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EMF Studies

13 July 2015

Wireless and EMF Reduction for Autism

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More than 550 scientific studies have linked autism to exposure to radiofrequency radiation / electromagnetic fields, according to Dr. Martha Herbert, Professor of pediatric neurology at Harvard University.  (See the December 2012 BioInitiative Report, Section 20.)

Wireless and EMF Reduction for Autism
Clear Light Ventures, 31 July 2014

Over the last 15 years I have helped my children recover from autism and have watched them develop into really remarkable young men. 10 years ago, I was able to quit my job and focus on their recovery full time. I have the time, money and access to some of the best experts in the world. I have looked at the wide range of theories around autism and talked to parents whose children have regressed into autism and also recovered.

The question to ask is not can children recover, but what are the most simple and effective protocols for recovery? Families with autistic children are already overburdened and overloaded on all levels. They need something simple and effective that they can try for free.

That protocol now exists and most children who try it improve. After everything I've done over the the last 15 years, this has been the most effective, and in retrospect, if I had known about it at the beginning, I would have started with this protocol. It is fairly simple and can be taught to children. The hard part is believing that it will work and changing a long held assumption that electromagnetic fields and wireless radiation are completely safe. This is something that I truly believed as an engineer and designer in Silicon Valley. It took me several years to release this tightly held belief.

For a period early in my career I was a troubleshooter in customer support for a company that made high-end workstations and supercomputers. When something was broken, we'd replace the most likely suspect parts. If the first couple board replacements didn't work, we'd systematically replace every part until the system worked perfectly. If a larger problem happened in manufacturing and the defect rate of a new product increased, again, we would systematically look at everything that changed, not only with every part, but also with the manufacturing environment. The first clean rooms were built in Silicon Valley to reduce chemical contamination and electrostatic discharge. Along the way, as chips became smaller and smaller, special rooms had to be created to minimize vibration, electrical noise and micro-surges that interfered with the machines that traced the microscopic circuits and wires that make up the chips and boards inside the computers.

Many things in our environment have changed and made it harder for our children to develop normally and to their full potential. Our children are now born with, on average, almost 300 man-made chemicals in their bodies. My experience is that efforts to reduce toxins are effective, but also take a great deal of time, effort, diligence and cost.

Dr. Toril Jelter in California has pioneered a simple protocol to reduce exposure to constant sources of wireless radiation and electrical noise. Over 80% of her patients show measurable improvement in 2 weeks. This protocol is simple enough that you can do it on your own:

Turn these four common sources of constant wireless radiation and electrical noise off at night for at least 12 hrs:

1) Baby monitors: Unplug for the duration of the trial.

2) Cordless phone base stations: Unplug the cordless phone base station (the largest unit that usually has the answering machine and physical phone line going into it.) Some people put this on an electrical timer.

3) Wi-Fi: Use a timer for the plug or software configuration to turn off at night.

4) Bedroom electrical circuit breaker: Find the circuit breaker that controls the electrical outlets in the child's bedroom. Turning that off at night will reduce the majority of exposure to field effects and electrical noise (commonly called "dirty electricity").

Before you do these things, you may want to get some baseline data on your child. Take a few photos and some videos to document how your child moves. Dr. Jelter asks her parents to fill out this survey before the trial and again after two weeks.
What to Expect

The majority of children will slowly and steadily improve as they sleep better. We know that wireless exposure can drive down melatonin, glutathione and increase oxidation and inflammation. For most children, removing this constant interference allows their bodies to heal and become more coherent. A small number of children will show a dramatic improvement after just a few nights of sleeping well. One non-verbal autistic boy actually spoke a complete sentence for the first time after 3 days on this protocol.

83% of the children in Dr. Jelter's trials have shown measurable improvement after just 2 weeks, and the improvement continued on for months after the trial. The 2 week trial was designed to convince skeptical parents, many of them who are engineers in high tech, that this would work. Once they see that it does, they often go on to reduce other sources of wireless and EMF.

In 17% of the cases, the children showed no measurable improvement. This does not rule out EMF exposure as a factor. It may mean that EMF levels are from other less common sources, or from external sources in the neighborhood, such as a neighbor’s wi-fi signal, or a cell tower. In these cases, a building biologist or other professional trained in EMF measurement and mitigation might be required to evaluate the home. If EMFs are fully eliminated, then one should continue to evaluate other functional medicine factors such as toxins, diet, gut health, infections and inflammation.

If this protocol works for you, please share this document with your network.

References

Autism and EMF? Plausibility of a Pathophysiological Link, Part 1 and Part 2 by Dr. Martha Herbert (pediatric neurologist at Harvard Medical School) and Cindy Sage (co-editor of the BioInitiative Reports) in Pathophysiology 2013

Autism and EMF: Published Papers (2004-2014)

Calming Behavior in Children with Autism and ADHD by Katie Springer (2014)
Additional Resources

EMF and Autism Update by Peter Sullivan (2014)

Understanding EMF and Wireless Safety by Peter Sullivan (2014)

The Real Reason Electronics Are Effecting Our Sleep by Peter Sullivan (2014)

Find a local Building Biologist to test for EMF's in your home
Videos

Understanding Autism - Peter Sullivan (2013)

Dirty Electrical Noise - Peter Sullivan (2013)
Conferences

Wireless: A key piece of the autism puzzle and what you can do about it - Peter Sullivan (05/22/2015)

The Autism Epidemic Is Caused by EMFs, Acting via Calcium Channels and Chemicals Acting via NMDA-Rs: Downstream Effects Cause Autism - Martin L Pall, PhD (05/23/2015)

http://www.clearlightventures.com/blog/2014/07/emf-reduction-for-autism.html

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