We water them, talk to them, celebrate each bloom – we love our houseplants! So it’s a little disturbing to hear that our wireless routers might be contributing to the winter wilt!
According to the online cultural mag, the Daily Dot “an experiment by a handful of high school students in Denmark has sparked some serious international interest in the scientific community.” The girls won a prize for their work at the Danish national science fair.
“Five ninth-grade girls at Hjallerup School in North Jutland, Denmark, placed six trays of garden cress seeds next to Wi-Fi routers that emitted roughly the same microwave radiation as a mobile phone. Then they placed six more trays of seeds in a separate room without routers. The girls controlled both environments for room temperature, sunlight and water. After 12 days, they found the garden cress seeds in the routerless room had exploded into bushy greenery, while the seeds next to the Wi-Fi routers were brown, shriveled, and even mutated.” (See Photo above)
ABC News reported that “a similar study was conducted about three years ago in the Netherlands when researchers noticed that some trees in urban areas were showing “bark lumps,” according to Popular Science. The experiment, conducted by Wageningen University, involved exposing 20 ash trees to various kinds of radiation for three months. The trees chosen to test tolerance to heavy WiFi signals began to show typical signs of radiation sickness, including a “lead-like shine” on their leaves.”
More rigorous scientific studies are needed, but in the meantime, reports like these seem to point towards moderation and prevention. It’s hard to live WiFi-free, but there are ways to use that resource consciously to protect ourselves and our plants! This is especially important for people already experiencing EMF sensitivity. (LINK HERE TO MY EARLIER BLOG ABOUT IT), but everyone could benefit from a little mindfulness. Here are three practical strategies to consider.
1. If our work requires us to spend too much time on the computer or around WiFi, staying grounded and healthy through good eating and exercise habits is key! Keeping the immune system healthy will help you deal with exposure to EMF and any other environmental challenges.
3. Finally, being mindful about how and when we use WiFi and related technologies is easier than we might think. Read our recommendations for safer WiFi use, switch off the WiFi function on our laptops to lower WiFi exposure when we aren’t using it. Most importantly, switch everything off at night.
“Studies tell us that the biggest danger with WiFi radiation comes from nighttime exposures; cellular regeneration, rejuvenation, and detoxification is impeded and notably melatonin production can be significantly reduced. If you really can’t bring yourself to remove your wireless router you can install a simple mechanical electrical timer on the socket where you plug your router in. Then just set it to turn the power off during sleep time.”
Navigating the new life/work challenges of technology takes some creative skill these days. But there are ways to keep our energy in full bloom, without sacrificing the connectivity we value.
by Carol Burbank