04 Mar EMF What?
Recently I listened to an eye-opening podcast about electromagnetic fields (EMFs) from naturopath and building biologist Nicole Bijlsma, who discussed the dangers of the electromagnetic fields that surround us. From there my curiosity got the better of me and I just needed to know more!
EMFs are produced by anything with an electrical current. Categorized by frequency and wavelength. The higher the voltage of electricity, the stronger the subsequent field, and the shorter the wavelength. The lower the voltage, the weaker the field and the bigger the wavelength. EMFs are measured in high and low frequency, and thus affect human health in different ways.
These fields are everywhere in the environment, and are formed by the build-up of electric charges in the atmosphere associated with thunderstorms – this is known as the earth’s magnetic field and it is essential for the orienting compass of the earth and assists wildlife in navigating migration.
Now with the forward movement of technology and the advances of science, humans have created their own sources of EMF radiation. Including; X-ray machines, radiofrequency from radio & TV antennas, smartphones, smart tablets, cordless phones, WIFI, Bluetooth devices, electrical power outlets, lamps, appliances (refrigerators, microwaves) and any other electrical device.
All of the above electrical currents (including the earth EMF) has an impact on our health. This is not new information, however, with the growing demand, increased use and the social norm of attachment to electrical devices, there has been an enormous surge in exposure to EMFs. There are numerous studies on the effects of electromagnetic fields on human health. Electrical hypersensitivity has been documented firstly by Swedish as a disability and more recently by the Canadians after a 1980 study of computer workers. More studies and reports are being published every day on the effects of man-made electromagnetic fields on the health of the human population.
Symptoms of EMF’s
- General: insomnia, fatigue, nausea, and headaches (often described as vice-like or gripping)
- Skin: burning, prickling and biting sensation on the skin like ‘electric shocks’. This intensifies the closer they get to an appliance or the walls (building wiring)
- Nerve: restlessness, irritability, poor short term memory, difficulty concentrating, dizziness, dyslexia, forgetfulness and learning difficulties
- Heart: palpitations, chest pain, increased heart rate, and blood pressure changes
musculoskeletal: body aches and joint pains, jaw and teeth pain, numbness or tingling sensations, muscle tremors
- Hearing: ringing in the ears (tinnitus), hearing loss, impaired balance
- Immune: impending flu-like symptoms that don’t eventuate
- Eyes: impaired vision
What can you do about your exposure to EMFs?
- Limit your technology use.
- Put DISTANCE between yourself and appliances, especially whilst sleeping. Keeping a minimum of 1 meter away from appliances and devices when you are not needing to use them can reduce your exposure by up to 75%.
- Get outside and into nature, enjoy Mother Nature – technology free!
- Put your smartphone or smart tablets on flight mode/ airplane mode when not in use. If you require a phone for an alarm clock, put it on airplane safe mode at night – yes your alarm will still wake you up.
- Arrange your bedroom so that your bed is the furthest away from your house meter box, and any appliances are not sharing a wall with your bedhead.
If you are interested in EMF protection products, please feel free to contact me, and I can help point you in the right direction.
If you would like to listen to the very interesting podcast I did, please follow the link below.
World Health Organization 2014 Electromagnetic fields (EMF), <http://www.who.int/peh-emf/about/WhatisEMF/en/>
Bijlsma, N 2011 Electromagnetic fields – we live in a sea of radiation, <http://www.buildingbiology.com.au/index.php/Biology/Electromagnetic-Fields.html>
Belyaev, I, Dean, A et al 2016 ‘EUROPAEM EMF Guideline 2016 for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of EMF-related health problems and illnesses’ Review on Environmental Health vol. 31, no. 3, pp. 369-397
Austrian Medical Association 2012 ‘Guideline of the Austrian Medical Association (w) for the diagnosis and treatment of EMF related health problems and illnesses (EMF syndrome)’