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27 August 2013

Swiss Government Wants to Measure Electrosmog in Homes

Government Wants to Measure Electrosmog in Homes
(20min.ch - German version - 26 August 2013) (Translation from German by Google and the Editor of this blog.)

While arguing about radiation from mobile phone antennas, no one knows how strongly we are irradiated in the office and at home. Now the federal government will look into a new measurement system.

Mobile phones, shavers, PC’s, lamps, Wi-Fi: these are continuously irradiating in the bedroom, the living room and the office. Electrosensitive persons are certain that they are getting headaches, balance and sleep disorders from this.

Although research is divided on whether these symptoms actually stem from electrosmog, it has been scientifically proven that certain radiation heats up the body and can affect the nervous system. But not even the federal government knows how much radiation exposure there actually is in Swiss homes and offices.

This is about to change: The federal government is currently studying options for systematic measurements. "There are plans to build a monitoring system. In future, the total load from all sources will be recorded, "confirms Jürg Baumann, Head of the Non-ionizing Section in the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN).

Radiation interacts with the nervous system

Also an ETH (Federal Polytechnic School) expert, Gregory Dürrenberger of the Research Foundation for electricity and mobile communications (FSM) is in favor of more comprehensive measurements. "A meaningful monitoring system should equip an individual for 24 hours with sensors and record emissions." Although Switzerland currently has a legal electrosmog limit of 4 or 6 volts per meter for mobile telephony and regulations for power lines, electric railways, mobile phone antennas, radio and TV or radar, private sources are not recorded.

This plays a big role: "The electromagnetic pollution in homes is greater than the average citizen publicly produces", Markus Lauener, president of the electrosmog umbrella organization for Switzerland and Liechtenstein (Dachverbandes Elektrosmog Schweiz), is convinced. "One is irradiated from TV, Wi-Fi and cordless telephones of neighbors. And from our own devices. "

If the measurements obtained by the federal government reach critical values, it is clear what needs to happen. "On each household appliance there must be an indication of how much radiation it emits." The current limits are based on economic rather than scientific knowledge. Peter Schlegel, ETH engineer, and representatives of electrohypersentivie persons (EHS) want to have only 1.5 volts per meter measurement in homes for WLAN (Wi-Fi).

Urgent need for regulation

For Hans-Ulrich Jakob of Gigahertz, a trade organization for non-ionizing radiation, such measurements are alarming. "My fear is that many people in offices suffer from electrosmog without knowing it," As the radiation causes a general weakening of the immune system, susceptibility to various diseases results.

The Green Party National Councillor Yvonne Gilli will soon bring the issue back on the political scene: "There is an urgent need for regulation of devices close to the body. There are still no limits for induction cookers and Co." She plans to contact the relevant authorities to work together to formulate a way forward. In addition, citizens should be educated: "People do not know enough about how they can reduce exposure to electromagnetic pollution in their homes through significant precautions and practices."

Knowing how much radiation we are exposed to every day will still take time. The establishment of a monitoring system by the federal government will take a few years according to Jürg Baumann of the FOEN.

Original article in German :


  1. The article is in the right direction. However, stating "it has been scientifically proven that certain radiation heats up the body and can affect the nervous system" falls into the trap laid by the vested interests that have shaped the course of scientific research in this field (bioelectromagnetics). This "shaping" continues the suppression of the entire concept of biological harm from non-thermal or so-called "weak" EM radiation. Contrarily, research indicates that it is not "weak" to our biological functioning.

    Anyone who is au fait with the baubiologische or numerous scientific evaluations and metastudies of such EMR and its relationship to health will note that 1.5V/m2 is still way too strong in the context of the maintenance of human health, and certainly completely inappropriate for EHS sufferers. Read "The Bioinitiative Report", for example. (search title for full version pdf available on web.

    1. Thank you, Michael. This type of feedback is much appreciated. Readers are invited to contribute their comments to this post.

    2. Michael your point is a good one. Dr. Pall's recent paper also shows the link between emf's and voltage gated calcium channels with adverse affects. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jcmm.12088/pdf

    3. Thank you for mentioning this May 2013 study. See also message from Dr. Pall, author of the study, posted on this blog : http://mieuxprevenir.blogspot.ch/2013/08/study-electromagnetic-fields-act-via.html


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