What are EMFs?
EMFs, or electromagnetic fields, are invisible areas of energy or lines of force that emanate from matter. Our bodies have electric and magnetic fields that are associated with our nervous and muscular systems. The Earth also has a natural magnetic field and there are electric fields in the atmosphere. But, usually when we refer to EMF exposure and health risks, we are talking about the electric-magnetic fields that come from our electrical devices. This kind of EMF exposure comes from our phones, our cars, power lines, laptops, cellphone towers, wifi, and even our blenders and toaster ovens! They’ve been kinda under the radar up until the last decade or so because they weren’t as prevalent. But, now, it’s a whole different ballgame. We can get a Wi-Fi signal just about anywhere, and so many of us walk around with multiple personal EMF devices like cell phones, smart phones, and laptop computers. People are starting to take notice to this potential health issue.
Are EMFs dangerous?
This is the 10,000 dollar question. Unfortunately, there aren’t a ton of conclusive studies on this topic, which is a shame because we are literally bombarded with them daily. Most of us live in a home with our Wi-Fi on 24/7, a smart meter attached to the outside of our living room wall, and sleep with our iPhone by our heads. Our children play with our cell phones or use electronics to learn and play. This EMF-infused technology has become a way of life for many of us. But, we need to be careful. There is a growing body of scientific evidence showing that too much EMF exposure can be harmful to our health. So much so that the World Health Organization classified EMFs as “possibly carcinogenic to humans” back in 2011. This was after a series of studies showed a soft correlation between EMFs and a type of brain cancer. Scary stuff?! We are essentially undergoing a great experiment that no other civilization has ever faced. We’re exposed to 100 million times greater artificial EMF radiation than our grandparents, and that exposure grows each year. If you think about it, we are made up of electrons ourselves and it makes sense that too much these non-native electrical forces (from our electronic devices) could interfere with our body’s homeostasis.
Symptoms of too much EMF exposure
Feeling of stress or ‘wired’
Trouble sleeping soundly through the night
Tingling, burning or prickling skin sensations
A buzzing or static feeling in brain
Unexplained rashes or hives