Technology's Best-Kept SecretA laptop is better kept off your lap, because of the Electromagnetic Field (EMF), particularly Radio Frequency or emissions that come from it. But the FCC says to keep them off your lap, due to "thermal safety" and notes that a laptop should be kept 8" away from your body. The FCC regulation clearly states:
“Mobile devices are transmitters designed to be used in such a way that a separation distance of at least 20 centimeters is normally maintained between the transmitter's radiating structure(s) and the body of the user or nearby persons.” -FCC BULLETIN 65
So, if you are using them on your lap, you are technically being a non-compliant consumer (Oh my! Tsk, Tsk!) This exceeds the federal guideline for exposure (and you risk being burned). But how would you know? This information is buried DEEP in your user manual.
WiFi Dangers and Your Body
A recent study shows significant changes indicating DNA damage of sperm in rat testes when closely exposed to RF Radiation from wireless energy in the mid-body region. You can view the study below in our reference area. Your laptop also emits two other kinds of energy (magnetic and electric) If you want to know more about RF and EMF we've got a really comprehensive guide with the best ideas to avoid it. At Tech Wellness, we are most concerned with wireless because it's been around for only a short time, and no one can agree on how harmful it is—if at all. (We're leaning towards some)
What You Can Do About It
As we say here at Tech Wellness, the best EMF prevention/protection is DISTANCE. Put that laptop on a desk or pillow—12 inches or more away. We know this because we've measured this wireless RF radiation of many laptops in our office and we see the energy consistently drop off to a much lower level at a minimum of 12 inches.
Another idea; if you're carrying it around or your laptop is in the same room as your bed, stick it in a silent pocket. This gorgeous leather pouch keeps your laptop cozy and prevents it from emitting any harmless energy. Very effective! Not just your laptop, but your tablet and cell phone.
Wire It Baby- All the Way
But our favorite recommendation to avoid the RF radiation altogether is is to keep your laptop wired with WiFi and Bluetooth off.
Access the internet via an Ethernet cable. I insist my employees do this at work. Plus, your internet will be faster and much more secure. And our entire work-space can be a haven from the massive Laptop RF-Radiation from the wireless energy of 20 devices powered on in one space.
Another tip I personally use is utilizing an external keyboard so the CPU is kept at a farther distance. Easy peasy! Use a wired mouse and printer, too—just like we implore you to keep your landline as a healthier option to mobile and cordless phones when at home. Using a wired auxiliary keyboard and wired mouse is a great idea so you don't have to touch your warm mouse-pad with your fingertips. This heat emanates two other forms of yucky EMF energy: magnetic and electric.
Make your stationary laptop set-up as comfy as you can so you aren't tempted to break away and use your computer wirelessly.
Can't or Will Not Wire Up?
If you really can't commit to hard-wiring or using a desk or pillow for distance all of the time, this is one of the only times we'd recommend that you use a shield. This is not our favorite option because we've personally found shielding--because of one, it only protects you from magnetic energy and two, it's problematic because it often doesn't shield the edges of your device and in some cases, increases/ multiply the bad energy on the perimeter.If you can't commit to being "grounded" (as electricians would say), use your laptop on battery instead of using the main power source. The most potentially harmful and strong EMF energy happens when you are streaming video, so don't do that—or download your file when the laptop is not near your body.
When it Comes to Laptop RF Radiation- Kids Matter Most
Children seem to be susceptible to EMF absorption in general, but with laptops especially. Their little bodies are too tiny to be situated properly at a desk and the antenna of a laptop is likely to level with their head and chest. Tablets are just as problematic; perhaps even more so because children hold them so close to their bodies. A desktop is a better option for them as the CPU will probably be on the floor away from them. Plus, you can monitor their web usage more for safety reasons.
Side note--not only protect your young ones from radiation but have them wear orange glasses if they're little tech-junkies. Of course, we advise you to keep them from using in the wee hours of the night, but if they must or they have lots of homework to do, orange glasses are a great investment. Even for you! We have them in all kinds of styles. The health benefits are amazing and completely worth it. They improve sleep, mood, and appetite.
True Story...During the editorial process of this article, a friend told us a truly worrying story. His wife is six months pregnant with their first child. One recent night, she called him downstairs to show him her belly. She'd been working on the internet and resting her laptop on her belly (Oy vey, I know!) She noticed the baby would start moving vigorously every time she placed the laptop back down on her abdomen, and she wanted her husband to see because she thought it was neat. Luckily, her husband told her to stop and explained the details of laptop RF radiation. And that, folks, is why Tech Wellness works so hard to bring you preventative education (backed up with scholarly articles) that you can share with your loved ones. Below is an excerpt from a research article from Dr. Devra Davis entitled, "Why Children Absorb More Microwave Radiation and The Consequences":
"Children absorb more MWR than adults because their brain tissues are more absorbent, their skulls are thinner and their relative size is smaller. MWR from wireless devices has been declared a possible human carcinogen. Children are at greater risk than adults when exposed to any carcinogen. Because the average latency time between first exposure and diagnosis of a tumor can be decades, tumors induced in children may not be diagnosed until well into adulthood. The fetus is particularly vulnerable to MWR."
We hope you take this information with hope and know that there ARE solutions, with experts behind them.
Live Well & Bell Well,