What harm can electromagnetic fields do?

Yesterday, my acquaintance neighbor stopped by today to offer me his 17″ computer screen as he was getting a new computer.(When you’ve got your house feng shui’d like I do, opportunities are always knocking. πŸ™‚ ) I asked him how his wife was (she has terminal cancer) and he said, “sleeping.” He then added that he needed to get a new heating blanket for the bed because it has been so cold lately, and she doesn’t like getting into a cold bed. Well, at that point, I could not contain myself. I said, you do know that my job is to create healthy homes for people, right? (He’s an older gent with a Parkinson’s-like shake, so I didn’t want to presume he remembered.) So off I went. “Do you unplug it after you heat up the bed?” “No, but we do turn it off.”

I continued, “All I can say is that 100% of my clients who have issues of arthritis, rheumatoid issues and MS have electric or electromagnetic fields (meaning the invisible, “charged-up” field that is often created when electricity is being drawn) where they spend a lot of time – usually in their bed. And 100% of my clients who don’t – don’t.” I then invited him inside so I could go get my Gauss meter (that reads EMF) and my electrical field meter. I showed him that even though a lamp, heating blanket (or other electrical item) is of, it still has an electrical field around it because the electricity is still in the cord all the way up to the switch. And that is any part of your body is in the field, your body is conducting electricity. “Now, here’s how I explain what electrical current does to the body: Electricity causes our cells to vibrate, the vibration causes friction, friction causes heat, and heat causes dryness, and dryness causes stiffness – AKA arthritis.”

“Now, if your body is in these fields long term, it doesn’t do such a good job of repairing itself at night (that’s why we sleep), and when it “gets behind,” it tends to shows signs of dis-integration – AKA illness. So, if you spend a lot of time in a massage chair, touching a heating pad, blanket, or have ANYTHING plugged in touching your bed (those sleep number beds maybe???) then you’ve got the potential of sleeping in these fields. You also have a possibility of sleeping in these fields if there is something plugged in on the other side of your headboard wall. (There are actually other ways that I could go on and on with, but I think you get the idea.)

He then asked for my advice, and of course I told him I’d be glad to run over when she woke up to test the bed area. Hopefully, once she feels better after her chemo treatment, he’ll take me up on it.

So, what does this have to do with you? I’d like to hear from you. Do you have arthritis, MS or some other disease in this “family?” If so, do you know if you spend a lot of time in electromagnetic fields? Do you use a heating blanket, pad, massage chair, spa tub, have radiant floor heating, fluorescent lighting, or otherwise spend a lot of time around electricity and items with electrical motors (even hair blowdryers have big EMF fields!) If you do, I’d love to know how you’re holding up!


  • F. January 16, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Karen, I love that you wrote this! I’ve been trying to explain this to my family!!

    I don’t have any examples that you asked for – we unplug when not in use – in fact, most nights only the stove & fridge remain plugged. We have sleep number beds, but they remain unplugged (no vampire power, completely unplugged) unless needing to be re-puffed.

    Oh! Maybe we’re part of that 100% then, we have no arthritis etc..

    My question for you would be – what do you think of WiFi? Does that seem to follow the same principle?

    Thank you, as always.

  • Karen Carter January 17, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    Yes, you ARE a part of the 100%!
    And WiFi does follow in my unhealthy pile unfortunately. Among other things (like a cordless phone), WiFi emits micro waves…something that the body is not consider a helpful friend. πŸ™
    No microwave ovens, no cordless phones (mini cell towers in the home) and no WiFi…if there is no wire between the phone cradle and handset, and the WiFi hub and the computer, guess what? You are now IN the wire. If you want to be “wired” all the time, be my guest. All I’m saying is that your body and brain prefer to NOT be.

    • amy December 28, 2016 at 6:57 pm

      I have slept under a heating blanket twice( both were naps). Both times that I have woke up from my naps my ears have a high pitched ringing in them that last for several hours. Is this normal?

      • Karen January 3, 2017 at 12:39 pm

        I’d say normal for sleeping in E-fields and EMF’s! Some are more sensitive than others…

  • Heather March 23, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Dear Karen,
    I read this article with much interest as I have arthritis and a chronic pain condition with no specific cause.I am intersted in your thoughts on the use of TENS machines as I use this daily on my back for the pain so I can cut down on my use of painkillers.I have a bedside lamp next to my bed which is not unplugged at all also a stereo in my room and my mobile phone on the nightstand. I would be glad of your opinion as this article has given me food for thought.

    P.S love your book.

    in health and happiness

    • Karen March 25, 2011 at 10:15 am

      And every time I get a massage they have you lay on a heated table! Yea, I know, people just don’t think like this – whether it be in the name of comfort or as a therapy. Bottom line, everything does something…its a pluses and minuses game sometimes…but considering the potential downside of CONSISTENT exposure to e-fields, etc. you might find some alternatives to use, so you LIMIT your exposure….it’s all about balance, right?

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  • Simon Ewart-Grist May 1, 2012 at 4:46 am

    I have suffered from MS for 28 years since I sleapt on a waterbed always connected to the mains. Three years ago, I replaced it with a steel frame bed and steel headboard: My neurologist reported that demyelination has stopped. i AM THEREFORE A FIRM BELIEVER THAT MS IS A DIRECT RESULT OF ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS AT 50 OR 60hz AT NIGHT.
    I have developed a magnetic screen which is comfortably placed in the pillow at night and absoebs such fields converting them to electric currents that dissipate harmlessly within the medium itself. It works according to the laws of electromagnetic induction stated by Sir Michael Faraday. I am a CEng. MIEE with a firm grounding in transformer design.
    I can state too that a layer of the same material worn in a close fitting hat reduces tremor of the eyesight, something I have experienced for more than 25 years. The effect is immediate and lasts even after the hat is removed. This may give a clear indication that myelin may begin healing once electromagnetic fields are avoided. Readers may contact me to learn more. I call the electromagnetic screen. NO MRE MS IN A JIFFY. It is contained in a Jiffy bag which should remain unopened and simply placed on top of the pillow inside the pillowcase at night. Other immediate benefits include better sleep!

    • Fran May 18, 2017 at 5:14 pm

      Hi Simon, where can I get the electromagnetic screen? And the one for my pillow or the hat? I have Lyme disease and suffer a lot of cognitive impairment, depression, and aches and pains. I’m wondering if this might help me, particularly with my brain as I feel I am sensitive to EMFs. Thank you, FW

  • Moira November 9, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Hi Karen. I experienced the feeling of vibrations last night for the first time, or should i rather say my hubby felt it when he touched me, and as he touched closer to my ear I could actually hear the buzzing. We have never felt this before. Not know what was going on I told a friend at work and she asked if my electric blanket was on, and yes it was. It remains plugged in and I use it throughout winter and on cold summer nights.

    I suffer from extreme neck ache, almost permanantt headaches and nothing has helped, been to all sorts of doctors, and almost tried everything, and recently started with lower back ache – the heat from the electric blanke helps with the pain (so I thought). A year ago was addicted to codeine pain killers, and try to avoid taking paing killers as much as possible.

    I was inquisitive to know if what I was feeling was harmful to my body, and came across your website. I am now going to unplug my electric blanket, and take it right off tomorrow morning.

    Will heating pads warmed up in the microwave (as they are also life savers) have the same negative effect because of the microwaves ?

    My mother had severe athritis and also used her electric blanket alot.

    So bye bye hot blankie….

    • Karen November 9, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      Good job – you will see a difference – all my clients do. And you will not get irradiated from a heating pad heated in the microwave as long as you stay away from the thing when it is on (like at least 20 feet!) DO not eat food heated in the microwave though please – you can’t afford that at all until you get your body healed – if ever…they are really just bad news from a health perspective and there are so many safe alternatives!

    • stevensrd1 December 2, 2016 at 9:45 am

      That buzzing, is from something electric flowing through you, not a direct contact to AC mind you. We had electric blankets and if your covered in one, and someone standing beside the bed touches you ever so lightly they will feel that ever so slight soft buzzing feeling, easily felt around ear lobs or lips. Somehow the blankets charged the body with ac electric fields. Im not talking about faulty wiring in the blanket or exposed wires, just being covered in one with no direct will transfer the electric fields into the body. We used to play around with such as in the very dark, you can almost see the electricity when touching the person under the blanket, looked like a very dim blue sparkly light.

  • Simon Ewart-Grist November 21, 2012 at 4:17 am

    Hi Karen. I havenΒ΄t contacted you for sometime. Just to say that my regime with MS continues as before. I further benefit from having very fine mumetal wires across the lenses of my glasses. I have installed high frequency filters to the mains supply throughout the house and feel much better, as does my wife who has hitherto experienced regular chronic pain.

  • Gigia123 December 8, 2012 at 3:23 am

    I am in my early twenties and recently developed really bad rhumetoid arthritust throughout my body. My fingers always have this dull aching buzz when I use my cellphone or internet on my laptop. Looking back, I started to get arthritus symptoms shortly after the wirless boom; as crazy as that sounds. I also get sharp migrains whenever too many electorincs are around me and am super sensative to lasers and microwaves?!!?!!? The pain is really limiting; not to sound like a kill-joy; it’s just strange that there’s not more concearn from the medical feild on this.

    • Karen December 8, 2012 at 8:45 am

      You would think, right? The global mindset of “If it is sold, somebody must have checked it to make sure its safe” is a dangerous mindset to have I believe. πŸ™‚

  • Chrisi January 3, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Hi Karen

    I am glad to come across this topic. We have had the smart meter installed a year ago due to mandatory government requirements but I am constantly worried how it will affect our health. The meter box is is just behind the wall where our master bed is, that means we sleep with our heads facing the wall πŸ™ and given the set-up of the bedroom it is impossible to change the set-up. What else can we do to counteract the emr from the meter


    • Karen January 3, 2013 at 9:38 pm

      Contact a bau-biology practitioner to come check things out and take measurements…and if you are not up for that, check out some items as http://www.lessemf.com. Or better yet, sue the utility company! That ought to get their attention. πŸ™‚

  • Chrisi January 3, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Thanks Karen

  • Simon Ewart-Grist January 17, 2013 at 6:16 am

    Dear Karen, I’m sure by now you will have received my snailmail report about the cause and likely cure of MS. I read some of your contributors reports. Take care what you say about electromagnetic fields. With MS it is surely vibration of iron atoms which will only occur when electric current is flowing in the radiating source. Electrostatic fields have negligible affect in this instance. I sight hairdryers but only when actually heating! The type from Less EMF in U:S: is a good compromise since the heater is on the wall and not close to the head. The other alternative is to fit a bridge rectifier costing 4$ inside any standard hairdryer so that the electric current in the heater is D:C: and not A:C: and it becomes very safe indeed.
    Simon Ewart-Grist

  • jan October 9, 2013 at 7:29 am

    The cause and effect might be the other way. People with autoimmune conditions also have Raynaud’s syndrome and cannot dynamically respond to the cold. Thus, they buy heating blankets or massage chairs for their aching muscles!

    • Karen October 9, 2013 at 10:36 am

      Oh yes…chickens and eggs. πŸ™‚

  • millie February 24, 2014 at 7:49 am

    i have been diagnosed with frozen shoulder overnite……how does this effect me. I have been using a heating pad for the past two months…..

    • Karen February 24, 2014 at 3:59 pm

      Like I said, Electricity causes our cells to vibrate, the vibration causes friction, friction causes heat, and heat causes dryness, and dryness causes stiffness and that is a frozen shoulder. I have also seen knives in night stand drawers and weapons in the bedroom strike in ways like this as well in which I would say – get rid of them!!
      I have also heard that frozen shoulder can have a hormone component to it too. Hormone or not, I would still avoid electromagnetic fields as they can cause harm while the heat from the electrical source can help – so it is a wash at best???

      I personally would do whatever I could feng shui/healthy home-wise and QUICKLY find a health care practitioner that has a class C laser and work that shoulder out before it gets too used to being that way. Not sure where you are located, but here’s the guy that I use for such things! http://drhandy.com/

  • Diana August 1, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Hi Karen.
    I have just come across your blog after Googling “electromagnetic radiation from electric massage chairs” and have found it very informative. I thought I was fairly savvy on EMR but was “caught out” beautifully (?) when I indulged in 25 mins of electric massage in the waiting room of my new chiropractor. It is the kind that grabs and pins down your arms and legs and gives a gentle but progressive squeezing and kneading. All very beneficial – or so I thought- until the chiro takes my blood pressure before an adjustment: 210/108 !! So have you heard of B.P. rising alarmingly in the presence of EMR?

    • Karen August 1, 2014 at 2:41 pm

      I have not but now I am VERY INTRIGUED! Let’s put it out there…does anyone else have access to doing this experiment? πŸ™‚ Hopefully someone will step forward and maybe we can see a pattern. πŸ™‚

  • kris November 3, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    My story began 5 months ago when all of the sudden I found a GOLF BALL size lump on my leg right where it sits next to my computer tower. I got online and bought an EMF detector so I could read what this tower was emitting. It read HIGH in the danger zone. But it gets worse, my entire floor below my desk was very high also. I knew there was 8 SMART METERS on the other side of the wall of my apartment and they are wired through 5 feet across my bedroom, all the way to the breaker box. So I was getting these rays through my feet and also right up against my knee. Double whammy. I got the tumor removed a month ago and they told me its malignant Melanoma. So on Monday I am scheduled for a MRI and a PET scan. I knew not to live or work by cell towers but didnt even think my computer tower or wiring under the floor, could give me a death sentence, maybe, my fate is a mystery for now… I just want to warn people, dont use a laptop on your lap and get rid of WiFi and cordless items.
    I’m glad I found your writing to send my daughter, whos whole house reads HIGH on the EMF detector, I’m assuming from their WiFi. My grandchildren live in this house…

    • Karen March 13, 2015 at 11:25 am

      OH my….Thanks for verifying this…hopefully your story will hep others… And I have one friend who had the exact same diagnosis in the 70’s and is STILL living and cancer free so do not believe something that can work against you …minds and doctor words have an impact on our health. Good luck.

    • C June 27, 2015 at 9:58 pm

      I had stage 3 beast cancer in the first part of 2013. It was located right where I put my phone, while I worked out, streaming Pandora. What got me through the whole thing was my attitude. I was not willing to let anything take me away from my family and my kids. It was such a blessing to me. I slowed down and was able to see all that I have. This is a blessing and an opportunity for you to learn and grow. Recently I was also diagnosed with MS. I’m still mad about it, but somehow it’s a blessing also and I can be an example for those around me. I have changed my diet, but didn’t even think about electronics being a part of it. Thank you Karen and bloggers for all this information.


      • Karen July 1, 2015 at 7:50 am

        I personally have never had a client with Ms that did not have serious EMF issues in their house or where they spent tons of time…like a massage chair, or a heating blanket or pad, or just a poorly wired house…stay on it with your environment detecting and I think you’ll get through it. “You environment/house is a mirror of your life…”

  • jeff January 7, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    ive used electric blanket last few nights i have lots of hardware in leg and hip and in an hour both legs from knees down stiffen up this is pretty weird and ive tested it several times has to be the blanket

    • Karen March 13, 2015 at 11:17 am

      I would highly recommend NOT using that blanket!

  • eva February 18, 2015 at 1:10 am

    Hi Karen. Loved your article. Can you tell me if cell phone emfs can cause raynaud’s? I hold my cell phone for long periods of time each day and two years ago I developed raynaud’s. I have not yet been evaluated for autoimmune diseases Though. could emfs be related to the onset of raynaud’s?

  • Colin Brunt April 23, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Hi Karen. I have a very serious issue at the moment that i think involves me being in the middle of a high Elctro-magnetic Field. For 5 years now i have been having trouble with a group of people who live above me. It began with simple banging of heavy items onto the floor above my bed, Then the sound like gas escaping but amplified to high levels as to surround me, next came high pitch sound that hurt my ears and left them ringing for hours, but now its a feeling of tingling of the skin & building to extreme vibrations making me go bone cold, shake & generally feeling sick. Also a low humming sound is heard.
    I am 57 years old, disabled & live alone. I have been to Police & Local Council who listen, smirk and believe its imagined. I swear its not, I am at my Wits end & Fear that real harm is being done to me. Is it possible to send an electric field through the ceiling to target someone. Please help me find the answer & if i’m correct how to stop it. Yours Mr C Brunt

    • Karen April 24, 2015 at 10:53 am

      Heck, I’d think even them adding a wireless modem might make someone who has a weak constitution feel worse…intentional or not…add mirrors on high furniture face up to intend that you reflect their energy back upon them and not down on you…place their names in a metal box thanking them for keeping all their energy, noise, etc to themselves…and possibly even place your intentions of finding the perfect place for you to live i there as well if you feel that is something you’d might want to do…
      good luck.

  • G Johnson July 13, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Hi Karen, came across this site while searching for answers to increased joint pain. I have noticed in the past that a brief exposure to a tanning bed, heating pad and now extended use of I Pad makes my joints throb and ache. My Dr is running tests for RA or other causes but a light bulb went on after reading this site and possible connection. The throbbing pain is immediate if using a heating pad. Don’t use a tanning bed at all but did a few times a few years ago and joints ached the whole time using it and for a while after. How can I measure electromagnet field in my house and sleeping area? We have wifi and also our circuit box for electricity is outside the house directly at head of my bed. Can I check this and by what avenue? Thank you!

    • Karen July 13, 2015 at 1:19 pm

      A gauss meter is what you would check EMf’s with…and there are low and high frequencies (you might need an RF meter for the “dirty electricity” (AKA wireless frequencies) stuff) so you have to make sure that you have both covered…but I’d definitely get away from the circuit panel when you sleep as that will for sure mess with things. Hire a “bau-biology consultant” or a feng shui consultant who has an gauss meter to come over to your place to test if you don’t want to figure it all out for yourself!…or let me know where you live and I’ll see if one of my graduates lives near by!

  • jack August 30, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    Karen, I am interested in purchasing a massage chair (second hand). Just got back from trying it out. I have very bad circulation and venus insufficiency, frequently also have dry eyes, bad back, etc…I really liked the massage I got. This chair was over $5,000 new and has only been used very infrequently. I can buy it for $1,800. I’d like to buy it but after reading your blogs I am having big second thoughts. What is your advice? Jack

    p.s. I also have a non-malignant pituitary brain tumor.

    • Karen August 30, 2015 at 2:09 pm

      Hands down, unequivocally, no. Is that clear enough? πŸ™‚ I HIGHLY recommend testing your home (and wherever else you spend a lot of time) with a gauss meter – both high and low frequencies – RF on down…There’s no way you have those issues without chronic exposure to something…..I have never seen one of my brain tumor clients without it. Will it help to beg? I’m begging you…

  • jack August 30, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    Karen, You don’t need to beg. I respect your advice and will not get the massage chair. I also am throwing out my electric razor and will use a regular straight razor from now on. If I bought a battery operated razor would that be safe? Thanks so much for getting back to me on this. You have not only saved me a lot of money but also maybe my life! Jack

    • Karen August 30, 2015 at 6:49 pm

      Battery-powered items are direct current – not alternating, and thus an EMF-creating current. Although I wouldn’t usually be THAT picky (there are so many thing in the environment that I’d strip away that I’d consider a bigger problem first,) with you, I’d say, in general, the more un-techy you can get, the better. You might want to check out some items on the website http://www.lessemf.com that may protect you if you find outside sources of EMF that you cannot control by “avoidance.” Things like a cell tower outside your window for example is something that you can’t throw away. OK? Your cordless telephone inside your house is something that you CAN throw away (it is like a mini cell tower, no?) Harmful stuff is everywhere, some constitutions can handle it, some can for a while, and some can’t. I believe, since cells die off and new ones are made all the time, that if you can give your body enough of a break from the exposure to contamination long enough, then you can turn the tide on healing. I wish you well. πŸ™‚

  • jack August 30, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    Karen, I moved to Florida a year ago from Las Vegas. I was diagnosed with the brain tumor in Las Vegas. I am in a much better environment now, and I rarely use my cell phone. I do use a ninja blender and unfortunately this model requires me to hold on to the unit while I do the blending, but I will certainly take your advice and look for ways to cut down on EMFs. Thanks again. Jack

    • Karen August 30, 2015 at 7:17 pm

      Sometimes, when you want big changes, you have to make big changes…sounds like you did! πŸ™‚

  • Amarie Smith October 8, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    …been diagnosed with severe osteoporosis. Could that be result of what you’re talking about? I’ve used heating blankets, heating pads, etc. for years; on or off but not unplugged. Have a cordless phone by my bed, and a lot of times, the phone is in the bed with me. Use a laptop computer when I’m in bed. Have a big T.V. in the bedroom. What do you think?

    • Karen October 8, 2015 at 3:35 pm

      oh my….I’d definitely consider it. πŸ™‚

  • Just November 11, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    I found you post when googling my ‘problem’. I’m staying in this house for couple nights a week for work. And few nights ago I noticed that my pillow starts sparkling when i move it. It sounds crazy I know, but it’s true. It has synthetic fibers inside so I think they somehow attract or generate electricity’ like gets static charge or something from somewhere. I’m can’t fall asleep half night and even then sleeping really bad every time I’m staying here as well. Just was thinking if you have ever heard anything like that.

    • Karen November 11, 2015 at 6:20 pm

      It seems you have an ion situation for sure! You might want to check the humidity levels (should be like in the range of 30 to 45% maybe) as well as change pillows to one that has down feathers versus a synthetic material…and also wear cotton pajamas and cotton sheets with no poly ANYTHING in them. πŸ™‚

  • Chris January 18, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    Hello. I’ve enjoyed reading your information on EMFs…it is very informative. I am thinking I made a big mistake a few years ago….I bought a brass bed. It is non-magnetic, but I believe it can be a conductor of electricity..is that correct? I actually find myself making excuses to sleep on the couch…my bedroom is rather disturbing for me from some unknown reason…I always thought it was the furniture arrangement, but perhaps it is something else.

    • Karen January 18, 2016 at 10:04 pm

      If you hire a bau-biology consultant or a feng shui consultant that I’ve trained, you will have your answer. πŸ™‚ OR perhaps buy a gauss and an e-field meter yourself and see what the actual readings are…Good luck!

  • Gemma Goode February 11, 2016 at 9:06 am

    Hi Karen, Just come across your site by chance. My husband brought me a heated throw three years ago as I feel the cold. In the winter I use it every day, today when my husband held my hand why I was relaxing with the heated throw on, he said ” your hand feels really rough” my comment was no my hands are really soft. He then felt his own hand which was smooth, felt my hand again then my face and it was rough. He turned the heated throw off and touched my hand and face after that, and the rough sensation was gone, my skin was smooth to the touch again. We turned the electric throw on again, and experienced the rough sensation on my skin again, with that we realized it was the overthrow that was causing the problem. In the last three years I have been suffering with aches and pains, also developed dry patches on the trunk of my body. Gemma

    • Karen February 11, 2016 at 9:10 am

      I hope everyone reads this story! Thanks for sharing it Gemma. Just because a product exists doesn’t mean it is safe! Toss that thing and snuggle up with your husband if you’re cold – now THAT’s the healthy way to go! πŸ™‚ Be sure that wires and cords and other things aren’t plugged in around your bed as well…if you can test the area with a gauss meter, even better.

  • Cindy April 19, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Our property is surrounded by long distance power poles and now my husband has had tinnitus for over a year. It is driving him crazy. Is there anything that can be done about that other than moving?

  • William May 2, 2016 at 12:42 am

    I slept on a waterbed for 20 years, and the heater was directly beneath me. I began having issues with having to rub my feet together nonstop because when I stopped I would get a huge jolt from my feet out the top of my head and convulsions. I could actually see a fuzzy ball of white light around my feet in my minds eye. It became exhausting and would stop after two or three times. I was put on Klonopin for restless leg syndrome and it worked until a couple years ago when I started getting electrical feelings in my torso. I remembered something I had heard about electric blankets so I started unplugging the heater at night. It didn’t take long for the symptoms to stop. The nights I forgot to unplug the heater I would wake up with the electrical sensations look over and see it plugged in I would unplug it and get better. I got rid of the water bed but bought a sleep number bed because I have many old injuries that require an adjustable matresses. The plug goes to the pump and air hoses go to the bed, but I am starting to get some minor electrical feelings again plus insomnia. I really like the comfort of the bed but you mention it as a possible source of emfs.

    • Karen May 2, 2016 at 3:43 pm

      Its a good thing to finally connect your environment to what’s going on in your life – that is the first step to correcting it…

  • William May 2, 2016 at 12:49 am

    Katrn, which meter should I get to test my home and workplace. I am surrounded ne computer sceend and computer at work and at home where I work weekends. I sent you the waterbed story and I feel I am very susceptible to emfs. I even had to stop sleeping with my fitbit watch at night that I was using to monitor my sleep which is terrible.

  • William May 2, 2016 at 12:55 am

    I just realized my cpap machine is plugged into the wall and sits on my bed too. Is this also a potential issue? Thank you for you site it is really opening my eyes to how much emfs I am constantly around and I seem to be very sensitive to them.

    • Karen May 2, 2016 at 3:41 pm

      I’ve tested OK ones and high-emitting ones…you might be wise to find a practitoner to test for you if you do not have access to a gauss meter…

  • Shawn May 2, 2016 at 7:32 am

    I’m interested to get my home tested. I believe I have a lot going on here. How would I go about getting someone here to test my home?

    • Karen May 2, 2016 at 3:40 pm

      Where’s home? I’ll put the word out with the graduates of my program if it is not near me. Feel free to send me a note at info@karenrauchcarter.com πŸ™‚

  • Helena May 2, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Last night I had the oddest experience and it caused me to do some searching and I landed here. My toddler woke up in the middle of the night, and after checking on him I climbed back into my bed and glanced at the clock. I snuggled back under the covers and then, as quickly as someone flicking on a switch, I felt this tingling/electro sensation. It was so intense that I felt like I could HEAR it. My arms tingled and the closest comparison I have is the feeling of downing a cup of black coffee on an empty stomach and feeling that buzz hit – but even that isn’t accurate. This was much more electro than a jittery caffeine buzz, but I had these peculiar sensations pulsating through me. I have never experienced anything like this. The oddest part of all this, and how it relates specifically to your post, is that when the vibrations seemed to fade I had a terrible aching in my arms and legs. (I was diagnosed with Lyme’s disease as a child and still today, in my 30s, my joints periodically ache). But the timing was uncanny because as soon as this electro buzz/sensation/vibrations faded, the aching set in. My husband was away on travel otherwise I would have nudged him out of his snoozing slumber to get his EMF detector (it also would have been interesting to see if he sensed it … I know that it wasn’t a dream or sleepy hallucination). Thanks for your information! My search continues πŸ™‚

  • Sue June 12, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    Karen – your site is really fascinating and helpful! I am considering getting a power recliner but wonder if it would emit bad EM waves and hence be bad for my health? I am pretty sensitive in general, for example to EM waves and blue light, etc. Please let me know your thoughts and look forward to hearing from you!

    • Karen June 12, 2016 at 9:13 pm

      If its plugged in it will have electrical fields…and when you use it it will have EMF.

      • Sue June 12, 2016 at 10:34 pm

        Thanks Karen. Would the electrical fields and EMF stop if it is unplugged? For example, if I adjust the desired position and then unplug it, would it be safe then?

  • Brian August 22, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Hi Karen,
    New fan of your column Just bought a far infrared heating pad with jade stones From everything I’ve read it’s supposed to be a better alternative than the regular heating pads. Any advice regarding theses IFR pass with jade stones? I get worse spasms but has only been 1 week since I’ve used it

    • Karen January 3, 2017 at 12:43 pm

      If it plugs in – get it tested and pay attention to the results in YOUR BODY and not marketing words… πŸ˜‰

  • Sharon Dupuis September 1, 2016 at 4:55 am

    I too live very close to power lines We moved here4 years ago and just a few month ago I started having vibrating sensations i n my body Later I developed numbness and tingling in my legs After numerous tests I am booked with a heamotologist/ neurologist as my blood work shows problems and they are thing about possible myeloma or some other neurological disease

    • Karen January 3, 2017 at 12:42 pm

      All I can say is never discount your environment with health issues.

  • anne October 30, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    how do electrical fields impact heart pacemakers? would a water bed, plugged in heater, led light clock, and led lamp light create unhealthy electrical fields? My husband got a pacemaker3 months ago, and the electrical charges are not functioning correctly. Any connecton? thanks,

    • Karen January 3, 2017 at 12:42 pm

      OMG…I’d highly recommend getting him away from all things electrical like that…ESPECIALLY FROM SLEEPING IN A HEATED WATERBED πŸ™‚

  • cynthia December 4, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    Hello Karen,
    I have a friend who lives in Clifton Park NY and is experiencing symtoms from EMF in the house. Do you know of anyone in the area who can test the house? thank you, Cynthia

  • Bonnie johnson December 19, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    Hi keren.i read bunch of comment about electric blankets.my husband sleeps under one because he complain about being cold.he also has a shunt in his head which recently malfunction and that happens when u r expose to big magnetic field.im trying to explore more about other idems we might have that creates this magnetic field.

  • Cindy February 20, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    I use a heated mattress pad in the winter – I have been diagnosed with RA and Sjogrens and I also have very bad ringing in my ears. I have these flushes that go through my body when I sit down. I have a lot of gadgetry in my current house (thanks to son-in-law). These flushes seem to go away when warmer weather hits and I don’t use the mattress pad. I will be investigating some of these websites to determine what I can do to change my environment. But at this point, do you think my symptoms might be caused by these currents? My legs seem to be stiff and heavy feeling .

    • Karen February 21, 2017 at 3:31 am

      YES. Try to stop using it in the wintertime to prove it. πŸ™‚

  • Renee Brent March 3, 2017 at 7:04 am

    Thanks for your article, Karen. I developed RA a few years ago, but just got an electric blanket in December, didn’t get around to unpackaging it until three weeks ago…..used it every night since. Thankfully, it hasn’t been very long. My husband has been sharing it with me and suddenly has a really messed up hip…..weird….he rarely has joint issues. Bye bye blanket.

    • Karen March 3, 2017 at 7:43 am

      Oh, don’t get me started….If people only knew the “just because you can buy it, doesn’t mean its safe” rule, they’d all be much healthier! When I see babies chewing on soft plastics I cringe as well as pregnant moms with tablets sitting on their stomachs or men with cell phones in their hip pockets or ladies with their phones in their bras….aaaaarrrrrggggghhhhh! And don’t get me started on those up and down motorized beds or things in the house that are going go tell you how well you slept when they are part of the reason why you aren’t! well, I guess you got me started… πŸ™‚

  • Michelle March 15, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Hi Karen.
    I stumbled across your article after asking myself a question before I went to sleep in my waterbed “what is causing my infertility”. I awoke to the message it was my bed. I’ve been aware of the damage EMFs do for a few years now and have reduced or eliminated what I can. But the bed for some reason I didn’t even consider until now. I’ve been sleeping in it for a little over 20 years. I have no other health issues except infertility. What do you think? I’m going to unplug it every night and see if anything changes for me.
    Thank you so much for writing this!!

    • Karen March 15, 2017 at 7:06 pm

      It is always something hi tech when it comes to infertility in my line of work…get the wi fi modem away form you or turned off at night…get that cell phone and iPad off of your body, make sure there are no cell tower pads pointing at you or too nearby (good luck that that one) and get the house tested for EMF’s where you spend a lot of time…these and a few other things (like a woman’s feeling that they do not DESERVE to get pregnant I’ve found in the past as well) are what keeps babies from showing up…I’ve got lots of baby announcements from ym line of work so I am pretty confident when I say these things. πŸ™‚ Good luck!

  • Liz Harris March 21, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    When I reached age 58 I started to have arthritis pain in my feet. The flare-ups were excruciating, and they would often cripple me for weeks. One day I realized that the pain flare-ups mainly occurred when an electric fan was 24 inches from my feet, which were elevated and resting on a chair all day. All electrical devices generate EM fields. Electrical motors like those of a fan emit particularly strong EM fields. So I moved the fan ten feet away from me, and rotated it so the axial plane of the EM field did not hit my body. This reduced most of the arthritis pain flare-ups.

    A microwave oven works by creating an EM field which causes water molecules to vibrate in food and liquids. Microwave ovens cannot heat anything (e.g. a paper plate) that has no water molecules. Likewise our body’s molecules vibrate when they are chronically exposed to powerful EM fields. Sometimes we feel the effects, and sometimes not, depending on myriad factors.

    If you insert audio earphones into your ears, and you hold your head besides a microwave oven that is in use, you will hear the hum of the EM field. It’s eerie.

    Anyway if you have arthritis issues, you must minimize your exposure to any kind of EM field. Keep electrical devices as far away from you as you can. This will not cure your arthritis, but it may well reduce the worst symptoms for you. Try it.

    • Karen March 21, 2017 at 7:57 pm

      yep – that’s about right!

  • Betty April 24, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    Hi Karen, I find these posts and your comments and advice VERY interesting. I’ve had MANY different tests (ex.: EEG,EKG, MRI, etc.) to try to determine why I am experiencing internal tremors accompanied by a rocking sensation–all in my torso and head! It started 5 months after purchasing a sleep number bed and one month after getting a 5th TV with the 5th router (whatever the box is called) and of course all of the equipment link to the WIFI and tower that are in our office behind our master suite! This has been going on for one year, this month (April 2017.) I kept thinking that it must be all of the electronic devices that we have in our home; however, my husband is not experiencing any of the symptoms that I have, except occasional back pains. There are 3 wireless phones, a cellphone on the night table near our bed, etc. I just stopped with the CPAP machine, which caused chest pains for me. The only relief I get is to take a sleep aid some nights. Two of my health care providers wanted to put me on medication that is used for seizures and one for Parkinson’s (WHAT??) I refused…b/c I have not been diagnosed with such! So thank you, again for your suggestions; I will definitely follow through with EMF detector, etc. Betty

    • Karen April 25, 2017 at 4:59 am

      Here’s my take on it: Wake up Doctors! Go back to making house calls or at least SUGGEST getting someone else like a feng shui or baubiology consultant to do it for you – ENVIRONMENT MATTERS! πŸ™‚
      Thanks for paying attention. People, depending on their constitution will show different symptoms at different times, etc. If I were you I’d experiment with a full shut down of all things wireless and even electrical and see what happens. πŸ™‚ You must be your own health advocate. Good luck!

  • Jerry May 13, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    I have a well made, heavy steel storm shelter in my garage. It has electricity in it & a tv. I have spent a good deal of time in it & have had a rash on my legs which resembles cellulitis. The shelter is not grounded. Could I be nuking my body? I ask this because since I started staying out, my leg is better. I have been taking doxycycline under the care of a physician, but it didn’t help until I decided I might be causing the problem by spending to much time in it.

    • Karen May 13, 2017 at 6:49 pm

      Until you test you’ll never know!

  • Chicago Ray 50 June 4, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    interesting, as I’m 50, I’ve worked with computers at home since 1995… in 1998 my left side became crippled with MS they call it, I don’t…..and I’ve always wondered if having my left leg under my desks for the last 25 years have effected my health in any wAys, particularly the MS cripplednes

    We’ve had these towers in our midst for again the last 30 years, think about it.. at work, at home, a computer tower with electromagnetic and now WIFI signals barraging your body all day long..

    What makes this more interesting and brought me to your article is my search as to why i have these random, miserable, near deadly to me heart events….lately… I’ve been to er’s 4 times in 6 months with these things I’ve documented meticulously and every dr just dismisses it all as stress.. I’m so sick of it all..

    I’m coming to believe my 1000 square foot townhome has 4 55″ televisions, 5 computers, laptops, cell phones, wifi, modems here, modems there, I’m disabled so I’m forced to spend 90% of my time in this what I believe now to be a health time bomb…. just wondering how others think about this theory..that it’s kind of like the “WIFI SICKNESS” theory on steroids, but, they can’t give me any other sane explanations, for the 100s of thousands I’ve spent over 25 years with MS…

    Nothing they give you ‘helps you’..its all $6000 a month placebo i s how I feel about all MS therapies.. They’re designed to bankrupt you before you die..as far as I’m concerned.

    Thanks for reading if you did, any thoughts on my hypotheses would be appreciated. Good luck to you all in your search for better health.

    • Karen June 4, 2017 at 12:31 pm

      I’m telling you…you are my classic over exposed client…same stuff, same outcome…

  • Scott October 28, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    Chicago Ray 50, wow I’m very sorry to hear how sick you are. I am also sick. 16yrs and missed out on my 30’s and 40’s. missed out on having a family. missed out on having kids! a significant other can’t handle it! unless its a miracle or you have been together long enough and are old enough for it to make sense that you are unhealthy because of age and a natural death unlike how all of us feel on here. my family has zero money so i get NO support from them AND because its not a broken bone. its an internal disease like yours. you can’t see it or fix it, so they think all of this stuff we are writing about is complete bullshit.

    I have been around computers building towers from scratch and working with wifi networks since i started working with microsoft in 1997sitting for 40hrs a week in a room full of hundreds of computer towers(which most on here won’t know what that means lol), and then 20-30hrs a week at my home based computer business setting up wifi networks for small businesses.

    Like you, my life is over. I’ve been dealing with disease for 16yrs at a very high degree. they have diagnosed me with so many things its in sane. Here is whats different than what most are talking about on here. I have chronic pathogenic disease issues. basically, i have a chronic bacterial and a parasitic infection in L-form chain Biofilm. ask your DR about it and they will laugh or dismiss what you asked because biofilm is very new to the medical world and there is no cure to break it down. Yes, Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Brown etc and a lot more in Europe are working on ways to break it down. Otherwise, whatever pathogen is growing and hurting your body that is inside biofilm can NEVER OR RARELY be killed. That is because your own innate immune system and antibiotics can NOT even see or sense through it or penetrate it. It is being hushed by groups because it is a major scare.

    i bring it up only thinking about everyone on here that is dealing with bad health. EMF is a destroyer of our innate immune system and brain function……your immune system starts in the brain NOT gut like what is rumored. no matter what happens in your gut, its your brain that controls it.

    I feel for you and everyone on here, and if your life is ruined like mine because of EMF and disease then i would do a lot of research on EMF like Karen talks about( which can’t be stopped from entering your body unless you are basically in a special room with no leaks that can block emf.

    l am so glad i found Karens blog and can’t wait to hear more about EMF and how it is effecting all of us.

    • Karen October 31, 2017 at 1:55 pm

      I might suggest quantum biofeedback? Perhaps let’s look at this from another perspective and get all quantum with it. πŸ˜‰ I’ve used this company with great success on things that docs scratch their heads on! https://www.fireflywithin.com/

  • Shari December 30, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    I have a device called an “electromagnetic radiation detector, DT- 1130.” it shows me a number when I hold it near an item that is plugged in and turned on such as a lamp, fan, or heater. Recently I bought battery operated massage machine for my back and a battery operated vibrator for my legs and feet. Using these machines has eliminated the foot and calf cramps that I had every night for many years even though I drank plenty of mineral water and took daily walks as advised by my doc. When I hold the detector next to these battery operated machines it does not register a number. Does this mean they are safe to use? Arthritis in my finger joints seems worse but that could be due to wet weather. Thanks very much.

    • Karen January 2, 2018 at 4:00 pm

      Yes, that is DC or direct current. not AC which is Alternating current that has EMF possibilities… πŸ™‚

  • Cyn Doyle February 13, 2018 at 8:54 am

    I am a little confused…are battery operated wheelchairs, scooters ,massage devices, fans , heaters ,etc. good or bad?….I realized a few years ago that I have a problem with electromagnetic fields when I lived in a house with a transformer 20 ft. from the front of my house and underground wiring. every house on my side of the street had at least one person with weird and serious health problems. One woman developed a hole in her pancreas and spent 6 months in hospital…I developed MS …one woman had ”marie toothe ”syndrome…two had cancer …both children of the first lady I mentioned had cancer as teenagers.
    My MS symptoms got extremely worse when we bought a heated waterbed.
    Ican also relate to the electric blanket story….we had a dual control one , and even though my side was turned off …I felt electric -like ”shocks” throughout my body….we returned the blanket immediately.
    Thank you for the info