A lot of people get into panic mode as soon as they hear the word radiation.
It’s not surprising as the media and entertainment industry paint a very scary picture of it all the time in motion pictures.
There are basically 2 categories of radiation:
Without going into the scientific details of both of them, just take note that ionizing radiation is known to cause a lot of complicated health problems. While the jury is still out for non-ionizing radiation waves.
And if you you don’t know, we are exposed to radiation every minute of every day. This is even when you live in a third world country with no electricity or regular home appliances.
So it is a little comforting that we are still alive and well even as we are under the constant barrage of radiation on a daily basis.
The type of radiation that we are most frequently exposed to is non-ionizing.
But while there is still no hard evidence that non-ionizing radiation is a cause for concern in terms of health, I’d rather err on the side of caution.
After all, it was not so long ago that something like asbestos was thought to be safe enough to be used in building materials.
We all know how that eventually turned out.
Electric and magnetic fields (EMF)
The most common type of non-ionizing radiation we come into contact with is EMF.
This is because they are areas of energy surrounding electrical devices like an aura when they are turned on when plugged in.
You can’t feel or see them. You can’t escape them a long as you live in a modern house. And they even reside around the wires running your electronic devices.
This is why if you are just a tad bit concerned about your family’s exposure to it, you should be more aware of where these sources of questionable energy is originating from.
1) Computers and TVs
Every time you are sitting in front of that new LED TV or computer monitor, you are exposing yourself to it’s radiation blast.
Some of these screen devices are even built with cathode ray tubes that produce low levels of x-rays.
But you can be sure that electronic devices emit a certain level of EMF.
While the FDA enforce limits on the amount of radiation allowed to be emitted from TV sets, you might still want to avoid as much exposure to it as possible. This is especially when your device uses a cathode ray tube.
And try to sit as far away as practically possible from the TV when watching your favorite drama series. At least keep that distance at 3 feet or more.
2) Electronic gadgets
As stated previously, almost everything electric will emit a degree of EMF. But some emit disturbingly more that others.
Hair dryers for example, produce a shockingly high level of EMF. Moreover, whenever we use it, we put it at close proximity to our head.
So if the situation permits letting your hair dry naturally, maybe that is the best choice after all.
Electric clocks also emit a high amount of EMF considering it’s size. This is also a device that we place near our head when we sleep at night.
They might look trendy with the digital displays. But switch to a conventional one if possible.
Overall, we tend to be vulnerable to exposure when we sleep.
Just think about it. We stay in the same place and position for 8 hours in bed. This means that if we are getting zapped by a gadget emitting EMF, we are getting it for 8 hours.
Let that sink in for a while.
So do keep your bed and it’s surrounds free from as much electronic gadgets as possible at night. Or turn them off.
3) Power sources
The source of electricity usually has a high level of EMF.
So look for the points of power all over the house. This includes the electricity meter, main distribution panels, back up power supplies, generators, fuse boxes, etc.
Being aware of where all these are will enable you to be mindful when moving about in the house.
For example, you don’t want to stay in the vicinity of a generator for too long when you have it up and running. Or if you know that a particular wall in the bedroom has a host of wiring behind it, it’s best not to sleep with your head against that wall.
There was a period of time when there was mass panic over the safety hazards of microwaves at home when consumers discovered that radiation is used to heat up the food we eat.
Yes. Microwaves uses radiation when operating.
The silver lining is that they use non-ionizing radiation for the work they do. And the concentration of radiation is enclosed in the appliance itself.
This also means that if you have a damaged door on the microwave, you are letting the radiation escape. Subjecting you to much higher levels of radiation.
I suggest that if there is even a slight doubt that the microwave is faulty, get it replaced.
5) Cell phones
This is one of our biggest indulgence these days. We use them in bed, in transit, in the office, and even in the toilet.
But for all the mobile and smart devices we surround us with these days, can you believe that there is still no definitive proof that the radiation these things expose us to is not a health risk?
Studies and research are still ongoing as you read this.
In the meantime, there are some precautions you can take to limit your exposure to these harmful rays.
- Use a conventional wired phone when possible and convenient
- Use a hands-free device when appropriate
- Change to a phone with a lower specific absorption rate (SAR)
- Don’t sleep with a phone beside your head
I cannot imagine life without a cell phone. But making these small changes can be well worth it if my lifespan is not compromised even at the smallest amount.
Every individual in every house will be subject to radiation. The least we can do is educate ourselves about them and take precautions to prevent over-exposure.