HOW ELECTRO-POLLUTION MAY LEAD TO HEALTH PROBLEMS
Electro-pollution is electromagnetic energy (a.k.a. electromagnetic fields/radiation — EMF/EMR)…
It has long been known that ionizing forms of EMF/EMR, such as x-rays and ultraviolet rays from the sun, can cause health problems, including cancer and more.
Now, a growing body of solid research shows that non-ionizing forms of EMF/EMR, often touted as safe, also affects our bodies. In fact, studies show that these types of EMF/EMR may cause a variety of very specific biological changes in the body, even at exposure levels that are many times lower than allowed under safety limits in most countries.
A few examples of these biological changes are described here. They help shed light on how chronic exposure to wireless radiation, dirty electricity, and other types of man-made electro-pollution may lead to health problems.
- EMF can cause cells to produce stress proteins. (Cells produce these proteins as part of the body’s protective response to toxins and other environmental stressors. Cells seem to recognize EMFs as a threat.)
- EMF can interfere with normal “electrical” communication between cells. (This can disrupt cellular function in every part of the body and interfere with the body’s natural processes, such as sleep, hormone production, neurological function, immune response, and the ability to heal. It may also lead to cancer or help existing cancers to grow faster.)
- EMF can reduce melatonin levels in the body. (Melatonin is a neuro-hormone that is vital for healthy sleep. Evidence suggests it is also a potent, natural antioxidant that protects cells from genetic damage that can lead to cancer and Alzheimer’s disease as well as neurological, cardiac, and reproductive problems.)
- EMF can damage the DNA in cells. (Cancer risk is related to DNA damage.)
- EMF can trigger the immune system to release irritating chemicals, such as histamines and cytokines, in various parts of the body. (These immune-response chemicals cause inflammation as a protective mechanism. They have been shown to highly correlate with asthma and other allergic reactions. They may also account for additional symptoms often associated with EMF exposure including headaches, sensitivity to light, and cardiac problems such as palpitations/arrhythmias.)
- EMF may overstimulate the immune system, then suppress it and decrease T-lymphocyte production. (T-lymphocytes orchestrate the immune system’s response to infected or malignant cells.)
- Chronic EMF exposure may cause chronic inflammation in the body. (Chronic inflammation has been correlated with cellular/tissue/organ damage, cancer, heart disease, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, neurological diseases, and Alzheimer’s.)
- EMF can raise cortisol (stress hormone) levels in the body. (Elevated cortisol levels can lead to sleep disorders, depressed immunity, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disorders, premature aging, neurological problems, and more.)
- EMF can cause cell membranes to be locked in an inactive state known as oxidative stress. (Oxidative stress prevents toxins, or free radicals, from leaving cells. There is evidence that this inactive state can damage DNA and prevent the body from repairing it, which is a first step to cancer. Research suggests that oxidative stress and free radical damage may also be associated with autism.)
- EMF can cause calcium ion efflux. (Calcium ion alteration of cells by electromagnetic radiation may be linked to neurological degeneration, cancer, dangerous heart arhythmias, and many other adverse health effects.)
- EMF can elevate blood sugar levels and blood viscosity. (This can be associated with symptoms such as headaches, chest pain, higher blood pressure, blurred vision, and fatigue among others.)
- EMF can increase amyloid beta in the brain. (Amyloid beta is a peptide of 36-43 amino acids. There is evidence that high levels of amyloid beta are a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease.)
- EMF may increase permeability of the blood-brain barrier. (Increased permeability allows leakage of large molecules and toxins from the blood into the brain, which can lead to damage of neurons, the cells that transmit important information/messages throughout the body.)
- EMF may damage sperm and reduce testosterone levels in men. (This raises concerns about infertility, birth defects, and other reproductive problems.)
- EMF may alter fetal brain development. (This may be tied to the increasing rates of autism and problems in children with memory, attention, concentration, and behavior.)