Environment & Electrosmog

Electrosmog & the Environment: the challenge of evolving technologically without regressing environmentally

Electrosmog & the Environment: the challenge of evolving technologically without regressing environmentally

In a time when environmental causes are getting noticed, it is important to raise awareness of each of the aspects that are affecting it and how to neutralize them. Electrosmog is definitely one of them, but we still have a challenge ahead: educating people on the matter and getting a real consensus meant to protect the environment while evolving technologically.

Environment & Electrosmog

There’s not a single place in the globe that is electrosmog-free, not even the furthest places. We are carrying technologies with us everywhere, applying them to everything, and this is affecting several ecosystems and living creatures in many ways we are still not aware of. 

The ecosystem in which we live provides natural services for humans and all other species that are essential to our health, quality of life, and survival. Nowadays, our ecosystems are being threatened by several factors, like climate change, diseases, and pollution, including electrosmog, that is literally an invisible threat to us and our environment.

Electrosmog is not a widely known problem, and there are also many people who rather not believe that it is a real problem, claiming that there is not enough evidence to confirm its harmful effects.  These are just a couple of the many causes why electrosmog is not commonly mentioned as one of the many causes of environmental damage. But guess what? It might be one of the biggest problems we might face in the near future if we don’t start acting now. 

The electrosmog problem

We are constantly exposed to electromagnetic influences, our species evolved inside electromagnetic fields, and they protected the balance in our nature. Natural electromagnetic fields, like the ones produced by the earth, are harmless and even life-supporting.

But with the increasing use of electricity and technologies, our natural environment has evolved into a network of different radiation sources. This is what we call electrosmog, also known as Electropollution, electromagnetic pollution, or EMF Pollution. This term refers to all man-made electromagnetic radiation generated by all the devices and machinery that works using electricity. You can’t see it or physically perceive it, but Electrosmog is created like bubbles around the electronic devices and is present in our surroundings. There are ways to measure it with special equipment. 

Electrosmog has become a major public health concern, as it was classified as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B) by the IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) in 2011. Dr. Jonathan Samet (University of Southern California, USA), overall Chairman of the Working Group, indicated that “the evidence, while still accumulating, is strong enough to support a conclusion and the 2B classification. The conclusion means that there could be some risk, and therefore we need to keep a close watch for a link between cell phones and cancer risk.”

The environmental impact of electrosmog

The levels of static, electric, and magnetic fields in our environment have increased steadily over the past 50-100 years due to our increasing use of electricity. EMF emissions from man-made sources now exceed those from natural fields and are detectable everywhere in the world. Environmental EMF levels are still increasing as we keep developing major projects such as high voltage transmission lines, undersea power cables, radars, telecommunications and broadcast transmitters, and new transportation systems.

Electromagnetic pollution affects various elements of the environment, including all living organisms, no matter how small or big they are. For example, in the report The impacts of artificial Electromagnetic Radiation on wildlife (flora and fauna) made by the EKLIPSE Project, was stated that in plants (mainly angiosperms) “Significant changes have been demonstrated at cellular and molecular levels.” 

“Changes in oxidative metabolism are quite often reported: increase in peroxidase activity, membrane state. Exposure to low level of 900 MHz (10 min, 5 V/m) caused a rapid increase in stress-related transcript accumulation in tomato… Terpene emission was reported to be enhanced by EMR and could also be considered as a marker of stress perception”, assert the report.

The presence of electrosmog is causing several problems in humans too, including a significant increase in the number of electrohypersensitive people, who are feeling actual physical symptoms due to the constant exposure to it. Children are also severely affected by electrosmog. Considering that their immune system, bones, and tissues are weaker and more sensitive, they receive a higher impact. It has been proven that children exposed to radiofrequency during pregnancy and their first years of life are prone to develop behavior and attention problems.

Several species are also being affected

As we explained in our article The bees are disappearing: Why should you be worried about this?, bees, the top important animal for human and many species sustainability, are endangered and one of the main causes is electrosmog. They, like many other animals, are very sensitive to EMF and, according to studies, show a significant change of behavior when exposed. 

Also, in a report made by the European Commission, was found that there was a correlation between EMF exposure and the disappearance of some bird species in certain areas, like the house sparrow population in urban areas. They stated that studies have given an indication that exposure of wild birds to EMF can, under certain circumstances, change their behavior, reproductive success, growth and development, physiology and endocrinology, and/or the parameters of oxidative stress.

According to the paper The Influence of Electromagnetic Pollution on Living Organisms: Historical Trends and Forecasting Changes, the Land Snail is another animal that generated particular interest in researchers,  as they were concerned with the resting potential of its nerve cells when exposed to magnetic fields and electromagnetic radiation. “It was found that hyperpolarization of nerve cells results in changes in resting potential… this effect was only observed in the case of electromagnetic fields.” 

The Clawed Frog also helped in numerous attempts to investigate the influence of electromagnetic fields in living organisms. The same paper states that, in 2010, Severini conducted research on the influence of weak electromagnetic fields on this frog development capacity. In the experiment, tadpoles were exposed to electromagnetic field of frequency of 50 Hz and the intensity within the range from 50.76 A·m−1 to 60.69 A·m−1 for 60 days. As a result, it was observed that the average growth rate of exposed individuals decreased in comparison with a control group.

Other species, including bacterias, plants, and mammals are actively being studied to understand the non-thermal effects EMF could have in their development, bodily functions, and behaviors in the short and long term. 

Sustainable technologies

To fight the threats our environment is facing now, we have been using the sustainability concept; which focuses on meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Under this concept, we have started building, manufacturing, eating, and producing sustainably; but in the case of technology, which is indeed being used in many of these sustainable activities, how do we make it “sustainable”?

First, it is important to understand that everything that uses electricity is emitting radiation, no matter what its purpose is. Also, we have to be aware that the impact of many devices working at the same time is bigger than a single device working alone. Lastly, as we are connecting more and more things to the internet and to each other, we have to highlight that one of the main sources of EMF pollution is telecommunications, and the many WiFi signals present everywhere.

Having that in mind, how do we make our technologies more sustainable without regressing? Is there a way to stop electrosmog without stopping the use and development of technologies? Fortunately, there is a way and we are still on time to take action. 

For decades, many studies have shown the potential dangers of electrosmog exposure in humans, animals, and the environment itself, but, in spite of that, there is a lack of consensus in the scientific community, as well as health professionals, governments, and industries. This lack of consensus has delayed a mutual agreement in creating healthier, cleaner, and friendlier standards for new technologies, which is completely possible. 

Nowadays, there are tests and specific norms that regulate the manufacture of certain devices, such as the SAR test in cellphones. But the permitted levels of radiation considered in the actual norms are high enough to cause biological effects and might cause important long-term effects according to the Reported Biological Effects from Radiofrequency Radiation at Low-Intensity Exposure chart, released by the Bioinitiative report. 

However, this is not only about changing the levels currently allowed in SAR tests for cell phones, the core problem is related to a lack of understanding regarding the athermic effects of near-field exposure from electronic devices. There’s also a common misunderstanding related to the subtle electromagnetic disturbances from far-field exposure, which is the microwave radiation on the background, or the so-called background levels. We need to consider new standard tests including this type of Electromagnetic exposure too. 

This means that, for this sustainable clean technologies standard we are looking for, the first thing we have to achieve is a real awareness in all competent parts to review the norms and current standards established for those technologies we use. After that, we have to work on creating new technologies or solutions to make them human and environment friendly. In short, we have to create devices that are harmless in the short and long term. 

Our proposed solutions 

At NOXTAK, we have been researching for years the EMF pollution phenomenon and its repercussions on health, the environment, and even in the many devices that we generally use. In those years of study and experimentation, we created SPIRO: the only scientifically proven, certified, and non-blocking solution that filters artificial EMF and makes it behave just as the natural fields produced by the earth, eliminating the harmful effects of electrosmog.

The creation of SPIRO made us understand there were better ways to continue using technologies without the need to block the waves and without risks to our health or the environment, so we started promoting the creation of an independent organization that, together with experts on the subject, will carry out awareness-raising activities, research, and the creation of a new standard of clean technologies. Thus was born the EFEIA (Electrosmog Free Environments International Association).

In the article EFEIA: An initiative to promote an electrosmog-free world, Joaquín Machado, NOXTAK’s CEO and EFEIA Founder, defined EFEIA as “a non-profit association that is creating a research platform for case studies and to generate a global census of electrohypersensitivity. In other words, it is an association that, in its own way, protects technologies and controls electrosmog under a non-blocking approach.”

Machado also claimed that the purpose of this association is to promote an electrosmog-free world through the creation of electro-healthy spaces and technologies. “We also want to protect from electrosmog the largest number of apiaries in the world in the shortest time possible and promote a global census of EHS (Electrohypersensitivity), as well as promote case studies of passive protection EHE (Electro-Healthy Environment) to people with EHS through of clean technologies certified EHD (Electro-Healthy Device).”

NOXTAK is also impulsung the GEMS project, which is dedicated to promote and install a new global EMF monitoring system to measure the mentioned far-field exposure everywhere. This will help in future long-term environmental studies that will help us understand the real threat this type of artificial radiation is to the delicate balance of our natural ecosystems and all species. 

We invite you to learn more about SPIRO and all the solutions we have created based on this technology by browsing through our portal. If you are interested in receiving more information like this, subscribe to our newsletter by filling out the form at the bottom of this page!

Beem

BEEM: A pioneering standard for electronics, making real the vision of Clean Technologies

BEEM: A pioneering standard for electronics, making real the vision of Clean Technologies

One of the biggest challenges we have ahead is creating a new standard that all tech manufacturers follow, a clean technology vision that is eco-friendly, human friendly, and helps achieve Electrosmog Free Environments. The BEEM project is precisely created with that purpose. Our CEO, Joaquín Machado, talks about this new project in partnership with NOXTAK.

Beem

We are irremediably attached to technologies. We use several devices at home, our offices, even on the go, and every day more and more of those devices are connected to a WiFi or a Telecom network, even kitchen appliances. This is our daily life, but we are continuously being harmed by the emissions generated by those devices without notice. 

NOXTAK was born to create solutions to this growing electrosmog problem. The SPIRO technology, our scientifically proven and certified electrosmog-filtering solution, was the product of years of investigation and trials. We are using it as a pillar component to create more targeted solutions, such as electro-clean/electro-healthy technologies. That’s the purpose of BEEM Electronics, an eco-friendly brand that, by using SPIRO, intends to provide electrosmog-free electronics and telecommunications equipment. This brand will soon be on Kickstarter.

Before officially launching this project, we want you to get to know BEEM—our newest project, in the words of its founder, José Joaquín Machado. 

What’s BEEM?

BEEM is a partner of NOXTAK. It’s a technology manufacturer that uses the SPIRO license to develop its own electronic devices, making them electromagnetically clean. BEEM’s purpose is to create new technologies that eventually become a benchmark in efficiency, eco-friendly materials, and electrosmog-free emissions.

The name BEEM is a compound of BEAM and BEE. Bees are an endangered species, and one of the causes of their extinction is electromagnetic pollution, so bees were one of the main inspirations to create this brand. In short, BEEM is a brand built to protect us, our environment, bees, and many other endangered species. 

What’s does BEEM do?

BEEM recollects all the understanding in electronics from the last decades and combines with all the learning on electromagnetic exposure and work to put all these principles, engineering designs, patented technology, and vision of tech recycling to produce a set of WIFI and Telecommunication Devices for Home and Offices certified with the latest technological standards free of electrosmog emissions. 

What makes BEEM different is that it’s the first brand that uses and materializes the electro-clean concept. Using the SPIRO technology, BEEM guarantees electrosmog-free devices, which means that their constant use will be completely harmless to people and the environment.

Also, their devices are manufactured with ecological materials, avoiding plastic and other polluting compounds. Even the paintings and each one of the components used to build these devices is nature-friendly.

Finally, BEEM devices are also built and designed based on the latest trends of electronic engineering. Their design is minimalistic and, when compared to everyday devices, they are more efficient, have increased durability, and are easier to use for everyone. 

How do BEEM devices work?

The purpose of BEEM is to protect homes, offices, and their inhabitants from microwave pollution, not ELF, not dirty electricity, but the most common type of EMF pollution we are regularly exposed to: telecommunications. They develop their own electronic and telecommunication devices for domestic purposes or small places, not planning to go industrial. 

BEEM products are meant to significantly improve connectivity and avoid the usage impacts that standard electronics and telecommunications devices have on our health and the environment by eliminating electrosmog emissions.

The first products to be manufactured by BEEM will be WIFI Routers – Extenders with Eco-WiFi signals. These devices will be linked to the home or office network and amplify the signals. Also, by resonance effect, these devices will clean the WIFI signal both from the original router in the home or office and the Neighboring WIFI signals reaching the place.

What’s BEEM’s vision for the future?

BEEM will be a pioneer company in manufacturing electronic and telecom devices for home and office made with recyclable materials and incorporating SPIRO technology to make the devices electrosmog-free and human friendly. This brand will help build a new group of technologies that will be EHD (Electro-healthy device) certified, made with electro-clean principles, and a patented/ scientifically proven tech such as Notak’s SPIRO material.

In the future, BEEM will be developing more eco-devices for homes and offices. The purpose is to keep it simple, gathering all the small devices we frequently use, such as WiFi extenders, speakers, headsets, and probably even creating the first electrosmog-free cellphone at some point in the future. 

The use of these devices at home will also directly contribute to protecting bees globally. This is why a part of everything that BEEM sells will go to an apiary protection program that will help these insects and other endangered species in open spaces such as parks, zoos, and more. 

We invite you to learn more about SPIRO and all the solutions we have created based on this technology by browsing through our portal. If you are interested in receiving more information like this, subscribe to our newsletter by filling out the form at the bottom of this page!

Bees

The bees are disappearing: Why should you be worried about this?

The bees are disappearing: Why should you be worried about this?

It takes more than soil, water, and sunshine to make the world green; the bees also have a vital role in nature. But electrosmog, among other things, is endangering them. Have you thought about how our world would be without bees? 

Bees

The bees have an amazingly important role in nature. They pollinate 70 of the around 100 crop species that feed 90% of the world. Without bees, we may lose all the plants that bees pollinate, all of the animals that eat those plants, and so on up the food chain. This means our world could struggle to sustain the global human population and our supermarkets would have half the amount of fruit and vegetables.

Nowadays, bee populations around the world are in decline. Possible reasons include the loss of flower meadows, the crab-like varroa mite that feasts on their blood, climate change, the use of pesticides, and electromagnetic (EMF) pollution. Yes, electrosmog is playing a big role in this great loss, whether you believe it or not.

A world without bees would be chaotic. We don’t have the technology to do what bees do, and in case we get it, it would cost trillions to make it work. So losing bees is, literally, a matter of life or death. So how can we stop this from happening? Is there a way to protect our top important animal? 

The reasons why bees are the top important animal in nature

As we previously mentioned, bees are the top pollinators in nature. Most plants require the transfer of pollen from the male part of the flower (the anther) to the female part (the stigma). As bees move from flower to flower in search of nectar, they leave behind grains of pollen on the sticky surface, allowing plants to grow and produce food.

Bees pollinate billions of plants each year, including millions of agricultural crops. In fact, pollinators like bees play a key role in one out of every three bites of food we eat. Also, many species of wild plants depend on them as well. Bees are responsible for the production of many seeds, nuts, berries, and fruit, which serve as a vital food source for wild animals.

On the other hand, honey is also very important. It feeds critters like birds, racoons, opossums, and insects will raid beehives for a taste of nutritious honey (and bee larvae). Bees themselves are also a part of the food chain. 

Bees are known for their elaborate hives, but they also help build homes for millions of other insects and animals. Their role as pollinators is vital in the growth of tropical forests, savannah woodlands, and temperate deciduous forests. 

As pollinators, bees play a part in every aspect of the ecosystem. They support the growth of trees, flowers, and other plants, which serve as food and shelter for several creatures. 

Why are we losing them?

Bees are facing many threats nowadays from different fronts. The interaction between these threats, which have led to nearly 1 in 10 of Europe’s wild bee species facing extinction, makes an unpredictable future for bees and many other pollinators. 

According to Friends of the Earth, these are some of the most lethal threats bees are facing today:

  • Habitat loss: changes in our land use, including insensitive urban development and intensive farming, have caused significant losses and fragmentation of pollinator-friendly habitats. This results in bees losing the diverse food sources they need for a healthy diet. It’s vital that bees have enough flowers to forage – and safe places to use for nesting, among vegetation, the soil and hedges. But since the Second World War, we’ve lost 97% of our wildflower meadows, leaving our bees with little natural habitat. The loss of key habitats on farmland in particular has meant that wildlife, including bees, have become more dependent on protected wildlife sites. 
  • Climate change: As winters become warmer and wetter, and seasons shift there are signs that some wild species may be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Scientists are starting to detect that changes in climate may be disrupting bee nesting behaviour and their emergence after winter. Climate change may also be as affecting the timing of the flowering of plants that bees rely on for food. 
  • Pesticides: Even when applied correctly, pesticides can have adverse impacts on bees by reducing their breeding success and resistance to disease. Scientists have found that exposure to pesticides can impair honey bees’ ability to navigate, bumblebees’ ability to reproduce and solitary bees’ ability to reproduce any young at all. These chemicals are designed to kill unwanted pests, but their toxic properties and widespread use are also harming beneficial insects such as bees. Neonicotinoids are a particularly harmful group of bee-harming pesticides. When a bee feeds on pollen or nectar containing them, their central nervous system can be affected. This affects tasks that bees depend on to survive such as feeding, homing, foraging and reproducing.
  • Pests and disease: Bee keepers guard their honeybee colonies against a range of pests and diseases. These include the varroa mite – a tiny parasitic mite that attaches itself to a honey bee, transmits disease and saps its strength – or fungal diseases that affect the closely knit colony. Evidence shows that some honeybee diseases can spread to wild bumblebees. It is yet unclear if they spread to solitary bees. Managing honeybee health is one way beekeepers can protect wild bees as well as their hives.

EMF: a big and actual reason why we are losing them

Bees, like many other animals, are incredibly susceptible to electromagnetic fields, but little attention has been given to the potential harmful effects of electromagnetic waves on them. According to the paper “Disturbing Honey Bees’ Behavior with Electromagnetic Waves: a Methodology”, written by Dr. Daniel Favre, there are reasonable grounds for admitting that RF-EMF severely impacts the nature, the health of all living organisms (plants, insects, birds, mammals), honeybees included. 

“The latter hymenoptera fly often far from their hive, and rather high. Doing so, they approach RF-EMF of high intensities (due to the presence of masts), are impacted by the electromagnetism, and can no longer find their way. Indeed, it is known that honeybees possess magnetite crystals in their fat body cells and that they present magnetic remanence; these magnetite structures are active parts of the magnetoreception system in honeybees”, stated Favre in his investigation

Dr. Favre also found that, within an hour of exposure, the bees within these hives began to emit something called a “piping signal”, which is a higher-frequency sound made by the bees’ wings when they are agitated or in swarming mode. 

Another study published in 2010, called “Changes in honeybee behaviour and biology under the influence of cellphone radiations” found that colony collapse does occur as a result of exposure to cell phone irradiations. “A significant decline in colony strength (nine comb frames in sham exposed and five frames in exposed colonies) and in the egg laying rate of the queen (144.8 eggs/day in the exposed colony, 376.2 eggs/day in the sham exposed colony) was found. The honey storing ability declined due to loss of returning bees (28.3 bees/min in exposed colony and 41.3 bees/min in sham exposed colony) and at the end of the experiment there was neither honey, nor pollen or brood and bees in the exposed colony resulting in complete loss of the colony.”

 

Is there a solution?

There are many things that we can not avoid or suddenly change in order to protect bees, but there are many things we could gradually do to start protecting them. If you are a garden enthusiast, you can start by growing a bee friendly garden. Plant a range of flowers in your garden so bees have access to nectar and leave water around for them (if you add a bit of white granulated sugar, better!).

While building your garden, try to go as organic as possible and avoid pesticides, fungicides or herbicides on plants or in your garden. Plants get contaminated and the product will likely reach the bees and kill them. Make sure the plants you buy are not pre-treated with neonics pesticides.

Another way to help is buying raw honey from your local beekeepers. Avoid honey sold in bulk or in the supermarket unless you are sure of its provenance and quality. Meet your beekeepers and check their sustainable beekeeping practices.

Finally, one of the best ways of helping is by spreading awareness. Many people are not aware of the importance of bees to our nature and every living species. By educating people about the dangers they face and how to help them, we can look for more solutions in common to protect them.

At NOXTAK, we contribute to the preservation of bees and other endangered species through our technologies. Our purpose is to educate people on the importance of creating a human and nature-friendly standard for technologies and impulse a global consensus that ensures safer habitats for everything and everyone. 

Our SPIRO technology has proven to be an effective solution to filter the artificial EMF generated by man-made sources without blocking the waves. The purpose of our technologies is to eliminate the unbalances and interferences within artificial EMF, which cause the harmful effects to our health and the environment, and make them behave the same way as the natural EMF produced by the earth. 

We, as a part of the EFEIA initiative, are putting into motion a project to protect the hives and certify apiaries protected as Electrosmog-free Environments. We truly believe that is a reasonable action and it’s our way to act now before it is too late. NOXTAK is willing to redirect a part of its profits to manufacture SPIRO products to exclusively protect hives and sponsor the deployment of each SPIRO filter. 

We know that technologies are necessary and make our world better, so encourage their use and development under an electro-clean standard. This is our contribution to this cause and to humanity itself. 

Bioinitiative

Reported Biological Effects from Radiofrequency Radiation at Low-Intensity Exposure: A guide

Reported Biological Effects from Radiofrequency Radiation at Low-Intensity Exposure: A guide

In 2012 the Bioinitiative Report released a chart that grouped several summaries of studies related to EMF exposure and emission levels. Here’s a simple guide to understanding the chart and how to put it into practice.

Bioinitiative

In 2007, a group of interested individuals collated a series of views on the non-ionizing radiation health debate. This was entitled the BioInitiative Report, a web document dated August 31, 2007. This report presents a series of views that argue for a change in public exposure standards, but which are largely inconsistent with the current scientific consensus abroad.

As a part of this report, there’s a chart named “Reported Biological Effects from Radiofrequency Radiation at Low-Intensity Exposure (Cell Tower, Wi-Fi, Wireless Laptop and ‘Smart’ Meter RF Intensities)”, which summarizes many of the data and studies made around the topic. But how can this chart be put to use in real life? First, let’s understand a few points up next.

What’s the Bioinitiative Report

The BioInitiative 2012 Report was developed by an international group of 29 individuals with expertise on the biological effects of electromagnetic fields, or on the related public health issues. As a group, these experts hold 20 Ph.D. degrees, one DrSc degree, 9 MD degrees, one DVM degree, and four degrees of MSc, MA, MPH, or MSPAS. These experts come from countries such as the USA, India, Sweden, Italy, Austria, Denmark, Canada, Russia, Greece, and the Slovak Republic.

The goal of the BioInitiative Report was to present “a solid scientific and public health policy assessment that is evidence-based.” The report was prepared “independent of governments, existing bodies, and industry professional societies that have clung to old standards.

In the evidence presented in the BioInitiative 2012 updated report based on 1800 or so new studies, were found biological effects such as abnormal gene transcription, genotoxicity, and single-and double-strand DNA damage; stress proteins because of the fractal RF-antenna like nature of DNA; chromatin condensation and loss of DNA repair capacity in human stem cells; reduction in free-radical scavengers – particularly melatonin; neurotoxicity in humans and animals, carcinogenicity in humans; serious impacts on human and animal sperm morphology and function; effects on offspring behavior; and effects on the brain and cranial bone development in the offspring of animals that are exposed to cell phone radiation during pregnancy. 

About the Biological Effects Chart

The Biological Effects Chart was produced based on the BioInitiative 2012 Report, a massive new review of the medical research literature on the biological effects of electromagnetic fields. The purpose of the chart is to show the radiofrequency (RF) exposure levels at which biological effects were found in the several studies reviewed.  

Understanding the chart

As we previously mentioned, the data for the Biological Effects Chart were drawn from the RF Color Charts in the BioInitiative 2012 Report, which contains two charts. According to the paper “Biological Effects from RF Radiation at Low-Intensity Exposure, based on the BioInitiative 2012 Report, and the Implications for Smart Meters and Smart Appliances”, written by Ronald M. Powell, these are the data sources used in each chart:

  1. The first chart describes 67 studies on the biological effects of radiofrequency (RF) radiation. Each study represents one or more biological effects found at one value of the RF power density (RF power per unit area) or within a range of such values. These data are especially useful when considering whole-body exposure, which is the type of exposure that human beings receive from Smart Meters at a distance of 1 meter or more. These data form the basis for the appended Biological Effects Chart.
  2. The second chart describes 68 studies on the biological effects of radiofrequency (RF) radiation. In this chart, each study represents one or more biological effects found at one Specific Absorption Rate, or SAR value, or within a range of such values. A SAR value is the RF power absorbed per unit mass of the biological entity being irradiated. These data are especially useful when less than the entire body is irradiated, and at very close distances, such as when a cell phone irradiates the head.

How to use it practically?

According to Prof. Olle Johansson, a large number of effects still need to be explored. The idea is that, based on these indications and observations, specialists can replicate or carry out new studies where new hypotheses are formulated. For example, this chart is very useful for any doctor, researcher in the health field, institutes, laboratories, and governments who wish to carry out their own research and expand or confirm the information already found.

This type of information is especially useful in a scenario like the current one, in which the new generation of 5G telecommunications is being deployed and many people claim that there are not enough studies to verify the possible biological effects of these high frequencies. Keep in mind that 5G mobile phones currently on the market have a SAR measurement that has been tested, measured, and valued by a laboratory and approved by the FCC. In this case, people can go to the table, look for the emission that the phone has, and check the associated effects. This is an easy way to list study-proven biological effects based on radiation absorption measured in watts per tissue.

These values are an excellent reference for journalistic investigations, EMF research, integral medicine, environmental medicine, building assessments, building biologies, and people with knowledge of field intensity measurement. These are some of the activities in which these values can be used to understand what these numbers translate into, which usually may seem very low, but in a real context, can have significant effects on the human body.

SPIRO Card L2

SPIRO Card L2: A compact solution to protect you from the most common exposure

SPIRO Card L2: A compact solution to protect you from the most common exposure

For many years, we have been developing different solutions to counteract the many types of EMF pollution we are constantly exposed to. The SPIRO Card L2 is one of our leading solutions, as it’s the ideal protection for the most common type of exposure we are constantly receiving: the cellphone.

SPIRO Card L2

Cellphones are one of the most popular technologies nowadays, we love our phones, we NEED our phones. Smartphones now are not just for communication purposes, they are office assistants, our daily cameras, our video consoles, and our favorite entertainment centers. 

Typical phones are not a thing now, we are using more complex and sophisticated devices that require more power to work and provide all the functions we are giving it now, bigger batteries, more potent antennas, and a bigger capacity to receive and transfer data. Do you know what this means to users? Yes, the worry because of radiation is bigger now, because radiation is indeed bigger.

In our previous article, we talked about the anti-radiation solutions created to allegedly counteract this radiation and we highlighted the many risks of using this kind of product. Now that you know all of that, let us tell you more about the actual solution you can use to protect yourself from the effects of the EMF pollution generated by your cellphone: the SPIRO Card L2.

What’s the SPIRO Card L2? 

The SPIRO Card L2 is the core product built from SPIRO, the only non-blocking solution for EMF designed with nanotechnology. It has a filter effect sufficient to take care of the average emissions from up to 3 personal electronic devices or a 5G chip phone. This product has the minimum available SPIRO power (Spiro power 1).

The L2 card uses the natural nanomagnetic properties of the SPIRO material (contained within the card in the form of films) to function as a passive filter for high-frequency telecommunications waves of our personal devices. This small card is capable of filtering the electromagnetic disturbances generated by wireless electronic devices such as all Apple, Samsung, Windows, and other last-gen Android phones. It also works perfectly with iPads, Tablets, Bluetooth devices, and wearable technologies such as smartwatches.

How to use the SPIRO Card L2?

The L2 card has an action range of a 1-meter (3.5 feet) radius. Its compact size makes it ideal to carry anywhere, it can be used inside the cellphone case, in the wallet, in a bag, etc. However, the ideal and suggested way to use it is on the cell phone (between the case and the phone), or as near to the device as possible, which is especially indicated for 5G devices.

One great thing about our SPIRO technologies is that they don’t need batteries or wires to work properly, and that applies to this product. Also, the main magnetic properties of the material don’t expire as long as the card is in good condition, so you can carry this solution anywhere and be protected anytime.

A scientifically proven and certified solution

Our SPIRO Card L2 was tested by EMF, telecommunications, technology, and healthcare experts who certified it is an effective and safe solution for everyone’s use. 

The International Association for Electrosmog-Research (IGEF) carried out a study in 10 different subjects and showed that the SPIRO Card L2 improves the ability to regulate the HRV (heart rate variability), which is affected under the effects of electromagnetic pollution.

Also, an OTA (Over-the-air) performance test showed a significant improvement in the wireless radiation pattern distribution. This means that transmission power peaks are removed, and the wireless signal is uniformly distributed throughout the whole place. Lastly, a MIMO (Multi-Inputs Multi-Output) throughput testing showed that the performance of the devices is not affected at all in the presence of the SPIRO material.

The users speak: SPIRO is a relief to physical ailments

Many people are using SPIRO products around the world nowadays, and along with the extensive scientifical evidence, their testimonials are the most trustworthy evidence of all the benefits this material has when it comes to health and well-being.

According to SPIRO users, the card relieves other types of ailments not specifically related to HRV. “Before, I felt a pain in my ear every time I made a call. Now, since I started using this card, I feel nothing”, a man in Curacao said.  

Also, two women, one in Aruba and the other in Miami, stated that they feel quieter and with less irritability since they started using the SPIRO Card L2. Another woman in Aruba, who presented symptoms of electrohypersensitivity, said that she stopped being afraid and rejecting touching and using her phone.

“I feel the difference, with this card I don’t feel a headache every time I use my phone”, affirmed other female SPIRO user from California. Another lady from England also claimed that she felt an intense headache when she used her phone in long calls, but she stopped feeling like that once she started using the product. 

The benefits of using the SPIRO Card L2

According to Joaquín Machado, our CEO and main EMF researcher, the benefits associated with using the SPIRO technology are extensive. “First of all, it protects people’s health by filtering the electromagnetic waves to which they are constantly exposed, protects the environment from the dangers of electromagnetic pollution, provides higher quality in telecommunications and connectivity, optimizes electricity consumption (helps saving energy), and provides greater durability to the technological devices you use”, he highlighted.

In the specific case of the SPIRO Card L2, it has been verified that the filter does not affect at all the operation of mobile, wireless, and wearable devices in any aspect. On the contrary, by using the filter, the devices are not only free of harmful emissions, but they also optimize the use of battery power, their useful life extends considerably, and their communication capacity increases as this material makes the propagation pattern from antenna radiation cleaner and more uniform.  

It is important to note that the SPIRO Card L2 exerts a natural magnetic dominance, which makes it a passive filter that neutralizes every harmful effect caused by the waves’ artificial polarization but without altering the destination and purpose of the modulated wave.

This means that the SPIRO Card L2 isn’t an anti-radiation device intended to block or absorb radiation. Its function is to filter EMF, balancing the disorder and electromagnetic unbalances within the waves.

Also, with the implementation of 5G networks in Sub6 (5G deployments using spectrum under 6 GHz), this product has proved to be 100% effective in filtering the EMF produced by these frequencies. We are also developing a stronger solution (with a bigger SPIRO power) to protect people from higher frequencies such as millimeter waves, which are the ones supposed to work with a fully deployed 5G.  

We invite you to learn more about SPIRO and all the solutions we have created based on this technology by browsing through our portal. If you are interested in receiving more information like this, subscribe to our newsletter by filling out the form at the bottom of this page!

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Anti-radiation products for cellphones: are they effective?

Anti-radiation products for cellphones: are they effective?

With the creation of the cell phone and all the doubts about the harmful effects caused by its radiation, some products with the title of “anti-radiation” have entered the market and claim to be able to counteract it. Today, we will tell you more about them.

anti-radiation products

The problem of electromagnetic pollution, although it is not new, is very little known by most people. However, a vast majority of people who have heard about it may feel the urgency to protect themselves and look for solutions, and today the market abounds with options that claim to be effective.

These solutions are mostly directed to mobile phones. Today, these popular devices are widely used, but since their creation, there have been doubts and concerns about the radiation they emit and its possible effects on health.

Nowadays, you will find products such as stickers or cases for smartphones on the internet and in many places. The creators of these products claim that they block electromagnetic radiation, but we have news for you: Most of the time, this is not even remotely true.

Of all these “anti-radiation” products that you see on the market, 90% have no scientific basis, so it has been proven that they are fraudulent and have no function other than aesthetics. However, there are another 10% of products that are made with materials capable of blocking radiation, but they have quite questionable effects. Today, we will especially talk about this 10%.

The anti-radiation approach

As it reads, an anti-radiation product is (or is intended to be) a shield that radically blocks radiation. While the purpose is to protect yourself from electromagnetic pollution, the approach of completely blocking it is not appropriate. 

“Why?”, you might wonder. The answer is that the blocking will always be partial and, therefore, there will always be a harmful emission coming out of the device. This is dangerous because users have a false assurance of using the device without risk. People with Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS) admit that they cannot use these solutions because they continue to be exposed to the harmful radiation that the phone is still emitting. 

The cell phone indeed generates radiation that is necessary to and for its operation. The truth is that the radiation generated by the cell phone is a normal consequence of the operation of the device per se, first by the battery that powers it, then by the microwaves that allow it to connect to the different signals it uses to establish communication. Although today there are standards that regulate it, as we will see later, these maximum limits, according to various studies, have shown to be very permissible and there are still long-term cumulative effects.

It was for this reason that for 20 years the market was flooded with anti-radiation solutions, such as possible shields to block this radiation completely, and even some of these solutions claim to block up to 99 or 100% of the radiation. Can this be true? Logically thinking, it’s not possible. If a product were to radically and completely block cell phone radiation, there would be no possible way for the device to work, as it would not receive the signal correctly and thus would no longer serve its purpose.

The anti-radiation covers that you will find on the market are made of a material that, indeed, blocks the waves. But this generates:

  • Failures in the transmission and reception of the mobile signal due to electromagnetic interference and, therefore, poor or no connectivity at times.
  • Increased heating of the device because it requires more battery power to connect to a signal.
  • The use of more energy also produces a worrying increase in radiation emission.
  • It can shorten battery life.
  • It shortens the lifespan of the device as a result of abnormal operation and unnecessary heating.
  • It generates static problems in the users and electrically charges them.
  • Interference to other nearby devices.

However, even with all these difficulties, the device works. So the total blockage they promise is a myth.

The forced increase of the SAR level and its effects on your body

All phones have average radiation that they emit and have higher peaks when the phone has difficulties connecting to the network. This peak is the one that is established as the maximum emission level of the device and is the one taken as a reference so that the phone can be commercialized.

The SAR is the test used internationally and by the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) in the United States to approve a certain device for its proper commercialization. The maximum SAR that a telephone can emit is 1.6 W / Kg. Average cell phones, such as iPhone, Samsung, among others, have variable average emissions which peaks should not exceed such value.

This level, considered to be the “safe level” for the use of the device, has been found to increase alarmingly when using anti-radiation covers. What happens is that, by completely blocking the waves on one side of the device, these covers cause your cell phone to work harder to find a signal, which will end up producing greater amounts of radiation that will definitely affect you.

“In telecommunications laboratories, it is known that these anti-radiation covers end up increasing the SAR emission level of the phone alarmingly because it makes the phone work harder to connect, which is not ideal. On the internet, on the channels and portals of the manufacturers of these products, you can see that these products are offered and tested using meters and they show how, in effect, the covers block radiation; But what is not seen is how the radiation flux changes where the meter is not directed. This creates false security for the user, who thinks that will not be exposed to radiation, when not only is he exposed, but he is receiving much greater amounts ”, says Joaquín Machado, CEO of Noxtak and EMF researcher.

Likewise, the Spanish expert in Geobiology and habitat radiation, Joan Carles López Sancho, stated in an interview with gigahertz.es that this protection does not meet expectations and does not reduce the electromagnetic pollution emitted by the device to practically nothing. The researcher says that “these covers are lined inside with a tiny fabric of silver or copper wire, which what it does is undo the radioelectric wave, and if we enclose the entire mobile phone with this material it will not emit a signal, and which is more dangerous, if we obstruct the development of the call, the device would emit more power to make the call ”.

It is important to note that some of these cases also accumulate static, which ends up causing physical discomfort to users in the areas close to where they have the phone.

Finally, you will also find covers whose design is focused on absorbing heat, completely ignoring that the problem is not heating, but the athermic effects of radiation, such as the artificial polarization of the wave.

Regarding the protection of the body, another myth that surrounds these products is that they claim to protect certain parts of the body in a localized way, such as the head, torso, etc. Is this possible? Let’s better explain it with a simple example: Think of a typical umbrella in the middle of a storm. You don’t mind getting wet, but all the dirty water you could get. You are using the umbrella, and although it is preventing the dirty water from falling on some parts of your body, you keep getting soaked on other parts; so you get dirty anyway.

SPIRO: the right solution

In our years of experience, we have dedicated ourselves to researching and testing endless solutions on the market. Anti-radiation solutions were some of them, and in multiple case studies, we verified their adverse effects. However, it was these solutions that inspired us to continue researching to create a solution that would avoid the adverse effects of electromagnetic pollution while allowing users to continue to enjoy the technologies.

Thus was born SPIRO, the only scientifically proven and certified solution for electrosmog. This technology works under a passive electromagnetic filter principle; so instead of blocking waves, it balances charges, eliminates interference, and produces a uniform and stable propagation that mimics natural electromagnetic fields.

SPIRO is the solution designed to filter the artificial electromagnetic polarization that brings the modulated wave that transmits the information between the base and the cell phone. It is the only way to use your phone while protecting yourself from the athermic effects of artificial polarization. The filtering effect is achieved because SPIRO brings in a naturally polarized dominant field that exerts a dominant influence on artificial fields. That is why our hundreds of cases of electromagnetically hypersensitive users acknowledge being able to use the cell phone without any discomfort.

Again, let’s think about the umbrella. Think that instead of using an umbrella, you are using a filter. The water falling on you is clean, you are immersed, you are enjoying it, and it is not hurting you at all.

Our solution is compatible with all types of technology and not only protects the health and the environment, but has also proven to be effective in optimizing communication performance, connectivity, energy savings, and, besides, it extends the useful life of electronic devices.

We invite you to learn more about SPIRO by browsing through our portal and checking all the solutions we have created based on our patented technology.

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EMF Self assessment guide

EMF Self-Assessment Guide: Know the level of electromagnetic exposure to which you are exposed

EMF Self-Assessment Guide: Know the level of electromagnetic exposure to which you are exposed

You are exposed to electromagnetic pollution everywhere, even at home. But do you know exactly how to measure it? We have developed an instrument to help you find out.

EMF Self assessment guide

Electromagnetic pollution comes from electromagnetic field (EMF) emissions generated by man-made sources. These emissions fluctuate during the day and spread through the environment in the form of disturbances and interferences in different frequency bands. In simple terms, your environments are full of electromagnetic pollution that is harmful to health, the environment, and the proper functioning of the technologies you use.

Radio waves, television, mobile telephony, high-voltage power lines, electrical transformers, electrical appliances, electronic devices, and even lighting systems are emitting artificial fields (EMF), what varies is the degree of intensity, amplitude, and how often they spread. In summary:

“Everything that uses electricity produces an electric and magnetic field that must be taken into account when evaluating a home and determining which are the ‘hotspots’ (sources of greatest risk) there.”

It is a reality that the accelerated implementation of new technologies that do not comply with standards compatible with the human body and the environment are creating new and greater risks for the population, different species, and natural ecosystems.

This accelerated development and our increasing dependence on technologies have significantly modified the natural electromagnetic environment that surrounds us; so it is difficult for you to find a single place on the planet that is totally free from artificial radiation, including your home.

Thanks to an immense amount of studies that have been made over the years by respected scientists and organizations, we know that the biological effects of artificial electromagnetic fields can become pathological depending on the exposure time, the dose, their power and frequency, and the characteristics of the exposed organism.

Our home can be one of the most important sources of electromagnetic pollution to which we are exposed almost permanently every day. Home appliances, lighting systems, smart devices, wireless connections, and a host of other devices that work in a sustained and parallel way. It is important to enjoy and take advantage of all the technology that today can make our lives easier, but how can we do it while protecting our health, the environment, and our appliances? Do you know how to measure the levels of exposure you are constantly prone to in your home? Based on our experience and thousands of case studies, our team has developed a guide to help you determine it. Now let’s go a little deeper into the variables to take into account.

The guide: learning to perform an EMF Self-Assessment

The first thing you should know is that an EMF self-assessment is not a substitute for a professional analysis by an analyst, technician, or certified Consultant in Bio-construction and electromagnetic radiation, who not only have the training required to perform such analysis, but also the proper measuring instrument, and more importantly, who can understand the readings that such instruments collected.

Also, at this point, it should be noted that this not about obtaining electromagnetic measurement instruments, but about having the necessary experience and training. We often see people who buy electrosmog meters, gaussmeters or other instruments on the internet to use them in an inappropriate way. 

In our experience, anyone who acquires measurement equipment as a hobby to “measure” radiation don’t really know what radiation is, what kind of radiation they are measuring, or what is the nature of that radiation. They don’t understand the equipment and how it really works, and they end up behaving like “ghostbusters” in their home or office, and worse, they even wander the streets measuring without really understanding anything.

That said, we are NOT asking you to do any of these measuring equipment, because if you do, you should take a training course with us or with a qualified institute or center. If you own measurement equipment, this self-assessment guide does not require you to use it; however, you are free to use them as a confirmation method. Just make sure the instrument you are using has been certified and calibrated by an accredited laboratory.

Electromagnetic pollution is not standard, flat, or automatically the same in all places, that is why it is important to be able to identify in your home where are the main sources of contamination.

EMF Pollution is variable by the size of the enclosures or the number of devices functioning there, but also by the location with respect to external sources of contamination. The pollution that we receive from abroad, for example, from mobile telephone operators is variable, it fluctuates in its power transmission based on the traffic of calls that it must handle simultaneously in a given time, therefore the exposure on a Sunday is not as on Monday, and the exposure on Monday morning is not the same as Monday night.

That’s why the NOXTAK Team takes as a reference the highest average values that have been observed in professional measurements compared to each type of issuer. For example, in the case of a base radio or mobile phone antenna, we will estimate the polluting emission that we have observed in antennas located in places with similar characteristics, like the population density, which determines the number of mobile devices that are tied to that base stations or those nearby, and therefore the information flow that the base stations are transmitting.

Electromagnetic pollution, especially the latter related to telecommunications, changes during the day, we could say figuratively that this environmental toxin spreads in waves and fluctuates like the tide in the electromagnetic ocean.

So the first thing is to observe the surroundings of the home or environment to be evaluated, locating the main emitters that contaminate the home from the outside. Second, the type of emission that emanates inside, coming from the appliances connected in the home.

Exposure levels by location

A home in a low-population residential area, in the countryside, or far from the city is not even close to those located in an area with a high population density, highly technical or very close to sources of external pollution such as lines voltage, high voltage transformers, telephone base stations, or radio and television antennas.

In addition to this, it must be taken into account that, in terms of pollution, an apartment is not the same as a house; since the apartments can share walls, floor, and ceiling with others that can be highly technical, which influences the analysis of general exposure in the home.

Exposure levels based on the size and construction of the house

As a general rule, smaller places tend to accumulate more electrical and electronic equipment with less separation, which can generate a greater accumulation of electromagnetic fields in common and adjacent spaces. This could affect the function of spaces intended for rest, for example.

The manufacture of houses or apartments must also be taken into account. An enclosure built with cement and concrete blocks is not the same as one built with Drywall, prefabricated materials, or warehouses with a large number of metal components. Each of these materials have a different density and, therefore, a level of permeability in relation to electric and magnetic fields. For example, glass has a very low shielding ability (blocking the penetration of an electric field), but electric fields are easily shielded by higher density materials. However, when we talk about magnetic fluxes, they penetrate the densest materials. That is, while they easily shield electric fields, they allow the penetration of magnetic fluxes.

This is an element that implies that, for example, an apartment in Manhattan with large panoramic windows will receive greater exposure and electrical charges towards the interior of the property than an apartment with few windows. This is how contamination in the enclosure can vary.

Exposure levels according to artifacts

Appliances that operate inside the home play a major role in measuring electromagnetic pollution. At this point, there are several aspects to consider:

  • Number of devices: There is an average standard of appliances in homes, but it is important to bear in mind that there are homes that are much more technical than others. While there are people who probably only have a refrigerator, a washing machine and a TV; there are others that may have multiple entertainment areas, game consoles, fully equipped offices, home automation, and high-speed internet.
  • Location: It is recommended to pay special attention to the location of larger appliances, such as refrigerators, washers, dryers, etc. The location of the electrical appliances and areas of high concentration is very important, especially to make a more successful relationship between places of rest, study, and entertainment. For example, if the wall of a room adjoins a high demand appliance, the quality of sleep of the person there may be affected.
  • Usage habits: It must be taken into account that many people in their daily lives use particular appliances that may appear to have negligible emissions. For example, blenders are a significant source of low-frequency electrical contamination due to its motor and operation. As well as this appliance, there may be many in the house that probably have stronger emissions, such as the microwave oven; but it is important to measure how much these devices are used to classify their emissions as permanent or occasional.
  • The lighting system: The quality and type of bulb you use (halogen, incandescent, LED, and fluorescent) are important. This is one of the factors that determine how much interference or noise surrounds the power line and, therefore, influences the amount of dirty electricity. In addition, an appropriate type of light bulb can avoid ocular oxidative stress and promote rest. Also, you should pay special attention to dimmers or light controllers, as these also increase the level of contamination by dirty electricity.
  • Wireless technologies: Electronic devices that work with wireless connections such as telecommunications, WiFi, Bluetooth, and infrared connection produce high frequency electromagnetic pollution. These devices should be an extremely important focus of attention in the assessment.

How to receive the guide?

Now that you know how this instrument works, you will want to use it. We are currently working on an interactive survey that you can easily fill out and get automatic responses; but, at the moment, we can provide you with a manual table, which fulfills a similar function and with which you can collect basic information necessary to have an idea of the degree of contamination to which you are exposed today. This same information can be studied by our team of analysts and get an opinion from our specialists for free. Write us to info@noxtak.com to get this guide for free.

Please, note that this EMF self-assessment guide is not a scientifically accurate study. However, it is work that our team of experts has carried out and standardized based on thousands of case studies and our experience. We have taken the key factors to evaluate and we have assigned a specific value to each one, which will allow us to understand the approximate degree that a home has in terms of electromagnetic pollution and, thus, help its inhabitants to take the necessary actions to neutralize these emissions through our recommendations and our SPIRO technology.

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Advantages & disadvantages: A healthy guide to use wearable technologies

Advantages & disadvantages: A healthy guide to use wearable technologies

Wearable technologies are one of the top technology trends and will still be for some years to come, but what are the advantages and disadvantages of our increasing dependence on them?

pros and cons of wearable techs

Every day we are using more and more technologies around and ON us. Home appliances are getting smarter, media and entertainment nowadays are fully connected to the internet, and our phones and computers are almost necessary to keep our work routines and socialize. But that’s not it: as we are increasingly looking for ways to measure and improve our well-being, we started using smart wearable devices.

Today’s watches are just not watches, and they started to do more than “telling” time. Our new smartwatches do fitness tracking, health monitoring, and give users quick access to notifications and what’s going on in their smartphones. If you are someone passionate about IoT and well-being, you should definitely get one.

But, as great as they are, not everything could be entirely good. So we will summarize some of the top pros and cons of using wearable devices in this article.

The advantages: why should you get one?

 

  • Promotes a Healthy Lifestyle

Most smartwatches can track activity, nutrition, and calories burned. Some of them can even work as a pedometer, monitor heart rate, and blood pressure. All of this information can help you have constant control of your overall health and  reach your fitness goals faster.

For example, the newest smartwatches have lots of sensors that make fitness tracking easier. Some even have dedicated workout modes to give you more accurate measures and goals.

 

  • Quick Access to your Smartphone

When connected to your smartphone, most smartwatches show notifications so users can have quick access to them. You can receive email notifications, texts, calendar alerts, news alerts, and so much more. You can even receive social media notifications with no need to take out your phone from your bag or pocket.

And If you’re the type of person who’s always on the go, you won’t ever miss a call again. When you’re outside, you may not be able to hear your phone ringing, but the vibration from a smartwatch is easily noticeable and can alert you that you’ve received a call.

 

  • Makes your life easier

High-end smartwatches usually offer features that are truly convenient. Some have NFC that will allow you to make cashless payments. Others have LTE cellular capabilities, which will enable you to send texts and make calls even if you don’t have your smartphone nearby.

When it comes to entertainment, there’s really no point of comparison between a smartwatch and an ordinary watch. You can watch a full-length movie on a smartwatch without any problem. A smartwatch also allows you to connect earphones so you can listen to your favorite music anytime.

 

  • It’s fashionable and customizable

You can change the dial/watch face of a smartwatch every day. It is stylish and will allow you to match the watch face according to your mood and preference. You can wear a smartwatch at work, at school, on a dinner date, or while meeting an important client. It will also blend well with your outfits, whether casual or formal.

The disadvantages: very few and very important

 

  • Tech addiction

Just as with any other smart device we use daily, there’s a risk we get too dependent and addicted to its use. You’ll get easily distracted and will probably be too focused on the constant monitoring or notifications coming through the device. So be careful!

Also, you have to be careful with your stress levels. The number of apps, the constant monitoring, and health estimates may increase your stress levels and cause the opposite effect you’re trying to avoid. 

 

  • Poor performance and battery life

Just to be clear: smartwatches are great. However, you have to consider this kind of device will never be better in terms of performance, capabilities, and connectivity than an actual smartphone. So don’t get too used to use a thousand apps constantly there, you’ll get flustered. 

Also, one of the main disadvantages of a smartwatch is that they typically can be used 1 to 2 days after a full charge. Some don’t even last for one day, especially if you use power-hungry features. 

 

  • EMF radiation: the biggest of problems

Yes. We talk a lot about this, but it is inevitable: every device that uses electricity, especially those who can connect to wireless networks, generate artificial EMF and can cause long-term effects on your health.

Have you heard about the FitBit case? During the last five years, numerous users have reported experiencing physical side effects from continuously wearing the devices. Some of the most common ones include feeling dizzy and experiencing frequent headaches that don’t go away even with medication.

Others report heart palpitations, skin rashes, and erratic pulse rhythms. Some users also report having difficulty falling and staying asleep while wearing the device, leaving them feeling fatigued throughout the day.

Fitbit has maintained that, despite their devices emitting radiation, the levels are insufficient to cause bodily harm to users. According to them, all their devices are compliant with the existing FCC regulations on Bluetooth BLE. They also state that the power output of any Fitbit device is less than 1% compared to that produced by a cell phone.

“What’s even more disconcerting is that the measurements used in the FCC regulations are based on a cell phone kept at a 6-inch distance from its user. Fitbits are used directly against the body and for as long as 24 hours in some cases”Educate EMF stated.

Then, how do I properly use a wearable device? 

First of all, don’t let yourself be consumed by the many functions a smartwatch (or whatever device) has. Just like with your cell phone, video consoles, TV, or any other device, be wise and avoid excessive use. 

And yes, you should be protected from the emissions generated by a device you are wearing every time, every day. Smartwatches use microwaves and radiofrequency to connect to the network, to other devices, and monitor many things in your body.

To counteract the effects of this type of radiation, we suggest using a SPIRO Card L2 as close to your body as possible or in your cellphone case. This will passively filter the emissions of the smartphone as well as the smartwatch.

Our SPIRO technology is the only certified and scientifically proven solution to filter EMF generated by man-made sources. It doesn’t only protect your health and the environment, but it also improves the quality of connections and increases the durability of your electronic devices. 

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Electromagnetic Fields (EMF): What do the scientists say?

Electromagnetic Fields (EMF): What do the scientists say?

Electromagnetic fields are not commonly discussed, and that has generated a great deal of disinformation and taboos around them. To fight that, today we want to discuss the opinion of several renowned scientists around this topic.

EMF Scientific opinions

Electromagnetic fields (EMF) are everywhere and, since our species exist, have contributed to our evolution. They are a combination of invisible electric and magnetic fields of force. They are generated by natural phenomena like the Earth’s magnetic field, but more recently and with the increasing use of technology, they are also generated by human activities, mainly through the use of electricity and telecommunications.

The major public health organizations of more than 30 of the world’s leading industrialized countries do regular expert reviews of the scientific literature related to EMF & health. Virtually, every one of these reviews has come to the same conclusion as the World Health Organization “that current evidence does not confirm the existence of any health consequences from exposure to low level electromagnetic fields“.

But, on the other hand, there are several reports and scientists that indicate quite the opposite. In today’s article, we want to show some of the most important scientific opinions regarding EMF and its effects on human health.

EMF and its effects on human health

People may not realize the amount of artificial EMF that surrounds us every day. While we watch for reports on the effects of cell phone use on our health, we should also be thinking about cordless phones, smart meters, and possibly even our cars. And right now, people are facing a host of illnesses ranging from brain tumors and leukemia to poor memory and concentration as they become increasingly exposed to EMF pollution or electrosmog. 

Prof. Olle Johansson published an article detailing the phenomenon entitled: “Health Risk from Wireless? The Debate is Over”, together with his colleague Associate Professor Einar Flydal of the Department of Telematics at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway.

“The spectrum of possible health problems arising is extraordinarily wide – from brain tumors and leukemia to exhaustion, decreased memory and concentration and just feeling uncomfortable,” Johansson explained.

The Council of Europe committee examined evidence in 2011 that the technologies had “potentially harmful” effects on humans, and concluded action was required to protect children. It said in a report it was crucial to avoid repeating previous mistakes made when public health officials were slow to recognize the dangers of asbestos, tobacco smoking, and lead in petrol. 

“The allowed radiation limits throughout the world are insane, to say the least. We are talking about values up to 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 (10 to the 18th) times higher than nature’s background radiation, to which the human body has adapted through many 100,000 of years, and within a couple of decades, we have all been surrounded by biblical levels of artificial radio-waves, well knowing that they have major impacts on both human and animal health.”, Prof. Johansson said.

Radiation from wireless signals and cell phones

Dr. Henry Lai, whose research is noted as part of the report on the Interphone Study, reported that he has changed his mind about whether radiation from wireless signals and cell phones was harmful. He has found that, while using a cell phone, 80% of the high intensity radiation is absorbed into the hand and head. Also, transmissions from wireless routers or broadcast towers expose people to low intensity and long-term radiation.

“It’s involuntary,” Lai said of the radiation being transmitted through the open environment. “No matter where you go you’re exposed.” He said that new research is showing that exposure to frequencies emitted by these technologies leads to enhanced free radical activity in the body’s cells which leads to cell damage and even cell death. DNA strands break when exposed to radiation. 

Also, Paul J. Rosch, from the Bioelectromagnetics Society, says that claims that cell phones pose no health hazards are supported solely by Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) limits safety standards written by the telecommunications industry decades ago based on studies they funded. 

“These have made the erroneous assumption that the only harm that could come from cell phone radiofrequency emissions would be from a thermal or heating action, since such non thermal fields can have no biological effects. The late Dr. Ross Adey disproved this three decades ago by demonstrating that very similar radiofrequency fields with certain carrier and modulation frequencies that had insufficient energy to produce any heating could cause the release of calcium ions from cells. Since then, numerous research reports have confirmed that non thermal fields from cell phones, tower transmitters, power lines, and other man made sources can significantly affect various tissues and physiologic functions.”, Rosch wrote.

EMF and Electrohypersensitivity (EHS)

Dr. Magda Havas, from the Trent University, has been studying the biological effects of electromagnetic pollution or “electrosmog” in the environment caused by everything from cordless phones to televisions at home. She strongly recommends removing cordless phones from our home, since these can emit as much radiation as a cell phone tower.

She estimates over one million Canadians have some form of electrohypersensitivity caused by dirty electricity in the environment. She cites physical symptoms people may experience following long-term exposure to EMF, including dizziness, headaches, nausea, rashes, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, fluctuations in blood sugar and, in severe cases, seizure and stroke.

According to Prof. Olle Johansson, “It is a scientific fact that radio waves in the centimeter band influence blood circulation, respiration, temperature control, water balance, albumin and sugar concentration in the cerebro-spinal fluid and more. Even electromagnetic fields at levels of only 1/100,000th of what we are regularly exposed to from mobiles, are found to disturb the complex electrical operations taking place at cellular levels, and to cause damage to DNA, proteins, neurons and oxidation processes.”

Electrosmog and Children

Children nowadays are considered heavy users of technology, thus they are one of the most exposed population segments when it comes to EMF. Children between the ages of 8 and 12 years old are targeted as the next big cell phone market, besides the technologies they use on a daily basis, such as video game consoles, the TV, and more.

According to Dr. Paul Rosch, “Children are more severely affected because their brains are developing and their skulls are thinner. A two-minute call can alter brain function in a child for an hour, which is why other countries ban their sale or discourage their use under the age of 18.”

Also, Dr. Rosch points out that pregnant women may also be at increased risk. A study showed that children born to mothers who used a cell phone just two or three times a day during pregnancy showed a dramatic increase in hyperactivity and other behavioral and emotional problems. And for the 30% of children who had also used a cell phone by the age of 7, the incidence of behavioral problems was 80% higher. 

Other possible effects of EMF 

It is important to note once again that all life on earth evolved under the influence of solar radiation and geomagnetic forces that we and other species have learned to adapt to. The health of all living systems, such as cells, tissues, organs or persons, depends on good communication – good communication within, as well as with the external environment.

As stated by Dr. Paul Rosch, all communication in the body eventually takes place via very subtle electromagnetic signaling between cells that is now being disrupted by artificial electropollution we have not had time to adapt to. “As Alvin Toffler emphasized in Future Shock, too much change in too short a time produces severe stress due to adaptational failure. The adverse effects of electrosmog may take decades to be appreciated, although some, like carcinogenicity, are already starting to surface”. 

Dr. Rosch also stated that It is not generally appreciated that EMF has cumulative effects. For example, talking on a cell phone for just an hour a day for ten years can add up to 10,000 watts of radiation, and that’s ten times more than from putting your head in a microwave oven. Also, If you put the positive electrode of a 1.5 volt battery in the Pacific Ocean at San Francisco and the negative one off San Diego, sharks in the in between these cities can detect the few billionths of a volt electrical field. 

Lastly, Dr. Rosch notes that EMF have also been implicated in the recent massive but mysterious disappearance of honeybee colonies essential for pollinating over 90 commercial crops. As Albert Einstein warned, “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would only have four years of life left.”

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Sources:

  1. Analodu Agency 
  2. Prevent Cancer Now 
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NTP studies: Is the cellphone harmful to our health?

NTP studies: Is the cellphone harmful to our health?

NTP studies cellphone

During several years, many studies on the effects of cellphone emissions have been carried out by a large number of scientific organizations around the world, but what does the National Toxicology Program (NTP) say about this matter? We tell you more here.

On 28 March 2018, a United States government research program study concluded that there is “clear evidence” that radiation from mobile phones causes a rare heart tissue cancer in rats that is too strange to be explained as a random occurrence.

The report released by the NTP (National Toxicology Program) showed a link between certain cancers and exposure to radiofrequency radiation in certain rats. NTP scientists had exposed thousands of rats and mice (whose biological similarities to humans make them useful indicators of human health risks) to doses of radiation equivalent to an average mobile user’s lifetime exposure.

At the moment this report was released, the alarm didn’t last long, as many companies and organizations defended the position that the study was misleading and could not be interpreted as a real risk to human health. Although this is admittedly true, the NTP has stated that these studies are the beginning of a better understanding of how human bodies react to technologies. 

So, what should we believe? Is this NTP a source you can trust? How do you interpret those results in bodies so different than humans? Today, we want to talk about the labor of the National Toxicology Program, how important are these studies, and how they serve as a guide for future studies and conclusions to come.

What’s the NTP?

The National Toxicology Program is an inter-agency program run by the United States Department of Health and Human Services to coordinate, evaluate, and report on toxicology within public agencies. It is headquartered at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). 

The National Toxicology Program describes the results of individual experiments on a chemical agent and notes the strength of the evidence for conclusions regarding each study. Five categories of evidence of carcinogenic activity are used in the Technical Report series to summarize the strength of evidence observed in each experiment: two categories for positive results (clear evidence and some evidence); one category for uncertain findings (equivocal evidence); one category for no observable effects (no evidence); and one category for experiments that cannot be evaluated because of major flaws (inadequate study). 

These categories of interpretative conclusions were first adopted in June 1983 and then revised in March 1986 for use in the Technical Report series to incorporate more specifically the concept of the actual weight of evidence of carcinogenic activity.

Historically, the NTP Chronic Carcinogenicity Studies of Cell Phone Radiofrequency Radiation are the most comprehensive, carefully done research performed to date on the long term effects of radiofrequency radiation from wireless devices such as cell phones. 

The Cell Phone Radio Frequency Radiation study 

The study cost $30 million and took more than 10 years to complete. For the study, the animals were housed in special chambers so the researchers could control how much radiation they received. The animals were exposed to a total of 9 hours of radiation per day, in 10-minutes sessions. The radiation began in the womb or early in life and lasted for up to two years, which is most of the animals’ lifetime.

The lowest level of radiation was equivalent to the maximum level that cellphones are allowed to emit in the U.S. But the researchers noted that a typical cellphone user rarely ever reaches this level. And the highest radiation level used in the study was four times higher than the maximum level allowed in people.

“High exposure to radiofrequency radiation (RFR) in rodents resulted in tumors in tissues surrounding nerves in the hearts of male rats, but not female rats or any mice, according to draft studies from the National Toxicology Program (NTP). The exposure levels used in the studies were equal to and higher than the highest level permitted for local tissue exposure in cell phone emissions today. Cell phones typically emit lower levels of RFR than the maximum level allowed. NTP’s draft conclusions were released today as two technical reports, one for rat studies and one for mouse studies. NTP will hold an external expert review of its complete findings from these rodent studies on March 26-28.

The incidence of tumors, called malignant schwannomas, that were observed in the heart increased in male rats as they were exposed to increasing levels of RFR beyond the allowable cell phone emissions. Researchers also noted increases in an unusual pattern of cardiomyopathy, or damage to heart tissue, in exposed male and female rats. Overall, there was little indication of health problems in mice related to RFR.

The reports also point out statistically significant increases in the number of rats and mice with tumors found in other organs at one or more of the exposure levels studied, including the brain, prostate gland, pituitary gland, adrenal gland, liver, and pancreas. However, the researchers determined that these were equivocal findings, meaning it was unclear if any of these tumor increases were related to RFR.”

High Exposure to Radiofrequency Radiation Linked to Tumor Activity in Male Rats – News Release. NIEHS. February 2018.

However, Dr. Jeffrey Shuren, director of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said in a statement that “Animal studies like this one contribute to our discussions on this topic, but we must remember the study was not designed to test the safety of cellphone use in humans, so we cannot draw conclusions about the risks of cellphone use from it”.

“If scientists can better understand biological changes in animals, they will know more about what to look for in humans,” the NTP said in its fact sheet on the study.

In 2019, the NTP published once again a study called ‘Evaluation of the genotoxicity of cell phone radiofrequency radiation in male and female rats and mice following subchronic exposure’, where they concluded that “exposure to RF radiation is associated with an increase in DNA damage.”

What’s next?

As of today, the NTP is working to better understand the biological basis for the cancer findings reported in its earlier RFR studies. The program has developed smaller RFR exposure chambers for additional short-term studies that will take weeks and months to complete rather than years. They are aiming to understand the underlying effects of RFR on biological systems, such as looking at biomarkers of damage (measurable physical changes, such as DNA damage), and discovering if the heat or exposure-related stress plays a role in cancer development.

Now, with 5G technology growing popular, many questions have been raised about how can this affect human health. Given this, the NTP scientists are looking for a better understanding of the impact of exposure to radiofrequency on biological tissues, despite its source, generation, or intensity.

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