Wireless EMF, RF Radiation, Cellphone EMF Energy
If you’ve found this article, chances are that you’re wondering, “What’s an EMF?” and should you really care. Our focus at Safertech is the practice of Tech Wellness: Mindfully interacting with the technology that surrounds us on a health level and a privacy level. These days, we’re immersed in wireless technology and with all of our fun devices come wireless Radio Frequency or RF radiation, a type of EMF.
EMFs are not something that most people really want to hear about and it’s not a simple subject.
Sometimes we hear words like “depression” “anxiety” and perhaps the worst, “cancer” associated with EMF exposure. And although those are most definitely scary associations, fear mongering or promoting fear in any way is just not what we’re about at Safertech. In fact we believe there are easy and effective things you can do to enjoy wireless technology yet still be mindful of your health.
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 life. I can truly feel the radiation when I interact with a source. 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 and 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 News
You have the power to control a lot of those EMFs 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?
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. Stay with me now. Science class ends soon. But if you really want more understanding on the issue, check out Polarization. This is an excellent explanation to the question of why man made EMFs can be so much more dangerous than the natural EMFs in our lovely environment.
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 am not a 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. So, the explanations in here are the best efforts of a lay person 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 EMF
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 micropulsations of the earth’s natural magnetic field. So cool.
Magnetic fields that we’re talking about here come from electrical sources, like power lines, wiring, appliances and our myriad devices- laptops, cellphones and computers too. Exposure to extremely high levels can make some people very sick.
Man made and as the chart shows, electric fields emanate from appliances, power lines and the wiring in our homes. When we look at health issues from these, it usually concerns problems with high tension electrical lines, wiring in living or sleeping spaces—and something called Dirty Electricity.
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.
Your Body Electric and Magnetic
Remember, our bodies are electrical in nature. We’re made up of atoms—and atoms are made 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 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
And 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.
And, the article from Science Magazine notes that they are a doing the 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.
RF: 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 cellphone 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. Abstract
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 cellphone radiation caused cancer?” Dr. McCormick followed with, “Yes, the results were surprising.”
The animals were exposed to 10 minute, 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 everyone
Even 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 auto immune 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 cellphone EMFs. I would love for that to be true.
I think everyday, 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 in the research section below. 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 cellphone, WiFi or Bluetooth wireless device and:
the endocrine system
And a new diagnosis For Our New Age: EHS— Electromagnetic Hyper-Sensitivity
I’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.
Unfortunately, some people experience symptoms far worse than me. Their symptoms are disabling, and the worst part about it is that they can’t get away from EMFs in this world. They may be able to mitigate their exposure in their own home, but things like public WiFi and Smart Meters can make them very sick. They become virtual refugees and have to retreat into isolated settings.
More and more people are reporting EMF sensitivity
It’s estimated that roughly 4% of the population is EMF Hypersensitive.
The World Health Organization says Electromagnetic Sensitivity is characterized by a variety of non-specific symptoms. Most commonly reported are skin reactions: tingling, redness, burning sensations. The other major symptoms regularly reported are fatigue, lack of concentration, headaches, dizziness, nausea, and heart palpitations. Other sufferers report gastrointestinal disturbances.
Many EMF experts suspect that EMF hyper-sensitivity appears when there’s an acute dose of EMF or from being consistently exposed to a combination of all types of EMF. I think this is true. It’s what I’ve seen as I’ve done the research.
Preventing Tech from making you sick
That’s why at safertech 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 Bad
Let’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 straight forward, better-safe-than-sorry approach.
The Wireless Guide:
I. Be Mindful of the EMF Around You
As technology evolves, more and more products are utilizing non-ionizing RF, 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).
Be aware of potential EMF exposure in a lot of places and from a lot of things:
WiFi energy enables WiFi routers in homes, offices, stores, and restaurants. It’s in Printers, Cars, Solar Systems, Laptops, Tablets, Desktops, Apple Watch, Appliances like dishwashers and fridges—I’ve even seen a WiFi enabled crockpot.
II. We can help you see the EMF’s
Safertech shares a wealth of tips and tricks to mitigate and create distance between you, your body and EMF exposure. Watch our videos. I tote my meter around to show what an EMF “looks” like and good news—every video comes with a solution.
III. Wireless EMFs: How Much is Too Much?
If you’re sensitive, the less the better.
If you’re NOT sensitive, the less the better!
The Biointiative Report first came out in 2007 and recommended a safety level .1 microwatts per centimeter squared (microwatt/cm2). Then in 2012, they lowered the limit dramatically to .0003 microwatt/cm2.
You can see in my 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 an average reading. When I measure the peak wave or Maximum Peak, the levels go even higher.
The chart from Michael Neuert, an electrical engineer, highlights recommendations.
IV. How much Wireless EMF is coming from my phone?
This handy chart gives you a basic idea of how much comes from your cellphone—and then compares that to the levels that have been reported to have impact.
V. The 15 Best Ways to Live Well with Wireless
Our fun, fabulous wireless devices, bring wireless EMFs right along with them. Here are 15 ways to create a safer and healthier wireless EMF environment:
1. Turn your phone OFF or put it in airplane mode whenever you can. I honestly live this way. I turn it on when I need it. It’s true. When I want to make a call, I use Speaker Mode or a hollow tube airtube headset and keep the phone a good foot away with a nice long wire.
Here are the ones I use. Please check out the Safertech shop for more.
2. Don’t carry your cellphone in your hand or your pocket when it’s on. I have a friend’s story to share. Corey carried his cellphone in his hand as he trained and ran a 5K. One day I noticed him clenching and then stretching his fingers. He said, “My hand is aching and tingling all the time. I can’t figure it out.” We talked awhile and it came to him, “This is the hand I carry my phone in during workouts.” I asked, “On airplane mode right?” No was the answer.
I like to carry mine dangling from my wrist-in which is why I use a long 10″ strap. The EMF dissipates the further from the phone you get.
Here is one case with a strap that is offered in the Safertech store:
3. If you hold your phone and Skype, Facetime or do Facebook or Instagram Live . . .
Yes, the Selfe Stick is goofy, but this video shows how far you get from the EMFs and why that’s good.
4. Wire all things for your desktop and laptop computers for no Wireless EMF radiation. Check out this setup at our offices. Wired Internet, keyboard and mouse. Hard wiring allows you to turn blue-tooth and WiFi off. Make sure you toggle both settings.
6. Don’t get close to that WiFi EMF radiation when you turn it on and off. Here’s a handy switch to try.
7. Make sure the WiFi is off on your printer, appliances, Smart TV and home monitoring devices.
8. Remove your Smart Meter. It’s actually a very powerful WiFi Router that’s consistently pulsing EMF’s all day and all night. It’s probably the strong EMF source in your home. You call your power company and they come and switch it out to a non-wireless analog or digital meter.
9. Turn off the baby monitor anytime you’re not using it AND make sure it’s at least 10′ from you and your baby.
10. When you text or email on your phone, use a stylus OR while the phone is in airplane mode, compose and then send when phone is On or enabled
11. Never, please really never use a phone or computer in WiFi mode in an Airplane. The wireless EMF radiation magnifies exponentially. It’s really high. Not good for you or anyone around you.
12. Find out where they keep the router when your choosing your Flight seat. Choose a seat as far from it as you can to distance yourself from wireless EMF.
13. A laptop is not for your lap! Even with no WiFi or blue-tooth connection there are magnetic EMF’s oozing from it.
At the very least use a thick 12″ pillow. Best is on the desk a good 2′ from your tummy.
14. Sleep with someone you love, not your phone. If it has to be on, keep it as far away from the bed as possible. Distance is the key when it comes to wireless EMFs.
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.
But wait, there’s more(!)
In general, we don’t necessarily believe in “shielding” gadgets; In our experiments, these shields can actually intensify radiation around the perimeter of the shield and shielding properly is a tricky endeavor.
I advise hiring an EMF professional who is a Electrician or Engineer to help mitigate home EMF exposure (exact measurements, wiring, etc). I have recommendations for people I’ve worked with and admire. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help you track down a good one.
Most surprisingly, you can ask your electric company to come out and test your home for various EMF services—for free! We are doing that soon with our own utility company and we can’t wait to show you how it goes.
I hope you’ll share this Wireless EMF guide with someone you love. If there is one person out there suffering with mysterious symptoms and that same person sleeps with their phone under their pillow and starts setting it to airplane mode, or if one person read this and stops standing in front of the microwave while their food cooks—well then that’s awesome!
Just one step closer to living a healthy happy life of Tech Wellness in our in our wireless world.
EMF hypersensitivity compilation from Joel Moskowitz - http://www.saferemr.com/2014/10/electromagnetic-hypersensitivity_30.html
Swedish Disabilties Organization - http://www.hso.se/press/
National Toxicology Program 2016 Study Release - https://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/results/areas/cellphones/index.html
American Cancer Society on Cellphone EMF Concerns - https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-causes/radiation-exposure/cellular-phones.html
Enviromental Health Trust list of Research on Wireless and Various Health effects - https://ehtrust.org/science/research-on-wireless-health-effects/
Julia Layton How stuff works: How the human Body makes electricity - http://health.howstuffworks.com/human-body/systems/nervous-system/human-body-make-electricity.htm
YouTube Video "How are Bodies Create Electricity - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-NA86aAMvY
Joe Kirschvink thinks he has found a magnetic sixth sense in humans By Eric Hand - http://web.gps.caltech.edu/~jkirschvink/www_pdf/magnetoreception.pdf
Who is Zorach Glasser - http://www.zoryglaser.com/
PDF of 2300 references to biological responses from RF energy. - http://www.justproveit.net/sites/default/files/prove-it/files/military_radiowave.pdf