What is EMF?

EMFs or electromagnetic frequencies are essentially electric and magnetic fields that radiate energy. The sun gives out EMFs as do power lines. Many appliances and systems that use electricity also emit EMFs. Low level EMF exposure is not believed to be dangerous and common in microwaves, cell phones, X-rays, MRIs, power lines and more. EMF exposure decreases as the distance between you and the object emitting EMF increases.Electromagnetic frequency (EMF) exposure can affect your health if left unchecked and unaddressed.

EMF Sources:

You can be exposed to electromagnetic field exposure daily through; Electric fields, which include anything electric that has a voltage. This includes the electrical outlets in your home, appliances, cell phones, WiFi and equipment. Magnetic fields, which include anything with an electric motor, such as refrigerators, power meters and even hair dryers.

INSUFFICIENT RESEARCH HAS LED TO NO ACTION

There has not been sufficient research about the effects of prolonged low-level EMF exposure on human beings. Without sufficient research and supporting data, no government, national or international measures have been taken to address the growing exposure to EMFs through more electric-powered devices

However, constant exposure is believed to be potentially carcinogenic to humans, according to 2011 research by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). The IARC labeled magnetic radiation as a class 3 carcinogen. EMFs can layer upon each other and create toxic radiation

Types of EMF?

There are three main types of electromagnetic fields (EMFs). All three have been linked to important biological effects in the scientific research studies, and each type of EMF is measured with a different kind of test instrument.

ELF Magnetic Fields are the EMF component most often linked to serious health effects – such as childhood leukemia and other cancers – in the research studies. Common sources include power lines, electrical wiring, light fixtures, appliances and most other electrical devices. Wiring errors and stray electricity in pipes can sometimes create surprisingly high levels. Magnetic fields are measured with an ELF* gaussmeter, in units called “milligauss” (mG).

(*Note: “ELF” or “extremely-low-frequency” is the scientific name for the EMF frequency range that includes the 60 cycles-per-second – or 60 Hertz – electricity used in the US and Canada.)

ELF Electric Fields have also been linked to important biological effects, but have been studied less in the research. Anecdotally, they are often involved when people feel “sensitive” to electromagnetic sources. Electric fields are usually caused by hidden electrical wiring within walls, by nearby power cords for lamps and devices, and sometimes from overhead power lines. Electric fields induce measurable voltages onto the skin, which are easily detected with a Body Voltage Meter, in units of “AC Volts” (VAC).

Radio Frequency (RF) Fields (including microwaves) have been linked to several kinds of tumors and health problems. RF fields are emitted from many wireless and electronic devices – cell towers, cell phones, cordless phones, TV/radio broadcast towers, Smart Meters, Wi-Fi, wireless computers and components, baby monitors, microwave ovens, radar, etc. In the US, they are usually measured in units of “microwatts per centimeter squared” (μW/cm²).

(In many cases, the ELF electric and magnetic fields will also carry some added RF frequencies due to the use of dimmers, fluorescent lights, computers, Wi-Fi, Smart Meters, etc. This is called “Dirty Electricity”.)

Source of EMF

Sources of electromagnetic fields in everyday life

Electromagnetic fields exist everywhere in the environment including our home, school and work place. Electromagnetic fields are generated either by natural or human-made sources.

Natural sources of electric and magnetic fields include:
  • The Earth’s Magnetic Field (this makes a compass point north)
  • Lightning (lightning generates EMF)
  • The Earth’s Magnetic Field (we can see using optical radiation)
Human-made sources of electromagnetic fields include:
Electrical Appliances:
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Hair dryers
  • refrigerators
Radio Communications Devices:
  • AM / FM radio and television
  • Emergency service radio (police, fire, ambulance)
  • Air traffic control
  • Cordless phones
  • Remote Controls
  • Wi-Fi modems
EMFs exist on a spectrum, and a field’s location on the spectrum depends on its wavelength and frequency. There are two types of EMF. One has the capacity to break chemical bonds and the other does not. The types are:

Ionizing

Fields of ionizing radiation have higher frequencies and shorter wavelengths. The energy from this type of radiation can remove electrons from atoms, including those comprising water and living tissue. This breaks chemical bonds. In the human body, high doses of ionizing radiation can prompt unstable atoms called free radicals to cause oxidative damage. Some more common sources of ionizing radiation are gamma rays, which can help treat cancer, and X-rays. Visible light exists toward the middle of the spectrum, marking the dividing line between ionizing and non-ionizing radiation.

Non-ionizing

Non-ionizing EMFs have a longer wavelength and a lower frequency. They cannot break chemical bonds. Non-ionizing fields are present in many natural and manufactured forms. Some sources of non-ionizing EMFs include; radiofrequency radiation, as in many communication devices, microwaves, ultraviolet radiation, as in tanning beds, infrared radiation, as in heat lamps A number of other adverse health effects have been studied for possible association with ELF magnetic field exposure. These include other childhood cancers, cancers in adults, depression, suicide, cardiovascular disorders, reproductive dysfunction, developmental disorders, immunological modifications, neuro-behavioral effects and neurodegenerative disease. The WHO Task Group concluded that scientific evidence supporting an association between ELF magnetic field exposure and all of these health effects is much weaker than for childhood leukemia. In some instances (i.e. for cardiovascular disease or breast cancer) the evidence suggests that these fields do not cause them

Good EMF and Bad EMF

Electric and magnetic fields (EMFs) are invisible areas of energy, often referred to as radiation, that are associated with the use of electrical power and various forms of natural and man-made lighting. EMFs are typically grouped into one of two categories by their frequency:
Non-ionizing: low-level radiation which is generally perceived as harmless to humans
Ionizing: High-level radiation which has the potential for cellular and DNA damage

Healthy EMFs (electromagnetic frequencies) restore cellular function and communication. The main differences between good and bad EMFs is exposure time, intensity and frequency. Good EMFs are meant to heal the body and are in control of the user. Bad EMFs are not meant to heal the body and are usually out of the control of the user. Bad EMFs are also unknown in human nature until recently were not really understood their effects on humans. Good EMFs have a frequency range of less than 1000 pulses-per second or Hz. Power lines have a 50-60 Hz when clean. These Power lines are almost always filled with bad waves.

PEMFs can be used to counter these dirty frequencies by using various devices that cleanup said emitted frequencies. Therapeutic ELF PEMFs pose almost no harm to the body as has been shown with use over five decades and by millions of people. Therapeutic ELF PEMFs, because of their much longer wavelengths, pass completely through the body, energizing cells, helping to re-balance and restore body functions and health. Daily use of whole body healthy PEMFs can help significantly to offset the negative effects of undesirable environmental magnetic fields.

How to protect from EMF?

Ideally when you use your laptop, put a little barrier between you and the device so that it is not touching your lap directly. You could use a pad or a pillow barrier or use your laptop on a desk.

Keep your cell phone away from your head. This can be initially a hard habit to change but you can plug in your headphones or use the phone speaker so you avoid holding it right up to your ear constantly. The National Toxicology Program discovered an increase in brain cancer from overexposure to cell phones. There has not yet been enough research about the long-term effects of cell phone usage. This will change in the years to come, but in the meantime, you can take some simple precautionary measures to minimize EMF exposure.

Keeping your cell phone, laptop, tablet and related devices at a distance from you when you sleep is paramount. Far too many people fall asleep with their cell phones next to their head. If you must have your cell phone nearby, put it in Airplane Mode and rely on your old-fashioned alarm clock to get you up in the morning instead. Aim to keep all the other devices out of your bedroom.

Unplug devices in your bedroom and move them to another part of your house, condo or apartment. At minimum aim to keep plugs 6-8 feet away from your bed. You can use power strips as well. You will discover that as you remove electrical devices from your bedroom space, you will sleep more soundly, wake up less frequently and have less anxiety, brain fog and reduced stress.

Minimize daily use of your blow dryer as a standard hair dryer can emit roughly 40 milligauss to 20,000 milligauss (mG) in EMFs, which is a lot considering that a microwave emits 100-500 milligauss (mG) in EMFs. Air dry your hair several times a week.

Smart meters are all the rage in many households today because they automatically record electrical energy usage for monitoring and proper billing. However, many people have also complained about the effects of smart meters such as dizzy spells, fatigue, ear ringing, anxiety, heart palpitations and disrupted sleep. You can request that your power company replace your smart meter with the prior analog meter that works well and does not emit any EMFs.

For a frame of reference, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends that you limit your exposure to 0.5 mG to 2.5 mG. For example, when you are three feet away from a microwave, you are exposed to up to 25 mG.

Based on their research cleaning the air in space stations, NASA researchers suggest having 15-18 plants per 1800 square foot house, condo or apartment to clear out the air. Plants absorb toxins through their leaves and can filter the air in your home naturally. Examples include peace lily, chrysanthemum, cactus and aloe. Cactus is known to reduce computer radiation and indoor pollution, absorbing EMFs along the way. Aloe is used medicinally for healing, minimizing scars and inflammation, detoxification and digestive health, but also is very helpful in reducing radiation and EMFs. If you do not have the space for larger houseplants, you can also create a living wall of plants.

Salt lamps ionize the atmosphere, neutralizing EMF radiation. You can place salt lamps anywhere in your home. Consuming a diet rich in antioxidants also helps in lowering the effects of EMF exposure. Finally, spending time in nature can help you renew naturally.

By minimizing EMF exposure in your home, being aware of what creates EMFs and creating healthy sleeping spaces in your bedrooms, you can protect and improve your health and the health of your loved ones without giving up the devices and conveniences you have grown accustomed to.

Microwaves blast your living space with a powerful wave of EMFs (much more powerful than your phone or wifi) every time you press “start.” A convection steam oven takes up just as much space as your microwave and heats up your food in about the same amount of time, without nuking yourself and your family. Cuisinart makes a nice one.
Keep phones and laptops off of your body: Don’t put your phone in your back pocket or bra. If you must, switch to airplane mode while it’s there.
At a minimum, turn off your wireless router while you’re sleeping. Better still, turn it on when you’re using it and off when you’re not.
Depending on what type of computer you have, you’ll have an ethernet port or you can get a cheap adapter to make one work. Wired baby monitors, plug-in sound systems…virtually anything you used to connect using a cable is still available in a wired version.
These range from $20 contraptions that plug in like a night-light, to $400 standalone setups that work long-range. Models vary in price, size, and effectiveness, so compare models to find out what’s best for your living space.
A Faraday canopy is like a mosquito net, but instead of keeping ugly bugs from biting you while you sleep, it keeps invisible radiation waves from zapping you all night long.

An electromagnetic field (EMF) is an area of moving electrical charges. Some EMFs, especially those involving ionizing radiation, can be harmful. For most people, exposure to EMFs occurs on a daily basis, as the fields are virtually everywhere.

These fields can come from natural sources, such as thunderstorms, or they may be manufactured, as are radio waves, microwaves, and X-rays, for example. According to experts, EMFs from manufactured sources, such as microwaves, do not damage human health at the level of exposure that people experience on a day-to-day basis.

Different ranges of EMF

Typical sources of electromagnetic fields:

Frequency Range

  • Static
  • ELF [Extremely Low Frequencies]
  • IF [Intermediate Frequencies]
  • RF [Radio Frequencies]

Frequencies

  • 0 Hz
  • 0 Hz - 300 Hz
  • 300 Hz - 100 kHz
  • 100 kHz - 300 GHz

Effects of Emf on Env, Animals and Human

Sources of electromagnetic fields and radiation influencing living organisms.

Type Frequency Source
Natural, video screens, magnetic resonance imaging, and other diagnostic/scientific equipment, electrolysis, and welding devices
Below 300 Hz Power transmission lines, home wiring, car electric engines, electric trains and trams, and welding devices
300 Hz ÷ 100 kHz Video screens, antitheft devices used in cars, homes, and shops, card readers, metal detectors, magnetic resonance imaging, and welding devices
100 kHz ÷ 300 GHz Radio, television, smartphones, tablets, microwave ovens, radar and radio transmitters, and magnetic resonance imaging
Studies on individual species living in close proximity to EMF sources are important in identifying whether ecosystems can be affected substantially by EMF. In addition, such studies may be a potential source of information on the potential of EMF to cause adverse effects in man.

HOW CAN EMF’S IMPACT OUR HEALTH?

Electrical devices produce frequencies that communicate with the electrons and atoms within our cellular structures. This can cause disruptions in the body chemistry.

Research conducted about EMF exposure has revealed that EMFs can reduce the pineal glands production of melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone necessary for sleep that also has the powerful ability to suppress cancer cells.

Sensitivity to EMF exposure can vary but symptoms include fatigue, poor sleep and a lower ability to handle stress than previously. Long-term exposure can result in foggy brain and has been linked to conditions ranging from chronic fatigue to mitochondrial issues, poor neurological health, anxiety and ADHD

What was already known on this subject?

In the past the main themes of research have been: effects on reproduction, influence on species that use magnetic fields for navigation purposes. Previous studies have given an indication that exposure of wild birds to EMF can under certain circumstances change their behavior, reproductive success, growth and development, physiology and endocrinology and/or the parameters of oxidative stress. The literature on these effects is well reviewed by Fernie and Reynolds (2005) and Juutilainen (2005). However, the changes observed are neither all in the same direction nor consistent

What has been achieved since then?

Since the previous opinion, only a few papers have been published, the majority of which have been on the effects of electromagnetic fields on birds.

Studies indicate that exposure of wild birds to radio frequency fields can, under certain circumstances, change their behavior, reproductive success, growth and development, physiology, and other parameters. However, the changes observed are neither all in the same direction, nor consistent.

Two independent field studies carried out in Spain and Belgium suggest a link between the reduction in house sparrow population in urban areas and exposure to radio frequency fields. However, there are a number of other possible contributing factors, including pollution and loss of preferred food sources, and further investigations are needed.

A study showed that there were differences in the relative numbers of two varieties of tits breading near a radar station, a strong source of radio frequencies. One interpretation is that the radio frequency fields may discourage some bird species or encourage others.

Another possible explanation is that RF fields modify the reproductive behavior of insects that serve as food sources for various bird populations.

Insects often rely on high frequencies to communicate and detect food and predators. They do not have the same resistance to high frequencies that most vertebrates do.

A 2018 study published in Nature detailed the effects of various radio frequencies on simulated insect models, including that of the Western honeybee (Apis mellifera). The study found that, at higher frequencies, particularly those in the mmWave spectrum, the insect models absorbed more energy.

What scientists say about EMF:

As per published peer-reviewed research on the biologic and health effects of nonionizing electromagnetic fields (EMF) signed the International EMF Scientist Appeal, which calls for stronger exposure limits. The appeal makes the following assertions:

“Numerous recent scientific publications have shown that EMF affects living organisms at levels well below most international and national guidelines. Effects include increased cancer risk, cellular stress, increase in harmful free radicals, genetic damages, structural and functional changes of the reproductive system, learning and memory deficits, neurological disorders, and negative impacts on general well-being in humans. Damage goes well beyond the human race, as there is growing evidence of harmful effects to both plant and animal life.”
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