Several developments have highlighted the growing hazards of EMF pollution—and the crucial need to address them.
A report that cited more than 2,000 studies found that chronic exposure to even low-level radiation (like that from cell phones) can cause a variety of cancers, impair immunity, and contribute to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, heart disease, and many other ailments. One likely way: EMFs open the blood-brain barrier, causing blood vessels to leak fluid into the brain and damage neurons.
What’s more, a less–well known kind of EMF, known as “”dirty”" or transient electricity, may play an even more damaging role. Transients are largely by-products of modern energy-efficient electronics and appliances—from computers, refrigerators, and plasma TVs to compact fluorescent lightbulbs and dimmer switches—which tamp down the electricity they use. This manipulation of current creates a wildly fluctuating and potentially dangerous electromagnetic field that essentially charges up the electrons in every cell of your body.
Some research suggests that by overlapping the body’s signaling mechanisms, transients may interfere with the secretion of insulin, drown out the call and response of the immune system, and cause other physical havoc.
Luckily, there are some things you can do to protect your health. Environmental consultant Cindy Sage recommends these simple steps to limit your exposure to electromagnetic fields from all sources.
1. Avoid wireless when possible
EMF in the radio range accumulates, so if possible, choose wired Internet instead of wireless, a wired home security system, and wired entertainment systems. If you do use WiFi, plug in only when needed, and disconnect during sleeping hours. Keep the router as far as possible from your desk and children’s rooms.
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