The Switch2Safe project exists to inform the public about the potential dangers of e-pollution and to offer Solutions on ways to lower it in the home, at work and in public places.
What is E-Pollution?
There is little doubt that the wireless age is upon us. And it is good! Almost anywhere you happen to be, whether in a restaurant, cafe, pub or just out in the street, there’s a good chance you’ll find a WiFi signal to access. Failing that, just use your mobile to connect directly. Out in the country? No problem! At the seaside? Great, just hop on the proverbial donkey!
And at the same time as this unprecedented connectivity comes the true wonder of the modern age – The Internet, with all its glory. And it IS good. You wouldn’t be reading this without it!
Put the two together and it’s almost like some kind of techno-telepathy spanning the entire world. There hasn’t been such an enormous impact on the way we conduct our affairs since the steam engine.
… so what’s the catch? Apart from another bill to pay? Well…
Wireless technologies, by their very design, emit non-ionising electromagnetic radiation, similar to the way your microwave oven cooks food. Our current exposure to this man-made radiation is about a million billion billion times greater than natural exposure at these frequencies.
It surrounds us, it is almost completely unavoidable, and as such, these unnatural levels of radiation have been dubbed by some as pollution – hence the rather cute terms, “e-pollution”, “e-smog” or “electrosmog”.
Does E-Pollution affect me?
Good question! There has been much debate in the scientific community on this very issue. It has been interesting to note that the factions dismissing e-pollution as harmless are often those funded by, or with some connection to, industries standing to make money from it.
Gradually, however, as the enormous body of independent research is beginning to show, not to mention the easily observable evidence in the everyday life of laymen and scientists alike, there may be cause to exercise caution.
Is WiFi dangerous then?
People often take the view that if a thing does not immediately cause obvious harm, then it is harm-less. What does not kill us makes us stronger right? Well, no, not always.
Consider the erosion analogy…
Water running down a hill will leave little or no mark at first, yet given time, it will gradually carve itself a dip through which it will continue to travel. Given even more time, it will happily scoop itself out a valley and eventually a canyon.
As human beings, we have an advantage over the hill – we have the ability to heal. The point here, however is that our bodies are forced to work over-time to keep up with any damage caused, especially if the source of that damage is constant, and especially if we are not taking care to minimise our exposure.
See also Wifi Studies.
What about Cell Phones?
Cell phones use similar technology to WiFi. While they do not always transmit 24/7 as with WiFi routers, cell phones use a much stronger signal, which is unfortunately held in closer proximity to the body and brain. It is worth noting that children’s skulls offer much less protection to electromagnetic radiation, with some sources quoting as much as 10x the radiation getting through compared to adults skulls.
See also Cell Phone Studies.
What else do we need to watch out for?
There are a number of other technologies and devices that transmit potentially harmful radiation…
- Cordless (DECT) Phones – most cordless phone basestations transmit continuously, whether being used or not. There are a few exceptions, for instance, the Siemens Gigaset C595, although it must be set to “Eco Plus” mode. See also Cordless Studies.
- Bluetooth – while being among the weaker signals transmitted, constant use of Bluetooth devices is worth avoiding.
- Smart Meters – there are many complaints of ill health appearing immediately after having a smart meter installed. See also Smart Meter Studies.
- CFLs or Energy Saver Lightbulbs – These and other types of fluorescent light, not only flicker and emit an uneven light spectrum, confusing the eye and the brain, but are also of EM radiation. See also CFL Studies.
A more comprehensive list may be found here