Do you suffer from unexplained headaches, fatigue, depression or skin irritation?
Have you or a loved one recently been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease?
If so, there may be a new culprit in your home. Or, worse, it may be leaking from your neighbor’s home.
It’s the result of technology moving faster than our healthcare system.
What’s most surprising, though, is that the culprit may just be the things that so many folks think are doing so much good.
Before we go there, though, we need to cover the basics.
As capacitors started to find their way into more and more of the nation’s electrical equipment in the 1970s, electronics manufacturers and power providers quickly realized they needed some sort of standard.
Without it, the various frequencies of electricity shooting through our power lines could wreak havoc on sensitive equipment.
The result was something known as IEEE 519. It’s an industry code that ensures the electricity that flows into our house is clean and standardized.
If you plug in a computer in Burbank, the electrical charge (the frequency, the voltage, etc.) is the same as it is in Bismarck.
The code – even though it never became law – works quite well.
The juice flowing into our house is very clean.
But, thanks to all sorts of new (i.e., untested) technology in our homes, we’re seeing a much different trend as the electricity flows throughout our home and its equipment.
For some folks, it’s causing serious health problems.
Jeromy Johnson is one of them.
“My wife and I,” he recently explained on a podcast, “we had a bank of smart meters, the wireless smart meters that measure electricity, put right below our bedroom in San Francisco. Within a week, we couldn’t sleep, had headaches, heart palpitations and ringing in the ears.”
Again, he blames the rapid – untested – onslaught of fresh technology.
“The old ones that we’ve had for almost a hundred years, they had a dial on them,” Johnson said. “The company would come out and write down your measurements once a month. The new ones communicate wirelessly, and they send that data back to the company. Sounds like a good idea. I’m an environmentalist. I did think that this could be a good idea, but what they’ve done is they’ve made those meters so they send sometimes 10,000, up to almost 200,000 pulses of microwave radiation each day.”
What’s crazy is that Johnson said he now can’t be near a cell tower for very long. He doesn’t use Wi-Fi. And he refuses to own a smartphone.
Doctors admit the symptoms of this “electromagnetic allergy” are real. It’s a real syndrome.
In fact, in a landmark case, France is paying a 39-year-old woman roughly $900 a month in disability payments because of her fight with the ailment.
But docs continue to say there isn’t enough evidence to draw any real scientific conclusions.
The symptoms, they say, are too universal.
How do we know if a headache is caused by stress or an errant Wi-Fi router? How do we know a cellphone caused that man’s testicular cancer?
It’s still too early in the game for docs to raise a red flag… not enough folks are connecting the dots between their symptoms and what’s causing them.
But that hasn’t stopped researchers like Johnson (who’s written a book on the subject) and Alison Main from pushing the idea to the masses.
Main recently wrote an article for a major health publication. In it, she took a detailed look at the newfangled products in our homes that are operating outside the accepted IEEE 519 code.
She points to things like CFL bulbs, LED lighting, wireless routers and even solar energy systems… anything that distorts electrical harmonics.
“The problem with most energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs,” she writes, “are the switch-mode power supplies that are used to reduce voltage and convert from AC to DC. This process distorts the otherwise-smooth sine wave of 60 hertz AC, producing harmonics that then radiate along your wires and penetrate your living space.”
Of course, electronics manufacturers aren’t going to change their ways if doctors aren’t yet willing to put their stamp on the problem.
That means it’s up to consumers to become knowledgeable about the problem and, most important, to do something about it.
The solution is simple.
Avoid devices that provide this sort of harmonic distortion. Use Wi-Fi sparingly. Turn it off while you sleep. Keep your bed away from charging devices. And limit the amount of time you’re on your phone.
Just as important, if you are experiencing the symptoms above, take good notes. Write down when you feel sick and keep track of what sorts of devices or appliances are close by when the symptoms are at their worst.
Some folks have likened today’s problem to the air pollution boom of the 1970s and ‘80s. We built smokestack after smokestack as we rushed to take advantage of the nation’s industrial might.
But as the rush slowed, we realized there was a downside… a very unhealthy, cancer-causing downside.
We say the problem we face today also has eerie parallels to the cancer cover-up perpetrated by Big Tobacco a generation ago. The problem was clear… but the money was good.
Folks died while others got rich.
Eventually, though, the truth came out.
Will we someday regret the convenience of Wi-Fi, smartphones and a world where everything is connected?
Perhaps some folks will… but not us.
We’re taking action now – before we get sick.
P.S. A recent study confirmed that one everyday electronic device could soon be the leading cause of cancer in America. We’re convinced we’re on the verge of a major and very surprising epidemic. But there are simple steps you can take right now that can keep you healthy and safe. Click here for the full details.