Safety 360: The Possible Risks of Electromagnetic Fields
Are electromagnetic fields dangerous to your health? This issue has been the subject of a great deal of scientific debate and research, but experts still appear to be divided.
Without doubt, the most frequently discussed source of electromagnetic fields is overhead power lines. Some experts have deduced that electromagnetic fields, or EMFs, generated by power lines have a frequency too low to affect DNA or living human cells, yet other experts disagree completely. Because of the lack of consensus, many countries have taken preemptive precautions and adopted standards to limit public exposure just in case.
Similar attention has been given to the EMFs produced by mobile phones, mobile phone towers, broadcast towers, Wi-Fi hotspots and similar types of transmitters. It may come as no surprise that the scientific community is equally as divided on the effects of EMFs produced by these types of transmitters as it is on power lines.
There has been a great deal of research worldwide into a possible relationship between EMFs and cancer, but it would appear the link still cannot be conclusively confirmed.
The fact that there is no conclusive proof that EMFs are harmful to health does not mean there is no risk, however. There is also no proof that they are not harmful, and the fact that the debate exists means that we should probably err on the side of caution.
So what can you do if you are concerned about this possible hazard?
There is a great deal of information on the Internet on how to shield yourself and your home. Try to limit your time using mobile phones. Wherever possible, try to use the handsfree system on your phone and keep the phone away from your body while in use. Use landlines as much as possible.
Consider if you really need wireless Internet in your home or office. If you do need it, you may consider using an EMF neutralizing device.
Always unplug electrical devices that you are not using. Use battery powered devices where possible rather than plug-in devices.
If you or a family member starts to become unwell or is suffering strange or unusual symptoms such as broken sleep patterns, anxiety, nausea or dizziness, and you are living or working in an area where you are close to EMF emitters, seek medical advice from your doctor or local hospital and be sure to tell the doctors that you or your family member may have been exposed to EMFs.
The debate continues among the world’s leading experts, so until a consensus is reached, Safety 360 recommends that you take all reasonable precautions to protect yourself as best you can from the possible effects of EMFs.
Eamonn Sadler is a writer and a columnist. He is based in Jakarta and was formerly a firefighter in Britain.