If you or a family member is electro-hypersensitive (EHS), it is best to make your home environment, especially your bedroom, as EMF-free as possible. That way, the body has a place to rest and repair itself, and be better able to handle exposures that may be unavoidable. Even if you are experiencing mild sensitivity to EMFs, you should strive to clean up the EMFs around your home so that your symptoms do not escalate into a more serious or debilitating condition.
There are in fact simple things you can do which do not require a lot of effort that can help clean up the EMFs in your home environment. One caveat is that these things are only simple if you are ready and willing to give up certain things and make trade offs. For those of you who are ready, here are some easy ways reduce the EMFs around your home:
- Replace fluorescent bulbs: The way fluorescent bulbs function to save energy is that they turn themselves on and off numerous times per second. Although your eye may not be able to detect the flicker, your body, which depends on electrical signals to work, may be feeling the effects. Some people experience headaches, eye strain and eye discomfort from the actual flickering. In addition, these bulbs tend to introduce dirty electricity into your circuits, which effectively contaminates your circuits with high frequency spikes and harmonics, exposing you to electromagnetic radiation. Incandescent bulbs are a much better choice as they do not cause dirty electricity, although those who are extremely sensitive may wish convert to a fully DC-based lighting system, as incandescent bulbs will still output electrical radiation within its proximity.
- Get rid of those dimmers: Dimmers in your home function in a similar fashion as fluorescent bulbs, introducing dirty electricity and high frequency electromagnetic radiation into your home’s electrical wiring. You may have notice a high-pitched noise from your dimmer when you turn it down. What you are hearing is the result of the dimmer’s switching mechanism as it turns on and off rapidly to reduce the total amount of electricity going to the light to create the dimming effect. If you are unable replace them right away, make sure you turn your dimmer controlled lights all the way to high. Ultimately, it is best to replace your dimmers with regular light switches as the dimmer will still create an electromagnetic field on high.
- Use a wired keyboard and mouse: Most wireless keyboards and mice use bluetooth technology, which uses short-wavelength microwave transmissions in the ISM band between 2400 to 2480 MHz. Since most people are on their computer many hours per day, replacing the keyboard and mouse with wired options is a smart choice to reduce overall EMF exposure. When you have removed the wireless keyboard and mouse, make sure you also turn off the bluetooth preference on your computer.
- Give up your microwave: Some microwave ovens will introduce dirty electricity, and in turn, high frequency radiation into your circuits, even when plugged in. When operating, the microwave oven can emit a heavy electromagnetic field. Unplug your microwave, and/or turn off the microwave circuit at the breaker panel. If you are in an environment where others insist on using the microwave, leave the room or stand as far away from the microwave as possible.
- Remove the electronics from your bedroom: Your body does most of its repair and detoxification work at night, so do everything you can to make your bedroom EMF-free. If possible, remove all electronics from your bedroom and turn off the bedroom circuit. The more radiation “quiet” your bedroom is, the more your body will be able to rejuvenate and handle EMFs during the day. At a minimum, all wireless devices and unnecessary electronics should be removed from the bedroom. Consider using a battery-operated alarm clock, and situate it a few feet away from your body. Move your bed if it is situated against a wall that is on the other side of an appliance that you cannot move, such as a washing machine or refrigerator. If you are in a place where you are unable to turn off the circuit, such as a dorm room, move your bed so it is a foot or two away from the walls to reduce your exposure to electromagnetic radiation that may emanate from the wiring in the walls.
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