You may have heard a rumor that we are surrounded by “Dirty Electricity” (DE) and “Electromagnetic Frequency.” (EMF)
Well, it’s true.
Although the science behind the health impacts are not fully elucidated, and somewhat controversial, you know by now that I’m a big fan of the precautionary principle. Over the years, I have been reading various studies on exposure associations with diseases (1, 2). Mixed with some general knowledge about the physics of radiation on cellular health and physiology, my guard is up. I’m not alone. There’s enough evidence to have most integrative health experts on board to be proactive in taking steps to reduce its harmful effects. In fact, even the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that risk avoidance may be wise, “if you are concerned.”
As it seems to be with most exposures, due to their vulnerability and developing bodies, it’s the children and future generations (including infertility risk associations) that may be most at risk. In fact, a new review published in May 2017 in Child Development specifically highlighted the epigenetic modifications related to DE and EMF.
The Electromagnetic Fields, Pulsed Radiofrequency Radiation, and Epigenetics: How Wireless Technologies May Affect Childhood Development abstract states the following:
Mobile phones and other wireless devices that produce electromagnetic fields (EMF) and pulsed radiofrequency radiation (RFR) are widely documented to cause potentially harmful health impacts that can be detrimental to young people. New epigenetic studies are profiled in this review to account for some neurodevelopmental and neurobehavioral changes due to exposure to wireless technologies. Symptoms of retarded memory, learning, cognition, attention, and behavioral problems have been reported in numerous studies and are similarly manifested in autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorders, as a result of EMF and RFR exposures where both epigenetic drivers and genetic (DNA) damage are likely contributors. Technology benefits can be realized by adopting wired devices for education to avoid health risk and promote academic achievement.
The whole article discusses plausible mechanisms for EMF inducing changes in DNA expression. These included rodent studies on the impact on microRNA, and histone modification and chromatin remodeling from cellular studies.
The BioInitative 2012 report was released as a “report by 29 independent scientists and health experts from around the world* about possible risks from wireless technologies and electromagnetic fields. It updates the BioInitiative 2007 Report.”
As reported on the site, it covers 1800 new studies and reviews the following:
The science, public health, public policy and global response to the growing health issue of chronic exposure to electromagnetic fields and radiofrequency radiation in the daily life of billions of people around the world. Covers brain tumor risks from cell phones, damage to DNA and genes, effects on memory, learning, behavior, attention; sleep disruption and cancer and neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s disease. Effects on sperm and miscarriage (fertility and reproduction), effects of wireless on the brain development of the fetus and infant, and effects of wireless classrooms on children and adolescents is addressed. Mechanisms for biological action and public health responses in other countries are discussed. Therapeutic use of very low intensity EMF and RFR are addressed.
Want to Join Me in Being Proactive?
This topic is enough to make anyone’s head spin, especially with our reliance and addiction to technology. Most people, including yours truly, are not willing to give it up.
Thankfully, there are things we can do to mitigate risks associated with DE and EMF. Some examples include:
- Using speakerphone and not putting the phone close to your head, avoid blue tooth
- Putting phones in airplane mode WHENEVER it is near the body and when driving
- Getting “shielded” (see below)
- Turning off Wi-Fi at night
- Plugging in versus using Wi-Fi
- Exploring the resources available below
More Resources and How to Start
I originally learned about EMF and dirty electricity through Dr. Mercola. He has a whole section on his robust website database dedicated to this topic. He also has provided options for protecting ourselves from its harmful effects. This is the link for the website.
This one article would be a good place to start from Dr. Mercola’s site. It provides a wonderful summary and some of the science.
As stated above, if you want a comprehensive review of the studies on correlating dangers to EMFs to human health risks, probably the BioInitiative 2012 report and summary would be a second website stop.
I recently learned more about EMFs and DE in this cool new podcast. It’s worth a listen to as your making dinner and using your oven over the microwave.
All of these resources have made me more diligent recently. Now, I’m using my computer and phone UNPLUGGED as often as I can, putting my phone in airplane mode in the car (shame on me for not doing this prior!), and ordering some more HomeShields. I should mention that the science behind these and most shields are not robust, so do your research and pick what you feel is best. I don’t have 100% confidence and/or affiliation with any that I can specifically endorse.
Another resource I found from the host of the mentioned podcast is by Kelly Abeleven, a building biologist, and it also deserves a skim through. It’s referenced and is in an easy-to-read-16-page PDF on how to safeguard yourself and your family from potential negative impact of EMF and DE.
My ULTIMATE Favorite Hack?
You probably guessed! Yes, essential oils!
Essential oils protect our cellular health and physiology from free radicals and other environmental harms. Reviews in vitro and some clinical trials show efficacy on how essential oils can prevent DNA damage and repair it, assist with chemotherapy side effects, and keep our bodies optimized for wellnes in a variety of ways.
I diffuse essential oils regularly, especially in my working space. I also apply the oils to my wrists and feet daily to ensure all these benefits. One of my favorite oils for cellular protection and health is the almighty frankincense oil.
Learn more about how to diffuse here.
In conclusion, I haven’t done the true biohackers’ modus operandi to eliminating all the sources of DE and EMF, which is your best bet. However, living in today’s world, I hope that I’ve given you plenty of resources of where you can start yourself to put up a good “shield.”
I just wrote a blog on the power of epigenetics and nine tools you can use to optimize your health. Click here to read.
What are your thoughts on this topic?
Do you have a favorite oil to diffuse?
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Please post your comments and resources below!
Disclaimer: This information is applicable ONLY for therapeutic quality essential oils. This information DOES NOT apply to essential oils that have not been tested for purity and standardized constituents. There is no quality control in the United States, and oils labeled as “100% pure” need only to contain 5% of the actual oil. The rest of the bottle can be filled with fillers and sometimes toxic ingredients that can irritate the skin. The studies are not based solely on a specific brand of an essential oil, unless stated. Please read the full study for more information.
This material is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prescribe for any illness. You should check with your doctor regarding implementing any new strategies into your wellness regime. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. (Affiliation link.)