Green Girl Quashes Laptop Radiation!

Ah, college. I’m sitting here right now, on my bed, which is quite high off the ground (that’s where I work–I’m not really a library person). In fact, my two friends Hannah and Mollie are sitting right here with me. This is where we spend most of our time. And we are never (or, at least, rarely) seen without our trusty Macbooks on our laps. Whether it be for essay writing, sudoku, Facebook, a housing search, online TV, or writing blogs (that one only applies to me), we are constantly here with our laptops inches above our uteri (uteruses?).

But, I mean, my desk is really messy; my laptop barely fits on it. It wouldn’t work out so well to keep my laptop off my lap. Plus, my desk chair is quite hard and unappealing. I can’t really sit on it, because there’s a pile of about 20 books on it.

Point being, college students rarely use their laptops anywhere else but upon their laps. They’re called laptops for a reason, after all. But oh, our poor uteri. Hannah, in fact, believes that her uterus has been so burned by the electromagnetic radiation emitted from her evil laptop that she is not sure she has any eggs left. They’re all disintegrated. Your lap gets hot after a while, with your computer’s hard drive two inches from you. You can’t help but feel as though your reproductive organs are burning away.

So what’s the validity of this? Can your laptop actually make you infertile? Well, the answer seems to be yes. Laptops and other electrical appliances emit electromagnetic fields (EMFs) over a distance; as the distance increases, the amount of radiation decreases. So at a distance of zero inches? Laptops are basically emitting EMFs at their greatest power directly at your reproductive organs, not to mention a huge amount of heat. This can, in fact, cause some pretty intense issues. Infertility is a definite possibility: this added heat has been shown to kill sperm and leave men infertile. Women should watch out, too; while the science isn’t crystal clear yet, EMF radiation has been linked to cancer (in particular leukemia), birth defects, damage to reproductive organs, tumors, stress, miscarriages, and heart problems.

Well, learning this, I have been driven to buy a lap shield! Made by Winston Technology, these lap shields supposedly shield 99.9 percent of radiation from laptops and only cost around $25. I just received mine today and am already feeling much less of the heat radiated from my laptop. It straps onto the bottom of my computer and is very un-burdensome and not unattractive at all. I’m a fan.

Note to self: Don’t want to be infertile. Use lap shield at all times.

Lily Berthold-Bond grew up in a chemical-free zone and has struggled her whole life to understand and accept this non-commercial lifestyle. Now a freshman at Tufts University, she has embraced her green life and hopes to share its possibilities with the rest of her generation.

By Lily Berthold-Bond


Kandi F.
Kandi F.5 years ago

Does anyone you know have MCS out of curiosity?

Chris W.
Chris W.5 years ago

Great post lily thanks sharing for the link to the lap shield!


Mary L.
Mary L.5 years ago

Thank you.

Merelen Knitter
Merelen Knitter5 years ago

Hmm...interesting. I'll be curious to see what research turns up.

Angela C.
Angela C.5 years ago


Jeanne K.
Jeanne K.5 years ago

I'm not sure which is scarier...the not-unanticipated news about the laptop death rays or the fact that I originally found out about it from my mom who doesn't understand the dif between email FAXing.

David Jones
David Jones6 years ago

thank you

jessie j.
Past Member 6 years ago

There is an excellent article in "The Walrus", Sept. 2008 edition, called "Cellphones and Brain Tumours" that is worth reading for the scientific research done re: radiation.

Joanne's post: I and friends find that exposure to EMR's causes a stabbing pain/headaches/tingling rather than a rash (this from laptops, GPS devices & cell phones) & it sounds as though yours may be a synthetic sensitivity? more specifically rayon/bamboo/polyester? which feature in clothing, bedding, towels, soaps, shampoos, detergents, toilet paper, and fem products, or the dioxins/formaldehyde/dyes which may be there as well?

Perhaps the fire retardants/heavy metals present in the laptop meant your system reached its chemical load capacity, and a sensitivity manifested itself.

There is hope in the way of organic cotton textiles (no bamboo), vitamin and herbal supplements, natural & unscented products, and as Pal V. suggested, using your laptop on desk.

Also, radiation illness in Japan after WWII & Heroshima was treated successfully using miso, ume plum, and certain sea vegetables ("Let Food Be Thy Medicine"); these can ease headaches after too much EMR exposure.

Pal V.
Pal V.6 years ago

Your organs are worth more research on this subject !

Pal V.
Pal V.6 years ago

While I applaud your desire to work to keep young people healthy I am concerned that you may, in well intentioned ignorance, be providing false security recommending these shields as protection of your most awesome feminine parts !

I found it a bit disturbing that you used the word "supposedly" regarding the ability of a $25 shield to protect you from radiation ( and even a bit more disturbing that you linked to it ) In the comments from readers, one seemingly well informed man tried explaining why these shields might not solve the problem, but the interface of this blog has a character limit and posts top down.... thus making his response hard to understand.

We are all busy and looking for easy answers but I think more research is in order before making recommendations like this. Many young people are not very critical readers and will read what they want to hear in an article like the above.
While a $25 shield may protect you from heat, and may make you feel better about having your macbook in your lap, neither heat, nor feeling better is the issue or concern with radiation. Moreover, the cell and laptop industries are enormous, it is not likely we will hear much negative press on this subject anytime soon.

With the little I have read here I have now moved my beloved macbook to a desk, I had to clean it, and will begin my own research on this subject. Have a great year at school and please work to maintain very high standards with this blog. Your organs are wor