People who pass off concerns about electromagnetic fields (EMFs) as belonging in the “tin foil hat” category of paranoia might want to take a closer look at some of the evidence of harm caused by EMF exposure.
While it’s true that some EMFs are naturally emitted by the sun and even the earth, the human race is being exposed to previously unheard-of levels of artificial EMFs in the year 2016, and the problem is only set to grow with the prevalence of wireless technology.
As the name implies, electromagnetic fields are made up of electric and magnetic fields, which are situated perpendicular to one another and travel together in the form of an invisible wave. Man-made EMFs are classified by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences into two categories. The low-frequency classification is given to non-ionizing radiation that bears a lower frequency than visible light, such as that given off by computers, smart meters, microwave ovens, cell phones, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, MRIs and power lines.
High-frequency EMF radiation, on the other hand, encompasses the varieties that bear higher frequencies than visible light. These are ionizing radiation and include X-rays, Gamma rays, and UV light.
Few people would dispute the notion that high-frequency radiation can be problematic. Anyone who has been sunburned can attest to the dangers of UV exposure, and there is a good reason pregnant women are not allowed anywhere near X-rays. However, the effects of low-frequency EMF radiation can be a bit more subtle. The symptoms caused by prolonged use of smart meters, cell phones, microwaves and Wi-Fi aren’t very noticeable at first.
Compounding the problem is the fact that the telecommunications and electronics industries are working actively to dismiss these concerns in order to protect their financial interests, much in the same way that Big Pharma tries to brush off concerns about dangerous drugs like antidepressants so they can keep making money off of them.
For example, a meta analysis of cell phone studies revealed that the majority of studies that were not funded by the cell phone industry indicated a higher risk of brain tumors among cell phone users, while the majority of studies funded by the industry showed that cell phone users actually had a lower risk of brain tumors!
EMF exposure is dangerous because our nervous system and heart run on electricity. That’s why a heart can be shocked back into life using a defibrillator. However, the electromagnetic signals in our body are weak compared to those that are created artificially. EMF interference is particularly risky for our heart, brain and mitochondria.
EMF radiation a possible carcinogen
The International Agency for Research on Cancer has assigned low-frequency EMF radiation as a possible carcinogen (class 2B), but the dangers of this radiation extend far beyond cancer.
Some of the symptoms experienced by people who are exposed to prolonged high levels of low-frequency electromagnetic fields include anxiety, depression, insomnia, dizziness, adrenal fatigue, brain fog, memory loss, and hormonal imbalances in addition to a higher risk of cancer. Many people have noted neurological problems and inflammatory symptoms when smart meters were installed in their homes.
A study published in the Electronic Physician journal shows that EMFs can directly change the behavior of tissues and cells alike, harming your bone marrow, blood, DNA, reproductive system, cardiovascular system and endocrine system.
What can you do to reduce your exposure to man-made EMFs?
First, you will want to keep your electronic devices switched off when they are not in use. Stick to hardwired connections where possible instead of Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, and this includes peripherals like your keyboard and mouse. Turn off your router at night and do not sleep near electronics.
You should also keep your devices away from your body. This means avoiding the use of headphones for long conversations and avoiding placing your cell phone in your pocket. EMF shields for your cell phone can help curb your exposure, while dirty electricity filters can also help.
If you’re concerned about EMF exposure, you might want to try grounding, which can help your body neutralize the positive ions emitted by electronic devices. It’s as simple as walking barefoot on a sandy beach or a damp patch of grass. You can also help counteract the oxidative stress caused by EMF exposure with a nutritious diet that contains lots of antioxidants.