By Kim Goldberg
December 17, 2011
You thought I was talking sex, right? No way. Sex is so yesterday. I’m talking electrosmog. (Is this why I don’t get invited to cool parties anymore?) That’s right – the electromagnetic radiation surrounding and penetrating your life and body 24/7, thanks to the plethora of wired and wireless devices we are awash in.
Many people have become so sensitized to this radiation that they are now partially or fully debilitated by EHS – ElectroHyperSensitivity. Based on current trends, by 2017, 50 percent of the population can be expected to become electrosensitive, according to an article published in the journal Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine. That’s just six years from now.
Electrosmog levels in sleeping areas are of particular concern because the health impacts of this form of pollution are greater while sleeping, due in part to the disruption of the body’s melatonin production, which is essential for warding off cancer (among other things).
I have been aware of the health risks associated with EMF (electromagnetic fields) for more than twenty years. I have never owned a cell phone, cordless phone, microwave oven, wifi internet or wireless mouse/keyboard for this reason. Nor will I allow a smart meter to be installed on my home. These wireless devices all involve High Frequency EMF.
I discovered that I was far less astute about preventable sources of Low Frequency EMF in my home – and especially my bedroom.
Last month I purchased the ME 3030B Low Frequency Analyser (manufactured in Germany by Gigaherz Solutions). After spending some time getting acquainted with it, I went into my bedroom and placed it on my bed where my head lies. To my surprise, it registered an electrical field of 20 Volts/meter (ungrounded reading). The recommended guidelines cite anything over 10 Volts/meter (ungrounded reading) as being of “Extreme Concern”. I had been sleeping in that field every night for ten years!
By making a few simple changes to my room and home, I was able to reduce that particular reading to ZERO. That’s right, Z-E-R-O.
The biggest offender was a modest table lamp beside my bed. When I unplugged it, the electrical field dropped to 10 Volts/meter. (Extension cords and ungrounded 2-prong appliance cords are big contributors to electrosmog in our homes. These cords are “hot” – that is, filled with electrical current – all the time, whether or not your appliance is turned on).
Next I went out to my back porch, which is on the other side of my bedroom wall behind my bed’s headboard, and I unplugged an unnecessary extension cord. My metering device (still on my bed) dropped to 8 Volts/meter.
In five minutes I had completely eliminated all low-frequency electrical fields from my bedroom.
I subsequently went out and bought a $2 battery-operated light for my nightstand so that I could read my $1 battery-operated clock in the middle of the night. (Electric clock radios are among the worst offenders in the electrosmog Hall of Fame and are best kept out of bedrooms altogether.)
I also decommissioned my ancient freezer on my back porch and purchased a new compact freezer for $199. Not only is my new freezer grounded (3-prong plug) and energy-efficient, it is small enough that I can get it into my basement, far from where I sleep or work.
NOTE: This particular metering device that I have been describing, the ME 3030B, will NOT measure the RF (Radio Frequency) emissions from smart meters, cell phones, cordless phones and other wireless devices.
For that job you need the eHF 35C , which I also now have. When you purchase the two meters together from Safe Living Technologies, you get a 10% discount and free carry case. (No, I don’t work for them or get a kick-back. I’m just a satisfied customer.) With taxes and shipping included, I paid a total of $620 (CDN) for my 2 meters.
Stay strong, live long 🙂
Text and Photos © Kim Goldberg, 2011
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