The EMF or electromagnetic field is everywhere. It’s made up of a variety of particle or wave types, including x-rays, gamma-rays, and even UV rays emitted by the sun. Naturally, you’re surrounded by EMFs all the time, but EMFs aren’t necessarily dangerous or harmful.
That said, our world is much more saturated in EMFs than it was in the past. The rise of new technological devices and conveniences now means that your body and brain are exposed to tons of EMFs, not just sunshine.
Today, let’s break down how EMFs work, whether they are harmful, and how you can mitigate the risk to you and your family.
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EMFs broadly come in two types according to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences:
● Non-ionizing radiation, which is low-level and typically includes emissions from microwave ovens, computers, cell phones, and so on
● Ionizing radiation, which is much higher in power and includes ultraviolet rays, x-rays, and gamma-rays
The latter types of EMFs are those typically found to be most harmful to humans. That’s why you can only get a few x-rays per year and why you should use sunscreen if you spend a lot of time outdoors.
However, non-ionizing EMFs can still possibly be dangerous according to recent research.
Are EMFs Harmful to You?
Some studies believe that EMFs could be harmful or at least induce unknown physiological changes after repeated exposure. For example, EMFs with densities of over 10 milliamperes per meter squared are known to have some effects on cognitive brain function and bodily tissues.
Other studies have found that certain types of EMFs may be dangerous and lead to the development of significant medical issues. For example, a 2000 study found a loose connection between high rates of EMF exposure and glioma development.
More recently, some European scientists have found that there may be a link between leukemia development in children and high EMF exposure.
Depending on your physiology and the type of EMFs you have been exposed to, some people experience symptoms like dizziness, memory loss, headaches, sleep disturbances, and more.
In addition to all this evidence, some people report the development of a condition called electromagnetic hypersensitivity or EHS. This can manifest the symptoms described above and ancillary symptoms.
For now, more research needs to be done to determine whether EMF exposure from modern electronic devices is truly dangerous. But it may not hurt to limit EMF radiation in your home or your lifestyle in the meantime.
How to Minimize EMF Exposure
Fortunately, there are many ways in which you can minimize EMF exposure for you and your family, even if you use a lot of modern electronic devices.
Don’t View Screens Up Close
For starters, you can simply stop using screens up close or as often. For instance, if you have a big TV, be sure to sit some meters back from the screen rather than sitting up close. This minimizes the EMF exposure that your eyes and brain receive from watching media.
You can also try to minimize screen time throughout the day, such as putting your phone down an hour before bed. As an added side effect, you’ll go to sleep easier than before since your brain will not be tricked by the blue light emitted by many cellular devices.
Use Low-EMF Devices/Appliances
Furthermore, you can try to switch to low-EMF devices or appliances. Say that you have an infrared sauna and love soaking up the warmth at the end of your workday. You don’t have to get rid of the infrared sauna; instead, you can switch to a low-EMF sauna like Clearlight’s sauna models. As a bonus, these infrared saunas come with EMF readers.
You can also try to find low-EMF charging devices, microwaves, and more.
Use an EMF Reader
EMF readers are measurement devices you can use to detect the frequency or density of EMFs in your home or specific areas. Using these readers, you can set up your furniture, like your bed, to be away from the highest concentration of EMFs in your home, such as near power outlets.
In this way, you can make sure you don’t sleep in a saturated environment with tons of EMFs, as well as gradually adjust your lifestyle in other ways.
All in all, EMFs may not be as dangerous as some predict. But they may not be entirely healthy or non-intrusive, either. For now, it’s probably a good idea to invest in low-EMF appliances or find ways to minimize EMFs in your home. After all, it’s better safe than sorry. We could all benefit from a little less screen time, anyway!
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