March 25, 2018
Since moving into a new house my health has deteriorated at an alarming rate. I’m putting in some results and hope for your thoughts on these. (At the bottom I’ll add some of my physical issues if you’re interested.)
First, my house has extremely antiquated wiring due to WWII-era metal rationing. It’s aluminum with contact points in the ceilings and walls that click when switches are turned on and off.
Second, I sleep with my head directly on the other side of a fuse box in the garage. It was installed by a previous owner, not compliant with code.
Last, these are readings done through 3 different apps on a Samsung Note 8. I do know this is not ideal or the equivalent of higher-end meters, but I ran four controls as well, and all told, results are pretty consistent. I just don’t want to hire an expensive specialist unnecessarily.
Measurements of the “hotspot” behind my bed by each app (disregard the asterisks- formatting was very limited, best I could manage):
microTesla: *570 uT *565 uT *565 uT
Gauss: *5.1 G *5.68 G
milliGauss: *5300 mG
(Total Mag. Field) *5.65 TMF
Fuse Box *110 uT *125 uT *128 uT
*1.0 G *1.0 G
WiFi Router *84 uT *90 uT *93 uT
*0.6 G *0.44 G
Brick Wall *43 uT *42 uT *52 uT
*0.5 G *0.7 G
Light switch *417 uT *404 uT *403 uT
*3.85 G *4.0 G
I’m a 45-year old female with almost dementia-like symptoms. Cognitive impairment (counting, alphabet), language/speech disturbances, intermittent dyslexia I’ve never had before; memory non-functioning (can’t hold a number for 5 seconds), amnesia. Also, whole-body numbness including mouth and gums; vertigo; tinnitus; severe apnea; headaches; balance and muscle weakness; motor and reflex problems; severe depression and anxiety; rashes; small amounts of fluid sometimes from ears; almost no appetite; etc.
Sorry if it’s too much info … Emily
February 12, 2016
HI Emily, welcome to the forum. Obviously there is a limit to how much help I can give for a complex query like this. But here are some general guidelines which might help.
As a guideline for field strengths I use this document for reference createhealthyhomes.com/richtwerte-2015-englisch.pdf. This suggests that the magnetic field readings you are getting are well above recommended levels.
1. How are you measuring? If you measure very close to a source you will normally get high readings. But as you move away even a short distance the readings should drop significantly. I would take readings at the distance I would normally sit/sleep/work – so in general a light switch should not be a problem.
2. Is it possible to sleep in a different room at least temporarily, to see if that helps? Or even to sleep ‘upside down’, with your head as far away from the fuse box as possible? You may find that the field strength falls off dramatically even at that distance.
3. You appear to be measuring magnetic fields only – electric fields from wiring can also be problematic. These need a different setting on your meter, or a different meter.
4. If you are using wifi the magnetic field from the router is unlikely to be the biggest problem. At the very least, switch off the router when you are not using it, and definitely overnight (there are suggestions on the main site for how to do this with a mains timer, and other issues with wifi and routers to be aware of). Better still use an ethernet cable connection if you can and disable wifi on the router and your computer (many people overlook the latter). Your meter should have an RF (Radio Frequency) setting to enable you to measure wifi signal strength, as well as any signals from cell towers, cellphones etc.
5. Spend some time on the main site here to get more information about all the different types of electromagnetic pollution which could be affecting you, and how to deal with them.
6. Do you have a smart meter? If so check out the information on the main site here. They can be very problematic for some people.
I hope some of this is helpful, and that you find a resolution to your problems.
March 25, 2018
Peter, thank you so much … I know it was a lot of info to wade through! Your feedback is enough to prompt some phone calls to environmental specialists today 🙂
You’re absolutely right, they drop quickly. The other measurements I took were just to ensure the readings weren’t wildly different from app to app, and that they weren’t artificially high. If they were too high testing a router or brick wall I would know the readings were unreliable, if that makes sense. I haven’t tried a voltage meter yet but I’ll see what the pros have to say. I also have a massive box transformer abutting the house that the utility company installed years ago, which probably isn’t helping matters ….
I definitely will experiment with sleeping elsewhere in the house– just moving away a few feet last night I haven’t felt quite as bad, so I’ll try a different room next.
The other resources you suggest are great, I’ll be checking them out.