So often when we face health challenges we are quick to look at medications we should be on, supplements we should take or dietary changes we should make. Something that we may not consider though is our physical environment. There are many elements in our environment that can affect our health, I’ve explored some of these on my podcast Unstress. But one thing I wanted to talk briefly about was the impact of Electromagnetic Fields (EMF). Exposure to EMF, is not a new phenomenon, but it is the amount of exposure and the consistency of it that can cause adverse health effects.
We just need to look at the last decade and the increase in EMF sources. So many devices have wifi or Bluetooth capabilities that our exposure has escalated. Over 25,000 articles have been published discussing the biological effects of EMF exposure. The World Health Organisation have gone as far to classify it as a carcinogen. Some symptoms that have been linked to EMF sensitivity include foggy brain, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, infertility and anxiety. While EMF may not be the only cause for these issues, it is important to reduce exposure where possible. Despite this, the effects on individuals vary and the conclusion is more research needs to be done. My belief is we should be exercising the precautionary principle. We all know how good we feel after a day in nature compared to a day in front of a computer, so why not take some simple steps to reduce exposure.
On my podcast, Unstress, I’ve had several amazing guests on to discuss the impact of our environment on our health. Lyn McLean has been on to talk about wireless technology in the home and Dr Pri Bandara on its impacts on our health. The best way to know if EMF is a problem is to test. You can do this with the support of a Building Biologist or with a handheld EMF detector.