From Lloyd Burrell of ElectricSense.com
Who doesn’t use a computer today? Most people would find it very hard to get by without all their gadgets: phones, tablets, computers, wi-fi and ever increasing “connectivity” with everything in our lives.
But this technology are not as harmless as it is presented to us by the manufacturers and government regulators.
All computers emit radiation or electromagnetic fields (EMFs) on many different frequencies. These EMFs can be extremely detrimental to your health. Cancer, MS and other serious autoimmune diseases have been linked to these exposures – studies indicate pregnant women and small children are particularly vulnerable.
You have to be proactive to minimize your exposure to these harmful EMFs.
Whether you are electrosensitive already (we all are at some level or another) or just eager to take protective measures to protect you and your family here are some important computer radiation protection tips.
Laptop Radiation And Computer Radiation Tips
1. Electric fields. More and more people are turning towards using laptops and tablets, so laptop radiation is increasingly becoming a problem. There are several issues here, the first one is electric fields:
If your computer equipment is ungrounded, which is often the case with laptops, placing your hands on the keyboard can engender high electric field exposures. This alone can cause a myriad of symptoms such as extreme fatigue, agitation and numbness, tingling, weakness, and other problems in your hand or wrist – not unlike carpal tunnel syndrome.
The good news is that electric fields can be dealt with fairly easily by grounding your computer equipment – you can expect an immediate reduction in fatigue and a gradual reduction in these other symptoms simply by grounding (see my comments below on how to ground).
If you are using a computer which is not grounded (as in the video above) then my tests show the best way to cut down on your exposure to electric fields from your laptop is to use it on the battery instead of the mains power supply.
2. Magnetic fields. All computers as soon as they’re switched on also generate magnetic radiation or magnetic fields. These exposures can be significant particularly if you’re using a laptop or computer tablet in close proximity to your body.
Studies show elevated health risks with magnetic field exposures as low as 2 milliGauss (mG). This video shows some typical magnetic field exposures from a laptop computer (many laptops and tablets emit significantly more than 2 mG).
The most common sources of this magnetic field are the motor of the hard drive inside your computer and also from the in-line transformer unit (all computers have some form of transformer to convert from the mains supply, 110 or 240 volts depending where you live, to the lower voltages computers use).
If you have a laptop, consider using an external keyboard and make sure the transformer unit (often a little rectangular box in the cable) is situated at least a few feet from your body. If you have a desktop keep the CPU at least 3 feet away from your body.
3. Radio frequency radiation. The third issue is radio frequency or RF radiation. We live in an increasingly wireless world. Most computers, be they desktops, laptops or tablets now have WiFi functionality. This means you’re being exposed to another layer of electrosmog, RF radiation, from two sources.
Firstly from the computer itself; most computers, especially laptops, are configured by default to be in WiFi mode. So even if you are on a hard wired Ethernet connection your laptop is still emitting and receiving RF radiation. You need to go into the settings and disable the wireless (possibly WiFi and Bluetooth) functionality.
Be careful because many modem/routers are now factory configured to automatically re-enable WiFi when they receive an update – this can be several times a day. So even if you disable the WiFi in the settings menu it may be subsequently re-activated without you knowing.
There are several solutions. The easiest is usually to replace your wireless installation with a hard-wired Ethernet connection and make sure the WiFi function is disabled. I recommend the TP-LINK Wireless N300. It’s very reasonably priced and it’s got some excellent 5 star reviews on Amazon. It is a wireless router but it’s got a WiFi on/off button built into it’s hardware. This means you can easily switch the WiFi function off and it stays off.
If your Internet is supplied by cable you need to buy a (wired) cable modem router which sends the Internet signal over existing coaxial cables in your house – some homes are already equipped with coaxial cables for the TV. Then you would use a Coax-Ethernet Adapter Kit to be able to connect your computer via an Ethernet cable to the coaxial wall socket.
Increasingly, ‘powerline networking’ or ‘broadband over power lines’ (BPL) whereby special adapters are used to send the Internet signal through your electrical wiring is being touted as a safe alternative to WiFi. This can give rise to dirty electricity issues. A number of people have reported experiencing symptoms with these installations – I do not regard them as safe.
4. Laptops are not for laps. The best way to minimize laptop radiation is not to use your laptop computer on your lap. Studies show that over time using your laptop on your lap can significantly decrease your sperm count.
Use your laptop on a desk or other surface away from your body. There are some good laptop radiation shields on the market but some laptop shields only shield RF radiation (which is not a problem anyway if you disable the WiFi) and some offer no protection from magnetic fields. The laptop shield I recommend is the Elite Harapad. According to the manufacturer it gives over 100% protection from magnetic fields.
5. Computer monitor radiation. On a desktop computer the biggest problem is often the monitor, not the CPU, primarily because the CPU sits further away. Reduce your exposure by sitting further away from your computer screen. This will reduce your radiation exposure, especially if you sit at least three feet from the screen (not too far to avoid eye strain) – EMF exposures decrease significantly with distance. If you’re using a desktop computer you can use a computer radiation filter over the screen or better still purchase a degaussed screen.
6. Introduce houseplants. Those of you who enjoy houseplants will be happy to learn that some cactus plants have the ability to absorb the electromagnetic radiation coming from the computer. It was actually NASA who discovered this and ever since Cactii have become my best friend; I have lots of cacti in my office. Put some cacti around your computer, I use Cereus cacti.
7. Use a natural crystal salt lamp. I’ve had one in my office and tv room for a long time.
Salt crystal lamps release negative ions into the air, thereby creating an effect similar to an ionizer. These negative ions supposedly help cancel out the electromagnetic radiation being emitted by your computer by helping to maintain a normal ionic balance in the air. What the exact effect is regarding EMFs is difficult to know, but what is sure is that they bring your office environment closer to nature.
8. Take regular breaks. If you use a computer for several hours a day then you’re probably all too familiar with the phenomenon of eye strain. Computer screens not only cause eye strain but the electromagnetic radiation also causes dryness and irritation.
Take regular breaks, get out of your chair away from your computer every 20 minutes or so. You can also help to counter damage and irritation to your eyes by adding avocado’s to your diet. Avocado’s contain significant amounts of potassium which will benefit the health of the eyes.
9. Antioxidant food. Much has been said about the value of antioxidant foods in keeping us healthy generally but these foods can also help to deal with free radicals caused by computer radiation.
Tomatoes, cherries, apples, broccoli, and carrots all contain significant amounts of vitamins A and C. These foods supply your body with the raw materials it needs to create its own natural form of EMF protection.
10. Wash your face. Your face is usually the closest part of your body to the screen, and the particles of radiation can attach themselves there.
It might come as a surprise to you to learn that simply washing your face after using the computer can remove the radiation that has settled there.
11. Go fully wired. Use a wired mouse, wired keyboard and wired peripherals.
Even if you are using a laptop, using a wired external keyboard and wired mouse will significantly reduce your exposure to the EMFs emitted by the electrical components situated under the keyboard of the laptop.
12. Other people’s computers. It’s not just your computer you need to be wary of it’s other people’s as well. If you work in an office where there are several computers make sure you are not in close proximity (6 feet) to the back of someone else’s PC screen, and make sure you are not sat in close proximity to the office modem/router or any other electrical device which may be a major source of EMF exposures.
13. Watch out for the electric cables. A common mistake is sitting with your legs or feet in close proximity to the power strip into which you plug your computer, monitor, printer, modem and other office equipment. Whether you use a power strip or surge protection bar or not these cables are a source of high electromagnetic fields and should be avoided. Move these power cords as far away from your feet and legs as possible – even gaining a few feet can make a significant difference.