Christmas – what does it mean to you?
For my parent’s generation who grew up in post war Britain blighted by severe rationing well into the 1950’s, Christmas meant a stocking by the fire with an orange and an apple.
It meant a good meal, meat and two veg, a pudding with brandy sauce and perhaps a glass of sherry or port.
It meant huddling around the radio in the front room to listen to the Queens speech.
It meant going to church to celebrate the birth of Christ.
But the most memorable part of Christmas was spending time with the family. In those days people didn’t travel like today so the get-togethers, when they did happen, were momentous occasions. Every home had a piano in the front room and festivities would be rounded off with a family sing-along around the piano.
In the 1970s, when I grew up, the presents had already taken precedence and the religious aspect had been pretty much forgotten. We’d still get together but the sing-alongs had been replaced by the opening presents ritual and watching Christmas specials on the TV.
What’s Christmas About Today?
For many of us it’s nothing more than a huge commercial bonanza.
If you’ve got kids that probably means gadgets: smart phones, smart watches, Google Glasses, computer tablets, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii and the like.
There is a huge problem with these kinds of devices.
I’m not going to go on a rant. Instead first I’d like to remind you what Christmas should really be about. Then I’m going to lay out my low EMF action plan.
What Christmas Should Be About
It should be about goodwill and celebrating love in its many forms. Every year there are incredible stories of people reaching out in love and kindness to their fellow men. That’s what you should strive for this Christmas. That’s what I’m striving for.
If that seems beyond your reach just go for the goodwill bit. At the very least it’s an opportunity to be more tolerant with family members you don’t see very often.
Now for my EMF rant. Kids crave these wireless gadgets and it’s no surprise, the technology is hugely seductive. These devices give kids access to the Internet in places they’ve never had it before: on the school bus, in the doctor’s waiting room, or on a drive to see Grandma and Grandad.
How many preschoolers can’t tie their shoelaces? And yet you put something with a screen on it in their hands and they know intuitively what to do.
So what do you do, do you ban these gadgets outright? You can do that, but speaking as a father, you’re fighting a losing battle. This technology is here to stay. If you want your children to have a fair chance of succeeding in life it’s essential that they are able to navigate the byways of our wired world.
Is there a middle road?
The Middle Road
There is. The middle road consists of educating them as to the dangers of their toys and teaching them how to use the technology safely.
Shouldn’t our schools and educational institutions be doing this?
They should but they’re not. So the responsibility is down to you. But Christmas is probably not the best time to do that – this is something you need to work on all year round.
But there things you can do.
Christmas Action Plan
Here’s what you can do at Christmas time:
- Do your homework
- Take readings with an EMF meter
- Take readings in front of your child
1. Do Your Homework
Before you buy that gadget which all their friends have got, do your homework. Look at the small print in the user manual. Most of the user manuals are on line now. What does it say? Is it an RF emitting device? Does it use Bluetooth technology? Can the wireless function be turned off?
Here are some excerpts from the user manuals of some well-known products:
“To reduce exposure to RF energy, use a hands-free option, such as the built-in speakerphone, the supplied headphones, or other similar accessories. Carry iPhone at least 5mm away from your body to ensure exposure levels remain at or below the as-tested levels. Cases with metal parts may change the RF performance of the device, including its compliance with RF exposure guidelines, in a manner that has not been tested or certified.” Source.
“To comply with IC RF exposure compliance requirements, the antenna used for this transmitter must be installed to provide a separation distance of at least 20 cm from all persons and must not be co-located or operating in conjunction with any other antenna or transmitter.” Source.
Samsung Laptop 3G connection
“Usage precautions during 3G connection: Keep safe distance from pregnant women’s stomachs or from lower stomachs of teenagers.
Body worn operation: Important safety information regarding radiofrequency radiation (RF) exposure.To ensure compliance with RF exposure guidelines the Notebook PC must be used with a minimum of 20.8 cm antenna separation from the body.” Source.
See also this website.
2. Take Readings With An EMF Meter
When you have made your purchase, BEFORE you wrap it up and give it to your child, test with your EMF meter. When you switch the wireless off does it stay off or does it come back on again after the device has been powered down? Your EMF meter will tell you this. It will also tell you what kind of EMFs the device is emitting and the exposure levels.
If you’re not happy with the way the device works take it back to the shop and buy something safer.
How best to educate them? As the saying goes ‘seeing is believing’.
3. Take Readings In Front Of Your Child
When they open their present on Christmas day let them experience the joy of their new present then get your EMF meter out. You don’t want them to get into bad habits so don’t leave this too long. Show them the readings. If your child see’s the flashing lights and numbers whizzing up and down on your EMF meter there’s more chance he’ll believe what you’re saying – if your EMF meter’s got audio this will make an even bigger impression. Explain to them the dangers then set down the ground rules for how their new toy can be used safely.
If you don’t have an EMF meter to do this testing now’s the time to order one from Santa. At the very least you want something that can measure magnetic fields and RF radiation.
For more tips on a low EMF Christmas click here.
Hey Lloyd. Totally agree. I measured a transmitter of a RC helicopter yesterday and it was too strong. So we found a smaller one, that had much less RF. I’m still not thrilled about it, but it’s much better than the first one. Also we’ll have time limits and frequency limits.
Paul Vonharnish said,
I’ve always appreciated your kind and gentle ways of informing and/or attempting to warn people about these deadly technologies. You’ve provided a great service to those who come to this site for helpful information. So hats off to you and family during this Holiday season…
The article sited below rather defines the deadly nature of these devices. I still believe the only solution is a total BAN on all radio and radar emissions. The data is overwhelming, and the documented results clearly define permanent and irreversible risks. As always, belief only defines personal choice…
Excerpted from the link sited:
[“Children and adolescents are more exposed to the electromagnetic fields because of the thinner bones in their skull, their smaller heads, and the higher conductivity of their brain tissue. The brain is still developing up to around age 20, and so, until that time, it is relatively vulnerable. The researcher also found that there was a higher risk from the use of third-generation (3G) mobile phones compared to other types, and that 3G universal global telecommunications system mobile phones emitted wide band microwave signals that hypothetically may result in higher biological effects compared to other signals.”]
Maureen Norman said,
I live in England and have suffered years from what has been rigged up in neighbouring houses that are adjoined to my own. It started after a satellite dish was fitted outside to the one where nobody has ever properly lived all the time I’ve been here. I woke up with tinnitus one day and that was it. The NRPB came out and recorded most unusual readings on their monitors with my electrics switched off at the mains. I later got a TriField meter which showed over the top readings for electromagnetic fields.
The EMF appars to have dropped but they have consistently hammered, banged and drilled on all the adjoining walls and I know something has been fitted up that they can take down or put back whenever they want. It starts with radio waves which home into my hearing sometimes several at once, the for hours after I have pressure on my head that affects my balance and fills my head. My ears often ache from it. It causes the side of my face and neck to swell up. My face, arms and legs are hot frot it.
But the TriField meter is not picking anything up! I wonder if you can tell me what meter I need to take readings of what I believe to be some form of radiation. It leaves me feeling sick and disoriented. I had a very bad bout when they switched up whatever is being used or added something. My body felt so hot inside, it was unbearable. I was ill for about two weeks and it has affected my eyes.
I would be so grateful for any help you are able to give me to this end, and what I can do to stop it. It goes through the beehive nead net.
Thanks Lloyd. I was quietly fretting about my children’s use of the PS4, having recently realised that the bluetooth wireless function makes my head ache and kills my eyes. Your action plan arrived at just the right time. Finally made me buy a RAD meter to put into action on Christmas Day.
Lovely article! Thanks for your good work, and I hope you have a very happy holiday.
I noticed that the 5 mm SAR information changed to a 5-mm recommendation. Is this because of relaxed standards or because it is actually emitting less RF or in a different (and hopefully safer) way than before? I’ve been avoiding upgrading since I found out I was affected by EMFs, and I’m wondering if this is a bad move considering the safety improvement of the newer version.
Oh, and I was also worried that there would be no airplane mode in newer models, which would be a total no-go.
Rockets Redglare said,
What a great and timely article! Thanks!
Lloyd Burrell said,
Thanks for all your comments and support – my sincere best wishes to all of you.
@Rob – the most important factor with all wireless technology (or any EMF technology for that matter) in limiting your exposure is how you use it. Having airplane mode is an absolute must – for more tips see https://www.electricsense.com/775/how-to-protect-yourself-from-cell-phone-radiation/
@Maureen – digital TV in the UK is broadcast in the MHz range…..the Cornet ED85EX is a good choice for measuring these frequencies.
Thank you Lloyd for more timely information.
Please look at this video about a Los Angeles school teacher who went into cardiac arrest — and students had nose bleeds from WIFI. Be sure to scroll down to see photos of what educating our precious children looks like.
Share Lloyd’s site, and videos like this with everyone you know. Unfortunately, those most resistant to the truth about the technology are often the ones most addicted to the technology. The more often they hear about it the better for all of us.
Just came across this study about supplements that offer protection against WiFi.
Thanks for all you do!!! I need to research the best meters. In the meantime, we would do well to regain the original meaning of Christmas — to celebrate the birth of Christ. Christ lives and knows all about EMFS and can guide us to good solutions.
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