EMF GOOD VS. BAD
Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) are present everywhere in our environment but are low in intensity and invisible to the human eye. Electric fields that create magnetic fields are produced by the local build-up of electrical charges in the atmosphere associated with thunderstorm. The earth’s magnetic field causes a compass needle to orient in a North-South direction and is used by birds and fish for navigation.
Electric fields are measured in units of volts per meter or V/m. Magnetic fields are measured in milli-Gauss or mG. The field is always strongest near the source and diminishes as you move away from the source.
Science teaches that all energy is electromagnetic in nature. Our bodies and its individual organs radiate their own EMFs and our trillion cells communicate via electromagnetic frequencies. Disruption of electromagnetic energy in cells causes impaired cell metabolism, which leads to disease.
PowerlinesHarmful Manmade EMFs
We are also surrounded with non-natural man made EMF’s from power lines, computer terminals, microwave ovens, TV’s, cell phones, hair dryers, electrical blankets and other electronic devices. Evidence is showing that these man-made EMFs are contributing to a subtle assault on people’s energy balance and overall health. This new form of pollution, “Electrosmog”, has become a real threat in modern life since most of us are unaware of this and do not protect ourselves against it.
Harmful Manmade EMFs
Researchers once thought EMFs, especially very low frequency and extremely low frequency EMFs, were safe because they were of such low strength compared to other forms of radiation, such as those from a nuclear reactor or X rays. But now, as technology proliferates and people are using more electronic devices, some researchers suspect EMFs are contributing to a subtle assault on people’s immune systems and overall health.
Exponential growth in background EMF radiation
Electromagnetic changes in the environment can adversely affect the energy balance of the human organism and contribute to disease. We are surrounded by stress-producing electromagnetic fields generated by the electrical wiring in homes and offices, televisions, computers and video terminals, microwave ovens, overhead lights, power lines, and the hundreds of motors that can generate higher than normal gauss strengths (magnetic energy measuring unit). EMFs interact with living systems, affecting enzymes related to growth regulation, pineal gland Dr. Weilmetabolism (regulation of the sleep hormone, melatonin), and cell division and multiplication.
“Electromagnetic pollution (EMF) may be the most significant form of pollution human activity has produced in this century!”
Dr. Andrew Weil, Leading Health Expert
In 1979, Nancy Wertheimer, Ph.D., and Ed Leeper, Ph.D., epidemiologists at the University of Colorado, found that children who had been exposed to high-voltage lines in their early childhood had a two to three times higher than normal risk of developing cancer, especially leukemia. That was the first study to establish the direct link between EMFs and cancer. In 1987, a large-scale study conducted by the New York State Department of Health confirmed Dr. Wertheimer’s findings and added that the EMFs from the high-voltage power lines also affected the neurohormones of the brain. Since then, various studies have linked electromagnetic fields to increased incidence of heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, high blood pressure, headaches, sexual dysfunction, and blood disorders — the latter including a 50% increase in white blood count.
Sources of EMFs
The greatest concern about EMFs is not from a one-time use of a hair dryer or an hour in front of a computer, but from cumulative exposures: hour after hour, day after day, continuous high levels of EMFs. For example, people who travel extensively in airplanes can have high exposure rates, up to 85 milligauss in the airplane cabin. The EMF exposure from hair dryers, heaters, electric shavers, and other appliances can be injurious to health over time. Food mixers, hair dryers, and vacuum cleaners emit EMFs that are 30 to 100 times greater than the suggested safe limit. Ordinary household appliances tend to generate larger cumulative EMF exposures than power lines. The reason is proximity: most people do not live close enough to power lines to be greatly affected by their EMFs, but the situation is different with kitchen appliances, computers, cellular phones, televisions, even electrical outlets if they’re located behind the head of a bed. Although the EMFs from appliances drop off at a distance of about 16 feet, people often stand or sit closer than this to the source of EMFs — typically 18 inches from computers, a few feet from televisions, and almost no distance from cellular phones.
A unique type of EMF exposure is from electric blankets, which give you close-up exposure at high levels (50-100 milligauss) all night long. According to noted brain researcher Russel J. Reiter, Ph.D., electric blankets are dangerous because they expose the whole body to EMFs, they are close to the body, and they are thought to lower melatonin levels. Because electric blankets are used at night, when the pineal gland is producing its highest amount of melatonin, they have the greatest chance of disrupting melatonin production and sleep.
Another concentrated source of EMFs is the fuse box where the electric power line branches off from the neighborhood utility pole to your house. That fuse box — which connects the outside line with the inside wiring — generates large amounts of EMFs on a continual basis. EMFs are able to penetrate through normal building walls, but they decrease in force dramatically as you move further away from the generating source. Another potential EMF source is the wiring in your home. Older wiring sometimes generates high amounts of EMFs at the electrical outlets where you plug in your appliances. Check the outlets with a gauss meter and, if necessary, either install new wiring or have a professional reconfigure the existing wiring pattern.
Outside the home, electric power lines can also be a major EMF source. Some scientists allege that exposure to electric and magnetic fields generated by electric power lines is reponsible for certain cancers, reproductive dysfunction, birth defects, neurological disorders, and Alzheimer’s disease. Some activist groups believe the hazard to be so great that they are calling for closure of schools and other public facilities near power lines and restructuring of the entire electric power delivery system. Dr. Becker says we are constantly exposed to a background level of EMFs generated by the electric power delivery system. In urban areas, this so-called ambient field level, which is inside and outside the home, could exceed three milligauss. In the suburbs, the ambient field ranges from 1-3 milligauss. Dr. Wertheimer and others said in their studies on power lines that constant surrounding levels of three milligauss or more were significantly related to increases in the risk of childhood cancer. Dr. Becker advocates one milligauss as a safe limit for continuous exposure to 60-hertz fields (the usual kind generated by electric power systems).
Electromagnetic Fields and Sleep Disorders
Researchers suspect artificial EMFs cause sleep problems in a number of ways. First, the fields have a higher rate of oscillation (vibrate at a higher number of cycles) and strength than the natural electromagnetic energy fields of the body at rest. In addition, EMFs can disrupt the body’s production of melatonin, a hormone that controls the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
High Oscillation Rate Disrupts Sleep
The frequency at which an EMF is pulsed determines whether or not it is harmful. For example, the voltage of the electric current used in homes in the United States is 60 Hz (cycles per second). In contrast, the ideal frequencies of the human brain during waking hours range from 8 Hz to 20 Hz, while in sleep the frequencies may drop to as low as 2 Hz. The higher frequencies of EMFs generated by artificial electrical currents may disturb the brain’s natural resonant frequencies and, in time, lead to cellular fatigue, according to John Zimmerman, Ph.D., president of the Bio-Electro Magnetics Institute in Utah.
Generally, the higher the frequency of the wave, the more energy it has and also the more potential it carries for damage. But even 60-Hz EMFs are vibrating much faster than the human body’s brain wave patterns at rest, says acupuncturist M.M. van Benschoten, O.M.D., based in Reseda, California. For example, if you have an electric clock radio on your bedside nightstand, it is generating 60-Hz EMFs probably not more than a foot or two from your head. This is a problem because your brain waves in deep sleep oscillate at 2-4 cycles per second (2-4 Hz), Dr. van Benschoten says. The EMFs from the clock radio could interfere with the rest pattern and prevent you from falling asleep or from staying in deep sleep. Dr. van Benschoten recommends removing all electric appliances from the bedroom or from close proximity to the bed.
Equally as important as the oscillation frequency of the EMFs are their strength. The strength of EMFs are measured in units called gauss. Most common appliances, which are very low frequency or extremely low frequency EMFs, are measured in units of milligauss, or one thousandth of a gauss. The milligauss level decreases as your distance increases from the appliance or device. For instance, an electric fan has an EMF at four inches of up to 900 milligauss; at three feet, it is only 5-20 milligauss. A computer monitor has an EMF measuring up to 600 milligauss at a four-inch distance; at one foot, it is only 3-30 milligauss. A microwave oven has an EMF of 40-90 milligauss at one foot; at three feet, it drops to 3-5 milligauss.
EMFs Can Disrupt Melatonin Production
One of the main reasons why medical professionals and others are concerned about EMF exposure levels is a growing body of research showing EMFs have a negative impact on melatonin production in the body. EMFs from household sources are so small that the electrical currents they induce in the human body are actually weaker than those induced by electrical activity in nerve and muscle cells. Yet even these low-frequency EMFs can alter gene expression, the activity of enzymes involved in growth regulation, calcium balance in the cell, and the brain’s metabolism of the hormone melatonin.
Melatonin, a hormone produced by the pineal gland in the brain, was once thought to be unimportant. However, in recent years, researchers have found that it is present in every cell of the body and is essential in regulating the body’s clock, or circadian rhythm, the mechanism that controls our sleep-wake cycles.
The pineal gland registers the amount of light in our surroundings, and if it finds no light, it increases the melatonin level, signalling it is time to go to sleep. If light is present, the melatonin production decreases and we feel more awake. Thus, restoring and maintaining adequate amounts of melatonin is crucial for people with sleep disorders.
Other factors besides light decrease our melatonin supply, including aging, certain prescription drugs, stress, poor nutrition, and EMFs.
In addition to regulating sleep, researchers are discovering that adequate melatonin stores improve body immunity, have anti-cancer and anti-aging properties, can relieve depression, and may boost sexual function. Those types of health conditions are the same ones that researchers say can be hurt by EMF overexposure. The connection between melatonin and EMFs appears to be getting more solid evidence. A team of researchers in 1996, for example, found that blood melatonin levels in female rats decreased after exposure to 50-Hz magnetic fields, about the same frequency as most household appliances. Many similar studies on melatonin are now underway.
At the same time, not being exposed to naturally occurring EMFs can have a negative impact on health, for they function as a kind of energy nutrient. Kyoichi Nakagawa, M.D., director of the Isuzu Hospital in Tokyo, Japan, observes that the amount of time people now spend in buildings and cars (tightly enclosed spaces) reduces their exposure to the geomagnetic field of the earth and may interfere with their health. Dr. Nakagawa calls this condition “magnetic field deficiency syndrome”, noting it can cause headaches, dizziness, muscle stiffness, chest pain, insomnia, constipation, and general fatigue.
(Source: Electromagnetic Fields, The dark side of technology, by Herbert Ross, Keri Brenner, Burton Goldberg)
Beneficial Manmade EMFs
MagnoproThese are specifically designed frequencies, applied in controlled ways to have more natural and beneficial actions to the body. For clinical or home use there are devices available for pulsed electromagnetic field therapy, such as the Magnopro. Research has shown that specific pulsed electromagnetic fields in low frequency and intensity (gauss) range increase oxygenation to the blood, improve circulation and cell metabolism. Results include sound sleep, pain relief, reduced inflammation, improved energy levels, enhanced tissue and bone healing, etc.
Because of these effects in the body, daily use of beneficial EMFs supports healthy aging. EMFs have been use extensively for decades in many conditions and medical disciplines, and results can be seen in animals as well as humans.
Beneficial manmade EMFs such as the Magnopro frequencies are biologically identical to the frequencies created by the cells, organs, bone and tissues of the body. Delivered to the body by the magnetic fields, they are noninvasive and nontoxic.
Research has shown that pulsed electromagnetic field frequencies increase oxygenation to the blood, improve circulation and cell metabolism. Results include sound sleep, pain relief, reduced inflammation, improved energy levels, enhanced tissue and bone healing, etc.
How are EMFs different from static magnets?
Static magnets such as bracelets, shoe inserts, and knee wraps have only one constant magnetic field and are often heavy or cumbersome, and must be worn all day long. Static magnets may lead to immunity over time. The bio-energetic technology Magnopro produces varying frequencies, which are effective with only one or two treatments per day. Magnopro is a whole body treatment.
How to Protect From Bad EMFs (Electrosmog)
Although we can’t see, hear, or feel it, Electrosmog is found throughout nature and all living things. While it is difficult to avoid in our daily live, we can certainly diminish exposure and even shield ourselves from it. Remember, EMFs go through doors and walls!
You have to know where the sources of EMFs are in your everyday world and how strong these sources are. Is there wiring in the wall behind your bed that you don’t even know about? Is the vaporizer emitting strong fields in the baby’s room? How much EMFs are you and your family getting from the power lines in the street? Get a meter and test the areas where you spend time.
There are simple solutions like taking appropriate distance from these EMF sources. For example move your bed away from the EMF hot source and use an ear piece for your cell phone. If distance is not an option than put proper shielding in place or try to turn of or even throw out electrical appliances that you can do without!
For common household appliances there are guidelines set for limits of exposure to 50 Hz electric and magnetic fields. Source ICNIRP.
Exposure Characteristics Electric Fields kVm-1 (rms) Magnetic Fields Density MicroTesla (rms)
Occupational 10 500
General Public 5 100
(Source: ICNIRP) 1 Oersted = 1 Gauss = 100 microT = 0.1 mT
There are two types of products that will protect from harmful EMFs; one that shields and one that neutralizes EMF radiation. For example there are electroconductive coatings for shielding your home and office. A simpler and less expensive way is small devices that neutralize EMF radiation. Popular are pendants and cell phone chips that neutralize by retuning the EMF frequencies of electronic devices like mobile phones and computers to assimilate natural frequencies so they no longer cause harm to the body’s DNA.
BIOPRO offers a variety of product solutions to today’s environmental hazards. We would highly recommend the BIOPRO Cell Chip and Harmonizer and BIOlife Pendant. BIOPRO products offer a solution to protect you against harmful EMF by utilizing a new technology called Energy Resonance Technology (ERT). ERT uses a specific blend of resonant frequencies or subtle energy fields required to harmonize the impact of EMF and protect your biofield.