"Human VandeGraaffs" breathe out charged virus particles?
Some people report that they cannot own cellphones or wear watches. They zap every doorknob they touch, even during humid summers. If they touch the pins of a fluorescent tube, the tube flashes. Even their incandescent bulbs at home have unusually short lives. If you hand them your iPad or cellphone, there will be trouble!
What could cause this "Electric Human" problem? First, shoe sole
material and clothing need to be eliminated as possible causes. Maybe you
aren't an "electric human" at all. Maybe you simply have electric shoes!
As you walk across carpet, you typically leave behind positive-charged
footprints. Your body becomes more and more negatively charged. But if
finger-sparks are always a problem, regardless of wearing less
insulating clothing (cotton,) and regardless of various shoe soles
(leather, metal foil, etc.), regardless of humid weather, then perhaps the
problem isn't from "frictional" charging, and it's something mysterious.
Besides the "contact
electrification" or "frictional" methods, there's one other way
to create a static
electric imbalance on our bodies. We'd have to send out
electrically-charged matter. If this occurs, then our bodies would
take on an equal-opposite charge. For this to happen, some part of our
bodies would have to function as an Electrostatic Generator. Perhaps the
skin does this somehow? Or maybe the membranes of our lungs can somehow
emit air molecules or tiny particles which are electrically
For example, if I were to constantly breathe out negative ions
(charged air molecules), then, unless my body was electrically grounded to
the earth, I'd rapidly accumulate a strong positive imbalance
on my body. This imbalance would be equal and opposite to the charged air
I'd breathed out. And if I breathed out negatives, my body would become
But why would human lungs produce electrified air? One
possibility is described by AG Bailey and diagrammed on the cover of his
book on electrospray: whenever films of water turn into droplets, whenever
microscopic bubbles burst, the natural
the water will give a positive charge to the resulting spray.
What happens next if
the liquid on the inner surface of alveoli in our lungs should be full of
bursting micro-bubbles? Then our lungs might become VandeGraaff
generators, and our exhaled air would become the charge-transport "belt"
of the generator.
Another possibility: certain viruses escape from cells NOT by bursting
entire cells, but instead by stabbing through the walls, by growing long
nanofilaments. Smallpox virus does this.
Could such virii push through the surface-tension layer in our wet lungs?
The virus particles would dry out,
snap off, and be carried away by moving air. At the microscopic scale,
most surfaces and particles have a strong natural charge. If charged bits
are being launched from damp surfaces, it's much like the Kelvin's Thunderstorm generator,
but with no metal parts needed.
If you acquire a contagious disease communicated by air because the
microbes launch "spores" from your lungs, those spores might carry enough
natural electric charge that they'll stick to any surfaces they
encounter (such as other nearby humans.) They'd leave an opposite
electrostatic charge on any lungs and body which launched them. Disease
evolution might favor such an odd capability. For example, in order to
produce contagion, the cold virus discovered the "sneeze." Perhaps
another virus discovered the benefits of lung-voltage?!
In other words, the "electric human syndrome" might be caused by
viruses; it might be an actual disease which we could catch from another
"electric human." Flu viruses make us cough, and an "electricity
disease" might force us to spew out virus-laden air with each breath.
Our lungs start manufacturing thousands of invisible charged droplets,
and the annoyance of the electric body-charging would just be a
side-effect. Hmmmm, maybe those highly charged 1930 prisoners mentioned
in RA Ford's book "Homemade Lightning" didn't actually have Botulin
poisoning, maybe they had some other ...unique unknown... illness.