BOOK SUMMARY

“Electromagnetic Radiation Survival Guide: Step by Step Solutions” (book review)

Electromagnetic Radiation Survival Guide

BOOK INFO

TITLE

Electromagnetic Radiation Survival Guide: Step by Step Solutions

AUTHOR(S)
Jonathan Halpern
PUBLISHER

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

PUBLICATION DATE
May 1, 2014
ISBN
978-1499323023
EDITION
First

BOOK'S PROMISE

The book promises to teach the reader about ways to reduce harm from electromagnetic frequencies, including harm from wifi, cell phone towers, and mobile phones.

BOOK'S INTENDED AUDIENCE

Those concerned about Electro Hypersensitivity (EHS) symptoms.

BOOK'S TONE

Survival Guide is written for the non-scientist, and contains practical methods to reduce EHS.

SUMMARY OF BOOK

Survival Guide does give the reader valueable information.

It includes ideas I have not yet seen in other EMF guides.

Some of the ideas a haphazard. They appear to be the writer’s notes transferred wholesale into the book.

This makes it a good guide, but you’ll have to do some work to get the ideas in a format that you can use.

BOOK REVIEW

Motivation

Halpern wrote Survival Guide after researching his own electro hypersensitivity (EHS).

As a PhD in Health Sciences, he has authority that other EHS and EMF authors might not have.

Electro Hypersensitivity (EHS)

Halpern explains that the World Health Organization (WHO) acknowledges the existence of EHS.

Our problem, he says, is that they call it “idiopathic.”

In essence, they’re saying, “Yes, people have symptoms, but we don’t know why.”

We know that EMF does not have to create heat for it to be associated with physical harm.

But EMF exposure standards are based on the level at which they produce heat.

EMF HeadacheJust some of the EHS symptoms include headaches, nausea, dizziness, arthritic pains, and rashes.

Halpern warns that all EHS symptoms are also symptoms of other diseases.

The reader should not jump to an EHS conclusion based on symptoms alone.

Nevertheless, we do have science supporting the theory that radio frequency device exposure correlates with these symptoms.

Devices associated with harm include cell phone base stations, cell phones, cordless phones, power lines, visual displays, and fluorescent lighting.

Electromagnetic Fields

This section provides a good explanation of harmful devices and their associated wave types.

It explains wave cycling measurements, wave lengths, wave categories (low frequency, extremely low frequency…), and dirty electricity.

EMF Protection Basics

The author gives a good basis for more research in his list of ways to mitigate EMF.

The list includes avoidance, reduction, reflection, absorption, redirection, suppression, and cancellation.

This list is more comprehensive than most references I’ve read.

Magnetic fields, for example, cannot be shielded. But they can be diverted.So it’s important to understand all the effects we can have on EMF besides “shielding.”

Getting the Right LF Meter

This section describes different types of EMF meters.

It offers some helpful information, but in a scattered format.

The author mentions buttons on a meter, and what they do, but doesn’t tell the reader which meter he’s describing.

He describes trifield meters, but doesn’t explain what the three fields are that require measurement.

He describes electric and magnetic wave measurement, but doesn’t explain why you might buy an electric, a magnetic, or a combined meter.

Making a Diagram

Here are some good ideas on what to measure in your home, office, or apartment.

These include the power sources, appliances, electrical outlets and extension cords.

Make multiple measurements, and draw diagrams.

This is a useful exercise for anyone considering mitigating EHS.

Basic ELF Reduction Methods

This topic is found throughout the book.

Despite the fact that the layout for this topic is scattered, the advice itself is very good.

For example, one idea is to have an electrician replace all electrical outlets with switchable outlets.

With that in place, you can turn off the power to all electric items in a room.

[By the way, you can do this with an electric power strip as well.]

Cell Phones, PCs, Wifi

The rest of this book offers multiple but sometimes shallow ideas.

Altogether, there’s a good size chunk of information that you can use.

It just that you might have to read all the parts in different chapters.

And you might need more research before implementing any particular idea.

You will find info on dirty electricity, cell phones, wifi, computers, and smart meters.

The book offers help navigating the EMF found in public transporation, cars, and the home.

There is some limited information on EMF protective clothing.

AUTHOR'S CREDENTIALS

Jonathan Halpern is a PhD with studies in Health Sciences and Engineering. He self-diagnosed his EHS in the late 1990s. He realized that his cell phone was making him sick. He shares his research in this Survival Guide.

Fact Check 1

Claim

People suffering with EHS should be treated as the “canary in the coal mine.” They are an early warning for the rest of us. We’re all going to get sick. EHS sufferers are just the first ones.

Research

How we view RF health today is similar to how tobacco was viewed until only recently.

We all know that smoking is harmful.

It’s obvious, right?

Not at all.

Even doctors smoked, and often didn’t realize the harm they were causing themselves.

In the eerily-titled “The Mortality of Doctors in Relation to their Smoking Habits” (source), researchers discuss how to interpret the “association between smoking and lung cancer.”

That is how far they were from a consensus that smoking causes lung disease.

Sure, people get lung disease, but how do we know it’s from smoking?

Maybe it’s factory pollution.

That is where we are today with cell phones and wireless internet.

People are getting sick (lung cancer then, EHS and possibly cancer now).

They associate their illness with a specific product (tobacco then, cell phones now).

The industry behind that product (tobacco then, mobile phone now) stands to lose millions to trillions if their product gets regulated.

Today, we have an association between cell phone use and brain cancer.

Are the cell phones the cause?

What about these associations between electromagnetic fields and symptoms?

exhaustion, anxiety, back/muscle/joint disorder, depression, sleep issues, migraine were comorbid with EHS (source)

“Ten adult patients with electromagnetic hypersensitivity underwent functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) brain scans. All scans were abnormal with abnormalities which were consistent and similar.” (source)

“The biopsies taken from skin lesions of patients with EHS indicated on infiltration of the skin layers of the epidermis with mastocytes and their degranulation, as well as on release anaphylactic reaction mediators such as histamine, chymase and tryptase.” (source)

These are only three of multiple studies finding “associations” between perceived EHS and electromagnetic exposure.

Conclusion

True

Conclusion

Survival Guide contains some excellent information that would be better conveyed with more organization and some editing.

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