Should I Be Concerned About EMFs?
THE EVOLUTION OF EMFS
The sun has been a constant source of electric and magnetic fields (EMFs) since the genesis of our universe. We can physically see the sun’s radiative energy through the presence of visible light. In 1889, the first powerline went online, closely followed by the invention of the radio and mobile phones. All of these emit EMFs.
According to a 2019 study, 87% of the world’s population has access to electricity. That means an exceptionally high amount of people are being constantly exposed to EMFs. But is this constant exposure a cause for concern? Let’s take a closer look at the different types of EMF exposure.
TYPES OF EMFS
Traditionally, EMFs have been grouped into two categories: non-ionizing and ionizing. The ionizing EMFs release high-level radiation that causes damage on a cellular and DNA level. On the other hand, non-ionizing frequencies release low-level radiation. The average person experiences some form of high- to low-level radiation on an everyday basis.
- Gamma rays
- Ultraviolet (UV) rays
- Power lines
- Home energy smart meters
- Bluetooth devices
- Microwave ovens
- Radio frequencies
- Wireless (Wi-Fi) networks
- Remote control
ACCORDING TO THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION
THE TOP 10 EMF EMITTERS:
- Power lines
- Power plants/facilities
- Magnetic medical imaging devices
- Radar/Television broadcast
- Remove control
- Mobile phones
SHOULD WE BE WORRIED?
While what is certain is that we are constantly being exposed to EMFs, what isn’t certain is how worried we should be about this. Many studies have shown that electromagnetic fields have destructive effects on sex hormones, fetal development, and pregnancy(1). The US National Institutes of Health goes as far as to say that people should “stay as far away as possible from their origin because of the risks associated with exposures to these waves”(2). The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) posits EMFs as a “possible carcinogenic to humans”(3). Since the 1980s when cellphones were first introduced, researchers began a comparative study on cancer cases between cellphone users and nonusers, which soon became the largest research study done on this topic. The study found a loose connection between glioma, a cancer that originates in the brain and spinal cord, and cellphone use — with the majority of glioma being found on the side of the head where the people held their phones to speak. Another study discovered a link between a particular type of leukemia and long-term exposure to high levels of EMF(4). These are extreme cases, but can the effects of EMFs be felt on an everyday level?
HOW DOES EMF EXPOSURE AFFECT ME?
Do you find it hard to focus when looking at your phone screen or laptop? Do you find yourself spending long stretches of time trying to focus and refocus while working? Because electronic devices all emit EMFs, if you are experiencing decreasing concentration levels, these EMFs may be affecting you. Another common symptom of EMF exposure is getting headaches from fluorescent lights, being close to a Wi-Fi router, or long exposure to electronic screens. Additionally, if you feel like you are running on empty and are struggling to have enough energy to get through the day, exposure to EMFs may be affecting you (4). So how do you protect yourself from these invisible forces?
- Dulled concentration
- Sleep disturbance
- Depressive symptoms
- Fatigue and low energy
- Concentration issues
- Memory changes
- Tingling skin
HOW DO I PROTECT MYSELF FROM EMFS?
THERE ARE SEVERAL SHORT-TERM WAYS TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM EMFS.
- Sleeping with your phone on airplane mode if it needs to be next to your bed or better yet, keeping your phone in another room while you sleep.
- Not carrying your phone in your bra if you are a woman.
- If given the option, not living in close proximity to a cell tower.
- Keeping your phone charged. When your phone is on low battery, it releases more EMFs.
- Not holding your phone closer than 1 inch from your head when speaking to people. Either talk with the speaker on or use earphones.
- Avoiding using Bluetooth.
- Making your bedroom an electronic-free zone. Keep your computer, TV, and cellphone in another room to reduce exposure so that you can experience a longer, more restorative sleep.
- Spend time outdoors: take some time every day to be in nature either without your cellphone or with your cellphone turned off, and without other electronic devices. Many studies have shown that being outdoors lowers blood pressure, boosts your mood, and is restorative to your mind and body(5).
- Investing in an EMF-protection device.
Synergy Science is the world leader in EMF protection devices. Synergy Science has developed a Waveguard Technology that is the only EMF-protection technology that has been proven through double-blind studies to protect you completely from the radiation in EMF fields. The devices create a field of protection that removes excess signal strength and depolarizes radiation. Depending on the size of the area you want to protect, you have the option to purchase the Qi Me, the Qi Shield, the Qi Home Cell, and the Qi Max. For more information on EMF protection devices, check out Synergy Science.
THE BOTTOM LINE
EMFs can be found in nature or can be produced by man-made sources. Both natural and man-made EMFs can be either harmless or harmful depending on the type of radiation and the length of exposure. While studies have proven a link between harmful EMFs and health concerns, there are several things you can do to limit their adverse effects. Be aware of what causes EMFs and radiation, be smart about exposure, and make sure to take steps to protect yourself and your family from overexposure.