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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Electromagnetic Pollution?
What is EMF?
Are High Exposures to EMF really harmful?
Do Cell Phones really give off Radiation?
Where can you detect EMF in the Home?
How do EMF Shields work?




Q: What is Electromagnetic Pollution?

A: Strong electromagnetic fields (EMFs) of about 50 to 60 cycles per second (hertz, or Hz) and the related electromagnetic radiation (EMR) are harmful to us. Long-term exposure may aggravate any existing health problems or diseases and may cause or intensify especially lack of energy or fatigue, irritability, aggression, hyperactivity, sleep disorders and emotional instability. Increasing numbers of individuals are becoming hypersensitive to EMR; many can feel the electricity going through the body and may experience disabling symptoms such as convulsions, memory problems and depression. See Electromagnetic Pollution


Q: What is EMF?

A: EMF stands for Electromagnetic Fields. Electromagnetic fields are invisible electric and magnetic fields created as a by-product wherever electricity (AC and DC) is utilized. Magnetic fields can penetrate buildings and people and can be detected when computer monitors jiggle or lose color, noise in audio-visual equipment or data errors and loss in magnetic media. It has been suggested that exposure to weak electromagnetic fields (EMFs) can disturb the production of the hormone melatonin by the pineal gland in the brain, eventually leading to an increase in the risk of breast cancer and degenerative diseases such as coronary artery disease, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. Likewise, epidemiological and laboratory reports suggest that children exposed to EMFs from power lines are at greater risk of developing leukaemia, and that adults exposed to EMFs at work run a higher risk of leukaemia and brain cancer (Edwards, 1995a). There are more recent concerns that cellphone users are more likely to suffer from brain tumors (Day & Kleiner, 1999).


Q: Are High Exposures to EMF really harmful?

A: Over the last 25 years, all kinds of studies of the effects of low level frequency exposure on the nervous system, on the blood and on growth and development, have been conducted. The United States Navy conducted very well funded studies, probably in the order of 50 to 100 million dollars. Their study, published in 1984, showed that exposure to harmful electromagnetic frequencies resulted in altering the behaviour of cells, tissues, organs and organisms; altered hormone levels, altered cell chemistry, altered immune processes, affected calcium ion bonding in cells, modified human brain waves, caused defects in chick embryos, and caused sterility in male animals. They also found that certain diseases can be cured by applying specific extreme low frequency levels. Their results have been reproduced in numerous laboratory tests, but these studies are not very well known publicly. The first serious news report was done in the New York Times in 1987. Scientists statistically linked ordinary power lines and commonly used household devices to an increase in human cancer. High quality laboratory research was done on both animals and humans. They found that if human beings or animals came within a certain range of electric power lines, which is considered to be safe, they augmented the field. Ten thousand volts per meter is considered safe because conventional research states that voltages higher than 10,000 volts per meter are strong enough to penetrate the skin and have possible biological effects on living cells. Although the field is 10,000 volts, on the skin surface it is 18 times higher. Even by conventional logic, safety levels should be 18 times higher than existing levels. When this research was published, many electrical companies got very worried.
See Consumer Health


Q: Do Cell Phones really give off Radiation?

A: The radiation we are exposed to vary from cell phone to cell phone. It is measured in W/kg(Watts per kilogram), ranging from 0.24 W/kg to about 1.49W/kg. According to the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association, the specific absorption rate is "a way of measuring the quantity of radiofrequency energy that is absorbed by the body." The phone's maximum SAR level must be less than 1.6 W/kg in order to pass the FCC certification. According to the FCC tests the SAR level with the phone next to the ear, the highest-radiation cell phone in the United States was the Motorola V120c with 1.55 W/kg and the lowest-radiation cell phone was the Qualcomm pdQ-1900 with 0.2634 W/kg. These levels of radiation were based on the digital rating of these models. Depending on how close the cell phone antenna is to the head, as much as 60 percent of the microwave radiation is absorbed by and actually penetrates the area around the head. Some reaches an inch to an inch-and-a-half into the brain. Some illnesses due to cell phone radiation include: cancer, brain tumors, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, fatigue, and headaches.


Q: Where can you detect EMF in the home?

A: In our homes and offices, all of our electrical appliances produce not only electrical but also magnetic fields, even when they are "off". For example, a television set will still produce quite strong fields even when it is off, as long as it is plugged into the electric supply. The same is true of lamps, typewriters, photocopiers, fluorescent light fixtures, video display systems, telephones, extension cords and unused electric wires inside walls. Sometimes the difference between "off" and "on" is negligible once plugged in and drawing on the power supply.


Q: How do EMF Shields work?

A: Each one of our products has been tested, patented, and proven to reduce the amount of EMF exposure. Shields protect users from both high and low frequency radiation without affecting product performance, power consumption, or in the case of wireless products, signal strength, in any manner whatsoever. The low frequency shielding effectiveness is an important distinction due to the increased number of studies confirming low frequency health risks, particularly for children using wireless phones, and there has never been an allergic or skin reaction reported by any user.
See Aegis Sheild Technology


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