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Communication is undoubtedly easier these days thanks to the development of technology.
While a lot of gadgets make “instant communication” possible, one key player is the cell tower.
Cell towers are sometimes referred to as cell sites.
They are sites for electric communication equipment such as receivers, transmitters, and power sources.
These towers are mounted in high areas to accomplish the most coverage possible while facilitating signal reception that makes wireless communication available to us.
The benefit of cell towers? They let you stay connected to the rest of the world.
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The dangers of cell towers? They let you stay connected to the rest of the world.
Yes, I know I just repeated myself, so let me explain:
Cell towers can have an incredibly negative effect on those who live near them.
Recent studies have shown that the proximity of people to cell tower base stations can be the not so hidden cause of physical symptoms and ailments.
We have an entire separate article that delves deep into the research regarding cell tower radiation and its negative cellular impact (as in our human cells, not cell phones).
If you want to click over and read that real quick, you can, but here’s the super duper short version…
Why You Need to Protect Yourself from Cell Tower Radiation
Cell towers emit a form of electromagnetic field (EMF) called radiofrequency radiation.
Continuous exposure to these EMFs has been shown to negatively impact our health, ranging from feelings of discomfort to serious illnesses.
Here’s a (very) brief overview of reported symptoms:
- Skin tingling
- Heart palpitations
We also have a more complete guide to cell tower symptoms that you can read here.
The most common change people report is a general feeling of being uncomfortable and irritable more often.
There could also be a dramatic shift in sleeping patterns, sex drive, appetite, concentration, and memory.
EMFs are also known to impair our immune system, vision, and bone strength.
Over time with chronic, low-grade exposure, these symptoms can transform into more serious conditions related to blood cell abnormalities, metabolic disorders, depression, and even cancer.
If you live near a cell tower, it is extremely important to take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your family from mobile tower radiation.
Determining if You’re Close Enough to Be in the Danger Zone
To be honest, calculating a safe distance away from a cell tower is difficult to pinpoint.
As an average from the research I’ve found on the subject, people who live within a 300-500 meter radius from a cell tower would be considered at risk of developing side effects.
If you live farther than that, you might be in the clear…for now.
Once 5G rolls out fully, the vast majority of the population will be within the “danger zone.”
That’s because it requires the installation of thousands (that number will eventually be closer to a million) of small cell towers in order for 5G to work properly.
Why? Because 5G operates on a different frequency from 3G/4G that has a shorter wavelength, and that means it can’t travel as far.
There will even be micro-cell towers mounted on top of buildings, light poles, etc.
But *sigh* I’m ranting. Back to the task at hand…
One sure-fire way to determine if you are close enough to a cell tower to be affected is to measure with an EMF meter.
Buying your own EMF meter comes with many benefits:
- Use it over and over at your house, work, friend’s house, daycare, etc
- EMF exposure levels change over time, so you can re-test without paying again
- Cheaper than calling an EMF consultant (although I do recommend that if you’re EMF sensitive or not familiar with how to use a meter)
So whether you’ve measured or not, you’re here today because you are concerned about your radiation exposure, so let’s talk about how you can decrease that.
Ways to Block Cell Tower Radiation
When shielding your house, it is first necessary to determine where you spend most of your time and focus your solutions in that area.
Then, when getting materials for shielding, you want to think about factors such as durability, protective ability, installation, and appearance.
Here are a few tips for shielding your home:
1. Protect your bedroom first
The easiest and most comprehensive solution for shielding your bed from cell radiation is to use a Faraday canopy. This canopy is like a mosquito net but is made up of fine materials that can offer 99% shielding protection from radiation. Such materials are usually weaved with silver or stainless steel.
2. Cover your walls
Most walls today are made of drywall, which does nothing to shield EMF. WiFi signals pass right through this type of wall construction.
Adding layers on your wall with conductive fabrics can help reduce that radiation. These fabrics can be applied like wallpaper and should be inserted in between the drywall. Keep in mind to overlap the fabric at the seams to make sure there are no leaks.
3. Shield your windows
While windows are the weakest spot in your house, they are also the easiest to shield. Shielded window films are a great option as they are easy to install by simply sticking them onto your window.
As an added bonus, you might even save on your heating bill as well!
4. Shield your door
Doors are another weak point in your house. To increase protection against harmful frequencies, you may want to install shielded doors. Your front door can be made of steel that has conductive gaskets, which prevent air gaps between the frame and the door.
Then, you can add a foyer from which another steel door would open to the rest of the house. This is obviously costly and one of the harder tips to enact, but I just want to mention it for those of you that can do it or will be constructing your own home in the future.
5. Find the right paint
Cell tower radiation can still penetrate through your room through an outside wall. However, with the use of high-frequency EMF shielding paint like this one, you can address that problem.
The best part about this type of paint is that they are free of toxic solvents since they are water-based. They stick to most building materials like cement and plaster, which is why they can be used on other parts of the house as well.
While shielding paint can be used outside the house, it seems best applied to interior walls.
IMPORTANT: If you choose to shield a room ENTIRELY (paint on all walls, shielded windows, etc), it is critical that you do not bring any type of wifi-emitting or electric device into that room. The EMFs they emit would essentially be trapped, creating a human-sized microwave – not good.
Is Grounding Necessary to Shield Against Mobile Tower Radiation?
In protecting yourself from EMF pollution, grounding is still a debatable method. The idea of grounding is being directly connected to the earth (aka bare feet on soil) in order to receive the earth’s natural (and beneficial) electromagnetic fields.
However, while this technique does have promising effects when it’s just you walking outside barefoot, it could also worsen the problem when it comes to shielding your home IF it’s not done right.
The natural process of grounding may be interrupted by frequencies coming from electrical wiring. Due to this wiring, “rogue” magnetic and electrical fields can be created that conduct dirty electricity.
To be safe, it is either:
(1) Better to do away with grounding products (unless professionally recommended) and do grounding in nature instead.
(2) Or hire an EMF consultant to inspect your home and make the right recommendations.
Overall, if you can hop into your car, only drive for a few minutes, and see a cell phone tower, you need to take measures to block the radiation from it.
I always say distance is the absolute best way to reduce EMF exposure, but we can’t just pick up and move our homes! So I hope these tips at least give you a good starting point for living safer if you have a house near a cell phone tower.
Please let me know if you have any questions in the comments below!
And it’s not just us. Wildlife is affected too: Effects of Mobile Radiation on Birds and the Environment.
Certified EMF Expert, Chief Editor & Researcher at Beat EMF. I’m in charge of testing all the products and sorting through the duds to deliver effective EMF solutions for your family. Learn more about me here.