The Biological Effects of Earth Radiation (part 1)

by Alf Riggs

Editors Note: This is the paper presented by Alf Riggs to the international conference held in Copenhagen University in May 1995. The subject dealt with at the conference was Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity. Due to the length of this paper it has been necessary to split the paper into two parts part two will appear in the next newsletter.

Although this talk is in the main dealing with the biological effects of earth radiation, I must tell you that one cannot usefully evaluate the effects of earth rays on the bio-system without taking into consideration other fields from A/C and D/C sources that are instrumental in causing dysfunction at cell level: these will be mentioned as they become relevant.

The earth radiation that I seek to locate employing a dowsing technique is confined to the so-called global grid systems created by cosmic radiation inter-acting with the earth’s magnetic field, namely the Curry Grid (Dr. Manfred Curry), Hartmann Net (Dr. Ernst Hartmann), geological fault lines, underground streams and some as yet unclassified lines of radiation that may in loose terms fall into the ley line group. It is also important to establish to what degree there is a problem arising from the invasion of radon gas which is over and above the background level, this being caused by the disintegration salts of Uranium and other radioactive elements.

Noxious Fields

The unclassified radiation hazard that I came across in recent years is about 14.5 cm wide, and when found clustered in groups there is a distance of some 97 cm between each band. If groups of this type coming from different directions cross on the site where a house is built, it is quite common to find a history of cancer, leukemia and other serious diseases being visited upon the people that have lived there, and the pets they have kept. When formulating a league table of hazard rating, experience has led me to place this type at the top of the list of earth rays causing damage to the bio-system. Very often I find that if a person is sleeping above a crossing point of these grids, cancer will often develop within a time span of 2 – 4 years, the site of the cancer being in close proximity to where the grid lines come on the body.

It is also frequently found that, apart from this type of radiation having an adverse effect on the bio-electric system, it also damages domestic electrical appliances resulting in many breakdowns. The late Dr. Bill Sutherland measured these lines claiming they produced frequencies in the GHz range. Such is the close proximity of these bands, it is often impossible to find a neutral zone within the confines of the house where a bed could be usefully relocated. Electric light bulbs in such homes tend to have a short working life span.

At the Manny Patel Cancer Clinic in Bangor, North Wales, I was called upon to examine the house of one of their patients. It is my standard practice not to have any information related to the house, or individual health problems, in order to conduct a blind investigation. In this case, however, I was in receipt of the knowledge that someone living in the house was suffering from cancer. After dowsing five sleeping sites, I was able to state that the person in question slept on the right-hand side of a double bed, and if they slept on their back, the cancer would be in the area of the left breast; if they slept on their stomach it would be located in the area of the right breast.

A member of the staff who watched me working said: “You have found the right bed and the correct side but the patient sleeps on her back and has the cancer in her right breast, not the left as you suggest.” Arising from this, I was able to state with some confidence that the bed had been moved recently some 8-10 inches to the left. They then consulted a member of the family who confirmed the bed had been moved in order to accommodate a bedside cabinet. When the cabinet was removed we could see the original position of the bed by the imprint left in the carpet. Measuring the leg of bed positions from the centre to centre established it had been moved some 8½ inches to the left, bringing the crossing point of the lines of radiation in the area of the right breast. It is possible to be this accurate particularly when the lines are a combination of the narrow bands generated from the underground water movement, and geological fault lines.

Since we are beginning to understand that it is essential to maintain a degree of stability in the electromagnetic state at cell level, it becomes necessary and important to make provision to ensure that we are not immersed in noxious fields for long periods of time.

In 1922, a group of doctors in Germany, aided by skilled dowsers, completed a programme of research investigating the effects that earth rays imposed on the human organism. They concluded that earth radiation of the type that dowsers detected was the prime cause of most serious diseases,
and called upon the government to organise a national study dealing with this subject. The state of the economy in Germany following the First World War was such that demands for research into this area failed to gain any favour, so little, or nothing was done on an official basis.
In 1929, however, Gustav Freiherr von Pohl, a respected dowser, was invited to investigate the town of Vilsbiburg, where deaths from cancer were above the national average. His brief was to locate and mark the areas of severe geopathic disturbance that would be cancer causing in zones where beds were placed. Such a cartographical investigation had never been attempted before, and to complete this survey with acceptable results it was necessary to arrange official supervision and escorts to gain entry into houses and gardens.

There were 565 houses, with around 900 flats and 3,300 inhabitants. He mapped the lines of radiation going through each room but with particular attention to bedrooms. His findings were officially confirmed by medical officers appointed by the Town Mayor after consulting the town’s medical and death records. Some houses (42) had a history of seven deaths from cancer during the period for which such information was recorded. This information is stored in the Town Hall at Vilsbiburg.

Von Pohl’s work stimulated extensive action among central European medical professions. In Stettin, the Medical Officer, Dr Hager, undertook his own city survey of 5,348 cancer cases, the outcome of which did much to account for the widespread acceptance on the continent of the geopathic influence on cancer, and other illnesses originating or stimulated by electromagnetic fields from telluric radiation sources.

In more recent times, the findings of dowsers, such as Kathe Bachler, who dowsed in 14 countries, dealing with over 11,000 cases in 3,000 homes (all information recorded); Kurt Weinberg, the talented dowser from Kassel, over 9,000 cases with well-illustrated information dealing with each house and workplace examined, plus my own experience, leaves me with no element of doubt whatsoever that the emissions from telluric radiation represent a major contributory factor in the development of many serious diseases.

Dr. Ernst Hartmann, well-known originally, for his discovery of the global grid system (the Hartmann Grid), researched the effects of earth rays on humans for well over thirty years; his experience led him to produce a six hundred page report stating that disease was a problem of location. He found one of the first things to be adversely affected was the immune system, as a result of which, individuals placed above an area of geopathic disturbance soon lost the ability to defend themselves against harmful bacteria that previously they were able to withstand. There was also a very firm link with the development of cancer in people that slept or worked above the crossing points of earth ray systems for lengthy periods of time.
In 1989, a group of researchers in Austria completed a two-year study on the short -term consequences of human association with Pathogenic sites. Some 985 people were tested with 462,421 measurements recorded from 6,943 tests. The working party was headed by Dr. Otto Bergsmann (Internal Medicine), a professor at the University of Vienna. A 158 page report gave details of changes in the serum values of serotonin, zinc and calcium after being exposed to these noxious fields for a period of ten minutes. There were many other altered states to biological functions noted as a result of short-term exposure to these forces.

This group has now linked with two universities in Austria studying the effects of disturbed zones on the immune system. Indications thus far support the findings of Dr. Ernst Hartmann who claimed that the protective role of the immune system was undermined when immersed in emissions from pathogenic sites.

Magnetic Fields

It is now possible to purchase, from the local hardware store, a magnet that clips onto the domestic water supply pipe (most have a field strength of around 7,000 Gauss), for the purpose of changing hard water into soft water. It achieves this by promoting an altered state in the molecular structure of magnesium and calcium. If one takes into consideration the sphere of influence of such a magnet and the average speed of water flowing through a domestic water pipe, the change would take place in less than two seconds. They are said to be approved by the Water Board, but what the adverts fail to mention is the fact that other elements which go to make up the normal content of tap water would also be subject to altered states.

The object of raising this point was to indicate that magnetic fields have a property that is conducive to bringing about altered states to an organised structure. It is also my concern that a magnetic field of that magnitude may also cause spontaneous mutation to water-borne bacilli, as cell dysfunction is said to arise from much lower output levels than this.

Dr. Wolfgang Pose, of Hamburg, selected a random magnetic field strength of 2,000 Gauss, in order to demonstrate that such fields can alter the molecular structure of chemicals. He first tested the theory using several hundred plants set out in three rows. One line of plants used as a control was watered with plain water. He then filled a large container with water adding concentrated sulphuric acid and formaldehyde. After mixing well, the mixture was placed into two smaller containers, one of which was treated by placing a 2,000 Gauss bar magnet against the side of the container for 15 minutes.

All plants watered with the untreated mixture soon died off, there being no perceptible difference between the state of the control plants, and those fed with the treated water. This was demonstrated in a more profound way when the above procedure was adopted and the contaminated water poured into two aquariums, again one treated for 15 minutes with the magnet. When these tanks were stocked with fish it was always the case that the fish in the untreated water soon died, and the fish in the treated tank did not. Dr. Pose went on to develop an instrument that employed a 2,000 Gauss rotating magnet to change the structure of mercury in order to remove its toxic properties.

Dr. Pose never sought to achieve the same results using a weaker magnetic field, or reduced the time factor. As far as he was concerned he had proved his point. It is my contention, based on observations, that magnetic field strengths of a much lower order from A/C and D/C sources are instrumental in promoting changes to some organised structures within the biological framework.

The Geomagnetic Field

Dr. Ludger Mersmann, doctor of physics and medicine from the Department of Bio-Physics and Medicine, Wassenach, found that the interaction between magnetic field gradients, and biological systems, produced anomalies affecting the biochemical reactions and the oxidation processes in the body, resulting in damage to the hormone and immune systems. Intense magnetic anomalies coupled with long exposure time presents a threat to the welfare of the bio-system. The threshold of the magnetic anomalies between a physiological and a pathological value of the magnetic field gradient is to be found between 2,000 and 3,000 nT measured over a one metre length. The magnetic field gradient can be caused by an increasing or decreasing magnetic field intensity.

A classification of the different gradients of the magnetic field anomalies based on thousands of measurements, and equated to differing degrees of biological malfunction, was set down as follows:-

Normal = less than 2,000 nano Tesla measured over a one metre length
Threshold = 2,000 nT – 3,000 nT/1m
Disturbed = 3,000 nT – 5,000 nT/1m
Strongly Disturbed = 5,000 nT – 10,000 nT/1m
Very Highly Disturbed = 10,000 nT or greater/1m

The original advice coming from centres of research in Germany was, if by measuring above a bed with a geomagnetometer, there is a difference greater than 4,000 nT over a one metre span on any part of the bed, then that zone should be classified as disturbed, and the bed moved.

It was my experience to find, however, that in an overwhelming majority of cases what was being measured was not the state of the geomagnetic field, but a disruption of the D/C field caused in the main by metal parts in the bed base, mattress and some headboards, with metal central heating radiators, and other steel structures in close proximity to the bed being to a lesser degree contributory factors.

In the course of investigating a house for radiation problems, I came across a single bed with a line of a minor nature (Hartmann net) crossing the bottom of the sleeping site. If this were said to be the sum total of the problem, even in the long term one would not expect this to contribute a threat to the welfare of the biosystem. When evaluating the state of the geomagnetic field around and under the bed, it was found to be normal, but when measuring the value of the D/C field of 46,300 nT, this was recorded in the top half of the bed over a span of some 27 cm. The mattress springs were responsible for over 90% of the difference, with metal in the headboard accounting for the rest.

The person who slept in the bed had been ill with a multiplicity of problems for about six years, four years in this country, two in America, the main symptoms being chronic fatigue, depression, mental confusion and candida. The bed was purchased six years before in California, and her health problems started around that time. Even though she had visited medical specialists in both countries and spent a great deal of money doing the rounds in the so-called fringe medicine circuit, no useful progress was made until she started to sleep in a wooden bed, with a non-spring mattress. (The bed was also placed into a neutral zone).

There have ben many cases where metal parts in beds have served to destroy the value of a stable geomagnetic field generally with a more reduced level of distortion than above and were a factor in the overall equation. Sometimes the bed is placed with the head end up against a double radiator; in many such cases I have measured a difference of more than 25,000 nT across the area of the brain of anyone sleeping there. The receding value across this area being due to the field conforming to the inverse square law.

The most recent indication that disturbed D/C fields could be a factor associated with the promotion of ill-health arose from my investigation of a house near Putney Bridge, London (9.2.95) where I found an anomaly in the value of a D/C field measured around the area of the head where a two-year-old girl slept (32,600 nT). This was a very high reading produced in a confined space by the springs in the cot mattress, this being the only problem that I encountered. The girl was diagnosed to be suffering from Germ Cell Cancer with a tumour said to be as large as an orange.

It is said arising from epidemiological studies there is a lower incidence of cancer and SIDS cases in SE Asia. During my visits in that area I noted that most of the beds were of wood, with an organic mattress. The beds that I slept on were made with a rough wooden frame, with three or four loose planks of wood for a base topped with a cotton mattress. With this arrangement, you were immersed in a D/C field that represented the true value of whatever the geomagnetic field transmitted, which in most cases proved to be normal.

Another fact worth noting is the custom to place babies into a cloth hammock which is suspended from the ceiling by an elasticated cable. The hammock is very often to be found swinging around as a result of which it would not remain over the most damaging narrow banded radiation as it would if sleeping above a fixed position. Also there were no metal parts in the make-up of the bed.


It is my contention that in many a so-called cot death the baby is damaged in the embryonic stage of development as a result of the mother sleeping above a site producing morphogenic fields. This is sometimes compounded and intensified by the presence of other factors such as a disrupted D/C field, pulsed magnetic field invasion from a number of sources outside, as well as inside the house. Some worked during their pregnancy, in one case travelling to work via an electrified rail system (1½ hours each way), going on to work a VDU in an office employing many other electrical devices.
VDUs often emit more than 1,000 nT in pulsed magnetic fields, infra red, ultra violet, and X-rays, and from the latest research the static field on the front of the screen is said to attract the isotopes of polonium, bismuth and lead. In this way the developing baby was being saturated by radiation of one description or another for practically twenty-four hours a day. But in overall consideration, earth radiation was very much central to this problem where radiation could be said to be a factor.

With a myriad of highly specific electromagnetic signals being transmitted within the foetus in order to create a normal, healthy baby it becomes of paramount importance that this creative symphony of precision engineering is allowed to take place in a relatively stable electromagnetic background in order to obtain the very best end result. When taking stock of the state of D/C stability inside cots, I sometimes found them to be disturbed by over 20,000 nT measured over the length of the cot. This being caused in the main by the metal grid supporting the mattress, this being on occasion intensified by the coil springs in the mattress.

Where there had been a sudden infant death without any obvious reason, it is the practice of some hospitals to provide the family with an early warning device when their next baby is born. In all cases that I came across the electronic unit was placed in the cot very often on the body, or close to the head. The type that worked off the mains electricity supply emitted more than 1,400 nT in pulsed magnetic fields. Both the battery and mains operated units served to disrupt the value of the geomagnetic field by more than 150 milliGauss. In most cases the cable connecting the main unit was long enough to allow placing it outside the cot and this they were advised to do – those that were too short were modified.

(continued in next issue)

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