Radio Frequency Radiation
The higher the frequency of the electromagnetic
radiation, the more the electric and magneticfield components meld. The energy level of radio frequency (RF) radiation is billions of times stronger than the natural high-frequency energies from the cosmos that existed during our biological development. Research shows that cataracts, blood composition changes, hormone alterations, and chromosomal abnormalities are induced at high – frequency energies.0 Sources of high RF radiation located outside a home require changing the location of the bed or shielding with RF-reflective paint and/or material.
Internal RF sources, such as cellular phones, wireless communications, and cordless phones, should not be in or near the bedroom, or at least not while you sleep. Cordless phones based on 2.4 or higher gigahertz technology emits pulsed RF energy 24 hours a day. Choose analog 900 megahertz models instead and use them sparingly. It is also important to consider avoiding light dimmer switches and fluorescent lighting of any type, as they can create RF signals that travel on the electric house installation, contaminating the entire living space.
The RF detector (50-3000 megahertz) and RF analyzer (800-3300 megahertz) are used to detect pulsed radio frequency signals, track down their sources, and test the effectiveness of mitigation. Goal: Exposure limits are: pulsed less than 0.1 microwatt per square meter and nonpulsed less than 1 microwatt per square meter.
Static Electric Fields or DC Electric Fields Static electricand static magneticfields (also called DC fields) occur in nature, where they can surprise us with enormous intensities. These fields do not vibrate at any frequency but are static — that is, independent of time and unchanging. Adverse
health effects from static fields can occur when the fields deviate from the natural background even to a small degree. Thus, fora healthy environment, deviations from these natural static fields need to be eliminated. Unfortunately, this condition is often overlooked by indoor environmentalists who are not Bau-Biologists.
Static electricity is produced between electric charges at rest. At the right dose, air electricity is essential for sustaining life, but, when unbalanced, static electric fields can cause subtle health effects that are not as obvious as a shock. These effects result when static electricity generating materials upset the natural air ion balance and concentration. Synthetic carpeting, stuffed animals, upholstered furniture, and blended bed sheets are the major sources of static electricity in the bedroom. The cure is easy: use natural materials that cannot become so highly charged and that discharge quickly, such as cotton, hemp, silk, and wool. If replacement is not possible, cover the offending material.
Static Magnetic Fields or DC Magnetic Fields Often while sleeping we are not in sync with the Earth’s natural static magnetic field because of highly magnetic metal mattress springs. A DC gaussmeter or a liquid (oil) filled compass moved slowly across a bed can detect static magnetic field anomalies. A compass is sufficiently accurate for risk assessment of the innerspring mattress. Goal: Size changes under i milligauss (100 microteslas) when using a DC gaussmeter, or less than a 10-degree change in direction in 3 inches (7.5 centimeters) when using a compass.
Building materials such as concrete, glazed tiles, and granite countertops may show radioactivity levels far above the ambient level. Select materials with lower radiation. All radiation exposures should be As Low As Reasonably Attainable (the ALARA principle). Even the smallest radiation exposure should be avoided. All homes and sites should be tested for radon following the EPA guidelines.
A Geiger counter compares the ionization effect of radioactive radiation to the natural background. To establish the natural background radiation, it is necessary to take several measurements at various spots, diligently avoiding potential sources of radioactivity. Goal: Less than a 70 percent increase and ideally less than 50 percent.