Could a Power Outage Actually Be Good For Your Health?

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Filed Under: Heart Health
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Could a Power Outage Actually Be Good For Your Health?

Like many in the North East, my wife Jan and I prepared for Superstorm Sandy by battening down the hatches and evacuating our home as her force approached in full fury. As happened last year during Hurricane Irene, the storm brought us together in community with our neighbors in a way that deepens bonds and fortifies friendships.

During this time, I received an interesting communication from a woman who reported feeling better during a power outage than she had prior to that outage. I've always known my patients are my greatest teachers.  So, I'd like to share this woman's comments to see if any of them resonates with you. We all might learn something together in the process.

What Joan found is that despite the chore of storm recovery, she felt more relaxed and less stressed while the power was out.  Her usual aches and pains seemed to vanish, and she even slept better—which is important for heart health. At first I thought it might be due to her relief that the storm had passed and the worst was over. But in her neck of the woods another storm was bearing down within days.

It was at that point that a light bulb went off in my head. No power means zero electricity, including “dirty electricity.” Meaning there was no electromagnetic fields (EMF) and radiofrequency (RF) exposure. In a power outage cordless phones don’t work. Televisions, computers, and console games are off. Plus, some smart phones can't get a recharge. What might that lack of electro-pollution mean to human health?

While not everyone is consciously sensitive to our constant bombardment from electromagnetic frequencies in our high tech environment, many of us do have symptoms—from agitation to sleeplessness, irritability, and headaches. Yet, we don't connect them to our technology exposure. Maybe a power outage is a forced vacation from our high-tech world?  I'd never thought of it that way.

We have the research to show that owning even a simple cordless phone is like having a cell tower in your home, and can provoke irregular heartbeats, faster heart rates, and even increased blood pressure. So, it makes sense that a forced lack of power would make you feel better.

I also have a question for you. But before I ask it, I want to take this opportunity to honor those who have had heartfelt losses of loved ones and homes this past fall in Superstorm Sandy. The toll has been enormous, and my heart goes out to all of you as you move forward to rebuild your lives.

Now it’s your turn: Have any of you with cardiac arrhythmias, or high blood pressure, felt a difference when the power is out?

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