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THE CONNECTIVITY CONUNDRUM

In an age where most people carry a mobile phone with them at all times, it’s easy to forget that these everyday communication devices do emit radiation. And until recently, it wasn’t clear whether the wavelengths discharged from cell phones, with a frequency between that of radios and microwaves, were harmful to our health or not.

What is now clear is that signals from mobile devices are classified as a carcinogenic hazard with research finding evidence of an increased risk to the brain. The basic principle behind this risk is that the shorter the wave gets in a high microwave frequency spectrum, the more it is perceived like light – potentially disrupting quality of sleep and reducing fertility.

“Mobile phone signals have shown clear evidence of doubling the risk of an aggressive type of brain cancer called glioma. Clear evidence shows that glioma cells, if exposed to a normal mobile phone signal, show DNA fragmentation which is a marker for cancer risk,” says Patrick.

While it is near impossible to ditch your devices altogether, there are simple changes that you can make in your home to reduce this radiation.

  1. Never sleep near a Wi-Fi router – put this device in the room furthest away from your bedroom.
  2. In fact, a better option would be to turn your Wi-Fi router off before bedtime. You could also purchase a timed plug that could do this for you if your household follows a routine.
  3. Turn your phone off or put it on aeroplane mode when sleeping.
  4. When finding a home, be sure to look out for a transmitting tower. While some think it better to live near these for better signal quality, the health risks are tremendous.
  5. If you have a smart meter in your home (recording your electricity usage and transmitting the recording to your municipality), place it on the other side of your bedroom wall (in the next room) and ensure it is facing away from your sleeping area.

5G antennae are taking the world by storm boasting faster internet speeds on a fibre network; however, before you go installing one of these in your home or office consider that they have not been tested for their impact on human health. What is known is that these antennae use much shorter and higher frequency waves called millimetre wave (mmWave). These waves cannot pass through walls, which may seem like a positive for your health but in fact completely the opposite, as they require more transmitters to be setup in your home to carry the signal.

“This means approximately a 1 000-fold increase in transmitters. In other words, every city dweller will be bombarded with this untested level of EMR, as will all animals and insects,” explains Patrick.

The moral of the story is to always consider your health when using or buying technology – it may not be as harmless as you think.