The Invisible Rainbow: A History of Electricity and Life

The Invisible Rainbow: A History of Electricity and Life

by Arthur Firstenberg


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50,000 copies sold! Cell towers, Wi-fi, 5G: Electricity has shaped the modern world. But how has it affected our health and environment?

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781645020097
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date: 03/09/2020
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 14,521
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.60(d)

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.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

Part I From the Beginning…

1 Captured in a Bottle 5

2 The Deaf to Hear, and the Lame to Walk 15

3 Electrical Sensitivity 29

4 The Road Not Taken 43

5 Chronic Electrical Illness 47

6 The Behavior of Plants 67

7 Acute Electrical Illness 75

8 Mystery on the Isle of Wight 95

9 Earth's Electric Envelope 113

10 Porphyrins and the Basis of Life 133

Part II … To the Present

11 Irritable Heart 161

12 The Transformation of Diabetes 199

13 Cancer and the Starvation of Life 231

14 Suspended Animation 263

15 You mean you can hear electricity? 275

16 Bees, Birds, Trees, and Humans 323

17 In the Land of the Blind 367

Notes 393

Bibliography 413

Index 553

About the Author 565

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