What are EMFs (electromagnetic fields)? What is EMR (electromagnetic radiation)?

Before I make an attempt to explain what electromagnetic fields (EMFs) are, why the radiation is harmful to our biology, and what you can do to protect yourself and your family, here is a list of resources that will explain better than I.

  • Wireless Education course (short and informative) developed for families, schools, school staff, public officials, legislators and families. $7.95 – link
  • Baby Safe Project – protect yourself and your fetus during pregnancy – link.
  • 13 easy ways to reduce your exposure to EMFs in your home – link.
  • Networking site for those working on EMF/RF issues – WIN19.org.  Share research, ideas and experience regarding wireless devices, cell towers, 5G rollout, smart meters, smart communities, wifi in schools, physical and mental health conditions and government regulations.
  • Scientific research – recent, from nationally and internationally recognized orgs – link
  • Scientific research laid out in the context of a presentation – link.

Barrie Trower, microwave weaponsexpertand physicist, who retired from the U.K.’s military special forces, says “allowing wireless devices to be used around or by children at home or in schools is dangerous, stupid, and the people who authorize this should be locked away.”

Sound crazy?

Check out Cece Doucette teaching the Ashland, MA Health Board about the biological harm that is being caused from our wireless devices, in particular.

Before you get worried that what I’m proposing you retreat into a cave…just check out Cece’s video.  She isn’t suggesting, nor am I, that we reject technology.  However, she is advocating for safe use until the biologically safe versions of our technology is brought to market.

Though Cece’s work, the Massachusetts legislature currently has 9 bills in session regarding electromagnetic radiation.

So, what’s up with wireless devices?  I will briefly touch on wireless devices and their frequencies, but before we can really dive into this, I will put wireless devices and their frequencies in the larger context of the entire electromagnetic spectrum.  It is not just wireless devices that have electromagnetic fields!

All wireless devices you use probably operate within the micro wave range.  The picture below shows the full spectrum of electromagnetic frequencies (that we currently know of!)  You can find the microwave range to the right of center.  The microwave range actually encompasses part of TV frequencies, all cell phone frequencies, as well as WiFi and microwave ovens — 300mHz to 300 GHz.

Cell phones and other devices that transmit data, are unique in that instead of having a rolling sine wave, which is the case in radio waves, the sine waves have a buddy – a square wave that carries the data in what is called ‘digital data packets.’  These sharp pulsing waves are part of what is so harmful to our biology.

Now, to put it in the larger context….

Did you know that virtually everything on Earth, and many things in space, has/emits an electromagnetic field? electrical frequency?  The Earth itself even has its own electromagnetic fields.  The field in between the ground and the ionosphere, is called the Schumann Resonance (named after physicist Winfried Otto Schumann who predicted and calculated the field in 1952), and this field is generated and excited by lightning discharges in thunderstorms. The shape and size of the Earth and ionosphere determine the frequencies within the Schumann spectrum, which resonate with distinct peaks at 7.8, 14, 20, 26, 33 and 39 Hertz (Hz) (www.HeartMath.org – Live Data).  “The earth’s magnetic field causes a compass needle to orient in a North-South direction and is used by birds and fish for navigation.”  – WHO

The human body benefits from direct contact with the earth, and the act of the body contacting the earth surface is often called ‘Grounding or Earthing.’  This activity refers to the biological effects of being connected to Earth’s ‘potential.’  This potential is not caused by Schumann Resonance field; however it does cause a difference in the body’s electromagnetic situation (field spatial characteristic within and around the body) vs. when the body is isolated from contact with the earth’s surface. Interestingly this change in EMF within and around the body is also different when we stand vs. when we lay on the ground (sleeping). It is obvious that we evolved being grounded.  Like other natural EMF signals, earth’s connection has a regulatory role but only in concert and tune with other natural EMFs and changes within the body.  We were meant to be in contact with the earth’s surface while we lay down during the nigh (sleeping), but not necessarily during the day as well. 

For most of Earth’s history, the only electromagnetic fields around were the electromagnetic fields of the Earth,  electric fields caused by electric chargesin the clouds, electric and magnetic fieldscaused by lightning, and the electromagnetic fields radiating from the animals, plants, and rocks, and then humans.  Yes, we too are radiating electromagnetic frequencies!  You’ve seen the electromagnetic field of your heart measured in the hospital, by measuring one of the field’s aspects — frequency.  Our heart, and brains are essentially oscillators!

It wasn’t until Thomas Eddison and Nikola Tesla came along with their inventions in the mid to late 1800s, that we introduced man-made electromagnetic fields!   Madam Curie and her colleague discovered the X-ray part of the electromagnetic spectrum in 1895, and she used this discovery to create an x-ray machine, which she used on the war front to diagnose wounded soldier’s injuries.  In the same year, the first radio signals were sent across the English channel.

Why does this matter?  Electromagnetic fields affect every cell in our bodies, and the bodies of animals and plants, etc.

People write about what electromagnetic fields ARE, and what electricity is, but the explanations will always fall short.  In my first day of class in electrician school, my teacher let us in on a secret – which is, that no one actually understands electricity!  Not electrical engineers, not physicist — no one.  He explained that although we don’t truly understand it, we’ve explored, studied and documented electrical energy’s many aspects and characteristics, and we know how to harness it to create energy.  Kind of mind-blowing…  If you think about it, we can theorize all day long about electricity, but at the end of the day, we all stand in awe of electrical energy, or lightning.

The electromagnetic spectrum we’ve discovered (theorized by Maxwell, and proved by Hertz in the late 1880s), contains all of the things that are most important to us as humankind, including electricity, sound, light, radio, cell phones and more.  We place these things in order according to the frequencies of their electromagnetic fields, as measured in Hertz.  Frequency is just one of the aspects of electromagnetic energy.

  • Earth’s electromagnetic field(0 – approx. 40 Hz)
  • Electricity – Powerlines and circuits – we use to power appliances and in which thing like solar panels operate within, in direct and alternating current (0 – 60 Hz).
  • Sound– the frequencies in which the human ear can hear sound (15 or 20 Hz – 20 KHZ)
  • AM radio(540 – 1,600 KHz)
  • FM radio(88 – 108 MHz)
  • Microwaves(300 MHz – 300 GHz)
    • TV signals (54 – 806 MHz)
    • Cell Phone signals (850 – 2,600 MHz)
    • WiFi (2.4 – 5 GHz)
    • Microwave ovens
  • Light: Infrared, Visible Light
  • Ionizing Radiation
    • UV Light(300 GHz – 30 Mhz)
    • Radioactivity
      • X Rays & Gamma Cosmic (30 Mhz – <<10 EHz)

You may be asking, what is frequency?  Frequency is just one way we use to describe electromagnetic fields…it is one aspect of electrical energy.  According to http://www.fluke.com&#8230;

The more cycles that occur per second, the higher the frequency.

Another aspect of electromagnetic energy is the SHAPE of the wavelength!  The Earth’s energy has frequencies with sinusoidal waves…they are wide and smooth and do not have hard spikes on top.  But there are other frequencies that have waves that are shaped differently, and some waves even carry “data packets” which further complicate its shape.  Cell phone operate this way….how else do you think the data can be transmitted to and from your phone?  There is also a part of the electromagnetic spectrum in which electromagnetic ‘interference’ emerges (2 – 400KHz).  Visually, electromagnetic interference creates a ‘cloud’ around the thin line which we recognize as the ‘wavelength.’  “Overlapping fields can interact to strengthen or weaken the total effect. Therefore, the strength of the electric and magnetic fields depends not only on the distance from the source but also the distance from, and location of, other nearby sources.” – http://www.greenfacts.org

It is absolutely correct that we’ve been exposing ourselves, as well as wildlife, to a VARIETY of man-made electromagnetic fields for about 140 years, but “Only in 1925 did half of all homes in the U.S. have electric power.” – http://www.nps.gov.  Although many US homes already had a refrigerator, washing machine, and other convenient electrical appliances in the 1950s and 1960s, many households in other parts of the world, such as Europe, were just starting to bring these appliances into their homes.

If you think about, there are some parts of the rural US that have only had electricity in their homes for about three generations!

People say that in-home electricity, radio and TV electromagnetic fields and waves haven’t affected us negatively, but just because they SAY that, doesn’t make it TRUE!

With each passing decade, our technology has ‘advanced,’ and we’ve exposed ourselves to not only higher frequencies/more types of electromagnetic fields, but also we’ve increasingly exposed ourselves to MORE of each frequency.  First, we just had electricity and radio, but then we added more radio (FM), and then we added more electrical appliances in the home that have their own electromagnetic fields (washing machines, refrigerators), and then we added TV, and then we added nuclear gamma cosmic electromagnetic fields, more electrical appliances and devices, such as computers and microwaves, and then we added cell phones, WiFi, and now, we are headed toward a completely new technology called “5G”, which is a type of antenna that will emit frequencies that are even faster in wavelength than microwaves.

For a long time, we thought that only ionizing radiation (UV light, X rays, and Gamma Cosmic) could affect our physiology.  This was based in a rudimentary understanding of how the cells in our bodies work.

We now know that magnetic fields around cell membranes have an electrical force of 70 to 90 mV.  “Cells use 50% of its ATP production to maintain this potential (70-90 mV).  If you reduce this value, for various reasons, the body starts to degenerate.” – http://www.trulyheal.com

“Electrical currents exist in the human body due to the chemical reactions that occur as part of the normal bodily functions, even in the absence of external electric fields. For example, nerves relay signals by transmitting electric impulses. Most biochemical reactions from digestion to brain activities go along with the rearrangement of charged particles. Even the heart is electrically active – an activity that your doctor can trace with the help of an electrocardiogram.” – http://www.who.int

We’ve known for a long time that our bodies are pulsing with electrical energy, from our nerves to our hearts.  Even the bacteria in our guts have their own electrical energy.  But we’ve only begun to scratch the surface when it comes to how negative ions, electrical energy, and all of the  mechanisms inside the body interrelate.

Dr. Martin Pall, Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Basic Medical Sciences at Washington University recently presented the studies which show how electromagnetic fields harm the body.

I grabbed some screen shots from his presentation, in which we can see the main 8 ways we are suffering from exposure to electromagnetic fields.

I’m not an electrical engineer, but I pursued higher education to be an electrician for a short period of time.  During that time I was exposed to a lot of unbelievable concepts related to electricity and energy, and I also gained experience outside of my schooling installing some electrical circuits in homes for Habitat for Humanity.  Though I didn’t do either of these things for a very long period of time, it gave me a small foundation which I’m using today, as I’m learning how to measure electromagnetic fields, using a variety of meters.  Some of these meters I used during my schooling to be an electrician, and some of them I’d never used before.

Why measure electromagnetic fields?  Electricians do it all the time.  It is an essential skill that is necessary for electrical engineers and electricians to make sure that they are doing their work correctly, precisely, and safely.  That is the most basic reason — to make sure the electrical circuits we create actually function, that the electrical distribution systems distribute power all over our communities and cities, and all while keeping people safe.

Every field has many aspects.  We know of at least two, which I will describe below, but there may be many other aspects which we are yet unaware or have not been able to comprehend.

  1. an electrical field– who force is typically measured in Volts per meter (V/m).  “Electric fields exist whenever a positive or negative electrical charge is present. They exert forces on other charges within the field. The strength of the electric field is measured in volts per metre (V/m). Any electrical wire that is charged will produce an associated electric field. This field exists even when there is no current flowing. The higher the voltage, the stronger the electric field at a given distance from the wire.  Plugging a wire into an outlet creates electric fields in the air surrounding the appliance. The higher the voltage the stronger the field produced. Since the voltage can exist even when no current is flowing, the appliance does not have to be turned on for an electric field to exist in the room surrounding it.  Electric fields around the wire to an appliance only cease to exist when the appliance is unplugged or switched off at the wall. They will still exist around the cable behind the wall.” – www.who.int
  2. a magnetic field– whose magnitude or intensity is typically measured in Gauss (G) or Tesla (T).  “A magnetic field is only produced once a device is switched on and current flows. The higher the current, the greater the strength of the magnetic field.  Magnetic fields are created only when the electric current flows. Magnetic fields and electric fields then exist together in the room environment. The greater the current the stronger the magnetic field. High voltages are used for the transmission and distribution of electricity whereas relatively low voltages are used in the home. The voltages used by power transmission equipment vary little from day to day, currents through a transmission line vary with power consumption.” – www.who.int

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“Both electricand magnetic fieldsweaken with distance away from the source. With respect to magnetic fields, field strength weakens more rapidly from point sources, such as appliances, than from line sources, such as power lines and wiring. Magnetic fields are reduced to background levelswithin about one meter (3-4ft) from appliances, while magnetic fields from low voltage lines delivering electricity to houses, offices and factories and high voltage lines delivering electricity from a powerplant to the power provider disappear within 20 to 60 meters (60-200ft) and 100 to 300 m (300-1000 ft) respectively.” – http://www.greenfacts.org

“While strong electric fieldsare produced by high voltage electricity, strong magnetic fieldsare produced by strong electric currents(high amperage). A general rule is that relatively strong electric and weak magnetic fields are observed below high voltage transmission lines, whereas household appliances and industrial devices and machines may produce weak electric and strong magnetic fields.” – http://www.greenfacts.org

I like these examples, because they explain some of the aspects of electromagnetic fields, not in relation to wireless devices this time, but rather, in relation to the electricity in our home wiring.

Nikola Tesla invented the three-phase alternating current generator and distribution system, and advocated for alternating current, generating power at 60Hz, with 240 volts, whereas his competitor of the time, Thomas Eddison, advocated for Direct Current, generating power at 0Hz, with 110 volts.  In Europe they changed the frequency from 60 Hz to 50Hz because 60 didn’t fit well into their metric standard unit sequence.  Today, North America and half of South American generates power at 60 Hz, whereas the rest of world uses 50 Hz.  Whereas, direct current(DC) fields have a steady direction, flow rate and strength, alternating current(AC) fields change direction, flow rate and strength over time with a certain frequency.

This is a huge socialjusticeissue for Milwaukee and every there urban location where there are lots of apartment buildings, and homes that are spaced very close together, and many poorer folk are packed in like sardines.  They are all using wireless devices in very close proximity to each other, but they are also living in buildings where there are most certainly many wiring errors (I know!  I certainly made a lot of wiring errors when I volunteered as electrical staff for Habitat Humanity in years past!), and there are BANKS of ‘smart’ utility meters grouped on the sides or in the basement of the multi-unit apartment complexes, radiating the occupants 24/7.

In Chicago and New York, they are at least insulated somewhat from wiring errors and electromagnetic interference carried on dwelling wiring, due to union-driven electrical code which required their wiring to be encased in metal conduit, which contains electromagnetic fields. But unless you live in those two cities, in certain areas, you are getting the full exposures from all sources.

According to Brian Hoyer of Shielded Healing, the CEMprotec 34 is the best, most affordable 3-in-1 EMF detection meter available as of January 2022.

Now that you may understand a little more about some aspects of electromagnetic fields, I want to list some electromagnetic field devices which have been developed to work beneficially with our physiology in a variety of ways, but that doesn’t mean has been designed to be safe from an electromagnetic radiation perspective.  We are just at the beginning of this area of technology, as more people are becoming aware of the ways electromagnetic radiation can damage our physiology.  Visit the shopping guide to find truly zero-EMF saunas.

As I tried to explain earlier in the post, not all frequencies are harmful.  Some frequencies are naturally occurring, and some, are man-made.  However, if we tried, we could figure out which ones are harming us, and which ones are not harming us.  And some people have done that research.  Of course we should know by now that we must proceed with caution, even if most research shows that a man-made frequency is benign.

There has been not only study, but also people who have experienced beneficial effects from properly designed electromagnetic devices.

Portable Neuromodulation Stimulator (PoNS) device

Developed and researched at the Tactile Communication & Neurorehabilitation Lab (TCNL) at the University of Wisconsin Madison from 1992 – 2017.

Since 1992, TCNL has explored the limits of the human brain’s capacity to reorganize its function in response to neurological disorders, including those that impair sensory, movement, and cognitive function. We have created methods to comfortably activate the sense of touch without moving parts, developed devices that substitute the sense of touch for both vision and balance, and pioneered methods combining non-invasive neurostimulation with therapeutic exercises to reduce symptoms of neurological disorders.

We understand that there is substantial interest in the Portable Neuromodulation Stimulator (PoNS) device and therapy developed at TCNL. As of the date of this message, the PoNS device remains an investigational and is not yet available for medical treatment.  Please watch the following web page for updated information regarding future PoNS-related research and/or availability.

TCNL has completed all of its PoNS clinical trials. Any released results for these trials may be found on our web site: <https://tcnl.bme.wisc.edu> – Look especially in the ‘Library’ section for publications and presentations.

In response to financial, administrative, and regulatory realities, the TCNL leadership team has closed the lab and will not be conducting any more research or clinical trials at UW-Madison.  To our many, many supporters we thank you and wish we could reach out to each of you individually to offer our appreciation.

If you need to contact the TCNL leadership for any reason other than to inquire about treatment with the PoNS device, please send an email message to: <tcnl_inquiries@mailplus.wisc.edu>. You will receive an automated response with further instructions. Please understand that because TCNL is closed a personal response will be delayed.

Electrical stimulation machine used by Terry Wahls, and many physical therapists

As used commonly by physical therapists.  I don’t know very much about these devices.  Terry Wahls used one of these machines to stimulate her atrophying muscles after her MS put her in a wheelchair.  (She eventually climbed out of that wheelchair to walk and run again!)  The electrical stimulation was a tool she used during her recovery, which was due to her diet strategy.  These devices may not be ‘safe’ from an electromagnetic radiation perspective, but still may have provided the stimulation she needed during the period of time she used it.  I don’t know at what frequencies these machines operate, and I’m sure it varies from machine to machine.

PEMF Devices sold by Magnus Magnetica

some devices can increase bone-mending by one third.

Infrared Full Spectrum Portable Sauna


Infrared Full Spectrum all wood Sauna

Galvanic Skin Response Device



Amy developed a protocol based on functional health using a Galvanic Skin Response Device. She is looking at the body’s systems as a whole, seeing which systems are stressed and figuring out what microorganisms and toxins are creating the stress. Amy has also identified five trigger allergens that habitually create stress in the body and contribute to the heightened immune response. They are mold, dust, chemicals, sugars and additives. When she uses homeopathy to balance the immune system she also makes sure these five allergens do not stress the body.

Along with balancing and strengthening the immune system, A.R.T.™ has varied tools that support the anxiety response in the body: kids tap specific Acupuncture Points to reroute the Autonomic Control System and deactivate old scripting. They use mantras, vision boards and grateful journals to create a new story. They let their “firefighters” (immune response) know that they are strong and ask them to step back so they can safely eat the foods.

Once the immune system is strong and the “firefighters” step back, the food allergen is introduced starting on the skin, then graduates to carefully supported, incrementally increased ingestion until the child can safely free-eat and integrate the food into daily life.

Allergy Release Technique™ (A.R.T.™) is an integrative methodology that focuses on building and strengthening the body’s immune system with the goal of eliminating allergic responses. A.R.T.™ is a unique combination of advanced energy medicine and Western technology, working to balance an individual’s energy to allow the immune system to function optimally.

An individual’s immune system can become overloaded for many reasons, such as infection, environmental toxins, and immunizations. When the immune system is overloaded, it becomes overactive and is in a “heightened state” that triggers an immune response to harmless foods and substances. In other words, the immune response triggers what is commonly referred to as an “allergic reaction.”

All kids with severe allergies have an over-reactive immune system. Their bucket is full. The first component of the A.R.T.™ process that sets it apart from anything else is that A.R.T.™ addresses the overloaded immune system.

Amy Thieringer is a board-certified Nutrition and Health Coach who created Allergy Release Technique™ (A.R.T.™), an integrative approach and treatment of food allergies. Over the last twelve years, Amy has worked with over three hundred children to conquer their seemingly incurable food allergies—giving them hope where traditional medicine gives up.

In addition to her extensive training with a naturopath, Amy has expertise in different healing modalities including Electral Dermal Screening, Allergy Elimination Technique, Neural Modulation Technique, Eden Energy Medicine, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Amy developed Allergy Release Technique™ (A.R.T.™) by piecing together the most relevant and helpful aspects of her various trainings in combination with her years of observing the needs and progress of her patients. A.R.T.™ uses a combination of Acupressure, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Immunotherapy so that patients can eat the foods or be exposed to the environmental allergens that would have previously caused intensive allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis. Allergy Release Technique™ (A.R.T.™) holistic therapy supports patients with a unique, proven, safe, and graduated method that over time empowers them to eat, play, and live free of allergies.

Children’s Hospital Boston is currently conducting a retrospective study on the A.R.T.™ process to clinically validate the transformative results of Amy’s work, documenting how A.R.T.™ has enabled many of Children Hospital Boston’s former pediatric patients to safely free-eat formerly life-threatening foods. Along with the study, Amy will be featured in a book released by Random House in May 2017 titled The Other Side of Impossible, chronicling innovations and perspectives of groundbreaking holistic practitioners.

Computerized Bio-Resonance Screening (CBRS)

More info about this device here.

PMT-120 Ringer device

37,000 – 39,000 Guass

  • nerve cells – 2 Hz
  • muscles – ?
  • bone – 7 Hz
  • ligaments – 10 Hz
  • gut/intestinal – 15, 20 Hz
  • blood cells – 23-30 Hz
  • fat – 37-40 Hz

Truly Heal PEMF device

1,000 Guass

Frequency Generators – Rife Machine

Rife machines operate in the 30,000 – 40,000 Hertz (30 – 40 KHz) range to destroy pathogens, bacteria, cancer cells.  Many cancer patients utilize this machine during their recovery.

Dr. Hulda Clark’s Zapper

Zappers & Accessories

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