EMF Radiation. The Symptoms. The Protection. A Wellness Guide to Wireless
You can't see it, touch it or smell it. But chances are there's invisible radiation of the man-made variety- floating in your space right now.
Now, fortunately, many do not have any noticeable symptoms when exposed to RF radiation from wireless devices.
But, Many People Say They Can Feel Symptoms From Man Made EMF Radiation. Here's what they're saying:
- 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
- The onset of Electromagnetic Sensitivity or ES or EHS
- Pressure, Heat
- Anxiety, Irritiblility
- Problems with eyes or eyesight
- Chest Pain
- Rashes, Excema, Skin issues
- Muscle spasms
- digestive or bowel problems
- muscle spasms, 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.
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.
Our focus at Tech Wellness is a particular type of EMF, the man-made variety of electromagnetic radiation that's emitted by Microwaves and wireless devices.
POLARIZATION: MAN MADE OR UN-NATURAL IS THE KEY
Stay with me now. Science class ends soon. Not all EMF Radiation is the same. If you really want more understanding on the issue, check out: Polarization. This is an excellent explanation of the question of why man-made EMFs can be so much more dangerous than the natural EMFs in our lovely environment.
We refer to it mostly as RF (radio frequency) radiation or energy. You can't see it, smell it or for most people, feel it. But everyday-because of our love of digital devices, there's more and more of it. It's the waves of energy that are emitted by cell phones, WiFi, Bluetooth, laptops, tablets, wearables and just about all wireless devices.
Electromagnetic Fields are not something that most people really want to hear about and EMF is not a simple subject. Sometimes we hear words like "depression" "anxiety" and perhaps the worst, "cancer" associated with EMF exposure. Personally, loving family as I do and being super excited about the idea of my children having children someday, I'm super concerned about RF effects on fertility. Studies show that exposure to wireless energy(guys-front pocket No-No) can decrease the semen quality in men by decreasing the sperm count, motility and viability.
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.
Let's begin by being mindful. Looking for Brief EMF Basics? Go Here
My EMF Journey
I want to be transparent about my personal experiences, the experiences of people I've met through my travels, and the growing body of research on the subject of EMFs and health. I believe I've been sensitive to EMFs for most of my adult life. I can truly feel the radiation when I interact with a source. The symptoms of exposure for me look like this:
I feel heat, zaps of energy and the feeling of a vibration when I hold a cellphone or tablet. I get a foggy feeling with a blunt headache if I'm within 15 to 20 feet of a WiFi. Sometimes this feeling comes over me within minutes, sometime the symptom manifests after an hour or so. I wake up when the WiFi is on in my home. I can't sleep in airplane that has WIFI.
I take very good care of my health, eating right, daily exercise, energy work, supplements, mediation, grounding and I live in a home that has very little man made electromagnetic energy. The wires of my home are shielded. My family cooperates with my sensitivity and they make sure the WiFi is off when I'm home and they don't use their cellphones around me. I consider my mild sensitivity a gift of sorts, as it allows me to "feel" the EMFs that normally can't be seen, heard or felt. It's why I ordered my first meter and started exploring this subject over 25 years ago.
It's why I wouldn't let my kids ever put their cellphones to their ears, carry them in their pockets or have them in their bedrooms. It's why there's no WiFi on at my home. I've known that the energy from EMFs affects the energy of my body, and therefore I believed it could have the potential to affect everyone's health. Over a decade ago I reached out to Dr. George Carlo, the man who headed the huge $27 MM research project for the Cellphone Industry in the '90's. I've looked to Dr. Carlo ever since as trusted advisor on the science of RF Radiation. Now, more and more research is pointing to health effects from various EMF exposures.
But There's Good NewsYou have the power to control some of the EMF in your life. You do! Think of it like choosing a nice safe car or wearing a seat belt—it's not like something bad is going to happen, it just better to take a safe approach. At the conclusion of this article are 15 Easy Ways To Live Well With Wireless. The honest to goodness truth is that I really don't want anyone to be fearful of EMFs (fear in and of itself is a dangerous thing), but I do want everyone to be mindful.
So what is an EMF?
If you found this article chances are you're wondering, What's an EMF? EMF's are electric and magnetic fields that are invisible (but very real) energy and come from, or “radiate” from, sources of natural and man-made electricity.
We all learned as kids about the dangers of "radiation"—particularly the ionizing stuff at the far right of the spectrum. You'll notice the following 3 areas on the spectrum: Ultraviolet, X-ray and nuclear energy. Yes, dangerous stuff! UV light can cause skin cancer. Too many X-rays cause all kinds of bad things from cancer to death (just ask Marie Curie). And, exposure to nuclear radiation can be downright catastrophic.
The left end of the spectrum has all the non-ionizing radiation that were now realizing can also affect our health and well-being too. I'm no scientist, but I delved into the science as part of my journey of understanding my own situation, my electro-sensitivity and my desire to do something about it both for me and for others. The explanations in here are the best efforts of a layperson just like you. Be assured, I've done the research. I have asked scientists to review what I have written, and aside from some scientific nuances that I still don't quite understand, they have given me the go-ahead to share this with you.
Breaking It Down: Four Types of Man made or Artificial EMF That Are Causing Health Concerns
In the chart above--you see electricity--we all know what that is. Electric fields exist whenever there is a positive or negative charge and the man-made variety that comes from electrical wiring, power lines, all manner of power cords emit electrical fields that have been linked to biological effects. Electric fields can be measured and present even when the power is turned of.
Meters Used to Measure and Detect Electrical Fields: Body Voltage Meters and Electrical Meters. Measurement: AC Volts or Volts per Meter (V/m)
Frequency: Low Frequency Waves
Magnetic fields are just about everywhere in our world in varying strengths. In fact, our very own human brain waves have very similar frequencies to the micro-pulsations of the earth's natural magnetic field. So cool.
The Man Made Magnetic fields that are a source of concern for EMF sensitivity and effects come from electrical sources, like power lines, wiring, appliances and our myriad devices- laptops, cell phones and computers too. Magnetic fields arise from the motion of electric charges and are only emitted when a device is turned on.
Meters used specifically for Magnetic Energy are Gauss Meters.
Magnetic fields are detected at Extremely Low Frequency and Very Low Frequency in Milligauss.
Dirty Electricity or Electro-smog
This is a kind of electrical interference that is often the result of when Extremely Low Frequency (ELF, see the gray bar in the middle of the chart) causes erratic spikes or surges of electricity traveling along electrical wiring or power lines where only standard AC should be. We want to make sure the wiring in our homes, offices, and schools doesn't have this problem.
Radio Frequency or RF Radiation
You might have also heard the terms non-ionizing radiation or RF fields. All of these descriptions refer to Wireless EMFs. That would be microwave ovens, WiFi routers, WiFi-enabled devices, Bluetooth energy, and Cellphone radiation.
These waves are High Frequency which means they are located higher the spectrum--this kind of field is a combo of electric and magnetic fields coupled together as electromagnetic or radio waves.
Meters Used to detect EMF Radiation: Radio Frequency Meters
Detected or measured in MHz or GHz using in Micro-watts per square centimeter, Volts per square meter
Your Body Electric and Magnetic
Remember, our bodies are electrical in nature. We're made up of atoms, which are made up of protons, electrons, and neutrons. There's a great video showing how our bodies use chemical sources to make electricity. We've got the link to the Medicine Journal channel below. Here's how Julia Layton explains the electricity in our bodies on How Stuff Works:
"Everything we do is controlled and enabled by electrical signals running through our bodies. As we learned in intro physics, everything is made up of atoms, and atoms are made up of protons, neutrons and electrons. Protons have a positive charge, neutrons have a neutral charge, and electrons have a negative charge. When these charges are out of balance, an atom becomes either positively or negatively charged. The switch between one type of charge and the other allows electrons to flow from one atom to another. This flow of electrons, or a negative charge, is what we call electricity. Since our bodies are huge masses of atoms, we can generate electricity."Additionally, scientists have discovered our bodies contain the magnetic material magnetite. It turns out that high concentrations of magnetite have been discovered in the human head and brain. Magnetite is a mineral that is especially susceptible to magnetic attraction. What is even more fascinating? A scientist from Cal Tech recently confirmed that the very magnetic material in our heads allows us to respond to external fields. Currently, they are doing tests to see if and how humans may detect and use the earth's magnetic field. An article from Science Magazine notes that they're doing tests in a metal Faraday cage so that there's no EMF noise that could confound the experiment.
Wireless EMF Energy vs. Body Energy
I've been doing EMF measurement videos on cell phones and mobile phones since 2000 because I wanted to show people the "energy waves" that can't be seen, felt or touched. In many of the videos, I talk about my belief that the energy coming from this Smartphone or this Bluetooth speaker, negatively affects the energy of my body or that I feel this energy isn't interacting with my bodies energy in a good way.
Since were electrical in nature and we now know our brains respond to the fields of energy—we can make the connection between how man-made EMFs might possibly be messing with our bodies by interfering with our natural bio-electromagnetic functions. EMFs are everywhere and there may be a health connection simply because of our ever-growing exposure to all the types of EMFs. But, because Radio Frequency or RF energy power has come on strong in the last 35 years and it is used in more areas of our life every single day, our main focus is reducing your exposure from wireless sources.
We advocate what’s referred to as the Precautionary Principle. Basically, this means that because there’s research, lots of it actually, saying the energy that powers our cellphones– RF radiation– could be causing health concerns-including tumors and cancer, then we ought to take care when using our cell phones -and all devices that emit RF-and use them mindfully.
And More Precaution is More Important For Our Kids-
We talk about how to know when your child should have a cellphone or smartphone of their own in our Parent's Guide To Giving Your Kids A Phone
But children are susceptible to RF radiation simply from all wireless devices--even if their just holding Mom's or Dad's.
The illustration below is from the MID-90's(yes, parents have been concerned about wireless radiation for a loooong time) It's a picture of how kids brains absorb more radiation then adults because of their thinner, developing skulls. This was done by Professor Gandhi who was actually working for the Motorola and Department of Defense at the time and according to Devra Davis* lost his funding after he published this 2 dimensional modeling.
Children's little bodies are different then ours. Their skulls are thinner and the fact that their body systems are rapidly developing makes them more vulnerable to microwave exposures. Devra Davis of the Environmental Health Trust reminds us that this information is scientifically accepted. She also lead research *confirming that because children’s skulls are thinner and tissues of a child’s head, including the bone marrow and the eye, absorb significantly more energy than those in an adult head. The illustration below demonstrates the greater exposure absorption for a smaller head. It's done with 3D modeling used for the Environmental Health Trust.
RF Radiation: There's Plenty of Evidence to consider
As I mentioned earlier, I started looking into the “energy effect” over 25 years ago, simply trying to identify what I was feeling. At about the same time, major research on the topic was underway. To date, the Wireless Technology Research or WTR remains the most seminal work on the topic of adverse health effects and cell phone use. The WTR was founded in 1993 by CTIA, and back then the acronym stood for US Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association, but now this trade organization just goes by CTIA and represents the U.S, wireless communications industry.
Dr. George Carlo headed this research project which resulted in the findings of genetic damage to human blood; increased risk of brain neuroepithelial tumors in those who use cell phones on the side of the head where their tumors were found; increased risk of acoustic neuroma with increasing minutes of phone use. Other research around the world followed and then in 2011, the World Health Organization classified RF exposed as a Group 2B possible carcinogen. This was big news, in fact, I did a video recap of it back then to explain what that means:
Then, in 2012 the Bioiniative Report, which was written by a respected group of international scientists, cataloged 5 pages of biological effects that occur due to RF exposure. There's a link at the end of this article. And most recently our own National Toxicology Program NTP concluded that its "largest and most complex" 30 million dollar study, found a connection to cell damage and wireless EMF or Radio Frequency.
They noted incidences of tumors in the brains and hearts of male mice after exposure. In an interview with Dr. David McCormick from the Illinois Institute of Technology where the study was performed. I appreciate where he flat out says "Yes, That's correct" to the question of a WTHR reporter, "In your lab, you found cell phone radiation caused cancer?" Dr. McCormick followed with, "Yes, the results were surprising." The animals were exposed to 10 minutes, on/off increments of RF energy for 9 hours a day. Think about it.
That amount of RF energy in our lives is quite attainable these days, between our Bluetooth keyboards on our computers and our wireless headsets, speakers, the WiFi and our cellphones—we're all easily exposed to 4.5 hours of RF radiation in a 9 hour period of time. Right? And a recent study linked a very low level, but acute (or constant) exposure to Wireless EMF to cancer of the heart, lymphoma, and leukemia. Hmmmm. Not great news.
But the "Wireless-causes-Cancer" belief still isn't ringing true for everyoneEven with all the mounting research, the vast majority of the medical and regulatory groups do not confirm any direct correlation between any disease—from heart disease to autoimmune diseases like cancer to wireless EMF's. In fact, the American Cancer Society comments on the body of probable connection studies this way:
"Finally, the measurement of cell phone use in most studies has been crude. Most have been case-control studies, which have relied on people’s memories about their past cell phone use. In these types of studies, it can be hard to interpret any possible link between cancer and an exposure. People with cancer are often looking for a possible reason for it, so they may sometimes (even subconsciously) recall their phone usage differently than people without cancer. With these limitations in mind, it is important that the possible risk of cell phone exposure continue to be researched using strong study methods, especially with regard to use by children and longer-term use."
Then it goes on to point out that agencies from the FDA to the FCC state that there are no conclusive links to health effects and cell phone EMFs. I would love for that to be true.I think every day, scientists are getting closer to the answer.
Lots of Scientists Doing Lots of Research
For a long time . . . The earliest research compilation I've found on the topic of RF or Microwave energy, in particular, was done by Zorach Glasser. He did a research report listing 122 Bio-effects linked to microwave/RF energy for the US Navy back in 1971. He cited research from over 2200 studies. Check out the PDF. It's fascinating. It's awesome that so many research institutions are studying wireless EMF and their health effects. Here are some recent scientific articles that find a link between your cell phone, WiFi or Bluetooth wireless device and:
Medical Associations are Speaking Out
Many in the medical field believe that pregnant women and their unborn children, very young children, teenagers, men of a reproductive age, seniors, and anyone with a chronic health condition are those who are an especially high risk of harm from exposure.
Electric fields can affect the electrical communication in your body, such as your brainwaves, or the ability of your neurons to fire and communicate. It can also impede inter-cell communication anywhere in your body. Health problems in addition to our reported list of symptoms that can manifest as a result of this type of exposure include...
- Neurological and behavioral changes
- Altered cell growth
- Cell mutations
- Chronic fatigue
And a new diagnosis For Our New Age: EHS— Electromagnetic Hyper-SensitivityI'm Electro-sensitive or ES. Some call it Electromagnetic Hyper Sensitivity or EHS, and because I've managed my exposure to EMF through the years and I do work to support my body, I stay pretty symptom-free.
Preventing Tech from making you sick
That's why at TechWellness, we recommend a common sense approach to all EMFs. Put as much distance as you can from EMF sources in your world. Try to locate beds away from ordinary electrical outlets, don't buy a home underneath high powered electrical wires etc. If you think you are electro-sensitive, we recommend EMF Consultants and EMF Experts for your home. They can find hidden EMF sources from electrical technology and more importantly, mitigate the EMF issues. For someone near you, inquire here
Achieving Tech Wellness. Making Sure Wireless Doesn't Make You Feel BadLet's start here; with the wireless in your world. We'll take a look around. Arm you with information and demonstrations to make it easy, offering 15 simple ways to get a hold of the RF radiation sources surrounding you and your family. A straightforward, better-safe-than-sorry approach.
A Special Note to You-
Sometimes it's hard to know what to believe online. To be your trusted resource we consult with some of the world's foremost experts on tech toxins like EMF. Our understanding of man made electromagnetic radio waves continues to evolve. I encourage you to rely on websites and resources that are informed by trusted scientists and doctors. Dr. George Carlo who led the seminal research study for the wireless industry(his book is featured in our store) and President of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Building Biologists, Larry Gust are the two foremost experts I look to.
I also recommend the work of Joel Moskowitz and his site: SafeEMR, Cindy Sage of the often quoted Bioinitiative Report and now Physicians for Safe Technology, Dr. Olle Johansson and The Environmental Health Trust and Ellie Marks and The California Brain Tumor Association whose mission is to safeguard public health These people along with the late Martin Blank are highly regarded experts when it comes to the science of Electromagnetic Radiation. You can find a nice compilation of EMF science and related policy developments at EMFscientists.org Check the background of the people involved in creating the information you're using to make decisions regarding EMF and your health and make sure they're the real deal. There are some great authentic and accurate EMF sites, like emfanalysis. It's run by Jeromy Johnson and we have similar backgrounds. There seems to be a lot of interest lately in the topic I've been concerned about for 25 years and though I'm very happy and relieved that so many are now taking this topic seriously--and I'm happy some EMF resources embed Safertech and Tech Wellness videos in their sites- I'm concerned that you, (if you're concerned about wireless radiation and your health) steer clear of "experts" who may be trying to promote items that really don't do what they claim or entice you to visit their sites so they can sell ads based on high traffic or affiliate with unproven "emf protection". It is a confusing and sometimes scary topic--I keep my earlier videos from 2007 on this site so you can see that my understanding has grown deeply. Please know that I take great pride in not creating fear or misunderstanding in this space and it's my deep desire for you to be healthy and well and live life in balance and safety with technology
Want to Know More About Wireless Energy? Here's the Wellness Guide:
I. Be Mindful of the EMF Around YouAs technology evolves, more and more products are utilizing non-ionizing Radio Frequencies and emitting EMF Radiation, especially when it comes to communication and more notably, convenience. First, we had microwave ovens, then came cell phones and now we have wireless communication spewing in, out and around every smartphone, WiFi, smart meter, Smart TV, smart so many things. Plus, a wide variety of blue-tooth and WiFi spouting toys and smart home gadgets from wearables to security cams and climate controllers. All these connected devices are called The Internet of Things, (IoT).
This EMF Meter Has All The Bells And Whistles. Great For When You're Serious About EMF Protection
II. We can help you see the EMF'sWe have wealth of tips and tricks to mitigate and create distance between you and EMF exposure. Watch our videos. We tote a meter around to show what an EMF "looks" like and offer a solution to avoiding RF radiation we encounter. Here are 6 interesting ones now:
III. What's a Safe Level Of Wireless EMF?If you're sensitive, the less the better. If you're NOT sensitive, the less the better! The Biointiative Report recommended a safety level of .0003 microwatt/cm2. The Institute of Building Biology has these guidelines for sleeping areas You can see in our videos, the measurements from my test meters are much higher. I test everywhere I go and very rarely do I even find levels as low as .1. Most houses have 2 or 3 times that much when I set my meter for to the Max level and get ambient energy readings. When we measure the peak wave or Maximum Peak, near the wireless energy source, the levels go much higher, which is why the level I advise below is with the hope that people keep their distance from wireless devices.
IV. What can I do about it?
V. The 15 Best Ways to Protect You and Your Family From Wireless EMF Radiation
There are easy and effective things you can do to enjoy wireless technology yet still be mindful of your health and create a safer and environment.
2. Don't carry your cell phone in your hand or your pocket when it's on. There's plume of RF radiation all around your device and it dissipates the further it gets from the device. Consider a purse or man-bag or a cell phone case with straps so you can either dangle it from your wrist or keep it long so it stays away from your tummy and hips--we don't want RF energy there!!
If "Anti Radiation Phone Cases" actually worked, we would offer them at Tech Wellness.
EMF Radiation Protection that is guaranteed come only with a Faraday bag that completely blocks signal. Another good idea is to distance yourself from your device. Like Smoke from a cigarette, RF radiation dissipates as it gets further and further from the antenna. Carry your phone away from you.
9. Turn off the baby monitor anytime you're not using it AND make sure it's at least 15 feet from you and your baby. Try This No-EMF Radiation Baby Monitor Set-up.
10. To keep your hands and fingers from being exposed to wireless energy directly, use a stylus when text or email from your device. Too much? Compose in airplane mode: then send when the device is On or enabled.
12. Find out where they keep the WiFi router when you're choosing your Flight seat. Choose a seat as far from it as you can to distance yourself from wireless EMF.
14. Use a Wired Headset, Wired Earbuds or Wired Headphones that include Air Tube Technology. The tube of air acts as a buffer between the RF energy coming from the Cell phone or Smartphone and makes sure none of it gets to your head. Here's the one we use. It works beautifully, plus has a nice long wire for more distance from our device.
15. Be WiFi, Cellphone, and Bluetooth Aware: Not just in your home, but out and about as well. If you see the flashing lights of a WiFi router, know that you're being exposed to less as you move further away. Wifi Router boxes or Low Power Wifi Routers can help reduce some of the WiFi radiation in your home or office environment.
We use this great low-power, Low EMF WiFi at our office