Over the last several years there has been an increasing amount of information concerning EMF’s (Electromagnetic Field) and their effect on health. As is often the case with complex technologies, the average person’s knowledge about EMF’s is limited and often contains inaccurate information. Since electromagnetic fields cannot normally be seen or touched, individuals must rely on information from those who study the properties and effects of this form of radiation. The goal of this post is to give an overview of EMF’s with a focus on what properties they have, their impact on humans, how they may benefit or negatively affect optimal health, and how to mitigate the negative effects they can cause.
An electromagnetic field (also EMF or EM field) is a physical field produced by electrically charged objects, such as power lines, transformers, electrical panels, building wiring, appliances, lighting, computers, telephones, cell phones, Bluetooth devices and even automobile engines. This field affects the behavior of charged objects in the vicinity of the field. This is a key fact to remember as we consider the properties of electromagnetic fields. The field can be viewed as the combination of an electric field and a magnetic field. The behavior of the electromagnetic field can be resolved into four different parts of a loop: The electric and magnetic fields are generated by electric charges, The electric and magnetic fields interact with each other, The electric and magnetic fields produce forces on charged particles, The electric charges move in space. The potential effects of electromagnetic fields on human health vary widely depending on the frequency and intensity of the fields. Due to the close proximity of electrical wiring in modern buildings, the typical person receives more EMF radiation from electrical wiring than any other source. The number two source is usually from cell phones, appliances, TVs and computers. The third largest exposure is often from power lines. The fourth largest is usually from automobiles, cell towers, etc.
EMF directly affects the brain by generating damaging excitatory activity in the the cells potentially leading to anxiety-related disorders, leptin resistance, autism, and brain cancers. A primary effect of EMF radiation is that the molecular clock in the brain, located in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), as time elapses, may no longer be able to work precisely, leading to a myriad of symptoms and disorders in the brain and body. Studies have shown that EMF’s can adversely affect the pineal gland’s secretion of melatonin. Melatonin increases the effectiveness of the body’s natural killer lymphocytes, thus inhibiting tumor growth. The reduction of pineal gland function has been implicated in the development of breast, ovarian, prostate and melanoma cancers. Decreased melatonin levels have also been directly related to depression, mood changes and psychiatric disorders.
Tests have also shown that certain EMF frequencies, such as those produced by cell phones, have the effect of weakening the blood brain barrier, allowing toxic substances to be absorbed into the brain, that are normally blocked by this barrier. Except for visible light and infrared EMF, we can not perceive any of these energies without instruments designed to find them. The problem is our brain senses them all without sensation being perceived consciously. As a result of this, the vast majority of people are completely unaware of the massive increase of EMF radiation in our environment.
The electromagnetic energies that originally surrounded life were simple. There was the Schumann resonance, which was found to be 7.83 Hz, which essentially is a weak ELF electromagnetic field modulated by the micro-pulsations. There were random bursts of of static electricity from lightening centered at 10,000 Hz and they reverberated over the entire Earth’s surface at any time. 3000-5000 of these strikes happen simultaneously. Light was present from our sun. UV and infrared light were originally the most abundant forms of EMF on the surface of the planet for 4 billion years. Studies have shown that individuals subjected to a 7.83 Hz frequency tended to express that it resulted in their feeling ‘good’, while tests with other frequencies could cause various reactions from riotous behavior to depression.
In 1893 Nikola Tesla demonstrated the first AC power system at the World’s Fair. Thus began enormous changes to the EMF’s surrounding the Earth and affecting its inhabitants. The resulting gradual electrification of the cities, subjected city dwellers to the EMF fields generated by 60 cycle AC currents flowing in their houses and workplaces. Since World War II a vast array of different EMF has been added to the human and animal environment. The military and industry began to use shorter wavelengths and to bounce them off the ionosphere for long distance communication. The use of these ELF’s is incredibly damaging since these RF waves are never de-modulated, which means they last forever, continuing to bounce around within the Earth’s ionosphere.
Once cell phones were invented the surrounding sea of EMF grew exponentially, so that currently the first mile above the Earth’s surface is filled with 2 million times the amount of EMF that we were surrounded by in 1900. Humans have altered their electromagnetic background more than any other aspect of their environment. These changes have come over a very short period of time and the results on the human biologic system is clearly seen in the epidemiology of disease over the 20th century. We are literally swimming in an ocean of electromagnetic energies that life has never before had to deal with. Because these energies can’t be seen or easily felt, their effects are ignored by most individuals and kept under wraps by those who stand to gain monetarily from their proliferation.
The best we can do as individuals is to minimize the impact of undesirable EMF pollution and interference by taking the following precautions in order to support the body’s ability to respond to stress and maintain optimal health. The following list should be consulted, keeping in mind that the less you are exposed to these harmful EMF’s the better chance you have to remain in optimal health.
With the recognition that it is currently impossible to live a life free of this harmful radiation, the emphasis should always be to eliminate if possible and at the very least to minimize your exposure as much as possible.
The following recommendations will go a long way in decreasing your exposure to non-native EMF:
1) Do not live near high tension power lines.
2) Eliminate or properly shield Smart meters that have been installed by your electrical service provider.
3) Minimize the use of cell phones and always use the speakerphone option.
4) Minimize or eliminate the use of cordless phones at home and at work. Utilize a land line telephone at home and at work.
5) Avoid Bluetooth headsets and all other headsets except air-tube headsets.
6) Minimize or eliminate Wifi at home and at work. Utilize hard wired devices such as computers, tablets, mice, keyboards, printers, speakers, phones, security wiring. Minimize EMF influence by unplugging electrical appliances and Wifi routers when not in use and especially in the bedroom.
7) Utilize nonelectrical alternatives for home appliances. The Lehman’s Non-electric catalog is a great resource for this.
8) Minimize or avoid the use of microwave ovens.
For more info and products for EMF testing and mitigation, take a look at Less EMF on the web: http://www.lessemf.com/
If you would like to rent test meters take a look at Neuert Electromagnetic Services on the web: http://www.emfcenter.com/metrsale.htm
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