all examples of EMF, the energy field causes a change in
everything it encounters.
EMF (or ElectroMagnetic Field) is a broad term which includes electric
fields generated by charged particles, magnetic fields generated by charged
particles in motion, and radiated fields such as TV, radio, and microwaves.
Electric fields are measured in units of volts per meter or V/m. Magnetic
fields are measured in milli-Gauss or mG. The field is always strongest near
the source and diminishes as you move away from the source. These energies have
the ability to influence particles at great distances. For example, the
radiation from a radio tower influences the atoms within a distant radio
antenna, allowing it to pick up the signal. Despite the many wonderful
conveniences of electrical technology, the effects of EMF on biological tissue
remains the most controversial aspect of the EMF issue with virtually all
scientists agreeing that more research is necessary to determine safe or
dangerous levels. Iron, necessary for healthy blood and stored in the brain, is
highly effected by EMF. The permeability of the cell membrane of our nerves,
blood vessels, skin, and other organs is effected. The intricate DNA of the
chromosomes has been shown to be effected by EMFs as well. In fact, throughout
our bodies, every biochemical process involves precisely choreographed movement
of EMF-sensitive atoms, molecules, and ions.
Are EMFs Dangerous?
mG is the generally accepted limit of ELF magnetic field exposure but no one
tells you that the average hair dryer, vacuum cleaner, or can opener you use
EMITS AN AMAZING 300 mG or more!!!
more than 25 years of intensive study, the health and safety conscious Swedish
government has established a safety limit for exposure to ELF magnetic field at
2.5 mG, and VLF magnetic fields at only 0.25 mG. Although the U.S. government
has been slower to act in establishing its own standards, the Swedish standard
is generally accepted throughout the world. What this possibly means is that if
someone consistently experiences exposure which exceeds the standard, that
person could be at risk for developing health problems which can range
from headaches, fatigue, and dizziness to skin rashes, miscarriage, leukemia,
and cancer. In fact, numerous court cases where plaintiffs claim to have been
injured by EMFs are now in progress. Even though the controversy of conflicting
scientific studies persists, it seems strange that cigarettes and alcohol are
packaged with warnings we already know about, and the sodium, fat, and
cholesterol content of foods must appear on the labels, but NO ONE TELLS YOU
THAT THE AVERAGE HAIR DRYER, VACUUM CLEANER, OR CAN OPENER YOU USE EMITS AN
AMAZING 300 mG OR MORE!!!
Can You Do About EMFs?
The Office of Technology
Assessment of the Congress of the United States recommends a policy of "prudent
avoidance" with respect to EMF. Prudent avoidance means to measure fields,
determine the sources, and act to reduce exposure.
Detect EMFs in your home and work environment.
have to know where the sources of EMF are in your everyday world and how strong
these sources are. Is there wiring in the wall behind your bed that you don't
even know about? Is the vaporizer emitting strong fields in the baby's room?
How much EMF are you and your family getting from the power lines in the
street? Get a meter, share it with your friends, and test the areas where you
Diminish your exposure to the EMFs you find.
that EMFs go right through doors and walls.
Determine how far you must
stay away from the EMF emitters in your home & work environment to achieve
less than 2.5 mG of exposure... the microwave oven, the alarm clock, the
computer, and so on.
Rearrange your furniture
(especially the beds, desks, and couches where you spend the most time) away
from heaters, wiring, and fluorescent lights, electric doorbells, and other EMF
Contact your local utility if
you suspect high radiation from power lines near your home, schools, or
workplace. They will come out and test. If they find high levels of EMF (ask
for the report!) they may be required to re-route the power lines, move them
higher, or bury them.
Turn off, don't use, or throw
out electrical appliances that you can do without!
Have an electrician correct
faulty high EMF wiring and help you eliminate dangerous stray ground currents.
Consult a qualified EMF engineer if necessary.
Here's a simple way to reduce
exposure from idle computer monitors using the "Low-Power Standby"
mode: In Control Panel, locate the "Display Properties". Click the
Screen Saver tab and check the Low-Power Standby box. Set the amount of minutes
of idle before activation of standby mode. Click OK. What this accomplishes is
that the monitor will power down (almost zero radiation output!) when the
keyboard is idle for a short while. To "wake up" the monitor, simply
touch the keypad or mouse. Note: this is better than Screen Savers, which do not
reduce radiation or power consumption! This may only be available in some
Windows 95/98 computers. For other computers use the Monitor Miser to
accomplish the same radiation savings.
the shielding devices BioPro
pendant, BioPro Chip on your cell phone and Universal Chip on devices,
computer, etc. I always use the
special BioPro ear wire.
a flat screen monitor. Add shielding to your household wiring, circuit box, and transformers. Use shielding-enhanced
in your bedding if you must be exposed to EMFs with silver and copper woven
into the fabric.
you know that:
you can reduce the EMF
exposure from your hair dryer 90% or more by arranging to hang the dryer on a wall hook, get
a flexible plastic hose for the nozzle, and direct the hot air to your head
with the hose!
Dr. David Carpenter, Dean of
the School of Public Health, SUNY was quoted as saying that he estimates that
10% to 15% of all childhood cancers may be due to exposure to residential power lines!
USA Today conducted a survey
of 4567 readers and reported that EMF
pollution is the #1 environmental concern in America today.
the Wall Street Journal
reported in 1993 that the real estate resale value of homes decreased by as much as 30%, if exposed to EMFs!
that electric fields are
measured in units of volts per meter (V/m) and magnetic fields are measured in
units of Gauss (G) or Tesla (T). 1 tesla = 10,000 gauss.
microwaves are within the
upper part of the radio frequency part of the electromagnetic spectrum? Radio
frequencies range from kilohertz (thousands of cycles per second) to gigahertz
(billions of cycles per second). Check your microwave oven for
epidemiological studies in
Sweden by Maria Feychting showed that individuals exposed to high magnetic
fields at home and at work had 3.7
times the risk of developing leukemia compared to those not exposed.
that 2 recent research
reports have identified elevated
risks of breast cancer among women
working in jobs with presumed higher than average exposure to EMFs.
the US Postal Service has
agreed to allow installation of 200 foot high towers supporting clusters of
cellular phone antennas on the rooftops of 11,500 US Post Offices. By using this federal land, the installers can circumvent local
the electromagnetic radiation
from 4 watt walkie-talkies and 0.6 watt cell phones can cause medical life
support equipment (such as infant apnea monitors) to malfunction?
the back of your computer is actually more EMF dangerous than the front? The
safe distance from the front of your computer is about 30", while safe EMF
levels from the back are about 40"! Think about what this means in schools
and offices with rows of terminals. Suggest computer shielding to your
employer and school board.
when shopping for appliances,
those with a higher EER (energy efficiency ratio) generally produce lower EMF
levels and are therefore safer!
one study (Ahlbom & Feychting,
1993) reported that at 2 mG and above, exposed children were 2.7 times as
likely to develop cancer as unexposed children, and at 3 mG and above, the odds
rose to 3.8 times as likely!
another study (Wertheimer
& Leeper, 1986) stated that couples who use either electric blankets or electrically heated
waterbeds had a significantly
higher miscarriage rate!
NIH Report Labels EMF as
"Possible Human Carcinogen."