unplugging: Is wi-fi safe?
I recently became concerned about having wi-fi in our house, after reading that France has now banned it in their schools. I had always been a little bit concerned of electromagnetic fields, but not enough to do anything about it. Certainly, my concern didn’t stop me having wifi at home, and most definitely didn’t put me off using my cell phone. (Those who know me, know my phone is my BFF.) But after hearing about France’s decision and having a young baby in the house, I became concerned. Is WiFi safe? Am I damaging Sage by watching Netflix every night and checking my Facebook?
The International Commission for Electromagnetic Safety (ICEMS) is composed of scientists, medical experts, and engineers from around the world. A group of Real Brainboxes. And these people have stated their concern for human exposure to electromagnetic fields. ICEMS‘are compelled to confirm the existence of non-thermal effects of electromagnetic fields on living matter, which seem to occur at every level of investigation from molecular to epidemiological.’ ‘We, who are at the fore forefront of this research, encourage an ethical approach in setting of exposure standards which protect the health of all, including those who are more vulnerable.’ “…new standards should be developed to take various physiological conditions into consideration, e.g., pregnancy, newborns, children, and elderly.’
France has decided to hardwire their internet connections in schools, and where this is impossible, they’ve stated they won’t allow children under 8 to be exposed to wi-fi. Wow! I remember when I was doing my Thai Massage training in Thailand – there was a guy who told me he could feel the electronic magnetic wave of my cell phone in his heart, and it was bugging him. At the time, I just turned my phone off, and figured he was a bit cooky. I guess I was wrong. There really is something to these electromagnetic signals.
Negative health effects of electromagnetic signals
1. Chronically stresses the pineal gland- the pineal gland is part of the endocrine system and is in charge of hormone balance. The most important of these hormones is melatonin.
2. Chemical sensitivies- Chemical sensitivies have been closely linked to low melatonin.
3. Insomnia-Melatonin is also related to the day or night sleep cycle. When the pineal gland is stressed, melatonin levels go down, and the first thing that occurs is sleep problems.
4. Immune disfunction-also, the immune systems ability to target chemicals in the body and metabolize them safely out of the body is decreased because melatonin does that for you.
5. Cancer-Melatonin also helps the body find abnormal cell growth. They have linked electromagnetic signals and cancer.
6.Stress-According to Consumer Health if we sent 1,000 people to a wilderness area and instrumented them with electromyography (EKG sensors) to read muscle tension and stress levels in their bodies over a 15 minute period, we would find that some would be relaxed and some stressed out. If we then induced artificially made electromagnetic radiation similar to that in a properly wired suburban home (one-half to one milligauss per square meter), we would see a big jump in everybody’s stress level, a direct physiological response. Then if we increased the level to three to five milligauss per square meter as we might find in an office environment with all the fluorescent lights, computers, fax machines and copy machines, all that great stuff, we will see another big jump in stress levels.
We are all electromagnetic beings
The human body grounds electromagnetic radiation in the environment, because of the electrical conductivity of our body. It is attracted to us. All living systems are based on electromagnetic energy. Every cell in your body is generating an electromagnetic field, every plant, every rock, the planet itself, the whole universe is made up of energy. It is true that man-made electromagnetic radiation is not the only source of random photons in the environment. But the problem is these artificial frequencies, which we have never encountered before, are a whole different spectrum of frequencies than the human body is used to.
So what can we do?
There is wifi, cellphone, and electromagnetic signals everywhere. Even if we decided to protect ourselves and our family, how could we do it?
1. The ICEMS (that group of brainboxes I mentioned previously) strongly advises to limit the use of cell phones, and other similar devices, especially by children and teenagers. This will decrease the absorption of electromagnetic energy, and also adverse effects of the signals on biochemistry, physiology, and electrical biorhythms.
2. Hardwire your connection: Use an Ethernet cable for your computer. If you’re unable to switch to Ethernet, use an extension connection oon your wi-fi network plug-in to keep it at a better distance from your body.
3. Only turn on your router during periods of actual internet usage, and then turn it off. Plus, walk away from your computer when downloading large amounts of date on wi-fi.
4. Turn cell phone Wi-Fi on only when accessing Wi-Fi. Otherwise, turn it off just as you would when putting it in “airplane mode.”
5. Turn laptops off when charging if the built-in Wi-Fi is on. Plus, never use a laptop on your lap, and instead place it on a table away from you. If you are pregnant, shield your baby with a product like Belly Armour.
Limit the time you spend in places with Wi-Fi, such as coffee shops.
6. Be an advocate in your neighborhood—educating your school system about the dangers of Wi-Fi. Plus, make your voice known if mast towers are going up in your neighborhood. These are huge money-makers for the mast tower owners, but the money isn’t worth the health risks.
I don’t think we can escape technology at this point. The best thing to do to protect yourself and your family is to limit the use of wi-fi and cell phones as much as possible, and turn things off when not in use. From now, on, we’re doing just that in our household – turning the phones to airplane mode at night and pulling the plug on wi-fi when we’re asleep. Small changes make a big difference in the long run.
What do you think about these concerns?