Paranormal investigation is sort of a field of interest right now. Like becoming a crime scene investigator shortly after the debut of CSI on television, there is a higher interest in paranormal investigation and the process involved, thanks in no small part to two Rhode Island plumbers who operate a high-tech group along the Eastern seaboard. (The fact that it’s become a franchise and has moved overseas notwithstanding.) They’ve attracted a lot of attention to the field of paranormal investigation, if not research.
One of the first things which springs to my mind when someone says they’re hearing and seeing things in a set environment, but nowhere else, is carbon monoxide gas.
Carbon monoxide gas can do a lot of nasty things to your body and mind. One of those things is hallucinations. A lot of older houses – like might be found on the Eastern seaboard where our nation is oldest – have less than ideal furnaces and sometimes, high CO output should be a suspect in the cases investigated by these paranormal investigation groups.
Most of them are not full-time researchers on the paranormal and occult. Most of them claim to have had a paranormal experience. Most of them say, over time, they have become more “sensitive” to paranormal activity, are more aware of it, able to detect it sooner and perceive it more clearly, as they gain exposure to the paranormal itself. No one ever checks for carbon monoxide.
What they will check for, though, is EMF, or electromagnetic fields. And I’ve noticed when they measure for EMF, they’ll rattle off numbers and fractions of units, but don’t provide the unit of measure.
An electromagnetic field is a magnetic force created by passing current through a wire or conductor. The unit of measure for an electromagnetic field is the Tesla, or amperes (amps) per meter. Now, there’s a whole big thing here; almost everyone is exposed to low levels of EMF everyday, because the very wires webbing the house you live in and the surrounding buildings and such all emit a low-level EMF. Most common materials don’t shield against them, and they’ll pass readily through stuff, so you can’t just hide from them. But there’s no way to know if the levels of exposure seen on TV are of any significance when the investigators rattle off their numbers, because the common measure for EMF is mT, or milliTeslas. That is, thousands of Teslas. There’s a lot of debate about what effects the EMF generated by extremely low frequency (or ELF) EMF waves, and you’ll have a great time if you choose to Google that topic, I’m sure.
But, they never check for the more common problem of carbon monoxide. Why not?
If I conducted a paranormal investigation in someone’s home, the first few questions I’d ask would be:
- When was the last time your home was tested for carbon monoxide leaks and exposure?
- Do you have carbon monoxide detectors in your home? Do they work and have you tested them?
- Does anyone else experience the things you’ve discussed with us when they visit you? If so, is it only after a prolonged visit of a few hours or more, or does it happen right away?
Some other things I’ve wondered about is why the ghost hunting has to occur in the dead of night. Don’t the investigators have to determine when the most likely time for contact with the paranormal situations will be and investigate during those times? I assumed it’s because most paranormal investigators have to hold down day jobs and can’t go crossing the streams in the middle of the day, but if your client mostly encounters paranormal activity in the afternoon just before her daughter gets home from school, aren’t you inclined to study then, and not at three o’clock in the morning? The only ones aware of paranormal activity then will be the investigators; no one else is up … maybe not even the ghosts.
Just some thoughts on what I find to be an interesting topic.
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