What Is EMF and How Does It Affect My Family’s Health? by Karen Rice King
EMF, or electromagnetic fields, are generated by all electric devices and appliances, and there has been much research into their effects on human health. EMFs are created by common household items such as computers, cell phones, electric blankets, waterbed heaters, televisions and stereos. Higher levels of EMFs are generated by radio waves, microwaves, high-voltage electrical lines, power generating plants, department store detection systems, airport security systems, medical devices and military equipment.
Modern studies show that higher levels of radioactivity, magnetic field strength, infra-red radiation, and electromagnetic disturbances are occurring more frequently than ever before. There is an ongoing public debate over the effects of EMFs around high voltage electric power distribution systems. Some researchers believe that the fields are not necessarily the prime cause of health effects, but that they may amplify effects of natural phenomena such as high mineral content in the soil or heavy metals in the water supply.
Human health complaints that may be attributed to EMF exposure are sleep disorders, tingling and pain in arms and legs, chronic fatigue, aching and swollen joints, dizziness, frequent headaches, vision problems, disorientation, memory loss, irritability, stress, abdominal discomfort, nausea, sores that will not heal easily, allergies, and problems with menstrual cycles. Experts in the field are researching the relationship of EMFs to leukemia and brain cancer, particularly in small children, as well as neurological disabilities and cardiovascular disease.
In many European countries, it has long been public policy to prohibit the building of residences over water veins, fault zones, or areas of geomagnetic disturbances, because of the health hazards observed over hundreds of years. More and more people are focused on the quality of their health and life. Many health care practitioners believe that EMF stresses on the human body weaken the immune system so that it cannot fully process traditional medical treatments or alternative cures, making it more difficult to recover to a healthy and dis-ease free life. Clients are being referred to EMF experts by medical doctors, oncologists, chiropractors, and alternative care providers, such as acupuncturists,massage therapists, cranial-sacral therapists, and energy workers.
People who are most endangered by EMFs are those who are highly sensitive to their environment and do not readily process physical and emotional stimuli. Others at risk are those who have experienced a recent accident or illness, participate in high performance sports, work in front of a computer more than a couple hours a day, or who spend significant time on the telephone. Babies and children exposed to EMFs are at risk in healthy growth, ability to learn, and focused concentration. Animals are also vulnerable, as veterinary doctors are finding more incidents of cancer and other diseases in dogs, cats and household pets. When multiple treatments are administered without full recovery, some vets are suggesting that electromagnetic fields may be contributing the animals’ slow recovery.
I began my research on the effects of EMFs in 1991 as a member of the Geobiology Research Association, and was mentored for many years by the well known energy worker and inventor, Slim Spurling, until his death in 2007. Two years ago I began working with two Ph.D. scientists on a research project with adults experiencing sleep irregularities. Many clients and practitioners are registering their interest in getting involved with this study. If you have any further questions, please contact me at 303-665-0175.