Have you heard of EMFs? There’s growing concern among some people that EMF pollution is deteriorating our health. Here’s a guest post by Lloyd Burrell where he educates us on the subject and provides some tips in how to reduce our exposure.
Do you have a wireless network in your home? Do you have an electric alarm next to your bed? Or do you sleep with your cell phone nearby? Are you aware of how polluted your home is from Electromagnetic fields (EMFs)?
Let me give you an example, you might think that you’re doing yourself a favor by using compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) in your home. However, CFLs emit radio frequencies that contribute to the overall EMF smog in your home.
EMFs and Electricity
Electromagnetic frequency radiation comes from electrical wiring, computers, TVs, cordless phones etc: anything that’s electric. Let me digress (not really) with a quick lesson on electricity.
Most people don’t know this, but electrical current not only flows through wires, it flows on top of them. This flow creates a magnetic field around the wires. All man made alternating current (AC) works in this way. What you should take away from this lesson is: magnetic fields and currents are like Yin and Yang. They can’t exist independently. So every time an electric current is on, there exists EMF radiation to some degree.
EMFs and Wireless Devices
Another major contributor of EMF radiation in your home is wireless technology. Modern wireless technology uses microwaves to communicate between the devices. Yes, it’s the same microwaves that are used to heat food in a microwave oven. A typical microwave oven uses the 2500MHz frequency to heat food (check the back of your microwave oven to verify this). Cell phones and wireless devices usually communicate either at 900MHz or 1800MHz. Isn’t that awfully close to the frequency used by microwave ovens? Would you put your head in a microwave?
EMFs have been shown to cause a variety of symptoms; for instance, headaches, fatigue, high blood pressure, behavioral changes in children, hormonal imbalances, and have been linked to cancer and autism. I am the first to admit that electrical appliances and wireless devises are extremely useful in improving the quality of our lives. To create a total life balance, I believe there is an equilibrium that needs to be struck between their benefits and risks.
EMF Reduction Tips
Let me share with you some tips on how you can reduce the EMF pollution in your home.
1. Knowledge is power. Use a Trifield EMF meter to measure the levels of EMFs you’re being exposed. You’ll then be able to point out the major contributors of EMF pollution in your home and you can take appropriate steps to minimize them.
2. Create an EMF free bedroom. After your workspace, your bedroom is probably the one place you spend a lot of time in. But more importantly if your body is being bombarded by EMFs at night, melatonin release will be impeded and your health will suffer. You can greatly cut down on your exposure levels by removing all electrical appliances from your bedroom. Cut off power to your bedroom when you go to bed. Use a battery powered alarm clock instead of an electrical clock. Switch from CFLs to LEDs. Don’t take your cell phone to bed. If possible, take the same precautions for all living areas.
3. Switch off appliances. Switch off all electrical appliances and wireless networks when not in use. Computers, laptops, TV’s, game consoles (keep in mind that some video game consoles use Wi-Fi or Bluetooth technology), lights and so forth should only be powered on when in use.
4. Keep your distance. The general rule is, the closer you are to the source of EMF radiation, the higher your exposure. Maintain a safe distance from CFL lights, wireless routers, cordless phones base station, blue tooth devices, cell phones, and electric clocks. A distance of a few feet greatly reduces your EMF exposure rate.
In order to achieve and maintain health and vitality, you’ll need to be vigilant about your exposure to EMFs. Science does not understand all the effects that EMFs have on our bodies, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
About the Author
Lloyd Burrell developed a sensitivity to cell phones and similar appliances in 2002. He now likes to blog about EMF and cell phone radiation protection.