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EMF Goes Sky High: Travel Tips to Decrease Radiation Plus Airport TSA Pat Down Demo
We're surrounded by wireless signals practically everywhere we go these days, but they can be really excessive in airports and airplanes.
Exposing Your Body To LESS EMF When You Travel.
Everything that has an electrical component will emanate electromagnetic fields or EMF. Yes, as you've probably heard, some EMF does occur naturally in and around the earth. There are the magnetic fields in the earths core and we have Electrical Fields from activity in the atmosphere, like lightning and thunderstorms.
But, the Earths natural fields are quite different because they don't oscillate or spin which is how we determine the frequency of un-natural electromagnetic fields.
- Magnetic Fields- from electricity - Found in wired and wireless electronics
- Electric Fields- from electricity. Found in Cords
- Radio Frequency or RF Fields- Come From All Wireless Antennae. WiFi, BlueTooth, Cell Signal
- Dirty electricity- a polluted type of EMF that happens when wireless is carried on a wired element. Found in power outlets and other electrical items
Our Tri-Field Meter Can Measure And Detect All Types OF EMF!
Recently, I took my trusty meters to JFK to do a little research of my own and see where high frequency EMF radiation hotspots can be found. Watch the video below that shows you the various readings of different types of EMF in the airport.
We're surrounded by wireless signals practically everywhere we go these days, but they can be really excessive in airports and airplanes.
First Stop: Pass on the X-Ray Radiation Before Flying
At the security line, we are always required to go through a screening process. This is for our own safety during travel, but ironically X-Rays increase our danger by exposing us to unnecessary radiation. You'll see in from the chart below how the amount of ionizing radiation we're exposed to adds up.
Tip 1: I have opted out of X-Ray screening for almost a decade now. I always have such interesting conversations with those around me about X-Ray screening in the security line. You can ask to have a pat-down in a private room, or if you're like me, and it's not that big of a deal, you can get your personal screening in public to save time. Also, opting out means you get to skip the line! Sometimes, I find I get through security faster when I don't X-RAY!!
Second Stop: Good News! Low RF-Radiation at the Airplane GateJust passed security is where we'd expect to be completely surrounded by RF Radiation, with wireless cameras, the x-ray screening machines and folks accessing airport WiFi, could all add up. But, good news, as you'll see in the video!
August only uses "calibrated" meters to measure RF Radiation See detail here
Third Stop: Airport Charging Station Radiation Galore
I was shocked by the high reading of RF Radiation at the charging stations! The emissions are way too high, especially when you take into account the magnetic EMFs and the RF radiation combined. If you're getting consistent exposure at a significant level, magnetic energy can be an EMF to be concerned about. Now, what's a significant level? Well, the World Health Organization published a paper (link in research)noting two studies that showed children who had exposures of 3. to 4. on a meter like the one I use in my video had been twice as likely to get childhood leukemia. The meter read just about 2 at the charging station and for me, that's too much exposure for a consistent period of time. Now add that to the RF radiation that's being measured by the other meter, and you have a good reason to:
Tip 2: Make sure your devices are fully charged before you travel. If you have a long journey, bring a portable charger or turn your phone on low battery mode to conserve it. If you must charge your device, step away from the charging station.
Fourth Stop: EMF check Boarding the AirplaneThere are so many sources of EMF that we don’t even see when we travel on a plane. Also, electrical engineers are allowed to change the voltage on a plane! EMF sources with high voltage = strong electric fields that can enter your body! EMF on a plane can be emitted by:
- Jet Engines
- Cockpit computers
- Electrical wiring and sensors
- Communication equipment
- Static electricity in fuselage
Most importantly, the second you step into an airplane, you are essentially stepping into a metal box. This magnifies the effects of RF radiation; a concept called the Faraday cage effect where radiation is, “trapped in a metal enclosure which exacerbates the effects of this radiation.” In my video, you can see how the radiationlevels change from my time on the ground to in the air. When you’re waiting for the plane to take off, the combination of the cell phones plus the metal intensification creates high levels of RF radiation between 3 and 6 micro-watts per centimeter squared. It makes sense that the readings are so high--think about how many people are on their devices while waiting for their flight to take off!
Tip 3: Don’t be in a hurry to get on the plane. Less time spent on the plane = less time trapped with EMF/RF radiation exposure! Also, the windows are a bit of a break in the planes "metal cage" and I discovered the reading was a bit lower--so I'm choosing a window seat from now on.
Fifth Stop: RF while Flying . . .or just about to Fly
Then, just prior to taking off, came "the announcement" and off went all the devices. AHH! Airplane mode! The RF radiation plummeted down to .3 to .1... the least amount of RF exposure I've experienced on the entire trip. BUT NOW, many airplanes have WiFi available on board. WiFi Radiation can penetrate anything that stands in its path and it’s super difficult to get away from. A safer distance from the actual WiFi is a minimum of 5'. But, the RF is still radiating from the person using their device to access the WiFi and the WiFi itself. Both WiFi and device are sending/receiving signal. That means the overall ambient level of RF radiation is increasing, yet the closer you get to someone just using the WiFi from their device, the closer you are to the radiation yourself.
Please Sir, Will You Be So Kind To Just Not...
Yeah, it was my husband so it was chill. But the video shows a great demo of what happens to your personal space when the guy next to you pulls out his laptop en route and accesses that WiFi. You know, this reminds me a lot of second-hand smoking. I'm thinking "second-hand RF Radiation" is really a thing. Secondhand happens when you can't get away from the RF radiation that a fellow human is responsible for. In this case, that's the people close by in tight quarters, on their cellphones, laptops or tablets. WiFi on planes has brought to light another issue--privacy! Go-Go Wireless, a common in-flight service, is not a secure provider and can be easily hacked.
Tip 4: Avoid using WiFi on a plane. Also, try to choose planes without WiFi, about 64% are still WiFi free. Every time you book a flight, it will list whether or not a plane has WiFi In order to find WiFi free flights, I would suggest calling the airline to book your flight so they can help identify a flight without WiFi.
And--even if the plane does have WiFi--it's best for you and those around you, to leave disable WiFi on your device(bluetooth too) and use your computer on airplane mode.
If you're traveling with little ones, or if you just love playing games, please check out our wonderful list of WiFi-free games you can download prior to boarding and enjoy in flight!
Then There's That Cosmic Stuff
When you’re in the air, another concern is the exposure from cosmic rays. Cosmic rays come from stars, including our sun, and constantly pass through us and around us. From the ground, cosmic rays are not dangerous but at higher altitudes, like when you’re in a plane, these small exposures become much greater. Scientists and medical experts have calculated "safe" annual exposure levels in this chart. Thus, always at Tech Wellness, we recommend the mindful approach to any kind of EMF exposure. It's best to limit as much as you can, whenever you can, which leads us to our final tip:
Tip 5: Put your devices away! Take the time on a travel day to read a good book or magazine article, talk to the person sitting next to you, draw or write in a sketchbook, or take a beauty-rest before your journey begins!
And Remember- you'll probably feel better for you're entire excursion if you avoid wireless EMF. or "INFORMATION CARRYING RADIO WAVES."(ICRWs)
Basically, when EMFs carry information to and from our digital devices, the natural waves are changed--and THAT changes the way our bodies react to them.
Yep, just like climate change, we're pretty much doing this to ourselves. There are literally thousands of peer-reviewed studies over three decades that have proven that there is a biological impact from these ICRW's. Most credible scientists, (those who aren't being paid by the cellular industry) think it isn't even a question.
But Not Every Body Reacts The Same Way to EMFs. Some People Never Notice Them. But More And More, People Are Reporting A Variety of Symptoms Including These:
- insomnia and sleep issues
- headaches and head pain
- tinnitus or ringing in the ears
- lethargy and extreme tiredness
- memory, a fog, cognitive issues
- burning, tingling, numbness
- cardiac symptoms and heart palpitations
- Joint pain
- onset of Electromagnetic Sensitivity or ES or EHS
- pressure, heat
- anxiety, irritability
- problems with eyes or eyesight
- chest pain
- rashes, eczema, skin issues
- muscle spasms
- digestive or bowel problems
- cramps and twitches, neuropathy
- nose bleeds
- ear problems, worsening hearing
- depression, loss of motivation
- endocrine problems and thyroid problems
- increased rate of infections or colds
- allergies, food sensitivity
- intensity of electromagnetic sensitivity
- sinus problems
- lump in throat or throat problems
- weight loss or loss of appetite
- swollen face
- bladder infections, strains
- flu like symptoms
- weight gain, inability to talk
- loss of motor skills
- loss of feeling from the waist down
These are symptoms of people exposed to smart meter EMF, which is the same EMF radiation that comes from all wireless devices. I came across this report by Ronald Powell, Ph.D and reached out to him and he was kind enough to share his up to date research, “Symptoms After Exposure to Smart Meter Radiation.” We have the report recap as well as the percentage of people who reported the amazing, critical and varied symptoms listed above.
Yes, I know we're talking about very scary associations. However, please be assured, fear mongering or promoting fear in any way is just not what we're about. In fact, we believe there are easy and effective things you can do to decrease exposure levels. We're not suggesting totally trashing all your wireless technology-just yet.
Dr. Powell is a retired career U.S. Government scientist.He holds a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Harvard. During the Government career, he worked for the President, the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. When it comes to EMF Radiation effects, he’s an incredible wealth of information, as well as someone we trust and honor for his EMF education work.
The full health disclosure that everyone should be aware of is that there is growing evidence about how exposure to wireless EMF radiation is causing more than just symptoms. There's no doubt. RF or EMF radiation has biological effects. The research Section of our site lists links to 100's of studies.
How Big A Deal Is EMF Radiation Exposure?
If simply hearing that a prominent Swedish scientist announced that we are now exposed to 1 Quintillion times (that's 18 zeros) more Radio Frequency or RF energy than we were 10 years ago makes you say "I need to know How to reduce some of that wireless energy around me."
Then, please go directly to The Guide. But if you're skeptical and want more information, research and background we invite you to read on.
Wireless Energy, RF Radiation, Cellphone Energy, EMF, EMR, Radio Frequency, Electromagnetic Fields
There's a whole lot of ways it's described, but all the above are referring to Electromagnetic Energy Fields or EMF.
Let's begin by being mindful. Looking for Brief EMF Basics? Go Here
Happy travels, friends!