It’s not always possible to limit your use of EMF-emitting devices like cell phones and laptops. Nor is it always possible to keep a distance from them. After all, you want to be able to use them when you need to! That’s where electromagnetic protection comes in. It can shield or deflect harmful EMF away from your body.
What is Electromagnetic Protection?
When we talk about electromagnetic protection, we’re referring to any product or device that blocks or deflects electromagnetic radiation. This can be an item of clothing, for example, or a cell phone case.
These are personal protection products, and they’re popular today because of the increasingly high exposure we get to electromagnetic fields (EMFs).
We have a post explaining the history of EMF shielding in detail, but suffice to say, the concept dates all the way back to the mid-1700s with experiments conducted by Benjamin Franklin. The results of these lead Michael Farraday to invent the Farraday Cage, which forms the basis of all electromagnetic protection today.
Originally, the purpose of this technology was to protect sensitive equipment from electricity that could interfere with its functioning. But, in time, the evolution of wireless technology and concerns over its adverse health effects lead to it being used for the protection of human health.
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Do You Need Electromagnetic Protection?
There are thousands of scientific studies linking EMF to negative health outcomes. And it’s not only in humans – EMF also affects our nature and wildlife.
Besides scientific literature, there’s also mounting anecdotal evidence, with a massive number of people testifying to their EMF-induced health symptoms.
EMF-induced health issues quickly degrade a person’s physical and mental well-being. These issues range from sleep disorders and electro-hypersensitivity to DNA damage and fertility problems, to social anxiety disorder and depression. The list goes on.
Many researchers say that long-term EMF exposure can cause cancerous cells to develop in the body. In fact, the WHO (World Health Organisation) classifies EMF as a class 2B carcinogen.
Luckily, a growing number of health officials are beginning to take EMF’s effects on humans seriously. And some health institutions around the world now provide specialized care to people showing symptoms of EMF-induced health issues.
None the less, it’s far better to avoid health problems than to treat them. That’s where electromagnetic protection comes in.
While there are plenty of simple, free ways to reduce your EMF exposure (and I urge you to check out our full set of Healthy Living Tips and implement as many of them as you can), sometimes EMF protection products are the only feasible option.
Do EMF Protection Products Really Work?
Do EMF protection products really work? How can you know? That’s what SYB Healthy Living Tip #14 is all about: Reading The Fine Print (with EMF Protection Solutions).
One thing we repeat a lot here at SYB is that the best EMF protection is absolutely free.
By that we mean that the first thing you should do to protect your health against the harmful effects of EMF radiation is to maximize your distance and limit your use. For example, switching off your cell phone at night and keeping your laptop a safe distance from your body.
But naturally there are times when you simply need to be in close proximity to radiation-emitting devices. EMF shielding products exist to protect you in those moments.
But not all such products are created equal. In fact, some can even do more harm than good.
That’s why it’s so important to read the fine print before choosing which products to buy and use. Just because a company claims a product protects you from EMF, doesn’t mean it protects you from all EMF radiation in all circumstances.
This is why it’s so important to read the fine print – what does the company claim its EMF protection products actually do, and what data do they have to support their claims.
What To Look For When Buying EMF Protection Products
So, when you’re shopping around for electromagnetic protection, how do you know if a product is reputable and worth buying?
Consider questions such as these:
- What claims is the company making?
- Are they transparent about how their products are made and the materials they use?
- Is there any science to support their claims (a great example here are companies who make charms and pendants – there’s simply no scientific basis to back these up).
- If there’s science behind the products, what does it say and is it sound?
Another thing worth investigating is whether there’s any underlying validity to logos and badges (for example “FCC Certified Testing”). These can give products an official-looking air but, as explained here, don’t necessarily mean much at all.
Ultimately, we believe it’s important that anyone buying EMF protection understands what it does and how it works.
That’s why we strongly encourage you to read the fine print, ask questions, and even test for yourself to check that the product really works (and yes, I encourage all of my customers to do this with my own SYB products as well).
But even when you find EMF protection that’s based in real science – and that really works – that doesn’t mean it’s the right protection for you.
Pick the Protection that Works – for You
Here’s the thing though: not all electromagnetic protection is the same. So how do you choose the one that’s right for you? This brings us to SYB Healthy Living Tip #63: Pick the EMF Protection That’s Right For YOU.
Consider that different people are exposed to EMF in different ways.
One person might use their cell phone to make a lot of calls. And another one may hardly make any calls, but will keep their phone inside their pocket all day. These are two different types of EMF exposure.
So, it is important to understand what types of EMF exposure affect you, so you can pick the right kind of EMF protection.
Different Types of EMF Exposure
Today, almost every one of us uses electronic gadgets. But even though the products may be similar, the style of usage can vary greatly between two people. And the way you use your tech has a huge influence on your EMF exposure level.
Besides your habits, your surroundings also play an important role in this process.
Let’s look at some of the factors that influence your level of EMF exposure.
Carrying Vs. Talking Constantly on Cell Phones
Cell phones are one of the EMF sources that we keep close to our body for a prolonged period. And due to their nature, we cannot detach ourselves from our cell phones altogether.
Different people use cell phones in different ways. For instance, you might have a habit of talking on the phone for long periods at a time. The longer you hold your phone next to your ear, the more EMF emissions are absorbed by your brain.
On the other hand, you might not talk on the phone much, but need to keep your phone on you all throughout the day. This doesn’t exclude you from EMF exposure because, even when there are no active calls, cell phones continuously communicate with the cell tower using EMF.
Keeping a cell phone in your pocket exposes your reproductive organs to high amounts of EMF, dramatically increasing the risk of adverse effects.
Using Wired Vs. Wireless Headsets
At SYB, we highly encourage everyone to keep a safe distance from EMF sources. This is because EMF weakens with distance, and the further you are from the EMF sources, the better.
Using headsets is probably one of the best ways to keep cell phones away from the body without restricting cell phone use.
However, this creates a new problem. Wireless headsets are EMF sources in themselves. And even though Bluetooth – which wireless headsets use to connect with other devices – is slightly weaker in terms of EMF output than cell phones, they still pose a risk to your brain.
Because of this, wired headsets are the better choice, as they don’t themselves generate EMF. That said, they do carry the radiation from your phone up through the wires and into your ear, again being absorbed by your brain.
This doesn’t mean that wired headsets are as harmful as wireless headsets. Even though they carry EMF, the power of EMF won’t be as strong as what wireless headsets produce.
Using Laptop on a Desk Vs. on a Lap
Laptops are yet another huge source of EMF exposure in our lives. Statistics say that more than half of the US population owns a laptop. And not everyone strictly uses their laptop on a desk.
Recent pandemic lockdowns also fuelled the use of laptops on laps because of the immediate work from home orders.
Contrary to their name, laptops are not safe for lap use. Putting your laptop directly in your lap exposes your sensitive reproductive organs to EMF radiation. Additionally, the heat from the laptop’s bottom can be powerful enough to burn your skin.
A better choice here is to place your laptop on a desk and sit on a chair. This adds distance between your laptop and your reproductive organs. It will not completely reduce your exposure, but as I already mentioned, EMF weakens with distance. So, your organs will be exposed to a lesser EMF amount.
Close Proximity to WiFi Routers and Smart Meters
According to experts, there should be at least 5 meters distance between the placement of WiFi routers and the living space.
The unique selling proposition of WiFi routers is that they can connect multiple devices to the internet at once. Due to this fact, it’s important that they emit a very strong amount of EMF. And they are designed as such.
When you keep your router close to your living space, you risk EMF penetrating your body at too great a strength. And constant exposure to this amount of EMF is tremendously harmful to your health.
Smart meters work similarly, and unlike WiFi routers, you may not have an option to move the smart meter so that you can create distance. This is why EMF shielding can be a perfect solution, which I will discuss later in this post.
Living in Apartment Buildings
It’s common in cities to see people living in a shared building where walls separate multiple apartments. And with all the residents’ tech needs, it makes the building a massive EMF emission hub.
Even if you follow tech-distancing measures, there are chances that you and your family will be exposed to the EMF emitted by your neighbor’s devices.
That’s why apartment living is another EMF exposure situation to consider.
EMF Protection Products
So now that we’ve looked at some different scenarios for EMF exposure, ask yourself the question: which situations apply to me?
Do you keep your smartphone close to your body all day? Do you use Bluetooth headphones to make calls or listen to music? Do you use your laptop on your lap, or on a desk? And are you constantly absorbing EMF from outside sources like smart meters and your neighbor’s WiFi?
Think about the ways you clock up most of your EMF exposure, and that will help you determine the best protection products for you.
Part of our mission at SYB is to make EMF protection affordable and accessible to everyone, even though the EMF shielding materials that we use to make these products are of premium quality. Here are some solutions to those common scenarios where distancing from your tech simply isn’t possible:
SYB 5G Phone Shield
SYB 5G Phone Shield is a brilliantly designed product that you can use to shield yourself from your phone’s EMF emissions while carrying it in your pocket.
Inside the SYB 5G Phone Shield is a layer of fabric, interwoven with gossamer-thin metallic threads that form a shield to deflect EMF radiation, working much like a Faraday cage.
You can simply place it inside your pocket between your cell phone and your body, and it will deflect the EMF from the phone in the opposite direction, i.e., away from you, preventing the EMF radiation from entering your body.
It’s clear by now that wireless headsets are far from a perfect solution. So, if there’s a choice, always opt for wired headsets.
However, wired headsets also carry EMF radiation up through the wires and into your ear canals. So, we built the SYB H.A.R.D., which absorbs the EMF as soon as it leaves your phone and only lets the clean sound pass through.
With SYB H.A.R.D., you can use any wired headset that supports a 3.5mm audio jack.
This achieves two things.
1) You can keep your phone at a safe distance by using a wired headset.
2) You can rest assured that EMF from your phone is not coming through the wired channel and being absorbed by your brain.
SYB Boxer Briefs
Human reproductive organs are sensitive to EMF. Research shows that constant exposure of reproductive organs to EMF can create issues ranging from lowered sperm count to infertility.
SYB Boxer Briefs deflects any EMF away from your reproductive organs and provide complete 360° protection.
They’re crafted using 42% silver, 53% cotton, and 5% nylon, so they’re super comfortable, washable, and can be used as normal everyday underwear.
If you do need to carry a phone in your pocket or use a laptop close to your lap, these briefs are the best solution available for men.
SYB Picture Frame
The SYB Picture Frame is primarily designed to shield your common living space from the EMF emitted by WiFi routers. But its functionality exceeds this purpose.
We have a separate post explaining how the SYB Picture Frame works.
Another way to use it is to shield you from cell phone EMF at night. If you keep your phone on the table near your bed, you can just place the picture frame on the table in front of your phone in a way that deflects the EMF away from your bed.
SYB Poster Frame Liner
The SYB Poster Frame Liner is yet another brilliantly designed EMF shielding product that you can use to deflect EMF from larger sources like smart meters placed on the exterior side of your walls.
You can simply apply an SYB Poster Frame Liner on the back of a painting or print then place it on your wall directly opposite to the smart meter. You can use this with picture frames too.
Doing this will deflect EMF away, protecting your living space from the harmful EMF emissions.
SYB Laptop Pad
If you use a laptop, then the SYB Laptop Pad is the best investment you can make. This is because EMF combined with heat from the bottom of your laptop has serious health risks.
The SYB Laptop Pad is designed to deflect EMF from your laptop and protect you from dangerous heat emissions.
So, even when you need to use your laptop on your lap, you can still protect yourself from harm.
There’s no single electromagnetic protection solution that will work for every person in every situation. The protection you choose needs to be based on your unique habits and environment.
So when deciding which electromagnetic protection is right for you, think about:
- How you use your devices and what sources of EMF you’re most often exposed to
- What parts of your body receive the most exposure
These two questions will help you determine which types of electromagnetic protection will most benefit you.