There is more and more talk now about the dangers of cell phone radiation. I’m not saying that it is a subject that most people are now aware of, I’m just saying that it is gradually moving onto the radar of public consciousness.
But what if cell phone radiation was only the tip of the iceberg?
I tease you not, for this is indeed the case and what’s more I can virtually guarantee that 9 out of 10 people reading this will have other forms of electromagnetic field (EMF) pollution in their homes.
The following is a quick overview of the danger hotspots:
Your Cordless Phone
Who these days does not have a cordless phone in their home, or even a mini network of them? I for one do not have any cordless phones in my home or my working environment, for that matter, because cordless phones emit radio frequency radiation much the same as a cell phones. Having a cordless phone in your home is like having a mini cell phone tower under your roof. Even worse, having a cordless phone next to your bed is like having a mini cell phone tower next to your head pumping out radiation when you are the most vulnerable to it, when you’re sleeping. Cordless phones use DECT (Digital European Cordless Telephone) technology at 900MHz, 2.4GHz, and now 5GHz frequencies.
Your Microwave Oven
Microwave ovens give off principally two forms of radiation, radio frequency radiation just like the cell phone and all so magnetic radiation which operates at another frequency. Microwave ovens are really bad news. Sure they can heat your food very quick but chances are they are also heating your head (this is what I feel if I get too close to one when its switched on). The problem with microwave ovens is the door seals. These are your first line of protection from radio frequency (RF) radiation and once they are compromised there will be radiation leakage. Even if your door seals are 100% (in the tests I have done with my EMF meter I have never found this to be the case) when your microwave oven is operational it is also giving off magnetic radiation. If your microwave is next to the seating area in your kitchen than there are real issues here.
I have included this one because it is becoming such an important source of EMF pollution, though it might not always be in the home. Smart meters are the new technology which are being introduced into our homes (or close by outside) to enable the utility company to measure your electricity consumption in real-time. The price to pay here is that they communicate using RF waves 24 hours a day seven days a week. If you have a long drive up to your house then your smart meter might be a good distance from where you actually live and spend your time. But if you live in an apartment the smart meter could be right next to where you sleep and you might not even be aware of it.
Computers and WiFi
WiFi is great, it’s just so handy but it also means that your home is bathed in electromagnetic radiation. WiFi operates in the 2.4 GHz range, similar to that of cell phones. So there is the signal that is transmitted by your WiFi Router and there is also the WiFi emissions from your laptop or desktop computer. There is a particular danger with laptops because people tend to put them on their legs which are near to the reproductive organs.
Electric Clock Radio
I have found older models to be the worst contenders. Typically it’s those old clock radios with a digital red or green display that are particularly bad. These give off magnetic radiation and the issue here that I have is the proximity to your place of sleep, as with a cordless phones. If you are using a more modern LCD type clock radio then these often use and AC/DC transformer which also give off magnetic radiation.
Video Game Consoles
More and more video consoles use WiFi or Bluetooth technology in their operation and so give off WiFi or Bluetooth radiation. For instance the Nintendo Wii, this uses electromagnetic waves to communicate between the handheld units and the main console. The Sony PlayStation 3, same thing, I know because my son has one. But here you can get around the problem by using only wired handheld units as opposed to wireless ones.
And the list goes on, CFL lights, flat screen TVs, your child’s ghetto blaster, your hairdryer, your electric shaver, your electric oven, electric blanket, wireless burglar alarm, wireless baby monitor etc.
So what does all this mean? That you should have a massive clear out and rid yourself of all these modern gadgets? I’m not saying that but I am saying get wise on this issue, and the sooner the better. Chances are none of this is going to significantly impact your health today, but the cumulative effect over weeks, months and years nobody really knows. There is a growing body of scientific evidence which shows that EMFs are dangerous.
[Lloyd Burrell suddenly went from being perfectly healthy to very electrosensitive in 2002, a condition sparked off by only moderate cell phone use. Lloyd now likes to share his insights on living a healthy life in an electromagnetic world. He enjoys being a guest blogger and writing on his cell phone radiation website. Download his free report to learn the truth.]