Back to blog Five Ways to Lower Your Exposure to EMFs Barbara Moroney March 23, 2020 You are most likely familiar with the list of environmental sources of toxins, repeated so often it sounds like a cliché, — the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. In our world of technology, we may also need to add another one: the EMFs we vibrate to. The EMFs I am referring to, also simply called radiation, come from our electronic devices. This type of toxicity has been christened with a name: electrosmog. The term “electrosmog” has not yet made its way into our modern dictionaries. The “smog” at the end is a clue that it is probably not the most desirable addition. The term “smog” was invented around 1900 to describe coal-burning London’s polluted air. Electrosmog refers to the increasing density of EMFs in our environment. The toxicity of brown, hazy smog is perhaps easier to grasp than that of invisible EMFs. Your cell phone, surely not far away, is right now (unless in airplane mode) emitting radio wave EMF, as is your computer, if you are using wifi internet. All electrical devices generate electromagnetic fields — from the centuries-old inventions of lamps, refrigerators, and radios — to the ubiquitous modern ones of cell phones, computers, and microwave ovens. As you talk on your cell phone, watch TV, work on your computer, or zap a meal in your microwave, you are being exposed to radio wave emissions. And this list just scratches the surface. Outside sources of EMFs include smart meters, cell towers, and power lines. How much this increased surrounding density of radiation, electrosmog, affects our health is a much-debated topic. Radio wave frequencies and the human body The human body is also electrical: nerve cells communicate with each other in part through electrical signals. The electromagnetic field of the human body has been measured within the range of 5 to 10 Hz. The earth, which also has an electromagnetic field, vibrates at a frequency measured at 7.83 Hz (known as the Schumann Resonance). In comparison to our electronic device emissions, these vibrations are quite small. Our electronic devices emit radio waves, which are a low frequency, non-ionizing radiation. This in contrast to higher frequency, ionizing radiation such as X-rays and gamma rays, that can damage DNA over long exposure. Radio wave frequencies range from 800MHz (800,000Hz) to 2GHZ (2.5 billionHz). So while they may be classified as low, the difference in vibration compared to the human body and the earth is huge. The concern is that the output of these modern devices, so much more powerful than the tiny strength of our own magnetic fields, could ultimately prove harmful. Research regarding EMFs is sparse. However, a theory about the possible health effects has been posted on the website of the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) as follows: ‘It has been found that RF-EMF can induce changes in central nervous system nerve cells, including neuronal cell apoptosis, changes in the function of the nerve myelin and ion channels; furthermore, RF-EMF act as a stress source in living creatures. The possible biological effects of RF-EMF exposure have not yet been proven, and there are insufficient data on biological hazards to provide a clear answer to possible health risks….In this review, we summarize the possible biological effects of RF-EMF exposure.Some correlation between cell phone use and brain tumors has been observed.” The World Health Organization (WHO) classified cell phones as a possible carcinogen in 2011. This is because of the possible association with brain tumors mentioned previously. Some people report excessive reactions to being around EMF emissions, giving rise to another new term : electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS). Symptoms are wide-ranged and include such symptoms as skin reactions, fatigue, lack of concentration, nausea, heart palpitations, and digestive disorders. The WHO notes that this wide range of symptoms is similar to those reported for multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS). Historically, the ill effects of new technology are often not understood or realized for many years. Most of us cannot imagine giving up the electronic devices that are integral to our daily lives. Who could have envisioned, fifteen years ago, not leaving the house without our phones? Or the internet being such a pervasive presence in our homes and work places? So, It might be wise to look at some precautionary steps. It certainly will do no harm. However, before listing all the things you shouldn’t do, let’s for a moment, look at some positive countermeasures that might help. Earthing (Grounding to the Earth’s Energy) The first involves the earth’s electromagnetic field. The earth’s electromagnetic field resonates within the same range of frequencies as the human body. Grounding means being in skin contact with the earth’s natural conductors — the ground, trees, gravel and concrete pavements.There has been some small research that shows grounding to the earth helps reduce stress in the human body. Some studies have shown that it has been beneficial for chronic pain, anxiety and depression, and sleep disorders. Imagine taking time to go outside and connect with the earth, do you feel the sense of peace that visualization brings? IonCleanse by AMD Ionic Foot Bath Detoxification and Relaxation System Regular use of the IonCleanse by AMD detox foot bath removes toxins and helps the body to relax. While our unit offers the benefits of detoxification, its clean, filtered current also puts the body into relaxation mode for the very same reason being in a natural setting like the ocean or forest does — the abundance and availability of ions. Here is a list of some of the ways you can limit your exposure to EMFs. Ways To Limit EMF Exposure Here is a list of some of the ways you can limit your exposure to EMFs. Carry your cell phone away from your body and use the speaker option or earbuds whenever possible. Make your bedroom an EMF-free zone. Put your cell phone in another room or at least turn off its wifi. Do not have TVs or computers in the room. Reduce electrical wiring as much as possible. Connect your computer to the internet with a cord rather than with wifi. Whenever possible, reduce the number of wireless devices in your home — baby monitors, smart meters, cordless phones. Limit use of your microwave oven (really hard, of course) or replace it with a steam convection oven. A healthy lifestyle is the accumulation of the everyday, small steps you take. It is impossible to avoid electrosmog, but you can reduce your exposure and stay educated on any latest developments. You can reduce stress in your body by making relaxation part of your daily routine. For more information about the IonCleanse by AMD, click here.