A little while back I had building biologist Nicole Bijlsma do a run-through of my flat to see if it was toxic, and making me sick. It was. Although my initial Sunday Life column didn’t outline the full extent of things. It was a bit too controversial for the magazine… plus, I hadn’t really digested the brunt of Nicole’s message. Now I have.

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Basically, my bedroom is making me sick. No bones about it. Here’s the deal: when Nicole did an EMF (electro-magnetic field) reading… the scanner spun around madly. The reading was dangerously high. And erratic. Nicole was shocked.

So we went outside… my bedroom sits right above the fuse room for the whole building (12 apartments). Every building ecologist around the world advises that you don’t sleep within 2 metres of the fuse box. I sleep only a metre or two above 12 of the buggers. Only wooden floorboards and a spring-coil mattress (which acts as an antenna for the whole damn thing; more on this below) between them and me. I’d always thought it was a bonus that my bedroom floor was always warm underfoot… when all along it was a slow combustion of brain-frying EMFs!!

When Nicole got her breath back, she asked: Have you, by any chance, got immune issues?

Me: YESSSSSSS. I have an auto-immune disease. Um. why?

Nicole: how long have you have you been sick?

Me: Three years.

Nicole: How long have you been living here?

Me: Oh…..dear…. a bit over three years.

Nicole then told me I was the first person she’s ever advised to move. Straight away. Do not pass go.

Why are EMFs in your bedroom bad?

I’ll dot-point for you what The BioInitiative Report, (by an international working group of scientists, researchers and public health policy professionals) said EMFs can do:

  • Affect gene and protein expression (transcriptomic and proteomic research)
  • Have genotoxic effects – DNA damage
  • Induce stress response (stress proteins)
  • Affect immune function
  • Affect neurology and behaviour
  • Cause childhood cancers (Leukemia)
  • Impact melatonin production; Alzheimer’s Disease; breast cancer
  • Promote breast cancer (melatonin links in laboratory and cell studies)

The things is, our bodies do all their repair overnight. It uses our own internal electrical system that functions with very weak electrical impulses that travel through our bodies which are mainly made of water with a high mineral levels (making it highly electrically conductive).

Problem is… electric currents from stuff in our bedrooms (live electrical wiring in ceilings, walls and floors) are thousands of times stronger than our body’s own electrical system, so long-term exposure buggers your body’s ability to communicate within itself. Ergo, you get sick.

What to do if you’re worried?

a) buy a gauss meter to read the levels around your house, $50 to $200. b) call in someone like Nicole to do it for you. Check out her site for links to people in your area. c) or you can simply pull  your circuit breaker before bed to kill all power in your house. Problem solved. A lot of people do this… especially in Europe. If you live in a flat, like me, this is not an option. So… I have to move…

Stuff you can do:

* Cats, ants and termites are attracted to geopathic stress zones (which electropathological energy causes). So avoid sleeping where your cat sleeps. If you don’t have a cat, look for areas where plants fail to thrive.

* Avoid metal-coil mattresses or metal framed beds: they can amplify and distort the earth’s natural magnetic field, which can lead to a non-restful sleep plus headaches, hyperactivity, eyestrain, muscle cramps

* Move your bed so that your head is at least 1-2 metres from all electrical outlets and turn off everything electrical in your bedroom. I turn off the wireless router every night nowmagnetic fields can travel through most barriers and for long distances, and are difficult to block.

* Ditch the electric blanket. And the baby monitor.

* Use a battery alarm clock instead of an electric one.

* This tip from Dr Mercola: Never hold a cordless phone to your head, and avoid using your cell phone when in a car with a child or pregnant woman. If you absolutely need to use your cell phone, crack your window so the radiation can dissipate quicker. (I’m not so sure about this…!)

* Or better yet… don’t use a cordless phone at all. Go for an old-school cordless one (And here’s an interesting thing: my friend Rosie recently bought an old-school phone with a cord. At first it annoyed her that she couldn’t move around while chatting. But then she found it actually forced her to have more considered conversations with people because she sat and chatted… as opposed to washed up and chatted, hung the washing out and chatted… It’s funny how EVERYTHING MAKES SENSE).

For more info, check out Nicole’s site, or her new book Healthy Home, Healthy Family. EVERYTHING you need to know’s in there.

Have your say, leave a comment.

  • K

    Kg do you have a direct link to the studies you’re referring to? The Neil Cherry link doesn’t appear to reference any EMF studies.

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  • Ann

    This is the most unscientific BS I’ve ever read.

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      It’s only BS if your only reference and measure of excellence IS science, in which case you would be a science cult member, and no cult member believes in any other opinion other than the tiny and anemic worldview of the cult.

  • Jugears Soetero

    TO Kate below, WIth all due respect, it’s not the tenant’s problem to fix, it’s the landlord or
    owner’s problem…

    To the author: I have MS myself.. I now have terrible heart
    palpitations 3 hospitals and 4 different specialists outside Chicago for
    tens of thousands of dollars can’t figure out… HOWEVER, I myself have
    been sick since I bought my first Apple G3 in the 90s and always had
    the computer box/tower next to my left leg… at home or at work at the
    Chicago Tribune… first my left leg became crippled, (next to comp
    tower 12 hours a day 6 days a week for 5 years at that point in 98 when I
    was dx’d with MS) now it’s my nervous system heart wise

    I’ve
    had all the tests, all the this, the that, xanax, methadone, magnesium
    supplements, potassium supplements, very minimal stress in my life, and
    they all blame stress for it all… I’m sick of hearing it.. I believe
    these electromagnetic fields and wi fi are damaging us and we just don’t
    know it yet.. all of us… I’d bet a million bucks, I move out, chuck
    all this electronic crap I’d be better in 6 months, but I just can’t.
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  • Paula Lynn Cross

    Hello, I wanted to see how I’d feel with the entire power shut down in the house. We had shut it down for an hour – just to see if I’d feel better. Didn’t see much improvement so I thought it must be the neighbor’s wifi and all the towers in city, etc. We turned the power back on for a minute and I realized I should have seen what the EMF meter said. Husband turned it all right back off and we used the flashlight to read the results. Went to the high spots and readings were EXACTLY the same as they typically are in every single spot. We are totally stumped. No power on whatsoever but the same results. For example, under the kitchen sink is 20 milligauss (3 is acceptable). Stove is typically 10 milligauss. Middle of my bedroom is typically 6 milligauss. Middle of dining room is typically 3 milligauss. All spots showed same readings with power off – after having been off for an hour. Does anyone have any idea what is going on? How is this possible?

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