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WiFi Radiation – Escaping The Net

Posted by Lloyd Burrell on June 29, 2014 under WiFi and health | 19 Comments to Read

Physicist Guy Hudson worked for years in IT (information technology).

He was fine.

Then he became ill.

He suffered crippling headaches.

He eventually realized the problem was his electromagnetic environment.

He read the studies, cleaned up his act and started to develop new approaches to dealing with EMFs.

Here’s an article Guy has written about WiFi, it’s stuffed with tips on how to minimize your exposure to WiFi radiation:

Guy Hudson EMF expert“Should we be using Wi-Fi in our homes? Can we do without it and still live an internet-connected life? Although genuine health risks have now been identified, a lot of us spend many of our leisure hours using Wi-Fi-connected devices to surf the net or socially network—but often needlessly. A number of simple safer alternatives to Wi-Fi work well; they’re almost always faster and certainly more secure.

Most of us, of course, are using Wi-Fi because it’s so fantastically convenient and the‘default’ way of doing things. It also spawned a set of useful products like tablets and Skype on smartphones, while all sorts of other new services now stem from this ability to be constantly online.

Powered-Up Microwaves

Like mobile phones, Wi-Fi involves transmitting and receiving microwave electromagnetic signals at billions of times the power that occurs in nature. At each end of the communication is a complicated transmitter/receiver, which produces not only microwaves, but also a wide band of frequencies, right down to extra-low-frequency (ELF) brain waves.

The human race has been around for many thousands of years, but has only been subjected to this flood of electromagnetic waves in the last two decades, and some of us are struggling to adjust.

Wi-Fi is something you cannot see or feel, although some people (and animals) are able to hear it. Officially dubbed the‘microwave auditory effect’, this is caused by the microwave pulse setting up an acoustic pressure wave that travels through bone to the inner ear.

Safety regulations used by the government have not changed significantly since the 1990s, and are only concerned with preventing electrical shocks and being overheated by the microwaves, not the longer-term biological effects seen at much lower levels of radiation. In the meantime, according to the BioInitiative 2012 report (www.bioinitiative.org), Wi-Fi has become so heavily used that it is, in fact, almost impossible to avoid.

As Swedish Associate Professor Olle Johansson, who has been researching the effects of electromagnetic radiation on our immune systems for several decades now, stated:“The body’s known enemies do not include modern electromagnetic fields . . . They are an entirely new form of exposure and could pose to be a biological ‘terrorist army’ against which there are no working defence walls.”

Also, Sandi Maurer of the EMF Safety Network recently sent a letter to members of the school board, staff and teachers of the Sebastopol Union School District in California including data from such experts as Harvard paediatric neurologist and neuroscientist Dr Martha Herbert and the late physicist and EMF researcher Dr Ted Litovitz, urging that Wi-Fi not be installed in schools and that wired communications be used instead.

These are just two instances of the many doctors and scientists now advising greater caution with this relatively new technology.

Cumulative Risk

The dangers are great as the effects build up over time, and the enormous range of symptoms has different reaction times, depending on the type of electrosmog, and are often compounded by other problems such as food and chemical sensitivity. Not surprisingly, it is difficult to isolate exactly what is causing what.Wi-Fi can sometimes be the final straw that triggers the allergic symptoms.

Unlike the variable radiation signals found in nature, Wi-Fi pulses at a constant level, which happens to be the same frequency as brain waves. The sharp, square waveform and the unwavering constancy of the frequency seem to affect us by stimulating the immune system. Our immune system tries to combat this effect of microwaves but, over time, the response is eventually exhausted.

People often have widely differing complexes of symptoms—including a rapid onset after exposure in some— but it’s more often the case that those habitually exposed take some time for their immune systems to become exhausted and only at that point do they begin to notice allergic-type sensitivities.

In some cases, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are unavoidable, especially when it involves the use of a mobile phone in a car or a computer away from a desk, but nearly all the apps and services available on‘Wi-Fi-only’ devices are also available on laptops as well.

This means you can save money on your electric bill by going wired instead of using microwave radio signals. In fact, switching off your Wi-Fi could save you £30–40 a year in electricity costs. You can use a simple cable to connect to the internet, as internet hubs still have sockets for ethernet cables in the back. The BT ones are bright yellow—you can’t miss them. The plugs and sockets at each end of the cable are similar to those for phones, but with more connectors.

The cables are easy to find and start at £2 each, and one often comes with the hub. The tricky bit is switching off the Wi-Fi in the hub, as the standard setting it comes with is already on at full strength. For older hubs you can just remove the aerials, but for newer ones, you need to log in from your connected computer and change the settings online. If you look, you can find a hub with a Wi-Fi on/ off button.

If you want to wire up throughout the house, use a dLAN system of plugs that connect to the ethernet through the electrical wiring. A pair of plugs starts at £30 or less. But some electrosensitive people are sensitive even to dLAN, so put the sockets on timers and have them turn off at night.

If you have a family member who can’t live without Wi-Fi, get a hub with an adjustable power output (only available on a few hubs), set the output as low as possible and place it as far away from people as possible to reduce their exposure. Put the router on a timer so that it’s routinely only powered up when it’s likely to be needed and, again, have it switched off whenever you can. If you have to use Wi-Fi because, for example, you have a tablet that only connects to the internet via Wi-Fi, then use all and any such devices in‘flight mode’ whenever possible. Flight mode switches off the transmitters and gives a much longer battery life.

The same goes for all mobiles with Wi-Fi—so get used to switching the Wi-Fi off when it’s not needed. Consider using Google’s Android tablet, which connects to the internet via a USB port.

Other systems using Wi-Fi include:

  • many games consoles so look for wired alternatives or switch the consoles off when not in use, especially those in children’s bedrooms.
  • interactive whiteboards, so beware of these if you’re a teacher and electrosensitive.
  • alarm systems with units that communicate, sometimes continuously, so either switch these off or replace them with wired units.

Standard radios don’t transmit and only receive, so they’re the best option for listening to programmes on the go. (Satellite radios are an exception. They transmit.)If you’ve had an electromagnetic survey done or rent a meter, you may find Wi-Fi signals coming from your neighbours.You can reduce this kind of radiation by shielding yourself with a combination of special paints, wallpapers and textiles.

Repeatedly streaming video or audio is much less energy-efficient than downloading it once and replaying it locally. This will also save you and the environment from any additional exposures to radiofrequency radiation if you’re using wireless.

If the programme you want can only be streamed, then use a fully wired connection. But check your hardware, as a lot of wired hardware transmits as a default setting and wireless devices transmit strongly while streaming.

And if you’re streaming a video, use a fully wired connection or download the whole video while keeping well away, and view it later in flight mode.”

Guy has also developed some original and effective techniques for EMF shielding. I’ll be interviewing Guy shortly as part of my “Interviews with experts” series. Watch your inbox for details.

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  • Sheryl said,

    Thank you.

  • Patrick McCabe said,

    Well done Lloyd, some very interesting info!

  • Mariel said,

    Even if you disable the Wi-Fi, automatic daily updating may turn it back on.

  • NANCY RUSSELL said,

    THIS INFO IS VALUABLE BUT I DO NOT KNOW HOW TO CONVERT WI-FI TO THE ETHERNET. THE GADGET I HAVE HAS THE WORD “ETHERNET” ON IT SO DO I CALL VERIZON AND WILL THEY RECONNECT ME TO ETHERNET?

  • Judy said,

    Such a dilemma. Being shut in and loving music, some years ago I got a wireless music system. Have to have Wi-Fi to run it. Got rid of all tapes, most CD’s, and all vinyl. It’s my one luxury, and now I find out it’s poisoning me. Woe.

  • Garry R Lorigan said,

    My family and I are living right next to student accommodations, and there are two Wifi base stations radiating into our home. We have taken steps to reduce our exposure by using grounding sheets, a wired ethernet system, and turning our power off at night to reduce the effects of 50Hz (New Zealand) power ripple. I monitor cellular and Wifi field strengths regularly as well. I have also read research on screening homes with metal mesh to reduce signal strength. Our health has improved because of these measures. New Zealand seems to be rolling out Wifi indiscriminately, so our country needs to take a hard look at the health risks now.

  • Paul Vonharnish said,

    This is a well presented article to be sure. I agree the suggestions are quite valid for persons wishing to use wireless technology wisely. However, real solutions regarding our electronics usage are (once again) not addressed at all.

    The fact still remains that ALL wireless technology emissions at current broadcast levels are a known biological hazard. That is: They kill or maim all living organisms existing within the emissions field. Trees, pets, kids, whatever…

    These dangerous emissions fields include: All military and civilian radar and pulsed GPS locations signals. All pulsed digital FM radio and high definition television broadcast emissions. All cellular phone emissions, wi-fi MESH networks, police TETRA systems, and all over the horizon surveillance and security enforcement frequencies. Now let’s add in a primitive and overloaded utility grid operating at provably destructive frequencies and emissions magnitudes. Hooray for us! We were the World!

    These are just a few of the emissions problems we are presently faced with. When a person is honest enough to look at the cumulative emissions problems caused by our plastic toys, the “escape” discussion becomes rather silly at best.

    For starters: The entire world-wide electrical utility grid needs to be scraped and redesigned. Secondly: All existing digital communications systems need to be TURNED OFF and banned from production or import.

    There are hundreds of studies clearly defining the destruction of our entire environment due to these types of man-made emissions. Every living cell on the planet is being affected. Even the weather is being affected. Is planetary extinction a good portfolio investment? A productive social goal? Something to bestow upon your children? That’s where the escape bus is headed folks…

  • John said,

    I could not switch off the wi fi to the router, advice from an IT man was only a temporary fix.

    The long term solution I found was to telephone my Internet service provider and inform them that the wi fi router was causing me headaches/etc. I was given a code and information on how to disable it.

  • NANCY RUSSELL said,

    IF I’M SMART ENOUGH TO UNDERSTAND HOW TO DISABLE IT WILL IT THEN AUTOMATICALLY BE ETHERNET OR DO I HAVE TO ALSO ASK VERIZON TO ENABLE MY ETHERNET. THAT WORD IN ON THE ROUTER ALONG WITH WIFI. THANKS FOR ANY HELP.

  • Bill Daly said,

    Hi Paul,
    You say “For starters: The entire world-wide electrical utility grid needs to be scraped and redesigned.”

    Do you have any particular suggestions on what could/should be done and what is presently technically possible?

    Thanks, Bill

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