Whether we like it or not, we are surrounded by equipment in our homes and at work that produce electromagnetic fields, or EMF’s. EMF stands for ‘electromagnetic field.’ An EMF is a force field around an object that has an effect on an object within its field.
Devices emitting EMF’s include microwave ovens, laptops, tablets, cordless telephones, cell phones and phone masts and electricity pylons. There are two types of EMF – the first is known to be dangerous to our health like X rays and that is why we wear lead protection when having an X ray at the dentist or hospital. Much less is known about the second form of EMF, which is produced by radio waves and microwaves.
EMF’s on our health
The main concern over EMF’s is whether they are harmful to humans. There is evidence to suggest a link to a range of health problems and side effects, such as fatigue and anxiety, to carcinogenic, reproductive and neurological side-effects.
Whilst the ‘jury is still out’ on this, I feel it is sensible to take some precautionary measures since we depend so much on electronic devices.
What can we do about it?
EMF protection works best in the form of us avoiding these fields. In reality, this is not practicable so we must try to limit our exposure wherever possible and should consider a shield or a barrier.
We can decrease your exposure to EMF radiation in many ways:
- Keep electronic devices a safe distance away, at least a foot away. EMF’s significantly reduce with distance;
- Limit your time spent on electronic devices;
- Switch off bedside clocks, radios during the night. Change to a battery-powered alarm clock;
- Don’t sleep on a bed with an electric motor;
- Consider use of some sort of EMF protection, such as a laptop shield or cell phone shield.
By limiting our exposure to EMF’s, we can aim to limit potential health effects. The best way to deal with EMF’s would be to continue to limit our use of every day convenient devices and to take preventive and precautionary measures.
Finally, I feel this is something we should all be thinking about. Although there isn’t much conclusive evidence out there just yet, this is still a significant topic for debate and probably will be for some time to come.