Wednesday, February 26, 2014

What is EMF and Why Should You Care?

EMF is an abbreviation for electromagnetic field. We are exposed to electromagnetic radiation fields every day of our lives whether the source is natural or man made. Our body even produces its own electromagnetic fields when relaying signals to and from the brain. As time has gone on and our lives have become more tied to electronics, the concern of long-term health effects has grown.

Once your body experiences a certain level of electromagnetic radiation, it triggers a biological response which could be hazardous to your health. A common example of an adverse effect to an electromagnetic field is sunburn. Another example you may be familiar with is the ongoing study of whether or not excessive cell phone use results in cancerous tumors. While no definitive findings have resulted from such studies, the electromagnetic field given off by mobile phones is not disputed. On a less severe scale – and one that is not scientifically proven – exposure to EMF can lead to other health symptoms like headaches, nausea, anxiety, and depression.

So why should we care about EMF in our everyday lives? Avoiding exposure is next to impossible in a world dominated by technology, but there are certain things we can do to limit our exposure and lead a healthier lifestyle.
  • Use your mobile device less often or use a headset. Make your calls shorter, and try setting aside some time for your daily news and information intake instead of spreading it out all day long.
  • Read print magazines, newspapers, and books. Not only will reading from printed materials reduce your EMF exposure, but it can help prevent strain on your eyes.
  • In a similar vein to print media instead of e-books or online publications, watching less television is also beneficial to your optical health.
  • Wear sunscreen if you plan to be outside. Cases of skin cancer have grown exponentially with the deterioration of the ozone layer. Be prepared!
It’s important to remember that scientific studies have not proven direct links between EMFs and illness when it comes to personal electronic use, but we do know that these devices give off an EMF. Regardless, limiting your exposure to unnatural electromagnetic fields will be beneficial to your overall health.
 
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