Invisible to the eye, Electric and Magnetic Fields (EMFs) are areas of energy, otherwise known as radiation, that are associated with the use of electrical power.
Here we look at 3 of the most common EMF producing devices in your home and what you can do to reduce their effects.
First, to better understand the different sources of radiation and EMFs, we must look at the difference between natural and human-made sources of EMFs.
Ionizing Vs Non-Ionizing Sources of EMF’s
We have covered this topic in depth before, so we will keep it pretty basic here.
Ultraviolet (UV), X-rays, and Gamma Rays are examples of mid-high frequency forms of radiation that can, under certain conditions and prolonged exposure, lead to cellular and DNA damage. Examples of this type of radiation include:
- Gamma Rays
This low to mid-frequency of radiation, considered by traditional science to be generally harmless to humans, includes radio frequencies (RF), extremely low frequency (EFL), microwaves, and visual light.
Devices which produce this type of non-ionizing low-frequency radiation include:
- Cells Phones
- Microwave Ovens
- Smart Meters
- Power Lines
Human-made non-ionizing sources of EMF are likely scattered throughout your home as everyday devices you’re exposed to regularly.
Top 3 Sources Of EMF Radiation In Your Home
1. Your Cellphone
Keys, check. Wallet, check. Phone... check.
Your cellphone is one of those catch-22 pieces of kit that has become engrained in society.
It’s one of those things you check you have before you leave your home. With so many varied and genuinely useful tricks up its sleeve, it's no surprise that cellphones, especially smartphones, are used by well over half of the world's population.
While these devices provide immense value such as providing us with internet access on the move or saving us from road rage and a traffic-induced heart attack thanks to their satellite navigation capabilities, they are also a major source of EMF radiation in your daily life.This isn’t just because of the strength of radiation they emit. It is also because we keep them so close to our bodies for prolonged periods - even though the devices are NOT safety tested for that close of a proximity.
Additionally, radiation from your cell increases exponentially when in a low coverage area or “shadow zone” because it increases its power output, and thus radiation, in an attempt to connect to a cellphone tower.
What to do:
- Use your cell phone hands-free.
- Switch off your phone at night and get an old fashioned alarm clock.
- Keep your phone in your bag rather than your pocket or bra.
- Consider using the phone only when you know you must.
- Add the Omnia Radiation Balancer (ORB) to the phone to add a level of vibrational harmony to the wave field around your device.
When the world’s internet connection jumped from feet dragging dial-up to the exponentially faster jet speed of WiFi it was a quantum leap.
Once super fast broadband and its many variations began rolling out, the internet as we knew it evolved into an entirely different beast.
A WiFi device essentially operates as a mini cell tower within our homes, one that is constantly emitting radiation - and any device such as the “smart” technology present in our homes, produces EMF radiation!
Because we seldom switch WiFi off, these devices are connecting to the network 24/7.
What to do:
- Switch off your WiFi routers when not in use such as bedtime and during meal times.
- Use wired internet where possible.
- Avoid keeping routers in bedrooms or rooms which are frequently used.
- Consider a low radiation WiFi router.
3. Laptops & Computers
In the 80’s it was estimated that over half a million computers were in American homes. Now, you would be hard pressed to find a single home without a laptop or desktop computer in the developed world.
Much like cellphones, laptops & computers produce a high level EMF radiation because of the length of exposure we have to them.
One of the main issues is with laptops. When you rest these portable devices on your lap you are in direct contact with the underside of the device exposing you to EMFs. This has been linked to issues with male fertility due to your reproductive organs soaking up most of the radiation from the device. In essence, laptops aren’t for laps.
How To Protect Yourself:
- Become conscious of how often you are using your laptop and don’t rest it on your lap.
- Use a laptop radiation shield to reduce and block EMF radiation.
- Turn off your computer when it’s not in use.
- Harmonize your laptop’s vibrations with the Omnia Radiation Balancer.
- Take regular breaks to limit the length of each session.
Other Significant EMF Sources You may be Exposed to at Home
Smart TV’s and EMFs
While modern flat-screen televisions produce much less radiation than their bulkier antique relics, TVs that come dressed in “smart technology” such as WiFi and Bluetooth do radiate EMFs.
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Microwave Ovens Work On Radiation
Most people are aware that microwaves produce radiation, the word “microwave” is a main component of EMF! This device literally radiates your food to heat it up to feed your family.
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Smartwatches are popping up on the wrists of more people every day. Due to their Wifi, Bluetooth, and cellular signal, these devices are directly exposing you to radiation for extended periods of time as they hug your wrist.
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Baby monitors give off a smaller amount of radiation than devices like laptops and WiFi routers, they do give off EMFs and they’re in close proximity to your child. Consider keeping them across the room.
The technology has done away with the nuisance of wires and cables (thanks!), Bluetooth devices still emit plenty of radiation. Operating at a higher frequency than cell phones and classified as a possible carcinogenic.
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References and Interesting Information
The National Institute of Environmental Health Science on EMF
Male Fertility Study from Science of The Total Environment Volume 698
Don’t use your computer on your lap from the National Institute of Health
Wireless Headphones and Carcinogenic Radiation by Dr. Anya Mandal, MD from News Medical