Electrosmog and its impact
The term electrosmog can be explained in a single sentence: electrosmog is the occurrence or presence of artificial electric and electromagnetic fields.
There are different types of electrosmog:
- Electromagnetic DC fields: for example overhead tram wires
- The operating direction of these fields does not change. The forces therefore always affect people from the same direction.
- Low-frequency electric AC fields: domestic electrical installations, such as lamps and sockets (also those not it active use)
- These fields arise, simply put, anywhere where there is an electrical voltage. The fields are also present when electrical devices are not in operation.
- Low-frequency AC magnetic fields: form when domestic electrical installations are used (e.g. when a lamp is switched on)
- These form when an electrical device is not only present, but also in operation.
- Electromagnetic waves (high frequency): all kinds of transmitters, like mobile, WiFi etc.
These waves propagate in free space at the speed of light and can transmit this energy and information over long distances.
How does electrosmog affect the body?
What health effects electrosmog actually leads to is still a controversial topic. A fact is that electrosmog puts the body under stress. Another fact is that everyone reacts differently to the electromagnetic exposure in their environment. This depends, on the one hand, on the intensity and duration of the frequencies and modulations occurring, and the individual combination of effects that result from them. On the other hand, it is dependent on predispositions, possible pre-existing conditions and health problems, immunity levels and the ability of a person’s organism to compensate for the exposure, as well as their ability to resist external influences. We are exposed to the smog in the long-term, and today it cannot be avoided, placing the body in a chronic state of stress, which can lead all the way to an exhaustion of the organism. This ‘state of exhaustion’ can lead to problems with the vegetative nervous system and lead to the following symptoms:
- Digestive problems
- Sleep problems
- Circulatory problems (blood pressure)
- Cardiac arrhythmias
Stress also has a negative effect on the immune system, making people more susceptible to disease. Due to the strain on the hormonal balance caused by electrosmog, the psyche may also be negatively influenced, which can potentially lead to depression.
Why does the body react to electrosmog?
The human body is electromagnetic and for this reason also reacts to electrosmog. The communication within the body is made by chemical neurotransmitters and electrical signals. These signals are affected by electromagnetic radiation from the outside - electrosmog - and therefore so is the communication within the body, which can in turn bring health damage. Electrosmog can also act as a central attack on the ´functions of life'. It is able to considerably influence the electromagnetic functional interrelationships of organisms. Cells feel the presence of electromagnetic fields within seconds and recognise this as an ‘attack’. Because of this, the cells react with their natural protective mechanism and close all the channels going into and out of the cell. A cell membrane is permeable in the relaxed state of energy - that means, the cell membrane has two energy states, a parasympathetic (relaxed) state, and a sympathetic (excited) state. In the relaxed state, nutrients can enter into the cell, and in the excited state, the cell membrane is closed and a nutrient or energy intake is not possible. Usually a cell constantly switches between these two states. If a cell is constantly exposed to electromagnetic radiation, its cell membrane remains in the sympathetic or closed state, i.e. it can neither absorb nutrients nor eliminate pollutants, and therefore does not work properly anymore. Therefore cells from the brain or skin that are permanently exposed to electromagnetic fields are low in nutrients.
What does science say?
There are numerous (more than 20,000!) studies showing a link between electromagnetic radiation and health burdens, if not even damage. Due to the very individual reactions of people to electrosmog, scientific research is complicated enormously - as many tests cannot be scientifically reproduced. Many scientific studies have confirmed that electrosmog draws energy from its environment. Globally, it has been (and is still) intensively investigated for the biological mechanisms that could make high-frequency electromagnetic fields, in particular, lead to health problems for people. Both national and international radiation protection organisations consider it less and less likely, due to the many years of research, that a correlation with the negative consequences actually exists.
A cancer risk has not yet been ruled out, however. The scientific debate is regarded as still being open. A ‘proof of harmlessness’ is also missing. For this reason, the World Health Organisation’s own organisation for cancer research (IARC, www.iarc.fr) in 2001/2002 raised the potential risk for electromagnetic fields to the level of ‘possibly carcinogenic’ (category 2b).
What is electrosmog (part 2)? (German)