We are continually surrounded by wireless signals. From cell phones, wireless headphones, and smart TVs to cell towers and routers, it seems WiFi signals are simply everywhere. Many studies have been conducted to show the damaging effects of WiFi on the body, and even still, our dependence on our devices increases.
So what can you do?
The first post in this series offered tips to limit WiFi exposure from cell phones.
The second post in this series explored the vibrations that cause stress, and what happens while you’re driving.
In this final post, we’ll look into the harmful effects EMF radiation can have on children, and what you can do today to lessen those effects.
Types of Radiation
Old-fashioned wired phones use wires to transmit signals. Wireless devices trade those wired signals for radio frequency (RF) radiation or radio waves. Radio frequency is a type of electromagnetic field (EMF) used in many communicative devices, as well as microwaves—to heat foods quickly. Cell phones emit low frequency RF radiation.
The body absorbs energy from wireless RF devices. For example, if you hold your phone in your hand long enough, your hand will get hot. The body tissues closest to the wireless device—usually the ear, hand, and head/brain—absorb the most RF waves.
RF and EMF exposure is especially concerning with babies and children because their bodies and brains are still developing. Even kids that don’t have their own cell phones or tablets are exposed to WiFi and EMF in school, daycare, and friends’ houses.
So what can we do to limit our exposure?
1. Create WiFi-Free Areas at Home. Maintain wired devices whenever possible, including a wired home phone, wired headphones, wired game consoles, and wired baby monitors.
2. Encourage Old-Fashioned Fun. Make two days a week wireless-free days. Encourage kids to play outside, walk to get ice cream, read a book, or play a board game.
3. Keep an Eye on the Clock. Use the “Screen Time” setting to track the number of hours your children spend on their devices. Write down the numbers each day so they begin to build an awareness of how much time they are spending on devices daily. Track your own screen time as well. You might be shocked by the time you spend on your device as well!
4. Become Aware. As you jot down your screen time numbers, begin to notice how you are feeling. Were you tired and run down after a day spent engrossed in your device? Devices zap your Qi! Start to see your patterns.
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