In my practice I am seeing an increase in serious health problems from the cumulative and ever increasing exposure to electromagnetic radiation. The exposure is dramatically rising in most parts of this nation as a result of the greater reliance on wireless technology.
The research that I have been studying over the last 10 years or so confirms causality and raises ever more concern about just how serious the long-term health effects are. This is a relatively new toxin in our environment. And it is all too easy to ignore because it is invisible. But don’t be fooled. It is anything but safe.
Note: In this article, we will use “EMF”, standing for “electro magnetic force” rather than spelling out electro magnetic force or electro magnetic radiation each time. Technically, we could make a distinction between EMF, or electro magnetic force and the result of that force, which is electro magnetic radiation, or EMR. But that gets pretty deeply into the technical and physics aspects. We don’t really need to go that deep to understand the both the risks and the practical measures involved.
Although this unseen toxin is more and more pervasive, the great news is that there are measures that can be taken. These are practical measures that can be employed to greatly mitigate the effects of the increased EMF exposure. Although most of us are exposed to on a daily basis there are protective measures we can take. Some people move to the middle to Wyoming or Montana, but that is not practical for most of us. Fortunately there are other solutions.
First let me list just a few of the more glaring reasons why this issue is even important. This form of wireless electronic environmental pollution is now just about everywhere. And although some dispute that there is any proof that there are serious negative health effects, almost all independent research shows otherwise. (No surprise that the bulk of the research sponsored by industries that depend on wireless technology or that sell wireless technology disputes causality.)
Here is just a partial list of the health problems that the independent research has compellingly linked to EMF exposure:
- Suppressed immune system
- Cancer, especially brain cancer, reproductive and liver cancers!
- Chronic, systemic inflammation
- Neurological dysfunction
- Cardiac arrhythmias
- Decreased cognitive functions
- Liver dysfunction
- Autoimmune diseases, including MS, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus and more
- Extreme hormonal imbalance
- Adrenal fatigue
- Profound sleep disruption
- And much more…
I could list many more. But the above list should be enough to convince any sane person that EMF exposure is an environmental problem that requires serious attention.
In the rest of this post I am going to focus on the more practical measures you can take, rather than on moving to a remote, largely unpopulated location to protect yourself.
So what can we do? Obviously, the most important steps we can take involve reducing exposure. And I have good news – there are ways to lessen the ill effects of those exposures that we cannot eliminate or reduce.
In addition we can join some of the movements that have sprung up to help bring awareness to this huge and largely ignored threat to public health. It is interesting to note that the relatively minor threat posed by the recent outbreak of measles got a huge amount of play in the mainstream media, while this far more significant and serious threat continues to be ignored by the media as well as by government health agencies.
The whole subject of EMF exposure involves some potentially complex physics. It is not my intention to bring complex physics into this discussion. I want to keep it simple, so that it is clear what actions we can take. But there is one law of physics that is so important and that has such practical ramifications that it must be brought into the discussion:
“Radiation decreases with the square of the distance.”
You may have heard this, but what does it really mean and how does it apply to protecting our health from EMF damage? This basic law of physics may sound complicated, but applying it in practice to protect our health is actually quite simple: If you double the distance between a source of radiation and your body, it does not just reduce the effect by half. It actually reduces it by a factor of 16. Yes, that means if you double the distance between your body and the source of the radiation your body is actually exposed to 1/16th the amount of radiation.
So, the take-away from this is put as much distance between yourself and any potentially harmful source of EMF. For example, I do take my cell phone with me when I am out on house calls. (I need to be able to respond to health emergencies.) But instead of keeping it near my body, I keep my cell phone on the passenger seat of my car, as far from my body as possible. Then if I have to use it, I either use the built-in speaker phone function, or I use a wired headset. Because the cell phone itself, which contains the transmitter and receiver, is at least several feet away from my body, and because of the law of physics I mentioned above, the amount of EMF my body is exposed to is a small fraction of what it would be if the cell phone were right next to my body.
The really important take-away is that increasing the distance between your body and any source of EMF greatly decreases the negative health impacts. For example, if the source of the EMF is 2 feet from my body, and I double the distance to 4 feet away, the strength of the EMF would be reduced to 1/16th of what it was at 2 feet away.
What Are The Worst Sources Of EMF? In this nation Cordless Phones top the list. I say in this nation because the technology for cordless phones that is used in North America is quite different from that used in Europe and some other parts of the world. The North American cordless phone technology is outlawed in Europe for health reasons.
The North American cordless phone technology uses what I call “Marco Poloing” so that the base station can stay in touch with whatever satellite phones are included in the system. The base station is nearly constantly sending out a transmission, asking each of the satellite phones to identify itself, respond and check-in.
So here is the metaphorical representation of what that check-in dialog might be like:
“This is the Base Station. Satellite One, can you hear me?”
“This is Satellite One. Yes, Base Station, I hear you loud and clear.”
“This is the Base Station. Satellite Two, can you hear me?”
“This is Satellite Two. Yes, Base Station, I hear you loud and clear.”
So it is lot like kids playing in a pool with one wearing a blindfold and shouting out: “Marco”, and the other kids yelling back, “Polo” in response. And that is how the base station and the satellite hand pieces “Find” each other and maintain communication. That’s why I call this process: “Marco Poloing.”
This cycle repeats itself continuously so that the Base Station and the Remote Phone Units maintain constant communication. This pattern repeats over and over again, all day and all night, without ceasing, even for a second.
If you have a cordless phone system in your home or office, you are in an environment that is literally saturated with powerful EMF every second of every single day or night. To make matters worse, the signal strength must be high enough so the phones can communicate between floors in multi-story houses or offices, be able to penetrate thick, insulated walls, overcome interference from other electronic devices, etc. But wait, there’s more! It just so happens that the frequency of this dangerous electromagnetic pollution is very close to several frequencies that are used by the human neurological system.
If the architects of the North American cordless phone technology had set out to create the most biologically disruptive, and harmful way to design the system that has become the standard, they could not have done a better job.
What’s The Next Most Damaging Source Of EMF? SmartMeters! Of course, that depends on your environment and what devices that generate EMFs you have in your home or place of work. In general, SmartMeters top the list of dangerous sources of EMF in terms of harm caused.
Many people focus on the radio signaling that is at the core of the SmartMeter technology. SmartMeters have powerful radio transmitters built into them. These are used to broadcast the power usage statistics back to the power companies. This is in place of sending a human being to each house or building to manually read the meters.
Of course, SmartMeters gather a lot more information than just the monthly power usage for billing purposes. This raises privacy concerns, which certainly warrant attention but are beyond the scope of this article. Here, we are focused solely on the health problems caused by SmartMeter technology.
To better understand the health problems that SmartMeter technology causes we need a brief overview of what a typical SmartMeter grid looks like. By SmartMeter grid, I mean the entire technology deployed in a typical neighborhood. In this example we will consider a residential neighborhood, but the same general principles and methods apply to a business or industrial area, as well – just on a different scale.
Each household that has power coming in from a utility and that has SmartMeter technology has a SmartMeter installed on its main power panel, where electricity comes in to the building. (On multi-unit housing there are often whole banks of SmartMeters, one per unit, greatly multiplying the ill health effects.)
The SmartMeters have powerful radio transmitters built in. These transmit power usage and related data throughout the neighborhood, multiple times per minute. One reason why the radio signals used are very powerful is to reduce the overall costs to implement the grid. By using a high signal strength, the collection units can be further apart and far fewer of them are needed.
However, the power companies ran into an obstacle with this strategy: Knowing that very strong radio signals posed a health hazard and could even interfere with other radio-based technologies that were already in place, the FCC, (Federal Communications Commission), has had standards in place for years, limiting the strength of radio signals that various devices are allowed to transmit. These standards were too low to work with the deployment scheme that the power companies wanted to use.
To get around the legal signal strength limitations the power companies designed the SmartMeter technology to use very high radio signal strength but only emit the radio signal in short bursts. The short bursts are many times above the FCC-allowed safety standard, but they are short duration. When the power companies reported the signal strength to the FCC for approval, they reported on the average signal strength and not the peak signal strength. And because the signals are intermittent, the average is within the FCC limits, although the actual peak signal strength far exceeds the legal safety limits.
And some researchers contend that these intermittent signals are more harmful than a steady signal as they are more disruptive to human neurology and immune system functions. There are lawsuits about this issue pending as of this writing. I believe the power companies are well out of compliance and are currently in violation of the minimum safety standards for this technology. It remains to be seen how the courts will rule.
To compound the health risks that SmartMeters pose, the hyper-strong radio signals likely are not even be the worst health problem inherent in this dangerous technology. The standard design of the SmartMeters used in the U.S.A. include a built-in power supply, that once again, was built with the goal of keeping costs to a minimum, rather than putting safety first.
As a result of the badly-designed and cheaply made power supplies in the SmartMeters, there are reflected “transient” electrical waves that travel back throughout the entire wiring of any building on which they are deployed. What does this mean? It means that dangerous transient waves, at frequencies that are known to disrupt neurology, suppress the immune system and increase systemic inflammation throughout the body are propagated by the SmartMeter and reflected throughout all of the wiring in the building or home.
Since the wiring runs pretty much everywhere in a typical building, this means that if there is a SmartMeter on your home or building, you are enclosed in a giant radiating antenna that is saturating your body with these dangerous transient waves, 24 x 7. The ill health effects from this may be far more profound and dangerous than even the powerful radio waves with which the SmartMeters inundate a typical neighborhood.
What do to about SmartMeters? Because of intense resistance by many of their customers most power companies have been forced to offer ways to opt out of the SmartMeter program. If you do not already have a SmartMeter installed on your power panel, you can put a letter on your panel, making clear that you do NOT consent to having your old analog meter removed and replaced by a SmartMeter and that you do NOT authorize the power company to make this change.
If you already have a SmartMeter installed, (in many cases they were quite sneaky about installing these with little or no notice), you can opt out and insist that they remove it. In some areas you may be charged a small fee for having the SmartMeter removed, or for opting out of having one installed. The power company justifies this by their increased cost to have a meter reader come to your house and manually read the meter once a month. This is another issue that is wending its way through the courts. In the meantime, I think it is a small price to pay to avoid the health devastation that these awful devices can cause.
One caution with the opt-out program: In some areas, power companies are offering to leave the SmartMeter in place but turn of the radio transmitter. It will then have to be manually read, and you likely will have to pay a bit extra for that. Do NOT go for this! Leaving the SmartMeter installed will still put your health at risk because that pesky power supply I wrote about above will still turn your entire building’s wiring into a dangerous source of transient waves. Instead, insist that they completely remove the SmartMeter and replace it is one of the older style analog meters. This is important!
Wi-Fi And Wireless Internet: More and more people are being seduced by the convenience of wireless Internet access in their homes these days. The convenience is attractive. It seems great to be able to sit anywhere you want in your home and use your laptop to connect to the Internet. Who would not want such convenience?
You would not want it if you had any idea what it does to your health! As with much of this type of technology it damages neurology, suppresses the immune system, increases the systemic inflammation levels throughout the body, including the lining if arteries, which increases the risks of strokes and heart attacks.
Further, it adds another really nasty health problem that is common to most of these wireless technologies, but which is much worse in the case of wireless routers and WiFi systems: It interferes with the ability of the liver to detox itself and the rest of the body. This latter is a cumulative problem that gets worse and worse over time, with no obvious symptoms until it suddenly becomes a crisis.
And once the liver has been overwhelmed by the adverse effects of too much exposure to WiFi, wireless routers and related technology it is very difficult to reverse the damage and restore normal liver function. It can be done, but it is a real uphill battle, and few doctors and/or practitioners know how to do it.
In order to be effective, a WiFi system must broadcast with enough power so that it can easily and reliably reach anywhere in a large home. A typical home WiFi system is designed to service a home up to 10,000 square feet in size. And the broadcast signal must be powerful enough to penetrate walls, more or less regardless of the materials they are made from. Further, they are generally turned on and left on, constantly broadcasting and receiving 24 x 7.
This means that the WiFi system is running at full strength, even when you are asleep. Remember that I pointed out above that this type of signal disrupts the ability of the liver to detox? The liver is supposed to enter a detox state in the wee hours of the morning, usually if your sleep cycle is normal, around 2:00 am or so. This is known as the methylation cycle. This is how the liver gets rid of the toxins it has accumulated and sequestered throughout the day. (This is normal and healthy – as you eat food, are exposed to various toxins, etc. the liver stores them until the methylation cycle, when it dumps them into the colon for safe excretion.)
If the liver is being exposed to WiFi, wireless routers or other similar strong signals when it is supposed to be detoxing in the methylation cycle, then the detox does not happen as it should and toxins build up in the liver and the body. The cumulative effects are devastating.
A number of years ago, when WiFi and wireless computer technology was first becoming popular, and before I knew what I do now about its health effects, we installed a WiFi system in my office. Within a few months I became quite ill. It took me a little while to figure out the cause and confirm that the WiFi system was the source of my illness. After I removed the WiFi system, it took about 6 months to get my liver functioning properly again. It was a miserable experience. Not much makes you feel worse than having a liver that is not working well.
And I am very lucky to have found the cause relatively quickly and to have the best liver restoration protocols ready to hand. Very few even know how to restore liver function when it has been so badly disrupted.
After that miserable experience, we designated my office and our home as a wireless-free zone. All of our computer technology in both locations is 100% hard-wired.
I have made sure that the modem, which is where out Internet connection comes in, is not even wireless capable. Some people make the mistake of allowing their Internet provider to supply a modem or sometimes a combination modem and router that is wireless capable. Then at the customer’s request they “turn off” the wireless function. The problem is that in most of those wireless-capable components, when you “turn off” the wireless functions, the units continue to broadcast the wireless signal. Turning it off, just makes the signal inaccessible to other components, but the strong wireless signals still permeate the environment.
Also consider the computer peripherals that might be part of your information technology system. These include wireless keyboards, wireless mice, wireless printers, etc. Again, I insist that all of my technology not only is hard-wired, but that it does not even have any wireless technology built in. It is getting harder and harder to find printers, in particular, that do not have wireless built in. But you can still find them if you look hard enough.
Ultimately, I think it is crucially important for long term health to eliminate every bit of wireless technology from your home, and if possible your office or work environment, as well. However, for many of us, this may not be immediately practical. In such cases, at the very least, I recommend powering off all wireless technology devices during evening and sleeping hours. At least that will allow the liver to go through its normal detox, (methylation cycle), in the wee hours of the morning as you sleep.
One more caution about sneaky wireless technology: More and more appliances are being built and sold with so-called “smart technology”. These include everything from toasters to refrigerators. Yes, you can now buy refrigerators that have wireless technology built-in that allows your refrigerator to connect to the Internet. I’m not sure what the supposed benefit of such a gross overuse of technology might be, but I guess someone thinks this makes sense. I would be careful to avoid such technology if you are replacing any of your older appliances. It may not be obvious and you may need to specifically ensure that new appliances you purchase do not contain any wireless technology.
Bluetooth Technology: This form of wireless technology is also becoming more and more pervasive just about everywhere. So it deserves special mention. For example, it is becoming more and more common to find even utilitarian automobiles that come with built-in Bluetooth technology as a standard feature. I guess this is handy because it means that your cell phone can be integrated with your car for easier audio, GPS and other functions.
But it also means that whenever you are in your car you are surrounded and bombarded by a high level of harmful EMF. I do not see how these “essential benefits” that we have all done without since the invention of the automobile are now so important that we should consider subjecting ourselves to the health risks and almost certain long term harm.
And, obviously, I would never recommend wearing any Bluetooth device. In recent years I have had a number of clients who have come to me for help with chronic electro-chemical sensitivities. A few of them actually showed up wearing Bluetooth devices clipped to their ears. They were appalled and astonished when I measured the amount of EMF they were being exposed to by these Bluetooth devices.
A number of these clients recovered from their electro-chemical sensitivity symptoms very shortly after ditching the Bluetooth devices. These rapid recovery clients are those who had not been using them for long. People who have been exposed to this technology for a longer time, generally do not recover, or if they do recover, it takes a very long time and a concerted effort.
Wireless Telephone Headsets: Those of us who spend a lot of time on the phone, doing such things as sales, coaching, consulting, etc. often get up from our chairs and pace during our conversations. To allow for this, wireless telephone headsets in business offices and home offices seem ever more commonplace.
Further need for telephone headset technology arises as many of us need to have our hands free to type notes, look things up on our computers, etc. while we are on the phone. And it is certainly convenient to be able to move around our offices without disrupting our phone conversions or dragging a phone instrument around with us. And, as I’ve made the case earlier in this article, cordless phone technology is not a good choice.
Many fulfill this need with wireless phone headsets. I cannot recommend this “solution” as it exposes one to powerful EMF. What’s worse, much of the technology is centered close to the brain, which is the most sensitive part of the body, when it comes to EMF exposure. Of course, the base unit also saturates the entire local environment with powerful EMF signals.
Instead, I recommend a good-quality wired telephone headset. I use a very high-quality wired headset that has a noise-cancelling microphone attached. It is made by the same company that makes many of the communications headsets used by airline pilots. It has a long cable to connect it to the base station so that I can move around the office while I am on the phone.
It is not quite as easy to use and convenient as a wireless headset might be. But to me, it is worth the slight inconvenience to avoid the health damage imposed by the wireless technology. And, again, I have been careful to select only systems that do not have any wireless technology built-in so there is no risk that the system is putting out any significant levels of EMF. All electrical or electronic devices put out some level of EMF. That is unavoidable. But well-designed and well-made wired devices put out very low levels and so are far safer. I have the measurements to prove this.
Wireless Microphones and Wireless Microphone Headsets: As more and more people are participating in speaker-centric workshops, seminars and events, the use of wireless microphones, both hand-held and in headset form is becoming more common. The benefits of this technology are clear – being hands free and better able to focus on the connection with the participants without worrying about dragging cables around, etc.
But what about the health effects of wearing a powerful wireless microphone headset next to the brain for 10 hours at a time for 3 days in a row? And how about that powerful transmitter-receiver unit that is typically worn near the kidneys?
Keep in mind that the signals must by strong enough to saturate a large hotel ballroom or conference room. And the signals must be strong enough to support clear, static-free communications in such a large space.
It is impractical to have larger events without this technology.
From the best research I have been able to find, I believe the cumulative health risks are significant.
This may seem like an unsolvable problem, but I believe it is not. In the final section of this article, I discuss what I believe is a practical and effective solution.
Cumulative EMF – A Gift From Your Neighbors And The Local Infrastructure: Unless you live in a remote location, your environment is being bombarded by EMF. It could be from your neighbor’s WiFi system, from their SmartMeters, from nearby Cell Towers and so on.
What to do? You could try to shield your entire home or place of work. But for most of us that would be prohibitively expensive and tremendously inconvenient. When the local power company snuck a SmartMeter onto the power panel on my office, which is on the other side of the wall and only about 10 feet from my head when I am sitting at my desk, I soon became ill.
I felt confident that I could eventually use legal means to compel them to remove the darn thing. But I knew that could take time. So I used extensive measures to shield that one wall. The cost just for materials to do it right was about $3,000. And that was with me doing the engineering to design the shielding. Obviously, the cost to effectively shield an entire home or office would be tens of thousands of dollars more. The cost for effectively shieling a large home could easily exceed a hundred thousand dollars.
And as mentioned earlier in this article, these days in most locations, exposures come from all around. So the amount of shielding would have to be really extensive to be effective.
There is a solution, a really good one.
Before we discuss the solution, we need to take a short side-trip. Those of us old enough to remember and to have been paying attention during the space race between the U.S.A. and the Soviet Union may have noticed something interesting:
The U.S. astronauts would go into space for 3 to 6 weeks and come home very ill. Frequently upon return they would have to spend months at the Mayo Clinic or similar facility, to recover their health.
In contrast, the Soviet cosmonauts often spent well over a year in space and returned in good health.
There were 3 major health innovations that the Soviets developed and used that account for this. They addressed prevention of bone and muscle mass loss, early disease detection and intervention while in space, and a way to prevent health damage from exposure to the harsh radiation present in space.
For purposes of this article we’ll focus on this last – the harsh radiation present in space.
Fortunately for us earthbound humans, the earth’s atmosphere filters out most of the otherwise harmful radiation that saturates much of space.
NASA never did come up with an effective method for protecting U.S. astronauts from the health damages caused by the high levels of radiation in space.
But the Soviets did! And this same approach can be used to protect us, here on earth from the health damage caused by the pervasive EMF that surrounds most of us, 24 x 7. This is good news!
Both the NASA and the Soviet engineers realized that it would be absolutely impossible to use shielding to protect their space-goers from the radiation. The weight of such shielding would simply make it impossible to boost it into orbit. Given our then and current understanding of the laws of physics it is simply not possible.
So what the Soviets came up with was a different and very clever alternate approach. Instead of trying to block the radiation, which would require the many tons of shielding, which we have no way to boost past the earth’s gravitational field, they decided instead to “intercept” the radiation and transmute it to a non-harmful form and then let it on through. It seemed theoretically possible, and sure enough, it turned out to work.
It took the Soviets a couple of years of research and development to create the technology in practical, working form. But it worked! For those skeptical of this, again, I call your attention to the Soviet cosmonauts returning from extended stays in space in excellent health. Our astronauts never achieved similar results.
So how does this apply to protecting ourselves from the health harm caused by the pervasive EMF fields in which we live, work and play, 24 x 7? It turns out that the very same technology that the Soviets used to transmute the harmful radiation of space works equally well to transmute harmful EMF into non-harmful EMF here on earth.
Keep in mind that even if you reduce the amount of EMF from your own technology and devices to the minimum practical levels, inevitably significant EMF exposure will remain from surrounding technology over which you have no control. So some form of protection is essential.
And if you are a public speaker, workshop leader or engage in similar activities on a regular basis, you will need a way to mitigate the harmful effects of the significant level of EMF that your microphone technology will impose.
The Practical Solution: There is a company in the Netherlands that has been developing this technology for commercial and personal use for a number of years. The company, called: Floww, has developed personal and household filters that “intercept” the EMF and transform it into harmless energy. It does this by complex technology that changes the frequencies, amplitudes, pulses and other characteristics of the EMF energy. This is clearly a better and more practical strategy than trying to block it via elaborate and extensive shielding.
The devices made and available from Floww are not inexpensive. (There are some copycat companies and technologies on the market. The ones I have looked at do not seem to be very effective.) The devices from Floww really seem to do the job. They are not 100%, so we still need to reduce our overall EMF exposures as much as possible. But the Floww devices seem to do a very good job of mitigating the harmful health effects from the EMF that we cannot eliminate.
The Floww technology is available in several forms:
- Devices that attach to the back of a cell phone;
- Devices that attach to personal computers;
- Pendants you can wear around your neck;
- Devices that you carry in your pocket;
- Whole house systems that protect an entire household or small office building;
These latter whole house kits are expensive. But if the EMF exposure in your household remains high even after you have eliminated all that you can, they may be well worth it for the protective health benefits.
As I mentioned, Floww is headquartered in The Netherlands, and this makes their web site a bit of a challenge for us English speakers. It also means that your purchases are priced in Euros and not in U.S. dollars.
Here are a few tips to make ordering a lot easier: When you first go to their web site, www.floww.com be sure to click on the little English Flag Button so the site is presented in English and not in Dutch. (Unless you are fluent in Dutch, of course. LOL)
Look around the site, explore the articles and the research posted on the site. Select the item or items you want to purchase. You can use one of the on-line currency converters to figure the cost in U.S. dollars.
Once you know what you want to purchase, be sure to create an account on their site BEFORE you add any items to your cart. Doing these steps out of order will make it very difficult to complete your purchase.
Please feel free to let me know if you have questions, comments, or…
Thank you for taking the time to wade through that unusually long blog post.
And, by the way, I have no financial or other relationship whatsoever with Floww. I do not receive any compensation at all from Floww. I have taken the time to write up this article / blog post as a public service, to help people improve their health, and protect themselves and their families from the terrible health consequences I am seeing more and more in my practice, and that we are now sure result from over-exposure to EMF.
To your great health!Jeff Bell
Additional Informational Resources:
In the very near future, I will post one or more articles that provide guidance on how to recover for those who have already passed the “tipping point” into debilitating EMF hyper-sensitivity. Many, including otherwise expert practitioners, claim that once a human being has passed that tipping point, there is no recovery, and that the only solution is to move far away from any and all sources of EMF. But this turns out not to be the case. I have personally recovered more than 10 years ago, (I was quite ill until I found the right measures and the right protocol), and since then, I have guided quite a number of my clients to do the same. So you can recover. But keep in mind that the best way to overcome EMF hyper-sensitivity is not to get it in the first place.
So, please check back here in the near future to find the links and resources for recovery. I expect to have this crucial information available by the middle of June, 2015.