Nick Pineault: The Dangers of EMFs – Kyle Kingsbury Podcast

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Key Takeaways

  • The EMF safety standards don’t protect us
  • Our exposure to microwave radiation from cell phones, Wi-Fi, and bluetooth has increased a quintillion fold (a billion billions) since the 1950s
  • Tips to reduce your EMF exposure:
    • The greater the distance between a cell phone and your head, the less radiation is absorbed by the body
    • Unplug your Wi-Fi router at night or put it on a plug-in timer which sets it turn off when you go to bed and turn on when you wake up
    • Put your phone on airplane mode at night
      • At the very least, keep it as far away from you as possible when sleeping
    • Use wired headphones rather than bluetooth 
    • Connect your computer to an ethernet cable instead than Wi-Fi
    • Avoid using a laptop on your lap 
    • Never keep a phone in your pocket 
  • Useful to know:
    • The closer you are to a Wi-Fi router, the more your sleep will be disrupted
    • Some people are more susceptible to the negative side effects of EMF exposure than others
    • Children absorb twice the radiation from devices than adults
    • When a phone doesn’t have service, it emits up to 1,000x the radiation

Products Mentioned

  • Either unplug your Wi-Fi router at night or put it on a plug-in timer to go off when you go to bed and turn on when you wake up
  • Use one of the specially designed phone cases which reduce EMF exposure – here are some repeatable brands:
  • If you prefer to work with your laptop on your lap, use a Belly Armor shielding blanket to separate yourself from your laptop 
  • To measure the EMF levels in your home or office, Nick recommends the ENV RD-10 EMF reader

Intro

What are EMFs?

  • EMF is short for electromagnetic field (AKA radiation)
  • EMFs are given off from cell phones, laptops, bluetooth headphones, Wi-Fi routers, and many other electronic devices and have been proven to be harmful to the human body

The EMF Safety Standards

  • In a sense, we’re in a long-running experiment with the way people expose themselves to EMFs
  • “When I dove into this topic, I realized the safety standards were so ridiculous”
  • How are cell phones tested for the the level of EMFs they give off?
    • They’re tested on a mannequin head (equivalent to the head size of a 250 lb., 6’2″ man)
      • The temperature increase inside the brain is measured – this is then converted into a measurement known as the SAR (specific absorption rate)
    • Get this – 97% of all cell phone users have smaller heads than the mannequin used in testing
  • The last time the safety standards for EMF exposure were updated was in 1996
    • (The SAR is supposed to be a maximum of 1.6 watts/kg)
  • The greater the distance between a cell phone and your head, the less radiation is absorbed by the body
  • To sum up – we need better safety standards

EMFs in the Household – Be Weary of Wi-Fi Routers (EMFs and Sleep)

  • There are several studies that link a reduction in melatonin, an increase in adrenaline, and the activation of the fight-or-flight nervous system (which all hinder sleep) to EMF exposure from Wi-Fi routers
    • In simple terms – the closer you are to a Wi-Fi router, the more your sleep will be disrupted
      • In the future, Nick plans to use the Oura Ring to monitor difference in his sleep quality when sleeping close to/away from a router
    • Nick’s advice:
      • Either unplug your Wi-Fi router at night or put it on a plug-in timer which sets it turn off when you go to bed and turn on when you wake up
        • Even if your sleep improves 10-20% from unplugging your router at night, it’s worth it
  • Cordless phones also give off EMFs
    • Nick has gone so far, when staying in hotels, to wrap them in tinfoil (which reduces the EMF levels given off)
  • Absolutely put your phone on airplane mode at night
    • At the very least, put it as far away from you as possible when sleeping

What else can we do to mitigate damage from EMFs?

  • Use wired headphones rather than bluetooth 
  • Connect your computer to an ethernet cable rather than Wi-Fi
    • Many people report feeling “less exhausted” at the end of the day if they work on ethernet rather than Wi-Fi
  • Use a corded landline instead of wireless
  • Be weary of living/working near cell phone towers
  • Use one of the specially designed phone cases which reduce EMF exposure – here are some repeatable brands:
  • Never keep a phone in your pocket 
  • Avoid using a laptop on your lap 
    • 4 hours of laptop use has been shown to reduce sperm quality in men by 50% 
    • If you prefer to work with your laptop on your lap, use a Belly Armor shielding blanket to separate yourself from your laptop 

How do you know if EMFs are effecting you?

  • At the very least, some level of oxidative stress is occurring from EMF exposure
    • And realize, ALL stress is stress to the body – whether it’s physical stress from over-training, stress from work, stress from alcohol consumption, or stress from poor nutrition, etc.
      • All the above leads to higher levels of inflammation and reactive oxygen species within the body – both of which can lead to disease
  • Some people are more prone to negative side effects:
    • Particularly those under chronic stress or have chronic fatigue related conditions
    • Also those with fibromyalgia, ALS, Parkinson’s Disease, and other nervous system disorders
  • Here’s how you can determine to what extent EMFs are effecting you:
    • Go camping for 3-7 days in a remote area and carefully monitor your anxiety levels, stress levels, sleep, and overall life optimism
      • If all the above improve, you might be on to something

How much of the burden is on the cell phone companies?

  • One thing cell phone companies could do to reduce the EMF problem – put the antennas more towards the exterior of their phones and not directed at the human body
  • “If users only demand speed and not health, the companies aren’t going to follow” – We need to ask companies to be accountable
    • Apple responded with night shift mode when users demanded it – that’s how it works
      • Once they have enough complaints, they’ll invest in innovation to create the necessary changes

Measuring EMF Levels

  • Nick carries and recommends a ENV RD10 EMF reader
    • It gives you a good idea of the EMF levels in your home/office
    • The CORNET ED-88T is a little more advanced/accurate

Digging into the Science – Why are EMFs harmful?

  • They tend to increase the amount of calcium that flows into our cells through our calcium channels (this is supposed to happen, but in much smaller quantities)
    • These channels are voltage-gated (and thus activated by EMFs)
    • This increase in intracellular calcium results in oxidative damage
  • For more on the science of how EMFs affect the human body, check out Dr. Martin Pall’s videos on YouTube

Let’s Sum Up

  • The EMF safety standards don’t protect us
  • EMFs are affecting you whether you feel it or not
    • Some people are more sensitive than others

Additional Notes

  • Paul Check has famously said – “Sooner or later your health will be your number one concern”
    • Don’t put it off
  • Ben Greenfield, and many others of the biohacking/health community, wear blue light blocking glasses (use the code “PodcastNotes10” for 10% off at checkout)  at night to reduce the amount of blue light they’re exposed to
    • Blue light exposure in the evening can inhibit melatonin release
  • Our exposure to microwave radiation from cell phones, Wi-Fi, and bluetooth has increased a quintillion fold (a billion billions) since the 1950s
  • Children absorb twice the radiation from devices than adults
  • When a phone doesn’t have service, it emits up to 1,000x the radiation
    • This causes the phone to heat up and the battery to change
  • Xbox and Playstations emit radiation 24/7 even if they’re connected to an ethernet cable and even if they’re turned off
    • You have to unplug them
  • Nick teaches an online curse on EMFs
  • Kyle is very sensitive to nail polish – he’ll get a migraine immediately if he smells it
  • France is banning cell phones in schools for kids up to age 17 to limit distractions, online bullying, and EMF exposure
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