We are more and more connected; we have our cell-phones everywhere. They keep us informed about any subject instantaneously at our fingertips…. We think and move faster than ever before. Apps add to our entertainment value, and for parents, cell phones often act as cheap and effective baby sitters keeping their children engaged. We take them for granted, everybody carries cell phones with them most of the time, more often than not, close to the body somewhere…..
What we don’t do is – stop and think: “What is the price for this relatively new-found convenience?”
Before I express my concerns and warnings, I’d like explain how Holistic Biological Medicine describes how our bodies regulate.
You can read about this subject at length in Alfred Pischinger’s book: “The Extracellular Matrix and Ground Regulation”. Pischinger was a MD and a professor at the Department of Histology and Embryology at the Vienna University Medical Department. In 1948 he was the first scientist to describe the regulation of the Extracellular Matrix and pointed out that imbalances at that level are the cause of most diseases. The book is co-authored by a successor of Professor Pischinger, Hartmut Heine, who edited and updated his findings.
Did you ever wonder how it is possible that our system can manage so many stimuli simultaneously? – Not only do all our various body systems (circulatory system, respiratory system, nervous system, endocrine system, digestive tract, immune system, metabolic transformations etc…) regulate toward their own balanced levels independent from each other – they also influence and interact with each other – at a speed that is literally “lightning speed” – There is no continuous direct connection between the organs’ cells and capillaries or nerve cells. But yet every impulse and stimulus passes via nerves and capillaries. This suggests another parallel transfer mechanism of incoming new information signals which likely happens via the extracellular fluid. It is ubiquitous and a far superior transmitter than the nervous system. If every impulse or stimulus would solely depend on the nerves for dissemination of information to the brain, it would take far longer than our experience suggests. Studies that follow electrical changes when puncturing the skin prove that any stimulus that exceeds a certain threshold will trigger a simultaneous reaction throughout the entire matrix.
This realization is promising with regard to using ultra low EMF impulses for therapeutic purposes. Subtle stimulation at targeted points can cause a release of toxins and thus resolve silent inflammation or affect other biological functions. It’s humbling to contemplate the fact that effects of minimal stimulation to our skin can and do create whole system changes to our entire body. Modern Holistic Biological Medicine researchers acknowledge that the acupuncture meridians (known in Traditional Chinese Medicine for a very long time) are the main channels of the Extracellular Matrix (almost simultaneous) energy flow.
I think it is both interesting and important to understand how subtle the differences in electric charge are between the extracellular and intracellular fluids!
Let’s look at an example – the sodium potassium pumps that are found in many cell plasma membranes between the extra- and intracellular spaces. They actively transport sodium ions out of a cell and potassium ions into a cell. In order for Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP), which attaches to carrier proteins acting like “molecular units of currency”, to move those ions, ATP relies both on the principle of osmosis and on an energetic charge difference (membrane potential) between a cell’s intracellular cytoplasm and the extracellular fluid of ~70mV to 90mV.
If we focus on two main functions of this regulatory system being:
- Regulation of basic physiological functions such as managing oxygen, water, electrolyte, PH and energy levels and
- Local and systemic immunological defense which includes antibody creation
It becomes clear that almost all chronic disease takes its origin in a break-down of this Extracellular Matrix regulation.
On the website of Science Direct you can download an article from May 2015.
Its title is: “The effect of low-frequency electromagnetic field on human bone marrow stem/progenitor cell differentiation”. The article is written by a series of people working at a variety of Medical Schools. The 13 page article analyzing scientific research publications on the subject concludes as follows: “While it remains difficult to alter the expression of genes to rebuild damaged tissues in humans, especially when considering the use of controversial treatments such as stem cell and gene therapies, a systems-based view of development and regeneration may provide suitable therapeutic alternatives. Complex interactions of multiple genetic substances give rise to physical cues, including mechanical and electrical signals that are relatively easier to control and implement in order to guide repair and regeneration. Treatment using EMF could be an auxiliary approach to enhancing cellular activities for tissue regeneration by stimulating cells with both EMF and the proper chemical signals (differentiation media and growth factors) to promote cellular responses synergistically. Additionally, this inherently noninvasive and noncontact treatment method is easily applied to cells for tissue regeneration using three-dimensional scaffolds (Kim et al., 2011; Konrad et al., 1996; Liu et al., 2012; Trock, 2000; Yun JH et al., 2012). Exposure of the EMF to cells on scaffolds with specific conditions has been reported to accelerate tissue formation (Saino et al., 2011).”
This is encouraging – researchers figure out how to restore faulty EMF regulation within the body……
It raises the “elephant in the room” question! What are potential reasons for this Extracellular Matrix Regulation to break down in the first place?
Is it conceivable that our cell phone use could upset this delicate energy differential in our Matrix regulation?
Experts have been working on the subject of Electro-Smog for the last 30 years along with employees of Baubiologie Maes. http://www.maes.de/ They have been pointing out that our current standards and guidelines are inadequate to protect us from its harmful effects. They published the 6th edition of their book “Stress durch Strom und Strahlung” (translated: “Stress from Electricity and Radiation”) (1100 pages)
At night when we sleep we expect to regenerate and restore our body to another day of healthy activity. Let’s assume that the bed we sleep in has a box-spring mattress and that our bedroom has electric outlets at mattress height…. If we use lights, an electric alarm clock and/or other electric devices…. Then the metal box springs in our mattress will act as electricity conductors and charge our bodies, who are also conducting electricity with ~5V! That is between 5 x and 6 x the level of electricity found in our cells Sodium Potassium Pumps! The bio-communication within our bodies is massively influenced by alternating electric current. Erroneous regulation as well as nerve damage or hormonal imbalances can result. This low-level electricity we are exposing ourselves to without even thinking about it, can and does significantly disturb our sleep and health!
To avoid this electric charge at night we can replace the box-spring mattress with another that does not contain metal and move electric devices such as alarm clocks to the other end of the room.
The US Federal Communications Commission publishes a startling table dated 2007 citing dozens of EMF density thresholds and studies showing verified impacts on our lives many orders of magnitude below legal, permitted and experienced thresholds limits!
If we hold a cell phone close to our ear during a conversation with someone, our head experiences EMF smog of 10,000 µW/cm² density (Baubiologie Maes Team in their publication from 2017)
(0.000001 µW/m² =) 0.0000000001 µW/cm² is the natural background density of EMF!
0.1 µW/m² = 0.000,01 µW/cm²
0.05 µW/cm² is our exposure if we are 10 Feet (3 meters) from a Wireless Computer
0.016 µW/cm² is our exposure 1 Mile (1.6Km) from a Cellular Tower
0.007 µW/cm² is our exposure 50 Feet from a Cordless Phone
0.001 µW/cm² is our exposure 100 Yards from Cell Phone
0.000001 µW/cm² is our exposure with a cell phone in full reception mode
The following web-site shows antennas and cell towers within a 4 mile radius of your home. http://www.antennasearch.com/sitestart.asp
All following studies and values are quotes from either the FCC table or from the Maes publications!
1000.0 µW/cm² is the United States FCC Exposure Limit, Safety Code 6 Canada limit (that is an order of magnitude less than a regular cell phone call actually exposes us to during a conversation – and many, many orders of magnitude higher than well established levels of harm!)
10.0 µW/cm² Redistribution of metals in the lungs, brain, heart, liver, kidney, muscles, spleen, bones, skin, blood (Shutenko 1981)
10.0 µW/cm² Impaired memory and visual reaction time in people living near transmitters (Chiang 1989)
10.0 µW/cm² Damaged mitochondria, nucleus of cells in hippocampus of brain (Belokrinitskiy 1982)
5.0 µW/cm² Biochemical and histological changes in liver, heart, kidney, and brain tissue (Belokrinitskiy 1982)
2.0 µW/cm² lower “Microwave hearing” – clicking, buzzing, chirping, hissing, or high-pitched threshold note tones known (Frey 1963, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1988, Justeson 1979, Olsen 1980, Wieske 1963, Lin 1978)
5.0 µW/cm² Leukemia, skin melanoma and bladder cancer near TV and FM transmitter (Dolk 1997)
2.5 µW/cm² Breakdown of blood-brain barrier (used a digital cell phone to radiate) (Salford 1997)
1.0 µW/cm² Headache, dizziness, irritability, fatigue, weakness, insomnia, chest pain, difficulty breathing, indigestion (humans—occupational exposure) (Simonenko 1998)
0–4 µW/cm² Altered white blood cell activity in schoolchildren (Chiang 1989)
0.6 µW/cm² Change in calcium ion efflux from brain tissue (Dutta 1986)
0.3 µW/cm² Impaired motor function, reaction time, memory and attention of school children, and altered sex ratio of children (fewer boys) (Kolodynski 1996)
0.2 to 8.0 µW/cm² Childhood leukemia near transmitters (Hocking 1996)
0.168 µW/cm² Irreversible sterility in mice (Magras 1997)
0.13 µW/cm² Decreased cell growth (human epithelial amnion cells) (Kwee 1997)
0.1 to 1.8 µW/cm² Decreased life span, impaired reproduction, structural and developmental abnormalities in duckweed plants (Magone 1996)
0.09 µW/cm² Damage to immune system (Bruvere 1998)
0.08 µW/cm² Calcium ion disturbance in cells (Schwarz 1990)
0.06 µW/cm² Altered EEG, disturbed carbohydrate metabolism, enlarged adrenals, altered adrenal hormone levels, structural changes in liver, spleen, testes, and brain in white rats and rabbits (Dumanskij 1974)
0.05 µW/cm² Headaches and changes in the nervous system (Navarro 2002)
0.02 µW/cm² Damages on cell membranes (Marinelli 1999)
0.002 µW/cm² Sleep disorders, abnormal blood pressure, nervousness, weakness, fatigue, limb and joint pain, digestive problems, fewer schoolchildren promoted (Altpeter 1995, 1997)
0.00002 µW/cm² Health impacts to mammals (Lundquist/BEMS 2002)
0.000027 µW/cm² Premature aging of pine needles (Selga 1996)
0.000005 µW/cm² Effect on cell growth in yeast (Grundler 1992)
<0.0000000001 µW/cm² is the natural background density of EMF! (Maes)
So after all this gloomy data – do we dismiss it as bogus? Despite all these research findings concluding that EMF has damaging effects on life? Can this even be credible? After all, with such order of magnitude differences in values, wouldn’t we all be dead or deadly sick by now with our constant exposure? Are we not still feeling pretty good, aren’t we?
The European Environmental Agency in Copenhagen Bio-initiative Group evaluated ~2000 different studies about the effect of EMF on our health. Their report concludes that a cell phone use of 10 years or more increases the risk to develop a brain tumor by 20% to 200% depending on use frequency. Why is the risk not even higher?
In 2007 they called for …”tougher safety standards to regulate radiation from mobile phones, power lines and many other sources of exposure in daily life”…. “Current evidence, although limited, is strong enough to question the scientific basis for the present EMF exposure limits, according to the Bio-Initiative Working Group.”
I think it is important to know and remember in our daily lives that each time we subject our bodies to electricity we also create magnetic fields causing reactions in our bodies (nerves, heart, brain but also each body cell carry an electric charge).
- Electricity at μA (Micro Ampere) level causes physiological impulses
- Electricity at mA (Milli Ampere) level causes disruption in information transfer
- Higher levels of electricity destroy cell membranes!
Luckily, our bodies are intelligent and highly adaptable creatures. They do regenerate cells at remarkable speed.
An adult human being has ~1014 or 100 trillion or 100 000 000 000 000 cells. And each second about 50 million cells die and we replace almost as many. The fact that we don’t quite manage to replace them all contributes to our aging process and we also know and accept that we lose about 100,000 brain cells every day. The range of time it takes to regenerate cells is large – from replacing white blood cells every 1-3 days to replacing bone cells that can survive up to 30 years. Organ cells have a life span between days (digestive tract) to weeks (liver, esophagus) to months (bladder).
So of course, we can go into overdrive and replace damaged cells, and of course our system can still perform the most important functions…. But it is also undeniable that chronic inflammatory diseases have been on a steady rise over the last 50 years. With the added stress of functioning in a cloud of invisible EMF smog we simply cannot keep up – we slowly but gradually all build up stress levels that have us break down in individually different ways at different times with varying degrees of severity.
(Table taken from the “Earthing the most important health discovery ever book” by Clinton Ober, Stephen Sinatra MD and Martin Zucker)
This begs the question what we can do to protect ourselves from this ubiquitous Electro-smog and delay onset of disease as long as possible.
The most effective advice is probably to not use cell phones and computers at all! Many researchers actually recommend that – while they probably themselves find it hard to comply with their own advice. I know, I use my computer a lot – but yes, I’m probably one of the last dinosaurs who do not carry a smart phone.
I know, if I read in the evening, I naturally get very tired and find it hard to concentrate past 10:00 PM. However, if I work on the computer, my bio regulation seems to fail – I can easily push past my naturally occurring fatigue and work until midnight or later…..
What else can protect us from the ubiquitous EMF?
The book about Earthing promotes walking barefoot on the Earth (because shoes insulate us) to ground built up electric charges out of us. The recommendation is to do it at least three times daily and a variety of studies confirmed the effectiveness of this simple measure. You’ll find 23 of these studies here: http://www.earthinginstitute.net/research/ Spending time outside is always good advice for many reasons – and maybe in this context hugging a tree every once in a while doesn’t sound so “woo-woo” anymore, does it?
Electrostatic discharge (ESD) causes significant damage in industry by destroying highly sensitive electronic parts and microchips. Companies use products such as wristbands, shoes, and conductive flooring or pads under work desks to reduce this type of damage. You can use these products at a personal level as well to help ground.
I find myself, making a point of touching the metal faucets with running water regularly when I wash my hands or spend time at the sink to help ground any built up electrical charges. This seems particularly important after using public transportation, since everybody uses cell phones on the bus. And the rubber tires aren’t suitable to prevent the accumulation and build-up of density of EMF. Also, if you live or spend significant amounts of time in high-rise buildings on floors that are higher up, you may want to touch faucets with running water regularly to avoid carrying extended periods of built up electricity in your system.
Other helpful things people with EMF sensitivity find useful to offset their symptoms are:
- Taking cold showers
- Taking hot baths with Epsom salts
- Any kind of stress relief such as meditation, yoga, Pilates, massages, physical exercise as well as other spiritual practices that help connect us to the Source
Electro Smog is only one source of stress to our bodies, but an important one and raising awareness about it and reducing our exposure can only help.
Let us remember how precious life is and how easily and carelessly we create environments for ourselves that upset the delicate balance of nature we all rely on to thrive!