What is Electromagnetic Radiation (EMF)?

Electromagnetic (EM) radiation is a form of energy that is all around us and takes many forms, such as radio waves, microwaves, X-rays and gamma rays.

WHAT ARE EMF'S?

Electromagnetic radiation(EMF) is made up of waves of electric and magnetic energy moving at the speed of light.  All electromagnetic energy falls somewhere on the electromagnetic spectrum, which ranges from extremely low frequency (ELF) radiation to X-rays and gamma rays.

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There are two types of electromagnetic radiation:

Ionizing radiation

This type of radiation contains enough electromagnetic energy to strip atoms and molecules from the tissue and alter chemical reactions in the body. Gamma rays and X-rays are two forms of ionizing radiation. We know they cause damage, which is why we wear a lead vest when X-rays are taken of our bodies.

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Non-ionizing radiation

Non-ionizing radiation is said to be "safe" as it causes some heating effect, but not enough to cause signs of immediate damage to tissue. Radio-frequency energy, visible light and microwave radiation are considered non-ionizing.

All electronic devices emit forms of EMFs by passing current through a circuit to perform it’s function.  Of course, these levels vary based on the purpose of the device but regardless of their function, they are producing some form of EMF and these EMF’s are considered ‘radiation’ which is a byproduct of energy transmission.

This term ‘EMF radiation’ we hear so much about is most often referring to lower frequency non-ionizing radiation. It’s important to understand that there are two types of EMFs. 

Extremely Low Frequency (ELF)
This is radiation that is produced by electronic devices that use either a plug or battery for power.  They provide some form of computing function like connecting to the internet, display light panels, make phone calls, etc.  

These computing functions generate an electric currant within their components creating what is known as EMF’s.  This type of EMF is referred to as Extremely Low Frequency (ELF).

Radio Frequency (RF)
This is radiation that is produced by wireless transmitters that we find in our wifi/cellular devices.  These signals are called Radio Frequency (RF) signals and are often referred to as Microwave (MW) signals.

RF signals can be transmitted at many different frequencies and power levels.  For example, cellular signals can travel several miles, while WiFi signals travel below 100 feet.

To accommodate these varying distance capabilities, electronics must generate differing power levels.

Electricity produces magnetism

With the fast movement of electrons, electricity gets generated in one direction and magnetism in another direction. The result is energy moving in two different directions. The energy produced by the electricity moves on an x-axis and perpendicular along side it at a 90 degree angle you have the generated magnetic field.

The energy fields that are generated travel in waves and the different levels of these energy field waves are measured and ordered accordingly on the Electromagnetic Radiation Spectrum as you can see in the illustration.

diagram of electromagnetic spectrum
The waves on the left side of the chart are lower energy waves and become increasingly higher moving toward the right side of the chart. Ionizing radiation is considered "dangerous" due to it's immediate ionizing effect on DNA. However, continued studies find that non-ionizing radiation emitted from electronic devices may also have negative effects on human health as it's effects are cumulative and not necessarily so immediate.

Low-energy non-ionizing radiation (EMF) includes electronic devices such as cell phones, computers, bluetooth, and cell towers.

High-energy ionizing radiation include things like x-rays and gamma rays.  This type of radiation inflicts immediate damage to DNA and cell structure.  A more obvious example would be a nuclear explosion.

Non-ionizing radiation is low energy and not considered dangerous as apposed to ionizing radiation due to a much ‘low heat factor.’  However, the effects of non-ionizing radiation are cumulative and it’s the cumulative effect that poses a huge ‘health risk.’

The statistics are overwhelming:

  • There are 2.7 billion smartphone users around the world.
  • There are 4.4 billion active internet users, equivalent to 57% of the global population.
  • 77% of Americans have smartphones.

The popularity of electronic devices is steadily growing and time spent on them is increasing as well.

According to a recent Nielsen survey,  on average,  Americans spends more than 11 hours a day on their electronic devices.

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AVERAGE TIME SPENT PER ADULT 18+ PER DAY

Based on Total U.S. Population

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Note: Some amount of simultaneous usage may occur across devices.

Source: Q1 2018 Nielson Total Audience Report.

Copyright 2018 The Nielson Company (US), LLC.  All Rights Reserved.

Time spent watching live TV has held relatively consistent but time spent on TV-connected devices as well as smartphone apps has increased dramatically.

Adults 18+ spend over 11 hours per day interacting with online media in one form or another. As new platforms continue to emerge, this trend continues to grow at an unprecedented rate.

Impact of EMFs

There is already a growing body of evidence showing that exposure to non-ionizing radiation over prolonged periods can cause serious health problems and for the most part, the ‘cellular revolution’ is still to be considered in it’s infancy.

The impact is noticeable

Non-ionizing radiation seems like a ‘small thing,’ but over a prolonged period of time it adds up. People are not only using their devices at close proximity to their bodies on a regular basis, but the amount of time spent has increased as well and for many, this constant exposure to EMFs has spanned well over a decade and the effects are noticeable.

Studies using dark field microscopy show that low-energy EMF radiation can have an immediate impact on our cells’ biology, regardless of EMF’s ability to heat cells. 

The image on the left shows red blood cells that have been exposed to EMF radiation from a cell phone for 2 minutes. Notice the clumping and damaged cells.

The image on the right shows red blood cells protected by the Aulterra Neutralizer placed on a cellphone for 2 minutes.  Notice the drastic difference.  The cells are oxygenated and free flowing.  This is how normal red blood cells should look.

Live Blood Cells

Exposed to EMF Radiation for 2 minutes.

picture of infrared red blood cells

There are many disruptions that take place within our cells’ biology when exposed to EMF radiation.  Cells become clumped and lose their integrity inhibiting oxygen movement as well as electrical current impulses which interrupts communication and essentially creating confusion with our microbiome environment.

There is a growing body of research that shows there can be many negative effects on the human body as a result of EMF exposure and the risks to our health is very real.

The  International Electromagnetic Fields Project was established by The World Health Organization in 1996 to assess scientific evidence for possible adverse EMF related health effects and the work continues to this day.

Of course, many EMF producing electronic devices are relatively new commodities and long-term health implications have not yet been published.  We are years, even decades away from having definitive scientific conclusions as to the full ramifications of EMF exposure.

The believe the best approach is a preventative approach.  When in doubt, use precautionary measures:

Use Aulterra™ Neutralizers on all of your electronic devices.
Limit your usage.
Distance yourself when possible.

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