Exposure Testing

Most people in the modern world — especially now in large cities, are exposed to High Frequency (HF) electromagnetic fields that are many thousands of times higher than they were only 15 years ago!  (Often hundreds of thousands x higher) Why?  Think about every wireless device in your home.  This includes your cell phone, cordless phones, WiFi routers, computers, laptops, tablets,  baby  monitor, new SMART electric meters, bluetooth devices like keyboards, mice, wearable technology, etc.  Next, look at all the new cell phone antenna towers or masts going up all around your neighbourhood and city.  Look at all the WiFi access points available now.  Notice all of the wireless technology used in schools these days as part of “The 21st Century Learning” initiative planned back in 2008.  All of these things generate high levels of microwave radiation.  These radiation levels are increasing all the time as we expand our wireless infrastructure and lifestyle.  And these exposures are constant — 24 hours a day.  Now, more than ever, it is especially important to avoid exposure when possible,  and it is extremely important that your sleeping area be free from this kind of radiation.  Young adults and children are especially sensitive to this kind of radiation.

To begin, consider acquiring a basic RF detector to start “seeing” and hearing the invisible radiation levels around you — especially if you live in a multi-unit dwelling or apartment.  Without  a detector, you won’t know for example if a neighbour has moved their DECT cordless phone base on the other side of your bedroom wall.

Although I use professional testing equipment, my first level of awareness comes from a simple and relatively inexpensive RF detector called an Acousticom 2.   It is small, discrete and it’s designed to quickly show the microwave radiation levels in your area.   When I hold it, it looks like I’m using a smart-phone.  I carry it with me all the time, and it’s accuracy is sufficient to show potential problems or safe areas very quickly.

Here’s a short instructional video I did for the company that distributes them in North America:

If you would like greater accuracy and measurement options, I highly suggest meters made by Gigahertz Solutions that are calibrated to a known standard.  (No, I do not receive any financial gains for sharing this information here!)  I have used and tested MANY different kinds of meters; I simply consider accuracy, reliability and quality to be very important.

In particular, I recommend the semi-professional meters that include an omnidirectional antenna such as the Gigahertz Solutions HFE35C which covers 27 MHz to 3.3 GHz.  The North American distributer is Safe Living Technologies.  They’re great people with LOTS of knowledge and experience in this field.  The measurements (in uW per square meter) taken from calibrated meters like the HFE35C can then be used to compare your readings to the latest Building Biology Guidelines available on this web site.   Of course, you can also ask for a professional survey to be done, and you will then have options for solutions available to you.

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HFE35C RF Meter Kit                                                                  ME3840B LF Analyzer

The Low Frequency (LF) fields generated from high voltage power lines, electricity in home wiring, appliances etc. haven’t changed much in the last 15 years with the exception of compact fluorescent light bulbs and switching power supplies that are now common in most homes.  They can create what’s known as dirty electricity.  It is important to be aware of these invisible fields as well — especially once again, in sleeping areas.  Even before modern dirty electricity, many electrical appliances of the past and present create potential health issues — proximity to high voltage power lines, transformers and electric blankets to name a few.

A good semi-professional low frequency meter is the Gigahertz Solutions ME3840B.  it can measure both AC electric and magnetic fields up to 100 KHz.  The readings from this meter (in Volts per meter or nano-Tesla) can be used with the Building Biology Guidelines as before.

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