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Love Technology But Want to Use it Safely

Healthy Living Spaces - Sunday, June 25, 2017

Our modern world today bears little resemblance even to our grandparent’s world so immense have been the changes since World War II. There is now practically nowhere left to go that is not affected by the man made signals that we have been progressively adding. Fast forward to today and now our children will be exposed from the womb to multiple sources of radiation on a continual basis unlike anything previous generations have ever encountered.    

Did you know that in 2002 the World Health Organization (WHO) classified 50Hz magnetic fields as a ‘possible carcinogen’   (IARC, 2002), then in May 2011 they classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as “possibly carcinogenic to humans”.

The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) is the Australian Government agency that sets the guidelines for standard limits for radiation exposure. ARPANSA still consider that there is a lack of established evidence. However there is now a very extensive amount of peer reviewed scientific literature on the effects of ELF EMF and RF/MW fields on humans and although there have been conflicting studies and uncertainties in the research, there is enough evidence to raise valid concerns and serious questions. Because of this there are scientists, doctors, academics and researchers around the world appealing to the UN and other organisation’s to initiate much needed reform and change.

As we are all well aware from previous experience with asbestos, smoking, lead and DDT change and public policy can take decades. A  misconception often made  is that if  something is common it's safe, that it’s sufficiently regulated and tested, however, that is not the reality.

If you have concerns around these issues get in touch with a Building Biologist who can assess your home and give recommendations to minimise exposure. See below for 5 simple tips to reduce exposure:    

  • Check the other side of the wall where your bed is located. If it is a source of electromagnetic fields create distance from this.
  • Keep all electronic devices in the bedroom to a minimum.
  • If you use your mobile as an alarm, put it in flight mode and keep a distance from the bed.
  • Turn your router off when not in sure, particularly at night.
  • Use an Echo Tubez headset when using your mobile and keep the phone away from your body.

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  • Incredibly toddlers can put things in their mouth up to 76 times per hour and may ingest up to 10 grams of dust per day
  • Every day around 17,000 litres of air pass through our lungs
  • The CSIRO estimates that the cost of poor indoor air quality in Australia may be as high as $12 billon per year (SOK, 2001).
  • More than 80,000 chemicals have been developed and released into the global environment since the 1950’s. Today the World Health Organisation (WHO) attributes 36% of all childhood deaths to environmental causes.
  • Most European countries don’t chlorinate their water supply and about 97 percent of countries don’t fluoridate their water supply because of health concerns.
  • Use indoor plants to reduce VOC’s from your indoor air.
  • Perfumes may contain many chemicals, one being phthalates which mimic the hormone oestrogen which has been linked to breast cancer.
  • Choose safer plastics such as polypropylene (PP), high density polyethylene (HDPE) and low density polyethylene (LDPE). Never reuse plastic drink bottles and definitely don’t leave them in cars in the hot sun.
  • Waiting for high levels of scientific proof before taking action on electromagnetic fields can lead to a very high health and economic costs, as was the case with asbestos, leaded petrol and tobacco (Council of Europe, 2011)
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