Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) are areas of energy that surround electrically charged particles, such as electrons, and are created by the movement of these particles. They are found everywhere in the universe, and can take various forms, such as electrical fields, magnetic fields, and electromagnetic radiation, such as light and radio waves. Electromagnetic fields are created whenever electricity is generated or used, and they can have both beneficial and harmful effects on living organisms, depending on the strength and frequency of the fields.
Electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) is a term used to describe a group of symptoms that some people experience in the presence of electromagnetic fields (EMFs). These symptoms can include headaches, fatigue, dizziness, and difficulty concentrating, among others. Some people who have EHS may also experience skin irritation or tingling sensations when exposed to EMFs. Some professionals discriminate against EHS victims by claiming that their EHS may be caused by psychological factors, such as anxiety or stress, rather than by actual exposure to EMFs.
However, a growing body researchers and medical professionals believe that EHS may be caused by a sensitivity to EMFs, and that it is a real and potentially serious condition. See the EMF Medical Conference for some additional information.
Here are a number of steps you can take to reduce your exposure to potentially harmful electromagnetic fields (EMFs):
- Use a corded landline phone instead of a cordless or cell phone.
- Avoid using your phone when the signal is weak, as this can increase EMF exposure.
- Use a hands-free device to keep your phone away from your head and body when making calls.
- Avoid carrying your phone in your pocket or on your body when it is not in use.
- Keep your computer at a safe distance from your body, and use a wired keyboard and mouse instead of wireless ones.
- Avoid sleeping near electronic devices, such as TVs and laptops.
- Use a timer to turn off your Wi-Fi router at night.
- Consider using a shielding device, such as a Faraday cage, to reduce your exposure to EMFs in your home or office.
There are several types of materials that can be used to reduce electromagnetic field (EMF) exposure. These materials, known as EMF shielding materials, work by blocking or absorbing the EMFs, thereby reducing the amount of exposure that you receive. Some examples of EMF shielding materials include:
Metal mesh: Metal mesh can be used to create a Faraday cage, which is a type of enclosure that blocks EMFs from entering or exiting.
Metalized film: Metalized film is a thin layer of metal that can be applied to windows or other surfaces to block EMFs.
Conductive paint: Conductive paint is a special type of paint that is made with metal particles and can be used to coat walls or other surfaces to block EMFs.
Fabric shielding: Fabric shielding is a type of material that is made with metallic fibers and can be used to create clothing or other items that block EMFs.
Building materials: Some building materials, such as metal siding and metal roofing, can block or absorb EMFs, making them a good choice for use in construction projects.
It is important to note that the effectiveness of these materials can vary, and it is important to choose a high-quality product that is specifically designed to block or absorb EMFs. Additionally, it is important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using these materials to ensure that they are used correctly.
It’s always best to work with an EMF expert to choose the right materials and safe application.