Electro-magnetic fields (EMF) and radio EMFs (RFs) are unavoidable. They occur naturally in the earth and in our bodies and are not harmful. But then there are those EMFs and RFs which are the topic of many conversations. They are produced by electrical appliances, clock radios, computers, blow dryers, cell phones, computers, etc. –anything that is electrical produces EMFs. RFs are produced by radio and TV broadcasting, WiFi, mobile phones, cordless phones, local wireless networks and radio transmission towers. They are also used by medical scanners, radar systems and microwave ovens. Modern devices often generate electromagnetic fields of radio frequency (RF) ranging from 100 kHz to 300 GHz.

Ulrich Warnke in his paper, Bees, Birds, and Mankind-Destroying Nature by ‘ElectroSmog’ says, “We are, however, not only affected by the economic consequences of our actions. It can also be proven that the mechanisms evidently affecting birds and bees are also affecting the human organism. An all-round unnatural radiation with an unprecedented power density (GL) is also harming human health in a novel way. But, unless mankind reminds itself of the basics of its existence and unless the politicians in charge put a stop to the present development, the damage to health and economic fundamentals is predictable and will fully manifest itself not now, but in the next generation.”

Today, however, we have devices, wired or not, that emit EMF’s. A while back, we were warned not to sit too close to the TV. People with pacemakers should stand clear of a microwave. EMF’s are produced by anything that is electrical—the worst offenders are all of the wireless devices. In the last few years, with increased use of wireless devices, there has been a huge increase in radiofrequency EMF’s in the environment, as well as increased hypersensitivity and diseases related to EMFs and RFs. Studies correlate EMF exposure to neurological disease, reproductive problems, immune issues, and hypersensitivity. The increase in things like autism, auto immune disease, cancer, Lyme disease and many others has been exponential. One of the worst offenders is the ‘smart meter’. Read many times per hour, it emits EMF’s which cause people problems such as insomnia and headaches to more serious problems like cardiac arrhythmia when exposed to EMF’s. Some states have campaigns to limit the use of “smart meters”.

These days almost everyone has a computer. They emit EMF’s from all sides, which means that a person doesn’t have to be sitting in front of it. Using it on one’s lap might be a reason for infertility. The safest way to use a computer is “wired”. Being wired does not eliminate but it does cut down on the EMF.

Children are especially vulnerable to the effects of EMF’s. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends limiting a child’s use of cell phones and other wireless devices. In Switzerland, all schools must use wired devices.

With all of these seemingly related health problems, it make sense to avoid them as much as possible. EMF’s can be measured using a Gauss meter, but there are things that we can do to lessen our exposure. Here are some general guidelines to can follow:

  • Don’t let children play around power lines and transformers.
  • Don’t sleep with an electric blanket.
  • Don’t sit too close to the TV. Appliances, like televisions, still emit EMF’s even when “turned off”.
  • Consider using a “low EMF” hair dryer.
  • Even a quartz watch emits EMFs, so a “wind up” or “mechanical” watch could be an alternative.
  • Consult a licensed electrician if your house wiring is faulty and producing EMFs.
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