The good thing about the modern technology is that it has allowed us to go wireless and avoid the hassle of cables. Yes, and right now, we can remotely turn the TVs on, start a coffee machine, and monitor babies using wireless technology. At the same time, we are exposed to unprecedented levels of electromagnetic radiation from wireless signals 24/7. So, ladies and gentlemen, have you wondered “is WiFi Safe?” at these levels?
The Million-Dollar question – Is WiFi Safe?
Ladies and gentlemen, you should hang on tight, because this may get controversial. Well, there seem to be two rather extreme opinions when it comes to WiFi. And, the first side says that it is completely safe and likes the idea of “smart” houses with everything run off Wifi. While, the other side is ready to build a Faraday Cage around themselves at all time. But, ladies and gentlemen, the actual truth is likely somewhere in the middle.
Understand the Effects of WiFi
And, don’t get us wrong – WiFi does not immediately cause diagnosable illness. For this reason, many of us choose to ignore that it can have any effect at all. But, ladies and gentlemen, you should know that it can interfere with our bodily functions which may eventually progress into diseases like cancer and neurodegenerative diseases after long-term exposure. Because these are complex diseases that develop over decades, it’s hard to conclusively show that the increase in wireless signal exposures directly causes the diseases. International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) considers wireless radiation as a class 2B possible carcinogen due to limited evidence. These small number of studies are leaning towards showing that electromagnetic radiations, including WiFi, are not safe. In the Lancet article outlining their considerations, that IARC states that epidemiological studies that follow humans who use WiFi and cell phones for a few years are not conclusive. However, rodent studies that follow the animals throughout their lifetime find that wireless radiation does cause cancer or worsen cancer prognosis. The same animal studies also observed other changes in the brain and blood-brain barrier in animals that are exposed to the radiation.
And, you should also know that the limited evidence in humans may be why regulators are claiming that this type of radiation is safe. But, some anecdotal evidence, such as how Canadian families in Ontario are noticing headaches and brain fogs in their children, suggest that WiFi may not be healthy, so it is probably better to err on the side of caution. And, ladies and gentlemen, you should be very careful – because it is even more important to protect children and developing fetuses from radiation as their small and growing bodies are more vulnerable to radiation than adults. Many products on the market aim to help protect babies in utero from WiFi radiation (like this belly armor blanket and even this belly-shielding band for pregnant moms).
5 Ways to Reduce WiFi Exposure
Ladies and gentlemen, as we mentioned before, it is extremely important to reduce the use of WiFi (as much as possible), especially until we know more about the long-term effects of WiFi. The pro-WiFi crowd may scoff at the idea that anything could be potentially harmful about it, but we once thought smoking was perfectly fine too! While it may not be possible to get the entire family on board, there are many options to reduce exposure while keeping everyone happy, including:
- Turn off WiFi Before Going to Bed (Good)
We’re all sleeping at night, right? Well, at least most of us. So, the experts warn that the WiFi signal may interfere with the brain during sleep, so it is a good idea to turn it off before going to bed. This allows the body to rest more deeply. By turning it off at night, you are effectively cutting down the exposure by 33%. (Aside from the WiFi reduction, many security experts also recommend turning off your internet when not using it). Also, because many people browse the internet mindlessly at night, some may also find that having a WiFi curfew improves their marriage because they become more present with their spouse. And, the good thing is that many router models will have features that make it possible to automatically shut off WiFi connection and turn it back on at the same time every day, which will be useful for this purpose.
- Turn On WiFi Router Only When in Use (Better)
Yes, you should turn on the WiFi router when you use it! If you and your family members are up for giving up WiFi for the most part, but still insist on connecting some devices from time to time, then having the option to switch on the router when in use is a better option as this reduces WiFi exposure only to a few hours a day.
- Give Up Wireless and Hardwire All Your Connections (Best)
Yes, you should give up WiFi altogether. The experts say that this is the healthiest option. It may sound daunting, but it is possible and may mitigate several health issues down the line. In addition, you will enjoy more consistent and faster internet when directly hardwired in. It is certainly more work and not doable for everyone, but something we are (slowly) attempting.
You’ll need to pick up some affordable tools, including:
- Ethernet hub – if the one you have doesn’t have enough ports for every device and everyone to use. They can be plugged into an existing hub that you already have in order to expand the number of ports.
- Long Ethernet cables – these cables will allow everyone to connect from anywhere in your home.
- Ethernet adaptors – these adaptors will make it possible to connect devices that don’t have Ethernet ports, including tablets, smartphones, and some computers.
- It is also a good idea to use wired peripherals like keyboards, mice, and headphones instead of wireless ones to reduce exposures to electromagnetic radiation.