July: EMFs

Photo: Waterfall near Battleground, WA. Health-promoting negative ions are abundant near waterfalls.

Photo: Waterfall near Battleground, WA. Health-promoting negative ions are abundant near waterfalls.

What are EMFs?

Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) are invisible ranges of radiation emitted by various sources of electricity. 

Common sources of EMFs include:

  • Radio frequency: smartphones and cellular networks, Bluetooth devices, Wi-Fi,  microwave ovens, baby monitors, cordless phones

  • Electric fields: electrical appliances, electrical wiring, extension cords, power outlets

  • Magnetic fields: cell towers, power lines, power meters, electric clock radios

  • “Dirty” electricity: electrical wiring, dimmer switches, fluorescent light bulbs, “smart” appliances, solar panels 

Health Concerns Linked to EMF Exposure 

Mast cells are 10 times more active in the presence of EMFs.  EMFs greatly increase the production of free radicals causing damage to DNA and mitochondria. They disrupt calcium channels and negatively affect our nervous system. They also cause the Blood Brain Barrier to become leaky, which can allow bacteria and other toxins to invade brain tissue. EMFs have been found to deplete B-vitamins and reduce sperm quality.

Common symptoms of EMF sensitivity include sleep dysregulation/insomnia, headaches, brain fog, anxiety, and dizziness. 

Smart Meters 

A smart meter is an electronic device that records consumption of electric energy and transmits this data to the power company. Some meters submit readings every 15 minutes, and are a significant source of radiofrequency radiation. Smart meters should be located as far away from sleeping areas as possible. 

Contact your electric company to see if you can switch to an analog meter. If this is not possible, ask your power company to have your smart meter transmit data only once every 24 hours to reduce unnecessary EMF exposure. 

Ways to Limit Exposure to EMFs

  • If possible, hard-wire your home and use ethernet cables instead of using Wi-Fi. 

  • Turn off your WiFi router at night. You can purchase an automatic timer (Christmas tree light timers work great) to turn off the router when not in use. 

  • Avoid carrying your cell phone on your body whenever possible

  • Use texting or speakerphone on your cell phone as often as you are able. Avoid holding your cell phone up to your head. 

  • Keep your cell phone on airplane mode at night, charging in another room while you are sleeping. 

  • Limit/avoid electronics in the bedroom

  • Avoid putting laptop computers directly on your lap

  • Spend time in nature as much as possible

    • Negative ions have healing properties that counteract the positive charge of EMFs. They are highest near moving water, visit the many waterfalls in the Pacific Northwest or take a trip to the coast. 

  • Consume a diet rich in antioxidants - include 7-8 servings of colorful vegetables per day

Supplements to Help Mitigate the Harmful Effects of EMFs

Always speak with your healthcare provider before initiating any new supplement

  • Brazilian Green Propolis: Crosses the Blood Brain Barrier, antioxidant support against free radicals 

  • Liposomal Melatonin: Supports glymphatic system (the lymph in your brain) detoxification and supports circadian rhythm

  • Rosemary: Found to reduce markers of oxidative stress in rats exposed to high levels of electromagnetic radiation 

  • Minerals: Replenishes the body, supports mitochondrial function and repair 

Earthing: A Grounding Exercise

Place your bare feet on the earth (dewy grass is best) and take several slow, deep breaths. Visualize any negative energy traveling out of your body, through your feet, and back into the earth. Make sure you do not become chilled (in colder weather, bundle up and sip warm liquids). Do this practice daily. 


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If you believe that you are especially sensitive to EMFs, or for more information on ways to mitigate the harmful effects of these types of radiation, please speak with your healthcare provider. 



Kat Bodden