High EMF Levels: Haunting or Health Hazard?
Sometimes an alleged haunting is not a haunting at all. It’s the job of the investigator to find natural or manmade causes of reported phenomena if possible. One of these causes may very well be high levels of electromagnetic fields (EMF). An electromagnetic field is one that contains both magnetic and electrical properties that surrounds objects with an electrical charge. Garages, basements, and less frequently attics commonly have high levels of EMF. Referenced places normally have exposed lighting and wiring, heaters, pumps and circuit breaker panel boxes. As a caveat, high EMF levels can be the temporary result of weather conditions such as electrical storms.
One tool that nearly all investigators use is the EMF meter. If one experiences paranoia, have goose bumps or feel that someone is watching him and the EMF levels are 8 mG (milli-Gauss) or greater, the property owner should have a licensed electrician check structure in question. Chronic exposure to more than 2.5 mG is inadvisable. Chances are
if EMF levels are lowered or eliminated, the “creeped out” feelings and heaviness may subside as well. There are also reports of general discomfort, hallucinations, nausea, fatigue, forgetfulness, and insomnia and skin rashes. To a lesser extent, these high levels can cause brain tumors, cancer and leukemia.
An investigator normally uses his or her EMF meter to primarily detect a presence, track an entity, or validate paranormal activity in haunted locations or homes. If the meter detects fluctuations of 2.0 to 7.0 electromagnetic fields static or moving, without a discernible source, it usually indicates spirit presence. Perhaps more important than the foregoing, the investigator can use the EMF meter to debunk a haunting. Any reading that is higher or lower than 2.0 and 7.0 normally has a natural source. This is why it is important to take a baseline reading of the structure or area prior to the actual investigation. Before we are too quick to write a “haunting” off, we ask spirits to turn on and off
something such as a flashlight or to light up an EMF meter on command as the foregoing can only be accomplished by an intelligent entity, not high EMF. An investigator can accomplish the above by asking yes and no questions also. We also keep in mind that a location may contain residual energy.
Not only are high levels of EMF are harmful to one’s health and induces feelings of being watched or feelings of paranoia, high levels of extremely low frequency sound waves (infrasound) have been reported to induce similar feelings; however, this is unlikely in the average home. Infrasound will be a topic we will cover later. Chesterfield Paranormal Research will always continue the investigation to some extent, before writing a haunting off to high levels of EMF and will always advise property owner of his or her options as related to his or her health, promoting well-being.