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Scary Truth of EMF Exposure

Scary Truth of EMF Exposure

Isn't it sometimes overwhelming to think about all the bad things out there in this crazy world?  Sometimes I must admit, ignorance is bliss.  I know it sounds awful but it's the truth.  For me, EMFs(electromagnetic fields) fell into one of those categories I shied away from.  I knew once I started researching and reading I would  have to acknowledge the risks.  Somehow I knew they were there, yet I just felt better if I didn't know all the details.  Anyways, I dove in head first and haven't looked back. For the sake of making this post not turn into a book, I am sparing you every detail of EMFs.  My goal is to bring to light how real EMFs are, the negative implications, and what we can do to lessen our exposure.  For a more thorough understanding of EMFs, science, and details I suggest reading the book Radiation Nation by Daniel T. DeBaun and Ryan P. DeBaun.  This father and son have taken the rising EMF questions and answered them with current research. You will not only feel informed after reading the book, but armed to protect yourself and your family.

Ok, back to EMFs.

So what did I find?  Alarming information-sure.  Scary-kind of.  But if it's one thing I've learned from all of my reading and research it's that EMFs aren't going anywhere-in fact if anything it's only going to get more complicated and intense.  I know, probably not what you want to hear, but the good news is there is a lot we can do to lessen our exposure.  In the book Radiation Nation, Daniel and Ryan DeBaun-a father and son duo pose a question that I think we should all ask ourselves-

In the pursuit for faster speed, greater productivity, and instant connection, have we neglected to fully evaluate the potential harm that we may be causing ourselves? 

Think about how much we rely on EMFs in our everyday lives.  From medicine, food manufacturing, government- you name it, and it's been affected in some way by EMFs.  And with technology advancing every year, EMF exposure is not going anywhere.  No power grid?  Modern society as a whole would cease to exist.

What are EMFs-

Ok, so you know EMFs are here to stay, but what are they, and why all the fuss about exposure?  Allow me to explain.  EMF stands for Electromagnetic Field.  Anything electronic produces EMFs and makes electromagnetic radiation (EMR).  All electronics that are plugged in to your wall, use wifi, or in some way use the power grid, give out EMFs.  Obviously, each device varies on the magnitude of radiation.  It doesn't stop there.  There are two types of radiation- ionizing and non-ionizing.  Ionizing moves at a high frequency with short wavelengths.  This is the most dangerous type of radiation.  Think X-rays, gamma rays and even nuclear bombs.  Non-ionizing radiation is the opposite with low frequency and long wavelengths.  It is not nearly as strong as ionizing radiation.

Ok, so now that we have the two types of radiation covered, let's talk about the two types of non-ionizing EMF's that electronics give off.  There is high frequency, also known as radio frequency (RF) which is produced by wireless devices, and there is low frequency(ELF), which is produced by appliances and electricity. In other words, we are surrounded by EMFs on a daily basis.  This doesn't take in to account the cell phone towers all around us too.  Many are hidden now on purpose. There's a website that can tell you the number of antennas that exist in your neighborhood in a 4 mile radius.  Here is the website.  It is alarming to say the least.  I put my address in and came up with 62 antennas!  I live in the city, so naturally there are more.  My parents live in a more rural area and they only had 3-quite a big difference.

The Effects EMFs Have on Our Body-

Now I'm not going to get into the nitty gritty here.  As I've said earlier if you want to geek out over science, studies, and facts then start by reading the book I suggested.  It's a great place to begin and provides evidence and studies.  However, I do want to point out the harmful effects that have been suggested.  Many people may still say EMFs aren't harmful.  Sadly, we really don't know the full extent of what EMFs are capable of.  There's a quote in the book Radiation Nation that stood out to me-

“Very recently, new research is suggesting that nearly all the human plagues which emerged in the twentieth century, like common acute lymphoblastic leukemia in children, female breast cancer, malignant melanoma and asthma, can be tied to some facet of our use of electricity. There is an urgent need for governments and individuals to take steps to minimize community and personal EMF exposures.”

—Dr. Samuel Milham, MD, MPH, medical epidemiologist specializing in the health effects of EMF radiation

People before us have never been exposed to the magnitude of EMFs like we have.  This is new territory.  We really don't know what a safe range of exposure is.  Everyone is essentially guessing.  What's safe for one person my not be for another.  Each body is different and therefore when you see safety standards like SAR(Specific Absorption Rates) on a cell phone or wireless device don't assume it to be accurate.  Unfortunately, for example, as with the phone it was given that SAR in a lab, using it in a specific way.  For each person the SAR could vary depending on how they use the phone.

EMF Exposure To Children-

Sadly children are at even greater risk for harmful EMF exposure.  Radiation Nation points to the research that has shown children to be more susceptible than adults.

“Children are more vulnerable to RF/MW radiation because of the susceptibility of their developing nervous systems. RF/MW penetration is greater relative to head size in children, who have a greater absorption of RF/MW energy in the tissues of the head at WI-FI frequencies. Such greater absorption results because children’s skulls are thinner, their brains smaller, and their brain tissue is more conductive than those of adults, and since it has a higher water content and concentrations.”
—Dr. David O. Carpenter, MD, director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at Albany and coeditor of the BioInitiative Report

Children these days are exposed to EMFs at such an early age and their exposure is only going to intensify as they get older, go to school, get a cell phone, etc.  Adults these days were never exposed to the magnitude of EMFs when they were younger that children are exposed to today. Schools in particular are becoming hot spots for technology.  This technology brings wifi with it and is exposing children constantly to EMFs. I find it interesting that the FCC guidelines for EMFs exposure is based off of a 6ft. man's body type-hardly anything near a child's body type.  As much as the increasing wave of electronics is exciting, it also comes with a price.  One I'm not sure people are willing to pay.  Check out this video of the effects of wifi in schools.

What has been linked to EMF exposure?

  • Cell damage in DNA
  • Cancer- brain tumors, leukemia, breast cancer
  • Alzheimers
  • Lou Gehrig's Disease
  • ALS
  • Male Infertility
  • Melatonin Production
  • Depression and Suicide
  • Autism
  • Asthma
  • Electromagnetic Hypersensivity(EHS)
  • Fertility and Reproductive Health
  • Insomnia and Sleep Issues

*Even the environment is being effected from bees to plants.

How to lessen your exposure-

The book Radiation Nation gives three simple steps on helping to lessen EMF exposure.

Luckily, there are three simple things that you can do to limit your exposure. To minimize the risk of EMF radiation, these are your most highly effective options: (1) create dis-tance, (2) reduce time, and (3) shield yourself

By creating a distance from you and the source you are automatically lessening the intensity of the EMFs. Also, cutting back on how often you use or are around EMF exposure adds up over time and lessens your overall EMF exposure.  The third one is shielding yourself and is definitely a worthy option considering the rampant use of cell phones, laptops and tablets these days.

Besides the three simple steps to lessen your exposure.  The authors of Radiation Nation also give what they call their “Big Five” in exposure sources.  They are:

  1. Cell Phones
  2. Laptops
  3. Tablet Computers
  4. Smart Meters
  5. Wifi

These five carry the heaviest load often.  Below I share some tips on how to lessen exposure of these five.

Also, avoiding the common appliances, products, etc. will lessen exposure.

  • Don't use a microwave
  • Hardwire your house so you're not exposing yourself to constant EMFs through wifi
  • Don't live near high voltage power lines
  • Live as far as you can from cell phone towers
  • Don't use electric blankets
  • Don't use Fluorescent lights
  • Buy newer more energy efficient appliances
  • Never use dimmers on your lights
  • Don't let your power cords cross each other-increases radiation
  • Run extension cords away from furniture, not under it
  • Switch from electric alarm clocks to battery alarm clocks
  • Put your phone on airplane mode at night
  • Avoid smart meters- ask to have it removed with a meter that doesn't emit RF radiation or place a shielding on your wall inside where the outside smart meter is. Check out what to use to shield your smart meter here
  • Avoid spring mattresses and switch to foam
  • Avoid using a baby monitor
  • Use a protective shield for laptops, ipads, tablets and cell phones
  • Avoid blow drying your hair, but if you're like me and need volume then checkout this low EMF hairdryer- Chi Hairdryer.

*There are so many ways to encounter EMFs it would be hard to list every one. 

You can also download apps on your phone called a gaussmeter.  This will measure radiation from power lines, and electronics in your home such as appliances.  It won't measure radiation from wifi, or cell phones.  Check out the apps here.  You could also have a a specialist come out and measure your exposure.  

Now there's no need to freak out.  Obviously, it's easy to feel overwhelmed but the goal is to just lessen your exposure-not move to a deserted island.  With any change, just take baby steps.  Just as eating healthy and switching from chemical products is a process, so reducing your EMF exposure is as well.  Below I lay out one easy way to reduce your EMF exposure.

Why DefenderShield?

So you might be thinking what now?  You've told me of all the harmful benefits of EMF exposure, now I'm doomed.  No, not at all.  However, there are practical steps and tools you can get to lessen your exposure.  One such thing is a radiation blocking cell phone case, or iPad case by DefenderShield.  Both the the cell phone case and laptop case shield 99.9% of all EMF radiation.  That includes, wifi, bluetooth, cellular and ELF radiation(98.25%).  This a a direct quote from DefenderShield

DefenderShield® technology reduces harmful EMF radiation exposure to virtually undetectable levels. As independent FCC certified laboratory testing has shown, DefenderShield blocks the full frequency spectrum of harmful Electromagnetic Radiation (EMF) from 0-10 GHz which includes Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) and Radio Frequency (RF) emissions. That means you can reduce health risks while still using cell phones, tablets and laptop computers.

How cool is that?  Now you may wonder, how does it work?  DefenderShield explains it so well, here is another quote from their site-

DefenderShield® solutions, including the DefenderPad® use conductive, non-conductive and highly advanced absorption shielding materials that interwork in unison to block, divert, and absorb potentially dangerous EMFs of Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) radiation, Radio Frequency (RF) and heat radiation.

Their cases not only shield the harmful EMFs but also are thin, conveniently lightweight and sleek looking.

My Experience with DefenderShield-

I have the DefenderShield iPhone 7 Wallet Case and the iPad EMF Radiation Shielding Case.  To know I'm not only protecting myself, but also my daughter from harmful EMFs gives me such peace of mind.  The iPhone 7 Wallet Case is practical too, because you can easily store your cards and phone all in the same place.  To block the EMFs, just flip the cover over the screen when placing a call.  As you hold it up to your ear, it blocks the EMFs.  You need to make sure the cover is over the screen, this is how the EMFs are blocked.   The DefenderShield cases create a barrier to protect the body from cell phone radiation.   What's even better is the signal quality remains the same.  Although I don't usually put my phone in my pocket, it is nice I can put it there and know EMFs won't be directed at me, as long as I have the flipped cover against my body.  Before I had a DefenderShield I would put my phone on speaker when placing a call-as to avoid direct contact with EMFs from my phone.  However, now it's so nice to be able to put it against my ear-espcially with loud kiddos around.  This phone shield has definitely been a game changer!  Protect you and your loved ones and snag one here!

I also have the iPad EMF Radiation Shielding Case.  This case has been awesome!  With this particular case it is shielding them from the bottom.  So when the case is on the iPad and you have it in your lap, it's blocking the EMFs coming from behind the iPad.  You still want to have the iPad sitting on something if possible most of the time.  Also, because you can still get EMFs radiating from the actual screen, you don't want it super close to your head.  The case is super sleek looking and protects the iPad as well.  Not only is this a good investment for you but also for your family.  Who doesn't travel with an iPad these days or some portable tablet?  If you don't kudos to you.  But for the rest of us, DefenderShield iPad/Tablet Case is the answer!  They have all sizes too.  I have an iPad mini and the small fits it perfectly. Grab your iPad/Tablet Case here!

DefenderShield also makes Laptop Shields and Radiation-Free Air Tube Stereo Headphones.  I can't recommend their products enough.  Since cell phones and laptops aren't going anywhere, I highly recommend you protect yourself.  They are the only ones on the market that I've found to work. Shop all their shielding devices here!  

Also, as I've mentioned above, DefenderShield founders just released their book called Radiation Nation.  I was able to read the book and it's full of so much information!  I highly recommend this book to educate yourself on EMF exposure.  Also, it's on sale on Amazon for $.99 this week!  Buy Radiation Nation!

Did you learn anything reading this?  Have you already lessened your exposure to EMFs?


Protein Powder

Protein Powder

So I recorded a podcast back in June with Dr. Matt all about protein powder and it was a huge hit!  You can listen to it here.  A lot of people have since asked if the information from the podcast could be put into a blog post written form.  So here it is!  These are all the takeaways from the podcast.  Dr. Matt shared so many nuggets!

Why Take Protein:

  • Athletes-easy to get some quick protein that doesn't feel heavy/helps build muscle
  • Mom's
  • Busy Life/Anyone on the go

What you do NOT want to find in a protein: (basically any word that looks sketchy-question!)

  • Sucralose-synthetic sweetener
  • Aspartame-synthetic sweetener
  • Polysorbate 80
  • Maltodextrin
  • Polyethylene Glycol(basically myralax which is a laxative)
  • Any Isolate-(Whey Protein Isolate, Soy Protein Isolate, etc…) causes gas, bloating, diarrhea, increases allergies. Wreaks havoc on gut flora. Very easy to store because it's been processed so much.
  • RBGH
  • Sodium caseinate
  • GMO's
  • MSG
  • Hydrogenated anything
  • Soy Lecithin

What to look for in a protein:

  • Grass-fed/Grass-finished if it's an animal protein
  • Organic
  • Little ingredient list as possible
  • Whey Protein Concentrate

Heavy Metals in Plant Based Proteins:

  • Can't tell the heavy metal content by looking at the label
  • Pea, Rice, Hemp are all plant based proteins
  • Get 3rd party testing from the manufacturer(call/e-mail them and ask for the papers with the lab testing done and make sure there is a signature so you can go back to them and say this person signed off)
  • If they didn't have testing done-then move on, not a good protein
  • Just because your protein was tested doesn't mean it's good though-make sure you see what the heavy metal levels are
  • The reason there is heavy metals in plant based proteins is because whatever is in the soil it soaks up.  So if the soil contains a lot of heavy metals then the plant is soaking that up. If you take pea protein for instance you essentially are eating 100's of peas each time you're taking your pea protein, so you want to make sure the the quality of the peas is good. Overtime that could add up to a lot of heavy metals if not careful.

What if a protein is cheaper:

  • Proteins are often cheaper because they skimp on quality ingredients and sourcing

Can I find a clean protein at Whole Foods or other health food stores:

  • It can still be hard to find a clean protein at your local health store or Whole Foods
  • Best thing to do is e-mail/call them and ask questions

Why should I drink protein 30-40 minutes after a workout:

  • Want cortisol to come down after workout
  • Helps to spike hormones in a good way after workout
  • Build muscle
  • 15 grams of protein is great after workout

Why you don't want to blend a whey protein too much:

  • Whey collects air and the more powerful your blender the more air is collected
  • The air can cause you to feel bloated, have gas, and make you feel like the protein is just sitting in your stomach
  • Just add the protein in after you've blended all the ingredients
  • If you still feel bloated, gassy or like a ball is sitting in your stomach you may just have a bad protein

What protein is best:

  • Goat Whey Protein
  • Whey Protein Concentrate(best sources are going to be from New Zealand, Australia, or Germany-although really expensive)
  • Vegeterian- Pea Protein(however plant based proteins don't contain all the amino acids)
  • If you add some rice and pea protein together you will get more of a complete protein since they both are missing certain amino acids

*Collagen is really popular now and is great for hair, skin, nails and joints. But it doesn't build muscle tissue or immunity.

I personally take goat whey protein.  A lot of people haven't heard of goat whey, but it's really an amazing protein source.

Here's why:

  • Goat whey has demonstrated positive anti-inflammatory effects in the digestive system. Cow whey has shown increased inflammatory effects.
  • Cow whey is considered allergenic whereas goat whey is considered hypoallergenic.
  • Whey protein is the “gold standard” for serious athletes. Goat whey is the “gold standard” of that “gold standard.”
  • Goat whey is amazing for our immune systems, supporting lean muscle growth and repair, as well as optimal body composition.
  • Goat whey has the full range of essential amino acids in ratios that best support the athlete in all of us.

The goat whey protein I take is called Activ Whey.  There are many reasons why I like it!

  • It is really light and doesn't ever make me feel bloated. That's because there is nothing added to fill up space, just the purest goat whey and flavoring.
  • Activ Whey is a goat whey protein that comes from goats that are grassfed all the way through their lifecycle. There are zero antibiotics or hormones used on the goats or the vegetation they eat from.
  • I personally know the creator and can vouch for the legitimacy of the protein and where it is sourced from.

You can snag Activ Whey Goat Protein Powder here!

That sums up the protein blog post. What protein powder do you take?

5 Facts You Should Know About Chocolate

5 Facts You Should Know About Chocolate

A collaboration post between Healthfully Hannah and GurlGoneGreen

Have you ever walked down the chocolate aisle at a grocery store? It can be downright overwhelming if you're a chocolate lover! Do you want dark, milk, or white chocolate? Do you want a candy bar, chocolate covered nuts, mint, or raspberry with it? Sound familiar? Contrary to popular belief, not all chocolate is created equal. Chocolate lovers can still rejoice though, because we’ve given you a few simple guidelines to ensure you’re buying the best of the best!

It’s true – chocolate can provide multiple health benefits, when it is high quality. But before indulging, here are a few things to consider about chocolate (some may surprise you!)

  1. Cacao vs. Cocoa – There’s a Difference

Maybe you’ve seen both and assumed they were the same, but there are several important differences between cacao and cocoa.


All chocolate actually starts as cacao, from the cacao bean (which are technically seeds). When you see “cacao”, that means it has been processed at low temperatures and usually has fewer additives.

You can get all the benefits from cacao by consuming raw cacao powder, cacao nibs, or chocolate bars with a high % cacao. In fact, raw, unprocessed, cacao has even been associated with improving a variety of health conditions.

*See below why cacao is important to buy organic.


Cocoa on the other hand is processed at extremely high temperatures, which destroys some of the beneficial nutrients. This is what we find in mainstream chocolate products like hot cocoa, cocoa powder, candy bars, chocolate desserts, and other chocolate products. If consuming cocoa, be sure it does not contain additives like milk, high fructose corn syrup, soy, oils, artificial flavors, and dyes (as it often does!)

  1. Chocolate Should Always Be Dairy-Free

Cacao naturally contains polyphenols (a compound that has antioxidant properties) but when it contains dairy, we’re not able to absorb the health benefits of the chocolate. Milk protein inhibits absorption of these beneficial polyphenols.

This is why dark chocolate is a much healthier option. The higher the percentage of cacao, the better (at least 70%).

  1. White Chocolate Isn’t the Same

White chocolate is made from cocoa butter, milk, and sugar. It doesn’t contain any cocoa solids, which is where the health benefits come from. The polyphenols and flavanols, found in cocoa solids, function as antioxidants to fight free radicals. Unfortunately, white chocolate usually contains more sugar and little fiber, making it inferior on many levels.

If you do choose white chocolate make sure you read the label. Always look for low sugar, organic milk ingredients, and a high cocoa butter content. Companies often use a lot of unhealthy fats (linked to inflammation) and a very small amount of cocoa butter – which eliminates the health benefits found in dark chocolate.

  1. Fair Trade Is Extremely Important

Did you know that the majority of American Chocolate companies (think Mars, Hershey, Nestle) use child labor to grow their cocoa? Most of these farms are in Africa in Ghana and the Ivory Coast.  The children have little clothes on their backs, their faces scarred from the machete they use to cut down the cocoa and even worse they are being exposed to hazardous chemicals through the pesticides they spray on the crops.

“The farms of Western Africa supply cocoa to international giants such as Hershey’s, Mars, and Nestlé—revealing the industry’s direct connection to the worst forms of child labor, human trafficking, and slavery.” (Source)

*Due to these factors, Hannah and I carefully choose companies that do not participate in these inhumane practices.

What can we do? First, stop supporting these companies with your purchases. As we like to say often, vote with your dollars. Then, purchase chocolate products from companies that offer Fair Trade. It is expensive for companies to receive the fair trade labels and some simply cannot afford it. Others terms to look for are “Bean to Bar”, and “Direct Trade.”

Here are the fair trade symbols to look for on your chocolate:

Keep in mind that the higher the percentage of cacao, the better. We like to stick with 70% cacao or higher.

  1. Next time you’re picking out chocolate, make sure it is:
  • Dairy free (If you’re consuming a little chocolate every day it’s best to avoid dairy to make sure you are able to absorb the antioxidants it offers but of course there are times when you really want a little dairy in your chocolate which is fine-got to a live a little!)
  • Fair Trade
  • Free from additives like GMOs, soy, added sugars, artificial colorings, and more organic if possible (Did you know cacao is often heavily treated with pesticides?)

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Brands We Love & Our Favorites From Them-

Wei of Chocolate

  • Organic
  • Fair Trade
  • Vegan
  • Non-GMO
  • Dairy Free, Gluten Free, and Soy Free

Our favorites: It’s hard to choose a favorite, but you can’t go wrong with Wei Beautiful, the perfect mix of chocolate and peppermint. We’re also huge fans of their Wei Inspired, a mix of himalayan sea salt and dark chocolate.  Use code: LOVELY, good till 2/28/17 for15% off one-time purchases, and 20% off on-going subscriptions.

Eating Evolved

  • Paleo
  • Vegan
  • Refined Sugar Free
  • Soy Free & Gluten Free
  • Dairy-Free

Our favorites: Huge fans of the Crunchy Caramel Bar and the Almond Sea Salt.  As well as the Caramel Sea Salt Cups and Mint Cream Cups.  Oh and if you’re really into chocolate spreads then check out their Toasted Coconut Chocolate Spread-it might change your life!

Theo Chocolate

  • Organic
  • Gluten Free & Soy-Free
  • Fair Trade
  • Vegan

Our favorites: A staple is the Salted Almond 70% Dark, the Mint 70% Dark and we can’t forget about the Coconut 70% Dark too. We also really love their Baking Bars for baked goods. We like breaking them into chocolate chunks to use in cookies.  They aren’t dairy-free but they are one of the few baking bars that is soy free and organic.  Plus, this is something for a special holiday than to use every week.

Alter Eco

  • Soy Free
  • Mostly all Fair Trade Certified
  • Non-GMO
  • Organic

Our favorites: Their chocolate does have dairy in it but we’re ok with that once in awhile as we mentioned earlier.  Sometimes chocolate needs to just be an indulgent treat!  That being said their truffles are amazing-a serious treat. We also love their Dark Brown Butter Bar-it may also change your life!

Enjoy Life

  • Dairy-Free
  • Free from top allergens (milk, soy, wheat, eggs)
  • Non-GMO

Our favorites: Love the mini chips for baking, especially cookies!

Heavenly Organics

  • Only 3 ingredients in each chocolate pattie
  • Non-GMO
  • Fair-Trade
  • Dairy Free
  • Organic

Our favorites: The Mint Chocolate Patties and the Almond Chocolate Patties are both amazing!  

Equal Exchange

  • Organic
  • Up to 88% Cacao
  • Soy-Free & Vegan
  • Fair Trade & Worker Owned

Our favorites: We love their 55% and 70% dark chocolate chips for special treats and baking.  

Giveaway! We’ve teamed up to giveaway a box of Wei of Chocolate on Instagram, so stay tuned to enter to win.

What are your favorite chocolate brands? Did you learn something new about cacao or cocoa? Share below!


Hannah is the founder and educator of Healthfully Hannah, a blog empowering others to live healthfully through Clean Eating, Natural Beauty, and Nontoxic Living.  She discovered the power of real food and natural living through her own health journey and is passionate about sharing it with others.  In addition to her research and blogging, Hannah is pursuing her Masters Degree in Functional Medicine and Nutrition, and plans to use this knowledge to identify and address health concerns naturally through a whole-body approach.

You can find all the latest on Hannah through her blog: Healthfullyhannah.com


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