In the interest of good health and wellness, and with the increased use of powerful mobile smartphones and wireless networks, here is advice on the use of personal and professional electronic devices. To state up front, I am not a scientist or a medical professional. This is practical lifestyle advice based on common sense, holistic viewpoints, and scientific reasoning (there are clinical trials and studies that support this argument).
I have gathered this info from a half dozen books, my own experience studying this subject for over 25 years, and some great websites (See end of this report). I’ve also found that most health reports about this subject are either overly technical, hardly technical at all, or fail to present a complete argument. My goal here is to give you a single, comprehensive handbook that you can use to improve your life in this area of radiation exposure.
This is the latest version of my Natural Health report on the effects of Electro Magnetic Fields (EMF), and Electro Magnetic Radiation (EMR). The terms are often used interchangeably. Much of the report was confirmed by the seminar I attended in late 2013 at the Open Center of NY, hosted by Camilla Rees (her book in the notes at end), with a group of Doctors and Scientists who presented evidence of harm to all biological life from human made radiation. Included were Dr. Stephen Sinatra, and Dr. Martin Blank.
In June, 2011, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an agency of the World Health Organization, released a report warning that radiation from mobiles, wireless devices, and Wi-Fi networks are possible carcinogens. When such a bureaucratic institution takes an official stand, there is much more to the warning than what they release to the public. We are facing the next great health hazard, following tobacco smoke, industrialized food, and heavy use of petro-chemical compounds. Call it ‘Electric smog’, or ‘E-smog’, even Dirty Electricity. One day, medical science will be forced to recognize, probably too late, that the next increase in chronic illness is the result of our modern environment; the use of dirty electricity in our power circuits and the prevalence of man-made radiation from powerful electronic devices. Remember how many decades it took for public awareness of the dangers of cigarette smoking to finally take effect? The same may be true of this recent phenomenon.
If you want to know more about the background, read Part I. If you are already convinced, and just want solutions, go to Part II. Before you jump to Part II, for those of you who are ‘holistic’; practicing yoga or tai-chi, eating wholesome foods, living an integrated lifestyle, etc; well, I bet most of you do not consider damage to your ‘life force’ energy by electronics. Many times, I see people come out of a Yoga studio, and immediately pull out their mobiles and start yakking. All that positive energy you built up during the yoga session; that great feeling you have, is being depleted by your use of a mobile phone. You want to be holistic? Then consider the true meaning of that word, and incorporate life-sustaining practices in all your daily routines. Instead of bailing water out of a leaky boat, plug the leaks first.
When you consider that humans, and all living creatures, flora and fauna, are electric/electromagnetic beings, this argument makes perfect sense. We not only have electricity coursing through the body; we generate and radiate our own electro-magnetic field…we resonate. When one energy field encounters another, the stronger field dominates, and the weaker field diminishes. When that exposure is more than episodic, the weaker field can receive physical cell damage. In the last few years, microbiologists are discovering more and more that the life of a body’s cells is determined by it’s ability to build and hold an electric charge. When your cells loose their electric charge, they age quickly and die prematurely, reducing immunity and longevity.
Here is a short description of what is at stake for our planet, and it’s biological life. A preface for a documentary film: RESONANCE – BEINGS OF FREQUENCY, (see it on VIMEO on-line):
“When life first arrived on this planet, about 2 billion years ago, Earth’s surface was filled with a natural frequency. As life slowly evolved, it did so surrounded by this frequency. And inevitably, it began tuning in. By the time mankind arrived on earth an incredible relationship had been struck; a relationship that science is just beginning to comprehend. Research is showing that being exposed to this frequency is absolutely integral to us. It controls our mental and physical health, it synchronizes our circadian rhythms, and it aids our immune system and improves our sense of wellbeing. Not only are we surrounded by natural frequencies, our bodies are filled with them too. Our cells communicate using electro magnetic frequencies. Our brain emits a constant stream of frequencies and our DNA delivers instructions, using frequency waves. Without them we couldn’t exist for more than a second. This delicate balance has taken billions of years to perfect. But over the last 25 years the harmony has been disturbed, and disturbed dramatically. Mankind has submerged itself in an ocean of artificial frequencies. They are all around us, filling the air and drowning out the earth’s natural resonance. To the naked eye the planet appears to be the same. But at a cellular level it is the biggest change that life on earth has endured; the affects of which we are just starting to see and feel.”
The filmmaker is referring to the “Schumann Resonance” (more on this later, including a solution). And he mentions how DNA formation is connected to the frequencies. Despite the central dogma of biology, that the gene is the determiner of health, disease, and longevity, the field of epigenetics has proven our DNA is only a blueprint, not the builder, and not the final word on the outcome of wellbeing. Our lifestyle choices, environment and emotions are the final arbiters of health and longevity.
Before continuing, I recognize we live in a culture of convenience. Americans, and those in modern industrial societies, take for granted that market economies will provide products that make life easier. We rarely think how these products evolved, and what are the consequences. There are always consequences. You want affordable and abundant fuel, heat and cooling, plastics, antibiotics, medicine, cosmetics, household cleaners and food? All are a result of over one million petro-chemical compounds synthesized in the last 100+ years, at least 80,000 of them still in production today. The price? Toxic and carcinogenic particles in the sea, air, land, and your body. By the way, many of these petro-chemicals mimic estrogen, thus effecting male sperm counts, a major factor in increased male sterility, and creating hormone imbalances in women.
Here is your choice: You can take steps to detoxify and prevent more of this junk from entering your system, or you can remain blissfully ignorant and go about your life, building a toxic body load, then one day the doctor gives you the news: “you have cancer”, and you are only 50, or 40, or even 30 years old. So, think and consider: what price are you willing to pay for all this convenience? At the same time, recognize that modern technology is here to stay; we have the choice to use it effectively, in service to us, or become prisoners of the machine.
I realize many people are experiencing ‘warning fatigue’. Every day, the news media splashes us with reports of “…this causes cancer” or “…that causes cancer”, so we reach a point of telling ourselves, “the hell with it, everything causes cancer”. As my Drill Sergeant said: “You need an attitude adjustment”.
There is a lot to absorb here, so take your time. You will find, once you get it, you can embrace it as easy as brushing your teeth and tying your shoe laces.
If you think this is a new threat, here is some shocking news I re-discovered. A good friend in Washington D.C., who has studied EMF pollution for over 30 years, told me about this report years ago. It recently jumped back into my awareness. In 1968, there existed, directly under the President of the United States, the Office of Telecommunications Policy. This Office set up the Electromagnetic Radiation Management Advisory Council, and commissioned the Council to write this report:
“Program for control of electromagnetic pollution of the environment: The assessment of biological hazards of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation”.
Notice they distinguished ionizing radiation (x-rays, medical scanning devices, the Sun) from non-ionizing radiation (devices like your cellular/mobile phone). It has long been recognized that Ionizing radiation is dangerous to health, but this is the first time a report was commissioned to determine the effects of non-ionizing radiation.
The first report was completed and published in 1971 One of it’s most startling conclusions, to quote:
“The Electromagnetic radiation emanating from radar, television, communication systems, microwave ovens, industrial heat treatment systems, medical equipment, and many other sources, permeate the modern environment, both civilian and military. Unless adequate monitoring controls, based on a fundamental understanding of biological effects, are instituted in the near future, then in the decades ahead, man may enter an era of energy pollution of the environment, comparable to the chemical pollution of today. The consequences of under-valuing, or misjudging the biological effects of long-term, low-level exposure could become a critical problem for the public health. Especially if genetic effects are involved.”
Wow. They knew this back in 1971, when personal use of electronic devices was almost nil. And, they recognized that industrial pollution of the environment was already negatively impacting health. The Office of Telecommunications Policy was abolished in the mid-70’s, and its duties moved to the Dept. of Commerce, where the severity of its warnings was watered down in subsequent editions, so as not to offend the Electronic and Telecom industries. You can find these subsequent editions on the web. But the original first edition is extremely rare, and I’m still searching for a complete copy. As a US Army officer during the Cold War, and a government contractor, I had 20 years in the belly of the beast. So I dug into my institutional memory to find which agency might have done the original research. I came upon this; a US Navy Medical Research Institute report, from October 1971, which may be connected to the Presidential commission report. It’s not as thorough as i expected, but shows there was concern in different fields of government (the Armed Forces, especially the Navy, have dealt with EMF, and all forms of radiation, since WW II).
Now, let us look at the most visible culprit in this assault of man-made radiation: the mobile phone. In actuality, a mobile handset, or cellular phone, is a digital radio combined with a micro-computer, powered by a strong battery. Not only does it transmit & receive digital radio signals in the form of microwaves to the nearest cell tower, the computer chips in the phone radiate their own EMF field, as does the battery. This, in effect, is a triple threat; the combined EMF field is 10-1,000 times more powerful than the EMF field of your brain (measured in milli-gauss). You can buy a ‘Gauss’ meter, there are good ones at the websites mentioned below, esp. lessemf.com.
Before you get overzealous testing every area of your life, remember; virtually every electronic device and wireless network functioning today is much more powerful than your body’s energy field. Today, we see the prevalence of 4G and 4G-LTE mobile networks, which means 4th Generation. The 5G roll-out has already been announced. What each new Generation means is a large increase in the giga-hertz range (GHz), which is electric cycles per second, measured in the billions. 4G operates in the 3-8 GHz range (4G LTE even more). Your microwave oven operates at 2.5 GHz (never use it for anything other than a glorified cabinet). Electricity in a building’s wiring operates at 60 hertz, or 60 cycles per second, in the USA (50 hertz in 220 volt lands). Your body evolved over millions of years under a frequency of 7-13 cycles per second (called the Schumann Resonance, which is a series of cycles, which varies based on geography and elevation, with the average being 7.83Hz). Electricity and Electronics have been present in our lives for about 120 years. How can our bodies adapt and evolve fast enough to keep up? Now you get the picture. Even the simple electricity grid is potentially toxic, especially when many devices are plugged into a wall outlet. The emerging 5G network is ultra high frequency operating 24-90 GHz, and requires not just a swap-out of the existing 4G cell towers, but deployment of many more towers. This new network promises to be so powerful, that video streaming can be faster than your home Internet connection. How convenient…more walking zombies on the streets.
Start thinking about ALL electronic devices that are near your body; Computers and tablets sitting on your lap, Wi-Fi waves floating through your home, home cordless phones which have their own wave field penetrating the entire space, Bluetooth devices, Fluorescent lighting, office machines (copiers, Fax, scanners, video screens, etc.), not to mention all the electric wiring in the walls. Do you have a wall socket right at the head of your bed? Move the bed away from it, even a few inches makes a difference. Or leave that outlet empty, which reduces the leaking field.
Why are man-made EMF and RF waves harmful to health? You can start by watching the hour-long video presentation by Dr. Devra Davis (bottom of this article). Science used to believe that the brain emits the largest electromagnetic field of the body, so the natural focus of many cell phone studies has been the head area. However, the heart generates the body’s most powerful and most extensive rhythmic electromagnetic field. Compared to the electromagnetic field produced by the brain, the electrical component of the heart¹s field is about 60 times greater in amplitude, and permeates every cell in the body. The magnetic component is approximately 5000 times stronger than the brain’s magnetic field and can be detected several feet away from the body with sensitive magnetometers. Using a wireless device throws off the delicate balance between heart and brain. And the wireless device uses your brain as an antennae extender. While your brain is protected by the skull, it is weakest at the Ear canal, which is where you hold the phone. So, the EMF wave goes directly to the brain, with minimal skull protection.
In closing this section, I must re-iterate; modern industry has created and distributed many products for our personal use, making life more convenient, but without consequence to the health and environmental impact. This tendency is in the nature of America’s type of corporate capitalism (not all market based economies are like this). The following scenario has played out many times: a manufacturer brings a new product to market. If it has a negative effect on human life, then the Government has to prove that product is dangerous, usually after some disaster, and after many years of study. Only then does the manufacturer grudgingly make a minor modification, which only alters the one specific part of the product that can be linked directly to the cancer or illness.
*This is a catatonic model of industrial production*
Can you really expect this to change significantly in the near future?
You, at the individual, family, and small group level, have the ability to take charge of your life, and stop placing blind trust in an industry that has primary responsibility to maximize profits every financial quarter, and return that profit to its investors (and to Wall Street). I am not ranting against market-based economies. I am highlighting the consequences of our particular implementation of those markets. The goal of most publicly traded companies used to be “make a reasonable profit”. Now, across the board, it is “maximize profit, at all costs” (this trend started in the early 80’s). We can evolve towards a market system that has social responsibility for the livelihood of its citizens and its environment as equal goals with profit making, as Adam Smith, the father of modern capitalism, originally envisioned in the Wealth of Nations. Economy should function in support of the greater society, not the other way around. In the U.S.A., we have a corporate capitalist model leaning towards monopoly and oligarchy, not a classic capitalist model integrated with the needs of the nation. I realize this is a diversion from the main argument of this health report, however, it is an essential component to revising the way we function as part of the greater whole. The macro is the micro, and vice-versa.