Hybrid Cars are Green but do they Put your Family at Risk? Travel Tips Series #3

Family in minivan

 Protect Yourself from EMF & Bluetooth while Driving

Is there a hidden dark side that comes with hybrid cars? Much has been touted about the energy savings that go with hybrid cars. Little attention has been given to possible health issues from EMF and Bluetooth technology in our new “smart cars”. Environmental protection agencies from countries outside the USA are studying the overall impact these cars can have on the health of the driver!

EMF Research Compares Diesel, Gasoline and Hybrid Cars

Six researchers from Israel measured the amount of EMF (Electromagnetic Radiation) in three diesel, four gasoline, and three hybrid vehicles. The lowest EMF was found in diesel vehicles, followed by gasoline and peaking in the hybrids. Hybrids also showed the widest variation, with radiation higher in the back seats in hybrids (particularly the back right seat) and higher in the front seats for non-hybrids. Your amount of exposure depends on your position in the vehicle. (See the study).

In 2014, SINTEF, the largest independent research organization in Scandinavia, proposed manufacturing guidelines that could reduce the electromagnetic radiation in electric vehicles. (See recommendations)To date, there is no evidence that any of these recommendations have been followed by manufacturers.

Some hybrids safer than others

IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) has stated that any electromagnetic fields stronger than 2mG could be a possible cause for cancer. The Ministry of Health in Israel recommends a maximum of 4mB.

In 2010, The automotive website, Wall! conducted a series of tests on Toyota Prius, Honda Insight and Honda Civic Hybrids and recorded radiation figures of up to 100mg during acceleration. Normal driving in the Prius recorded 14-30mG, depending on where a person was seated. They concluded that of all the hybrids, the Prius is the safest of the three. (See article)

Consumer Reports Finds EMF Issues with Gasoline Vehicles Too

In a casual study conducted by Consumer Reports, the Chevrolet Cobalt and the Toyota Highlander had higher EMF ratings than any of the electric hybrids that were tested. Their conclusion was that the EMF ratings were no higher than in conventional gasoline powered cars.

If you go to the study, you’ll see that Consumer Reports bought a hand-held ELF/Magnetic reader to take their measurements. With all due respect, these meters are designed for the average consumer to check around their home for EMF issues, not for conducting valid research. They measured ambient fields in the cars and never addressed what happens during acceleration. We also have to keep in mind that Consumer Report’s main function is to help the consumer buy products, not to protect the consumer from unhealthy products. (See their article)

Protect Yourself and Your Family

Many studies point to higher EMF in hybrids over conventional gasoline or diesel vehicles. However, all vehicles (even in the Consumer Reports article) showed moderate to high levels of EMF.

Our recommendation is to put EMF protection in your vehicle, regardless of its make and model! New cars come with Bluetooth capability, and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that your EMF will increase while you are using your phone in the car. Talking on the phone or using it for music or audio books via Bluetooth both have an impact. Why worry about EMF when it’s simple to take care of the issue? Simply hang one of our Room Shields from your rear view mirror, and it becomes your Auto EMF Shield!

Drive Safely and Alertly

Not only will you protect the health of yourself and your family, you might find that you are more alert. Why? EMF and WiFi (Bluetooth) can have an effect on your brain and reaction time. Many people report that they have much less difficulty staying awake, even on long trips. An extra bonus is that the Shields also “smooth” out emotional energy. That long family trip might just be a lot more pleasant.

By Virginia Brown, Occupational Therapist, President, BioElectric Shield Co.

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