The Scottish Feng Shui Centre
HEALTHY ENVIRONMENTS FOR WORKING AND LIVING
Life in 21st century Britain is creating more and more unhealthy living and working environments. Nature and the natural order are increasingly being dominated by technology, chemicals and man-made structures. Our immune systems are having to cope with daily challenges, most of which we are unaware of, and many of which we could change.
Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) is now a recognised phenomemon. SBS is often diagnosed where people consistently experience symptoms in a building (such as headaches, fatigue, lethargy, irritability, sneezing, dizziness, forgetfulness, stuffy/runny noses, nausea) These symptoms occur primarily when the person is in the building. Research published in publications such as The Lancet have linked SBS with many causes, such as chemicals leaking from paints, furnishings, carpets etc, flickering lighting, VDU glare, electro-magnetic pollution from electrical wiring and, above all, geopathic stress. .
Here are some of the key health hazards in our homes and workplaces, and some of the solutions available: .
Geopathic Stress (GS)
What is it?
Geopathic stress (GS) is a disruption to the Earth's vibrations which causes natural radiation to rise up through the earth. The Earth.s own vibrational frequency is the same as our own alpha brain waves (7.83 Hz), which may help explain why this disruption seems to have a profound effect on our health. NASA experienced similar problems in space, where the absence of the Earth's vibrations affected astronauts and needed to be artificially recreated. Back on Earth, research into geopathic stress is continuing, and evidence is repeatedly showing geopathic stress to be a common factor in long-term/chronic illnesses and pyschological conditions.
The list of illnesses which studies have linked to geopathic stress is alarming: most types of cancer, migraines, SIDS (cot death), many wasting diseases (Motor Neurone, Parkinsons's, MS), pyschological conditions (depression, addictions, suicides, obsessions, nightmares, anxiety), ME, Crohn's disease, infertility.
The effects do not only concern health:
Houses with geopathic stress running through them are consistently slower to sell than those without (it would appear that people sense something's wrong even they are not consciously aware of it).
GS is often a factor in struggling businesses.
GS is often found in accident black spots.
GS also manifests itself where there's repeatedly failing technology: computers which repeatedly crash or printers which regularly break down are also, more often than not, on a line of geopathic stress.
Where it occurs:
GS appears in lines, usually 1m to 2m wide and varying in degrees of severity. Health symptoms usually occur when geopathic stress crosses your bed, desk chair, sofa or other place where you regularly sit. Eating food which has been stored in an area crossed by geopathic stress could also affect your health.
Fortunately, geopathic stress can be treated. Established techniques such as earth acupuncture have proved successful in clearing geopathic stress. Call Tanya Fox - Feng Shui Consultant on 0131 667 8819 to find out more. There is also a range of tools and products available for treating Geopathic Stress for example, Helios3 - Geopathic Stress and EMR Harmoniser.
What is it?
The modern western environment is full of chemicals which are evidently affecting our health. There has been a rapid rise in recent years of the use of toxic chemicals in everyday household goods and materials, particularly formaldehyde, organochlorines (many pesticides, solvents, plastics etc) and volatile organic compounds (e.g. benzene, propane, butane, toluene).
There are many documented symptoms of chemical pollutants in our daily environments: headaches, depression, skin reactions, respiratory conditions, allergies, poor concentration, muscle weakness and even increased cancer risk to name but a few.
Where it occurs:
Chemical pollutants are sadly in the air we breathe, the materials we touch, the water we drink and the food we eat. They are found in many building materials, plastics, carpets, furnishings, paints, cosmetics, deodorants, cleaning products, pesticides, industrial emissions, water supplies and more.
Other than avoidance where possible, nature is the best antidote to chemical pollution: specific plants absorb the chemical pollutants which surround us. Bamboo palms, Gerbera daisies and Peace lilies, for example are good absorbers of formaldehyde and carbon monoxide.
Electro-Magnetic Fields (EMFs)
What are they?
The increase in technology in the last few decades has been phenomenal and the effect on our living and working environments, huge. We are surrounded by electric wiring: in our walls, under our floors, around our desks, around our beds. This wiring emits electro-magnetic fields, and research is repeatedly showing that this is seriously affecting our health and well-being.
The effects of prolonged exposure to EMFs is a huge area of research. Studies have repeatedly pointed at harm to the immune system, the central nervous system, cell regulation and growth, hormone production, enzyme production, foetal development, and disturbance of brain wave rhythms (EEG). In particular EMFs have been shown to increase the risk of many types of cancer, miscarriages, clinical depression and suicide. For more information on research into EMFs, the following are useful links:
Where they occur:
EMFs occur primarily around electrical applicances and wiring, power cables, digital mobile phones, mobile phone masts, railway lines and electricity sub-stations. When tackling EMFs in domestic or working situations, it is usual to focus on certain places such as beds, desks and sofas - this is because EMFs are generally only a problem if we spend significant amounts of time in them.
Fortunately there are many practical ways to minimise EMF exposure. The first priority is to have the fields accurately measured using professional EMF meters. There is only a problem if the fields exceed the recommended safe threshold (50 nanotesia for the magnetic level, 5 V/m for electric). Often just moving the bed or desk a few inches can be enough for the level to be safe, or if it is not, then there are several effective products available to reduce or eliminate EMFs altogether from specified areas for example, Helios3 - Geopathic Stress and EMR Harmoniser.
What are they?
Light is essential to human existance. Furthermore research has shown that lower levels of sunlight experienced in winter seasons can lead to a range of symptoms known as Seasonal Affected Disorder (SAD). We use artifical light to compensate for natural light but it cannot provide the same benefits as natural light. One significant reason for this is that the spectrum of light in most light bulbs is considerably narrower than natural light.
Symptoms such as headaches, migraines, poor sleep, irritability, agitation, depression and carbohydrate craving.
Where they occur:
Most light bulbs, including energy-saving bulbs. Fluorescent lighting has a particularly narrow spectrum.
Full-spectrum lighting products are available. Maximum exposure to natural light.
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