EMF Exposure: Dangers, Symptoms and Protection
by Dr. Jockers
EMF Exposure: Dangers, Symptoms, and Protection
EMF exposure is something all of us are encountering every day. Cell phones, computers, tablets, WiFi routers, microwaves, and other appliances are part of our modern life conveniences. While these tools and gadgets can be certainly handy and even necessary, you may wonder if they are safe. These appliances are sending out electric and magnetic fields (EMFs), or radiation that may affect your and your family’s health.
According to the World Bank, nearly 90 percent of the world’s population has access to electricity and electrical appliances. You probably use your phone, computer, and other electronics more than you can count (1).
Yet, EMFs may lead to a number of health symptoms, including fatigue, insomnia, headaches, dizziness, and nausea, and may even increase your risk of cancer. It is time to find out if they are safe to use and how to protect your health.
In this article, you will learn what EMFs are and what types of EMF exposure you may encounter. I will discuss the potential dangers of EMF and the symptoms of EMF exposure and EMF hypersensitivity. You will learn how to test for EMF exposure levels. I will also share some simple EMF protection strategies.
Types of EMF Exposure
Electric and magnetic fields (EMFs) are invisible areas of energy. You may also hear EMFs being referred to as radiation. They are related to the use of electrical power, as well as various forms of lighting, including man-made and natural lighting.
EMFs can be grouped into two main categories based on their frequency: non-ionizing and ionizing radiation. Non-ionizing radiation is a low-level radiation that includes appliances and tools that are thought to be relatively harmless to people. On the other hand, ionizing radiation is a high-level radiation that may be much more harmful to your body. In both cases, the intensity of the EMF exposure decreases as your distance from the object or EMF source increases (2, 3, 4, 5, 6).
Non-Ionizing Radiation Includes:
- Microwave ovens
- Cell phones
- Wireless (WiFi) routers
- Bluetooth devices
- Power lines
- House energy meters
- Smart Meters
Ionizing Radiation Includes:
- Ultraviolet lights
EMF Exposure Danger Levels
When discussing the danger levels of EMF exposure, you may run into opposing opinions because there isn’t any strong enough research that proved that EMF is harmful or how harmful it may be to human health. There is no question that EMF exposure may be harmful when it comes to high-frequency radiation. There is a reason that pregnant women shouldn’t get an x-ray to avoid harming the baby or you should not stay out on the sun too long to protect yourself from UV damage.
However, when it comes to low-frequency radiation, the controversy is on. According to the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARc), EMF exposure may possibly be carcinogenic to humans as supported by some studies.
The problem is that microwaves, cell phones, WiFi routers, and other objects may not lead to noticeable damage at first, only over time. Companies are also unaware of their products are potentially harmful or not. Actual harm may also depend on the frequency, power density, strength, and length of exposure to the EMFs. Symptoms of EMF exposure may also be similar to symptoms of other chronic health complaints (7).
I know that you want to know more about the EMF exposure you may be exposed to when using some everyday objects. Let’s look at what we know now.
Cell Phones and Cell Phone Towers
Most people use cell phones on a regular basis. You have probably noticed that when your phone is in high use, for example, you are talking to someone while traveling or the GPS is on while driving, your phone gets hot.
This is because your phone has to work harder while moving and it is also putting out more cell-damaging microwaves than normal, which also means more radiation exposure. Keeping your cell phone close to your body may also be dangerous.
While there is no conclusive evidence on the subjects, scientific case reports have linked women carrying their cell phones in their bras for years and developing breast cancer in the exact spot they had their phone on (8).
Another thing to consider is your proximity to cell phone towers. These towers have a tremendous amount of EMF emissions and it is advised to live at least 5 miles away to prevent unwanted health problems. The farther you are away from the towers, the less exposure you will have from them.
Microwave ovens only produce microwaves when they are in use with the door shut. During this time, these microwaves may be absorbed by your body leading to free radical damage.
Some may advise against standing in front of the microwave while at use for this very reason. Microwaves may also affect the nutrient retention of your food, however, more research is needed to fully back this claim (9, 10, 11).
Utility companies around the world are replacing electric, gas and water analog meters with pulsed radiation smart meter networks. These Smart Meters, (also called AMI, or AMR) eliminate meter reader jobs and are part of the “Smart Grid”, which is an expensive wireless system installed on our homes, businesses, and in our environment that customers pay for.
The electric meter operates around 900 mhz and 2.4Ghz. It constantly transmits and repeats data from 500 +/- homes in a mesh network, which includes collectors which repeat signals back to the utility via cell towers.
Depending on where your home is located within the mesh network will determine how much radiation your meter transmits. PG&E finally admitted that the electric meters send an average of 10,000 pulses per meter per day, at a peak power of 2 1/2 watts and a maximum of 190,000 per day! This has the potential to be very hazardous to our health.
WiFi EMF Exposure
WiFi is a relatively new technology. If you are part of the Millenial or older generation, chances are you recall life without it. Some organizations believe that WiFi is perfectly safe while others look at it as a public health threat. In reality, WiFi works in the range of 2.4 GHz frequency, just like your microwave oven.
The Environmental Health Trust warns us that WiFi and EMFs may add to one’s toxic body burden and its toxic effects may reach the brain. Some doctors and organizations, including Doctors for Safer Schools, also believe that WiFi may lead to certain health symptoms in children, including dizziness, weakness, trouble concentrating, fatigue, and anxiety (12, 13).
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