Headaches? Irritability? Sleep disorders? Your 'gadgets' could be the culprit...
In modern life, many of us find it near impossible to function without the use of a wide range of gadgets such as smartphones, microwaves, computers and Wi-Fi.
Electromagnetic fields are given off at low frequencies by our mains electricity and power lines. At higher frequencies, these EMFs take the form of electromagnetic radiation. For example, microwave radiation is given off by devices such as mobile phones and Wi-Fi.
The numerous fields around us create an invisible 'smog' of electromagnetic radiation. Also known as electropollution, electromagnetic pollution or electrostress, this can make some people feel unwell, especially people with a condition called electrical sensitivity (ES).
If you have ES you may experience anything from mild headaches and fatigue to severe joint pains, depression and heart palpitations when coming into contact with these fields. Symptoms can vary from person to person and can depend on the intensity of radiation exposure.
The condition is not widely recognised here in the UK, but charities run by medical professionals such as ES-UK are working hard to raise awareness. With studies from overseas showing that up to 30% of the population could have at least mild ES, and with ES being a recognised disability in the U.S., Canada and Sweden, it could be a more widespread condition than most people realise.
Are EMFs safe?
At the moment, nobody knows for certain. Many people still remain skeptical that there is any evidence of potential harm as a result of exposure to EMFs. However, at The Healthy House we are concerned that the WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified powerline and radio frequency radiation as class 2B possible cancer agents. Some scientists argue that it should be class 2A probable or class 1 certain. Years of working with electrically sensitive customers has also led us to believe that EMFs may not be as harmless as most believe.
Even if you don't experience symptoms of ES, if you are exposed to EMFs and radiation from modern appliances or gadgets such as smartphones, your body can be said to be under 'electrostress'. Smart meters, WiFi, power lines and DECT phones bombard us all virtually constantly, and with the long-term effects of exposure still unknown, you may wish to take steps to protect yourself for peace of mind.
If you live in a built-up area, it may seem impossible to escape from electrostress and its effects. However, there are a few products and measures you can use that may help to reduce your exposure to these fields if you are concerned about EMF safety.
How might you reduce your exposure?
If you’re concerned about electromagnetic pollution, there are a few things you can do to help reduce your exposure to the fields. We suggest the following steps:
1. Measure the fields
Measuring the fields with a meter or monitor helps you work out where the areas of higher exposure are. A meter might pick up sources of EMF radiation that you didn't know about, for example a neighbour's Wi-Fi router on the other side of your bedroom wall, or a nearby phone mast that you hadn't previously noticed. Our meters can be rented on a weekly basis or purchased. Each one comes with a simple guide to help you interpret the results.
2. Make adjustments at home or work
You might wish to move regularly-used sofas, favourite chairs and beds away from areas that the meter has flagged up.
If its practical, replace your Wi-Fi system with hard wired connection (such as a dLAN like this one). If not, turn the Wi-Fi off when you don't need to use it, and particularly overnight.
If you live in a semi-detached or terraced house and the meter detects high fields coming from the other side of the wall, you may wish to rearrange sofas, chairs or beds to reduce your exposure.
3. Adopt safer ways of using your devices
Simple adjustments can help to reduce the fields you’re exposed to from commonly-used devices. For example, electric blankets emit electromagnetic fields. If you need to use one, turn it off at the plug when you get in to bed.
Mobile phones are a common source of radio-frequency radiation and most of us keep ours close at hand. If you absolutely need to have it in your bedroom, keep it away from your bed overnight and set it to flight mode. Try not to use it (or a tablet) before bed, as the blue light it emits could disrupt melatonin production, leading to a less refreshing sleep.
4. Protect yourself from them with shielding
We offer a wide range of products that can help to reduce your exposure to EMFs, from shielding material, which can reflect away the radiation, to wired internet systems, anti-radiation phone cases and low radiation headphones.
5. Use harmonising products
These are a relatively new technology and therefore more studies are required to establish their effectiveness. However, there is lots of anecdotal evidence that these are effective and many of our customers swear by them.
Harmonising products are designed to harmonise the fields rather than reflect them away. Often found in the form of small adhesive foils, these products are designed to be attached to certain devices (like smartphones, Wi-Fi routers or electronics). You can also get them in wearable form to use on yourself. Other products like this tower are designed to convert EMFs and geopathic stress within a certain radius into a Schumann-like frequency (believed to be necessary and beneficial for humans). Skeptical? Why not try one and let us know what you think?
Information included in this website is not to be used as a substitute for consultation with a medical practitioner.