Understanding the effects of Electromagnetic Radiation (EMF)  and Radiofrequency Radiation (RF) on Your Health

Our health is directly affected by a variety of things we cannot see but know to be true. We don’t see the air, but we are sensitive to air quality on a smoggy day. We cannot see UV rays, but we can certainly feel their effects after a day at the beach. And while we cannot see electromagnetic frequency (EMF), a growing number of people are reporting symptoms that directly correlate to electrical hypersensitivity (EHS) and radiofrequency radiation (RF).

Over the last 20 years, physicians with the American Academy of Environmental Medicine have been seeing patients whose symptoms appeared to be triggered by “dirty electricity” – when high frequencies travel along electric wires between the power source and electric grid. This includes power lines, televisions, computers, and other electrical devices. Those suffering from EHS might experience varying symptoms including headaches, dizziness, chronic fatigue, depression, memory loss and confusion.

Now, more than ever, we are living in a world of convenient luxuries that depend heavily on electrical pollutants. We have phones in our pockets, microwaves in our homes, and satellite systems in our cars. We are bathing in electromagnetic frequencies every day, but we don’t yet know for sure about the long-term consequences of our technology.

What is Radiofrequency Radiation?

The electromagnetic wave spectrum is composed of two parts: ionizing radiation and nonionizing radiation. Ionization radiation includes X-rays and ultraviolet rays, whereas non-ionizing radiation includes radiofrequency (RF). For years we have focused on the negative impact of ionizing radiation, but now we are starting to understand the impact of non-ionizing radiation or radiofrequency.

RF is what allows you to borrow your neighbour’s WiFi while you’re waiting for the service guy to come. Without the need for wires, RF has the power to pass through walls and go just about anywhere it pleases – and that includes inside our body. Our bodies are highly electrical, and we can only thus far fathom the ways in which these frequencies are disturbing our heath. In this digital age, almost anything we can imagine can be a source of radiofrequency radiation. Our cell phones might seem obvious, but what about our Smart Meters, our children’s gaming systems, the baby monitor? They all use wireless communication, surrounding us in a constant invisible fog of electrosmog.

Our society encourages us to keep up or fall behind. So many of us are willing to stand in lengthy lines just to be early adopters of the latest technology. Our priorities are placed on technology as a way to make our lives better. And no doubt it does. However, most of us never consider how our addiction to technology also impacts our health by inundating our bodies with a constant barrage of radio frequencies.

How Can EMF & RF Affect Your Health?

While EMF and RF radiation is considered biologically safe according to safety data provided by Health Canada and other organizations, the reality is that the level of our constant low-grade exposure is not reflected in their guidelines.

Some scientists have been researching the impacts of electrosmog on our bodies long before our world became so highly digitized. In 1987, one study proved that exposure to electrosmog at levels considerably lower than those observed in urban areas created changes in human brain waves and behaviour.

Further to that, EMF may also affect the mitochondria — our cellular energy factories, which are fundamental to every energy-dependent process in our body, most notably our nervous system and reproductive systems. As a result, EMF-induced disruption of our mitochondria may effectively bolster neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, as well as playing a part in fertility and other diseases and health issues where mitochondrial dysfunction is implicated. These include psychiatric disorders, autoimmune diseases, headaches and migraines, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, stroke, diabetes, heart disease, reproductive disorders, cancers… the list goes on and on! Studies show that EMFs negatively impact egg and sperm growth and egg development.

So, the question needs asking: If EMF and RF are already having an impact our lives, what are the long-term effects for our children raised in a world choked by electrosmog? Only time will tell.

Minimize Your EMF & RF Exposure

While more data is required, the science that’s already in, warrants taking precautionary measures in minimizing EMF exposure.

  1. Get rid of your cordless phones. Dare to be a little old-fashioned.
  2. Turn off your WiFi- Internet can be hard wired into your home to prevent WiFi exposure, as can your television “box” and any other things that are wireless and transmitting and receiving signals.
  3. Switch your cell phone to airplane mode or turn it off at night. Night time is time for sleep, not for checking emails anyway. I often am firm with my patients about keeping their cell phone out of their rooms at night – no more using your phone as an alarm. Get a clock!
  4. EMF-reducing sleep sanctuary or canopies may help block EMF according to renowned doctor Dietrich Klinghardt, from the Academy for the Healing Arts and Neural Therapy and Biology.
  5. Finally, there is one other thing you can do to neutralize the toxic effects of EMF and RF exposure, and that is to GET OUTSIDE!

By simply spending time in nature and grounding yourself so you have direct contact with the earth, you are opening the gateway for an influx of electrons to be absorbed and distributed throughout your body. This transfer of electrons can help to neutralize oxidative stress and minimize any derangements in the electrical activities of your body.  So put down your phone and open the door to a healthier future! You’ll find yourself less emotionally stressed too given the cortisol-reducing effect of green spaces.

If you believe you have symptoms that could be related to electrical hypersensitivity, please book an appointment to visit me. I want to help you take control of your health! Call or email us at 647-772-436 or hillary@websternaturopathic.com.

To your best health!

Dr. Hillary