By Tirza at Better Breast Health – for Life!™
– with Riun Ashlie, EMRS (Electromagnetic Radiation Assessment Specialist)
A growing form of environmental pollution is engulfing us: electromagnetic radiation from evolving technologies. In this, part one of a two-part article, we explore the relationship between you, technologies in your home, and your health. In part two, Managing EMF in Our Homes, we provide mitigation techniques to reduce radiation so that where you live and sleep add to your health, rather than compromise it.
Technology Creates Radiation
The article, Electromagnetic Frequencies (EMF), explains that while all electricity creates radiation, all wireless technologies create particularly unhealthy levels of radiation. As we increase wireless technologies into our environment, the radiation effects are additive with ever increasing “layers” of electromagnetic radiation, EMR.
We’re exposed to 100 million times more EMF radiation than our grandparents were, and exposure grows each year.
Radiation Affects Our Health
Because EMR induces a stress response in the body, it affects immune function, gene and protein expression and has genotoxic effects. Our body’s ability to resist this “intrusion” depends upon the duration of exposure, the strength and layering effect of EMR, and our body’s “resiliency,” which can be affected by many things, including age, stress, diet, immune system, etc. While radiation exposure can drain our energy levels and vitality, the health effects and associated symptoms can be diverse and much worse.
In addition to the article on EMF, the articles on Smart Meters, Cell Phones and Cars link EMR to adverse health effects on adults, the elderly and children including:
Arrhythmia and other Cardiac Problems
Cancers, including brain, breast and leukemia
Immune Compromise and Systemic Changes
MS (Multiple Sclerosis)
Neurological Problems (including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s)
Skin Outbreaks and Rashes
Sleep Disorders and Disruption/Insomnia
“Electromagnetic pollution may be the most significant form of pollution human activity has produced in this century, all the more dangerous because it is invisible and insensible.” Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D.
Children and Sleep are Particularly Susceptible
Brain tumors are the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in children (males and females) under age 20 (leukemia is the first).  Children’s brains absorb twice as much cell phone radiation as those of adults.  And while the brain is not fully developed until about 20 years of age, the younger an individual adopts cell phone use, the more potential lifetime exposure and risk they incur.
Riun Ashlie, Electromagnetic Radiation Assessment Specialist, says that beyond the many wireless devices and appliances in the typical home, by far, the most critical area in the home where electromagnetic sources can influence health is in the bedroom. He goes on to say that our place of rest and sleep is where the body ideally lapses into deep resonant connection with the earth, where the brain and energy levels dramatically slow down, and where recuperative healing processes take place throughout the body.
However, the environment in most typical bedrooms does not support this state. Instead of the nervous system resting (in the parasympathetic state), the nervous system remains stimulated and engaged (in the sympathetic state). This is how EMR can disrupt sleep cycles, weaken immunity, increase stress levels, affect DNA and lead to devastating illnesses like cancer.
Sources of Radiation in Our Homes
Do we have your attention? As you begin to think about the sources of EMR in your home, think broadly:
electrical pathways; shielding and grounding
entertainment services and audiovisual technologies
Fitbit, Smart watches and Google eyewear
garage/outdoor electric devices: saws, drills, mowers, blowers, etc.
hand-held appliances: hair dryers, massagers, etc.
kitchen large appliances: dishwasher, microwave oven, refigerator
kitchen small appliances: toasters, blenders, food processors, toaster ovens, etc.
lighting, controls and switches
modem, router and internet technologies
PCs, laptops, tablets
phones: cell, cordless and corded; bluetooth, blue (air) tube, speakerphone
proximity to cell, radio, and television towers
security and surveillance systems
sleeping environment, heating pads and electric blankets
utility meters and smart appliance monitoring/controls
washers & dryers
wifi and wireless devices
Managing EMF in Our Homes describes techniques to manage and mitigate the risk of EMR associated with these household devices, paying particular attention to the bedroom. It’s goal is to address some of the factors which may be affecting your ability to feel your best and have optimal vitality.
 American Brain Tumor Association
 Environmental Working Group
To prepare yourself for Managing EMF in Our Homes, consider educating yourself first with the following articles:
Electromagnetic Frequencies (EMF)