Electrosensitivity has become a health concern for many people, and it is believed that some people are more sensitive to EMF than others. However, from suffering personally, I also believe that if a person becomes run down then they may also become more sensitive to electromagnetic radiation.
However, people who have highly sensitive bodies, particularly those who suffer from allergies related to food, cold, toxins, chemicals and cigarette smoke are considered to be more EMF sensitive.
In addition, individuals who have sensitive nervous systems or those whose cells have abnormal bio-frequencies as a result of childhood exposure to heavy metals are also considered to react to EMF.
This article will tell you about the signs and symptoms related to EMF sensitivity that you need to look out for, and what you can do to reduce electrosensitivity.
What is EMF Hypersensitivity?
Electrosensitivity, also referred to as Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS), is a phenomenon where some people tend to experience symptoms associated with exposure to the electromagnetic stimulus of varying frequencies and strengths such as radio frequency (RF) microwave transmissions.
One is said to be electrosensitive if the symptoms decrease or disappear after turning off all EMF devices or sources, or when one get out or range of the electromagnetic field of electrical devices and appliances.
Signs and Symptoms of EMF Hypersensitivity
Many studies have shown that some people tend to experience symptoms as a result of electromagnetic fields and radiofrequency radiation coming from electrical devices such as Wi-Fi networks, computers, fluorescent lighting, household appliances, cordless phones, electric blankets, smart meters, mobile phones, cell phone masts, power lines and household wiring, radio masts, and television masts.
The symptoms of hypersensitivity include:
Cancer is also considered to be a symptom of electrosensitivity and electromagnetic exposure. For instance, childhood leukaemia has been linked to overexposure to power-lines, a discovery that was made in 1979.
Leukaemia that develops during adulthood, as well as lymphoma, has also been linked to electromagnetic exposure. Other cancers that are believed to occur as a result of electromagnetic sensitivity include prostate cancer, melanoma, breast cancer, and testicular cancer. In addition, energy from cell phones has also been associated with brain tumours.
Abnormal tiredness is one of the symptoms of electromagnetic sensitivity. In addition, if you’re affected, you’re likely to suffer from excessive tiredness that never seems to go away or feeling weak, dizzy or faint even after having had a good night’s sleep.
Inability to sleep could be due to the high electrical fields that often come from electrical wiring near your bed or from other electrical devices such as cell phones, laptop, tablets, as well as from a Wi-Fi network.
The EMF radiation coming from these devices, particularly in your bedroom, can prevent you from having a good night’s sleep because you are likely to wake up constantly or feel restless the entire night if you are hypersensitive.
Neurological problems such as motor neuron disease, Tourette’s syndrome, and Parkinson’s disease are believed to occur due to electromagnetic exposure.
Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
Exposure to power-lines is also believed to contribute to symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s such as memory loss, and cognitive impairment. So, affected individuals are likely to have trouble recalling names or difficulty concentrating.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism
People who are sensitive to electromagnetic radiation may also show signs of ADHD. Furthermore, people who suffer from ADHD and autism are likely to be more sensitive to electromagnetic fields due to an inhibited cellular and metabolic processes. Here is an interesting video on the link between EMF radiation and ADHD.
Studies show that there is a significant relationship between tinnitus and electrosensitivity. In addition, people who use their cell phones constantly have also been said to suffer from tinnitus as a result of the energy emitted by cell phones.
Earaches are also said to be triggered by EMF sensitivity.
Heart palpitations and chest pain are also common in electrosensitive individuals. There is also speculation that electrosensitive people are may be more likely to suffer from other cardiovascular problems such as heart attacks and stroke.
Electrosensitive people often (but not always) tend to get skin reactions such as redness, rash, tingling, and burning sensations. These skin problems are common on the upper arms and on the face. However, a rash form EMF radiation can occur anywhere on the body.
Some electrosensitive people have reported redness on the face after having worked with a visual display unit, or electric devices.
Since as early as 1979, electromagnetic exposure has also been associated with high levels of suicide, stress, depression and anxiety. Therefore, electrosensitive individuals are likely to suffer from emotional imbalances such as irritability, mood changes, anger, excessive worry and tearfulness, among others.
Headaches and migraines are also electrosensitivity symptoms, which are often associated with overexposure to electromagnetic fields.
Exposure to electromagnetic fields has also been linked to miscarriages more so among electrosensitive mothers.
There are high cases of infertility among electrosensitive individuals, particularly men. In particular, a person working as a chef in a restaurant that uses electric ovens may be particularly at risk as they need to stand in front of the oven for several hours at a time. these ovens are usually groin height, which may be blasting out radiation directly onto the genital area.
Restless leg syndrome
Restless or jumpy legs often occurs when a person is trying to sleep at night or relaxing. It is thought that restless leg syndrome may also be a symptom of electromagnetic hypersensitivity.
Tips on How to Reduce Symptoms of Hypersensitivity
If you are sensitive to electromagnetic fields, it is important that you get rid of or at least minimize the sources of EMF’s in your work and living environments. Here are some precautions you can take;
- Stop using wireless devices such as Wi-Fi and cordless phones. You can opt to use cable internet, which is safer
- Unplug electrical devices when you’re not using them
- Switch off electrical circuits responsible for the high electric fields, particularly in your bedroom
- Use EMF meters to measure EMFs in your house or office environment, and get rid of anything that is producing dirty electricity
- Turn off your mobile phone at night and keep it in a different room other than your bedroom as studies have shown that mobile phones can still produce an electromagnetic field even when they’re switched off
- Keep your mobile phone on flight mode during the day when you are not using it
- Replace CFL bulbs with incandescent bulbs
- Use EMF protection devices such as mobile phone protection cases, router guards protection pyramids and EMF protection crystals
For more ways to protect yourself, see my article here.
If you are sensitive to electromagnetic fields, it is important that you use electromagnetic shields and filters to get rid of electromagnetic pollution in your home and office environment.
Unfortunately, for most of us, electromagnetic radiation is all around us. Being aware of the items in your environment that are emitting an unhealthy level of EMF’s is the first step in protecting yourself. A few simple changes to your lifestyle can go a long way in reducing your exposure. To ensure you are doing everything possible to protect yourself and your family you may also want to invest in various EMF protection devices for your home and work environment.