Monday, October 19, 2009

Electromagnetic EMF Shielding Canopies

NB: Electricforester has no association with electrosmogshieldingcanopies or companies of a similar name.
Taking steps to reduce total electromagnetic exposure is now normal for many people, especially those who may be ES (ElectroSensitive) and do not want to become EHS (Electromagnetically HyperSensitive). One significant way of helping to achieve this simply and quickly is by investing in a shielding canopy that covers both the bed and its occupant(s) at night. Exposure to electromagnetic pollution - 'Electrosmog', particularly where one sleeps is especially damaging. During the day, the body is set-up for action. During the night, the body is geared for recovery and repair. Many people today experience disturbed sleep and wake up frequently during the night for no apparent reason. Exposure to electrosmog, especially at night, not only disturbs sleep but it appears to interfere with detoxification. Stressed cells are likely to have compromised metabolism and reduced ability to neutralize toxins. The pineal gland is active when light (which is another form of electromagnetic radiation) is absent. It controls production of Melatonin (a powerful anti-oxidant) which is important in the detoxification process. Night time exposure to light, or electrosmog, suppresses Melatonin production. Research into how and why is on-going but you don’t have to be fully conversant with the biochemistry to appreciate your body’s need for a good nights sleep.
Rebound Effects:
When people are able to sleep deeply in the electromagnetically sanitized environment that is created by a shielding bed canopy, their bodies heave a sigh of relief and start to detoxify properly, perhaps for the first time in years. Paradoxically, this can make them feel worse for a few days, until their bodies let go of some of their historic toxic load and re-stabilise. When this happens, the depth and quality of sleep they experience can be surprising and initially even a little frightening. So used have their bodies become to shallow sleep, that when they re-experience the deep satisfying uninterrupted sleep their bodies have craved for so long, it can at first be a bit unsettling. Within a short time however, most people come to love the new peace and tranquillity they experience in their shielded beds.

New Developments:
Domestic electromagnetic shielding canopies are a new innovation, created out of necessity and experience of using them to best effect is still evolving. People who are seriously affected by exposure to electrosmog generally need to achieve immediate respite. During the all-important hours of sleep, increasing ambient levels of radio frequency radiation are now attacking everyone and shielding canopies provide a quick and effective solution. The roll-out of mobile phone networks, digital terrestrial television, home-hubs, cordless phones and new upcoming airborne/satellite systems mean that everyone’s RF exposure is rising and for those who cannot tolerate even today‘s levels, protection at night is likely to become increasingly necessary.
However, initial relief may wane over time and growing experience of the longer-term effects of continually sleeping inside a fully enclosed shielding canopy suggest that some further understanding of their properties is needed. It now appears better not to sleep in a totally enclosed Faraday Cage every night, forever and some temporary cessation appears beneficial, at least for some, even if total protection is reduced.
One does not have to be scientifically or medically orientated to recognize that the balance of both positive and negative ions that exists in outdoor air, is beneficial. It seems reasonable therefore that any disturbance to this natural balance indoors is probably not without some disadvantages.
Air can pass with varying amounts of freedom through electromagnetic shielding fabrics such as Chromax EMF / Daylite, Naturell, Swiss-Shield Evolution, Bobbinet etc. but ions tend to be stopped. It has recently been reported that this can result in a depletion of negative ions and a corresponding increase in positive ions inside the canopy during the course of a night‘s sleep. A good blow-through of the room and canopy each day is probably beneficial for any number of reasons and room ventilation at night may likewise be helpful, though it pays to beware of airborne pollution and the possibility of shifting wind direction while one is asleep.
Ensuring that airborne ions can pass unhindered through a canopy opening allows ion concentrations inside and outside the shielding fabric to normalise to ambient room levels. One way to achieve this without compromising protection entirely is to leave the canopy open at one or both ends or at the sides. About a square foot should suffice but experiment to keep the opening(s) as small as possible - maybe use a hairgrip or clothes peg to lift up the fabric. Whilst this will reduce shielding effectiveness a little, if thick walls or other substantial structures provides some protection, then theirs is possibly the best direction to have open. Hanging a large piece of shielding cloth on a wall opposite may provide some shielding of the opening. Measuring equipment bought or hired can reveal the effectiveness of the shielding and allow suitable adjustment to optimise the configuration. 
Note: Canopy materials may not be effective at shielding against high GigaHertz (8+GHz) satellite radiation, 5G or lower frequency (Long Wave KHz) signals but can still be expected to reduce total (cumulative) EMF exposure . 


Barb said...

Thank you, Roger. I was wondering about not getting the negative ions from the Earth while I'm sleeping. I'm in a third-floor apartment, so I also have a piece of the shielding fabric on the floor underneath my bed (so shielded on all 6 sides). I do feel that I'm somewhat unwell again, and my instincts already were having your discussion with me. I always did, and continue to, leave my canopy partly open all day and fairly often do a blow-through of air in the bedroom. I have a persnickety question: If EMR gets inside the canopy just as I'm closing the canopy for the night, how long does it bounce around inside? (No doubt part of the answer is "it depends" but could you just give me an idea.) Also, is it okay to use a battery-powered clock INSIDE the canopy? A battery-powered small light? A battery-powered laptop computer (without wifi, of course!)? Is it of dire importance to keep the canopy 12 inches or so away from walls (even if circuitbreakers to that room and neighbouring rooms are off during the night)? Thanks very much, Barb

Electric Forester said...

Hi Barb, Thanks for sharing your questions. In a 3rd floor apartment you are doing the right thing with an under-bed shield. If you can find somewhere safe to spend a night or two from time to time without having to use a canopy at all (preferably at ground level or under ground) you may find that helpful. Be careful of unexpected electrosmog sources in unfamiliar locations, especially basements and use your canopy if you are not sure. Of course also stay away from magnetic fields from electrical supply meters, furnaces etc. Don't worry about EMR getting into your canopy with you. The inside is a Fraraday Cage/sanctuary so on no account should you use anything electrical/electronic inside a canopy as any RF given off will bounce around inside. The only exception is a regular flashlight with a bulb e.g. a old style Maglite or an LED light if you can tolerate the light quality. An LED torch must have 3 x 1.5 volt batteries and 1 or 3 LEDs as these don’t oscillate. Some LED torches use a single 1.5 volt battery and have to have a small oscillator and transformer inside to raise the voltage to 4.5 volts needed by LED's. These give off electrosmog and you absolutely do not want one of these inside your shielding with you. Use an AM radio to check. Keeping a distance from the canopy is good if you can achieve it but pillows, bedding/duvets, even a hat can provide the necessary electrical insulation. It’s good to turn the circuit breakers off, but it’s the rectified radio waves hitting the canopy you want to stay away from. Hope this helps.

TJ said...

I live near FM and cell towers. At night i turn off the circuit breaker to my bedroom and have full canopy shielding around and under me. It has made the world of differnce, allowing me to sleep throughout the night now. Would you please clarify what 'rectified radiowaves' means in your response to 'Barb'. Thanks so much.

Electric Forester said...

When radio waves/microwaves hit a shielding canopy, it is my understanding that depending on the material and its frequency attenuation properties, most will bounce off but others may be absorbed and re-radiated (perhaps at a different frequency or as heat or as electric field). Anything metal, from the steel structure of a building to a chain-link fence or a metalised shieldingg canopy will act as an antenna for radio waves and that energy has to go somehere. That raises the thorny question of whether it is better to earth a canopy or not. If all you have available is a building's electrical earth, it is perhaps better not to as this will likely have some signals/dirty electricity on it and the canopy is liable to radiate them inside and out. If the cannopy is 'floating' (is not earthed in any way) any signals it picks up might prefer to go into you if it is in contact with you, than be rectified/converted into heat or be reradiated. In order of preference I go for 1 floating, 2 earthed to a clean earth in the ground, 3 earthed to a metal water pipe, 4 earthed to the third 'Earth' pin of an electrical outlet. Hope that's clear.
You may want to search Stetzerizer meter and dirty electricity filters.

insomnia said...

Hi Electric Forester

Thank you for your insightful comments about shielding canopies.

I live in the UK and I have suffered from terrible electrosensitivity related insomina for the past three years and i am desperate for a solution.

Can you reccomend an online supplier of shielding canopies? And which is the best value for money?

Also what do you do if you are traveling abroad? It would be hard to attach a canopy to the roof in a hotel?

Many thanks

Electric Forester said...

Hi insomnia,
Not sure I'm allowed to recommend specific suppliers on this blog. There are a limited number in the UK. You could contact the Electrosensitivity-UK helpline: / 0845 643 9748 who may be able to point you in the right direction. 'Shielding Sleeping bags' are available but should be kept off the face. Some people use a portable IV drip stand at the side or head of the bed to support their canopy in hotel rooms. String around a light fitting may work but usually has its difficulties, not least how to reach high enough safely. That said, attaching string to the canopy is easy. Use a small small coin or button inside, an elastic band outside to secure it. Attach the string to the 'tie-dye' style gathering using a timber-hitch or other knot. As frequencies increase, go for the best fabric you can afford and that has good attenuation up to 6 GHz.

Anonymous said...

Hi Roger
I've spoken to you in the past from Ireland, just found your blog very helpful! I want to buy a canopy but I am very confused. I have heard that Aaronia have the most protective fabric available. I have looked at Ysheild Naturell and heard that the Naturell did not sheild that well some Wifi signal was coming in. I have a limited budget and was considering making one using one of these fabrics. I wonder how difficult it is however to ensure the net is fully EMR proof (ie seams etc) and groundable. I am in a 2 storey building and need to have elf shielding also. I look forward to your response. Many thanks KT

Electric Forester said...

Hi KT. Glad you find this blog helpful. Please tell others who may need the information. Canopies should be the best you can afford with the highest attenuation in the widest frequency bands. With 4G/Tetra below 1GHz and new Wi-Fi (N) at about 5.6 GHz along with radar and alarm systems up to a nominal 30GHz it is unlikely that you will find a fabric which will stop it all.That's why, important as it may be to 'know your enemy', if this spectrum of emissions is not already overlaying your environment, it may well be before long. Shielding, especially at night, gives your body a chance to recover from daily onslaughts. Distancing oneself from RF/EMF/Microwave sources as much as possible will also make best use of limited tolerance. Only metal sheet/foil will stop 100% of frequencies (c.1 -30 GHz) but if signals get in or are generated within a foil protected space e.g. by a laptop computer, they will bounce around uncontrollably. Attenuation is the key but no fabric/paint will stop all of the the signals now coming from the enormous range of sources in our environment. Satisfy yourself with doing the best you can afford. Avoidance rather than protection may be the cheapest option but detecting sources and protecting yourself (by maximising distance and minimising duration if possible) is also very important. If it has a battery in it or a plug on it - stay away from it.
Remember, if you use a bed canopy on an upper floor to make sure you have an under-bed-shield.

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Anonymous said...

Hi thanks for the contributions one and all very informative - I have been experiencing ES symptoms for nearly 20 years and for the last 7 years have had to sleep on a mattress on my living room floor to get a modicum of sleep. Sadly of late I have started to experience greater insomnia most likely due to the extension of a local mast by another 4m high, plus the addition of a 4G signal. There is also the issue of staying around the home (currently between jobs) so rather than moving around all day in differing locations and getting a diffuse mix of irradiation I get the local 4G as I mope about the house, so perhaps by the evening my body is quite aggravated by the same old onslaught and this is not good preparation for sleep ie same old familiar signal bIt like a sitting duck, I am lying still in one place ! I always use the comparison of - whats the best way to get a good tan, sit in the same place/position for as long as you can - suns rays/4G rays/tanning/sleeping similar deal, your body gets a higher level of focused radiation, just long enough for the chemical reaction/allergic responses to take place and leave you feeling worse for wear and wanting to take flight !

So - We used to have just a sparse/intermittent 3G signal now we have 4G seen on 3 bars of a mobile phone within the house. I now awake at approx 3am after 3 hours of sleep feeling sick and restless throughout my whole body, I have had this feeling when sleeping away from the home but now it has come home to roost - So in desperation (a small hours desperate move) and with lack of funds I reached for the Mylar survival blanket and draped it over my bed, and somehow got a better nights sleeps (what remained of it) only drawback crinkly/noisy mylar sound whenever you move plus a pile of condensation from my breath on the inside of the mylar. I have since evolved this setup and purchased a pop-up garden cloche which I cover in mylar (survival blankets) and low and behold I have started to get a better longer sleep. My Cornet meter registers nothing inside the tent/cloche and on sound mode registers an extremely faint signal, gone is the ticking, and radar blip plus mast cell sounds. However there are drawbacks and just like Roger has stated I definitely have felt the detox thing for the first 4 days, plus the heat build-up as it’s a no brainer you are trussed up like a Christmas turkey in this set -up. I have also earthed the mylar to a radiator having checked the metalwork for dirty power with an AM radio - that said I have also checked it with an electric field meter and it registers as 0.
The whole point of the exercise over and beyond getting immediate somewhat tainted relief in the sleep department, is that I intend to purchase a fabric sleep net (for holiday use) as soon as I have the funds, plus I intend to construct a permanent fine metal mesh faraday sleep cage now that I have some faith that the shielded sleeping arrangement phenomenon is going to be worthwhile for me. If anyone has any direct experience of creating a metal mesh sleep cage it would be very interesting, it certainly seems a viable and quite economical solution.