I’m sure that you will not be surprised to hear that the majority of Australians are spending more time in front of a screen than they are sleeping. More than one-third of each day – 9.4 hours – is spent on a computer, mobile phone or in front of a television screen, which equates to about 143 days every year. This is more than the amount of time spent asleep – 7.3 hours each day, on average.
So what is the big deal and why is this a problem?
The problem is due to the electromagnetic fields (EMFs) that are emitted from mobile phones, mobile phone towers, computers, smart meters and Wi-Fi, to name just a few of the culprits.
Electromagnetic fields are comprised of an electric and a magnetic field perpendicular to each other, which travel together in an invisible waveform.
One of the most dangerous forms of pollution affecting you is the invisible sea of EMFs your body swims in daily. You are exposed to EMFs all day long, not only in public but inside your home, too.
The accumulative aspect of all the wireless network frequencies that you have coming at you can result in mild to moderate symptoms of electrosensitivity including fatigue, sleep disturbances, headaches, difficulty concentrating, depression, memory loss, hearing disruptions, skin problems and cardiovascular issues. These symptoms can be inconspicuous at first, but they may become noticeable over time rather than immediately.
Below are some tips to reduce your EMF exposure:
- Connect your desktop computer to the internet via a wired connection and be sure to put your desktop in airplane mode. Also avoid wireless keyboards, trackballs, mice, game systems, printers and house phones. Opt for the wired versions.
- If you must use Wi-Fi, shut it off when not in use, especially at night when you are sleeping.
- Use a battery-powered clock, ideally one without any light.
- If you use a microwave oven, consider replacing it with a steam convection oven, which will heat your food as quickly and far more safely.
- Avoid using “smart” appliances and thermostats that depend on wireless signalling. This would include all new “smart” TVs. They are called smart because they emit a Wi-Fi signal, and unlike your computer, you are unable to shut the Wi-Fi signal off. Consider using a large computer monitor as your TV, as they don’t emit Wi-Fi.
- Replace compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) bulbs with incandescent bulbs. Ideally, remove all fluorescent lights from your house. Not only do they emit unhealthy light, but more importantly they will actually transfer current to your body just by being close to the bulbs
- Avoid carrying your mobile phone on your body unless it is in airplane mode and never sleep with it in your bedroom unless it is in airplane mode (and especially not under your pillow). Even in airplane mode it can emit signals.
- When using your mobile phone, use the speakerphone and hold the phone at least 100 cms away from you. Seek to radically decrease your time on your mobile phone.
While it’s nearly impossible to avoid EMF exposure completely, there are practical ways to limit it. Given the number of EMFs that bombard you all day long, getting educated about the negative effects of EMFs is imperative to your well-being. Particularly if you are dealing with a serious illness, it is well worth your time to reduce your EMF exposure as much as possible.
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