The Silent Killer?

In the past ten years, man-made electromagnetic fields (EMF) have increased steadily due to advancement in technology and a means for social interaction. The increased EMF result in more “clouds” of electric and magnetic energies that affect our cells due to the charged particles (ions) in our cells. The charged particles, like sodium and potassium, in our cells play an essential role in how the cell works.

There are both natural and man-made sources of EMF.

Natural EMF sources:
1. Sun
2. Earth
3. Humans

Devices that have man-made EMF:
1. Cell phone
2. Laptop
3. Microwave
4. Smart meter (picture at bottom)
5. Any modern day “smart” or electrical device.

It’s next to impossible to avoid man-made EMF “clouds” due to wireless technologies like cell phones, wifi, and Apple EarPods. Although it’s a challenge to avoid man-made EMF completely, there are ways to reduce your exposure.

Areas of the body with naturally higher levels of electromagnetic energy:
1. Mitochondria
2. Nerves
3. Heart
4. Immune cell

Nerve, heart and immune cells have an increased number of mitochondria likely due to the energy demands of those cells. This is important to consider when the most prevalent chronic diseases are conditions affecting the brain, heart, and immune system. Some of these diseases include Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cardiovascular disease and autoimmunity as well as autism, depression, and infertility are other conditions linked to EMF.

Our mitochondria, which are present in almost all of our cells, work by a flow of current. Without the current, energy production ceases. Any electromagnetic “cloud” outside of the body has the potential to affect this flow of current in our bodies.

Populations that are most likely at risk for EMF exposure:
1. Chronic disease (autoimmune, neurodegeneration, cardiovascular disease) like Hashimoto’s, Rheumatoid diseases, or Multiple Sclerosis.
2. A person with a pacemaker, defibrillator, deep brain stimulator, implanted insulin device, or another internal medical device
3. Kids

If you have kids, it’s even more critical that you protect them from the effects of EMF. Kids are more susceptible to EMF due to lack of development of their skull and fatty tissue surrounding their nerves.

One of the simplest ways to reduce your exposure to EMF is to distance yourself from the source. For example, using your phone on speaker with it three feet from your head decreases the strength of EMF. If the phone is placed up to your head, the EMF strength increases.

Actionable steps for “I’m not ready for the tin foil hat yet”:
1. If you talk on your cell, use the speaker and avoid putting it up to your ear.
2. Turn your phone to airplane mode as much as possible, especially at night when you’re sleeping.
3. Ground as much as you can when on your phone or computer. You can do this touching the ground (grass or concrete) when you are on your phone or computer. Grounding before bed is awesome too!
4. Avoid using Bluetooth devices in your ears.
5. Unplug your wifi at night. Even better–turn it on only when you need to use it and avoid working on your computer next to the router.

Actionable steps for the “I take my foil hat everywhere I go”:
1. If your mattress (or box springs) has metal coils, these act as antennas to absorb EMF. Time to get a new mattress. I like wool.
2. Cut the circuit breaker switch to your bedroom. This is simple but if you are not comfortable with working with electrical devices, call your electrician.
3. Locate the smart meter (picture below) on your house (if you live in an apartment this is especially important as many times a majority of the smart meters are located on the wall of one apartment). If it’s on the exterior of your bedroom wall, consider filtering it with blocking material or even better changing it out for the older analog. You can replace the smart meter by calling your electric supplier and tell them you wish to opt out for a small monthly fee.
4. Sleep on a Magnetico Sleep Pad.
5. Sleep in a Faraday canopy (picture above). If you’re at this level, your friends already know you’re off your rocker. If they don’t know, just shut your bedroom door when your friends are over.

Have an awesome weekend!
Dr. Thoma