04 Aug What Are EMFs & How Do they Impact Our Health?
EMF; Electromagnetic Fields are invisible areas of energy, referred to as radiation & associated with the use of electrical power & manmade lighting. Over the last 10 years our exposure to EMFs has increased by 1000,000,000,000,000 times.
We all have mobile phones & many devices we deem to be convenient to make our lives easier, faster more efficient but is the real cost to our health?
The first generation (1G), of handheld mobile phones, were available in the late 1980s, 2G, 3G, 4G, increased usage in a dramatic way, so that today there are more devices than inhabitants of the earth.
With the recent introduction of the fifth-generation (5G) of wireless communication, this will subsequently increase the number of high-frequency-powered base stations and other devices in our lives but won’t know the long term outcome & the impact on us as living beings for a while.
For most people exposure to EMFs happens on a daily basis, as the fields are everywhere without us realising, eg. from natural sources like thunderstorms or manufactured radio waves, microwaves & x-rays.
There are 2 main groups of EMF frequencies;
- Non-ionising – low radiation, low frequency, which is generally perceived as harmless to us eg. microwaves, radiofrequency, blue tooth, ultraviolet & infrared heat lamps
- Ionising – high-level radiation, shorter frequencies that have the potential to cause DNA cellular damage to us. High doses can cause unstable atoms called free radicals creating oxidative damage/stress. High doses can cause immediate; burns, hair loss, skin, organ & tissue damage. Over long periods of time contribute to cancer, fertility & developing foetus complications.
There are also natural EMFs emitted from the earths own electromagnetic which is the essence of all life on earth & essential to our existence
Natural EMFs are our Circadian & Biological Rhythms, & we depend on these for our own gene expression, cell communication & metabolism, neural/brain development, our daily brainwave activity, creating diversity within our immune system, behaviour & cognitive function & importantly our sleep & waking cycles.
Artificial EMFs are ‘Pulse Electromagnetic fields’ (PEMF) & ‘Radio Frequency Radiation’ (RFR), which both can have devastating effects on our health.
These artificial EMFs disrupt our natural homoeostasis, causing dysregulation of our everyday biological rhythms, tissue functions & organ systems. They do this by giving out false information, disrupt the signalling of our natural pacemaker cells which control the heart, our gut & brain function.
By having constant successive insults on the body from EMFs we can become Electro-hypersensitive (EHS). Once you have been sensitised, further exposure even at lower & lower levels have a profound impact on our health & it is difficult to even cope with any exposure after a while, especially in this day & age being integrated into every aspect of our daily lives at home, the work environment & even outside.
Once you have EHS you can then go on experiencing Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS)
If we look in the context of a group of people with ‘Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome’ CIRS, studies have shown neurotoxic chemical exposure can make a CIRS patient more vulnerable to developing EHS.
Symptoms of EHS include;
- Skin problems
- Eye problems & sensitivity to light
- Hearing problems & tinnitus
- Fatigue, weakness
- Heart problems, high Blood Pressure
- Headaches, migraines, dizziness, fainting
- Joint, muscle pain, tremors, cramps, numbness
- Difficulty concentrating, memory issues, confusion
- Nausea, poor health
- Gut disorders
- Anxiety, depression, irritability, sleep disorders
- Asthma, allergies, Speech Difficulties, Respiratory Problems
- Endocrine reactions; sex hormone imbalances
The introduction of the fifth-generation (5G) of wireless communication will increase the number of high-frequency-powered base stations and other devices.
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