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Could EMR be affecting your health? Do you experience:
Have you considered whether EMR might be a contributing factor to these symptoms?
Research conducted in many countries, including Australia, has shown that people report symptoms that they associate with exposure to fields from electrical or wireless sources. These symptoms often occur irrespective of whether people were consciously aware of the exposure or not.
EMR Australia receives many calls about symptoms such as these and often callers report improvements in wellbeing once the source of exposure has been removed. For example:
There's no doubt that EMF and RF radiation can adversely affect the body. In thousands of peer-reviewed scientific studies, researchers have shown that every-day levels of exposure result in adverse biological effects such as genetic damage, changes to important hormones and neurotransmitters, the stress response in cells, sperm damage, changes in brain wave patterns and sometimes breaches of the blood-brain-barrier. Some changes are consistent with cancer.
Governments and EMF-emitting industries generally maintain that these changes are not important for health and that only the heating effects of radiation cause health problems. However, many scientists disagree and believe that the long-term consequences of these sorts of changes could cause problems.
Studies have shown that magnetic fields from electrical sources, such as power lines, wiring and appliances, are linked with increased rates of childhood leukemia. These have found a doubling of the risk of this disease at levels hundreds of times less than those allowed by international guidelines and standards. As a result, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified everyday levels of magnetic fields (over 4 milliGauss) as a class 2B carcinogen, in the same category as lead. Magnetic fields have also been linked with increased levels of neurodegenerative diseases, especially Alzheimer's Disease, among exposed workers.
A number of studies have found increased risks of brain tumours in heavy and long-term mobile phone users and in cordless phone users. As a result, the IARC has also classified radiofrequency (wireless) radiation as a Class 2B carcinogen. Mobile phone radiation has been shown to damage sperm and may contribute to infertility.
Electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) is the name often applied to the unpleasant reactions people experience when exposed to EMR. Usually symptoms occur on or following exposure and can last beyond exposure. They usually disappear when the person is away from the source.
Sufferers experience symptoms such as those listed above, with various degrees of severity. Some people report mild discomfort when exposed; others report extreme discomfort which lasts well beyond exposure. Some are affected so badly, they are unable to visit public places where mobile phones and other wireless devices are in use.
Dr David McDonald, who has had EHS since childhood won a legal case against his employer as a result of EHS-related symptoms he experienced when exposed at work. His story was featured in EMR and Health, and you can read about it here. His legal victory is a landmark result in Australia and you can hear him speak about it here.
EHS appears to be becoming increasingly common as more and more people are exposed to radiating devices. In Sweden, it’s considered to be a ‘functional impairment’. For information about what you can do if you think you have this condition, see below.
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) is a condition in which people experience reactions to multiple allergens. People who have Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) seem to be particularly sensitive to electromagnetic fields, so we recommend that they follow the suggestions below and reduce exposure to electromagnetic fields as much as possible. Similarly, people with EHS often develop sensitivities to chemicals, so are advised to reduce exposure to artificial chemicals where possible.
1: Reduce exposure
The essential first step, recommended by practitioners who treat this condition, is to reduce exposure to EMR. This is important for avoiding reactions and allowing the body time and opportunity to heal and repair.
We can help you create an EMR-safe home and workplace. With our help, you can identify the sources of EMR in your home that could be contributing to your symptoms and address these to create a safe haven for your body. Similarly, we can help you identify fields at work that could be impacting on your body. See Safe Home and Safe Workplace.
You can protect yourself with our shielding clothing.
‘I would encourage everyone to do their own research with meters [our Home Test Kit] with respect to vague health downturns they are experiencing. I was shocked to find that with all my "awareness" of the issues it was really only when I took the readings that I believed that quite a number of my symptoms were being provoked, not just "my problem" ’ M.S.
2: Reduce exposure to chemicals
We highly recommend avoiding exposure to all harmful chemicals. Look carefully at the labels on the products you purchase and choose organic, natural products (not just those that advertisers claim to be ‘natural’). Particularly avoid perfumes and scented products (toilet paper, toilet fresheners, soap etc), as most perfumes contain harmful chemicals.
3: Find our more
You can find out more about EMR, EHS and reducing exposure in our book ‘The Force’.
4: Helpful practitioners
At this stage, most medical practitioners are not familiar with electromagnetic hypersensitivity and do not know how to diagnose or treat it. Doctors specialising in or interested in environmental medicine are often more familiar with this condition. You can find a list of medical practitioners who have had some training from and are members of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine here. We have useful information for medical practitioners below.
Improving the general health of the body can increase resilience of the body to EMR. There are cases in which people with EHS have overcome this condition.
Some people with electromagnetic hypersensitivity have reported benefits from practitioners of complimentary therapies.
If you have health experience problems after being exposed to EMR, or if your symptoms improved after reducing your exposure to EMR, we invite you send us your feedback on our symptoms form.
Is there a device or product that will make your symptoms disappear?
That’s similar to asking: is there a pill that will cure all diseases? There are many products advertised for doing so, some of them claiming to ‘harmonise’ radiation. We advise extreme caution. Some of these products do not work (we once conducted a study on a device claimed to be protective but which actually made users’ reactions worse). Others work in ways that cannot be scientifically demonstrated to work. None of them make any measurable difference to the fields to which the user is exposed.
We advise taking action that can be demonstrated to reduce exposure, rather than taking the risk with a device that may not. Many of our customers have reported spending considerable money on devices claimed to help them to no benefit. Some have said that the devices made their symptoms worse.
Just because you don’t experience symptoms now, does not mean that you won’t in the future. Many people have developed symptoms after long or repeated exposure to an EMR-emitting technology. You can avoid the risk of developing EMR-related symptoms by reducing unnecessary exposure, as recommended by many international authorities. We can help you create an EMR safe home - see more details here.
If you are an employer, you can create an EMR-safe working environment for your staff and you’ll find information about how to do this here.
Electromagnetic hypersensitivity appears to be a growing problem and many people are seeking support from medical practitioners to help them understand and cope with it. You can find criteria for diagnosing EHS here.
You can find techniques for diagnosing chemical and electromagnetic hypersensitivity here.
You will find the following scientific articles for the medical practitioners of help:
Belyaev, I et al ‘EUROPAEM EMF Guideline 2015 for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of EMF-related health problems and illnesses’, Reviews on Environmental Health. Volume 30, Issue 4, Pages 337–371, ISSN (Online) 2191-0308, ISSN (Print) 0048-7554, DOI: 10.1515/reveh-2015-0033, November 2015
Carpenter, D.O. et al, ‘Idiopathic environmental intolerance’, Reviews on Environmental Health. Volume 30, Issue 4, Pages 207–207, ISSN (Online) 2191-0308, ISSN (Print) 0048-7554, DOI: 10.1515/reveh-2015-0065, November 2015;
Lena Hedendahl, ‘Electromagnetic hypersensitivity – an increasing challenge to the medical profession’, Reviews on Environmental Health. Volume 30, Issue 4, Pages 209–215, ISSN (Online) 2191-0308, ISSN (Print) 0048-7554, DOI: 10.1515/reveh-2015-0012, September 2015
Bested, A.C., ‘Review of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: an evidence-based approach to diagnosis and management by clinicians’, Reviews on Environmental Health. Volume 30, Issue 4, Pages 223–249, ISSN (Online) 2191-0308, ISSN (Print) 0048-7554, DOI: 10.1515/reveh-2015-0026, November 2015
Mortazavi, G and S.M.J. Mortazavi, ‘Increased mercury release from dental amalgam restorations after exposure to electromagnetic fields as a potential hazard for hypersensitive people and pregnant women’, Reviews on Environmental Health. Volume 30, Issue 4, Pages 287–292, ISSN (Online) 2191-0308, ISSN (Print) 0048-7554, DOI: 10.1515/reveh-2015-0017, November 2015.
Redmayne, M and Olle Johansson, O, ‘Radiofrequency exposure in young and old: different sensitivities in light of age-relevant natural differences’, Reviews on Environmental Health. Volume 30, Issue 4, Pages 323–335, ISSN (Online) 2191-0308, ISSN (Print) 0048-7554, DOI: 10.1515/reveh-2015-0030, November 2015