Laptop Radiation: Don’t fry your swimmers or zap your uterus!

how to avoid laptop radiation

“You don’t want to fry your swimmers!”

That’s what my nutritional therapy instructor told us on the last day of class, when we were discussing the effects of EMF on health and fertility. As someone who specializes in fertility, she explained how the radiation from laptops is particularly problematic to fertility because a laptop is placed over the vital areas. “Men, you don’t want to fry your swimmers. Women, you don’t want to zap your uterus,” she said. My instructor introduced me to DefenderPad which is a lightweight laptop radiation shield proven to block the harmful EMFs emitted from the computer from penetrating the body.

I’ve had my DefenderPad for almost a year now and figured it’s about time I review the product and discuss the topic of laptop radiation, especially since I touched on the topic of cell phone radiation two weeks ago. This post is sponsored by DefenderPad, and I reached out to them because I loved their product so much.

Should I be concerned about laptop radiation?

Do you have a laptop? Do you want healthy sperm or eggs? Do you want optimal health? Then yes, laptop radiation is a concern for you. Like all electronics, laptops emit electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs). WiFi, cell phones, cordless phones and appliances are some of the primary sources of EMFs in our life. Those of us privileged to live surrounded with these conveniences pay the price of swimming in EMFs 24/7.

Why are EMFs harmful to health? This is my short EMF spiel to explain how it works:

Perhaps you remember from biology class that the atoms making up anything – from the clothes you are wearing to the food you are eating – are always vibrating, although this movement is imperceptible to the human eye. Every cell, organ, and tissue in your body vibrates in a unique pattern. This vibration is energy, and that energy is electrical. This electrical cell communication is critical to the most basic function of the human body. EMFs disrupt the electrical communication between cells and, in that way, compromise basic physiological functions.

EMFs put cells at risk. When a cell is exposed to EMFs, its behavior changes. With too much exposure, the cell will shield itself from its own surrounding. Rather than interacting with other cell through their receptors, the cell will stop interrconnecting. At this point, the health of the cell can weaken. Even worse, these cells will stop generating critically important proteins, proteins necessary for keeping other cells healthy. The isolation and weakening of the cell ultimately leads to cell mutation and, potentially, long term damage. 

In short, when the electrical communication between cells are interrupted by EMFs, we open the door to a host of health problems.

how to avoid laptop radiation Laptops generate two types of harmful electromagnetic frequencies: Extremely Low Frequency radiation (ELFs) and Radio Frequency radiation (RFs). 

Extremely Low Frequency radiation – This type of electromagnetic frequency has been linked to various health concerns including leukemia and DNA damage. In one study, researchers found that baby chicks exposed to ELF leaked calcium ions from their brain cells. This is literally the phenomenon of brain cells becoming “unglued.” The 2012 Bioinitiative Report summarizes over 1,800 studies on EMFs and many of these studies show that ELF exposure may disrupt melatonin production, cause tumors, and cause DNA damage.

Radio frequency – RF is a type of high frequency radiation. has been shown to damage cellular DNA, which may lead to cancerous mutations. Even low-level RF exposure causes the body to create heat stress proteins, a temporarily protective measure that is harmful if this stress response is chronic.

What is the strength of laptop radiation?

This video shows EMF measurements from a Macbook at 3:00 using a Trifield Meter. Anything above “3” on the meter is dangerous. Within an inch of the laptop base, the meter shows more than 100! The narrator highly recommends DefenderPad as a way to protect reproductive organs from the high EMF.

The most important factor when it comes to laptop radiation is what part of your body you protect. While a small amount radiation of radiation comes off the keyboard, a much higher concentration of radiation is emitted from the bottom of the laptop. When you place your laptop on your lap, this radiation is directed at vital organs. Fingers are vastly less susceptible to the harmful effects of radiation than your reproductive organs.

EMF standards are inadequate

A 2012 study published in the Environmental and Occupational Health journal measured the EMF levels of 5 brands of laptops. Here’s what they found:

EMF values are within International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation (NIR) Protection (ICNIRP) guidelines, but are considerably higher than the values recommended by 2 recent guidelines for computer monitors magnetic field emissions, MPR II (Swedish Board for Technical Accreditation) and TCO (Swedish Confederation of Professional Employees), and those considered risky for tumor development.

The researchers concluded,

Laptop is paradoxically an improper site for the use of a [laptop computer], which consequently should be renamed to not induce customers towards an improper use.

The wide discrepancy between the EMF safety range of the ICNIRP and the more conservative safety ranges of Sweden is no coincidence. As explained in the 2012 Bioinitiative Report, the ICNIRP consistently overlooks the new research on EMF and prioritizes industry profit over consumer health. Sweden is on the right track with its significantly narrower safety range for EMF exposure. 

How does DefenderPad work?

DefenderPad is a lightweight shield that you place between your lap and laptop. It is proven by independent FCC certified labratory testing  to reduce EMF radiation to virtually undetectable levels. There are other laptop shields on the market, but DefenderPad is the only one capable of blocking both the ELF and RF emissions.

Additionally, DefenderPad has an absorptive function which allows it to not only block radiation from your lap, but also absorb some of the radiation emitted from the rest of the laptop. Like I explained, the majority of the most dangerous radiation is emitted from the base of the laptop, but there is still a very small radiation emitted from the keyboard that can be slightly irritating to the most highly sensitive individuals. In my research, I’ve found that some electromagnetically hypersensitive customers of DefenderPad have found that the tingling in their fingers is reduced to a comfortable level when they use DefenderPad, likely due to the absorptive qualities.

I never place my laptop on my body without my DefenderPad. When I’m traveling or need to take my computer to a class, I bring my DefenderPad along with me in my book bag.

With laptop radiation, I choose to be safe, not sorry

In reference to radiation from phones and electronics, Dr. Derva Davis, the founder of the Environmental Health Trust said,

Right now, we are treating our children like experiments in a subject with no controls

The slew of electromagnetic frequencies in our modern world makes science experiments out of everyone, to some degree. While I’m not about to go live off-grid in the wilderness (not yet, at least…), I choose to opt out of the experiment as much as I can while maintaining my lifestyle. Some of the ways I minimize my EMF exposure include: 

  • Turning off my WiFi router at night
  • Using a headset or speaker phone when talking on my cell
  • Using corded rather than cordless phones in my home
  • Using a DefenderPad under my laptop
  • (Read more in my posts about Electropollution and Cell Phone Radiation)

Do you take steps to reduce your EMF exposure? 

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  1. says

    Wow what a interesting article! Currently sitting here with my laptop nestled on my lap! This is something I will definitely look into. Thank you for sharing this helpful information.

  2. Allie says

    Thanks for the rec. I had no idea exactly how disastrous EMF radiation can be to your health. I’m a NTP in training and I constantly have my laptop sitting in my lap. Purchased!

  3. says

    Very interesting! I rarely ever put my laptop on my lap because it hurts my neck and shoulders to look down at the screen. Instead, I put it up on a desk on top of a box and kneel down, so the computer is eye level. Works great for me and lessens my time surfing on the internet, because my knees hurt if I stay there too long :-)

  4. says

    Thanks for the reminder of this great product. I’ve never purchased one because I don’t use my laptop in my lap. What I’m not understanding is whether the leakage can spread outward from a laptop. Some women in Japan wear radiation vests when sitting in front of a computer. The idea is that harmful rays radiate outward and can harm our health.

    Do you know if this is true? Does it make sense owning the Defender Pad if you don’t use your laptop in your lap? I’m going to guess that most people tend to use their laptops on a surface other than their laps. What kind of radiation are we talking about when the laptop isn’t sitting on our bodies?

    I did contact the company once and got kind of a vague response. They said it should help even if the laptop is on a table top. But I was hoping for a clearer statement from them. Shouldn’t we be concerned about health issues from outward emissions?


  5. anonymous says

    Do you have research on your “spiel” backing up your statements? I’m just curious because it’s different than what my and my husband’s (who has studied a lot about radiation, though mostly on a nuclear level) understanding on the subject is.

  6. Em says

    Hi, I recently found a review on this zerocom and zerofon product manufactured in Korea that is said to be very useful, however, it was produced a long time ago and I could not find any Korean sites on it. Instead I found a U.S website,, and I could not find any reviews on it, and so I have no idea as to whether it is useful or not, is there any way you can make a review on it?

  7. nadia says

    This website is run by a consortium of scientists and provides good data and definitely strengthens this argument.

    There is definitely cause to be concerned, especially as children are given more technology to play with. Hope this helps.

  8. says

    Hi Lauren, do you know of a laptop with low radiation levels? Do any of the laptop companies stand out as far as “low radiation”? Please advise. Thank you.

  9. peter wall says

    Hi Lauren, i just saw that someone just asked you a question which i would also like to know the answer to if you know below:? Thankyou Peter

    do you know of a laptop with low radiation levels? Do any of the laptop companies stand out as far as “low radiation”? Please advise. Thank you.

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