Electrosmog is present in our modern and increasingly “technological” homes in a constant and widespread manner. A clear definition of electrosmog is given by the presence of artificial electric and electromagnetic fields in the environment in which we live.
The high frequency radiation fields created by cellular and cordless phones, cell phone towers, Wi-Fi and microwaves are the most harmful. But even low frequency electrosmog can be harmful when we are exposed to it consistently and continuously
The main “home” sources of potential electromagnetic pollution are:
- Electrical conductors, even if they are recessed (in the wall) or contained in the appropriate panels
- Appliances (washing machine, washer dryer, dishwasher, oven, refrigerator, freezer, toaster, etc.)
- Microwave ovens
- Televisions (of any type: the “worst” are the old models with cathode ray tubes)
- Energy saving lamps
- Electronic ballasts (e.g. halogen spotlights)
- Battery charger
- Cell Phones and Smartphones
- Cordless phones
- Wireless networks
- Clock radios
- Personal computers and accessories (printers, etc.)
- Induction stove
- Electric shavers
- Electric toothbrushes
- Hair straighteners
- Water heater boiler
It is then possible to distinguish different types of electromagnetic pollution:
Low frequency alternating electric fields: for example domestic electrical installations and household appliances. The fields are present even when the electrical equipment is not in use.
Low frequency alternating magnetic fields: they occur when the various appliances and devices are put into operation.
Electromagnetic waves (radio frequency): this type includes all types of transmitters such as cell phones, Wi-Fi etc.
Does electromagnetic pollution affect the human body?
That electrosmog causes damage to health is a topic now established by extensive scientific literature that has divided the interaction between it and the human body into two main categories: Ionizing Radiation (specifically those that are created in the presence of a strong electromagnetic field as when using the mobile phone resting on the head) and non-ionizing radiation, of lesser intensity and level but characterized by a continuous and constant environmental presence
The fact is certain: electromagnetic waves cause stress to our body. Another fact is that each human being reacts differently to the electromagnetic stresses present in the environment. This depends on the intensity and duration of the frequencies of the electromagnetic fields as well as on the type itself (pulsed, with phase and polarity variation etc.) as well as on individual responses.
In fact, we must take into account age (children and adolescents are subject to much greater risk), the pre-existing general state of health, the immune system and the ability of each of us to compensate for magnetic loads and our resistance to external influences. If our body is exposed to electromagnetic pollution for long periods, (which today cannot be avoided), we can suffer from a chronic state of stress that can lead to autonomic nervous system disorders causing the following symptoms:
- digestive problems
- sleep disorders
- circulatory disorders (hypertension)
In addition, stress affects the immune system making it more susceptible to disease. Hormonal balance can be influenced by electromagnetic pollution and negatively affect the psyche, even leading to depression.
Particular attention must be paid to the placement of household appliances and electronic devices in children’s rooms or in environments where they spend most of their time, these are often the cause of disturbances on the duration and quality of sleep and on their ability to pay attention and concentration. with reduction also of mnemonic and learning abilities. In addition, situations of accentuation of nervous states of anxiety and restlessness have often been highlighted
Why does the body react to electromagnetic pollution?
The human body is electromagnetic and for this reason it also responds to electrosmog. The communication of our organism takes place through chemical messages and electrical signals. These signals are influenced by external electromagnetic radiation (electrosmog), which can cause damage to health. Electrosmog can therefore be seen as an “attack on the functions of life” as it is able to significantly influence vital functions. The cells of our body perceive the presence of electromagnetic fields in a few seconds and recognize them as an “attack”.
For this reason a protective mechanism is triggered which closes all the channels that enter and leave the cells. In a relaxed state the cell membrane is permeable – the cell membrane has two energetic states, a parasympathetic (relaxed) state and a sympathetic (excited) state. In the relaxed state, nutrients can enter the cells; in the excited state, the cell membrane is closed and it is therefore not possible to feed nutrients and energy. Normally, a cell always goes through these two states. When a cell is constantly exposed to electromagnetic radiation, its membrane remains constantly in the sympathetic or closed state and therefore cannot absorb nutrients, nor expel pollutants, therefore the brain or skin cells permanently exposed to electromagnetic fields, will have a poor nutrient content.
Another of the significant ways in which electromagnetic fields affect our bodies is by altering the production of hormones essential for our immune system function, circadian rhythms and general health. Studies have shown that electrosmog in bedrooms causes a decrease in melatonin, one of these essential hormones. In some cases the data show a decrease of more than 50% of normal melatonin levels (Bioinitiative report 2012).
Nighttime melatonin production can be reduced to 40% of normal levels by electrosmog, making deep sleep impossible.
Melatonin, which the pineal gland produces only at night, is responsible for complete relaxation and sleep, strengthens the immune system and protects us from the harmful effects of free radical cells. In order for us to get deep sleep, our brain frequency must be 4-8 Hz (Schumann’s frequency as harmonic rhythm is 7.83 Hz), however electromagnetic frequencies constantly interfere with it.
Research has also shown that consistently low melatonin levels increase the likelihood of cancer and can cause the development of existing cancers at a greater rate. As Wilson and Anderson write in “ELF Electromagnetic Field Effects on the pineal gland”
Pineal function could be linked to the etiology of cancer in at least three basic ways:
First of all, melatonin itself is oncostatic and appears to be a humoral factor that inhibits the proliferation of some cancer cells.
Secondly, melatonin improves certain facets of the immune response, once again helping to protect against tumor development.
Third, melatonin works as an inhibitor of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis. As such, it can reduce the availability of hormones that are necessary for the growth of some hormone-dependent breast, ovarian, and prostate cancers. “(Wilson and Anderson, 1990, 167-168)