Over the past two decades there has been a lot of controversy over EMFs that are emitted from power lines, household wiring, computers and other appliances as they are said to cause a number of serious health problems including brain tumors, leukemia, birth defects & miscarriages, chronic fatigue, headaches, cataracts, heart problems, stress. nausea, chest pain, loss of memory and cancer.
Dr. David Carpenter, Dean at the School of Public Health, State University of New York believed back in 1990, that up to 30% of all childhood cancers come from exposure to EMFs. In 2007 he concluded that exposure to some kinds of EMF may cause serious health effects, including cancer and neurological disease. He’s not alone.
Over ten years ago, there were over one hundred studies already conducted worldwide. Of these, at least 24 epidemiological studies on humans indicated a link between EMFs and serious health problems. The overwhelming findings culminated in a final conclusion by The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that “There is reason for concern and advises prudent avoidance”.
Houses situated near power lines have devalued significantly as a result of these findings back in the 90’s and many lawsuits have been conducted y homeowners who are virtually unable to sell their houses due to the well known health risks associated with the proximity of the power lines.
In March of 1990, the EPA drafted a document that recommended that EMFs be classified as a Class B carcinogen – -a “probable human carcinogen and joined the ranks of formaldehyde, DDT, dioxins and PCBs. When the draft report was released, utility, military and computer lobbyists came down so hard on the EPA that the final version of the document did NOT classify EMFs as a Class B carcinogen. They added the following instead:
“At this time such a characterization regarding the link between cancer and exposure to EMFs is not appropriate because the basic nature of the interaction between EMFs and biological processes leading to cancer is not understood.”
On the same page was the following:
“In conclusion, several studies showing leukemia, Iymphoma and cancer of the nervous system in children exposed to supported by similar findings in adults in several/ occupational studies also involving electrical power frequency exposures, show a consistent pattern of response that suggest a causal link. “
Let’s not dwell on the politics and the charades, my purpose here is to convey the facts – electromagnetic fields are bad for you and your loved ones. Just as bad as pesticides and other carcinogenic toxins. They are everywhere where there’s a laptop, appliance, or power source.
It sounds trivial, but on top of all of these super serious risks, EMFs disrupt your sleep.
Here are some ways to minimize the exposures:
- Electric clocks can emit a high magnetic field up to 3 feet away – move it
- Don’t sleep with an electric blanket – it’s ok to heat your bed but turn it off to sleep
- Try not to have your office in your bedroom – reduce the electrical appliances where you sleep
- Check your kids’ headboards and make sure that there’s no excessive wiring or alarm clocks within 3 feet
- Stay a safe distance from televisions
- Avoid using hairdryers on small children (at least not close to their heads)
- Rearrange your office to avoid being exposed to EMFs from the sides/backs of electric appliances and computers.
- Green plants help to absorb electromagnetic fields – specifically Lady Palm, Red Emerald Philodendron, Parlor Palm and my all time favourite flower, Gerbera Daisy.
- Get a Gauss meter to measure the EMF – Some government and utility documents report the usual ambient level of 60-Hz magnetic field to be 0.5 mG. Any reading higher than 0.5 mG is above the “usual” ambient exposure. In an effort to offer public protection, governments and public officials have set a 3 mG cutoff point. The EPA has proposed a safety standard of 1 mG while Sweden has set a maximum safety limit of 1 mG. Do a search on meters to find one. I’m testing a few models and am hesitant to link to a vendor without knowing the quality before hand.
Now you know…do what you can.