We are being exposed to increasing
levels of electromagnetic radiation, especially microwaves, from an
increasing number of sources, including cell phones and towers,
cordless phones, satellites, computers, digital TV, radar, wireless
internet, and wireless LANs in schools. This radiation is having a
demonstrably harmful effect on our health. Below are some measures
we can take to protect ourselves.
CRT computer monitors emitted radiation all around
— more at the sides and back than
in front, because of the flyback transformer. The liquid-crystal display (LCD) in
newer monitors gives off much less radiation. However, the hard drive in laptops
may still be a problem, because,
as Blake Levitt points out in Electromagnetic Fields, it
rests "literally on the user’s lap at genital level."
Cell phones and
portable phones give off extensive radiation. The most common fear
is cancer, but neurological problems tend to appear first. Levitt
advises the following: "Because of serious concerns about the
safety of this technology, it is recommended that people stay with
wired models until more is known or strict national standards are in
place. Also, keep in mind that you are not the only one affected by
wireless items; so is everyone near you." Current standards do
exist, but they’re not what could be called "strict."
For more information on microwaves, see sources on the Links
Levitt provides information on where to buy a comparatively
inexpensive gaussmeter if you’re interested in taking radiation
measurements. (Also see www.lessemf.com.)
Other significant sources of
radiation to be avoided include fluorescent lights, microwave ovens
(both because of leakage and the effect on food),
electric blankets, and waterbeds (because of the electric heater).
For a more extensive discussion, see Robert O. Becker, M.D., Cross
Currents, and Levitt, Electromagnetic Fields.
Technologies (formerly Clarus) makes devices for neutralizing electromagnetic
radiation. One is built into a digital clock; when plugged in, it
counters radiation in a 30-, 40, or 50-foot zone around the unit
(depending on price). They make other units that can be worn, as for
traveling or work, such as the Q-Link pendant.
Research, in Arizona, makes a range of devices for neutralizing
radiation from computers and other sources. Their products operate
on a different principle from Q-Link's and are less expensive. These include
"smog-buster tabs," about the size of a quarter, made of
ceramic and rare earths. The tab is placed on top of the monitor,
about an inch and a half back, and one on the computer, on the side
facing the user. The company also makes a bead from the same
material, to be worn around the neck, and pendants that include the
bead and other semiprecious stones for various therapeutic purposes.
The pendant can be worn all day but should not be worn to bed, or
you may wake up with a headache.
Other sources for a variety of
radiation-mitigating devices are www.lessemf.com
Another type of
radiation that can cause health problems may arise when an energy
vortex from the earth creates a geopathic zone in a building. You
can locate such zones with dowsing or muscle
testing. See also The
Cutting Edge Catalog.