What is EMF?

As a Social Worker, I am not an expert in the field of electromagnetic communications, and do not claim to offer professional advice in this regard. However, for ten years I have been treating individuals with different histories of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Individuals with TBI are much more likely to have co-morbid sensitivity to Man-made Electromagnetic Fields including WIFI, Cell technology and Electricity in general. Assessment for Electromagnetic Field sensitivity is a prerequisite for Neurofeedback treatment, which I offer to clients seeking services. This, modality involves, very subtle electrical current.

EMF (electromagnetic field) is a physical field produced by electrically charged objects. It affects the behaviour of an object present in the field. The field extends outward in space to a distance related to the magnitude of the current flowing through the objects. There exists both an electric field and a magnetic field. The electric field is produced by the stationary charges, and the magnetic field is produced by current in motion.

The earth has a magnetic field. Power lines have magnetic fields. Any appliance which uses a motor and electricity can have both an electric and magnetic field. The distance these fields extend from the source depends on the magnitude of the current and voltage. Thus, several high voltage power lines with electricity totalling 765,000 volts can have a magnetic field extending 2500 feet from the lines. Cell phone towers have an emission radius which can affect several kilometres. 5G antennae, and 5G transmission equipment, which is currently being widely and rapidly constructed, operates in a high-frequency band of the wireless spectrum. Because high frequency waves have a harder time traveling over distance & through objects, the 5G network will be built on small cell site technology with antennas as close as 500 feet apart. In living communities, these antennae are planned for office corners and on multiple street lights per block. The emission from 5G technology will not be long range, but will be very prevalent and up close in our living and working environments.

We all enjoy the benefits of electricity. It enables us to cook, to light our path, and use many appliances which make life easier and more enjoyable. It is used in medicine to diagnose and treat injuries and other medical conditions. However, we are electric beings with cellular functions which depend on the flow of charged particles. Cells constantly transmit and receive energy while engaging in their biochemical processes necessary to sustain life. Each type of cell has a frequency range in which it operates. The heart rhythm depends upon electrical stimulus.

The extent to which EMF affects human health varies depending on the physiological history and genetic predisposition of the person. But exposure to changes in the larger fields of the sun, moon and our planet can affect almost every part of our being from head to heart and from head to toe.

Man-made electrical fields likewise affect our body. Their effect depends on the strength of the fields, the distance from the source, and the length of the exposure time. Electrical current passing through the body can injure tissue and damage nerve transmission. High power extremely low frequency EM Fields can induce perceivable currents within the body. This exposure can produce tingling, and similar unwanted nervous system reactions in the body.
RF (Radio Frequency) and microwave radiation can create hazardous biological effects due to energy absorption by the body. The eyes and the testis are particularly susceptible to heating by RF energy because of the relative lack of blood flow to dissipate the excessive heat load.

Cell phones produce Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) in the ultra-high frequency range or Radio Frequency (RF) range. The radiation emanating from these RF fields can be linked with increased risk of different cancers, immune system disruption, disrupted plant and animal health.

International standards speaking to the measuring of “safe exposure” limits for RF, vary greatly, with Canadian Standards, following Health Canada’s Safety Code 6, which was last reviewed in 2014. Health Canada has one of the lowest First World Country standards for measuring biological exposure times to Radio Frequencies (RF). The following chart provided by Safe Living Technologies.

Extended use of cell phones held against the ear is not recommended. The use of the speaker for those who regularly use cell phones is certainly recommended. When in use the phone should be placed on a table or surface away from the body. When carried on the body it should never be carried in the chest area or near the groin.

Children with susceptible nervous systems and brains should be instructed and restricted in their use of the phones. The power of electromagnetic energy, whether high or low frequency, must be recognized and respected. Its effect on human life and the functioning of the entire body and our ecosystemmust be understood. We must take advantage of the positive uses it affords us and recognize the problems it can pose for us, especially those with chemical and heavy metal toxicity, suppressed immune systems, variations in heart rhythm, the young, the old, and the allergic.

Rea et. al. in a double-blind study showed that certain individuals can be extremely sensitive to EMF. The participants in the study experienced symptoms involving the nervous system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, and gastrointestinal system. Some participants reported ocular and dermal symptoms, but the most prevalent symptoms reported were neurological. Sensitivity of these individuals can be correlated with prolonged exposure to EMF or RF fields. Lab analyses frequently showed these individuals to have a toxic body burden of chemicals or heavy metals. EMF sensitivity is a real disease.

Our society is becoming increasingly dependent upon electronics. We are covering the earth with power sources, power transmission lines, and cell phone transmission towers. Knowledge and understanding of EMF is becoming increasingly necessary for maintaining health.

You can be aware of excessive exposure to EMF by being knowledgeable regarding the nearness of cell phone towers, high voltage power lines and power substations. Correct choice of wiring composition and placement of wiring in the home is important. It is beneficial to the health of a home and its inhabitants to understand the impact of improper placement and grounding of electric wiring.

The term ‘dirty electricity” is used to describe transformed or corrupted electricity that does not look like a smooth sine wave in an oscilloscope. It is not a scientifically defined term. There has been a significant amount of research on the health effects of nonionizing radiation, and “dirty electricity” would fit within the scope of many of these studies. It is suggested that dirty electricity is generated by electronic equipment such as dimmer switches and compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs). The noise associated with harmonics in an electrical system is seen as an indication of this transformed or corrupted electricity. Like EMF, the issue with dirty electricity is that some people feel adverse health impacts, including headaches, sleeplessness and nausea.

Voltage requirements of electric appliances should be monitored in order to make healthy, economical choices when purchasing this equipment. Be aware of the possible damage to health of susceptible individuals from the use of RF devices such as cell phones and Wi-Fi.

There are EMF Consultants who can help you make changes to your home and office space and provide you with tools to reduce EMF and RF exposure in your home. Additional Sources of information about healthy interaction with our Electromagnetic Field will be available on this site.