Are EMFs Dangerous?

Are EMFs Dangerous?

Electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) are about intensify on the small island where I live.  Residents of Salt Spring spoke up against the proposed 5G cell tower set to go up in our little town.  There are pockets on this island where cell phones don’t work.  Many people appreciate this.  In town service is fairly reliable.  In my clinic, where I run a busy online practice, I don’t even use the 5G that is available.  Its unnecessary.

Earlier this year, I was at a conference on chronic illness.  The risks of EMFs were presented by two doctors.  I looked around the large auditorium.  It was filled with healthcare practitioners.  Everyone one of us was plugged into to a computer and cell phone.  The collective denial around this is issue is a bit shocking.  Our dependence on technology without the will to keep it in check, is wildly concerning.

The Risks of EMFs

A paper published in 2018 proved that daily exposure to EMFs emitted by cellphones causes cancer in rats.  The brain, heart and microbiome are negatively affected.  Dr. Martin Prall is a professor of biochemistry at Washington State University.  The primary danger of EMFs, according his research, is damage to the mitochondria.  Mitochondria are our energy producers at the cellular level.  EMFs damage calcium channeling leading to excessive free radical production.  High levels of free radicals circulating causes damage to our DNA.  The cascade of systemic inflammation then drives chronic disease processes.

I test for mitochondrial function, inflammation, DNA damage and oxidative stress.  Other environmental exposures show up as well.  These include mold, heavy metals and glysophate, an increasing problem.  All of these factors are cumulative.  We need to limit exposure to.  Children are at greatest risk having been exposed early in development.  Another vulnerable group are seniors.  Here on Salt Spring, there are two senior’s homes near the proposed tower.


Why 5G is Concerning

5G is highest density form of information transfer now available.  Remember the early cell phones?  These 1G and 2G allowed voice and texting.  3G brought the internet and 4G made it faster.  It has happened quite quickly with very little safety monitoring.

Electromagnetic fields are erratic.  They spike and surge along power lines and into buildings which were built for standard 50/60-Hertz AC.  There are baby monitors that emit EMF radiation.  I know how babies respond to acupuncture.  It takes very little to have a profound effect.

Our bodies are electromagnetic. Cells communicate with one another using specific electrical frequencies.  Unchecked EMFs in our environment interfere with this communication.  Our body’s ability to function  optimally is inhibited.

Reduce EMF Exposure To Help With: 

  1. Sleep Disturbance like insomnia can be exacerbated with exposure to EMFs because melatonin can be affected.  The evidence is mixed and more studies on HPA-D are needed.
  2. Infertility is linked with exposure to cell phone radiation in men.  Human semen had higher levels of oxidation, as well as decreased sperm motility and viability.
  3. Thyroid function is impaired by EMF exposure in animal studies.  Several human studies looked at frequency of mobile phone use, computer use and increased levels of TSH with lower levels of T3.  I have several articles on thyroid hormone here.
  4. Neuropsychiatric disorders are common because the brain is more susceptible. EMFs cause inflammation, damage neurons and impair cognition in animal studies.  There are dozens of observational studies linking headaches, fatigue, irritability, lack of concentration and depressive mood to exposure.
  5. Cancer was discussed earlier.  Here are a couple more studies that indicate the risks of brain cancer specifically.

How to Protect Yourself

    • Reduce your exposure to EMFs by distancing yourself from them.
    • Stay clear of high voltage wires.  Don’t keep phones in your pocket or near your body for long.
    • Turn wifi off at night you can off at night.
    • Insulate your home, use hard-wired connections & timers that turn it off automatically.
    • Ditch the ‘smart home’ idea.  The fewer devices in use the less exposure to your loved ones.

    Repairing the mitochondria in your body is also protective.  A Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) Body Mat or a tradtional sauna both support detoxification.

    Testing your mitochondrial health will help you understand how your body responds.  We all have different weak spots.  It is empowering to learn what you need to stay healthy.  Finally, and perhaps most importantly, we can protect ourselves from ourselves by having honest conversations about our use of technology.


Protect Your Brain and Keep Your Memory

Protect Your Brain and Keep Your Memory

There are 44 million people currently experiencing alzheimers or dementia worldwide.  There are a number of steps you can take no matter where you are in life to prevent and even reverse memory problems.

  1.  Regulate blood sugar.  Processed foods reduce insulin sensitivity of your brain’s neurons. Dementia is now being called Diabetes Type 4 due to the surprising amount of evidence linking insulin resistance with it.
  2. Eat Real Food.  Chocolate for their flavonols and spices for their polyphenols.  Pastured eggs for choline and cholesterol.  Cold water fish for DHA and omega 3 fatty acids.  (Choose ocean wise for ethical harvesting practices and third party tested oils for quality.)  Berries for their antioxidants and fermented foods for the gut
  3. Meditate daily.  If you have had the pleasure to spend time with anyone who has meditated for years, you’ll already understand why meditation is so powerful.  Science is mapping the changes to the brain that occurs when you meditate.  I’ve witnessed profound changes on retreat in myself and in others.
  4. Sleep.  Our bodies repair when we sleep.  One night of sleep triggers an inflammatory response in the body.  If you are having trouble sleeping it may be due to blood sugar dysregulation or other imbalances that can be addressed by digging in with a functional medicine practitioner.
  5. Specific supplementation which I’ll get into now.

Its important to understand that Alzheimer’s and related disorders (ADRD) begin long before symptoms do.  By addressing steps 1-4 you are reducing your risk by as much as 50%.  Women are affected more than men as we age, however there is a growing number of young men who experience memory problems earlier in life due to very high stress and insulin resistance.  ADRD affects people on all levels; personally, socially and professionally.  Evidence supports early prevention in reducing risks as much as 50%.

Nutraceuticals and Botanical Medicne for Cognitive Health:

  • Resveratrol is a polyphenol with both anti oxidant and anti inflammatory properties.  Researchers believe it has positive effects on the hippocampus.  This is the area of the brain that is critical for memory, learning and mood.  It also has been shown to improve cerebral blood flow.  Four studies saw enhanced executive function and memory in health older adults who supplemented for a minimum of 14 weeks at a dose of 150-200 mg with both resversatrol and phytoestrogens.
  • Phosphatidylserine helps to improve depressive symptoms, memory, and behaviour.  It is an essential nutrient that is not found in the diet.  It also regulates stress and is indicated when cortisol is high at doses between 100-500 mg.
  • Choline in the form of alpha GPC or citicoline allows this ‘b vitamin’ to cross the blood brain barrier. This supports cognitive health by making more acetylcholine and other neurotransmitters.
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids in the form of cold-water fatty fish is best.  Grass fed meat is also higher in omega 3’s.  If you are supplementing with fish oil a range aim for around 2000 mg (combined EPA + DHA).
  • Vitamin B12 found in organ meats and some shellfish. Methylcobalamin can be supplemented at 500 mcg.
  • N-Acetyl Cysteine reduces glutamate from the brain. This antioxidant is the precursor to glutathione.
  • Acetyl L-Carnitine (ALCAR) is recommended dosage is 1000 – 2000 mg to support brain function.
  • Curcumin Cook with raw turmeric root and supplement with 300 – 500 mg of curcumin.
  • Ginkgo Biloba increases blood flow to the brain and reduce Alzheimer’s symptoms. It also increases short term memory recall. Check for interactions with medications before supplementing at 120 – 240 mg.
  • Bacopa is a herb that improves memory and focus. Recommendation is 200 – 500 mg.

I don’t recommend starting on all of these on your own.  Herbal and nutraceutical medicine is complex and like Functional Medicine its individualized. Deciding on a treatment course and plan has many factors.  Its best to work with a practitioner to ensure you will be getting the most out of any supplements you purchase.  Quality and duration are important factors.  You also want to ensure you are absorbing them and not taking anything that isn’t going to improve your quality of life.



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