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As technology becomes more ingrained in our everyday lives, it’s worth taking a step back and talking about some of the indirect impacts of technology creeping into our pockets, kitchens, living rooms and even bedrooms.
There is, however, a lot of misinformation surrounding EMF out there on the internet, so today, we’re going to unpack what it is, what science is saying about EMF radiation and talk about products on the market that are designed to significantly reduce your exposure to EMF, like shielding technologies we’re already deploying in our sauna lineup.
What is EMF?
EMF is the term for electromagnetic fields that are emitted by electronic devices that emit both electronic and magnetic fields as they work, however, EMFs regularly occur in nature with the sun being the most striking example of an energy source that emits EMF radiation. In our daily lives, though, anything from a smartphone, computer, television and even power lines near your house emit EMF waves. To get a more comprehensive understanding of what EMF waves are, we’ve covered it in a previous post which you can read here.
What Are The Different Types of EMF Exposure?
EMF radiation has been separated into two different categories that sit on opposite ends of the electromagnetic spectrum. This includes high-frequency EMF radiation, to low-energy, otherwise known as low-frequency EMF radiation. Examples of high-frequency radiation include X-Rays, exposure to gamma rays, and some high-end ultraviolet rays. High-frequency EMF is harmful to human health, due to the fact that it can ionise cells and human DNA, which can cause mutations that eventuate in forms of cancer.
Low- to mid-frequency EMF radiation, on the other hand, does not contain enough energy to ionise human cells or DNA, although researchers agree that it can cause cells to vibrate within the human body. The most common examples of low- to mid-frequency EMF radiation includes common electronics in your household, like WiFi routers, smartphones and even white goods like washing machines and fridges.
Is EMF Harmful To Your Body?
The question of whether or not EMF radiation is harmful to human health is a contentious topic, however, it’s important to note that the World Health Organization states that “current evidence does not confirm the existence of any health consequences from exposure to low level electromagnetic fields.” The W.H.O does concede, however, that “some gaps in knowledge about biological effects exist and need further research.”
This is likely admission of the fact that the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has stated EMF waves created by smartphones, tablets, computers and smart devices have been classified as a potential source of cancer. The argument for a potential correlation was strengthened by the largest EMF-focussed study that looked at cancer rates in around 5,000 users around the globe. That study (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20483835) found a small amount of evidence to link low- and mid-level EMF exposure with mutations located on the side of the head, where individuals were using their phone. The authors of the study, however, concluded that their research was not conclusive to make a strong connection between EMF and potential cancers.
How Do You Remove EMF From Your Body
The most effective means of removing EMF radiation from your body is to reduce your exposure to electromagnetic fields in the first place. This means moving devices in and around your house to spots that you’re not sleeping in, or removing some devices from your house entirely, if you’re truly concerned. One of the most popular strategies is to minimise the amount of electronic devices you have in your home, move things like your laptop or smartphone out of the bedroom before you sleep, or purchase products that have been specifically designed to emit low EMF radiation.
EMF is often talked about in the context of electronic devices, however, one of the most dangerous sources of EMF is something that we often go out and experience in our daily lives. It’s important to note that the sun is a huge source of ionising EMF radiation, so if you’re concerned about how much EMF your body is absorbing, ensure that when you step outside to go for a walk or a trip to the beach, you’re protecting your skin with SPF30+ sunscreen, at the very least.
Despite claims out there on the internet, there are no real-world or effective EMF detoxification processes, diets, juice-cleanses or exercise regimes that will rid your body of EMF in a short period of time. Moving major electronic devices and remembering to switch them off when they’re not being used is one of the most realistic and effective means of reducing the amount of ambient EMF in your home.
What Material Can Block EMF?
There are a number of materials that are quite effective at blocking EMF waves, which are more commonly known as electromagnetic shielding materials. Typically, these shielding materials block EMF waves from certain devices and cables to avoid interference from other sources of EMF, isolating their waves and blocking others. The most common materials used for blocking EMF come in the form of sheet metals like copper, tin, steel, silver, nickel and brass. A simple example of EMF shielding in action comes in the form of electrical wires running through a metal conduit, or protective skin, that isolate the ELF and EMF waves. This is a design that we’ve implemented in all of our sauna products, and the results have been impressive to say the least.
On average, our Jacuzzi® Infrared Saunas return figures of less than 3mG of EMF exposure, while a ceramic infrared heater emits anywhere between 20-40mG of EMG and a regular carbon heater emits as much as 100mG while being used.
There are a number of accessories on the market for consumer electronics that offer EMF shielding, which could be an opportunity for you to reduce your exposure to EMF emitted from your phone or laptop. It’s important to note here that you should purchase a case from an independently verified manufacturer, because there are a lot of fakes on the market claiming EMF protection when their product offers no such protections.
Does EMF Go Through Walls in Your Home?
Electromagnetic fields have absolutely no problem traveling through physical boundaries in your home like windows and the bricks and wood in your walls. Rather than bounce off these walls in your home, low-frequency EMF energy travels straight through the wall, so long as there is no significant amount of shielding materials present, like the metals we’ve talked about above. EMF does, however, get significantly weaker as it travels over distances, so you can dramatically reduce your exposure to EMF radiation by moving as little as 90cm away from the device in question.
Before we wrap up, we’d like to remind you that our entire product list has been designed from the ground-up with reducing EMF exposure as a key priority. As a result, our designs incorporate EMF-shielding technologies, like metal conduits surrounding all of the electronic components, which have dramatically reduced the amount of EMF you’re exposed to compared to other infrared saunas on the market.
In fact, our saunas are the only infrared saunas on the market that cancel out both EMF and ELF radiation, so if you’re interested in finding out more about these low EMF-emitting saunas, click here to get our catalogue.