Most modern homes are engulfed by electromagnetic radiation. Fact.
Here are some of the sources:
INTERNAL SOURCES OF EMFS
wired and wireless video game consoles
wireless burglar alarms
wireless baby monitors
blue tooth devices
TV and computer screens
personal computers and laptops
digital alarm clocks
DECT cordless phones
EXTERNAL SOURCES OF EMFS
cell phone antennas and masts
radio and TV antennas
high voltage cables
your neighbors’ electronic devices.
This video will give you an insight to what is happening in your home:
One thing is for sure, you will be exposed to far more EMFs in your home than you could have ever imagined. You can use this short EMF exposure questionnaire to gain a better understanding of your exposure levels.
HOW TO REDUCE THE ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION IN YOUR HOME
There are many ways that you can do this:
1. Wi-Fi Devices and Routers, Wireless modems, Cordless Phones, Bluetooth Devices, Digital Baby Monitors etc
All electronic devices that use a wireless connection to communicate between devices bathe your home with radio frequency radiation – typically these are the biggest contributors to EMF pollution in your home. As much as possible, try and eliminate them. Use wired ethernet for your internet connection with a wired modem – my own personal preference is for the Netgear DG834 because you can easily switch the WiFi function off and it stays off. I have one of these routers in my home and we can run up to 4 computers on it all round the house on wired connections.
If you’re not able to eliminate these devices from your home:
-turn them on only while in use
-move the Wi-Fi router away from your bedroom, office and other living spaces
-place wireless equipement in a secluded part of your home.
The further away they are from you and your family, the better.
Replace your cordless phone with a regular corded land line one. If you really can’t live without a cordless phone at least go for a low EMF cordless phone which only emits EMFs when you are using it.
Digital baby monitors emit pulsed electromagnetic radiation into your babies bedroom and around the house. These are horrific devices when you take into account the devastating effects of EMFs on babies, young children and even teenagers. If you are a parent or a grandparent or you have a friend that use one of these devices its your duty to warn them of the dangers. The alternative is an analog model or a webcam linked via ethernet.
2. Cell Phones, Smart Phones and PDAs
The smartest thing to do here is to adopt a “no cell phone policy” within your home and make sure everyone in your family sticks to it. There is no reason to keep your cell phone switched on in your home. Much better to use the land line or Skype through a wired handset on your computer.
Just like in British homes in the last century it was customary to have an umbrella stand in the hallway so that people could stand their umbrella there when they arrived home and so that they knew where to find it when they were leaving the house. In our house we do the same thing with cell phones, we have a little basket by the front door where everyone puts their cell phone when they walk into the house – visitors also. See also my article on how to minimize your exposure to cell phone radiation.
3. Microwave Ovens
Having a microwave oven in your home makes no sense at all. On the one hand is what it does to the food. Microwave cooking releases free radicals and causes antioxidant loss. On the other is the considerable amount of electromagnetic radiation it emits into your home when it is in use. This might sound blunt, but do yourself a favor, get rid of the microwave oven.
4. TVs, PCs, Computer Screens.
The older cathode-ray monitors emit the highest amount of electromagnetic pollution if you have still got one of these switch to a flat-screen computer monitor and TV, they emit far less electromagnetic radiation. When not in use, switch off your computer and TV and unplug it (they give off EMFs even if they are switched off but plugged in*). This saves on energy and greatly reduces the levels of electromagnetic radiation in your home.
* Switching off an electrical device does not eliminate AC electric fields. EMFs are still present in any electrical device while ever it is plugged in, even if its switched off.
5. Transformer Units
Transformer units are found in almost all the electronic devices in your home. Transformers are used to convert high voltages from the mains to lower voltages. For instance a bedside alarm clock might operate on 6V but your supply may be 110V (in the US or 240V in the UK). The 104V surplus is radiated out as electromagnetic energy. If an electronic device plugs into the main electricity, it usually has a transformer.
Bedside digital clock and radios are examples of devices in your home that have transformers. Electric bedside alarm clocks because of their close proximity to your head can expose you to a high amount of electromagnetic radiation.
Eliminate these devices from your bedroom. Switch to battery powered clocks and alarms. If not, keep the devices at least 2 feet away from you. See my video on EMFs from bedroom clocks.
6. Smart Meters
If you are unlucky enough to have a digital smart meter installed to measure your gas, water or electricity consumption, you are being exposed to considerable levels of electromagnetic radiation. Some studies have suggest smart meters are responsible for 160 times more cumulative whole body EMF exposure than cell phones.
If you have one of these installed in your home, you are advised to shield the meter and your home. You can also petition your utility company to uninstall the meter and replace it with an analog meter. See my article on smart meter shielding tips.
7. Household Wiring
These can be a major issue especially in older properties where there is faulty wiring, which can cause significant EMFs. But even wiring that complies with modern building regulations can give off high levels of EMFs.
In Europe wiring is typically run through conduits which offer some protection (particularly if they are metal) in the US this practice is much less widespread. One way you can significantly reduce your exposure in the bedroom (which is where the EMFs can do the most harm) is by moving your bed a couple of feet from the walls.
With the rapid adoption of wireless technologies in homes, dirty electricity is another EMF issue which adds into the mix.
8. High Voltage Electricity Pylons
Depending on the distance between your home and high voltage power lines, you could suffer a myriad of health problems from EMF radiation from these power lines. In the US the FCC has guidelines (as do the regulatory bodies of other countries) on the height above ground of these power lines. But these guidelines give little to no protection.
Dr. David Carpenter, Dean of the School of Public Health, SUNY estimates that 10% to 15% of all childhood cancers may be due to exposure to residential power lines. The further away you live from high voltage electric power lines, the safer you are.
9. Electrical Substations
If an electric substation is immediately adjacent to your home, chances are that you are being exposed to high levels of magnetic fields. Shielding may help.
If the substation is more than 3 meters away, the radiation reaching your home should be minimal – depends on the size of the substation.
10. Cell Phone and Internet Antenna’s
If you live nearby a cell phone antenna, radio station transmitter, radar facility or Internet mast, it is radiating your home with electromagnetic fields. If you have an unobstructed view of the tower from your home, you need to seriously consider taking action.
There are various solutions, see my article on cell phone tower shielding for a good overview of this subject. The same solutions apply to Internet masts and radio and TV transmitters and the like as to cell phone antennas.
11. Your neighbor
Yes, your neighbor could be a major electromagnetic radiation polluter. Electromagnetic fields penetrate walls. The same shielding solutions apply as for cell phone tower shielding (see above). Keep in mind that if you have wireless devices in your home this will also reflect radiation back into your home, and may increase your overall levels of radiation.
If you are unsure as to the level of EMF exposure in your home the only way to find out for sure is to measure with an EMF meter.
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Date posted: Monday, August 27th, 2012 11:13 am | Under category: Uncategorized
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