Reducing exposure to EMRs

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Electro-magnetic radiation specialist Anja Schiller understands most people don’t want to give up their cell phones because of concerns about EMRs. She uses one herself. But there are ways to use the cell phone wisely.

“Text rather than call,” Schiller said. “When on a call, maintain as much distance as possible – use speakerphone or an air tube headset. Avoid Bluetooth headsets. Never keep your active phone directly on your body. If carrying a cell phone in a pocket, put in airplane mode first. Turn off or keep it in airplane mode at night.”

Her tips for using your computer wisely include keeping a distance from your laptop or tablet when using it by placing it on a desk rather than your lap and using a wired (not wireless) external keyboard and mouse. An external keyboard and mouse also allows you to create a more ergonomic set up.

“If you choose to use WiFi, unplug your router when not needed,” Schiller said. “Also, keep your WiFi printer off when not in use as many new printers do not have an option to disable the WiFi. Shut down your computer at night. Use blue-light blocking glasses after dark, especially if using screens.”

There are also studies indicating about half the homes in the U.S. have wiring conditions that can create “dirty electricity,” which is electricity that modulates in frequency. If dirty electricity levels are higher than recommended, there is an inexpensive solution plugging in a Greenwave filter that can bring the dirty electricity emissions down to the recommended level.

CFL and some LED light bulbs can also create dirty electricity. Schiller recommends switching all light bulbs to halogen incandescent lights or LED lights that have been tested to be low in dirty electricity emissions.

“Do not use CFL light bulbs,” Schiller said. “In addition to producing dirty electricity, they also contain mercury.”

Schiller said there is growing evidence that EMRs also harm wildlife. For more information about EMRs, Schiller recommends the book An Electronic Silent Spring: Facing the Dangers and Creating Safe Limits by Katie Singer. Schiller, who is also a local organic farmer, can be reached at (831) 295-0230 or by sending an email to anja.m.schiller@gmail.com.