A few years ago I became very ill shortly after a telecom company installed several 4G LTE phone masts on a power line about 100 yards from my house. In my quest back to health (which involved relocating) I began to research and study the effects of wireless radiation on human health, and what I discovered was astonishing to say the least. This seemingly innocuous technology which has catapulted us into the wireless age has a dark side – one that the public has not been adequately informed about – and so it is up to us to do our own research when it comes to the health impacts of these frequencies. We owe it to ourselves and to our children.
Wireless radiation is ubiquitous in our modern environment, powering everything from cellphones, laptops, and iPads to common household items such as WiFi routers, baby monitors, DECT and cordless phones, wireless gaming consoles, “Smart” appliances, bluetooth devices, and home security systems. Even utility companies have upgraded to smart meters (including water, electric, and gas in some areas) – meaning that these meters do not require a manual read, but instead send out radio frequency (microwave) pulses to notify the utility company of your usage. While these technologies seem to have added a level of convenience to our daily lives, the amount and effect of the radiation they emit is cumulative, and can have unforeseen consequences on our health and environment.
So what are the health effects of RF/microwave radiation and why should we be concerned? Peer-reviewed studies have linked wireless radiation to reproductive dysfunction, single- and double-stranded DNA breaks, creation of reactive oxygen species (free radicals), immune system dysfunction, stress protein synthesis in the brain, altered brain development, sleep and memory disturbances, and increased brain tumors (glioblastomas) to name a few.[i] This can translate to things like infertility, immunosuppression (trouble fighting off bacterial, viral, parasitic, and fungal infections), elevated blood sugar in diabetics, autoimmune disease, neurological disorders, insomnia, chronic fatigue, headaches, concentration problems, genetic mutations, increased cancer risk, and so on. Children are especially susceptible to the effects of wireless radiation because of their smaller body mass, and because their bodies are still developing.
You might be thinking, “Ok, so RFs are dangerous at certain levels, but doesn’t our government have regulations in place that protect us from being exposed to unsafe amounts of radiation?” Unfortunately, one of the problems with current FCC safety guidelines for RF exposure is that they haven’t been updated since 1996, and the amount of radiation we are exposed to today is over 100 times higher than when these guidelines were initially established.[ii] Additionally, the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) method of testing for mobile wireless devices (which measures the amount of energy absorbed by biological tissue when using a wireless device) may be misleading in that it:
1) Doesn’t take into account the aggregate effect of multiple wireless devices in a person’s environment (such as in hospitals, schools, or in the case of people who use more than one wireless device).[ii]
2) Is tested using a dummy based on a large adult male (6’2” tall and 220 pounds) which represents only 3% of cellphone users and does not take into account the smaller body mass & bone-density of women and children.[iii]
3) Does not require manufacturers to test cell phones in positions of direct contact to the body (which is how most people use them).[iii]
4) Is tested using a dummy filled with a synthetic homogenous liquid that does not accurately emulate the absorption of radiation throughout the human body.[iii]
5) Allows for a 30% margin of error (plus or minus), meaning that “over as many as 75% of cell phones in use today could be over the FCC limit.”[iii]
Add to this the fact that FCC safety guidelines do not account for long-term exposure (defined as more than 30 minutes per day over the course of several years), nor the effect of the peak pulsed radiation over time (SARs are expressed as an average and therefore do not represent actual peak exposures).[iv] According to the BioInitiative Report of 2012, public safety standards are 1,000 – 10,000 or more times higher than levels now commonly reported to cause adverse biological effects.[v] In other words, “Houston, we have a problem.”
So without further ado I’ll jump right into what we can do to protect ourselves, and our children in a microwaved world. While some of these options may seem inconvenient or unsightly (as in the case of going back to hard-wired internet), I urge you to consider the cost and inconvenience of coming down with cancer or some other chronic disease. The fact of the matter is, radiation is everywhere in our modern environment, and while we can’t completely eliminate our exposure, there are many steps we can take to reduce it and give ourselves a better chance at long-term wellness. So here goes…
- Go hardwired: This is easier than it sounds. Buy a few Ethernet cords (depending on the number of devices you wish to connect), and connect them from your router to your device (using an adapter if needed). Turn the wireless feature of your router off (if your router doesn’t have an On/Off switch for WiFi, buy one that does – such as this one). Then, go into your Network & Bluetooth settings on your laptop or other device, and turn off WiFi, Bluetooth and any other settings which may be putting out a signal (I’ll discuss how to measure this below). If there is no way to have your router in the vicinity of your device for a corded connection, look into purchasing a few Powerline adapters, which you can plug into any outlet in your home for a wired internet connection. (At the end of this article you will also find links to the products I use.) Additionally, opt for wired devices (such as gaming consoles, headphones, computer speakers etc) whenever possible.
- Or…Turn off your WiFi at night: Only use this option if you’re not quite ready to go hardwired yet. Sleep is the most important time for the body to heal and detoxify. If your router doesn’t have an On/Off switch for WiFi, you can just unplug it.
- Use Airplane Mode: Most phones and tablets come with an Airplane Mode feature or other way to quickly turn off all wireless connectivity (including WiFi, cellular data, and Bluetooth). Keep in mind you will not be able to make or receive calls or texts while in airplane mode. You can also turn off any wireless features you don’t regularly use in your device settings, so that they don’t automatically turn back on when you deactivate airplane mode. If your children like to play games on your devices, make sure they are on airplane mode when in use (if you want to have grandchildren that is).
- Remove all wireless radiation emitting devices from your bedroom: Or unplug them. This includes Apple TVs, Smart TVs, WiFi routers, cellphones, etc. Unfortunately most of these devices still emit RF radiation even when the device is turned off (hence, unplugging them is your best bet). If you use your phone as an alarm clock be sure to put it on airplane mode before you go to sleep.
- Distance is your friend: Use speakerphone or a wired headset when talking on your cellphone (or better yet, use a corded phone). Don’t use your laptop on your lap (counterintuitive, I know…). If you are electro-sensitive use a wired keyboard and mouse whenever possible. Don’t sit near wireless routers or other wireless devices for extended periods of time. Don’t hang out near cell phone towers…you get the picture.
- Beware of “Smart” devices: These may not be so smart. Not only do they emit radio frequencies directly into your living environment, but they also communicate all your usage data to your utility company via the smart meter on your home. Do they really need to know when you do laundry or open your refrigerator? You be the judge…
- Opt out of your Smart Meter: Most homes these days have smart meters installed. Some utility companies do this without your knowing (via your “implied consent”). These pulse RFs into your home 24/7. Call your utility company and see about opting out in place of an analog meter. There may be additional fees associated, but your electricity bill may actually go down in the long run (utility companies can increase rates during peak usage hours, which can only be determined when a smart meter is continuously monitoring your usage). If you can’t get rid of your smart meter, then at the very least make sure your bed is not on the same wall (or your couch, or anywhere else you spend a lot of time).
- Consider shielding options: If you live in an apartment or near a cell tower (or cellular masts) look into different shielding options for your home. A few layers of aluminum screening is an affordable way to block some of the radiation coming in through windows. If your pocketbook runs a little deeper than mine you can look into RF-blocking paint, window coverings, etc. If you live in an urban area and can only do one thing, consider an EMF blocking bed canopy such as this one.
- Take measurements: The best way to really identify if there is a problem with RFs or other EMF radiation in your environment is to take measurements, or hire a building biologist to do an assessment. I recommend making the investment in a good multipurpose EMF meter. The meter I use has been an amazing investment in my health and has saved me on numerous occasions from making bad choices in finding housing and setting up my living space. You will use it over and over again. Make the investment if you can, because you can’t put a price on your health.
- Detoxify your body: One of the most important supplements to take which will help you detoxify radiation and protect you from its cellular effects is magnesium. There are many different types of magnesium on the market, but in particular I take MagCalm with calcium, and magnesium glycinate. Another great way to detoxify is nascent iodine, and despite what we are told, most people are deficient in iodine (P.S. avoid iodized salt, it is highly processed and toxic to the body – opt for pink Himalayan or Celtic sea salt instead, for their high mineral content). Chelate heavy metals by adding some fresh cilantro and spirulina to your diet. Eat clean – organic fruits and veggies, lots of greens, 60% raw or more if possible. Eat lower on the food chain (as toxins tend to bioaccumulate in larger mammals) – consider going vegan or vegetarian if you’re not already. Reduce your intake of processed foods. Drink filtered water (preferably reverse osmosis with minerals added back in). Get out in the sunshine and move your body at least once a day (and if you break a sweat, even better!). Remember that radiation, like any other environmental toxin, has to be detoxified by the body.
- Don’t bring a 5G WiGig® router into your home: Keep in mind that 5G is not the same thing as the 5 GHz setting you see on your current wireless router. 5G is a millimeter wave technology (pssst…millimeter waves are also used by the Department of Defense as a crowd control weapon), [vi] and will operate in the 60 GHz (or higher) frequency band which is over 2,200% higher than the frequencies we are exposed to by current wireless technologies.[vii] The 5G rollout will involve placing “small cells” every 300 feet or so on streets and in neighborhoods across the country. While you may not be able to stop the installation of one of these small cells outside of your home, the next best thing is to not bring the 5G router into your home (and of course, look into shielding options because your neighbor probably will).
I’ll finish by saying that if you live within a mile of a cell tower (as pictured above), or a collection of cell masts (the white rectangular antennas that are often placed atop buildings), consider moving. You can search for your proximity to these towers and masts by putting in your address on AntennaSearch.com. Of course, not everybody has the ability to relocate, in which case do everything you can to keep wireless out of your home and protect yourself in the ways mentioned in this article.
The bottom line is that we are living in a world vastly different from that of our forefathers. The technological advances made in our lifetime alone are not only exciting, but have the potential to catapult us into an era the likes of which we may never have even dreamed of a few short decades ago. In some ways we are part of a grand experiment, one which may have unforeseen consequences (both good and bad). Remember that information is power, and it is in your hands to take steps to educate yourself and your family on how to benefit from these technologies in a safe and responsible manner. Stay awake, stay educated, and stay involved so that we may co-create a world that is not only connected, but is safe for our children and grandchildren, to whom the future belongs.