No.43: EM Technology to Control Sick-House Syndromes and to Decontaminate Saline in Farmland
1.Controls for Sick-House Syndromes
EM is applied widely at evacuation shelters for controlling foul odor of toilets and garbage. In most areas of Iwate prefecture and the northern coastal area of Miyagi prefecture, a system of cooperation between EM volunteers and municipalities has been established. Other municipalities are following the suit for EM application in community.
In regards to control dust including asbestos, EM effect has been noted, and more people are expected to use EM all over the affected areas. Frequent use of disinfectant and cleaning agent is causing hyper-sensitivity to chemicals. In order to prevent such reactions, the best way is to use EM, but the second best way is to add EM to chemicals or use EM after using chemicals.
As more evacuation shelters are completed, more people are relocating to the shelters and feeling relieved. However, the chemicals used in building materials must be examined closely because they cause many abnormal symptoms such as feeling tired, being unable to sleep or to recover after sleep, and having migraine headache and skin irritation and rash.
It is a common knowledge that various types of glue, preservative, and paint are included to building materials. More than 450 kinds of chemical are used in ordinary residential building, and more chemicals are now applied in clothing. Such chemicals cause pains to those who are not feeling well or sensitive, while they are just irritating odor to those who are able to eradicate reactive oxygen species because of their high immunity level.
Initially, irritation is bearable but eventually severe reactions similar to those caused by internal radiation exposure will develop after repeated defensive struggles by the immune system. Once the reaction reaches such stage, a reaction will be triggered by any chemical including detergent, cosmetics, synthetic starches, disinfectants, and the food and the food additives that are negative to one’s immune system.
Reaction takes various forms; whole body allergy, breathing difficulty, irregular pulse, exhaustion, spasm, and other reactions that are often misjudged as psychosomatic. When you suffer from these symptoms, you have acquired full-fledged multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS). Pollen allergy that has become one of the most popular and wide-spread disease in Japan is the early stage of MCS.
Sick-house is a residential facility that causes sickness and damages residents’ health. In case of a school building with a large amount of chemical in building materials, it is called sick-school in Japan and a big social issue. The existence of two factors, the chemicals that give rise to free radicals and the environmental conditions that favor growth of harmful microbes, in addition to wrong orientation as per Feng-Shui, leads to the worst case of sick-house.
I have already discussed sick-house in my message No.31 “EM Technology for Dwelling Environment”. It may be difficult to apply EM in the early stage of building emergency shelters. However, repeated spraying of EM or EMA that is diluted by 500 times will eradicate irritating chemical odors and solve many problems leading to MCS.
Municipal offices now make routine referrals to EM volunteers for general public to obtain EM or EMA. Spraying 1L EMA per 1m2 underneath house floor is recommended to recover comfortable dwelling space in emergency shelters or houses covered by sludge brought by tsunami. Additional application of 50-100g EM ceramics (Super-Cera C, regenerative type) per 1m2 between the Tatami mattress and the floor will immediately bring the better living environment.
Continued use of EM will eradicate MCS and suppress propagation of harmful microbes. In order to deal with uncertain future and anxiety, nothing is more important than sleeping well and maintaining good health. Frequent use of abundant EM in daily living will improve health and prevent food poisoning. Use EM in cleaning bath, toilet, house and washing food, clothing, and dishes. Addition of a couple of capful (5-10ml) of EM or EMA will do wonders to your cooking.
The disaster of 3.11 forced me to re-evaluate my way of life. Looking back my way, I now believe that my way could serve as one of the alternatives for other people: to live “EM life” to maintain good health and to pursue the possibilities of EM. EM is uniquely creative. In trying to find the better ways to use EM, thinking as if you were EM may be an interesting experience. Continuous and persistent use of EM over a long period of time will improve one’s chronic health problems, turn garbage into good compost to grow beautiful vegetables and flowers without agrichemicals, and boost one’s health and environment.。
Furthermore, it will prevent cars and various equipments and electric appliances from rusting, improve their functions, eradicate harmful effects of electromagnetic waves, and save energy by 30 %. When you reach this level in using EM, you will have fun and joy in leading “EM life” and feel grateful because you have opportunities to teach others about EM.
When the level of EM use is further enhanced, it is possible to reach the stage that you find fun and joy in professional creative activities. I recommend it for those who have some free time to enjoy. Leading a life style that enhances good health and environment provides the foundation to overcome any hardship in life.
2.Decontamination of Saline in Farms
Of the damaged 24,000ha farms, over 90% are rice paddies. I talked about how to apply EM to the rice paddies affected by sea water, oil, and sludge. Good results that I talked about were experimental scale and conducted by those who are interested in EM.
I am satisfied with the results, but I like to register some complaints noting the fact that EM application would have made it possible to grow rice in over 75% of the damaged rice paddies this year.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishery (MAFF) set aside a big budget to decontaminate the saline affected farms, which is good, but I am afraid that the budgeted works were somewhat off-the-target. Without confirming how resistant rice is to saline, they instructed to repeat the process of adding lime and water, mixing them well, and discharging water until EC goes down below 0.3 (seawater EC is 15-20). Rice in paddies with sufficient amount of water will grow well although EC is 1.0-2.0.
Japan is blessed with sufficient rainfall; therefore, adding lime to decontaminate saline in paddy fields is not needed when the fields are covered by seawater only for a couple of days in usual rainy season. If a thick layer of sludge covers the field surface, it may be better to remove it. However, if it is 2-3cm thick, it will turn into good compost in a half year. A close observation in early May of the paddies covered by seawater revealed the following. No need to decontaminate rice paddies of which footpaths are covered by weeds. The paddies of which footpaths were not covered by weeds may require decontamination, but I found only few such paddies. If decontamination works take place as instructed by the MAFF, rivers and the sea will be polluted, and rice paddies will lose their soil power.
At the time of rice planting, rice will grow healthy in the paddies with sufficient water even if the paddy soil EC is 3-4. If EC level remains at 3-4 until the heading period, bacterial leaf blight may develop. However, usual rainfall in the spring rain season in Japan will bring down the EC level below 0.5. Based on such data, I published my message No.41 “EM Technology to Control Foul Odor and Soil Contamination by Saline, Sludge, and Radiation”, and talked to the members of Japan Agricultural Cooperative and a group of congressmen interested in organic farming.
From the point of risk management, the priority should be placed to plant rice by supplying and draining water in whatever way possible, such as leasing and setting up pumps. Sufficient water will decontaminate saline, and harvest would have been better than usual with addition of EM. Even without EM, providing sufficient water would have recovered the paddies ready for the next year planting. Therefore, MAFF should concentrate on decontamination of the paddies of which EC level remains above 4.0 after the spring rain season. No need to decontaminate the paddies of which EC level is below 4.0. It would be wiser to use the budget surplus to build a system to supply EM to all paddy fields and/or to manage and prepare control measures for the disaster affected coastal areas. Building up such foundation for the area farmland will be more appreciated by the farmers.