Debunking

  Debunking is a process of questioning actions and ideas that are usually taken for granted. It refers to looking behind the facade of everyday life.  Sometimes what's happening has a everyday simple explanation and through the importance of Debunking we are able to offer peace of mind to a client.

Debunk Corner is an assembly of  brief snips from the Internet Community on subjects we rule out in investigations.

Noise Pollution

Is that Noise just a Bump in the Night?

  

A sound/noise is created when the molecules in the air bump into one another, which in turn bump into the next molecules, and continues traveling until the energy runs out. When it reaches any ear, it is translated into a vibration what is recognized as a sound/noise. (http://idahoptv.org)

Our evolutionary response to unfamiliar noise can trigger a potent stressful anxiety. Our bodies boost the heart rate, breathe less deeply, and release fight-or-flight hormones. Even wildlife gets stressed out by noise. (https://www.motherjones.com/environment

Those familiar noises can become overwhelming.

Human's sensitivity to sound increases at times of stress, making previously unheard background noises or a familiar sound that has been modified to sound strange, suddenly very prominent. (http://www.assap.ac.uk/newsite/htmlfiles/Paranormal%20sounds.html)


Houses, whether new or old, make plenty of noise, creaking door, the strange rattling in the walls, and the squeaking stairs. You might not notice it during the hustle and bustle of the typical day, but when things calm down at night, all those noises come out. 

Clicking, Knocking, and Clanking”, no, that's not the sound of chains rattling in the attic. If it's cold weather, these sounds may be from turning on the heater. Those dust work vents are expanding and contracting. The noise could be coming from your roof during the hottest days of the summer, when the rays of the sun beat down on the shingles; they’re contracting and expanding too. Whistling in the Dark is not a happy ghost; it's a very unhappy furnace or air conditioning filter when the filter is dirty. 

Scratch, Scratch, Scratching” may sound like your walls are haunted, in reality it's the tiny fingernails or teeth of a rodent or wild critter in your house turning your insulation into a comfy bed.

Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble” goes that popping sound, it isn't the wicked witch. Just your water heater, where sediment has settled at the bottom of the tank, then popped and bubbled as the water heats. Then comes the “Bang—Bang—Bang” of that wild hammering you hear of air pressure in the water pipes.

Houses are made up of a combination of wood, glass, concrete and other materials that contract and expand at different rates and other strange sounds that might surprise you when you least expect it. If you have a noise that persists and you're getting concerned, it never hurts to call in the pros and get an opinion for your own peace of mind. Shannon Dauphin Lee https://lifehacker.com


If your home (a bastion of peace, quiet and calm) is in an area with pervasive noise pollution, your neighborhood could be dangerous to your health. Conditions brought on by noise pollution include insomnia, hearing loss and heart health issues. Understanding sound frequencies and identifying the causes can help you survive. We have become accustom to noises with great cost to our mental health. 

· Police sirens: 118 db; 

· AC unit: 60 db; 

· Heavy street traffic: 70 db; 

· The Ordinary conversation 60 dB: compared to a 30 dB: Soft whisper. 


When you go looking for a new home, be aware of venues where major concerts and events are held and loudspeakers are used; construction sites; industrial sites; dogs with high-pitched barks; and other loud at-home machinery that are in continual use. https://www.healthyhearing.com

Knowing the sounds of your neighborhood will help you maintain that precious “peace of mind” and a happy ‘Spirit’ in your home.

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Is it the Naked Eye Phenomena?

Technology or Paranormal


Evidence needs to be multiple captures on multiple sources. This orb photo is off an IR video where K2’s went off, Evp’s of music and footsteps and personal experiences happened as the orb entered the room, stopping at the died Grandma’s piano. It was one of those rare times when more than one piece of evidence was captured at the same time. Katie of APIS


Ghost and supernatural entity is something that we can't see with the naked eye, we assume that ghost exists, we just can't see them. Well, when someone takes pictures with their cameras or videos, they do capture some weird images, ghost apparitions, EVPs or even orbs. But, why can these devices capture such vivid and yet appealing image? 

Mr. Frodonet of Malaysia https://www.unexplained-mysteries.com 


Optical illusions called Entopic phenomena are effects whose source is within the eye itself cast upon the retina.

  • Floaters-lowly drifting blobs of varying size
  • Blue field entopic phenomenon has the appearance of tiny bright dots moving rapidly along squiggly lines
  • Haidinger's brush is a very subtle bowtie or hourglass shaped pattern
  • Purkinje images are the reflections you see as a dimmer image moving in the opposite direction 
  • The phenomenon phosphene is the perception of light without light actually entering the eye appears as one or more light disks crossed by dark blurry lines (the shadows of the lashes), each having fringes of spectral color through the eyelashes. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entoptic phenomenon
  • Seeing things in photos or sometimes even with the naked eye, is known as matrixing or pareidolia, apophenia. Basically, it’s your brain telling your eyes what to see.  By Kelly Roncace for NJ.com


Digital cameras are significantly different to film cameras in several ways. The most important point of view of paranormal photos is a hugely increased depth of field for most models, compared to film. This has given rise to such well-known phenomena as orbs and ghostly mists (often caused by the photographer's own breath on cold nights). Smoke from a cigarette can also cause the effect. 

Rods are elongated visual artifacts appearing in photographic images and video recordings and are typically afterimage trails of flying insects and their wing beats. Will-o'-the-wisp phenomena (ignis fatuus) are caused by the oxidation of phosphine (PH3), diphosphane (P2H4), and methane (CH4) produced by organic decay . The image caused by natural gases can be found as early as 1596, as mentioned in the book by Ludwig Lavater, could create the illusions of fairy lights, such as fireflies. Believed to be the result of the draining of swamplands in recent centuries.  

Classic ghost images may have happened, by accident, in this way. 

Long exposures and the use of tripods were once common when film was very slow. If a person walked into such a photo, stopped for a while and then walked off, it would produce the classic transparent ghost. In the photo, an object partially obscured the built-in flash of the camera taking the picture. The result was a strange shadow over the middle of the photo. If the photo was of a corridor, it might appear like a shadow ghost. 

Given that ghosts are reported to look like normal people, perhaps there are photos of ghosts out there right now, completely unrecognized. Or perhaps ghosts cannot be photographed. We don't really know for sure. Many of the existing photos that are thought to be ghosts fall into the 'long exposure', 'unnoticed objects' or 'misidentification' categories. For there to be a convincing photo of a ghost we would need more evidence than just a single photo. 

Maurice Townsend http://www.assap.ac.uk 

 

                                                

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Mold

Sick Building Syndrome or Did the Mold get you?

  

Older-built structures that suffer from neglect and poor air quality may result in effects from exposure to biological pollutants. Their occupants have reported depression or anxiety, a potential link between certain toxic molds and other symptoms like movement disorders, delirium, dementia, disorders of balance and coordination, and that ‘creepy’ feeling.  Old, spooky places that make you feel like things just aren't ... quite ... right. Maybe the mold might be what pushes you over the edge. "If you’re in a place where you’re exposed to mold and you’re feeling a little anxious, and you see something strange or you feel something strange, you might be more likely to blame it to a haunting.” Shane Rogers, a professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Clarkson University


American physicist and paranormal skeptic Dr Harry Kloor is also convinced mold is to blame for many supernatural events. He said: “A common airborne fungus will actually grow on latex paint and produces these ergot alkaloids which cause people to hallucinate. This could explain the bizarre things that people are seeing. Our brain pattern recognition-danger response system reacts, but not all such events can be explained away. Is it really paranormal or just odd or unusual science events masking themselves as paranormal. The only way to determine this is via a scientific investigation that follows strict scientific methods.” https://apraparanormal.com


In his concept of mold-tripping , "Sick Library Syndrome" in Dr. Hay’s 1995 article in the The Lancet journal, describes that hallucinogenic spores in old books could lead feelings of "enhancement and enlightenment" Dr. R.J. Hay, mycologists and Dean of Dermatology at Guy's Hospital in London.  https://curiosity.com 

Great Britain authorities sampled public libraries and found evidence that suggests a ‘sick building syndrome’ exists in libraries and that air‐conditioned libraries are more likely to be affected than those which are naturally ventilated. Morris, A. and Dennison, P.  https://www.emerald.com

” A third of British believe in ghosts but their scientists now believe toxic mold - which grows on the walls of damp homes in the UK - could be to blame.  https://www.mirror.co.uk


In the American High Rise buildings, occupants are in a sort of low-level chemical stew -- an unwelcome byproduct of our industrialized environment. Nausea and headaches suggest carbon monoxide may be sneaking into the building; Mysterious itching may be caused by exposure to fibrous glass insulation from an air-duct. (Mark Cullen and Kathleen Kreiss)

Other experts believe the epidemic of sick building syndrome may be linked poor lighting. It's only natural to feel miserable when in this out of whack EMF environment of fluorescent lights buzzing overhead. John Rekus, editor of EHS Today https://consumer.healthday.com  


So what can you do? Well, the Environmental Protection Agency has only simple tips to offer:

  • · Don't block air vents.
  • · If you must smoke, go outside far away. 
  • · Take care of your plants -- dusty, dying plants don't help the air quality and over-watered plants can develop mold.
  • · Get rid of garbage promptly to prevent odors and biological contamination.
  • · Keep perishable food in the refrigerator, and clean the refrigerator to prevent odors and mold.
  • · Keep eating areas clean to avoid attracting Cockroaches droppings.
  • · Get water leaks repaired to prevent mold from growing.
  • · Monitor your electrical systems for high EMF.

All and all what seems to be the most prudent, is to keep our personal space as clean and safe as possible for your own sanity and health.  

Be aware, that ‘creepy feeling’ may be the mold pushing you over the edge!

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Hazards of EMF

EMF EXPOSURE may be what's happening!

  

  

TYPES OF EMF EXPOSURES from https://www.healthline.com

There are two types of Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) exposure. Low-level radiation, also called non-ionizing radiation, is thought to be less harmful to people. Appliances like microwave ovens, cell phones, Wi-Fi routers, as well as power lines, all send out low-level radiation. 

High-level radiation is called ionizing radiation, the second type of radiation, can be sent out in the form of ultraviolet rays from the Sun and Medical X-rays. The following are sources of EMFs, from Domestic Non-ionizing radiation:

  • Microwave ovens
  •  Computers
  •  House energy meters (Smart Meters)
  • Wireless (Wi-Fi) routers and WIFI devices
  • Cell phones and Bluetooth devices 
  • Electric alarm clocks and Electric blanket controls
  •  Fish Tank Pumps
  •  Ungrounded appliances and Ungrounded electrical outlets
  •  Power lines- outside and inside

Magnetic field readings within living spaces above 1 mG (milliGauss) are considered high.

EMF exposure intensity decreases as you move away from the object that’s sending out waves.

· Natural electromagnetic fields (like those created by the SUN): 6.6 m/G

· Power main Pole (not close to power lines): 3.35-7 m/G

· Power main Switch boxes  (close to power lines): 3.350-2 m/G

· TV and computer screens: 3.35-8 m/G

· Mobile phone base stations: 2.01 m/G

· Microwave ovens: 4.69 m/G

EMF SAFETY TIPS from https://emfacademy.com

Whenever possible, replace wireless with wired. Wired is almost always going to be a reduction in radiation. Get a quality EMF meter. You’ll probably notice readings in your home somewhere between .1 mG – 1 mG, usually hovering around .4 or .5 mG. These are the ambient levels that you’ll likely expect in a modern home. If you live in an apartment building, these will likely be even higher.

SYMPTOMS OF EMF EXPOSURE

According to some scientists, EMFs can affect your body’s nervous system functions and cause damage to cells. Cancerous unusual growths may be one symptom of very high EMF exposure. Other symptoms may include:

  • Sleep disturbances, including insomnia
  •  Depression symptoms; Irritability or Anger
  •  Restlessness, Feeling Stress and Anxiety
  •  Lack of Concentration; Changes in memory; Delusions 
  •  Tiredness, Dizziness and Fatigue
  •  A painful, often itchy sensation; Skin burning and tingling
  •  Headache; Nausea and vomiting
  •  Loss of Appetite and weight loss

HUMAN DISEASE RESULTING FROM EXPOSURE TO EMF https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/

Excessive exposure to magnetic fields from power lines and other sources of electric current increases the risk of development of some cancers and neuron-degenerative diseases, male infertility, and neuron-behavioral abnormalities. 

The impact of various sources of exposure, the great range of standards for EMF exposure, and the costs of doing nothing are a big part of the problem.

  1. Effect of short exposure to Electro-hypersensitive (EHS) individuals are some unspecific symptoms like headaches, sleep disruption, heart palpitations, itching, etc. Exhaustion syndrome, anxiety disorder, back/joint/muscle disorder, depression, functional psychosomatic syndrome and migraine are multiple conditions that can occur with EHS/EMF.
  2.  Extremely low frequency electromagnetic field exposure and restraint stress induce changes on the brain lipid profile can affect human health, damaging tissues and cell homeostasis. CHRONIC exposure to ELF-EMF is similar to physiological stress, and induces changes on brain lipid profile.

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Clutter

Clutter Chaos

Clutter has a life of its own. Its dark corners are always changing shapes throughout the day and seem to come alive at night. Foul smells walk from room to room. Towers of precious things seem to grow as they settle in. 

Yes, Clutter has its own chaos. 


Most common reports of paranormal activity coinciding with disorganized and cluttered environments include paranoia, especially the feeling of being watched; anomalous shadows and "shadow people"; anomalous touching and groping; misplaced, relocated or moving objects; voices; and threatening encounters while occupants are in bed between 11:30 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. It's not always easy to discern whether the paranormal activity causes the client's psychological stress or the activity of Clutter has become a common habit we ‘keep’ because we cannot "let go."  Karl Sherlock http://www.pacificparanormal.com


Risk of Clutter Trauma

Compulsive Clutter can have a detrimental effect on the physical and mental health of the client, the client’s family and the client’s neighbors. Long Term Clutter can cause:

  • · Structural damage to a house and any connecting houses
  • · Eviction by landlords
  • · Infestations of rodents and insects
  • · Disease and infections which hide in rotting foods: causing health issues
  • · Legal action by neighbors
  • · Fires
  • · Gas and water leaks that are not accessible for repair create unhealthy mold and poisons 

Some experts believe certain life experiences can be blamed for compulsive clutter. After a tragic loss, such as the death of a close friend or family member, people might start to place more importance on their material possessions because they are afraid of experiencing those feelings of loss again. They want to gain a sense of comfort by being surrounded by their possessions, which perhaps stems from the fear of being left with nothing at all. That fear can become an emotional chaos of psychological stress. https://www.counselling-directory.org.uk


Ranka Burzan of SOS says "People who constantly live in a state of chaos are prone to stay in abusive relationships, low paying jobs and cluttered homes, because it's predictable and we become experts in dealing with their unpleasant situations.  https://solutionsorganizing.com/


It has been reported that clients actually start to feel better about various aspects of their life after regaining control over the clutter. This sets a positive energy and eliminates the variable of uncomfortable feeling in the domain itself. Clutter disrupts the flow of energy in the environment both inside and outside. We internalize this disrupted energy and it causes us to have continued uneasy feelings. Lu Velazquez from ‘The Down and Dirty on Paranormal Investigators’ 

A simple way to maintain the energetic balance of your home is by actual physical cleaning; keep your space free of clutter. There have been a few cases where people have mistaken  symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning for signs of a haunting. If you don't already have a CO monitor in your home, now is the time to install one. SARA COUGHLIN https://www.refinery29.com


The Chaos of Clutter ask, “Am I Paranormal, am I psychological, or is it time for a clean sweep?”

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