How to Reduce Electro-Magnetic Field Radiation: Eco-Technology
Invisible to the human eye, electro-magnetic fields can be found everywhere in our environment. A couple of natural sources of this eco-technology are the buildup of electrical charges in the atmosphere caused by thunderstorms as well as the earth’s magnetic field, which aligns a compass needle to magnetic north. Human causes include low frequency electro-magnetic fields generated by power cords when using appliances as well as radio waves (RF) used by devices such as TV antennas, radio stations, Wi Fi, cell phones, BlueTooth gadgets and the like.
Microwaves, used as ovens, are high frequency radio waves. We have long known that ionizing radiation such as X-rays or gamma rays can break chemical bonds of large molecules including DNA and protein in the human body. Research shows that there is a good reason to reduce electro-magnetic field from radiation exposure.
Let’s begin with one source that is ubiquitous – cell phones. There are now an estimated 6.9 billion subscriptions across the planet. Although the electro-magnetic fields are non-ionizing and low power, cell phone radiation can penetrate our bodies and cause damage. Cell phone anti- eco-technology radiation has been principally linked to two types of brain tumors: gliomas – malignant and very deadly tumors usually causing death within 3 years; and acoustic neuromas, which develop on the main nerve leading from the inner ear to the brain. The Interphone Study, conducted in 13 countries by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer at a cost of $25 million, found that “regular use of a cell phone by adults can significantly increase the risk of gliomas by 40% with 1640 hours or more of use,” about a half hour a day over nine years. The study also concluded that, “tumors were more likely to occur on the side of the head most used for calling.”
Oxford scientists in the International Journal of Epidemiology in 2013 published a study of more than 790,000 women in the United Kingdom that concluded that women who used cell phones for a decade or longer had an increased their risk of developing acoustic neuromas by 250%, with the risk increasing percentages the more they used their phones.
This conclusion was used to buttress the WHO’s 2011 decision to classify cell phone RF radiation as a possible 2B carcinogen.
The good news is that these pathologies are caused by humans pressing a source of electro-magnetic field radiation directly against the skull, and that exposure and risk fall off rapidly when texting or using a wired eco-technology – not Blue Tooth – headset.
Other ways to cut back exposure to cell phone radiation include using land lines for calls and computers to surf the web when possible. Another prudent step would be to avoid carrying your cell phone on your body when it’s switched on and putting it in airplane mode to take photos or videos.
Since teens are on their cell phones constantly, it would be tough to get them to reduce electro-magnetic field radiation exposure as a key element of preventative health, since many teens think they’re invulnerable. Perhaps a better choice would be selling them or using cell phones less as a green lifestyle choice – one of a more favorable eco-technology.
Wireless handsets haven’t been studied as extensively, but don’t generate as much power, since they only have to transmit signals to a base station rather than a cell phone tower. Still, one can minimize risk by using wired handsets, instead.
Wi-Fi devices also generate RF radiation. Since duration is a key risk factor, a good way to reduce electro-magnetic field radiation exposure is to remove Wi-Fi devices from bedrooms and turn off wireless routers anyplace in your home when they are not being used.
This point bears repeating: When using your microwave, don’t stand next to it. Walk away until the timer pings. Because that radiation is at a higher frequency, it has the potential of creating more damage than a cell phone. Or better yet, don’t use a microwave at all, as it also destroys much of the nutritional value of the food you “nuke.”
Remember that the people at the greatest risk of exposure are children and pregnant women. Don’t forget that when it comes to green living and adopting eco-technology, no step is too small to take.
In May 2015, 190 scientists from 39 nations asked the UN and WHO to adopt more stringent exposure guidelines for electro-magnetic field radiation and to educate the public about RF health risks.
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