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lymebytes
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I have always wondered if possible EMF from electric blankets could make LD worse, but never found any proof. Most electric blankets today are made low EMF (about 5%)....but I just found this :

"One helpful caveat is to avoid the use of electric blankets or sleeping in water beds with the electric current activated, otherwise you might wake up with one or more LD symptoms".
From this link 6th paragraph: http://cassia.org/essay.htm

Hopefully they are talking about old electric blanket, I love my electric blanket!! Is there really any validity to this?

What can we do? The list just gets shorter. [cussing]

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Electric blankets, heating pads, you name it! And I'd been falling asleep with an electric heating pad against my back every single night for years. It helped with the pain, but I looked like hell when I'd wake up.

Add a cell phone, cordless phone, some area cell phone towers, and wireless internet and...

Neurological Effects of Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Radiation Relating to Wireless Communication Technology - Dr. Henry Lai

Blood-Brain Barrier , Cellular Morphology of the Brain, Neural Electrophysiology, Changes in Neurotransmitter Functions, Metabolic Changes in Neural Tissues, Cytogenetic Effects:

http://www.emrnetwork.org/research/laibrussels.pdf

Neurological Effects of Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Radiation - Dr. Henry Lai

http://www.emrnetwork.org/research/laivienna.pdf

Memory and Behavior - Dr. Henry Lai

http://www.emrnetwork.org/research/laiwho.pdf

Bioinitiative Report:

http://www.bioinitiative.org/report/index.htm

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Might want to use one of those red hot water bottles instead!
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Many years ago, not too long after I managed to get CFS, a homeopathic MD told me not to use my electric blanket. Why? His answer was simple, "depletes the life force." That was a bit cryptic for me at the time. And it would be years before I heard the term, EMF.

Anyway, he told me that I could turn the electric blanket on before getting in bed, but unfortunately, it just wasn't the same. The heat wears off quickly. And I remember being really sad about all of this also.

Now I use a small space heater... still probably not the best solution, but at least it is not directly on me, but several feet away.

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Also, if it is at all possible... saunas really help in the winter time! We purchased an inexpensive one last summer and so this is the first winter that we have had use of it, and notice that it really makes a difference! You can get soooo warm from the inside out.

My husband tells me that in Sweden homes were literally built around their saunas, placing them directly in the center of the house. This does seem understandable there where heat is such a significant resource.

Claire

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I have an electric mattress pad and I LOVE IT. I really do. It is one of my only comforts. I get horrible chills without it and can't sleep.

I don't believe that stuff. I just don't. I'm sticking with my pad [Smile]

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My acupuncturist is super purist woman and she even uses them!
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I never used an electric blanket pre-lyme diagnosis.

Now, I am cold a lot and if I don't sleep with my electric blanket, I swear my joints lock up during sleep an it hurts like...you can imagine.

I need to ask my LLMD about this too.

EMF is dangerous - BUT over the years electric blankets are made differently - Sunbeam boasts on their box 95% less EMF!

I think (can't remember what country for sure) Germany really has studied EMF for years, there is a lot of truth to it according to what I have read - making people sick and causing cancer, etc.

I know Burrascano says NO electrical stimulation therapy with Lyme...hmmmmm...

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I'm either too hot or too cold.

No happy medium.

I do have a heating pad on my bed too.

When I am really cold, I crank it up to High for about 30 minutes

Before getting in bed. Then I shut it off.

If I leave it on....I get too hot.

There is nothing like putting your ice-berg feet into a hot, toasty bed. [Big Grin]

I've thought about using my husband's legs to warm my feet,

But he is so cranky with herxing.....I'd rather be safe than sorry.

Hugs,

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quote:
I know Burrascano says NO electrical stimulation therapy with Lyme...hmmmmm...
Interesting.... I wonder what all that entails?

I never used an electric blanket, either, but I did use a heating pad on my back for about a year after a back injury back in the 80s.... and funny thing.... that's the same period of time that my major symptoms started coming out, had weird reactions to vaccinations and sulpha drugs.... hmmmmm.

Maybe it just isn't worth taking a chance when it comes to stuff like electric blankets.... [Frown]

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The IR (infra-red or heat) energy may elevate 1,25-D levels which would throw your hormones for a loop. It can also increase the effectiveness of any antibiotics you are taking, for better or worse.
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BRH. where are you getting this information from? I suspect that it's from the MP site, and that it is only the opinion of Marshall.

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quote:
Originally posted by micul:
BRH. where are you getting this information from? I suspect that it's from the MP site, and that it is only the opinion of Marshall.

I assume you don't disagree that increased body temperature can increase the effectiveness of antibiotics because this is a well-established fact.

Many on MP seem to still produce all the 1,25-D they need despite very little exposure to light for YEARS, so it has to be coming from somewhere! The only known options are enzymatic conversion or energy. Many people, including myself at one time, feel much worse from heat even when not taking antibiotics. After about 10 months on MP, sunlight & heat were no longer a problem for me.

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You're getting issues all mixed up here. The topic is EMF from electric blankets, which normaly doesn't have anything to do with FAR infrared energy or heat unless someone has purchased a special infrared blanket.

We are not talking about raising the body temp either. These blankets are used to maintain a normal body temp so that people aren't freezing their buns off. Now if you're going to jump into a sauna that is very hot for a significant length of time that will elevate body temp a few degrees, then this could possibly increase the effects of abx.

The point still remains that you are referencing TM's belief about FAR and NEAR infrared energy somehow feeding the bugs by increasing D. I submit that it is only his opinion or speculation, that he has not produced any proof that it is true.

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Alternating current produces elecromagnetic
fields and is a problem for the physical body.
Unlike AC, direct current has been used for
healing, especially to help knit fractured
bones and damaged tissue.

The safest electric blanket is a DC blanket
where the normal house AC has been rectified
to direct current. My electric blanket has
a low voltage direct current output of 18
volts.

I've recovered from late stage Lyme disease
and Morgellons with no problem from my blanket.

Blue Skies.........John

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As an electrical & computer engineer, I can assure you I understand the physics of the energy involved.

Yes, Marshall's theories on IR & other forms of energy possibly elevating vitamin D levels are just theories. He's never claimed otherwise. There is evidence to support these theories from MP patient reports & other field reports of sarcoidosis patients (not on MP). Regardless, the effect is probably small compared to the many other more important variables. The increase in body temperature is no doubt a more significant factor unless maybe one is exposed to extreme EMF at appropriate frequencies long term.

Instead of sitting around debating all the details of theories, more people should just try MP. The medications are some of the safest in the U.S. formulary - FAR safer than high dose antibiotic therapies. You can discuss theories all day & never learn as much as you would from actually trying something. There comes a point in time when you realize you know enough to know you don't know enough. The bottom line is that MP works for many people, especially those demonstrating vitamin D metabolism dysregulation.

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Thank you Trevor, I mean BRH for admiting that.

Now, as for the MP I say:Noooooo Waaaaay

Maybe you would have better luck over on the Guinea Pig board because, well, that's their job. [puke]

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Pretty much any treatment other than doxycycline & Rocephin are experimental for Lyme & every treatment is experimental for chronic Lyme. If you think you're not a guinea pig, you're mistaken.

I've probably questioned MP as much or more than anyone here yet I just keep progressing exactly as they claim. FWIW, I was nearly banned on the MP boards at least twice already.

None of this changes the FACT that MP is helping hundreds of people recover from chronic disease, including Lyme.

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