It is invisible to the eye, you can’t smell or taste it. But it’s everywhere. And it can have detrimental health effects…if not immediately, then in years or decades. We know a lot about our tap water that is not fit for drinking, we’ve read a lot about air pollution and how it deteriorates our health. We smell the exhaust fumes in the air and the chlorine in the glass of water and don’t doubt their existence. But few discuss the problem with electromagnetic fields (EMFs) pollution that create a non-tactile threat virtually all around us – at home, at the office, on the outside. Without proper EMF protection, we are exposed to an ever growing amount of (Radio Frequency) radiation that might not be as harmless as initially thought.
Can You Live Without Your Mobile Phone? Or With It?
With all technology innovations that make us dependant on our electronic devices, it’s hard to give up on our new lifestyle, thus hard to force ourselves into avoiding the potential harm of EMF exposure. Maybe because we don’t know exactly how it affects our health and wellbeing.
What Are EMFs?
EMFs stands for electromagnetic fields. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences defines it this way:
“Electric and magnetic fields (EMFs) are invisible areas of energy, often referred to as radiation, that are associated with the use of electrical power and various forms of natural and man-made lighting.”
Where does it come from?
All matter is electromagnetic in nature, including all living matter, including the human body. All we create emanates energy, and so do we.
There are two types of EMFs (1):
Ionizing (mid to high-frequency radiation linked to cellular and or DNA damage)
Ultraviolet light, X-Rays ranging from 30 * 1016 Hz to 30 * 1019 Hz, some gamma rays. According to the World Health Organization, each member of the world population is exposed, on average, to 2.4 mSv/yr of ionizing radiation from natural sources. (2)
Non-ionizing (low to mid-frequency, generally perceived as harmless to humans)
It comes from household appliances and electronic devices such as microwave ovens, computers, house energy smart meters, wifi networks, cell phones, Bluetooth devices, power lines. While we should and could limit our exposure to ionizing electromagnetic fields, ruling out modern technology and the convenience it brings is a tough task.(3)
How do EMFs affect the human body?
The human body operates at its own frequency. We exchange energy with all that surrounds us all the time.
Within the human body itself, cells communicate through electromagnetic signals. The EMFs from electronic devices operate at frequencies that can interfere with normal cell function.
Electromagnetic radiation does not adapt itself to a human body’s frequency
The reason is that electromagnetic radiation does not adapt itself to a human body’s frequency. On the contrary. According to physical laws, charges automatically redistribute from areas of high potential with a high level of polarization into areas of low potential, in an attempt to equalize the potentials. Since the human body is a more neutral object any electromagnetic source located near a person induces the absorption of electromagnetic radiation (4).
There is a long list of studies providing evidence for the potentially harmful effects of this electromagnetic interaction. If you are curious enough, you could take a look at this listing of 200 scientific studies and six (6) reviews reporting potential harm at non-thermal (not heating) levels of radiofrequency/microwave radiation.
The results on the hazards of EMF exposure are contradictory and conclusions still unclear, but…
Though, the results on the hazards of EMF exposure are contradictory and conclusions still unclear, some of the most discussed negative health effects of EMF exposure include: life threatening diseases such as leukemia in children and adults (5,6), brain cancer in adults (7), Lou Gehrig’s disease (8), depression (9), suicide (10), and Alzheimer’s’ disease (11).
The WHO/International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as “possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B), based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer, associated with wireless phone use.”
Recent studies report that EMFs can cause DNA damage and neurological diseases at much lower levels than those set by international safety guidelines. Human cells react to low levels of EMF by changing their behavior and the way they function.(12) The normal physiological balance is upset. Electric and magnetic fields at environmental levels may extend the lifetime of free radicals. The result might be damage to DNA (13).
In addition, electronic devices operate at a level that lowers brain wave functions and body vibrations (similar to the effects of Schumann Frequency of the Earth). The vibrational disbalance that follows can lead to disease, tiredness, fatigue.
How to Protect Yourself From the Negative Impact of EMFs
First, make sure you take your time off electronic devices such as your laptop, cell phone or smart TV. Regularly enjoy a device-free dinner, or make it a general rule for your family to take a rest from electronic devices in the evenings to the extent possible, and focus on mindful eating, for example. And generally, reduce the overall daily time spent on electronic devices. Try keeping them away from your body, at a safe distance. At least try not to go to bed with your mobile phone or tablet and don’t let it “sleep” on the bedside table.
Having done that, there are essentially three approaches to EMF protection:
Providing a protective barrier that deflects the harmful radiation away. There are many brands that produce and sell EMF protection products – computer monitor screens, TV, or laptop shields, EMF shielding paints and fabrics, even face and eye-shields.
Canceling the harmful waves by emitting equal but opposite waves to neutralize them. Noise-canceling headphones are an example.
Laptops and cell phones are the two types of electronic devices that we are usually most addicted to. Since many people use laptops at the office and back home, exposure to EMFs might put us at risk. A minimal EMF protection would include a laptop shield – like this Laptop EMF Radiation & Heat Shield by DefenderShield that blocks 100% of all potentially harmful Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) from 0-10 GHz while reducing heat emitted from the bottom of the device.
EMF protective case for mobile phone actually shields your brain from the harmful radiation while not blocking the signal. It also protects your body if you carry it in your pocket with the front flap to face your body. Pair it with EMF protective air-tube earbuds that place the magnetic speaker away from your ear (the sound travels through the air, and some claim the sound is actually enhanced as a result). And you are done with the basics to protect yourself from EMFs emitted by some of the most common and kept near the body devices.
This includes static electricity dissipation mats or Earthing mats. The skin is a conductive surface. Securing a path for the electricity to flow down is another method to protect you from harmful EMF radiation. This is also called “Earthing”.
You’re probably sitting in an electromagnetic field (EMF) at this very moment! Is it worth risking not to take measures?