Humans have been exposed to electromagnetic fields (EMFs) since antiquity. Earth, after all, is electric in nature. Since the latter part of the 20th century, however, exposure to manmade EMFs has been on a steady rise, thanks to major technological advancements that have lead to changes in increased electricity demands and even social behaviours.
Today, we are all exposed to a mixture of EMFs whether within the workplace, relaxing at home or enjoying leisurely activities. Although guidelines restricting human exposure to high levels of EMFs exist on both national and international levels, it is the long term effects of low-level EMF exposure that has many people wondering, ‘Can the convenience of our current technological reality be detrimental to our health?’
Exposing Electromagnetic Fields
The concept of the electromagnetic field was first introduced in the 19th century by a man named Michael Faraday. The English scientist discovered that ‘an electric field is created by a charged body in the space that surrounds it, and results in a force exerted on any other charged placed within the field.’
EMFs can range anywhere from low, intermediate and high frequencies and are the result of electricity that uses alternating current (AC). AC is an electrical current that reverses direction frequently. The electric nature of Earth uses a direct current which refers to the flow of electricity in one direction. Due to the efficiency of AC in the transmission of power distribution, it is the most commonly used form of electricity. But is it the most harmful?
Regardless of their strength, EMFs influence anything within its range that is made up of charged particles, including the body. EMFs generate circulating currents within the body and if strong enough can stimulate muscles and nerves and therefore affect various biological processes. The effect of EMFs on the body has become an active area of biophysical research over the past half century.
EMFs & health: what science says
In ‘The Health Effects of Electrical Pollution’ published by the National Foundation for Alternative Medicine, Dr. Robert O. Becker stated:
‘I have no doubt in my mind that at the present time that the greatest polluting element in the earth’s environment is the proliferation of electromagnetic fields.’
In 1996, in response to growing concerns over potential health effects from exposure to an increasing number of EMF sources, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched a large research effort. After extensive research WHO concluded that:
- Low-level (under about 10 Gauss) EMF exposures to AC magnetic fields have not been established as a health hazard, but that
- The possibility cannot be ruled out for a relationship with some diseases, including childhood leukemia.
Another study lead by the US National Cancer Institute was published in 1997 in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers found a ‘statistically significant increase in childhood cancer in children exposed to magnetic fields in excess of 3 mG.’ 
Most medical and scientific experts agree that current knowledge is inconclusive and further research examining the effects of EMFs on human health is needed.
What we do know is that more sources of artificial EMFs exist today than ever before. We also know that EMFs do affect the body (remember EMFs affect all charged particles in its vicinity) albeit science is still unclear as to the specific effects prolonged exposure may have.
While we wait for biophysical research to catch up to technological advancements, it seems only logical that we take simple, precautionary steps to protect ourselves.
How you can protect yourself from EMFs
Earthing (also known as Grounding) refers to connecting the human body to Earth’s natural energy. Science has long known that the surface of our planet is abundant with electric energy but not until recently has science begun to reveal the extraordinary benefits that consuming that energy can have on human health. One of the more intriguing of which is the affect Earthing has on aging chronic inflammation.
The human body is electrical in nature. In fact, most bodily functions are based on electric impulses-ranging from the nervous system to digestion to beating of the heart. Although science has yet to confirm absolutely the negative effects of EMFs on the human body, it has shown that the body is affected by EMFs-whether negative or not, the body reacts while in the space of EMFs.
Take in the subtle energy of the Earth by walking barefoot or utilizing one of the many Earthing products available. It’s been known to help counteract the possible negative effects of EMF exposure and promote a healthy electron balance.