How to Find a Healthy Home: A Step-by-Step Guide to Purchasing or Renting a Low-EMF Home
By Jeromy Johnson, MS
Jeromy Johnson’s book has a simple purpose: to “provide you with a detailed step-by-step process to find a low-EMF home and the steps necessary to make your current home healthier.” Because this goal is flexible—and not a simple admonition to “run off and hide in the mountains!”—anyone can achieve it. Perfection isn’t the standard, just prudent progress.
To this end, Johnson seeks to help readers consider things that most don’t when purchasing or renting a home. Most prospective homeowners and renters do not need any prompting to ask questions about the number of bathrooms, taxes and schools, carpet versus hardwood, the neighborhood or how long it will take to commute to work. But have they considered the type of wiring in the house, or the electrical distribution system in the area the house is in? What about the residence’s proximity to EMF-emitting infrastructure—cell phone towers, substations and more? All of this should be on the table—or shall we say in the book—when you are looking for a healthy home.
By the way, did you know that two nations (Sweden and Spain) recognize electromagnetic sensitivity as a “functional disability”? Or that cell phone radiation does indeed pose a cancer risk? Or that many schools now have cell phone antennas on their roofs? Or that a court case in Canada showed harm to animals from high power transmission lines? Johnson’s handbook is full of this type of interesting and useful information, along with practical steps for assessing your home’s or environment’s EMF load and reducing your exposure.
The simplest solution? Even if you need to live in a more urban area, try to live in a spot that has a lower population density and hilly.
The book contains many pictures and tools to help you integrate the minimization of EMF pollution into your considerations when purchasing or renting a home, including guidelines for measuring and addressing different types of energetic pollution, whether electronic or magnetic.
Because budgets vary, Johnson gives many options for basic EMF detection equipment. Some of this equipment is not something that people need all the time. This could be a great investment for local WAPF chapters, with everyone chipping in twenty dollars or so, giving the chapter members access to the equipment on an as-needed basis.
Johnson doesn’t shy away from going after sacred cows. For example, he takes a brief swing at the swindlers’ market of “personal protection devices,” items that appear to have little to no real protective value—save protecting the bank accounts of those hawking such products. He also describes the EMF risks of solar power systems, especially on a home’s roof.
Two things would make this book a bit more accessible and easier for readers to use. First, a glossary of all the major terms would be useful for readers who are unfamiliar with the more technical jargon that a book on such a subject requires. Second, checklists or summaries of the longer sections could make the content of the book easier to apply.
Nonetheless, if you consider EMFs a health risk, then the immensely practical steps and tools outlined in How to Find a Healthy Home will help you make decisions to protect you and your family. Personally, I am excited to borrow or buy a few of the tools Johnson describes, just to take some measurements and experiment with what I learned. Two thumbs up.
This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly journal of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Spring 2021🖨️ Print post