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Practicing Electromagnetic Hygiene In the Home
We live in a virtual sea of electromagnetic energy. From the electricity moving through wires connecting to appliances, to the radio frequencies flowing through the air communicating with our wireless phones, baby monitors, smart meters, and computers.
The government tells us the radiation generated by the electromagnetic fields are safe, but a growing number of scientific studies indicate otherwise.
The World Health Organization classifies both radio frequency (RF) and extremely low frequency electromagnetic fields (ELF EMF) as a possible human carcinogen. The first is based primarily on brain tumors associated with cell phone use. The second is based on unusually high occurrences of leukemia in children who live near power lines.
In addition to cancer, electro smog (the term commonly associated with various forms of electromagnetic pollution) has been shown to adversely affect sperm and contributes to miscarriages. As levels of electro smog continue to increase and become omnipresent in our environment, a growing population is complaining about a handful of symptoms that have been classified as electro hypersensitivity (EHS), although this illness goes by various names including: electromagnetic sensitivity, EMF intolerance syndrome, idiopathic environmental intolerance-EMF, microwave syndrome, and radio wave sickness.
The Most Common Symptoms Include:
- Poor Sleep
- Skin Irritation
- Heart Palpitations
- Nose Bleeds
- Altered Blood Sugar
- Chronic Pain
- Impaired Short-Term Memory
- Bed Wetting
- Chronic Fatigue
- Difficulty Concentrating
- Loss of Consciousness
- Frequent Urination
- Cold Extremities
- Spatial Disorientation
- Flu-like Symptoms
The Austrian Medical Association recently released guidelines on how to diagnose and treat those who have electro sensitivity. The Women’s College Hospital in Toronto has an increasing caseload of those affected by EMF with a waiting list that exceeds 10 months.
What Are the Different Types of Electro Smog In My Home?
Scientists classify electromagnetic energy according to its frequency. For example, electricity in North America has a frequency of 60 cycles per second (or 60 Hertz). Electronic devices that are not properly filtered generate frequencies thousands of cycles per second and our wireless devices rely on radio frequencies and microwaves at millions to billions of cycles per second.
The lower frequencies–technically referred to as extremely low frequency (ELF)–need a wire for transmission. The higher frequencies can radiated through the air and can travel for kilometers. The intermediate frequencies flow through wire and radiate short distances from the wire.
What Are the Sources of Electro Smog In My Home?
Sources of electro smog include those that are generated within the home and those that come from the neighborhood as electromagnetic radiation. Magnetic fields are able to penetrate most types of building material.
All electric appliances (those that are plugged into an electric outlet) generate an ELF electromagnetic field. Appliances that generate heat tend to have the highest magnetic fields (electric stove, hair dryer, vacuum cleaner, electric blanket, water bed, in-floor electric heating) but electric shavers, can openers, clock radios, computers, entertainment units as well as wiring in the home all produce ELF electro smog.
People who live within 50 meters of power lines, transformers, or substations may be exposed to elevated levels of magnetic fields. Electric fields outside the home may also be elevated, especially near high voltage transmission lines, but fortunately these electric fields are readily shielded by buildings so levels within the home are not necessarily elevated.
The good news is that these fields (both electric and magnetic) decrease with distance and sometimes just a few feet can significantly reduce exposure.
Intermediate frequencies or dirty electricity are generated by electronic devices such as computers, plasma television sets, energy efficient compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs and dimmer switches. Neighbors on the same transformer often share dirty electricity and a neighbor turning their dimmer switch up or down can affect the dirty electricity in your home.
The best way to reduce dirty electricity is to not have some of the devices that generate it (such as CFL light bulbs) although it is difficult to know which devices are worse than others. Specially tuned capacitors or filters that reduce dirty electricity when plugged into electrical outlets are now available for home use. So it is possible to still enjoy our electronic gadgets and not be exposed to this form of electro smog.
The high frequencies that include radio frequencies and microwaves are generated by wireless technology and microwave ovens. The most common and offensive in North America include cordless phones, Wi-Fi monitors, and wireless baby monitors. These devices are constantly emitting radiation, even when they are not being used.
Other major sources in some homes are smart meters and smart appliances. Some smart meters emit short bursts of radiation a few times each hour, while others emit radiation continuously. These continuous emitters are making people ill.
In apartment buildings, condominiums or row houses, the Wi-Fi router and cordless phone radiation in one unit is often strong enough to penetrate and be picked up in nearby apartments. Similarly radiation from cell phone antennas on top of towers or on nearby buildings, radar at airports or seaports and TV or radio broadcast antennas can penetrate walls and ceilings. Products are available to shield against this form of electro smog but careful monitoring is required when these products are installed to ensure that the radiation is reduced and not magnified.
A fourth type of electro smog is contact current. If there is a current flowing through metal water pipes, touching a tap or faucet can result in contact current flowing through the body. This is a concern in areas that have a ground current problem and in areas where the wiring and grounding are faulty or inadequate. Hiring an electrician who is knowledgeable about ground current (also referred to as stray voltage) is the best way to deal with this form of electro smog.
How Do I Practice Good Electromagnetic Hygiene?
The most important room in the house is where you spend a lot of time and in most homes this is the bedroom. During the night your body is healing and cleansing. If the bedroom is contaminated with electro smog the body is unable to properly heal.
For this reason, turning off wireless devices at night or better yet, replacing them with wired technology, is the ideal solution. Keeping the electric clock radio at least 2 meters away from the bed or better still out of the bedroom. Avoid using electric blankets or sleeping on a heated waterbed. It is the duration of exposure that is important from a health perspective.
Companies produce on-demand switches that disconnect the electricity to your bedroom, this is one way to reduce the magnetic field and the dirty electricity at night. Alternatively, installing tuned filters around the home is another way to reduce both your daytime and nighttime exposure to dirty power.
Radio frequencies coming from outside the home can be shielded by special carbon based paint, silver lined fabric, and special film placed on windows. Triple E glass is another way of reducing the radiation that penetrates windows. If the sources are from multiple directions then placing a canopy around the bed (covering the top, sides and bottom of the bed) may be the best solution to reduce nighttime exposure.
Our government is mandating that we use energy efficient light bulbs but not all of these light bulbs are the same. Most compact fluorescent bulbs generate poor power quality, magnetic fields, and radio frequency radiation. So the best bulb is still the old fashion incandescent bulb.
Some light manufacturers are producing LED bulbs and some of these are better than others in terms of electro smog emissions. Unfortunately it is not possible to tell from the package whether the bulb is electromagnetically clean or not. Labeling is needed if the government continues to insist we use these energy efficient bulb. In the meantime the best bet is the incandescent bulb. One bulb I do recommend is the Philips dim-able LED. We tested this light bulb and it is as clean as an incandescent bulb.
How Can I Tell If My Microwave Oven Leaks?
Try this simple test to determine if your microwave oven leaks microwaves.
If you are able to get cell phone reception in your kitchen, then place your cell phone into the microwave oven. Do NOT turn the microwave oven on, as this will destroy your cell phone. Call your phone. If your cell phones rings then your microwave oven is leaking microwaves. In this case, leave the kitchen when you turn on your microwave oven and definitely do not stand in front of it watching your food heating. Your eyes are extremely sensitive to microwave radiation, causing cataracts to form. The microwave can also denature the nutritional value of food so you may want to limit your use of your microwave oven for that reason as well.
What Are the Health Effects of Electro smog?
Extremely low frequency (ELF) electromagnetic fields have been associated with childhood leukemia at levels at or above 2 milli Gauss (mG – this is the strength of the magnetic field). These fields have been associated with adult cancers (leukemia, brain tumors, and breast cancer) with occupational exposure at values between 2 and 12 mG. Miscarriages have also been linked to high magnetic field exposure during the first trimester of pregnancy (above 16 mG). For this reason it is important to keep magnetic fields as weak as possible and definitely below 2 mG.
INTERMEDIATE frequencies, in the form of dirty electricity, have been linked to asthma, higher blood sugar among diabetics, tremors among those with multiple sclerosis, and a broad range of symptoms collectively called electrohypersensitivity (EHS). Dirty electricity has also been associated with a greater risk of developing cancer from exposures above 2000 GS units. Values should be less than 40 GS units.
high frequencies (radio frequency radiation, microwaves and radar) produced by wireless technology have been associated with hypersensitivity symptoms mentioned above as well as various types of cancer, especially leukemia for those living near antennas. Use of cell phones and cordless phones has been linked to various tumors of the head (including brain tumors, tumors of the acoustic nerve, eye, and salivary gland.) Children are particularly vulnerable.
The only way to determine if electro smog is present in your home is to measure it. Ideally professionals trained in this area should do this. However, since electro smog is not recognized as an environmental pollutant there are few agencies that conduct these tests as part of their environmental assessment.
How Can I Tell If I’m Electrically Sensitive?
If you have any of the symptoms mentioned above that get worse when you are near fluorescent bulbs, using a mobile phone, or in a shopping center then you might be electrically sensitive. Another way to find out is to turn off the power to your bedroom every night for a week and unplug all your wireless devices. If your symptoms diminish you are probably electrically sensitive. People more likely to become sensitive to electro smog are those who have been electrocuted, have had physical trauma to their spinal cord (whiplash), have been exposed to toxic chemicals especially neurotoxic pesticides or mercury, have had infections or have a compromised immune system. All who have had cancer or have a family history of cancer need to minimize their daily exposure to electro smog.
What Can I Do If I’m Sensitive to Electro Smog?
If you think you are sensitive then the first step is to practice electromagnetic hygiene (i.e. reduce your exposure to electro smog). Have your home measured and remediated by someone with proper credentials. Healing cannot take place if you continue to be exposed. You need to fortify your immune system with a Whole Plant Based Superfood Nutrition, Quality Structured Water™ and reduce other types of stressors in your life. This involves Gentle Daily Cleansing, rest and core exercises.
Often the adrenals are exhausted and they need to be supported nutritionally.
Getting rid of mercury in your diet and from your body is critical, including mercury fillings. Removal of mercury fillings should be done by a biologic dentist as removal–if done improperly–will increase your mercury load. Other helpful steps include colon and liver cleanses and low EMF saunas. Also, to remove toxic metals, IV chelation can be performed by a health care professional. People can and do recover from EHS but it does take time.
Magda Havas, BSc, PhD. Environmental & Resource Studies,
Trent University, Peterborough, ON
K9J 7B8, Canada
Magda Havas, BSc, PhD is Associate Professor at Trent University where she does research and teaches about the biological effects of electromagnetic pollution and the beneficial effects of pulsed electromagnetic fields. She is also the Founder & Director of the ROSE Lab (Research of Subtle Energy).
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