In other articles on the topic of electromagnetic fields (EMF), we have written about the dangers of these fields and how to reduce your exposure to them. Having read other books on the topic, we’re struck by how little the ‘average’ person understands about what is arguably one of the most harmful aspects of modern living.
As much as we’ve tried to comprehend fully and ‘translate’ our understanding of the topic into own terminology, we decided, in the following article, to simply quote certain important excerpts from B. Blake Levitt’s book, Electromagnetic Fields (a book we would highly recommend everyone with an interest in health should buy).
“… Electromagnetism is inherent in the human anatomy. Every time a muscle moves, there are electrical neuronal discharges; brain waves are electrical (they are what an electroencephalogram, or EEG, measures); all the sensory information that moves through the body to the brain is electrical; those chemical messengers called enzymes, which keep the whole organism of the body informed about various aspects of itself, are electrically influenced; cell division is electrical; and the heartbeat is electrical.
Thermal effects (the heating of body tissue) from electromagnetic fields have been known since the advent of the technology in the 1930s. Most of the controversy has centred around the existence of nonthermal effects, meaning bioeffects by some other means.
It is important to distinguish between the two because thermal-effects-only are considered reversible and are relatively easy to measure, making it possible, therefore, to set exposure limits accordingly. Nonthermal effects are another case altogether. Researchers are finding statistically significant increases in leukemia, brain cancers, melanoma and male breast cancer.
It’s important to point out that far more studies exist showing EMF’s adverse results than do for the relationship between cancers and smoking, yet no one hesitates to make health recommendations against smoking.”
In normal cell mitosis (cell division and reproduction), two new sister cells are formed from an original cell, through a 4-stage process. Each of these new cells will contain exactly one of the original chromosome pairs. Studies have shown how exposure of cells to certain frequencies, have resulted in abnormal bridging between chromosome pairs during cell mitosis, resulting in unequal amounts of chromosomes going to each new cell. This in turn, results in unequal amounts of genetic information in each cell. “Oncogenes, which cause cancer, can theoretically be formed under such circumstances. Other studies appear to confirm this.”
In addition, adverse outcomes have been shown in regard to the links between EMFs and pregnancy (as well as miscarriages), infertility, learning disabilities, sudden infant death syndrome and childhood leukemia and brain tumours.
How can you protect yourself and your family?
How can we protect ourselves against these dangers? I’ve mentioned previously, the importance of going barefoot – allowing the body to discharge its electrical build-up through the flow of free electrons from the earth’s surface.
In addition, we sourced products through a US company, www.earthing.com, which provides earthing mats, sheets and body bands. The latter products are relatively inexpensive, when taking exchange rates and import duties into account and can help ground you while you sleep, talk on the phone, or work on the computer.
Other things you can do
Avoid the use of mobile landlines, microwave ovens (due to both the EMF issue, as well as the damage it does to foodstuffs) and wireless connectivity and appliances. Also, stand a minimum of three feet back from an appliance, when it is operating and try and keep your cell phone off when in the house (in particular, keep it away from your body, especially overnight). Try and place your bed against a wall that is free from electrical wiring (or, at the very least, switch off any appliance around the bed area overnight). Better yet, switch your house off at the mains overnight. When considering where to live, avoid any house within 500 metres of cell, radio, TV or telephone towers and consider the proximity of power lines too.
We recently bought a gaussmeter from the UK. This meter can read magnetic fields – essentially it will tell you whether or not you’re exposed to fields that have been shown to be causative in regard to some of the health problems mentioned above. If you live in the Port Elizabeth area and are interested in measuring your surrounds, please contact the office to book this meter out.
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Tanya Wyatt, is the (surprised) author of two internationally released health fitness books, a nutrition lifestyle coach, a presenter and a health educator (and stand-up comedian wannabe). In the past two decades, she has been involved in developing training courses, lecturing and writing on behalf of educational institutions, contributing to a number of health and fitness magazines, and going grey while she does it.
Tanya served on the Advisory Board of Shape magazine for the duration of its license in South Africa, and writes monthly columns for two Port Elizabeth newspapers, Sport Elizabeth and Algoa Sun. She also writes for several online publications and is a regular guest on the city’s local television station, Bay T.V. (she loves the limelight!)
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