Silencing the Fields

Wow, I just read a great book and I learned so many things. What amazes me is that this book "Silencing the Fields" was written by Edward A. Leeper, MA who is a physicist! What does he know about electricity?

I was sent this book to review and when I saw the cover and thought, yea right another crack-pot on electromagnetic fields. But I was wrong so wrong. I don't know how to say this except, that if you’re interested in electrical safety from electric shock and fires then you need to read this book to understand how electrical systems operate; both for premises wiring and utility wiring.

This book does a great job in explaining how electrical systems in the United States operate and how the NEC and the NESC ground practices impact current flow resulting in elevated magnetic fields. Ed's slant is on electromagnetic fields and my concern is the cause of these magnetic fields (current flowing where it’s not supposed to). You see if you have elevated electromagnetic fields, there is a problem, there is voltage on metal parts (shock hazard) and there is the possibly of a fire.

I can't think of a more dangerous practice than to take a current carrying conductor (neutral) and bond it to the metal parts of the electrical system, but this is a NEC requirement (I'm sure pushed by the electric utilities). This practice of bonding a current carrying conductor to metal parts is especially dangerous in building that has a swimming pool. I intend on making a proposal to prohibit the bonding of the neutral to metal parts at any location in a building, but unless people understand electrical systems, they won't understand the danger or the proposal.

It's sad that the NEC actually prohibits the separating of the neutral and equipment ground from the utility transformer [250.24(B)] and the practice of electric utility to connect the primary utility neutral to the secondary neutral (utility code) is another dangerous practice.

This book is a must read for everybody who cares to understand their job. Go to to order the book.

The book covers the following topics:

  • High Magnetic Fields - Avoiding them or Reducing them
  • Water Line Currents - Do they Matter?
  • Wiring Errors and Anomalies
  • Power Company Wiring - Distribution Lines
  • Power Company Wiring - Transmission Lines
  • Magnetic Shielding and "Conduit Shielding"
  • Available Magnetic Field Meters (35 makes and models in the range from $40 to $730)

I have no interest in the book, I don't know Ed Leeper, and so I have no personal gain. I just want to let you know that there is someone out there that really understands what causes electromagnetic fields (objectionable current - 250.6], how to trouble shoot the problem and how to make an installation safe. If you remove the electromagnetic fields then you will make the installation safer from electric shock. I only care about electrical safety.

God Bless, Mike

P.S. If you get the book, please let me know what you think.

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