Sometimes I feel like I’m the bearer of bad news. I’ve talked about the toxins in your toothpaste, the harmful molds in your peanut butter, how your olive oil may be an imposter, and now, I’ve got to talk to you about your EMF exposure.
Say what?! Stick with me here as I’ll explain everything in this post and video.
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What are EMFs?
EMFs, or electromagnetic fields, are invisible areas of energy or lines of force that emanate from matter. Our bodies have electric and magnetic fields that are associated with our nervous and muscular systems. The Earth also has a natural magnetic field and there are electric fields in the atmosphere.
But, usually when we refer to EMF exposure and health risks, we are talking about the electric-magnetic fields that come from our electrical devices. This kind of EMF exposure comes from our phones, our cars, power lines, laptops, cellphone towers, wifi, and even our blenders and toaster ovens!
EMFs have been under the radar up until the last decade or so because they weren’t as prevalent. But, now, it’s a whole different ballgame. We can get a Wi-Fi signal just about anywhere, and so many of us walk around with multiple personal EMF devices like cell phones, smart phones, and laptop computers. People are starting to take notice to this potential health issue.
Are EMFs dangerous?
This is the 10,000 dollar question. Unfortunately, there aren’t a ton of conclusive studies on this topic, which is a shame because we are literally bombarded with them daily.
Most of us live in a home with our Wi-Fi on 24/7, a smart meter attached to the outside of our living room wall, and sleep with our iPhone by our heads. Our children play with our cell phones or use electronics to learn and play. This EMF-infused technology has become a way of life for many of us.
But, we need to be careful.
There is a growing body of scientific evidence showing that too much EMF exposure can be harmful to our health. So much so that the World Health Organization classified EMFs as “possibly carcinogenic to humans” back in 2011.
This was after a series of studies showed a soft correlation between EMFs and a type of brain cancer. Scary stuff?!
We are undergoing a great experiment that no other civilization has ever faced. We’re exposed to 100 million times greater artificial EMF radiation than our grandparents, and that exposure grows each year.
Symptoms of too much EMF exposure
The old adage “the dose makes the poison” may be very true for EMF exposure; it’s tricky because it will vary from person to person. Some people are very sensitive to EMF exposure and have to take special, and sometimes extreme, precautions to live in this very EMF-rich world. Other people can talk on their bluetooth device all day and don’t notice any ill effects. The important thing is to listen to your body and be aware.
Here are some EMF exposure symptoms to look out for:
- Chronic headaches
- Excessive fatigue
- Feeling of stress or ‘wired’
- Trouble sleeping soundly through the night
- Tingling, burning or prickling skin sensations
- A buzzing or static feeling in brain
- Ringing ears
- Unexplained rashes or hives
- Body pain
- Weaken immunity
- Hormonal imbalances that won’t respond to treatment
- Other unusual symptoms that doctors can’t pinpoint origin
A simple test to see if you could be reacting to too much EMF exposure is to go camping for a week and completely unplug. Notice how you feel. Pay attention to your energy levels. Be aware of how you sleep. If you feel remarkably better, and then really lousy when you return home, you just might want to look into reducing your EMF exposure.
EMF exposure in children
You want to be particularly careful with your children’s EMF exposure. As a general rule, children are more sensitive and vulnerable due to their small size, thinner skulls, and developing brains. Babies in utero are especially sensitive.
In fact, excessive EMF exposure during pregnancy has been linked with childhood autism, ADHD, and asthma.
- A small study performed by Dr. Klinghardt, showed that autism can be predicted based on the EMF levels of a pregnant women’s sleeping space.
- Another study found that children who had the most exposure to cell phones in utero were 80% more likely to have emotional problems, conduct problems, hyperactivity or problems with peers than those in the control group.
However, children continue to be exposed to these EMFs after birth while they are still quite sensitive.
Children absorb more radiation than adults do, so safe levels of exposure are much lower for children yet they are often exposed to EMFs at the same rate or sometimes more than adults. Children are blasted with EMFs from baby monitors, equipment in hospital nurseries and NICUs, home wireless systems and more.
How to test your EMF exposure
The first thing you can do is check how far away cell phone towers are from your home as these are big culprits. Go to antennasearch.com to find out where the closest one is to your home, work, or school. Keep in mind that this website isn’t always 100% accurate or up-to-date. You can always check with your local county for location of towers as they legally have to have this on file.
You can also purchase a EMF detector and test your home. This EMF meter is not as sophisticated (or expensive) as some others but it’s a good starting point for determining EMF hotspots in your living space. Check near the power box to your home, near large appliances, places where electronics and wireless devices are (like an office), and even old metal plumbing which can carry a current.
If you find high readings then you can explore ways to shield or offset these risks. There are always ways to reduce or block your EMF exposure so don’t feel like you’re a victim. You can download my FREE cheat sheet for some great ideas!
Simple ways to reduce your EMF exposure
OK, like I said, there are always things we can do to reduce EMF exposure. The important thing to remember is that we live in a digital world and it isn’t going away.
The last thing I want is for people to feel they have to live in a tent in the dessert to reduce their EMF exposure! You don’t even need to swap your iPhone for a landline.
Here are some really simple things you can do today that will help you greatly reduce your EMF exposure.
1. Caution with cellphones and smart phones
Did you know that every cellphone comes with a warning about keeping the phone too close to your body? In fact, the iPhone 5 manual says users should keep the phone 10 millimeters away from your ear! How do you talk like that?
Well, to keep our EMF exposure low, we won’t want to talk directly into phone while it’s pressed to our heads.
Instead, use your phone’s speaker function.
Nowadays, the speaker is very sensitive and you won’t have to yell to be understood. Obviously, speaker phone isn’t always an option (be courteous in public :)); so in those instances, you can use a headset.
Bluetooth can be particularly problematic because you’ve now got a receiver and transmitter on your ear, very close to your brain. The frequency from bluetooth is similar to microwave ovens, which had some of the highest EMF readings when I measured with my EMF meter.
Most phones come with a free set of wired ear buds when you purchase your device. There are even special EMF-reducing headsets that can decrease your radiation levels even further!
Even better, communicate via text which will keep the EMF exposure away from your brain.
Another tip: don’t carry your cell phone or smart phone on your body.
I’ve seen guys keep it in their front pockets (hello, family jewels!) or in their front pocket near the heart. I’ve seen women hold their phones in their bras?!
Please, do not do this.
If you absolutely must carry your phone on your body, put it in airplane mode. Airplane mode is your friend.
Who says you have to be available 24/7? Challenge yourself to “unplug” from your personal EMF circuit by turning your phone off (gasp!) or at least on airplane mode.
If you need to keep your phone on, carry it in your purse or at least in a holster of some sort. There are some proven EMF-reducing smart phone carrying cases that can help reduce your EMF exposure.
Finally, don’t use your phones for an alarm clock or to play music as you fall asleep (unless you can put in airplane mode). Don’t charge your phone by your bed. In fact, try to keep any electronics out of your bedroom for a better night’s sleep. Use a battery-powered alarm clock if needed.
2. Easy on the home Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi is a wonderful thing. No more unsightly wires running everywhere. No more waiting for dial up. It is also an EMF-exposure monster, so use judiciously.
A great practice is to turn off your Wi-Fi router before you go to bed. This simple step will reduce 8-9 hours of Wi-Fi signals pulsating through your house!
We use this special router that has a on/off button so we can easily turn our Wi-Fi on or off, depending on what we’re doing. When we’re working in our office, we also use a wired connection.
Now before you think you’ll have to call an electrician, we actually did this without opening up any walls. We used the NetGear router mentioned above, turned off the wireless and run ether net cables into our computers. (If you have a Mac book, you’ll need this ethernet adapter.)
Again, the dose makes the poison. If you are working all day near your Wi-Fi router on your laptop, your EMF exposure will be high. But, if you can switch to a wired connection, or put an EMF guard on your wireless router and keep it further away from your desk, you’ll greatly reduce your EMF exposure.
3. Protect your devices.
Another simple step is to use some protective cases for your most used electronics.
We use this EMF-blocking iPad case from DefenderShield for our son Griffin. I also have this special case for my iPhone 6. I love that I can put my phone in my purse without worrying if it’s close to my body since I know this case reduces my EMF exposure.
I also have this DefenderPad for when I work on my laptop as it also reduces EMF exposure. I love that DefenderShield has tested their products and have a 99% effectiveness rate! While they are an investment, I know that the benefits are worth it.
4. Be smart about your smart meter.
A hidden source of EMFs in your home could come from your smart meter. This meter is an electronic device that records electric energy consumptions in frequent intervals (usually multiple times per hour… or per minute!)
These smart meters are in constant wireless communication with the utility for monitoring and billing. These signals can be blasting into your home depending on where it’s located.
If the meter is right outside of your bedroom, you’ll want to invest in a protection device or some shielding material to reduce your EMF exposure. You can also call your electric company and request a manual meter for a higher cost. Many people report of health problems after being in close proximity of smart meters so be sure your home is safe.
5. Download my free cheat sheet on reducing your EMF exposure!
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How To Reduce Your EMF Exposure (And Why You Want To) Cheat Sheet
How about YOU?!
Are you sensitive to EMFs? Do you do anything to reduce your and your family’s EMF exposure? Share with us below!