Are you wondering about how to make your home school environment into one that has fewer manmade electromagnetic frequencies in it? Here are my favourite tips plus a bit of my personal story.
This video clip was taken from a workshop I presented to homeschool parents on the topic of learning environments.
Printable Notes: Click here for a few pages of printable notes to go along with this video clip.
12 General Tips to Reduce EMF Exposures
- Turn OFF your wireless ROUTER and DEVICES while you sleep so your body has chance to repair and sleep more soundly. It is strongly proven that RF decreases melatonin and as a result, your sleep quality. Simply sleeping with less RF can make a big difference! Double-check that those sneaky/hidden “second antennas” are also disabled on wired things like printers.
- Keep your device on “AIRPLANE MODE” or “off” unless you need to use it. (Also, remember to disable any BLUETOOTH if it is a separate setting on your device. “Airplane mode” doesn’t always look after that anymore so you would take the time to make sure both are disabled if you want to reduce your RF.)
- If you need to use a CELL PHONE, if possible, using it as a speaker phone to talk is best, not holding it to your ear and don’t store it close to your body. If you don’t “need a cell phone”, aim for other ways to communicate and find information instead. Note: Changing your settings, turning it off or on, receiving or sending data, or using a cell phone to see websites causes extra spikes of radiation. (That means “when” you turn it off if you’re near an EMF-sensitive person, it’s best if that person is not close to you when you do that. Example: I try to be about 30 feet away from someone changing their settings.)
- Use WIRED connections where possible for your computer system and home phone, even 24/7! (Disable the wireless; don’t just plug in wires; you have to do both if you’re wanting to avoid RF.) Avoid using a cordless phone – put a long cord on a fully-wired kind of phone if you need to walk around while talking on one.
- Avoid using a MICROWAVE. (When I stopped using one, the hardest thing I had to change was how I warmed up cloth/grain-filled hot packs. Now, if we need one, we put it on a glass pie plate, inside a conventional oven, set at 200 ̊F for 20 minutes (instead of 2 minutes in a microwave). Baby food can be warmed up easily in a bottle warmer or in a pot of water/double-boiler system. Hot water for tea is easy to heat on a stovetop in a pot. (I’ve also read about avoiding wireless baby monitors.)
- If possible, avoid all SMART METERS and SMART APPLIANCES in your home. (If not possible, at least try not to sleep near one or in the path of a smart meter communicating with the antenna on the pole. Try asking the power company to move the smart meter to a post further down your driveway, away from the house. Also consider methods to apply a “shielding” so that you use the science of a “Faraday cage” or similar to your advantage.) “Smart” appliances and vehicles are becoming much more common. (Michael Neuert is one of the engineers who understands EMF issues very well from a scientific perspective and has some specific tips on this. Dr. Magda Havas would also have tips on this.)
- Also, if you have a choice, avoid living in GEOGRAPHICAL AREAS that are close to cell towers, especially strong-emitting ones, and high voltage power lines or transforming stations or wind turbines or similar. Be careful if choosing off-grid applications – there are solar systems which do not have RF-emissions and the inverter should also be away from the house due to magnetic fields. Consider hiring an EMF consultant (e.g. from Safe Living Technologies Canada) who can measure for various EMFs in your home and offer specific suggestions if you are concerned about your living space.
- Avoid TWO PRONG PLUGGED-IN items near your bed (where you sleep). If you unplug them, the electrical and magnetic fields will lessen significantly. Examples: digital clocks, lamps. Use 3-prong/grounded items instead or battery-operated items. Also, consider home heating that is not electrical baseboards near sleeping areas.
- If you have a METAL ROOF, make sure it is grounded properly. (An electrician can do this task.) Transformers may be able to be moved further from the house/sleeping areas too.
- Hire an electrician to check that your ELECTRICAL SYSTEM in your home is all proper and grounded – a safe panel, safe 3-pronged plugs throughout, no frayed wiring, etc.. Just because “it works OK to use something electrical” doesn’t necessarily mean it is OK for EMF levels. Concerns shouldn’t be ignored until a disaster. Get it checked.
- Spend more time OUTDOORS, in natural sunlight, on actual earth (e.g. gardening, touching animals or fence posts which are grounded/connected to the ground, wading on sand), away from electricity and manmade radiation. Avoid using technological devices/screen-time a lot just before trying to sleep. Even brief outdoor moments on real ground before retiring for the night or during the day when feeling foggy/discouraged/muscle tenseness can help. (Use the computer as a tool for learning. Choose screen-time with multi-media and online courses to enhance teaching but I don’t recommend using them exclusively for learning, especially when students are younger. Books and paper, hands-on learning, audios, posters, and real life experiences can be better than screens for earlier grade levels, in my opinion.)
- Keep stress minimalized. It doesn’t mean that you can control your life to not get any major “hiccups” in it but rather that “when you get lemons, you can make lemonade” because of your overall perspective/worldview. If stress isn’t managed well, it can actually expand/worsen the situation by highlighting troubles and/or by dealing with it on a wobbly/sinking foundation. “Stress reduction tips” can be found at this link on my blog.
Disclaimer: The information presented in my comments reflects my personal understanding and experiences. This workshop has not been evaluated by medical or legal professionals. I am not a medical doctor. This is a simple reminder that you remain entirely responsible for your own opinions, conclusions, and actions and that you should always aim to research matters further if it is important to you.