FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs)?
  2. How do EMFs affect the human body?
  3. What Health Problems are Associated with EMFs?
  4. How Can Houston EMF Consultants Help Me?
  5. How much do your services cost?
  6. What experience do you have to provide these services?
  7. I’m concerned about a power line/cell phone tower/electrical box/something else near my home. Can you just test for that concern?
  8. I bought an EMF meter and I’m getting high readings. What should I do?

Q. What are Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs)?

An electromagnetic field, or an “EMF,” consists of an energy field, invisible to the naked eye, that is produced by an electrically charged object (Source)  For purposes of our services, we divide EMFs into the following four categories: magnetic fields, electric fields, radio frequencies and dirty electricity.

  • Magnetic fields are produced when there is flow of electrical current and are typically found around power lines, electrical appliances and some home electrical wiring.
  • Electric fields exist whenever there is voltage present and are typically found around your home wiring, power/extension cords and power lines.
  • Radio frequencies are high-frequency waves that typically carry communications data and are emitted by cell phones, cell phone towers, WIFI routers and other devices involved with wireless technology.
  • Dirty electricity, also known as electromagnetic interference, consists of spikes and surges of electrical energy, or harmonics, that travel on electrical wiring and electrical fields. Dirty electricity is typically caused by anything that interrupts the flow of electricity, such as dimmer switches, solar panels and certain types of light bulbs.

Q. How do EMFs affect the human body?

Exposure to EMFs may cause several biological effects at the cellular level.  Studies have found that these effects may include DNA damage (Source), excess intercellular calcium (through the forced opening of voltage-gated calcium channels) (Source), a degradation of the blood-brain barrier (thus allowing toxins to enter the brain) (Source), reduced melatonin production (Source), reduced antioxidant production (Source) and an increase in stress hormones (Source), among other things.

 

Q. What Health Problems are Associated with EMFs?

The biological effects described above can lead to a wide range of health problems. Below is a non-comprehensive list of some of the conditions with which EMF exposure has been associated. A separate list of conditions and explanations of scientific studies can be found by clicking here.

Alzheimer’s

One study found that occupational exposure to the magnetic fields from machinery appeared to increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease (Source).  Another study has found that the magnetic field exposure from large power lines may present a similar risk (Source).

ADHD

A Yale University School of Medicine study found an increase in hyperactivity among mice that were exposed to EMFs in the womb prior to birth (Source).  In part because of this study, a group of doctors and research specialists started the Baby Safe Project to encourage women to reduce their EMF exposure during pregnancy (Source)

Autism

A Harvard Medical School researcher has published a paper showing that there are parallels between the biological effects of EMF exposure and biological expressions associated with autism (Source).  As a result, she states that those with autism get worse with exposure to EMFs and that it could be concluded that EMF exposure is a contributing factor to autism (Source).  Some doctors have now implemented an EMF reduction protocol as part of autism treatment programs (Source).

Cancer

It is possible that many different types of cancers could be linked to EMF exposure.  However, there have been specific studies that show possible associations with brain cancer (Source), breast cancer (Source) and childhood leukemia (Source).

Detoxification Difficulties

According to Nicolas Pineault in his book “The Non-Tin Foil Guide to EMFs: How to Fix Our Stupid Use of Technology,” some studies have suggested that exposure to EMFs could impair the function of the liver, kidneys or bladder, all of which collectively could hamper the normal detoxification process of the body. (pages 88-90, N&G Media, 2017)

Diabetes & Weight Gain/Control

Exposure to EMFs has been associated with increased blood glucose levels, which could impact the onset of diabetes and the ability to control one’s weight (Source).

Children’s Health

As described above, the major concern with children is with respect to ADHD, Autism and childhood leukemia.

Headaches

Several studies have linked cell phone use and radio frequencies from sources such as WIFI routers to headaches (Source).

Heart & Cardiovascular Problems

Racing heart (Source), high blood pressure (Source) and other cardiovascular issues could be linked to EMF exposure.

Infertility

Studies have indicated that EMF exposure could have a negative impact on male fertility (Source) by reducing sperm count or by damaging sperm and on female fertility (Source) by impacting hormones.

Mental Health Issues

Depression and anxiousness and other mental-health related symptoms have been associated with certain levels of exposure to EMFs (Source).

Nervous System Problems & Multiple Sclerosis

Exposure to EMFs has been associated with a negative impact on the nervous system.  For example, individuals with Multiple Sclerosis improved when their EMF exposure was reduced (Source).

Q. How Can Houston EMF Consultants Help Me?

If you decide to engage our services, our consultant would come to your home, or a home or lot you are buying, to test the levels of the four kinds of electromagnetic fields (“EMFs”): magnetic fields, electric fields, radio frequencies and dirty electricity.  Following the test, we would provide a report with the testing results.  Our report will also include simple suggestions on reducing your exposure to EMFs and possibilities for more complicated measures with which Houston EMF could assist with implementing.  Some of our customers also like to schedule a post-testing consultation with an EMF engineer to discuss testing results and get further recommendations on next steps.  After reviewing your report, if you decide that you want to make any renovations to your home to reduce your exposure to EMFs, we can assist with that work.

To get started, please take advantage of a free, no-obligation 15-minute phone consultation with one of our consultants to further discuss your concerns, our services and pricing.  Just fill out the information at the following link and we will be back in touch with you to confirm a time for your free consultation:  https://www.houstonemf.com/free-consultation

You can also call us at 832.856.0957.

We look forward to assisting you!

Q. How much do your services cost?

Generally, our services start at $400, which typically covers enough time to complete a test of a small home without complicated issues. If you have a large home, there are complicated issues or you want extensive on-site consultation, we charge $125 per hour for each additional hour needed. We also offer certain enhanced services for those who want a very comprehensive overview of their EMF exposure, and we offer special testing services for new construction projects. We do not charge any travel fees for Harris County, but there is a $75 travel fee for us to come to Waller, Montgomery, Liberty, Chambers, Galveston, Brazoria, or Fort Bend county. Additional travel fees would apply outside of these counties.

Please fill out the information at the following link and we will contact you with more information: https://www.houstonemf.com/free-consultation

Q. What experience do you have to provide these services?

Phase 1 Services – Home EMF Testing. Our EMF testing specialists have hundreds of hours of experience in measuring EMFs with our state-of-the-art equipment. Our testing specialists also have training to understand electrical systems, electronics and appliances, all of which will impact EMF testing results. Finally, the protocol that our testing specialists follow was developed in conjunction with some of the world’s experts in EMFs.

Phase 2 Services – Construction Planning. Our construction planning services will involve developing a plan to remediate EMFs in your home either during initial construction or as part of a renovation. We will work with some of the world’s experts in EMFs to ensure that your remediation plan achieves the intended result. As part of these services, we will also provide a bid on the actual construction work. Our extensive experience in the very specialized field of EMF remediation and our years of experience with home renovations and new home construction ensure that you will get a comprehensive plan with an accurate price.

Phase 3 Services – Construction Services. We have years of experience with home renovations and remodels, including the very specialized techniques involved in remediating EMFs. This experience is important. For example, painting a room with carbon-based paint to block high frequency radio waves seems like a simple task, but it is easy to do incorrectly. If done incorrectly, this attempted remediation can be completely ineffective or even increase your EMF exposure. We also have experience in working with other experts to address concerns such as Multiple Chemical Sensitivity or ensuring that the building materials used do not contain compounds harmful to human health.

To get started, please take advantage of a free, no-obligation 15-minute phone consultation with one of our consultants to further discuss your concerns, our services and pricing. Just fill out the information at the following link and we will be back in touch with you to confirm a time for your free consultation: https://www.houstonemf.com/free-consultation.

Q. I’m concerned about a power line/cell phone tower/electrical box/something else near my home. Can you just test for that concern?

Yes, we can test for any concern, but we recommend that you do a comprehensive EMF test of your home that tests for all types of EMFs.  If you only test for one concern, it is like going to a doctor for an annual physical and only checking your blood pressure while skipping your cholesterol test and other tests.  It typically does not make sense to only test for one type of EMF.

We would welcome the opportunity to discuss this topic with your further and to develop an EMF testing plan that works for you.  Please fill out the information at the following link and we will be back in touch with you for more information:  https://www.houstonemf.com/free-consultation

Q. I bought an EMF meter and I’m getting high readings. What should I do?

There are many EMF meters on the market, but not all of them are accurate.  Thus, we cannot advise whether the readings you are getting are correct.  In fact, we often find that low quality meters, especially apps on smart phones, drastically overstate EMF readings.  We only use high-quality equipment that will ensure we get an accurate assessment of your exposure to EMFs.  Additionally, accurately measuring EMFs and determining the true source of an EMF reading is complicated and can often be done incorrectly.

We would welcome the opportunity to discuss this topic with your further.  Please take advantage of a free, no-obligation 15-minute phone consultation with one of our consultants to further discuss your concerns, our services and pricing.  Just fill out the information at the following link and we will be back in touch with you to confirm a time for your free consultation:  https://www.houstonemf.com/free-consultation.

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