There is a growing legion of scientists, doctors, politicians, and informed members of the public who are petitioning authorities for public education on EMR risks, and more stringent safety standards. But there is no need to keep waiting for a meaningful response. The following precautionary measures are presented as possibilities for consideration. Please obtain professional advice prior to any implementation, to ensure your particular circumstances are accounted for. An EMR meter is advisable to verify the effect of any action taken.
Easy as 1,2,3
Due to close proximity to the body, personal devices are by far the strongest sources of routine EMR exposure. According to industry figures, a person holding a mobile phone to the head receives 500,000 times more radiation than the typical background level. Here are the three most significant measures that anyone can take to reduce the possibility of adverse effects.
1. Hold your mobile phone as far away from your head as is practical; at arm's length if it has a "speaker" mode. The same applies to cordless phones.
2. Use a hardwired "ethernet" (RJ45) connection between your computer and modem. Most "wireless" modems still have the appropriate sockets. Remember to then disable the Wi-Fi function in BOTH the computer and modem, in their respective software interfaces.
3. Let the "inverse square law" work in your favour. Field intensity drops off exponentially with distance from the source. Maintain a prudent distance between yourself and any emitter of EMR.
Intensity at 3 metres is 9 times less than a 1 metre.
- Download phone and Wi-Fi coverage maps (current and planned) of your geographical region and relocate to a place less affected. Get together with others and establish an "EMR refuge" community.
- Take periodic trips away from electropolluted population centres, so your body can "recollect" its natural state.
- Create a radio frequency-free zone, by retro-fitting the windows and openings of an all-metal caravan (trailer) with aluminium flyscreens.
- If renting, purchasing or building a home, prefer one with a metal roof, and either metal walls or continuous builders foil beneath the cladding. Install aluminium flyscreen on doors and windows. A concrete slab, as opposed to raised flooring, will also admit less EMR.
- Remember that EMR passes through most walls. Exposure can arise from equipment in adjacent rooms.
- Apartment and city living is more likely to result in exposure from neighbours' devices.
- Switch off all non-essential electrical devices at the power point when not in use, or over night.
- Allow your brain to transition naturally into sleep. Avoid using any wireless or electronic display (blue screen syndrome) product for a few hours before retiring.
- Demand clearer consumer warnings and public education on all wireless products.
- Exercise special precautions with children. Instruct in safe practice. Limit time of use to minimise exposure and encourage rounded development.
- To avoid , zones of concentrated EMR, or"standing waves", do not position yourself between two or more sources of EMR.
- If being dversely affected and unable to leave the area, limit body movement to minimise induction.
- Reduce exposed surface area to directional microwaves by assuming a "low profile" posture. For example, if the radiation is on a horizontal plane, lie down with your feet toward it.
- Avoid objects made of metal such as metal studding, steel furniture, and innerspring bed mattresses. They can re-radiate EMR of similar wavelength.
- Don't be a walking antenna. Where practical, avoid wearing metal objects such as watches, buckles, jewelry, metal-framed glasses, etc.
- Research the ability of anti-oxidant foods and supplements to counteract free radicals and other abnormalities caused by exposure to EMR. Here is a list of possibilities. http://www.emraware.com/documents/natural_emr_remedies.pdf
- Purchase a good quality EMR meter covering the frequency range of interest (ELF, RF, or both) so you can monitor exposure levels in your home or workplace and quantify the result of any countermeaures put in place. Carry one around to educate others in your community about their invisible environment.
- Install off-grid solar and run appliances off of 12VDC or gas.
- Read and observe the precautionary health warnings now included in most wireless product instruction manuals.
- Walk barefoot on natural ground, shower or take a swim to draw off accumulated electrical charge from your body. Exercise and spend more time outdoors.
- Install a conductive rubber static strap on your car to short electrical charge to ground.
- Although relatively costly, RF excluding head nets, bed canopies, and conventional-looking garments made of silver interwoven fabric are available commercially.
- Commercially available "earthing" mattresses may improve sleep by preventing a build-up of charge in the body due to ambient EMR. For safety, never try to earth yourself through the "earth" or "ground" of a mains power electrical system, such as at a wall powerpoint.
- Do not fall prey to "New Age" gadgets, stickers, orgonite, etc. that claim to protect you from microwaves. Take genuine precautions.
- Use your mobile phone in speaker mode and hold it away from the head. Try a "Cell Spacer" or devise your own. https://greenswan.org/cell-spacer/
- Keep a respectful distance from other persons when they or yourself are phoning.
- Holding the headset on its lower edge with the fingertips. This allows the phone to utilise a weaker signal, by reducing the amount absorbed by the hand.
- If you know the direction of your provider’s nearest tower, hold the phone between it and your head so microwaves are not trying to pass through your head/brain.
- Prefer a phone provider that uses GSM instead of CDMA which is a stronger and more complex signal.
- Newer technologies such as 4G and 4GX can expose the user to even higher levels of pulse-modulated microwaves than CDMA.
- Radiation is highest during initial call connection (a few seconds) when the phone is searching for a tower.
- Purchase an air-tube headset. Wired ear phones can act as an antenna and increase absorption.
- Alternate holding the phone at each side of the head to balance out exposure and brain stimulation.
- Due to their proprietary design features, certain models of phones are known to have a low SAR. Comparisons are available on the internet. One example is the early model Samsung Galaxies.
- Smartphones can be remotely activated even when switched "off". This includes their microphone and camera. The only real way to prevent unauthorised surveillance is to remove the batteries or place in a sealed metal box.
- Because the phone periodically “polls” the nearest towers when on standby, switch it "off" or to “airplane mode” when not needed.
- Try to avoid making calls when reception is poor, in enclosed metal spaces (like cars or buses), or while moving/walking around. This allows the phone to operate at a lower singal strength.
- If you regularly use a phone in your stationary vehicle, install an external antenna.
- If you operate the phone mostly at one location, sign up with the provider that has the nearest tower so minimum power is required to establish a connection.
- Carry the phone in a bag away from your body, not within a garment or worn accessory, or under a pillow at night.
- Train acquaintances to phone you on your landline, or email or Skype.
- Limit the duration and frequency of calls. Text or Skype when possible.
- Replace mobiles with corded phones, readily available secondhand from online auction sites.
- Cordless base stations transmit 24/7 at full power even when a call is not in progress. Locate it away from work or sleeping spaces. Switch it off when not required.
- Hold the headset away from the head, or activate speaker mode.
- Replace cordless phones with a hardwired type, or a Siemens (Gigaset) "Eco-DECT" that can be set to transmit only when a call is underway. http://lessradiation.co.uk/low-radiation-eco-dect-digital-cordless-phones/
- Prefer ethernet cable connected modems. Remember to disable the router/transmitter in BOTH your computer and external device, through software, or a manual switch if provided.
- A less electropolluting alternative to Wi-Fi that minimises external cabling is "broadband over powerlines" (BPL), such as the HomePlug brand, which multiplexes data through household wiring to any power socket.
- Domestic wireless modems have a range of dozens of metres. If you must use them, position well away from living and working areas. Unlike mobile phones, they broadcast at full power irrespective of quality of reception. Turn them "off" at night.
- Use the free software on this page, http://www.emraware.com/monitoring.html, to identify and locate the modems in your neighbourhood.
- Be cautious of signing onto "hotspot" schemes offered by telco's whereby other people can share your modem. This results in greater microwave traffic (exposure) to you.
Laptops and Tablet PC's
- Purchase a product with a built-in ethernet socket for wired internet (some no longer have one) and use it.
- If your present device does not have one, an inexpensive USB 3.0 to RJ45 (ethernet) adaptor may be purchased.
- When offline or cable connected, disable the computer’s internal wireless modem either by keyboard switch or software interface.
- Instead of resting a Wi-Fi enabled computer on the lap, place it on a table or thick cushion to create distance. Alternatively, buy an RF shielding pad or blanket to insert between you and the device.
- If the device has an external power supply, it will emit a KHz switching frequency. Place it as far away as practical, or charge when no one is nearby.
- When selecting a computer mouse or keyboard, prefer a corded type as opposed to wireless.
- Switch to "airplane" mode when playing offline games, reading, etc.
- Use hardwired earpieces, keyboards, mice, speakers, etc.
- Choose Bluetooth "Class 3" (or 2) products which have lower emissions than Class 1.
- If wires are inconvenient, consider purchasing infrared-linked products and accessories where available.
- Think twice about any wireless technology such as microphones, headsets, biometric monitors, and fitness bands that are worn for extended periods in close proximity to the body. This includes ANY wireless device given to a child as a "pacifier".
- Travel by land or sea, or fly from airports that have either no scanner, or operate the "safer" millimeter wave type as opposed to backscatter X-ray which emits ionising radiation.
- Ask for a manual pat down option. Where this is unavailable (like in Australia), and passengers are selected "at random", book your ticket for the busiest day at the busiest time. Dress to blend in. Enter the screening queue when it is full. If the booth is in plain sight, notice how long it takes for a person to be scanned. Those with carry-ons take longer. Time your arrival at the end of the queue so the booth will be still occupied.
- Option two. Present you doctor with scientific studies on the biological effects of millimeter waves. See the section entitled "Body Scanners" here: http://www.emraware.com/emr_links.html. Then ask if he or she will sign a medical certificate asking that you be exempted due to the possiblity of an adverse reaction. If selected for scanning, present the letter and ask for a pat down instead. If they insist you be scanned, ask who there is qualified to over-ride your doctor's opinion and take personal responsibility for any harm caused. If they still insist, request their name, and try to speak with the most senior person in charge.
- Irrespective of the outcome, remain polite and calm. None of these methods are certain. Caution: Deliberately avoiding offical security procedures for any reason may be illegal in some localities.
- Where safe and in accordance with professional medical advice, limit X-rays, MRI and CAT scans to only those actually needed.
Phone and NBN Towers
- Install metal foil, screen, or sheeting to reflect away RF from external sources. Important: use an EMR meter to confirm results. Further information here. http://www.emraware.com/monitoring.html
- Plant fast-growing leafy trees or high bushes between you and the tower to absorb microwaves.
- Choose fibre optic or ADSL internet services in preference to aerially transmitted ones.
- If an NBN antenna is to be installed upon your roof, place it on the eave closest to the tower, as high up as possible.
- If you own land and are approached by a service provider to lease space for a tower, be aware that 1) it will most likely reduce the sales value of your property far more than any rent gained, 2) you may be required to purchase your own insurance and effectively share liability, 3) your health may be placed at risk due to continuous microwave exposure, 4) you have no assurance additional services may be co-located on the tower, and 5) your neighbours may be upset for some of the reasons above.
- Move to a Wi-Fi free school or use home schooling.
- Ask that your child be seated in the back row or next to an outer wall. This usually places them at a distance from the classroom router, and ensures that there are fewer nearby students using personal devices.
- Provide educational literature to the Principal and teachers on the effects of Wi-Fi radiation and children's greater susceptibility. Ask that a hardwired classroom option be made available.
Public Wi-Fi Hotspots
- Patronise businesses or public areas that do not have customer Wi-Fi. Or ask where the router is located and sit as far away as possible from it.
- Avoid internet-enabled phone booths, built-up commercial areas with numerous hotspots, and "free Wi-Fi" transport vehicles.
- Sit on your own, away from fellow patrons using the connection.
- Avoid shops with radio frequency ID or tracking systems (RFID).
Wi-Fi on Transport
- A metal bus, train or aeroplane body will concentrate radio waves along its central axis. Sit next to a window, as far away from the router as practical. Preferably in an end row where fewer people can use a device near you.
- Cars with standard transmission and diesel engines are said to emit less EMR. Choose one where the engine is not near or under the drivers compartment. Limit use of the heater and air conditioner.
- Purchase an earlier year model car that does not incorporate wireless technologies such as Bluetooth, GPS, or internal control modules.
- If lawful in your area, install see-through aluminised mylar film (tinting) to all windows to block microwaves from roadside towers. Caution, this will concentrate and confine any RF already within the vehicle.
- Be aware that high speed trains utilising magnetic levitation expose passengers to strong fields.
- Move sitting and sleeping arrangements away from areas near major electrical appliances or meter boxes, including thoes on the other side of the wall.
- Purchase refrigerators, washing machines, etc. that do not have a built-in wireless chip that connects to the smart grid via a Home Area Network (HAN) or similar.
- Be aware that the new generation of "smart appliances" are designed to monitor your activity and relay information to third parties for the purpose of marketing, surveillance, and profiling.
- Be aware that every microwave oven leaks to some degree. Stand away when in use.
- Avoid plugging appliances into wall sockets near beds, or lying with the head near a socket.
- If buying an exisitng home, prefer a neighbourhood with underground wiring and no nearby transmitting towers.
- Avoid proximity to electricity street poles, transformers, and substations.
- If constructing a new house, low EMR wiring techniques can be applied, such as routing feeds for major appliances away from living/sleeping areas, or enclosing them in grounded metal conduit.
- The following all emit moderate to high levels of EMR: electric furnaces, water heaters and pumps, air conditioning units, induction stoves, hair dryers, heating pads, electric blankets, water beds, tanning beds, sewing machines, printers, copiers, fax machines, and radiant heating systems. Consider alternatives.
- Have a switch professionally installed to power "off" non-essential wiring circuits during the night.
- There are a number of "filters" on the market that claim to clean household wiring of "dirty electricity". Reports on their effectiveness is mixed.
- Switch to 12VDC reliant exclusively upon battery storage. Grid connected solar is still tied into the grid. Inverters emit a KHz switching frequency and perpetuate the issue of 50/60Hz exposure. Consider use of 12VDC or gas appliances available in boating and caravan shops.
- Have metal gas or water pipes checked to ensure they are not inducing "ground currents" into household wiring. If necessary have a dielectric coupling installed.
- Try to avoid having one installed in the first place: 1) send a refusal letter to your distributor, 2) post a sign on your meter box, and 3) lock the box, while still providing visual access to read the meter. For further information visit this page. http://www.emaraware.com/opposition.html
- If you already have one, relocate sitting and sleeping arrangements away from it. Install RF shielding on the internal wall adjacent to the meter.
Compact Fluorescent Lamps
- Avoid compact fluorescent lamps (CFL's), LED globes, and dimmer switches. These contain switching circuits that both radiate EMR and feed "dirty electricity" spikes back thought the home wiring.
- Replace with R60 or R80 type incandescent spot or "decorative" lamps all of which are still sold in supermarkets in Australia. The latter, such as the "candle" style used in hanging fixtures are typically only 25W. To make up for the smaller wattage, multiple fittings can be employed. Another alternative is 120/240VAC halogens. However, being a gas lamp, some people find the spectrum to be "cold" and less natural. They also get quite hot and, although the glass lens/envelope is intended to filter them out, some UV rays are emitted.
What Is "Safe"?
We are frequently asked for an opinion on what is a "safe" level of radiofrequency exposure. There is no single answer since personal sensitivity and reliance upon electro-technology defines what is an acceptable risk. The Institute for Building Biology and Ecology recommends a healthy/safe threshold of 10 micro watts/square meter for RF in living spaces and below 5 micro watts/square meter in sleeping spaces. In addition to personal choices, such as those listed above, background levels of EMR in the community would be a determining factor in achieving such relatively low levels.
For additional ideas, or to distribute to friends, download this brochure of simple methods to consider for minimising exposure to everyday sources of EMR. Click on the images below.
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