Dangerous electromagnetic radiation—invisible and odorless—floods the environment, especially in cities, but it can be measured. Here’s how.
Jeromy Johnson, a civil engineer who became hypersensitive to radiation, has put together a package of instruments that measure radio frequency microwaves, magnetic and electric fields, “dirty” electricity, and general EMF detection.
Dirty electricity means abnormal power surges that are dangerous. It comes into a house through the electrical supply and can be generated by devices in the home.
Johnson’s “package,” costing $703, measures radio frequency microwaves, magnetic and electric fields, dirty electricity and general EMF detection.
Recommended for measuring RF microwaves is the Gigahertz Solutions HF35C for $299.
Magnetic and electric fields can be tracked by the Gigahertz ME3830B for $292.
A Stetzer Microsurge Meter for $100 is recommended for dirty electricity.
A basic AM radio for about $12 is recommended for “general EMF detection.”
We can testify to the radiation-measuring power of a common radio. When the light dimmer is on in our home, the static produced on our battery-operated radio obliterates any sound. Light dimmers are a source of electric pollution.
Groups Can Purchase Packages
Institutions such as libraries, schools and offices can easily purchase such a package. This should be a minor item for the well-off families that populate New York City apartments. The most danger from radiation is in the highest floors with the biggest picture windows.
The Ashland, Mass., public library has an Acoustimeter that measures radiation two ways and can be borrowed by patrons. Other libraries and schools should also purchase such instruments for use by residents and students. Offices should have such instruments. The library hosted a six-part series on the dangers of radiation that concluded earlier this year.
A request that the Westhampton, New York, library purchase Acoustimeters or similar instruments and make them available to patrons has been made to the library board headed by Tom Moore and to Westhampton Beach Mayor Maria Moore, wife of Tom Moore. Residents noted that libraries cultivate knowledge and that people need knowledge of the many radiation sources in their homes. No response had been received as of press time.
The Westhampton library had $4.1 million in cash and cash equivalents as of June 30, 2015, and net assets of $6.5 million according to the annual audit. It has earmarked millions for capital improvements on a building that is five years old.
Specialists in radiation pollution can be hired such as Matthew Waletzke, who did a survey of our apartment in March and who was the subject of a 3,047-word feature in the May 26, 2010 New York Times.
An Acoustimeter that we purchased for $353 tracks many of the measurments that Waletzke made during his visit to our apartment. When the microwave oven is on, the Acoustimeter registers the peak of six volts per meter and the measurement of microwatts per square meter is in the 10,000 range out to at least ten feet away from the oven.
It jumps back and forth from 5,000 to 10,000 microwatts near the windows. The apartment buildings in our area feature large, sometimes wrap-a-round windows. Our 20-square-block area has 120 cell towers and 1,904 antennas.
Advice of EMF health advocates is not to have a microwave oven at all or go into another room if its turned on. The advocates say microwaves are also bad because they re-arranged the molecules in food, lessening its nutritional value.
Use of an Acoustimeter Explained
Cecelia Doucette, who is active in the Ashland library and who urged it to purchase the Acoustimeter, has created an informative video on how to use the instrument.
She walks viewers through various rooms in her home and shows the amount of radiation present.
She shows how to dismantle dangerous and unnecessary Wi-Fi links on computers and computer printers. Her computer printer, next to her work station, unbeknownst to her was emitting powerful radiation.
She shows how she had to turn off two antennas on the printer to stop the radiation.
Other stops in her journey around her home were to a cellphone that showed high voltage and radiation measurements. She urged cellphone users to keep the devices in airplane mode most of the time and never carry one in a pocket or a bra.
Another stop was to a cordless phone which sent the Acoustimeter to the top of the voltage section and to the 10,000 microwatts per square meter range.
The microwave oven was shown to max out just in front of it and the radiation continued at high levels even 15 feet away. Doucette heats small portions of food in her countertop electric oven.
Health advocates say cordless phones are particularly dangerous because they radiate 24/7. They recommend corded phones, wired computer keyboards, wired internet connections and a wire mouse.
Laptop computers were also shown to emit high levels of radiation. Advice is to stay at least three feet away from the screen and never put a laptop on a lap.The Doucette video should be shown in every classroom and library in the U.S. Schools and libraries are supposed to be seekers of information, not evaders of it