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Problems and dangers in the home

Not that long ago asbestos was seen as a wonderful substance with many beneficial uses. Yet now everyone knows that it is a highly dangerous material and a serious health risk.

Now the safety of mobile phones and powerlines is being openly questioned. What are the health risks from these and other products in and around your home and what can you do to reduce or eliminate their effects?

Undetected risks and problems in the home could arise from electromagnetic fields and radiation (EMF/EMR) from:

  • Power lines and electrical installations
  • Mobile phones and DECT cordless phones
  • Nearby mobile phone base stations, transmitters and radar installations
  • TVs and computer monitors
  • Fluorescent and low-voltage lighting
  • Microwave ovens
  • Electric blankets
  • Household electrical appliances such as: hairdryers, ovens, hobs, extractor fans,washing machines, dishwashers, fridges, freezers
  • Other electrical goods - particularly if they have a transformer or are double insulated (no earth wire)
  • Burglar alarms
  • Storage radiators and underfloor heating

Other risks in and around the home could arise from:

  • Pollution from building materials, furniture and equipment
  • Poor ergonomic design of equipment, furniture and systems
  • Ineffective or inappropriate lighting
  • Distractions and loss of concentration from poor layout
  • Heating and cooling systems
  • Poor air quality
  • Sources of combustion
  • Cleaning and maintenance products
  • Ineffective or insufficient cleaning
  • Noise and vibration - even at low levels
  • Sick building syndrome (SBS)
  • Garden weedkillers, fungicides and insecticides

Out of the home, your car could expose you to high magnetic fields, and you should not use a mobile phone without an external aerial and hand-free kit. If you use an electric wheelchair all the time you should consider ways to shield yourself from its EMFs.

Signs and symptoms

If you or your family begin to experience any of the health problems below - especially if the symptoms are less noticeable when away from home - then you should take immediate action to discover the cause. Always seek medical advice if symptoms persist.

  • Irritation of the eyes, nose or throat,
  • Headaches
  • Skin complaints
  • Electro-sensitivity
  • Breathing difficulties including the onset of asthma
  • Backache and other muscular pain
  • Dizziness, nausea or digestive problems
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Stress symptoms
  • Sleep disorders
  • Problems with poor concentration and loss of memory
  • Menstruation problems
  • Tingling and pricking sensations or unnatural warmth on the face or other part of the body
  • Lethargy, fatigue or general aches and pains
  • ...and many other complaints
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