The majority of WiFi uses 2.4 GHz. We measure frequency in hertz (Hz), like we measure distance in meters – so 2.4 GHz (gigahertz) tells us how big WiFi’s waves are and what waves they are similar to (Skip down to the next paragraph unless you’re interested in an intro-to-physics discussion of what 2.4 GHz means!). All electromagnetic energy, if you draw a model of it, looks like a set of waves on the ocean and is categorized on a scale of how big and how close together the waves are: the first tiny waves after a pebble is thrown into a still pond are high frequency (the waves are “frequent” or coming one right after another quickly) and low amplitude (something smaller is less “ample”), whereas immense waves on the ocean may be big enough to carry a cruise ship up and down (high amplitude/more ample), and are much further apart (low frequency – coming much more slowly) than the little waves in the pond.
2.4 GHz is the same frequency that microwaves use (yes, the ones that cook your food, boil water, and that you’re told to not stand in front of because they might damage your brain). If the microwave is sealed properly (they often are not, and we don’t condone the use of microwaves for that and many other reasons), then none of the waves can get out and they mostly only cook your food instead of you – but there are no similar protective walls around your WiFi router or your phone, so any place that your computer or phone can pick up a WiFi signal is exposed to microwave radiation.
There is an argument against what I just said, though! We don’t start boiling if we sit by a WiFi router for too long, and that’s because of the wattage; microwave ovens use many more watts of power than WiFi routers do. This is part of why WiFi and other wireless technologies have been considered safe for so long, and the only way that mainstream science knew how to measure the effects of this type of radiation was by measuring temperature increases, which WiFi doesn’t cause, so it has been assumed to be fine. Now, however, after decades of research, there are methods of measuring the non-thermal effects of WiFi on animals and the conclusions are clear: it’s extremely damaging.
The most commonly discussed mechanism of damage is through what is called oxidative stress. Oxidation is a chemistry term and it essentially means that all things have a certain amount of electrons (charged “particles,” for our purposes) that they’re happy with. When an electron gets knocked off of something by a toxin or radiation, antioxidants come in and provide a new electron, and everyone’s fine. If an electron is not provided, then that unstable atom or molecule is called a free radical, and a chain reaction begins. That is, the more oxidative stress you’re exposed to, the more antioxidants (Biopure’s Deep Purple, vitamin C, vitamin E, calamus root, glutathione, etc.) you need throughout the day in order to balance it. What happens if it’s not balanced sufficiently? Oxidative stress running rampant affects all systems negatively, increasing signs of aging and contributing to many of chronic diseases that are incurable or difficult to manage in the conventional Western medical system: neurodegenerative diseases (Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, etc.), chronic infections, diabetes mellitus, atherosclerosis, cancer, stroke, heart attack, etc. It isn’t enough to take a lot of antioxidants and keep on with high levels of exposure though. WiFi radiation has other known effects, listed here:
- Nitrosative stress: increased inflammation, auto-immune activity, and tissue destruction due to the increased production of an enzyme called iNOS.
- Lipid peroxidation: a form of oxidation specific to the fats in our bodies. Fats aren’t just the fat we sometimes wish we had less of; important fat is wrapped around our nerves, and multiple sclerosis occurs when that fat is pathologically removed. Fats in the form of phospholipids make up the sensitive skin of every cell in our bodies, so lipid peroxidation affects the nerves and all cells of the body.
- Direct DNA damage, leading to cancerous cells and malfunctions of all kinds, because the cell’s blueprint is off.
- The microorganisms living in our bodies are also damaged by EMF (in fact, some specific and human-safe forms of EMF are used to weaken parasites so that antiparasitic treatments are more effective). Bacteria, fungi (molds & yeasts), and parasites living in our bodies feel the stress in their own bodies caused by EMF and respond defensively, not able to comprehend that what’s attacking them is not close enough for their biotoxins (normally used in fighting off other microorganisms and our immune system) to reach – instead, the increase in biotoxins affects us, so any pathological infection we may have becomes more virulent in the presence of EMF.
The brain is particularly susceptible to WiFi because of the high amount of fat it contains, and how much energy it uses. It already produces a lot of free radicals, through its normal use of energy (which need to be quenched), and it doesn’t have a lot of antioxidants around to do that. Any extra stress is another problem, which is part of why brain fog and other neurological symptoms are among the first to present in EMF sensitive and/or toxic patients.
It’s not just WiFi routers that are a problem, it’s also cell phones when not in airplane mode, tablets with WiFi, your computer (if the WiFi is on), baby monitors, cordless phones, cell phone towers, and “smart” meters installed by the utility company (see takebackyourpower.net if you’re unfamiliar with the smart meter).
Now imagine being in a classroom with 30 students, all with computers or tablets, and many with cell phones, it is no surprise that many students find it increasingly difficult to focus in class. Many office workers and college students have started experiencing similar difficulties focusing at work since the rise of wireless technology over the last 10 years, that they didn’t experience as a child in school.
Increase antioxidant supplements and foods, but remember there is such a thing as too many antioxidants, so ask your doctor for help with this! Rosemary, propolis, L-carnitine, zinc, and other herbs and supplements have also shown to be beneficial.
Use ethernet/wired connection instead of WiFi. Most devices, if they don’t have an ethernet hookup (like the newer/thinner models of the MacBook), have a USB or other port that can be used with an adapter, like this one: http://www.amazon.com/Apple-MB442-USB-Ethernet- Adapter/dp/B0012P26ZO. If you are unable to change your WiFi situation, at least turn the router off when not actively in use, and especially at night. It’s most important to have all routers off while in bed at night because that’s when the brain repairs itself.
Use protective fabric when unable to prevent exposure. Dr. Klinghardt likes garments from lessemf.com that can be worn on top of underwear, but under every day clothes for every day protection of the visceral and reproductive organs. Laptop mats to protect the legs, pelvic area, and abdomen (especially of pregnant women), bed canopies, and blankets can be purchased from littletreegroup.com. The CES Ultra, also from littletreegroup.com can help to manage symptoms of EMF sensitivity.
There are a variety of other recommendations that can be made based on personal history, exposure, symptoms, and the source of the problem, so ask your doctor what else you can do to protect yourself.
A few articles in support of the topic:
Allen, C. L., and U. Bayraktutan. “Oxidative Stress and Its Role in the Pathogenesis of Ischaemic Stroke.” International Journal of Stroke 4.6 (2009): 461-470.
Friedman, Joseph, Sarah Kraus, Yirmi Hauptman, Yoni Schiff, and Rony Seger. “Mechanism of Short-term ERK Activation by Electromagnetic Fields at Mobile Phone Frequencies.” Biochemical Journal 405.3 (2007): 559-568.
Morgan, L. Lloyd, Santosh Kesari, and Devra Lee Davis. “Why Children Absorb More Microwave Radiation than Adults: The Consequences.” Journal of Microscopy and Ultrastructure 2.4 (2014): 197-204.