Public hysteria grows in waves and recedes suddenly, only to be replaced by another mass fear. The same is true of the public alarm over EMF radiation emitted from cell phones. One way to protect yourself from EMF radiation and opinion is to learn the facts of the subject.
What is EMF?
EMF stands for “electromagnetic field.” So far, the topic is innocuous enough. An EMF is a force field around an object, created by an electric charge. This electric charge, a combination of electricity and magnetism, affects the behaviour of objects within its field. However, the term EMF is quite broad: there are actually two types of EMFs! EMFs are split into two categories: ELFs (extremely low frequency) and EMRs (electromagnetic radiation).
Devices in the EMR category include mobile phones, computers, and tablets. EMRs are then divided into two types: non-ionizing (like microwaves and radio waves) and ionizing (like x-rays, ultraviolet light, and gamma rays). Non-ionizing is considered to have a neutral effect, but the ionizing type are extremely unsafe—which explains why you wear EMF protection, like a lead vest at the dentist when they take an x-ray of your teeth.
EMF and Your Health
The main concern over EMF is whether or not it is harmful to humans. Carcinogenic, reproductive, and neurological side-effects are what make the issue worrying, since our society depends so much on electronic devices. Taking preventative action against the potential harm of EMFs is a smart step move; and it’s a platform on which many companies are developing new products.
Better Safe than Sorry: Use an EMF Shield
EMF protection works best in the form of a shield, or a barrier. These shields deflect the EMF radiation away from your body, therefore preventing contact. There are plenty of retailers online that sell EMF protection products, such as computer monitor screens, TV, or laptop screen shields. Other products are for smaller devices, like mobile phones. Then there are products that are worn over your clothes, such as aprons, face- and eye-shields. Some companies have even developed EMF shielding paints and bed canopies.
EMF protection in the retailing world also includes detection devices that assess work or home environments for unsafe levels of EMF presence. These include EMF meters that detect electronic, magnetic, and radiofrequency fields. All of these devices are geared for making you informed of your surroundings and for bodily protection.
There are also a few tips on how to decrease your exposure to EMF radiation. First, keep your electronic devices a safe distance away from you (at least a foot away), or off of you (don’t rest your laptop on your lap). Second, limit your time spent on electronic devices. Third, use some sort of EMF protection, such as laptop shields or monitor screens. Limit the exposure to EMFs and you limit the potential damage caused.
EMF protection is a topic growing in strength and public opinion—but your best way to deal with it is not by throwing away your cell phone and eschewing radio towers; but, by taking other preventive measures.