I thought I’d briefly share this email which just arrived. As you can see the Powerwatch/EMFields product range is expanding, and as they say, electromagnetic hypersensitivity has been officially recognised as a disability by the government. If you’re frightened about electromagnetic radiation you can pay £28 to subscribe to the Powerwatch website. You can read badscience.net for free.
We have electrocloth back in stock! This is the material, that in additional to providing excellent screening against microwaves and electric fields as curtaining, also is tough enough (and can be handled well enough) that you can make it into clothing or bedding. One of our customers can be seen here wearing a shirt made from electrocloth.
If you have one of our instruments, or are considering buying one, why not buy a carrying case for it? Available in three sizes (small, medium, large) and two colours (blue or black), you should be able to find a carrying case suitable for any instrument or combination of instruments. (see: here for pictures, price and availability).
Although this news probably doesn’t seem terribly significant, we feel that it’s a huge step forward in getting EHS (Electrical Hypersensitivity) recognised by more people. What’s happened? We applied (back in April) to the VAT office to request that our silver bobbinet headnets and bed canopies be considered for zero-rating of VAT. They finally responded with a firm YES!
This means that EHS has been officially recognised as a disability by a government body!
The way that the canopies and headnets are eligible for this is that they have been manufactured solely for people with the disabling condition of EHS. According to the VAT office’s definition of a disability, the symptoms most commonly reported by sufferers of EHS have a significant effect on people’s lives and therefore they classify EHS as a disability.
So, if you suffer from EHS, and sign a declaration to this effect, we are now able to supply headnets and bed canopies with no VAT added. This change is not retrospective, and we do need the declaration before any products are shipped. You can find the full information here.
Unfortunately the material itself and the paint cannot be considered under this category as they can be used for other purposes too, and therefore are not eligible.
Progress on the Acousti-meter
Those of you who are aware of the plans for a new instrument (the Acousti-meter) will hopefully be pleased to know that R&D is on track, and it is currently looking like the instrument will be available to hire or to buy at the beginning of 2008. The price is still not fixed, but will probably be in the £150 – £250 region (to buy, and probably £35 to hire)(depending on the final components that are being used). This instrument will both provide the acoustic (sound) indication AND provide a digital display of the microwave level emissions it is detecting. It will be more sensitive than the COM monitor (currently our only low cost instrument that indicates signal strength). We’ll keep you informed of progress.
Still a very useful service this one, if you are interested in reading more information about the topics on the website, some extremely technical articles (and more articles designed for the not-so-technical minded amongst us) can be found on the Powerwatch website. Available at £28 for a year, or £48 for a lifetime subscription, we feel this offers excellent value for money. A list of the current articles available for subscribers can be found here . These are free to download for subscribers.
This is a group which has a clear position on conflict of interest: although I’ve always found Alasdair from Powerwatch to be fairly okay, this lobby is obsessed with the idea that anyone who disagrees with them is doing so because they are paid off by some sinister backroom boys, or have something to gain. Meanwhile, if you’re feeling anxious about your insomnia, headaches, fatigue, and more then this is what you will find on the Cotton Electrocloth page.
EMFields Screening Products
Screening Material – Cotton Electrocloth
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Since the 1970s occupational exposure to microwaves has been linked to the following adverse health effects:
* Skin rashes
* Altered blood pressure and heartbeat changes
* Mood changes, including irritability and depression
* Memory loss and concentration problems
* Nausea and digestion problems
That was discovered before the general public became exposed to microwaves as a result of the phenomenal increase in mobile phone masts or base stations.
Despite reassurances from the mobile phone system operators and some government officials that this radiation is safe, local communities are reporting the same health effects arising wherever a mast springs up. Planning regulations seem to be unable to stop the spread of masts.
If you suspect that you, or members of your family, may be experiencing health problems as a result of mast exposure, you can protect them from microwaves coming into your home, with the material you can see in the picture. It stops over 99% of incoming microwave radiation from 2G, 3G and TETRA systems.