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Sensitivity to EMFs

Sensitivity to EMFs

Sensitivity to EMFs

EMFs have flooded our lives. Think about it: the majority of us could not move through our everyday routines without any exposure to EMFs. Unfortunately, many people are affected by mystery symptoms, as a result of EMF exposure, and don’t even realize it. If you suspect you’re experiencing sensitivity to EMFs, it’s important to understand what EMFs are, how they affect the body, and what we can do to protect ourselves.

What are EMFs?

EMF stands for Electric and Magnetic Field. It is often referred to as radiation, which is an emission or transmission of energy in the form of waves/particles, through space or a material medium. There are four types of EMF’s:

        • Electromagnetic– Radio waves for television, microwaves, thermal radiation, infrared, cosmic background, UV and x-rays
        • Acoustic– Sound waves
        • Particle– Alpha and beta, neutron in stars, and man-made nuclear reactors
        • Gravitational– Space time, visible spectrum, and wireless technology

 

All of these EMFs are invisible areas of energy that come from our technology. While we can’t see them with the naked eye, we know 2 variations exist: 

        • Non-Ionizing– emits low levels of radiation
        • Ionizing– emits high levels of radiation

 

While there are obvious sources of EMFs, such as cell phones, microwaves, x-rays, and UV light, hidden and surprising sources exist, too. These hidden sources of EMFs include blenders, coffee makers, hair dryers, vacuum cleaners, and so much more. EMF’s surround us, even in our own homes!

Note: We, as a society, are not yet fully aware how EMFs affect the body as a whole. However, we do know that the human body is an energetic being. The fact that EMF’s are also electrically-based proves that they are worth studying further to better understand the impacts of sensitivity to EMFs.

15 Signs of Sensitivity to EMFs

If you experience sensitivity to EMFs, you’ll likely notice many impacts to your energy system. EMF exposure, acute or chronic, can lead to physical and mental symptoms such as:

        1. Skin problems (aka screen dermatitis)- rosacea-like redness of the face, may be hot or itchy and may have pustules
        2. Sensitivity to light
        3. Fatigue or weakness/trouble sleeping
        4. Heart problems or high blood pressure
        5. Headaches or migraines
        6. Pain in joints or muscles
        7. Dizziness
        8. Concentration difficulties
        9. Nausea or general poor health
        10. Memory disorders
        11. Endocrine reactions
        12. Respiratory or lung disorders
        13. Stomach or intestinal disorders
        14. Numbness
        15. Influenza or throat problems

 

The work of Dr. Martin Pall has proven that EMF’s have a severe effect on the Voltage-Gated Calcium Channels (VGCCs) in our body, causing them to be stuck open. This leads to an influx of intracellular calcium and peroxynitrites (an oxidant that can damage DNA and proteins) and eventually, oxidative damage. Further consequences of excess intracellular calcium, in response to EMF exposure, include:

        • Increased permeability of the blood-brain barrier
        • Decreased melatonin production 
        • Nervous system disruption
        • Weakened immune system
        • Increased cerebral glucose metabolism

 

There are five organs and body parts that are left most susceptible to damage from excess calcium and EMF exposure: the brain, heart, reproductive organs, mitochondria, and liver enzymes. One study shows evidence that excessive stimulation of VGCCs leads to excitotoxicity, or nerve cell damage.

Do EMF’s Affect Sleep?

One of the most common consequences of EMF’s is it’s effects on sleep. As previously mentioned, recent research shows that EMFs can decrease melatonin production, in turn leading to difficulty sleeping. Our bedside tables are filled with EMF-emitting devices, such as alarm clocks, cell phones, tablets, etc. More so, blue light exposure from digital devices further depletes melatonin production. It’s no wonder our generation is less rested than ever before! 

EMF’s and Your Kids

A 2011 research study showed that children are more vulnerable to EMF exposure. In fact, a child’s head can absorb up to 10 times the amount of EMFs as an adult’s. This is likely due to their thinner skulls, smaller heads, and developing minds. It’s worth noting that children are using digital devices at an increasing rate. Cell phone usage by kids 8 years and younger tripled from 2013 to 2017.

A note on pregnancy: While children are more susceptible to damage from EMFs, so are unborn babies and fetuses inside the mother’s womb. Since EMFs are amplified by water, a fetus sitting in a sac of embryonic fluid is exposed to a higher concentration of EMFs. While researchers are just beginning to understand the effect of EMFs on pregnancy, studies are showing links to:

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Developing research is showing that EMFs have a lasting impact on the well-being of our children.

How to Protect Yourself from EMF Exposure

It’s almost impossible to avoid any EMF exposure in our highly digital and electronic world, but there are effective ways to reduce your exposure and mitigate the effects. Adjusting your lifestyle, nutrition, home habits, and more can limit any sensitivity to EMFs on you and your family:

Home Tips 

Our homes are filled with EMF-emitting devices, such as laptops, cell phones, microwaves, televisions, and more.

        • Protect your space
          • Invest in an EMF detection device (available on Amazon)
          • Use grounding mats, like this one, or get outside to ground your feet in the earth. Grounding helps to heal your emotional body.
          • Get a salt lamp and/or burn beeswax candles. Each emits negative ions to counteract EMFs.
          • Fill your space with green plants. Plants are a great way to absorb pollution and cleanse the space.
          • Change up your lighting. Minimize your use of dimmer lights, fluorescent lamps (CFL), smart meters, older LEDs and halogen fixtures. Use incandescent or new halogen incandescent light bulbs.
        • Reduce your usage
          • Turn off your wifi at home, unless absolutely necessary
          • Physically unplug your wifi router at night. This can easily be the most important time to reduce your exposure to EMF.
          • If you have a laptop, make sure that the power cord is grounded (meaning it has a 3 pronged plug). If your laptop doesn’t have a grounded power cable, you can purchase one online.
        • Increase your distance
          • For most devices, even a few inches of separation can result in a 99% reduction of exposure. Instead of holding your phone next to your head during a call, use the speaker or a wired earpiece.
          • Turn on airplane mode at night when you sleep and as much as possible during the day. Cell phone radiation interrupts the release of restorative hormones, which upsets your sleep pattern and attacks your immune system.
          • Do not carry your phone on your person. If you must keep your phone on you, use an EMF-blocking phone sleeve with single sided protection to maintain cell signal and connectivity, while protecting your body. Note: cell phones are designed to increase their power output with a lower signal. So, allowing some signal is ironically safer. For each signal bar missing, your exposure increases several hundred times!

 

        • Shield your home
          • Opt out of your electric, water, and gas utility’s smart meter program, if possible. If not, use a smart meter guard

 

Body Tips

Keeping your devices as far from your body as possible can make a big difference in exposure and sensitivity to EMFs.

        • Avoid putting the cell phone to your head.
        • Avoid using bluetooth headsets, which direct large amounts of radio frequencies to the head.
        • Avoid cell phone use in the car, elevator, airplane, bus, train, etc. The metal frame makes it much more difficult for radio frequencies to exit, creating a higher concentration inside the vessel. While in motion, the cell phone uses more power and emits higher EMFs, as it constantly searches to connect with the closest cell tower or wifi signal.
        • Keep all electronics off your body. Despite it’s name, don’t set laptops on your lap. Keep phones out of your pockets and bras. Avoid holding your phone in your hand or using a smart watch.

 

Lifestyle Solutions

Reducing the body’s overall toxic load helps it better protect against EMFs.

        • Avoid toxins
          • Air: recycle air in your car when air quality is low, avoid going outside when air quality is low, use air purifiers inside, and change your HVAC filter every 3-6 months
          • Home: use natural cleaning products and detergents nd take off your shoes inside the house.
        • Exercise- Engage in 3-4 moderate workouts per week. Sweating is important to help to detox toxins that could be weakening your body and making you more susceptible to EMF damage.
        • Grounding- Incorporate a grounding protocol daily. Walk barefoot in grass, sand, or dirt for 15-20 minutes per day to help discharge your body from negative ion buildup. 
        • Hydration- Drink 6-8 glasses of filtered water (using a quality water filter) to help flush toxins out of the body.
        • Sunlight: Spend 15-20 minutes outside around noon without sunglasses. Face the direction of the sun to help boost melatonin production, which is depleted by EMFs. This can also be done during grounding).
        • Infrared Sauna- A combination near and far infrared sauna protocol can help with detoxification of heavy metals which react with EMF waves.
        • Epsom Salt Baths- Take epsom salt baths to boost magnesium levels, which helps decrease the leak of intracellular calcium caused by EMF radiation.
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Professional Help 

        • Building Biologists- A certified building biologist is expertly trained in identifying and mitigating pollutants, toxins, and electromagnetic emissions in homes, the workplace, and schools. Find a Building Biologist, here.
        • Dentist- Ask your dentist to remove tooth fillers with silver and mercury- Metals in our bodies can act as conduits, which can amplify our exposure greatly

 

Supplements

Use these supplements to fight against the effects of EMFs:

 

Nutrition

        • Remove heavy metals from your diet. This includes mercury in fish, lead in bone broth, and arsenic in rice.
        • Eat organic food. Reduce your exposure to GMO’s and pesticides with organic produce.  Follow the Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen lists. The Clean 15 are the top foods with the least amount of pesticides after rinsing. These foods don’t have to be organic. On the other hand, the Dirty Dozen are the top foods with the most pesticides after rinsing. Buy these foods organic, whenever possible.

 

Clean 15:

            1. Avocado
            2. Sweet Corn
            3. Pineapples
            4. Onions
            5. Papaya
            6. Sweet Peas
            7. Eggplant
            8. Asparagus
            9. Broccoli
            10. Cabbage
            11. Kiwi
            12. Cauliflower
            13. Mushroom
            14. Honeydew Melon
            15. Cantaloupe

 

Dirty Dozen:

            1. Strawberries
            2. Spinach
            3. Kale, Collard Greens and Mustard Greens
            4. Nectarines
            5. Apples
            6. Grapes
            7. Peaches
            8. Cherries
            9. Pears
            10. Celery
            11. Tomatoes
            12. Bell Peppers and Hot Peppers

 

        • Eat more raw leafy greens help to boost detox pathways within the body.
        • Add probiotic-rich foods to your diet, such as: raw sauerkraut, raw kombucha, or kefir
        • Eat antioxidant-rich foods to help fight the free radicals that are produced by EMFs. Top foods with antioxidants include: dark chocolate, pecans, elderberries, wild blueberries, boiled artichoke, cranberries, kidney beans, blackberries, cilantro, and goji berries.

 

Protocol to Reduce EMF Exposure

Given the relevance of EMFs in our world today, it can feel intimidating to try to start reducing your exposure. So, this week, start with this simple challenge:

        • Do not place your cell phone next to your head
        • Avoid electronic use while in a moving vehicle (including anyone in that vehicle with you)
        • Avoid electronics on the body (laptops on lap, phones in
        • pocket, wearable trackers, etc.)
        • Stop screen time two hours before bed

 

If you notice any improvements over the next week with these changes, I encourage you to keep going. There’s a good chance you’ll continuously feel better as you keep reducing your EMF exposure.

While not everyone is aware of the negative effects of EMFs on their health, it is wise for everyone to limit their exposure. In my opinion, EMF reduction measures should be a part of every wellness based, healthy, lifestyle. For more information on sensitivity to EMFs and other sensitivities, join my course all about sensitivity, here



Dr. Natasha F
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Dr. Natasha F is a Doctor, Designer, Speaker and Artist. She specializes in healing autoimmunity through integrative chiropractic, functional neurology, functional medicine, nutrition, homeopathy and narrative medicine.

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