As the prevalence of wireless telecommunication escalates throughout the world, health professionals are faced with the challenge of patients who report symptoms they claim are connected with exposure to some frequencies of electromagnetic radiation (EMR).
Some scientists and clinicians acknowledge the phenomenon of hypersensitivity (wifi sensitivity) to EMR resulting from common exposures such as wireless systems and electrical devices in the home or workplace; others suggest that electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) is psychosomatic or fictitious.
Various organizations including the World Health Organization as well as some nation states are carefully exploring this clinical phenomenon in order to better explain the rising prevalence of non-specific, multi-system, often debilitating symptoms associated with non-ionizing EMR exposure.
As well as an assortment of physiological complaints, patients diagnosed with EHS also report profound social and personal challenges, impairing their ability to function normally in society.
Ways to Tackle Wi-Fi Exposure
Here are some tips to help reduce your exposure to electromagnetic radiation from the wi-fi in your home, office, class room or other public place
a) Remove Wi-Fi from your home
Turn the wireless capability off on your wi-fi altogether and instead run cables from the back of your modem directly to devices or through the walls to sockets throughout the building. With a laptop the best thing is to run an ethernet cable between your modem / router at one end and your laptop at the other end. This removes the wireless signal from your home altogether (although neighbours wi-fi signal will often still intrude. You can download an app like ” wi-fi analyser” to measure this).
To complete this kind of setup you also need to switch off the wi-fi antenna in both your laptop (your laptop may have a hotkey that does that for you or else it will be in your wi-fi settings) and in your modem / router. For the modem, access the settings in your web browser by visiting an address like http://10.0.0.138/ or http://192.168.2.2:8080/ (the exact address that you browse to will depend on which modem you have and it will be either written down on a sticker on the modem, or in the instructions that came with it). Once you are at your modem settings, you should be able to find a way to turn off your wi-fi there. Most wi-fi modems allow you to turn the wi-fi signal off.
b) Reduce your exposure to Wi-Fi in the home
If you decide to continue to use Wi-Fi in your home, position your wi-fi box away from the main areas where people spend a lot of time in your house. For example don’t place the wi-fi box near beds / bedrooms, a favourite tv chair / lounge room or work desks etc (ideally keep it more than 3m away from all of these places).
You can also use a vest anti-radiation laptop shield to create a physical barrier between the wi-fi router and a sensitive area. This shield blocks radiation to the underside of the shield by up to 92%. Fix the shield in an upright position right next to the router on the side of it that you want to block the radiation on. This will block a LOT of the radiation intensity within 3m but may also slightly impact the wi-fi signal strength on that entire side of the building. You can download an app called “Wi-Fi analyser” to observe the different signal levels and how they change around the house before and after you do this. The wi-fi signal = the radiation so you will want to strike a balance between lowering radiation around the house, but maintaining enough signal for your devices still to work on wi-fi. The laptop radiation shield can be purchased here: https://www.mobilesafety.com.au/products/Laptop-iPad-and-tablet-c13977123