Rebecca Brown stands on a piece of tin foil at the end of every day, feet carefully spaced apart, and lets the electricity drain from her body.
“Standing on tin foil at the end of the day is huge because our bodies act as our capacitors. The more electricity you’re exposed to the more you store, and standing on tin foil gets it out,” she said. “A minute every day with your feet not touching is great.”
Ms. Brown is the president of the Safespace Institute, an electrical pollution consulting firm. Standing on tin foil, as odd as it may seem to some, is one quick fix to minimizing exposure to electrical pollution, she said. Ms. Brown does home and health consultations to examine electrical outputs.
“The real question is to what degree do these unnecessary stressors decrease or hinder people from realizing their full potential,” she said.
Ms. Brown is a certified wellness coach, biological farm consultant and certified electrical pollution technician with electrical engineer Dave Stetzer of Stetzer Electric. Mr. Stetzer will speak at the Martha’s Vineyard agricultural hall on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. about minimizing exposure to electrical pollution.
There are many different types of electrical pollution including high frequency, ground currents and dirty electricity, Ms. Brown said. Dirty electricity occurs in homes and creates a push and pull on your body, she explained.
“The more you have plugged in the more transients and harmonics you’re going to have,” she said. “When power comes into the house, it’s at 60 hertz, or 60 cycles per second. For some reason, that’s okay and doesn’t bother us. But when you get anything below or above 60 hertz, that’s what gets us; 104 to 150 hertz is what penetrates your body up to six inches deep.”
Electrical pollution targets the body’s “weakest link” and is “magnified by electricity,” Ms. Brown said. She herself had never been a great sleeper and when exposed to high amounts of electricity became an insomniac.
Some people are more sensitive than others, Ms. Brown noted.
“I’m like a canary in the coal mine but my cells are being pushed and pulled as much as another’s,” she said. “I can be around a cordless phone for only so long before I want to jump out of my skin.”
Ms. Brown said electrical pollution has strong correlations to certain ailments like Multiple Sclerosis, chronic fatigue, insomnia, headaches, muscle aches, digestive issues and endocrine problems.
“If you have adrenal exhaustion or even fatigue and you’re exposed to WiFi all day or a cordless phone, then it’s going to make adrenal fatigue that much worse,” she said. “If you have immune issues and you’re trying to heal . . . it’s going to make health that much harder.”
A client of Ms. Brown’s used to sleep from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. everyday. Over several weeks, he decreased his nap time. Now he doesn’t need a nap at all.
Mr. Stetzer has designed small filters that plug into wall outlets to trap stray voltages (yogis may see them at the Yoga Barn in Chilmark) and Ms. Brown incorporates them into her reviews.
“I prioritize whatever is in your home,” she said.
Eliminating sources of fluoride, aluminum, plastic, organic cosmetics, replacing wall to wall carpeting and using organic mattresses are also helpful, Ms. Brown said. Cabinet makeovers are also helpful, she said.
Cordless phones are “horrible” and “have to go.” Going back to an ethernet cable in place of WiFi would be ideal, she said.
David Stetzer’s presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. on July 17 at the Martha’s Vineyard agricultural hall. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For tickets email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 774-521-6100.