The Dangers of Wi-Fi and EMF on Your Health
Over 40 years ago, the television, the music system, the fridge, the washer, the drier, the food processor, the clock and the telephone used to be the only gadgets in the house. Now there are so many gadgets including at least one huge television, DVD players, cable box, gate motor, alarm system, router, innumerable remote controls, many smartphones, tablets and games boxes. In the olden days the only gadget in the bedroom was the alarm clock or the alarm radio but now you find many gadgets there. We can easily count at least 5 dozen items in a household compared to less than a dozen 40 years ago. All these gadgets are electronic and wireless and they work through electromagnetic radiation.
We do not have to sit in front of our computers physically connected to an internet service therefore we can literally work anywhere on earth where there is wi-fi connection. We can work full time at home and connect to a remote office. We can carry our routers around or even make our smartphones mobile wi-fi hotspots for to connect many gadgets.Laptops, tablets and smartphones have become a mobile office that we can use in the restaurant, the coffee shop, at the airport, on the plane. This is a huge advantage we have for business and pleasure compared to our ancestors! Best of all can call any place on earth for very little cost as long as we are connected to the internet. The use of Bluetooth to send documents and pictures is priceless! Who doesn’t enjoy that?
However, wireless systems such as Bluetooth and wireless routers emit radiation that creates electromagnetic fields around them. An electromagnetic field (EMF) is a combination of an electric field and a magnetic field created by electrical items. It can be regarded as a smooth, continuous field that expands in a wavelike manner and extends indefinitely around the object. It is powerful energy that affects the behavior of charged objects within its field, including the behavior of atoms within human and animal bodies. It penetrates the human body and interferes with the body’s natural energy systems and changes the DNA in the cells. That leads to many health problems in the body and the brain.
Electropollution is the name of the odorless, tasteless, and invisible pollution that is giving us formidable side effects while we enjoy the convenience of modern technology. Electropollution is in our food, air, blood and bones. It is literally everywhere all the time, harming our health. The chart above shows the levels of exposure from common household gadgets.
1. The Dangers of Wireless Routers
Have you ever searched for your wireless router when trying to connect to the internet and found a number of routers available in the neighborhood? That is because Wi-Fi is not limited to its user; it is available in the neighborhood because the EMF from the routers can pass through walls! The combination of your router’s EMF and your neighbors’ EMFs makes a very powerful field to which you are exposed. Because most routers are never turned off, even at night, you are exposed to the combined powerful field 24/7.
The problem with EMF is that you do not see, hear, taste or smell it and you cannot feel its effects on exposure. You are affected slowly and the effect accumulates over time till you suffer from tumors, headaches and other problems. By the time you get tumors it can be too late.
The Israeli TV Documentary called “How We are Killing Ourselves—Wireless Radiation” sent a very serious message that radiation harm is not a potential, because it is real and occurring at epidemic levels. The documentary won a high rating on the day it was aired and the city of Haifa, Israel, ordered Wi-Fi to be removed from all schools. So, why are most of us still reliant on wi-fi, knowing that it harms? It is not easy to get away from the effects of Wi-Fi. You may opt to disconnect the router at your house – which would disrupt your life – and still continue to be exposed constantly at work, at the shopping mall, at the airport, on the plane and in your neighborhood. You can protect yourself, though, with a range of effective and affordable products that are now available on the market.
2. Dangers of EMFs from Computers and Laptops
Laptop and desktop screens and the electronic components within the gadgets emit EMFs. Unfortunately, modern life requires most people to work on computers for many hours per day, exposing themselves to potential health dangers from these EMFs. Even those who are not working directly with computers are exposed to the EMF as long as they are in the environment in which there are many computers.
Scientists have found that the strength of the EMF decreases with distance. The closer you are to the computer, as when you are working, the stronger the electromagnetic field and as you move away from the computer, the EMF weakens. According to research, exposure above 2 milligauss (mG) can cause harm to the body. Unfortunately, when you work on a computer, you are exposed to 4-20 mG and even when you are three feet away, you are most likely to be above the safe limit of exposure. When you work with the laptop on your lap, you may be exposed to as much as 20mG. This level of exposure is known to cause many problems including fatigue, immune suppression, male infertility and cancer. The drop in male infertility is also suspected to be contributed by heat from the machine itself which the scrotum cannot tolerate safely.
3. Dangers of Cell Phone Radiation
What can we do without our cellphones, particularly our smart phones? With that one gadget we can conduct all our business! For example, we can make appointments, type documents, make calls, send and receive messages, search the internet, do our banking, produce invoices, make payments, make calculations, keep up with our social media and do many other things. With the smartphone at our service, who really needs a physical office? We spend hours on that gadget.
Most people are not aware that the cell phone is a very dangerous device. Whenever the cell phone is switched on, it emits two potentially hazardous types of EMFs, i.e. microwave electromagnetic radiation from the antenna and other EMFs from the body itself. The EMFs cause many health problems including disrupted sleep patterns and changes to our DNA.
The closer you are to the mobile phone the stronger the EMF. When we hold the cell phone to the ear, up to 80% of the radiation that it emits penetrates two inches into the adult brain. Studies have found that EMFs from a cell phone held near the head, cause brain wave changes in 70% of users. The danger is real and so well known that some insurance companies now exclude coverage for injuries related to exposure to wireless phone radiation.
The danger is even higher for children. Because they have thinner skulls than adults, radiation from mobile phones penetrates to almost the whole brain in children under 5 years and to around 50% of the brain in 10-year old children. In adults, penetration is about 20% of the brain. The possible health problems from the use of mobile phones include:
- DNA damage.
- Weakened immune system.
- Brain and ear tumors and other cancers, including melanoma of the eyes.
- Damaged brain/blood barrier.
- Reduced melatonin production.
- Disrupted pacemaker function.
- Memory loss.
- Cardiovascular stress.
- Sleep. Studies have found that people who sleep with a cellphone by the bed have poor REM sleep which causes impaired learning and poor memory. Long-term effects remain to be seen.
- Eye problems.
Most brain surgeons have come across serious changes in the brain and they now limit cell phone use and they advise their patients never to hold the cell phone by the ear when using it. We do not have to wait till we are neurological patients. We can protect ourselves now.
Cell phones emit electromagnetic radiations as long as the power is on, even when they are in stand-by mode. It does not matter whether they are carried in pockets, handbags or belts or set on the table in front of the user. The best the user can do is to reduce (not to eliminate) exposure by using earphones, headsets and the speaker mode to create distance.
4. The Dangers of EMFs from Power Lines
As the electric current flows through power lines, an electric field and a magnetic field are created which together form the electromagnetic field. The magnetic field is more dangerous because it can penetrate the human body. Because power lines carry huge amounts of electricity at high voltage, very powerful EMFs are created which can extend to 300 meters, affecting lives in their paths. People living directly under the power lines receive the strongest EMF which gradually reduces for those who live far away from the lines.
In the past few decades there has been lots of worries over radiation from power lines and its effects on health. It has been found that living close to power lines leads to increased risk of leukemia and other cancers. The first convincing evidence of this danger was first published by Wertheimer and Leeper in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Their study, involving children, found that living near power lines caused childhood leukemia, childhood lymphoma, childhood brain tumor, and other childhood cancers (1). Hundreds of studies that have been published since then have found links between living near power lines and diseases such as brain cancer, childhood and adult leukemia, Alzheimer’s disease, breast cancer in both men and women, Lou Gehrig’s disease, miscarriages, birth defects, reproductive problems, decreased libido, heart disease, neuro-degenerative diseases, headaches, fatigue, anxiety, depression, insomnia, rashes, prickling/burning skin, and muscle pain.
The power industry, government agencies and health organizations always stress weaknesses of the evidence, inconsistencies in the data and lack of conclusive proof that powerlines cause a long list of health problems. It is a well-known fact that when an industry wants to protect its members it sponsors alternative research that is inconclusive and lobbies the government to do the same. Therefore, we cannot rely on what they say if we want to protect ourselves. Evidence exists and it is up to us to look at it and make up our minds how we can mitigate the risk.
Powerwatch UK compiled more than 300 published research papers that relate to EMF from power lines and electricity sub-stations, and 200 of these papers show a link between EMFs and diseases. Can so many studies be mistaken in their conclusions? It is true that some subsequent studies that tried to replicate original results failed to confirm the findings. Therefore, the evidence cannot be considered to be 100% conclusive for the list of diseases given above. Still, we must remember that some studies are sponsored by powerful industrialists and the government agencies that they lobby so we cannot rely on them. It is better to take precautions to reduce risks of exposure for ourselves and our loved ones.
The strongest evidence of the dangers of EMF from power lines is related to childhood leukemia. Several studies have confirmed that exposure to magnetic fields higher than 3 milligauss increased the children’s risk of getting leukemia. In homes where the average low-frequency EMF is higher than 4 milligauss, the incidence of childhood leukemia was almost 100% whereas in children not exposed the incidence was between 3 and 5 cases per 100,000 children (0.003%-0.005%). To protect children, one has to calculate how much EMF is coming from the powerlines and how much is being contributed by household electronic gadgets and wi-fi. If the combined effect is greater than 3 milligauss then children are in danger of leukemia.
In addition to the children, we should also worry about the long-term effects of low levels of EMF on the cells and DNA of every member of the household. For some time, most healthy people’s bodies can repair the damage but the protracted stress on the body eventually causes permanent cell damage and illness. For vulnerable members of any family such as pregnant mothers, babies, unborn children, sick people and the elderly, the natural repair mechanism is not strong enough so they tend to succumb to even low levels of EMFs.
The effects of power lines differs according to distance. For example, living 50 meters away leads to stunted growth, increased risks of cancer and increased triglycerides in the body. Living 500 meters away from powerlines causes abnormal EEGs, living 834 meters away affects calcium flow in the body while living 2,000 meters away causes stunted growth. Another factor to take into account is the distance from the generation station. The power grid uses a “step down” system of distribution with the highest voltage near the generating station, slightly lower voltage at substations and the lowest voltage at the end of the distribution lines. Therefore, when purchasing or leasing a property one has to check whether a station, a substation or power lines are nearby.
Exposure to EMF takes many years to affect health which is why most people are not aware of the danger. However, for some people living close to power lines it takes 3 to 5 years to develop serious diseases. People who work with very strong electromagnetic fields (e.g. welders, powerline technicians, electric train drivers, factory workers, and cellphone network operating equipment technicians) are also at great risk and should follow safety procedures.
5. Dangers of EMF from Cell Towers
We see our independence from physical telephone wires as a great advantage. Are you aware that, being wireless, the cellphone relies on cellular towers for receipt and transmission of information? Cell towers (or cell sites or base stations) hold antennas and other communication equipment that flood the area around them with powerful high frequency radio waves (known as microwaves) to support the use of cellphones, Wi-Fi, WiMax, Wireless LANs, 802.11 networks, Bluetooth supported devices and more. The microwaves can travel as far as 45 miles (72.42 kilometers) on level ground and as few as two miles (3.2km) in hilly areas. They can easily penetrate bricks and metal therefore they can penetrate any building to keep our gadgets working.
The problem is that cellular tower microwaves have a significantly higher frequency (1,900 MHz) than radio waves. Higher frequency indicates more wave power, and therefore Microwaves have a more powerful effect on biological organisms very close to the tower. They affect the health of humans and other animals around them. How? They interfere with the body’s normal energy system causing a variety of health problems such as headaches, memory loss, cardiovascular stress, low sperm count, birth defects, diabetes, inflammatory conditions, joint and limb pains, frequent infections, heart rhythm disturbances, sleep disturbances, and cancer.
It should be noted that most government authorities and the mobile phone industry deny the fact that cell towers cause diseases, yet research into the problem has been ongoing since cell phones hit the market. In 1998 the Bavarian state government conducted a study on a herd of dairy cows. The building of a cell tower resulted in a significant drop in milk production, many health problems and behavioral problems. Moving the cows away improved the milk yield and improved their health while moving them again closer to the tower reduced the yield and affected their health (2). It was clear to the researchers that the tower was affecting the cows.
In 2007, a human study of 25 people who lived within 300 meters of a new cell tower measured blood levels of melatonin and serotonin before, and then five months after, the activation of the tower. These hormones are involved in brain messaging, sleep regulation, mood, and immune system function. The study found significant unfavorable changes in the hormones in all participants (4).
How about cancer? Doctors in Naila, Germany, monitored 1,000 residents who lived in an area around two cell phone towers for 10 years. In the last 5 years of the study they found that newly diagnosed cancer cases among the people living within 400 meters of the towers was three times higher than cases among people who lived further away. There were cancers of the breast, prostate, bowel, skin, lungs, blood and pancreas, with breast cancer topping the list (5). So, definitely cell towers cause cancer. This was confirmed by many other studies and we can reduce our risks of cancer simply by minding where we decide to live.
The Ramazzini Institute in Italy carried out a lifetime study of 2,448 Sprague-Dawley rats from the time before birth to the time of their natural death to find out the effects of radiofrequency (RF) radiation exposure on their health. The scientists exposed the rats to 19 hours per day of radiation levels that are permitted in the US. The US National Toxicology Program (NTP) carried out a similar study using much higher levels of cell phone radiofrequency. Both studies reported unusual cancers in the animals and lower litter weights for new born animals (3).
The two studies above provide sufficient evidence to call the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) to re-evaluate and re-classify cell towers because of their carcinogenic potential. Then governments must strengthen regulations in order to protect the public from harmful exposures. Governments can insist that cell towers be moved away from schools, hospitals and residential areas and government agencies must educate the public on the dangers of living close to a cell tower.
Governments in the UK and US, where the legal limit of exposure is 1,000 microwatts per square centimeter, should copy countries like Switzerland, Italy and others that have pegged the limit on 10 microwatts per square centimeter. Better still, they can copy other countries that have set their limits as low as 1 microwatt. European countries have shown that lower limits are achievable!
As if the situation is not bad enough, now there are plans to place small 5G cell towers about 300 meters apart in every street in the US. There is going to be continuous exposure to every person and every living thing everywhere! Even a walk down the street will result in high levels of exposure. So, what can people do to protect themselves?
We cannot avoid cell towers because modern communication relies on them. What we can do is to take steps to protect ourselves from harm. First, we can move far from cell towers. Then we can reduce EMFs exposure within our homes by switching off wi-fi regularly and purchasing solutions that are designed to absorb harmful EMF around the home.
6. Dangers of the EMF from the Microwave Ovens
Back in 1991, a woman called Norma Levitt who lived in Oklahoma had hip surgery and then she died when the nurse warmed the blood for her transfusion in a microwave oven. That is when it became obvious to those who pay attention to their health that there is more that happens inside the microwave oven than just heating.
Microwaves are radio waves that have a frequency range from around 300 MHz (300 million cycles per second) to 3 GHz (3 billion cycles per second). They harm body molecules and tissue. There is a growing body of study findings that confirms the harmful effects of microwaves. Yet, governments and the industry leaders who lobby government have staged studies whose findings concluded that microwaves are harmless.
Microwaves hit atoms, molecules and cells with a lot of vigor, and force them to reverse polarity 1 billion to 100 billion times per second. Atoms, molecules and cells of living things cannot endure such violent destructive power for too long. Because water is the most sensitive natural polar substance, friction produced by microwaves within the water molecules generates heat. The destructive force and the heat tear apart molecular structures and forcefully deforms molecules (isomerism), diminishing their quality. Whether this is food or living tissue in an organism, the damage to molecules is quite high (6).
Watch out for Damaged Door Seals!
Microwave ovens tend to leak when door seals become old, and the leaking radiation can damage body cells and tissues. That is why the US FDA has set strict limits on microwave leakage for all manufacturers. For consumers it is easy to get exposed unknowingly when the oven door seals age and microwaves manage to leak and exceed the FDA limits. Now think about this: the frequency that is known to start causing harm is over 10 hertz and the frequency inside your microwave oven is between 300 million hertz and 3 billion hertz. Clearly damage can begin even when there is a small leak. Watch out for those aging door seals!
Microwaves Cause Cataracts
The eyes are particularly vulnerable to microwaves since they do not have blood vessels that help to dissipate the heat and distribute cellular stress. For decades, cataracts have been reported in people who work in environments polluted with microwaves. (7) The first suspected clinical case of cataracts linked to microwaves was reported by Hirsch and Parker in the 1950s.
Microwaves Denature Food
Blood for transfusion is habitually warmed up but microwave ovens must be avoided! In Mrs. Levitt’s case mentioned earlier, microwaves changed the chemistry of the blood (which is living substance) and the altered blood caused her death. Clearly, beyond increasing the temperature, microwaves do something different. Basically, the food is denatured and becomes a harmful chemical just like the blood that killed Mrs. Levitt. How? Because of their power and violence, microwaves breakdown chemical and molecular bonds and they can destroy atoms, changing the basic chemistry of the food. In the process, harmful compounds known as radiolytic compounds form. The food becomes harmful in many ways to the people who consume it.
Scientific Proof of Food Denaturing
Hans Hertel, a Swiss scientist, was fired by a major food company for questioning the denaturing of food. He is the first scientist to think of and perform a quality study on the effects of microwaved food on human blood and physiology. The well-controlled study discovered the degenerative force of microwave ovens and the food coming from them.
Hans Hertel worked with Bernard H. Blanc, another Swiss scientist, and even participated as a study subject. To control all the factors that may affect physiology, the participants were housed in the same hotel environment for eight weeks. Their diet was prescribed and monitored and they were not allowed to smoke, eat junk food, drink alcohol, and to have sex. Every few days the participants in the study received one of the foods listed below on an empty stomach. The food variants were:
- raw milk from a bio farm,
- raw milk from a bio farm conventionally cooked,
- a particular brand of pasteurized milk,
- raw milk from a bio farm heated in a microwave oven,
- raw organic vegetables,
- raw organic veggies cooked the usual way,
- frozen raw organic vegetables defrosted in the microwave oven, and
- raw organic vegetables cooked in the microwave oven.
Blood samples from the participants were taken just before eating and then at certain predetermined times after eating the above-mentioned foods. Significant negative changes in the blood were discovered whenever a participant consumed foods cooked in the microwave oven. The scientists concluded that the microwaves changed the chemistry of the nutrients which then changed the participants’ blood in a way that could cause deterioration in the human body.
Incidentally this study was carried out after other scientists had published literature concerning the negative effects of microwave radiation on living things and only served to confirm what the other scientists were saying. Is it not astonishing how no effort has been made to replace the microwave technology with a safer one?
7. How to Live Safely with Technology
Hundreds of reliable independent studies have shown that modern technology, which benefits us immensely, is dangerous to our health. We may not know the exact extent of the danger but it is right there in our homes, working space and public places. Even if we get rid of all gadgets in our houses, we are still exposed at work and in public spaces. As mentioned above, when 5G is implemented we will be exposed even when we take the dog for a walk. Since we cannot live without the technology, we must take steps to mitigate their effects. There are EMF radiation protection strategies that you can implement so that you can live safely with technology.
7.1 Avoid overuse of the technology in the house. Encourage the children to stay active outside the house playing sports and hiking during the weekends.
7.2 Zap-proof the rooms in which you spend most of your time, i.e.: your home office, bedroom, living room, and family room.
Clean up the bedrooms. Remove mobile phones, TVs, cordless phones, heating pads, older electric blankets, radios, clock radios, and alarm clocks (except the battery-operated ones) from all bedrooms. Bedrooms are the space in which the body heals during sleep and your family spends one-third of their lives in the bedrooms so you want them cleaned up. Some people even turn off the power to the bedroom completely.
Move your beds. If you cannot cut the power to your bedrooms, aim to keep human bodies at least three feet away from wiring and power outlets. Therefore, position all beds so that people’s heads are not near power outlets. If possible, move all beds away from the walls because all electrical wiring is in the walls.
Move living room furniture. You want everyone to sit as far from the walls as possible, therefore, if space allows, position all living room furniture at least three feet from the walls.
Move office furniture. If space allows, move your work space away from the walls.
Do not use your laptop on your lap because it radiates harmful EMFs whether it is connected to the AC power adaptor or not. It also produces a lot of heat.
7.3 Grounding or earthing. Find time daily to walk barefoot and have real contact with the earth on a daily basis. This connection drains negative energy into the earth, promotes faster healing, improves sleep, and increases energy. It also reduces inflammation and pain and it normalizes production of the stress hormone cortisol. Grounding works by preventing the interference of the body’s electrical systems by EMFs. By grounding you keep the boy’s voltage similar to the earth’s voltage and the body’s bioelectrical circuits are stabilized.
7.4 Zap-proof your phone. The closer you are to any cellphone, the stronger the EMF that reaches your brain and other organs. Here are ways to reduce your distance to the cellphone:
Buy only cellphones with a low SAR rating. SAR or specific absorption rate measures the speed at which energy of the emitted EMF is absorbed by the body.
Rely on the speaker or headphone when making or receiving calls because the farther away you are from the antenna, the lower the effect of the EMF.
Send more text messages and make less calls to reduce contact of the phone with your body and head.
Stay offline. When you are not using the cellphone, turn it off or switch it into offline or flight mode which turns the wireless transmitter off. Then check your messages regularly throughout the day.
Alternate the ears. In the few instances that you place the phone against your head (which is not recommended), switch ears regularly to prevent overexposure on one side. People are known to get tumors in the brain and the salivary glands on the side of the head that is usually used for phone calls.
Do not make or take calls in limited spaces such as cars, elevators, trains, and buses.
When the signal is weak or traveling at high speed do not use your cell phone since it automatically works at optimum power when it tries to connect to an antenna.
No mobile phone in pants pockets! Men with this habit have been found to have 25% lower sperm count than men who do not carry cellphones in the pocket.
Never sleep with the cellphone near your head. Leave it in the living room or on your dressing table.
For a long time, there was denial about the effects of EMF on health. Fortunately, scientists are beginning to change their minds about the effects of low-level exposure to EMFs. In 2002, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the World Health Organization, changed the classification of power line radiation to “possibly carcinogenic (cancer-causing) to humans.” If WHO says the EMF from power lines is dangerous, then we must accept that it is. Then we take steps to protect ourselves from it.
Still doubt? According to the Bio-Initiative Report of 2012, scientists reviewed over 1,800 studies, and concluded that:
The effects on health definitely occur at very low levels of exposure to EMF and RF radiation.
The negative effects on health can occur within a few minutes of using cellphones and cordless phones or of exposure to cell towers, wi-fi and wireless utility smart meters. They also found that chronic exposure can result in illness (2). This is enough to warn us about the dangers of EMF. Even low levels of EMF are dangerous because we are chronically exposed to them at work, at home and in public spaces (airports, restaurants and shopping malls).
Most studies have found that the health effects of EMFs occur over many years. Diseases such as cancer and heart disease do not suddenly arise but result from a lengthy deterioration within the body, and the body tries by all means to repair itself till it exhausts its fighting resources. EMFs are silent killers and they cause damage right from the first exposure. You may not have any symptoms for a long time but that does not mean that nothing is happening. The exposure and the damage accumulate over time and may take many years.
If you are worried about exposure at work, you may want to raise the issue with your health and safety officer who should take the matter seriously. At home take steps to control exposure as well. For example, you can move your home away from power lines, then in your new home reduce exposure to a minimum. Given a chance, the body will recover completely and repair itself.
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