Health

Is WiFi Safe?

I had one of the most engaging conversations with one of my friends a few weeks ago, that truly inspired, empowered, and amazed me (who else has had conversations like these?). I won’t go into all the topics we discussed (as we burned through aaaa lot of different points), but one of the subjects we discussed was WiFi and its affects on our health and the planet (deep, right? ūüėČ).

With technologies changing and developing at rapid rates each year, we have been able to move from the hassle of using cables to going wireless, which most would consider to be fantastic! Landline phones are a thing of the past as we can now call each other anywhere, anytime with our fancy mobiles, we can turn on our TV’s (that’s right, plural, as many of us now have more than one television in the house) with remote controls, and we can even monitor our babies using wireless technology like baby monitors from other parts of the house. However, with this it means we are exposed to unprecedented levels of electromagnetic radiation from wireless signals 24/7. You can even try this out now… simply grab your phone, turn on the WiFi, and watch as many different signals will begin to appear. We’re being exposed to not just one, but so many different signals throughout the day, almost everywhere we go!

It get’s you thinking, “Is WiFi safe?” at these levels, being constantly exposed to them all of the time?

Is WiFi Safe?

Now, this is quite a controversial topic, so I strongly recommend holding off any judgements or prior opinions and just keep an open mind to what we discuss below ūüė䬆When it comes to WiFi, there seems to be two polar opposite sides: 1. Those who believe it’s completely safe and like the idea of “smart” houses, cars, etc. with everything around them running off WiFi, 2. The other side are ready to build a Faraday Cage (basically an earthed metal screen surrounding a piece of equipment to exclude and prevent electrostatic and electromagnetic effects) around themselves to be “safe” form electromagnetic influences at all times.

I believe the truth is most likely somewhere in the middle.

Understanding the Effects of WiFi

Now, WiFi does not cause immediate effect to our health straight away, which is one of the big reasons why many choose to ignore any idea about it potentially causing any affect to us and the planet. However, it can interfere with the way our body functions and goes about its usual routines, which overtime, can eventually progress into illnesses like cancer and neurodegenerative diseases after being exposed to it over the long term.

As these complex diseases develop over decades, it is difficult to pinpoint whether the increased exposure to wireless signals may be directly causing the diseases.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) stated in the Lancet article that epidemiological studies which follow humans who use mobile phones and WiFi for a few years aren’t conclusive. But studies conducted on rodents that follow the animals over their lifetime found that wireless radiation can in fact cause cancer or worsen cancer prognosis.

As there is limited evidence of wireless radiation effects in humans, this may be one of the reasons why regulators claim that this type of radiation is thought to be safe.

Children and developing fetuses are thought to be more at risk from radiation because their small bodies, which are continually growing, are more vulnerable to radiation than adults. There are many products available on the market which can help protect growing babies in the womb from WiFi radiation, like this belly band embrace and belly armour blanket for pregnant mums to use.

How to Minimise Exposure to WiFi

Until we know more about the long-term effects WiFi can have, it’s important that we take precautions to minimise our exposure to it in the meantime. Those who are all for WiFi may laugh at the idea that WiFi could be considered to be harmful, but hey, we once believed that the Earth was flat, and that smoking was perfectly fine for us.

Some options to help reduce WiFi exposure include (courtesy of Wellness Mama):

Turning Off WiFi Before Going to Bed

My friend was the one who actually mentioned this idea to me, and I have been on board with it ever since! (Especially because it’s so easy to do!). This is a pretty good option for reducing WiFi exposure, and it allows the body to rest more deeply. This is because the WiFi signal may interfere with the brain while you sleep, so it can be a good idea to turn it off before you go to bed. By switching it off at night, this can cut down WiFi exposure by about 33%! Great, huh?!

Switch On WiFi Router Only When You Need to Use It

A WiFi router is simply a device that enables computers, smartphones, etc. to connect to the internet or communicate wirelessly. Wireless routers connect to a modem, the internet data essentially “goes through” the router from phone lines and is converted into radio signals. Now, if you’re giving up WiFi for the most part, but still want to connect certain devices from time to time, then having the option to turn on the router when in use is a better choice as it can reduce WiFi exposure to only a few hours or so a day.

Stop Using Wireless and Hardwire All Your Connections

This is probably the best option, but for some, it may sound a little daunting. However, if you think about how it will effect you over the long term, by doing this you may help lower your risk of potentially developing certain health issues down the track. It is indeed more work, and may not be doable for everyone, but it is something I am slowly working towards.

Some tools you might need are:

  • Ethernet hub: This can be helpful if the one you currently have doesn’t have enough ports for every device and for everyone to use. This can be plugged into an already existing hub you may have to help expand the number of ports available.
  • Long Ethernet¬†cables: This allows everyone to connect to the internet from anywhere in your home.
  • Ethernet¬†adaptors: This enables devices that don’t have Ethernet ports, such as certain computers, smart phones, tablets, etc. to connect to the internet.

It’s also a good idea to use wired peripherals (which are external devices for the computer) like mice, keyboards, and headphones instead of wireless ones to help reduce exposure to electromagnetic radiation even more.

If you’re overwhelmed with it all, ask a friend or someone you know who’s tech savvy to help you set it all up.

Hold Off For As Long As You Can on Upgrading to Smart Cars, Homes, Offices, etc.

We see new wireless devices available on the market every single day, and while things like wireless baby monitors, Bluetooth-controlled speakers in the car, Smart home technology that lets you monitor and automate in-home systems, may make life that little bit easier, they may not be too safe for our health.

Now, these technologies are still very new, and we don’t know too much about them or fully understand the long-term health consequences these devices may bring about. Thus, like the saying goes, sometimes less is best.

Switch Your Devices on to Airplane Mode

When the receivers are turned on, mobile phones and tablets emit electromagnetic frequencies. As we generally tend to use these devices very close to our bodies for long periods of time, our exposure levels to these wireless signals can be very high. Therefore, keeping them set on airplane mode, espcecially around children, is very important.

How to Reduce the Harmful Effects That May be Brought About from WiFi Exposure

It can be extremely challenging to eliminate exposure completely, especially in today’s world where it’s around us almost constantly, but in addition to taking action on the steps above, there are a few more ways to help lessen the harmful effects of WiFi signals, such as:

Earthing or Grounding

Everything in the natural world (e.g. plants, animals, water, us humans, etc.) vibrates at a frequency of 7.83 Hz (which is the Schumann resonance). This is the Earth’s own natural electromagnetic frequency and we are naturally built to be exposed to it. By synching with earth‚Äôs natural resonance, through things like earthing/grounding, it can help to reduce the risks of WiFi waves interfering with our body’s natural functions.

How do WiFi signals interfere with our body? Well, wireless devices emit what is known as positive ions (these are the unhealthy ions) and also interfere with the waves in our bodies, like our brain waves and the electrical system that plays are part in the healthy functioning of our cells. Through earthing, the body is able to rebalance the positive ions with negative ions from earth, which can reduce the harmful effects of electromagnetic fields (EMFs).

Earthing is really simple and easy to do. You can earth by simply standing barefoot on the ground (like on the dirt or grass, or somewhere else out in nature) for 20 minutes or more daily. Other alternatives include wearing grounding shoes with an earthing metal piece, or bed sheets that connect to the grounding port of your home electrical outlets.

Increasing Exposure to Negative Ions

Negative ions can be found abundantly in nature. Being near moving water, like at the beach or moving streams are some of the best places to find negative ions. Alternatively, using Himalayan salt lamps in your home can also help increase your exposure to negative ions and lessen the effects of WiFi exposure.

Positive ions are found predominantly near technology, with exposure to WiFi being one of the most common causes of a build-up in the body of positive ions, which can promote inflammation. So, by exposing yourself to negative ions on a daily basis, this can help to neutralise the positive ions.

Dirty Electricity Filters

Using a dirty electricity filter may help to reduce electromagnetic radiation. Dirty electricity occurs when electronic devices need to change and manipulate electric currents to the voltage and format required by the device. This can bring about electrical surges throughout the wiring system.

Electronic devices like phone chargers, WiFi routers, and computers all produce dirty electricity, and can be a significant source of electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) in your home, office, etc.

To help lessen the effects of dirty electricity, install dirty electricity filters throughout your home and workplace.

As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products. 

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Are you concerned about WiFi exposure and new wireless technologies being brought out every year? What are your thoughts on them? Do you have any other tips for reducing exposure? I’d love to hear them!

ūüĖ§ Vanessa

 

 

Sources:

Wells, Katie. (January 26, 2019). Is WiFi Safe? Simple Steps to Reduce The Negative Effects. Wellness Mama. Retrieved from https://wellnessmama.com/128198/wifi-safe/

Fixed, Get. (October 18, 2015). How Things Work: Wifi Wireless Internet Router And How It Works | Get Fixed. YouTube. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/XtS6w7wC42A

 

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