Is there proof EMF is dangerous?
EMF: Is there proof in the pudding?
Are the dangers of EMF hype or are those who advocate such concern just paranoid?
Like with mold behind walls, the problem with EMF and dirty electricity is that you cannot usually see or hear it, yet it may be causing health problems.
What IF you could hear it, what would it sound like? Could you imagine having to listen to those sounds all day?
Let’s start with the governmental agencies recommendations on radio frequency and EMF.
Fact: The World Health Organization (May 2011) adds radio frequency radiation to the classification of IARC class 2B carcinogen (possibly carcinogenic), in the same category as lead and DDT. (That is, after dropping Ahlbom from the RF-cancer panel.)
What is the basis for safety?
These guidelines are set by measuring thermal absorption, known as SAR, Specific Absorption Rate.
Mercola has a great article that breakdowns how the standards are set.
Two key factors to note: these measurements were NOT done on humans, but rather a plastic human dummy head, nor did they evaluate effects of radio frequency at non-thermal exposures.
If you ask physicians their thoughts on clinical research solely done in vitro, they are skeptical. What about cell phone safety guidelines based merely on plastic heads?
Many agencies continue to stand by the stance that low radio-frequency standards deem products safe.
Previously, wasn’t the public told that the correlation between cigarettes and cancer were inconclusive?
I don’t think advocates of EMF dangers are saying to never use technology. I certainly am not saying that.
Side note: It is my observation that most people are either indifferent or uncertain when it comes to public health issues; perhaps to the average person, advocacy groups may come across as “too certain”, as they are exposing new information, and at first blush, may be difficult to digest. Generally, people do prefer certainty, but with unknown or controversial topics, unfortunately, impassioned disclosures may cause more doubts than good.
That is the thing about advocacy. The more you learn, the more you want to share with others your findings.
Entire messages are often lost in a sea of skepticism when information is misconstrued as certainty.
“Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.”~ Charles Darwin
I cannot proclaim with certainty that radio frequency and dirty electricity causes cancer or other health effects, but I am saying that some of the research is compelling.
It is a multifaceted issue, many things to consider.
Take a look at the following articles, research and videos and decide for yourself.
This first video demonstrates how SAR is determined.
Dr. Magda Havas created the following video, Diabetes and electrosensitivity. In this peer-reviewed article, 4 case studies are presented that show marked changes in blood sugar associated with dirty electricity.
If you know someone with diabetes, please share this video.
That got me thinking– I wonder what Dr. Terry Wahls protocol (importance of nutrition), combined with EMF awareness and mitigation would look like??
Do cordless phones affect the heart? Check out this video to see experiment.
As reported previously, researchers at Harvard discuss the dangers of blue light on melatonin.
According to Wikipedia, Melatonin: chemically N–acetyl-5-methoxytryptamine, is a substance found in animals, plants, fungi and bacteria. In animals it is a hormone that anticipates the daily onset of darkness.
Melatonin is a hormone produced in the pineal gland, and acts as a powerful antioxidant.
Here is a video on EMF and effects on melatonin.
Which lead me to this video by Dr. David J Clark, which actually isn’t talking about EMF, but a great overview of the dangers of taking melatonin, specifically if child is autistic.
The reason, I went a little off track here and included this content, is to ask the question- what IF cleaning up dirty electricity and exposure to EMFs could naturally help with melatonin production? You aren’t introducing any supplements or in some cases, a prescription sleep drug. There is no risk to the body to change your environment, versus swallowing a pill.
*Please note, I am not saying this will cure autism, I am merely theorizing that cleaning up electro-pollution in home, may help improve symptoms, specifically a potential increase of melatonin production by eliminating EMF.
Under supervision, and limited, specific use, melatonin may be a treatment option, but the key point is if you supplement, your body may stop producing melatonin on it’s own. Like, the lactase enzyme, your body is very efficient and will stop producing it if you are not regularly ingesting lactose.
Here is a great video on melatonin, at min 5:28 he discusses how man-made light/ electrical fields are “suppressing the synthesis of melatonin, and that in turn is leading to cancer, specifically breast cancer in women, because they don’t have them immunological protection that they would otherwise have”.
Studies have shown that melatonin deficiency can increase risk of cancer and autism.
So, not only is sleep important, but also reducing light and electromagnetic fields at night is crucial. To get the full benefits of reparative sleep, eliminating light and EMF at night.
Off EMF topic, but interesting video on how fluoride consumption affects melatonin.
This video is an overview on fluoride in the water. Did you know the fluoride in tap water is a by-product of fertilizer waste?
So, if you ever hear someone say, EMF or fluoride causes cancer, and your first instinct is to roll your eyes, consider that it was a generalized statement. It is recognized by the medical community that decreased levels of melatonin increase cancer risks. There is no conspiracy theory there. Perhaps a better way to say it is, EMF (and fluoride) exposure inhibits or suppresses the production of melatonin, thus potentially increasing risk of cancer.
Ways to ensure melatonin production:
- Try to sleep at least 7 hours/ night
- install black-out curtains in bedrooms
- remove blue light sources in the evening (if light is necessary, replace bulbs with red light)
- if you use electronics before bed (smartphone, tablet or laptop, tv) consider wearing blue blocking glasses and install f.lux
- reduce and remove external sources of EMF in bedroom- cordless phones, cellphones, alarm clocks (switch to battery operated), unplug chargers, turn off wireless router (at night especially).
- Filter your water of fluoride (Smart Water pitcher/ distilled water) and do not use fluoride toothpaste.
Infertility issues? Does EMF affect reproductive organs?
This article, Effect of electromagnetic field exposure on the reproductive system, was published in CERM, 2012.
Check out this video, Health Effects of EMF: Focus on DNA with Martin Blank, PhD, Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics, Columbia University.
Is wi-fi in schools safe?
BBC did this two part panorama series on Wi-fi dangers.
Check out Dr. Magda Havas discuss her thoughts on wi-fi.
At the end of the day, society as a whole isn’t going to go “back to the dark ages”, but ask yourself if you need to be plugged in 24-7? And do you think you should have a choice on your exposure limit?