Q: I’m overwhelmed. How do I go about making the changes I need to reduce my exposure to EMF? Where do I start?

A: Consider purchasing the book, “Unplug – How to Survive and Thrive In a Wi-Fi World Gone Wild,” by Sam Wieder. At less than 100 pages, and the affordable price of $9.95, this highly readable book is a fantastic resource for people who want to learn about EMF, and how to make their home and office environments healthier, but are overwhelmed with where and how to start.

Q: I'm electrically hypersensitive and it's causing problems with my family and friends. They just don't understand. No one does. Are there any resources you can recommend that I could use to educate them?

A:  Hang in there, friend!  Awareness of this topic is growing.  There are a number of great resources out there, including websites, videos, books, and blogs.  Here are just a few:

Jeromy Johnson, who is electrically hypersensitive, has compiled a large amount of information on the topic on his websiteElectroSensitivity UK has a wealth of information on their website, as well.

Blogger Alison Main, an artist and talented writer who suffers from the same affliction, shares her story along with the mysterious origins of her “superpower,” that of being able to detect invisible EMF.

Search for a Golden Cage illustrates the difficulties people face who are electrically hypersensitive.

When all else fails, try humor.  Like the video above, Technophobe also demonstrates the challenges folks face, but it does so with humor, and ends with an upbeat message that everyone can benefit from, regardless of their health status.

Q: I'd like to purchase a meter to measure EMF. What kind should I get?

A:  For magnetic fields, one Gauss meter you might consider the AlphaLab UHS2, Switchable Single Axis and 3-Axis Gaussmeter for around $300 via EMF specialty stores, including Less EMF (Cat. #A153).  For those on a budget, the Gauss Master for under $50, might be a good option.

Prices for meters to measure Radio Frequency (RF) radiation vary widely, and each meter has its own set of limitations.  Some recommend Gigahertz Solutions’ HF38B, which its manufacturer calls “the link between amateur and professional instruments; this meter costs approximately $600.  A lower cost option, for under $200, is the 3-Axis RF Meter, TES 92.  While this model has been discontinued, its reviews are quite favorable, and it can still be found on amazon.com.  Lastly, there’s the TES 593 for about $500; this meter is similar to the TES 92, but covers a wider frequency range, including emerging technologies.

If you’re not ready to purchase a Gauss meter or RF meter, you might consider renting one from a site such as Neuert Electromagnetic Services.  

For electric fields, consider purchasing a body voltage meter from Less EMF, with a two-foot grounding stake purchased from your local hardware store.  

A simple hand-held, battery-powered AM radio can also be very helpful in measuring harmonics (dirty electricity).

Q: Is there anywhere I can learn more about EMF and Building Biology, maybe even take a course?

A:  Yes!  The International Institute for Building-Biology® & Ecology (IBE) offers online courses along with four to five day seminars on EMF.  IBE also has courses on indoor air quality and natural healthy buildings, which are integral to Building Biology.

Q: How can I find out where the cell towers and antennas are in my neighborhood?

A:  Try the website www.antennasearch.com; it doesn’t list all of them, but it does capture many of them.  Once you type in your address, maps with the location of antennas and towers within a 4 mile radius of your home will appear.

Q: When measuring a home, what do you consider 'healthy'?

A:  The International Institute for Building-Biology® & Ecology has a Standard with this information, which addresses electromagnetic radiation and air quality.

Q: How effective are 'dirty electricity' filters?

A:  Please see this paper by Sal LaDuca of Environmental Assay.