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Electromagnetic Energy

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In my latest blog on the importance of sleep I recommended that you turn your phone off at least an hour before bed and definitely not to use it immediately before bed. Research also suggests that it is important to sleep with your phone in a different room. Let’s look at electromagnetic energy and find out what more…

First of all, it is obvious that over the last 100 years there has been an increase in the amount of radiation we are exposed to in our daily lives. With increasing numbers of people having a radio, then a television, then personal computers in their homes the amount of radiation has steadily increased. Today many people live in homes that have far more devices connected by wifi and connected to each other, resulting in much more radiation exposure than people in the past. Today we have multiple networks of radiofrequency (RF) and electromagnetic (EMF) radiation which together have increasingly complex effects on our bodies.

Why is Electromagnetic energy problematic?

Electromagnetic energy (EMF) is the movement of electromagnetic waves through space. EMF coming from our electronic devices (our mobile phones, iPads, tablets, laptops, etc) has been linked to many health problems. Long-term EMF radiation can contribute to:

  • Cell damage
  • Oxidative stress
  • Chronic diseases
  • Mental illnesses
  • Neurological changes

More specifically, recent studies link EMF radiation to:

  • Memory loss
  • Sleep problems
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Lowered sperm count

Radiation warnings!

There are increasing warnings from health departments (California etc) about keeping mobile phones at a distance when talking on the phone.  There is even an ‘RF exposure’ notice in the legal information from Apple for its iPhone:

To reduce exposure to RF energy, use a hands-free option, such as the built-in speakerphone, the supplied headphones, or other similar accessories.[1]

Information from NHS and Cancer Research UK point out that the RF and EMF radiation emitted by mobile devices is minimal…only a small rise of 0.2C in temperature.[2] However, these sites don’t take into account our exposure to multiple sources of exposure – it is not just mobile phones, but Wi-Fi, laptops, other portable Wi-Fi devices, smart metres as well as mobile phone masts and base stations.

Factors such as the technology of the phone, how close the phone is held, how long the phone is being used and how close to phone towers a person is all affect the impact of exposure. Many people take this into account and now do not hold their mobile phone close to their ear while they are talking and others have invested in radiation shields for their laptops and other devices.

Radiation and Health

Obviously, EMF radiation affects us in the same way lack of sleep affects us because mobile devices have been shown to cause disrupted sleep.

Thankfully, there are no established links between cancer and brain tumours in people and their exposure to radiation. Recent studies in Denmark and updates on their research in British Medical Journal and Journal of the National Cancer Institute do not show an ‘association between use of these telephones and tumours of the brain or salivary gland, leukaemia, or other cancers’.[3] However, one recent animal study found that repeated exposure to low-level non-ionizing radiation (total-body irradiation) weakened the immune system in mice (2010).[4] Another study found that exposure to similar energy waves exerted an immunosuppressive effect in mice that was similar to a single dose of the anti-inflammatory drug Diclofenac (2007).[5] Studies show that electromagnetic fields can alter brain waves and cerebral blood flow, including sleeping and waking EEG.[6] Research also highlights the impact of electromagnetic fields exposure and oxidative stress on antioxidant systems.[7]

Most importantly, the dangers of 5G and the involuntary exposure to increasing levels of EMF mean we could be seeing many more negative effects in the future. Hundreds of scientists, doctors and interested people are concerned that ‘numerous recent scientific publications have shown that EMF affects living organisms at levels well below most international and national guidelines.’ You can read more about this here.

What should I do?

  1. Turn mobile phones off at night and put in another room. If this isn’t possible for you try using airplane mode more!
  2. Limit use of phone a couple of hours before bedtime (and definitely no use half an hour before bedtime!). If this isn’t possible for you, consider using blue light blocking glasses which can filter blue light from your phone or laptop.
  3. Consider using an ethernet cable instead of Wi-Fi. If this isn’t possible for you, try not to use your laptop on your lap.
  4. When you are talking on the phone, use your speaker phone or hands-free accessories. The aim is to try to avoid direct contact to your skin!
  5. Keep your phones and mobile devices out of your pockets and clothing as much as possible. You can even keep them in cases that absorb radiation for extra protection.
  6. Research more about the impact of electrical sensitivity or electromagnetic hypersensitivity. You can find more helpful information here.

All of these recommendations are much more important for children and teenagers. Remember their brains are developing very quickly and are far more susceptible to disruption and damage than adult brains.

Remember also that mobile phones can interfere with some medical devices (such as pacemakers, implantable defibrillators, and certain hearing aids) so do check with your doctor if you are concerned about this!

Every blessing,

Emma

Emma Maitland-Carew – Registered Nutritional Therapist

Dip.ION, mBANT, CHNC Registered Practitioner,

Metabolic Balance® Coach, HeartMath Coach.

[1] See https://www.apple.com/legal/rfexposure/iphone5,1/en/

[2] See https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/mobile-phone-safety/risks/

[3] Johansen C, Boice J, Jr, McLaughlin J, Olsen J. (2001) Cellular telephones and cancer: a nationwide cohort study in Denmark. Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 93(3):203–207.

[4] Bogdándi EN, Balogh A, Felgyinszki N, Szatmári T, Persa E, Hildebrandt G, Sáfrány G, Lumniczky K. (2010) Effects of low-dose radiation on the immune system of mice after total-body irradiation. Radiation Research, 174(4), 480-9.

[5] A.B. Gapeyev, E.N. Mikhailik, N.K. Chemeris. (2007) Anti‐inflammatory effects of low‐intensity extremely high‐frequency electromagnetic radiation: Frequency and power dependence. Biolectromagnetics, 29.3.

[6] Huber R1, Treyer V, Borbély AA, Schuderer J, Gottselig JM, Landolt HP, Werth E, Berthold T, Kuster N, Buck A, Achermann P. (2002). Electromagnetic fields, such as those from mobile phones, alter regional cerebral blood flow and sleep and waking EEG. Journal of Sleep Research, 11(4), 289-95.

[7] Kıvrak, E. G., Yurt, K. K., Kaplan, A. A., Alkan, I., & Altun, G. (2017). Effects of electromagnetic fields exposure on the antioxidant defence system. Journal of microscopy and ultrastructure, 5(4), 167–176.

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