We tend to spend more time inside our homes during the colder months, and because of this many of us also notice a marked increase in our allergies and adverse health symptoms. We may think of indoor allergens, cold weather or lack of sunlight as potential triggers that bring on poor health. Have you ever thought that it may actually be the electromagnetic fields (EMFs) emitted from your new cordless phone or your bedside clock radio that keeps you up at night?
You can't see or smell them, but they are all around us. EMFs are invisible lines of force that emit from power wires and electrical devices. EMFs are also emitted by all the wireless technology we have welcomed into our homes. Now, a growing number of doctors and scientists believe that all of this technology is bathing us in an invisible toxic EMF soup that is dangerous to our health.
Electrical Hypersensitivity: A Host of Unexplainable Health Symptoms
New to the medical vocabulary is the condition of Electrical Hypersensitivity (EHS), an allergic-like reaction to electric and magnetic fields. A fact sheet released in December 2005 by the World Health Organization states: "EHS is a growing worldwide health concern and is characterized by a variety of non-specific symptoms including neurasthenic and vegetative symptoms (fatigue, concentration difficulties, dizziness, nausea, heart palpitation and digestive disturbances)."
In February 2009, Dr. Thomas Rau, Medical Director of the world renowned Paracelsus Clinic in Lustmühle, Switzerland said he is convinced 'electromagnetic loads' lead to concentration problems, ADD, tinnitus, migraines, insomnia, arrhythmia, Parkinson's and even back pain. By potentially encouraging the growth of pathological bacteria, EMFs can also cause a greater strain on the immune system and exacerbate more serious conditions. It is estimated that 3-8% of populations in developed countries experience serious EHS symptoms, while 35% experience mild symptoms.
EHS can present itself in a host of unexplainable health symptoms including anxiety, depression, agitation and difficulty sleeping. In some cases it may be the cause of headaches, memory loss or a "foggy-brain" feeling, for some it might be dizziness, numbness and tingling or mimic other symptoms that are often associated with diseases of the central nervous system such as ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) or Multiple Sclerosis.
Many of us in North America are not informed about the dangers of EMF, so we unwittingly expose ourselves to strong EMF sources everyday. Electrical power lines, computers & laptops, power bars, cordless phones and WI-FI (wireless) routers are all major sources of daily EMF exposure. With continued exposure to dirty electricity and high frequency EMFs, symptoms get progressively worse. It is important to minimize one's exposure to energy efficient compact fluorescent lighting (CFL) and to other appliances that generate high frequencies.
Dirty Electricity – A New, More Powerful EMF
Dirty electricity has become a steadily growing problem due to our increased use of electronic devices such as computers, video games, big screen TVs, along with dimmer switches, energy efficient CFL and other low-voltage lighting.
All electronic devices run on low-voltage power and to achieve this they "chop-up" our 120-volt power supply creating this dangerous high frequency energy.
For instance, many CFL bulbs operate at a frequency of 50 to 100 kHz, which falls into the radio frequency range of the electromagnetic spectrum. These radio frequency pulses continue down the wire, and this high frequency energy "radiates" from wires and any electrical and electronic devices plugged into dirty circuits.
Filters to remove Dirty Electricity?
Dr. Magda Havas is one of the world's leading research scientists studying the biological effects of EMF. Professor Havas has conducted blind studies using special Graham-Stetzer filters (capacitors) designed to remove dirty electricity from the electrical circuits of homes and schools.
The Graham-Stetzer filters (GS) are electrical capacitors that remove the "dirty" electromagnetic frequencies between 4 to 100 kHz completely from electrical circuits. The filters smooth out high frequency noise on electrical wires, thus reduce the amplitude of microsurges on indoor wiring and thus reduce the radio frequencies most likely to be biologically active.
In pilot projects, Professor Havas said the results from the installation of the GS filters were remarkable. "We've put them into three schools, and in all three schools the teachers improved dramatically, the student behavior improved."
Based on her research, Professor Havas believes women and children may be particularly vulnerable. Fortunately, Havas has found the use of GS filters in homes has yielded promising results, especially for diabetics and those with multiple sclerosis.
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