235. GHOSTBUSTERS 2: AN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING PERSPECTIVE
George says, "Protect yourself from EMF (electric and magnetic fields), but don't panic." I say, "Learn enough and panic enough to avoid cooking yourself."
The powerful high-frequency ionizing radiation on the right is acknowledged to damage cells. The wavelengths on the left are used for communication technologies, These cause heating and other more pernicious effects.
George volunteered to be interviewed after he read my Ghostbuster post about how I stalked around my house with an EMF meter. He told me, "Ten years ago, I had concerns about my house generating electrical fields, so I got a professional consultation to track it down. They were excellent and had a good summary on their website HERE. They are still in business and do phone consultations. It may not be too expensive if you buy a meter and learn what is going on like I did."
I am not an engineer; so after studying these issues, I spent $500 for an onsite visit by a professional from createhealthyhomes.com. This website has a geeky YouTube video describing their services. I will let you know how my consultation goes in Part 3.
The risks from EMFs are significant, and I have taken measures to protect myself. This is a complex subject, so after you scan this, listen to Mercola's podcasts or read his book, EMF*D (2020).
Mercola wondered, "How can this possibly be true?" until he read dozens of EMF books and interviewed international experts. Access these conversations at the following links: Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, Martin Pall, Ph.D., Brian Hoyer, Lloyd Burrell, Peter Sullivan, Magda Havas, Ph.D., Allister Phillips, and Paul Héroux. Listening to these authorities is the fastest way to convince yourself of the subject's importance. (To find these podcasts, I searched mercola.libsyn.com for "EMF.”)
Less than one percent of us used cell phones in the late 1990s. Since then, we have been exposed to a staggering increase in electromagnetic exposures. Phones and wifi are the most significant problems. No studies ever tested for safety before these technologies were deployed, and follow-up studies have been hampered by the companies' refusal to release user data. But by now, 22,000 animal and human trials have been done, and most demonstrate health hazards. Many of the few negative ones were funded by the monstrous telecommunications industry, which has lawsuit immunity.
THIS easily scannable document summarizes the research. See the references at the end of this post for more. The best theories say EMF is oxidative stress like pollution, pesticides, bad diet, and cigarette smoke. It has been credibly implicated in:
Headaches, dizziness, fatigue
Chest pain, cardiac arrhythmias, cardiac arrest
Breathing difficulties, asthma
Skin rash, hair loss, eczema
Decreased appetite, digestive issues
Muscle and joint pain
Tremors, weakness, muscle spasms
Seizures, paralysis, stroke
Anxiety, depression, psychosis
Sperm motility decline
Temperature increase in human brains by thermal scan (also found in test mannequins)
Temporal lobe brain cancer. This is the area directly under where you put the phone to your ear. Brain cancer rates are double in heavy cell phone users.
Other cancers in rats. Human cancers, including childhood leukemia
Cell towers can focus EMF. Some "hot spots" have high cancer rates.
Women who carry these phones in their bras or a breast pocket may get breast cancer in their breast's upper inner quadrant, an unusual location.
High blood pressure
The telecom industry may be more powerful than Pharma, and they both get away with murder. The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) sells companies the frequencies but has no pretense of regulating their behavior or monitoring health consequences. Anyone who denies these hazards today is closing their eyes and putting their head in a noose.
Edited excerpts from Amazon reviews of EMF*D:
The biggest threats are your wifi router, your phone, and your microwave. Everything else electrical in your house and the street emits a little bit.
What is the damage? Brain cancer rates are double in heavy cell phone users. Women who carry them in their bras get breast cancer. It may give you insomnia or cataracts. Children can get leukemia.
How does it work? Your body is 2% calcium, used for structures such as bones and teeth. It needs only a tiny amount inside ordinary cells. Radiation lets cell walls admit excess calcium, which interferes with the operation of energy-producing mitochondria. It creates free radicals that break up your DNA.*
The Federal Communications Commission, supposed to look out for the consumer, is staffed by people from industry who hope to return to high-paying jobs in the industry. They will never meet you, know about you, or care about you.
There is a pattern here. Throughout my childhood government pretty much agreed with the industry that smoking wouldn't hurt me. They changed their minds in 1964, and I quit. My parents didn't and died. The same kinds of shills persuaded us that the insecticide DDT was a miracle of science, thalidomide and DES were a boon to pregnant women, GMOs, and glyphosate are safe to eat, and oxycontin to address chronic pain wasn't addictive. They made a lot of money. Their customers died.
*Mercola speculates that oral magnesium, 500 mg twice a day if you can tolerate it, might prevent some of this damage.
I first learned about EMFs from Mercola (and Bryan Hoyer) on a podcast. I didn't know then that I was suffering from overexposure and had become, or maybe always was, electrically hyper-sensitive. Mercola and his information were instrumental in saving my quality of life. I've listened to every podcast of his about EMFs.
Mercola has put together a thorough compilation of the history, politics, scientific research, biological effects, mitigation techniques, and health strategies to arm ourselves against the storm of damage to all biological systems that are EMFs.
If you're like I was three years ago when I moved to what I now call the "EMF house," you may be already affected and have no idea. Here are just a few symptoms I experienced with EMFs:
- headaches/ migraines
- waking up in the night
- mind racing before bed/trouble falling asleep
- bad dental hygiene
- brain fog
- hair, skin, and nail health issues
It was a mind bend when I first realized what I was experiencing for years was caused by electricity. It's like learning you're in the matrix. But once I did, soooo many things started falling into place. And now I don't have most of those, and thankfully my hair is getting fuller :).
I am a trained EMF consultant, and Dr. Mercola covers all the bases. I've read over a dozen EMF books, and this is the best by far. There is plenty of detailed health info, plus tons of practical advice for dealing with your home environment. The only part I disagree with is the recommendation for plug-in dirty electricity filters - they don't work well and can make matters worse. Get a whole house filter if you must, like a Satic Power Perfect. (bad reviews) Don't bother with Stetzers or Greenwave.
EMF hypersensitivity affects about three percent of us. When exposed, these people may have fatigue, ringing in their ears, and other symptoms. Peter Sullivan (clearlightventures.com) had all this and more, and he researched for several years before uncovering his problem. He demonstrates how an EMF-free environment feels to people at conferences using a shielded tent. He says not to fall into the trap of thinking EMF is harmless because you cannot easily sense it.
The good news is that recovery from chronic exposure is rapid after house mitigation. The first step is to turn the sources off at night. After this, consider other measures. Advanced strategies include shielding the bedrooms with special paint and even wearing shielded clothing. These can cost thousands of dollars and are rarely necessary. After EMF reduction, many say that a sense of calm descends on them in their homes.
Exposures come from:
Radiofrequency: Cell phones, wifi, Bluetooth, smart meters, washing machines, surveillance systems, and the rest of "the internet of things" are the most important. These may broadcast ten yards.
Magnetic and electrical fields: These are generated by wires, motors, LED lights, and refrigerators and are avoidable with only a few feet of extra distance.
"Dirty" or unsynchronized electricity: Older wiring may be to blame, and solar system inverters are toxic. This type only penetrates a few feet.
Meters can be used to diagnose all these.
This one (ED 88T plus5G2) is available HERE. Listen to THIS video when it comes. It will help you with cell towers, wifi signal strength, microwave ovens, power lines, transformers, and home appliances. At $230, it may be the best one under $1000, although it requires practice.
George told me:
Press the mode button until it goes into LF mode. There are two LF modes, high sensitivity, and low sensitivity. I would stick to LF30 mode, which is high sensitivity in the 50H - 1KHz. You should see it go up if you go near your breaker panel or power meter outside. Hopefully, it drops off with a little distance. Walk around to different devices to see how much they let off.
I asked him what he thought of the Sonicare toothbrush.
I don't worry about two-minute exposures. Or about a brief trip on the subway or street car. All use electric motors, which emit electric fields. But who knows what kind of exposure you will get in a Tesla or other electric vehicle?
Change your meter into E-field mode to measure these. Press the mode button until it says e-field. That is also how you get to gauss mode -- press the mode button until it reaches LF30 (LF30 = low frequency 50- 1000 Hz, high sensitivity 0.1mG - 10mG). The other LF mode LF600 has a higher frequency range 50-10,000Hz or 50Hz - 10kHz, lower sensitivity 1mG - 600mG.
Radiation exposure declines as the square of the distance from the source. Twice as far away is four times as safe.
Key mitigation strategies:
Never put a cell phone on your body, especially not against your ear. They all have small-print warnings against this. Instead, use the speaker mode and hold it at arm's length. If you are not careful about doing this, you are taking the energy from your phone charging and distributing most of it into your body.
Never use earphones in Bluetooth mode, for this shoots EMF into your brain.
Fortunately, the headphones I examined all come with cords (iPhones require a lightning adapter). Put your cell phone in airplane mode with Bluetooth and wifi off and listen to podcasts and music offline. The meter went green when I did this for both Bose headphones and the cheaper Soundcore above. "Air gap" earpieces such as Linden are inexpensive and even safer. I stopped charging my headphones, so they could not turn on accidentally.
There is nothing wrong with fast internet; electro smog is the danger. Equip your computer, printer, and TV with ethernet cables, which are faster than wifi and do not expose you to radiation. These are less than $10. Contractors can install them in your ceiling, but mine are still on the floor. Remember to switch your computer's Bluetooth and wifi off even when the cable is connected.
A cable router without wifi, such as some of the Arris Surfboard models, cannot get turned on accidentally or during a system upgrade. These also save you from internet company rental charges. If you must use wifi, turn it off at night with a power strip. Have switches for your smart TV and wifi printer also—they are routers in disguise. Turn them on only when you are using them.
Electric blankets are bad news. Also, avoid using a cell phone in your car with or without Bluetooth, for the steel amplifies your exposure. And talking when the signal is weak makes the phone work harder and emit more harmful EMF. Listening offline in airplane mode through the phone's speaker is OK.
You can't burn your hand with an induction stove, but you may be burning the inside of your brain. After you check your stove with the meter, you will start looking for steam convection ovens. If you cannot afford this or you cannot bring yourself to trash your microwave, try to stay more than ten feet away from it when it is on. Ten yards are safer, but the exposures are brief.
Turn your wifi and cell phones to airplane mode when you are not using them (the alarm still works). An iPhone can be inactivated by swiping straight down from the upper right corner and tapping a few buttons. I briefly turn my phone on several times daily to send and receive emails and messages. "Screentime" shows iPhone users how many minutes of exposure they have had during each application's use. Make a game out of seeing how few minutes you can spend with the phone active, and you will only need to charge your phone once a week.
Digital smart meters "talk" to the network many times a second, a significant exposure for anyone near. Try not to upgrade from older analog models, which are the older type with a slowly spinning wheel. Do not let your electric company people sneak onto your property and install the new kind. I wrote a warning to them on my meter with a Sharpie marker.
If yours is already digital, a shield from smartmetercovers.com or smartmeterguard.com may help, but you must measure what happens before and after you apply it.
Consider putting your phone in a $5 Faraday bag while you sleep to ensure it is inactive. (That way, sleeping with it under your pillow is OK.) I started this after I forgot to switch mine off a few times. Some people turn the electricity off in their bedrooms at night using the main breaker box or a special switch. This prevents exposure from the magnetic fields in the house wires. Measure this before and after with a meter to be sure it is worth it.
I brought my meter to the gym. It went into high yellow near the treadmill's electronic display. So I am going to walk outside. Fortunately, the sauna was all green.
5G is entirely new, in the same way that mRNA is novel. This fifth-generation technology includes higher millimeter wave frequencies developed by the military and used for crowd control. Because these waves are easily blocked – by buildings, cars, trees, and bodies – they need more antennas to make them work. Millions upon millions of them. These antennae – including the ones inside 5G phones – work together in a phased array, concentrating their energy into high-power beams. The resulting exposure is exponential and, in any one spot, unpredictable and unmeasurable. And yet, as the 5G Appeal website points out, "No evaluation of health effects, nor effects on wildlife and the environment has been undertaken [by industry or regulators].
The massive tragedy here is our children. EMF effects occur over decades; the younger ones have been exposed since birth. It will be a vast, slow-moving train wreck if we cannot solve the problem soon.
Disconnect: The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation (2013) by Devra Davis. Excellent early source by an established academic. She is cautious about what she says. (Hi, Devra!)
Buildingbiologyinstitute.org offers information, including courses for those wanting to enter the Ghostbuster trade. It seems like fun.
Buy home EMF mitigation devices in many places, such as HERE. Beware of claims they protect your cell phone using a sticker or your whole body with a necklace. These are frauds.
Shieldedhealing.com is a small company that evaluates homes across the USA.
Stetzer electrical filters/plugs can be purchased HERE. Whole house filters are also available. In the next post, I will let you know what Oram thinks of them. For a bulk rate, call 608 989 2571.
THIS link is "A New Electromagnetic Exposure Metric: High Frequency Voltage Transients Associated With Increased Cancer Incidence in Teachers in a California School." To get past the paywall, I obtained the URL from Sci-hub (sci-hub.ru), a "piracy" website based in Russia. It will get you some academic articles at no charge. Copy the link in front of the paywall into their browser, and you can get the whole text. This is against US law, but some academics publicly thank them.
Journals are no better than the rest of the medical money-grubbers. They price-gouge and impede scientific exchange. Whether you pay for articles is a private matter between you, the journal, Sci-hub, and your maker. When you read "The Journals' Sins are the Editors' Sins" chapter in Butchered by "Healthcare," you will be angry enough not to feel guilty using Sci-hub.
Thanks to my readers for the people you are sending me. And I got a bump to over 9000 total after Paul Alexander reposted one of my dental blogs—thanks, Paul!
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Parting shot by Polymath Paul:
Crazy to think that electricity makes you fat by destroying your health. Edison and Graham Bell were both diagnosed with diabetes in an era when diabetes was extremely rare.
Transient electromagnetic fields (dirty electricity), in the kilohertz range on electrical wiring, may be contributing to elevated blood sugar levels among diabetics and pre-diabetics. By closely following plasma glucose levels in four Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics, we find that they responded directly to the amount of dirty electricity in their environment. In an electromagnetically clean environment, Type 1 diabetics require less insulin and Type 2 diabetics have lower levels of plasma glucose. Dirty electricity, generated by electronic equipment and wireless devices, is ubiquitous in the environment. Exercise on a treadmill, which produces dirty electricity, increases plasma glucose. These findings may explain why brittle diabetics have difficulty regulating blood sugar. Based on estimates of people who suffer from symptoms of electrical hypersensitivity (3-35%), as many as 5-60 million diabetics worldwide may be affected. Exposure to electromagnetic pollution in its various forms may account for higher plasma glucose levels and may contribute to the misdiagnosis of diabetes.