Monday, October 12, 2015

Could Electronic Skin Cause Feelings of Being Haunted? by SpookyLady InSanDiego


Magnetoception isn’t the name of the latest Avengers movie. It means using a magnetic field to determine location, direction or altitude. Birds, sharks, turtles, even some mammals (bats, foxes and mice) use magnetoception for navigation and even finding food. A perfect example of this is the annual migration of birds.

There is some debate as to whether humans have any magnetoceptic abilities. Scientists at the University of Manchester conducted studies in the 1970s by disorienting subjects, then asking them for directions. They found subjects who had magnets attached to their heads had more difficulty answering. Unfortunately scientists at other institutions were unable to reproduce the effects of the study.

In 2007 another study, using low-frequency magnetic fields, produced “evoked responses.” An example would be seeing the muscles in your arm twitch when they’re stimulated by a small electrical shock. Even if you don’t feel the shock your muscles will and they will respond accordingly.

I read an article recently about a material described as an “electronic skin which provides a ‘sense’ of magnetic fields.” At only two micrometers thick, the material is lightweight and elastic. The material may be able to notify doctors when a patient is experiencing abnormal muscle movements with a nerve-damaging disease like multiple sclerosis (MS).

After learning about magnetoception and the “electronic skin,” it made me think about electromagnetic fields (EMF). EMF can cause people to have various health effects. These include disorientation, headaches, fatigue, memory loss, skin irritation, feelings of nausea or being watched. Being watched – does that sound familiar?

Here’s an example: A female member of a TV-based paranormal investigation team became physically ill while investigating the basement of a client’s reportedly-haunted house. This is often described as a “fear cage.” After using EMF meters in the basement the investigators were able to determine the reason for her nausea, and the client’s, was extremely high EMF coming from an old circuit breaker panel. The symptoms can be described as
 electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS).

Though many scientists don’t believe in EHS, a small number of people around the world report having negative health conditions due to electromagnetic fields including those emanating from mobile phones, cell towers, cordless phones and power lines. In 2005 the World Health Organization (WHO) concluded that “EHS is not a medical diagnosis.” WHO does say, however, that whatever its cause, “EHS can be a disabling problem for the affected individual.”

My question is: If a patient was implanted with the “electronic skin,” would their chances of experiencing EMF increase? What if the patient began experiencing negative side effects such as EHS after having the implant? What about patients who are already sensitive to EMF experiencing an increase in symptoms? I can’t imagine someone who’s already dealing with health thinking their house is haunted on top of it. Unfortunately due to the skepticism of the paranormal or supernatural in the scientific world, these questions will likely go unanswered.
Information from Scientific American and other Internet resources.

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