I just had a brief email discussion about ceiling heat and feel your readers should know this.
Here in California many homes and apartments have ceiling heat. The wiring is in the ceiling and it gives off a lot of EMFs which can be detected at the level of a person's head, even a short adult. It is best to not use the ceiling heat and use something else like space heaters.
But in the event that the ceiling heat is used, it should be turned off at the breaker when not in use, and definitely during the warm weather months. (My mother died of Alzheimer's Disease and I have always felt that the ceiling heat was a contributing factor., but, of coure, there is no way to prove that.)
It was interesting to me that this past week I received both this comment and a question through my consulting service about radiant heat and emfs.
Ceiling heat is "electric resistance zonal heat" installed under thin-wall plaster or or between layers of sheetrock on the ceiling. It's an electrical grid that of course would give off emfs
There turned out to be two types of "radiant heat."
One was an electric grid of wires installed below tiles in the bathroom.
The other was hot water pipes installed under tile or wood floors throughout the rooms of a house.
The electrical wires type would also have emf problems.
The water pipes type would not, except, metal water pipes can attract and hold emfs, as can metal bed springs.
Here's an article on a non-toxic zero-EMF in-floor heating system
Hi Debra, I need to buy a 100ft internet cable for my home but was unable to find the one that would be pvc-free. Do you by chance know where I can find one?
I wasn't able to find one.
Readers? Do you know of any?
I love this story, sent to me by a reader.
Some residents of San Francisco (where I used to live) were having problems with their wi-fi. It turned out that the interiors of their Victorian and Edwardian-era houses were lined with chicken wire as a base to hold the plaster on the walls.
Want to block wireless in your home? Perhaps chicken wire will do the trick.
I have made my house as wireless as possible to avoid EMF exposure. I am looking for information about using Ipod's and ereaders. Can wi-fi be disabled in these devices and is that adequate to eliminate exposure. I don't have the ability to purchase and then measure with a meter. Any comments and thoughts would be appreciated.
I don't know enough about how these devices work to answer this question.
Readers, any thoughts?
Do you have any opinion on products ( Like QLink) that are supposed to deflect harmfulness of EMF's?
I haven't studied these enough to have an opinion.
I have read all the laptop postings on your site, but still have this question that’s why I’d value your thoughts and would love to hear what others have to say on this specifically.
Do you think I need to get a wired keyboard and wired mouse for the laptop? It pretty much defeats the mobility of having the laptop and I can’t carry much weight. I’ve seen it recommended reduce exposure to EMFs, because if you’re using an external, wired keyboard and mouse, you don’t have your hands directly on the laptop (large source of self contained power) but since I’m not EMF sensitive that I know of and would be using it probably only 2-4 hrs. a day, and only on battery which is said to be safer (not plugged in) do you think it’s safe to go without the wired extras and just used the keyboard and mouse that’s integrated into the laptop?
My question is more concerned with long term health issues from radiation exposure than and immediate or day to day sensitivity. Thank you for your time and feedback as always.
I don't think you need to get a wired keyboard and mouse for the laptop. I have spent many hours on laptops without a wired keyboard or mouse. I'd need to see the numbers of how much exposure is reduced to make an evaluation.
Readers, do you agree or disagree?
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Dirty electricity needs to be measured and corrected in every home.
I use Graham Stetzer filters all over my house, but did you know you that before using them, you need to ensure there are no wiring and grounding errors/problems in your home? If not, they could make your power dirtier and generate strong magnetic fields all along the unbalanced circuits.
Details from electrician Sal La Duca, B.Sc., former nuclear plant operator and technician and great American Baubiologist:
As a general rule capacitive filter installation is NOT recommended without a thorough evaluation of the electrical system to: 1) identify and eliminate any wiring errors, and 2) NOT recommended if the neutral current takes many divergent paths as shown in the house with the electrical service at one end of the house and the water pipe at the other end, and 3) NOT recommended if there are any other options (like removing dimmer switches, replacing compact fluorescents or fluorescents in general with standard lamps, reducing the number of digital devices, etc.) available to eliminate the problem.
Andre Fauteux, Publisher/Editor
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Hi, I'm really hoping for clarification on this. We have no known sensitivities to EMFs.We've been avoiding home installation of wireless, but what we've come up with is getting a wireless router to plug in only when we need it, say to buy books for the Nook then turn it off when reading the books on the nook, or for brief periods when writing with a laptop outside and need to do quick internet research. Since we are just using the router to obtain wireless for brief periods as such and then unplugging it, does this seem relatively safe? All thoughts greatly appreciated.
I'm going to let someone else answer this who knows more about wireless when it's turned off.
But why not just use a regular wired modem?
That's what I do.
I have complained to my utility about smart meter on my house and asked for an analog device. The utility has responded by agreeing to disconnect the transmission of the meter and having a person come to read the meter. When I pressed for an analog device, the utility said that they are no longer available anywhere. They said that digital is used worldwide. I asked for a used one, but they said that they simply are unavailable and that our utility system is too big for analog. What literature can I send them on the digital issue? How can I get an analog device? I understand that in California they are agreeing to analog for people who refuse digital smart meters.
Is it enough to get the smart meter transmission suspension? I thought from reading this blog that the digital appliance in itself was a hazard even if its transmission is suspended.
Readers? Any advice or experience?
At Women's College Hospital in Toronto patients are now being diagnosed with electro-magnetic sypersensitivity (EMS) from cell phone use, wireless radiation, and other related EMF exposures.
Patients diagnosed with EMS complain of disrupted sleep, headaches, nausea, dizziness, heart palpitations, memory problems, and skin rashes.
The hospital has released a statement identifying these symptoms, and labelling them Electro-magnetic Hyper-sensitivity, or “EMS”.
You can reduce your exposure to electro-magnetic fields by using a Pong cell phone case. I have one for my iPhone and for my iPad.
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