Protecting Yourself from EMFS
Protecting Yourself from EMFS
- Filtering Dirty Electricity
- Stopping Radiofrequency
- Alternative Devices and Treatments
- Devices That Do Not Work
There are a lot of products or treatments that are claimed to mitigate electromagnetic fields, transmute them, or protect you. Many are bogus—an attempt by people to make money off the suffering of others. Some products do work for some people but not others. Our advice: If you are not given a trial period or a money-back guarantee, be extremely skeptical. If something works, they seller should be glad to guarantee it.
Below we present some information to help you. It is a quick synopsis. We make no guarantee as to whether any of these products or treatments will work for you. Again, some things work for some people and not others. If you are someone who does not experience noticeable symptoms from electromagnetic fields, then be very, very skeptical of every product. Those of us who are noticeably affected (because we can feel it or experience severe symptoms) are in a much better place to vouch for the usefulness of any product or treatment.
Keep well in mind that if you are not someone who is noticeably affected by EMFs, you can do a lot of harm to yourself with some products. One woman—who is able to feel EMFs—became even sicker after purchased a Faraday bed canopy. The canopy was blocking RF, like it was supposed to, but was in fact picking up surrounding voltage and exacerbating her symptoms. Info on Faraday cages.
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Filtering Dirty Electricity
There are many products that claim to filter dirty electricity. Most do not work for the frequencies generated by smart meters, although all will filter some dirty electricity. Remember, stopping the RF at the meter will not stop dirty electricity. Dirty electricity travels through your home’s wiring. You must filter what comes in through the physical wires.
Measuring Dirty Electricity
While we have doubts about the Stetzer filters as an effective solution to the problem of dirty electricity (see below), the Stetzer meter is an easy-to-use and relatively inexpensive way to measure some of the dirty electricity frequencies coming through your home.
The other meter that can be very helpful is the Trifield meter. The more the needle fluctuates on the Trifield, the worse the problem. A steady but strong magnetic field, while harmful, can be significantly less dangerous than one that constantly fluctuates. This is why we talk about “pulsed electromagnetic fields” as being a real problem, and why much of the scientific research on the deleterious effects of EMFS has looked at pulsed fields. You can find, as I did, that when a neighbor’s Wi-Fi becomes stronger, the fluctuating magnetic field in your home increases significantly. Radiofrequency fields have a magnetic component.
If you plan to buy a product, please also donate to the Smart Meter Education Network so that we can stop this scourge and pay for an attorney and materials. Thank you.
Physically Blocking Dirty Electricity
Dirty electricity comes through your home’s wiring. You can filter it (see below). You can block it by using metal-wrapped electrical cable or twisted wire cable. This means rewiring your home. Using metal-wrapped electrical cable or twisted wire cable is a good method, but this means rewiring your home. Twisted wire cable does not seem to be available anymore. You could twist it yourself with a drill, but it’s not easy to do. Nickel, lead, and mu metal will block dirty electricity, but this means you must encase your walls with these metals.
- Twisting cable
- Mitigation of magnetic field using three-phase four-wire twisted cables
- Choosing household wiring for low EMF
- Information on types of wire
- Australian government advice
- Mike Holt Forum
Filters That Mount at the Breaker Box
Rob States, an engineer who is fighting smart meters and whose name appears across the Internet, has, of this writing (December 2014), not found a filter that works fully. He recommends, as the best yet (that won’t break the bank) the Schaffner filters: 100 amp for $500, but you need 2, one for each phase. This is a permanent install in your breaker box. He has looked at dozens of line filters, and so far only the $10,000 ones seem to work. He says that the commercial filters don't tend to work because smart meter frequencies are a new phenomenon. He says the SineTamer does not look like it will be effective for smart meters. The website has no technical information on the performance.
An aerospace technician in Michigan is trying the Pom Power Guard. He does not yet have a smart meter. We don’t know if it is effective.
A Michigan family that removed their smart meter and is using a generator has installed a filter made by Eaton Corporation. We have no data on whether it is effective.
From SkyVisions Solutions: “Stetzer and similar filters only help within a narrow band and are probably of no use above 100 kHz. Unfortunately the only real way to do a good job at stopping the RF waves/ EMF interference from entering the home is through an expensive military-grade filter placed at breaker box area, such as from Genisco. Probably cost $5K to $10K http://www.genisco.com/.”
Here are some other products—we have had no reports on any of them, and they were found simply by doing a Google search. Keep in mind that Rob States seems to think that few, if any, will really work to clean up smart meter frequencies: Genisco, Clean Volt, http://ecmweb.com/content/power-conditioning-and-protection, G&G Technology Corp, Leviton (“as part of Leviton’s smart grid initiative, Leviton has identified surge protective devices as a smart grid component capable of improving the reliability of the North American power distribution system by providing a level of protection for electronic circuits that include, e.g., smart meters, communication networks, wind turbines and solar systems. Leviton believes that surge protective devices may also improve the environment by enabling sensitive electronic equipment, including computer systems and data center equipment, to endure for their intended lifecycle.”).
Filters That Plug in to Wall Sockets
These filters—Stetzer and Greenwave—are strongly marketed. From SkyVisions Solutions: “Stetzer and similar filters only help within a narrow band and are probably of no use above 100 kHz. Unfortunately the only real way to do a good job at stopping the RF waves/EMF interference from entering the home is through an expensive military-grade filter placed at breaker box area, such as from Genisco. Probably cost $5K to $10K http://www.genisco.com/.”
Here is the experience Linda Kurtz had with Stetzer filters. While they did not work for her—at all—others have found relief by using them.
The Stetzer filters are not, in my experience, a good solution, although some say they have been helped by them. This is my experience with Stetzer filters: They have a very strong magnetic field that goes out into the room. I can feel the magnetic field from these "filters" and I can hear a very high-pitched scream coming from them. Again, these high-pitched screams are what people complain about from dirty electricity with smart meters and the radio-off smart meter. You are using Stetzer filters to prevent this very phenomenon (dirty electricity), yet they are in fact creating dirty electricity because they are a mini-transformer. Yes, the reading on the Stetzer meter goes down, but that is probably for 2 reasons: (1) The filters are getting rid of the narrow band of frequencies that meter captures. (2) The Stetzer meter, while a useful tool for judging the amount of dirty electricity going through your wiring (within the band of frequencies it captures), does not measure the ambient magnetic field--that is, the magnetic field in the room. If you were to measure that, I suspect you would find that the filters are creating quite a field. There are ways to measure this ambient field. See the book by Karl Riley, Tracing EMFs in Home Wiring.
Stetzer filters are very expensive because you have to buy a lot of them.
There’s a Reason They Call Us “Tinfoil Hats”!
There’s a Reason They Call Us “Tinfoil Hats”!
Aluminum blocks radiofrequency signals. That is why cable providers like Comcast wrap their copper cable in aluminum. The RF signal travels along the surface of the copper wire in the cable. The aluminum shielding keeps the RF signal from escaping.
What you can do to help yourself be safer in your home:
- Screen all your windows completely with aluminum (not fiberglass) window screen.
- Encase your house in aluminum siding. Aluminum-sided houses have less RF in them than vinyl-sided, wood, or brick.
- Put aluminum screening on the inside wall where the smart meter is.
- Put aluminum screening on all the walls of your home.
You will likely want to ground the aluminum screening. There is a lot of information on the Internet about this.
The material sold by lessEMF does not appear to work terribly well. It seems to block a bit, but not do the job adequately.
Alternative Devices and Treatments
There are stones, crystals, and other media that supposedly soak up or transmute RF and/or other electromagnetic fields. My experience is that some stones have a calming or grounding effect, but none actually mitigate the fields. Lepidolite is a stone that is supposed to help with EMFs. It does have a calming quality. Stichtite and hackmanite are supposed to help repair nervous tissue, which is affected by EMFs.
Devices that are said to operate at a quantum level—well, most are probably modern-day snake oil. Again, there may be devices that work for some. If you are not EMF-sensitive, beware! Don’t think you can use that cell phone without effect just because you pasted some diode onto it!
The Earthcalm plug-in device has gotten good reviews from people I know who are extremely EMF-sensitive. One woman in particular has been able to tolerate more and more fields that she once could not. It has not solved her problems, but it has helped. For instance, she was unable to sleep on the second floor of her home after smart meters were installed in her neighborhood (her first floor had aluminum siding; the second floor did not). After using the Earthcalm device for some time, she is now able to sleep upstairs. The device does not claim to transmute fields. Rather, it sends out a frequency that is the same as the earth’s magnetic field. The hope is that your body will begin to attune to that, not to the unnatural frequencies surrounding us. It has a 90-day money-back guarantee. If the problem for you is that you need to attune more fully to the earth’s magnetic field, this device may help you.
NAET therapy is extremely alternative and sounds quite bogus, yet it has helped some recover substantially from EMF sensitivity. Practitioner skill level varies widely, so make sure you do your research well and go to someone who does it “by the book.”
Devices That Do Not Work
We have measured with a meter whether these devices work. Those of us who can feel EMFs have also used our own sense to determine whether they work. These devices, which are supposed to protect you from laptop EMFs, did not work:
These “pad” products do not work on a holistic level. At the functional level they do actually function as they claim to, but in their marketing they make you assume that the product will block the frequencies from hitting your entire body. This is not the case. One person described it like this:
Imagine that you have a laptop floating 5ft in the air. Imagine that the laptop has a transparent sphere of heat around it, extending outward about 5ft in all directions. This sphere is very hot at the laptop, and as you head 5ft away from the laptop you can feel the heat becoming less intense. This represents the electromagnetic radiation field that is being produced by the laptop. It is strongest at the laptop itself.
Now imagine that the laptop has music playing at a medium level. It is loud directly at the laptop and you have to walk 150ft away before you can no longer hear it at all. This represents the wireless radiofrequency radiation that is being produced by the laptop. It is strongest at the laptop itself.
Now you want to block those fields from coming at you, so you place the laptop on something like the DefenderPad. What you will now get is an electric/magnetic field and RF free zone, but only under the laptop. If you get down and go under the pad you will feel no heat from the laptop, but as you come out from under the pad you feel the heat again. You cannot hear music from the laptop itself while under the pad, but you can faintly hear the music playing in the echos off the walls. As you come out from under the pad you can hear the music coming from the laptop loud and clear . As you walk away from the laptop, you no longer can feel any heat (after 5ft away), but you can still hear the music. When you walk over 150ft away from the laptop, you can no longer hear the music.
Pads cannot "soak up" the EMR/RF heading in all of the other directions. You still have the WiFi radiofrequency and the electromagnetic (electric/magnetic) fields originating from the laptop. With the pad under the laptop the fields are still going in every other possible direction other than down. The pad is only blocking in a "line-of-sight" fashion. This means that most of your body is still being affected.
There are lots of links out there. Search around.keywords: emfs, remediation, mitigation, protection, dirty electricity, smart meters, michigan
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Terms to Know
Advanced meter: smart meter (term used by DTE to hide the fact it is a smart meter).
AMI meter and AMI program: another name for the smart meter and the smart meter program. AMI stands for advanced metering infrastructure.
Blood-brain barrier: EMFs can cause the blood-brain barrier to be breached, allowing toxins to enter the brain. Toxin entry is thought to be partially responsible for Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s.
Dirty electricity: spiky, pulsed electromagnetic field generated by smart meters that rides through building wiring and permeates the building’s rooms. Responsible for many of the health problems seen with smart and digital meters.
Electromagnetic fields (EMFs): consist of an electrical field and a magnetic field. Fields are created by the flow of electrical current through the wire, sunlight, etc.
Electromagnetic frequency: examples are 60 Hz electrical current of your home, RF of a cell phone. Often used interchangeably with electromagnetic field.
Electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS): sensitivity to electromagnetic fields. Symptoms are complex and involve all bodily systems
Hydrogen bonds: Electrostatic bonds that help hold the DNA double helix together. Breakage of hydrogen bonds may cause changes in DNA that can lead to cancer. RF and other EMFs may disrupt the Hydrogen bonds.
Meter upgrade: the installation of an advanced (smart) meter on your home by DTE.
Microwave radiation: the type of radiation emitted by smart meters. Known to cause biological harm.
Non-transmitting meter: another name for the DTE and Consumers opt-out meters.
Opt-out meter: this is a smart meter. The only thing that is different is the radio-transmitter is turned off. It still generates dirty electricity, it still retains the two antennas, and it is only incrementally less harmful to your health. It can still record detailed information about your electrical usage.
Radio-disabled meter: another name for the DTE opt-out meter.
Radio-off meter: another name for the DTE opt-out meter.
Radiofrequency (RF): high-frequency electromagnetic waves in the range of 10 MHz to 300 Ghz. All wireless devices, including smart meters, cell phones, and Wi-Fi emit RF.
Switched mode power supply: contained in all smart meters, it creates dirty electricity.
van der Waals bonds: an extremely weak electromagnetic force that helps hold the DNA double helix together. Breakage of the van der Waals bond may cause changes in DNA that can lead to cancer. RF and other EMFs can disrupt the van der Waals bonds.