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Zapped: Why Your Cell Phone Shouldn't Be Your Alarm Clock and 1,268 Ways to Outsmart the Hazards of Electronic Pollution

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Gittleman delivers the first comprehensive, user-friendly guide that consolidates the latest research with a powerhouse, step-by-step guide to counteract the invisible hazards of everyday electromagnetic exposure from such things as cell phones and Wi-Fi.
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by HarperOne (first published September 23rd 2010)
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Natalie Vellacott
Jul 14, 2016 Natalie Vellacott rated it liked it
Shelves: health
This was an interesting read....not sure that it's 100% reliable but interesting definitely.

The author explains how electromagnetic pollution is invading our lives and gradually causing our illnesses. She sites various examples of individual cases where it does seem to be likely that EMP is responsible for the health problems experienced. She lists vitamins and minerals that will help combat the problem and suggests a range of expensive gadgets you could buy for your home/car/workplace etc. She
Apr 07, 2012 Jodi rated it really liked it
Shelves: health-books
This book provides a reasonable introduction to the idea of reducing the amount of EMFs we are exposed to each day, and how to go about doing so without giving up your computer and your phone and so on. It gives you lots and lots of useful tips on how to reposition electrical items, the best types of items to buy and what to avoid as well as how to use simple devices to measure the radiation in your own home.

This book is well researched and referenced. The first 37 pages outline the theory and s
Will Jeffries
Apr 21, 2011 Will Jeffries rated it it was amazing
Enlightening information and kind-of fear-based as well - just don't let all this information get to you. My recommendation would be to just buy you a himalayan salt lamp - stick that sucker beside your computer - and you're good. In regard to the cellphone dilemma - you can go to and get you one of those q-link mini's and sticker-attach it to your cell phone. Also, I've heard that if you put a wheatgrass plant beside your bed at night - you will breath a lot easier. Anyways, good info ...more
Megan Stokes
Feb 06, 2011 Megan Stokes rated it liked it
Really interesting. I do believe that there are some that are particularly sensitive to electronic pollution (like chemically sensitive people), but I think the majority of us don't need to follow most of the advice in this book. I've since done some things to limit my exposure, but on the whole, some of this stuff goes a bit too far.
Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum
Jul 14, 2012 Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum rated it really liked it
Zapped - Why Your Cell Phone Shouldn't Be Your Alarm Clock and 1,268 Ways to Outsmart the Hazards of Electronic Pollution by Ann Louise Gittleman is an informative read about the prevalence and damage that electromagnetic fields (EMF) and electronic pollution and how to mitigate these in the home and at work.

As the title suggests, this encompasses radiation from mobile phones, microwaves and high voltage power poles, all generally accepted by the majority of people to 'not be good for us.'

Dec 01, 2010 Stephanie rated it liked it
Scary. Hard to act on "depriving" oneself of electronics. I appreciated seeing that I'm big on the author's top 21 zap-proof superfoods and seasonings, i.e. artichokes, asparagus, blueberries, cinnamon cranberries, cruciferous vegetables, cumin garlic, grass-fed beef, mushrooms, olive oil pomegranate juice, prunces, red beans, acai, rosemary, turmeric, wild Alaskan salmon, tart cherries, walnuts and yogurt. Wish I could afford organic. Zap-proof minerals are also big in my diet, e.g. calcium, ma ...more
Mar 23, 2016 Joanna rated it really liked it
Feed my paranoia, why don't you? But at least it offers lots of helpful tips for reducing exposure to EMFs.
Sep 01, 2013 Kimm marked it as started-reading-but-put-on-hold
Spent the day reading Gittleman's book on EMF pollution. Since I'm extremely sensitive to EMFs - there's alot of practical advice in this book for me.

I've never used a microwave and don't have one, rarely use a cell phone (a few times a year maybe) and I don't have a TV. Despite that - as a computer professional with scads of computer equipment running all day long - I am surrounded! :P I'm realizing there's alot more I can do to minimize the stress and disorders that EMFs cause. More about it
Apr 12, 2012 Ania rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone prudent about their health
Recommended to Ania by: radio show
Here's the basics:
Keep at least 3 feet away from electronics, and walls at night. Eat anti-oxidants, do away with needless electronics, reduce wi-fi exposure, use a landline and floss* :)

*ok so she may not have said floss, but it's still important :D
Jul 31, 2011 Kebanek rated it did not like it
To alarmist for me. I think the author probably has a point, but this seemed like a very long pop science article.
Jun 26, 2011 David rated it did not like it
Shelves: never-read
Specious science. Self-promotion. I couldn't get through this book. What a waste.
Mar 24, 2012 Brynna rated it it was amazing
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This was an EXCELLENT book. God really convicted me on becoming more aware of my surroundings in efforts to maintain and improve the health of my family, and several months after learning more about EMF's, I picked up this book. I cannot believe I was so unaware of the impact of EMF's for all these years (a basis for SO many other health problems people suffer from anymore!). It makes perfect sense when you consider that the body IS technically "electrical" (after all, we are made up of atoms!), ...more
Oct 02, 2015 Trisha rated it really liked it
This book was a great indicator of high energy fields in your home that I was not aware of. Like your refrigerator and other appliances you should not spend a lot of time so close.flouresecent lights, dimmer switches and electronics in your bedroom for a better night sleep.. There are websites you can find more info and cell towers near your home.
Some people are severely affected by emr and can get really sick with leukemia or breast cancer.
Diana S
May 10, 2014 Diana S rated it really liked it
Wow! Very informative information about electronic pollution and how it affects us in our daily lives.
It doesn't scare you, like some articles I've read on the subject. What it does do, is empowers you with the facts and give you ways to conteract the effects that enter our lives.. I really liked the book a lot.
Nola Decker
May 18, 2016 Nola Decker rated it liked it
Shelves: health
I expected more from a book published by Harper (or a Harper imprint at least.) ZAPPPED needed good going over by a relentless editor. The haphazard organization of the information prevented the book from being a true call to arms.
Dec 10, 2014 Kay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I have this book for a particular reason. I didn't necessarily like Gittleman's style because her ego got in the way. The book didn't really provide what it promised.
Jun 29, 2011 Kalyn rated it liked it
This had lots of information (some of which seems legit and some of which seems pretty cuckoo) so you have to sort through what you think applies to you. I really liked that it had solutions for the hazards and that most of those solutions worked for modern (and even urban) life. After the information dump part, the book felt more like a helpful guide than a "go live in a log cabin in the woods!" alarm bell.
Oct 01, 2010 Lizzie marked it as to-read
First impressions:
I'm alarmed by the title, as I do, in fact, use my cell phone as my alarm clock. I want to know what I'm doing wrong, how it's affecting me, and how on earth does one use a regular plug-in alarm clock? (I'll admit, I'm more concerned by the latter of the three.) It's mildly disconcerting, but my curiosity has been peaked, so now I must read Zapped to find out.
Jul 26, 2016 Charmin rated it liked it
Shelves: health
1. Protect your health from dirty electricity.
2. Electric Electro-Magnetic Frequencies (EMF). Wifi, cellphones and plugged in appliances continuously emit EMF.
3. Eating super-foods help to balance out the exposure.
Apr 11, 2011 Kim rated it liked it
Good info, but a bit more technical than I wanted. Next step would be to buy/rent a Gauss meter and that is not on the top of my budget list.
Darlene Hull
Jun 01, 2011 Darlene Hull rated it it was amazing
Great book. Not full of hype and scare tactics, lots of research, and some great, practical ideas for managing exposure in a doable way.
Eli Poteet
Dec 23, 2011 Eli Poteet rated it really liked it
Wow! This book made me re think A LOT of my decisions concerning my electronics. I encourage everyone to give it a read.
Catherine Gentry
An important book about an important topic which affects us all.
Feb 14, 2012 Sandie rated it liked it
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Very informative; pretty easy to read. Scary!
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Dr. Ann Louise was recognized as one of the top ten nutritionists in the country by Self magazine and was the recipient of the American Medical Writers Association award for excellence.

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“We, and the universe we live in, produce and operate in a sea of natural and unnatural electrical and magnetic fields. The earth, for example, pulses at about 10 Hz, like a small engine. Our bodies, as you may remember from chapter 1, are really electromagnetic machines. We simply can't move a muscle or produce a thought without an electrical impulse - and wherever there is electricity, a magnetic field is also produced, which is why we link the two together into one word: electromagnetic."

Ann Louise Gittleman”
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