Would You Move Here to Avoid EMFs?

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Over the years, I’ve gathered a few tools to measure electromagnetic and nuclear radiation. (Yes, nuclear was not a typo.)

I don’t consider myself a nutter, but having a Geiger counter, a Tri-Field meter and a few other measuring devices have come in handy over the years.

When people are concerned about EMFs in their (or our) homes, I bring over my Tri-Field meter to show them if they should be concerned or not. In some cases, there is real exposure, in others very little. Regardless, the results are great for their mental state. There’s nothing that squelches the fear of what we can’t see like tangible data from a meter like this — it also helps someone take appropriate action.

After the Fukushima meltdown, I also invested in a Geiger counter. Something I could use to — at least my hope — show anyone who was concerned about radiation in California what exactly was happening. Again, the fear is quickly eliminated with data.

I’m concerned about the effects of EMFs on the health of our global ecosystem, but it’s not something that paralyzes me. We’ve run some articles in the past about them and the science that shows that the technology could be harmful. (Here’s one. And another.)

Because of some of the data I’ve read, we do some things that mitigate our exposure around the house and when around cell phones. These include turning off constant notifications from smartphone apps, using a headset when talking on the phone, using ethernet cables when possible to get internet, and sleeping far away from the wireless hub (you can also turn this off in the evenings.)

Until a few weeks ago, we lived in an apartment building where there were almost a dozen wireless hubs in just one building — not including all the others on the block. Now we have a house — with an apartment building next to us, so we’re still getting blasted, but the distance is further away — meaning less EMF.

For me, putting yourself in a location that has less EMF is the best way to change your exposure — but you also need to have it fit into our own personal needs. We love city life, so staying in Berkeley is more important to us priority-wise than completely avoiding EMFs — it’s a compromise we’re willing to make.

But what if you were so sensitive, or so fearful, or so skeptical of the positive science that you wanted to completely remove yourself from EMF exposure?

A recent article on Slate.com names the place (at least in the U.S.) where you should go.

Green Bank, West Virginia.

Here’s a Google Maps snapshot:

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Here’s a picture of the main drag:

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From the article:

This remote mountainous town is inside the U.S. National Radio Quiet Zone, a 13,000–square-mile area where most types of electromagnetic radiation on the radio spectrum (which includes radio and TV broadcasts, Wi-Fi networks, cell signals, Bluetooth, and the signals used by virtually every other wireless device) are banned to minimize disturbance around the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, home to the world’s largest steerable radio telescope.

So if you want to avoid all EMF and still live in the U.S., this could be your new hometown.

After reading the article, I did a lot of thinking about moving to an isolated place like this. I wondered if we as a family could do it. I wondered if the EMF avoidance would be better or worse for my health and emotional wellbeing. I even made a list of positives and negatives that I’ll share in a bit.

My thoughts in the past have always wavered between relative isolation and relative dense city living. So this isn’t a new internal dialogue for me. We’ve recently chosen city life, but there is definitely something wildly appealing about being out in the middle of nowhere. The question, for me, is which one could I (and my family) tolerate for the longer term.

Ultimately, the decisions that we’ve made to date have always had certain sacrifices. Some of them are ones that may jeopardize some aspect of our health and lifestyle — the only hope being that there are simultaneously decisions made that will affect you positively.

These days we’ve sacrificed open space for dense neighborhoods. We’ve replaced driving with walking. We’ve added EMFs, but gained access to the best organic food in the U.S.

But what if we were sensitive to EMFs — or even just the idea of them. Or worse, what if it was determined 5 years from now that they were highly damaging to the body — could we move to Green Bank?

Here is a little of my hack analysis in case you’ve ever considered the same thing…

The Positives

1. No EMFs. If we were sensitive or our worst case scenario happened, then yes, we could live in Green Bank. We’d have to. It would be foolish to remain in a place where EMFs were hammering you all the time if you knew they were killing you.

If that were the case, the good news is, that we all could go to Green Bank and spice it up a bit — or at least double it’s population pretty quickly. Maybe even boost the economy and add more jobs.

In a non-imagined case, we truly don’t know the overall extent of damage caused by EMFs, so I wonder how important it is to completely stay away from them. For anyone who is sensitive to EMFs, it would make sense to try out an EMF free zone and see what happens, but for the undefined damage reason, I’m inclined to think that for the average person moving to just avoid EMFs is a little over the top.

(NOTE: I’d be concerned that there might be a placebo effect happening with those who are sensitive to EMFs and who move away from their existing environment — but alleviation of symptoms is alleviation of symptoms, which means all positive health benefits, regardless of how, are positive for the person.)

2. Fresh air. The mountains in West Virginia are filled with fresh air. I imagine this is a place where you can see all the stars in the sky at night with no city light pollution. Based on the Google map, I also assume there’s little traffic. I love fresh air being outside, but would this be enough to motivate me to move to such an isolated place?

3. Nature. There are areas in the country that are relatively untouched by our modern world. Green Bank, while I’ve never been there, seems like one of those places. We’ve been all over the U.S. in the RV and have seen places like Green Bank and know just how special they are — wilderness is abundant and if you like the woods, they’re there for you to explore. I’d say the access to nature is probably one of the biggest draws to a place like Green Bank — at least for me.

So is fresh air, abundant nature and no EMF enough?

The Negatives

1. Too much driving. I can’t stand driving. After our recent move two weeks ago, I’ve driven more than I have all last year. The reason now is because we’re moving things into storage, going to the hardware store and other little trips. This will dissipate in a few more weeks and get back to normal — which is driving about twice a month. The reason we moved to a city is that we could walk not drive. So moving to Green Bank, where homes are few and far between would be a no-go for us. I also unfoundedly wonder if driving is more hazardous then EMFs.

2. Isolation. Green Bank has a population of less than 200 people. This is a very small town. It’s hours from any major airport and it’s right in the middle of a national forest. If you like isolation and keep to yourself, this is perfect for you. For us, it’s like being in solitary confinement. We love being around all kinds of people and meeting all types of friends. A small town like this is just too small for us.

3. No jobs. We’re lucky, since we can run our business from just about anywhere — and in this case, from a computer plugged into an ethernet cable. Someone who needs a job when they move to a small town like this is not going to find much — and in fact, they may need to commute to a place where there is more EMF. This, of course, partially negates the reason for moving. If you’re independently wealthy, or run your own business remotely, then you can get away with moving to Green Bank or a place like it, but if not, it’s going to be a hard go.

4. Nothing there. In the article from Slate, one woman mentions there’s no grocery store, no restaurants and no hospital nearby. Yes, you can grow your own food. Yes, you can eat in all the time. Yes, if you’re eating healthy, chances are (unless you have an emergency physical injury) you don’t need to go to the hospital. But for me, I do like a little convenience built into my regular life.

5. Not a full growing season. Keep in mind, if you do want to grow your own food, there is not a year long growing season in West Virginia. You’d need a greenhouse and be proficient at canning, fermenting and likely non-vegan to be totally non-reliant on grocery stores. (Remember, there are serious snow storms in W.V. in the winter as well.)

Ultimately, the thought of us moving to Green Bank, W.V is painful. We moved out of suburban Connecticut for many of the same reasons above and couldn’t even consider being more isolated.

But, if we were very sensitive to EMFs and needed to try something different, a place like Green Bank holds enough positive that I think we could make it work.

We’d just need to make sure we convinced a few friends to make the move with us.

Your question of the day: Could you live in Green Bank, W.V.? (Do you live there or somewhere like it?) Why?

Live Awesome!

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog RenegadeHealth.com — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.

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