Are you exposed to elevated electromagnetic fields? These are the main radiation sources today..

Did you know that...

  • The levels of electromagnetic radiation in indoor and outdoor areas have increased significantly in recent years?
  • There are now cell phone masts in almost every neighborhood, usually camouflaged in chimneys, heaters, signs etc?
  • Low voltage power lines are often overloaded, emitting high magnetic fields in nearby houses?
  • Cordless phones, wireless modems (Wi-Fi) and dozens of other wireless devices that you or your neighbors use are high frequency transmission antennas that create electromagnetic radiation hotspots?
  • These sources are the most common reasons for exceeding the proposed limits of exposure to electromagnetic fields today!

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“In recent decades, environmental exposure to man-made sources of EMFs has risen constantly, driven by demand for electricity, increasingly more specialized wireless technologies, and changes in the organization of society; whereas the end effect is that every individual is now being exposed to a complex mixture of electric and magnetic fields of different frequencies, both at home and at work” European Parliament resolution on the health problems associated with electromagnetic fields (2008/2211) [1]

Electromagnetic fields of all frequencies represent one of the most common and fastest growing environmental influences, about which anxiety and speculation are spreading. All populations are now exposed to varying degrees of EMF, and the levels will continue to increase as technology advances. World Health Organization [2]

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Mobile phone masts

Cell phone mast, mobile phone antennas or base stations that are now situated in every neighborhood, are the main cause for the rapid increase of electromagnetic pollution in recent years.

They are commonly found in building terraces and continuously emit wireless high frequency radiation, enabling mobile phone calls, SMS exchange and surfing the internet from mobile phones.

The constant technological upgrades of the transmitted signals (2G, 3G, 4G and so on) and the growing demand for quicker and greater data transfer (audio, image, video, Internet) by mobile phone users, is causing the increased number of cell phone masts, many of which operate illegally.

"Thus in the frequency range 100 kHz to 300 GHz, 50 years ago it was scarcely possible to measure 10 pW/cm2 on the ground in our countries. Today, depending on the location, values one million to one thousand million times higher are recorded because of the explosion of telecommunications." European Parliament Resolution B3-0280/92 [3]

The antennas are often camouflaged as heaters, signs, chimneys etc. so as to avoid confrontations with the neighbors.

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Where do we commonly record the highest radiation values?

In densely populated areas due to the presence of many cell phone masts and especially in the higher floors of buildings, because they usually more exposed to wireless radiation than the lower floors.

Are there are possible health effects?

At least five epidemiological studies have linked the presence of mobile phone masts with the significant health deterioration of the neighboring population (increase of cancer, insomnia, headaches, inability to concentrate, memory loss, vision and hearing disorders, nausea, irritability, skin, cardiovascular and mobility problems) .

Since May 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO) has included listed wireless radiation as "possible carcinogens."

More about mobile phone masts and their impact on health..More about mobile phone masts and their impact on health..

"More meaningful is to ask whether there is an established potential risk to human health from exposure to GSM/TETRA radiation: the answer is undoubtedly ‘yes’. It is probably true to say that if a similar degree of risk and uncertainty as to subjective noxiousness obtained in the case of a new drug or foodstuff, it is unlikely that they would ever be licensed.” Dr. Gerard Hyland, Biophysics, University of Warwick, 2 times Nobel Prize contender [4]

How much radiation from cell phone masts is safe?

Many scientific bodies in recent years suggest exposures to radiation of high frequencies <100 microwatts / m2 (higher prices may be recorded even at distances> 500 meters from the antenna, especially when there is line of sight).

The permissible limits by the law are much higher. More about the safe levels of exposure..

How can i measure the radiation from the cell phone masts in my area?

You can buy a high frequency electromagnetic field meter.

How can I reduce my exposure cell phone masts radiation?

  • Locate the most burdened areas using a radiation meter and relocate high-use areas (eg, bed, living room, office) away from wireless hotspots.
  • Shield your rooms with the help of modern electromagnetic shielding materials that reflect the wireless radiation more than 99%.
  • Place electromagnetic shielding window films or curtains on windows which are most vulnerable to wireless radiation penetration.
  • Paint the walls facing the antenna with electromagnetic shielding paint. Painting all other walls / ceilings of the room will usually lower even more the radiation and even protect you by other concealed or future sources of radiation.
  • Cover your bed with a shielding canopy, which guarantees low electromagnetic interference during the critical hours of sleep.

See in video how to locate cell towers in your neighborhood and how to protect your home

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Power distribution cables

lowvoltagepowerline Did you know that the low voltage power cables, which bring electricity to our homes, may expose you to higher magnetic fields than the high voltage transmission lines?

This is because the magnetic fields depend on the amount of flowing electricity and low voltage cables can be overloaded especially in densely populated areas. Moreover, the low voltage cables are usually situated closer to living areas than high voltage cables.

Magnetic fields have increased significantly in recent years because of the increase in consumption of electric energy.

Where do we commonly record the highest radiation values?

At a distance <10 meters of low or / and medium voltage cables, particularly in densely populated areas.

High magnetic fields can be recorded in apartments of 1st and 2nd floor that have overhead low or medium voltage cables nearby.

Also, in underground or ground floor area when there are underground low or medium voltage cables (i.e. ground floor shops in shopping streets). You can locate the cable by using a magnetic field meter.

Higher magnetic fields from power cables are usually recorded near power transformers/substations.

Are there are possible health effects?

Low frequency radiation has been linked to miscarriages in pregnancy, leukemia, breast cancer and skin, insomnia, thrombosis, damage to DNA, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, neurotic disorders and depression.

More about power cables and their impact on human health..More about power cables and their impact on human health..

“Very recently, new research is suggesting that nearly all the human plagues which emerged in the twentieth century, like common acute lymphoblastic leukemia in children, female breast cancer, malignant melanoma and asthma, can be tied to some facet of our use of electricity. There is an urgent need for governments and individuals to take steps to minimize community and personal EMF exposures.” Dr. Samuel Milham, Medical researcher occupational epidemiology [5]

How much radiation from power cables is safe?

Many scientific bodies in recent years suggest exposures to magnetic fields <200 nT.

The World Health Organization has listed low frequency magnetic fields as "possible carcinogens" based on surveys that repost doubling of childhood leukemia from exposure to 300-400nT.

The permissible limits by the law are much higher. More about the safe levels of exposure..

How can I measure the radiation from the cables that are next to my house?

You can buy a high frequency electromagnetic field meter.

How to reduce my exposure to magnetic fields from nearby wires?

  • Locate the most burdened areas using a low frequency radiation meter and relocate high-use areas (eg, bed, living room, office) away from high magnetic field. Magnetic fields penetrate most building materials almost unaffected, but decrease with the distance from the cables.
  • Contact your local power company and ask them to take steps to reduce radiation values in your area by transferring the neighboring cables or moving them underground (if this increases the distance from your areas) and / or taking measures to better distribute the electrical loads, load change in each line, add medium voltage lines and / or transformers, avoid neutral connections of different circuits and / or other specific measures proposed by relevant magnetic fields reduction guides [6]. 
  • Use magnetic shielding materials that are metal alloys (not lead!) with very high magnetic permeability. The problem is their high cost (>150 euros / m2) and do not guarantee a high percentage of attenuation due to the peculiarities of magnetic fields transmission. Using them is not recommended without prior measurement of magnetic fields.

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Cordless telephones DECT and Wi-Fi modem

wifimodem Did you know that the antennas of wireless phones and modems may expose you to higher high-frequency electromagnetic fields than a nearby cell phone mast?

This is because they are used indoors in very short distance from our body.

Where do we commonly record the highest radiation values?

In apartment buildings and offices because of the multitude of wireless devices.

Are there are possible health effects?

Radiation from cordless phones and modems has been linked to increased risk of brain cancer, heart arrhythmias, infertility etc. Since May 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO) has listed wireless radiation as "potential carcinogen."

More about wireless phones and modems and their effects on health..More about wireless phones and modems and their effects on health..

"Based on the existing science, many public health experts believe it is possible we will face an epidemic of cancers in the future resulting from uncontrolled use of cell phones and increased population exposure to WiFi and other wireless devices.  Thus it is important that all of us, and especially children, restrict our use of cell phones, limit exposure to background levels of Wi-Fi, and that government and industry discover ways in which to allow use of wireless devices without such elevated risk of serious disease. We need to educate decision-makers that ‘business as usual’ is unacceptable. The importance of this public health issue can not be underestimated.”  Dr. David Carpenter, School of Public Health, Albany, New York University [5]

How much radiation from wireless phones and modems is safe?

Most scientific bodies in recent years suggest exposure values in high frequency radiation <100 microwatts / m2 (higher values recorded usually when there is a wireless device at a distance <4 meters in the same or adjacent area).

The permissible limits by the law are much higher. More about the safe levels of exposure..

How to measure the radiation from wireless phones and modems, mine and my neighbors?

You can buy a high frequency electromagnetic field meter.

How to reduce my exposure to radiation of wireless phones and modems?

  • Replace the cordless telephone with wired or at least with any wireless phone that has zero radiation in stand by (eg cordless phones by company Gigaset Siemens, which support mode ECO +).
  • Replace the wireless connection to internet with wired by using network (Ethernet) cable to connect the computer to the modem.
  • Alternatively use the system called Broadband over power lines (BPL) or power-line Internet (you put a Powerline adapter into an outlet and connect it with the router - the other Powerline adapters you put them in sockets of remote rooms where you want to Internet and you connect with them your PC or laptop).
  • Locate the modems and cordless phones of your neighbors by using a high frequency meter and ask your neighbors to remove or to disable or replace them with safer alternatives
  • If you can not talk to the neighbors, relocate high use areas  (eg bed, living room, office) away from wireless hotspots.
  • Alternatively, shield your area with the help of modern electromagnetic shielding materials that reflect the wireless radiation >99%.
  • Place fabric that reflects wireless radiation below your sofa or your bed when you locate a cordless phone or modem below.
  • Paint your walls with electromagnetic shielding paint . 
  • Cover your bed with a shielded canopy , which guarantees minimum electromagnetic interference during the critical hours of sleep.

[1] European Parliament resolution of 2 April 2009 on health concerns associated with electromagnetic fields (2008/2211(INI))

[2] World Health Organization, Electromagnetic Fields, http://www.who.int/peh-emf/en/

[3] Actual Or Potential Effects of ELF and RF / MW Radiation on Enhancing Violence and Homicide, and accelerating Aging of Human, Animal Or Plant Cells. Dr Neil Cherry Associate Professor of Environmental Health Lincoln University New Zealand, neilcherry.com/documents/90_s8_EMR_and_Aging_and_violence.pdf

[4] How Exposure to GSM & TETRA Base-station Radiation can Adversely Affect Humans by G J Hyland

[5] http://electromagnetichealth.org/quotes-from-experts/

[6] Electric and Magnetic Field Management Book, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

 

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