The world is full of electromagnetic radiation (EMR)! This may sound like dystopian science fiction, but it’s true. First of all, there has been naturally occurring electromagnetic radiation since the dawn of time. It’s produced by lightning storms, and even by the planet itself – that’s how a compass needle is able to function, and birds are able to migrate in the proper direction.
In our electronic age, the amount of electromagnetic radiation has increased exponentially. With electrical appliances (e.g. refrigerators, dish-washers), microwaves ovens, cell phones, DECT phones, Wi-Fi routers and Wi-Fi enabled devices such as tablets and laptops, and countless other electronic devices, our homes are inundated with non-ionising EMR. Additionally, any time you have an x-ray at the doctor or dentist, you’re exposed to high levels of ionising EMR.
How does exposure to EMR affect our health? It’s a very good question, and given the large increase in EMR in the world, it’s a very important question for public policy-makers, too. High levels of electromagnetic radiation can actually heat up the body at a molecular level. Scientists call this the “Thermal Effect”. But it doesn’t stop there, the Bio-Initiative Report 2012 reviewed close to 1800 scientific studies revealing that even at EMR exposure levels significantly lower than the “Thermal Effect Threshold” (i.e. do not cause heating of body tissues) there still are diverse morbid bio-effects on the cellular level that may trigger adverse health effects including cancer, neurological conditions and failed pregnancies to name a few.
Electromagnetic radiation has already been linked to a number of health issues. Persistent low-level exposure has led to reports of headaches, anxiety, depression, and general malaise. There is even some evidence that exposure to high-voltage power lines is linked to cancer rates. While it is notoriously difficult to diagnose the immediate cause of cancer, there are currently a number of studies seeking further information on links between cancer and EMR. In fact, the World Health Organization commenced the “International EMF Project” in the mid-1990s to aggregate research on the effects of EMR on human health.
How to Counteract the Effects of EMR on Your Health
While it is impossible to totally eliminate EMR from your life, there are a few steps you can take to reduce risk. Keeping electronic devices out of your bedroom or unplugging your devices while you sleep may be beneficial. Good sleep is very important for achieving and maintaining good health. Most of the body’s physiological restorative processes occur during sleep. Melatonin is a master hormone produced by the pineal gland after sunset. Scientists have linked Melatonin to numerous key processes in the body. They believe it has a key role in preventing and fighting cancer. Light inhibits the production of melatonin. Working in front of a screen at night delays and decreases the production of melatonin. Some scientists believe that pulses of EMR may also inhibit the production of melatonin. More research is needed but if this theory is proven correct, then EMR, especially at night may have a suppressive and disruptive effect on the immune system. This further reinforces the importance of staying away from any devices that emit pulsed EMR such as smart meters and cell phones especially during the night. To keep your sleeping area EMR safe you may consider using bedroom night-time EMR protection
Pregnant women may consider wearing anti-radiation maternity clothing or at least anti radiation belly armor while sitting at their desk at work, to avoid EMR from their computer and other electronic devices in the office. Future fathers may consider wearing some protective paternity clothing to protect their reproductive organs from electromagnetic radiation. When talking on your cell-phone you can protect your brain by using an anti-radiation air-tube headset. To protect the rest of your body from cell-phone EMR you can use cell-phone shielding and redirecting accessories. If you are using a laptop or a tablet you may need laptop radiation protection and tablet radiation protection.
Because you will never be able to totally eliminate EMR from your life, you also need to strengthen your body’s own defenses against the morbid effects of EMR. A healthy diet, exercise, and reduced stress are key to a healthy immune system. Another good way to boost your immune system and help your body deal more effectively with the adverse effects of EMR is to practice meditation. Meditation has been shown in numerous studies to have a direct effect on the Autonomous Nervous System (ANS). This system has two branches that act as a break and a gas pedal in a car. In an emergency or need for immediate action, the sympathetic branch of the ANS is activated. When it is time to relax or fall asleep, the parasympathetic branch of the ANS is activated. During sympathetic activation the digestive and immune systems are suppressed. During parasympathetic activation the digestive and immune systems operate at their optimal levels. Meditation practice has been shown to activate the parasympathetic branch of the ANS. In other words, regular practice of meditation may boost the function of your immune system and possibly help counteract some of EMR’s negative effects on your body.
Meditation to Boost Your Immune System and Reduce the Impact of EMR
The often misunderstood practice of meditation has become increasingly popular in recent years. Meditation is a very broad term which includes practices from a number of traditions and cultures. Generally speaking, “meditation” means achieving a state of focused mindfulness.
The variety of meditation traditions means that this mindfulness can be achieved in a number of different ways. Some meditations are religious in nature, others are secular. While most meditation can be carried out in a comfortable seated position, there are traditions of active meditation as well.
One example of a very simple meditation is as follows: find a piece of instrumental music that you like, preferably something low tempo, and with no lyrics. Lie flat on a mat on the floor – it’s better not to use a bed or sofa as you don’t want to fall asleep. Begin by taking deep, slow breaths through your nostrils until you fill your belly with air (it’s important that your belly expand – not your chest). Breathe out slowly through your mouth.
As a beginner to meditation, don’t worry about “emptying your mind” or removing all thoughts. It will just lead to frustration. Just breathe slowly, and then begin to visualize clean, fresh, cool water running through all the tiniest capillaries in your body, starting from the tip of your big toe, and steadily winding its way through your entire body, until your piece of music concludes. Then you may slowly get up, and begin the rest of your day. Choose a shorter or longer piece of music depending on how much time you have – some may wish to meditate in silence. A cursory search of the Internet will yield thousands of different options for meditation. Find one (or more) that you like, and practice them.
Exposure to at least some levels of EMR is unavoidable – so be proactive – take action to reduce and minimize your exposure to EMR and at the same time equip your body to handle the potential negative health effects of EMR and other external stressors to your health. Mindful meditation is a very good start to promoting your overall health.
Wishing you good health always,