In today’s modern world, not only are we blessed with unparalleled conveniences and information, but also challenged by countless environmental stressors on a daily basis. It can be very difficult to look beyond the obvious array of processed foods, consumer products and mainstream medicine, although we must if we wish to enjoy good health and spirit.
As our existing allopathic healthcare system continues to ignore many underlying causes of disease, increasingly patients are turning to holistic, traditional or functional models of medicine to preserve or restore their health. Thankfully, a new paradigm is emerging, which is allowing us to finally see previously obscured problems as well as settle upon sustainable solutions.
One of the more exciting ways we can improve our physical and mental resilience is by understanding how electromagnetic energy affects our wellbeing. We call these energetic forms of pollution electromagnetic fields, frequencies or radiation (EMF/EMR), which are the invisible by-products of electrification and wireless communications.
Man-made, non-native forms of EMF are much different from the natural radiation emitted by the Sun, Earth and from outer space. Types of EMF include low frequency (ELF) alternating current (AC) electric and magnetic fields, intermediate frequencies or dirty electricity (DE), and high frequency radio frequencies and microwaves (RF/MW).
Because EMFs have been implicated by both the World Health Organization (IARC) and the National Institute of Health (NTP) as being carcinogenic and decades of research shows acute and chronic health conditions resulting from overexposure, it’s our responsibility to take precautionary steps to protect ourselves, our families and our communities.
Commonly reported symptoms include poor/disrupted sleep, headaches, ear ringing (tinnitus), skin and digestive problems, anxiety, depression, memory issues and brain fog. EMF exposures are known to cause inflammation, oxidative stress as well as DNA damage, leading to numerous potential diseases and disorders. Of particular concern are the effects on children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with compromised immunities.
The good news is that EMF is both measurable and usually avoidable, so risk reduction is well within our reach. A few simple things most people can do to reduce their exposure are:
• Reduce RF by setting mobile phones to “airplane mode” whenever possible. Texting is always safer than calling and you should never hold a phone next to your ear or keep it against your body powered on. Use speaker mode or a wired (air tube) headset to provide the most distance from your phone’s antenna. At home, eliminate cordless (especially DECT) phones and turn off Wifi in favor of hardwired ethernet connections.
• Reduce ELF by keeping electronics out of sleeping spaces as much as possible and moving lamp cords, chargers and plug-in alarm clocks at least 4 feet away from your bed. To achieve deep, restorative stage 3 and stage 4 sleep at night, turning off the breaker to you bedroom is recommended.
• Reduce DE by avoiding energy-saving (CFL/LED) ballasted bulbs and dimmer switches. Incandescent bulbs and binary switches may seem old fashioned, but they are much better for power quality and our health. Be aware that many chargers and power supplies can cause this problem. You can also reduce DE that enters your home from the grid by installing special filters.
Picking any of these “low hanging fruits” will no doubt improve your electromagnetic environment, but there are many other ways to minimize EMF in order to maximize your health. I’ve been helping people navigate these energies and issues for the past seven years and am so happy to now be based in State College, while serving all of Pennsylvania and much of the Northeast.
To learn more about receiving an assessment of your home, school, workplace, or community space, you can call 814-826-4214 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you!
Matt Fisken is an environmental consultant who specializes in electromagnetic field testing and mitigation. By examining the radiation within a home, office, school or public place, we can learn how electrically polluted a building is and begin making it healthier. The primary goal is to reduce man-made EMF in sleeping spaces and areas in which children spend a lot of time.
Over-exposure to these fields can lead to chronic health conditions, cancer and even acute symptoms referred to as electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS). However, mainstream medicine continues to stumble in the dark as it misdiagnoses and treats people who can’t figure out why their health is compromised, despite an otherwise healthy lifestyle. While no one is immune to this energetic form of air pollution, there are many things we can do to avoid exposures and strengthen our resilience.
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