I have been absent from the blog due to being extremely busy with a full session schedule, as well as a large amount of email. Because of this big workload, today’s post is going to be a mini-blog on a subject that could easily require a very long article: Electro Magnetic Frequency and Radio Frequency mitigation.
I hope that you are already aware of the fact that the multitude of wireless devices in use today emit harmful radio and electro-magnetic frequencies. If not, just Google “cell phone dangers” and start reading. The more sensitive your body and nervous system is, the more you will feel the negative effects of cell phones, wireless routers, cordless phones, “smart” meters, etc in your home. We all suffer from the transmissions of these devices, whether or not we notice their harmful side-effects.
The purpose of this short article is to inspire you to take action to reduce your exposure to these frequencies by sharing with you what I have done in my own home.
Elimination and Reduction
Technically, I started this process over 15 years ago by getting rid of my microwave oven. I don’t even think about that any more, it’s just part of life for me now.
My more recent mitigation efforts began with turning off the wireless feature on my router. This means that ALL computers in the home are connected directly to the router via Ethernet cables. Any laptop usage is done with the laptop on a table or desk so that it is not directly on a lap, and the wireless on the laptop is disabled, of course.
Next, I removed all cordless phones and replaced them with corded phones. It’s like the 80s all over again, but with better hair. Seriously though, going back to land line phones reduced a huge amount of RF pollution in our home. I know a lot of you reading this probably don’t even have a landline anymore and you rely totally on your cell phone. I urge you to get a landline again with a corded phone and turn the cell phone OFF when you are at home. (Yes, totally off…I promise it will be ok.)
I recommend using your cell phone as little as possible. I have a cell phone that is always off unless I need to make a call while I am away from home. This is the only usage that it receives.
Also, if you live in a place with a “smart” meter, move. Seriously. If that is not an option, look into ways to shield yourself from the (not so) smart meter starting with this video.
Finally in the elimination process, I got rid of all compact fluorescent light bulbs and replaced them with standard incandescent bulbs. CFLs produce much more dirty electricity than a standard bulb, they actually wear out faster in normal on and off usage, and pose a variety of health risks. (LED bulbs are also a good option, as they do not produce much dirty electricity.)
The best thing I have done all year was to invest in “Microsurge Filters” for our home’s electrical outlets. Yes, I know it’s only mid-February, but this has had a huge impact in our home. These devices filter out high-frequency EM waves from the electrical wiring in the walls, drastically reducing levels of harmful EMF in a home. This was a significant expense, but it was worth the cost.
When doing this type of mitigation, the first thing needed is a “Microsurge Meter” that plugs directly into an outlet and gives a reading of the “Graham-Stetzer Units” in the power line. This is a measure of the magnitude of the voltage surge on the line. Higher numbers on the meter are bad, lower numbers are good.
A “typical” high reading would be in the 500-600 GS unit range, and with proper filtration, it should be under 50, with 25 being the ideal level. The readings in my home were 800-1100 depending on location in the house, and it took 25 filters to get readings on all sockets down in the 25-40 range. My office alone took five filters to mitigate, and the bedroom required four.
Thanks to these filters, we went from a very bad EMF environment to a very clean one. Now our home in the woods really feels like it is in the woods! It feels like being in a remote location where there is no electric power at all.
My wife and I both noticed the effect right away, and I can assure you that it was not a placebo. I honestly didn’t expect to feel a tangible effect at all, but these filters made a huge difference. The best analogy I can give is that it was kind of like the sense of relief that one feels when a noisy refrigerator stops running, except that it was EMF based, not sound based.
I purchased “Greenwave Filters” along with the Stetzerizer Microsurge Meter from this e-bay store. I talked with Neil, the owner of the store before the purchase and he was very helpful in answering my questions as well as resolving a shipping glitch with his supplier after my purchase. I interacted with him as a normal customer, and I didn’t tell him that I might send a bunch of business his way if I was happy with the products, so I can honestly say that his level of customer care was excellent. I negotiated a lower price by buying the filters in bulk, and he was very helpful throughout the whole process, but I didn’t receive any special treatment.
The Greenwave filters are a fairly recent design, marketed as being more effective than the Stetzerizer filters, which I tested myself comparing both filters in one plug, and the Greenwave filter gave a slightly lower reading on the Stetzer Meter than the Stetzer filter did. The GW filters also have a pass-through plug in the bottom of them so that you do not lose a plug to the filter, unlike Stetzer filters.
I also have a grounding mat for use at my computer desk. I honestly do not notice a difference from the grounding mat, but I think it is worthwhile since my computer and monitor are generating EMF fields.
That is where my mitigation process stands as of now, although I will also be replacing all dimmer switches in the house with regular switches, as dimmers generate a LOT of dirty electricity, even if the dimmer is set to maximum. I verified this with my own testing on an outlet controlled by a dimmer switch. See item #7 on this page for more.
There are many more mitigation products out there that can be purchased and attached to a cell phone, cordless phone, router, etc. I cannot speak for the efficacy of any of those products, but even if you do use them I urge you to follow the simple plan laid out in the “Elimination and Reduction” section above so that you are using the least amount of wireless devices possible.
Feel free to comment below with the names of any mitigation devices that you have found effective. Please avoid posting a URL, as that will get hung up in moderation until someone can get to it.