Tips to Cut Down Toxic Computer Exposure

Burn OutMy 9 Tips To Cut Down On Exposure To Computer Radiation
By Lloyd Burrell (2010)

Who doesn’t use a computer today? I happily live without a cell phones but I’d find it very hard to get by without using a computer – especially for writing this blog! But computers are not as harmless as they might seem.

Whether you are electro-sensitive or just eager to take protective measures to protect you and your family here are my (started off as 9 tips but has now grown) tips on how to best reduce radiation from your laptop or desktop PC.

Laptop Radiation And Computer Radiation Tips

1. Magnetic Radiation. More and more people are turning towards using laptops and tablets, so laptop radiation is increasingly becoming a problem. There are several issues here, the first one is magnetic radiation:

As my tests show (see video) the best way to cut down on your exposure to magnetic radiation from your laptop is to use it on the battery instead of the mains power supply.

2. Radio frequency radiation. The second issue is RF radiation since most computers now have WiFi functionality. This means you’re being exposed to another layer of electrosmog from two sources. Firstly from the laptop itself; most laptops are configured by default to be in WiFi mode, so even if you are on a hard wired Internet connection your laptop is still emitting and receiving RF radiation. Secondly there is the RF radiation from the modem/router as shown in this video:

The best solution is to replace your WiFi installation with a hard-wired connection and make sure the WiFi function is disabled. My personal preference is the Netgear N150 modem router because you can easily switch the WiFi function off and it stays off, I’ve tested this. Be careful because many modem/routers are now factory configured to automatically re-enable WiFi when they receive an update – this can be several times a day. So even if you disable the WiFi in the settings menu it may be subsequently re-activated without you knowing.

3. Laptops are not for laps. The best way to minimize laptop radiation is not to use your laptop computer on your lap. Studies show that over time using your laptop on your lap can significantly decrease your sperm count. Use your laptop on a surface away from your body. There are some good laptop shields on the market but some laptop shields only shield RF radiation (which is not a problem anyway if you disable the WiFi) and some offer no protection from magnetic fields. The laptop shield I recommend is the Elite Harapad. According to the manufacturer it gives over 100% protection from magnetic fields.

4. Computer monitor radiation. On a desktop computer the biggest problem is often the monitor, not the CPU. Reduce your exposure by sitting a bit further from the computer screen. This will mean that you are exposed to less radiation, especially if you sit at least three feet from the screen – EMF exposures decrease significantly with distance. If you’re using a desktop you can use a radiation filter over the screen or better still purchase a degaussed screen.

5. Introduce houseplants. Those of you who enjoy houseplants will be happy to learn that some cactus plants have the ability to absorb the electromagnetic radiation coming from the computer. It was actually NASA who discovered this and ever since Cactii have become my best friend; I have lots of cacti in my office. Put some cacti around your computer, I use Cereus cacti.

6. Use a natural crystal salt lamp. I’ve had one in my office for several years. Salt crystal lamps supposedly help cancel out the electromagnetic radiation being emitted by your computer by helping to maintain a normal ionic balance in the air. What the exact effect is regarding EMFs is difficult to know, but what is sure is that they bring your office environment closer to nature.

7. Take regular breaks. Almost everyone who uses a computer for several hours a day is all too familiar with eye irritation. Computer screens not only cause eye strain, but the electromagnetic radiation also causes dryness and irritation. Take regular breaks, get out of your chair away from your computer every 20 minutes or so. You can also help to counter damage and irritation to your eyes by adding bananas to your diet. Bananas contain significant amounts of potassium, which will benefit the health of the eyes.

8. Antioxidant food. Much has been said about the value of antioxidant food in keeping us healthy generally, but these foods can also help to deal with free radicals caused by computer radiation. Tomatoes, cherries, apples, broccoli, and carrots all contain significant amounts of vitamins A and C. These foods supply your body with the raw materials it needs to create its own natural form of EMF protection.

9. Wash your face. It might come as a surprise to you to learn that simply washing your face after using the computer can remove the radiation that has settled there. Our faces are usually the closest part of our bodies to the screen, and the particles of radiation can attach themselves there.

10. Go fully wired; wired mouse, wired keyboard and wired peripherals. Even if you are using a laptop, using a wired external keyboard and wired mouse will significantly reduce your exposure to the EMFs emitted by the electrical components situated under the keyboard of the laptop.

If you work in an office where there are several computers, make sure you are not in close proximity (6 feet), to the back of someone else’s PC screen. It’s not just your computer its other people’s as well that you need to be wary of.

Is Laptop Radiation The Biggest Threat?

Here are my observations on laptop radiation:

In my tests I’ve not found that laptops necessarily emit higher levels of radiation than desktops. EMF emissions vary from brand to brand and even between different models of the same brand.

The only way to know for sure your exposure levels is to measure with an EMF meter. To get a complete picture you need to measure the RF radiation levels, magnetic fields and electric fields.

The biggest single problem with laptops is improper use. A lot of people use them on their laps and on their knees which is very dangerous.
Radiation levels vary from computer to computer (interestingly I have found the Macbook Pro to emit RF radiation from the mouse even with WiFi disabled).

Grounding and Computer Radiation

An effective way of reducing the effects of your exposure to computer radiation is grounding. If the plug on your computer is a 3 pin plug that means its already grounded. If its a 2 pin plug you can ground your laptop or desktop computer by attaching a wire from a metal component (screw or socket) of your computer to the ground terminal on your electricity wall socket.

Or you can use an alligator clip on a wire (as in photo), which you then ground by plugging into an electrical socket. Electricity follows the path of least resistance, so doing this will enable EMFs generated by your computer to ground through the wire and not through you. You can also earth yourself using a grounding mat but I don’t recommend doing this when using your computer (or in any environment where there is electrical equipment),



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