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Some threats are visible.
That’s the case with something known as “Electrosmog.”
It’s a relatively new form of pollution that’s invisible to the naked eye. Most people are completely unaware of it within their surroundings.
Today, we’re going to make sure you are not one of those people.
Let’s get to it.
What is Electrosmog?
Electro is the short word for electronic, while the word smog refers to smoke or fog. So electrosmog is a type of pollution in the form of electricity.
This pollution consists of invisible electromagnetic radiation that stems from electrically charged objects and wireless technology, which is all man-made.
The alarming part is that it can cause serious negative effects that may not appear until decades later, and most people don’t even know the threat exists.
I don’t want you to be one of those people, which is why I’ve put together this Electrosmog 101 guide.
Exposure to electromagnetic influences is nothing new. Even the sun and earth emit their own electromagnetic fields – both of which support life.
However, as technology advances, it brings with it a growing increase of EMF from artificial sources.
And the radiation that results from those sources is growing increasingly harmful.
How is Electrosmog Generated?
While it’s true that using an appliance like a microwave produces EMF radiation, it doesn’t immediately result in electrosmog.
Electrosmog is a combination of various sources of radiation condensed in any given area – both inside and out.
There are certain instances, however, where just a single item can generate such an intense level of EMF that it creates electrosmog all by itself. An example of this would be your home’s smart meter – the device used to measure your utility usage by your electricity provider.
If you have a manual read meter, count your blessings. The new smart meters are among the highest radiation emitters poisoning modern homes today.
Other radiation sources near your area such as those from your neighbors can increase and affect the amount of electrosmog generated in your environment.
Sources of Electrosmog
Electrosmog is like a silent killer in your home, office, or car. Most people are unaware that it exists, but even fewer understand where it comes from.
Common sources of electrosmog include:
- Mobile phones
- Electrical towers
- CB Radio
- Wireless internet (Wi-fi)
- Electric wiring
- Appliances like air conditioner, microwave, rice cooker, and refrigerator
- Battery- operated things like toys, alarm clocks and rechargeable items such as tablets and laptops
Types of Electrosmog
Electrosmog can be divided into two main categories – DC and AC.
ElectroMagnetic Direct Current Field
Direct current fields, or DC fields, are considered the safer of the two types as they are not known to cause direct side effects. Anything that requires the use of a battery is considered a direct current device.
They can be found everywhere:
- In Your Living Room: digital picture frames, remote controls
- In Your Bathroom: rechargeable razor, hair dryer, electric toothbrush
- In Your Bedroom: alarm clocks, laptops
- In Your Kitchen: electric food scale, digital thermometer
Alternating (AC) Fields
Compared to a DC circuit, which requires little energy, an AC circuit has a continuous flow of energy, generating larger amounts of electromagnetic smog.
Alternating fields are further divided into two types:
- Low frequency
- High frequency
They have specific differences, but they can both be dangerous, so let’s talk about them.
1. Low Frequency Alternating Fields
The effect of low-frequency electrosmog is not as dangerous as the high-frequency. However, consistent exposure to this form of electrosmog can still threaten your health
Low-frequency alternating fields are classified into two types – electric and magnetic.
- Electric Field
When an appliance is plugged in, it creates an electric field. The higher the voltage, the greater the field that will be generated. Unlike a magnetic field, an electric field can be produced even when a device is switched off.
Since things that generate electric fields do not need to be turned on, electrosmog can still be present in a building even with nothing turned on.
- Magnetic Field
A magnetic field can be generated by flowing electric current in wires or devices. It is only produced when a device is switched on, and the electric current is in motion. Some sources of magnetic fields include transformers, power lines, and motors.
2. High-frequency Alternating Fields
High-frequency alternating fields can neither be turned on or off. This kind of field is used to send information from one area to another. HF alternating fields are often found in sources that transmit information over a long distance, including:
- Cell towers
- Mobile phones
- And more
Potential Side Effects: What Do Experts Say?
According to some experts, electrosmog is a huge threat to our health. In fact, some studies show that too much exposure to this kind of radiation often leads to serious health issues.
Studies also link this type of electromagnetic radiation to conditions like asthma, attention deficit disorder, diabetes, fibromyalgia, etc.
One professor from the Department of Neuroscience at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Olle Johansson, put out the following statement:
“Global populations are not sufficiently protected from the emerging communication and data transmission technologies that are being deployed worldwide and are now affecting billions of people.”
Some experts suggest that the growing threat of risks from electrosmog have something to do with the government’s lack of attention to this problem.
They believe politicians need to do something about it soon since the problem is only growing bigger and affecting more and more people each year.
There are a lot of potential side effects that a person who is exposed to electrosmog can suffer. Studies are just now being conducted, but their findings include a laundry list of side effects:
Distressed Body: Electrosmog can affect our bodies in many ways such as blood circulation, respiration, water balance, and other body functions. This can result in things like low energy, headache, and more.
Difficulty Sleeping: Exposure to electrosmog can affect the production of hormones. According to some studies, electrosmog can decrease the production of melatonin, a hormone that our body produces at night.
Weakened Immune System: If your immune system is weak, you won’t be able to fight bacteria and viruses effectively. Researchers believe the impact of electrosmog on the immune system involves its impact on certain nutrient receptors and their function.
What You Can Do To Minimize Electrosmog in Your Environment
It is generally accepted that low exposure to electromagnetic waves is not harmful. However, if the exposure is virtually continuous (as is the case with most people), side effects can occur.
And remember, the threat of electromagnetic pollution is just coming into the limelight. So there hasn’t been enough time for long-term studies to be conducted.
In other words, we really only have short-term data when it comes to EMF and its effects on our bodies.
Avoiding wireless technology and electrically charged objects may seem impossible. Our society is practically dependent on technology and information sharing as a means of communication and convenience.
Still, it’s best to minimize usage as much as possible.
Here are some practical ways to lower your exposure to electrosmog:
- Avoid the most offensive sources – those that emit high-level electromagnetic waves such as microwaves, wi-fi, and radios.
- If you are planning to have a landline, go for a corded phones as opposed to cordless.
- If you’re in the market for a home, choose a location that is far from electrical towers or power substations if you are planning on moving.
- Choose things with chords even when buying a mouse or keyboard.
- You can also replace your appliances with power saving ones that require less energy.
- If you want to have better sleep, choose a spring-free mattress as metals can act as conductors of radiation.
- If you have kids, limit their use of mobile phones or laptops.
- Do not put your mobile phones near you as you go to sleep, or at least put it on airplane mode.
I hope my guide to electrosmog helps you better understand this new form of pollution and how you can limit your family’s exposure.
Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below!