Is It Safe To Be Near a WiFi Router?

Trust your own experience instead of waiting for studies that may never exist. Exposure to certain frequencies do affect how human bodies function, but most studies are hard to trust based on their funding source and obvious bias. Wireless routers – as well as Bluetooth, cell towers and similar wireless systems – emit electromagnetic radiation in the low-gigahertz frequency. This level is considered potentially dangerous to people, and the danger is compounded by several factors: just like the wireless signals themselves, the electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) can pass through walls and penetrate into human tissues.

Symptoms may increase if the person has a thinner layer of protective fat (often due to a diet deficient in quality fats, e.g vegans and vegetarians) shielding the brain and central nervous system from radiation

Is WiFi radiation harmful?

Much of North America and Western Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand rely on guidelines put out in 1998 by the International Commission on Non-ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). ICNIRP guidelines allow exposure of the public to radiation at the frequencies emitted by cellphone towers and WiFi transmitters up to a power density of 10 watts per square meter.

According to the government of Canada, the amount of radiofrequency EMF emitted by WiFi that is absorbed in your body largely depends on:

  • the strength of the signal
  • how close your body is to a WiFi enabled device

Electromagnetic radiation is generally divided into two classes: ionising and non-ionising.

Ionising radiation (gamma rays, x-rays and ultraviolet light) has enough energy to knock electrons off molecules, and is a known carcinogen.

Non-ionising radiation (visible and infrared light, microwaves and radio waves) carries less energy than needed to knock electrons off molecules, and in the past has been thought to affect biological tissue only by means of heating it. Hence many of the regulatory standards used around the world permit exposure of the public to non-ionising radiation up to limits based solely on intensities that cause tissue heating.

There is laboratory evidence that RF at power densities a tiny fraction of those permitted by official guidelines causes

  • overproduction of free radicals
  • opening of the blood brain barrier
  • damage to DNA
  • death of hippocampal neurons and
  • transformation of lymphocytes to immortal cell lines that spontaneously replicate.

These are some mechanisms by which RF exposure might cause any number of disease states, including cancer.

Worryingly, there seems to be no lower limit on the amount of RF that can cause harm. Exposure of quail eggs to 900 MHz (0.9 GHz) RF at doses as low as 0.0025 watts per square meter (cf ICNIRP’s guideline of 10 watts per square meter) causes significant oxidative stress—overproduction of free radicals/reactive oxygen species—and oxidative damage to DNA.

Statistically speaking, papers funded by the wireless industry are twice as likely as papers not funded by the wireless industry to report no harmful effects of radio frequencies.

[Huss A, Egger M, Hug K, et al. Source of funding and results of studies of health effects of mobile phone use: systematic review of experimental studies. Environmental Health Perspectives. 2007; 115:1–4]

Given that oxidative stress is common for many types of cancer cells that are linked with altered redox regulation of cellular signalling pathways and has also been linked to artherosclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis and diabetes, there would seem to be significant reason for concern about allowing the public to be routinely exposed to 4,000 times the level of RF known to cause oxidative stress (10 W/m2 = 4,000 times 0.0025 Watts/m2).

Is it safe to use a cell phone?

There are several studies trying to determine the safety of cell phone use. Estimating emissions is not as straightforward as it seems: measurements made by the French Government in 2015 showed that 90% of the hundreds of phones tested emitted significantly more than the RF figures claimed by the manufacturer.

  • If you must use a cellphone, avoid lengthy conversations.
  • Do not hold the device against your ear; use speaker mode or text.
  • If you need a long chat, use a landline—preferably not one accessed through a cordless phone. All cordless phones emit RF, although cordless landlines emit less than cellphones.

What can you do to limit or block radiation exposure from wireless devices?

  • Do not use a mesh WiFi system in your home. A WiFi mesh network is created by connecting several wireless nodes together that can transmit and receive WiFi data.
  • Do not carry in your clothing any cellphone that is not either in airplane mode or switched off. Cellphones not in one of those conditions continually emit RF, even when not in use.
  • Do not use a WiFi-enabled laptop on your lap, for the same reason.
  • Preferably use internet access through a cable, instead of via WiFi. Failing that, turn off household
  • WiFi at night.
  • Wire your home network with cat 5e or 6 Ethernet cables.
  • Stop bringing an active phone into the bedroom at night, let alone sleeping with it under your pillow.
  • Restrict cellphone use to emergencies.
  • Gradually phase out device use altogether.

How far away should you be from a WiFi router?

It is safe to sleep next to a wireless router? I would not sleep within 20 feet of any wireless router. Although it produces radio waves that, unlike X-rays or gamma rays, do not break chemical bonds or cause ionisation in humans, levels of concern are commonly observed when closer than 15 to 20 feet to a WiFi router.

Guidance from Worldwide Action on Cell Phones, WiFi and Wireless Radiation [pdf]:

  • Keep your head at least 8 to 12 inches away from a wireless phone.
  • All wireless devices, including tablets, cordless phones, remote controlled toys, wireless toys, baby monitors and surveillance bracelets, should be subjected to the same regulatory obligations as cell phones.
  • Compliance with regulatory exposure limits should be insured for the ways that devices are customarily used, such as positioned in contact with the body.
  • Exposure limits for radiofrequency electromagnetic fields should be tightened to ensure sufficiently large safety margins to protect the health and safety of the general population, particularly the health and safety of children.
  • Reliance on the specific absorption rate (SAR) to set human exposure limits should be re-evaluated and replaced through the development of an indicator to assess real exposures for mobile phone users that applies to various conditions: signal type, good or bad reception, mode of use (call, data loading, etc.), location device is used on the body.

Frequency Chart For Well-being

  • 174 Hz relieves pain and stress
  • 285 Hz heals tissues and organs
  • 396 Hz liberates you from fear and guilt
  • 417 Hz facilitates change
  • 528 Hz for transformation and DNA repair
  • 639 Hz reconnects you with your relationships
  • 741 Hz helps provide solutions and self-expression
  • 852 Hz brings you back to a spiritual order
  • 963 HZ creates room for oneness and unity. Known as “The frequency of the Gods”.

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