Our world is so dominated by our reliance on technology and electricity, how can we keep themselves and our families safe from the potential health hazards of EMFs?
Let's take a look at EMF protection strategies that help people lower their exposure to these invisible energy waves.
What are EMFs?
Many individuals are unaware that the conveniences of modern life come with potential health risks. Devices and appliances like our computers, microwaves, cellphones, Wi-Fi routers, and more produce invisible energy waves that some people believe are a major cause for concern.
These invisible areas of energy are known as electric and magnetic fields (EMFs) and are commonly referred to as radiation. The sun naturally sends off EMFs, as do the power lines that supply energy to people around the world as well as many appliances.
In 2019, 89% of the world's population has access to electricity. While electricity comes along with many benefits and conveniences, there are also some dangers presented by its widespread use.
While there is a bit of disagreement about the health risks of exposure to the electric and magnetic fields (EMFs) emitted from electronic devices and infrastructure, a number of studies have found that there might be a link between EMFs and certain types of cancer and various psychiatric and neurological problems.
What are RFs?
Radiofrequency (RF) radiation is at the low-energy end of the spectrum of electromagnetism. A specific type of non-ionizing radiation, it includes radio waves and microwaves.
In large enough amounts, RF radiation in the body can produce heat that leads to body tissue damage and burns. People can be exposed to RF radiation in a number of different ways, including:
- Broadcasting television and radio signals
- Millimeter wave scanners (a specific type of full-body scanner that is used for security purposes)
- Medical procedures that utilize the heating of body tissues
- Bluetooth devices, WiFi, and smart meters
- Transmitting signals from cell phones, cordless telephones, satellite phones, cell phone towers, and 2-way radios
In some professions, part of the job entails significant RF exposure. This includes people who maintain or use radar equipment or people who maintain antenna towers that broadcast communication signals.
RF signals are all around most people in everyday life, so many individuals are exposed to low levels of RF radiation every day.
Natural sources of RF radiation include the sky (including lightning strikes), outer space and the sun, and the earth itself.
To find out how much RF radiation is in your home, you can use an RF meter that is designed to measure ambient radio frequency and microwave signals. RF protection can be most effective when the sources of RF are identified and known.
The Different Types of EMF Exposure
There are two main kinds of EMF exposure. They are known as non-ionizing radiation and ionizing radiation.
Non-ionizing radiation is low-level radiation that is thought to be less harmful to humans than ionizing radiation. Appliances that produce this type of EMFs include cellphones, microwaves, powerlines, MRIs, Bluetooth devices, house energy meters, Wi-Fi routers, and computers.
Ionizing radiation, on the other hand, is high-level radiation that can lead to DNA or cellular damage as a result of prolonged exposure. Some examples of this type of radiation are the EMFs emitted from sunlight and x-rays.
What is Dirty Electricity?
These days, pretty much everyone has a slew of electronic devices they use in their homes. On top of that, wireless technology has exploded as the preference of many consumers. What this has done is increased the exposure of the general population to non-ionizing radiation in a wide range of frequencies in all aspects of life.
There are eight attributes to electricity that can determine if electricity is considered "dirty." These are:
- Total harmonic distortion
- Ohms law of resistance
- Electromagnetic fields
When these attributes don't fall within an acceptable realm, the radiation can be more harmful to people. For people that are hypersensitive to EMFs, exposure to dirty electricity can lead them to experience a number of unpleasant symptoms.
5G and EMFs
The arrival of 5G technology has reignited the debate over whether or not the levels of RF-EMFs that mobile devices emit are dangerous to our health.
One study that was published in The Lancet Oncology found that there was a causal interpretation between mobile phone EMFs and a cancer of the central nervous system known as glioma.
The same team of researchers looked at the available evidence and concluded that RF-EMFs are "possibly carcinogenic to humans."
What are the Symptoms of EMF Exposure?
Some scientists believe that EMFs can damage the body's cells as well as affect the function of the nervous system. Some individuals are more sensitive to exposure to EMFs. This condition is known as electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS).
One of the symptoms of very high exposure to EMFs includes unusual growths and cancer. Some of the other symptoms that someone exposed to EMFs might experience include:
- Sleep disturbances and insomnia
- Dysesthesia (an itchy and painful sensation)
- Fatigue and tiredness
- Depressive symptoms and depression
- Changes in memory
- Lack of concentration
- Restlessness and anxiety
- Weight loss and loss of appetite
- Changes in electroencephalogram
- Skin tingling and burning
One rat study from the Ramazzini Institute found that cell tower radiofrequency radiation that is emitted from cell towers increased rates of precancerous conditions in both males and females, as well a rare form of cancer in males. The same study also found that female rats had an increase in malignant brain tumors.
There is still a lot to learn about the potential negative effects of EMFs on human health. In the coming years, hopefully, there will be more research on the subject so that people can become educated about the harm that their electronics and appliances might be causing them.
EMF Protection: How to Keep Yourself Safe
In order to stay safe from EMFs, a person doesn't necessarily have to go completely off-grid and shun technology. There are a number of things they can do to protect themselves from EMFs while they are a participant in the modern world.
Cell Phone Hygiene
It's common for many people to basically have their cell phones glued to their hands. Being mindful of cellphone use is a good way to reduce EMF exposure.
When a person isn't using your phone, they should keep it in airplane mode. When they are using it to make a call, they can use the speakerphone instead of holding the phone up against their face. EMF blocking devices for cellphones can also help reduce their EMF exposure.
At night, individuals can unplug powered devices and put them in a spot that is far from where they sleep. They can also choose to turn off breaker switches to the circuits in their bedroom before they go to sleep and simply use a flashlight if they need light in the middle of the night.
Turn Off Your Wi-Fi Router When You're Not Using It
Whenever an individual isn't using your Wi-Fi router, they can turn it off to reduce EMF exposure. If they use it regularly throughout the day, they might consider turning it off before going to bed.
Choose Corded Landline Phones
The base stations of cordless phones have high levels of wireless radiation. For that reason, it's a good idea to stick with corded landline phones.
Choose Wired Products For Home and Office
When outfitting a home and office with technology, an individual should consider choosing wired rather than wireless products. Use ethernet instead of Wi-Fi and wired keyboards and mice rather than wireless.
Wearing devices such as wireless sleep monitors, wireless watches, fitness devices, and wireless headsets should also be avoided.
Be Mindful of Where You Place Your Devices
In homes that have WiFi routers, it's a good idea to place them in a location that is some distance away from where people in the household spend most of their time.
Cellphones shouldn't be stored in pockets or on the body because they give off radiation even when they aren't in use.
People shouldn't stand in front of microwaves while they are in operation. Levels of exposure are significantly reduced when there is a greater distance between people and the source of radiation.
Utilize Shielded Technology
There are bed canopies and blankets available that can provide protection from microwave radiation and radiofrequency. Take a look at the Swiss Shield Bed Canopy, which is made out of breathable, light EMF fabrics.
Use EMF Paint
EMF shielding paint can be used in the interior or exterior of a home. Providing EMF protection from high-frequency radiation, this type of paint can be used in living areas, businesses, for the shielding of electromagnetic interference (EMI) sensitive equipment and facilities, and more.
Use an EMF Meter
EMFs are invisible, so it's not possible to know when they are being emitted from the naked eye. However, EMF meters can be purchased to measure magnetic fields and low-frequency electric fields.
Use EMF Window Film
EMF window film can be used on the windows of homes and businesses to keep your building safe and cool. Virtually undetectable on windows, it provides a barrier from radiofrequency radiation. It also can protect your decor from UV rays and keep your home cooler during the warm months.
This Shielding Window Film was designed to block pulsed digital and analog signals that come from external sources like cell phone towers, microwave transmitters, and your neighbors' Wi-Fi signals and cordless telephones.
EMF Protection for Health
In a world that is increasingly reliant on technology and electricity, there is even more of a need for people to protect themselves from the potential health hazards of EMFs. Even if an individual keeps their home free of EMF emitting devices, they can still be exposed because of their neighbors' WiFi, cordless phone, or a nearby cellphone tower.
Are you interested in building a home that provides EMF protection to you and your family? At Safe Living Technologies, we produce high-quality products that block EMFs and RFs so that you can reduce your exposure to these forms of radiation. We offer a wide variety of building materials that can be incorporated into the structure of your house to offer the best possible protection.