Over the last 10 years, I’ve noticed a variety of Wind Turbine Farms in various locations where I have traveled. Flying into Amsterdam airport, I saw the beautiful Wind Turbine Farm in the ocean. While driving through the desert near Palm Springs I could not help but be amazed at the landscape of what I will call windmills for miles around. I have seen a few windmills dotting the mountainous landscape in the Appalachian Mountains in Pennsylvania. I think they look quite beautiful and invoke happy memories of playing with pinwheels as a child or hearing stories of the windmills in the Dutch countryside of Holland being an integral part of someone’s life.
I’ve always thought of them as a thing of beauty. Then about 3-4 years ago, a client of mine asked me to research the negative aspects of living near a wind turbine. I did a cursory review of the literature and decided since I was working on other major projects that I would just provide my client with the references and contact information for people doing the research.
So many research summaries come through my email daily that sometimes I pick and choose what to read or use. While I didn’t read the articles about wind turbine farms, I began seeing more and more discussions about the topic so I thought it would be a good topic for my cbs radio show Sound Effects with Dorinne Davis (www.newskyradio.com). While I typically talk about personal cell frequencies, an underlying topic is always how does any sound impact the body’s wellness.
I searched out what is being said. Of course, as with any subject, there are people saying wind turbine noise is more or less harmless as well as people saying that the effect of the sound can have a major health impact. The effects seem to affect limited numbers of people and happen closer to the wind turbine noise source. Some researchers indicate that the effects can be mitigated by varying the type of expectation of the listener. A few connect the health challenges directly associated with the lack of sleep which may come from the exposure to the infrasound noise heard continuously in their home environment. I am sure that both sides have a level of validity to their responses.
I would like to interject something into the discussion which I’m sure some will discard as non-scientific. I will relate it to my overall comments about the body’s responsiveness to sound in daily life. Each cell in our body resonates its own frequency and therefore our wellness depends on how these cells harmonize together. Our body naturally wants to stay in this harmonious relationship but unfortunately, the frequencies of the energy around us can create an imbalance with the internal struggle of the cells to stay in harmony. Call it the biophysics of the body. Or call it bioacoustics, a term most often researched with mammals or birds. The term is also applied to humans, although still in the beginnings of accepted research.
We need to look at the bioacoustics of the human cell frequencies and the impact of an invading sound, in this case either an audible sound from the wind turbine and typically under 84 Hz, or an infrasound, a sound so low in frequency that it is a sound not ‘heard’ by the ear. How does the infrasound response of the wind turbine impact our body’s cellular frequencies? Does it alter the mathematical algorithm of our cell’s harmonic balance? And if so, how does it change the body’s resonance? Is it creating a disturbance in sleep, which is a major complaint from most people impacted from the wind turbines? Does the rhythm of the turbine impact the body’s overall rhythms? Our body rhythms are understood with our heart rate and breath stream to name two. These two body reactions are noted with the reported articles as having an impact on people’s health. Another consideration is the exposure to the wind turbine sounds in areas where sound will bounce around walls creating an extra stimulation. One report indicated that the sound heard in the person’s home appeared to have a greater impact on them. These responses can lead to emotional and psychological fears or reactions which have also been reported in various articles. Research must look at both sides and yet as the possibility for an increase in solar wind power evolves, we must look at how it impacts us in the moment and long term.
So I introduce this discussion for consideration. Since the ‘debate’ of whether wind turbine farms impact the environment and its inhabitants has been going on for over 30 years, I would expect this idea to not take hold immediately. I throw the idea out there for future research and debate. Let’s take a look at the impact based upon each person’s cellular frequency reactions and then relate those responses to how it may impact their health and wellness. Sound can be beneficial and sound can be harmful. One person’s response may be different from another person’s response. Sometimes the responses are immediate; and other responses take place over time—the body adapting to the new cellular frequencies and rhythms. This may be harder to identify and test but hopefully over the next 10 years, this type of research will be easier.