The term "pollution" brings to mind harmful emissions from automobiles or oil spills in the world's oceans. Another more subtle pollutant is also slowly harming us-electrical pollution from a growing number of sources. Electricity flows through high-voltage lines, the wiring in your home, and all your electrical appliances.
The term "pollution" brings to mind harmful emissions from automobiles or oil spills in the world's oceans. Another more subtle pollutant is also slowly harming us electrical pollution from a growing number of sources. Electricity flows through high-voltage lines, the wiring in your home, and all your electrical appliances. It generates electromagnetic fields (EMFs) that extend far beyond the wires or appliances. The term "electromagnetic fields" commonly refers to the electric fields (EFs) and magnetic fields (MFs) that are produced simultaneously at any source of electricity. The earth's magnetic field is vibrating at 7.8 hertz, a frequency to which the human body has adapted. The unnatural vibrations of electrosmog range from 50-60 hertz (for household appliances) to 200-300 hertz (for high-voltage power lines).
Many sources of manufactured radiation exist around us. It was once thought that only ionizing (X-rays, nuclear power) or thermal (microwave) radiation was harmful to human health. But in the late 1970s, new research suggested that manufactured electrical fields could affect the health of people.
Studies show that extremely low frequency magnetic fields produced by radiation from such sources as power lines, generator substations and home appliances increase risks for cancers, notably leukemia and brain cancers. More commonly, continuous exposure to electromagnetic fields can increase the risk of headaches, migraines, chronic fatigue, dizziness, nausea, stress and environmental sensitivities. High frequency fields, also called radio frequency, are generated by radio and TV towers, cellular and portable phones, and radar installations. Studies of radio and radar operators have shown more cases of leukemia, brain tumors, cancer and cataracts than the unexposed population.
The hazard comes from the magnetic field which varies with the amount of current. Most magnetic-field danger comes from external sources such as nearby power lines and from internal sources such as home appliances and wiring. The sources of electric fields in a house are the electrical wiring and appliances. Switching appliances off eliminates the magnetic field; unplugging appliances eliminates the electrical field at the appliance. Shielding can eliminate most of the electrical field problems.
To reduce your radiation exposure, try the following steps:
Electrosmog Safety Tips