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Self Care Goddess with Rita Savoia

Rita Savoia is a Certified Nutritionist and a Holistic Wellness coach for midlife women who want to rediscover their happier, sexier selves – naturally without pills or side effects, become their own health heroes and thrive as they age. Get ready to listen to inspiring conversations about all things wellness, nutrition, mindset, mental health, fasting, hormones, menstrual cycle awareness & syncing, ancient healing strategies like meditation, mindfulness & breath work, and spirituality. Every month she will also feature a business to help support their amazing work.

In this episode, entitled “Are YOUR AirPods Safe?”, Rita interviews SYB CEO R Blank on the health risks of EMF radiation– and solutions to live a healthier life.



Rita Savoia 0:01
Welcome to the self care goddess podcast brought to you by me Rita Savoy. Yeah, founder of Savoy self care holistic wellness. I’m a certified nutritionist and a holistic wellness coach for midlife women who want to rediscover their happier sexier selves, naturally without pills or side effects so that they can thrive as they age. I’m also the creator of the Savoy self care method empowering women to nurture a part, mind and body for transformative results. I’m on a mission I’m on a mission to help millions of midlife women become their own house heroes. As a woman, entrepreneur and a caregiver to aging parents. I fully understand the many responsibilities and generally stressful times women are living through these days, often suffering in silence, misunderstood and putting themselves last. That’s why each week I will be here for you, guiding you on your personal wellness journey, sharing expert advice from thought leaders on natural, practical and simple solutions to help you thrive during the midlife transition. Get ready to listen to inspiring conversations about all things wellness, nutrition, mindset, mental health, fasting hormones, menstrual cycle awareness, and syncing, ancient healing strategies like meditation, mindfulness, and breath, work, and spirituality. Every month, I will also be featuring a small to medium sized business to help spread the word on the amazing work they’re doing so we can support them. And now without further ado, let’s get ready to rumble.

Happy listening. Hello, and welcome to another episode of the self care goddess podcast today, I’m super excited. It is a topic that we’re very passionate about. So I’m so excited to hear the information that we’re about to receive from our special guest today. So welcome, welcome. Welcome everyone. As we know, let’s walk the talk and settle into the space so that we can make room for this amazing information that we’re going to hear from our guest. So if I can ask everyone to please invite you actually, to just settle into the space that you are in perhaps surrendering a little bit more to the surface beneath you, whatever that surface may be today by just taking deep belly breaths in through the nose, allowing the belly to expand with each and every inhale. And let’s say it out today. Just letting it go. Really settling into the space, perhaps even lowering your gaze, or closing your eyes if you’re not driving, of course. So deep belly breaths in through the nose. And

really relaxing your jaw, allowing your tongue to float to the roof of the mouth,

relaxing your head and just settling in opening ourselves up. So that we can receive this beautiful information and perhaps even apply some of the information that we’re about to learn today. As we’re deep belly breaths in through the nose, I invite you to focus your attention in the area of the heart. And as you continue this heart focus breathing, sending energy to this beautiful Oregon. I invite you to visualize someone that you’re grateful for today. visualize them as if they were right here in front of you. And let’s send them love gratitude and appreciation for them being in your life. Let’s take another deep breath in through the nose. And let’s say it out. Slowly come back to us and this amazing conversation. Thank you. Thank you all for joining us today.

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R Blank 4:15
Thank you so much Rita. It’s a pleasure to be here.

Rita Savoia 4:17
Awesome. So today we have r blank is the CEO of shield your body whose mission is to make technology safer with hundreds of 1000s of customers in over 30 countries and having been interviewed on platforms ranging from ABC television to electric sense. AR is an internationally followed expert on issues of EMF health and safety he has inspired he was inspired to create as YB when he co authored the best selling book overpowered with his father Dr. Martin Blanc, one of the world’s leading MF EMF scientists. He has degrees from Columbia University and UCLA and now hosts the new healthier tech podcast so welcome Welcome. Welcome. Welcome. So excited.

R Blank 5:00
How are you? I’m doing great. Thank you. How are you?

Rita Savoia 5:03
I’m well, I’m very excited to hear what you have to tell us. But before we move forward, tell us your story. Why are you doing what you’re doing? What sort of led you to, to this path?

R Blank 5:13
Sure. Well, as you started to say, in the introduction, my father was Dr. Martin blank. And for those of your listeners who don’t know, he was one of the world’s leading scientists and researchers on questions of EMF and health effects. And it was about 10 years ago, and he had a contract to write a book, the book that became known as overpower. And, you know, he was a great writer, he was great with language. But this book was meant for, let’s say, ordinary people, not scientists, not academics, not activists. And so he asked me for some help to actually get to get the book written, because he was having some challenges kind of communicating in those terms. So I jumped in, and I, I helped him write what like I say, what became known as overpowered. And in the course, of of writing that book, you know, a few things really struck me. One was that the science these questions is really strong. And, you know, obviously, I’d grown up around him my whole life. And I knew the work he did. But I didn’t understand how much science there was on this on this question, or really what he had said about the wide variety of, of negative health effects that that science has been documenting. So I was really impressed by just the quantity of the science and how many different biological impacts it was demonstrating. But then, another key aspect that I really hit home for me was realizing that this, this force, EMF, which, when in a second, I should probably explain to people what that is, but it comes from everything that defines modern society, right. So it comes not only from our cell phones and our Wi Fi, but from our refrigerators and our power lines, it comes from radio and television, it comes from all of these sources that define modern society are our sources of this force. And so what that means is, there’s no way of getting rid of it, unless the world were to go back to 1850. And so I realized that there had to be safer ways for people to relate to their technology around them. And that’s where the idea for what became, Sy be started. Now, I said, I’ll be really brief with this. But I said I should, for those of your listeners who don’t know, EMF stands for electromagnetic fields. And it’s a force created by the combination of electricity and magnetism. And it is emitted by Well, there’s many, many kinds of EMF, right, and the most common kind, the only kind that humanity and life on Earth was exposed to for 4.5 billion years was Sunlight. Sunlight is a form of EMF, and it’s really the natural form. There are, there are some other kinds like lightning can be a source of EMF, the Earth has its own magnetic field, which is, which is always around. But really, we’re talking about sunlight. Now there’s certain forms of EMF with more energy than visible light. And those are forces called X rays, and gamma rays. And everyone knows, it’s universally accepted that this stuff is really dangerous, even in very, very, very small doses. So then there’s certain forms of EMF with less energy than visible light. And these include the forces that we’re here today to talk about. So the stuff that comes off of cell phones, the stuff that comes off of power lines, the stuff that comes off of light bulbs, these are all low energy forms of EMF and because they are low energy, it was long thought that this stuff was safe, that it was benign, that it had no impact on life. In fact, that’s that’s what my father was taught when he was a graduate student, and it’s what he was teaching at Columbia University Medical School until, until he learned started learning what he started learning in the 1980s. So and what we’ve now learned is that that assumption was wrong, that this stuff is not inert. This stuff is not benign, that in fact, there are a wide range of negative health effects that can come from exposure to these forces that surround us. Well, thank

Rita Savoia 9:28
you for that for that explanation. And I’m so happy that you’ve embarked on this and telling the world how important this is. And we will give you hope, it’s not all gloom and doom for sure. We will give you hope, but we do need to, we have to state the bad news right first, and then we’ll give you some hope for sure. So stick around for that. But you know, I so this is what we call the non native EMFs. Right? Because yes,

R Blank 9:52
yeah, yeah. I refer to them as human made. EMF.

Rita Savoia 9:58
Exactly. Yes. And I always wonder that right when you go in and take an extra set, why are they leaving the room?

R Blank 10:04
Yeah, exactly. I say that that’s a good illustration, right? Because they cover yet well, depending on like, if you’re going to the dentist, they cover your body in a lead coat, and then they leave the room. That’s because we know that stuff is really, really harmful. Now there’s sometimes you need it. It’s, you know, X ray is great technology when you need it. But it’s also really, really harmful. And

Rita Savoia 10:27
I think over done as well, like any little thing, yes, yeah, go get an x ray. So I always questioned the doctor when he sends me to do it. Do I really need one? Well, if you really want to find out, and sometimes I do my research, and it’s like, no, I think I’m gonna wait it out and see, I don’t think my toe is broken. I think it’s just right. Well, what we can do then is just pile on the vitamin C when we come back, right, just sort of that’s what if I really have to take one? But okay, so share with us some of the scientifically established health effects of EMF and then there’s another elephant in the room. Right, this whole concept of 5g?

R Blank 11:03
Hmm, yeah, well, so I mean, the real story, when you dive into the science of what of what we know about the impact of EMF is that we see, we see these outcomes, these negative outcomes in virtually every biological system that we measure. So we see it, for instance, on male reproduction, right? sperm count. It is, there’s incredibly strong science that shows that men who carry their phones in their pockets have much lower sperm counts than men who don’t or who use their laptops in their lab. We see it in female reproduction in terms of rates of miscarriage and birth defects. We see it in the endocrine system, one example being the rate of melatonin production, where EMF exposure suppresses melatonin production, which then impacts your sleep quality, which then impacts many other things when you’re not getting enough sleep. We see it in many cars, you know, there’s the one that gets all the media attention, his brain tumors. So there’s very strong science linking EMF to increase rates of brain tumors. But it’s not just brain tumors, right. So there’s growing science showing linking it to thyroid cancer, to prostate cancer, to colorectal cancer, and even to breast cancer. We see it in rates of sorry, neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, we see it in rates of up so many diseases. And I want to it’s not just in humans, right? So we see it in reproductive abilities. And in general health of plants and trees, we see it in. In die offs of bee colonies, we see it in the disruption of migration patterns for birds leading to population decline, we see it in, throughout nature, right? So we’re talking here about forces that are fundamental to life. And so it’s not just impacting humans, although obviously, it’s, it’s also impacting humans, which is the set of health effects that we people generally want to know about, for obvious reasons. But we see and there’s many reasons why it impacts so many different systems, one of which is its impact on DNA. Right? There’s very strong science, going back to the 1990s. Originally performed by doctors, Henry Lai, and an arranger Singh, showing that even short exposures to at the time was cordless phones, but very similar to cell phones, short exposures to radiation from a cordless phone, led to an increase in the rates of the breaking of the strands of DNA, right DNA is made up of two strands. And exposure to EMF radiation from a cordless phone led to the destruction of one or both of these strands. That is a mechanism by which cells can die, or mutations can occur. And that can then lead to disease that is a pathway for disease. I’d mentioned that one in particular, because every cell in every living thing has DNA. So when you see that kind of impact on DNA, it should not be a surprise that we see biological manifestations across across all of nature.

Rita Savoia 14:32
Wow, this is astounding information. We really need to do something about it. Nobody is immune.

R Blank 14:40
Yeah, right. Right. Yeah, in fact, some people are more vulnerable. So there’s a population of loosely referred to as having electro hypersensitivity or EHS. And these are people for whom exposure so when you and I walk into a room and we think we’re fine All these people could walk into the same room and start having severe for lack of a better term allergic reactions. That can be intense pain, it can be migraines, it can be rashes, there’s all. There’s this whole set of symptoms that can manifest as part of EHS. And these people experience these symptoms at levels where other people don’t. And it is my personal belief that more and more people will be experiencing EHS because the amount of EMF in the environment continues to grow and to grow and to grow. So one conservative estimate is that by just walking down a street in a city today, and I’m talking about just walking down the street, I’m not talking about holding a cell phone up to your head, walking down the street in the city, your level of exposure is over 1 trillion times higher than what you would normally have in nature. And that is a conservative estimate. There are several estimates that are much much greater than that. But that gives people that helps give people a kind of a an appreciation of the scale of the exposures that we have today. Because again, that’s just walking down the street that is not holding a cell phone up to your head or carrying it in your in your pocket.

Rita Savoia 16:16
Or those earbuds now, right? Yes, Bluetooth in the car. And those are what do you what are your thoughts on those?

R Blank 16:24
Well, I am. So in general, I am not I don’t preach against using tech I my my approach. And my recommendation is to be more mindful, engage in a cost benefit analysis, realize that exposure to this stuff brings harm. But there’s also benefit that we get from using all of this technology. And to kind of engage in this process of using less of it using it more intentionally, maybe using a bit more safely at a greater distance, we can talk about that sort of stuff. But when you’re talking about a product like air pods, or other Bluetooth headsets, I really advocate against using those. Because and this is increasingly true of all wearable technology. Because we’re now starting to see I mean watches are already quite popular. And we’re starting to see many companies rollout smart glasses, when so the first thing people need to understand is that Bluetooth is basically identical to Wi Fi in terms of its radiation, it’s at a lower power level. But you’re it’s right up against your body. And the reason this matters is because the power of EMF radiation, the power of your exposure diminishes exponentially with distance. So if you have a phone, and it’s an inch away from your body, and you’ve taken double that, now it’s two inches away from your body, you’ve cut the power of that exposure by 75%. But now if you go in the other direction, and it’s right up against your body, you are getting the maximum possible dose that that device has. And and and with zero separation and no shielding. There’s no way to put shielding in between that, you know, a headset of air pods and, and your brain. The other side of that is that these things are generally designed to be worn for extended periods of time. You don’t just put air pods in for five minutes. When I see people with them, they’re walking around with them all day long.

Rita Savoia 18:27
At the gym, right, yeah, you’re there at least an hour.

R Blank 18:30
And so the duration of your exposure is another one of these variables that dictates what your accumulated risk is. So for all of these reasons, I while I don’t advocate against tech use in general, I do advocate against wearable tech, wearable wireless tech, because that is the other side. Because I think it’s really dangerous. There’s no way to use it more safely. But be you have to realize this is all in addition to what our existing exposures aren’t. Right. So when you’re using Bluetooth headsets, it’s not like you’ve stopped using your cell phone. It’s not like you’ve turned off the Wi Fi in your house. So this is an additive exposure, it adds your cumulative exposure which thus then increases your your cumulative risk. And so yeah, that that is my answer to Bluetooth headsets. As you see I have an opinion

Rita Savoia 19:22
yes. And I love that I love that but you know I do have a personal story. So I was when I was living in Dubai I just remember I used to be on the phone all the time with clients with like friends and I would always hold my phone. I don’t know why I didn’t use my headphone. I would always use it or hold it against my left ear and and talk for hours sometimes. So fast forward a couple of years later, I went to went back to school to study nutrition and I was actually using the headless Bluetooth beats actually to go in the library and study and do all that I started noticing ear ache my left ear, and it was ringing and it was like, Okay, I have I need to check this out and see what’s happening. I actually lost some hearing in my left ear. Oh,

R Blank 20:12
I’m sorry. Yeah,

Rita Savoia 20:13
very minimal. But it’s still i It’s noticeable for sure. And I attributed to that for sure.

R Blank 20:19
Because you’re paying attention, it’s good to you were paying attention, and that you could then change your behaviors at that point.

Rita Savoia 20:26
Exactly. And I stopped doing that, because as you mentioned, as well, and they don’t bring as much as much now. And it’s not as sore because I’m not obviously using it. Now I see their speaker for me, or headphones I really tried to avoid.

R Blank 20:41
And that reminds me, obviously, we don’t have time here to cover every negative health effect that we know of. But there’s what you just said reminds me that tinnitus is an established health effect of exposure to EMF radiation that actually goes back the science on that goes back to the 1960s. It was performed by the military. It’s called the fray effect. And it shows that EMF exposure can trigger tinnitus.

Rita Savoia 21:09
Wow, my specialist didn’t actually suggest that at all interested? Yeah. Because I had to sort of dig and figure it out myself. And then I stopped using it. But it’s not something that he had recommended or even

R Blank 21:20
Yeah, well, as you know, yeah, the medical establishment. So the degree to which the individual members of the medical establishment are even aware of all the amount of science on this, right. It varies from from individual healthcare provider to individual healthcare provider. But this is, like I said, you know, this is not universally taught in medical schools, you know, sometime, and in my father, I gave the example my father, who was one of the world’s leading researchers on this, for decades, didn’t teach this in his classes at one of the world’s leading medical schools. So, but then he he learned new science, and he practiced new science, he found new information, and so he modified and so so it doesn’t surprise me that certain health care providers wouldn’t even wouldn’t be aware of that science.

Rita Savoia 22:13
It’s exactly the nutrition. Yeah, there’s something like six hours, ridiculous, slow amount of, of education on nutrition that medical doctors get throughout their 10 years of study. Yeah, so I’m assuming this would be very similar situation. Yeah. And

R Blank 22:30
I didn’t mean, I mean, there are plenty of reasons to to indict the medical establishment, I didn’t mean to indict the medical establishment with my comment, right? Because there’s so much information out there, that and these people have to do jobs, right. So it’s not like they can just spend their whole week learning new information on all of these different subjects. So it’s but all of us as patients should be aware of the limitation, you know, doctors are not wizards, they are not all knowing. So, but there are so for instance, I was talking about EHS earlier electro hypersensitivity, this is not a widely recognized condition. But even so there are some medical institutions that do recognize it and do treat it. In fact, one of them is right near you. The Women’s College, Women’s College Hospital in Toronto is has a treatment regimen for EHS.

Rita Savoia 23:24
Actually going back to that what makes people hypersensitive is that their DNA is is that their genes are so

R Blank 23:31
all of our bodies, as you well know, they’re all unique, and our physiologies are unique. So it’s like asking, Why does one person have an allergy to peanuts when somebody else doesn’t? We don’t really know the answer to that. We do know a few things, though. So I’m not trying to pass off an answer to your question, just giving it some context, right. So we know that if you have multiple chemical sensitivity or MCs, you are more likely to have EHS and vice versa. We know that if you have or have had Lyme disease, you are more likely to have EHS and vice versa. And there there are probably other triggers. I mean, we live in a world that is increasingly toxic. And again, I don’t mean that as an indictment. I mean, that is just a description. The amount of various things that we’re putting into the world around us that are actually toxins is growing all of the time. And so we’re exposed to this and that will have immediate term effects. It’ll have knock on effects. And so that’s why it does that. Using again, the example of peanut allergies. Those did not exist when I was growing up and now they are incredibly common. It’s not like peanuts changed. The the the toxin profile of the world changed leading certain people to become effectively can Mary’s in the coal mine, which is what I view EHS sufferers as, as being I would also add another note to that, which is, I think that a lot more people are EHS than know they are EHS. And the reason I say that is because think of the symptoms I listed off earlier, right? Joint Pain, rashes, tinnitus, anxiety and sleep disruption, right? These are all things that we all experience. And we don’t necessarily think to, well, maybe I do, but most people wouldn’t think, oh, maybe I’m using my cell phone too much. Right? Or maybe it’s that new cell tower that went up next to me. So I think a lot of people have a lot more people have EHS and are experiencing these symptoms may be at tolerable levels. But but they’re experiencing these symptoms and don’t even think that EMF could be the trigger.

Rita Savoia 25:54
And that’s why education is so important. And listening to podcasts like these and getting the word out there is so important.

R Blank 26:02
Yeah. And thank you again, for having me on to help educate your audience on this.

Rita Savoia 26:07
You’re very welcome. Do you want to explain the analogy of the canary in the coal mine where this all came from?

R Blank 26:12
Oh, sure, I’m probably gonna mess this up. But this goes back to the old. I think it was coal mining days. And in the process of mining, you could expose dangerous gases, right? So things that had been trapped in the earth, and you’re mining and suddenly these gases can come out. And so what they would do is they because canaries are much smaller and more delicate than humans, they would go into the coal mines with canaries. And if the canary died, you knew there was too much gas, because they would die at levels that that that that indicate there’s danger, but that wouldn’t be felt or immediately harmed, wouldn’t immediately harm humans. And so that’s, that’s where the analogy comes from.

Rita Savoia 26:58
Yes. I love that poor canaries. But yes, yeah. And so there are humans now that are acting as our canaries that get super sensitive to, to these environmental toxins, and we should be definitely paying attention. Right?

R Blank 27:13
Yeah, that’s and that’s that, that one that that metaphor for EHS, that one came directly from my father, that was something he made sure it was in the book.

Rita Savoia 27:22
Amazing. I love it. Well, he did a good job explaining. So I love how you do advocate for a healthier relationship with technology. Because let’s face it, we cannot I wish we could. But most of us like I have an online business. So what am I talking about how

R Blank 27:41
I like refrigerating my foods. To that traders can be really big sources of stuff. Yeah,

Rita Savoia 27:47
I love making my smoothie bowls, you know, I need to use that blender. So how can we make buildings sort of this relationship with with technology safer, as part of our self care routine? This is, you know, this podcast is all about self care. I have the six pillars of self care, how can we incorporate technology a safer use of technology?

R Blank 28:09
Sure. So there’s a that is a very deep question. So let me let me try to peel off the first few layers, right. So the first thing that I advocate is taking a safer approach to using this technology. And this goes back to what I was explaining earlier, where the power of EMF radiation diminishes exponentially with distance. And that’s why you should never carry your phone in your pocket or your bra, or put it into airplane mode. If you do, you should never speak on your phone up to your head, which by the way, these are things that the manuals themselves say, but if you have to read the fine print, yes, there’s, so for instance, with the iPhone, there’s a minimum separation, if you read the manual, it says to stay under legal radiation limits, you have to keep a minimum separation distance between the phone and your body. But no one ever reads that stuff. And obviously, they don’t put it in their marketing. So instead of holding it up to your head, you should put it use a headset, a wired headset or speakerphone. Right? So these are two big examples. And I know you know, when you start learning about this stuff, and you start realizing EMF is everywhere, it can seem real like oh my God, there’s so many sources, what am I going to do. And that’s why I really want to underscore that just carrying your phone in your pocket or your bra, despite all of the various sources that you have in your life and that you’re exposed to carrying your phone in your pocket or your bra can be one of the biggest if not the biggest source in your life. And that’s because of how powerful these things are. They’re designed to transmit over miles. And that’s just the cell phone connection, right? Because modern phones have cell phone connections. They have cell phone data connections, they have Wi Fi connections, they have Bluetooth connections. They have NFC, which is used for things like Apple Pay and Google Pay. They have some So many different wireless cards in them. And when it’s in your pocket, it is right up against your body, usually usually for extended periods of time. And so you’re getting the maximum possible dose that this overpowered device has. And for an extended period of time, usually every day of your life. And so just stopping that makes a huge difference in your personal exposure and thus your personal health risk. And the same is true for holding it up against your head. Now, not using we talked about this when not using Bluetooth headsets, not using any smart tech, if possible. I’m not

Rita Savoia 30:36
in the car, is that the same? The car? Yeah, it is

R Blank 30:38
the same. And unfortunately, that’s one of those things where there’s just not a whole lot of good options. Because because they don’t really give you the ability to disable it. And this is a this is one of those areas, right? Where it’s effectively unregulated, right. So there’s there’s certain areas of EMF exposure that are theoretically regulated, they’re not well regulated, but there are regulations, and that includes cell phones, right. That’s why there is a maximum limit of radiation that a cellphone is supposed to give off. Again, it’s not a, it’s not enforced properly, it’s not real, but at least they pretend to have one. But there’s all these sources in our lives that aren’t regulated. So for instance, in the United States, and I believe in Canada, the amount of radiation that’s given off by power lines to consumers is totally unregulated. And another area where it’s totally unregulated is in your car. We have an article on the website about cars on the shield your body website about cars and EMF. And we’ve just been looking and looking and talking to experts. And no, there’s none of this data is available, you cannot find out how much EMF you’re getting from your car, unless you learn how to measure for yourself. So myself, I have a super low tech car. And in fact, the only the only form of of human made EMF wireless tech that was in it was the Bluetooth radio. And my car was was broken into last year, and they stole the radio. And we just decided, yeah, we just decided not to replace it because you couldn’t even disable you couldn’t disable the Bluetooth on. And so we decided and so now we don’t even have the Bluetooth in the car. But you know, most cars aren’t like that today, most car. I mean, everyone’s thinking, we’re the questions we get at the website. And it’s like, oh, how much EMF is there from a Tesla. And it you know, it’s a lot, but going into a new conventional engine vehicle is going to expose you to a lot. I just rented a Chevy Equinox, I think and that thing had so many that’s a gas engine. But that thing had so many wireless bells and whistles in it it and again, it’s like you have no idea unless you actually take out a meter and start measuring. You have no idea how much you’re exposed to. So sorry, I think I got into the depressing, depressing information zone there.

Rita Savoia 33:04
I will offer the light at the end of the tunnel for sure. Okay. Well, we’re doing it right now. So So okay, so distance for sure. That’s important. Okay, and

R Blank 33:16
then not getting. So the other side of that, right is creating increasing the distance from every when you’re using your tech. Increase the distance as much as possible. And if you’re

Rita Savoia 33:27
blending something, just walk away from the kitchen. And then if you

R Blank 33:30
can, yeah, certainly true for microwave ovens. Yeah. If you’re still using microwave, you’re still using Wave ovens. You should. And when I say as far as possible, I mean, literally like the next room, if you can

Rita Savoia 33:44
make of that doctor, the dentist that leaves the room, right? Yeah,

R Blank 33:48
exactly. That microwaves are huge sources of EMF exposure. They actually it’s another one of these examples where if you read the manual, they tell you not to use it if you’re pregnant. That should be a

Rita Savoia 34:00
wow, see, I didn’t know that. This is amazing. Okay. So there is no, there is no shield that we can that we can create. That would obviously not

R Blank 34:11
so yeah, no, there is then that’s that’s what we do at my company. Okay. Yeah. So we so well, okay, so we talked about distance. Yeah. Before we get to the shielding. Yeah, the second. The second thing you should do is not use smart tech when you can avoid it. Right. So there’s this trend that’s been going on for a while now. And it shows no sign of abating of taking these things that used to just work and putting wireless computers in them. So you know, big examples are thermostats right? thermostats, when I was growing up didn’t used to be computers. Now they are that you can control from your phone, alarm systems, refrigerators, kitty litter boxes, they even make a smart tampon now,

Rita Savoia 34:59
no way Yeah,

R Blank 35:01
yeah. And so my advice is like, if there’s a piece of smart tech that you, you look at the functionality and you think, okay, I really need this, it’ll add a lot of value to my life. It’ll help me do X, Y, and Z. And there’s a specific reason I want this specific piece of smart tech, then do it, go for it, get it. But in general, don’t just get smart tech, because that’s what’s available. Yeah, try to get things that aren’t wireless. Because remember, each one of these things is additive, you already have a very high level of EMF exposure, every new wireless device you get is going to increase that and not just yours, but your whole family. And the kids today are growing up in a world with so much more EMF, and they’re going to have to continue living in this world. And so if you have kids in the house, you definitely want to take additional precautions to not have excess levels of EMF generating tech in your life. So those are the what I call the two key rules of EMF protection, you want to minimize your use of EMF emitting technology. And you want to maximize the distance between the tech and your body when it is in use. Then as the second line of defense, like you were just mentioning, a we have shielding products, okay, like the ones I make and sell it shield your body. Now, if your listeners were to go out online and just search for EMF protection, they would find a lot of different things. Yeah, like the charms, right, like the charms. Yeah, stickers. Crystals. Well, so the answer to that question is there is no science that explains how they would work or shows that they work. In contrast, my company and I want to be clear, I’m not the only company that does this, this particular type of EMF protection, but I’m one of them, and we use EMF shielding. And EMF shielding is universally accepted technology. Going back almost 200 years since Michael Faraday created the first Faraday cage which is a term many of your listeners may have already heard of. And what he showed is if you weave conductive metals into certain patterns, you can block and deflect EMF radiation much the same way that that lead jacket blocks X rays in when you’re the dentist. And so what we do is we take those materials and we integrate them into specific products. So we have a phone pouch, which makes it safer to carry your phone in your pocket or on your belt. We have a laptop pad, which makes it safer to use your laptop and your lap. We have a sling bag, which is like a small backpack, it’s actually my favorite of my products, I use it all the time. And again makes it safer to carry your wireless tech that’s big enough, it could fit multiple phones, it could fit a tablet, it fit an iPad. And the way my products are designed when when we’re talking about the bags and the electronics accessories, right. So let’s use the example the phone pouch and I apologize for not having one right here, I always forget to get my products before going on Zoom, the back of the pouch is lined with the shielding material and the front of the pouch isn’t. And that’s how it reflects the radiation away from your body. But it still allows your phone to communicate. So that that’s the same is true for the sling bag. And so when but when it comes to apparel, we make the whole thing out of the shielding material. So for instance, we make boxer shorts for men, the whole thing is made out of the shielding material. We have a bandana, the whole thing is made out of shielding material, because when it’s designed to be worn that way you want as much of you want to block as much surface areas that as you can. So and with my products and better shielding products, we have lab independent laboratory testing showing their efficacy. And I teach people with free materials, great ebook, how people can test and verify the performance of my products at home themselves using a decent quality consumer grade EMF meter,

Rita Savoia 39:12
which you can buy random. They’re readily available.

R Blank 39:15
Yes, we don’t make and sell them. But I recommend several you can find them at Amazon or many other stores online.

Rita Savoia 39:23
Amazing. So what are some free things that we can do in terms of helping protect us? Sure. Products?

R Blank 39:32
Yeah, well, again, the products are great, and they work really well. But they I really find it important to underscore for people that they are what I mean I call them the second line of defense, you’re going to have a bigger impact on your EMF exposure by cutting off the source in the first place or are weakening it. And so not carrying your phone in your pocket or bra like we talked about and then if you have to put it in airplane mode because when you put it in airplane mode You’re essentially cutting out all of the EMF, there’s still a tiny little bit that comes off because it’s still running on power. But it’s like a tiny, tiny, tiny sliver of a fraction compared to what you get when your phone’s not in airplane mode. And there’s still a lot of like, so when I’m at the gym, I will download my podcast to my phone, and then put it into airplane mode. And I can still listen while I’m working out, right. So there’s, there’s games that your alarm still works, there’s all sorts of stuff that still works on your phone, even in airplane mode. So that is a very powerful thing to do. Keeping your attorney another really good one for people is turning off Wi Fi at night. Now, the better option is to get rid of Wi Fi and to wire your home with Ethernet. But that is a more complicated and more expensive endeavor that I know just by dealing with people a lot of people aren’t willing to do. So putting turning off your Wi Fi at night is a great way to cut your exposure without interfering with your enjoyment of wireless technology. Exactly.

Rita Savoia 41:00
And we’re sleeping most of the time as well. Right? Yeah,

R Blank 41:04
exactly. And so I was, I had a guest on my podcast, who runs a detox retreat. And he uses I think he uses aura rings. And when he told me when when he started turning off his Wi Fi at night, he got 15 minutes more of deep sleep each night. And so he was able to measure it with his ring. And so that was a very tangible, measurable benefit just by turning but I deal with customers all the time when, you know, either they bought something from me or they you know, they’re in touch with us, but they don’t have the money for a purchase. And we one of the first things we advise is turning off the Wi Fi at night. And I hear back from from so many people saying they noticed an immediate improvement in their sleep quality. And so that’s a huge one.

Rita Savoia 41:52
Sorry, going back to the aura ring, because I wanted to get one and I feel hesitant about it. And it’s because of the EMF exposure. Right?

R Blank 41:59
Yeah, so Oh, yeah,

Rita Savoia 42:01
the thoughts on that?

R Blank 42:02
Yeah, cuz I’m asked a lot about that. Because I when I appear on on podcasts, a lot of them are human optimization, and biohacking and so forth. So we want to measure right, everyone wants to know about the aura ring, my understanding of the aura ring is that it can basically be programmed to be used in airplane mode, so that it’ll track you all day without emitting EMF. And then when you’re ready, you take it off, and it can then be an eight, the wireless can be enabled, and it can sync up and the system can learn. So in terms in terms of minimizing EMF exposure from that type of product, I feel like they’ve based on what I know, I don’t use one. But based on what I know from what I’ve read and researched is that that is pretty responsible product design. And and that’s that’s another example, by the way, where even if it did lead to some EMF exposure, I’m not saying everyone should go and get it. But even if it did lead to some EMF exposure, right, that is a product that you can use to really improve your health. If you use it the right way, if you’re intentional about it if if you’re actually acting on the information that you’re getting from it. So even if it led to some increased EMF exposure, right, you have to balance that against all the value that you wouldn’t be getting out of it. But fortunately, again, at least in the case of the aura ring, and I know there’s several out there, several other companies out there, and I don’t know the details on all of them. But the case of the aura ring, it appears to have been designed pretty responsibly from an EMF exposure perspective. And my understanding is there are several models of Fitbit that can also be configured to run in that in that way. So there are ways of doing those human optimization tools without really overloading your EMF exposure.

Rita Savoia 43:47
Okay, I love that. So Airplane Mode is key, yes, figure out if that actual device can turn can still work on it.

R Blank 43:57
And let me just if I may, following on what I was just saying about airplane mode before the aura ring, right, turning your device into airplane mode cuts out, like an earlier in our conversation was telling you about all the different wireless cards that are in a phone. Right? What that means is even if you need your phone to be on, you probably don’t need all of your wireless connections to be on. And so even if you need your phone to be on, you could probably turn off Wi Fi and Bluetooth. Or maybe you just need Wi Fi on and you can turn off the cell phone, you can turn off cell data and you can turn off Bluetooth. And by making these and you can do I don’t actually know the name of the screen. Right. But for those who are looking at when you pull it down and you see all these little button options, yeah, yep, that you can you can configure your phone so that you can just quick access. You can quick access and enable and disable each individual wireless connection.

Rita Savoia 44:50
That’s kind of like your homepage, I guess. Yeah.

R Blank 44:53
Yeah. Notification Center or something. Yeah, whatever it is. Yeah.

Rita Savoia 44:59
And And also with Wi Fi. So I tried to do that, but then you forget, right? You’re like, I forgot, and you’re in bed already. And it’s like, oh, do I really want to get up

R Blank 45:06
and shut off the Wi Fi? So you can put it into a timer?

Rita Savoia 45:09
Exactly. They sell these timers, right that you can actually schedule when the Wi Fi turns off, and then turns back on. So that’s something really interesting too, too worth worth looking into it. And perhaps even investing because I think that is huge. If you can just turn that off at night.

R Blank 45:27
Yeah, that’s a huge, right? Yeah, cuz it’s eight hours ish. Depending on who you are eight hours a day, that’s a third of your day, that you can cut out a really big source of exposure,

Rita Savoia 45:38
super easy. And so what are your thoughts are living in a, like a condominium or an apartment? Where Yeah, it’s hard to really control, you know, what your neighbors are doing? Right? Yeah,

R Blank 45:47
you can’t. And so it’s, you know, I mean, if you can move, if you can, if you’re willing to, and you can afford to and move out to a rural area, you’re gonna have less exposure. And, but if you’re going to live in a city, and you’re going to probably be living in a condo, or some, you know, Co Op, or whatever, and you’re not in control of what your neighbors are going to do. And even if you went up to them and asked them to turn off their Wi Fi at night, odds are, they would laugh at you and not do it. So you know, my focus is always is to look at what is in your control, right? Because you’re not going to get rid of all your EMF exposure. It’s just the world today. And so what you can do is look at what’s in under your control that you’re willing to do and do that. And each bit helps. It really does.

Rita Savoia 46:40
So does it matter in terms of which room because I’m, I actually have mine in the basement. So it’s like sort of the furthest away? Yeah, that’s the best, right? We take action, like, you know, from the kitchen and living room. And then also in my room, it doesn’t even work. And I’m like, yes. It doesn’t reach my room. Right.

R Blank 46:56
Yeah. And that’s because distance matters. And so yeah, keeping the Wi Fi router as far away from where you and your family spend time. That is the right approach.

Rita Savoia 47:05
Amazing. How about in and out in a condo, a one bedroom condo? Where would you say again? The room where

R Blank 47:10
Yeah, as far away from where you’re spending the most amount of your time is that that is, you know, everything will depend on the individual layout and yeah, other characteristics of each individual condo, but in general, just keep it as far away from where you spend most of your time as possible. Generally, that’s the bedroom. So you want to keep it as far away from the bedroom as possible. Also, if you have a dual if you have a dual band router, which is increasingly common, so you get a Wi Fi router, and it operate, it has one network on 2.4 gigahertz and one network on five gigahertz. Yes. What is one of the bands? Yeah, one one can I believe it’s five gigahertz can go faster, but it doesn’t travel as far. So they they increasingly have these two bands built into two routers that so but you can turn one off just you have to get the info from your, your provider to log into your router. And then you can just disable one of the networks.

Rita Savoia 48:10
So is that increasing our exposure? Yes. Because it’s got the two bands. Yes. Okay. So that makes me think of a question when it comes to like regulations and stuff. But before we go on to that, how about in terms of your like, say I want to purchase a condo, what floor, so it’s better the ground floor as opposed to the peptidyl, Japan.

R Blank 48:31
So if you’re getting to that level? Well, well, this is something that I recommend for everybody, but I know not everyone’s going to do it. But if you’re talking about an investment like like that, I strongly recommend that you purchase a decent EMF meter and learn how to use it. And that way you can actually because it’ll, it’ll depend on so many different variants. It’ll depend on you know, where the power lines are, where the power transformers are, it’ll depend on how the walls are wired, it’ll depend if they’re smart meters on the building and where they’re located, it’ll depend on so many different variables, that really the only way to know is to test and there are meters out there, you know, a good one starts at around $160. Us. And, again, I have a free guide that I recommend some and again, that I don’t make or sell or profit off of at all, but I recommend some and explain how to use them. And that is really something I strongly recommend if you’re thinking about making that level of investment.

Rita Savoia 49:29
Yeah, so you’ve been talking to a consultant like yourself? Yes, yes. To really make that happen. Okay, so let’s go back to the laws and regulations and I love how a lot of these products are covering their ass cya with the fine print that nobody ever reads. But what’s going on with the with the with our governments in terms of regulating this and why are they laws not meet? Really, it seems like they’re not made to protect us. Yeah, well,

R Blank 49:55
they’re not. So yeah. Well, as I was saying before, are, you know, certain exposures are regulated like cell phones, but most law, a huge number of them are not. And so there’s just no regulations in place. And this will vary from country to country. Like there are some countries where powerline EMF is actually regulated in terms of consumer exposures, but not the United States and appreciate not Canada.

Rita Savoia 50:22
Follow the US. So no, yeah. So

R Blank 50:25
when it comes to cell phones and other regulations like it, right, what that is does what those regulations are designed to protect against is something called the thermal effect, right? So enough EMF, if there’s enough of this stuff, it can burn you and literally cook you. That’s actually how a microwave oven works, right? Because a microwave oven uses this form of EMF with so much power, it can cook your dinner. So we’re so we know, everyone knows this is not you know, this is this is universally accepted, right? At a certain level of power. EMF can burn you. And when it burns you it’s causing immediate damage of the kind that can lead to impact effects like cancer. And so all of these regulations that do exist, are based around this thermal effect. That is, they are based around protecting you from the immediate term damage of of of the thermal effect. And, you know, it’s good that those regulations exist, don’t get me wrong, we don’t want to be burned by our cell phones. But these are, again, these are all focused on the immediate. And everything that we’ve been talking about isn’t that kind of immediate damage, right, that the kind of damage that leads to increase in rates of brain tumors, the kind of damage that leads to increased rates of miscarriage or birth defects, the kind of damage that leads to anxiety, right that these these are longer term effects. And the regulations as they exist today are don’t even don’t even pretend to try to protect against those, they are only trying to protect you against being burned by your by your EMF generating technology. And so that is as a starting point, there’s a whole bunch of tech that isn’t regulated, and the tech that is regulated is regulated entirely around the thermal effect. Now, there’s other reasons why cell phone radiation regulations are really just weak, let’s just call them weak. And without going into the details of why I will say, I’ll give the one example a few years back, the French government tested was something like 300 different models of cell phones. And they found that about 90% of them emitted more radiation than the manufacturers had said, and several emitted more than were legally allowed and were recalled from the market. And that’s because when when when people hear that, you know, cell phone radiation is regulated by the government, they imagine like these government researchers in labs check. No, that’s not how it works. The companies themselves tire labs, and they generate the results. And so the government never test this stuff at all, until we get occasional examples, like the example in France that I just mentioned. So that’s why, like when people contact me and ask for the safest cell phone from an EMF perspective, I never give them an answer. I say, you know, I, all I have is the official radiation data released by the company and I have no reason to believe that. So instead, let’s just focus on safer use of the devices rather than which is the lowest EMF version.

Rita Savoia 53:45
But aren’t those flip phones safer than our smartphones? In a way

R Blank 53:52
Yeah, I don’t I mean, I guess if you’re saying because they don’t have Wi Fi maybe yeah, I don’t I don’t remember my Well, no, they do have Bluetooth. Well, at least the ones I’m thinking of have Bluetooth because they need that to connect to peripherals and accessories and stuff but they may not have Wi Fi I don’t even know I don’t I don’t know what goes on with flip phones these days. Yeah,

Rita Savoia 54:14
okay, because that’s what we got my dad when I go he doesn’t need a smartphone. He could just get a flip phone. That’s horrible. That was sort of my but yeah, I guess I never really looked into it. Wow, this information is Wow, it’s amazing. I hope our listeners are getting unbiased, I believe because we’re providing the evidence or I’m finding this.

R Blank 54:39
Everyone has their own bias but I’m providing real information that people encourage them to, to fact you know, to learn more about what I’m saying in fact, check me if they wish, because everything I’m saying is based in science.

Rita Savoia 54:54
So in your opinion, so I know a live preach this to a lot of people And they’re still using their, you know, smart services or whatever it is the whole house is wired to their phones and to their alarm and to everything else. So in your opinion, even when people do have the information, and they may even be experiencing the symptoms, what’s sort of stopping them from maybe not doing a drastic overhaul, but at least to minimize? Yeah, there’s what’s your experience? Yeah, there’s

R Blank 55:25
a lot of issues at play there. One is that this stuff is kind of addictive, it’s not addictive in quite the same way that something like nicotine is addictive. But we definitely become addicted to our tech. And increasingly, we are seeing that it is addictive in the same way as nicotine, when maybe not the devices themselves, but the experiences that are designed to run on these devices. They are being designed by psychologists at these companies like Facebook, to make them as addictive as possible using the same sorts of dopamine mechanisms that are triggered by things like nicotine. And so we have that that is a serious issue that any honest approach to the EMF issue needs to recognize that we’re dealing with a real form of actual addiction, not just metaphorical addiction, then we have the fact that EMF is invisible. It’s not just invisible, it’s odorless, you can’t touch it, see it, taste it, smell it, it’s and and that makes it very easy to ignore, then you have the fact that it’s actually kind of complicated, right? So whereas we compare something to like, cigarette smoke, right, you can see cigarette smoke, you can feel that it’s worse. And it’s not surprising, even if you don’t smoke, it’s not surprising to you that inhaling smoke into your lungs isn’t good for you. Right? There’s something intuitively easy about that. And yet, despite all that, people still smoke. Right? Why? You know, so? Yeah. But when you add when it comes to, you know, EMF, it’s easy to ignore, because of what I was just saying, it’s hard to understand, which makes it easier to ignore. We love the experiences that are afforded to us by these sources of EMF, which makes it even, it’s even easier to import makes you want to ignore it. And so for all of these reasons, and then when you turn on the news, you might hear, you might hear someone like me, and then you’ll hear someone paid by the wireless industry to come out and say there’s no definitive proof that this stuff is harmful. And you’re like, Okay, I’ll think about it another day. Yeah. And a lot of these health issues that I’m talking about, you know, some are immediate, or short term, I should say. But others, like if you’re trying to get people to be afraid of brain tumors, you know, don’t be like, ah, that’s 20 years from now.

Rita Savoia 57:50
That’s how brain Yeah, yeah, diseases. Now,

R Blank 57:53
that’s how long that stuff takes to manifest. And so anyway, you’re when you’re dealing with that type of opposition to making these sorts of changes. Those are the forces that you’re really working against. And they are real, they’re serious. And that is, that is why you don’t see more people making these changes.

Rita Savoia 58:15
So I noticed you live in Panama. So yeah, we talked off air, but that is, are there countries that are really taking it serious and really taking more action more than others? Is Panama one of them or no? Okay, not

R Blank 58:27
really. I mean, there’s so I mean, there are plenty of countries, not plenty, there are countries that have stricter radiation limits than than the United States. And the only one that comes to off the top of my head right now is Russia. But I know that there are others. I know in France, Wi Fi is banned in preschool, and cell phones are banned through elementary school. And so you’ll see those types of policies popping up in a few countries. There are countries in general. So just like being in a in a more rural location leads to less exposure to EMF, generally being in a less developed location has less EMF. So using the example of Panama right, there is no 5g here. There will be I’m sure it’s not like the government took this very proactive health approach and said, No 5g, it’s just they haven’t gotten around to it. They have other problems to deal with. And so most developed places will have a generally less EMF exposure.

Rita Savoia 59:35
And so yeah, so let’s talk about what the 5g Because I’ve seen towers everywhere. They’re going up everywhere. Now how and on top of hospitals. Yeah, like what’s what’s going on there? I’m sure that’s causing damage. Yeah, well, 5g

R Blank 59:48
doesn’t travel as far so you need a much denser network infrastructure in order to support it, which is why whereas you know, a cell company could put up a tower and have it sir Have a mile or two radius with 5g, you know, these companies need towers on every block or two in order for the thing to function. And increasingly, they’re effectively invisible right there. They don’t look like 4g cell towers they are, they’re built onto the top of a lamppost. They’re put on the top of a building, but it doesn’t look anything like the older ones did. So it’s, it can be hard to even know how many there are around in terms of, you know, there was kind of a craze about 5g, in part because of everything else that was going on at the worlds at the time that this was really being deployed. It is true to say that this stuff, right, because 5g operates at different wavelengths than than prior. And these these frequencies of EMF have never before been used in consumer applications. So this is, it’s true, the EMF is different. And it is untested.

Rita Savoia 1:00:55
And that scares me right there. All you have to say to me,

R Blank 1:00:58
yeah, but my approach is, we see right because this has happened before, right? We went from the era of radio to the era of television, we went from the radio era of television to the era of cell phones, first one, j two, and, and so on, and so forth, right? Because all of these things take place at different frequencies, the different wavelengths of EMF. And so, it’s true that when you you at different frequencies, you see different clusters of disease, kind of as a result, right. So with FM radio, melanoma is a very well documented health effect that you don’t see quite as much at the other frequencies. Whereas powerline EMF, just to pull an example leukemia is a much is much more closely associated, or correlated with powerline EMF, right. So you do see differences. But the fact is, you see negative health outcomes at every set of frequencies. And there’s absolutely no reason to suspect that 5g is any different. Now we might see different specific health outcomes manifest. But we I know, and I think a reasonable neutral observer could conclude that we will see some negative health outcomes. The part about 5g that I really want people to focus on as it relates to the rest of my messaging as well, is not that it operates on different frequencies, it’s that the whole reason it exists. And the way it was engineered is to support multiple order of magnitude greater devices on the network, right, 4g was getting clogged, because of how much wireless tech there were how many cell phones and other things. So they needed a more powerful superhighway, or super duper highway, whatever you want to paint it as. And, and so 5g was engineered from the ground up, not just as a cell phone network, but to power the entire internet of things, right. So smart cars, and smart homes and smart everything. And, and what that means is it’s it’s created this infrastructure on which the number of sources in our lives is going to significantly increase. And when I say significantly, I’m talking about leaps and bounds, the number of I mean, think back to when you and I were children, what our homes look like in terms of sources of EMF and now look around your home today. And what 5g is doing is setting up this groundwork, this framework for the next set of leap and bound exposures. And so that is the part about 5g that I really like making people aware of because that is to me the real risk of 5g is that it is enabling this massive explosion of the number of sources in our lives of this stuff and making it harder to escape and harder to reduce and which is why I feel it is so important for people to take a mindful approach to the technology that they surround themselves with and that they use this stuff comes using it can bring tremendous value, it can bring tremendous enjoyment. It comes at a cost. And so you need to engage in that process and don’t you know, don’t just keep buying Smart Tech because that’s what’s available.

Rita Savoia 1:04:12
Yeah, or what’s in trend or what’s what’s in trained.

R Blank 1:04:14
Yeah, and it can be hard, you know, if I was trying to buy a speaker recently, and it was really hard to find one that wasn’t Bluetooth really hard exercise equipment i i my treadmill, a certain elliptical and my rowing machine, there’s no way to turn off the Bluetooth on those things. And they’re only designed because they they’re designed to to use your phone with I fit and so instead, you know just unplug the machine when you’re done. So you have to because there’s no way of turning it off. So it can be hard. I’m not trying to simply I’m not trying to oversimplify this and say what I’m saying is easy, because sometimes it’s hard it’s hard to find a spot thinker that isn’t Bluetooth, it’s hard to find a car that doesn’t have wireless, it’s hard to do some of these things. But other things are easy. Like, it’s easy not to buy a smart fridge. In my opinion, it’s easy not to get a smart thermostat, it’s easy not to get a smart kitty litter box, there’s, there’s a whole bunch of these decisions, where I think it is actually kind of easy. And then there’s other ones where it’s hard. And you just have to go through this process. And again, really focus on whether this tech is actually adding value to your life, because it is actually coming at a cost to something other than your wallet.

Rita Savoia 1:05:31
Exactly. Well, nicely said nicely put and got all comes down to being very mindful. Just purchasing it because your friend or next door neighbor has it, you’re gonna do your research, take your personal responsibility, just like you do with any other type of health that you engage in, whether it’s your physical health, mental health, emotional health, your nutrition, whatever that is, and really make that educated decision and listening to a podcast like this, as obviously highlighted the cost benefit analysis that you shouldn’t be doing yourself. Right.

R Blank 1:06:04
Yeah, again, Rita, thank you so much for this opportunity to, to come share this message and hopefully reach a new set of people with with this information that I think it’s really important. You know, I just in closing, there are a lot of problems with the world today, don’t get me wrong, I am not here to say EMF is the worst problem in the world. And it should supersede everything else going on. Because we all know there’s a lot of issues. I am here to say this is an issue that maybe you didn’t know about. And it’s actually a pretty big one. And there’s a lot you can do to start making a big difference in your in your own life. And that’s why I want to end on that encouraging note, right? Because, like I said earlier, you’re not going to get rid of all EMF from your life. That’s not possible. But you can make big differences. And by making certain small changes, like not carrying your phone in your pocket, or bra, and you know, on my website at shield, your body.com We have a ton I mean, we have a store like I was mentioning, but we actually have a ton of information that’s free for everybody who comes to, on ways on the various sources of EMF, how to test it, how to measure it, what the science says this stuff does and how you can actually make big differences in your personal exposure through these types of behavioral changes.

Rita Savoia 1:07:19
Amazing are this is so amazing. I do have another question before we close up and divert the conversation more about like what your self care routine is, I’d love to know what you do. But so basically, I advocate nature and spending time in nature because of the negative ions. Another research that I came across is that the negative ions will definitely offset some of the positive ions that we keep getting bombarded with these devices and wearables and appliances and so forth. So is Do you Do you agree with that?

R Blank 1:07:50
Yes, totally. So that process I’m sure you know, but for your listeners, it can be referred to as grounding or earthing. And that requires being barefoot essentially, in areas where you can come in direct contact with the planet. So walking barefoot on the beach is my favorite way to practice that. But you can walk barefoot in the park lives in Panama, that’s easy. You can walk barefoot in the park, you can walk you know, any in your backyard, you can do this. And to your point, yes, this is this is backed by science this, I know when because when you talk about it, it can it can sound a little like you’re on the touchy feely spiritual side of things, which I don’t disagree with. But I want to also reiterate that this is backed by science and, and like you were saying it can help discharge positive ionization, which is one of the effects of EMF exposure by doing that, it can reduce the amount of free radicals accumulating in your body which which in turn, reduces inflammation. So it is actually an active and powerful tool to help undo some of the damage of EMF exposure. And that there are other benefits to it as well. But in terms of what I know the science talk, because when Like for instance, in Japan, forest bathing is a very pop, and that you can apparently experience benefits from that even without going barefoot right. So what that tells me is that there are other mechanisms in play beyond just the grounding and earthing but grounding and earthing is one where I have some knowledge on and that the science there is actually quite strong

Rita Savoia 1:09:29
and valid. Amazing. So get out there and I do that all the time in my backyard in terms of going barefoot and then when I do live in Mexico, I am yes on the beach. Yes, I’ll join you as well with that beach walk. So that is amazing. That’s free to the nature walking, get out there and nature for those amazing benefits. So what are your top sort of three non negotiable self care habits?

R Blank 1:09:57
Okay, so one of them them is water. I drink a bass up basically a gallon a day, sometimes I’ll just do three liters. But that, to me is really important. Another one might sound very specific, maybe a little silly, but going to bed early on Sunday, because it’s very important to me to get enough sleep, but also to get up really early on Monday. So I can still, I can work out and still get to work early because Mondays tend to be insane work. And I forgot I had a third that I picked for this. I don’t remember what it was. But those those two, those two are really those two are really important to me drinking enough water and making sure I get to bed early. I mean, I get to bed at a reasonable hour every night. But real particularly on Sunday nights, turning everything off early, going to bed, maybe reading a little and then getting to sleep early. That’s that’s really important for the right start to the week if I don’t start my Monday mornings off well, yeah, the whole week and snowball out of control

Rita Savoia 1:11:06
is off. Okay. That’s interesting are because I get this not Sunday night anxiety. Because of the the work week coming up. And I think I’m going to try that.

R Blank 1:11:16
I used to do that, by the way I used to and you know, one thing that’s helped is I’ve stopped working Fridays this year. Because I you know, I have a, I have a small company, it’s a startup, for a while I was working seven days a week than last year, I cut out most weekends. And I started seeing a big improvement. So this year, with the exception of customer service, which has to be my company basically doesn’t isn’t open on Friday. So we all take three day weekends. And I’ve noticed that my Sunday anxiety has really diminished even though my Monday morning inbox I know is going to be worse. My my Sunday anxiety is way better.

Rita Savoia 1:11:58
Okay, because that’s when I usually record my podcasts on Fridays, because I love this sort of information sharing and conversations. So that’s why I said, Okay, let’s just record most of them on Fridays, because but sometimes, that’s not always the case. But I will Yes, I’ll definitely take that advice on. Thank you. And what is the most influential book that you have? Have? Right?

R Blank 1:12:19
Okay, so there’s, there’s several, and I cuz I was thinking about this question. I was trying to pick one. And it’s the one I decided to pick is called the visual display of quantitative information. It’s by a visual designer and information architect named Edward Tufty, who I don’t know if he’s still at Yale, but he was at Yale. And it’s part of a series that of books he did on, on information display. But this one is super powerful at it because I in a previous life, I was a software developer, I was information architect, I was a user experience designer. And this book really hits home how just presenting information, the way in which you decide to format, your your information, which is critical to your message is is super important to the success of actually conveying your message. And so it’s it is it’s a it’s a wonderfully written book, the production values are amazing. And you feel like you’re using you know, it’s not just like an off the shelf kind of book like you understand why it cost so much to buy it. And that so that one was was really influential on me about maybe 20 years ago, or whenever I first came across it.

Rita Savoia 1:13:34
Thank you for sharing that. What is the best advice I’m curious that you’ve ever been given? Oh, wow. These are so awesome to hear.

R Blank 1:13:45
Yeah, I don’t know. I mean, the thing that comes to mind, and I you know, I don’t know when I heard this or how I developed it, but sometimes when things seem super challenging and overwhelming. The my approach, and what I focus on doing is putting one foot in front of the other. Like it doesn’t matter how much more work there is to do. And this is there’s a think it’s an ancient Chinese proverb or something like the journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step. Yeah. And and so that’s my implementation of that, am I relevant things are super overwhelming. All I can do is put one foot in front of the other and you do that enough times, and you you get through your backlog, but it’s really important to just focus on that instead of thinking of the entire backlog. Just okay, here’s what I have to do. Here’s what I do next. Here’s what I do, and and then eventually you get it done.

Rita Savoia 1:14:41
Amazing. Yes. So we’ll definitely add this to your motivation quote, because I did extract Motivation Quotes from our podcasts. I think that’s super motivational, inspirational. Thanks. Thank you for sharing. So where can I just actually had a thought as well. So every month I feature businesses I’d love to serve Talk a little bit more about your products. So that’ll be on a separate podcast. Yeah. Okay, fantastic and have them so you can show it show them to us. Yes.

R Blank 1:15:08
I believe it or not, I have them. I just I always forget to bring them in here before a recording.

Rita Savoia 1:15:14
Yeah, no problem. But yeah, we can definitely schedule that. And so in terms of where can people contact you what’s the best way and if you have any other closing words, before we wrap up?

R Blank 1:15:25
Sure, well, best place to find me. And this information is at shield, your body.com. that’s all one word shield, your body.com. And our store the information there, it’s free. Obviously, for anyone in the world. Our store also caters to everyone in the world, with, with fast, affordable shipping throughout North America and Europe, as well as other countries. Beyond that, we’re shield your body. All the major social platforms, the one I like recommending the most is YouTube, because we have the best content up on YouTube. So we have tons of educational videos, we have podcast interviews, we have all sorts of webinar archives we have, we have we have a lot, we have hundreds of hours of content up there that for anyone who wants to learn more about this as a great source, but we’re also on Facebook and Instagram.

Rita Savoia 1:16:17
Amazing. And I’ll add that to the show notes as well with the link so it’s going to be easy to follow and or subscribe to YouTube channel. Well, thank you so much. This was so enlightening. And as promised, we offer the science, the research, but also some really practical, free as well. Solutions to helping to minimize this inevitable source that of non native EMF EMF that we’re surrounded by. So thank you for this amazing it’s been. It’s been super enlightening for me. So I’m going to take some action myself. And I will definitely share with my listeners in terms of pre and post how I’m feeling if it’s making any difference. And I’m going to look into a meter as well. And that’s something to have. I think that’s a good investment. I agree. Yeah, exactly. Even in terms of renting Airbnb is you know, to check sort of where’s the word?

R Blank 1:17:10
I’ve done that before. I’ve actually I’ve found just random things that turned out to be huge sources in my rentals, and I unplugged them. Hmm. What happened was, I remember one couple of years ago, and it turned out to be this DVD player, like, who needs a DVD player. But it seriously was giving off crazy levels. I don’t understand why. But I found me I used my meter and I found it and I you know, unplugged it and you know, problem solved. So yeah, I am a big advocate for people learning how to test

Rita Savoia 1:17:42
Exactly. I agree. Because you can’t manage what you can’t measure. So we need to be testing. Amazing. Well, thank you so much. And I can’t wait to have you back on on the episode where we feature your businesses and the amazing products that

R Blank 1:17:55
you’re probably appreciate that. Thank you so much for you. This has been a real pleasure chatting with you.

Rita Savoia 1:17:59
No problem. Take care. Have a good day. Bye for now. Bye. Thank you from the

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R Blank is the CEO of Shield Your Body, which he founded in 2012. With hundreds of thousands of customers in over 30 countries, and having been interviewed on platforms including Dr. Phil, ABC news television and ElectricSense, R is an internationally followed expert on issues of EMF, health and safety. He also hosts “The Healthier Tech Podcast”, available iTunes, Spotify and all major podcasting platforms. In the past, he served on the faculty at the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering as well as the University of California, Santa Cruz. Previously, R ran a software engineering firm in Los Angeles, producing enterprise-level solutions for blue chip clients including Medtronic, Apple, NBC, Toyota, Disney, Microsoft, the NFL, Ford, IKEA and Mattel. He has spoken at conferences around the world, including in the US, Canada, New Zealand and the Netherlands, and he is the co-author, along with his father Dr. Martin Blank, of ‘Overpowered‘ from Seven Stories Press about the science of health effects of EMF radiation. He has an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and received his bachelor’s degree, with honors, from Columbia University. He has also studied at Cambridge University in the UK; the University of Salamanca in Spain; and the Institute of Foreign Languages in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. Read more about R and SYB or connect with R on LinkedIn.

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