If any of you ever watched the series “Better Call Saul,” Jimmy’s brother was freaked out by magnetic fields.
I’ve known and even worked with people who refuse to live near power lines and will only use a cellphone on speaker or with a headset.
In fact, if you dig deep enough into the phone’s instructions, it recommends keeping it no closer than 4 inches from your head.
I’ve seen some journal articles that say, the biological effects of the interaction of stationary magnetic fields with man and other animals have been reviewed. . . and there is a recommended limit on an extended-period for whole-body or head exposure.
Of course there are the naysayers too who assertively state the Earth’s magnetic field does not directly affect human health, but those are most probably the same people who say black is white and Popeye was not really a sailor man.
As a kid, my dad and Uncle Bert used to have me walk around with either bent metal coat hangers or cherry wood sticks, and when those sticks came together on their own, we would either dig for iron cannonballs or for water at that location. And, of course, our success resulted from the earth’s magnetic fields.
If you remember, we have that new puppy, a very stubborn Shorkie that functions more like Goldilocks than a dog. Everything has to be perfect for her to cooperate. We have very consciously attempted to housebreak her since July, and we are failing miserably.
In fact, her favorite poopy delivery station is on the hardwood floor by the piano. Okay, maybe it’s her way of expressing her feelings de ella about our musical abilities, or lack thereof, but just maybe there is something more exciting going on here.
A friend sent me an article that first aired on PBS regarding magnetic fields and dogs, and the theory presented within this treatise is fascinating.
In a new study from the “Journal Frontiers in Zoology,” it is strongly suggested that dogs use the Earth’s magnetic field when they are seeking to relieve themselves. It’s kind of a Fung Shui for dogs. We know birds use those magnetic fields when they migrate, but do dogs use them when they potty?
These folks studied 70 dogs from 37 different breeds of dogs over 24 months to attempt to determine why and where they went to the bathroom. Obviously, they were not in the room with our piano, but that’s only because we didn’t know about the study.
The dogs that were studied were allowed to free-roam their environment. In other words they were not connected to leashes and weren’t hampered by obstacles that could restrict their movement.
Here’s the “ah-ha” finding. Under calm magnetic field conditions, dogs prefer to go with their bodies aligned along the earth’s north-south axis. They’re pottying from north to south, and they carefully avoid the east-west axis altogether.
The really bad news is the scientists never figured out why. They couldn’t determine why they only preferred north-south and not east-west.
The study went on to explain, “It is still enigmatic why the dogs do align at all, whether they do it consciously. In other words, do the dogs see, hear or smell the compass direction. . . Or whether its reception is controlled on the vegetative level where they feel better or more comfortable in a certain direction.”
Darn, that piano is lined up north to south.