William Rea, MD, Founder & Director of the Environmental Health Center, past President of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine
"Sensitivity to electromagnetic radiation is the emerging health problem of the 21st century. It is imperative health practitioners, governments, schools and parents learn more about it. The human health stakes are significant."
For 40 years Yaqin and I have enjoyed living, working and raising our two children here in Lane County. And now we feel lucky enough to have our grandchildren growing up near us in Eugene.
Our interest in the EMF issue was quite gradual. For instance, we chose not to use a microwave oven many years ago, mostly because we had some concerns about overall safety issues. We simply believed this was a reasonable precaution, giving it no further thought, at the time. However, we did bring a computer into the home, assuming it would enrich our children’s lives. Yaqin, too, became fascinated with the possibilities, learning computer programming. We did want to “keep up” with the new emerging information technology. And the games were fun!
After our youngest had graduated from high school, Yaqin and I realized our dream of moving to a quiet rural environment in the nearby coastal range. Cell phone reception and even radio reception were both non-existent or spotty without a satellite dish during those years. All the electricity coming into our home was buried, due to the heavily forested area where we lived. We cooked on propane and heated with wood. So for 10 years we lived, unbeknownst to us, in an environment that was close to pristine, from an EMF perspective. We had boundless energy and worked hard physically to maintain our property.
When economic factors necessitated a move back into town, we embraced all the new technology we’d been missing out on. We both got cell phones that we carried everywhere. Our corded landline became a seemingly more convenient cordless phone. We switched to a wireless service for our computer, touch pad and smart phone connections. And all our neighbors were getting on the same bandwagon. New wireless devices were sprouting up everywhere. And, despite our organic diet, including top quality supplements and a seemingly healthful lifestyle, our health was taking a noticeable, even extreme, nosedive in a very short period of time. Yaqin developed RLS (restless leg syndrome) along with severe, almost disabling, insomnia. I have always been a very physically active person, yet was diagnosed with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (an electrical malfunction in the heart’s rhythm), and like Yaqin also suffered from severe insomnia. What was going on here?
With what faculties that remained we tried to understand what had happened to us, and why, so that our greatly diminished quality of life could be restored, or at least improved. We have always believed that the most effective route to healing is best achieved by addressing the actual source of the problem, not just the symptoms. We began what was to become many hours of research, and eventually came up with a focus on the possibility that RF (microwave) and electromagnetic radiation could be factors in our disabling health problems. Since we are electrical beings, why wouldn't our body’s systems be affected and influenced by the increasing bombardment of these heretofore unknown frequencies?
Our research was quite an eye opener. We purchased out first simple EMF multi-meter and found that our older home had wiring issues that were exposing us to very high levels of magnetic and electric radiation. This was significant because the previous owner of our home had also become disabled, in her case due to chronic fatigue syndrome. However we now had uncovered the knowledge we needed to start addressing these wiring faults, reducing the levels of EMF radiation we were constantly being exposed to. We found relatively simple, and mostly inexpensive solutions, and found we were sleeping better. We could tell we were on to something that was actually working. We continued to learn more, purchasing more sophisticated meters and devices to analyze many different levels of frequencies, in order to uncover other issues that might be affecting us. We found “hot spots” in our front yard and back yard, and re-located lounging areas. We discovered that there were outside influences coming into our home from cell towers and even neighbor’s WiFi devices, and used our new-found mitigation strategies to reclaim much safer levels of RF in our home. We tested the electrical devices we commonly used, and were shocked at some of the levels measured. Surprisingly, the RF generated from within our home was a more serious issue than what was coming in from outside.
We exchanged certain devices for other safer ones, changed the way we used some we felt were necessary, employed appropriate shielding as needed, and got rid of other devices or appliances. Using these multiple strategies, we found our health issues and sleeping problems continuing to improve. Neighbors and friends became interested, and we offered our growing expertise to them, too. Yaqin, by this time, had spent thousands of hours researching, including multiple phone consults with experts in the field, learning the intricacies of testing with varied meters, accurately analyzing the results, and finding effective mitigation solutions for all different kinds of situations. We became convinced that we had something valuable to offer to the community, and launched our service-based business, EMF Solutions for Safer Environments.
There is no doubt in my mind that we are all being essentially experimented on, without our informed consent, and to our detriment, by constant exposure to frequencies humans have never before experienced.