Over the centuries technology has slowly evolved, but in recent years, it has developed at an accelerated pace. With the rabid development of technology, we gain great benefits, but sometimes at the cost to our health. In the past 20 years, we have witnessed electronic devices that once filled large rooms, shrink to sizes that fit into the palm of our hands. Because of the compact size and portability, modern devices like laptops and tablets are now making closer contact to our body with energy forces that did not exist even a decade ago. These new devices emit Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) that health experts now believe puts our heath at risk. These fields include Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) and the higher frequency, Radio-Frequency (RF) Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR).
You cannot see ELF Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) or Radio Frequency (RF) Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) but they exist everywhere. It is only relatively recently that we are beginning to understand that long-term exposure to these radiations can cause noticeable long-term health problems. As an analogy, it took 50 years of studying the impact of common household chemicals to understand our health was at risk when we use them. But before that, we did not realize such exposures were dangerous. These chemicals made us sick and even caused disease. Like the chemical world, we are now finally beginning to understand that Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) can be dangerous. Our new portable electronic devices are exposing us to radiation that older generations did not experience. When these devices are used close to our bodies and for long lengths of time, we are exposed to health risks.
Recent studies show that our bodies can be affected in many ways.
Symptoms of ELF and RF Radiation Exposure
Studies have shown that symptoms of Electronic Radiation (EMR) and Radio Frequency (RF) Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) can cause respiratory, cardiac, neurological, eye, skin and other health problems including:
- Respiratory: Asthma, sinusitis and pneumonia.
- Cardiac: Low or high blood pressure, palpitations, heart rate and shortness of breath.
- Neurological: Fatigue, memory loss, flu-like symptoms, headaches, dizziness, difficulty concentrating, nausea, insomnia, depression or worse, seizures and paralysis.
- Eye: Pain or burning in the eyes and pressure in/behind the eyes.
- Skin: Itching, skin rash, and facial flushing.
- Other: Dehydration, digestive problems, abdominal pain, altered sugar metabolism, immune abnormalities, enlarged thyroid, testicular/ovarian pain and dry lips.
ELF and RF Exposure Lasting Health Effects
If your exposure is long-term and at high levels, there can be long lasting health problems including DNA strand breakage, cancer, leukemia, breast cancer, brain damage, abnormal cell division, nerve damage, sleeping disorders (melatonin reduction) and miscarriages.
Studies Pinpoint Electronic Radiation Impacts
There are strong opposing views of the impact on the human body from Electromagnetic Radiation exposure. However, there is growing evidence identifying biological mechanism impacts from these radiations. The following are a few:
DNA Strand Damage – Radio Frequency (RF) emissions from cell phones significant damage DNA, even low levels down to 1 W/cm2. Sources: Sarkar, Ali and Behari (1994), Phillips et al. (1998), Lai and Singh (1995, 1996, 1997), and Verschave et al. (1994)
Cell Transformation – High doses of microwaves transform cells. Source: Balcer-Kubiczek and Harrison (1991)
EMR Alters Cells – Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) alters calcium ion homeostasis in cells. This has been confirmed in many studies. Sources: Bawin and Adey (1976), Adey (1980) and Blackman (1990)
Brain Response – Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR), even at low levels, interrelates with and impedes human brain function. Sources: König (1974) and Wever (1974)
Chromosome Damage – Radio Frequency (RF) and Microwave Radiation (MV) has been shown to cause significant chromosome damage directly proportionate to the intensity level. Sources: Tice, Hook and McRee (1999), Heller and Teixeira-Pinto (1959), Timchenko and Ianchevskaia (1995), and many more.
Melatonin Reduction – Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) and Electrical Field (FLF) reduce the levels of melatonin in the human body. Sources: Dr. Neal Cherry (2000), Burch et al. (1997), Abelin (1999) and many others.
EMR Impairments To Immune System – The immune system is impaired in the presence of Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) and Electrical Fields (ELF). Calcium ion andmelatonin are reduced. PHA and TPA are increased. Interleukin is reduced. There are lower levels of T-heper /T-suppressor. There are other body immune system impacts. Sources: Cossarizza et al. (1993), Walleczek (1992) and Reiter and Robinson (1995)
ELF and RF Electromagnetic Radiation, depending on intensity and duration, has a negative impact on the human body. There can be DNA and chromosome damage, cells can be transformed, and your immune system can be compromised. With the large body of scientific evidence that demonstrates the health dangers of radiation exposure, the importance of guarding yourself from the Electromagnetic Field is paramount and avoidance is encouraged.