Exposure To Electromagnetic Fields, and How It's Affecting Your Brain
Exposure to electromagnetic fields aren’t anything new. Exposure to man-made electromagnetic fields has been steadily increasing. Obvious sources of EMFs include power lines, mobile phones, and Wi-Fi. Electromagnetic fields are created anytime there is use of a wire with electrical current, meaning you are exposed EMFs from your everyday appliances like your hairdryer and coffee makers.
How does EMFs Affect the Brain?
You would never really expect the things you use every day are potentially causing harm to your body. We figured if it’s an “household” electrical item, it shouldn’t be hazardous. But that’s where we’re wrong.
Cell Phone Use:
According to the World Health Organization, electromagnetic fields are classified as a Group 2B Carcinogen and recommends that people should find ways to reduce our EMF exposure. A Group 2B Carcinogen is categorized as it’s suspected of causing cancer. While that may not sound too alarming, keep in mind that this carcinogenic group includes lead, engine exhaust and chloroform.
Cell phone use has been linked to both malignant and benign brain tumors after a record of ten years of cell phone use. Swedish researchers published in the International Journal of Oncology of finding significant associations between long-term cell phone use and brain tumor risk.
Brain tumors shouldn’t be only thing to worry about, there have been other reported side effects of EMFs such as headaches, dizziness, sleep disorders, dementia, and Alzheimer's.
Additionally, The Journal of the American Medical Association found that 50 minutes spent on a cell phone actually disrupts brain glucose metabolism. This is important since your brain uses glucose as its main source of energy.
Sleep is an essential pillar to good brain health. During sleep is when your brain consolidates memories, repairs itself after a long day, and clears itself of metabolic debris. Studies show that even low-level EMF exposure disrupts your natural production of melatonin, which is commonly known as a natural sleep hormone that regulates circadian rhythm. Also, its portent antioxidant has been found to help in the prevention of Alzheimer’s, depression, cardiovascular diseases, and mood disorders.
Function of the Thyroid:
EMF exposure can also affect the structure of the thyroid. EMFs causes the levels of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) to elevate. High levels of TSH are directly linked to hypothyroidism, which symptoms include memory loss, depression, brain fog, dry skin, constipation, weight gain, and muscle aches.
Protecting Yourself from EMFs Exposure
Trusting manufacturers of electric devices of the government to keep you safe from EMFs is always risky business. Unfortunately, a lot of information on how to avoid EMFs exposure is usually given by the people trying to sell you something that creates electromagnetic fields.
Not saying that you should give up everything you own that produces EMFs, because at that point you’d be living in the stone age, but reducing your exposure is doable.
- Sleep with your TV off, better yet just make your room an electronic-free zone.
- Try not to sleep with your phone right next to you, or underneath your pillow, (tip: maybe even turn your phone completely off for a couple of nights and notice a difference in your sleep patterns).
- Use a headset or speaker or headset when talking on your cell phone.
- Talk less, and text more!
- Try not to carry your phone so close to your body, keep it in your purse, satchel or suitcase instead of your pocket.
- Use your phone when your signal is strong – EMF exposure increases dramatically when cell signals are weak.