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  Reply # 510161 22-Aug-2011 21:23
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If you have read the letter - as seen on Target the RF levels in a house was causing a family health issues. This has been the case with me ever since I have moved in, therefore I would have to assume it has some relation unless it is a complete coincidence.

The Target program is merely about people who think, falsely, that there is such a connection between RF levels and ill health. I'm not sure how this implies that you should think in the same odd way.

i remember seeing some woman on some show (maybe target) who complained that the artificial sweetener in her chewing gum was causing her health problems.  She stopped chewing the gum, her health problems went away, so it must have been the sweetener, right?   (never mind the fact that she chewed gum *constantly*, probably more than anyone else in the world, and her stomach was probably producing acids to dissolve food that never arrived)

i do agree with the OP's statement though: "it has some relation, unless its a complete coincidence" ;)

on a more serious note, i'd certainly be getting someone to do some power supply checking.  it certainly doesnt sound normal.  as to whether it is affecting your health, perhaps that is just a conincidence.  if the health problems started at the same time that you moved into the apartment then it could be *anything* in the apartment.  Maybe some cheap paint was used, filled with lead or mercury.  Maybe there is a mould growing in the walls.  Maybe a dodgy water pipe or faulty sewage connection.  If you havent seen the TV show "House", then perhaps its time to watch a few episodes - they're always  ransacking houses and apartments looking for toxins :)

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  Reply # 510162 22-Aug-2011 21:24
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That's a very nasty post Mooseboy


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  Reply # 510168 22-Aug-2011 21:27
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Correlation does no imply causation. I wouldn't take Target as a gospel when it comes to scientific studies.

Your apartment might have two distinct problems: one is electrical and needs the attention of some qualified electrician. The other is a health issue and as noted could be the consequence of anything: new carpet, new kitchen, new mattress. All these can and will release gases and other substances that are more likely to affect health than electricity.

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  Reply # 510222 23-Aug-2011 00:00
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Nate01: That's a very nasty post Mooseboy


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  Reply # 510527 23-Aug-2011 12:20
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It is highly unlikely that your electrical problem is having an affect on your health directly. Indirectly, who knows, perhaps because of all the incessant buzzing you're not getting your quota of REM sleep for example.

The electrical problem sounds serious though and you should probably contact an electrician.

In short, fix the buzzing, then work on your health issues.

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  Reply # 510547 23-Aug-2011 12:46
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Hi, the excessive buzzing is mostly likely due to higher than normal harmonics resulting from lots of Switching power supplies on the buildings load. This can be common in commercial buildings and much worse if the power systems (in particlar the neutral circuit) is not sufficiently rated for the loads its experiencing.

I suggest you get an electrician to look at it, but not just any electrician but one who is used to deal with these types of problems, he will need to do a spectural analysis of the power system to determine if there is an issue or not.

I doubt that there are any health issues related to higher than normal harmonics on the mains, nor should it have any detrimental effect on applicance performance, excpet if it were to make itself audible in audio applicances, then its a nuesance.

As for the hair straightners my guess is its just a fault or misuse that caused this, very unlikely a simple heating element and thermostat will behave badly due to poor power condition.


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