What if cellphones were harming you? Would you still carry one in your pocket? Would you use it less?
Would you seek for a change? More than 95% of Americans currently use cellphones. Comparatively, less
than 16% of adults smoke in America. What many people don’t realize is that a daunting familiarity is growing
between these two industries. In its early days, people were in denial that smoking could possibly cause lung
cancer, or lead to any real kind of real damage to their bodies. For over 50 years, tobacco companies were able
to suppress these rumors in an effort to make money. Today, however, we understand the horrible health
effects that are the result of smoking. Similarly, rumors have existed for years about the danger of electronic
and magnetic fields (EMFs) that are generated by cell phones, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth devices. But could these
rumors lead to a comparable outcome as smoking? Scientists are making new discoveries that are allowing us
to figure out just how harmful EMFs are.
Not all EMFs are bad. EMFs and the electromagnetic forces they emit are an important part of the
physical world and of life itself. These forces are the basis of matter, specifically in electrons and protons.
EMFs occur naturally within our bodies, involved in nerve and muscle activity. We are continually
exposed to the natural magnetic field of the earth and the atmosphere. EMFs surround us. Humans,
however, are exposed to a quintillion times more EMFs than our ancestor—that’s 18 zeros! We now
know that it is possible to have too many electromagnetic forces. Unfortunately, we’re far beyond that
Studies show that the EMFs emitted by our wireless technologies might increase risks of cancer over
time. In 2011, EMFs were classified as a Class 2B “Possible” carcinogen. This year, the National
Toxicology Program study found “clear carcinogenicity” in tests done with rats in mice. The National
Institutes of Health now warns there is now clear evidence that cell phone radiation can cause cancers of
the heart, brain and adrenal glands. These assertions suggest that EMFs may soon be re-classified as a
Class 1 “Definite” carcinogen—the same as tobacco! In addition to cancer, common symptoms also
include insomnia/sleep disturbance, infertility, headaches, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), fatigue, cognitive
disturbance, irritability, and stress.
There is a spectrum of sensitivity associated with EMFs. A good comparison is gluten. Only 1% of the
U.S has been diagnosed with Celiac disease but 6% of the U.S. experiences gluten sensitivity—this is
referred to as “non-celiac gluten sensitivity”. Likewise, it is estimated that as much as 35% of the U.S.
population has some degree of sensitivity to EMFs.
If you have experienced any of the symptoms listed previously and think it might be related to EMFs, talk
to a healthcare provider. Make sure your home allows your body to find the balance it needs to stay
healthy. It could be worth it for you to try cutting back on some of your wireless device usage or seek
other sources that may be causing these symptoms. In large apartment complexes, for examples,
numerous Wi-Fi routers, wireless smart meters, and nearby cell phone towers all might contribute to the
symptoms you are experiencing. Even if you aren’t having these symptoms, testing ways to increase your
health is never a bad idea.
Currently, there aren’t many regulations in place by the Federal Communications Commission—and the
regulations they do have are nearly 20 years old. With the recent studies, however, changes are expected
in the near future to keep you and your family safer and healthier.