[ RadSafe ] TMI - reported "metallic taste"
bcradsafers at hotmail.com
Mon Feb 13 09:48:08 CST 2006
>In reports from TMI, some residents mentioned noticing
a "metallic taste."
Can anyone give me a physiological basis for this?
I would build a hypothesis on a psychosomatic mechanism.
To take a different example, I spoke in depth (40 minutes) with a so-called
electrohypersensitive person (he is not a nuts type, basically a smart
engineer) about his problems a week ago. He is at one of my workplaces and
has been so for many years so I know him a little (large workplace -
thousands of employees). I knew that he had problems with the computer
environment and other electronic equipment. Now I decided to hear his ideas
about the mechanisms. He promptly first responded "psychosomatic".
Then he went on and told me that he for some time had lived out in the
countryside with very little of electrical gadgets around etc and he felt
much better. Then one day - when he thought about his job - he almost
immediately got the "electrohypersensitivity" symptoms back.
Besides this he mainly pointed at general stress + perhaps flickering light
tubes (low frequency). He is well read about most aspects relating to the
Bearing this in mind - and going back to the "metallic taste". Why not an
associative mechanism - something happening in the mind?
I can take something different from myself: When I was a kid I had a lot of
these legless lizards (Anguis fragilis):
I was only allowed to bring two to Stockholm during winter (and outsmarted
my parents by always including a pregnant female...). I kept these in a
small terrarium and fed them with earthworms etc. From that came a certain
smell that I obviously accepted and got used to. This was in the early
1960:ies and I used to listen to the pop music of that time.
Now to the point: If I today, more than 40 years later, hear some of those
pop songs, they trigger my mind to give me a sensation of the smell of that
I am pretty sure that our minds can stand for all sorts of "automatic"
associations (just think about dreams!) - so why not a metallic paranoia?
Just my personal reflections,
Bjorn Cedervall bcradsafers at hotmail.com
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