Some integrative and alternative health professionals are very concerned about the impact of Electromagnetic Frequencys (EMFs) from cell phones, and wireless networking etc on our health, and some have even linked EMFs to an increased toxic body burden.
Most mainstream medical practitioners, do not agree, based on the current body of scientific evidence. They say that electromagnetic hypersensitivity is a psychosomatic condition, where the person gets the symptoms from exposures due to the belief they will, or are misattributing the symptoms causes. Recently there has been a study that shows telectrohypersensitivity can occur, and is not psychosomatic (psychological), in amputees and people with nerve injury. This study shows that EMFs can amplify pain in some people. (ref)
There has been some research that indicates that heavy metal toxicity is linked to electrohypersensitivity, but this research is limited.
Dr Mercola says…”The issue of heavy metal toxicity in relation to electromagnetic toxicity may be one of the most significant. According to Dr. Yoshiaki Omura’s research, the more your system is contaminated with heavy metals from silver amalgam fillings, eating contaminated fish, living downstream from coal burning power plants and so forth, the more your body becomes a virtual antenna that actually concentrates radiation, making it far more destructive”
As part of my own heavy metal detox protocol, my health professional advised that I reduce exposure to EMF’s. I have noticed some symptom relief. While I do not think EMFs are the direct cause of my symptoms, I believe they are are amplifiers of my symptoms.
When it comes to EMF’s, it is best to do some research, and make up your own mind, about what is best for you.
Some resources to help you do so include
World Health Organisation: http://www.who.int/peh-emf/about/What is EMF/en/index1.html
- A wide range of environmental influences causes biological effects. ‘Biological effect’ does not equal ‘health hazard’. Special research is needed to identify and measure health hazards.
- At low frequencies, external electric and magnetic fields induce small circulating currents within the body. In virtually all ordinary environments, the levels of induced currents inside the body are too small to produce obvious effects.
- The main effect of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields is heating of body tissues.
- There is no doubt that short-term exposure to very high levels of electromagnetic fields can be harmful to health. Current public concern focuses on possible long-term health effects caused by exposure to electromagnetic fields at levels below those required to trigger acute biological responses.
- WHO’s International EMF Project was launched to provide scientifically sound and objective answers to public concerns about possible hazards of low level electromagnetic fields.
- Despite extensive research, to date there is no evidence to conclude that exposure to low level electromagnetic fields is harmful to human health.
- The focus of international research is the investigation of possible links between cancer and electromagnetic fields, at power line and radiofrequencies.
Radiation from wireless technology affects the blood, the heart, and the autonomic nervous system.
Exposure to electrosmog generated by electric, electronic, and wireless technology is accelerating to the point that a portion of the population is experiencing adverse reactions when they are exposed. The symptoms of electrohypersensitivity (EHS), best described as rapid aging syndrome, experienced by adults and children resemble symptoms experienced by radar operators in the 1940s to the 1960s and are well described in the literature. An increasingly common response includes clumping (rouleau formation) of the red blood cells, heart palpitations, pain or pressure in the chest accompanied by anxiety, and an upregulation of the sympathetic nervous system coincident with a downregulation of the parasympathetic nervous system typical of the “fight-or-flight” response. Provocation studies presented in this article demonstrate that the response to electrosmog is physiologic and not psychosomatic. Those who experience prolonged and severe EHS may develop psychologic problems as a consequence of their inability to work, their limited ability to travel in our highly technologic environment, and the social stigma that their symptoms are imagined rather than real.