There are a variety of environmental health threats we hear about often including ozone depletion, acid rain, and nuclear waste but electromagnetic fields (EMFs or em field) are a valid health concern we don’t often hear about. Everyday our bodies are exposed to electromagnetics of varying strengths; the electromagnetic field strength from a power line is much stronger than from a small household appliance but both examples do emit electromagnetic energy. How harmful are electromagnetic fields and what can you do to protect yourself from em fields?
An older study found a correlation between children living close to power lines and above average rates of childhood leukemia. There is conflicting information about the degree to which using microwaves and cell phones have negative health effects, but it is known that prolonged exposure to electromagnetic fields can increase your chances of developing various medical conditions and diseases. Additionally, some evidence suggests electromagnetic energy can be responsible for fatigue, headaches, lack of concentration, depression, weakened immune system, and more. Children are more susceptible to electromagnetics, but all of us are constantly bombarded by electromagnetism inside and outside the home “from the generation and transmission of electricity, domestic appliances and industrial equipment, to telecommunications and broadcasting” (World Health Organization).
From the World Health Organization website: “Tiny electrical currents exist in the human body due to the chemical reactions that occur as part of the normal bodily functions, even in the absence of external electric fields . . . Even the heart is electrically active – an activity that your doctor can trace with the help of an electrocardiogram . . . Low-frequency magnetic fields induce circulating currents within the human body . . . If sufficiently large, these currents could cause stimulation of nerves and muscles or affect other biological processes.” After conducting their own study about the effects of electromagnetic fields the WHO stated “some gaps in knowledge about biological effects exist and need further research” as part of their conclusion. There continue to be concerns that electromagnetic fields influence miscarriages and birth defects.
As technology continues to improve, the electromagnetic fields in our homes increase due to more advanced household appliances, computers, cell phones, and more. There are a variety of electromagnetic field detectors on the market to help you identify the electromagnetic energy levels in your home. Additionally, there are electromagnetic field protection devices you can wear comfortably under your clothes when at home or work to further protect yourself. If, after reading this blog, you’re concerned about the electromagnetic field strengths you’re exposed to on a daily basis consider going through your home and unplugging appliances when they’re not currently in use. Not only will that decrease the electromagnetic pollution in your home, it also cuts down on your energy costs!