Published Feb 11th, 2014
Electro pollution is one of the biggest environmental challenges that we are facing today. This lecture empowers you with the knowledge that you need to protect yourself and your family against dangerous levels of radiation.
As promised in the video, I will provide you with my recommendations for RF and EMF meters, but first, let’s cover a few more basics…
There are three forms of electro pollution that I recommend you check for in your home environment:
Radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation (RF-EMR)
This is the topic of my video and it includes microwave radiation that we are exposed to from cordless telephones, cell phones, wifi networks, smart meters, other wireless technologies, and of course cell towers in our neighborhoods. This is commonly referred to simply as RF radiation.
Extremely low frequency electric and magnetic fields (ELF-EMF)
These represent the other two forms of electro pollution, referred to collectively as EMFs, and have to do with all of the appliances that you use in your home as well as the electrical wiring in your walls. An electrical field is produced by voltage and a magnetic field results from the flow of current. Let’s use a table lamp that is next to your bed as an example. If your lamp is plugged in, even if it is turned off, it is emitting an electric field. When you turn on this lamp it will now also be emitting a magnetic field. Electric fields are easily shielded or weakened by walls and other objects, whereas magnetic fields can pass through almost anything, including buildings, and can easily penetrate your body. Electric fields can wear you out throughout the day as well as disturb your sleep, while magnetic fields have been a more scientifically recognized concern for many years as studies have shown they can wear down your immune system.
The good news:
There are two simple solutions for reducing your exposure to RF radiation as well as to electric and magnetic fields:
1. Eliminate devices and appliances that you don’t really need.
2. If you cannot or do not want to eliminate certain devices, simply understanding safe distances from EMF and RF sources is the next solution to protecting yourself. For example, just changing the position of your bed so that it is further away from a smart meter or a wireless router, and moving a lamp or an alarm clock just a few inches more from your body is sometimes all that is required to reduce your exposure to electro pollution while you sleep.
To determine safe distances I recommend purchasing an RF and EMF meter. These meters enable you to ensure your safety within your environment, even helping you to choose a home if you have certain concerns over power lines or cell towers that are nearby. RF and EMF meters are very valuable tools, especially if you have a child in the home. As an example, one of my clients had placed his baby’s crib against a wall directly on the other side of where his condo’s fuse box is installed. Magnetic fields easily penetrate through walls and, as a consequence, the magnetic field surrounding the crib was over 100 milligauss. To put things into perspective, a child should not be exposed to levels higher than 1 milligauss. Now, using an EMF meter we were able to see that simply moving the crib 2 feet to the left was all that he needed to do to ensure his child was safe. Just 2 feet was all it took to go from over 100 milligauss to under 1. This is why I value these meters and recommend them to all of my clients.
Another example was with a client who, for health concerns, refused to have wifi in his home and only used a wired internet connection. However, when we checked his home office with an RF meter we saw very high numbers. Finally, we figured out that even though he was using a wired internet connection, the wifi setting on his router was on. He was shocked. He had been unknowingly exposed to wifi microwave radiation blasting from the router that was on his desk, just a foot away from his body, and to add insult to injury he had no use for wifi. After disabling his wifi the reading on the RF meter shot down to acceptable levels.
These were just two examples where high levels of electro pollution were dramatically reduced; the first by moving furniture a few feet and the second by eliminating a technology that was not even being used. No conveniences were lost and no huge sacrifice had to be made in order to create a healthier environment. These were actually two of my first experiences directly helping clients with electro pollution issues and, during both times, I was quite thankful for having made the decision to invest in a good RF and EMF meter, enabling us to detect the problems as well as to test the solutions.
RF and EMF meters I use and recommend:
I reviewed many options before choosing to purchase 2 meters to use for myself as well as for my clients. May 2019 update– please note that the links below lead to the newer and upgraded versions of the meters.
1. For electric and magnetic fields I use and recommend the Trifield 100XE meter. This meter measures all 3 types of electro pollution (magnetic/electric/RF), but I would only use it to measure electric and magnetic fields (EMFs) because it’s RF sensitivity is not low enough to adequately measure the range of radiation levels that I am concerned about. On the other hand, it is a brilliant meter for evaluating electric and magnetic fields emitting from appliances in your home. The Trifield meter can even detect improperly grounded equipment as well as the wiring in your walls, and it is also used to measure EMFs from overhead power lines. As a side note, I was personally shocked at the magnetic field that my battery operated toothbrush produces, and I still keep this toothbrush to use as a prop when teaching clients about EMFs.
2. For highly accurate RF detection I use and recommend the Cornet ED85EXS. This allows me to easily measure microwave radiation emitting from wifi, cell phones, smart meters, cordless telephones, and all other wireless devices. You can’t control your neighbor’s wifi or smart meter, but you can evaluate your overall exposure and see the improvements that result from changes that are within your control, such as moving your bed to a location further away from a hot spot, disabling your own wifi, and learning safer ways to using your laptop and other mobile devices.
These 2 meters listed above will allow you to easily check and make appropriate adjustments in your home. And, equally important, will educate your family members on the dangers of electro pollution because for the first time they will be able to “see” what they are exposed to when they place a laptop on their lap, stick a cell phone right up to their ears, and constantly use wifi each and every day. This is an invaluable lesson for children as well as for adults.
I will mention two more RF meters, the Cornet ED78s and the Cornet ED88T . These are not versions of the Cornet meter that I use because I prefer the higher sensitivity of the ED85EXS, however I thought I would include it because it also measures magnetic fields.
Finally, I hope that my video and these notes have helped you recognize the threat of electro pollution, as well as armed you with some useful tips to better protect yourself and your family. Let’s keep the conversation going.
Nutrition & Exercise Specialist
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