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.
A computer monitor emits radiation all around
— more at the sides and back than
in front, because of the flyback transformer. Monitors that adhere
to the Swedish MPRII or, preferably, TCO standard emit the least,
but it’s still a good idea to sit at least 30 inches from the
screen (and 3 feet from a TV). If necessary, use 14-point type to
make your work easier to see. If you know you’re not going to use
the computer for a period of time during the day, shut off the
monitor rather than sitting there bathed in its glow.
Maintain the same distance from other
monitors. If the back of a monitor in the next office or cubicle is
against a common wall or partition, avoid sitting within 3 feet of
that spot. (This also applies to other office equipment that gives
off radiation, like printers, copiers, faxes, and modems.) Hard
drives emit radiation, so avoid placing the computer right next to
you or on the floor next to your legs. Pregnant women are especially
advised to avoid extensive computer work — preferably none, and 20
hours a week at most.
The liquid-crystal display (LCD) in
most laptop screens gives off much less radiation than desktop
monitors. However, the hard drive 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.
The company has been in business a
couple of decades, but because they’re a small, family operation,
they prefer not to sell retail and don’t have a web site. For
their products and a
discussion of how they work, see www.bartlettdesigns.com.
The proprietor of Biomagnetic Research, Robert McKusick, has written
a booklet (Alive and Well) on simple ways to protect yourself
from radiation, whether it originates inside or outside the house.
His wife, Charmion, has written three booklets on dowsing for health
problems. The booklets aren’t listed on the web site but are
available online from the American Society of Dowsers bookstore (see
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 and can use the devices described in Alive and Well to
neutralize the radiation. See also www.cutcat.com/page5.html.