Electromagnetic Polution ::: Unseen but very real...
Unseen but Very Real
"Our house is very close to a network of high-voltage power lines. In fact, sometimes I can even hear the electricity buzzing in the wires. I've heard that power lines give off dangerous energy waves-is this something we should be concerned about? I'm worried for my kids' safety..."
One of our patients asked us this question recently. We were able to tell her that, yes, there is definitely a danger her family faces by living close to power lines. But power lines are only one source of what experts call "electromagnetic pollution." This form of pollution is serious. It's a growing problem. And it should be of interest to all of us who are trying to live healthy lives.
These days, we're all exposed to high levels of harmful electromagnetic fields (EMFs). It's an unfortunate byproduct of living in a high-tech, high-powered world. It's the price we pay for the wonderful convenience of our modern entertainment and labor-saving devices. Most of us probably wouldn't want to go back even 100 years and live without our many conveniences.
An Everyday Balancing Act
But here's the problem-your body is also a sensitive electrical field or grid. When it comes into direct contact with the many artificial electrical fields we're now surrounded by, that delicately balanced system of yours can be thrown seriously out of balance. The two systems most affected are your nervous and immune systems.
We usually think of the big sources of electrical power as the most dangerous. Those are things like power lines, electric transformers, and x-ray machines. The truth is that EMFs are also given off by everyday household and office items. These include things like radios, cell phones, TVs, microwave ovens, electric blankets, fluorescent lights, computers, smoke alarms, and refrigerators.
What You Can't See Can Hurt You
All this may sound like no big deal or just scare tactics. As health care professionals, we wish that were true. But there is growing evidence that AC electric and magnetic fields increase our risk of certain kinds of cancers. They may also cause other physical and mental abnormalities.
For example, more cases of primary brain tumors and childhood leukemia have been reported close to high-tension lines and electrical substations. In fact, Dr. David Carpenter, Dean of the School of Public Health, SUNY, estimated that 10-15% of all childhood cancers may be due to exposure to residential power lines!
Electrical workers also seem to have higher than normal rates of various cancers. Highway patrolmen claim increased cancers near where they habitually position their radar guns. Hairdressers make the same claims about the use of portable hairdryers.
Many other health problems may also be caused or worsened by exposure to EMFs. Science is just now scratching the surface in understanding the effects of long-term exposure.
But clearly, many experts today are worried about this growing problem and the danger it poses to all of us. In fact, one of the most well-known and respected experts, Dr. Andrew Weil, has written that 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."
Fighting Fire with Fire
Doesn't paint a pretty picture, does it? Since we seem to be surrounded by electromagnetic pollution, you might be asking, just what are we supposed to do about it? Ironically, one of the best ways we've found to help you protect yourself from electromagnetic pollution stress caused by harmful EMFs is to use the same forces in slightly different forms.
Use the Power of "The Force"
Not all EMFs are created equal. It's true that many are harmful to our body. Others are neutral. There is growing evidence that some EMFs in certain parts of the electromagnetic spectrum can actually have beneficial effects. Science has long understood the beneficial effects of electromagnetic therapy in helping bones, wounds, and infections heal faster. It has also proven effective in helping us deal with stress. We are learning more every day about how it does these things. It appears to do so by helping bring our natural electrical fields or "biofields" back into balance.
In our practice, we combine these new therapies with traditional chiropractic adjustments. We've added other valuable weapons against electromagnetic pollution like multipolar magnets, small harmonizer, large harmonizer and the phone shield. Ask about these products on your next visit.
Chiropractic treatment helps unlock the energy blockages caused by muscular tension and spinal misalignment. Electromagnetic therapy helps balance the electrical fields. Between these two important treatment options, we can help you avoid and recover from the effects of electromagnetic pollution and live a happier, healthier life.
Play it Smart for Life!
We were able to help our patient quoted at the beginning of this article. We told her that there was a variety of practical steps she could take to shield her family from harmful EMFs. You can too!
But if you're really concerned about the long-term effects of harmful EMFs, we invite you to come in and see us. Through preventative electromagnetic therapy and chiropractic care, we can help you battle the unseen but real pollution you face every day.