Overpowered Overview

One of the leading books educating people on the effects of EMF is Dr. Blanks, Overpowered.


A brief description of the book Overpowered:

Keys, wallet, cell phone . . . ready to go! Cell phones have become ubiquitous fixtures of twenty-first-century life—suctioned to our ears and stuck in our pockets. Yet, we’ve all heard whispers that these essential little devices give you brain cancer. Many of us are left wondering, as Maureen Dowd recently asked in the New York Times, “Are cells the new cigarettes?”

Overpowered brings readers, in accessible and fascinating prose, through the science, indicating biological effects resulting from low, non-thermal levels of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation (levels considered safe by regulatory agencies), coming not only from cell phones, but many other devices we use in our homes and offices every day.

Dr. Blank arms us with the information we need to lobby government and industry to keep ourselves and our families safe.


Dr. Martin Blank has been studying the effects of EMFs for 30+ years. His book is well written, easy to read, and is backed up by lots of published research. Do yourself a favor and read this book and then decide if EMFs and radio frequencies (RF) in particular are harmful to your health. And please be aware…they are much worse for babies and children.



Electricity and EMFs

We are surrounded by electricity.  Over the last century and a half, humankind has made progress in harnessing and understanding this natural phenomenon.  We are taught to fear electricity when it is concentrated in large quantities but it can be equally as hazardous to your health in small quantities, especially over a prolonged period of exposure.  You may feel slightly unnerved by the buzz of powerlines over your head, but do you feel that same unease when you cradle your cell phone against your cheek? It may seem odd, but the type of electricity sourced by power lines is oddly much less dangerous than that emitted by your cell phone.

Electricity travels in currents and electrical currents produce a magnetic field.  This is referred to as an “electromagnetic field” or EMF for short. Anything that produces an EMF falls into two categories: ionizing and non-ionizing.  Ionizing EMFs are commonly used in diagnostic imaging like x-rays. Non-ionizing EMFs are the sort you encounter daily, and those can be further divided into two sub-categories:  extremely low frequency EMFs and radiofrequency radiation.

Radiofrequency radiation is produced by things like cell phones, wireless routers, and Bluetooth headsets.  Several health risks have been associated with this sort of EMF, from heightened anxiety and chronic headaches, to hormone imbalances, to cancer.  Considering this sort of technology hasn’t been around long enough to definitively determine the long-term effects of exposure, the safest route to avoid potential health problems is to shield our bodies from EMF as much as possible.  

The Lylo bag is a simple way you can protect your body from harmful radiofrequency radiation because the interior is lined with EMF-shielding fabric.  If you stick your cell-phone inside the Lylo bag, the conductive material with which it’s lined keeps the EMF from penetrating your body or anyone else’s.  Make the wisest choice and start protecting yourself and your family today.


Article by Ashli Riggle

8 Ways to lessen the EMF (radiation) in your home

    1. Router Location.  Keep router away from beds and areas where the family is together.  ie. kitchen, living room, etc.  If you live in a smaller space, consider mounting it high on a shelf. It’s best to keep it more than 6 feet away from a space where you spend a lot of time.
    2. Use your phone in Wifi mode when possible.  There is more EMF generated with cell phone connection since it needs the power and energy to connect through walls and to a tower sometimes miles away.
    3. Put your wifi on a timer to shut off at night when it’s not in use.  You can purchase timers at amazon for only $10! This is the one we use.
    4. If you have Sonos or AppleTV, it is emitting a signal every few seconds!  Keep these devices out of your bedrooms and at least a few feet or more, away from kids.  If you do have them in your room, consider putting them on a power switch that you can turn off after viewing.  Check out my video with my EMF meter here.
    5. Put devices in airplane mode when your kids are playing on them.   This applies when kids are using them for apps,  If your kids are playing with ipads or with apps, make sure your devices are in airplane mode.  With the devices so close to their growing bodies, it’s best to keep them from emitting any energy.   To watch movies or listen to playlists on your phone, download them first, then switch to airplane mode while you watch or listen.
    6. Make sure there are no beds directly on the other side of the wall from a smart meter.  Smart meters emit a lot of energy to constantly connect and transmit your homes energy use to power companies.  We made this mistake when we rented our home in Park City.  It appeared that there was a smart meter on the other side of the house….we had unknowingly put the baby’s crib on the other side of the wall.  ish.
    7. Hard wire your computers.  If you are on your desktop or laptop most of the day at home, consider using ethernet to plug into the internet instead of wireless.
    8. Unplug your printer and other devices when not in use.  Your printer is constantly connecting to your computer.  While it’s an awesome convenience, (we love ours!), I keep it turned off while it’s not on since it’s right next to me.

By Hollye Shepherd, mindful mama, and founder of the Lylo Pack.


“Don’t keep cell phones next to your body” — California Dept of Health

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