The Top Five Sources of EMF Exposure and How to Avoid Them

Posted on July 22nd, 2011 by author  |  5 Comments »

EMF exposure from wireless devicesThe World Health Organization (WHO) has recently declared that cell phone radiation is a possible carcinogen. Cell phones are among the worst offenders of electromagnetic fields (EMF). EMFs are physical fields that are produced whenever there is electricity present. You’re exposed to natural electromagnetic radiation from the Earth and the sun on a daily basis, but your body reacts to artificial EMFs differently.

A poor diet, lack of exercise, and high stress levels are some of the underlying factors that cause illness. Dr. Joseph Mercola believes that unseen electromagnetic fields also contribute to disease as they interfere with your health at the cellular and DNA levels.

According Dr. Thomas Rau, medical director of the world-renowned Paracelsus Clinic in Switzerland, an estimated three to eight percent of people in developed countries experience serious hypersensitivity symptoms to EMFs, while 35 percent have mild symptoms.

Some of the health problems associated with EMF exposure are:

  • Attention deficit disorder (ADD)
  • Autism
  • Cardiovascular irregularities
  • Certain types of cancer
  • Cognitive problems
  • Depression
  • DNA damage
  • Hormone disruption
  • Immune system disorders
  • Impaired fertility
  • Metabolic changes
  • Neurological conditions

How You Can Avoid EMF Exposure

Prevention is better than cure, at least in the case of EMFs, where the study of its effects on human health is still in its infancy. Here are the most common sources of EMFs and how you can minimize your exposure to them:

  1. All types of power lines
    It’s difficult to avoid exposure to EMF from power lines since you don’t have any control over them, whether they’re suspended or underground. The amount of EMFs coming from a power line depends on how it’s configured, Dr. Mercola explains. Utility companies know which configurations are best for reducing EMFs but don’t use them because it’s expensive to change the way they deliver electricity. You can call the utility company and ask if they can relocate the lines further from your home or underground, reconfigure them to achieve better field cancellation between lines, or re-route the power to another line so that less current flows through the line near your house.
  2. Electric fields
    Anything that has voltage produces an electric field. These include lamps, electrical wiring, outlets, extension cords, electrical appliances, and power outlets. Turn off and unplug anything electrical when not in use, especially in your sleeping area. At night, turn off the fuses that supply electricity to your bedroom.
  3. Magnetic fields
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has classified magnetic fields as a class 3 carcinogen. Magnetic fields are produced around electrical motors like the motor in your refrigerator, and when there is an imbalance in the electrical wiring. Your house’s main power meter is the primary source of magnetic fields. Fortunately, the effect of the magnetic field is lower with distance – five or six feet away is typically safe – so you’ll definitely want to avoid sleeping up against the wall that has a power meter on the outside.
  4. Older metal plumbing
    Metal plumbing can frequently carry a current. Replacing your entire plumbing system can be very expensive, but you can consider replacing a stretch of metal piping with plastic pipes, specifically where the plumbing enters your house.
  5. Other wireless communications
    Besides cell phones, wireless power meters or SmartMeters, cell phone towers, wireless routers, and cordless phones expose you to both electric and magnetic fields. If you’re looking for a place to live, avoid areas that are near cell phone towers. Never keep a cordless phone in your sleeping area; better yet, don’t use them at all. Avoid using BlueTooth headsets. Stay away from the routers in your workplace.

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