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. :) ) 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. :(
    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.

  • 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!

  • 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!

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

    Hi Karen. I haven´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. :)

  • 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 :-( 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. :)

  • 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. :)

  • 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? :) Hopefully someone will step forward and maybe we can see a pattern. :)

  • 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.

  • 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?

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