I mentioned in the Monday report that we have begun to see some very modest results from our grounded half-sheet experiment.
As you’ll remember, we picked up the Earthing Half Sheet Kit ($140) not on the expectation of making huge headway on personal health (we’re still healthy as horses anyway), but to see if it would help with the minor aches and pains that come from being on the wrong side of 66 and tending our own 30-acres in the Outback of East Texas.
As mentioned, Elaine is feeling some of the effects of the experiment (and is pleased with the results, subtle though they are) and our experiments will continue.
The one point of departure I have with the proponents of the grounded sheets is this idea that you can use the ground that is build into house wiring to achieve the effect. This is one of those “sort of” answers…
To be sure, this is what we are using right now, grounding to an outlet ground, and yes, there seems to be something there, but I have been stymied by “the Boss” who doesn’t want me to put in a “real deal” grounding system.
“I don’t want a hole put through the wall into the house…” she explained, as her foot came down on Mr. Wizard’s latest flash. “We have enough bugs around here, already!”
Try though I did, she wasn’t buying my plan: I picked up some copper threated rod (3/8” diameter) and was going to drill a hole though the wall, apply a good coat of caulking on both sides, then some copper washers and finally double nuts. I wasn’t going to chainsaw the hole…figuring a 3/8ths in drive would work fine…I have some that are long shaft, so a single pass would do it. Easy, right?
My back-up plan today? I’ll be suggesting that we open the window a 16th of an inch, put the short grounding rod (comes with the kit although it’s only about 12 long, or so” and put tape on the window to keep the (damn) bugs out. Not sure how that will fly, but I’ll keep you posted. The ground is total saturated, so even a foot of ground stake would be fine.
My reason for being suspicious of grounding to house wiring is very simple. A.C. wiring is done most often by running a single 8-foot grounding rod at the service entrance/panel for house wiring.
Now, the problem (since I have looked at it on a scope – old Kenwood dual channel) is that A.C. house wiring ground are really a very poor ground is you are looking for grounding across a wide range of spectrum.
To be sure, down at the DC level, it might work. But remember your ham radio (or physics) class: Wires that run parallel to one-another form a large (although long) capacitor and this couples alternating current components into the wiring.
From our bedroom, the wiring runs up and over to the service entrances, so 8-feet up, 15 feet over, then 8 feet down, 2 feet over, 4 feet up, roughly to the panel. But since our home is a mobile/modular, that’s not where the ground is.
THAT is located 45 feet away. It may be early, but that’s about 75 feet. And if you have the time and inclination, a 75-foot hunk of parallel wires has all kinds of odd characteristics, not the least of which it is starts to look suspiciously like a balanced wire feed line we use in ham radio, now and then. (Google pictures of balanced feedlines are here.)
To be sure, a lot of readers are skeptical, and I won’t say without good reason. Here’s an example from the comments section.
Grounded Sheets Great idea as I have been dragging a grounding wire capped with a static discharge wick for years that runs up my leg and is attached to the Aluminum hat that I always wear even in bed. I learned this secret when I was talking to the thousand year old Athenian warrior that resides here in Yelm with the Ramitha center.
Yeah, yeah, yeah…lol.
Seriously: When we run audio (and even filament wiring for tubes in audio sections) we twist wires so they don’t pick up noise. Back in my days as Cruising Equipment, we were always very careful to make up proper twisted wire pairs for just this reason, to prevent induced noise. (Put two ends of a hunk of wire in a drill, the other end around a nail, hold taut and turn on the drill.)
Science, you see, is repeatable. Crossed wires cancel out noise.
Even though I put in #12 copper when we rewired this joint, there’s still at least 2-10ths of an Ohm of resistance at DC as well. *(No telling what the AC resistance is (that’s called impedance by the way…DC considers Resistance, AC deals with impedance.) But the real issue is noise coupled in from the AC wiring which is part of the “transmission line” in this case.
Will there be a difference between a “dirty ground” subject to a lot of induced power line noise? I’ll let you know.
Further Research and Readings
If it seems as though I am very focused on this whole “bio-electric” stuff, it is with a very good reason. I think I’ve mentioned it to you before, but in case you forgot, here are three important facts to keep in mind.
1. Great, great, great grandfather Andrew N. Ure has a Wikipedia page. His relevant studies on the human body and electricity include this little ditty:
In 1818 Ure revealed experiments he had been carrying out on a murderer/thief named Matthew Clydesdale, after the man’s execution by hanging. He claimed that, by stimulating the phrenic nerve, life could be restored in cases of suffocation, drowning or hanging.
Every muscle of the body was immediately agitated with convulsive movements resembling a violent shuddering from cold. … On moving the second rod from hip to heel, the knee being previously bent, the leg was thrown out with such violence as nearly to overturn one of the assistants, who in vain tried to prevent its extension. The body was also made to perform the movements of breathing by stimulating the phrenic nerve and the diaphragm. When the supraorbital nerve was excited ‘every muscle in his countenance was simultaneously thrown into fearful action; rage, horror, despair, anguish, and ghastly smiles, united their hideous expressions in the murderer’s face, surpassing far the wildest representations of Fuseli or a Kean. At this period several of the spectators were forced to leave the apartment from terror or sickness, and one gentleman fainted.’
2. If this sounds a bit macabre, go read up on where the idea for the Mary Shelly Novel Frankenstein came from! Accounts of (the earlier) Ure’s works were circulating when Mary Shelly wrote her book. It would be akin to writing a SciFi story and including references to events at CERN in the plot line today.
“Ure didn’t claim to have resuscitated Clydesdale, however he
did conclude that direct stimulation of the phrenic nerve was likely the
best method via which to revive the dead. He also suggested that two
moistened brass knobs connected to a battery might work in the same way. Well ahead of his time, Ure had described the electric defibrillator, which wouldn’t be used in medicine until more than a century later.”
3. And in what is awesome is that here the Ure family is, fast-forward some five generations and both me and my son have Extra Class Ham Radio Licenses.
And George II has cheated the devil of many as an EMT wielding what? Yep, defibrillator!
So to say this tinkering with electricity is “in our blood” is something of an understatement.
One of the more important works in the evolution of electro-medicine is Dr. Robert Becker’s The Body Electric: Electromagnetism And The Foundation Of Life.
Not terribly expensive, as medical books go, but it does get us into the “instrumentation” part of subtle energy fields.
For example, it was very enlightening to see how he worked on the evolution of concept that lead to the modern understanding that “chakras” and acupuncture points are largely places on the body where there is reduced skin resistance. And, everyone knows that neurons “fire” small electrical charges to work. Which is why doctors pay so much attention to very small electrical currents around the heart, and particularly the QRS Complex.
I did mention by oscilloscope, right?
The Electric Body is a very good read because it lays down how a good part of this “internal wiring” we all have has been unwrapped. An example of useful data – where ionternal body conductivity is concerned – would be discovery of the “Calcium Channel”
A calcium channel is an ion channel which displays selective permeability to calcium ions. It is sometimes synonymous as voltage-dependent calcium channel, although there are also ligand-gated calcium channels
After you read about this stuff long enough, it begins to dawn on you that although Tesla (et al) invented alternating currents in a big way, we have never done large-scale longitudinal studies to determine what the effects of non-natural radio waves are over time.
There has been some very good work done on basic alternating house current, however with books like Paul Brodeur’s 1989 classic Currents of Death. After reading it, you will understand why one of the real joys of living in the Outback is a lack of nearby high voltage transmission lines.
And, you’ll also begin to eye your electric blanket with suspicion or disgust.
Another book, which is available for Kindle for just over $3-bucks is Dirty Electricity: Electrification and the Diseases of Civilization. This gets more into that lack of a long-term longitudinal study of environmental impacts.
I have to ask my friend who is CMO of a company that is in trials of a breakthrough way of treating macular degeneration whether the (low level) light receptors in the eyes are actual akin to pulsing photo-diodes and whether the breakthrough technology is (in effect) using the light frequencies which rectify into pulsed DC to regenerate nerves in the eyes. The use of DC in bone healing is already well-documented.
Building a Schumann Machine
All of which gets us around to the Schumann resonance and wondering whether we can build a machine that would artificially recreate some of that natural background oscillation?
It’s simple enough to build the equipment: In theory, all you would need would be a low frequency function generator. I picked one up on eBay, DDS (*direct digital synthesis) for $68 bucks including shipping from China. 10-volts peak to peak output and enough resolution so I can program in 7.83 Hertz to the machine.
As I mentioned yesterday (it’s OK to miss a day around here, just do the homework and try to keep up), there is good experimental evidence that brains drop into Gamma state in dreams with stimulus at around 25 and 40 Hertz.
When you look at harmonics off the Schumann resonance, there’s a 3rd harmonic of Schumann at 23.49 Hz and the fifth harmonic is 39.15 Hz.
My thinking/pondering/musing is that stimulating the brain with harmonics at these frequencies is likely what researchers are dealing with, not an arbitrary 25 or 40 Hz.
Moreover, if this is the case, we can readily see that if these very low frequencies are interfered with in a meaningful way, people would be slowly – imperceptibly at first – cut off from their natural dream capabilities.
The test will be an effort to see if there is something to be discovered here.
A couple of technical notes on how to do it” As you know, (or maybe you don’t?) since waves are the “pure tone” when dealing with extraordinarily low AC voltages. This is a research problem since the field density would need to be relatively high in order to create the necessary levels to actually influence brain function at the 23.49 and 39.15 harmonics.
So I will be using a square wave, which has higher harmonic output. (*It’s also what a cheap, modified sine wave inverter – the kind that uses a stepped square wave – are the bane of ham radio enthusiasts. It’s hard to get rid of harmonics, even if they are doing something useful. Which is why purists among ham radio types will usually prefer a very heavy transformer type power supply over a switch-mode supply. The smaller the magnetics, the higher the switching frequency tends to be…a long discussion for offline or in the comments section.)
The next problem is coupling this energy: For this, I’m using a couple of Hula Hoops picked up at the local Wal-Mart.
Sunday was spent trying to decide how to wind the first set of antennas. For the experiments we will have one hoop at the head end of the bed (*vertical, leaned against the wall) and the other at the foot of the bed. They will be fed properly phased).
The winding issue is this (have not experience on winding ultralow frequency antennas: Do I wind it as a simple magnetic loop with the windings following the outer circumference of the hoop, or do I wind it like a big air core toroid. In the toroid winding, there would be hundreds of turns around the diameter of the hoop tube, itself. So likely in the area of 600-900 turns of #28 wire. Times two hoops…this will be as exciting as knitting to build.
Again, we are not running significant power levels (at least initially). Although, depending on results, I do have a small (15-watts per channel) audio amp kit that could be modified for the extremely low frequencies involved.
There is also a multiple hoop configuration I’ve been pondering, which would create an array of five hoops and would rely an arrangement sufficiently different from the Boyd Bushman/Lockheed Martin Patent on using multiple magnetic sources to focus a magnetic beam/wave, which is likely the effect the brain would be turning in to.
Whew! That’sa some pizza!
The whole purpose of this research is to (small chance but) maybe press the envelope just a bit on increasing the huge perception potential of “sleep” and “dream” work.
As I have told you previously, once you have had a couple of experiences with precognitive dreams, you can get “bitten by the bug” and want to figure out how it works.
Oreironautics is an infant field. Nevertheless, it is – I expect – the next frontier…and the place where huge breakthroughs in science and humanity will be coming from.
It’s also fair to say that my novel, DreamOver is built around this core concept within oreironaut research:
The idea of one person being able to consciously travel or interact within the dream of another person, known variously as “dream telepathy“, “telepathic lucid dreaming” or “telepathic dreaming“, has been explored in the realms of science and fantasy fiction; in recent works, such an interaction is often depicted as a computer-mediated psychotherapeutic action, as is the case in The Cell, and Paprika, as well as through the direct intervention of another sleeping person, as in Inception, Dreamscape and Waking Life. The concept is also included in the fantasy series The Wheel of Time as an ability “dreamwalkers” are able to use.
So far, stimulation of the brain in order to achieve enhanced dream states is purely experimental. And waking within the dreams of another is (momentarily) fiction.
So was Mary Shelley’s book – at first.
But, says the American Red Cross, the automated external defibrillator technology is now capable of saving 50,000 lives a year. Shocking change in 100 years, is it not?
Like submarines and “Around the World in 80-Days” the study of fiction is often how science finds new ways forward. So our tinkering will continue.
Write when you break-even…