Wait, Before You Move to Green Bank, West Virginia…

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After writing my article on Green Bank, West Virginia, I was thrilled at the lively and informative responses from all of you.

You shared individual experiences, new information about the EMF-free area, insight into how to live in the country and more.

Today, in my follow up, I want to highlight a few interesting ones as well as comment on them to add to the discussion.

Essentially, it looks like we’re divided here as to what we feel is the best environment — urban or rural — but for the most part, we’re together by thinking that it’s totally up to the individual to make a decision that is best for them.

So before you hop on a Greyhound with a gunny sack and family in tow, be sure to read all these…

A Vision of the Future

Sarah writes:

I see a day in the future when building materials will include floors or wall to wall carpets made of grounding material so that even if there are EMFs about, if you are touching the grounding material, it won’t affect you.

You’re on to something, Sarah! There are already materials stitched with silver threads that can help. Also some materials like concrete and some insulation don’t allow as much EMFs to get into your living space. I imagine the same as you.

Move to Ecuador!

Yvonne says:

You could move to Ecuador where Matt and Angela (The Raw Food World couple) lives, it is warm and you could grow your own food all the time. You would have to learn Spanish, but maybe you already speak it?

I speak functional Spanish — so I’m able to get to places, ask for things and generally get what we need. But to move to Ecuador is a no-go for us.

After spending plenty of time in Central and South America in the last 5-6 years, I’m always relieved to come back to the U.S.

First, we have family that we want to visit regularly and not have to fly over 10 hours to visit — or have them visit us.

Second, U.S. type things cost way more — if you even find them — in South America. If your computer breaks or you need something that you can easily get in the U.S. you might need to take a long bus ride or plane flight to a major city — or even a trip back to the U.S. to get it.

Third, we feel there’s no need to go to another country to live when there are places — particularly in California — where it’s warm and sunny all year and you can grow your food all year round as well.

Outside of those reasons, we simply like the U.S. to live and I like Central and South America to visit. It’s as simple as that.

But all food in California will be contaminated with radiation…

Leonora writes:

But there was just recently a huge scientific fact based document / internet document that shared the REAL effects of Fukushima and how food in California in the next few years will be too poisonous to eat. You can use your geiger meter all you wish but you are not out testing the soil where all your organic food is grown from the past years up until today. The 3rd Nuclear reactor in Fukushima is toast and we are going to see the effects of that one in the near future. Everything along the West Coast all that food all the lovely organic vegetables and fruits will be inedible or will cause serious health effects if eaten, organic or not. It is the soil that is poisoned and nothing you can do about that. I wish I had kept the report with actual science measurements and facts to this information and I will do all I can to research and find this…

Leonora, you’ve got to produce this document before you spread any fear. I’ve been following the Berkeley Nuclear Lab’s analysis of food, water and milk ever since Fukushima. They’ve been testing since the event happened. You can read more here: http://www.nuc.berkeley.edu/UCBAirSampling

They’re the most credible source of information of this kind.

They may be shutting down the telescope!

Ann writes:

Nice discussion Kevin. I grew up very near this area and am so much the better for it. I wandered through the forests my entire childhood and loved seeing mountains each day. This is probably why I’m such a nature lover and love being outdoors, something we seem to have in common. It is a beautiful state and much under appreciated. I wanted to let you know about the telescope at Green Bank and a decision now being considered to close it down. I’m sharing a link to a local news station and would ask that everyone would please sign the petition to stop this from happening. Thanks very much! http://www.wvgazette.com/News/201302010107

Whoa! Don’t move to Green Bank just yet, you may find that it doesn’t serve your EMF-free needs in a few years. Thanks for sharing Ann. If anyone wants to support this community, please be sure to read the article and sign the petition.

Not prepared

Lynn says:

I live in a small town on the coast of Oregon. We only have a few stores and all resources are limited. There is only one way out So. and one way out No. In case of an earthquake or other disaster, we would likely be isolated for some time, wo medical care or very limited unless flying us somewhere would be an option. Even the inland cities here say that they would be in the same boat. I am not prepared. It is a lovely place to live, but one should get very prepared. I need to start with food/water and first aid.

Hey Lynn, thanks for writing in. About 9 months ago, before Hudson’s birth, we were not prepared as well. A month or so after he was born, something switched inside of me. I felt like it was time to get all the supplies we needed to be safe if there was a disaster — namely an earthquake for us in Berkeley.

So I now have a fairly extensive collection of survival gear, food and equipment. I think it’s about time to write about all of it. So stay tuned for that!

But before I do, I have to say, the best thing about being prepared is that the anxiety about not being prepared has totally lifted.


Carole says:

We have to live a life that is fulfilled. We can’t feel like we have to sacrifice everything in order to live longer – that is not living.

No comment here. Just agreement.

Let’s set the record straight

Angela says:

Well, it is definitely interesting reading some of the comments. Yes there is high speed internet and television. There is only an AM radio station if you care about that. Also there is a organic co-op in the area so it is possible to get organic food brought to you here. You order online and they bring it by truck and everyone picks it up on pick-up day. As far as Lyme disease goes there doesn’t seem to be a big problem here with it. Tick borne illnesses are one of the big reasons that we left VA. It is really bad there. yes, it is small and there aren’t a lot of people, but the people here help one another. My first impression of the area was that it must be a lot like it was in the 50?s. I love the slower pace life and the hard work. But my in laws already lived here so we had a connection to the place already.

Angela, who lives close to the area would love for everyone to know that Green Bank isn’t an area where technologies like the coffee pot and the motor vehicle were lost. They do have TV, internet and electricity. The only thing that they don’t have is wireless cell phone service and most radio stations. 🙂

(And maybe they do have creepy guys playing banjos? Right? Just kidding… we love that part of the country, just not to live!)

City folk beware

Jean writes:

I wish people who want to ‘move to the country’ for any reason would watch Chevy Chase’s movie ‘Funny Farm’ and rethink their plan. I and my spouse prefer the rural lifestyle and we hate city life. Cities offer nothing we want. There are too many people, no privacy, and everyone seems to expect somebody else to take care of everything.

I have seen countless numbers of city people move to the country, then move back to the city again because they didn’t realize that rural living is not simplified city life. It’s not. city. life. And we don’t want it to be. If we wanted city services and city constraints we’d, well,.. live in a city.

I love Funny Farm! Thanks for sharing, Jean. It’s important to know what you want and live it!

Worrying is toxic

Melissa shares:

Worrying is very toxic as well. I think minimizing EFT exposure, securing ” pure” food and water, being alert to air quality, and mimimizing stress can really help. There are a variety of exercises from Yoga, Brain Gym to Eden morning routines that will also fortify you. Oils, gems, salt lamps can also add to your protection.

But if you are really afraid, move don’t spend years fretting. Sometimes the place you move to might actually be worst in some ways.

Amen, Melissa. I should have just consulted you and Carole before I wrote over 1600 words in my previous article. You both have summed up what I tried to say and did it in a fraction of the words. Bravo!

Do you know all the dangers of your new Eden?

Joan says:

The only problem with that location is the fracking! I want to move to a state that has NO fracking. I currently live in PA and the frackers are taking over the state. They are polluting the air and the water here and I’m pretty sure if they are in W.V. too.

Check out fracking maps of the U.S.

Good point, Jean! You could move to the best no-EMF zone only to find you have flammable water. Bummer.

To wrap it up…

Ultimately, you have to weigh all possibilities when trying to move to a location that you feel is healthiest. And truthfully, barring major polution or contamination, the healthiest place for you just might be the place that you think is healthiest — regardless of all “said” dangers.

Your question of the day: What would you rather do: Avoiding EMFs and constantly worry about them, or choose to live in a high EMF area and not care at all about them or their effects?

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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  1. manorama says:

    A lot of people are going off the grid for many reasons beyond EMF. I sure is tempting, but like any major change you might seek in you life, you’d need to change some paradigms along the way, including many acquired fears.


  2. Joseph says:

    Earthing/grounding doesn’t block EMF’s… that’s a new health-myth running rampant. Now don’t get me wrong – I’ve been using the earthing sheets every night for almost 5 years now. They are great at providing electrons, which can have a anti-inflammatory effect. Also, they will likely lower the voltage (Potential) of your body to ‘zero’ (i.e. earth ground), vs what other fields may take you up to be.

    BUT, this is NOT blocking/reducing the EMF’s!! They still travel & penetrate through your skin and your body. The way a microwave oven works (@2.4GHz) is by creating *resonance* with the food’s water molecules, and shaking them back and forth with enough power to create heat.

    A WiFi router (also @2.4GHz) will also resonate with the water-filled cells in your body, and shake them back&forth. Although there’s not enough power to ‘heat you up’ (called “non-thermal” radiation power levels), it has been shown to cause DNA strand breaks, and “heat-shock proteins” (from pissed-off cells), thus agitating your immune system. Earthing will NOT prevent this.

    The only way to shield from EMF’s is called a “Faraday Cage” – or a sealed container of metal, with holes smaller than the wavelength of radiation in question. (In the case of Cell/WiFi radiation, about a millimeter or so…) There is shielding clothing that can work this way.

    I believe the best bet is for people to condition their BEDROOM. Go online to an EMF store, and buy some conductive ‘Y-Paint’. Paint the bedroom & door, and connect to a ‘ground’ as instructed. You won’t be able to use your cell phone in your bedroom anymore, but you will have a true EMF-free sanctuary while your body does it’s subtle rebuilding and hormonal release for ~1/3 of your life. Best bang-for-the-buck.

    Let me know if I can be of more assistance. 😉
    MSEE, and health geek! 😉

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