We live in a world which thrives on electricity. However, with the use of electricity, we subject ourselves to Electromagnetic fields or EMF. This basically means the present technology is more than triggering of EMF radiation exposure. The electromagnetic field, simply, is a field generated by the motion of electric charge, thus comprising electric and magnetic components.
How Does EMF Radiation Exposure Happen?
EMF radiation exposure is not visible to human eyes. EMF can be either natural or provoked by home appliances, transformers, TV antennas, cell phones, etc.
As we advance in science and technology the use of EMF devices increases.
As a result of chemical reactions within our body, minor electric currents help the human brain to use electric signals to send orders to other parts of your body. When this current and EMF radiation exposure mix, your natural body balance shatters.
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The effects of EMFs on a living organism depend on the frequency and energy of the field. Simply, the greater the EMF frequency, the rougher the effect.
Today, EMF radiation exposure sources can be divided into three types depending on their frequency.
- Extremely Low-Frequency Field (ELF)
- Intermediate Frequency Field (IF)
- Radio Frequency (RF)
Extremely Low-Frequency Field (ELF).
EMF radio exposure due to electric wires is called extremely low-frequency field.
Intermediate Frequency Field (IF).
Think of this field as a product of the security system and computer screen. The computer screen attracts dust particles, which is major, because of the electric component of EMF. As obvious by the name, the frequency of IF lies between ELF and RF.
Radio Frequency (RF).
Radiofrequency EMF generates from the radio, television, microwave ovens and cellular telephone antennas. Additionally, this field can have a minor interaction with the currents in our body. Because of this, RF EMFs have become a vital part of our daily life, considering the excessive use of cell phones.
Below we will discuss in detail the effects of EMF generated by cell phone and why we need to be cautious.
Cell- Phone EMF Radiation Exposure.
A cell phone we use almost 24/7 can have effects on your health. According to recent research cell phone affects a human body in two ways,
- By extremely low-frequency EMFs which are generated as a result of the current in the cell phone.
- By radiofrequency EMFs which are caused by the cellular antenna which transmits your signal to the cellular base stations.
Although the effects are considered negligible if someone is exposed to ELF-EMF over a short period of time, ongoing research shows possible effects on the health of living beings if exposed to it for a longer period and, we, being a part of technology era, cannot escape the EMFs.
On the other hand, considering the exposure to RF-EMFs shows the effects on the living organism are rather adverse.
The cell phone is a device we use extensively and we keep it very close to our body for instance, while traveling when it rests in our pocket, while general use when it is in our hands and while we are attending a call when it touches the side of our brain.
Side Effects of Cell Phone EMF.
Salivary Gland Cancer.
People who use cell phones more to receive long duration calls are at a greater risk of developing salivary gland cancer.
Extensive use of cell phone especially keeping the phone for long durations on side of your brain affects the brain and can increase the risk of brain tumor. WHO recommends the use of earphones as a precautionary measure.
The growth of abnormal white blood cells by bone marrow or blood-forming organs is called leukemia. People exposed to RF-EMFs for a long time are more prone to leukemia.
Heart Diseases and Breast Cancer.
It is not advisable to keep your phone in your shirt pocket or close to your chest. The EMF from cellular devices can cause various heart issues even leading to breast cancer.
The RF-EMFs generated by cellphones are possibly carcinogenic, i.e. they can cause cancerous cells in human beings, according to World Health Organization (WHO).
Extensive use of cell phone can easily cause depression. According to a research people living close to cellular towers remain more depressed and stressed which makes them feel fatigued.
The same effect is on the people keeping their cell phone too close to them. For the best results, keep your cell phones on airplane mode, thus avoid the adverse effects of RF fields, especially while traveling.
Given below is the list other possible effects of keeping the cell phones around us all the time or living in midst of strong EMFs generating devices, these issues can be considered as the symptoms that our cell phones are affecting us.
- Disturbed sleep cycles
- Electromagnetic Hyper-Sensitivity
- High Blood Pressure
- Hormonal changes
- Miscarriages or infertility
- Damaged nerves
- Visual Dysfunctions
- Appetite loss
In short, the effect of cell phones depends on how rigorously a person used it. In order to avoid the possible issues caused by cell phone, one can try to minimize the use of cell phone, keep cellular phones a bit far from the body and do not attend long phone calls.
We know for sure that electromagnetic field can have adverse effects on living organisms especially above a specific frequency; also we know that effect on the living thing depends on the time of its exposure.
In conclusion, the effects of long-term exposure to EMFs with a frequency seem to be adverse according to the on-going research, so it is time to start taking precautions and stay on the safe side.