What are the sources of EMF?

EMF detection is becoming an ever more important ability.

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A growing number of scientific studies indicate serious concerns about electromagnetic frequencies in our daily environment. Now the challenge is to know what to watch out for. Based on our own meter measurements, the following are the ones to be at least potentially concerned about:

 

Some of the sources of harmful EMF

  • Electrical wiring in home & office
  • Fluorescent lights
  • Computers, monitors and laptops
  • Photocopiers
  • WiFi
  • Cordless phones
  • Cell phone towers and cell phones
  • Televisions
  • Appliances
  • Clock radios

What can you do about it?

We conduct on-premise EMF home inspections to determine if there are harmful levels of magnetic frequencies, RF, or dirty electricity.

We provide test results along with a list of actions and steps you can take to improve your living environment in the home or office.  This can include better positioning of your electrical appliances and other sources of dirty electricity, installation of special filters, etc.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: 905-719-7030  or EMAIL US.

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We do EMF home inspections in the GTA (Toronto, Mississauga, Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, Niagara)

List of potentially harmful sources of EMF and how to get protection

Our modern society is filled with many wired and wireless conveniences but what effect do they have on our family’s health? See the rest of our blogs here for research and information on why the following are the worst sources of often harmful radiation.

High voltage power lines
proximity to cell phone towers
transformers
household wiring and poor grounding
appliances
lamps and clock radios
lighting
household wiring
dirty electricity
stray currents on gas and water pipes
cordless phones
Wi-Fi
cellular phones
dimmer switches
computers
home entertainment systems & TV

What can be done about all this exposure? The first step is to have a qualified inspector measure the readings of these sources of electromagnetic waves in your home or office.

Some of the Equipment we use:

For MAGNETIC Fields, our meter of choice is the Trifield Meter Model 100XE. It is a proven leader for magnetic field testing. It is extremely sensitive and accurate. It measures down to 0.2 mG. Note: you want to see below 2 mG and ideally below 1 mG to avoid health problems. 0.5 and below are even better.

For ELECTRIC Fields, we often use the ESI 24 EMF meter, made in Germany. It tests for all 3 types of EMF fields, so we use it to corroborate our other meters’ readings, and rely on it heavily for the electric and RF readings.

For DIRTY ELECTRICITY, we use the STETZERiZER® Microsurge Meter by Graham-Stetzer, which is designed to separate the power line frequency to detect and respond to low level high frequency voltages caused by transients and harmonics on power lines.

For RADIO FREQUENCIES, we usually use the ESI 24 EMF meter.

Based on the measurements our meters give us, there is virtually always an optimal action plan that will reduce or eliminate up to 90% of the problems. We are here to make that happen.

As part of our service, we assist you in several mitigation techniques and also provide on-site education on EMF and a full report.

Contact: Paul Singer
(905) 719-7030
Email Us

EMF Testing services in Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville and the Greater Toronto Area

EMF Home Inspections offers a wide range of testing services to detect  EMF and EMI. Our professional research has brought us to the forefront of the field.

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We use professional, certified testing equipment to measure electromagnetic frequencies. Our testing is done in magnetic, electrical and radio frequencies.

EMF testing is available for both residential homes and commercial places of work. Our EMF measurements are taken at strategic points throughout the home or office. Based on the information we gather, we can then implement solutions that will protect you.

Contact: Paul Singer at (905) 719-7030 or Email Us

Residential or Commercial EMF Testing

Our methodology for residential customers is to use our EMF meters to measure your home top to bottom with particular focus on the sleeping areas and areas you spend a lot of time in.

We test for harmful effects from:

high voltage power lines
proximity to cell phone towers
transformers
household wiring and poor grounding
appliances
lamps and clock radios
lighting
household wiring
dirty electricity
stray currents on gas and water pipes
cordless phones
Wi-Fi
cellular phones
dimmer switches
computers
home entertainment systems & TV

Some of the Equipment we use:

For MAGNETIC Fields, our meter of choice is the Trifield Meter Model 100XE. It is a proven leader for magnetic field testing. It is extremely sensitive and accurate. It measures down to 0.2 mG. Note: you want to see below 2 mG and ideally below 1 mG to avoid health problems. 0.5 and below are even better.

For ELECTRIC Fields, we often use the ESI 24 EMF meter, made in Germany. It tests for all 3 types of EMF fields, so we use it to corroborate our other meters’ readings, and rely on it heavily for the electric and RF readings.

For DIRTY ELECTRICITY, we use the STETZERiZER® Microsurge Meter by Graham-Stetzer, which is designed to separate the power line frequency to detect and respond to low level high frequency voltages caused by transients and harmonics on power lines.

For RADIO FREQUENCIES, we usually use the ESI 24 EMF meter.

As part of our service to you, we provide on-site education on EMF and a full report.

Contact: Paul Singer
(905) 719-7030
Email Us

Dr. Mercola has information for you about harmful EMF radiation

Dr. Mercola on Electro Magnetic Fields (EMF) and which of them can be hazardous to our health.Dr. Mercola on EMF. A worthwhile read. (Abridged)

Do electromagnetic fields (EMF) from power lines, home wiring, computers and appliances cause anything from brain tumours and leukemia, to cancer & other health problems?

A growing list of experts are convinced that the threat is real.

  • Dr. David Carpenter, Dean at the School of Public Health, State University of New York: “up to 30% of all childhood cancers come from exposure to EMFs.”
  • The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): “There is reason for concern,” advising “prudent avoidance”. 
  • Martin Halper, EPA Director of Analysis and Support: “I have never seen a set of epidemiological studies that remotely approached the weight of evidence that we’re seeing with EMFs. Clearly there is something here.”
  • Paul Brodeur in the New Yorker Magazine, June 1989, and Time Magazine 1990: these articles had a catalytic effect on scientists, reporters and concerned people throughout the world.
  • US Department of Energy (November 1989): “It has now become generally accepted that there are, indeed, biological effects due to field exposure.”

Concerns about our Homes

In addition to the long-term health concerns, buying a house with high fields will be an economic disaster. In a few years, when power line radiation is as well known as asbestos and radon, a house with high fields will be practically impossible to sell. Already there are hundreds of lawsuits regarding EMFs and property devaluation.

Power Lines

All power lines radiate electromagnetic fields. The question is: how much are the power lines near YOUR home radiating? Editor’s NOTE: our own measurements of high voltage power lines and then comparing them to safety charts have revealed facts we’d like to share with you.   Email Us.

Transformers

A key component of a utility’s electrical distribution network depends upon numerous, small transformers mounted on power poles. A transformer looks like a small metal trash can, usually cylindrical… Many people don’t realize that when they see a transformer, the power line feeding the transformer is 4000 to 13,800 volts.

The transformer then reduces the voltage to the 120/240 volts needed by nearby homes. Since these transformers can be seen in almost every neighborhood, they are a source of concern.

Home Wiring

If your home has high EMF readings, it is important to determine the sources of the EMF so that remedial action can be taken …

Computers

The Swedish safety standard, effective 711/90, specifies a maximum of 0.25 mG at 50 cm from the display. Many US manufactured computers have EMFs of 5 – 100 mG at this distance. And know this too: the screens placed over monitors do NOT block EMFs. Not even a lead screen will block ELF and VLF magnetic fields.

Electric Clocks

Electric clocks have a very high magnetic field, as much as 5 to 10 mG up to three feet away…

Fluorescent Lights

Fluorescent lights produce much more EMFs than incandescent bulbs…

Microwave Ovens and Radar

Microwave ovens and radar from military installations and airports emit two types of radiation — microwave and ELF. Microwaves are measured in milliwatt per centimeter squared (mW/cm2) As of 1/1/93, the U.S. safety limit for microwave exposure is 1 mW/cm2, down from a previous 10 mW/cm2. The Russian safety limit is .01 mW/cm2. All microwave ovens leak and exceed the Russian safety limit. In addition, recent Russian studies have shown that normal microwave cooking coverts food protein molecules into carcinogenic substances.

When measuring microwaves from military and airport radar sources, 100% accurate readings can only be found with extremely expensive digital peak-hold meters…

Telephones and Answering Machines

Telephones can emit surprisingly strong EMFs, especially from the handset. This is a problem because we hold the telephone so close to our head. Measure the EMF’s from the ear piece and the mouth piece before buying a phone.

Some brands emit no measurable fields and others emit strong fields that travel several inches….right into your brain. Answering machines, particular those with adapter plugs (mini-transformers), give off high levels of EMFs.

Electric Razors and Hair Dryers

Electric razors and hair dryers emit EMFs as high as 200 to 400 mG…

Prudent Avoidance

Electricity is an inseparable part of our modern day society. This means that EMFs will continue to be all around us. But as Discover Magazine postulated, aside from making our life easier, is electricity also making our lives shorter?

Most experts agree that limited, non-chronic exposure to EMFs is not a threat. For example, it is probably acceptable for a person to be near a toaster in the morning.

BUT, it is not advisable for a person to sleep under an electric blanket, up close, live near a powerline/substation, and sleep in a room where the power enters the home. This person is under an extreme case of chronic exposure. This condition, unfortunately, applies to millions of Americans.

If you wish to follow the EPA’s advice and practice “prudent avoidance” then this advice is offered:

  • Measure your home, work and school environments
  • Don’t let your children play near power lines, transformers, radar domes and microwave towers.
  • Avoid areas where the field is above 1 mG. Measure the EMFs from appliances both when they are operating and when they are turned off. Some appliances (like TVs) are still drawing current even when they are off.
  • Don’t sleep under an electric blanket or on a waterbed. If you insist on using these, unplug them before going to bed (don’t just turn it off). Even though there is no magnetic field when they are turned off, there may still be a high electric field.
  • Don’t sit too close to your TV set. Distance yourself at least 6 feet away. Use a Gauss meter to help you decide where it is safe to sit.
  • Rearrange your office and home area so that you are not exposed to EMFs from the sides/backs of electric appliances and computers. In the home, it is best that all major electrical appliances, such as computers, TVs, refrigerators etc, be placed up against outside walls. That way you are not creating an EMF field in the adjoining room.
  • Don’t sit too close to your computer. Computer monitors vary greatly in the strength of their EMFs, so you should check yours with a meter. Don’t stand close to your microwave oven. Move all electrical appliances at least 6 feet from your bed. Eliminate wires running under your bed. Eliminate dimmers and 3-way switches.
  • Be wary of cordless appliances such as electric toothbrushes and razors. You may choose not to wear a quartz-analog watch because it radiates pulsating EMFs along your acupuncture meridians.
  • An older mechanical windup watch would be an acceptable alternative. It is also recommended to wear as little jewelry as possible and to take it off at night. Many people have metal sensitivity which can be aggravated by placing it right on the skin. Measure with a gauss meter to be sure.

And last, but not least, always always always remember that EMFs pass right through walls. The EMF you are reading on your Gauss meter could be radiating from the next room…or from outside your home.

Additional Radiation Info:

Eyeglass frames should ideally be made from plastic with no wires in them, otherwise they can serve as an antenna to focus the radio and cellular phone waves directly into your brain.

What EMF Level Is Safe?

There’s a heated debate as to what electromagnetic field (EMF) level is considered safe. Since the experts have not come to an consensus, you’ll have to decide for yourself… Many government and utility documents report the usual ambient level of 60-Hz magnetic field to be 0.5 mG.

Thus, any reading higher than 0.5 mG is above the “usual” ambient exposure. Many experts and public officials, as well as the few governments that have made an effort to offer public protection, have adopted the 3 mG cutoff point. The EPA has proposed a safety standard of 1 mG. Sweden has set a maximum safety limit of 1 mG.

Dr. Robert Becker, an MD who has been studying the effects of EMFs for 20 years, states a lmG safety limit in his book Cross Currents. When electricians try to solve a magnetic field problem they do their best to drop the level to 1 mG or below.

Dr. Nancy Wertheimer, a Ph.D. epidemiologist who has been studying EMFs for 20 years, has been looking at the epidemiological data in a different way — she is trying to associate EMF levels with health rather than disease. The level she is coming up with is a cut off of 1 mG. Russian researchers claim that 1/1000ths of a mG should be the standard.

The BioElectric Body believes that there are several stages of health between “optimum wellness”, “degenerative disease” and “Cancer”. Thus, we maintain our own living and sleeping quarters at 0.5mG and below.

Dr. Mercola recommends measuring EMFs in the home. Did you know that we can measure them for you for less than 1/4 the cost of the meters needed to do the job, and guide you through the process of reducing your health risks?

We conduct EMF home inspections in Toronto, GTA, Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, Missauga.

Contact: Paul Singer
(905) 719-7030
Email Us

Source: http://emf.mercola.com/sites/emf/emf-dangers.aspx