Last week we talked about what causes EMF. Now we will talk about what kinds of problems exposure to EMF can cause.

EMF affects the cells through a range of mechanisms. It can disrupt the chemical structures of tissues and create increased oxidative stress.

Some of us are more sensitive to EMF than others. It is known as electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS). It has a range of symptoms which can vary widely. The most common are headaches, fatigue, stress, sleep disturbances, skin prickling, burning sensations and rashes.

Microwave radiation emitted from mobile phones has been shown to cause stress, headaches, tiredness and anxiety. In children, it can cause decreased learning potential, impairment in cognitive functions and poor concentration[1]. This is particularly troubling when we see more young children using mobile phones.

EMF and the reproductive system

There are very few studies on the effects of EMF exposure on the reproductive system.

A study published in 2015 found that rats exposed to EMF had less ovarian follicles[2]. While it is uncertain if this translates to humans, it raises the question as to the effects of EMF exposure and infertility. Fewer follicles mean fewer eggs, and fewer eggs mean fewer chances of conception.

EMF has also been linked to miscarriage. A population study in San Fransisco known as the Kaiser study found that women with higher exposure to EMF’s were 2.7 times more likely to experience a miscarriage than those with lower exposure[3].

With regards to menopause, women exposed to EMF in the workplace such as nurses and radiographers were more affected by the symptoms of menopause than those with lower EMF exposure. They found that hot flushes, sweating, anxiety, and irritability were more prevalent[4].

EMF and cancer

There have been numerous studies into links between EMF and cancer, all with differing results.

The analysis of various studies into estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer found a relationship to EMF exposure, particularly in pre-menopausal women. Although they don’t yet understand the mechanism by which the hormones are affected[5].

A study in Israel found over 4 times more cases of cancer in an area near a mobile cell tower compared to a nearby area with no cell tower. Looking at the historical data they found that in the 5 years before the tower was built there were only two cases of cancer. This was compared to 8 cases 1 year after the tower was built[6].

A study in Germany found the risk of getting cancer was 3 times higher if you lived within 400m of a cell tower. The study also found people living near a cell tower developed cancer, on average, 8 years younger[7].

These are just some of the more major effects of EMF toxicity. But it is not all doom and gloom. Come back next week to learn how you can reduce the effects of EMF.

References

  1. Effects of electromagnetic fields exposure on the antioxidant defense system
  2. The effects of electromagnetic fields on the number of ovarian primordial follicles: An experimental study
  3. Radiation typical of cell phones and Wi-Fi linked to high rate of miscarriages
  4. Risk of early menopausal symptoms in clinical workers
  5. A Meta-Analysis on the Relationship between Exposure to ELF-EMFs and the Risk of Female Breast Cancer
  6. Biological effects from exposure to electromagnetic radiation emitted by cell tower base stations and other antenna arrays
  7. The influence of being physically near to a cell phone transmission mast on the incidence of cancer

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