What are Electromagnetic Fields?
The transmission of electrical
energy through wires, the broadcasting of radio signals and the
phenomenon of visible light are examples of electromagnetic fields
(EMF). EMF always consists of both an electrical field and a magnetic
field. It occurs in a wide range of frequencies, spanning what is
called the electromagnetic spectrum.
At the high end is cosmic
radiation. At the low end is household electricity. The lower
electromagnetic frequencies have been utilized by man to generate
electricity and all associated electrical products, including all
electronic communication systems and electrical appliances.
Electromagnetic radiation (EMR) is often called an electromagnetic
field (EMF) when it falls within the lower frequencies. Both EMR and
EMF are commonly used to mean the same thing.
What are the Common Sources of EMF?
Electricity is the most
common source of power throughout the world because it is easily
generated and transmitted to where it is needed. As electricity moves
through wires and machines, it produces EMF. The power grids of
nations consist of electrical generation, transmission and
distribution facilities. As electricity is sent along the wires of the
power grid, EMF is created. In cities, primary electric power
distribution lines run across the top of utility poles and feed
secondary transformers, which are then connected to the electric power
meters of buildings.
Once electricity is delivered to
the user, it continues to produce EMF throughout the wiring systems of
offices, homes, schools, factories and other structures. The
appliances and electrical equipment connected to these wiring systems
produce their own EMF as well.
In the workplace the generators of
EMF include computers, cell phones, fax machines, copy machines,
fluorescent lights, printers, scanners, telephone (PBX) switching
systems, electrical instruments, motors and other electrical devices.
In homes, the immediate sources of
EMF include electric blankets, electric water bed heaters, hairdryers,
electric shavers, television sets, stereo systems, air conditioners,
fluorescent lights, electric can openers, telephone answering
machines, cell and portable phones, refrigerators, blenders, portable
heaters, clothes washers and dryers, coffee makers, vacuum cleaners,
toasters, and microwave ovens.
EMF is not only produced by
electricity moving through wires or machines, but it is the nature of
all television and satellite transmissions, as well as radio and
microwave communication systems, including cell phones. Transportation
methods such as automobiles, trucks, airplanes, electrical and
magnetic trains and subway systems are significant sources of EMF.
More than one source of EMF in
proximity to other sources will produce overlapping fields in the same
area. Any metropolitan home or office environment in the world will be
saturated by a variety of interpenetrating EMF from a variety of
sources. The nature of EMF is very complex and the number of EMF
sources are rapidly growing.
Unfortunately, the entire effect of
multiple electromagnetic fields on human physiology is not completely
understood. However, it is well known that low-frequency magnetic
fields can trigger major biochemical responses critical to the
functioning of human cells, which operate by complex electrochemical
processes. The consequences of living in our EMF world may not be
known for decades. Virtually all research on the serious health
effects of man-made EMF has come to the conclusion that the adverse
health responses from EMF are from long-term cumulative exposure.
We are the First Generation to Live in an
Paul Brodeur, the author of
Currents of Death, a book about EMF and a series of famous articles on
EMF for the magazine The New Yorker, first raised the question about
the key difference between natural DC magnetic fields of the earth and
artificial man-made EMF which is mostly composed of alternating
current (AC). Brodeur suggests that the AC magnetic fields appear to
have profoundly negative effects on human cell behavior. Human life
has gradually evolved over two billion years in an environment devoid
of AC magnetic fields. Man-made AC fields differ greatly from the
earth's magnetic field, as the earth's current is direct current (DC)
and not alternating current (AC). Brodeur argues that, in terms of the
biological consequences, this constant, unprecedented human exposure
to AC fields is highly stressful. The evidence is persuasive that
man-made AC fields can interact with or stress our human cells to the
point where adverse reactions result.
The adverse effects of exposure to
EMF appear to arise slowly over a long period of time. For example, it
may take 5 to 10 years in the case of leukemia or perhaps 30 to 40
years in the case of Alzheimer's disease for symptoms to develop. The
health cases that are coming to light in the 1990s most likely had
their origin in the 1980s or before. Damage that is being inflicted
today is not even knowable. The EMF problem has been categorized as a
new form of pollution as consequential as air and water pollution. It
has also been likened to the newly-discovered hazards of asbestos and
cigarette smoking. In terms of its cumulative health effects, it's
been compared to the slow process of lead poisoning. The EMF problem
will grow - and at a compounding rate. Fortunately, public awareness
of EMF is also growing.
Recommended safety levels range
from 0.5 mG to 2.5 mG as the maximum exposure--with 1.0 mG as a
preferred standard. Adverse biological effects have been found at 2.5
Strengthen Yourself Against EMF
Your body possesses a
remarkable ability to adapt to rapidly changing environments. But when
your body is chronically bombarded by man-made EMF (electromagnetic
fields), its innate intelligence and energy can become weakened. When
your body's ability to cope is impaired, it's more difficult for your
body to shield itself from negative influences. EMF, in effect, can
knock your innate intelligence and energy "out of phase."
You know why the airline captain
tells you to turn off your electronic devices during take off and
landing? The EMF generated by your cell phone and laptop wreak havoc
on the plane's navigational system. And they wreak havoc on yours as
Some scientists estimate that you
are now daily exposed to 100 million times the EMF radiation of your
grandparents. Research shows that these fields have a significant
disruptive effect on the natural energy levels of your body. Your
body's energy, as well as your cellular communication system, are
altered by the high frequencies of EMF. Man-made radiation magnifies
your body's "fight or flight" responses, compounding your adrenal
loads from other stressors and significantly reducing your ability to
EMF disrupts your natural energy
levels, triggering stress responses. Both alternative and traditional
doctors report that EMF is a co-factor in increasing your daily stress
levels. Stress can impair your body's natural ability to heal. EMF
adds stress to your own stress and fatigue. EMF adds stress to your
already taxed system. EMF contributes to energy depletion and fatigue
from cell phones, air travel and household appliances.
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