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Electromagnetic Pollution - EMR and EMF
The world suffers from "electromagnetic contamination", "e-smog", or "Electromagnetic pollution". The widespread use of technology that radiates EMF (Electro-Magnetic Field), EMR (Electro-Magnetic Radiation), and ELF (Extremely Low Frequency) constantly bombards the human body, affecting its Biofield.
What is EMR & EMF?
EMR (Electromagnetic Radiation) is a term used to describe an invisible form of man-made frequencies, transmitted through the atmosphere. Some common forms of EMR are: TV and Radio waves, Microwaves, Radar, X -rays etc.
EMF (Electromagnetic Fields) is a term used to describe the invisible electric and magnetic fields radiating away from man-made alternating electrical current. EMF radiate from all electrical appliances in the home, office or factory, in cars, trucks and buses, also overhead tram and train lines.
Together, these are usually referred to as "Electro-Pollution" or simply as EMF.
NOTE: Often EMI, EMF, and EMR are used interchangeably
Are EMFs Hazardous to Our Health?
Can electromagnetic fields (EMF) from power lines, home wiring, airport and military radar, substations, transformers, computers and appliances cause brain tumors, leukemia, birth defects, miscarriages, chronic fatigue, headaches, cataracts, heart problems, stress. nausea, chest pain, forgetfulness, cancer and other health problems?
"EMF pollution is killing us,
At the heart of the matter is a relatively simple and well-understood physical phenomenon: When an electric current passes through a wire, it generates an electromagnetic field that exerts forces on surrounding objects, whatever that object might be --- human cells included!!!
Time, the Wall Street Journal, Business Week and popular computer publications and even the Department of Energy and the EPA report that "It has now become generally accepted that there are, indeed, biological effects due to EMF field exposure."
Hundreds of studies had been conducted worldwide which indicate a link between EMFs and serious health problems. Many lab tests have confirmed that EMFs affect living cells in many harmful ways.
A growing body of scientific evidence suggests that invisible electromagnetic fields (EMFs) -- created by everything from high-voltage utility company lines to personal computers, microwave ovens, TVs and even electric blankets -- are linked to a frightening array of cancers and other serious health problems in children and adults. EMFs can also disturb the production of the hormone melatonin, which is linked with sleep patterns. There is strong evidence that children exposed to EMFs have a higher risk of leukemia. One growing body of scientific evidence indicated a tie between occupational exposure to EMFs and Alzheimer' s disease.
There is much controversy over the effects of electromagnetic fields (EMF) on human health. One thing is certain, that the level of electro-pollution (electro-magnetic fields) is at an all time high and rising, and coincidentally, so are human diseases.
Scientific studies have shown that EMF exposure has a cumulative effect, increasing over time. Be sure to reduce the risks for your children who face a lifetime of exposure and those with poorer health conditions, they are especially at risk.
Depletion of your body's bio energy causes a lowered energetic capability at a fundamental atomic level. Disturbance of the body's inherent electronic signaling system results in disruptions to cellular functions and a compromised immune system. Quite simply, your body systems are no longer able to work in the way that they would if such destructive interference from EMF was not imposed on you.
The Medical Connection
Just how EMFs affect humans is still not entirely known. Researchers are trying to pinpoint ways in which EMFs might cause cells to grow and multiply abnormally.
Some studies suggest that EMFs may promote cancer by interfering with the transmission of calcium across the cell membrane, a flow that governs such processes as muscle contraction, egg fertilization, cell division, and growth. EMFs may also disturb a cell's ability to process hormone, enzyme, and other biological signals that regulate normal growth.
EMFs are known to affect nerve impulses. Melatonin, a regulatory hormone secreted by the pineal gland near the brain, ordinarily stimulates immune responses and may suppress tumor growth. Reduced melatonin production has been linked to breast and prostate cancer. Melatonin secretion in turn is controlled by norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter in the brain. Receptors for its relative, the hormone epinephrine, are disturbed by EMFs.
A San Antonio researcher discovered human cancer cells exposed to 60 Hz fields (the frequency of a high-voltage line) grew as much as 24 times as fast as unexposed cells and showed greatly increased resistance to destruction by the cells of the body's defense system.
EMF's - The Dangers of Modern Convenience
Unfortunately, today we are faced with illnesses that were rare, if not completely unheard of, just a short century ago. While our technology continues to advance us to new heights, very little attention has been paid to the toll that such feats are exacting on our health. And it was not until very recently that a focus has been placed on the dangers associated with the very “conveniences” that were intended to improve the quality of our lives.
In the 1970’s researchers established a link between childhood leukemia and electrical power lines, creating an uproar in rural communities across America. It was found that power lines, like all electrical devices, emit electromagnetic fields (EMFs) that had the ability to cause cancer in children. Since this discovery, more researchers have devoted their attention to determining the full extent to which EMFs impact our health. While the research is relatively new, the findings thus far are frightening.
All power operated appliances and machinery, both alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC), emit electromagnetic waves. As the electromagnetic waves radiate away from their origin, they decrease in strength rapidly, dropping off almost completely at about 4 feet. Such electromagnetic fields are measured in terms of Gauss (G) or milligauss (mG), 1/1,000 of a Gauss. The electrical wiring in your home, when operating properly, emits between 0.5 and 0.9mG. The EPA's recommended safety standard is 1mG.
"EMFs could turn out to be a far worse environmental disaster,
EMFs have been linked to a host of health concerns, including miscarriage, birth defects, breast cancer (in both men and women), adult and childhood leukemia, depression, suicide, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease and ALS.
Researchers believe that, rather than causing direct harm, EMFs create subtle changes within the body that lead to serious diseases. Extensive research has been conducted examining the effects of EMFs on a hormone in the body called melatonin. Melatonin is secreted by the pineal gland in the center of the brain and controls the sleeping and waking cycles, enhances the immune system, lowers cholesterol and blood pressure and is a potent antioxidant that plays a part in preventing cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes and heart disease.
Studies indicate that EMF exposure can shut down melatonin secretion in the body. Researchers at the University of North Carolina believe that the decreased levels of melatonin stemming from EMF exposure may cause depression and suicide.
Further research indicates that EMFs actually have the ability to alter the hormones estrogen and testosterone.
A study released in the Environmental Health Science Perspectives journal, indicates that exposure to EMFs from everyday household appliances has the ability to alter brain cell DNA. Additionally, EMF exposure increases the number of free radicals in the body, which wreak havoc on the damaged DNA cells. Cells experience “cell suicide” in which a cell self-destructs because it cannot repair itself. Most interestingly, their research suggests that even brief exposure can pose a problem, as it appears damage builds up over time.
Many scientists have studied just how the naturally generated EMFs of the earth contain information that provides timing mechanisms for many of the body’s functions. The man-made AC electrical system creates a sort of electrical fence (a barrier) of chaotic pulsing electrical currents (60 times a second), that separates us from the information stored in the earth necessary for optimal functioning.
The power transmission lines, you house electricity, and radio/microwave transmissions create a subliminal state of constant stress that over time degrades the immune system. A wide range of studies has documented the debilitating effects of this electro-pollution induced stress on the immune system. Manmade EMFs also paralyze the body's electrically based healing system.
Some scientists are coming to the conclusion that power line electromagnetic fields should be classified as a "probable human carcinogen".
When people develop health problems such as brain tumors, it may be that the tumors are not the direct result of the EMF radiation itself but rather a side effect of the blood-brain barrier opening. This would allow toxins and pathogens being carried by the blood to enter the brain. Because of the relative low level of immune activity in the brain, the frequent exposure to the toxins and pathogens being transported in the blood could be one of the causes of cell dysfunction and degeneration leading to the formation of tumors and other problems.
Mobile Cell Phones & Microwaves
"Radio waves from mobile phones harm body cells and damage DNA"
Cellular telephones and effects on the brain: the head as an antenna and brain tissue as a radio receiver.
Headache and other neuropsychological symptoms occur in users of cellular telephones, and controversy exists concerning risks for brain cancer. We hypothesize these effects result from the head serving as an antenna and brain tissue as a radio receiver. Brain cells and tissues demodulate the cell-phone's various frequencies from the radio frequency carrier. Low audio frequencies in the ranges of alpha and beta waves affect these waves and thereby influence brain function.
The effect of microwaves from a mobile phone has an impact on the stability of cells in the body. The main effects are neurological, causing headaches, memory loss and also sleeping disorders.
Researchers found that volunteers had a disturbed sleep pattern for as much as 50 minutes after being exposed to the radiation. Even a short exposure to electromagnetic fields emitted by mobile phones has an effect on brain physiology.
"Mobile Phones may Trigger Alzheimer's disease"
There are studies that report that carrying cell phone near groin could impair sperm count as well as sperm health. Furthermore, it has been studied that microwaves from cell phones also increase production of cellulite that increases the signs of premature aging.
So don't allow yourself to be exposed to health risks invisibly imposed by EMF radiation from electric & magnetic fields and pulsed microwave transmission signals, which are at frequencies that disrupt your brain and cellular functions. Cell phone and cordless phone use does carry well-established risks!
Children are especially vulnerable
"Studies Show Migraine Prevalence Tripled in Children due to EMF"
Of critical importance to all parents is that some studies have suggested that children exposed to magnetic fields of between two and three milligauss or above experienced a significantly increased risk of developing cancer. Since ambient levels of two to three milligauss can routinely be measured in buildings within 50 to 150 feet of wires carrying strong electric current, these findings are especially troublesome.
Studies have found that children who lived near big power lines for over 25 years had twice the risk of leukemia.
When children sleep in a home protected from EMFs, their nervous systems will naturally heal and regenerate at night, thus providing protection against hyperactivity, ADHD, and other problems.
Our StressBlocker products have received many reports of health improvements, including reduction of ADHD symptoms, improved school grades and improved social behavior. As a child grows older and spends more time in front of a computer in school or at work, parents might consider the purchase of a Computer StressBlocker Model.
“Ten years ago, one birth in 100,000 was an autistic child.
The Negative Effects of EMF Radiation on Our Health
The high electromagnetic frequencies and radiation generated by industrial plants and equipment, have a negative effect on the human brain, although the electrical companies and the manufacturers of cell phones do not want to admit this. Research seems to prove that high electro-magnetic fields do transport heavy metals to the brain (which are normally filtered out) and have a negative health effect.
Not surprisingly, as people begin to focus on the problem of EMFs, property values near power lines and electric substations have been plummeting, and numerous lawsuits have been filed.
"Companies won't admit that EMFs are risky, because they would become liable"
Many people are studying the effects of cell phones, computer screens and other electromagnetic fields on our health. The device manufacturers naturally want to minimize any apparent risks from the use of their products.
There is, indeed, a public health risk from EMFs and the government knows about it. A leaked EPA report a few years ago raised suspicions of a link between electromagnetic fields and leukemia, brain tumors, breast and prostrate cancer, even birth defects.
Less-publicized but significant are some of the foreign studies. Canadian researchers had found a high rate of leukemia among children whose mothers had worked at sewing machines while pregnant. Checks showed the operators were exposed to more electromagnetic radiation than people who work on power lines or in power stations.
To some, especially the families of people with unexplained cancers, the sheer volume of research that has been carried out on this issue suggests there must be a cancer connection and perhaps a cover-up. Their suspicion is heightened by the fact that many of the studies are funded by the utility industry, which would be directly affected by the studies' outcomes. (It's like the tobacco industry making a study showing smoking is safe --- would you believe them ???)
Even scientists who have failed to find a reason for the apparent link refuse to say it is safe to live near a high-voltage power line.
The report leaked by the National Council on Radiation Protection recommended changing the safety limit of 0.2 microteslas (a very weak field compared to those generated by household appliances). A person standing one foot away from a vacuum cleaner or electric drill can be exposed to anywhere between two and 20 microteslas.
Concerns have also been raised about magnetic fields given off by household wiring, high-current conductors concealed in walls, ceilings and floors of commercial office buildings, and by high-voltage transformers that can be found in almost any large building.
A study, conducted by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA. confirmed that telephone linemen, electricians and electric-power workmen are developing breast cancer at six times the expected rate.
Women Especially Vulnerable
Female breast cancer has reached epidemic proportions, with one in ten American women developing it and one in four dying. Alarmingly, of women who develop the disease, 55% have no known risk factors. Breast cancer mortality rates are five times lower in Asia and Africa than in industrialized North America and northern Europe regions where EMFs are omnipresent.
Exposure to EMFs has also shown women to be more prone to PMS, Post-Partum, Anxiety, Depression, and other psychological issues.
Home EMF Dangers & Appliances
Electricity is an inseparable part of our modern day society. This means that EMFs will continue to be all around us. Aside from making our life easier, electricity might also be making us sick.
If your home has high EMF readings, it is important to determine the sources of the EMF so that remedial action can be taken (if possible). Many times a particular room will have a higher EMF reading. Check to see if the electricity is coming into the house on the wall outside that room. When this is the case, it is usually a good idea to block off that room and only use it for storage purposes.
"your home is loaded with EMF dangers"
EMFs radiate from all sides of the computer. Thus, you must not only be concerned with sitting in front of the monitor but also if you are sitting near a computer or if a computer is operating in a nearby room.
Electric blankets and water-bed heaters create a magnetic field that penetrates about 6-7 inches into the body (even when turned off). Thus it is not surprising that an epidemiological study has linked electric blankets with miscarriages and childhood leukemia.
Electric clocks have a very high magnetic field, up to three feet away. If you are using a bedside clock, you are probably sleeping in an EMF equivalent to that of a power line. Studies have linked high rates of brain tumors with chronic exposure to magnetic fields, so it is wise to place all clocks and other electrical devices (such as telephones and answering devices) at least 6 feet from your bed.
Most US microwave ovens leak and exceed European safety limits. In addition, recent Russian studies have shown that normal microwave cooking converts food protein molecules into carcinogenic substances.
Telephones can emit surprisingly strong EMFs, especially from the handset. This is a problem because we hold the telephone so close to our head. They emit strong fields that travel several inches right into your brain.
Rearrange your office and home area so that you are not exposed to EMFs from the sides/backs of electric appliances and computers. In the home, it is best that all major electrical appliances, such as computers, TVs, refrigerators etc, be placed up against outside walls. That way you are not creating an EMF field in the adjoining room.
Don't sit too close to your computer. Computer monitors vary greatly in the strength of their EMFs. Don't stand close to your microwave oven. Move all electrical appliances at least 6 feet from your bed. Eliminate wires running under your bed. Eliminate dimmers and 3-way switches.
Always remember that EMFs pass right through walls. The EMF you are being exposed to could be radiating from the next room, or from outside your home.
Dangers of Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFL)
These new Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFL) are notorious for generating a high EMF field, higher than normal fluorescent lights. And, because you are more likely to be closer to a CFL lamp, the exposure is even higher.
According to a World Health Organization study, exposure symptoms may include dermatological symptoms as well as neurasthenic and vegetative (fatigue, concentration difficulties, dizziness, heart palpitations and digestive disturbances).
"CFL and Fluorescent lights produce dangerously high EMFs"
There have also been reports that, while they don’t cause skin cancer directly, they increase your chances of getting it.
It's important to understand that these energy-saving bulbs produce EMF of much higher intensity than regular bulbs. Of course they do not radiate as much as a microwave, but you have only one microwave at home and about 60 bulbs. Replacing all those bulbs with the energy saving bulbs could turn your house into a total electromagnetic mess.
Not only do these types of light bulbs produce high levels of EMF, they generate a especially potent and harmful type of EMF called "dirty EMF" which is even more toxic to the human body than other forms of EMF radiation.
Levels of EMF around and close to some CFL lamps exceed the doses considered to create risks. The impact of bringing many of these new EMF sources into our homes to replace the EMF free incandescent lamps might cause a tremendous effect on our health.
It has been shown that these new CFL light bulbs can cause Depression, Anxiety, and Panic Disorders. According to some Canadian research documents: "this type of EMF exposure, may cause adrenal glands to excrete too much Cortisol and adrenaline, which can lead to irritability and hyperactivity". The document states that EMF can cause a decrease in the brain hormones serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine, all of which are linked to depression and anxiety.
"studies point to a link between CFLs and migraines"
People with panic disorder have reported panic attacks triggered by entering stores with fluorescent lighting and homes with CFL. While some of the panic attacks that occur under this scenario may be the result of a visual trigger, rather than the result of EMFs. Two of the symptoms of panic attacks are derealization and depersonalization, or feelings of unreality. Depersonalization and derealization are caused by shallow breathing, which results in chemical changes in the body. When this occurs, people report that things around them look a bit different.