Have you ever wondered whether what stands between you and more optimal health is within your control? Literally, your digits (fingertips) are how you interface with the digital word. With a tap of a button or a flip of a switch, some people feel instantly better—this is known as electromagnetic hypersensitivity syndrome (EHS). We can measure the amount of radiofrequency electromagnetic field (RF EMF) radiation around us using personal home testing devices or by hiring a professional testing company; there is no dispute that global levels are rising. However, the extent to which it impacts human health is a controversial subject. One cannot help but draw parallels between the debate about climate science and the effects of electromagnetic radiation (EMR). Even so, this conundrum is without a doubt anthropogenic in nature.

Will we be able to engineer our way out of this man-made problem? If not for our physical health, what about our mental-emotional health? The quality of social interactions is suffering. Could a digital detox be just what the doctor ordered?

Where do RF’s and EMF’s come from?

Every energetic thing has an electromagnetic field (EMF). Our planet, the Sun (and all the other stars); even you and I. The human body is itself electromagnetic and emits primarily infrared radiation. Cellular communication (the biological kind!) and processes are dependent on each cell’s capacity to become electrically excitable and generate an action potential. In previous generations EMF’s were either part of the natural environment that supported life or simply too weak to have an effect. Now, as the technological revolution marches on, we have an unprecedented level of exposure to RF EMF sources. The term EMF typically refers to alternating current (AC) low-frequency magnetic fields (electricity flowing through wires) whereas radio frequency (RF) usually describes high-frequency non-ionizing EMR. Things like the smart phones with WiFi and 4G LTE / 5G we have grown accustomed to and all of the base stations (cell towers, antennas, and rooftop microcells) that have been erected to support our large digital appetites.

Why should you consider a digital detox?

According to Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, one of the most commonly overlooked things in the healing puzzle is exposure to electrosmog, and many functional and environmental health experts are in agreement. EMR is a source of oxidative stress in all living creatures. The body’s innate detoxification processes become more efficient when EMR is eliminated. The principles of metabolic detoxification can be applied to other areas of your life, outside your organ systems: (1) remove or reduce exposure, (2) support your body’s ability to heal itself, and (3) remediate any damage.

W.H.O. Cares
The World Health Organization launched the International EMF Project in 1996 in response to growing public concern over the possible deleterious effects of long-term low-level exposure to EMR. They emphasize that a measurable biological effect does not equate to a health hazard but admit there are gaps in the current research. More longitudinal studies are needed for conclusive evidence.

Dealing with unruly utilities and sleep disturbance
Pulling the plug (or better yet flipping the breaker) will stop the flow of power into your electronics and home, turning appliances off is not enough. This is especially useful at night when we have little use for gadgets and gizmos– just don’t forget to leave the fridge and deep freezer on! I bet you and your family will not miss the eerie glow of indicator lights in your bedrooms and enjoy sounder sleep overtime. Why not make your sleep space a screen-free zone while you’re at it?

In a similar way to the manner in which we make decisions about our food, water, built environment, and consumer products, air quality can be a choice. In this article / video, I expand the definition of air pollution to include electrosmog. Just like traditional smog, electrosmog is usually caused by a concentration of a wide array of pollution sources. In addition to the RF examples previously mentioned, these include anything wireless, TVs, computer displays, WLAN, appliances, power and transmission lines, building wiring, utility meters, transformers, radar equipment, etc. Yet, it’s invisible to the human eye and practically inaudible and otherwise undetectable without the proper equipment. As with air pollution, some people are more sensitive to its effects than others.

What if you suspect you have Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS)?

EHS is a type of idiopathic environmental intolerance (IEI) that also includes multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS). Those with EHS experience a variety of non-specific symptoms ranging from abnormal skin sensations and emotional / digestive disturbances to feeling utterly incapacitated. It has been shown that EHS individuals are no better at detecting EMF than other people. However, the physiological symptoms are in fact real. If you suffer from EHS, assessing your work or home environment for indoor air / noise pollution, poor lighting, and ergonomic design may be helpful since it would be quite challenging to effectively reduce EMF exposure without taking extreme measures that would negatively impact other areas of your life. Further, you should seek a thorough medical evaluation to identify and treat other conditions that may be causing or aggravating your syndrome and consider joining a self-help group.

Is there such a thing as therapeutic EMF’s? Magnetic field therapy is a topic for another day!

RF EMF is everywhere, but its omnipresence need not become a health hazard or source of anxiety. You can take a few precautions and small steps to limit unnecessary exposure and practice prevention until more is known. Watch the video for all my basic tips. While the convenience afforded by modern digital technologies is comfortable for most, the lack of extensive safety data and informed consent required for their widespread use is definitely not. Self-education and exercising your right to choose what’s best for your body and health are key.

Towards more optimal health,
Dr. Vanessa

p.s. the name of the documentary mentioned in the video is Generation Zapped (2017)