What Causes EMF Sensitivity?
Many different terms have been coined for this condition, including electromagnetic sensitivity, electro-sensitivity, electromagnetic hypersensitivity, EMF intolerance, and microwave sickness. The increasing use of cell phones, computers, laptops, ebook readers, smart meters, WiFi, Bluetooth, cordless phones, cell towers, and a myriad of other electrical devices are increasing our exposure to electromagnetic fields. This area is so rapidly advancing that scientific research has not been able to keep up in terms of EMF radiation and health damage to cells and bodies in the long-term.
To comprehend why our bodies react to EMF, it is necessary first to understand that the body is made up of 70 trillion cells interacting. In order for the cells to optimize health, they need the necessary building blocks of nutrition to provide fuel, detoxification to eliminate waste, and oxygen for the cells to convert into ATP (a source of energy).
EMF sensitivity tends to occur when cell membranes are damaged. Weak cell walls allow nutrients to leak out, but toxins remain. Damaged cell membranes can lead to many biological problems, including Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome (AFS). Cells communicate with each other via electricity located within the cells. These signals, however, are perturbed when external EMF interferes with the communication.
Common symptoms of EMF sensitivity include headaches, constant and long-term fatigue, digestive disorders, sleep disturbance, muscle tightness, memory disorders, metallic taste in the mouth, anxiety, heart palpitations, muscle twitches, and others. Many of these symptoms are also typical for those with AFS.
Adrenal Fatigue, EMF radiation, and Health
Adrenal fatigue is a condition where the body becomes weak under stress. Stress comes in many forms: emotional (anger, anxiety, finances, relationships), physical (pain, exertion, excessive exercise), inherited (genetic, prenatal) and environmental (electromagnetic fields, toxins, weather, allergens). Environmental stress caused by electromagnetic fields can have an impact on AFS.
Not all AFS sufferers who are exposed to EMF react to it negatively. One possible reason for this is that EMF exposure is only one of the many toxic burdens that the body carries. Therefore, individual reactions vary with EMF exposure depending on the individual person’s toxic load. Those with AFS already have a weakened constitution, and further stress on the body, like daily EMF exposure, can make the symptoms worse.
In light of this, EMF sensitivity can also be a sign that your body is under a heavy toxic load. It could be a state known as reactive metabolite overload. Reactive metabolites are compounds that are not particularly toxic, but in high enough doses, they can overwhelm your body and cause congestion. These metabolites can come from many varying sources, including supplements. The stimulation of EMF radiation and health effects produce more metabolites.
In advanced cases of AFS, the probability of concurrent sensitivity to electromagnetic fields and severe weakness is higher. Some sufferers, as a result, cannot physically function normally when near a cell phone, electrical equipment, or household appliances. In extreme cases, one has to live far away from modern civilization, such as in a remote forest environment to avoid EMF exposure in order for symptoms like heart palpitations and anxiety to subside.
Decreasing EMF Exposure Promotes Healing
A great start to healing your body is to reduce your exposure to electromagnetic fields. However, it is equally important to understand and address the toxins your body has accumulated and to consider the stress triggers that have led to the downward spiral of AFS. For efficient adrenal fatigue recovery, you need to consider all sources of stress to the body, while simultaneously minimizing EMF exposure, even if you do not initially feel EMF radiation and health effects.
How to Decrease EMF Exposure
Many things can be done to reduce EMF exposure, ranging from simple to more complicated measures. The following offers a variety of measures that can be taken to guard yourself against unnecessarily exposing your body to harmful EMFs.
1. Unplugging the Bedroom
The bedroom is one of the most important spaces to reduce EMF exposure. The body is repairing its cells when you sleep, and the bedroom is where you typically spend a large part of the day. Many adrenal fatigue sufferers have difficulty falling asleep and remaining asleep; it could be that their bedroom environment is not conducive to sleep. Where practical and possible, it is best to remove all electrical equipment from the bedroom, including cell phones, lamps, and alarm clocks. Even when the lamps and cell phones are switched off, they are still radiating EMF, and therefore, the body is susceptible to it while sleeping.
Most housing in the United States will have bare wires running through the walls, so the simplest remedy for this is to sleep with your head as far away from the wall as possible, facing the center of the room. Also, make sure everything around the bed is battery operated, including alarm clocks, humidifiers, and air filters. Turning off the lights does not stop the electric fields, as the electrical outlets are still carrying voltage, regardless of whether the light is switched on or off.
If your appliances are not battery operated, distance yourself from them by at least three to five feet, making their fields ineffective on your body.
2. Grounding Sheets/Earthing Sheets
Computers or laptops that have a three pin plug are already grounded. For those that have a two pin plug, grounding is easily achieved with the use of an alligator clip on a wire, which is then grounded by plugging into an electric socket. This grounds the computer through the wire instead of through the body. Other options involve grounding yourself via the use of a grounding mat, but this method requires more caution, and measurements need to be taken prior to using the mat in an area with other electrical equipment in use.
Precautions in Using Grounding Sheets
There are many grounding pads and sheets that are available on the market currently, but many people are unaware of the dangers of using these devices. Depending on the location of the field source relative to the grounding sheet, the field strength may go down or up. The only way to know for certain what the levels are is to measure with an EMF meter.
Grounding sheets cannot be used on a whim, as they have the potential to be more harmful than helpful. For areas such as the office, it is better to earth the equipment rather than yourself via an earthing mat. In an environment with potentially high EMF, you may be exposing yourself to much higher levels of electric fields when using a grounding mat.
Natural Earthing Method: Barefoot Walking
There is a tradition in some European countries of walking barefoot in the early morning when the ground is still wet with dew or along the sandy shores of a beach. The scientific understanding behind this tradition is based upon the knowledge that our bodies are made up of cells that communicate with one another via electrical signals. Furthermore, the body (which is largely made up of water in the form of blood and body fluids) is also relatively conductive.
When the body makes contact with the earth (which is a natural source of electrons) there is a transfer of electrons into our body, thereby charging it with the same negatively charged electrical potential as the earth, essentially grounding oneself to reduce EMF radiation and health effects. Barefoot walking is made even more effective with the presence of water in the form of the early morning dew, or wet sand from the beach.
Getting negatively charged can help stop the free radical damage. A free radical is a molecule that has lost its electron due to another free radical attacking it, thereby creating a chain reaction. Many have avoided free-radical damage by eating foods or vitamins rich in antioxidants. Walking barefoot on the earth is another method for the transfer of those electrons, as the earth is naturally negatively charged largely due to the activity of lightning.
Ideally, grounding is best on the beach or on a grassy field. However, even walking barefoot on concrete (better if it is wet) will help you get grounded. Anything insulated will not help though.
Earthing or grounding has also been supported by emerging scientific research. It appears the earth’s electrons are capable of inducing physiological changes such as reducing pain, improving sleep, and shifting the body from using the sympathetic to the parasympathetic nervous system.
Another positive side effect of barefoot walking is the spiritual connection with nature. How often does a day at the beach or a hike in the woods leave you feeling refreshed, connected, and revived? Leaving behind the claustrophobic environment of our modern houses and offices even for a few hours can do wonders for the body.
However, for those with advanced AFS, it is important to be careful of spending too much time in the sun or at the beach. It is advisable to start in small increments of time if it is an activity that is not currently in your routine because too much of a good thing can be too much for the body to handle at this point. Starting out with five minutes of grounding and working your way up to a couple of hours on a daily basis, if possible, is ideal. You can clear your mind and engage in breathing exercises or meditation as you walk. This will greatly reduce the effects of EMF radiation and health exposure.
3. Functional Silver to Decrease EMF Exposure
Silver is a metal with good deflective tool against EMF radiation and health exposure. Functional wear incorporating strands of silver fibers can be worn to reduce EMF exposure. The more commonly worn garments include hoodies, sweatshirts, neck wraps, headgear, and socks. Those who are extremely sensitive may need to sleep under a bed canopy with silver fiber incorporated into it.
These garments can be particularly useful when worn during work in front of computers and laptops, or in an office building full of wireless devices.
4. Charcoal to Reduce Toxicity
The use of charcoal as a detoxifying agent dates back centuries as a tool to help the body reduce its toxic load. This enables the body to better handle EMF. The use of functional garments incorporating charcoal fiber can be very helpful. This kind of fiber is currently available on the market. The most commonly used are headgear, scarves, socks, and braces. Charcoal patches, when applied directly over the liver and kidneys, can also help improve the body’s detoxification process.
5. Increase Your Nutritional Reserve
Increasing the overall nutritional reserve in the body will provide a better functioning and allow the body to handle EMF better. This is especially critical for those who have advanced AFS because their nutritional reserve is already compromised.
The nutritional reserve is a complicated, built-up process that serves as a foundational building block, which the body draws from in times of stress. Because EMF is a stress inducer, having an increased reserve will allow stress to dissipate without affecting the other organ systems.
Unfortunately, building up the nutritional reserve for AFS sufferers is easier said than done. This is particularly difficult in the advanced stages of AFS due to existing weaknesses. Therefore, simply loading up on nutritional supplements may cause more harm. Getting a professional nutritional assessment, a comprehensive plan of nutritional reserve building and nutritional coaching is a good idea in this case. This usually takes about 3 – 6 months and is a critical part of an EMF exposure protection plan for those with AFS.
EMF Exposure and the NEM Stress Response Model
If you believe you have been exposed to significant EMF radiation, the best way to remediate the damage that may have been done to your body is through the NeuroEndoMetabolic (NEM) Stress Response model. This viewpoint regarding health and illness conditions is significantly different from traditional medical viewpoints.
Essentially, the NEM model looks at organ systems and their interrelationship in responding to stress on the body, like EMF radiation. This stress leads to any number of physical conditions that may manifest themselves in one or more organ systems, but other organ systems will also be affected. This is because they are interrelated. What affects one affects others as well.
When EMF radiation causes cell damage and increased toxins in cells, the metabolic system will be affected because of the need for increased deactivation of toxins. This may lead to an effect on the inflammatory system because of the increased inflammation due to these toxins. The hormonal organ system will also be affected because of the stress caused by EMF radiation and health effects. This is one example of the NEM response model at work. Understanding how the NEM works can help unravel your symptoms.
Conclusion on EMF Radiation and Health Exposure
Living in the modern world carries a significant risk of EMF exposure. It is all around us. It is virtually almost impossible to mitigate. We must learn to live with both its advantages and disadvantages. Hopefully, by understanding the sources, the effects, and how we can shield and protect our bodies from it, we can lessen the detrimental effects.
Those in advanced stages of AFS are particularly vulnerable to this external insult to the body as their bodies are already under a heavy toxic load. Excessive EMF radiation and health exposure, while inconsequential to most people, can worsen AFS and ultimately trigger an adrenal crash.
Fortunately, the proper use of basic earthing techniques, such as barefoot walking and the use of functional fabrics incorporating silver and charcoal fiber can be very helpful. Furthermore, there are simple steps you can take, such as keeping your bedroom free of electrical appliances and using laptops carefully, which can also drastically reduce your EMF radiation and health exposure.