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What are EMF's (electromagnetic frequencies) or EMR's (electromagnetic radiation)?
Do you or your child have unexplained headaches, irritability, mood swings, heart palpitations, brain fog or even autoimmune issues – even cancer? EMF's or electromagnetic frequencies also known as EMR's electromagnetic radiation may be a part of the underlying cause. Simply put, they are frequencies given off by electrical devices, otherwise known as wireless radiation. Some electrical devices produce more radiation than others that will affect is differently.
A few examples include your home’s wireless network (wifi), smart meters, electric vehicles, microwaves, TV screens, the wiring in your home, your cell phone, and your refrigerator motor, your hair dryer, alarm clock, to name a few – virtually anything that is running off electricity.
While these advances in technology in our new digital world are incredibly impressive, the exposure to them can be harmful to our health. There are thousands of studies dating back to at least the 1970s (naval research) that show how badly they harm human health.
They are a major player in development of modern diseases such as Alzheimer's, MS, Parkinson's, autism, cancers, heart disease, diabetes, and autoimmunity.
They cause calcium imbalances inside the cell and increased oxidative damage.
They cause DNA damage.
The health dangers associated with Electromagnetic Frequencies or wireless radiation, are hard to understand simply because it isn’t something we can see or feel.
When you drive by a cell tower on your way to work you can see the tower itself, but you can’t see the cellular signals running to and from that tower.
If you COULD see those signals, imagine what it would look like! Thousands of spiderweb-like signals running back and forth between each cell tower and linked with every cell phone within range. Cell phone radiation is just one example. Take a look around you right now. What signals are around you? Is your TV on? Cordless phone plugged in? Is your router on? Are you on your laptop or cell phone? What is linked to your wifi? Is your car its very own personal hot spot?
How am I Exposed to Wireless Radiation at Home?
We are all exposed to radiofrequencies and electromagnetic fields in daily life from sources including:
- Light dimmer switches
- Computers and laptops that plug in
- Printers and scanners
- Fluorescent lights and tubes
- Solar power installations
- Music Entertainment Systems
- Video game consoles
- Cordless phones
- Microwave Ovens
- Battery chargers for cell phones, etc.
- Blenders and mixers
- Hair Dryers
- Multi-Speed Fans
- Wi-Fi (yours and your neighbors’)
- Smart meters (yours and your neighbors’)
- Smart appliances
- Power lines
- Cell phones and cell phone towers
- Live electrical wiring in ceilings, walls and floors
- Appliances including refrigerators, televisions and microwaves
- Anything that uses electricity
Let's talk quantum physics!
We all vibrate at a certain unique frequency. Every plant, every animal, every mineral, every pathogen, everything living has its own vibrational frequency.
EMF's or EMR's are anything that uses electricity, whether that’s your refrigerator, your television, your wireless network, your car, whatever that might be, produces a very foreign, very different frequency. And that happens to interfere with our own natural vibrational frequencies.
We are all composed of atoms and atoms are composed of – electrons, protons, neutrons.
And so when we’re exposed to this foreign frequency, our electrons, will actually draw toward that source. And as we move away from the source, our electrons begin oscillating or moving around in space. Our electrons were not designed to do that. They are designed to be exactly in one spot.
On another level, we have something called photons. Photon definition: a particle with no rest mass, incapable of rest, always travels at speed of light; carries an amount of energy defined by its frequency. A quantum of light, or the particle exchanged in electromagnetic force interaction (Source). So photons, you can think of as the conductor of your body’s symphony. They organize your body in a sense of space and a sense of time. With photons, when they’re exposed to that frequency, become in complete disarray.
Now there are all these instruments in your orchestra that have no idea what they’re doing. Nobody’s leading or conducting them. And that’s what is happening to your body when exposed to EMF's. So, because of that, people that are sensitive to EMF’s (which is everybody to a certain extent) can have so many different symptoms. It can affect everything in your body and I see this daily when I test for radiation and EMF stress on the body.
If you are in the West MI area, feel free to contact me for an in office assessment to check out any EMF stress affecting you, your children or pets.
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EMF's and Your Health
We are usually safer from radiation sources like power lines, cell towers and appliances when they are a safe distance away. When we use smaller Electromagnetic Radiation-emitting devices like cell phones, laptops and tablets though, we are more at risk because the sources of radiation are directly against the body.
Many experts believe that Electromagnetic Radiation exposure from laptops and tablets, can cause infertility, interrupt our body’s electrons, cause cellular damage or DNA mutation and create skin problems as well as many other health concerns. In other words, it can be extremely harmful to use laptop computers or tablet computers directly against the body.
Photo courtesy: http://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/radiation/electromagnetic-fields-fact-sheet
As you can see on the left side of the chart, power lines and computers are lowest with the cell phone and microwaves being higher, but all are in the non-ionizing radiation range. It is the ultraviolet, x-rays and gamma rays cause by diagnostic radiation and therapeutic radiation that move into the more damaging ionizing radiation levels.
EMF Side Effects
Effects on general health
Some members of the public have attributed a large collection of symptoms to low levels of exposure to electromagnetic fields at home. Reported symptoms include headaches, anxiety, suicide and depression, nausea, fatigue, loss of libido, infertility, any neurological issues such as MS, Parkinsons, and even cancers.
This is how EMFs affect your brain:
“Unsurprisingly, the number one fear of mobile phone usage is brain cancer. The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies electromagnetic fields as a Group 2B carcinogen and recommends that consumers find ways to reduce their EMF exposure. By definition, a Group 2B carcinogen means it’s suspected of causing cancer. While that might not sound too serious, keep in mind that this carcinogenic group also includes lead, engine exhaust, DDT, and chloroform.
The blood-brain barrier is a group of specialized cells that acts as a filter to keep the brain safe from toxins, heavy metals, pathogens, drugs, and other foreign substances. Many neurological diseases are linked to a compromised blood-brain barrier, including meningitis, Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis. EMFs increase permeability of the brain-blood barrier, making it leaky and allowing things like mercury, aluminum, and viruses to more readily enter the brain.
Long-term EMF exposure leads to a chronically increased level of free radicals. Free radicals are unattached oxygen molecules that attack cells much in the same way that they cause metal to rust. The brain is highly susceptible to free radical damage because it’s a heavy oxygen user — using 20 percent of the body’s total. Free radicals cause brain cell damage and aging down to the level of your DNA.
Brain cells communicate with each other via chemicals known as neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters regulate mood, sleep, motivation, ability to learn, addictions, and more. Long-term exposure to EMFs alters the expression of 143 proteins in the brain. EMFs cause significant disruption in levels of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine causing adverse effects on mood, memory, learning, and stress.” (Source)
Heart Palpitations/Atrial Fibrillation/Heart Conditions
“EMFs either pass through the heart without interaction or they interact directly. The latter is called “coupling.” There are established basic mechanisms through which static and time-varying electric and magnetic fields interact directly with living matter. Induced time-varying fields can stimulate excitable cells such as cardiac muscle. Static and time-varying fields interact with the body differently.
Every mammalian system reacts to the influence of EMFs. On the cellular level, cell membranes, mitochondria and nuclei are the most sensitive. Effects of EMFs depend on many factors, such as age (children and old people are more reactive), sex (men are more sensitive), and functional state (a functioning organ reacts more strongly).
The heart muscle itself, because of its electrical activity, creates its own endogenous EMFs. Using a special magnetometer, one can see that the heart produces its own measurable, dynamic magnetic fields – electrical and magnetic activity follow each other, as night and day. These measurable fields allow for the mapping of the heart’s magnetic field under normal and pathological conditions and making possible a new tool for functional cardiology. EMFs generated by the cardiovascular system itself have biological effects not only on the heart itself but also on non-cardiac cells in the body distal to the heart by interacting with the immune system.”(Source)
Alzheimer's (Type 3 diabetes)/MS/Parkinson's
EMFs can cause the permeability of the blood-brain barrier to increase, which may lead to leakage of toxins from the blood into the brain, thus resulting in neuron damage. EMFs are known to increase the levels of amyloid beta into the brain. Amyloid beta refers to peptides that are the main constituents of amyloid plaques found in patients with Alzheimer's.
Autism/Genetic Damage/Chronic Illness
Electromagnetic waves lead to an increased efflux of calcium ions from the brain tissue, which may cause brain damage. Changes in the calcium ion levels are also linked to heart problems and cancers. Due to heavy exposure to dirty electricity, cell membranes may be locked in an inactive state, whereby, toxins cannot leave the cells. This is known as oxidative stress, which poses a severe risk of genetic damage. It is also linked with autism.
Effects on pregnancy outcome
Many different sources and exposures to electromagnetic fields in the living and working environment, including computer screens, water beds and electric blankets, radiofrequency welding machines, diathermy equipment and radar, have been evaluated by the WHO and other organizations. The overall weight of evidence shows that exposure to fields at typical environmental levels does not increase the risk of any adverse outcome such as spontaneous abortions, malformations, low birth weight, and congenital diseases. There have been occasional reports of associations between health problems and presumed exposure to electromagnetic fields, such as reports of prematurity and low birth weight in children of workers in the electronics industry, but these have not been regarded by the scientific community as being necessarily caused by the field exposures (as opposed to factors such as exposure to solvents). (Source)
General eye irritation and cataracts have sometimes been reported in workers exposed to high levels of radiofrequency and microwave radiation, but animal studies do not support the idea that such forms of eye damage can be produced at levels that are not thermally hazardous. There is no evidence that these effects occur at levels experienced by the general public.
Electromagnetic fields and CANCERS including childhood leukemia
Despite many studies, the evidence for any effect remains highly controversial. However, it is clear that if electromagnetic fields do have an effect on cancer, then any increase in risk will be extremely small. The results to date contain many inconsistencies, but no large increases in risk have been found for any cancer in children or adults.
A number of epidemiological studies suggest small increases in risk of childhood leukemia with exposure to low frequency magnetic fields in the home. However, scientists have not generally concluded that these results indicate a cause-effect relation between exposure to the fields and disease (as opposed to artifacts in the study or effects unrelated to field exposure). In part, this conclusion has been reached because animal and laboratory studies fail to demonstrate any reproducible effects that are consistent with the hypothesis that fields cause or promote cancer. Large-scale studies are currently underway in several countries and may help resolve these issues.
Electromagnetic hypersensitivity and depression
Some individuals report “hypersensitivity” to electric or magnetic fields. They ask whether aches and pains, headaches, depression, lethargy, sleeping disorders, and even convulsions and epileptic seizures could be associated with electromagnetic field exposure.
(World Health Organization Source from above paragraphs)
So what happens in your body when it encounters the EMFs flooding into it? EMFs are perceived by your immune system as outside invaders, and it therefore creates stress hormones that flood your body and stress your nervous system.
To a certain degree, this stress shuts down the flow of blood and oxygen to all except your major organs. Your digestion slows down; and your blood pressure, heart rate, and blood sugar levels increase, preparing your body for danger.
EMFs do further danger to your body: they push ions out of your cells and interfere with their metabolism—which in turn, causes deficiencies in calcium, lithium and potassium. All of this causes a constant stress in your body—which can create an immune disorder or disease down the road. (Source)
In people who are EMF Sensitive, exposure to certain electromagnetic frequencies evokes an immune response. The EMFs negatively affect the adrenals and histamine is released as part of the fight or flee response.
Although this may lead some to consider EMF Sensitivity an allergy, it is much more complex. Calling it an allergy is oversimplifying things. And it could be dangerous because EMF Sensitivity certainly can be.
One of the dangers is associated with a symptom. Inflammation.
Inflammation is part of the complex biological response of vascular tissues to harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, damaged cells, or irritants.
Problematic electromagnetic frequencies are irritants. Big time.
Chronic inflammation can lead to disease, including rheumatoid arthritis. (Source)
Increase in Candida/Mold issues
What many people suffer from is not the yeast, it’s not the Candida. It’s the microtoxins excreted by the bugs. A Swiss mold researcher discovered when mold was exposed to WiFi, the excretion of microtoxins per hour increases 600 fold!
“Mold illness do not exist if you stripped the moldy environment of the WiFi.
“And so we have a whole teaching for our patients of how to do that—how to go back to a Broadband connection, Ethernet, whatever it is. The WiFi box needs to be shielded. Smart meters need to be abandoned on the outside of the house. Often, the house needs to be shielded from the nearby cellphone tower. And then the mold becomes a non-issue.” – Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt
I personally have this one and love it! EMRSS Cornet ED78S Dual Mode Meter: RF/LF Electrosmog Field Strength Power Meter with Built in LF Gauss Meter Function and Sound Signature. I love that you can check readings before, implement a shield, guard or filter and then retest the readings. And you can bring it to other family and friends homes and test their homes too. The reviews from others are fabulous. It is made in the USA and identifies LEVELS and where EMF's sources are coming from.
These were actually invented by Dave Stetzer who is an electrical engineer. Dave knew people were getting sick and he knew what the underlying cause was, he felt he knew how to fix it. And so he started making these filters. And people, overnight, felt better and had health improvements. We’re talking end-stage cancer, years of infertility issues—you name it. He was helping MS folks who saw a remission within two weeks. Dave has pre-imposed MRI scans of all these people.
These stetzerizer filters are used to neutralize the EMF's once you have detect high amounts of EMF's using the detector (above) in your home or office for anything stationery, such as your router, computer, refrigerator, cordless phone, phone charging area, etc… You simply plug the filter into the outlet to help neutralize EMF's. Typical recommendation for anything with severe EMF reading or in the RED on the EMF meter would require two filters.
Defender Pad is an FCC certified laptop shield that blocks the full frequency spectrum of EMF radiation, including heat radiation, Radio Frequency (RF) emissions (99.9% effective), and Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) emissions (98.25% effective). I am not aware of any other laptop shield that comes close to their technology.
The DefenderPad® is a revolutionary laptop radiation shield uniquely structured to provide total protection from laptop radiation and laptop heat. Its state-of-the-art technology blocks virtually 100% of:
- Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) Radiation
- Radio Frequency (RF) Radiation (WiFi, Bluetooth, Cell Signals etc.)
- Heat Radiation
- Blocking the full frequency spectrum of harmful Electromagnetic Radiation from 0-10 Ghz which includes both Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) and Radio
- Frequency (RF) emissions, DefenderPad® offers the most complete laptop radiation protection available. Radiation and thermal-resistive technology combined with stylish design make DefenderPad® an ideal replacement for lap desks, lap trays and laptop cooling pads.
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TABLET PC AND IPAD SHIELDS
Defender Shield also makes shields for tablet PC’s and iPads using the same technology.
The DefenderShield® Universal Tablet PC Radiation Protection Case and iPad Radiation Shield is uniquely structured to provide total protection from the radiation emitted from the back of your tablet. Backed by FCC certified lab testing, its state-of-the-art technology blocks virtually 100% of the full frequency spectrum of harmful Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) from 0-10 GHz.
The DefenderShield® folio case is the only tablet computer radiation shield capable of protecting all forms of tablet radiation. Use the DefenderShield® Universal Tablet PC Radiation Protection Case while using your tablet in your lap to protect yourself from a broad spectrum of potentially harmful tablet radiation emissions. (Source)
Total Protection from Cell Phone Radiation!
The DefenderShield® Cell Phone Radiation Protection Case for iPhone and Samsung Galaxy is a revolutionary cell phone radiation shield uniquely structured to provide total protection from cell phone radiation without affecting signal quality. Backed by FCC certified lab testing, its state-of-the-art technology blocks the virtually 100% of the full frequency spectrum of harmful Electromagnetic Radiation (EMF) from 0-10 GHz as well as wifi and bluetooth radiation.
When using your cell phone, just keep the shielded flip cover between your body and radiation-emitting cell phone. By keeping the cover closed while against any part of your body, a barrier is created to protect from a broad spectrum of potentially harmful cell phone radiation emissions.
There is only one way to shield the head and body from both RF and ELF radiation. You must place radiation shielding between the emission source – the cell phone and your body. DefenderShield® Cell Phone Radiation Protection Cases are the only cases capable of providing this protection.
EMF RADIATION-FREE STEREO HEADPHONES
The DefenderShield® Stereo Headphones rise above all other air tube headsets, because they are built with advanced speakers to deliver higher fidelity sound. At the same time, hollow tubes increase space for audio development, producing more body and delivering a vibrant sound. With these headphones, you can experience to the highs and lows of your music, listen to podcasts without distortion, and enjoy muffle-free conversations with your friends, all with the peace of mind that you are protected from EMF radiation.
SMART METER SHIELD/GUARD
First, I recommend calling the utility company and either opting out or if it's already installed asking to put an older meter back on, there will be some costs associated with it, but what is the cost of your health suffering, the cost of promoting your health is worth every penny.
If you are stuck with a smart meter, you want a smart meter shield or guard that also goes behind the meter, so that even if it has to transmit out into space, it’s not just going into your house. Smart meters are some of the worst offenders because they transmit such a high signal, if you think about how far that signal has to go. It’s such a powerful signal in order to get to a utility company.
Correcting this EMF signal is huge. People will notice it almost immediately. Most people, the second it’s installed, can feel a big difference. With smart meters for some; your sleep suffers, your energy suffers, your ability to concentrate suffers. So, you might not end up with a debilitating dis-ease, but you end up not living a quality of life all because of a smart meter. But you can change all that with a shield/guard.
These are a must have if you are pregnant! Certain fabrics can also be woven with a conductive silver material that cancels out EMFs by either reflecting or absorbing them. Check them out here.
(A note on sizing: According to Belly Armour if you were a size 0-4 you’ll want to get an extra small/small, sizes 6-10 are medium/large, 12-18 is large/extra large, and 20-24 is extra large/extra extra large)
Belly Armour also makes a belly blanket that you can just toss over your tummy when you’re on the computer.
LOW-EMF HAIR DRYER
Did you know that a microwave oven emits roughly 100-500 milligaus in EMFs from four inches away, but a hair dryer can emit anywhere from 40-20,000 and that is held right next to your head! (Source)
If you blow dry your hair often it may be worth investing in a low-EMF hairdryer like these.
EARTHING and GROUNDING
The reason why you end up feeling better when you ground or are earthing is because you’re discharging all that foreign energy. So, all these excess energies and signals that we’re exposed to, because we wear rubber-soled shoes, can’t come into our bodies and flow out through our feet into the ground like it’s meant to.
So, if you’re walking around barefoot, that’s how it works, you are discharging energy naturally. You’re exposed to energy. It goes down through you (just like a wire) out into the earth and you’re discharging.
If you are not able to walk barefoot regularly, check out these earthing mats that work great in place to in addition to earthing.
NATURAL CRUSTAL SALT LAMP
A natural crystal salt lamp will release a good dose of negative ions into the air surrounding it. The negative ions have the ability to cancel out the EMR radiation that is emitted by the electronic devices in your home. I love that they help with headaches, they help you to sleep better and the natural orange glow doesn't disrupt sleep hormones like fluorescent or blue lights do and it is very relaxing. I think installing a salt lamp in every room of the house is a good investment to make.
Additional Helpful Suggestions
Intestinal care – mainly by making sure you’re getting plenty of healthy probiotics, I highly recommend this strong probiotic. The Paracelsus Clinic in Switzerland discovered that symptoms of electrosensitivity can be reduced by providing gut barrier support.
Regular detoxification programs – Reducing your toxic burden has become far more important than it ever was before. Not only are you dealing with increasing amounts of toxic chemicals in your environment, your body is full of microorganisms that respond to EMFs by generating increased levels of their own toxins, according to a course for physicians on this subject, taught by Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, MD. I highly recommend you work with a skilled FNP or Naturopath.
If you leave this page remembering one thing, make it this: our advances in technology far exceed the safety studies to support them. We do not fully realize how far reaching these health effects will be living in a digital world.
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