My hubby is looking for a new laptop and he’s quite taken with the new wireless technology. As soon as I hear “wireless”, I think, “radiation?” So I decided to do some research on this. I asked the salesperson at the computer store (and we all know how honest they are) what the electromagnetic radiation was like from a wireless computer. He assured me that computers, unlike cell phones, used radio waves. So it was exactly the same amount of radiation as having as radio playing on your desk, and perfectly safe.
Hmmm….that just didn’t intuitively make sense to me.
So I hit the Internet for further research, and here’s what I dug up. Now, if you like to see original research, you can read this next part and click on the links. But if you just want the end results, then scroll down to the end section titled: CONCLUSION.
You can go here to NASA’s site to get an easily understood definition of exactly what electromagnetic radiation is, and the distinction between the different types of waves: http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/science/know_l1/emspectrum.html
This article tell you what wavelength/freqency wireless computer devices work with (frequency and wavelength are inter-related as explained in the NASA article): http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/W/Wi_Fi.html
Once we know the frequency wireless (WiFi) technology uses, we can then compare that to Radios and TVs.
FM Radio is in the 88 – 110MHz range
Analogue TV (what most people have in their homes) is at 400 – 600MHz
Digital TV is at 600 – 1000MHz.
If you go to: http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/R/RF.html
They give a great definition of radio frequency and then an excellent chart showing the strength of the various frequencies:
“Radio frequency is also abbreviated as rf or r.f. – any frequency within the electromagnetic spectrum associated with radio wave propagation. When an RF current is supplied to an antenna, an electromagnetic field is created that then is able to propagate through space. Many wireless technologies are based on RF field propagation.”
“These frequencies make up part of the electromagnetic radiation spectrum:
– Ultra-low frequency (ULF) — 0-3 Hz
– Extremely low frequency (ELF) — 3 Hz – 3 kHz
– Very low frequency (VLF) — 3kHz – 30 kHz
– Low frequency (LF) — 30 kHz – 300 kHz
– Medium frequency (MF) — 300 kHz – 3 MHz
– High frequency (HF) — 3MHz – 30 MHz
– Very high frequency (VHF) — 30 MHz – 300 MHz
– Ultra-high frequency (UHF)– 300MHz – 3 GHz
– Super high frequency (SHF) — 3GHz – 30 GHz
– Extremely high frequency (EHF) — 30GHz – 300 GHz”
CONCLUSION: WIFI IS NOT SAFE FOR FREQUENT, ONGOING USAGE
So, based on the information gathered above, here’s where each item (cell phones, radio, TV, wireless computers) lies in terms of intensity of electromagnetic radiation:
FM Radio is 88-110 MHz –> Very high frequency electromagnetic radiation
Cell phones used to be 824-869 MHz –> Ultra-high frequency electromagnetic radiation. But they can now go up to 3 or 4 GHz.
Wireless computers/internet are 2.4 GHz –> Ultra-high frequency electromagnetic radiation (but nearly up into Super High frequency range).
Therefore, surprise-surprise, wireless computers and their networks are NOT SAFE for frequent, ongoing human use!
Worrying also is regular TV transmission at 400-600 MHz (Ultra-high frequency) and the Digital TV in the 600-1000MHz range (also Ultra-high frequency). But at least one tends to sit a good distance away from a TV! Those of you that already have my new, revised, expanded LISTEN TO YOUR GUT book/program, will know exactly why and how cell phone radiation damages your health – I have an entire section in the book about it with research from prestigious sources like The Lancet (British medical journal). Therefore, we already know how damaging radiation in the Ultra-High frequency range is.
Now, granted, a computer is not pressed up right against your head, or in your pocket like a cell phone is. But once you know the serious damage that cell phones can cause (at the cellular level – no pun intended!), you know that there’s no way sitting a couple of feet away from a similar frequency of electromagnetic radiation for hours at a time is going to be good for your body.
WiFi technology has now been around and used for long enough that there is now solid research on the damage it causes to the body.
There is now plenty of information published on the damaging effects of cell phones, WiFi and other wireless devices – over 2,000 scientific, peer reviewed studies! Many governments in Europe have warned against cell phone and wireless usage – particularly for children, the elderly, or immune suppressed people. There is even research showing that this harmful spectrum of electromagnetic radiation can cause IBS.
So if your health is already an issue (and especially with children), this is just one more stressor you should avoid.
Oh yes, and don’t forget to get rid of your cordless phone – these also operate on the same frequency and are actually more damaging than cell phones since they are continually radiating at high levels.
Needless to say, after seeing these results, our house remains filled with just normal computer radiation from plug-in laptops! Also, keep the radiation issue in mind if you’re thinking about buying a new computer with a really big, high-definition screen – in this case, bigger is not better.
THE HEALTHIEST COMPUTER TO USE
I had my Apple iMac 8.1 with a 17″ glass LED screen tested for EMR and by the time you get about 18″ away from it, there is almost none. I then put a plant next to it to further defray the radiation. So if you are electrosensitive or protective of your health – then this is a good computer to get. My new Apple iMac 21.5″ also tests out very safely.
My healing program, LISTEN TO YOUR GUT has an entire chapter on eliminating unnecessary toxins (like electromagnetic radiation) from your everyday life. I take you through your kitchen, bedroom, living room, etc. step-by-step and tell you exactly what is harming your health and what you can do about it. Making the changes is EASY as I also provide you with step-by-step instructions and checklists in the Workbook that comes with the program.
You need to use your energy and healing resources for healing yourself – don’t let it be drained away by fighting easily eliminated toxins. Create an environment that supports your healing process, not undermines it.
Jini Patel Thompson’s books on natural healing for digestive diseases have sold in over 40 different countries. Her health articles have been published in journals and magazines in the U.S., Australia and U.K. www.ListenToYourGut.com