Can Pets Have Seizures From EMFs? A Short Guide To Understanding Seizures, EMFs & More

What is an EMF & How Can I Protect My Pet?

Electromagnetic fields (EMF) are invisible to the human eye. However, they can affect your health in many ways. The ElectroMagnetic Fields are emitted from power lines, wireless devices, cellphone towers, wi-fi routers and other sources.

The frequency of the EMFs is measured in hertz (Hz). The electromagnetic field frequency ranges from 30Hz to 300 GHz. Electromagnetic fields above 50 hertz are considered potentially harmful to humans and pets as well.

What are the Signs of a Seizure in Pets?

A seizure is a sudden, uncontrolled electrical disturbance in the brain. One of the main signs of a seizure is a change in a pet’s behavior. Most seizures occur without any warning, but some pets may show a sudden behaviour change before the seizure begins.

Pet owners should be aware of what to do if their pet does have a seizure. A person should never attempt to hold or restrain a pet during a seizure because it could cause injury to the person or injury to the pet. Instead, one should try and position themselves so that they can protect their pet from injuring itself on hard objects and also help them reach fresh air if they are prone to breathing problems during seizures. If you have any concerns about your pets or if you think your pet has had a seizure please contact your veterinarian as soon as

Diagnosing a seizure in a pet is very difficult and there are no laboratory tests to help with the diagnosis. This is because seizures in pets often mimic other, more common neurological problems such as brain tumors and infections.

The following signs may be seen:

  • Shaking Sensations, Convulsions or Tremors, Dilated Pupils, Unusual Behavior or Agitation.

  • The following signs may indicate that your pet is having a seizure:

  • Shaking Sensations

  • convulsions or tremors

  • Dilated Pupils

  • Unusual Behavior or Agitation

  • Aggressive Behavior

  • Unconsciousness

  • Salivation and Vomiting

What is Epilepsy?

Epilepsy is caused by abnormal electric impulses in groups of neurons in the brain. Seizures in epilepsy are classified as either known or unknown. Epileptic seizures are thought to be caused by a lack of neurotransmitters, which regulate the electrical impulses in the brain, causing aberrant electrical activity.

Can Your Pet’s Seizure Be Prevented or Alleviated by Limiting Exposure to EMFs?

The use of wireless devices has increased dramatically in the past decade. In the age of technology, we can’t imagine our lives without these devices. However, wireless technology has a hidden danger that is not visible.

Mobile phone towers and Tetra Masts have been associated with increased incidence of epileptic seizures, and onset of epilepsy. This is related to wireless-form of radio-frequency (RF) EMF radiation.

Where our pets sleep is often not considered. They may be placed in the most convenient area where space is available. however, pets sleeping next to appliances such as fridges, washing machines, dryers and even air purifiers can pose an ElectroMagnetic Field (EMF) hazard. Appliances (when in use) may generate high levels of AC Magnetic Fields. AC Magnetic Field exposure have been associated with increased risk of depression, dementia and even Alzheimer’s Disease. These are all neurological diseases that affect the brain and central nervous system.

Appliances and electrical wiring will also create AC electric fields when in use. The AC electric fields can also emanate out up to 1.5 metres from the source. AC electric fields have also been reported to cause adverse health symptoms for the electrically sensitive.

Pets such as dogs have a shorter lifespan than human beings. Therefore their EMF sensitivity can be more visible within a few years of age. As

Case Study

Two dogs slept next to a fridge and the power outlet for the fridge for several years. AC Magnetic Fields were 2 to 5mG on their dog beds. By the 12th year, the smaller dog started having minor seizures that occurred randomly, affecting the dog’s balance. The dog also showed signs of visible shaking and disorientation. Seizure symptoms subsided within 10 minutes. On the 13th year, the dog suffered a major seizure with multiple organ failures and passed away. The second dog showed no adverse health issues, but on the 14th year, after sleeping next to an air purifier on night, suffered a minor seizure similar to the first dog. It subsided after 5 minutes. AC Magnetic Fields were measured at 8 to 10mG. Building Biology Guideline levels should be under 0.2mG.

Three (3) months later, the dog suffered a sudden loss of balance. The vet diagnosed it as canine vestibular disease. Canine vestibular disease is sudden and doesn’t happen gradually. It is more common in older dogs. It is also called old dog vestibular syndrome or canine idiopathic vestibular syndrome. This indicates that the cause is unknown. It was theorized that long-term exposure to EMFs may be a contributing cause to the dog’s condition based on the various scientific research articles mentioned above and the dog’s sleeping area.

Conclusion & Summary of the Topic

Keep the pet’s sleeping area away from ElectroMagnetic Fields (EMFs) sources such as appliances and wireless devices and routers. Pets are part of the family, and a precautionary approach should also be taken to keep our furry family members safe. Moving sleeping areas at least 2 metres from such sources is advised. If in doubt, hire a Building Biologist to conduct a basic EMF assessment.

A Guide to How EMF Exposure Causes Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

Introduction: What is EMF?

EMF is a form of non-ionising radiation.

It’s electromagnetic in nature which means it has both an electric and magnetic components. It also means that EMF waves are not ionising radiation – meaning that they don’t have enough energy to break chemical bonds in molecules or atoms.

What is Dementia?

Dementia is a brain disease that affects a person’s memory, thinking and behavior.

Dementia is a brain disease that affects a person’s memory, thinking and behavior. It is considered as a decline in intellectual abilities. In Alzheimer’s Disease, it appears as an irreversible decline in mental abilities due to the death of brain cells. Dementia can also be caused by stroke or traumatic brain injury, but it can also happen as the result of these diseases:

– Parkinson’s Disease

– Huntington’s Disease

– Multiple Sclerosis

– Frontotemporal Dementia

What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative brain disorder that slowly destroys memory, thinking, and reasoning skills.

The first sign of Alzheimer’s disease is usually forgetting recent events. Later symptoms include problems solving problems and difficulties completing familiar tasks. These symptoms gradually worsen as the disease progresses and can lead to death.

There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease but medications can help manage some of the symptoms and delay its progression in some cases.

The Effects of EMFs on the Brain

EMF radiation is a type of microwave radiation that is emitted from different types of devices. EMFs disrupt normal electromagnetic signaling in the brain, and can have both short- and long-term consequences.

The most common consequences are memory loss, brain fog, tinnitus, headaches, sleeping disorders, and fatigue.

Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs) also induce the Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, which leads to the degranulation of mast cells and histamine release. Histamine is a powerful mediator of inflammation. This increases the permeability of BBB through oxidative stress.

It has been widely accepted that the Blood Brain Barrier (BBB) is a physiological structure that plays an important role in maintaining brain homeostasis. The BBB acts as protective mechanism by preventing potentially harmful chemicals from reaching the brain, effectively shielding it against their potential toxic effects.

The Blood Brain Barrier is ineffective at shielding the brain against EMFs which are linked to brain inflammation and oxidative stress. Oxidative/nitrosative stress-induced breakdown of the brain’s Blood Brain Barrier (BBB) may be involved in neurodegenerative disorders. Neurodegenerative disorders that are associated are: Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Parkinson’s disease (PD), multiple sclerosis (MS), Huntington’s disease and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

The effects of ElectroMagnetic Fields (EMFs) on the brain are not completely understood yet. There are numerous ongoing research in the field of EMFs, Dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Real World Examples of EMF Exposure and The Risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia

When clients call Balanced Building Biology, there are often common health characteristics that are present during the initial phone call. Often, the ability to focus or their train-of-thought is disrupted. This can also be true for clients living in a mould-affected home. Often the health symptoms overlap.

Case Study 1

A young couple living in a granny flat were experiencing fatigue and sleep disturbances. However, the male occupant was diagnosed with clinical depression (from his medical doctor) and was taking depression medication.

The basic EMF assessment investigated RF and AC magnetic field exposure levels in living and sleeping areas. Aside from the usual wireless devices and Wi-Fi router, the bedroom area identified a major problem. The split system air conditioner was at the foot of the bed, but its electrical wiring traversed through the wall cavity at the same height as the mattress and pillow area. This produced high AC magnetic fields on their mattress, when the aircon was used at night. The male occupant was closest to the source. The female occupant would often sleep on the sofa instead of the bed. An elderly gentleman had also previously slept in the same bedroom, and is now diagnosed with dementia and depression. 

Case Study 2

A family of four living in a single-story home had one member of the family who was experiencing sleep disturbances, chronic fatigue, memory loss, poor concentration, and a lack of focus. Other members of the family were healthy and not experiencing any adverse health effects.

The affected member of the family was a teenage child. The bedroom was located closest to the highest EMF sources. The sleeping area was affected by wireless radio-frequency (RF) radiation from the Wi-Fi router that was transmitting extremely high RF EMF levels. AC Magnetic Fields were also found to be a problem. The room had a ceiling fan on a relatively low ceiling height. Depending on the type of ceiling fan, extremely high AC Magnetic Fields can be produced. This affected the sleeping area. Subfloor electrical wiring and wall cavity electrical wiring were also identified to pass through the sleeping area contributing to high AC Magnetic Fields when appliances were used in other rooms.

Conclusion: How To Protect Yourself From EMF Exposures And Decrease Your Risk Of Alzheimer’s & Dementia

If you are worried about the effects of EMFs on your health, take steps to protect yourself. Some of these steps may seem like common sense, but it is worth mentioning all the same.

Turn off your wireless devices at night or anytime you are not using them. Disable Wi-Fi at home and work if you do not need it on. Do not use appliances while asleep; this reduces EMF exposure significantly. The fridge should be hte only appliance operating at night, but it should not be adjacent to a bedroom wall. Lastly, get your home assessed by a building biologist who can check for EMF exposures.

The Problem with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS) and How You Can Heal

Introduction: What is Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS)? Symptoms and Causes

Mast Cell Activation Syndrome is a rare but serious condition that affects the body’s mast cells, which are part of our immune system.

The symptoms of Mast Cell Activation Syndrome can vary greatly from person to person. Some people experience only one or two symptoms while others experience many. There are many things that can cause Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, but most people experience an allergic reaction of some sort for at least one symptom.

Mast Cell Activation Syndrome is a rare but serious condition that affects the body’s mast cells, which are part of our immune system. The condition may be triggered by an environmental allergen or other triggers.

How Mast Cells Work and Why They Can Cause Problems for Those with MCAS

Mast cells are immune system cells that produce histamine and other inflammatory substances when they are activated by an allergen. or environmental hazards.

Mast cells are very similar to basophils, however it is believed the latter come from different precursors.

Basophils and mast cells utilize different routes to enter the circulatory system. Basophils migrate through bone marrow and travel in the blood stream, whereas mast cells move to different parts of the body via connective tissue.

Mast cells contain histamine, which is released when they are triggered. The primary functions of histamine in the body include: allergies, inflammation, and defence against pathogens.

There is evidence to suggest that non-ionizing electromagnetic fields cause an increase in the number of mast cells, their movement, and degranulation.

Causes of Mast Cell Activation Syndrome?

Mast cell activation syndrome is a condition characterized by an immune system overreaction to environmental triggers.

The cause of the condition is not entirely understood, but it is believed that there are two main factors that contribute to the development of mast cell activation syndrome: environmental triggers and genetic predisposition. Environmental triggers may include mold, mould, EMF radiation from power lines and certain electronic devices, electro-hypersensitive people, increased numbers of mast cells in the skin near blood vessels.

The symptoms may include a variety of skin problems such as hives or rashes on the skin, eczema-like lesions with red patches and itching. It can also lead to problems with digestion such as diarrhoea or stomach pain.

What a Building Biologist finds with People Suffering from MCAS

According to a research article by Olle Johannson, electro-hypersensitive people exposed to electromagnetic fields have a different pattern of mast cell distribution where there is a high concentration of mast cells near the skin surface resulting in skin irritations/eczema due to degranulation of the mast cells, resulting in the release of histamines.

In another study, the mycotoxins released from mould growth can result in the secretion of pro-inflammatory cytokines, especially from mast cells, which then lead to inflammation. The secretion of pro-inflammatory cytokines, especially from mast cells, can occur in all tissues (even the brain), and can result in cognitive issues such as memory loss and poor attention, with extreme cases that children being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

A building biologist often examine the homes of someone suffering from mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS). Building biologists will look for evidence of mold or electromagnetic field radiation. Nearly all cases identified an EMF source or a mold-growth issue within the home. Often, the occupant was sleeping next to a Wi-Fi router or cordless DECT phone, and even sleeping with their smart phone. In other cases, black toxic mold growth or hidden mould growth was identified in the home, which had to be professionally remediated by an IICRC-certified mould remediator.

From a precautionary approach, it is best to eliminate electromagnetic field (EMF) sources within the home and to remediate any mould and moisture issues. This will reduce your environmental hazard exposures while you receive medical treatment from your functional medicine doctor.

How do you treat Mast Cell Activation Syndrome?

To keep a chronic condition such as mast cell activation syndrome under control, find a functional medicine doctor you like and trust to help you. It will take time and patience, but the good news is that treating it will yield good results.

Here’s a Great Video from Dr Ron Ehrlich & Dr Christebelle Yeoh

Worth watching.

They mention the ACNEM.  The Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (ACNEM) is a focused on education and training of medical and healthcare practitioners.

 

 

 

 

Health & Safety Concerns in The Home – What’s a Normal EMF Reading?

Introduction: What are Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs)?

Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) are “non-ionising radiation” that is created by any device that operates with electricity. EMFs include magnetic fields, electric fields, radiofrequency fields and dirty electricity.

Radio Frequency fields (RF) can be emitted from cellphones, wireless routers, microwaves, smart TV and other electronic devices such as laptops and tablets.

AC magnetic fields (ELF MF) are generated by appliances and motors and are measured in gauss or milligauss using a gauss meter. The frequency range is in the ELF-MF range, and therefore can be labeled as ELF-MF.

AC electric fields (ELF EF) are extra low-frequency AC Electric Fields (ELF EF). AC electric fields are created from building wiring and electrical appliances. The electric field from the wiring in a wall and attached cables will continue to emit a very small electric field even if the appliance itself has been shut off. The strength of the electric field changes from person to person. According to ARPANSA, one should expect a background level of 20 V/m. IARC do not classify AC electric fields as a health concern.

EMF Measurement in The Home

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EMF, or electromagnetic field, is a term that is used to describe the levels of radiation that are emitted from devices such as microwaves, cell phones, laptops, and more. For many people in the modern world, it has become difficult to avoid EMF exposure with rates of 90% or more of people having EMFs in their homes.

You will need to purchase an EMF meter to measure EMFs. However, most consumer meters are highly inaccurate. They may over- or under-report the actual EMF levels. A tri-field meter is a meter that measures three different types of EMF. These are typically radio frequencies (RF), magnetic fields (MF), and electric fields (EF).

The tri-field EMF meter needs to be set to each field measurement, and all rooms should be measured. The front and back yard should also be measured and compared to the indoor EMF levels. This needs to be repeated three times, for each EMF type. 

Radiofrequency fields (RF EMF) typically average anywhere from 500 to 1000+ uW/m2. Building biology precautionary levels aim for under 10 uW/m2 for living areas, and under 5 for sleeping areas. Creating distance from the source,

AC magnetic fields (ELF MF) always emit strong magnetic fields within 1.5 metres from the source. The sources are typically appliances or meter boxes, but electric blankets and heaters are another source.

AC Electric fields (ELF EF) always emit strong electric fields within 1.5 metres from the source. The sources are typically electrical appliances, wiring or meter boxes.

Average Electromagnetic Field (EMF) Levels in the Home

It’s important to know that 95% of EMF levels are highest from internal sources. Reducing exposure to these EMFs can be difficult but it is possible.

Building biology guidelines are precautionary thresholds to reduce the exposures as much as possible. Especially when you sleep, but also where you spend the most time during the day.

These precautionary thresholds are:

  • Radio Frequency (RF) EMF Levels: Under 5 uW/m2

  • AC Magnetic Fields (MF / ELF MF) Levels: Under 0.2mG (sleeping area)

  • AC Electric Fields (EF / ELF EF) Levels: Under 0.3 V/m

Building Biologists recommend to limit the number of Wi-Fi routers in your home, place your mobile phone on airplane mode when you are not using it, or turn off your devices at night.

The most common EMFs are: microwaves, fridges, meter box, electrical wiring in walls, power lines outside the house, electrical outlets and lights inside the house.

Average Radio Frequency (RF) EMF Levels

Average AC Magnetic Field (AC MF / ELF MF) Levels

  • Target Building Biology Levels: <0.2mG

  • Induction Cooktop: 25mG+

  • Oven: 30mG+

  • Fish Tank Water Pump: 40mG+

  • Incorrect Electrical Wiring or Unbundled Wiring in roof: 8mG+

    • pillow are below: 1.9mG

  • Nearby street powerlines 5m from bedroom: 2mG+

  • Wall adjacent to Meter box: 8 – 250 mG+ (depends on appliance use)

Average AC Electric Fields (AC EF / ELF EF) Levels

  • Target Building Biology Levels: <0.3 V/m

  • Bedside lamp: 650 V/m

  • Pillow area next to bedside lamp: 140 – 200 V/m

  • Electrical wiring in wall: 800-900V/m

  • General Power Outlet (GPO) with nothing plugged in: 20-30V/m

  • Salt Lamp cable: 110 V/m

Conclusion: How To Live A Safer Life At Home

EMFs are present in almost every environment, whether it is the home, the office or even on public transport. They can be emitted from electrical appliances and wireless devices. It is crucial to take precautionary measures to protect ourselves from these EMF radiation waves.

Some ways to limit exposure include shutting off all unnecessary electronic devices before going to bed and ensuring that you create a distance between yourself and any EMF emitting devices.

If you wish to have a Building Biologist assess your home, visit www.balancedbb.net.

Better Appliances and Devices with Lower EMF Radiation Levels

Here are some suggested alternatives to some of the devices mentioned above.

We are living in the era of the Internet of Things (IoT). We have everything from tablets to cars that can connect to the internet. With this, our devices are emitting electromagnetic fields (EMFs) that emit radio waves and microwaves. These EMFs can also be emitted by our heating systems and appliances in our homes or in the office. With these devices, we may not feel any pain or discomfort but there is a lot of evidence that it has a negative impact on our health in the long run.

The good thing is that there are better alternatives to some of these devices mentioned above.

  • Kitchen Appliances: Any Bosch or Miele Products

  • NBN Wireless Routers: BYO NBN Router

  • Avoid any appliances with IoT modules, wireless modules, bluetooth modules. Also avoid any device with the word “Smart” in the title or description. i.e. Smart TV, Smart Bathroom Scale, Smart Watch, Smart Washing Machine, Smart Fridge

  • Bed Side Lamp: Block Blue Light Battery Operated Lamp (Amber Color / Red Color Versions) – use discount code ‘balanced’

 

 

Electricians don’t know about Electromagnetic Fields

What is an Electrician and Why Should They be Concerned about EMFs?

Electricians are the experts of electrical maintenance. However, most electricians don’t know much about electromagnetic fields (EMFs). There is an increasing concern about EMFs among the general public but not all electricians do anything about it.

Electricians should be concerned about EMFs because they can cause biological damage and lead to serious health risks such as cancer.

Electricians are aware of AC and DC current and voltage. However, most are not aware of AC Magnetic Fields which are generated from AC current drawn through electrical wires. Nearly all electricians will not have a Gauss meter to measure AC Magnetic Fields. Electricians may not know about radiofrequency (RF) electromagnetic fields and it’s harmful health effects. This is mainly because they are not taught these aspects of EMF in their electrical training. So don’t fault them. This is where Building Biologists are trained in EMFs.

How Smart Meters & Smart Homes Affect the Home and Office Environment

Smart home technology is becoming increasingly popular. However, it can have negative effects on the health of homeowners as many use wireless transmitters and Internet-of-Things (IoT) wireless modules. This increases the level of electromagnetic field (EMF) within the home.

Smart meters are being implemented in the homes of people to monitor their energy consumption by electrical companies. However, smart meters can also emit electromagnetic radiation, which is harmful to humans. They create both radio frequency (RF) and AC magnetic field (MF) electromagnetic radiation.

Wireless devices emit non-ionizing radiation, which includes radio waves and microwaves. This type of radiation is harmful to humans.

What are the Most Common Sources of Electromagnetic Fields in a home?

There are a number of factors that contribute to electromagnetic fields in a home, but the most common sources include electrical cables and appliances.

Electrical cables can create AC magnetic fields, which can be canceled out by bundling them. If any appliances are plugged in, they should be unplugged or turned off when not in use.

Ideally, fridges should not be on the other side of the bedroom wall. Other common appliances may be air purifiers, fans and aircon systems. Ensure occupants do not sleep within 2-3 metres of such sources.

The 3 Best Ways to Protect Yourself from Electromagnetic Field Exposures in a Home Environment.

Electromagnetic fields (EMF) are everywhere, but the amount of exposure varies. It might not be possible for people to avoid all sources of EMF. But there are things that people can do to reduce their exposure to the risk. Here are some ways for electricians to help reduce EMF in homes.

The 3 Best Ways for Electricians to Help Reduce Electromagnetic Field Exposure in Homes

1) Ask for an electrical compliance test: This is a good way for electricians to check if your home electrical system is compliant and up to Standard Codes.

2) Get electricians to bundle electrical cables together in wall and ceiling cavities. This will cancel out AC magnetic fields.

3) Get the water pipe and water meter checked for stray current or voltage as this may pose a problem.

If you do find an electrician that’s knowledgeable about electromagnetic fields, then he’s a keeper.

 

 

 

 

 

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Electrical wires are bundled together. They should not criss-cross.

The Hidden Dangers Where Children Sleep

Hidden Dangers for Children – Part 1

Introduction: New Borns, Infants, Toddlers and Children

As a parent, your new born is the most important member of your family. You will do anything to protect and nuture your child through these turbulent times. You will protect and take precautions to ensure that they are not

A new born is a baby that has just been born.

As soon as your baby is with you, you put your life on hold and invest in your child 100%. You will do anything to protect and nurture them. You might be able to see the growth in their personality and intelligence when they start making sounds around four months old. By six months, they will start responding to your voice and by one year, they will understand more than you could even imagine.

New borns are not like adults in many ways; they can’t speak or walk yet, but they still have a lot of personality traits that make them unique and interesting just the way they are.

Why is sleep important for new borns, infants, toddlers and children?

When we put our children to sleep, we want the best for them. We all know that babies need to sleep to develop well, but if you ask your pediatrician what advice they may give you as a parent, they may tell you that it’s not just about sleep.

Many parents wonder why their baby has a hard time sleeping through the night and how they can make it easier on them. If you have a hard time getting your child to sleep through the night, there are a few things you should consider.

Is it a safe room to sleep in?

Are there any environmental hazards?

Are you using certain devices in the bedroom, which you shouldn’t?

Could there be a building issue that you are not aware of?

How much sleep does a child need?

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has established developed a consensus recommendation for the amount of sleep a child needs at different ages. The amount is calculated by the sleep time minus the wake time.

A recent study by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine has found that :

  • Infants need 12 to 16 hours sleep

  • 1 to 2 year olds need 11 to 14 hours sleep

  • 3 to 5 year olds need 10 to 13 hours sleep.

  • 6 or 7 year olds should be allowed 8 or 9 hours of sleep every night.

  • Teenagers 13-18 should sleep 8 to 10 hours a day

Sleep on a regular basis to promote optimal health.

Tips for Parents to Reduce the Risks Unsafe Sleeping Areas for Children

As a parent, you may have thought about putting your child to sleep in a safe spot. However, there are many risks that you should take into account before putting your child to bed.

  1. Make sure the bedding is clean and has a neutral smell. Fragrances from laundry detergent are chemicals, which can off-gas and create volatile organic compounds (VOC). These chemical gases may be toxic to your child.

  2. Change bedding weekly and use a HEPA vacuum cleaner to vacuum the mattress, bed and/or cot. Keep dust levels low. Dust mites will feed off dead skin cells. Dust mite faeces will also accumulate. Dust and dust mite faeces are known allergens.

  3. If your child is restless or moves around on the mattress, there may be an environmental hazard. Children intuitively will move away from an unsafe area. Unfortunately as new borns or toddlers, they may be restricted in their cot or bed. These hazards may be geopathic stresses, AC magnetic fields or even radiofrequency fields.

    • Geopathic stresses may be earth energies from fault lines that may cause sleep disturbances or teeth grinding for children sleeping in these zones.

    • Magnetic fields are possible carcinogens and electrical appliances such as fridges, meter box and washing machines may create magnetic field radiation, which may impact the sleeping area. It also increases the risk of childhood leukemia.

    • Radiofrequency fields are any wireless communication such as wireless baby monitors, wireless webcams, Wi-Fi routers, Wi-Fi extenders, Wireless security cameras, smart TVs and wireless speakers. These have been reported to cause restlessness in children, including sleep disturbances, anxiety, mood swings and in worst case scenarios, epileptic seizures.

Health effects of electromagnetic fields on children

Children are more vulnerable to health problems than adults because their neurological development is still underway and it’s hard for them to protect themselves from outside factors.

It’s interesting to see how the skull of an adult is approximately 2mm thick, but the skulls of children are thinner with about 0.5mm at 5 years old and 1 mm on 10 years older. RF radiation has a stronger affect on children compared to adults. RF wireless radiation is absorbed twice as much in children compared to adults..

Electromagnetic fields, or EMFs, are invisible and omnipresent in our everyday lives. They can be found in phones, TVs, and Wi-Fi routers. But we don’t know the long-term effects of exposure to these invisible forces on our health.

There are many studies that have found an increased risk of headaches, sleep disruption, neurotransmitter release, and synaptic plasticity alterations in children with higher levels of EMF exposure.

Using phones before bedtime is never good for health. Children with higher phone use had less favourable sleep durations, more night sleep awakenings, and more parasomnia sleep disorder symptoms.

The nervous systems of children are more vulnerable to the effects of electromagnetic waves than adults for a number of reasons. They are exposed to increased amounts in the world around them. While some sources show that EMFs are possibly carcinogenic, they should be minimized.

The screens from digital devices also produces blue light spectrum of light, which has been found to suppress melatonin release at night. This impacts the body’s natural ability to sleep, often with sleep onset delay by several hours.

A quick way to check if your children slept well (for toddlers and above) is to ask if they had good dreams and what sort of dream was it? 

Best Bedtime Routine for Children

Keep your child safe from long-term exposure to strong EMFs in the home, school, or other places they spend most of their time. Kids are often left with devices like smartphones right against their head or body, which can lead to various health concerns. This means turning off or removing:

  • baby monitors

  • cordless phones

  • wi-fi routers / NBN routers

  • Wireless sound bars (Sonos)

  • Door bells (Ring)

  • Wireless security cameras (Arlo)

  • Garmin, FitBit, iWatch

  • keep electrical devices and appliances away from the sleeping area.

These are just some of the obvious sources, but there are many electrical devices that have Zigbee or other Internet-of-Things (IoT) modules that can transmit EMFs. Only a building biologist will be able to identify the EMF sources properly along with appropriate EMF solutions to mitigate the problem.

Limit screen time from digital devices or smart TV’s by turning it off 1-3 hours before they go to sleep.

Set a bedtime routine. Some of these helpful tips for making their child’s nights easier include: playing calming music at bedtime, having a regular for bedtime and waking up time, limiting and avoiding bright white lights in bedrooms and living areas. Use an amber or red coloured night light. A recommended red coloured night light is the BlockBlueLight.com.au Night Light (use 10% discount code: balanced).

Incandescent lights are generally best suited for children’s rooms. They are not as harsh as an LED light & don’t tire the eyes of your child so they can fall asleep more easily.

For Geopathic stresses, hire a Building Biologist to do a Geopathic stress assessment. The building biologist will also be able to do an EMF assessment of the home looking for RF wireless radiation and AC Magnetic Fields.

 

In conclusion, take the precautionary approach and limit your children’s exposure to EMFs and digital devices. Try it for a month. Monitor your child’s sleep during the month and keep a daily log. Monitor how they move around on their bed. Hiring a professional Building Biologist will give you confidence on identifying and remediating environmental hazards in the home. There are so many factors and devices that may contribute to poor sleep quality for children.

 

How Cell Phones in Your Bra Expose You to Cancer Risk

How Does Electromagnetic Field (EMF) Radiation from Cell Phones Affect Your Health?

The connection between your phone and cancer is a complex one. This article discusses how radiation from cell phones can affect your health and expose you to cancer risk.

Some recent studies have shown that the use of cell phones may increase your risk for developing brain tumors or other forms of cancer in the long run.

In 2012, 8.2 million people were diagnosed with cancer and 14.1 million new cases were reported worldwide. Globally, the most commonly diagnosed cancers are those of the lung (13%), breast (11%), and colorectum (10%). The most common causes of cancer death were lung (1,600,000 cases or 19.4% of all cancer deaths), liver (0.8 million cases or 9.1% of all cancer deaths), and stomach (0.7 million cases or 8.8%)

Cell phones emit low-intensity radiofrequency waves, which can be absorbed by tissues in our bodies and bring about many health problems if they are exposed to them for a long time. Radiofrequency waves are part of the non-ionising section of the electromagnetic spectrum. It is considered an electromagnetic field (EMF).

What Are the Risks of Having a Cell Phone in Your Bra?

Breast cancer risk is usually associated with a family history or a genetic disposition. It usually doesn’t occur in women under 40 years old. It’s important to get to the root of why this cancer is happening and keep an eye out for other possible exposures or environmental risks.

A recent study reviewed the history of cell phone use of 4 young females aged between 21 and 39 who were diagnosed with breast cancer. All of the women regularly carried their smartphones on their breasts and developed tumours in the areas where their cell phones were located next to their bra. All individuals had carried their cell phone in the same position for 10 years, subsequently developing breast cancer.

How Do Smartphones Affect Breast Cancer Risk?

With the increase in technology and availability of electronic devices, we see a rise in the number of people who suffer from breast cancer. There are several studies that have linked increased exposure to EMF radiation from these devices to an increase in cancer risk.

WHO and IARC are two important institutions that are keeping an eye on how certain electromagnetic waves can affect the human body, classifying them as a 2B carcinogen.

Smart phones and cell phones contain multiple radiofrequency antennas. These are GSM/LTE antennas using multiple frequencies, wifi and bluetooth antennas. They all continuously transmit radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation (RF EMR).

How to Reduce Radiation Exposure From Your Wireless Devices by Turning Off WiFi/Bluetooth/Cellular Network Connection

When using a wireless device while in a public place, there are steps you can take to reduce your exposure to radiation. Here are some of the most important steps you should take.

Some devices have an airplane mode that will disable the radiofrequency transmitters. This means that your device will not connect to any network unless it is physically plugged into a network outlet. It is highly recommended that you use the airplane mode if possible.

If you cannot power off your wireless device, make sure you limit your usage as much as possible and put it away unused when not in use.

For cell phones, place them in airplane mode so they’ll stop automatically trying to connect to other networks, redirecting all phone calls to VOIP apps like Skype.

Avoid sleeping with your cell phone next to your bed or under your pillow.

Conclusion: Get a separate device for safety and reduce health risks from Wi-Fi radiation

Take a precautionary approach to the use of any wireless device. Avoid carrying the cell phone in or near your bra. Avoid carrying it near your body. Keep it in airplane mode when not in use.

You can also hire a Building Biologist to complete an Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) test of your home or office. There are many other EMF sources within the home.

 

Non-Ionizing Radiation, Brain Cancer and What You Need To Know

Introduction: The Connection Between Non-Ionizing Radiation and Brain Cancer

Non-ionizing radiation is a form of electromagnetic radiation and it is a type of electromagnetic field. The electromagnetic spectrum includes different wavelengths and types of energy. Non-ionizing radiation has the smallest wavelength and can be found in the range of 100 Hz to 300 GHz.

Brain cancer is a type of cancer that forms in the brain, surrounding tissues, or in the spinal cord that usually occurs as a result of chronic inflammation or genetic mutations. It can come from exposure to drugs, infections, carcinogens, ionising radiation such as X-rays and microwave radiation such as wifi and bluetooth.

The Importance of Reducing Exposure to Non-Ionizing Radiation

The inverse-square law is a mathematical rule that applies to the intensity of radiation. Inverse means that as you move away from the source of radiation, its intensity decreases by the square of the distance from the source.

In other words, if you double your distance from a wifi router, your exposure will be one-quarter as much as it was when you were closer.

For this reason it’s important to maximize your distance from wi-fi routers or to use a wired ethernet connection whenever possible.

How To Reduce Exposure To Non-Ionizing Radiation At Home or The Workplace

This section is all about reducing exposure to wireless radiation both at home or the workplace.

The FCC website suggests that you can reduce your exposure by using your wireless devices only when the cellular signal is strong, keeping your phone away from your body, limiting cell phone use when children are in the house, and turning off devices when not in use. Their website also provides links to more information on how to reduce exposure to wireless radiation.

We have found some useful tips for reducing exposure to non-ionizing radiation at home or the workplace below:

  • hard-wire your digital devices with an ethernet network cable.

  • tablets and cell phones can also be connected to a physical ethernet cable using an adapter.

  • avoid the use of wireless security cameras such as the Ring Doorbell or Arlo security cameras.

  • avoid the use of wireless speakers such as Sonos Speaker Systems.

  • avoid the use of wireless keyboards and mice.

  • If an appliance is marketed as a “smart” device, then it is likely to have a wireless transmitting component.

With Covid-19 lockdowns in place and people working from home, they may be unknowingly exposing themselves to strong electromagnetic radiation or electromagnetic fields. Make-shift offices might be situated next to their wifi router, which could cause chronic long term exposure to electromagnetic radiation. With many forced to do Zoom meetings, they may also be using bluetooth wireless headphones or headsets to conduct their meetings. This unnecessary exposure to bluetooth microwave radiation at 2.45GHz frequency is the same frequency as a microwave oven.

As people become more aware of the health risks they are exposing themselves to, they are taking steps to reduce them. Health effects such as chronic fatigue, sleep disturbances, anxiety, tinnitus, chest pains, and memory loss. The goal should be to eliminate their wireless exposure, but instead to reduce the amount they are exposed to.

Conclusion & Summary Of Key Points Mentioned – How To Reduce Exposure To Non-Ionizing Radiation At Home or The Workplace

This article has outlined many ways to reduce exposure to non-ionizing radiation, so that you can reduce the risk of developing cancer or experiencing other adverse health effects. .

These include:

– Decreasing time spent using a wireless device

– Turn off wireless transmitting devices such as wifi routers, and hard-wire

– Keeping devices away from your head and body, but maintain as much distance away from the source.

And for more profession solutions, contact Balanced Building Biology by calling +61406736802 or email info@balancedbb.net.

The Top 5 Home Inspection Mistakes That Could Cost You Thousands of Dollars

Introduction: Top 5 Home Inspection Mistakes to Avoid Before Buying a Home

In this article, we’ll look at the top 5 home inspection mistakes homeowners make when buying a home.

Do you know that there are a few simple steps you can take to ensure you’re not wasting money on a bad investment? The process of buying a home is always going to be stressful and challenging. There’s a lot of pressure involved but it doesn’t have to be difficult if you know what to look for.

#1 – Foundation Issues

A home’s foundation is the most important part of a house. The foundation is crucial because it provides a surface on which all the other parts of the house are built.

A home’s foundation is made up of a concrete slab or footings  that are anchored in to the ground and that provide a level, flat area on which the flooring (either wooden or synthetic) will be laid, and walls can be built. The space under this level area (known as crawlspace) also needs to be considered because it provides insulation for pipes and wires, storage space, and access to plumbing for cleaning purposes.

If you want your home to function well for years without problems, it is important that you make sure your foundation meets certain requirements.

Foundation issues are usually caused by a combination of factors including ground shifting, moisture intrusion and corrosion. A variety of structural problems may result from foundation issues, such as mould growth on the walls or flooring under a wet basement slab. You may also notice surface water flow underneath your house or erosion on your property.

If you have a crawl space under your house, you need to be especially careful about leaks from plumbing fixtures and past floods because these can affect the condition of your crawl space floors and framing members. In some cases, foundation problems may not be evident until there is an earthquake or other extreme ground movement that causes the foundation to shift and cause more problems.

#2 – Mould Issues

The section covers the causes of mold / mould and how to identify the presence of either. It also covers how to remove mold from a house.

Mold is a type of fungus that is found everywhere in nature, indoors and outdoors. They grow on surfaces that have been damp for more than 24 hours, especially on organic substances such as wallpaper, timber, ceiling tiles, carpeting and insulation. In humid environments the growth of mold can be rapid, eventually causing damage to materials it has colonized as well as producing mycotoxins.

There are two types of mold: toxic or allergenic. Toxic molds can produce mycotoxins that cause health problems such as skin irritation or allergic reactions like shortness of breath and wheezing (allergic rhinitis). Allergic rhinitis is also known as hay fever, but can be caused by molds.

Existing mould issues can cause health problems or damage to your personal items

Mould is a type of fungus that can grow in moist, humid environments. Existing mould issues can cause health problems or damage to your personal items. It’s important to prevent mould from growing in your home so it doesn’t spread.

#3 – Drywall & Insulation Problems

Missing insulation: Missing insulation is a very common problem in home insulation. It occurs because either the owner didn’t know about its importance or lack of knowledge on how to install it. The result is a home that does not have the necessary protection from the elements and will be susceptible to outside noise, heat loss, temperature fluctuations.

Discoloured drywall: Discoloured drywall can be caused by many things but the most common cause is water getting behind your drywall. This can be because of too much humidity in your home, high levels of humidity due to the weather conditions or an old roof providing insufficient drainage for water to leave your house properly.

Missing roof sarking: Missing roof sarking means that water and moisture can get in and cause damage to the framing and other material in the attic, which may result in mold or other problems that need to be addressed.

#4 – Ventilation

Ventilation is a key component in the design of a building to ensure that the indoor air quality is at a level that ensures occupants can stay healthy and comfortable.

Ventilation needs to be addressed when designing and building any new space, but there are different types of ventilation, and each has its own pros and cons. It’s important to take into account what you want to achieve in your ventilation system before deciding how much ventilation is needed for your space.

Ventilation is crucial for good indoor air quality. Ventilation has multiple benefits such as removing dust particles from the air, lowering humidity levels, which can help with dry skin or asthma, and reducing CO2 levels within buildings.There are four major types of ventilation that are commonly used including exhaust fans, windows, aircon units, and air purifiers. All of these have different benefits. For example, exhaust fans can help remove excess heat & humidity from wet area or kitchen. Aircon systems will provide heating and cooling options for the home. Ceiling fans are another suitable option.

#5 – Electrical Issues can cause EMF issues

Electrical issues can lead to EMF issues. Electrical wiring diagram is the first way to identify if there is any issue with your electrical wiring. Dirty electricity and living near a substation are also two reasons why people experience EMF problems.

Different countries have different guidelines for how close you can be to an electrical substation. It is important that you know the guidelines of the country that you are living in. Sleeping near electricity can cause EMF problems as it emits AC magnetic fields around your bed. This will not only affect your sleep but also potentially cause health problems in the long run.

Conclusion

This guide has provided an overview of the foundation issues that can affect your homes, as well as possible causes and prevention methods. Hire a building biologist to provide another perspective on the building separate to a building inspector.

5G Testing

The 5th Generation of Mobile Phone Technology ratified by the 3GPP conglomerate has meant that there is a rapid race to deliver the services to the consumers and businesses that are eagerly awaiting the super-fast low latency mobile data offerings that are touted to be 10x time faster than current 4G LTE speeds. However, there are global concerns raised from the public on the safety of 5G and in particular millimetre waves (mmWaves) that will be used in the future.

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The nature of 5G requires multiple frequencies as seen above and utilises multiple technology innovations such as Massive MIMO, full-duplex, beam-forming and mmWaves. This all means that they need to deploy smaller antennas more frequently. These can be called small cells, pico cells or micro cell antennas. Go to the ‘Gallery’  to see more real-world Australian examples.

So what can you do? A lot!

Firstly, hire a building biologist to come and assess your area and your home. They will be able to measure frequencies unto 6GHz, but in some cases, can hire specialised equipment to measure much higher than this.   It is important to obtain a baseline radio frequency (RF) exposure measurement before any new 5G antennas gets deployed.

Second, best to sign-up to any petitions and go to protest events that are organised by the many facebook groups in Australia.

What is 5G

All too often, there is a lot of mis-information being circulated around social media. This page will hopefully provide some clear and concise information on some of the 5G technologies that comes from accurate sources that are not mis-leading but also not too technically complex.

As a Building Biologist at Balanced Building Biology, with 20+ years of experience in the IT world, the knowledge and experience has been applied in this field (building biology) to analyse and assess 5G. With a passion to hunt down pico, micro and small cell antennas as well as the more dominant panel and beam-forming antennas, we can assess your neighbourhood.

5G Summary

A very good summary from the IEEE, which makes it very understandable.

Beam-Forming

Just as a nozzle on the spray bottle has 2 options of ‘mist’ and ‘stream’ types of spraying methods, beam-forming brings a direct ‘stream’ of radio frequencies directly to your head where you would put your mobile phone against your ear. This can be potentially hazardous.

 

Full Duplex

Think of it as a bi-directional freeway (aka full duplex) that is actually a multi-lane freeway (MIMO).