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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; First Edition edition (October 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061864277
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061864278
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #705,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

How many electronic innovations have you dialed, watched, surfed, charged, listed to, booted up, commuted on, cooked with, and plugged in today?

Consider your typical day: If you're like most people, it probably starts in front of your coffee maker and toaster, ends as you set the alarm on your cell phone, and involves no end of computers and gadgets, televisions and microwaves in between.

We're being zapped: Today 84 percent of Americans own a cell phone, 89 million of us watch TV beamed in by satellite, and we can't sip a cup of coffee at our local café without being exposed to Wi-Fi. The very electronic innovations that have changed our lives are also exposing us, in ways big and small, to an unprecedented number of electromagnetic fields. Invisible pollution surrounds us twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, interrupting our bodies' natural flow of energy. And for some, that pollution has reached the point of toxicity, causing fatigue, irritability, weakness, and even illness.

But we don't have to simply surrender. Ann Louise Gittleman brings forth the latest research into electro-magnetic fields to create this groundbreaking guide for every citizen of the wireless age. With the proactive, levelheaded approach that has made her one of our most respected health experts, she not only clarifies the risks but also offers specific, step-by-step information for how anyone can minimize them. From where you place your sofa to when you use your cell phone to what you eat for dinner, Zapped is packed with strategies for avoiding and mitigating the damaging effects of electropollution.

As she examines modern life room by room, device by device, Gittleman reveals a master plan for detoxifying your surroundings and protecting yourself and your family.

We don't need to abandon our homes—or even give up our PDAs—to be healthier and happier. Based on the latest scientific data, case studies, and Gittleman's years of clinical practice, Zapped is an empowering guide to living safely with the gadgets we can't live without.

About the Author

Ann Louise Gittlemanis an award-winning author of thirty books and a highly respected health pioneer. She has appeared on 20/20, Dr. Phil, The View, Good Morning America, Extra!, Good Day New York, CNN, PBS, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CBN, FOX News, and the BBC. Her work has been featured in national publications including Time; Newsweek; Harper's Bazaar; O, The Oprah Magazine; Seventeen; Fitness; Cosmopolitan; Parade; USA Weekend; Woman's World; the New York Times; and the Los Angeles Times. Gittleman has been recognized as one of the top ten nutritionists in the country by Self magazine and has received the American Medical Writers Association award for excellence.

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VISIONARY, HEALTH GURU, weight loss/detox expert, and natural foods icon, Ann Louise Gittleman has always been a trendsetter. Highly respected as a health pioneer and award-winning author of 30 books, she revolutionized weight loss in her New York Times bestseller The Fat Flush Plan - and now tackles the hazards of being bombarded 24/7 by electromagnetic pollution in her latest book Zapped. Ann Louise has been recognized as one of the top ten nutritionists in the country by Self and received the American Medical Writers Association award for excellence.

Always ahead of her time, Ann Louise set the pace for new health protocols in the 1990s with four more breakthrough books. She was the first to warn of the environmental hazards of parasites in her classic Guess What Came to Dinner? Parasites and Your Health. In Your Body Knows Best, Ann Louise was the first to discuss the blood type/weight theory and proclaim that one diet may not be right for every body − an idea that is only now becoming mainstream. She was the first to offer natural remedies for menopausal symptoms in Super Nutrition for Menopause and is widely credited as the first to popularize the term "perimenopause" in her New York Times bestseller, Before the Change.

Ann Louise forged new ways of thinking about obesity early on in her career. She was the first to proclaim that obesity was caused by the lack of dietary fats and the wrong kind of carbohydrates in her book Beyond Pritikin, published in 1988. In Beyond Pritikin, she predicted that the fat-free, carb-rich diet was creating weight gain, sugar cravings, fatigue and diabetes.

A savvy and dynamic speaker, Ann Louise has been featured on 20/20, Dr. Phil, The View, Good Morning America, Extra! and The Early Show. In addition, her work has been featured on CNN, PBS, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CBN, Fox News, and the BBC. Her work has been featured in a myriad of national publications ranging from Time and Newsweek to Glamour and The Oprah Magazine. Millions of readers follow her advice through her column in First for Women magazine, and thousands visit her website on a daily basis.

Today, Ann Louise continues to dedicate herself to carving out new landmarks in holistic health and healing based on science and ancient healing arts. Through her many books, website, and blog (, she offers a "virtual" health support system for men and women that provides educational and self-health assessment services to empower people everywhere to achieve total health. The bestselling author of The Fat Flush Plan has turned her attention to the hazards of the wireless age with her newest release--Zapped: Why Your Cell Phone Shouldn't Be Your Alarm Clock and 1,268 Ways to Outsmart the Hazards of Electronic Pollution (HarperOne, 2010).

Praise for Zapped:

"Dr. Gittleman provides a cogent, sobering look at the effects of ever present electromagnetic pollution on our biology and clear, practical advice on how to minimize our exposures and our risk. Please follow her advice, it may save your life and give you renewed energy."

--Mark Hyman, MD, New York Times best-selling author of The UltraMind Solution and How to Fix Your Broken Brain by Healing Your Body First

"Zapped is an empowering guide that will help you transform your body and your home into a sanctuary of health and healing."

--John Gray, PhD, author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus

"The book caught my attention immediately because I've been reading about, studying, and writing about the effects of electropollution for several years. This book just adds further confirmation that we live in an 'electropolluted' world, and we need to protect ourselves the best we can... You can learn many, many more simple and more in-depth tips on how to protect yourself by reading Zapped."

--Susan Lark, MD, author of Hormone Revolution and editor of Women's Wellness Today

"You are being 'Zapped' whether you know it or not! When artificial and manmade frequencies from cellphones, wireless computers, and cordless phones constantly bombard your system, they alter the body's natural electromagnetic balance and affect DNA, organs, and glands. Packed with scientific backup, find out what you can do about electropollution--a public health concern more insidious than cigarettes, asbestos, and HRT combined. The life you save may be your own--and your loved ones."

--Hyla Cass, MD, author of 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health and former Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine

Customer Reviews

Good informative book.
Frank S.
This is the second book I've read on electromagnetic frequency and its affect on living tissue and they are both very eyeopening (the first being Disconnect).
Rodney Varfley
If you are ill, read this book if you can and make up your own mind I say.

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122 of 129 people found the following review helpful By Mary VINE VOICE on October 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I've followed the terrific work of Ann Louise Gittleman, MS, CNS, PhD for years, and it's clear that after 30 books, many of them bestsellers, she has established herself as a leader in identifying the latest health challenges, as well as in presenting cutting-edge, common sense approaches to help resolve them.

Zapped is an eye opener. A fascinating, well-researched, and well-referenced book that looks at the health consequences of our constant exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs) and electronic pollution.

We are marinating in electromagnetic fields -- with homes and offices filled with wireless wi-fi internet, smart phones, laptops, electronic games, cordless devices and appliances everywhere. In Zapped, Dr. Gittleman makes a compelling argument for the health impact of this constant exposure, and outlines the research and studies behind the latest health concerns related to electronic pollution. In particular, 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.

The most practical part of the book is the room-by-room guidelines to help you minimize exposure. And, as a holistic nutritionist by training, recognizing that some exposure can not be avoided, Dr.
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76 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Gene Jus on October 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is very important for people who don't know about the EMF problem.

It is pretty well researched... but it is certainly not the last word on the subject.

Most glaring is the lack of any mention of the difference between switch-mode and linear transformers. Think of all your "wall warts"; if they were made since 1999 they are probably the switching type, which saves energy but creates EMFs at high frequencies, from 30 kiloHertz to a megaHertz and beyond. You can still buy linear ("regulated linear" is best) power supplies... just unplug them when not in use so you don't waste electricity. They won't contaminate the wiring in your house with "dirty electricity" (see the excellent article on this that appeared in Prevention Magazine last year). CFL bulbs use switch-mode supplies too... pretty much every digital device made since 1999 or 2000 does, and low-voltage DC halogen lamps too. The old linear type makes a strong magnetic field but that's only a problem if you are close to it... they don't contaminate the wiring.

Yes, buy this book, and buy Devra Davis' book "Disconnect". But also be on the lookout for more information... the full story has not been written yet.
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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful By L.T. on October 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I've follow the work of Ann Louise for years now, and respect her opinions on most any health-related issue. What's significant about this book is that it presents a number of compelling and troubling studies about the hazards of electro-magnetic pollution--not only from cell phones, but also from ordinary household appliances. It's quite troubling to learn that dimmer switches, hair dryers, baby monitors and any number of everyday items may emit harmful electromagnetic energy.

That's the scary part. What makes this book different is that it's also empowering. After the facts are presented in a clear and comprehensive fashion, she goes on to give us some solutions, in the form of simple adjustments anyone can make to their lives--like getting a wind-up alarm clock, or unplugging appliances that you're not using.

She also lists a number of foods and supplements that can protect against and perhaps even heal some of the harmful effects. (And they're not funky, hard-to-find items like exotic berries or expensive juices, but common foods you probably already have in your pantry.)

I highly recommend this book--not just for frequent cell phone users, but for anyone who lives in the modern world.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Jodi-Hummingbird TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
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 science really well and forms a sort of mini-book all in itself.

Many excellent health books briefly mention the potential problems that EMFs can cause and how to minimise them, but the most thorough book I have read on this topic by far is 'Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?; This book talks about the problems of EMF exposure, provides some brief tips for how to minimise your exposure and then focuses on 'grounding' as the best way to minimise any problems caused by high levels of EMFs.

Zapped was the opposite. It gives lots and lots of tips about minimising your exposure, but only mentioned grounding for a page or two and didn't seem to give it even remotely the level of importance that the 'Earthing' book did. It didn't come across as at all essential or hugely helpful, which was just strange when the author of Zapped had read the book and should have known how well supported grounding is as a treatment for those with EMF sensitivities and others.

For that reason I'd very much recommend the 'Earthing' book before this one.

When I first heard about the concept of earthing or grounding I was very sceptical.
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