by Karen Kingston
A theme that runs through all my work is bringing more consciousness to people’s lives. I feel I’ve succeeded quite well in spreading more awareness about the benefits of space clearing and clutter clearing, but there still seems to be a long way to go in the area of creating a healthy home.
I am regularly shocked by how many people have little or no awareness of the level of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) they are subjecting themselves to on a daily basis and the impact this can have on their health and vitality.
One woman I met, for example, had a computer set up on a small table in one corner of her kitchen, where she would spend up to four hours each day. The computer monitor itself was fine, but she had placed the computer tower on the floor next to her knees. When I asked her if she had any problem with her legs, she rolled her eyes and began a long story about how stiff and achy they were. My electromagnetic field meter revealed that she was sitting with her lower limbs in an electric field of 40 V/m, which is about 8 times higher than many experts would consider to be safe. She followed my advice and fitted a USB cable extender so that she could move the tower away from her desk. After a few weeks, she reported that all her aches and pains had gone.
But it didn’t stop there. She also had on her desk a WiFi printer, a broadband router, and a cordless phone. These types of devices emit Extremely Low Frequency EMFs and also microwave radiation when the WiFi is turned on. Checking them with my meters, I discovered the combined electric field of all these devices was 180 V/m (the ideal level is no more than 5 V/m), and more worrying still, the microwave radiation was off the scale, measuring more than 6 V/m (the ideal level is no more than 0.02 V/m).
‘Do you feel tired after working at your computer for a while?’ I asked, to be met with more eye-rolling and a long catalogue of woes.
Again, simple solutions could be found, such as connecting an extended cable to the printer so that it could be moved off her desk, moving her router to another location in her home, switching to a cabled Local Area Network (LAN) internet connection instead of WiFi, and changing the cordless phone to an Eco DECT phone that only emits microwave radiation when in use rather than 24/7 as most models do. After making these changes, she reported an immediate and very tangible improvement in the quality of her sleep and levels of vitality.
Over the years, I have found similar issues in many homes I have visited around the world to do consultations. Some of the health effects are severe and not always reversible. I have come to the conclusion that everyone with electrical wiring, electrical appliances, or Wi-Fi-enabled devices in their home really needs to invest in EMF meters to measure the levels they are being exposed to and make changes, as necessary. If you can afford to buy the appliances and devices, then you owe it to yourself to buy meters to check they are not endangering your health. Better still, use the meters to check the appliances or devices before you even buy them!
There are many devices available these days to measure EMFs. However, the cheaper ones I have tested simply do not measure what they claim to or do not do so accurately. Here are the most reasonably priced and reliable ones I have found…
Electric fields are measured in volts per meter (V/m) and magnetic fields in microtesla. Both need to be checked, and ideally you are looking for readings of less than 5 V/m and 0.025 microtesla, and definitely no more than 10 V/m and 0.5 microtesla.
The best meter I have found to measure Extremely Low Frequency fields (ELFs) and Very Low Frequency fields (VLFs) is the PF5 Pocket Power Frequencies meter. It measures ELFs from house wiring, electrical appliances, and external sources such as sub-stations and power lines, as well VLFs from LED lights, energy-saving fluorescent lights, induction hobs and solar panel inverters.
You will need a different meter to check how much microwave radiation you are being exposed to from Wi-Fi devices such as mobile phones, cordless phones (DECT), digital TV, digital (DAB) radio, and so on.
The AM11 Acoustimeter comes with a very precise digital display and graduated LED lights, progressing from green through yellow to red, showing peak and average readings. Most people can happily tolerate the levels shown in green. Some people report health effects in the yellow range. Almost all electrosensitive people experience adverse health effects in the red range.
Ideally, you want readings of less than 0.05 V/m and no more than 0.3 V/m in all the areas of your home where you sleep and spend extended periods of time.
The World Health Organisation estimates that approximately 3% of the world population is electrohypersensitive to some extent, meaning they feel very debilitating effects when exposed to EMFs. When you consider that our planet is now saturated with as much as a billion times more electromagnetic radiation than a hundred years ago, in the form of radio waves, microwaves, satellite transmissions, all the electrical equipment we have in our homes and so on, what I find surprising is that the figure is so low. However, it is steadily climbing with each passing year.
To learn more about EMFs and solutions for EMF problems, an excellent source of information is the Powerwatch website.