Awareness of Electromagnetic Fields
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We recently discussed how the use of technology around your infants or children may affect them in a psychological way, but we are also really interested in how the use of technology and exposure to EMFs (Electromagnetic Fields) and EMR (Electromagnetic Radiation) affects us is a physiological way. While the research is still emerging about the effects specifically from cell phones, studies have been conducted over the years on EMFs from different sources. Our knowledge of the actual effects of prolonged usage and exposure from today’s world of wireless technology are still a bit of a mystery, but it is a topic that is gaining much more interest and exposure.
According the the World Health Organization (WHO) electric fields are created by differences in voltage and magnetic fields are created when the electric current flows. The WHO states that electromagnetic fields affect us because our human bodies have their own electric and biochemical responses (e.g., nervous system, digestion, brain function, heart function). So exposure to EMFs can interact with your body in adverse ways. Young children and babies’ skulls are thinner, therefore EMF’s are easily transmitted to their brains.
The Better Baby Books states that there is a large body of evidence that points to the exposure of EMRs being linked to everything from ADD, autism, learning difficulties, and asthma, to cancer, diabetes, chronic fatigue, and fuzzy thinking. Cell phones and computers using wireless internet are not the only things in our homes that are creating the electropollution that can result in some of these disorders or other non-diagnosable, but there is no doubt that keeping cell phones in our pockets or bags, close to our bodies most of the time, can affect us as well as our children, when this technology is near them.
Wireless technology is not going anywhere anytime soon and many of us rely on our tech in our daily lives. If we are not going to swear off technology, what are some ways we can help limit the exposure to EMFs and EMR for both ourselves and our children?
- Install EMF filters in your house.
- Hold cell phones/laptops 10-20mm away from your skin at all times.
- Turn your cell phone on “airplane mode” when it’s in your pocket or when you give a young child your phone to play with.
- Use a headset or ear buds for speaking.
- If not using a headset, switch ears during a conversation to disperse the radiation across both sides of your head.
- Use an anti-EMF case like Pong for your iPhone, Android, or Blackberry.
7. Keep your cell phone at least one inch from your skin while talking.
8. Avoid using your cell phone when the signal is weak.
9. If not using a headset, switch ears during a conversation to disperse the radiation across both sides of your head.
In short, the best way to protect our babies and children is to keep this technology away from them as much as we can and limit their screen time to the most minimal exposure possible. Sure, in our modern world of multitasking it may be nice to hold your iPhone or iPad and read, catch up on emails or social media while you’re breast feeding your young infant frequently throughout the day, but think of how this could affect their developing brain. Take the time to just focus on your baby, or simply close your eyes and take some deep breaths to reenergize yourself. The technology will still be there when you’re finished. Same goes for giving your child an iPad to keep them busy. Have non-electric activities available, like coloring, books, and small portable games. Habits may be hard to break, so if your children or babies are young enough, try not to use only technology as a crutch or entertainment when you want them occupied.