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Zapped: Why Your Cell Phone Shouldn’t Be Your Alarm Clock

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Updated October 05, 2010

Zapped: Why Your Cell Phone Shouldn’t Be Your Alarm Clock

Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman's book "Zapped" looks at the sources of electronic pollution, and how we can minimize exposure

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An excellent, eye-opening read that will have you rethinking how you live with electronics at home and work. In just my own bedroom, there's a television, a DVD player, a cable box, an alarm clock, my laptop, my Kindle, a cell phone charging, an Ipod charging, not to mention the cordless phone, and the wi-fi that goes throughout the house. After I read Zapped, I felt so uneasy about the extent to which my family and I are exposed to various electronic devices that I already started making many of the recommended changes outlined by Dr. Gittleman in Zapped.
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  • Provides guidelines on performing "electronic feng shui" on house/ workplace to minimize exposures
  • Includes dietary and nutritional support to bolster the body's defense against electronic pollution
  • Features extensive list of references and resources on electronic pollution


  • May make you understandably concerned about your laptop and cellphone


  • We are constantly being exposed to EMFs—invisible lines of force that surround all electrical devices.
  • Our exposure to electronic pollution is 100 million times greater than what our grandparents faced.
  • Radiation from cell phones is only one of many sources of EMFS and electronic pollution.
  • Wireless wi-fi internet, smart phones, laptops, electronic games, and cordless devices all add to electronic pollution.

Guide Review - Zapped: Why Your Cell Phone Shouldn’t Be Your Alarm Clock

In Zapped: Why Your Cell Phone Shouldn’t Be Your Alarm Clock and 1,268 Ways to Outsmart the Hazards of Electronic Pollution, Ann Louise Gittleman, MS, CNS, PhD, provides an eye-opening look at the pervasiveness of EMFs, identifies the specific health concerns posed by various forms of electronic pollution. Dr. Gittleman talks about -- and includes in her references list -- many of the studies that have found that exposure to electromagnetic fields may be associated with Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, heart disease, miscarriage, birth defects, infertility, mood disturbances such as depression, and quality of sleep. Of particular concern is the link between EMFs and cancer, especially brain tumors in cell phone users. She also outlines her concerns about the particular danger that electronic pollution poses for children.

Dr. Gittleman then provides practical room-by-room guidelines for minimizing exposure. Recognizing that some exposure can not be avoided, the book also provides strategies -- including nutritional and lifestyle approaches -- that may help physically shield us against the negative health effects of electronic pollution and EMFs.

Environmental exposures -- including radiation, pesticides and various toxic chemicals -- can impair thyroid function, and cause chronic stress that lowers the immune system, and makes endocrine and hormone health difficult, if not impossible. In Zapped, Dr. Gittleman has identified an important new environmental hazard on the scene, and delivers valuable information on how to protect ourselves against exposure to and the health dangers of electronic pollution.

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