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What are EMFs and How Do They Impact Chronic Illness?
- Electromagnetic Fields, or EMFs, are growing more common in a world constantly moving toward the next technological advancement. EMFs can come from phones, computers, and charging stations. For years, people have reported health problems that link back to EMFs.
- EMFs have been connected with everything from headaches and insomnia to infertility, depression, and cancer.
- Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes chronic disease as the leading cause of disability and death in the world. Chronic disease and EMF exposure can go together, leading to a more aggressive long-term illness.
- Lyme disease can be affected by EMFs. People suffering from chronic Lyme can suffer from a weakened immune system and inflammation as a result of electromagnetic exposure. Radiation from electromagnetic sources can damage the immune system, and slow down recovery.
- EMFs have entered our homes more in recent years. Studies have shown that these waves cause and exacerbate a range of health problems. They impact our bodies on a cellular level, leading to problems with a host of illnesses, including Lyme.
- People who suffer from chronic illness are also more likely to have electromagnetic sensitivity. Electromagnetic sensitivity can mean that you’re more likely to suffer from severe reactions to EMFs.
- Electromagnetic sensitivity can present itself with a range of symptoms, including headaches, nausea, warm and burning sensations, and more.
- To help get rid of the problem of chronic Lyme, or chronic disease, it is important to reduce exposure to EMFs. It may be impossible to avoid exposure entirely, but it can be limited by reducing your use of cell phones, and other wireless devices.
What are EMFs (Electromagnetic Fields)?
As the world continues to industrialize, and technological revolutions continue, there has been a huge increase in the amount of sources emitting electromagnetic fields. Though for some people it seems that devices such as computers cell phones make our lives easier, they’re also linked to several health Anything with an EMF emission can harm your health.
For years, people have reported various health problems that have been linked back to EMF exposure. While some people report milder symptoms, and attempt to avoid the fields, others are severely affected. Some are affected so significantly that they can no longer live as normal.
The World Health Organization tells us that EMFs are everywhere. These energy fields negatively impact our bodies, by interfering with our own highly sensitive electrical systems. People react to EMFs in different ways. Some may not notice any symptoms, while others experience a range of symptoms, including:
- Infertility and sexual changes
- Problems with the digestive system
- Symptoms throughout the ear nose and throat
- Depression and inability to focus
- Eye blurriness and burning
- Skin symptoms like rashes, prickling, and burning
- Limb and muscle aches
- Nervous system issues leading to sleep problems and fatigue
EMF exposure has even been linked to cancer. It is also important to note that EMF exposure can also have negative effects on those suffering from chronic illness.
How EMFs Interfere with Chronic Illness
Over the last couple of decades, there has been a significant rise in chronic infection and autoimmune diseases. WHO recognizes chronic disease as the major cause of disability and death around the world.
Some experts have noticed a link between the rise in EMF exposure and the growth of chronic illness. This is particularly relevant in Lyme disease, where widespread inflammation and depleted immunity interact.
If you suffer from a chronic condition like Lyme disease, you might be eating healthy, reducing stress, and maybe even taking supplements. However, you might not be thinking about the impact of the harmful products all around you. Everything you do, and everything around you, can impact your disease.
A doctor known as “Dr. Klinghardt”, became famous for his successful treatment of neurological radiation. He began an exploration into the connection between EMF and Lyme disease. During his research, Klinghardt found that EMF shielding was more successful at treating Lyme than any antibiotics he had tried. According to Klinghardt, EMFs could be responsible for driving virulence in the microbes naturally in our bodies. In other words, electromagnetic fields could be making internal microbes more aggressive.
We already know that radiation causes immunosuppression and inflammation. In the body, inflammation begins with allergies, and can progress to autoimmunity. As the immune system fires at the wrong targets, it is unable to protect against a growing infection – like Lyme.
Radiation also causes myelosuppression. This is the reduced output of blood cells from bone marrow, including white blood cells. White blood cells are designed for immunity. A low white blood cell count can make it harder to protect against chronic illness.
EMFs, just like any toxin, can accumulate within the body. Through chronic exposure, the build up of EMFs combined with an already weakened immune system such as in chronic illness can make it difficult for the body to fight infection.
EMFs and the Immune System
So, why are EMFs so damaging to the immune system?
Simply put, they trick the system into thinking the body is infected with a virus. This could be why co-infections are a frequent problem with Lyme. Dr. Klinghardt believes that seven minutes of phone radiation can be enough to activate dormant Epstein Barr viruses.
In sufferers of chronic Lyme, there’s a naturally lowered immune system. Since a depressed immune system struggles to produce antibodies, it’s often very difficult to fight against infection. What’s more, in addition to reducing white blood cells, radiation can cause shrinkage in the thymus gland. The thymus gland is responsible for the immune system, maturing white blood cells.
Radiation can also lead to the reduction of red blood cells. This means that patients begin to suffer from reduced platelets – which are the substances required for clotting. On top of that, a lack of red blood cells can also lead to iron deficiency.
In cases of severe acute radiation poisoning, patients can bleed from various orifices, however, in cases of EMF exposure it is more likely that patients might suffer from easy bruising. Iron needs to be bound to red blood cells to move around the body. If iron is not bound, it provides a food source for infections. Infecting microbes can use iron for survival. This is why it is worth considering supplementing during infections. Iron deficiency, or anemia is found in a large number of Lyme patients.
EMFS and Lyme Disease
There are quite a few connections between EMFS and Lyme disease. In today’s chronically ill world, many believe that Lyme disease is one of the most under-treated and undiagnosed issues of the century. Lyme disease is very complicated as many doctors are not aware of the various complex factors in the environment that can impact Lyme.
Everything from exposure to chronic mold to the foods that you eat can increase your problems with chronic Lyme. However, one of the most important issues to address with chronic Lyme, is exposure to electromagnetic radiation, or EMFs.
Most people today are engulfed in a constant bubble of dangerous EMFs generated by Wi-Fi, electricity, cell phones, and more. These EMFs come from environments all around us, every day. They stress the immune system, and inhibit the treatment for Chronic Lyme. They also break up DNA strands, create stress hormones, and weaken the blood/brain barrier. EMFs can disrupt the way your cells function, and clog detoxification pathways in the body.
An increase in electricity in homes has created a host of new health problems that have remained unknown until recently. Studies show that electromagnetic pollution exacerbates, and even causes a range of problems. EMFs can contribute to disorders like autism, and cancer. They also have links with insomnia, chronic fatigue, and more.
Back in 2013, a study was published showing that EMFs have a non-thermal chemical impact on human biology. They damage proper biological function by pushing calcium out of our cells. EMFs also damage potassium ions, which regulate brain function, and lithium, which regulates mental stability.
The permeability of the cell membranes over our nerves, skin, and organs are affected. The intricate DNA of chromosomes have been shown to be affected by EMFs too. Throughout the entire human body, it seems that every biochemical process involves the precisely choreographed behavior of various EMF-sensitive atoms and molecules.
With over 25 years of intensive study into EMFs, the Swedish government has learned a lot about EMFs. Their research into electromagnetic fields has even prompted them to create a health and safety limit for exposure. This Swedish limit is set at 2.5 Mg for ELF fields, and 0.25 for VLF fields.
At this point in time, The United States government has not published any standards around EMF and electromagnetic problems. The Swedish standard is one that has been accepted around the world. This means that if you are constantly exposed to more EMF radiation than the standard limit, you could be at risk of several health problems. While sometimes those health problems may be minimal, both acute and chronic exposure can lead to major health issues for some.
EMF exposure can lead to miscarriage, cancer, and a range of neurological problems. Usually, the worse symptoms are associated with something known as electromagnetic sensitivity. In other words, the severity of your reaction, and how EMFs impact your chronic illness could be connected to a specific sensitivity.
Most people who are ill with a chronic disease will notice that they are more sensitive to EMFs. People with chronic illnesses like chronic Lyme disease will likely suffer more from exposure to EMFs because the body is already in a dysfunctional state. The system is in turmoil, and those invisible waves add extra stress.
Electromagnetic sensitivity is often characterized by many unspecific symptoms. Those symptoms are typically attributed to exposure to a large amount of electric waves.
According to WHO, there have been a number of estimations regarding the prevalence of electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) around the world. A survey across occupational medical centers suggested that only a few individuals have this problem. However, surveys of self-help groups yielded far higher results. Around 10% of reported cases of EHS have been deemed severe.
The most common symptomatic reaction for someone with electromagnetic sensitivity is dermatological. Usually, a person will experience a warm, or burning sensation in the affected area. For some people, this area will be one side of the head or face. For other people, there may be a general burning throughout the entire body. Often, patients describe the sensation as similar to being sunburnt.
There are also physical signs that can appear as a result of electromagnetic sensitivity. For instance, you might suffer from blemishes, eye problems, or have especially dry skin. Below is a list of some of the symptoms commonly attributed to electromagnetic sensitivity:
- Burning or warm sensations in the face (similar to being sunburnt)
- Tingling or prickling sensations across the body or face
- Extreme dryness in the skin and mucus membranes, this might include dry eyes, throat, and mouth
- Swelling in the mucus membranes around the nose, ears, throat, and sinuses without any obvious infection
- Issues with memory-loss, concentration problems, and dizziness
- Feelings of impending cold or flu symptoms that never quite arrive
- Nausea and headaches
- Pains throughout the teeth and jaw
- Pains and aches throughout joints and muscles
- Palpitations in the heart or chest
What Can You Do About EMF Exposure?
Ultimately, most experts suggest that the link between EMF and chronic disease is significant. That means that if you want to overcome a case of chronic Lyme, your first step will be to limit your exposure to EMFs as much as possible.
With so many different sources of EMF in the world today, it can be very difficult to lower your dose to nothing. However, just because you can’t avoid EMF entirely, does not mean you are unable to reduce your exposure.
If you are living within a city or suburb, the chances are that you are exposed to many different EMF sources each day. Both indoors, and outdoors, you are exposed to electrical signals. If you have a lot of wireless devices in your home, it could be helpful to switch to wired technology. Corded solutions emit lower amounts of EMFs, and help you to reduce your exposure. Although it often feels more convenient to buy wireless equipment, the dangers can be significant.
Other ways to reduce EMF exposure include:
- Do not sleep with your cellphone. 44% of people sleep with their cellphone, and this leads to constant exposure to EMFs during the night. Try to keep your cell phone as far away from you as possible whenever you aren’t using it.
- Do not allow your children to use cellphones. Younger people are typically more prone to EMF problems. The brain of a child is less developed and protected than that of an adult. Their skulls are thinner, meaning that EMF penetration is easier.
- Minimize the use of anything wireless. Though there are some pieces of technology you may not be able to do without, you should limit your exposure to anything unnecessary. Reserve your phone for important matters only. Ask yourself whether you can get rid of certain devices from your home.
- Understand EMF sensitivity: Ask the people around you to limit their use of EMF devices when possible. Explain that you are sensitive to electromagnetic frequencies, and their use of certain devices could damage your recovery. The people who care about you should be willing to change their habits to help you recover faster.
- Don’t carry your cellphone in your pocket. Sometimes, you can reduce your exposure to EMF waves simply by changing habits. Keep your cellphone in a bag or purse when you’re moving around. This will create some distance between the device and your body. Remember, cellphones emit EMFs even when you’re not using them to text or make calls.
- Use wired devices. Finally, try switching to wired devices where you can. We often assume that we need to switch to wireless solutions wherever possible. Though wireless devices can seem convenient, they can also be dangerous. Using a wired device to answer calls, like a headset, helps you to remove EMF exposure.
With increasing use of technology, we are also constantly learning about the dangers of exposure to electromagnetic frequencies. For now, it is safe to say that whether you are suffering from a chronic illness or not, you should limit your exposure to these dangerous waves as much as possible.