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RadioFrequency or RF radiation is a type of electromagnetic wave.

From our post yesterday, recall that electromagnetic waves have both electric and magnetic fields, perpendicular to each other, that travel through space in an invisible wave-like pattern at the speed of light. 

All forms of electromagnetic energy are collectively known as the electromagnetic spectrum.

The EM spectrum categorizes types of energy based on frequency, wavelength, and energy. 

  • Frequency is measured in cycles per second (hertz). One thousand hertz is referred to as a kilohertz (KHz), 1 million hertz as a megahertz (MHz), and 1 billion hertz as a gigahertz (GHz). 
  • Wavelength is measured in meters, and it describes the distance between peaks of a wave. Radio waves range in length from very big, like the size of a tall building, to small, like the size of a football.
  • Energy is measured in electron volts, or sometimes units called Joules or kilocalories. It is directly proportional to frequency.

RF waves correspond to the part of the electromagnetic spectrum where electromagnetic waves have frequencies in the range of about 3 kilohertz (3 kHz) to 300 gigahertz (300 GHz). 

This is the frequency range in which radio is broadcast, which gives us the common name for this range. RF have low frequencies and long wavelengths, as opposed to something like an x-ray or gamma ray that have high frequencies and shorter wavelength. RF waves also have lower total energy than x-rays or gamma rays. 

Microwaves (MW) range from about 1 GHz to 30 GHz. RF and MW radiation are usually treated together, because they have similar characteristics. 

RF waves are emitted by celestial bodies like planets and clusters of gases as well as Earthly electronic devices.

The most common use for RF energy is in telecommunications. The RF waves emanating from an antenna are generated by the movement of electrical charges in the antenna. Radio and TV broadcasting, cell phones, radio communications for emergency services, and satellite communications are some of the many telecommunications applications that use RF energy.  

So what does all this mean for human health?

The short answer is that it depends on your source.

Science has undoubtedly established that the higher the frequency, the greater the risk to human health. Some consider RF radiation to be high frequency, while others brush it off as too low a frequency to pose any danger.

Research is still mixed on what threats cell phones, cordless phones, mobile antennas, broadcast towers, electrical security systems pose to people, although it is well known that the closely related microwaves can cause harm from disruption in sleep cycles to changes in DNA.

Here are some considerations:

  • Radiation does not equal radioactivity. Radiation waves are generally invisible, have no weight or odor, and have no positive or negative charge.  Radioactive particles, on the other hand, are also invisible, but they have weight and may have a positive or negative charge. Some radiation waves can be seen and felt (such as light or heat), while others (like x-rays) can only be detected with special instrumentation.
  • Radio and TV signals, microwaves, and laser light are said to be nonionizing types of radiation. The energy levels associated with RF and microwave radiation are not great enough to cause the ionization of atoms and molecules. 

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It is important to understand what is and isn’t ionizing radiation so you can better understand what the potential health effects might be:

Ionizing radiation has a lot of energy that can cause changes in atoms. X-rays, gamma rays, alpha particles, and beta particles are ionizing radiation. 

Ionization is a process by which electrons are stripped from or added to atoms and molecules. This process can produce molecular changes that can lead to damage in biological tissue, including effects on DNA, the genetic material of living organisms. X-radiation and gamma radiation are a few types of EM radiation with enough energy to ionize biological material. Therefore, X-rays and gamma rays are examples of ionizing radiation. 

Nonionizing radiation has far less energy than ionizing radiation. Many scientists standardly classify and accept radio and TV signals, microwaves, and laser light as nonionizing types of radiation and therefore conclude they have little effect on human health.

That said, "the WHO/International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans, based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer, associated with wireless phone use" (source)...which is certainly anything but harmless.

More research is warranted, and we will soon conduct a series of experiments to measure the effects of RF waves for ourselves. 

It is definitely worth noting that while all RFs are EMFs, not all EMFs are RFs. Higher energy waves are not conducive to supporting full thrival and are actually detrimental to health. In upcoming posts, we will go further into this topic. 

We hope we have empowered you with a little more knowledge about RF energy and how it works so you can make wise choices to protect your health! We also hope that you are inspired to do more research for yourself. 

For additional resources on this topic, please check out some of these links and the ones above:



I found this article to be very well done and very valuable for knowledge upgrades!
Knowledge is power~*~

Yes it is fairly introductory to the topic, but a lot of people need to start at square one when it comes to considering and discussing energy. Because it can't be seen and touched and many are not accustomed to feeling energy differences, it is very easy to ignore as having any real impact on health, but that is a major oversight. It's important to understand and be aware of the energies we expose ourselves to!

Looking forward to conducting a few experiments and sharing more research to benefit all!

Yes the experiments are going to be the best part!

I just finished a bachelor in engineering and during my study I fell over, some science paper's about this topic, which made me look deep into it parallel with my study. From what i have researched and found out, the "science community" is not mixed weather is cellphone radiation dangerous or not, but they are mixed in who is sponsoring them. The scientists and science reports that get any mainstream media coverage, is only the scientists and reports that is sponsered by telecommunication industri. We don't need more research, according to Olle Johanson independent scientist karolinska institute in Sweden Kvote "there is 25,000 reports in the world produced sinse 1970, that proves without a dought, that cellphone radiation, wifi and all EMF's etc. is dangerous and a cancer promotor for the human cell and all other cell's on this planet". So the question is, What are we going to do about it???
I think we have to be careful not to sugar coat the facts, but truely face what is going on
Great post and lets stop this nonsense

a great post. it turns out that radio waves are very dangerous for health. thank you for sharing your knowledge @gardenofeden. success for you always

You're welcome, and thank you for your continued support, @rizasukma!

You are welcome my friend :-)

I must agree that EMF have a negative impact on human health. Although again a controversial subject it also depends on the predisposition of our physical bodies. I have had first hand experience with this, and as you said many factors play a role and influence the severity of the outcome and/or impact on the physical body. But its nonetheless important to be aware. Thank you for sharing such valuable info!

Agreed, awareness is key! While not all EMFs are harmful (like visible light), there are certainly types of energy/waves that are detrimental (like gamma rays). It seems like people are becoming more sensitive to or aware of different types of energy, but it's still not commonly discussed or considered - we want to change that. Energy is worth consideration, and knowing how different types affect an individual is the key to empowered decisions to protect health!

Thanks for the post @gardenofeden! It seems to me that the concern of many people about not getting under the influence of radio waves is greatly exaggerated.
The world is so entangled by the networks of waves that involuntarily through us there pass probably hundreds, and maybe thousands of invisible signals every day. Take for example radar installations located at military bases. They catch their own signal back, after he rounded the planet. Is it possible for an ordinary person to be protected from all this? I think not.
Therefore, for myself, it has long accepted this as a reality and has reconciled itself to avoiding the effects of waves of different lengths. Of course, if you do not go to live in deep mines somewhere in the Antarctica area ... :)

Yes it is possible to protect yourself and especially your kids, because they haven't asked for this! What is most important for the human body is not to be hit by any radiation at night, because it will reduce production of the hormone melatonin and in the long run shot it totally down. Melatonin is made by the pineal gland and help controlling your sleep and awake cycles. It is an antooxidant and it has an effect on most biological and physiological processes. Which means if your melatonin production is low or gone, you risk of getting future disease including cancer is much higher. One could say it has an important role in the autonomic processes happening in the immune system of the body. If interested check out some of my recent posting regarding this topic.
If you want to know about EMF-shielding check this site:

Thank you for this - it's a subject which is very much in my awareness as I am super-sensitive to EMFs. I'll be looking out for your experiment posts!

your knowledge about health is very good, very rarely do people think like this. I really like people who always take care of their health.
thank you for sharing health information for today.

I heard the smart meters that most people have installed on their house emit RF. Is that true?

Smart meters are very detrimental to health. I'm sure that is something that will be discussed in length from a soon to come post.

I await your post.

We are currently testing and the post will be coming shortly. You wouldn't believe how much information is out there and currently unknown that we feel strongly about shedding some light on~

Does your testing cover smart meters?

Yes we will be testing smart meters.

Yes it is. You should check out this website: http://smartmetersmurder.com/
There is a lot of info on this site

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Thanks for sharing such details. :)

Wow , Nice Post

I would wager to say that most people are very poorly educated on this topic--if at all! Thanks for raising the awareness and shining some much needed light on this subject. I'm truly grateful we are looking into this more in depth--I'm sure we will all benefit greatly.

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