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Practical recommendations to minimize effects of electromagnetic radiation in daily life
by Global Good News staff writer
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1 March 2013
There are clearly many practical advantages, including convenience, in using cellphones and other wireless communication technologies such as WiFi. However, recognizing that research studies have identified potential health risks from electromagnetic radiation, experts recommend that while enjoying the technology, users be aware and take steps to minimize any dangers.
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∙ Experts consider benefits, health issues of wireless communication technologies
What follows are recommendations given by three experts during a discussion at Maharishi European Research University (MERU), Netherlands, which anyone can employ in their own home or work environment.
∙ Switch off power to your house when you are sleeping. A switch can be installed in the home that allows you to either switch off most of the power (except for essential appliances such as a refrigerator), or power to just one room. Switches can be either automatic or manual.
∙ As much as possible use DSL cable for Internet instead of WiFi. One expert suggested simply making the decision not to use WiFi at all.
∙ If you do use WiFi on your computer, de-activate the signal when you are not using it. When the signal is not active the computer does not produce the radiation.
∙ Avoid holding cellphones next to the head. Use an earphone, with a ferrite filter added right at the earphone. Using an air tube is also recommended, rather than a wired earphone connection.
∙ A speakerphone is ideal when talking on a cellphone, as the radiation influence drops off quickly with distance.
∙ Use a landline for extended telephone conversation.
∙ Before putting your cell phone in your pocket, put it on 'flight' mode so radiation is not emitted from the phone.
∙ Switch to light-emitting diode (LED) light bulbs that save energy, use low current, and do not contain mercury.
∙ Some sources mention special discs described as producing a harmonizing effect on radiation, with various sizes for different purposes—smaller for cellphones, larger for computer screens. All three experts agreed that, although there are a number of protective devices advertised in the market today to shield against radiation, it has not been proven definitively that they help. More research needs to be done to substantiate and document the benefits.
They also acknowledged that although the electromagnetic level can be measured with instruments, there are finer levels below the electromagnetic that cannot be measured; as some people have reported positive experiences from the use of such discs, it's possible that there could be a positive influence on those finer levels.
However, they emphasized that even with some apparent benefit on a deeper level, the shield has not been proven to protect from electromagnetic radiation, so it remains important to take measures to shield oneself from this.
Another article will discuss the evolution of modern technologies involving electromagnetic radiation, and continuing directions for developing long-range solutions.
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