Electromagnetic radiation, or electromagnetic fields (EMF), encompass many types of man-made energies including:
Low Frequency Radiation – This type emanates from a building’s electric power distribution system (the wiring). It includes AC (Alternating Current – 60 cycles per second) electric fields, AC magnetic fields, and dirty electricity. AC magnetic fields are present when current flows to power appliances and lights. AC electric fields are present when an appliance is plugged in, regardless of whether or not it is turned on, and are also produced by the wiring in the walls, floors, and ceilings.
Any reduction is worthwhile.
–Building Biology® tenet
Radio Frequency Radiation – This type is associated with communications radiation (Radio Frequency (RF) Fields) and found in the air: cordless telephones, cell phones, pagers, wireless internet, Bluetooth devices, broadcast and digital broadcast TV, AM and FM radio, and emergency and military communications. The energy output from these is billions of times stronger than the natural high frequency energies from the cosmos.
Today these energies are all-pervasive and can be measured everywhere on the earth. The wireless age is increasing the density of such energies at an unprecedented rate.
“…childhood and adult leukemia, childhood and adult brain tumors, and increased risk of neurodegenerative diseases, Alzheimer’s and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). In addition, there are reports of increased risk of breast cancer in both men and women, genotoxic effects (DNA damage…impaired repair of DNA damage in human stem cells), pathological leakage of the blood-brain barrier, altered immune function including increased allergic and inflammatory responses, miscarriage and some cardiovascular effects.
Insomnia (sleep disruption) is reported in studies of people living in very low-intensity RF environments with WI-FI and cell tower-level exposures. Short-term effects on cognition, memory and learning, behavior, reaction time, attention and concentration, and altered brainwave activity (altered EEG) are also reported in the scientific literature.” 2
Not all people notice effects from EMF. Symptoms and levels of severity can vary from person to person, as different people may react differently to the various field intensities and frequencies, even within the same household. As a result, some may feel no effect whatsoever, while others may feel “unwell” and not know why, and still others may be severely affected.
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