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Why You Should Not Use a Laptop on Your Lap

Mike Barrett
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February 23rd, 2012
Updated 11/04/2012 at 8:51 pm
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While laptops are meant to be placed on your lap, the appropriateness of the name ‘laptop’ should actually not be considered when choosing where to place the device. The electromagnetic fields emitted by laptops are only one source of electromagnetic frequencies vastly present in today’s world. Unfortunately laptop usage, especially when used as intended, is enough to compromise your health.

Electromagnetic Frequencies | Why You Should Not Use a Laptop on Your Lap

Laptops are extremely convenient, and are much easier to carry around than a large desktop computer. This convenience, though, comes a price. Although laptops aren’t resting on your ear as a cell phone would, the electromagnetic frequencies could still be reaching your brain, and are causing other bodily issues as well. A Greek scientific study has demonstrated how frequency electromagnetic fields from devices such as cell phones and WiFi (used by laptops) alter important protein changes in the brains of animals. Researchers found that 143 proteins in the brain were negatively impacted by radio frequency radiation over a period of just 8 months. Although the study was conducted using cell phones, EMF emitted by laptops are still having a similar effect.

The electromagnetic fields produced by laptop computers likely induce currents within your body at unsafe levels. One study, the first of its kind, examined the relationship between human sperm health and internet-connected laptops utilizing Wi-Fi. What the researchers found was that after just 4 hours of using a Wi-Fi connected laptop, a siginificant decrease in the quality of sperm was observed. In addition, an increase in sperm DNA fragmentation accompanied the damage.

A similar study found that using your laptop on your lap, as the product is designed to be used, can lead to scrotal damage within 10 to 15 minutes. When testicles become overheated, sperm production suffers. Laptop use heats up testes at a rate of 2.5 Celsius per hour. This means that hours of daily use can really start causing damage to the testicles, and inhibit sperm production to a very large degree. EMF’s are a contributing reason for women being ‘unable’ to become pregnant.

Interestingly, not only should you not place a laptop on your lap, but you may not want to type on them either. EMF levels are often found to be higher than 100 milligauss on many laptop computers, while the safe ranges are less than 0.3. It is for these reasons you should never use a laptop on your lap, and should choose to use a desktop computer instead when possible. You may also purchase an external keyboard for your laptop to reduce EMF exposure.

About Mike Barrett:
2.thumbnail Why You Should Not Use a Laptop on Your Lap Google Plus Profile |Mike is the co-founder, editor, and researcher behind Natural Society. Studying the work of top natural health activists, and writing special reports for top 10 alternative health websites, Mike has written hundreds of articles and pages on how to obtain optimum wellness through natural health.

From around the web:

  • NANCY

    DOES ANYONE KNOW IF OUR RIGHTS TO PROTECT OUR HEALTH FROM INSTALLATION OF SMARY METERS SUPERSEDES THE CORPORATION'S?

  • GENE

    CAN NOT KEEP ANY THING DOWN, 4 DAYS IN HOSPITAL, SOFT FOODS ONLY KNOW STAY ,ACID REFLEX,MY THROUGH IS DAMAGED, N0 ONE NO WHY, SO I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF IT WAS MY LAP TOP AS I WAS SETTING MY LAP TOP ON BELLY FOR LAST 3 YEARS. DOES ANY ONE NO IF THIS COULD BE MY PROBLEN.

    • http://www.centerforsaferwireless.org Christine

      It's possible Gene. If you buy a trifield meter, you can measure the AC magnetic fields at the bottom of your laptop. According to the Building Biology Evaluation Guidelines for alternating current magnetic fields, measurements above 5 milligauss are of extreme concern. For more information, go to http://www.momsforsaferwireless.org/Wireless-lapt

  • Juan Pablo de la Reg

    Hey, I have a question. I need to know if EFM perjudicial signals are harming you even when you have the Wi Fi turned off? my mother works with a laptop all the time and I want to reduce the harm that she experiments in from of the laptop. If I buy a router and connect the laptop of my mother via ethernet cable to the internet and not via Wi Fi would it help to reduce the harm of the notebook?

    Please answer me. Thank you.

    • Joana

      I think the lesser the better. Although a laptop has a magnetic emission, the study refers to a Wi-Fi frequency, and if you can eliminate the Wi-Fi by isolated conductors, it will sure be less damaging.

      Just conjecturing. Until there, just don't forget to switch it off at bedtime.

  • jon

    Who just took there laptop off there lap ha ha ha