What does "Ecopraxis"
We have coined the name Ecopraxis from:
eco- (Gr.oikos = house) - concerned with habitat and
environment in relation to living organisms
praxis (Gr.prassein = to do) -
the practical application (rather than just theory) of an art or science
So it means we are committed to delivering practical
solutions and advice on making your home or workplace safe and enhancing.
What are EMFs and EMRs?
EMF (electro-magnetic field) is a broad term now commonly
used to describe the man-made electric and magnetic fields generated by
all electrical apparatus. EMR (electro-magnetic radiation) is more specifically
used to describe radiated fields in the radio frequency (RF) and microwave
spectrum usually from telecommunications.
Human life has evolved in the natural electro-magnetic
fields of the Earth and is finely tuned to operate within and use these
forces. In fact electrical and magnetic forces are regarded as the basis
of most molecular and chemical reactions.
However, man-made EMFs are very new and we are now constantly
and increasingly subjected to fields about which we have little long-term
knowledge or experience. The fact is that we just do not know what effects
will be over time! But as electrical beings (our heart, brains, nerves
and a multitude of other systems are sustained by the interplay of precisely
choreographed electrical impulses) we are bound to be affected - and maybe
How can I reduce electro-magnetic
risks in the home and at work?
First it will help to understand possible causes of EMFs
and the levels that you have in your home or workplace.
Take a look at our self
help tips on reducing the risks of EMFs for some basic ideas. You
can also find out more from the web sites and publications listed in the
Get Ecopraxis or other EMF consultants to carry out an
audit and provide specific advice on reducing or coping with any problems.
A key factor to remember is that the field is always
strongest near the source and diminishes as you move away from the source.
So get your electrical appliances tested and keep a safe distance.
Also, the affects seem to be cumulative over time. Reducing
the time exposed to EMFs will reduce the dangers. So it is particularly
important to ensure that places you spend a lot of time, such as your
bed, armchair and desk area are as free as possible from high levels of
Why are safety and security so
Even if we are not consciously aware of it, our subconscious
mind is always alert to our safety and security. So it is vital to settle
it if we are to be able to function at our optimum ability and creativity.
What's wrong with feng shui?
Feng shui is based on over a thousand years of observation
of human interaction with the environment. It is full of excellent advice
and wisdom on how to get the best out of life.
A good feng shui practitioner will take account of a
multitude of factors about the building and its occupants before suggesting
remedies and enhancements. Unfortunately, the popularisation of feng shui
has led to "cure alls" - like wind chimes, flutes and little
pots with Chinese characters - that have about as much to do with real
feng shui as newspaper horoscopes have to do with real astrology!
For a refreshingly honest, if somewhat cynical view
of the state of feng shui today see the Feng
Shui Ultimate Resource web site which describes itself as being "Dedicated
to helping Feng Shui shed its snake-oil-and-incense image".
What is bau-biologie?
The German term bau-biologie ("building biology")
was coined by Dr H Palm in the 1950s, and could be defined as, "how buildings
and their environments impact our health" or "the relationship
between buildings and life".
Bau-biologie is the application of this knowledge to
the construction, or modification, of homes and workplaces. It advocates
the use of natural building materials and the avoidance of EMFs and VOCs.
More than 40 years ago, Dr Palm warned of the dangers of electrical installations
and advised turning off at the mains at night.
What is vaastu shastra?
Vastu shastra is the Indian equivalent of feng shui and
has even older roots. The Sanskrit word vaas means "to reside"
and shastra means science, or a branch of knowledge.
Originally the architectural science of designing and
siting holy places, it is now used to determine the proportions, shapes,
orientation and dimensions of any building and the auspicious placement
of furnishings to harmonise human existence.
There are many similarities and cross references with
feng shui but vaastu tends to be stricter and more literal in application.
Its practice now often includes astrology though purists eschew it.
Do powerlines cause disease?
There is much evidence to suggest that there may be health
risks associated with powerlines. A recent report
by the Government's Advisory Group on Non-ionising Radiation has admitted
there is an increased risk of childhood leukaemia associated with elevated
In addition to the dangers from magnetic fields produced
by powerlines, leading UK expert, Professor Denis Henshaw of Bristol University,
has recently published
research on the effects of the electrical fields generated. The electric
field strength near each powerline cable is often sufficient to ionise
the air. The corona ions produced attach themselves to and electrically
charge small particles (aerosols) of pollutants in the air. According
to research carried out at the New York University Medical centre, electrically-charged
aerosols are 5 or 6 times more likely to remain in the lungs compared
to electrically-neutral pollutants, thus increasing the risk of disease.
What is geopathic stress?
Geopathic stress is a term usually used to describe naturally
occurring electrical and magnetic fields that are unhealthy or detrimental
Zones of geopathic stress can be caused by the magnetic
field generated by underground streams or piezzo-electric effects from
Are mobile phones or base stations
There is a probability that prolonged use of mobile phones
could be a health risk. Radiation from GSM handsets can have a heating
effect on brain tissue (like microwaving your food) as well as non-thermal
effects. They emit low intensity, pulsed microwave radiation at frequencies
similar to natural biological electrical activities such as alpha and
delta brain waves!
The findings of the Government-sponsored Stewart Report
are slightly confusing as it states, "The balance of evidence to date
suggests that exposures to RF radiation below the NRPB and ICNIRP guidelines
do not cause adverse health effects to the general population." But then
goes on to say, "There is now scientific evidence, however, which suggests
that there may be biological effects occurring at exposures below these
guidelines" and also "...gaps in knowledge are sufficient to justify a
Cell phone base stations are receiving a lot of adverse
publicity throughout the world, with many campaigns to stop their construction.
These antennae generally have a comparatively low power output so should
not cause too much concern as long as care is taken with their siting.
The most worrying development is that cellular phone companies are now
saying that they need masts every few hundred metres throughout urban
areas - antennae that are likely to be stuck on the side of buildings
or on lamp-post sized masts at the right height to irradiate you in your
first floor bedroom or office!
Can Ecopraxis cure disease?
Ecopraxis is not a cure for medical problems. You should
always consult a qualified medical practitioner if you are unwell in any
way. However, it does aim to identify and remedy possible causes of heath
risks in your environment.
Does astrology have a part
to play in Ecopraxis?
Feng shui uses Chinese astrology as one of its key aspects
and some practitioners of vaastu shastra use Indian astrology. Throughout
the world there traditions and ceremonies concerning key dates in the
construction of a building (topping out and laying of the foundation stone
are common examples). So traditionally there may be some significance
in considering the important dates in a building's construction.
However, looking at the astrology of the occupants of
a building is likely to yield more useful results than applying it to
the construction date of the building. Astrology can give an indication
of the nature of a person and the influences at play in their life, so
it can be a useful tool at times.
But, as we are fond of saying, you are more likely to
suffer from stress from clutter than from being "born under a bad
Radon - how do I know my house
Radon is a naturally occurring gas which results from
the decay of radio-active elements in the earth. In some circumstances
it can be trapped and concentrated in a building where it can be harmful
You can find out if you are in an area of high risk from
Radon by looking at the maps on the National
Radiological Protection Board (NRPB)web site. You will also find details
of how to get your home or workplace tested (free to homes in high risk