EMF's influence on human health and life
The presence of devices generating artificial electromagnetic field in our everyday life negatively influences our body’s internal biological balance (homeostasis). This influence of artificial electric field upon electrical impulses in the human body that occur naturally and are connected with life functions. These impulses allow communication between cells, which is the basis for the transmission of nerve signals and biochemical reactions. A significant role of EMF’s effect on the molecular level is also played by the large amount of water and minerals that make the human body a perfect electric conductor. The effect of external electromagnetic field upon man is mainly dependent upon frequency and intensity. EMF values of everyday exposure on humans requires their bodies to initiate adequate compensation mechanisms in order to minimize the environmental stress. However, long term exposure to even a minimal level of EMF entails negative health consequences resulting from biological reactions that slowly and noticeably weaken the body.
The current knowledge about the effects of electromagnetic field upon the human health is substantial and is based upon much scientific and medical research which has been conducted for decades all around the world. Extended exposure to electromagnetic smog interrupts the basic functions of the brain, circulatory system, immune system and it is connected with such symptoms as sleep disorder, headaches, irregular heart rate, anxiousness, chronic fatigue or bad mood.
Quality of life - electromagnetic field in the apartment
Electrical wiring in apartment buildings in very extensive and is a complex source of EMF. As well as permanent in the form of wiring in walls and floors and in the direct vicinity of the apartment’s surroundings the apartment’s interior environment can be characterized by an ever changing mobile installation caused by all the connected electric devices. Long term exposure to these electromagnetic fields can have a negative influence on residents’ health.
It is especially important in relation to the bedroom, where we spend on average a third of our lives. During sleep the basic functions of the body are less active as it focuses on rest and regeneration. Healthy sleep plays an important role in the DNA repair process in cells, ensuring optimal conditions for the body’s regeneration. Activation of the natural healing resources within the body allows us to enjoy better health and mood. However, typical electric wires in walls, ceiling and floor of the bedroom, not to mention all devices like lamps, alarm clocks and extension cables create EMF that is located close to the human body for many hours. Electromagnetic field shielding in the bedroom is important, because it can ensure a better repair process of DNA at night, when endogenous and exogenous DNA damage is at a minimal level.
It is the environment that we live in that influences our health and quality of life most.
People exposed to artificial electromagnetic radiation are observed to have symptoms such as:
- sleep disorder
- headaches and migraines
- chronic fatigue and exhaustion
- over sensitiveness and internal unrest
- memory processing disorder
- general weakness and susceptibility to infections
- hormonal disorders
We are aware of the possible health consequences regarding exposure to EMF based upon scientific and medical research. It gives us a basis to undertake a strategy that will prevent the identified sources of electrosmog. The necessity for finding integrated solutions that take into account the health aspects is supported by the World Health Organization (WHO) and other international institutions.
ADRTEX in modern office building
List of scientific publications regarding the impact of the low frequency electro magnetic fields on human health:
Historical evidence that electrification caused the 20th century epidemic of ‘‘diseases of civilization”; Samuel Milham; Medical Hypotheses (2010) 74: 337–345.
Biological effects from electromagnetic field exposure and public exposure standards; Lennart Hardell; Cindy Sage; Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy (2008) 62: 104-109.
Childhood cancer in relation to distance from high voltage power lines in England and Wales: a case-control study; Gerald Draper, Tim Vincent, Mary E Kroll, John Swanson; BMJ (2005) 330: 1-5.
Childhood Leukemia: Electric and Magnetic Fields as Possible Risk Factors; Joseph D. Brain, Robert Kavet, David L. McCormick, Charles Poole, Lewis B. Silverman, Thomas J. Smith, Peter A. Valberg, R. A. Van Etten, James C. Weaver; Environmental Health Perspectives (2003) 111(7): 962-970.
Exposure to 50-Hz Electric Field and Incidence of Leukemia, Brain Tumors, and Other Cancers among French Electric Utility Workers; Pascal Guenel, Javier Nicolau, Ellen Imbemon, Anne Chevalier, Marcel Goldberg; American Journal of Epidemiology (1996) 144(12): 1107-1121.
Leukemia following Occupational Exposure to 60-Hz Electric and Magnetic Fields among Ontario Electric Utility Workers; Anthony B. Miller, Teresa To, David A. Agnew, Claus Wall, Lois M. Green; American Journal of Epidemiology (1996) 144(2): 150-160.
Residence near high voltage facilities and risk of cancer in children; Jorgen H Olsen, Annelise Nielsen, Gabi Schulgen; BMJ (1993) 307: 891-895.
Temporal Characteristics of Transmission-Line Loadings in the Swedish Childhood Cancer Study; W.T. Kaune, M. Feychting, A. Ahlbom, R.M. Ulrich, D.A. Savitz; Bioelectromagnetics (1998)19: 354–365.
Disturbance of the immune system by electromagnetic fields—A potentially underlying cause for cellular damage and tissue repair reduction which could lead to disease and impairment; Olle Johansson; Pathophysiology (2009) 16: 157–177.
The prevalence of symptoms attributed to electromagnetic field exposure: a cross-sectional representative survey in Switzerland; Nadja Schreier, Anke Huss, Martin Röösli; Soz Praventiv Med (2006) 51: 202–209.
Psychological Effects of Chronic Exposure to 50 Hz Magnetic Fields in Humans Living Near Extra-High-Voltage Transmission Lines; I.L. Beale, N.E. Pearce, D.M. Conroy, M.A. Henning, K.A. Murrell; Bioelectromagnetics (1997) 18: 584-594.
Teratogenic and reproductive effects of low-frequency magnetic fields; H. Huuskonen, M. L. Lindbohm, J. Juutilainen; Mutation Research (1998) 410: 167–183.
Acute Exposure to a 60 Hz Magnetic Field Increases DNA Strand Breaks in Rat Brain Cells; Henry Lai, Narendra P. Singh; Bioelectromagnetics (1997) 18: 156–165.
Magnetic-Field–Induced DNA Strand Breaks in Brain Cells of the Rat; Henry Lai, Narendra P. Singh; Environmental Health Perspectives (2004) 112(6): 687-694.
Can EMF Exposure During Development Leave an Imprint Later in Life?; Carl F. Blackman; Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine (2006) 25: 217–225.
Hematologic and Cortisol Alterations Observed in Young Mice Placed in Front of a Color Television Screen; L. Bonhomme-Faivre, C. Slama, M. L. Tanguy, R. Santini, Y. Bezie, S. Marion, L. Bottius, N. L. Pham, S. Orbach-Arbouys; Electromagnetic Biology and medicine (2004) 23(1): 19–27.
Are environmental electromagnetic fields genotoxic?; Michael J. Crumpton, Andrew R. Collins; DNA Repair (2004) 3: 1385–1387.
Effects of a Low-Voltage Static Electric Field on Energy Metabolism in Astrocytes; Rong Huang, Liang Peng, Leif Hertz: Bioelectromagnetics (1997) 18: 77–80.
Effects of ELF capacitively coupled weak electric fields on metabolism of 6B1 cells; Xing Wang, Aihua Zhou, Man Liu, Haiying Yu, Lijun Pang, Mingyao Zhu, Leiguang Wang, Hermann Berg; Bioelectrochemistry and Bioenergetics (1999) 48: 369–373.
Effects of the weak alternating electric field on Naq concentration insidehuman red blood cells; Gang Chen, Guoping Cai, Riqing Zhang, Pingguan Tu, Nanming Zhao; Bioelectrochemistry and Bioenergetics (1998) 45: 127–130.
Increase in hypoxanthine-guanine phosphoribosyl transferase gene mutations by exposure to electric field; Gui-Rong Ding, Kanako Wake, Masao Taki, Junji Miyakoshi; Life Sciences (2001) 68: 1041–1046.
Effect of 60 Hz electromagnetic fields on the activity of hsp70 promoter: An in vitro study Abraham O. Rodrı´guez de la Fuente, Juan M. Alcocer-Gonza´lez, J. Antonio Heredia-Rojas, Isaı´as Balderas-Candanosa, Laura E. Rodrı´guez-Flores, Cristina Rodrı´guez-Padilla, Reyes S. Tame´z-Guerra; Cell Biology International (2009) 33: 419-423.