Is ElectroPollution making you sick?

Science Lesson:  Your body is an amazing electrically-powered organic machine and your cells communicate with each other through electrical impulses. Your brain tells your heart to beat.  Your stomach tells your brain you are hungry. Your skin sends information about the texture, temperature, and weight of objects you touch, etc.

In fact, your central nervous system is kind of like the Internet, it is the conduit for millions of messages to be sent back and forth between cells and organs to keep your body functioning properly.  When you cut yourself, distress signals are sent out by the damaged tissue and your body responds with various reinforcements to clot the blood, fight infection, and seal off the area. That’s just one example of millions of chemical processes in the human body that are all controlled by electrical impulses.

Anytime electrical current flows through something, like a wire for example, it creates an Electromagnetic Field (EMF).  And just like electronic equipment, our electric bodies have an Electromagnetic Field surrounding them. We conduct electricity and radio frequencies, which is why getting close to or touching the TV antenna helps get a better picture. This also why sticking a fork in an outlet will shock the spit out of you.

“Electropollution” is a term that describes our increasing exposure to harmful invisible electronic frequencies harnessed by man in our modern world. Electronic frequency can be divided into these basic groups:

Extremely Low Frequency (ELF): Power lines

Radio Frequency (RF): radio and tv signals, microwaves, and wireless devices

Intermediate frequencies: dirty electricity emitted by appliances, electric circuits, etc.

High Frequency: ionizing radiation, X-rays, CT Scans, and PET Scans which have been proven to cause cancer.

“Dirty Electricity” is a term used to describe the harmful combination of distorted frequencies from various electronic sources in our homes, offices, schools, etc.

So what’s the problem exactly?

As I said before our cells are constantly sending and receiving messages via electrochemical pathways our our nervous system.  External Electromagnetic Frequencies can disrupt normal communication between cells. They essentially overload and confuse cells with false messages or messages they don’t understand, like too many people trying to talk at the same time. This interference can disrupt cellular function in every part of your body.

When we are exposed to external EMFs they can disturb our nervous systems and raise cortisol, our stress hormone, which can lead to all kinds of physical problems like: sleep disorders, depressed immunity, cardiovascular disease, premature aging, autoimmune disorders, and even neurological problems like depression.

EMFs can rupture cell membranes and create free radicals resulting in dna damage. They can disrupt normal cell division; handicap your immune system; and also create precancerous cells.

If you have health problems, electropollution is not something your doctor is going to look into, but it could be causing or aggravating your condition. Don’t rule it out.

Your home may literally be making you sick, aka Sick Building Syndrome.

Unless you live in a cave or a tee-pee, there is electrical current flowing inside the walls and ceilings of every room in your home; all producing EMFs.  Every electrical device in your house is amplifying these electromagnetic fields: your TV, stereo, refrigerator, dishwasher, alarm clock, hair dryer, electric razor, computers, wi-fi, baby monitors, lamps, fans, etc.

We are living and working in electrified boxes; pulsating and radiating EMFs into our bodies nearly 24 hours a day.

According to the research of Samuel Milham M.D., M.P.H., the spread of electricity, which was completed in 1959, is directly linked to a rise in degenerative disease, cardiovascular disease, and suicide in the United States. The incidence of these diseases was much lower in rural areas before they were electrified.

There have been over 30 studies, since the ground-breaking 1979 Leeper-Werthheimer Study, directly linking children with leukemia to their proximity to power lines, step down transformers, and exposure to EMFs emitted by household appliances.

And there have been hundreds of studies linking EMFs to Alzheimer’s, heart disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, miscarriage, birth defects, infertility and more.

Cell Phone Radiation
In 2006 a study of cell phone habits of 900 people with brain tumors, conducted by the Swedish National Institute for Working Life, they found that people who used cell phones for a total of 2000 hours had a 240% increased risk for a malignant tumor on the side of the head that they usually held the phone. This is because cell phone radiation penetrates two inches into an adult skull. Cell phone radiation penetrates even further into a child’s skull.  This is why children should not use cell phones. FYI:  2000 cell phone hours breaks down to 2000 minutes per month for 5 years.

Here’s what I do to minimize my exposure to cell phone radiation:

I rarely ever put my phone up to my head when I’m using it. I try to always use the speaker phone, or my earbuds.

I keep the phone away from my body as much as possible. I put in on my desk, on the table at restaurants, or on the car seat next to me when I’m driving.

I prefer to text message rather than talk on the phone and put my phone on airplane mode if I’m carrying it in my pocket for long periods of time. This stops the radiation completely and allows me to be present and focus on the people I’m spending time with without interruptions.

So for those folks who like to give me a hard time because I never answer the phone. Now you know why.

Also the weaker your phone signal, the more radiation it produces. If you don’t have full signal, don’t answer.

Finally, don’t charge your cell phone on your nightstand at night. Speaking of the bedroom…

EMFs and any light in your bedroom at night can interfere with your body’s production of melatonin, which is a major player in your immune system and is only produced at night when you sleep.

What Melatonin Does:
It is an antioxidant 5 times more powerful than Vitamin C.

It Increases the effectiveness of your lymphocytes.  Lymphocytes are killer cells that fight off foreign invaders and mutated cells.

It increases the activity of superoxide dismutase (SOD) and glutathione. These chemicals are antioxidants, detoxifiers, and help repair damaged cells.

Melatonin is one of the most powerful health promoting hormones in your body. Make sure there isn’t anything interfering with your body’s production of it.

What you can do to reduce EMF exposure at home:

Unplug electrical devices in your bedroom, especially those near your body. As much as you might like to hit the snooze button in the morning, you’re better off putting the alarm clock on the other side of the room.

Unplug as many electrical devices as you can in your house. This reduces EMF exposure and saves you money.  Turn your computers off, then turn off the power strip.  Unplug the blender, mixer, toaster oven, etc.

Turn off your wi-fi when you aren’t using it.

Install a kill-switch outlet in each circuit.
Kill Switch Outlet

This requires a bit of explanation.
Your outlets and lights are wired in separate circuits throughout your house. Depending on how your house is wired, all the outlets in one room should be on one circuit, but sometimes they share circuits with other rooms.  If you disconnect the first outlet in the circuit, it will disable the power to the rest of the outlets in that circuit.  If you disconnect the second outlet, the first will still work, but all the rest will be disabled. Make sense?

A kill-switch outlet will kill power to the rest of the outlets that follow it in the circuit, thereby allowing you to easily turn off whole circuits at a time without messing around in the breaker panel.  For example, a properly placed kill-switch outlet will kill the power to every outlet in your bedroom, or just the three walls around your bed.  It may also kill the power to other outlets in other rooms if they share the same circuit.  The switch outlets we use have a small red indicator light on them. If the indicator light is on, that means there is power to the circuit. Also the receptacle in this outlet works even if the switch is killing the power to the rest of the room.  This is what we have in all three bedrooms at our house.

Tracing down the different circuits and deciding where to install each kill-switch is something you can figure out yourself, if you have basic electrical experience (Please don’t burn your house down). If you want to hire an electrician, it should not cost you more than a couple hundred bucks.
Kill-switch outlets themselves are only about $9 each.

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Other tips:
Move couches away from the wall where your electric wiring is located. Avoid placing your sofa against a wall if your fridge is on the other side.

Fluorescent bulbs generate more EMFs than than standard bulbs and are filled with toxic mercury vapor.  Because of this there is no good way to get rid of them.  Oops.  Two more things the “green movement” somehow missed.  LED lighting generates the least amount of EMFs, but produce high levels of blue light which can interfere with melatonin production at night. Incandescent bulbs are best.

Ceiling fans, recessed lighting, and refrigerators all generate high magnetic fields in the rooms above them. You don’t want these below your bedroom.

If you would like to measure the EMF fields in your home or at work,
you’ll need a Gauss Meter.

The TriField 100 XE is a Gauss meter with magnetic, electric, and radio/microwave detection in one unit.  With it you can accurately measure EMF pollution “hot spots” in your home, or work environment so you can take steps to reduce your exposure.
FYI: This is also what ghost hunters use to look for paranormal activity.

Buy the Trifield 100XE here.


I learned a lot from the book ZAPPED: Why Your Cell Phone Shouldn’t Be Your Alarm Clock and 1,268 Ways to Outsmart the Hazards of Electronic Pollution by New York Times bestselling author Ann Louise Gittleman.

It’s a fascinating read and is chock full of invaluable information, only of fraction of which I touch on in this post. She’s done a ton of research and put it all together in an easy to read format with practical steps throughout.


Topics include:
-Advanced steps to test and protect your home from dirty electricity
-Protecting yourself at work
-Superfoods that protect against EMFs and tons more!

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This Post Has 26 Comments

  1. Dave


    What about electric blankets?

    1. chrisbeatcancer

      Electric blankets produce an electric field that can radiate up to 7 inches into your body. They’re good for warming up a bed but should be unplugged before you get in.

  2. Pam

    Great post Chris. I am curious as to why you turn your phone off though. Are you concerned about radiation given off when you’re not even using it during the day and you don’t even want it around you?


    1. chrisbeatcancer

      Hi Pam
      I turn my phone off for two reasons:
      1) to limit my exposure to radiation and
      2) to prevent interruptions when I really want to focus on something I’m working on.

  3. Ewelina

    I have heard about this many years ago from a healer in Europe. He was definitely right. I also wandered about all the electrical devices used to for body massage. I’m just guessing they can’t be any good…

  4. N.

    I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately. I’ve been a laptop user for a while now and I usually rest it across my legs or stomach depending how I’m sitting or lying. That’s probably not a good thing! Do you know of any studies that are related to prolonged use of laptops? The usage definitely builds up over the years and if nothing else the heat is probably not great for our internal organs.

  5. Cortney Campbell

    I have the 1995 rule which goes something like this: IF it was 1995 would I be able to pick up my cell phone? In the grocery store? NOPE. At the park festival? NOPE. At the dentist? NOPE. And the great part is- it’s NOT 1995 so I can break the rule when I want. :) This was so informative and a reality check to remember what I need to be aware of to keep the “kanser” away!

  6. Min

    Hi, thanks for this post. I’ve been doing some searching on this topic lately myself. I noticed you indicated that it is not good to sleep in a room above a ceiling fan and recessed lighting. Do these produce a high EMF only when they are switched on? If they are switched off when you’re sleeping upstairs, then that wouldn’t pose a risk right?

  7. Pam

    Does anyone know anything about using Himalayan salt lamps near your computer and TV to draw out some of the EFT’s?

    1. Silvia

      Hi Pam…want to know about Himalaya salt lamps..Can you please share the info..?

  8. Tina

    Hi! New here and love all the information! What is your advice on the workplace/office? I can(and will:)) do what I can to make the home better, but what about the workplace for 8 hours a day? Thanks and love love love your blog :)

  9. David

    Does anyone know if Tachyon technology really helps to reduce the emf from electric devices?

  10. Barry Gourmet & Raw

    Hi Chris,

    You never stop amazing me with such well researched and excellent content on health matters that really cut to the chase.
    Yes today we have a real big problem with wireless EMF that is everywhere with cell towers and hot spots.

    I use a wired ethernet connection only and a desk top and i Mac. I knew about the importance of disconnecting everything electrical especially in the bedroom. It is so amazing Chris , I live on the resort island of Phuket Thailand and every hotel room is wired with the latest gadgets including Wi Fi.

    I am designing 3 resort rooms at my Garden Villa Phuket and all bedrooms will have limited EMF exposure. I will use large floor to ceiling glass sliding doors to to let the outside garden view in and add house plants to clean the environment.No TV no charging unit in the bedroom and heavy dark curtains to block out any possible artificial outside light source. I will wake up with the natural sound of morning birds ,who needs an alarm clock anyway with nature surrounding each villa room.

    Vitamin D from the sun , exercise outdoors near the sea, or after it has rained to oxygenate the body with negative ions in the air, and a hot sauna with cold showers repeated will all have a positive effect on the body to address any insomnia problem. It just works. Bananas I understand help with the manufacture of the hormone melatonin in the body?

    At night the body is in repair mode with our immunity doing its work while we are sleeping it is that important. Thanks Chris for this great article and most informative website on health and wellness.

    Kindest Regards

    Barry Gourmet & raw

    “Right eating, right thinking,with movement and sleep is the answer that is right under our nose.”

  11. Kristen

    I live in an apartment and I can’t afford to move. My downstairs neighbor had ceiling fans installed in every room, including under my bedroom, (under my bed). He He runs this fan 24 hours a day. Moving isn’t an option, and telling him to turn it off is also not an option (long story). What can I do? Put aluminum foil under my bed?

  12. Gina

    Hi Chris, I’ve been chronically sick for several years, the doctors have basically said I have Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, and a weak immune system. I am now researching this possibility of Dirty Electricity. — I am wondering about the couch in front of electrical outlets, you didn’t say why, would you expand on that? This also sounds kinda conspiracy theory-ish… which I’ve been accused of myself, hugh um, so do you have links to medical studies you could post form me to research? Thanks a lot, I appreciate all your resources! – gina

    1. chrisbeatcancer

      Hi Gina
      All outlets radiate emf. If you spend a lot of time on the couch they could be affecting you.
      I recommend you read the book Zapped. It has tons of references to research studies, etc.


      If it’s Sick Building Syndrome, the easiest way to find out is move out of your place for a few weeks
      and see if the symptoms get better.

      Also the symptoms you are describing sound like they might even be a food allergy…
      Celiac Disease came to mind immediately, it is caused by a gluten sensitivity.
      Have you looked into this?

      Lots of info at

      1. Gina

        Thanks Chris, definitely gonna read Zapped… I did look into Celiacs a long time ago and went on a special diet for 3 months, I was just as sick. It comes and goes, and some houses we’ve lived in I have been much less sick than others. These last two years have been the worst. Mostly it feels like the flu, everyday. Body aches, chills, low grade fever, sinus infections. They say I just catch germs easily… but my family is only sick about 3-4 times per year, and Im only well about 4 days out of the month.

        It may be a combo… I can try going off the gluten again for fun and see. :) thanks!

        1. chrisbeatcancer

          May also be beneficial to get a full blown allergy test done, if you haven’t yet.

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  16. Sonlightgal

    I have sickness around some unshielded computer monitors. I get nauseous, headache in both eyes, aches in my joints, rapid heartbeat, trembling like I might throw up. I just recently experienced the same sickness from a optical computer mouse. Why do they sell things that hurt us? Are there so few of us that most people think we are crazy? I am not crazy, just sick from these electro magnetic frequencies ruining my living. Is there any way to proove this to the manufacturers? What can be done? Help!

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