Ahh, college dorms. Where one fits one’s entire life into one 13-by-15 foot room. Of course, there’s a whole other person also trying to fit their entire life into the same 13-by-15 room. It seems both impossible and cruel. Yet, it must be done.
In go the two desks, the two computers, the two beds, the two printers, all of the clothes, the rugs, the guitar and keyboard, the posters, the chairs, the laundry bags, the books, the body care products, and, of course, the mini fridge.
Life in college seems impossible without a mini fridge. It holds the wonders of caffeine and snacks for that late night study session, the breakfast foods for that early morning class, the sanitary water to get you through life in your dry dorm room. But where do you put it?
Held back by the strict confines of my small room, along with the locations of the cord outlets, I thought I had found the perfect place: Under my bed.
Quite pleased with myself, I lived in this way for two months, until my mother came to visit. Her face, elated from seeing me for the first time since I had left for college, immediately sunk into an expression of utmost horror and I heard the words, “Lily, is that a refrigerator under your bed?”
Now, this I had not been expecting. Nearly everyone I know has their mini fridge under their bed. Where else are we supposed to put them?
“We have to move it now,” she exclaimed. I have since learned that electrical appliances, including refrigerators, radiate electromagnetic fields (EMFs) over a distance. As the distance increases, the level of EMFs decreases.
So what’s the issue with having EMFs radiating from your mini fridge directly below you while you sleep? Well, at that close of a distance (say, 1-2 feet), EMFs have been found to cause all sorts of issues, such as cancer (in particular leukemia), birth defects, damage to reproductive organs, tumors, stress, miscarriages and heart problems to name a few.
Having dealt with my father’s leukemia, I can say that I certainly do not want to bring that or any other disease upon myself. Learning this, I immediately bought an extension cord and moved my mini fridge as far away from my bed as possible.
Now, my mini fridge rests happily atop my dresser and my ovaries are (hopefully) happily un-fried.
Note to self: Refrigerator right under your reproductive organs, BAD.
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