EMF stands for electromagnetic fields. It refers to the radiation given off by electrical and magnetic forces generated by everything from cell phones to communication towers to microwaves to radios to the earth, itself. Even your body can carry an electromagnetic charge, producing its own electricity (hello nervous system). As in most cases, Natural EMFs are beneficial and necessary to our existence, yet there are many man made electrical fields around each and every electronic device that come with increased risk to our health and wellness.
EMFs are one of those things our modern society can’t function without… unless you’re able to live completely off-grid without electricity or cell phone technology. This really isn’t feasible in today’s day, especially with 5G towers popping up everywhere to connect to 5G satellites, and most wireless communications companies having nearly complete nation-wide coverage.
There are both natural and human-made sources of non-ionizing EMFs. The earth’s magnetic field, which causes the needle on a compass to point North, is one example of a naturally occurring EMF.
Human-made electromagnetic frequencies fall into both the ELF and radio-frequency categories of non-ionizing part of the electromagnetic spectrum. These EMFs can come from a number of sources (basically anything that uses electrical energy… your phone, hair dryer, electrical appliances, electric blankets, smart meters, microwave ovens, wi-fi routers, wireless devices, fluorescent lights, or electric tooth brushes…etc).
Non-ionizing radiation doesn’t seem to damage cells in the way that ionizing radiation does, however there are still some very large concerns around its potential to harm and cause disease in adults and children.
Scientists aren’t sure how EMF radiation damages cells. While there are lots of scientific studies, many only show problems when the radiation levels are so high most normal children and adults will never experience them. However, there are enough studies that haven’t been conclusive (or that have indicated potential problems) that many health experts consider EMF radiation to be a concern.
As the National Cancer Institute’s website points out, there has been a large amount of research on the issue, but most of it is inconclusive. Some studies have shown that harmful radiation from EMFs can lead to breast cancer, leukemia in children and adults, heart disease, and an inability to get deep, restorative sleep at night (which has ripple effects throughout the rest of our health).
What is concerning is that “a review of more than two dozen studies on low-frequency EMFs suggests these energy fields may cause various neurological and psychiatric problems in people. (One study) found a link between EMF exposure and changes in human nerve function throughout the body, affecting things like sleep and mood.” (source).
Many experts also point to the exponential rise in EMF radiation. Our homes and most public and work spaces (including schools) now have wifi. As a society, we’re all more connected than ever to devices of every conceivable kind, including wearable devices. And, people aren’t just encountering all this EMF radiation as adults, with fully formed bodies… our children encounter the same levels of radiation we deal with daily, even before they’re even born.
Important questions are being raised about the growing link between EMF radiation and everything from bad sleep, to poor energy, infertility, abnormal growth and development, and the ability to focus and feel well at school. It’s also worth noting that other countries (including France and Israel) have banned the use of wifi in schools to protect their children. Personally, I see the possible health risks as a solid reason to limit my family’s exposure.
Please note, this article is designed for educational purposes only. It is not designed or intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease, and has not been reviewed or endorsed by the FDA.
Health Concerns of Too Much EMF Exposure:
In addition to posing a cancer risk, too much exposure to “dirty electricity” may also cause:
- Ringing in the ears (Tinnitus)
- Sensitivity to sound
- An unexpected earache along with difficulty in keeping ones balance
- Inability to concentrate
- Confusion, lack of mental clarity, and brain fog
- Attention Deficit Disorders or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
- Memory loss
- Dizziness and nausea without discernible cause
- Coughing and throat problems
- Shortness of breath
- Fluctuations in the heart rate
- Chest pains
- Fluctuating blood pressure
- Gritty eyes, deteriorating vision
- Light sensitivity
- Development of “tics”
- Change in outlook such as depression, anxiety, anger and mood swings
- Weakness and spasms in the muscles, pain in the joints
- Acne, irritation or rashes, swelling in the face or flushes
- Bladder problems and unusual sweating
- Upset stomach
- Allergies and allergic reactions
- Sensitivities to chemicals or smells
- Sleep disturbances and insomnia
- Oxidative stress and premature aging
- Reduced immune system functioning
And yes, these symptoms are not exclusive to people. They may be present in animals too.
Natural Ways to Reduce or Counteract EMF Effects:
EMFs aren’t something to fear, but something to prepare for throughout our daily lives. The best part: it doesn’t have to be complicated.
Simple Lifestyle Shifts To Reduce or Counteract EMF Effects
This can be as simple as turning off your WiFi router and other electronic devices when you’re not actively using them (or turning tablets and even cell phones into airplane mode).
Don’t have any electronic devices near your bed while you sleep. I highly recommend also moving your cell phone chargers somewhere outside of your bedrooms (and away from any wall adjacent to your bed).
Get grounded. Spend time outside, barefoot in the grass or on the sand. Use the Earth’s natural energy to help bring your energies back into alignment.
Use an EMF blanket to help block out electric fields.
Ensure you’re conscious about the products you use in your home. Too many popular products (pretty much everything you’ll find in typical stores) for cleaning, personal care, and cosmetics are riddled with harmful chemicals that destroy your immune system and wreak havoc on your body. Those combined with EMFs may pose a greater risk than if you swap them out for healthier alternatives. Unfortunately reading the labels can be difficult.
Neodymium Magnet Jewelry (Bio-Magnets) To Help Counteract Harmful Effects of EMFs
Neodymium Magnets are among several EMF protection products that are worth keeping on hand. Personally, I believe these magnets are the best way and easiest way to protect yourself from EMFs too.
In addition to counteracting harmful effects of EMFs, Neodymium Magnets have been found to provide better sleep, reduced joint pain, increased blood flow, improved balance, increased energy, no longer being bothered by mosquitos, improved wellness, more positive moods, and better focus.
My favorite place to find Neodymium Magnet jewelry is at Magnetude Jewelry. They have gorgeous designs that are fully customizable. Simply pick a base, and pick a ‘Tude that magnetically fits into the base.
Using The Vibrational Energy of Essential Oils To Counteract Harmful Effects of EMF
Pure essential oils may raise your body’s vibration (energy), so your body can function as best as it can to keep your immune system strong, especially when confronted with electromagnetic radiation. These plant essences are powerful tools divinely designed to provide your body support on all levels – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
** PLEASE NOTE ** Don’t be fooled by clever marketing. Not all essential oils are created equally. Make sure you’re not wasting your money on fake essential oils, or oils diluted in questionable solvents (even if they’re labeled as “pure essential oil.” Don’t miss our complete guide on how to find quality essential oils to ensure you’re not wasting your money on brands of oils that legally carry out questionable or unethical practices and mislead you through deceitful marketing practices.
My favorite essential oils you can wear or diffuse around you that will help your body counteract the harmful biological effects of EMF radiation.
- Basil essential oil
- Cinnamon bark essential oil
- Clove essential oil
- Cypress essential oil
- Fennel essential oil
- Frankincense essential oil
- Ginger essential oil
- Grapefruit essential oil
- Myrrh essential oil
- Orange oil
- Patchouli essential oil
- Petitgrain essential oil
- Pine essential oil
- Rose essential oil
- Rosemary essential oil
- Spruce essential oil
- Thyme essential oil
These oils can be used in combination with each other (and other oils), or by themselves. Just be careful that oils like Orange are photosensitive, so you’re not wearing them on your skin in the same area that may be exposed to direct sunlight within 12 hours.
My favorite way to wear these essential oils is through using diffusing jewelry. Whether you make your own clay pendants or opt for a stainless steel locket, there are tons of variety with what jewelry to choose from.
Crystals that help block EMFs
Yes! Some rocks can help prevent some EMFs from reaching your body. 5 of the most common crystals to help block EMFs include:
Common places to use crystals for EMF shielding include:
- On your desk, next to your phone and computer
- On your nightstand, next to your bed (you can do this for your kids, too, as long as the crystals are large enough to not be swallowed by small children)
- In your kid’s backpack or lunchbox (or pocket!) at school
- In your pocket, to carry with you throughout the day
- In each room of your house, or whichever rooms you spend the most time in
- On top of your door frames
- On a shelf or mantle
- In a bowl or vase
Please keep in mind there are some crystals that aren’t good to keep around electronic devices. For example, Quartz can amplify EMFs, and shouldn’t be used around devices. Instead, use quartz to help you cleanse and heal a space.
Merging EMF Protection Ideas Into A Simple Lifestyle Shift
My family spends as much time as possible playing outside away from power lines, air fields, and cell towers. We love hiking as much as possible through national and state parks. Our mobile phones charge in the kitchen, and all electronic devices (including wifi routers) are turned off at night.
My family personally uses a combination of a few different crystals, essential oils, and magnet jewelry (yes, we do combine using crystals with essential oils). We have Black Tourmaline in every room in our house and RV. On our curtains throughout our house, we have Hematite magnets in a magnetic pin (both containing the Neodymium Magnets). My kids wear a customized magnetic sport slider bracelet or necklace. I wear a Neodymium Magnet necklace with a diffuser (a tiny one) and a stone in it. Even our dogs use a Neodymium Magnet on their pet tags.
I do receive a lot of questions about EMF protection devices… while I have tried a few of them, I have not yet found an EMF protection device that has produced an appreciable difference in how we feel every day. If this changes, I’ll update you.
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