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A Static Electricity Disease?
1997 W. Beaty

"Human VandeGraaffs" breathe out charged virus particles?

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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. They try various cures, with limited success. And f 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 we walk across carpet, we typically leave behind positive-charged footprints. Our bodies becomes more and more negatively charged. This effect depends on the type of shoe soles, it usually fades quickly, and during humid conditions it doesn't occur at all. 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. Instead it's something mysterious and unrecognized by science.

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 non-neutral?

[book cover, bursting bubble sends out a fluid jet when waves 
collide in the center, where droplets are positively charged.]
Droplets via bursting microbubbles

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 positives, my body would become negative.

Why would human lungs ever start producing 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, then the natural surface-charge of the water will give a positive charge to the resulting spray. So, what happens 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. We'd breathe out a positive-charge mist of invisible droplets. Our bodies would charge up negative, and we'd start zapping everything we touched.

Another possibility: certain viruses escape from cells NOT by bursting entire cells, but instead by stabbing through the walls, by producing 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 I were to catch a contagious disease communicated by air, because the microbes launch "spores" from my lungs, those spores might carry enough natural electric charge that they'll stick to any surfaces they encounter (such as other nearby humans.) Also, 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.

NEW 2011: In the germ-warfare book "Demon in the Freezer, author Richard Preston tells a story of a smallpox incident in a hospital, where several staff members were infected. The victims worked in the floor above an isolated smallpox patient. The patient was secretly smoking cigarettes and blowing the smoke out a window. The air was carried up the side of the warm building and into open windows on the floor above. Smallpox is communicated directly by air! But is coughing required? Or can the viruses somehow make the leap into the air directly from the lung surfaces? Preston mentions that doctors say the source of smallpox is a spot at the back of the throat. (Based on what evidence, I wonder?) The deciding test: if any population still had smallpox, the victims could be tested by breathing into a particle counter (the sort used for air quality in cleanrooms.) Or, test other diseases: people suffering from poxvirus which isn't Smallpox. Remember, evaporation does not produce aerosols, and there's no clear reason that human lungs should produce large particle counts. If their lungs generate particles without any coughing, that's a mystery. If their lungs generate large particle counts only when they're infected, that's a discovery!

NEW 2009!
I received this message in my Unusual Phenomena Reports section:
I come from Zambia and up to age 41 I experienced nothing of a static shock. At 41 I spent winter in Namibia and experienced this for the first time. I am now 46 and just spent my 3rd winter in Namibia and I experience shocks quite often, once or twice a week.

Today I learned from Internet articles that here in Namibia this is commoner because the air is very dry, compared to my native country, Zambia. Easy explanation why I only experienced shocks so late in life.

But here is my puzzle. This was the reason I searched the Internet today. I have failed to find anything useful on the Web on this. I am just recovering from the worst flu in my life (We are in spring). Began last Sabbath. On the second and third day of symptoms my body was really hot. And alas, those days and the next four days of my illness I have had a shock almost each time a touched a door, fridge or wall. Literally tens of times a day. Another difference: all previous shocks were only felt. But many of the ones during this illness were vissible sparks.


- CG
Windhoek, Namibia - Saturday, September 05, 2009 at 09:54:05 (PDT)

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