Sunday, December 28, 2008

Mystics Combat Wi-Fi with Orgone

Glastonbury, long a pilgrimage destination and considered a center for alternative medicine practitioners, is also home to a pioneering, city-wide wi-fi system. But many of the town's residents blame the resulting EMF (electromagnetic fields) for all manner of illnesses, saying it disrupts their chakras and even the ley lines. According to them, the EMF and radiation generated by the wi-fi masts are causing headaches, nausea, even pneumonia!

While many are petitioning to have the masts removed, one Matt Todd has resorted to fighting back using orgone-based technology - small generators quartz crystals, selenite, lapis lazuli stones, and gold leaf and copper coiling - which is supposed to absorb and recycle the "negative energy" conducted byt the wi-fi masts. Orgone science was developed by William Reich, who posited that all living matter generates some biological energy. It is actually based on the teachings of Sigmund Freud and closely related to sexuality and Freud's libido theory; orgone and orgasm share the same etymology.

While proponents of the system insist there is no link between wi-fi and illness, even some who embraced the technology have since turned their backs on the idea, claiming they develop symptoms when using wi-fi that clear-up when they switch back to a traditional broadband system.

Opponents of orgone science insist there is no evidence to support its existence. The effects of EMFs are highly-debatable. While traditional health officials admit electromagnetic fields probably do affect people's health, there is not enough data to conclude how or if EMFs can be dangerous. Glastonbury's city-wide wi-fi system is a pioneering effort; it is the first city in the UK to have free, area-wide Internet access.

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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