What is Electromagnetic Radiation?

You can’t see it or smell it. You can’t touch it or hear it. Nevertheless, it’s present in our homes, our workplaces, our schools and even our child care centres.

Electromagnetic radiation (EMR) is the invisible signals emitted by all wireless devices – mobile and cordless phones, base stations, computers, tablets, routers, baby monitors, microwave ovens, smart meters, smart TVs and other WiFi devices.

Sometimes the term ‘EMR’ is also used to include the electromagnetic fields from electrical sources: powerlines, wiring, meter boxes, transformers and appliances.

‘It’s one of the newest and fastest-changing environmental exposures on the planet,’ said Lyn McLean, Director of EMR Australia PL.

Lyn established the company in 2004 to inform people and help the many people she knew experience problems from exposure. ‘I’d already been working on this issue for twelve years, so I’d had plenty of conversations with people who were affected by EMR and desperate for help. At that time, there was nowhere else for them to turn.’

‘In the early days, people were generally affected by power lines and meter boxes,’ Lyn says. ‘Over time, and with the introduction of wireless technologies, people began to complain about symptoms from mobile phones, phone towers, WiFi and smart meters. For every new technology that’s introduced, a new wave of people seems to react.’

These reactions are not entirely surprising. There are thousands of peer-reviewed, scientific evidence showing harmful effects on the body from low levels of exposure, typical of everyday environments.

Lyn has been monitoring this research for 20 years and has been writing and publishing important information throughout that period. Those resources are available on EMR Australia’s website, in the form of articles, newsletters and books. You can also follow their posts on Facebook and Google Plus.

She observes that people are becoming better-informed about EMR but, at the same time, they’re becoming more exposed from more and more radiating technologies on the market.

‘This makes understanding this exposure more and more important,’ she says.

‘Our goal is to educate and empower people to understand just what they are exposed to and to make informed decisions about that exposure.’

‘Over the 20 years I’ve been working in this field, I’ve talked to so many people who’ve suffered one way or another from this radiation,’ Lyn says. ‘Sometimes we’ve been the only lifeline these people have had. It’s gratifying to know that we’ve been able to help people and I’m always encouraged to hear how symptoms have improved when people have reduced their exposure.’

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