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A Deep Dive Into The EMF Protection Crystals: The Heka Naturals Shungite Pyramid
Shungite is mineraloid, meaning that no distinct crystalline lattices form within the mineral. It was first described as “shungite” in 1879 and different grades are classified by their luster (from bright to dull) and carbon content.
Smaller deposits of shungite have also been found near Vozhmezero, Russia, in Austria, India, the Congo, and Kazakhstan. They are typically found above sedimentary mineral deposits which formed from evaporation of freshwater and are interspersed with alkaline volcanic deposits.
Deposits are typically around 2 billion years old and found among layers of metamorphic rock (as a mix of both sedimentary and igneous meta-layers).
Shungite is rated by three grades used commercially with differing amounts of carbon, silver, and carbon fullerines: Type I (Elite; 98% carbon with traces of silver), Type II (Petrovsky; 50-70% carbon), and Type III (Black; 30-50% carbon).
Historically, shungite was used in Russian folk medicine and was thought to have healing properties. Peter I (Peter the Great) ordered the construction of a health spa in Karelia to use the water-purifying properties of shungite as a health restorative. It is chronicled that he often made use of the spa.
Peter also used shungite for water purification for the Russian military and even issued shungite to soldiers to carry on campaign. Regarding water purification, shungite has demonstrated antibacterial properties for water purification (see Volfson et al. 2012 “Medical Geology in Russia and NIS” In: Medical Geology: A Regional Synthesis [Selinus O, Finkelman RB, Centeno JA, eds.] Springer).
The Heka Naturals pyramid is marketed as an anti-electromagnetic force (EMF) protection structure. Typical household sources of EMF include cell phones, cell towers, electronic routers, televisions, microwave ovens, and computers with wireless cards.
Who’s It For?
The pyramid is intended to be an ornamental and functional product for those who are concerned about household EMF emissions and who would also like an interesting conversation piece. You will likely read many claims about shungite, and some are true.
The mineral contains some interesting physiochemical properties and has also been demonstrated to prevent solar dermatitis in experimental animals. These effects required the dermal application of powderized shungite to hairless mice exposed to ultraviolet B radiation (Sajo et al.  Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of shungite against untraviolet B irradiation-induced skin damage in hairless mice. Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity 2017:7340143).
The area of effect for a stone of this size under ideal conditions is stated to be 10 meters (a bit less than 33 feet). The mode of action claims to be through electromagnetic transformation.
More specifically, the mineral does not block EMF, but Heka alleges that the mineral transforms EMF to less harmful, more biologically-compatible waveforms. This claim is very similar to EMF stickers intended to mitigate harmful EMF emissions from cell phones.
Further, the hewn shape of the mineral is said to gather energy from the surrounding environment and balance local energies, presumably in a fung shui-like effect.
What We Like About Heka Naturals Shungite Pyramid
The pyramid itself if pleasing to the eye, jet black with clean lines. It is rather heavy at 1.3 pounds and makes for a very nice table decoration.
If it can balance the energies in your home, at least it looks nice as well. The pyramid is made of Type II shungite, since Type I is very brittle and cannot be shaped in structures.
Although likely attributed to the placebo effect, many users claim great benefits from the pyramid. Some users report improved eyesight and reduced headaches. There are numerous claims by users of measurably-reduced EMF near the pyramid.
One user claimed a reduction near their laptop from an emission of 1000-3000 microTesla down to 13-49 microTesla, although the pyramid was on the laptop along with an additional 500 g of shungite.
What We Don’t Like About Heka Naturals Shungite Pyramid
The EMF effects, if there are any, cannot be explained by physical phenomena. It’s simply not how physics works.
For the pyramid to protect against EMF emissions as a stand-alone object, it would have to emit EMF in matched phase and as an inverse waveform to the ones in the local environment at the same or similar intensities. The pyramid would also have to compensate for a broad range of electromagnetic frequencies.
That being said, the claimed mechanisms of action do not involve shielding phenomena but are claimed to derive from the fullerine content of the mineral, which typically is less than 0.001% of the total mineral content. The presence of fullerines in the mineral allegedly re-modulates EMF to less harmful waveforms, yet the specifics of what the resulting waveforms look like are not divulged.
Some users have received chipped pyramids, which unfortunately can be expected with a brittle mineraloid. Many other users have tested the pyramid with EMF meters and found no effect.
- Looks cool
- Has to be a conversation starter in your living room
- Efficacy to mitigate EMF is doubtful
- Not Type I shungite, but then you wouldn’t have a pyramid
You get a Type II shungite pyramid (1.45 pounds shipping weight; 10 cm wide x 7 cm tall or 3.9 inches by 2.7 inches), a shipping box.
Overview Of Features
The pyramid is jet black, has a 4-sided base and is slightly broader than it is tall. There are several other sizes available if the 10 cm base is not to your liking: bases of 5 cm, 8 cm, and 15 cm (for the really big one).
Whether or not this object works as advertised, there is really no debate that it is interesting to look at and makes for a great living room decoration. A 4-inch wide jet black pyramid of a mineraloid from western Russia seems like a good deal and is a great kaffeeklatch conversation starter.