Redwood Naturopathic Medicine
EMFs and Their Effect on Your Health
External influences around the environment have a significant impact on one's wellbeing but are unknown to the naked eye. For example, we can't see UV rays, but we can sense them burning our skin after a moment in the sun. We can't see the air, but we will feel it in our lungs if we're breathing smog. Even though we cannot see electromagnetic radiation (EMF), there is a rising number of individuals with symptoms closely linked to electrical hypersensitivity.
Electrical hypersensitivity is characterized by a "wide spectrum of non-specific multiple organ symptoms," especially prominent as central nervous system symptoms. These symptoms occur following acute or chronic exposure to electromagnetic fields. Over the last two decades, physicians have seen more and more patients with symptoms directly related to electrical hypersensitivity. These symptoms are triggered by when high frequencies pass along electric wires between the power supply and the electric grid and radiate into the atmosphere, referred to as "dirty electricity." Power lines, televisions, computers, and other electrical devices all fall under this category.
Symptoms include, but are not limited to:
Low quality sleep and sleep disruptions
changes in heart rate or blood pressure
behavior problems (especially in children)
What is Electromagnetic Radiation?
EMF exposure comes in two forms, ionizing radiation, and non-ionizing radiation. Ionizing radiation consists of ultraviolet light and X-rays; these are already known for the risks they pose to living organisms' tissues. Non-ionizing radiation includes radio frequencies used by wifi, microwaves, gaming systems, smart meters, and cellphones all use radiofrequency radiation. Radiofrequency eliminates the need for wires, which gives it the power to travel through walls, buildings, and into our bodies. For many years, science has focused on the negative impacts of ionizing radiation. Still, now there is a greater understanding of just how much of an effect non-ionizing radiation has on our bodies.
2g, 3g, 4g, and 5g
Anything that uses wifi
How can EMF and RF Affect our Health?
Although Health Canada considers radiofrequency radiation to be biologically healthy, the level of our low-level, continuous exposure is not taken into account in their recommendations. The mitochondria, our cellular energy factories, can be influenced by radiofrequency electromagnetic fields. Mitochondria play a critical role in any energy-dependent process in our bodies, especially the nervous system. EMF-induced mitochondrial dysfunction can help to promote neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
We live in a world of comfortable luxuries that rely heavily on electrical emissions now more than ever. Phones are in our bags, microwaves are in our houses, and satellite networks are in our vehicles. We are just starting to understand the impact of radiofrequency waves on our wellbeing as science seeks to catch up with our technology's accelerated progression.
EMF's can play a role in other health issues, including:
Headaches and migraines
Tips to Minimize EMF Exposure:
Place wireless devices on airplane mode when not in use, especially at night time.
Unplug the wifi router in the evening and during sleep.
Opt-out of using a smart meter for home energy.
Switch the cordless phone for an old school landline
Stop carrying your cellphone so close to the body (pockets, bra, or directly on the body). Instead, place it in a purse or backpack.
Use headphones or speakerphone instead of holding the phone directly to the ear.
Opt for a pair of anti-radiation air tube headphones if using a cell phone and/or headphones frequently.
Head to www.ehtrust.org for in-depth resources about how to use technology safely
Get an EMF and radiofrequency meter, https://safelivingtechnologies.com has many options
Spend as much time in nature as you can. Direct contact with the earth allows electrons to penetrate your body, helping to neutralize oxidative stress and reduce any adverse changes in your body's electrical activities.
What if we recharged our lives daily, much as we recharge our phones? We will take better care of our wellbeing by disconnecting from our electronics and reconnecting with the planet. If you speculate you are dealing with electrical hypersensitivity or frequent exposure to EMF, please make an appointment to see Dr. Kizzy. We are here to help!