Why oh Why Wifi?
It always amazes me how many people we have contact with who are constantly exhausted, yet within their house they have cordless telephones and wireless internet.
I explain again and again the following facts: that these technologies use microwave frequncies to operate; that microwave radiation is very likely to degrade the quality of sleep; and that the effects of microwave radiation on tissues are cumulative. I will tell a little story here to illustrate the 2nd point.
My friends and family all know that I am one of those who has embraced all things made by Apple Computer over the years - but with one exception. They have been at the forefront of promoting wireless connectivity. Here at Achamore House we have hundreds of meters of old-fashioned ethernet cabling running under the floorboards to create our local network of Macs for our business. It was a lot of work, but it meant we didn't need to have any wifi in the building.
However when the iPad came out, I could not resist getting one, but with the model I got, the only way to get one's email or web access is via wifi. So I decided, very reluctantly, to get Apple's "Airport" wifi hub. Locating it upstairs next to my wife's iMac, I would turn it on just for 10 minutes last thing at night to check email, rather than having to walk down 42 steps on the ground floor of this big house. More or less fine as far as that goes: it worked well, even though I set the power output of the wifi signal at just 10%, its lowest possible setting. And before going to bed, I would turn it off.
But one night after going to bed, for 3 hours I could not get a wink of sleep. It was as if I had drunk two strong cups of coffee. Finally at 3 am I got up to do some work. So I went to turn on the Airport, only to discover that I had neglected to turn it off! So I clicked the 8 different software buttons that are needed to turn it off (and why Apple make it so difficult to turn on and off is beyond me...) and went back to bed, and went straight to sleep.
That was an important lesson for me. I often struggle with sleep anyway, I do not want to stack the odds against me! So since that night I have not used the wifi / Airport. The iPad is pretty much just used for dames with the children here.
But the wider lesson is this: we are subjecting ourselves in society now to more and more microwave radiation, and with very little understanding of the risks involved for our health and well-being. Mobile phones are not allowed to be used in hospitals, as they might interfere with pacemakers etc. And yet one woman I spoke with this year told me that her elderly mother, fitted with a pacemaker, has 4 cordless phones in her house.
Cordless phones are in many respects worse than cell phones for our health, because the microwave radiation from the base units is constant. The base unit is like a mini-microwave tower. Many people have these next to their beds, and wonder why they don't sleep well.
And the high-tech industry are wanting us to embrace wifi more and more. Google and Apple are in a race at the moment to give Cloud computing to the world. Their vision is that any of us should be able to walk around with a smartphone / tablet / laptop anywhere in the world and have full and fast access to vast computers housed in their warehouses which they have built for this purpose.
That means wifi "hotspots" currently found in airports and cafés will simply be the harbinger of things to come: we will all be living in a world saturated with microwave radiation from the millions of transmitter masts that are and will be erected. This is not fantasy. This is their goal and vision which they are constructing right now. And health concerns be damned, we will simply have to live with it if they have their way. Or in many instances, we will simply have to die with it.
At the very least, we should all be far more aware of how this technology is coming into our lives ever more fully. In the coming decade as Cloud computing takes off, we will all be experiencing a lot more microwave radiation in our lives. At the very least, we should take steps to keep it out of our homes at night.