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We should concentrate on the biggest sources of EMFs,
in the places we have most control over our environment,
and bring our daily
dose down to safer levels.

 

Getting informed

Reducing proximity

Focus efforts

Risk groups

Maintain perspective

 

 

 

 

 

                 Getting informed must be the first step, and while less-electric offers this ‘quick start’ introduction, it simplifies a complex and contentious subject. So take responsibility for getting informed, and making judgments, in your unique circumstances.

     Getting informed is easier said than done. There have been thousands of studies into EMFs and health, but as B. Blake Levitt writes in Electromagnetic Fields “..for everything you read about adverse effects there is a well-credentialed scientist saying the exact opposite. It is as if you have walked into a hall of mirrors…a neutral state in which people are undecided what to do”. She provides a readable overview of the subject from an American perspective.

     For practical advice on reducing EMF exposure, The Powerwatch Handbook by Alasdair and Jean Philips is an essential guide. Alasdair Philips is a leading independent expert, and the advice he provides is well informed, balanced, and UK based. There is also a wealth of information on his website Powerwatch.org.uk, but the book provides key points in a systematic and accessible way.

     Also highly recommended is the James Russell docmentary 'Resonance - beings of frequency'.

    As background reading, two old classics are The Body Electric and Cross Currents by the late Dr. Robert Becker. Twice nominated for a Nobel Prize, Dr. Becker was a pioneer researcher into bioelectrical medicine, who came to believe that "the greatest polluting element in the Earths' environment is the proliferation of EMFs". Much of these books concern his research into healing currents in the body, but about a third of Cross Currents addresses electromagnetic pollution.

    Both Becker and Philips describe how independent research is discouraged, and the difficulties in getting conclusive evidence about health risks, given the lack of ‘control’ populations, and possible long term nature of the effects. While the science is uncertain, a precautionary approach is called for. They also describe how industry funded research can be biased, and the background role of military activities in  full-spectrum, no holds barred, electromagnetic warfare. 
 
 B. Blake Levitt - Electromagnetic Fields
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  • Reducing proximity to EMF sources is the simplest and most effective strategy. The strength of fields reduces rapidly over distance, so if the source can’t eliminated, we might be able move it further away, or remove ourselves. This is based on knowledge of the sources, and with the aid of meters. The ‘cost’ here is in effort and inconvenience, but habits are formed that greatly reduce exposure for the rest of our lives.

 

  • Concentrate efforts in places we spend most time. For most this will be at home, particularly in bed, where we pass around a third of our lives. Sleeping in an EMF free space is important, as this is the time our bodies rest and recover for the day ahead. There will also be favorite armchairs, children’s play areas, etc. needing extra consideration.
         At work there is often less control over the environment, but home based strategies can be adapted to some extent. During our ‘outside world’ activities, traveling, recreation, etc. we have little control over exposures, but they are generally brief and at lower levels.


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  • Certain people are at greater risk, notably children, (especially pre-birth), as EMFs have been demonstrated to effect dividing cells. Cancerous cell division is also increased by EMFs, and the link between powerlines and childhood leukemia is widely accepted.
         Certain parts of the body are also more vulnerable – brains, breasts and testes- so we need to take particular care with children and with these parts of the body. Robert Becker also notes that ”all abnormal, man-made EMFs, regardless of their frequencies [produce] stress responses in exposed animals that, if prolonged, lead to declines in immune-system efficiency”. We all want to avoid that underlying cell-stress, but especially those of us with fragile health or immune systems.

 

  • Keeping things in proportion, finding the right balance between the benefits and risks of electrification, it is worth bearing in mind that:

     

    • The chances of developing serious illness due to EMFs are probably fairly small, although long-term results are not yet in.
    • Some researchers suggest that the ‘diseases of civilization’ – chronic fatigue, immune system malfunction, autism, Alzheimer’s, neuroses, cancer, etc. – may be diseases of electrification. While lab and epidemiological studies suggest this is possible, a co-relation is not necessarily a causal connection.
    • The equation is different for the estimated 1 in 30 of the population suffering Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity, who will need to take far more care. The rest of us will want to keep some distance from the EHS tipping point.
    • Halving EMF exposure may be relatively easy, but further gains get increasingly difficult, and 100% elimination is near impossible. Past a certain point inconvenience and stress will begin to outweigh gains.
    • Other health factors, such as diet and exercise are just as important.
    • As society rushes into a shiny electromagnetic future we can seem somehow ‘anti-progress’, and swimming against mainstream currents brings its own stresses. So it is a case of gradual, gentle, progress towards eliminating major risks where we can, and learning to manage new technologies with care.
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