The 411 On EMFs
An online magazine talking about EMF’s sounds pretty hypocritical right? I mean, the only way to read this magazine is to look at it on an electronic device, a laptop, an iPad, through a phone or even on a tv. By asking you to even view this article we are in a way encouraging your use of EMF infused technology. So we get it, we know that it’s all a bit messed up.
But we think it’s so important for us all to be aware of what this intense modern world use of technology is doing to us and possibly our health too. And we know in some small way, with this magazine, we are contributing to it, that’s why we feel even more compelled to break down all the things you can do to protect yourself from all the EMF around you.
So what are EMF’s exactly?
“Electric and magnetic fields (EMFs) are invisible areas of energy, often referred to as radiation, that are associated with the use of electrical power and various forms of natural and man-made lighting.”
EMF’s are categorized into two sections, there is non ionizing, which is the name given to low frequency EMF’s that are seen to be harmless due to their lower level, such a cell phones, wifi and microwaves. And then you have ionizing which is high frequency EMF’s so things like X-ray machines.
It’s really important to note that not all EMFs are bad. The sun, the earth, our bodies all have or use natural EMF’s to function correctly. What we are focusing on is man made EMF’s.
So we know all the risks associated with high frequency EMF’s like X-rays (EMFs have been deemed ‘possibly carcinogenic to humans’) but it’s the lower frequency EMF’s that are more elusive in what we know they do to our bodies or what they don’t do.
There is some really interesting research on possible links between low frequency emf exposure and neuropsychiatric effects such as insomnia, dizziness, irritability, anxiety, nausea, skin burning/tingling, memory loss, fatigue, depression and headaches. So often many of these symptoms people experience are blamed on the content such a anxiety and depression triggered by scrolling through other people’s life’s on Instagram but what if it’s not so much about what we are consuming but physically how we are doing it, with our phone glued to our hands as we look through Sally’s newest holiday snaps.
Maybe it’s not just feelings of envy or the more popular millennial FOMO, that is to blame for increased rates of anxiety connected to social media use, could it possibly be nothing to do with what we are consuming and all to do with the way in which we consume it?
As of right now, we don’t have the answers. But what we do have is the ability to look closely at our own use of EMFs and decide on how much of it we can control and change. If like most of us, you live in a populated area with many people, then staying man-made emf free seems nearly impossible but you can definitely cut down your exposure. So here are our top tips on how to do so…
1. Turn off your WiFi router when your not using it especially at night.
2. Use Emf protection stickers for all your devices especially your phone. They don’t block EMFs, they just neutralize the energy into a less high frequency, meaning less of it gets into your body.
3. Limit your phone time and when your not using your phone turn it off or use airplane mode. If that isn’t possible then leave your cell phone/mobile in a room that is not near where you are.
4. Don’t put your phone to your head when you talk on it, use your speakerphone and connect your headphones to it if you need to make a private call (but not wireless headphones)
5. Don’t sit with laptops on your lap (ironic we know) or iPads or tablets. Put them on a solid surface at arms length.
6. After using or being near a lot of technology go and walk barefoot (if it’s safe) in your garden. This is called grounding, walking on grass will help neutralize your vibration.
Technology is a wonderful and special thing but it’s good to remember that we are the guinea pigs for all these amazing machines and we probably aren’t going to find out the truth of the effects for a long, long time, so be aware, be vigilant and listen to your gut at all times.