Dr. Libby Darnell blames high exposure to EMF (electromagnetic fields and frequencies) at home and at school for the cancer that killed her 7-year-old niece. When we talk about EMF exposure and health risks we are talking about electric and magnetic fields that emanate from our electrical equipment. There are various man-made electromagnetic fields (EMFs) some of which are invisible and are generated by electrical cables, transmission towers, telecommunications, household appliances, mobile phones and WiFi base stations.
Electric and magnetic fields (EMFs), also referred to as radiation, are energy areas surrounding electrical equipment. The source of EMF exposure is an electric current or flow of electric or magnetic fields generated by so-called EMF.
Over the years, many studies have been done to understand the role of low frequency EMF exposure to conventional power sources and household appliances. However, there is no definitive answer as to whether exposure to EMF has adverse health effects. Significant research has been carried out over the last 40 years to assess the potential health effects of exposure to emf.
Studies related to EMF exposure and sleep suggest biological effects, but do not provide evidence of adverse health consequences. Moreover, epidemiological studies on EMF, for better or worse, are difficult to carry out due to inaccuracy in exposure determination and lack of objectivity in measuring health effects and complaints. The scientific evidence shows no causal link between typical exposure to EMF and adverse health effects.
Due to the degree of uncertainty in the literature, exposure of electric and magnetic fields to cancer should be considered in the context of a low individual risk, comparable to the environmental risk from traffic accidents elsewhere.
If you are concerned about your exposure to electromagnetic sources in your vicinity, including high voltage electric lines, then you can measure field strength with a device called a gaussmeter, deployed in conjunction with emf shielding materials.
Scientists developed scientific standards to limit public exposure to current frequencies and EMF-induced currents that naturally occur in the body. Researchers investigating childhood leukemia in Denver, Colorado found an association between high current configurations and electrical wiring in homes and an increased risk of childhood cancer. Given the widespread use of Wi-Fi in schools, the UK Health Protection Agency (now part of Public Health England) carried out a large and comprehensive measurement study to assess children’s exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields from wireless computer networks. Parents who are concerned about exposure to electric and magnetic fields from devices can identify important sources of exposure and limit their children’s time in the vicinity of devices.
While experts assure that energy waves known as electromagnetic fields (EMFs), invisible to the naked eye and widespread in our environment, are not harmful, more research suggests that EMFs can affect human health in a variety of ways, causing a range of symptoms known as hypersensitivity. A 2012 report containing more than 2,000 studies on the effects of EMF on human health found that low levels of radiation, such as non-ionizing radiation emitted by your mobile phone, can play a role in cancer, Alzheimer’s and other diseases.
Although much is still being discussed, new evidence shows that prolonged exposure to electromagnetic fields can have devastating effects on our physical and mental health. EMF exposure has been associated with hyperactivity, sleep disorders, effects on the pineal gland which produces melatonin, memory and attention deficits and increased stress levels in children. Children’s developing brains are particularly susceptible to electromagnetic radiation, and their caregivers are increasingly concerned about the health effects of EMF.