Taking care of your little ones is never easy. Especially when outside factors play in, like electromagnetic fields (EMFs). We are surrounded by EMFs, there is no escaping them. Some EMF’s are important for our survival like radiation from the sun and some radiation is known to be harmful if we get too much of it like X-Rays. Over time we’ve been able to evolve with background radiation from water, rock and soil. These days however we have put so much man-made radiation into the atmosphere that we are surrounded by up to a billion-billion times more radiation than we were in the 1960’s. Not a very settling fact, I know.
Unfortunately, lots of research now demonstrates that damage to our cells occurs even when there are no thermal effects. Not only is there DNA damage, blood-brain barrier permeation, calcium flooding cells, apoptosis, but also many, many other biological effects occurring at levels which are orders of magnitude below our safety guidelines. It may sound alarming, but being aware of the changes in our radiation levels is pretty important. You might be inclined to look at your cell phone a bit differently now.
More than a dozen countries restrict the use of mobile phones by children and advise precautions regarding their use. France has banned Wifi from pre-schools and Israel sets limits on how much exposure to Wifi kids get in school. So what can you do if you are concerned about your exposure to EMFs?
Firstly, (and arguably most importantly) don’t panic. There are many ways you can easily reduce your exposure to all the different types of EMFs around the home without affecting your lifestyle too drastically. Facetime calls are always better than phone calls anyway!
General tips to reduce EMF exposure
- In building biology we always recommend hard-wiring computers. If this is not possible then keep the wireless router away from where people spend time.
- Turn the router off at night. This simple act reduces your exposure by a third.
- Avoid charging phones in bedrooms. This might be a bit of an adjustment at first but it’s good to switch up the place you charge.
- Fully power off your devices. To do this hold down the black button at the top off the tablet for several seconds rather than just pressing it once. It will say “slide to power off” the same as the phone. If you don’t do this then it is still transmitting intermittently. I have taken very high readings from tablets when turned off but not powered off.
- Never use a laptop/tablet on your lap. They have up to 5 antennas transmitting and receiving continuously.
- Use your tablet on ‘aeroplane’ mode with Wi-Fi ‘off’. This is the safest way for kids to use it. Download games onto the tablet or your phone so that they can play them while on aeroplane mode rather than streaming from the internet.
- Don’t carry mobile phones in your pocket or bra unless it’s switched off. Carrying them in your front pocket places them centimetres away from your reproductive organs. It’s a good idea to steer clear of carrying it on the body and for pregnant women to keep away from the abdomen to protect the foetus and the reproductive organs.
- Text rather than call. The younger generation will love this one! Use an earpiece if you want to call.
- Hold the phone away from your body when texting or using an earpiece. Use the speakerphone for easier chatting.
- Keep calls short.
- Try to avoid playing games or connecting to the internet via your phone. Download games onto the phone or tablet for your kids so they aren’t streaming movies/games from the internet.
- Keep in mind that using Bluetooth is a slightly better option but it is not protecting you from Radiation. Using a mobile phone in the car is exposing you to more radiation for a number of reasons. In a moving car the phone has to work harder to connect to a tower and the signal reflects off all the metal in the car creating hotspots.
- Try to minimise metal furniture. RF reflects off metal and travels on metal and it can create unknown hotspots. Metal framed beds, spring mattresses and lamps can be culprits in the bedroom.
At the end of the day, nobody is perfect. We are all trying to minimise our exposure to chemicals, bad food, and even EMF’s. Even if you only follow some of these suggestions some of the time, it is a good start. A few simple changes to how you live can have a huge impact on how well you live.