Do My Light Bulbs ProduceDIRTY ELECTRICITY?
We’d like to wish you and your loved ones the very best as we all navigate the uncharted waters of the COVID-19 pandemic. While these times are indeed turbulent and uncertain, the best medical experts and leaders in the U.S. and abroad are reminding us that we CAN get through this…TOGETHER… each doing our part.
The CDC, local health departments, and other agencies are providing many helpful tips and directives for protecting ourselves and others – from frequent hand washing to “social distancing” to formal shelter-in-place orders.
This is also a perfect time to do all we can to STRENGTHEN OUR IMMUNE SYSTEMS. You’ve likely seen articles highlighting common ways to do this… Eating nutritious meals. Exercising. Getting quality sleep. Managing stress and anxiety. Taking immune-boosting supplements (e.g., vitamin C, vitamin D, probiotics, echinacea/goldenseal, zinc, elderberry syrup or extract). Etc.
We’d like to encourage you to consider an additional step…
LOWERING YOUR EXPOSURE TO EMF POLLUTION
By EMF pollution, we mean the artificial electromagnetic fields/radiation (EMF/EMR) from wireless technologies, electronics, modern appliances, energy-efficient lights, and more. You can’t see or smell this type of pollution, but these days, it’s all around us nearly all of the time.
A growing body of scientific evidence shows that chronic exposure to man-made EMF/EMR can have a wide variety of negative health effects, among them disrupting the immune system and, therefore, our ability to fight off illness and disease.
Below are some basic tips for reducing your exposure to EMF pollution. Some of these tips may be easy to implement now. Others may need to wait until materials or professional help become easier to access again.
While this list is far from exhaustive, hopefully it will give you ideas for getting started or continuing your journey.
COMMON TYPES OF EMF POLLUTION
Radio Frequency (RF) / Microwave Radiation
Power Frequency Electric and Magnetic Fields
When we sleep, our bodies are busy growing and repairing cells. This is essential for good health, especially now, when we want our bodies strong and ready to “battle” infection if necessary. Because EMF pollution can interfere with sound sleep, it’s important to reduce sources in your sleep space. Following are some specific ideas for how to do this.
As much as possible, use wired connections rather than wireless connections for your Internet, telephone, and other needs.
This means connecting your computer(s) to your Internet modem/router via ethernet cable(s) rather than wirelessly. When doing this, it is best to use shielded Ethernet cables with grounded Ethernet adapters. For more detailed information about hardwired Internet options, check out “Safer Use of Computers” by building biologist, Oram Miller.
If you do opt to use a wireless Internet (WiFi) system…
Then make sure to turn OFF the Bluetooth on your computer.
Then make sure to turn OFF the Wifi on your printer.
Use this type of phone rather than a cell phone or cordless phone as much as possible. You can forward your cell phone number to your landline to ensure you don’t miss calls. (When choosing a corded landline phone, it is best to select a model that does not require AC power to operate. It is also a good idea to use the phone’s speaker function or an air tube headset when on calls.)
When you do need to use your cell phone…
Smart utility (e.g., electric, water) meters emit RF/microwave radiation and some models also generate dirty electricity. If you have a smart utility meter on your house, contact your utility company to see if you can have it replaced with an ANALOG meter or a digital meter that does NOT transmit data from your meter back to your utility company wirelessly. (An analog meter is the best option!)
If you cannot have your smart meter replaced, there are ways to shield the radiation emitted by the meter. This is especially important to consider if your meter is located directly outside a bedroom or another room where you or others spend a lot of time.
NEC code-violating wiring errors in homes and other buildings (e.g., improper neutral-to-neutral and neutral-to-ground connections) can cause large magnetic fields. If these errors exist in your home, they should be fixed, especially if the magnetic fields they create affect rooms where you and family members spend significant time. The process of identifying, tracing, and fixing these wiring errors typically requires the help of an EMF specialist and licensed electrician. More details on this are beyond the scope of this article, but will be covered in an upcoming blog. (Two very good resources on this topic are the book Tracing EMFs in Building Wiring and Grounding and the video Tracing Magnetic Fields, both by Karl Riley.)
Dirty electricity is created by electronics, energy-efficient lights, and many modern appliances and other electrical devices that must change or manipulate electricity in one way or another to operate. Once created, dirty electricity spreads. Some radiates directly off devices into the air. Even more travels throughout a building via the wiring in walls and ceilings and sometimes under floors. It also moves up and down power cords that are plugged into electrical outlets. As it flows along wires and cords, dirty electricity emits potentially harmful EMFs into rooms and other spaces where people spend time. Dirty electricity can also travel from building to building via power lines and other means.
There are two MAIN strategies for reducing dirty electricity in homes and other buildings – 1) Eliminate or reduce sources of dirty electricity in your environment and 2) Install dirty electricity filters. These strategies are typically used together to achieve the best results.
Here are few examples of ways to do this.
These filters target the dirty electricity flowing along the wiring in buildings. The less dirty electricity there is on building wires, the less that will radiate into rooms and other spaces where people spend time. The Greenwave filters shown below are easy to use. You plug them into electrical outlets to reduce the dirty electricity present on nearby wiring.
You can measure the effectiveness of dirty electricity filters with a plug-in EMI meter. This type of meter can also be used to identify dirty electricity sources and to guide the installation of dirty electricity filters for optimal results. It can help you identify the best number of the filters to install in each room and the best combination of outlets to choose for installation.
We encourage you to pass these recommendations along to family, friends, and others.There is nothing more important right now (and always) than our health and loved ones!
Helps Greenwave filters target a broad range of dirty electricity frequencies.
Greenwave filters for the US and international have a built-in outlet at their base for plug-through convenience. You can plug most electronics and other devices into the filters when you need an outlet.