April 4, 2008
In September 2007, the EU's European Environment Agency (EEA)
and the country of Germany both issued warnings to their citizens
advising them to avoid the use of WiFi and cell phones until further
long term studies are conducted, citing fears that the ubiquitous
use of wireless technology has the potential to become the next
public health disaster on the level of tobacco smoking, asbestos,
and lead in automobile gas (as reported by The BioInitiative Working
Israel's Knesset recently banned the
placement of cellular antennas on residential buildings. According
to Canadian Underwriter, Lloyd's of London is already "preparing for
the next big liability action - for personal injury damages based on
the use of cell phone technology."
Referred to as "electro-smog" by some, the danger of magnetic,
electric, radio (microwave), ground current, and high frequency
radiation is that it is mostly invisible until great damage is done
- like the increased risk of some brain tumors in long term cell
Added to the worry are the unknown
effects of electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) on the more
vulnerable: children, infants, the elderly, and the infirm; all of
whom are equally blanketed by the invisible electro-storm of
...not to mention,
...and other large appliances found in
almost every home.
There are currently over 210,000
cell towers, providing 81% wireless
penetration in America alone, and one would be hard-pressed to find
an inhabitable place on Earth that is not within range of cell
Ask those who have become "electrically sensitive" (ES), people who
now experience a wide range of symptoms upon exposure to even low
levels of EMF radiation and have a most difficult time finding a
place to live safely in our wireless age. Symptoms can range from
the uncomfortable (headaches, burning sensations, tingling) and
debilitating (severe "brain fog," heart arrhythmias, migraines,
severe depression, chronic insomnia) to even life threatening
(seizures, heart attacks).
Many of today's ES started out as
healthy working citizens and through chronic and acute exposures to
electric radiation (some worked directly with electronics and
computers, others worked in standard school and business/office
settings), they became electrically sensitive with little warning.
Their message: it could be you next.
Hayley Robinson,* a 41-year-old "type A personality" who
spent 15 years of her working life in New York City offices warns,
"Keep cell and cordless phone use to
a bare minimum and take care of your general health: eat
organic, sleep 8 hours a day, drink lots of purified water,
exercise regularly and spend time in nature regularly.
We are exposed to an increasing
amount of invisible toxins in our lives - from chemicals and
heavy metals to electro-smog. We've become unwilling, and
unwitting, guinea pigs in the biggest experiment of all time.
Take notice before it's too late for you and your family."
Hayley spent many years in front of a
computer and is now so electrically sensitive she cannot be around
microwaves, air conditioners, cell phones, or airports without
experiencing distressful cardiac and neurological symptoms.
Not only do EMFs impact your own health and that of your children
and pets, but also the Earth as a whole, as our overuse of
electricity contributes greatly to pollution from coal-fired
Those who are wise will heed the
warnings of the electrically sensitive and reduce the EMF radiation
in their homes through good design and reduction of dependence on
Below is an excellent start: an
abbreviated list of construction and lifestyle tips based on a
survey I took of those with severe electrical sensitivity.
15 Ways to
Reduce EMF Radiation in Your Home and Life Right Now
Rise with the sun and go to bed
early to make maximum use of daylight and avoid using
artificial lighting whenever possible.
Do things manually if there's a
way - don't use electricity as a matter of convenience or to
save time. For example, use a manual juicer, a "bike
blender," or a broom/mop instead of a vacuum cleaner - all
great ways to incorporate exercise into your lifestyle and
stay fit, without needing a gym membership or having to
leave your home!
Keep your immune system
strengthened with a nutrient-rich organic diet, 8 hours of
sleep, moderate exercise, and plenty of fresh air and sun.
Practice a chemical-free
lifestyle to reduce your total body burden of toxins:
replace all personal care and home-cleaning products with
chemical free versions, wear organic clothing, use organic
Wear shoes with a sole made from
natural materials (like undyed leather), walk barefoot on
the beach or earth, or hug a tree - these all may help you
release excess EMFs into the earth and ground your body.
Unplug electrical appliances
when not in use.
Keep your bedroom free of
electrical appliances, especially near your head while you
sleep - use a battery-operated alarm clock rather than
electric; unplug lamps.
Remember that walls, floors, and
ceilings do not block EMFs when arranging your furniture.
Replace dimmer switches with
regular switches to eliminate high-frequency radiation, or
"dirty electricity," that can be hidden in your home's
Avoid low-voltage halogen and
fluorescent lighting (including the currently popular
energy-efficient compact fluorescent lighting). Fluorescent
lighting has been shown to cause migraines and contains
mercury, which is a hazardous material that can create huge
health and environmental problems.
Avoid the use of appliances with
variable speed drives, such as fans, heaters, front-loading
washing machines and some furnaces.
Avoid the use of microwave
ovens, hair dryers, electric toothbrushes, electric
blankets, heating pads, baby monitors, and other electric
Do not buy cordless DECT phones,
which emit a constant electromagnetic signal even when not
in use. Save cell phones for emergencies and use land lines
whenever possible. Make sure cell phones are turned off when
not in use, and avoid using them inside a car. When you do
use cell phones, use appropriate air tubes and shielding
devices: see below, RFSafe.com and LessEMF.com for available
products. Keep cell phone chargers unplugged when not in
Use LCD computers and TV screens
and avoid plasma TVs. Keep computer use to a minimum; keep
unplugged when not in use.
Avoid areas with wireless
networking (WiFi) - internet cafes, airports, etc.
If you are currently buying or building
your own home, make sure you choose a home at least 5 miles from the
nearest microwave or cell phone tower, high tension power line, or
other radio and TV transmitters.
Check for future cell tower sites as
well as existing ones. Design with as much natural lighting as
possible so that you are less dependent on artificial lighting. For
added protection against radio and cell phone waves, use low-e
coatings on windows.
Locate the electrical power panel, solar inverters (if you are using
active solar), clothes dryer, hot water heater, and any other large
electric appliance at least 20 feet from living/sleeping areas.
The routing of any dedicated circuits
for computer and other electronics should be kept away from critical
areas like the bedroom. Provide a dedicated circuit for the
refrigerator so that you can turn off other breakers at night if
desired, except for the fridge.
Good sources for EMF related products include: