Ways to Reduce Exposure to Dirty Electricity

by Sarah Green LivingComments: 105

Electricity was originally intended as a “clean” and safe source of power for homes and businesses through standard usage of the steady electrical frequency of 60 oscillations per second, or 60 Hertz (Hz).

Modern energy efficient devices, electronics, and other reasons such as earth currents can cause significant deviance from the 60 Hz frequency, however, and this pulsed exposure to spiking and unsafe frequencies of electromagnetic radiation (EMFs) on overloaded wires is what has become known as “dirty electricity”.

Exposure to dirty electricity has the potential to cause and exacerbate existing health problems in some people. It is not something that can be smelled, touched, seen, or felt and yet it is very real and very problematic for those who experience it on a daily basis.

The health effects of dirty electricity were first identified as early as the 1950’s in rural areas when the behavior and feeding patterns of animals were negatively affected by stray voltage caused by poor grounding and lack of utility infrastructure.

In humans, symptoms of exposure to dirty electricity can include:

  • Headaches
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Body aches and pains
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Worsening of symptoms from multiple sclerosis or ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)

In Sweden, sensitivity to dirty electricity is a recognized disability affecting approximately 3% of the population.  In Switzerland, a survey of doctors concluded that 5% of symptoms in patients could be traced to dirty electricity exposure.

Ways To Reduce Your Exposure Today

While the concept of dirty electricity is a complex one that practically requires a degree in Physics to fully understand, ways to reduce your exposure are simple and easy to implement.

  1. Get rid of all the fluorescent light bulbs.   Compact fluorescent light bulbs or CFLs, as they are known, have a very large EMF field compared with simple incandescent light bulbs.  CFLs also produce a lot of dirty electricity.   Getting rid of them and all sources of fluorescent lighting in your home and business will reduce your exposure to dirty electricity immediately.
  2. Replace all dimmer switches with simple on/off switches.  Dimmer switches produce a lot of dirty electricity!  Replace them with simple on/off switches or if that is not in the budget, just leave them off all the time.
  3. Turn off your wireless router at night.  While getting rid of exposure to all wireless communications is futile in this day and age when it is literally everywhere, you can at least give your body a rest at night while you sleep by turning them off in your home.
  4. Make sure your home does not use a Smart Meter.  Power companies all over the United States are installing smart meters to simplify the meter reading process.  Call your local power company and find out if you have already gotten one and if so, make sure to opt out and go back to the analog meters.

I initially thought our home had a Smart Meter, but after investigating, discovered to my great relief that the automated meters in our area were not Smart Meters and were one way communication devices which allowed meter readers to drive down our street and pick up a weak radio signal and thereby read the meter without entering a person’s property.  They were not two-way Smart Meters constantly pulsing and sending information to the power company about our electrical usage.

The American Academy of Environmental Medicine recently adopted a resolution which formally opposes the installation of Smart Meters in homes and schools “based on a scientific assessment of the current medical literature. Chronic exposure to wireless radiofrequency radiation is a preventable environmental hazard that is sufficiently well documented to warrant immediate preventative public health action.

Dirty electricity was identified as a possible carcinogen in 1999 by the US National Toxicology Program. What’s more, existing safety limited for pulsing radio frequency are insufficient to maintain public health according to the Radiofrequency Interagency Working Group.

More Ways to Protect Youself From Dirty Electricity

If you feel that dirty electricity is seriously impacting your health and want to know more, please click here to investigate information on a line of Earthing products that can protect you in your home or business.

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist


More Information

Harvard Medical Doctor Warns Against Smart Meters

The Health Hazards of Wireless Baby Monitors

Fitbit Health Dangers

Are AMR Devices Safer than Smart Meters?


How to Protect Yourself from a Smart Meter

Wise Traditions 2011 Conference, Dirty Electricity, Jules Klapper

Swiss EMF Study

What Causes Dirty Electricity?

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Comments (105)

  • Megan Paredes

    Thanks for this helpful post! I’m wondering if you have an opinion on tens units? I was given one for home use by a chiropractor, and my daughter’s pediatrician warned me about electrical pollution (which I’ve never heard of) and not to use it. Searched your site and didn’t find anything. Thanks!

    July 14th, 2016 7:08 pm Reply
  • Sarah

    Hi what do you think about lightniing rods? We have intense storms on flatland and live on a pasture. I also have Electrosensitivity.

    June 27th, 2015 10:03 am Reply
  • Lynette

    Buy a QLink pendant. They are a little pricy $99.00 but well worth it.

    June 24th, 2015 12:06 pm Reply
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  • Jennifer DeFusco

    Two more good sources:
    Dr. Werner Kinghardt and
    Samuel Milham, author of “Dirty Electricity”.
    Both are experts in this field re: negative health repercussions of emf/radiation/cel towers/wifi.

    May 19th, 2014 6:32 pm Reply
  • Wade Schoenemann via Facebook

    there are also diodes you can carry in your pocket http://www.energpolarit.com/category.aspx?cid=219

    May 19th, 2014 7:43 am Reply
  • Wade Schoenemann via Facebook

    Obsidian rock absorbs EMF’s – place them under the bed, near computers, etc

    May 19th, 2014 7:41 am Reply
  • bondservant

    If someone hasn’t said it already, obsidian rock absorbs EMF’s. We took one to our biofeedback practitioner, and he told us we’d have to take it out of the office – it disturbed the treatment. We have these under the beds, next to computers (at work as well as at home), etc.

    May 19th, 2014 7:39 am Reply
    • Becki

      Hi, where can i get an obsidian rock?? I have never heard of this but we are definitely experiencing effects from our dirty energy “smart” meter! :( Please email me badams0927@gmail.com thanks!!

      June 13th, 2014 12:31 pm Reply
  • Nancy Sparks via Facebook

    I get massive headaches when we drive through areas heavy with wind turbines.

    May 19th, 2014 7:20 am Reply
  • Debra Williams Brandts via Facebook

    Check out http://www.biogeometry.com for articles, research and tools for EMF protection.

    May 19th, 2014 2:09 am Reply
  • Wendy Phillips Snyder via Facebook

    That sounds so peaceful. I wish I could do that.

    May 19th, 2014 12:03 am Reply
  • Jeff Bowen via Facebook

    We’ve been dealing a ton with this. Found a ligit help at http://www.dirtyelectricityusa.com. Dave Stetzer’s meter & filter have saved us from moving from our home.

    May 19th, 2014 12:00 am Reply
    • Susan

      How did these filters work for you
      and may I ask about the symtoms and relief ?
      Thank you

      May 19th, 2014 6:03 pm Reply
  • Melissa Ramirez via Facebook

    Here is the page I found it on:

    May 18th, 2014 10:26 pm Reply
  • Melissa Ramirez via Facebook

    I found this thing online that plugs into your wall outlet and supposedly it neutralizes the EMFs inside your home. Have you heard of such a thing? Do they work???

    May 18th, 2014 10:25 pm Reply
  • Lily Shanks via Facebook

    When I’m in my backyard. Close to the power lines I’ve noticed my ears plug off and can’t hear a thing. I walk away getting away from them and they pop open so I can hear. This is terrible feeling.

    May 18th, 2014 10:24 pm Reply
  • Megan Murray Kuhmann via Facebook

    My husband is a lineman and deals with high voltage power lines any ideas to help him?

    May 18th, 2014 10:16 pm Reply
  • Cathleen Foster via Facebook

    My husband works in commercial construction and was feeling the wear & tear of EMF’s … A Q-link and alkalized water have done wonders to sustain his energy through the days, and as we’ve become more aware about how things negatively interact with us, we’re more disciplined about powering off at home and can tell the difference!

    May 18th, 2014 10:12 pm Reply
  • swordfishtrombone

    I forgot to mention: If, after reading my previous comment, you’re still worried about “dirty electricity”, one very practical way to avoid it would be by wearing a tinfoil hat with an earth lead.

    April 12th, 2014 9:18 am Reply
  • swordfishtrombone

    There is no remotely-convincing evidence of any causal relationship between non-ionizing electromagnetic fields (which is what I assume you mean by “dirty electricity”) and human health at the very low levels encountered in everyday life. The Swiss study you link to is an extremely weak telephone survey of doctors’ opinion and proves nothing. The only plausible effect that typical EMFs could have on the human body is to heat it up by a tiny and unnoticeable amount. The fact that many comments here complain of vague symptoms which could be attributable to nearly anything also proves nothing. If you want an example of a real, genuine health problem, of the sort faced by millions of people on this planet every day, what about dirty, bacteria and parasite-infested water?

    April 12th, 2014 9:13 am Reply
    • jackie

      sword – there is plenty of research out there if you do not like the phone call. The Bioinitiative Reports for one, you have to be willing to research a bit if you want to know about it. We already know radiation causes cancer, right? When researching non-ionizing – there are now newer facts out there. This should be common knowledge by now.

      July 29th, 2014 5:07 pm Reply
  • Anna Jacobs

    I knew there was a reason I hate fluorescent lights! They have an aggravating sound, make me noticeably more anxious as soon as they are turned on, and, in big-box stores, cause headaches and make me feel like I am brain-dead after a while (I’m sure we’ve all had the experience anyway).

    March 26th, 2014 1:24 am Reply
  • Emma Larkan via Facebook

    I called Edison Southern California to opt out of our smart meter. $75 to replace with an analogue meter then $10 a month for a guy to come and read the meter. Fair enough, a small price to pay!

    March 25th, 2014 1:00 pm Reply
    • Theresa

      They aren’t allowing opting out of wifi or radio smart meters here in Michigan. DTE is still cutting off people’s electricity of they remove their electric smart meter and replace it with analog. We need lawsuits and a lot more residents to speak out. I suddenly have gotten very ill this colder season when my furnace kicks on. It is really frightening. Anyone who doubts the toxic effects of EMF’s are out of their mind.

      November 24th, 2014 6:25 pm Reply
  • Wendy

    Thanks for this! I have opted out! For those with PG&E, it is simple to do:

    March 25th, 2014 10:27 am Reply
  • Tracey Rossiter

    Hi, Also this lighting contains mercury, and is also the worst lighting you can use for your eyesight because of the flicker!

    March 25th, 2014 3:28 am Reply
  • Rebecca Holt

    This is an amazing post. I have several people who work for me that get terrible headaches from the florescent lights in our offices. I have had half the lights turned off to try and help, but that hasn’t worked well. I usually end up buying them regular floor lights. Some end up working in the dark, just by the light of a table lamp or the light of their computers.

    March 24th, 2014 9:28 pm Reply
  • Magda

    DH loves his dimmers so that is about all we have, but we (almost) always use them at full power. Our router happens to be all the way in the other end of the house from where we sleep so I don’t worry so much, though I may begin turning it off for the night. I’ll have to ask DH about the fluorescent lighting… I don’t think we have any. I’m still off the smart meter and paying extra $20 a month for that.Thanks for this info Sarah.

    March 24th, 2014 10:52 am Reply
    • Rodrigo

      I actually hate CFLs, but dimmers is where I draw the line at. I can get really cranky, especially in the morning and a bulb at full brightness is a no-no. Having the option to dim them is extremely useful at least in my home. I may get better dimmers, but I’m not ditching dimmer switches out of my home.

      As far as Wireless routers, well, that’s not really an option now. We don’t actually have ethernet cables in our two-story home, everything has been done wirelessly for years., and we can’t afford right now re-doing the wiring.

      If you are too concerned about dirty electricity, you may want to consider retiring your microwave oven, you should know they create a lot of dirty electricity. Same goes with cell phones. I’m bemused that hasn’t been mentioned here.
      Then we have iPhones, iPads, TV sets etc. It’s really getting into tin foil hat territory. C’mon.

      While some points raised are valid, I believe we should’t be fanatics about it. I’ve already seen folks concerned about the dirty electricity created by smoke alarms (!). Shall we dump those too? Srly, dirty electricity pretty much everywhere, whether we like or not. I have a friend, for instance, who actually in the Chemtrail conspiracy theory, and he thinks stuff are gov’t inside jobs, but I digress.

      July 29th, 2015 5:58 am Reply
  • Cassandra Wright via Facebook

    The nights that our home has been without electricity due to outages caused by storms, I have experienced better sleep. So, this post definitely rings true for me. Great information.

    March 24th, 2014 9:43 am Reply
  • The Healthy Home Economist via Facebook

    I sleep so much better with the wireless shut off. Such an easy step for a better night’s sleep.

    March 23rd, 2014 10:21 pm Reply
  • Patty Paws

    We live in Ontario, Canada, where they are installing these meters into our homes compulsory. We just had one put in our home. Do you have any suggestions to lessen the harmfulness of it?

    March 23rd, 2014 9:48 pm Reply
  • Pauli Tyrrell via Facebook

    I always turn my wirless off at night. I used to sleep in a room that had the wirless router and a cable that ran under my bed. After a while I started to feel like I had worms burrowing in my legs and I could not sleep. It was the creepiest feeling. I decided it must be due to the electrical levels in the room and moved into the spare room. I have not had the problem since.

    March 23rd, 2014 5:21 pm Reply
  • Beth

    Green Bank, West Virginia is in the National Radio Quiet Zone. I recently saw this article:


    My friend tried and tried to fight against getting her Smart Meter installed and lost. Similar to the other person’s story above (from Texas also).

    The effects of EMFs are not imaginary to my high schooler and it hampers her ability to be online and do school work, research, etc. When I would feel really bad after being online a while I would go out and walk barefoot around our slab patio and feel immediately better.

    March 23rd, 2014 4:37 pm Reply
  • Tracy AndDustin via Facebook

    If I didn’t have sleepless nights and have sleepless children – since we’ve moved here, (they wake up consistently each night) – I wouldn’t be on the lookout for reasons. I never remember doing that as a child, I always slept! We don’t do tvs in the bedroom, we have a good amount of outside time and down time, yet nighttime is a nightmare … especially for me! I’m glad someone mentioned Dr. Mercola, I’m going to check out what he says, also. I wish we didn’t have to tamper with every livin’ thing on the planet… instead of new and improved (and often bad for sensitive folks) let’s find pioneers inventing! grrr

    March 23rd, 2014 3:27 pm Reply
  • Christa M. Wells via Facebook

    Thank you for posting. I believe Dr. Mercola has also written about this. It appears that those with Lyme disease also suffer from EMF issues. A reality.

    March 23rd, 2014 1:54 pm Reply
  • Keith Gillie via Facebook

    What percent of people are affected from the stress of reading false information on the internet???? If people repeat false information enough it somehow becomes believed to be real.

    Get out and enjoy life and quit stressing about every thing!

    March 23rd, 2014 1:38 pm Reply
  • Pamela Whiteley via Facebook

    An opposing view for thought… http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/cfls-dirty-electricity-and-bad-science/

    March 23rd, 2014 12:12 pm Reply
    • Sheril C

      Posting links to articles that, in their opening paragraphs, take the generalized stance that any caution or skepticism of any new technology can only be based on fear, stupidity or paranoia; or implying that all rational and educated people will accept all new technology is absurd. Ad hominem makes the user look foolish. Rational discussion of ideas, anecdotes and various types of evidence is actually a good thing to the truly rational people.

      Since there is so little of the right type of two way discussion to be had, I guess I’ll have to start experimenting in my own life and trying to remain slightly skeptical of both sides; I know I will remain especially skeptical of the status quo side. I’m growing increasingly sick of the prevalence of close-minded-status-quo-thinking that puts me in mind of villagers with torches and pitchforks hunting down Galileo or Copernicus only to subject them to modern internet style mocking in the end. Internet discussion is hard enough without all that farcical and highly ironic anger at people who question and research.

      Looks to me like the so-called “earthing” theory is a good place to start testing in my own life. Then there are some other ideas listed here too. There is a lot of scope here for a curious mind to explore.

      March 24th, 2014 3:52 am Reply
  • An Organic Wife via Facebook

    We do not have the option to opt out of the smart meters in Oklahoma, and this outrages me.

    March 23rd, 2014 11:39 am Reply
  • Bob

    The statement you make about the Swiss study that “a survey of doctors concluded that 5% of symptoms in patients could be traced to dirty electricity exposure” is not true and misleading the readers. Instead, the conclusion states that “no obvious symptom-EMF source pattern could be extracted” and that the relation was just “plausible” in half or so cases. “Five percent” refers to a general belief of 5% of the Swiss public and not 5% of symptoms – it is just their “belief”, nothing scientific about it.

    January 29th, 2014 8:36 am Reply
  • Meeyah

    So what kind of lighting should we replace fluorescent bulbs with?

    May 23rd, 2013 8:32 am Reply
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  • Kevin

    So I will remove all the dimmers and CFLs from my house. Now, can I use LED bulbs or are incandescent the only ones which are safe?

    February 15th, 2012 6:32 pm Reply
  • Cristin

    They installed our smart meter yesterday. We do not have the option of opting out AND they are charging me a mandatory surcharge of $3.05 per month for the stupid thing. Ridiculous!!! I am sending the power company a letter today. i am furious!!!

    February 2nd, 2012 10:18 am Reply
  • Lynda

    Sarah – are you on Tampa Electric? I called to ask what meter I was on. They told me smart meters are being phased in and I have no “opt-out” option. Have you gotten a different response? Thanks!

    January 27th, 2012 10:47 pm Reply
    • Beth

      Lynda, good luck and hold your ground (er, sorry for the pun). Give your power company a copy of the letter from the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (link above) and other sources above. Bring the issue to your state legislators – just look up on the FL state gov website to find the rep and senator for your neighborhood/district, and share your concern (and give them copies of the info above).

      January 30th, 2012 11:38 pm Reply
  • Howard

    I would just add a fifth step as an additional way that will help reduce EMF radiation, and that is use of some EMF radiation protection device (i.e. http://personalbioprotector.com/ ). It adapts man made EMF radiation field to Earth natural EMF frequency (Schuman Resonance).

    January 26th, 2012 2:20 pm Reply
  • tin

    That’s great advice for home but does nothing to protect my child when he’s in school 6 hours a day. I’m going to look into things I can do to lessen the negatives of exposure; eating clay or having a ball of clay on oneself is where I’m going to start. I do think our nation needs to figure out ways to use less electricity but not in such a way that it damages our bodies.

    And try and do my part to cut down on electricity. I keep the house cold in the winter and hot in the summer. I use drying racks instead of the dryer. I use cold water to wash my clothes. I use the natural sunlight to light my house when I can.

    January 26th, 2012 9:20 am Reply
  • Carolyn

    Wow, I have never heard of this before. But this makes total sense to me. I cannot go to certain stores, they make me dizzy, nauseous, and give me headaches. Our local mall, I dread going, by the time I am done I feel so sleepy, I don’t feel able to drive, and that is if I only stay 30-40 minutes. I always wondered why this happens, but I would say there was this humm, noone else could hear it. This explains a lot, and if our local power company goes to smart meters, I just dread the thought of feeling that way all the time.

    January 26th, 2012 8:44 am Reply
  • Michael Acanfora (@BayonneChiro) (@BayonneChiro)

    Reducing Exposure to Dirty Electricity – The Healthy Home Economist

    January 26th, 2012 1:25 am Reply
  • Pure-N-Simple Soap (@purensimplesoap) (@purensimplesoap)

    Pure-N-Simple Soaps can even clean Dirty Electricity- Kidding!!!!!!!!!!! But this is an interesting read. http://t.co/2fwuhmLt

    January 25th, 2012 8:33 pm Reply
  • Kelly

    We have one of those anti pest things that plug into an outlet and are supposed to turn your wiring into a subsonic system to keep bugs and rodents away. I sleep terribly and have most of the symptoms you list. Do you think that device is causing an increase in the emf fields?

    January 25th, 2012 2:41 pm Reply
    • Malenksha

      We had one for about four hours once. In our basement, which is mouse heaven for some reason. But our (then) nine-year old son was frantic. He could hear a high-pitched buzzy whine the whole time and it gave him a terrible headache. So we use the traditional old-fashioned mouse traps and gave up on anything making noise or using electricity! You might find you sleep better… our son certainly was thrilled when we removed it. (We did it when he wasn’t aware and he noticed immediately that it was gone.)

      January 25th, 2012 3:54 pm Reply
      • hobby baker

        Thanks for the input! It’s plugged in in our bedroom, so it will be gone tonight and we’ll see what happens.

        January 25th, 2012 8:42 pm Reply
      • hobby baker

        Just an update, not only am I sleeping better now that we have taken the pest thing out of the wall, I have noticed that our kitties are getting along much much better! They are loving up to each other and curling up and washing each other like they used to and not getting into fights all the time any more.

        January 29th, 2012 3:50 pm Reply
  • Stanley Fishman

    This is so important. Smart Meters in California have resulted in thousands of complaints of all kind of illnesses. Currently, Pacific Gas @Electric Company, after forcing the installation of millions of these meters, now has a proposal before the Utilities Commission that would allow people to return to the use of Analog meters., but they would charge a lot of money for changing back. The commission is dragging it s feet on taking any action, The chairman of the commission is a former CEO for a power company.

    Smart meters should be avoided when ever possible. In addition to the health hazards, the ultimate purpose of Smart Meters appears to be giving the power company the ability to turn off any electronic device in your home, remotely, whether you consent or not., It will take more than just Smart Meters, but Smart Meters are the first step.

    January 25th, 2012 1:43 pm Reply
  • Holli

    Fascinating. During a Pedestrian Safety meeting with city representatives last year, I brought up the noise I hear from “energy efficient” street lights – I was laughed at because I complained about the noise they let off. And, I can hear the same sound from CF bulbs indoors.

    Anyway, I appreciate this article, and wish I knew more about how to reduce the”dirty” electricity in our home. We have some “salt” lamps which use only a small night light bulb, which my Mom bought for us to supposedly reduce the negative energy of electronics…any insight on those?

    January 25th, 2012 1:39 pm Reply
  • Stephanie

    Thanks for writing this! I began to think Dr Mercola was a little off his rocker on the electricity thing…but this makes sense. Also, you list practical ways to reduce exposure, whereas Mercola’s seem, in my opinion, a lot less convenient.
    I have been wanting to avoid CFL’s just because I’ve read that they also off-gas.

    I’m curious…how will you avoid CFL’s once the incandescent bulbs are phased out in the next few years?

    January 25th, 2012 1:36 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      I have stash of incandescents that should last quite awhile :) I suggest you stock up now.

      January 25th, 2012 2:27 pm Reply
    • Cara

      Stephanie, I was wondering the same thing about when incandescents are phased out. I don’t know how anyone can store enough (not all of us can). I’ve read that LED lighting is an option to think about. Not too thrilled thinking about if one of those suckers (CFLs) break and mercury dust is dispersed :/

      January 25th, 2012 9:20 pm Reply
      • Helen T

        Cara – the bulbs leach out mercury anyway….and if they ‘pop’ on their own, it transforms your room in a toxic waste dump. The state of Vermont tells people to CUT OUT THE CARPET if one breaks.

        Excellent report on toxic lightbulbs:


        LED is very bad for eyes, and not recommended for children to read by.

        March 26th, 2014 9:15 am Reply
      • Helen T

        Can still get incandescent thanks to THIS LOOPHOLE!!!


        March 26th, 2014 9:18 am Reply
        • Kerry Parker

          Well, the incandescent globes have been phased out in Australia for a few years now, and it is illegal to buy any from overseas!! Smart meters are compulsory here too…no opt out options. Brain tumors will be drastically on the increase :/ Not to mention all the other health problems they cause.

          May 18th, 2014 11:36 pm Reply
  • Kelli

    I’ve heard about the problem of dirt electricity (EMF radiation) before, but didn’t really know what to make of it or if it was true at all. Afterall, like you said it practically takes a physics degree to figure out how this dirt electricity works and affects us. But the dangers are real still.

    January 25th, 2012 1:08 pm Reply
  • Maverick Morgan (@maverickking) (@maverickking)

    Reducing Exposure to Dirty Electricity http://t.co/2RCz8Rf9 http://t.co/d2Dk0xOz

    January 25th, 2012 12:31 pm Reply
  • Jo @ Jo’s Health Corner/Naturally Sports & Wellness

    Thanks for writing about this important topic. As a Swede I grew up hearing about several people that were “allergic” to electricity and had to move out in the middle of nowhere and be off the grid. I think there is a case going on back home about a local government cutting the cell phone reception in a small village due to one person being sick. Unfortunately the neighbors have no understanding so it is a struggle about it now..

    January 25th, 2012 12:29 pm Reply
    • nc

      I’m sorry but if it is only one person involved then that one person needs to move a bit farther out. The rest of the people who are not affected shouldn’t have to pay the price of no cell reception just because of one person.

      March 23rd, 2014 12:49 pm Reply
  • Yissell

    Sarah: How about static electricity? Do you know any safer ways to reduce it? I do notice when I wear certain clothes/fabrics I’m prone to get more shocks. Any advice?

    January 25th, 2012 12:27 pm Reply
  • Helen

    Hi everyone,

    Thanks for this Sarah. I was wondering when you were going to talk electricity actually.
    I have just deactivated our wifi and bought these plugs where the internet passes through our electricity circuit instead and is accessible by plugging in a special plug. Of course it isn’t as practical but I thought I should do it for my kids too.
    Does anyone have any info on this? Is it better than wifi? Are we honestly being less “blasted”?
    Thanks a lot if anyone does have some knowledge on the matter.

    January 25th, 2012 12:05 pm Reply
    • Natalia

      I have never heard of this. Could you give some more info about it and maybe some links.

      January 25th, 2012 3:42 pm Reply
    • tin

      Helen – can you put up links for what you’re using? thank you.

      January 26th, 2012 9:25 am Reply
  • Angela

    We put a lock on our analog meter, sent a certified formal “denial of consent” letter to our power provider to refuse a smart meter, and taped a laminated copy of that letter to the meter. In response to our efforts, the company cut our lock off and installed the smart meter anyway. Sitting in our living room places us anywhere from 4 to 10 feet from the meter. I’ve called the company and the Public Utilities Commission, all to no avail. They said if we want to purchase electricity in Texas, we HAVE to use their smart meter. I’ve had ringing/throbbing in my ears since it was installed, and it’s interfering with my sleep. I don’t know what else to do! I have 3 kids, also (ages 8, 6, and 4), and we homeschool, so we are home almost all the time compared to other families.

    January 25th, 2012 12:00 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      You need to call your US Representative or the local media and get some attention onto this. Your ability to opt out cannot be denied from what I’ve learned about this very troubling situation across the country. Please keep me posted on your progress.

      January 25th, 2012 12:06 pm Reply
      • Angela

        We were told that the public’s opportunity to protest it was back in 2008 — BEFORE any smart meters were installed and people realized how bad they were. How convenient. They told us that if we attempt to change our meter, they will cut off our electricity.

        January 25th, 2012 12:29 pm Reply
        • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

          I’m wondering if an Earthing mat during the day and Earthing sheet at night would help you Angela?

          January 25th, 2012 1:08 pm Reply
          • Angela

            I’m not familiar with “earthing”, but I’ll look into it. Another solution might be painting the living room wall with an emf-blocking paint, which I’ve read about recently. We’ll see. It’s not only the health effects of these meters I worry about. As I understand it, these meters will allow the powers that be to turn off your power remotely, even specific appliances. How “big brother” is that?!

            January 25th, 2012 7:36 pm
          • Jonathan

            Earthing can be done with a simple device you can make with a few dollars’ worth of parts from a hardware store. I’ve been using this device for the past four years, with amazing results. http://www.naturesplatform.com/earthing.html

            November 17th, 2013 12:10 pm
      • Beth

        Yes, we all need to do more to speak up and influence policy change. Perhaps knowledgeable readers could comment on effective steps to take to bring this to the attention of legislators and media. I think sharing copies of the letter (referenced in the post above) from the American Academy of Environment Medicine and other sources listed is a great idea, along with your own personal reasons for change.

        Thanks for posting this, Sarah! : )

        January 25th, 2012 12:59 pm Reply
        • Beth

          Er, make that Environmental Medicine.

          January 25th, 2012 1:01 pm Reply
    • Anisa

      Whether you have success in opting out or not, you might want to look into Earthing. I read a book review on another WAPF blog last week about it and took some more time to read and research the topic. I think the American website is http://www.earthing.com (I am Canadian). Earthing is basically utilizing the earth’s abundance of negative electrons to counteract all of the positive charge that “dirty” electricity gives off and then collects in our own electrical field, thus neutralizing all of the effects of EMF’s.
      Clint Ober, the man who discovered this, has created some technologies that can make it so that we can experience the earth’s energies even when indoors. I decided to try some of them out and they arrived last week. I can’t praise my experience enough thus far with using them (I feel so much better and have so much more energy!). I can’t decided which I like better, earthing or fermented cod liver oil…

      Good luck with it all.

      January 25th, 2012 1:25 pm Reply
      • Samantha

        Anisa, I’m in Canada too. Where did you order your earthing products from?

        January 25th, 2012 2:54 pm Reply
        • Anisa

          I ordered them from Earthing Canada (www.earthingcanada.ca) in Calgary. It seems to be a one person business–Kurt was the man I spoke with. He was great, really helpful and was ready to answer all of my questions and very flexible when I needed to make a change to my order. My package came much faster than I expected and it was all super easy.

          January 25th, 2012 9:44 pm Reply
    • Kim

      Have you considered making a “Faraday cage” for your meter? Here’s a link about it: (Look near the bottom of the page). The idea is to wrap the meter with aluminum foil or metal screen and “ground” the foil/screen with a wire to the ground (or to a pipe that goes into the ground). This blocks the radio waves. But I’m not sure whether it would be a good solution for you because it would probably prevent the Smart Meter from communicating with the electric company altogether.

      January 25th, 2012 1:46 pm Reply
    • Cara

      I don’t know if this is a solution but many companies are selling solar systems. We are considering that in a year or so. You can buy it right out or pay monthly service charges which are said to be much lower than electric companies. I don’t know if they allow you to “remove” your smart meter when you have solar. Worth looking into.

      January 25th, 2012 8:19 pm Reply
      • Kim

        Keep in mind that solar panels are not environmentally beneficial. The manufacturing process produces way more toxic waste than what you save over the life of the panel.

        January 26th, 2012 9:51 am Reply
        • tin

          I figured there was a catch with solar panels…

          January 27th, 2012 12:56 pm Reply
        • Marlene

          It’s true. My husband has a friend who works in a company which manufactures solar panels. They have a rule whereby you need a minimum of 3 persons to enter the manufacturing line. The reason is, in case one, or two persons fainted due to accidental inhalation of toxic fumes, you got the 3rd as a backup.

          May 3rd, 2012 2:18 am Reply
    • Navitas

      Angela, there is one way to thwart the smart meter’s RF (Radio Frequency) waves. If you wrap the glass in metal and ground it. The steel box the meter is mounted to is already grounded, so attaching the metal, (aluminum foil would work), to the case would disrupt the RF signal. Cut a small window in it so the display can be seen. Lets see if they will just come and tear it off.

      March 24th, 2014 9:48 pm Reply
      • Beth

        Would it matter which way the foil is facing? Would love to see a photo of this.

        I’ve heard of lining the wall on the side of the meter with metal (I guess under the sheet rock?). I read of one person who was remodeling and was going to line several of the bedroom walls to block out EMFs as much as possible.

        March 24th, 2014 10:30 pm Reply
  • joe

    Orgonite. This will turn the DOR into POR (Deadly Orgone Energy into Positive Orgone Energy); DOR is created by just about everything that runs on electricity thus producing EMF) Dr. Wilhelm Reich was where it all started. You can make it yourself or purchase it already made. My plants LOVE the POR, and I have a small piece of Orgone on top of my WIFI router, one in the living room by the TV, Computer, ect…I have read that one every 15 feet is sufficient. They can also be placed onto the Smart Meters to deter the effect, and should be placed onto the neighbor’s Smart Meter as well if it is facing your home. There are small pendants as well, which can protect someone 24/7 from the harmful effects of EMF. Also, a book called Blinded by Science talks in great deal about dimmer switches, EMF, ect – I highly recommend it (for what that’s worth…lol)

    January 25th, 2012 11:42 am Reply
    • tin

      Joe – I love to know more about this. I’m going to google it today. Thanks! PS – can you provide any links that would be helpful?

      January 26th, 2012 9:07 am Reply
    • Eris

      Are dimmer switches in individual lamps as bad as dimmer switches installed in the wall? Those Himalayan salt lamps that are supposed to be healthy often come with dinner switches.

      August 19th, 2013 6:47 am Reply
    • Jennifer DeFusco

      Be careful: Orgonite turns toxic. Orgonium does not is and is not toxic.

      May 19th, 2014 6:36 pm Reply
  • Ildikó Nagy (@CeriumCom) (@CeriumCom) (@CeriumCom)

    Exposure to dirty electricity has the potential to cause and exacerbate existing health problems in some people http://t.co/EqHTI7vO

    January 25th, 2012 11:33 am Reply
  • Emma

    I always thought I was crazy when I could hear fluorescent bulbs sometimes, but lately it’s come to make sense…fluorescent bulbs do transmit a vast EMF spectrum and sometimes you can physically hear it.

    Another thing to think about – if you don’t believe that dimmer switches are a problem, let me regale you with this story. My old church had dimmer switches for the lights. If the lights weren’t in the full on or full off position, the speakers for the sound system would buzz. The dimmer switch’s stray voltage was being picked up by a poorly-insulated wire in the sound system. That voltage is all over for everything to be felt by!

    Also, Smart Meters were recently linked to pacemakers failing. Just a thought!

    January 25th, 2012 11:16 am Reply
    • Jackie

      Yes dimmer switches are a problem. The filters did not help me..in fact one makes a high pitch buzz sometimes……. I guess it all depends. We have something really wrong since uverse was installed – just a fyi – they mess with grounds – we do not have it (or anything wireless) and I get fried every night. Neighbors uverse made it skyrocket. More and more are adding uverse – we get ground and the same buzz on our phone comes out of our portable electric heater.

      November 10th, 2014 12:11 pm Reply

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