reply to post by Tusks
Geez, where to begin with this.
First off, it's Mercola. He's a tweak above Sorcha Faal in terms of accuracy, but only a tweak. If THAT'S your 'proof', it's likely to be
shaky...let's pick the video apart.
0040: "We've picked up a low voltage electronic meter" (waves around a cheap EMF meter)
That's not a voltmeter. It's an EMF meter, totally different. Mercola names the other guy but doesn't state any bonafides, that's suspicious.
0051: "If you don't believe this, you can perform this observation for your own analysis"
Only if you have some understanding of what the instruments are showing, and how to use them. Obviously YOU don't, so how are you expecting Joe
Sixpack to do it?
02:37 "Your body is a conductor, you are an antenna"
The first part's right. You're not acting as an antenna for an electric field though, you're a coupling capacitor. He's mixing radiating EM waves
with electric fields, not the same at all.
02:52 "If you're ungrounded in free space, these electric fields are going to be attracted to your body"
Wrong. Bzzt! The fields are the fields. They're not attracted to you. They simply exist, and you're in them. You will still be after grounding,
it's just going to change the way you couple to them. Basically, you're a little low capacitance node in a distributed field. Your potential with
respect to ground will bounce up and down a few volts with the field, but no electrons will flow, because you are in free space. You don't gain
charge, you don't lose charge. It has no effect on you at all, it just changes your reference.
02:59 "So it creates a surface charge on your body"
Wrong. All charge on a conductor is surface charge, all the time, regardless of external fields. You also cannot induce a net charge on a conductor in
free space with an electric field - no electrons are moving because you ARE isolated. Your charge state is the same regardless of the field's
presence or absence.
03:18 "A surgeon's not going to operate on you unless you're grounded"
What a load of malarkey. The medical industry puts a WAD of money into making sure all their equipment is totally isolated. It does not apply a ground
reference to you, and needs no ground reference on you to operate properly.
03:19 "Anyone who works on software chips in the factory have to be grounded so that they don't build up any static electricity or charges on their
body so that when they touch something it will harm the software"
Software chips? SOFTWARE chips? A static discharge will "harm the software"??? *sigh* Ok, that's just stupid. OMFG. This "expert" isn't one.
He's not an engineer, he's not a physicist, he's not even a QC guy. I'm betting he's the local computer repair shop guy or an electrician.
If you work with ICs or some types of FETs, yes, you want to be grounded so you don't pick up a net charge. That's why I've got a pair of nice
electrometers at work, we've got conductive tile floors, we've either got wrist straps, heel draggers or static shoes with carbon-loaded rubber
plugs through the soles or me, I go barefoot in the lab. Because your shoes can induce a static charge through triboelectric charging. That's NOT NOT
NOT the same as what this guy is picking up with his little EMF meter. Not in any way.
03:21 "And it's for the very reasons we're describing now, and you can demonstrate it if you don't believe it"
No, no it's not. It's two very different things. In one case, friction between two surfaces with different electronegativities is causing a net
motion of charges from one object to another, producing a triboelectric charge. Your socks, the carpet, the motion of walking and you pick up a net
charge. You can then pop the gate structure of a FET by punching through it, if the FET is grounded and you have a net charge when you touch it.
That's ABSOLUTELY not the same as you being an isolated conductor in an electric field. In that case, NO charge moves. You do NOT pick up any net
charge. You're just coupling the electric field between the lamp and the EMF meter because you're conductive - sort of a salt water extension cord
for the field to flow around.
03:45 "and and and grounding the body to prevent these charges goes back to the dynamite industry"
Sure - you don't want a static discharge when you're handling explosives...although it's really REALLY tough to get them to detonate that way,
except for the new nano-metallic halogen composite stuff, that's how you set those off. But, again, THAT is triboelectric static charging, not
electric fields from lamps and toasters.
04:08 "So it's a very real phenomenon"
Sure, but it's a very DIFFERENT phenomenon from the one you're talking about. My question is, do you know that and you're being fraudulent, or are
you just incompetent?
04:29 "a low voltage electric field detector...low voltage works best for what we're trying to identify here"
I guess, because you need a much more sensitive detector as there's not much to measure. You're trying to make it look more dramatic. Also, it's
got nothing to do with static charging. I note you don't make the distinction.
05:55 "The closer you are to an electrical cord, the more charge that's going to be created on your body"
Bull#. Total lackwit bull#. What he's got there is a Fluke meter set for AC millivolts. Now, that's probably what you think was showing net charge.
It's not. He hasn't looked at net charge yet. He talks about it, and erroneously conflates that with coupling AC electric fields to you in free
space. Now he's using a Fluke on AC millivolts to measure Mercola's body bouncing up and down in potential relative to ground.
But you have to understand what you're actually seeing here. There's wires in the walls (and the lamp etc) that are moving up and down in potential
with respect to ground. That creates an electric field that radiates away from the wires, it's bouncing up and down 60 times a second. Mercola is a
conductor immersed in that field, but without any reference to ground, since he's covered in somewhat insulating clothing and shoes on what's
probably insulating carpet over insulating backing over concrete. Mercola's got no ground reference at all. So his potential WRT ground is bouncing
up and down too. That's meaningless. No current flows at all, because he's got no reference to ground. The meter is reading the bounce up and down
of the wires in the wall with respect to whatever ground the guy is using, with Joe included as an intermediate capacitive coupling. Other than being
able to say "well, that doesn't mean a lot except that Mercola's got a few millivolts of difference from whatever reference he's using", it
doesn't tell you much. You don't know, for example, how much the reference is bouncing. It's pretty common in our building for the green ground to
have several volts of AC above a metal stake driven into the dirt. But even if it was a good, local ground (it's not, he's using the green ground in
the outlet, I've got the same pad to do circuit work on), AC voltage on Mercola is meaningless. And it's not static charge.