Book Review

Water, Electricity and Health by Alan Hall

Reviewed by Anne Silk

Electro-stress is a term new to the UK reader, but well-known in Japan (where it was coined), Sweden, Byelorussia and Germany. Those of us who have patients who suffer from electro-stress (ES) used to feel that they were fighting through a field of knowledge, the two usual medical paths being referral to the psychiatrist (it’s all in the mind) or reach for the Rx pad for painkillers and sedatives. There are, however, very sound physiological reasons for the puzzling signs and symptoms of ES which involve the central nervous system, autonomic nervous system, electoporation at cell membranes, calcium efflux etc. So it is a very welcome change to find an excellent book written by a physicist.

Alan Hall is one of the few with enough knowledge of more than his own discipline to describe clearly the intermodulations and pulsed effects of man made seismic energies. At 170pp with 10 pages of references, most from peer reviewed sources such as the Lancet, AM J Epid, Inst. of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (USA) and Health Physics, his sources are impeccable.

As an amateur seismologist I feel it would have been helpful to incorporate the subtle energies of P and s waves, Love, Rayleigh  – all very long wavelength seismic waves. The chapter on Vortex generation is especially good (aka the “spirals” of other writers), but again the contributory energies from faults, thrusts and earthquakes are absent. When we consider that that earthquake precursors (> 30Hz) are right in the human brainwave areas, the significance of earth energies may be appreciated. The diagram on page 45 would benefit from the word to be added “Hertz” to “cycles per second”, the usual terminology.

It is very refreshing to see a serious author collate the multiple sources of energy input at one point in space (p149). Allan Hall cites five but for a truly accurate picture of (as he says) “types of frequency at the surface of the Earth” the energies from local and distant earthquakes and deep movements should be added. Even the humble traffic roundabout will under certain circumstances generate microseisims. In 1998 the Iridium Satellite transmitters will be activated, and the footprints as they are known, of these communications highfliers should also be noted. The plentiful diagrams are clear and the references are collated at the end of each chapter, but an index would greatly benefit the text. As one who is currently researching ionised water from geothermal sources, including volcanoes, I found the chapter “ Water as a Carrier of Information Patterns” highly relevant. Hall brings the analytical mind of a physicist to the section on flowing water and the energies carried therein. The notes on the effects on plant growth of energised water are well worth studying and of great  significance in the late 20th Century. One small criticism, radar has the  capability to detect many other surfaces and media than metal, the UK has a vast network of weather radar stations in addition to satellite images, and rain hail and ice as well as clouds are hardly metallic!

This book is brimful of facts and new ideas and well worth purchasing for those concerned with stress, whether human or animal, and in ill health.  But perhaps the second edition (which surely will be needed) could dot some i’s and cross some t’s metaphorically speaking.

© Anne Silk & BSD EEG