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The Invisible Rainbow: A History of Electricity and Life Paperback – Illustrated, March 9, 2020
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5g is being rolled out across the country, despite growing evidence that it is disruptive to our health, our safety, and the environment. The Invisible Rainbow is the groundbreaking story of electricity as it’s never been told before―exposing its very real impact on the biosphere and human health.
100,000 copies sold!
Over the last 220 years, society has evolved a universal belief that electricity is ‘safe’ for humanity and the planet. Scientist and journalist Arthur Firstenberg disrupts this conviction by telling the story of electricity in a way it has never been told before―from an environmental point of view―by detailing the effects that this fundamental societal building block has had on our health and our planet.
In The Invisible Rainbow, Firstenberg traces the history of electricity from the early eighteenth century to the present, making a compelling case that many environmental problems, as well as the major diseases of industrialized civilization―heart disease, diabetes, and cancer―are related to electrical pollution.
"Few individuals today are able to grasp the entirety of a scientific subject and present it in a highly engaging manner . . . Firstenberg has done just that with one of the most pressing but neglected problems of our technological age."―BRADLEY JOHNSON,MD, Amen Clinic, San Francisco
"[A] masterpiece."―Celia Farber, investigative journalist
"This seminal book...will transform your understanding ...of the environmental and health effects of electricity and radio frequencies"―Paradigm Explorer
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"We live today with a number of devastating diseases that do not belong here, whose origin we do not know, whose presence we take for granted and no longer question. What it feels like to be without them is a state of vitality that we have completely forgotten. . . . These are the diseases of civilization, that we have also inflicted on our animal and plant neighbors, diseases that we live with because of a refusal to recognize the force that we have harnessed for what it is. The 6o-cycle current in our house wiring, the ultrasonic frequencies in our computers, the radio waves in our televisions, the microwaves in our cell phones, these are only distortions of the invisible rainbow that runs through our veins and makes us alive. But we have forgotten. It is time that we remember."
“Few individuals today are able to grasp the entirety of a scientific subject and present it in a highly engaging manner, in plain English, without losing any of the details. In The Invisible Rainbow, Firstenberg has done just that with one of the most pressing but neglected problems of our technological age. This book, which as a medical doctor I found hard to put down, explores the relationship between electricity and life from beginning to end: from the early eighteenth century to today, and from the point of view of the physician, the physicist, and the average person in the street. Firstenberg makes a compelling case that the major diseases of civilization―heart disease, diabetes, and cancer―are in large part related to the pollution of our world by electricity.”―Bradley Johnson, MD, Amen Clinic, San Francisco
“The Invisible Rainbow is wonderful. Firstenberg has done his research thoroughly. His book is easily readable and provocative while being entertaining. A remarkable contribution.”―David O. Carpenter, MD, director, Institute for Health and the Environment, School of Public Health, State University of New York at Albany
“I found it to be a mystery unfolding and could not put it down. It shines a new light on diseases that come from electrical development, and addresses current environmental crises that only a few yet realize are the consequence of electrosmog. This book is very, very important.”―Sandy Ross, PhD, president, Health and Habitat, Inc.
“I was stunned by this book. It is an extremely valuable document about an increasingly widespread environmental health risk to which we are all exposed. I am overwhelmed with admiration for what Firstenberg has accomplished.”―William E. Morton, MD, DrPH, professor emeritus, Oregon Health Sciences University
“Firstenberg is a pioneer in the sense that Rachel Carson was a pioneer.”―Chellis Glendinning, PhD, author of When Technology Wounds
About the Author
Arthur Firstenberg is a scientist and journalist who is at the forefront of a global movement to tear down the taboo surrounding this subject. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell University with a degree in mathematics, he attended the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine from 1978 to 1982. Injury by X-ray overdose cut short his medical career. For the past thirty-eight years he has been a researcher, consultant, and lecturer on the health and environmental effects of electromagnetic radiation, as well as a practitioner of several healing arts.
- Publisher : Chelsea Green Publishing; Illustrated edition (March 9, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 576 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1645020096
- ISBN-13 : 978-1645020097
- Item Weight : 1.86 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #1 in Physics of Electricity
- #11 in Ecology (Books)
- #22 in History & Philosophy of Science (Books)
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The book is extremely well researched and copiously referenced with an index of over 145 pages of cited source material. In it you'll learn of the well documented but heretofore untold links between electromagnetic pollution and the 'big three' killers – diabetes, cancer, and heart disease, which as the author notes, barely warranted a reference in pre-industrial medical texts.
You'll also learn about the last country to adopt an electrical grid – Bhutan, whose populous was still traveling mostly by horseback as late as the 1990's, and the profound effect this sudden adoption on a wide scale of the countries electrical infrastructure has had on it's people's health in just a few short decades.
You'll see how and why it is the ever-growing sea of artificial electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) the world is now swimming in, and not climate change as it is assumed, that is the greater culprit behind the growing loss of biodiversity, including phenomena such as bee colony collapse disorder.
One only hopes enough people are ready to hear and comprehend that in order to save the bees, along with perhaps all life on the planet including ourselves, it will be necessary to temper if not altogether abandon the love affair with our electronic gadgets, even as society is hurtling toward 'Smart Cities' and the 'Internet Of Things'. It's a stark reality, but one that must be confronted, and now. Just as ignorance can no longer be claimed over the dangers of Big Tobacco or toxic pesticides, so too must society as a whole come to grips with this. The Invisible Rainbow stands out as a giant contribution toward that end and deserves to be as widely read as possible.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on March 22, 2023
Update: now I was debating about sharing this but I’m going to. When I was younger I was diagnosed with adhd because I was not focused and always falling asleep in school. Granted this could be a lot of kids who are young and could be anything, true. Fast forward to 1990 my junior year in high school. I had a very bad year! I suffered from headaches, passing out and having seizures. Three times this happened. One time I remember I woke up being rushed down in a in a wheelchair with a nurse saying “still no pulse.” Remembering that it felt like I was sucking on a piece of aluminum. They diagnosed me with hypoglycemia. That same year I woke up for school with migraines and I couldn’t move my neck or back. So off I went to hospital again and here comes the spinal tap, the results were nothing. Had tests for my migraines and nothing Constant nosebleed for no reasons and till this day I still have bad tinnitus in both ears. I always had trouble focusing in school and and feeling lethargic and no matter how hard I studied I had troubles. Fast forward again to 2002 I was back in hospital for physical therapy for back and neck spasms again. Now I got to admit in 2010 I really didn’t have to many issues that year and I’m not sure why but I was not in the same area that year. I was in a different state. Now let’s fast forward to Jan of 2020. This year has been bad again for me. In the beginning of year I got real sick again! Cold sweats, insomnia, headaches, fatigue, muscle cramps and pain in muscles. Difficulty breathing, chest pain, nausea, stomach issues, constant backaches and once again still tinnitus. I had bloodwork done, a scope of stomach all came back neg! This happened in Jan and again in March. Now what if I were to tell you that all these dates coincide with the rollout with the next generation of 1g, 2g, 3g not sure about 4g and then now there is 5g. Now in the news and even on this post you are being told that just because you have experiences in your life doesn’t mean causation which is true however, it doesn’t rule it out either. So if everything always comes out negative and the rollout of the next generation of wireless coincides with all your ailments let me ask you something. What would you think it is?? By the way if you haven’t read the book I’ll tell you that these are all symptoms of background radiation. I believe my inquisitive mind and god lead me to this book. I also don’t believe in coincidences like this. Everything happens for a reason.
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Overall, it's well written, engaging – and not a little bit terrifying. It's obviously extremely well researched and referenced (half the book is taken up with all the references!). The physics checks out as far as I'm concerned (although I'm not an expert in radio communications or cell phone towers). I don't suffer from any obvious signs of EM-sensitivity, and none of my friends do, but if there are some genuine, albeit subtle, negative effects on human and animal health from RF radiation, then it's important the world wakes up to it. Might what he's talking about be similar to the Teflon scandal (see the recent film Dark Waters)?
But what gives me just a hint of caution is Firstenberg's over-willingness to attribute the problems he sees purely to the effects of EM radiation. When he says things like "thus the only possible conclusion is that RF radiation is the cause" it makes me worried... The rapid spread in RF emission across the world has come together with all sorts of other changes - in exercise levels, in other environmental pollutants, in work stress, to name a few. I think he's too quick to dismiss them.
To me, the book would have been more convincing if he'd evaluated other possible causes of the effects he was seeing with a little more consideration. I want to believe what he's saying, but when you're speaking out against an overwhelming opposition, your arguments have got to be impeccable.
Firstenberg's research is meticulous and wide ranging. He discusses evidence of harm not only in biological organisms - animals and insects included, but also in plants and foliage.
What struck me most was the connection he drew between flu pandemics and the adoption and mass installation of electrical technology on a global scale.
It is thus clear that there is a strong case that 5G technology is/ will be harmful when fully utilised. The fact that the main stream media and social media platforms are censoring and belittling those who believe this shows how pathetically ill read they are, biased, while being disgracefully agenda driven.
This is a must read book that is well researched and contains a huge bibliography for cross referencing.
I found it interesting that there seems to be a correlation between electrification and the increase of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes. A mechanism in which cells are stopped from metabolising normally and take on anaerobic/cancerous forms is compelling.
Yes, all the evidence is there folks. But for most people they will need an attractive well spoken newsreader to "tell them" all of this. And of course this isn't happening soon.
I have now connected my PC by cable rather than using the WiFi. I have switched off a WiFi repeater. I rarely use my mobile phone now. And I have replaced my cordless phone with a corded one.
On some topics there is a little too much detail for my needs; for some reason we're given lots of details about the ear; I skipped this section. I think the book might deserve an abridgement.
(Simon Smith - author of "Fake Aliens And The Phony Nuke World Order")
A quarter of this book is references. A QUARTER. This guy has done his research and it's good to had vindication for the fact people, on a wide scale, suffer from this radiation.
Read it for your health, your children, and the future of humanity, and I say this with all sincerity.
I bought it several months ago on the advice of my doctor and only had the time to read it last month while on vacation. I say this because for me in any case, I had to have some downtime wherein it was actually possible to absorb the information.
Firstenburg does a really excellent job of writing engagingly about what is essentially a complex problem that has evolved in a convoluted fashion over the last 150 years. At the end of his very carefully researched book I was just marveling at this newfound knowledge revealed to me. Who could have known the damage that is caused by harnessing electricity?! Or that our bodily functions happen thanks to electricity? Or that there is a constant electric exchange between the earth and the skies?! I, for one, had no idea, and this book really opened my mind - including to the damaging effects of electro-magnetic pollution on our bodies.
Incredibly I was able to join the dots in terms of my own life and connect health crises I’ve suffered in the last two decades to times in history that I was exposed to higher levels of electro-magnetic radiation. I had a burnout in my mid-20s while working 100 metres from a 60 metre high radio pylon, for example. Had never made the connection before now. Also developed chronic inflammation in the body around 2011-2012 which corresponded with the widespread rollout of WiFi. Coincidence? Then, was able to trace the rollout of electricity to the remote village my father was born in to the early 50s, which was the same time a member of the family got sick with a sort of epilepsy, another got sick with MS, and another member took his own life. Was there a connection or was it a coincidence? I will never know but the information in this book has really caught my attention.
The one downside is that Firstenburg is really focused on the problem and offers no solutions whatsoever. At he end of the book he describes how the various multinationals will be sending thousands of satellites into space in preparation for the rollout of 5G from 2020 to 2023 and he says simply that “this must not happen”. Well, I write in October 2020 when it is most definitely happening and we ordinary punters can’t do a thing to stop it!!
While the author doesn’t mention it as a solution, I started “earthing” after I read this book. I have found that has helped my chronic health conditions subside, and I am sleeping much better. I don’t know if it will still help once 5G is fully rolled out but I am hoping it’s a step in the right direction. Short of getting these satellites down from the skies, what else can we do?!