We may not understand their full impact on human health for a few decades, but what we do know is electromagnetic fields (EMF) penetrate our body and the effects could potentially be devastating.
The amount of EMFs we are exposed to has increased exponentially with the massive increase in the use of mobile devices. Twenty years ago, mobile phones and portable computers were still a bit of a novelty and in turn, Wi-Fi use not widespread.
Today, most people around the world use mobile phones. According to Digital Reports 2019, there are more than 5 billion mobile phone users in the world. According to the United Nations, there are around 7.7 billion people on earth. That means most people have a mobile phone.
Each mobile phone emits EMFs. And we haven’t even touched on the radiation we get from Wi-Fi and other mobile devices. And it’s not just mobile devices; anything that’s electrical has an EMF. Your microwave has an EMF as do power lines, televisions, radios, satellites, sun tanning beds, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), electrical wiring, x-rays, infrared tech and more.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has reported that EMFs could be carcinogenic and in turn, increase the chances of cancer. Research into EMFs has in particular highlighted that radiation from mobile phones could be particularly harmful to the brain and increase the occurrence of brain tumors.
Europe’s Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) has listed EMFs as one of their areas of research and assessment. This same committee is responsible for researching fertility reduction, tissue engineering, and antimicrobial resistance.
Since many of the forms of EMFs we are exposed to now are new, there isn’t enough data to help us determine what the result will be. Babies born now and in recent years are truly the guinea pigs of what the effects of EMFs will be. They are exposed to more EMFs than any other human in history and so the physical results of what happens to the human body under these conditions will truly be revealed in the years to come.
Babies’ brains and bodies can be more easily penetrated by those waves. Those of us who grew up before the explosion of man-made EMFs had a chance to develop our bodies without such constant penetration and therefore the results of the radiation may be less pronounced. But today’s children will reveal to us the effects of their exposure in the next few decades.
Yes, you can’t get away from man-made EMF’s unless you’re committed to moving to a remote region of the world. But there are things you can do to reduce your exposure. The Electromagnetic Field Guide for Beginners has been created to help you figure out how you can mitigate your risks and protect yourself and your loved ones.
What is an EMF?
Everywhere around us and going right through us are invisible waves of energy called EMFs. Basically, everything in your home, office, and outside that works on electricity is sending out radiation. Some things have low radiation, some things have higher. The closer the thing is to your body, the greater the effect.
Think of perfume or cologne, if it’s sprayed right next to you, you can smell it, if it’s sprayed further away, the scent is going to take some time getting to you. Now forget your normal perfume or cologne bottle and imagine the liquid was put into something much larger like the size of an electricity tower. If something that size pumped perfume into your neighborhood, you would definitely feel it, but just not as strongly as if it was sprayed right beside you.
EMFs work in kind of the same way. The greater the power the thing has and the closer it is to you, the more easily it can interfere with your body. The perfume will go into your body and be sensed by your smell. EMFs will go into your body and be felt by all of the electric processes that are happening inside of your body.
How do EMFs affect me
You might not feel them, but your body has its own electromagnetic frequencies. Tons of electric activity happens in our body and without it, we wouldn’t be alive. The electric activity in our body helps cells send messages to each other to move, think and function without us having to think about it. Our heart has a massive EMF field that can be measured by scientific instruments several meters away.
Each of our cells and organs have electric impulses. Without that electricity, you’d have to tell each of your cells what to do. Your 24-hour job (and 24 hours is not enough) would be just to breathe, blink, process nutrients, move (very, very slowly) and all of the other things we don’t have to think about thanks to the electric messages that take care of themselves without us having to think about them.
So if you’ve got EMFs in your body, then it takes no stretch of the imagination to understand that EMFs from outside of your body are going to collide with them. The problem here is that we don’t know what the outside electricity and magnetism are doing to our inside electricity and magnetism.
It is going to take some time before we can even come close to any kind of real results. Studies are being undertaken and government research bodies, working on this stuff. But since all of it is so new, the real results are going to be felt in the coming years.
As mentioned, there are already research results coming back that say there our internal systems are being interfered with by these EMFs. And these interferences could lead to cancerous diseases. Additionally, we know the outside EMFs can affect our natural sleep-wake cycle as well as affect our mood. Since a lot of the research has been undertaken in just the past 10 years, we may just be at the tip of the iceberg.
This Part 1 of a new series on jotilt.com exploring electromagnetic fields (EMF) and their potential affect on human health. Part 2 will be posted next Thursday.