Electromagnetic radiation from wireless applications such as WLAN and mobile radio is a constant source of concern: how dangerous are the electromagnetic fields that people are exposed to through these technologies in everyday life? According to the current state of science and technology, there are no dangers.

However, health and radiation protection authorities recommend precautionary measures, and still see the need for more research, especially regarding the possible long-term consequences of heavy cell phone use. Even the effects in children cannot yet be conclusively evaluated.

Did you know that you can actually protect yourself against electromagnetic radiation? Here we invite you to know how to do it.

The average person does not usually realize that they are innocently endangering their health either from the computer or talking on a mobile phone, thus exposing themselves to the effects of electromagnetic radiation.

Exposure is almost impossible to avoid. However, with a diet and awareness, the dangers of the electromagnetic fields to which we are exposed can be reduced.

The hidden dangers

There is a wide variety of studies on the health effects of radio frequency electromagnetic fields around the world. The results of the German Mobile Telecommunications Research Program (DMF) play a central role in assessing the dangers posed by the authorities.

No evidence was found that, apart from the risks of heating, there are other harmful effects due to high-frequency electromagnetic fields. To avoid damage to health due to the heat effect, the existing limit values ​​are sufficient.

Among other things, the following possible effects were investigated:

  • Influence on cells that are relevant to the immune system.
  • Impairment of the auditory and visual system.
  • Lowered melatonin level.
  • Sleep disorders, headache, impaired cognitive performance.
  • Increased risk of cancer.

Neither in experimental studies nor in population-based observational studies could health effects be found below existing cut-off values. However, as the technologies investigated are relatively new, it remains unclear whether there can be long-term effects over a 10-year period.

In addition, it is not finally clear whether there are special risks for children. This will be taking place later as there is evidence that certain areas of the head are more exposed to mobile phone use by children.

Depending on the current state, there are no harmful effects due to wireless data transmission via WLAN or Bluetooth, provided the maximum recommended values ​​are met. The SAR values ​​achieved in the human body when using the devices generally remain below the maximum values, according to the Federal Office for Radiation Protection. According to this, USB sticks, Bluetooth and WLAN transmitters in a laptop placed on the desktop have maximum local SAR values ​​of 0.1 to 0.2 W / kg.

The BfS points out, however, that in the case of an unfavorable placement, values ​​in the range of the maximum allowable values ​​can be reached, so it can be harmful.

Caution is advised

The Federal Office for Radiation Protection generally recommends keeping radiation exposure as low as possible. In principle, it is always possible that there are hitherto unknown health risks. Furthermore, the minimization requirement is a basic principle in radiation protection. The authority gives a set of concrete recommendations for everyday life.

Users should observe the minimum distances specified by the manufacturers for WLAN and Bluetooth class 1 devices. If wireless technology is not required, wired connections should be preferred. Wi-Fi access points should not be set up near places where people stay permanently, for example, at or near the workstation. If there is any possibility of configuration, the range of WLAN access points should be limited to the level necessary to reduce the maximum radiated power.

Caused by cell phones, power lines, computers, and microwave ovens, as well as other electronic and magnetic devices, electromagnetic fields can cause harm to the body.

How to protect yourself from electromagnetic radiation

Protecting yourself from electromagnetic radiation is crucial to well-being, here are some practices you might consider.

Unplug and preserve wellness

Completely avoiding electromagnetic radiation is impossible. However, minimizing exposure lessens the detrimental impact on health.

  • The first rule of thumb is to turn off and unplug appliances when not in use .
  • Avoid exposure to Wi-Fi networks – especially in the home .
  • Fully charging laptops and then unplugging when ready for use is another way to minimize EMF exposure. If the equipment has to be connected to a power source, you must ensure that the plugs and sockets are away from the body.
  • Halogen and fluorescent lighting . Both technologies produce significant electromagnetic fields.
  • If you use a cordless phone, avoid DECT technology as it transmits a strong frequency radio signal, even when idle. Keep the phone away from the body, activating the loudspeaker mode. Same for cell phones. If this is not possible, use a headset.

Prevent and repair damage

Connecting the body to the earth, as well as the use of key foods and supplements, improves resistance to electromagnetic radiation. Grounding is an excellent practice to protect yourself from the harmful effects of electromagnetic fields.

Simply standing barefoot on wet grass or walking along a sandy beach for at least ten minutes each day. A nutrient-rich diet is also essential. Below is a list of edibles and superfoods that protect against EMFs:

  • Iodine
  • Vitamin D3
  • Sea vegetables
  • Spirulina
  • Curcumin (turmeric)
  • Vitamin B complex
  • Melatonin
  • Tulsi (holy basil)
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Sulfur
  • Glutathione
  • Selenium
  •  Zinc

Foods that help prevent and repair the impact on DNA caused by EMF: Some good options are: artichokes, blueberries, kidney beans, walnuts, pomegranate seeds, rosemary, asparagus, blueberries, walnuts, plums, cruciferous vegetables, the cinnamon, broccoli and coriander. Always remember to try to get organic food.

Even though we live in an era with Wi-Fi technology and all kinds of EMF gadgets, we don’t have to be the victims of this invisible threat. Eating a diet, grounding yourself, and unplugging appliances when possible can help improve your quality of life. By taking these precautions and preventative measures, modern life doesn’t have to be so dangerous.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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