It’s now been 6 months since my body became highly sensitive to technology.
I want to share with you what I’ve learned so you don’t end up with the same thing or can heal from it if it happens to you too.
After 6 months, here’s what I’d answer – yes, technology is toxic to the body.
This includes cell phones, tablets, and computers, with smart meters being the most toxic.
After 1 hour on the computer I feel:
- Brain fog
- Unable to focus
- Increased heart rate
- Nervous system aggravated (like my finger is in a light socket)
- Pulsing heart rate in my head
If I spend more time than that or two days in a row on the computer, in addition to more intensity of the above symptoms, I have electric pain shooting into my teeth, tingling lips, and just want to sleep, feeling really “yucky.”
It will take my body 2 to 3 days to recover from 1 hour on the computer.
My cell phone? – much worse. I have symptoms within 1 minute on my iphone (looking at the screen).
What is causing it? The electromagnetic field (EMF) that the devices give off.
For the first two weeks, I was scared about being able to work and how it would impact my life with technology being everywhere (much less designing a new website and writing a new ebook).
When I first started to have the symptoms – which were severe at the time and came on suddenly, I couldn’t look online to see what to do.
I knew it was related to the computer and smart phone, but didn’t know why and what to do about it.
I had many people help me out, reading me articles over the phone and researching for me (thank you!).
As I adjusted to this new reality, my mom and I spent hours on the phone while she unsubscribed me from every email list I was on (because I couldn’t read them anymore).
After buying little “beads” to put on my technology to guard from EMF’s, I realized they weren’t doing anything – what I needed was to distance my self from the devices and spend far less time on them – pacing myself throughout the week.
Here’s what I do now:
I work for generally one hour a day 3 days a week, with a day off in between and weekends to recover.
I have a screen magnifier and external keyboard so I can sit 5 feet away from my computer, along with a word processor that I can type on and transfer what I write to my computer later (it has less EMF’s than the computer).
I also have a 50 foot Ethernet chord, so when possible I can be connected through the chord instead of through the wifi signal. This is important because the computer sends a signal every 5 seconds to locate the wifi, which goes through the body. With the chord, I can turn off the transmitting signal while still getting internet.
I rarely use my iphone. I power it on to take a photo and turn it off again. Or power it on to work with a client and power off again once we’re done.
I have an EMF free bluetooth headset I use so when I am on the phone, I can set my phone 30 feet away from me and be safe from the radiation.
I’m definitely returning to a landline once I’m grounded in one place again.
Facebook has become an obvious NO. I post once a week as I travel, with no reading of posts except the first one that pops up and is above the fold. Every minute on technology is another 5 minutes of recovery time (or so I estimate).
I have noticed I don’t have symptoms from sitting next to people on buses or planes with technology on (thank goodness!), but do have occasionally random symptoms when I’m near them.
I also don’t seem affected by a router, but some people are.
I’ve managed to carry all of what I need for work during the last 3 months of travel in my little carry bag and backpack (there’s a yoga matt in there too)!
With, what I call a “first world disability,” I’ve managed to write a new ebook and develop a new website.
It took much patience with letting go of timelines, but it happened, and my body feels better listening to the boundaries it has with technology.
Am I happy? Definitely. I actually feel more relaxed and content than when I was spending more time on the computer and phone – more present and connected with life!
Here’s what I recommend to protect your health from technology or for treatment:
- If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms or other mysterious ones (headaches too), notice if you feel worse after being on technology. Also take a weekend break from it and notice if you feel better.
- Use speaker option on your phone or better yet, get an EMF free headset.
- Get the amount of sleep your body needs. This is important recovery time.
- Don’t sleep with your phone next to your bed, and please stop using it for an alarm. Get a basic alarm and save your health.
- Use a watch instead of looking at your phone 30 times a day (while you’re secretly looking for recent texts and emails – more on phone addiction in another blog).
- Get distance from your computer screen and use it for shorter amounts of time.
- Unplug your router and turn off all electronics when you’re not using them and especially at night when you’re sleeping – this is important recovery time.
- Read paper books instead of kindle, and print out what you want to read on-line.
- Spend time in nature to ground yourself with negative ions (emf’s are positive ions of energy).
- Take hot baths with Epson salt and clay for the same reason and/or long showers. Putting your body in any water is helpful (ocean, rivers, lakes, pools, etc).
- Create time boundaries and distance from technology as a daily habit.
Check out this fantastic website from Jeromy, who started having symptoms 4 years ago, and now helps people who are EMF sensitive and/or watch his Tedx talk here:
Also a fantastic article for those on a spiritual path and their prone sensitivity to technology.
If you’re a highly sensitive person (HSP) like me (sensitive to sound, touch, taste, sight, energy, etc.), there’s a higher likelihood you’re being affected now or will be in the future by technology.
This is real, and more and more people are having symptoms from technology and electro magnetic radiation.
Take care of yourself and your health!
Categories: Health & Happiness, Stress & Anxiety