Electro Magnetic Fields (EMF) and Electro Magnetic Radiation (EMR): How to be aware and protect ourselves
When we know we are constantly bombarded with unprecedented levels of electro magnetic frequencies we can be forgiven for thinking we can’t do anything about this. We are surrounded by wireless devices, perpetually bathing in a seemingly inescapable soup of Electro Magnetic Fields (EMF) and Radiation (EMR).
Not many would argue that most of us spend too much time on our devices ….. Certainly there are levels which are unavoidable, but there some things we can do to shield us to a degree.
Lurking in the periphery of our awareness is a concern that there is a price to pay for perpetual digital connectivity.
Bringing this to the forefront of my mind has not been comfortable. It means confronting our own behaviours in terms of reliance on convenient, time saving devices, and wanting to believe the scientific studies released from time to time reassuring us that there is no link with regard to electric and magnetic frequencies and adverse health outcomes. It appears that this safety assurance is is largely based on measuring the SAR (Specific Absorption Rate) and thermal effects of EMF.
A mounting body of research however cites another non-thermal cause for damage, at a DNA molecular level, as a result of interference with our own electrical systems (via calcium channels). This causes oxidative stress. It is worth noting that magnesium may assist in mitigating this impact.
A study in 2016 linked EMF to widespread neuropsychiatric conditions, including depression, anxiety, poor sleep, neuro-endocrine effects and impaired fertility.
Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Medical Science, Dr Martin Pall, is a leading expert in the field of EMF and its impact on human health and has serious concerns about the soon to be unveiled 5g wireless technology.
Dr Pall also discusses in detail an important biological mechanism to repair DNA breakage, utilising the pathway known as NRF2 (Nuclear Related Factor 2). This pathway is reliant on a constant supply of NAD (from Vitamin B3), making this an essential tool in the protection against EMF related DNA damage.
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As with exposure or consumption of anything, responses vary due to individual factors, with some being hypersensitive to the effects of EMF and radiation. Some things we can do to avoid and repair damage from EMF:
Avoidance / Distance / Minimisation:
We can’t eliminate EMF, however first step is to become aware of ways we can reduce our exposure. According to Lyn McLean, having a meter or a consultant to come to the home is the best place to start.
Once people are aware, there are ways in which we can reduce our exposure, some important measures are:
- Turn wifi off when not using
- Keep cell phones at a distance, that is, do not carry on the body, where possible use speaker mode, or use hollow tube earphones.
- Unplug electrical appliances when not in use.
- Avoid the use of electric blankets, clock radios. There are also high levels of EMF emitted from surprising sources, such as dishwashers, especially when operating, which is something to be aware of while preparing food, depending on location of dishwasher.
Ensure our diets are nutrient dense:
Include foods rich in cell protective nutrients such as sulphurophanes found in cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, cabbage (broccoli sprouts have an even higher concentration of sulphurophanes).
Also ensure sufficient quantities of Vitamin B3 (niacin) and magnesium for reasons stated above.
Use good quality filters to reduce dirty electricity:
So-called dirty electricity relates to introduced frequencies with occur in the conversion of electricity in certain appliances, such as televisions, light dimmer switches, fluorescent lights. Some experts regard ‘dirty electricity’ to be one of the most dangerous of EMF exposure.
Grounding, also called earthing, and reconnecting with nature:
This includes having bare feet in sand or non contaminated ground (that is grass or earth not contaminated with glyphosate or other chemicals as these may be absorbed through the skin). This practice is thought to have a stabilising effect on our bio-electrical system. Research has confirmed positive impacts that this practice has on measurable parameters relating to inflammation.
Some items are clothing, including hats, are claimed to provide some protection. Individual product would need to be assessed in this case.