a short time for a calming effect. However, if one stays in this negative field for a long time, it may weaken biological systems. In a positive field, documentation has shown that when one works or sleeps in such areas it triggers infections, irritations and ulcers and even cancer. Under this type of radiation the cell structures cannot regenerate well and ultimately weakens the immune system.
This is just on small example of what radiations do to a body. It is also a lovely example of what proper design can do to promote wellness and vitality.
EMF issues hit the Lowcountry
This is a repost that my husband and I did on his site, JD Hall that inspired me to put together Design Systems for Life.
NOW FOR SOME FRANK TALK ABOUT EMF
Some of you may have read the story in the Charleston Post & Courier this past weekend by Glenn Smith, relating the disturbing news about a Myrtle Beach couple who has been suffering severe health problems they claim are caused by a new Santee-Cooper sub-station that recently came on line less than a mile and a half from their community.
This story comes a few months after a major settlement between a Redondo Beach California resident and a Southern California Edison power company. In that case, the resident was repeatedly shocked by periodic stray low voltage emanating from the shower head in her bathroom. The jury decided the stray electric found in her home was caused by electromagnetic fields (EMFs) generated by nearby power lines.
As mentioned in the Post & Courier article, some entities such as the WHO, and several European countries recognize low-voltage “noise” as a health problem and have adopted standards to address it. The United States has no uniform criteria or regulations in place governing the phenomenon.
The average cynic will dismiss these claims as a nice payday for the personal-injury firm and their pathologically litigious clients. On the other hand there are also a fair number of people who strongly feel that there are harmful effects from the various emitters of EMF, such as power lines, cell towers, smart meters, sub-stations, and of course, cell phones. The stage is set for a showdown between the EMF deniers led mainly by power companies like Edison, and communities like Knob Hill that claim their quality of life is being affected by such low voltage emissions.
One of the most informed scientists on the matter, Dr. Magda Havas asks a valid and timely question: “Are low frequency electric and magnetic fields harmful?” She thinks that the answer is likely to have far reaching consequences, considering our growing dependence on electric power, computer technology, and wireless communication, and it is likely to be of interest to a large population using, manufacturing, selling, and regulating this technology. One day, we may find out as we did with tobacco, that this stuff really isn’t good for our health.
Nikola Tesla should have known 🙂
Here is some background on the stray voltage case that came up in March, 2013 out in California: http://www.easyreadernews.com/68102/southern-california-electric-stray-voltage/
Also, some links that discuss the science of EMF:
Review of Several EMF Studies: http://www.magdahavas.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/04_Havas_London-Rev.pdf
Other Technical Stuff: http://www.mikeholt.com/technical.php?id=strayvoltage/technicalstrayvoltagenewslettersmenu
German EMF Science Site http://www.buergerwelle.de/en/topics/science/
UK EMF Science Site: http://www.emfs.info/The+Science/
Documentary about Cell Towers: http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/resonance-beings-frequency/
From the Charleston Post & Courier
By Glenn Smith
Laughing students milled about a school playground as Michael Tidwell steered his Ford Expedition down a street lined with blooming flowers, white picket fences and tidy homes nestled on manicured lots.
Low frequency noise occurs in the frequency range from about 10 Hz to 200 Hz and has been found in some studies to cause extreme distress to those sensitive to its effects. Reported effects include annoyance, stress, irritation, unease, fatigue, headache, possible nausea and disturbed sleep.
The World Health Organization recognizes this as an environmental problem. Several European countries have adopted standards for low frequency noise, but the United States has no uniform criteria or regulations in place governing the phenomenon.
Sources: Leventhall and Stranger reports for United Kingdom Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs; Risk Tech
“Looks real nice and peaceful here, doesn’t it?” he remarked.
Tidwell, 50, has lived in The Farm at Carolina Forest subdivision for the past seven years, sharing a four-bedroom home with his girlfriend and business partner, Gay Logg. They love the home, the setting, the amenities.
But in the past year, their sanctuary has become an anxious den of odd and unsettling occurrences that has left them questioning their sanity at times.
The couple, who run a marketing and talent agency on the Grand Strand, said they have been plagued by a mysterious, persistent hum and strange vibrations that course through their house on Farmer Brown Court.
Soon after this started last spring, Logg, 51, became paranoid and thought people were watching her through her computer. She and Tidwell swore they heard strange voices coming from their air vents. They felt their bed shake when they tried to sleep. They argued all the time. And Tidwell said he suddenly grew so despondent he tried to kill himself twice last June.
The couple thought they were going crazy until a friend suggested in February they might be suffering from low-frequency noise emissions, a phenomenon that’s been linked in some studies to anxiety, paranoia, sleeplessness, headaches and other issues.
They suspect the source of their problems is a 30-acre Santee Cooper electrical substation that went on line in the spring of 2012, the same time they said they began experiencing problems. The facility is located in woods about 1.7 miles from their home.
Tidwell and Logg said a recent survey by an environmental consultant supports their contention, but Santee Cooper is skeptical they are responsible and their calls for help to Gov. Nikki Haley’s office have largely been ignored.
“For them to tell us this doesn’t exist is not acceptable,” Logg said. “This has devastated us financially, personally — in every way.”
When told of the couple’s concerns, Haley’s office responded with the following statement: “The governor’s office has discussed the issue with these constituents and understands, after having reached out to Santee Cooper officials, that Santee Cooper is investigating it.”
Santee Cooper officials said they are looking into the couple’s concerns but have found no evidence that their substation is to blame for the problems Tidwell and Logg have described.
“We have been in communication with Mr. Tidwell numerous times, and we have been responsive to his concerns,” Santee Cooper spokeswoman Mollie Gore said. “We have gone to his house to investigate the situation ourselves, we advised him that we didn’t think what he was experiencing had any relationship to the new substation.”
A certified industrial hygienist hired by the couple, however, said readings he took in April found disturbing levels of low frequency noise emissions in the area.
Richard Bennett, president and chief science officer at Charleston-based Risk Tech LLC, visited the area three times in April and took noise readings around the home, nearby Ocean Bay Middle School and along the fence of the substation. He said he documented noticeable vibrations in the house and low frequency noise readings well above recommended levels — in some cases, twice as high.
In his report, Bennett stated “with a reasonable degree of scientific certitude,” noise emissions coming from the substation “are the source of your psycho physiological health problems. He recommended that the couple be examined by a certified environmental physician and that they immediately leave the house if problems worsen until some resolution with Santee Cooper is reached to solve the problem.
“This phenomenon is very real. It is not some hypochondriacal, imagined thing. It very well-known by the electrical industry,” said Bennett, who is also an adjunct professor of environmental science at the University of South Carolina.
Santee Cooper’s Gore said the Moncks Corner-based utility just received Bennett’s report and is investigating further in response to his findings. “That investigation will take a little time, and we want to be thorough,” she said.
Gore said the utility had not received other concerns or complaints similar to those of Tidwell’s, noting numerous houses and other structures lie between his house and the substation.
The Post and Courier spoke to a few of the couple’s neighbors last week and none reported experiencing similar problems. The community’s home owners association and the Horry County School District also reported no complaints regarding the substation.
Bennett, however, said that is not unusual, as only a small percentage of people — somewhere between 2.5 and 10 percent — generally have acute reactions to low frequency noise. To those affected, however, the noise can be “extraordinarily troubling, to the point where it can almost drive the individual mad, and that’s the case with Gay and Michael,” he said.
Santee Cooper built the large substation to accommodate increasing demand and to maintain reliability for customers in Horry County. It has a maximum output of 250 megawatts, enough power to service about 125,000 households, Gore said.
The station is located down a dirt road and surrounded by thick forest and locked gates warning people to keep out, leaving it largely hidden from view. Tidwell and Logg said they didn’t realize it was there until a friend who works for the county told them about it in February.
Before the station went on line, they said, their business, Brio Agency International, was thriving and they were a happy, content couple. But that soon changed, they said.
“In a few short months, we went from being a loving couple who almost never argued to two people that fought several times a week, if not daily,” Tidwell said.
Logg said she became convinced people were watching them inside the house. Horry County police reports document her and Tidwell’s suspicions that someone had placed hidden cameras and listening devices in their home and were controlling their computers from a remote location. They accused the police and FBI of spying on them.
Tidwell said he felt tremendous pressure in his head when he stepped outside to smoke, “like diving into the deep end of the pool and swimming to the bottom.” Logg, meanwhile, would shake with seizure-like tremors at times and complain that she felt electric shocks when vibrations shook their bed at night, a time when problems seemed to worsen.
The couple said they cut the power to their home and tore apart smoke detectors, light fixtures and ceiling fans looking for the source of the persistent humming, which sounded like an industrial refrigerator running all the time. They found nothing.
The noise of passing vehicles seemed magnified inside the house and the shaking sensation made it almost impossible to sit and watch television or sleep, Tidwell said. “I sometimes seriously thought the house was going to explode.”
Tidwell said he started thinking he was the source of the problems that beset them and he concluded things might be better if he removed himself from the picture — permanently.
On May 31, 2012, Tidwell barricaded himself in a supermarket bathroom and plunged a 3-inch paring knife into his left arm, leaving a severe gash, according to a police report. He demanded that officers tell him why cameras and recording devices had been placed in his home.
A few weeks later, Tidwell said, he tried to overdose on pills, because “this was the only way I could think of to get us both relief.”
Tidwell said he was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, though he had never had mental health issues. Logg said she too had a clean mental health history, and couldn’t explain what was happening to them as their life spiraled downward, losing business and income in the process.
Tidwell and Logg are now convinced the Santee Cooper substation is to blame. The closer they get to the site, the more pressure they feel in their heads, they said.
Tidwell said he is taking anti-anxiety medication to cope with the situation. Logg, meanwhile, said she is spending her nights at another home to escape the shaking and humming sensations.
Their hope, though, is that a more permanent solution can be found.
“Look, people have to have electricity,” Logg said. “We know that. We use it just like everyone else.”
Tidwell nodded, a rueful smile on his face. “That’s true, but you don’t want it coursing through your veins like this.”
Hello World! The Vitruvian Man
This sketch holds more secrets than just proportion. It is how man interacts with the material and spiritual. The square signifying the material and the circle signifying the spiritual. Both da Vinci and Vitruvius knew how to manipulate form for the best synergistic effect. So have a deeper look. Ask yourself what do you feel when viewing this drawing? Could the hand gestures or feet positions reveal anything else? Here is a tip: they do. With this study, one can begin to understand how man interacts with all around him. I use it now as a springboard into concepts of harmonization.
The Vitruvian Man is a sketch created by Leonardo da Vinci. It is based on the work of the architect Vitruvius. The drawing, which is in pen and ink on paper, depicts a male figure in two superimposed positions with his arms and legs apart and simultaneously inscribed in a circle and square. The drawing and text are sometimes called the Canon of Proportions or, less often, Proportions of Man.
The drawing is based on the correlations of the IDEAL human proportions with geometry described by the ancient Roman Architect Vitruvius in Book III of De Architectura. Vitruvius described the human figure as being the principal source of proportion for the (Building) Orders. He believed the workings of the human body to be an analogy for “the workings of the universe.”
Vitruvius: reports about “Vetruvio” saying:
“if you open your legs enough that your head is lowered by one-fourteenth of your height and raise your hands enough that your extended fingers touch the line of the top of your head, know that the centre of the extended limbs will be the navel, and the space between the legs will be an equilateral triangle“.
The lower section of text gives these proportions:
- the length of the outspread arms is equal to the height of a man
- from the hairline to the bottom of the chin is one-tenth of the height of a man
- from below the chin to the top of the head is one-eighth of the height of a man
- from above the chest to the top of the head is one-sixth of the height of a man
- from above the chest to the hairline is one-seventh of the height of a man.
- the maximum width of the shoulders is a quarter of the height of a man.
- from the breasts to the top of the head is a quarter of the height of a man.
- the distance from the elbow to the tip of the hand is a quarter of the height of a man.
- the distance from the elbow to the armpit is one-eighth of the height of a man.
- the length of the hand is one-tenth of the height of a man.
- the root of the penis is at half the height of a man.
- the foot is one-seventh of the height of a man.
- from below the foot to below the knee is a quarter of the height of a man.
- from below the knee to the root of the penis is a quarter of the height of a man.
- the distances from below the chin to the nose and the eyebrows and the hairline are equal to the ears and to one-third of the face.
The points determining these proportions are marked with lines on the drawing. Below the drawing itself is a single line equal to a side of the square and divided into four cubits, of which the outer two are divided into six palms each, two of which have the mirror-text annotation “palmi”; the outermost two palms are divided into four fingers each, and are each annotated “diti”.