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The International Association for Electrosmog-

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The ever-increasing exposure to electromagnetic radiation, caused by mobile telephony, electrical devices, mains and traction current, etc., ensures that we are exposed to electrosmog all the time, wherever we are. A growing number of people are rightly concerned and recognise the disadvantages that this brings for their health and well-being. The number of individuals informing themselves of the health consequences of electromagnetic radiation is increasing all the time.

Many people wish to take their own precautions, and therefore require products that emit low radiation or provide protection against electrosmog. In parallel to this development, the range of products available, which apparently or actually prevent electrosmog or protect the human body against it, is rising. However, it is almost impossible for laypersons and even experts to test the claimed characteristics of these products – such as „protects against electrosmog“ or „low radiation“ – before making a purchase decision.

 

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In order to assist the consumer in the decision-making process, the International Association for Electrosmog-Research IGEF has developed a certification process in cooperation with scientists and experts, which is suitable for labelling low-radiation electrical/electronic devices, and products that provide protection against electrosmog. The product testing and certification is performed by the International Federation for the Evolution of ElectroClean Technology IFEECT in accordance with the certification process stipulated by the IGEF, in measuring labs approved by the IGEF.

 

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In order to label certified products, the International Association for Electrosmog-Research has created the IGEF seal, which is registered as a legally protected word/picture mark with the German patent and trademark office under registered no. 39642272.

You can apply for the IGEF test seal, established over 25 years ago, as well as ElectroClean certification right now.

Find out more  HERE!


What Are EMFs?

In all examples of EMF, the energy field causes a change in everything it encounters.

EMF (or ElectroMagnetic Field) is a broad term which includes electric fields generated by charged particles, magnetic fields generated by charged particles in motion, and radiated fields such as TV, radio, and microwaves. Electric fields are measured in units of volts per meter or V/m. Magnetic fields are measured in milli-Gauss or mG. The field is always strongest near the source and diminishes as you move away from the source. These energies have the ability to influence particles at great distances. For example, the radiation from a radio tower influences the atoms within a distant radio antenna, allowing it to pick up the signal.

 

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Despite the many wonderful conveniences of electrical technology, the effects of EMF on biological tissue remains the most controversial aspect of the EMF issue with virtually all scientists agreeing that more research is necessary to determine safe or dangerous levels. Iron, necessary for healthy blood and stored in the brain, is highly effected by EMF. The permeability of the cell membrane of our nerves, blood vessels, skin, and other organs is effected. The intricate DNA of the chromosomes has been shown to be effected by EMFs as well. In fact, throughout our bodies, every biochemical process involves precisely choreographed movement of EMF-sensitive atoms, molecules, and ions.

When Are EMFs Dangerous? 

2.5 mG is the generally accepted limit of ELF magnetic field exposure but no one tells you that the average hair dryer, vacuum cleaner, or can opener you use EMITS AN AMAZING 300 mG or
more!!!

After more than 25 years of intensive study, the health and safety conscious Swedish government has established a safety limit for exposure to ELF magnetic field at 2.5 mG, and VLF magnetic fields at only 0.25 mG. Although the U.S. government has been slower to act in establishing its own standards, the Swedish standard is generally accepted throughout the world. What this possibly means is that if someone consistently experiences exposure which exceeds the standard, that person could be at risk for developing health problems which can range from headaches, fatigue, and dizziness to skin rashes, miscarriage, leukemia, and cancer. In fact, numerous court cases where plaintiffs claim to have been injured by EMFs are now in progress. Even though the controversy of conflicting scientific studies persists, it seems strange that cigarettes and alcohol are packaged with warnings we already know about, and the sodium, fat, and cholesterol content of foods must appear on the labels, but NO ONE TELLS YOU THAT THE AVERAGE HAIR DRYER, VACUUM CLEANER, OR CAN OPENER YOU USE EMITS AN AMAZING 300 mG OR MORE!!!

What Can You Do About EMFs? 

The Office of Technology Assessment of the Congress of the United States recommends a policy of „prudent avoidance“ with respect to EMF. Prudent avoidance means to measure fields, determine the sources, and act to reduce exposure.

1. Detect EMFs in your home and work environment

You have to know where the sources of EMF are in your everyday world and how strong these sources are. Is there wiring in the wall behind your bed that you don’t even know about? Is the vaporizer emitting strong fields in the baby’s room? How much EMF are you and your family getting from the power lines in the street? Get a meter, share it with your friends, and test the areas where you spend time.

2. Diminish your exposure to the EMFs you find

Remember that EMFs go right through doors and walls. 

• Determine how far you must stay away from the EMF emitters in your home & work environment to achieve less than 2.5 mG of exposure… the microwave oven, the alarm clock, the computer, and so on.

• Rearrange your furniture (especially the beds, desks, and couches where you spend the most time) away from heaters, wiring, and fluorescent lights, electric doorbells, and other EMF „hot
spots“.

• Test electrical appliances before you buy with a hand held meter in the store. Know what you are buying and buy the lowest EMF emitter. Where practical, replace your electric appliances with
non-electric devices.

• Contact your local utility if you suspect high radiation from power lines near your home, schools, or workplace. They will come out and test. If they find high levels of EMF (ask for the report!)
they may be required to re-route the power lines, move them higher, or bury them.

• Turn off, don’t use, or throw out electrical appliances that you can do without!

• Have an electrician correct faulty high EMF wiring and help you eliminate dangerous stray ground currents. Consult a qualified EMF engineer if necessary.

• Here’s a simple way to reduce exposure from idle computer monitors using the „Low-Power Standby“ mode: In Control Panel, locate the „Display Properties“. Click the Screen Saver tab and check the Low-Power Standby box. Set the amount of minutes of idle before activation of standby mode. Click OK. What this accomplishes is that the monitor will power down (almost zero radiation output!) when
the keyboard is idle for a short while. To „wake up“ the monitor, simply touch the keypad or mouse. Note: this is better than Screen Savers, which do not reduce radiation or power consumption! This may only be available in some Windows 95/98 computers.

3. Shield yourself

Use shielding devices on your computer screen and cellular phone. Add shielding to your household wiring, circuit box, and transformers. Use shielding-enhanced materials in your bedding or your
clothing if you must be exposed to EMFs.

Did you know that: 

• you can reduce the EMF exposure from your hair dryer 90% or more by arranging to hang the dryer on a wall hook, get a flexible plastic hose for the nozzle, and direct the hot air to your head with the hose!

• Dr. David Carpenter, Dean of the School of Public Health, SUNY was quoted as saying that he estimates that 10% to 15% of all childhood cancers may be due to exposure to residential power
lines!

• the Wall Street Journal reported in 1993 that the real estate resale value of homes decreased by as much as 30%, if exposed to EMFs!

• that electric fields are measured in units of volts per meter (V/m) and magnetic fields are measured in units of Gauss (G) or Tesla (T). 1 tesla = 10,000 gauss.

• microwaves are within the upper part of the radio frequency part of the electromagnetic spectrum? Radio frequencies range from kilohertz (thousands of cycles per second) to gigahertz (billions of cycles per second). Check your microwave oven for leakage!

• epidemiological studies in Sweden by Maria Feychting showed that individuals exposed to high magnetic fields at home and at work had 3.7 times the risk of developing leukemia compared to those not exposed.

• that 2 recent research reports have identified elevated risks of breast cancer among women working in jobs with presumed higher than average exposure to EMFs.

• the US Postal Service has agreed to allow installation of 200 foot high towers supporting clusters of cellular phone antennas on the rooftops of 11,500 US Post Offices. By using this federal land,
the installers can circumvent local planning boards.

• the electromagnetic radiation from 4 watt walkie-talkies and 0.6 watt cell phones can cause medical life support equipment (such as infant apnea monitors) to malfunction?

• the back of your computer is actually more EMF dangerous than the front? The safe distance from the front of your computer is about 30″, while safe EMF levels from the back are about 40″! Think
about what this means in schools and offices with rows of terminals. Suggest computer shielding to your employer and school board.

• when shopping for appliances, those with a higher EER (energy efficiency ratio) generally produce lower EMF levels and are therefore safer!

• one study (Ahlbom & Feychting, 1993) reported that at 2 mG and above, exposed children were 2.7 times as likely to develop cancer as unexposed children, and at 3 mG and above, the odds rose to 3.8 times as likely!

• another study (Wertheimer & Leeper, 1986) stated that couples who use either electric blankets or electrically heated waterbeds had a significantly higher miscarriage rate!

Excellent web sites offering up-to-date scientific data on microwave and other radiation issues are:

www.powerwatch.org.uk

www.emfbioeffects.org

www.microwavenews.com

www.emrnetwork.org


 


Cell Phone Hazards

Excellent web sites offering up-to-date scientific data on microwave and other radiation issues are:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwq_qQRfZfT8XByauLuInJg

www.powerwatch.org.uk

www.emfbioeffects.org

www.microwavenews.com

www.emrnetwork.org


Hypersensitivity To Electricity

Excellent web sites:

Hypersensitivity to electricity: working definition and additional characterization of the syndrome

L Hillert, BK Hedman, E Söderman… – Journal of psychosomatic …, 1999 – Elsevier
Those who believe that electric appliances trigger adverse symptoms have coined the label
hypersensitivity to electricity. Scientific research has not been able to identify a direct link
between electromagnetic fields and symptoms, and no diagnostic criteria exist. Groups

revalence of self-reported hypersensitivity to electric or magnetic fields in a population-based questionnaire survey

L Hillert, N Berglind, BB Arnetz, T Bellander – Scandinavian journal of work, …, 2002 – JSTOR
The use of the syndrome label „hypersensitivity to electricity“ is based on 3). In Sweden, work
that involves a visual display unit (VDU) has been one of the most common- ly reported triggering
factors, while environmental exposure to outdoor sources such as power lines is a

Medical and social prognosis for patients with perceived hypersensitivity to electricity and skin symptoms related to the use of visual display terminals

B Stenberg, J Bergdahl, B Edvardsson… – Scandinavian journal of …, 2002 – JSTOR
Objectives This study attempted to give a medical and social prognosis for patients with
perceived“ electrical ensitivity“. Methods In 1980-1998, 350 patients with electrical sensitivity
were registered at the University Hospital of Northern Sweden in Umea, Sweden. Those

Coping and self-image in patients with visual display terminal-related skin symptoms and perceived hypersensitivity to electricity

J Bergdahl, B Stenberg, N Eriksson, G Lindén… – International archives of …, 2004 – Springer
Abstract Objectives: The aim of the present study was to measure coping resources and self-
image in patients with visual display terminal (VDT)-related skin symptoms and
hypersensitivity to electricity (HE). Methods: From 1980 to 1998, 350 patients with

The effect of supplementary antioxidant therapy in patients who report hypersensitivity toelectricity: A randomized controlled trial.

L Hillert, B Kolmodin-Hedman, P Eneroth… – MedGenMed: …, 2001 – europepmc.org
CONTEXT: Hypersensitivity to electricity is a proposed environmental illness of unknown
etiology. Patients report a variety of symptoms that they relate to electric equipment. The
afflicted individuals suffer from ill health. Many interventions have been tried but, to date,

A cognitive-behavioral treatment of patients suffering from“ electric hypersensitivity„: subjective effects and reactions in a double-blind provocation study

B Andersson, M Berg, BB Arnetz, L Melin… – … of Occupational and …, 1996 – journals.lww.com
One person was on 50% sick leave, partly because of the hypersensitivity to electricity. and to
react relatively fast, and some of them are also used in research on patients with „electric
hypersensitivity.“ 18,23. It was located in a place with no electric power supply cables close by.

Environmental illness: Fatigue and cholinesterase activity in patients reporting hypersensitivityto electricity

L Hillert, S Flato, A Georgellis, BB Arnetz… – Environmental …, 2001 – Elsevier
The lack of a pathophysiological marker hinders studies on environmental illnesses of
unknown origin. Hence, research focused on the identification of such a marker is a priority.
This study investigated the nature and a possible etiology of fatigue in hypersensitivity to

Hypersensitivity to electricity‚-a workplace phenomenon related to low-frequency electric and magnetic fields

B Knave, U Bergqvist, R Wibom – 8. International congress of the …, 1992 – inis.iaea.org
The present study describes the symptoms in hypersensitivity to electricity on basis of the
medical histories of 32 afflicted people. Thirty-One of the 32 subjects (97%) reported vague
skin complaints, such as blotchiness, pinkness, reddening, itching etc. twenty subjects (63

Hypersensitivity to electricity: Symptoms, risk factors and therapeutic interventions

L Hillert – 2001 – openarchive.ki.se
Persons reporting nonspecific health complaints attributed to activated electrical equipment
have been a growing concern in Sweden in the last decades. The aims of this thesis were to
investigate possible risk factors (personal and work-related), symptoms, and complaints

Electromagnetic hypersensitivity: a systematic review of provocation studies

GJ Rubin, JD Munshi, S Wessely – Psychosomatic Medicine, 2005 – journals.lww.com
electro-smog,” “techno-stress,” “screen dermatitis,” and “environmental illness.” The databases
were also searched for papers using combinations of relevant stimulus MeSH or free-text key
words (eg, “mobile phone,” “computer,” “power line”) and hypersensitivity MeSH or free

EMF Health Effects

Excellent web sites offering up-to-date scientific data on microwave and other radiation issues are:

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