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When I first moved to the Outback in Central Queensland, I was met with many new challenges. Starting a new life on the other side of the country was always going to be difficult, however initially my biggest challenge took me completely by surprise. After the car was unpacked and it was time to relax, I grabbed my phone only to be faced with the sinking feeling that our little abode was in a complete network signal black spot. How silly, how could a lack of phone reception and wireless internet leave me feeling so lost, so disconnected? It took me weeks to stop checking my phone, wasting time walking around a paddock trying to get reception. I finally surrendered to the quiet and began to connect with my new surroundings and it was quite life changing. I realised that yes, it is possible to disconnect from the network and still survive.
It was at this point I realized I was a technology addict. I had become a slave to the world of Facebook, viral videos and online shopping. While I knew I could survive without internet or phone signal, it really impacted on my ability to communicate with my family back in Western Australia. I spent the next few years working hard to get us ‘connected’ to the world. I had satellite internet installed which enabled us to get a Wi-Fi router for internet on all our devices and signal for our mobiles. It was like I had met up with an old familiar friend, finally we were back on the grid. I consider myself a fairly up to date technology consumer and have all the wireless devices, speakers and keyboards to make my life easier, cords equal clutter.
Recently my family went on a road trip which required us to be in the car for several hours. I could have sat and looked at the beautiful scenery that was unfolding before my eyes, looked at the wondrous landscapes and rugged beauty of the world around me, but I didn’t. Instead, I had my mobile phone plugged into an aerial running off my car to get reception to run a portable Wi-Fi hotspot so that I could use my IPad to ‘do stuff’. Thanks to my technology I was able to efficiently use my time to look, watch and read ‘things’ to keep me current and up to date with the happenings of my fellow humans. I am once again, a Wi-Fi loving, cordless device seeking, wireless technology addict.
Among the many ‘things’ that I looked at on that car journey was a video on ABC’s show Catalyst about the impact of wireless technology on our bodies. The headline on the video said “Do mobile phones cause brain cancer? And is Wi-Fi making us sick?” Of course when you read a headline like this you initially want to dismiss it. Yes, I’ve heard of the claims saying the incidence of brain cancer is increasing with mobile phone use, but Wi-Fi making us sick? Huh? I hadn’t actually ever stopped to consider what runs these’s magic cordless devices. Turns out, dah, that wireless devices work by emitting Electromagnetic fields (EMF) also known as electromagnetic radiation (EMR) [Source 1]. These fields are everywhere and can come from natural sources (like the sun, infra-red, ultra violet light) and man-made sources (like mobile phones, tablets, baby monitors, microwave ovens and Wi-Fi routers) which all emit radio-frequency microwave radiation. I’m not sure about you, but I have all of these devices in my house, running 24 hours a day. When you’re addicted to something, it’s a hard pill to swallow when you hear claims that your ‘precious’ might be messing with yours and your families health.
I listened to the information presented by doctors and scientists and with an overwhelming body of evidence, it seems that high use of mobile phones, Wi-Fi and other technological devices is probably not as safe as we may think. ‘Australia's safety agency says there's no evidence of harm, but that's not the same as saying its safe’ [Source 2]. If this is the case, then holy bat man we are in trouble, Wi-Fi networks are everywhere with layer upon layer of wireless electromagnetic fields surrounding our bodies. I’m not one to read one article and take it for gospel and lots of criticism of this particular show are now floating around the internet, but it has made me stop and think. Is my addiction to technology healthy? What impact is this having on my family and my life?
You can watch the video here and see what you think. If you are like me and are left with a sick feeling in your tummy, maybe check out this blog on helpful hints to ‘Protect your Brain by Reducing your Risks of Wi-Fi & Mobile Phone Radiation Dangers’.
Plenty of earthing devices are on the market for your home and they can be found with a quick internet search. If you talk on your mobile phone frequently, you may want to consider buying a mobile phone cover with EMF protection.
Samsung Galaxy S6 EMF Protecting Cover
iPhone 5/5s EMF Protecting Cover
iPhone 6/6S EMF Protecting Cover
Whether you believe the claims or not it is a topic we should be talking to our friends about. For me, learning more about the operation of my favourite Wi-Fi devices isn't a bad thing and has helped me re-assess my need for wireless living and how much time I devote to it. I am also switching my son’s baby monitor off at night and not charging my phone next to bed, will that and products on the market designed to stop EMF’s from harming me help? Your guess is as good as mine, I suppose we are the generation of technology guinea pig’s.
Source 1 - https://betterearthing.com.au/earthing-and-emf-emr-explained/
Source 2 - http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/4407325.htm