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How To Measure Radio Frequency (RF) Radiation In Your Home

What I call ‘electricsense’ is not just about cell phones, or smart meters, or cell towers, or WiFi.

It’s about a new paradigm. A new way of life. About living a healthy life in this electromagnetic world.

Of all the different forms of electromagnetic pollution, radio frequency radiation is probably the most insidious.

What Is Radio Frequency Microwave Radiation?

Radio frequency or RF radiation, otherwise known as wireless or microwave radiation is electromagnetic radiation in the frequency range 3 kHz to 300 GHz on the electromagnetic spectrum. It’s in the non-ionizing [1] band of the spectrum. Non-ionizing means there isn’t enough energy to break chemical bonds between molecules. Unlike ultraviolet light, gamma rays and X-rays which are in the ionizing part of the electromagnetic spectrum.

For decades we have been lead to believe by our governments and many institutions that are supposed to protect us that there is some kind of magical cut-off point between ionizing and non-ionizing radiation, that ionizing radiation is dangerous but that non-ionizing radiation is perfectly harmless.

WRONG. Non-ionizing radiation is potentially very harmful.

Thousands of studies link non-ionizing radiation exposures from cell phones and similar wireless devices to a long list of adverse biological effects, including:

These biological effects are known to be the pre-cursor to a multitude of serious diseases including cancer [5].

Some scientists even believe non-ionizing radiation it to be more harmful than ionizing radiation due to the insidious way it impacts our life.

Where Is RF Radiation?

It’s out in the street, in public transport, in our work places, and it’s even in our homes. It’s use is growing at an alarming rate.

Typically the following telecommunication devices make use of RF radiation; cell phones, cell phone towers, microwave ovens [6], smart meters, WiFi, Bluetooth [7], Wimax, wireless baby monitors, cordless phones [8], radar, wireless baby monitors, wireless burglar alarms etc.

Even devices like electric ovens, dishwashers, washing machines and refrigerators are being equipped with ‘smart’ technology [9]which emits radio frequency radiation.

How To Interpret This Information

As you can see from the above table, the worst offender, by far, is the cell phone held next to the head. The least harmful is a WiFi router at 5 meters.

This comparison is a little oversimplified because it doesn’t take into account the nature of the radiation i.e. cell phones for instance emit pulsed radiation. It is the nature of the pulsing that is thought to be particularly dangerous.

To put these readings in perspective, the level of radio frequency radiation found in nature is below 0.00002 V/m. That’s to say about 10, 000 less than a WiFi router at 5 meters.

Why Would you Want To Measure RF Radiation?

Quite simply because thousands of independent studies link these exposures to adverse biological effects and a long list of serious diseases including cancer [5]. If you want to read more about these studies I suggest you consult the BioInitiative Report [10].

Which leads to the question, ‘aren’t there regulations that protect us?’ There are.

There are many different RF safety standards and regulations used throughout the world.

Here are the four major exposure standards in the World:

The problem is these guidelines and standards do very little to protect us. They are ridiculously lenient.

In some cases they are 10,000 (yes, ten thousand) times too lenient.

Hundreds of international scientists are calling for these guidelines and standards to be revised – see the UN appeal [13].

I talk more about this here [14].

RF Radiation Is Everywhere – There Is Nothing You can Do About It?

Unnatural levels of RF radiation is practically everywhere on the planet now. But that doesn’t mean there is nothing you can do about it.

A lot of people think that because for instance their neighbor has a got a wireless modem that there’s no point in getting rid of their own wireless modem. WRONG.

RF radiation respects the inverse square law. [15] Which means the strength of an electromagnetic field is inversely proportional to the square of the distance from the source. Put simply this means that radiation exposures diminish very quickly the further you get away from the device emitting the radiation.

For instance, if you replace your WiFi router with a wired version, so the nearest WiFi is now your neighbors WiFi which is 100 feet away from your office desk instead of 1 foot away. Well this equates to a 10,000 fold reduction in exposure (100 x 100) because you are 100 times further away from the source.

So there are lot’s of ways you can reduce your exposure to this form of EMF.

See RF Radiation In Action

In this short video you will see how:

You can get an EMF consultant in to do some testing in your home to establish the level of your exposures, but EMF meters [16] are now so cheap and easy to use that you may want to do the testing yourself. The advantage of buying your own EMF meter is that you can use it at home, at work with friends and family and you can use it over and over again.

When I first bought my meter even I was surprised by some of the readings it was giving me. Because I was very electrosensitive at the time I could feel the electrosmog, I didn’t need the EMF meter to alert me of hotspots. Most people do not have this “advantage”, they are exposing themselves and their family because of their ignorance. Take my word for it, the sooner you get wise on the issue of RF radiation the better…..