At one year of age, I formed my first memory. I was walking barefoot in my front yard, looking down at my two chubby feet. One was planted on the soft, cool grass, the other on the hot, hard sidewalk. I could feel the wonderful resonating life in one, and the dead, grey harshness in the other, and I wondered at the difference. Though I was unable to speak, the memory formed and stuck.
Now, in my thirties, I have similar questions about something much more pervasive and unseen—non-native electromagnetic fields and electricity. I understand that we are electromagnetic beings, and that every cell in our bodies communicates through electricity, as is true for all life on earth. For most of existence, we thrived in native (nature-based) electromagnetic frequencies and freely exchanged this vital life-force energy. These frequencies come in like silent songs, feeding our cells information and life.
Since the late 1800s, another sort of frequency has become a norm for most of humanity—non-native, man-made, electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs), radio frequencies (RFs) and electricity. In his ground-breaking book, The Invisible Rainbow, Arthur Firstenberg shows that there is a direct correlation between the introduction of these frequencies throughout the world and many now-common diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
As many untested wireless technologies are installed worldwide for the sake of speed and connection, I, along with a number of my peers and family members, have fallen ill and suffered a significant decline in health. Old and young, we canaries have been pushed over the edge. Our ailments include autoimmune disorders, digestive ailments, diabetes, heart disease, autism, mental illness, severe anxiety, depression and even cancer. Although for many years I did not understand the connection between my environment and my health, I am now beginning to.
I hope that this article may help those who have fallen ill to mysterious, or not-so-mysterious, diseases. I also hope to empower readers to prevent disease within themselves and loved ones. I will include an explanation of the mitigations that have helped me to survive and thrive. My wish is that each of you may grow as wise stewards of the earth and of your bodies—your temples.
HOW IT EVOLVED
Growing up on the edge of the suburbs, I spent most of my afternoons outdoors, barefoot. I liked to meander in the strips of woods and swamps, picking berries and flowers, lying in the sun, watching the clouds, interacting with birds and wildlife. Alongside my dad, I grew food in the garden and developed an appreciation for growing created things in fertile soil. I reveled in the fruits of my labor; carrots, tomatoes, and sunflowers were some of my best crops. In many ways, I felt at one with nature.
Homeschooling from third grade onward provided me an opportunity to explore more deeply the things I found captivating. I took on art and home remodeling projects alongside my dad, learned how to write alongside my mom, studied math, and read nearly a dozen books a week. When I was eight, my family acquired a Windows computer. This was in the age of dial-up Internet, and the World Wide Web was relatively new. A friend of the family introduced me to coding, which inspired the beginnings of a life-long fascination with technology.
My natural inclination to sport around and climb things resulted in three concussions by age eleven. In autumn 1998, I experienced a sudden, severe migraine. I had been mowing the lawn, admiring the leaves falling to the ground. The pain came to me like a dagger through the top of my head. Terrified, I dropped my work and ran inside. (I was surprised recently to read in The Invisible Rainbow that the first cell phone satellites were launched in 1998, just before that first migraine.)
From that day on, I was bound to my room the majority of every summer, blinds drawn against the sun. I found relief in the cold of the winter, digging igloos and sledding. I couldn’t even imagine going to school, as I often found myself faint, lethargic and in excruciating pain. My dad, a physician, could not understand what was wrong with me, and chalked it up to hypochondria.
The migraines continued through my teenage years. During summers, I was bound to my room, locked away from the sun. I meditated throughout the day and took up many hobbies, research projects and readings in order to keep my mind occupied. For my final year of high school, I tried to attend classes alongside my peers, but was found fainting in stairwells and asleep at my desk. To get through the year, I focused on excelling at indoor extracurriculars.
After graduating, I moved out to a nearby city to begin working and forging my own future. The gripping pain and lethargy continued, creating obstacles in life and work. Through a series of events, including a number of concussions, I began seeking help.
A chiropractor, acupuncturist, nutritionist, and (surprisingly) a public clinic doctor, each supported me at different times, and inspired changes in my lifestyle. I cut out inflammatory, toxic and processed foods. I found a unique, trauma-informed practice, Forrest Yoga. Whole foods, proteins and fats, Chinese medicine, breath, movement, sunshine, meditative practices, and care from others became keys to my improved health. I began to feel relief; the pain almost entirely left me, and I began to grow strong. But still, something was not quite right.
When I began traveling in planes in my mid-twenties, the health issues returned. At the continued insistence of my physician, I accepted a few vaccinations and other medications prior to my second big trip. I flew, quite literally, into a rollercoaster ride of decline.
A trip to rural North Africa, in conjunction with many long hours on airplanes, led to a month of illness. More long flights and a semester abroad in a fully wireless campus dorm in Jerusalem resulted in constant nausea and a slew of hospital visits; I found relief in leaving the city and eating eggs sunny side up. A trip to Puerto Rico, during which I was forced to eat mostly foods fried in canola oil, with the relief of a few coconuts, resulted in five weeks of severe intestinal illness.
Each time I fell ill, my doctors were bewildered; specialists’ tests were inconclusive. I was slowly wasting away, and we had no idea why.
Upon my return from Puerto Rico, I was in dire straits. I didn’t understand what was wrong with me, or why I wasn’t getting better. I was aware that the house I had moved into had serious electrical problems. My “smart” phone was my constant companion, and the nearby WiFi router was kept on twenty-four-seven. I had no idea that any of this could be contributing to my deteriorating condition. It never occurred to me that the signals my device was receiving went right through me, or that using it might affect my biology.
If someone had suggested such a thing, I would have scoffed at the idea that something so “invisible” and so “normal” could hurt me. Like most people, I simply had no education about these things.
After five weeks of wasting away, I had lost thirty pounds and was completely bedridden. Miraculously, a prayer, a stroke of intuition, and a jar of frozen bone broth brought me back to life. The forty-eight-hour marrow broth rapidly healed my intestines, which were inflamed and, likely, very leaky.
When I moved into a new apartment, I found that I felt much better in a lower-level sleeping area, where coincidentally cell phone and WiFi signals were weak.
Through gene testing, I discovered that I had something called a MTHFR genetic mutation, which, meant I had challenges detoxing (learn more at seekinghealth.com). I began to wonder more about visible and invisible toxins. I also realized that, as a C-section baby, I was devoid of the diverse bacteria I should have received from my mother during birth. I soon found the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, followed their intro diet for three months, and began making their twenty-four-hour homemade yogurt (more info at breakingthevicious-cycle.info and yogourmet.com). I began to heal the intestinal ailments that plagued me.
In 2016, I experienced another in a long series of concussions. A friend tried to help me, bringing a strange-looking experimental “therapy” to my aid. I sat down for fifteen minutes between what I later discovered were two large Tesla coils. My next interaction with a cell phone, hours later, created massive turbulence in my head—like a hot dagger. I was plagued by wandering pain in my head, day and night, for months. Cell phone use resulted in tingling pain through my hands and arms, wireless routers hurt my head and I was forced to pause my work in technology. Regular acupuncture and “network care” (NSA) chiropractic helped me a great deal, though mild symptoms continued.
In 2018, I adopted two practices: early morning earthing in the sunrise, and intermittent fasting and vegetarianism. While the earthing practice gave me increased clarity and vitality, I lost weight and increased in pain and sensitivity due to the fasting and vegetarian lifestyle. At the end of the summer, during a trip to NYC, I experienced one of the worst headaches of my life. Something was very wrong. At the time, I couldn’t fathom what it was.
At this time, I had the good fortune to be learning alongside a network of young bio-hackers, many of whom were mitigating harmful technology by using innovative technologies and practices within their homes and workplaces. A friend had spoken of the wonders of a device called the Blushield, created by a New Zealand scientist. I was impressed by the results of the human and animal studies I found on their website, so I ordered a portable device. The moment I turned the Blushield portable on, I felt a massive wave of relief radiate through my cells and experienced an emotional breakthrough. I felt that I had begun to heal from the inside out!
Shortly thereafter, in my home in Philadelphia, I woke up to a searing and abrupt pain in my head. Through the nausea, I crawled to my car to drive to my acupuncturist, who historically had helped me with every ailment. As I approached the nearest intersection, I noticed a strange scene: a white unmarked contractor truck, a worker installing what looked like a trash can to the top of a telephone pole, and a police car with lights ablaze. My pain significantly increased as I drove by, which left me wondering. The visit to the acupuncturist was, for the first time, not helpful. When I got home, I went out to investigate that bizarre installation. I posted a video to my social media, and a number of people replied with “That’s a 5G cell!” I was uneducated and clueless—so I began to research 5G. Appalled at what I found, I put together a website compilation of my research, contacted city representatives and began searching for a safer home.
During the next few weeks, as I was striving to stay afloat, I made a number of discoveries about mitigations that really worked. Though I was in severe systemic pain, barely sleeping, experiencing intestinal meltdowns, whole-body hives, heart issues, anxiety, facial paralysis, loss of balance and grip, and a total loss of my female cycle (for eight months), I was blessed with the ability to biohack my way into survival.
WHAT TO DO?
Once I realized the 5G millimeter wave technology was affecting me so severely, I decided that I needed to figure out how to shield myself from radiation until I could get away from the problem area. Moving out took a total of eight months, so the mitigations I discovered and adopted were incredibly helpful for my sanity and survival.
I started with the classic tinfoil hat. It had worked for me before, and it was the only substance I knew of that could block radiation. Wearing tinfoil was not sustainable, comfortable, or something I wanted to do in public, but it allowed me to sleep. I then found silver-embedded anti-radiation clothing at LessEMF.com. I invested in various pieces of clothing, with the goal of shielding my whole body, starting with a hooded scarf for my head and thyroid, then a Silverell hoodie, womb cover, gloves for handling devices, leggings and even socks. With every clothing upgrade, I would feel shivers of relief rush across my skin. It actually worked. Other products used within my circle are Lambs beanies, tees, and briefs; Shield beanies, caps, underwear, and tees; Fonz briefs; Defendershield and Belly Armor pregnancy and baby wear; SYB baby beanies; No Choice hoodies, joggers and baby onesies.
The Blushield cube (a stronger home version of the portable I already had) may very well have saved my life. I slept an entire day after I received it, a few days after 5G was installed. This incredible technology feeds my cells the thousands of native electromagnetic frequencies they crave, twice a minute. This helps my cells attune to those frequencies, rather than the non-native toxic frequencies which assault my cells multiple times per second. For illustration’s sake, I like to compare the assault from non-native EMFs to Japanese water torture for every cell. The Blushield is great for traveling; I carry a portable and take a cube with me everywhere in my car, using a car adapter or portable battery. Blushield offers a few versions of their technology, in different forms and strengths, including portables, plug-ins (for the car, office or farm), and cubes, with some upgraded to mitigate the effects of 5G better. Many folks in my friend and biohacking circle now use Blushield with success; a well-known example is Luke Storey of The Life Stylist podcast.
Nevertheless, with continued exposure to 5G millimeter wave technologies, my condition worsened. I discovered that the silver-embedded clothing was not enough to block those more intense, invasive frequencies. I continued having issues sleeping, so I looked into shielding my bed. EMF-blocking canopies and sheets were pricy, so I found another way. Two tents of a heat-reflective mylar material became an EMF-proof all-encompassing cocoon which enveloped my whole body. I laid each material flat, like a blanket, one beneath a sleeping mat and one above my body, tucked in on the sides. With this innovative discovery, I was able to relax and sleep at night. I also incorporated an additional layer when driving, a heat-reflective poncho from Survive Outdoors Longer. My findings kept me functional until I moved out of reach of all the radiating cell towers, “small cells,” “smart” meters, electrical outlets, WiFi routers and environmental toxins to which I was so sensitive.
A SAFE HOME
During my transition out of the city and into the mountains, I used the Trifield RF detection meter to measure potential issues in my environment, and have tested a number of solutions that reduce RF in my environment. I have studied materials from the Building Biology Institute, enrolled in courses from Nick Pineault and read Nick’s book, The Non-Tinfoil Guide to EMFs.
When I discovered that the new “smart” electrical, gas and water home meters emit large amounts of radiation every few seconds, I installed a Smart Meter Guard. When I discovered that modern electricity is problematic, I invested in the GreenWave EMI meter and room outlet filters. When I moved into a home with solar electricity and inverters and subsequently found solar systems difficult to mitigate, I invested in a Satic whole house filter. I even began turning off my bedroom circuit at night. I’ve now made plans for my next sleeping space; it will be completely grounded and free of electricity.
For Internet use, I either turn off the router’s WiFi, use a modem and router duo which does not include wireless features or use the JRS Eco-WiFi router. JRS Eco reduces all harmful radiations by 90 percent; it is a truly forward-thinking, customizable solution from the Netherlands. Some folks use the Wifi Kill Switch from techwellness.com. To ensure my solution is working as intended, I check frequency emissions using a new Trifield meter. For Internet service, I use DSL, cable and fiber optics; I avoid satellite, “fixed” wireless/broadband and all data and wireless connections.
To mitigate home EMFs, I wired all of my devices, including laptops and “smart” phones, directly to the router, using an adapter (purchased with a replacement policy). I am cautious with printers that have WiFi, as their wireless capabilities often cannot be deactivated, even when the printer is off. I removed the WiFi card from my laptop, and I use a wired (Macally) keyboard and wired mouse. I use “airtube” headphones, unplug the power cord while using the laptop and maintain distance.
I deactivated my own smartphone, opting to use only wired computers and wired landline phones. If I use a friend’s phone, I use a more stylish stylus and stand from techwellness.com or LessEMF gloves. For those carrying cell phones on their bodies, I recommend turning phones off, using airplane mode or placing the phones in a silver-embedded 100 percent blocking pouch or sleeve. For those using cell phones for calls, I recommend either using the speaker phone function, or using Airtube headphones and maintaining distance.
Due to the new installation of problematic technology worldwide, I now avoid cities and populated rural areas. I often meet outdoors in rural parks. If I am invited indoors, I ask my hosts if they are willing to turn the WiFi on their routers off, and put their “smart” devices on airplane mode. Sally Fallon Morell calls this “the new home etiquette”!
Talking about my sensitivities was uncomfortable for the first few months; now, I find it a form of creative, compelling, nonviolent activism. If I can illustrate the issue to others by asking them to help me not feel pain while I’m around their devices, so much the better.
Along my journey of escaping the toxic environment of city dwelling, I discovered a number of other mitigations that support my weakened cells and aid in my body’s healing and detox efforts.
Hydrogen and magnesium therapies have been critical for my recovery. Most of us are deficient in both. According to Mt. Sinai (mountsinai. org), 90 percent of Americans have a magnesium deficiency; humans once made their own hydrogen in their guts, but antibiotics have harmed this natural function.
Magnesium is challenging to get into the body; most forms available over-the-counter are ineffective. I use a few forms of magnesium in conjunction: Ancient Minerals’ flakes diluted in hot foot baths and made into transdermal “oil” (also from Crucial Four), an oral supplement from MagTech and a special form of bicarbonate water. The latter can be accessed pre-made from PristineHydro Electrolyte Balance, or as a DIY using mMagBicarb from Crucial Four.
For hydrogen, the world’s most potent anti-inflammatory, I use water-soluble tablets from Vital Reaction. They work for four to six hours, so are great for traveling. George Wiseman of Eagle Research makes the most affordable, reliable hydrogen gas machine I know of; this incredible daily therapy has made a world of difference for me.
Other supplements helpful in my journey have been American shilajit and medicinal mushrooms from Tonic Treasures; Oyster Max for zinc (zinc depletes rapidly around EMFs); strophanthus, and liposomal C from Dr. Tom Cowan; BiOcean marine plasma isotonic water from Shen Blossoms; sublingual D3 and K2 from Crucial Four; HomocysteX Plus (B vitamins for MTHFR) from Seeking Health; and probiotics from Living Streams.
To avoid toxic chemicals, I use raw live shampoos from Morrocco Method. To support my sinuses and nervous system, I use a SteloKleen stainless steel neti pot with warm, saline water. I use an air filter from Air Oasis and filter showering and drinking water with help from PristineHydro and Original Waters. To reduce mold growth in the home, I mitigate home electricity and EMFs and use an ozonator.
SUN AND EARTH
Over the past couple of years, I have adopted three life-giving daily practices. I use sunlight as medicine (gone are the days when sunlight gave me headaches), I do earthing daily and I regularly consume unheated honey, raw proteins and raw saturated fats.
I’ve discovered that most man-made light sources contribute to reduced longevity. Like non-native EMFs, this “blue” light affects the powerhouse of our cell, our mitochondria, and interferes with melatonin production.
I have enjoyed talks by Matty Maruca of Ra Optics, as well as the work of his mentor Dr. Jack Kruse. Both men have helped me to understand the life-giving power of natural forms of light.
I like to gaze into the sunrise and sunset, and lie with my skin in the sun every day around noon. I use little artificial light after dusk, preferring to light evening fires and roll beeswax candles. I have removed LED and fluorescent lights from my home and have replaced them with incandescent lights, including red, amber and Edison bulbs. For blueblocking, I recommend glasses from Blublox and Ra Optics, IrisTech.co’s screen software and the red screen setting on “smart” phones (originally intended for use by those with impaired vision).
Earthing has been a centerpiece of my daily practice. I rarely wear shoes, finding that my body appreciates a free interaction with the earth. I have learned that humans are built to let out static, positive ions into earth, and uptake negative ions from the earth, specifically through the bottoms of the feet. Rubber-soled shoes, a post-WWII invention, prevents this vital, life-promoting interaction. Leather-bottomed moccasins and other footwear, like Earthrunners, layered with cotton or wool socks, naturally protect and earth the foot. Other ways to do earthing include gardening with bare hands, hugging trees, farming and animal stewardship and swimming in natural waters. For more information, read Clinton Ober’s Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever! (Note: I personally do not use earthing contraptions wired into electrical outlets.)
For immune support, I use a rebounder and practice earthed Qi’gong. To ease tension in my body, I put my legs up a tree or wall, or use an inversion swing. For healing, pain relief and detoxification support, I have enjoyed red and infrared therapies, such as GembaRed light panels, SaunaSpace and the Relax Far Infrared Sauna. A simple wood sauna room built near a cold creek has provided a wonderful solution for many ailments, as well as a way to build community around healing.
Finally, this year, I discovered the work of Annie Hopper, through her Dynamic Neural Retraining System. Annie’s method was recommended to me by three people, all of whom had developed and recovered from severe sensitivities to EMFs, electricity and chemicals. I have invested in the fourteen-hour DNRS instructional video, and I intend to begin the daily practice for a minimum of six months. Information on the course and accompanying book may be found at retrainingthebrain.com.
I now believe that the “hypersensitivity” I have been experiencing is a dysfunction of my limbic system. I believe that my brain has been stuck in a rut, in a state of chronic fight-or-flight. So it literally has been “in my head”! I now have hope for complete healing.
Since 2020, Annie Hopper, through her Dynamic Neural Retraining System, has helped a number of people recover from “long hauler COVID fatigue.” I have found the associated symptoms of this “long hauler” fatigue closely parallel symptoms of existing cases of electromagnetic sensivity. Electromagnetic sensitivity (ES) is defined as “a sickness, acute or chronic, caused by electromagnetic fields (EMF) and electromagnetic radiation (EMR).” Other names for ES include microwave sickness, EMF syndrome, electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) and electromagnetic intolerance (EMI).
HELP FROM EXPERTS
For compelling scientific research from around the world, I recommend scientist Arthur Firstenberg’s book The Invisible Rainbow, as well as his website and newsletter at cellphonetaskforce.org; Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s work with Children’s Health Defense, and their news and views website, The Defender; and the incredible scientific research compiled through the Environmental Health Trust (EHT) with Devra Davis, PhD. EHT’s work highlights the dangers of wireless radiation, and how it is viewed around the world; for example, in Sweden, EHS is considered a physical impairment and is recognized as a disability. Learn more at EHTrust.org. To find an expert to help within your own home, visit buildingbiologyinstitute.com.
I now understand that no biology is immune to the cumulative effects of these “invisible” toxins. Regardless of our awareness of the effects on our health, we are all affected. Through my research, both experiential and scientific, I have discovered that human-made wireless radiation affects all biology, all cells, all humans and wildlife—all creatures great and small.
EMF PROTECTION WHILE DRIVING
- BLUSHIELD: When driving, I carry a Blushield with me at all times. For some folks, a portable device in the pocket is adequate protection. For others, the addition of a car plug-in model, or a cube with a car adapter, may be best.
- CELL PHONE BLACKOUT POUCH: I discovered that driving is one of the worst times to use a cell phone, as the signal changes while going through new zones, and the metal skeleton of the car bounces that signal (RF) around and through our bodies. To prevent this from happening, I place cell phones in 100 percent shielded silver-embedded “blackout” pouches, which blocks all signal. These pouches may be obtained at LessEMF.com and techwellness.com, and beyond.
- TURN OFF BLUETOOTH: I also turn off Bluetooth, and location applications, in the car and related devices.
- HOODSCARF: I have used the hoodscarf from LessEMF for driving; it blocks much cellular radiation from penetrating my head and thyroid.
- GROUNDING STRAPS: Since I am sensitive to friction that builds up in my body, I also attach LessEMF’s anti-static grounding strap to the frame of the vehicle.
FOOD FOR THE ELECTRICALLY SENSITIVE
For years, I have been striving to heal myself by consuming certain foods, mostly in their raw forms. I have learned that local, fresh foods produced through mindful farming practices are most nutritious and supportive of my health.
Recently, I learned about the dietary practices and health histories of pre-18th century Native Americans, and of pre-cookstove Eskimos. Through these histories, I found compelling evidence for the importance of regular consumption of fats and proteins in their raw, enzyme-rich forms. These foods seem to be most easily utilized by the body, especially when consumed in specific combinations.
My diet now consists of raw saturated fats and raw proteins from pasture-raised, rotationally grazed animals (that is, dairy, eggs and meat); unheated honey (rawer than “raw”); fresh organic vegetable juices (contain naturally structured and mineralized water, alkalinizes the blood); fermented foods; bone broths; and fresh organic coconuts and avocados. These foods provide wonderful sources of nutrition and energy for my body.
The Weston A. Price Foundation’s local chapters have helped me to find sources of ethically raised, truly pastured, nourishing foods. I have loved the raw dairy herdshares available in many states. Both Amos Miller Organic Farm and Your Family Farmer provide drops for states on the East Coast, and both farms ship products around the country. I purchase celery and herbs for juicing and for broths at farmer’s markets and co-ops. Seven Stars Farm provides the only yogurt I buy in-store. For shelf-stable solutions, I appreciate Wildly Organic’s truly raw coconut oil and Gold Nugget’s high-quality ghee.
I have especially appreciated the work of Aajonus Vonderplanitz, the man behind the Primal Diet. In his youth, Aajonus survived three forms of cancer and a medical death sentence. His healing medicine came in the form of fresh, uncooked, not previously frozen, and raw saturated fats and proteins, obtained mostly from carefully raised farm animals. He also recommended modest amounts of raw green juices. He studied biochemistry, helped many ill people and wrote about his discoveries and methods in the books We Want to Live, The Recipe for Living Without Disease and Beneficial Home Baths. I have access to PDFs, audio, and video of Aajonus’s works and share those often.
In conjunction with getting away from EMFs and getting a Blushield, this diet has been very helpful for healing digestive and energetic issues I grapple with. I know others who were formerly vegan or vegetarian, many of whom had become ill, who have also benefitted from the Primal Diet. Many folks have found this diet to be so helpful that they have continued eating this way for years and even decades.
Many written resources have helped me in my journey. Biologist Ray Peat’s articles, found on his website, have been especially thought-provoking; I admire his research on polyunsaturated and saturated fats, yellow fatty liver disease and estrogen. Atom Bergstrom’s eBook, The Nitrogen Theory of Cancer, provides a compelling scientific explanation as to why consuming raw animal products may be essential for preventing disease. I have read many of Dr. Mercola’s articles, especially on statins, cholesterol, fats and the heart. I appreciate Dr. Tom Cowan’s works on the heart, structured water, cancer and vaccines. I am learning of practical applications of earth stewardship through Polyface Farm and Joel Salatin’s books and courses. I study biodynamic farming through Rudolph Steiner. I also listen to various audio broadcasts, including those by Dr. Peat and Dr. Cowan, on One Radio Network.
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