Solutions to the problem of EMFs prevading so much of our modern world are achieved by applying mitigation and remediation strategies. The goal is to minimise one’s exposure given their unique situation and circumstances, i.e., layout of their dwelling and even their level of sensitivity. Reduction of EMFs and RF radiation can be achieved through a number of strategies;
- through shielding and direct blocking EMFs and their radiation,
- by repositioning furniture, reallocation of space and use, and
- by eliminating the source temporarily or permanently.
Sometimes excellent solutions can be achieved by simple adjustments to the layout of ones workplace or domicile. For example, it may just require moving the bed or desk just a few inches to the left or to the right. Other times it may require painting and shielding the wall with special EM reflective/absorptive materials or by coating the walls (and perhaps ceilings, walls) with special conductive paints. Each situation can be quite different and requires a unique mitigation strategy.
Shielding can take many forms and requires knowledge of the EMF environment. It can be achieved by using conductive net curtains, usually to cover windows, or with specialised conductive shielding paint to cover the walls. There are also grounding pads, and shielding canopies that isolate the bed, etc. All of which methods can be used separately or together to reduce exposure levels. Every situation can be different and if not carried out properly, shielding in some instances can make the EMF problem worse.
- Conductive paints (for walls)
- Conductive net curtains (for windows and walls)
- Conductive transparent films (for windows)
- Low-emissivity windows with metallized coatings
Note: every situation is different and requires specialised analysis. In some cases such conductive materials, while blocking microwave frequencies , may potentially spread electrical field exposure. Sometimes it is better to ground these shields or let them float (electrically) so they act as absorbers instead of reflectors. Other times it is important to consider the appliances that are used in the shielded room/building. In some instances, shielding can make the situation worse, e.g., using wireless technology inside a totally shielded room. Sometimes it is necessary to turn off circuit breakers and unplug wires affecting the area to be shielded.
Repositioning equipment or reallocating people from the place they spend a good deal of their time can sometimes be an easy solution but may mean swapping a rooms, furniture or simply moving the EM sources (appliances).
This is the more extreme solution which is quite a personal choice. The choice to simply do without the convenience of a particular technology/device may be a realistic option for some. Once you understand the technologies and their health implications, you can decide for yourself which technologies you need and which you don’t really need. Make up your own mind and tailor your EM device and appliance usage as you wish based on your own knowledge and sensitivity.
There are technologies available, such as the ‘demand switch’, that disconnects the whole building from the power grid mains. The ‘demand switch’ does this automatically when it senses that no power more is required, i.e., when you turn off all electrical equipment in the house before going to bed. Another example of temporary elimination is the practice of completely turning off one’s cell phone or computer on going to bed.