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Green Girl Zaps Frying Fridges

Green Girl Zaps Frying Fridges

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.

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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.

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7:57PM PDT on Jun 22, 2009

...the things I stumble upon when bored. Suddenly, I understand why my roommates wanted to make sure I would be alright sleeping above the fridge this semester. This probably was not conducive to sleep at all, eh? And I spend a -lot- of time sleeping (...>.> My dreams rock, I can't help it) ...so this rather, well, sucks. XD But I love your blogs!

11:46PM PDT on May 17, 2009

Soory-so many mispellings.

11:44PM PDT on May 17, 2009

It is a well known law of physics and biophysics-where ever an elctrical field exists, a magnetic field exists and where a magnetic field exists, and electrical filed esists.The human bidy depends on both for growrh, maintainence and, repair. When teo electromagnetic fields overlap-the onterference in the body is in direct proportion to exposure levels, the greater the levels, the worse, the damage.During the cold war, the Soviets bombarded the US embassy with radio frequency-people noticed when they went to work, they developed headaches, often feeling sick and run down, many times nausea. On a sweep for listening devices, the US discovered the rado frequency and its source.Also, if you ever notice when you walk around your tv, you will notice changes in reception.The tv transmission signal and your bodie's electromagnetic field are interfereing with each other. People with pacemakers have to be carefularound any electrical appliances such as microwaves and electric door openers for this very same reason. If you have ever been on a military base-certain areas are marked off limits, but have NO GUARDS-the radars are so powerful, that if you are within those areas when the radar kicks in, you will be baked like in a microwave.She is write to keep those and any electrical devices at least 6 feet away-LOL!!!,no, I do not follow this rule, for one, I have too many electrical devices and not enough room.

9:17PM PST on Nov 15, 2008

I have never heard of such a thing, placing a fridge under one's bed! how strange and bizarre. Thank goodness your mom knew about the EMF's and the fridge has been moved safely and far away from the bed. :)

10:14PM PST on Nov 12, 2008

Hi Green Girl,

I have heard people talking about the issue of EMF's and I gotta say, I just don't think so.

EMF's from your fridge are non-ionizing radiation. They can't break the bonds of molecules, say DNA molecules.

I went off on a tangent the other day (ADD=oh, look, a bird) and did a bunch of research. Read about it if you like:
http://www.northforkmedia.com/blogger/2008/09/electromagnetic-radiation-is-unlikely.html

6:47PM PST on Feb 15, 2008

I guess everything was healthier in college in my day (along time ago). Computers didn't exist then. And we were NOT allowed to plug in anything electrical. My roommate and I used to make tea with the hot water directly from the faucet in the bathroom. I was also on the 4th floor in a building with NO elevators. And I think that's called "The Good Old Days". Maybe it was.

3:46PM PST on Feb 14, 2008

Hey Green Girl, I am a new but huge fan! My roommate and I are also trying to get through college with a minimum amount of toxic chemicals... it's hard, because we are totally broke and we also try not to totally weird out our third roommate, who favors terrifying cleaning products. We all wash our hair with baking soda, though. :)

Anyway, I've never heard anything conclusive about EMF's causing cancer and such... can you point me at any research or whatnot? I'm hesitant to believe that EMFs are so bad, or at least anywhere near as bad as VOCs, carcinogenic additives, and the like. I mean, we are bathed in electromagnetic radiation from the sun and the earth all the time, right? Inform me, please. :)

Love the blog, keep up the great work and good luck in school. Oh yeah and happy valentine's day!

3:46PM PST on Feb 14, 2008

Hey Green Girl, I am a new but huge fan! My roommate and I are also trying to get through college with a minimum amount of toxic chemicals... it's hard, because we are totally broke and we also try not to totally weird out our third roommate, who favors terrifying cleaning products. We all wash our hair with baking soda, though. :)

Anyway, I've never heard anything conclusive about EMF's causing cancer and such... can you point me at any research or whatnot? I'm hesitant to believe that EMFs are so bad, or at least anywhere near as bad as VOCs, carcinogenic additives, and the like. I mean, we are bathed in electromagnetic radiation from the sun and the earth all the time, right? Inform me, please. :)

Love the blog, keep up the great work and good luck in school. Oh yeah and happy valentine's day!

8:34PM PST on Feb 12, 2008

Uh...? Have you given any thought to the EMFs produced by wireless computers along with cordless handsets and cell phones. Seems to me there are an inordinate amount of EMFs floating through thousands of 13 x15 foot dorm rooms these days; particularly where every student is perputally connected to their cell phone like it were a feed tube. I wonder how many would take that giant step back to land lines wired computers? Something to think about 'green girls'!

4:30PM PST on Feb 12, 2008

I Live in a Bus and dont have much room, Everything has a place it fits into and there isnt really any room to start repositioning things, I have a Mini Freezer underneath the bottom end of my Bed and a Normal sized Fridge about a Foot away from the bottom end of the Bed Although that is in a Cupboard (Don't know if that makes any difference or not)
I am also Trying for a Baby at present so will this affect me, and if so what can i do about it is there any sort of Protective material you can wrap around the appliances to minimalise the Radiation

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