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What are EMFs?
Very simply put, EMFs are electromagnetic fields—invisible lines of magnetic force that emanate from frequencies with electric and magnetic properties. There are natural sources of EMFs, from things like lightning and sunlight, and there are unnatural EMFs that are produced by man-made electricity and wireless communications.
In this day and age, man-made EMFs radiate all around us constantly, often from hundreds of sources in any given area. There are extremely low-frequency (ELF) EMF sources, from things like power lines and appliances, and there are much higher-frequency EMFs, emitted by cell towers, cell phones, and WiFi routers. These high-frequency EMFs are also referred to as radio frequency (RF), or microwave radiation. Both high and low-frequency EMFs land on the electromagnetic spectrum as “non-ionizing,” which basically means that they are non-heating. Despite this fact, both have been found to be a danger to human health.
Man-made EMFs are a health hazard!
The frequency and voltage levels produced by man-made EMFs can fluctuate, they can be erratic, and they vibrate at levels that are not consistent with nature.
Scientists have found that the unnatural qualities of EMFs create biologically-meaningless currents in human cells and nervous systems, causing disruption on many different levels. The human body has many natural electrical functions of its own, and the cells and systems within the body are innately designed to send and receive this electrical information. When we absorb electro-pollution from man-made sources, the cells in our bodies have the capacity to receive it as information, which affects us negatively in some pretty specific ways. For example, scientists have been able to ascertain that EMFs knock ions out of our cells and they also interfere with the metabolism of the cell nucleus. This disruption can account for deficiencies in calcium, lithium, and potassium, as well as lowered melatonin levels. It has also been established that these frequencies create stress proteins within our bodies, which means that EMFs cause a constant underlying state of physical stress.
We recommend reading two books by Dr. Robert Becker:
The Body Electric: Electromagnetism and the Foundations of Life
Cross Currents: The Perils of Electropollution; the Promise of Electromedicine
These books take an in-depth look at the electrical functions of the human body and detail the ways in which exposure to man-made EMFs affect us. It is absolutely amazing how electrically complex we all are!
What Science Tells Us
The consequence of EMF interference within our bodies has been demonstrated in thousands of science-based studies. The following is a list of some of the most important concerns that we should all stay aware of.
EMF exposure has been found to contribute to the following:
Disruption in cell protein production
Genetic damage and mutation
Creation of stress proteins
Cancers (multiple types)
Changes in electrical activity in the brain
Cytogenetic changes in brain cells
Electrophysiological disruption of the nervous system
Changes in various neurotransmitters
Metabolic changes in brain tissues
From this list, we can see that just because EMFs interfere with us electrically, this doesn't necessarily mean that we all experience outward symptoms of ill health right away. Many of these hazardous effects occur beneath the surface, where they chip away at health and immunity over years. EMF exposure can therefore express itself later in life in a number of ways, including disease.
The Diseases of Civilization
When household electricity was introduced in the early 1900s, people began reporting various symptoms that they didn't have before, many indicative of what we now know as electrosensitivity. Likewise, neurodegenerative diseases, that were otherwise non-existent before the roll-out of A/C current electricity, started to become epidemic in the electrified regions of the world. The incidence of illnesses such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, Alzheimer's, infertility, depression, and leukemia
began to skyrocket after widespread electricity was introduced. This is the reason why some doctors and scientists refer to these conditions as "the diseases of civilization," contributing them to the widespread human exposure to man-made EMFs.
The following two books are an important examination of the history of human EMF exposure and how it has affected mankind by perpetuating disease. We recommend these books to absolutely everyone:
The Invisible Rainbow: A History of Electricity and Life,
by Arthur Firstenberg. [
Dirty Electricity: Electrification and the Diseases of Civilization,
by Samuel Milham. [
Sources of Man-Made EMFs
It's easy to forget just how saturated we are with man-made EMFs; most of us have been born and raised within an incredibly electro-polluted environment, and it has become a simple fact of life that we are completely surrounded by electrical conveniences.
You might take a moment to consider the different sources of electrical, extremely low-frequency (ELF) EMFs that surround you throughout your day, and consider the varying voltages that these things require. For most of us, this list will include things like the electrical grids in our homes (as well as every building we step foot into),
(both overhead and underground), appliances that stay plugged in 24 hours a day, as well as many high-powered appliances like microwaves, blow dryers, and vacuum cleaners that are used up-close and often. When you really stop to think about it, most of us are completely surrounded by ELF EMFs at all times.
Now consider your exposure to high frequency EMF radiation sources. This type of radiation, also known as
or radio frequency, is produced by things like WiFi routers, cell towers, computers, cell phones, and wireless devices. Because they are invisible, many of us don’t realize just how many of these signals can be in our environment all at one time. Add these to the constant background of ELF EMF and it is safe to say that we are all surrounded!
EMFs and the Electrosensitive
Man-made EMFs aren't good for anyone, but they especially affect those who are electrosensitive. Electrosensitivity is a condition that can be completely debilitating and many people don't even know it is the source of their suffering! If this condition is a new concept for you, we recommend learning more about it. Many people find that they’ve been experiencing symptoms of electrosensitivity for years and are now able to take action to target the problem.
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