14 ways to effectively limit exposure to EMFs

Limit EMF is a critical issue these days. Because electromagnetic radiation (also called EM fields) surrounds us always and everywhere. Unless we live in a remote house far away from civilization and any kind of technological connectivity. Our phones, laptops, wifi routers, smartwatches, Fitbit, smart household products, plugs, sleep trackers are often our daily companions in increasing frequency and intensity.

According to experts, kids aged 8 to 18 are averaging at seven hours a day looking at screens, instead of the recommended 2 hours. Over three times as much exposure time to EMFs often goes hand in hand with other health implications linked with a sedentary lifestyle, such as obesity or back and neck issues.

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What is a smart meter?

Living in a ‘Smarter’ world, being surrounded by smart phones, smart watches, smart TVs, baby monitors, wifis and other smart electronics always poses a question of how beneficial these gadgets are to us versus how safe they are. The same applies to the so called ‘smart meters’.

Originally, they were designed to make our lives easier so we don’t need to lift a finger when it comes to energy consumption in our homes and businesses, whilst saving us money. According to the Deutsche Energie-Agentur, 40 million German homes will be using this technology before 2020. So what exactly is a smart meter? How does it work and does it pose any potential health risks?

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8 most common sources of EMF sources in your home

Electromagnetic Fields or ‘electromagnetic radiation’ is basically a form of energy discharged from EMF sources. What makes one type of EMF different from another is the frequency it operates at. (Think big boat making big waves vs small boat making small waves.)

Based on those differences we can organise EMFs into a so called Electromagnetic Spectrum where each frequency band will have a different effect on its environment. We talk about the basics in the article titled ‘The Beginner’s Guide to Electromagnetic Radiation’.

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Electrosmog caused by Hearing Aids − Is your health in danger?

Electrosmog from hearing aids – is there a risk to your health? Do you also suffer from impaired hearing like millions of Germans? A study by the Institut für Hörtechnik und Audiologie (Institute for Hearing Technology and Audiology, Jade Hochschule, 2017) indicates that around 16 % of adults in Germany suffer from hearing impairment. Every third person over 50 years of age has a hearing loss. Young people are also affected more and more from year to year, thanks to music and work noise. In Germany, about 2.5 million people own a hearing aid. Better qualities, smaller designs, modern look and multiple technical refinements contribute to their enhanced image.

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Cell phone in your pocket − is that questionable?

Have you ever wondered whether it could be dangerous to carry your cell phone in your pocket? Smartphones, tablets and the like transmit and receive with microwave radiation. According to the BioInitiative 2012 report, there is a direct link between this type of radiation and sperm damage. However, it is not only men’s fertility which is at risk, but also women’s. The study situation is alarming, yet there is a lack of transparent public education. Radiation protection limits are supposed to protect us. Therefore, it is a matter of course for many people to put their mobile phone in the trouser pocket in a carefree way. But are you aware that the German Federal Office for Radiation Protection nevertheless warns against using the devices close to the body or even carrying them?

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Baby monitors − is the radiation dangerous for children?

How dangerous is electromagnetic radiation from the baby monitor for our children? Baby monitors are now part of the initial equipment of every infant. They send us sounds or even images from the children’s room, provide a certain amount of security by monitoring the sleep of our youngest, and can thus make everyday life easier. However, tests show that the device itself is a major risk factor: electromagnetic radiation endangers us and especially our children who are demonstrably affected by it in particular.

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Why should you turn off wifi at night?

How many of you find yourselves sleeping with the phone next to your head and with the wifi constantly on? Have you ever thought turn off wifi for the night could be part of the solution, leading to better health of your family?

Electromagnetic fields (EMFs), also called radio frequency, emitted from wireless devices can affect your health. With wifi being one of the main sources of EMFs in your home, switching it off at night could be a simple step to help you get a healthier sleep and to reduce your exposure by a third. Let us explain why.

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How does blue light affect your sleep?

Blue light & sleep, is this directly related? Have you ever caught yourself looking at a computer screen for hours – be it for work, for study purposes, or simply because you were on the internet or watching a movie? Perhaps you were active in front of the screen until late into the night, then want to sink into a restful, deep sleep – and find that you are wide awake and cannot find any sleep.

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Microwave Emissions from Mobile Phones Exceed Safety Limits

In his scientific report from early 2019, Prof. Om. P. Gandhi shows that microwave emissions of mobile phones fail the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) safety limits both in Europe and the USA. He recommends that the regulators change current compliance testing methods.

As consumers, we generally think that all electronic products we use, including mobile phones, are safe to use. When it comes to mobile phones and other wireless technology, one of the safety tests that a product needs to pass before it’s released to the market is a Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) test. The results of such test reveal whether the product is above or below a set safety limit.

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