We are surrounded by EMF's . There is no escaping them. Some EMF's are important for our survival like radiation from the sun and some radiation is known to be harmful if we get too much of it like X-Rays. Cosmic rays and radiation from water, rock and soil are called background radiation that humans have evolved with. These days however we have put so much man made radiation into the atmosphere that we are surrounded by up to a billion-billion times more radiation than we were in the 1960’s (Mallery-Blythe 2014).
These EMFs are vastly different from the subtle fields we evolved with. Many believe that because this man made radiation (which is mainly radiofrequency radiation (RFR) or microwave radiation) is non-ionising radiation and it is harmless. They claim that if there is no thermal (heating) effect then there is no damage. Our safety guidelines are based on this belief.
However, thousands of papers now demonstrate that damage to our cells occurs even when there are no thermal effec...
I know 4 year olds who can navigate their way around a smart phone better than I can. Although in saying that so could a blind, one armed monkey. I’m not renowned for my tech savvy abilities. It still amazes me though, how completely normal it is to see kids playing on phones everywhere you go.
Technology can be a lifesaver when you’re trying to enjoy a meal with friends and the kids start to play up. I will admit on occasion I have even surrendered to my child’s relentless pleas to ‘just play one game’ just so I can finish my meal in peace. However, I have enforced some rules around using phones, iPads and laptops for reasons you may not have considered.
Apart from the obvious and much discussed issue of too much screen time causing our kids to become anti-social, hyperactive morons, there are other issues which I believe are more concerning. Radiofrequency Radiation (RFR) is emitted from all wireless technology. Microwave radiation is a subsection of the radiofrequency band on the elec...
Wireless technology looks like it’s here to stay but are you aware of the potential adverse health effects?
Conflicting information can leave parents feeling confused and overwhelmed. There is mounting independent scientific evidence showing possible long term health effects from exposure to wireless radiation that we can’t afford to ignore any longer. Recently, The World Health Organisation (WHO) / International Agency for Research on Cancer ( IARC ) classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B), based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer and acoustic neuroma. Just like tobacco, asbestos and lead the possibility of serious illness developing may not be known until years of chronic, low-level exposure to wireless radiation has been endured.
As a Building Biologist and certified Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) consultant I have noticed increasing levels of concern in the community about the ra...
You hear a lot these days about "good plastics" and "bad plastics". I'm not a huge fan of any plastic. I would love to live in a world without it but I guess that's never going to happen. So I think it's important to know your enemy. Ok, I'm being a little dramatic, my sunglasses and toothbrush and computer are hardly enemies but I certainly would love them more if they were made of wood or bamboo.
Look around you and you will see that plastic is everywhere. That is why it is so important to know what you are surrounding yourself with. When you look on the bottom of your plastic containers, as I know you all do now, you will usually see a little recycling triangle with a number in it. That number tells you what sort of plastic it is. It's really important that you know which plastics you are using and avoid the "bad" ones. Particularly if they are used in contact with food or if you have young kids who put plastic toys in their mouths. Try to use glass, ceramic or stainless steel wher...
Apple and Google have surpassed ExxonMobil and are now the wealthiest companies in the world. It seems our reliance on gadgets and the convenience of wireless technology is even stronger than our dependence on oil!
Forty years ago the bedroom had nothing more than a clock radio in it. The living room had a TV and stereo and the kitchen a stove and fridge. If you took an inventory of the average home today it would have TVs in most rooms, DVDs, videos, cable box, XBOX, TiVo’s, surround sound speaker systems, remote controls, IPODs, IPOD docking stations, IPAD, cell phones and their chargers, cordless phones, Bluetooth headset and charger, wireless computers, wireless routers, alarm clocks, printers, wireless security system, wireless baby monitors, compact fluorescent light bulbs, stove, refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, a multitude of appliances and the list goes on and on.
All these devices are exposing us to amounts of radiation that the human body has never before had...
Most people would be shocked to discover that the fluoride used to fluoridate our water is a
toxic waste by-product from the aluminium and phosphate fertilizer industry.
Sodium silicofluoride and fluorosilicic acid are toxic by-products that contain arsenic, lead, cadmium
and mercury. These compound forms of fluoride do not occur in nature. Most people including dentists do not realise that industrial grade silicofluorides are used to fluoridate and not pharmaceutical grade sodium fluoride as you would assume. ‘Sodium fluoride, which is a far simpler toxin than the fluoride compounds used for most water fluoridation, has also been used for rat and cockroach poisons, so there is no question that it is highly toxic’ (Mercola 2010). No toxicology studies have ever been performed on the Silicofluoride used in water fluoridation schemes.
The EPA decided this toxic waste was unsafe to be released into the environment. It would need to be disposed of under...
It’s good to see that finally Bisphenol-A (BPA) is starting to get a bit of attention in this country. Better late than never, I suppose. Earlier this year Kmart and Target decided to start the “phase out” of BPA in baby bottles, which is a good start but 2 years later than many other countries.
If I sound a bit grumpy that’s because I am. After years of researching this I still find it hard to believe that if a chemical is deemed hazardous and consequently banned in one part of the world, it can still be allowed to be used commercially somewhere else in the world.
BPA is an industrial chemical added to many types of hard, clear plastic to make it shatterproof. It’s found in Polycarbonate plastic which is PC or #7 in that little recycling triangle on the bottom of your plastic container. Not all #7 indicates it’s polycarbonate but I just avoid it anyway. It’s also found in some dental sealants, in fungicides, in carbonless paper (shopping receipts for eg) and in the epoxy resin that l...
According to Food Production Daily, last week hundreds of thousands of noodles were withdrawn from the shelves in Germany because they found 3 times the legal limits of Benzophenone and 4-Methylbenzophenone. What is that ? I'm not exactly sure but I am certain that it is something I wouldn't knowingly put in my body.
This isn't the first time this has happened. Since 2009, alarm bells have been ringing about Mineral Oils leaching from packaging into the food. And you thought you only had to worry about BPA in the lining of your cans.
These Mineral Oils are known carcinogens and are thought to accumulate in the liver, heart valves and lymph nodes, according to Pira International, (Food Contact & Packaging Agency).
“However, these are all long-term chronic affects and people eating a balanced diet should not suffer any adverse health consequences in the short or medium term and, maybe not in the longer term unless their exposure is particularly high,” said Kernoghan, (Harringt...
With a lump in my throat I sent my little boy off to BIG school last week. But I wasn't choked up for the reasons you may think - end of an era, growing up too fast, separation anxiety and all that. No. It was because as I ripped his new uniform from the the plastic bag I read the proudly displayed tags - Teflon.
My heart sank. "You've got to be kidding me" I said aloud. "What mum?" my 5yr old asked. I looked at his innocent brown eyes and refrained from telling him that mummy naively assumed school uniforms would be safe.
5mins until the first day of school begins and what was I to do? Send him in his organic cotton shorts and t-shirt and set him up for a lifetime of ridicule, have him grow up and hate me for turning him into the weird kid at school, or send him off looking like everyone else in his toxic clothes?
The last few years I have been working hard to make my home a Teflon free zone. But as I am still finding out the stuff is ubiquitous. So while I focused on tossing out...
I once spent some time in remote areas of South America. There was no electricity or running water and the sanitation system was a hole in the ground. Mosquitoes the size of humming birds were feasting on me through my denim jeans and when I asked for a drink of water I was given a cup and told to walk past the mangy, rabid looking animals and dip it in the Orinoco Delta, (a river I was too scared to put my toe in let alone drink from.) What struck me most were the happy, healthy, naked, mozzie bite-free children running around.
In communities like these the people have adapted to their environments a lot better than we have in the western world. From the moment they are born they are exposed to the multitude of germs that they live with every day. Their immune systems mature very quickly. They have to in order to deal with fighting off serious diseases such as Typhoid, Malaria and a whole range of parasites. There is no sterilizing baby’s bottle here.