Travel Hack #2 Radiation Reduction

These days travel exposes us to extremely high levels of radio frequency radiation. This type of radiation is emitted from cell phones, WiFi, cordless phones, digital radio frequency utility meters, “Smart” gadgets and more. Exposure to this harmful radiation is the primary reason why I no longer enjoy traveling. In the countryside, I can take measures to reduce my exposures significantly. When traveling there are many situations beyond my control.

The first step to take to reduce radiation exposures is to choose not to use cell phones or WiFi. Old-school phones with wired connections and a wired internet connection is much safer than wireless technology.

Cities and public transit are among the worst situations in terms of radiation exposures.

Cities are full of various wireless devices, electrical wiring, and electronics. All of these things collectively add up to a constant barrage of damaging exposures. When considering industrial pollutants and electromagnetic radiation, cities are toxic wastelands.

For public transit in Guatemala and Mexico people get packed into collectivos, which are vans that might contain 15 or so people. Now imagine that almost everyone of those people has a cell phone, transmitting radiation. In this hypothetical scenario the collectivo is traveling through some remote mountain road. The passengers are far away from the nearest cell tower and all of those cell phones are radiating at full power in an attempt to reach the nearest tower. In addition to this the collectivo is basically a metal box on wheels. Metal tends to reflect the microwaves transmitted from cell phones. Thus the passengers are bombarded with microwave radiation. The windows provide an outlet for the radiation to escape into the environment, harming other life forms. Being stuck in one of these vehicles is highly uncomfortable when you understand how dangerous and damaging it is.

Long distance first class buses are less packed with people but they all seem to have WiFi nowadays. This plus the collection of cell phones also expose the passengers to radiation.

Airports are also horrible places for radiation. There are cell phones everywhere, radio communications, and radar. The airplane is basically a metal cylinder. Any radiation within the plane bounces around through the passengers. In addition to this, flying at high altitudes exposes you to cosmic radiation from the sun. Depending on where the sun is in its solar cycle, a flight from New York to Los Angeles, is the equivalent of 1-7 chest X-rays according to Dr. Tom O’Bryan.

Long distance boat travel, whether by freighter or another form uses various geo-locating and communications technologies that transmit radiation.

Even just hitchhiking and getting picked up by a private vehicle where the driver has just one cell phone exposes you to very high levels of radiation.

RADIATION METERS

This is your primary tool. When you can see what your actual exposures are, you start learning which spaces are safe and which are not. You can take measurements and then research the kinds of effects your exposures might be having on your body.

Being able to see and hear the radiation in the environment with the use of a meter is the most effective way to teach others and bring the danger to people’s awareness. When people can see and hear the transmissions from their cell phone or other devices, they tend to take the threat more seriously.

For travel I recommend the Cornet ED88T-Plus meter. The nice thing about the Cornet meter is that it can be used for wireless radiation sources and electric/magnetic fields. So I only need to take one meter on my trip instead of two separate meters. The Cornet is not as expensive as many meters on the market. If I lose or break this meter, I am not losing an expensive piece of equipment. I also find that the display on this meter is the most visually helpful for teaching people about the harmful effects of electromagnetic radiation.

For a serious home inspection, I would look at Gigahertz Solutions meters. These meters are more sensitive and accurate.

A nice balance between a higher end Gigahertz Solutions meter and a cheaper Cornet meter is the Safe and Sound meter. I generally recommend most people start with this meter. It is used for detecting the wireless radio wave radiation used by WiFi, cell phones, cordless phones, various “Smart” devices, etc.

PRIVATE TRANSIT

The safest means of travel today would probably be by private sail boat (with transmitters turned off).

For land travel, renting a pre-2015 car is an option (before bluetooth, WiFi, radar and similar technologies started getting installed in vehicles). You can search the internet for “Low EMF car” to get into more specifics about recommended vehicle models and methods for measuring electromagnetic radiation in vehicles.

If hitch-hiking, try to get a ride in the back of a truck. This puts some distance (and probably some metal) between you and the driver’s cell phone.

Biking, walking or riding a horse might also be considered for shorter distances.

PROTECTIVE CLOTHING

Shielding hoodie from Less EMF.

I wear protective clothing when going to people’s houses, being in cities and otherwise being around people (because basically everyone carries around a Smart Phone). I typically wear a base layer of wool long-underwear. Over that I wear one or (more often) two layers of silver threaded radiation shielding clothing. I prefer to have a layer of fabric between my protective silver clothing and my skin for two reasons: 1) to protect the metal threads from the corrosive effects of sweat and, 2) to keep the silver clothing away from direct contact with my skin. Silver is antimicrobial and the microbial community on our skin plays important roles in immune function. I also do not want metal in contact with my skin because of the potentially negative bioelectrical effects. That said, when the weather is hot, sometimes I will do without the base layer.

I have hoodies, leggings, and socks. I use an extra set of leggings to cover my face on bus or plane trips. I recline my seat and cover my face with the fabric. Then I take a nap for the duration of the trip.

When I first received my silver clothing I used my radio frequency meter to test the effectiveness of the clothing. I did this by placing the meter adjacent to a radiation source (WiFi router). Then I put the clothing between the meter and the radiation source. The measurements on the meter did indeed show a clear reduction in radiation when the silver clothing was placed between the meter and the radiation source. I wanted to make sure that it was the silver lined clothing that was reducing the radiation and not just fabric in general. So I placed other types of fabric (some much thicker than the metal clothing) between the radiation source and the meter. I did not notice much difference in the radiation level with these other fabrics. So this confirmed some level of efficacy for the protective clothing.

My other test involved putting the protective clothing on and standing near a radiation source. Using my hand I stuck the meter underneath the silver hoodie. Then I would peek down under my shirt to see the radiation reading. I would then pull out the meter and put it near the same location but on the outside of the clothing with full exposure to the radiation source. This test also showed consistent reductions in radiation with the protective clothing.

Then things became more nuanced.

I noticed that if I wore the clothing non-stop, 24 hours per day, for an extended period of time (about two weeks), I would experience fatigue and body aches. There has been some discussion that Faraday cages may interfere with natural and important bioelectrical flows.

Then I made myself sick. I was still using WiFi on my laptop at this time. I was fully covered in the protective metal clothing to reduce my radio frequency exposures until I could set up a landline and get rid of the WiFi. Importantly I was using a set of metallic silver shielding gloves. I was using my laptop computer while the power cord was plugged in. I developed chest pains, my poo turned to liquid (as if the biology in my gut was fried), and I felt fatigued. I saw a presentation by Dave Stetzer where he recommends that we only use laptops while not plugged in. He explains that when using a laptop while it is plugged it, the body is absorbing the electrons sent through the power cord. This is harmful. I called Dave and talked about my experience. I told him that I thought that the metal clothing increased the conductivity of the electrical field flowing into my body. He said my symptoms were classic electrical sickness symptoms. He thought my theory was plausible. He advised me against using the clothing.

I now unplug my power cord and use my laptop’s battery as the power supply when typing. I also quit using WiFi and have that function permanently turned off.

I struggled with whether or not to use the clothing. I wanted something to protect me from the ubiquitous radio frequencies. Clothing seemed like the best option due to the coverage and portability.

I started asking the different EMF shielding suppliers, engineers and other folks working in the field what they thought of the clothing. Opinions were split as to whether the clothing would be harmful or helpful. Some engineers think wrapping your body in a metal Faraday cage is a bad idea. Metal can act as an antenna or a shield. No one has been able to explain to me how to predict if it will act as a shield or an antenna.

The evidence that persuaded me to continue with the clothing was testimonies from some electrically sensitive people who said that it helped them. (Though there were also testimonies by electrically sensitive individuals that were negative – the clothing made them feel worse.)

Then I heard Dr. Klinghardt speak about his work and extensive clinical experience with the protective clothing. He said that his patients that use the clothing showed improvement and that the more covered these individuals were, the better the results.

I still had to reconcile my own experience of getting sick and the other people that experienced negative effects. I have developed a hypothesis and a practice based on this hypothesis. Thus far I have not become sick again and have used the clothing almost everyday for nearly a year.

I avoid electric wiring and electronics in general but especially when wearing the metal threaded clothing as I suspect that it is conductive of electrical fields. I think the ideal use for the clothing is to have it on when you are in an environment where radio waves are present but electrical fields are not. Unfortunately where there is electricity there also tends to be radio frequency radiation. So I tend to wear the clothing most of the time and generally keep my distance from wiring and electronics. I use a Faraday canopy at night so that I can take off the clothing. I also try to spend as much time as possible in relatively low radiation environments (i.e. out in nature) without the clothing. I think it is important to give the body a break from being wrapped in metal.

When riding the bus, I try to sit away from people. If the bus is full or people are evenly spaced, I try to sit in the front seat. This puts everyone and their cell phones behind me. With my protective hoodie and pants on, I have some shielding between me and other passengers except when they pass by in front of me. I also sometimes choose the back of the bus. The middle is probably the worst place to be as you are surrounded by radiation sources (if on a full bus). I also avoid sitting near the tires which can generate magnetic fields. I avoid the engine too, which can generate magnetic fields.

RF protective clothing should afford some protection from the ubiquitous microwaves at the airport and in the airplane. I am not sure how much protection (if any) the clothing offers from higher frequency radar waves. These are used by planes and airports. In planes I try to avoid a seat near the engine as the magnetic field can be quite bad there (based on personal tests). From an airplane crash survival point of view, the tail of the plane is structurally stronger. The chances of survival are statistically higher if you sit in the far back tail of the plane.

CANOPY SHIELD

After the protective clothing, a sleeping canopy is the second most important portable shielding to have. WiFi and Smart Phones are everywhere these days and when staying at a hotel or other location, the canopy allows you to create a protected sleeping space. Being able to create a sleep sanctuary and allowing the body to heal from the damage caused by radiation is important.

Small tent with canopy shield draped over it. Also keeps out mosquitoes.

Small tent with rain-fly covering the canopy shield.

Tent frame set up on mattress indoors with canopy draped over the top.

Canopy shield draped against a wall. On the other side of this wall was the only nearby source of radiation, a Smart Phone from my neighbor. This allowed me to shield my whole room by blocking that wall.

I have been very impressed by the the radio frequency radiation shielding of the canopy. It is more effective than the clothing.

For hostel bunk beds, take the bottom bed, place the canopy ring between the slats of the bed above and drape the canopy around you.

Sometimes when I have ended up in a city and stayed in a hostel that had particularly bad radiation levels I would wear both my clothing and use the canopy together through the night.

Camping is nearly always preferable to staying indoors from a radiation perspective.

Tips for canopy use:
Avoid skin contact with the canopy when sleeping as it could be conducting electrical currents from nearby electrical wiring or otherwise interacting with electromagnetic fields in the environment. Keep a sleeping bag or something else between your skin and the canopy. Keep the canopy away from electrical outlets, appliances, electronics and wiring in the wall. If you have an electrical field meter you can check to see if your canopy is conducting an electrical field.

Try to find a ground floor location to sleep. Make sure to have a radio frequency meter with you to test the radiation levels inside and outside the canopy. If a WiFi router was right underneath you, in a room below, the radiation would be reflected back to you by the canopy and actually increase the radiation exposure.

METAL DETECTORS

At airports you can find several types of body/bag scanners using different frequencies. All of them will have biological effects that are most likely harmful. The metal detectors use magnetic fields. Research on millimeter-waves indicate cause for concern. X-ray systems use ionic radiation which is known to be harmful. I avoid all of these. You can request a pat-down search and bypass the metal detectors. I have done this at several airports without any problems. If security asks why I do not want to walk through the machine I explain that the machine is bad for health.

I have a printed sheet with a description in English and Spanish about my protective metallic clothing. It explains what it is used for. I have the paper ready when going through security checks. I thought I might end up in a situation where my clothing would cause suspicion. My metallic clothing has not been noticed by security yet.

PASSPORT CHIP READERS

In my post TRAVEL HACK #3 – Resisting Electronic Passport Chips I explain how to avoid exposures from radio frequency ID (RFID) readers used for passports in airports.

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These are some of the tactics that I employ to reduce my radiation exposures while I travel. As you can imagine I prefer to just stay somewhere safe, rather than be subject to the exposures from travel.

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