EMF Awareness 101: Protecting Your Family From EMF

EMF exposure is believed to cause many health problems, including fatigue, headaches, and infertility. It is also thought to interfere with the body’s natural electrical systems and damage DNA.

EHS persons attribute their symptoms to EMF exposure, and they continue this attribution despite the lack of organic causes for their health complaints. Such attributions may be susceptible to nocebo effects.

Keep Your Phone Away From Your Head

As the use of technology and electronics increases so does our exposure to EMF radiation. While more research is needed, we know that it can impact your energy levels and health, especially if you are sensitive to this electromagnetic field energy. EMF sensitivity can cause a variety of symptoms including fatigue, headaches, ocular symptoms, dizziness, tinnitus and difficulty concentrating.

One way to reduce the exposure to EMFs is to keep your phone away from your head. If you need to make a call or you are in public, try using speaker phone. This will allow you to hold the phone a few inches from your head and reduce the EMF exposure. It is also important to avoid keeping your phone in your bra, pocket or (especially for pregnant women) against your stomach. Additionally, try to limit your time on voice calls and opt for texting instead.

Another easy way to reduce your exposure is to keep appliances unplugged when not in use. This will help to lower the electromagnetic field energy in your home and can lead to a better night’s sleep.

Lastly, it is important to keep your distance from power lines and transmission towers. These sources of EMF radiation can increase your risk for cancer, and are also known to interfere with sleep patterns. If you must be near them, put your cell phone on airplane mode to stop the “wireless” signals and be sure to use a wired headset when talking on the phone.

While more research is required, it is clear that long-term exposure to EMF radiation can be detrimental to your health and can lead to a variety of symptoms including fatigue, headaches, and ocular or tinnitus symptoms. Children are especially susceptible to the effects of EMFs because their brains and tissues are still developing. Ask your pediatrician for more information about EMFs and how they can affect you and your child.

Don’t Sit or Linger Near Appliances

A standard workplace packs a lot of EMF-emitting devices. So, it’s no surprise that when you work from home, your environment might also contain a significant amount of radiation. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize how much of it there is and the effects of long-term exposure.

There are four different types of EMFs that can impact our health: electric fields, magnetic fields, radiofrequency (RF) waves and dirty electricity. Each type of EMF carries its own set of risks and can impact our overall wellness.

For example, the radiation emitted from electrical wires and cables creates an electric field that can affect the body. This can cause headaches, fatigue, sleep disturbances and even increase blood pressure. The good news is, these EMFs are non-ionizing and have low energy levels, which makes them less harmful than ionizing radiation that can cause cancer.

You can check for these electric fields with an EMF meter that is available at most hardware stores. However, EMF meter readings can vary by location and frequency, so you’ll need to be careful where you place your meter. For instance, if you hold the meter close to your power box, you’ll get a higher reading than if you placed it a few feet away.

When it comes to RF EMFs, the best way to avoid contact is to simply stay away from your appliances and electronics. But, since we’re not all able to do that, you should know how to reduce your exposure.

Most RF EMFs are a result of wireless communication technologies such as cell phones, WiFi and 5G technology. These EMFs are created by transmitters and antennas and travel in waves. The wavelength measurements of these waves vary based on the frequency, from 30 kHz and below to 300 GHz and above. The closer the field is to your body, the stronger it will be and the more harm it will do.

You can minimize your exposure to RF waves by keeping a distance of at least 6-8 feet from any wireless devices, including your phone, laptop and TV. If you have children, be especially careful, as their bodies are more sensitive to radiation than adults’.

Don’t Keep Your Phone in Your Pocket

Most men stash their cellphones in a front pocket of their pants for easy access and convenience. But experts warn that doing so puts you at risk for a host of issues, including increased blood pressure and DNA damage. That’s because mobile phones emit radio frequency (RF) waves that penetrate living tissue and can cause harm in large amounts, especially when they come into contact with your vital organs like the groin.

Although research is ongoing, some scientists believe that long-term exposure to EMF radiation can increase cancer and other health concerns. EMFs are found in a variety of devices, including cell phones and smart meters, and they can also be emitted by power lines, buildings and even the cosmos. And while there’s no way to completely avoid exposure to EMFs, there are steps you can take to minimize it.

To provide an additional layer of protection against EMF exposure, individuals may consider incorporating Faraday clothing into their daily attire. Faraday clothing is designed to block electromagnetic radiation, potentially reducing the amount of RF waves that penetrate the body when carrying electronic gadgets like cell phones in pockets.

The most common type of EMF radiation comes from cell phones and other electronic gadgets. The RF waves produced by these devices are often blamed for the onset of headaches, fatigue, sleep disturbance, elevated blood pressure and even DNA damage. In fact, a lot of these symptoms have been attributed to electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS), but the medical field hasn’t substantiated this claim.

EMF radiation can also be produced by other gadgets that emit a high volume of RF waves, such as television and radar equipment, satellites and MRI machines. These can be particularly dangerous to children because their bodies are more sensitive to the RF waves than adults.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot of irrefutable evidence that shows carrying a phone in your pocket is a huge health risk, but many publications, including Women’s Health and Men’s Health, have already begun warning readers to use headsets when making calls, avoid using the phone while driving or riding in a car and keep the phone away from their pockets.

While some public websites promoting EMF safety have been criticized for citing the WHO’s EMF opinion and for providing general information on human limitations levels, base station information and other guidelines, they can be helpful in helping to raise awareness.

Keep Your Appliances Unplugged

Keeping small appliances like your blender, coffee maker and toaster unplugged when not in use can significantly reduce the amount of EMF radiation in your home. The same goes for desktop computers, printers, scanners and modems — all of which should be unplugged after use. This will not only help to minimize EMF exposure, it can also save energy, which can be costly during the holidays.

EMFs or electromagnetic frequencies are essentially electric and magnetic fields that radiate energy. Many electrical devices emit EMFs including microwaves, cell phones, X-ray machines and power lines. While low level EMF exposure isn’t considered dangerous, it can cause health problems if overexposure occurs.

It is especially important to keep children and babies away from large electronic equipment that gives off EMFs. They have thinner skulls and developing brains, making them more susceptible to harm caused by EMFs. This is why it is important to teach children the importance of turning off and putting away their mobile devices when not in use.

The best way to test for EMF exposure in your home is to purchase an EMF meter. These handheld meters can detect the presence of an EMF and measure the intensity and duration of the field. They are not very expensive and can be found online. Be sure to take readings in different areas of your house since the strength of an EMF can vary by location.

It is also a good idea to make it a habit to unplug all of your small appliances when not in use, such as the fridge, electric can openers and kitchen gadgets, for example. This will help to prevent any potential fires from occurring as a result of overheating or faulty electronics. Leaving these items plugged in all the time can also increase your electricity bill. Moreover, according to a research, house fires are the second leading cause of death in the UK, resulting in an average of 27,015 per year.