How to identify and reduce electrosmog

Identify and reduce electrosmog pollution

such as radiofrequency (RF) radiation and other electromagnetic fields (EMF)

This is a practical guide for how to do so. See #3 and #4 below for steps to reduce RF radiation.

Use of this article is covered by our disclaimer, see bottom of this page.

1. What are the recommended levels for RF radiation?

Various radiofrequency (RF) radiation guideline recommendations (given as µW/m2*):

10 000 000 µW/m2 – FCC (USA) OET-65, recommendation
9 000 000 µW/m2 – ICNIRP 1998; WHO, recommendation
100 000 µW/m2 – Russia and Italy, recommendation **
1 000 µW/m2 – the Bioinitiative Report 2007, recommendation
170 µW/m2 – the Seletun Statement 2010, recommendation
3 µW/m2 – the Bioinitiative Report 2012, revised recommendation (Precautionary ceiling (top) level for 2013, may be revised at a later date)
0.1 µW/m2 – contribution from the sun at daytime during big solar storms

0.000 001 – 0.000 000 000 01 µW/m2 – this is the natural background during normal cosmic activities; proposed by Olle Johansson, Karolinska Institutet (1997), as a genuine hygienic safety value. Above this level we could say electrosmog pollution is present, unless in the midst of a large solar storm.

*microwatts per meter squared

** EMF World Standards Database World Map (World Health Organization)

Please note: The range 0.000001 – 0.00000000001 µW/m2 is the true natural background level during normal cosmic activities, which is what we have evolved to tolerate, according to Dr. Olle Johansson. In developed nations, according to Dr. Johansson, these levels might only be seen in a cave or specially designed military installation. However, it is instructive to see the great distance between what we evolved to tolerate and the suggested guidelines above. In the USA, the FCC guidelines make it currently legal to allow RF radiation levels at 10 000 000 µW/m2, which is 10,000,000,000,000 (ten trillion) times higher than than the upper natural background levels we evolved to tolerate! Is it any wonder that bioeffects and health impacts would be observed under these alarming conditions?

When 1/88 children in the USA are born autistic, and RF radiation does impact the brain and neurological systems, particularly at risk are the fetus, embryo, young child and developing children through age of 20, according to scientists, it is no wonder that the BioInitiative Report 2012 (on RF radiation and bioeffects) has an entire section on Autism. It is a proven fact that we are destroying and mutating our DNA with RF radiation such as emitted from wireless toys, wireless utility meters, and cell antennas and towers. Known to inflame tissues, interfere with cellular function, and damage DNA and sperm, the exposures everyone is getting via the wireless craze is resulting in an increase in certain cancers, reproductive problems, and birth defects that may result in autism, learning disabilities, and ADHD, according to some scientists.

The FCC limit is  3,333,333 times higher than BioInitiative Limit of 3.0 μW/m2 , for sensitive populations that include children and pregnant women

An FCC Limits Primer (by

Some examples:
a. Example at a school in Encinitas CA, with 20 cellular antenna on the church property where the school leases classrooms (12 antenna in the steeple next to classrooms, and 8 in the parking lot):
The RF fields were found to vary from 200 to greater than 20,000 μW/m2
3.0 μW/m2 (divided by) 20,000 μW/m2 = 6,666 times higher than the BioInitiative 2012 limit
b. Example of measurements from 3 types of smart meters using a Ten-Mars TM-195 3-Axis RF field meter.

Table 2:  Hickory Creek Focus AXR mesh, frontal radiation


Day 1

Day 2





































All values are peak.

The measurements were taken in the early evening on both days and are consistent.  The radiation levels reach the ambient levels at a distance of about 100 ft (32 meters) from the front of the meters.


2. A sample of bioeffects and health impacts listed for various levels:

a. See the 2012 BioInitiative Report and the Color Charts [Reported Biological Effects from Radiofrequency Radiation at Low-Intensity Exposure
(Cell Tower, Wi-Fi, Wireless Laptop and ‘Smart’ Meter RF Intensities)] associated with the report for current references (December, 2012).

Examples from BioInitiative 2012 Color Charts: Note: Charts are in uW/cm2 ; CEP has converted several to uW/m2 (in parentheses) ; to convert rest of chart, multiply x 10,000 for μW/m2, or move decimal point to right, four places.

0.003 – 0.02 uW/cm2  (30.0 – 200.0  μW/m2) In children and adolescents (8-17 yrs) short-term exposure caused headache, irritation, concentration difficulties
in school.  Heinrich, 2010

0.003 to 0.05 uW/cm2 (30.0 – 500.0  μW/m2) In children and adolescents (8-17 yrs) short-term exposure caused conduct problems in school (behavioral
problems) Thomas, 2010

0.005 uW/cm2 (50.0  μW/m2) In adults (30-60 yrs) chronic exposure caused sleep disturbances, (but not significantly increased across the
entire population) Mohler, 2010

0.005 – 0.04 uW/cm2 (50.0 – 400.0 μW/m2) Adults exposed to short-term cell phone radiation reported headaches, concentration difficulties (differences not
significant, but elevated) Thomas, 2008

CEP NOTE: 0.01 uW/cm2 (100.0 μW/m2) = 1/1000th of FCC guidelines

0.006 – 0.01 uW/cm2 (60.0 – 100.0 μW/m2) Chronic exposure to base station RF (whole-body) in humans showed increased stress hormones; dopamine levels substantially decreased; higher levels of adrenaline and nor-adrenaline; dose-response seen; produced chronic physiological stress in cells even after 1.5 years. Buchner, 2012

CEP NOTE: 1000 uW/cm2 (10 000 000 µW/m2) FCC (USA) OET-65, recommendation - “FCC Guideline”, 6-minute occupational exposure and 30 minute public exposure based on heating

b. According to Firstenberg, presented (2007) in an amended table by M. Havas, PhD  of scientific findings to include FCC guideline info :  At 1/100th of FCC guidelines: sleep disorders, abnormal blood pressure, nervousness, weakness, fatigue, limb pain, joint pain, digestive problems, learning problems (fewer schoolchildren promoted). At 1/1000th of FCC guidelines: altered EEG, disturbed carbohydrate metabolism, enlarged adrenals, altered adrenal hormone levels. structural changes in liver, spleen, testes, and brain, slowing of the heart, increase in melatonin, decreased cell growth, increased sterility, childhood leukemia, impaired motor function, reaction time, memory and attention of school children, and altered sex ratio of children (fewer boys); cardiac arrythmias and sometimes cardiac arrest (frogs); altered white blood cell activity in schoolchildren, headache, dizziness, irritability, fatigue, weakness, insomnia, chest pain, difficulty breathing, indigestion (humans – occupational exposure); 1% of FCC guideline: damaged mitochondria, nucleus of cells in hippocampus of brain, impaired memory and visual reaction time, redistribution of metals in the lungs, brain, heart, liver, kidney, muscles, spleen, bones, skin, blood. (5)

Note: Firstenberg / Havas table below is in μW/cm2 - multiply x 10,000 for μW/m2 (provided in parentheses), or move decimal point to right four places.

Power Density in μW/cm2  (μW/m2)  – Reported Biological Effects – References
0.0000000000001 Altered genetic structure in E. Coli Belyaev 1996
0.0000000001 (.000001  μW/m2) Threshold of human sensitivity Kositsky 2001
0.000000001 (.00001  μW/m2) Altered EEG in human subjects Bise 1978
0.0000000027 Growth stimulation in Vicius fabus Brauer 1950
0.00000001 Effects on immune system in mice Bundyuk 1994
0.00000002 Stimulation of ovulation in chickens Kondra 1970
0.000005 Effect on cell growth in yeast Grundler 1992
0.00001 1/100 millionth of FCC guidelines
0.00001 Conditioned “avoidance” reflex in rats Kositsky 2001
0.000027 Premature aging of pine needles Selga 1996
0.002 (20.0 μW/m2) Sleep disorders, abnormal blood pressure, nervousness, weakness, fatigue, limb
pain, joint pain, digestive problems, fewer schoolchildren promoted  Altpeter 1995, 1997
0.0027 Growth inhibition in Vicius fabus Brauer 1950
0.0027 to 0.065 Smaller tree growth rings Balodis 1996
0.01 1/1000th of FCC guidelines
0.01 (100 μW/m2) Human sensation Kolbun 1987
0.06 Altered EEG, disturbed carbohydrate metabolism, enlarged adrenals, altered
adrenal hormone levels, structural changes in liver, spleen, testes, and brain—in
white rats and rabbits Dumanskij 1974
0.06 (600 μW/m2) Slowing of the heart, change in EEG in rabbits Serkyuk, Reported in McRee 1980
0.1 Increase in melatonin in cows Stark 1997
0.1 to 1.8 Decreased life span, impaired reproduction, structural and developmental
abnormalities in duckweed plants Magone 1996
0.13 Decreased cell growth (human epithelial amnion cells) Kwee 1997
0.168 (1680.0 μW/m2) Irreversible sterility in mice Magras 1997
0.2 (2000.0 μW/m2) to 8.0 Childhood leukemia near transmitters Hocking 1996
0.3 (3000.0 μW/m2) Impaired motor function, reaction time, memory and attention of schoolchildren,
and altered sex ratio of children (fewer boys) Kolodynski 1996
0.6 Change in calcium ion efflux from brain tissue Dutta 1986
0.6 (6,000.0 μW/m2) Cardiac arrhythmias and sometimes cardiac arrest (frogs) Frey 1968
4 (40,000.0 μW/m2) Altered white blood cell activity in schoolchildren Chiang 1989
1 (10,000.0 μW/m2) Headache, dizziness, irritability, fatigue, weakness, insomnia, chest pain,
difficulty breathing, indigestion (humans—occupational exposure) Simonenko 1998
1 Stimulation of white cells in guinea pigs Shandala 1978
1 Within 16 feet (5 meters) of a Wi-Fi node in San Francisco Maifeld 2007
2 “Microwave hearing”—clicking, buzzing, chirping, hissing, or high-pitched
tones Frey 1963, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1988, Justeson 1979, Olsen 1980, Wieske 1963, Lin 1978
2.5 (25,000.0 μW/m2)Breakdown of blood-brain barrier (used a digital cellular phone to provide the
radiation) Salford 1997
5 (50,000.0 μW/m2)Leukemia, skin melanoma and bladder cancer near TV and FM transmitter Dolk 1997
5 (50,000.0 μW/m2) Biochemical and histological changes in liver, heart, kidney, and brain tissue Belokrinitskiy l982
10 1% of FCC guideline
10 (100,000.0 μW/m2)Damaged mitochondria, nucleus of cells in hippocampus of brain Belokrinitskiy 1982a
10 (100,000.0 μW/m2) Impaired memory and visual reaction time in people living near transmitters Chiang 1989
10 (100,000.0 μW/m2)Decreased size of litter, increased number of stillborns in mice Il’Chevich (reported in McRee
10 (100,000.0 μW/m2)Redistribution of metals in the lungs, brain, heart, liver, kidney, muscles, spleen,
bones, skin, blood
Shutenko 1981
1000 FCC Guideline, 6-minute occupational exposure and 30 minute public exposure based on heating

3. Practical suggestions to reduce electrosmog, based on current science cited in the BioInitiative Report 2012:

The following may seem difficult to achieve in today’s world (2013) but we can assure you that it is possible to take control of your environment and greatly reduce your (and your loved ones’) exposure to electrosmog by applying the following suggestions.

When you consider that only 1-2 decades ago, none of the wireless and RF-emitting technologies so popular today were in use, you can realize that these are not necessary for living, and in fact, are increasingly implicated in shorter lifespans (cancer, heart); debilitating illness (headaches, coronary problems, immune disorders, neurological problems and more); and suspected to cause birth defects. It is worth it to reduce electrosmog pollution in your own personal environments! Here’s how:

CEP recommends that wireless devices be removed from homes and communities. wired internet, corded phones, no wireless or wired utility “smart” or PLC meters (opt-out if available, avoid installation or close proximity, if no opt-out). Be aware that second-hand RF radiation from others’ cell phones, Wi-Fi, and smart meters does produce measurable levels that are of concern. Avoid if possible.

How to protect yourself against smart meters (article)

CEP recommends ridding the home, vehicle, school, and workplace of RF radiation sources such as smart meters, Wi-Fi,  wireless baby monitors, wireless security systems, cell phones, DECT phones and others that are cordless, Bluetooth and other similar wireless technologies including headsets, wireless tv, wireless appliances, appliances with wireless built-in to communicate with the smart meters (HAN appliances, which can be distinguished by the FCC ID code on the equipment), wireless security systems, turn off the wireless feature on computers, laptops, notebooks, etc. in the Control panel, no wireless printers, wireless reading devices, and all wireless devices not on this list.

Cell phones should not be used in cars, or during public transportation, as the signal has a harder time getting out and the phone produces more RF radiation as it ramps up to find a signal.

Pregnant mothers should NOT use cell or cordless phones nor be in Wi-Fi environments. All of the above should be removed from the home and other occupied spaces during pregnancy.

Children should  NOT be given cell phones of their own, nor adults’ cell phones to entertain them. They should not be exposed to adult cell phone use in the home nor in vehicles. Children should not be given wireless laptops, tablets, notebooks, or reading devices to use on a regular basis. If some of these are to be used occasionally,  they should be shielded and wired. Phones in the home should be wired.

Cellphones should not be carried in “on” position in pockets (this includes airplane mode). Laptop computers should not be used on laps. Scientists have confirmed that RF radiation from laptops and cell phones can damage sperm and reproductive systems may be interfered with, that the sperm, female reproductive system, developing embryo, and fetus are very sensitive to RF radiation and are at grave risk of damage that may lead to miscarriage and/or birth defects. Cell phones, if these must be used, should be used in speaker mode, at several feet from body, and only rarely. Studies have shown bioeffects at arm’s length.

If laptops are used, place on a table, 2-3 feet from the body, with extended (additional) wired keyboard (low RF if possible) and extended, wired low RF mouse, and additionally, may wish to obtain shielding material for the base of the keyboard. Testing with a RF field meter to determine levels is recommended.

Avoid close proximity to cell towers and cellular antenna. has locations of many (not all) cellular antenna/towers. ALERT: find out if your child’s school or your church has hidden or visible cellular antenna or cell towers on the property, that can be sources of high levels of RF radiation. Sadly, many schools and churches are allowing telecom companies to lease space to install these cellular facilities, which are promoted as “safe’ because they are legal and meet the very exceedingly obsolete FCC guidelines, based only on the heating of tissues in a large male.

When purchasing a vehicle, be aware that newer vehicles may have high RF exposures – wireless features built-in, as well as many computerized systems that may be a source of RF radiation. Hybrid and electric vehicles may have increased RF radiation exposures due to charged batteries in close proximity to driver and passengers.


4. Measure and monitor your environments for RF radiation - before and after you implement the above suggestions

Please note: CEP does not sell any of these products. These are offered only as examples of items that may help you identify, reduce, and avoid RF radiation. They may be obtained through some of the websites links below, or obtained through eBay, Amazon, or other outlets. Stop Smart Meters offers the Cornet meters, including the latest version.

CEP recommends measuring the RF radiation in your vehicle, home, church [may have cell antenna in steeple or on property] school [may have cell antenna on property and/or wifi] and workplace [wifi, wireless security system] with a sensitive RF (radiation) field meter that measures in either µW/m2 or µW/cm2 up to at least 6 GHz, necessary for testing the new Wi-Fi frequencies, up to 5.6 GHz. Simple to use, inexpensive but reliable rf field meters are the:

Cornet ED 78S RF/LF Electrosmog Meter (used only)

Cornet ED88T Tri-Mode (RF/LF/ E-Field) Electrosmog Meter (new version)

These small-sized, convenient, less expensive meters measure in mW/m2 (milliwatts per meter squared) and have a Peak/Max hold (so you can view how high the pulses get to). The BioInitiative Report 2012 recommends a precautionary level of 3.0 microwatts per meter squared (0.0003 microwatts per centimeter squared) which is equal to 0.003 milliwatts per meter squared.  Of note, the Cornet meters above come with a scale of “safe-caution-danger” zones that do not correspond to the latest scientific data, and are generally higher than what is recommended by BioInitiative 2012. So comparing the measurements obtained with 0.003 milliwatts per meter squared is a better way to determine the level of risk if using the Cornet meters. On the Cornet meter used by this writer, a label has been placed, with 0.0003 mW/m2 on the front, to compare readings to.

CEP also recommends the TenMars RF field meter (or similar) below to best measure rf radiation levels:

A more professional and solidly built RF field meter, with more features, including measurement of up to 8 GHz in both uW/m2 and uW/cm2 (rather than milliwatts – mW), is the larger TenMars TM-196  3- Axis RF Field Meter or 8GHz RF Meter, as seen at (scroll down to the Radio Frequency or Microwave Meters section). This type of meter is more expensive, by two or three times the cost of the Cornet meters. This meter may be more sensitive to the rf radiation emitted by smart meters. Please note that the Trifield Meters are not sensitive enough to measure rf radiation in recent devices, though may be helpful for measuring electric and magnetic fields.

The goal could be to at least meet the BioInitiative Report 2012′s precautionary level of 3 µW/m2 for occupied areas.  Another is the widely acclaimed GigaHertz Solutions HF-35C Analyzer (sold by many sources located online, at around $450 and up) illustrated measuring various sources of RF radiation here.  The HF35C Analyzer can pick up the pulses better than RF field meters costing less, according to feedback we have received. With such measurement, one may identify and quantify (know the levels of) sources of RF radiation that may not be apparent otherwise. Pretest what the current background RF levels are throughout your living and working environments, and post-test, after taking measures to reduce electrosmog, so you might see the difference and know whether your steps are working!

For about $5, the WiFi Hotspot Finder by ‘IoGear’ found on, or other products like Pocket-Size WiFi Locator  on Amazon, will help IDENTIFY & AVOID WIFI HOTSPOTS if sensitive to or wishing to avoid Wi-Fi and/or RF radiation. We have seen this item in action and it appears to be accurate for the 2.45 GHz Wi-Fi in common use, is discreet, and very helpful, is small and hangs on your keychain. Note that to measure higher frequency Wi-Fi, you will need a rf field meter such as noted above. The Wi-Fi Hotspot Finder does not measure all frequencies, only a very narrow band used for Wi-Fi.

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