Our reliance on electronic devices has increased virtually a thousand-fold in the last two decades alone, and almost everyone today has cell phones and other gadgets. But whilst there’s no denying the benefits these devices bring, we also can’t deny the fact that they emit a lot of electromagnetic fields, and when we are continuously exposed to electromagnetic field radiation, this can hamper and affect our health and overall well-being as well. In fact, enough proof or evidence is suggesting the potentially dangerous and carcinogenic effect of radiation from cell phones and Bluetooth that the International Agency for Research on Cancer has taken notice. If this is now a cause for concern for you as well, there are certain ways you can protect yourself and your family. So what else should you know about EMFs? Here’s your best guide.
Our biggest and most frequent sources of radiation
There are basically two kinds of radiation: particle or ionising, and electromagnetic waves or non-ionising. Electromagnetic waves can produce or emit radiation at either high or low levels, and low-level sources include infrared, electrical, ultraviolet light, and visible light. A higher level would include gamma rays and X-rays. Particle radiation, on the other hand, is associated more with nuclear energy, so our focus isn’t on this, but rather on the lower levels of radiation we can become exposed to from electronic gadgets as well as some routine medical procedures.
Some of the most frequent sources of daily radiation include Bluetooth gadgets, cordless or wireless telephones, cell phones, laptops, microwaves, cell phone towers and power lines, radios, televisions, Wi-Fi, and smart devices such as speakers, security systems, and meters.
The potential harm caused by prolonged exposure
Whilst studies have still yet to prove the far-reaching effects of constant electromagnetic field radiation exposure on our bodies, we are already aware that some health conditions may be linked to prolonged exposure to EMFs. These include conditions such as anxiety (and other changes in behaviour); changes to concentration and attention and other cognitive functional changes; infertility, hormonal imbalance, or problems with the reproductive system; diabetes and obesity; oxidative stress; brain development problems; insomnia, and so on.
How you can protect yourself
In our modern lives, it can certainly be a challenge to find ways to protect ourselves against too much exposure to electromagnetic fields, but this doesn’t mean that it’s impossible. One of the very first things you can do is to reduce or limit your exposure by minimising the time you spend around electronic devices or gadgets and putting as much distance as you can between yourself and any device or gadget as well. Another thing you can do is use EMF protection devices; these devices work through the concept of shielding, which can limit or decrease your exposure by creating a protective barrier or shield between you and a gadget or device, such as a cell phone.
You can also do certain small things which have a significant effect, such as unplugging appliances from their sockets, turning off your Wi-Fi in the evening, carrying your cell phone in a bag instead of in your pocket, and avoiding placing your laptop on your lap or using it whilst it is charging.
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