Every time I’m in a new cafe and connect to WiFi, I have this small moment of panic. This anxiety surfaces because I realize that I’m swimming a pool of invisible electromagnetic pollution.
Impact of Electromagnetic Pollution
Usually, it’s easy to forget about electromagnetic fields, commonly referred to as EMF. They are invisible. Thus, when you get a random headache or have difficulty concentrating, you usually attribute it to something else. For example, maybe you lack adequate sleep or have had a stressful day. Those things are move tangible and easier to blame than some invisible electrical waves floating through the air.
Sadly, EMF exposure may be the reason for many common ailments, as well as headaches, ADHD, depression, and chronic fatigue, just to name a few. We really don’t know because very little has been done to really understand the effects of EMF on the human body.
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Yet, scientists are definitely researching EMF to fully understanding the biological effects of EMF exposure. Here is an interview with Martin Pall, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of biochemistry and basic medical sciences at Washington State University.
Ideas on How to Reduce EMF Exposure
There’s no denying that we are literally swimming in EMF radiation. Cell phones and wifi networks are probably the most well-recognized source. In addition, smart meters and electronics such as computer are common sources of these fields.
Our techy world will not do away with wireless technologies. That’s a given. Thus, it is up to individuals (at least until some new legislation start to address this invisible health hazard) to limit their exposure to EMF.
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Below are some ideas on how you can do this, written by Dr. Joseph Mercola:
Connect your desktop computer to the internet via a wired connection and be sure to put your desktop in airplane mode. Also avoid wireless keyboards, trackballs, mice, game systems, printers and house phones. Opt for the wired versions.
If you must use Wi-Fi, shut it off when not in use, especially at night when you are sleeping. Ideally it is best to work toward hardwiring your house so you can turn off the Wi-Fi at all times. If you have a notebook without any Ethernet ports it is easy to purchase a USB Ethernet adapter that will allow you to connect to the internet without a wireless connection.
Shut off the electricity to your bedroom at night. This typically works to reduce electrical fields from the wires in your wall unless there is an adjoining room next to your bedroom. If that is the case you will need to use a meter to determine if you also need to turn off power in the adjacent room.
Use a battery-powered clock, ideally one without any light. I use a talking clock that I merely press a button to determine the time and never see any light at night.
If you still use a microwave oven, consider replacing it with a steam convection oven, which will heat your food as quickly and far more safely. Next to induction stovetop burners, microwave ovens are likely the largest EMF polluters in your home.
Avoid using “smart” appliances and thermostats that depend on wireless signaling. This would include all new “smart” TVs. They are called smart because they emit a Wi-Fi signal, and unlike your computer, you are unable to shut the Wi-Fi signal off. Consider using a large computer monitor as your TV, as they don’t emit Wi-Fi.
Refuse smart meters as long as you can or add a shield to an existing smart meter, some of which have been shown to reduce radiation by 98 to 99 percent15
Considering moving your baby’s bed into your room instead of using a baby monitor, or use a hard-wired monitor. In any case avoid any baby monitor that is wireless. There are some wired options available.
Replace CFL bulbs with incandescent bulbs. Ideally remove all fluorescent lights from your house. Not only do they emit unhealthy light, but more importantly they will actually transfer current to your body just being close to the bulbs.
Avoid carrying your cellphone on your body unless it is in airplane mode and never sleep with it in your bedroom unless it is in airplane mode (and especially not under your pillow). Even in airplane mode it can emit signals, which is why I put my phone in a Faraday bag.
When using your cellphone, use the speaker phone and hold the phone at least 3 feet away from you. Seek to radically decrease your time on the cellphone. I probably am down to below 30 minutes a month on my cell, mostly when traveling. Instead use VoIP software phones that you can use while connected to the internet via a wired connection. Google Voice is a free example.
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