Electromagnetic Waves & Health Concerns

The debate about the influence of electromagnetic waves on our health remains lively and controversial and causes recurring “red alerts” in the public opinion. In this blog post we will attempt to do some clarifications in this regards.

The electromagnetic radiations, according to their frequency, are divided into non-ionizing radiations and ionizing radiation. Let’s immediately clear the field from the latter, such as X-rays and gamma radiation is certainly carcinogenic, because it is radiation that can transfer to the electrons present in the atoms of the struck matter, an energy superior to that which binds them to their atom of belonging, detaching them. Because of this detachment the atom will no longer appear electrically neutral, because the balance between the positive charges of the nucleus has been altered, represented by the protons and the negative charges of the electrons, giving rise to an ion.
When electromagnetic radiation has an energy that affects the material producing ions, it takes the name of ionizing radiation, and is able to trigger carcinogenesis. When on the other hand, electromagnetic radiation does not have enough energy to disconnect the electrical charges from the atom, non-ionizing radiations are defined, which today present a vast field of applications, continuously increasing. Just think of the uses of electricity, to the radio and television waves, radar, medical equipment (from marconi therapy to resonance magnetic), to fixed and mobile telephony.

Often the energy emitted from such sources is not completely used, but is distributed in variable quantities in the environment, raising considerably the values of the natural electromagnetic background given by sources such as the sun, lightning and cosmic rays. Scientific research has long been intensively activated to find out if exposure to non-ionizing radiation entails health risks, especially if it can cause tumors. But the results of this endless research do not allow today to affirm with certainty, but not even to exclude with equal certainty the existence of such risks.

As this scientific uncertainty is a cause of growing apprehension in public opinion up to provoke exaggerated emotional reactions compared to the data in our possession, scientists advise to prepare preventive measures even in the absence of certain evidence on damage to health, especially for long-term exposures.
For example, epidemiological detection of an increased incidence of childhood leukemia consequent to the exposure to magnetic fields, even if the cause-effect relationship has not been scientifically demonstrated, has led authoritative international organizations to classify these fields as “possibly carcinogenic for the man”.

Therefore, in the presence of discordant studies between those who support the harmlessness and those who support the dangerousness of the electromagnetic fields , the WHO (World Health Organization) recommends applying the so-called “Precautionary principle”. This is a modality of preventive intervention against a potentially serious risk, pending the results of ongoing research and is aimed at providing provisional answers but “precautionary” until safe proven and scientific data is made available.

The main sources of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation used today, susceptible to reaching varying levels of exposure in their vicinity, are grouped into static fields, extremely low frequencies, intermediate frequencies, radio frequencies and microwaves. Causes of the presence of electric fields in the environment can be electric blankets, kettles, stereos, refrigerators, irons. However, high voltage power lines are the main source of electric fields within an extended band up to distances equal to two to three times the height of the line.

Among the causes of the presence of magnetic fields in the environment are hair dryers, blenders, televisions, drills, electric trains and so on, the list is pretty extensive. This  in a ratio that goes from 5000 volts of a high voltage line to the few dozens of volt of a household appliance. Other sources of electromagnetic waves are found and in the telecommunications sectors, radio and television broadcasts of professional and also amateur radio systems, radar systems, both military and civil (anti-theft),  dishes for satellite communications.

Sources of high-frequency magnetic fields have increasingly spread both for personal use and for homes, hospitals, schools and offices. The list is long and comprises of automated systems for access control, video terminals, metal detectors, anti-theft devices, cordless phones and cell phones and so on. As for the mobile telephony, we must bear in mind that the intensity of the electromagnetic field around one cellular phone depends on the model of the device as well as on its distance from the head. So it is recommended using the speakerphone and making short communications, perhaps alternating with each ear. Equally important is the distance of the cell phone from the radio base station, because it can reduce the power emitted by the device by a factor of a thousand. The electromagnetic waves of a cell phone can interfere with implantable electro-medical devices (pacemakers, prostheses acoustic) and other sensitive electronic equipment (radio, TV, aircraft equipment, cars, etc.).

The industrial use of electromagnetic fields essentially concerns the way of causing the heating of materials such as metals, glues, plastics, wood, etc. The main applications of electromagnetic waves in the medical field are, in addition to marconi therapy and magnetic resonance, also diathermy, radar therapy, hyperthermia techniques in the field of oncology and electrosurgery. The most exposed subjects are patients and workers in the manufacturing industries of such devices.

But what are the effects of non-ionizing electromagnetic waves on humans? They generate circulation of currents more or less localized in the human body, whose dissipation can lead to an increase. The part of energy absorbed by human tissues is dissipated as heat of local or global temperature. Certain organs are particularly at risk, like the crystalline lens, unable to dissipate heat because they are lacking in vascularity and subject to forming those opacity layers called cataracts; or the testis, which normally operates in temperature conditions lower than the body, so the induced heating can potentially cause infertility.

Even if the probability of getting cancer following electromagnetic waves exposure has not been scientifically ascertained, absolute uncertainty can not be excluded. Hence, the lack of certain scientific knowledge must not represent one alibi to postpone prevention measures, according to the aforementioned precautionary principle, based on which measures can be taken immediately for protection against non-ionizing electromagnetic waves.

Just by way of example, it is to note that we can all contribute to minimize the potential dangers of electromagnetic waves, for instance at home it is a good thing to do to distribute fixed appliances, such as the fridge or the water heater, so as to avoid long stays within a meter of their surface. Local communities can contribute in a broader way by reducing exposure to fields generated by power lines, for instance new house complexes and urban areas should be built in a way aimed to increase height of the power lines from the ground, and use shielded or buried cables inside the residential and commercial properties.

The above precautionary measures are all dictated by common sense and can truly help to dissipate concerns related to “electrosmog”, a neologism coined only to emphasize risks to the public opinion.

In Conclusion

In today’s technological era, we are continually called to discuss the relationship between health and benefits on the way of comfortable life. In this regard, rather than taking a chance and considering the exposure to electromagnetic waves innocuous as it’s dangers are yet not fully proved it should be everyone’s business to do their best effort and maintain the exposure to such waves at the lowest level of reasonably achievable risk.

Mirko Francioni
Mirko Francioni

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Achieving Mind and Body Wellness Through Alternative Modalities

When we are faced with health concerns and decide to “Google” alternative medicine to help ourselves, it is easy to learn more about herbs, vitamins, various supplements or dietary and lifestyle changes. These are incredibly powerful, and as we work to make our body healthier, a healthier body inevitably leads to a healthier mind.

We often forget that it is also possible to find tools to impact our mind and thus lead to improvements in physical symptoms. This then begs the question: which interventions do we have that allow us to directly work with the mental-emotional plane? This is not a small question. Indeed, many traditional systems of medicine have recognized, via millennia of empirical observation, that chronic illness stems from the vibrational plane. In other words, illness starts in our vibrational field – and only once it has been present for long enough, distorting our vibrational field, can it gradually lead to bodily changes. In other words, it is through the power of the mind and our subconscious belief systems that we modify our biochemistry. For instance, chronic worry would lead us to produce large amounts of the stress hormones adrenalin and cortisol. Those “molecules of emotions” then have very concrete physical effects in the body such as creating inflammation, raising blood pressure and cholesterol and affecting blood sugar levels. As such, we can see how the cascade:

 Mind – Emotions – Body
Is more than just an abstract concept.

Well-known modern authors such as medical intuitive Louise Hay have popularized this concept but also oversimplified it in the process. Deciphering the deeper meaning of our body symptoms occurs through much self-introspection and that is best done with the help of a practitioner trained in mind-body medicine. Indeed, such a practitioner is able, through active listening and benevolent presence, to provide a “mirror” for the patient to examine himself, his/her biases and belief systems thoroughly. Without the practitioner, we tend to stay stuck in our own biased way of thinking thereby perpetuating the problem.

Alternative modalities that directly affect our being on the vibrational plane – and therefore tackle the root cause of our physical concerns – are many. Holistic counseling is perhaps the easiest one in that it only involves talking with a trained psychotherapist. Through careful questioning, the practitioner helps the patient realize the nature of the faulty belief systems at the root of their illness. The patient is rewarded by tremendous insights which are more than on the mental level. The patient gets to experience the insight in a real “aha” moment that is not just intellectual, but that can be felt on the sensation level and is typically deeply transforming. Other modalities that bypass the patient’s intellect completely to directly impact the vibrational patterns we are emitting are homeopathy, bioresonance therapy, mindful meditation, reiki, craniosacral therapy and acupuncture – to name just a few. With these tools, the practitioner learns more about the vibrational distortion that is at the nature of illness and attempts to correct it.

In this manner, illness becomes not just a nuisance that must be eliminated but a real enabler of self-growth. It forces us to examine ourselves and our belief systems honestly and consider change. It puts us face to face with our distorted, untrue, limiting thought patterns and asks us directly “do you want to continue suffering like that?”. We are then free to choose whether to stay in the loop of our damaging mental-emotional patters or to do the work and actively change. This change must come from a deep place that is not just intellectual – it must be experienced on all levels of our being. Modalities such as homeopathy and the like are tools to help us achieve that total health on all planes – physical, mental and emotional. They give a space for deep spiritual transformation, offering us what modern medicine is unable to provide us and making the alliance between conventional acute medical treatments and alternative medicine that much more powerful.

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