Let me introduce myself. My name is Sarah. I am neither a midwife nor a mommy (yet), but I am a woman and an aunt that regularly watches over and lavishes love upon my nephews. I’m pretty health-conscious, and the past seven-ish years of my life have been full of dietary changes, natural skin care and beauty substitutions (though I am still holding tightly to my high-end, not-so-natural make-up), and becoming myself, inside and out.
What I am not is a scientist so I’m not going to pretend like I know everything about electromagnetic fields (EMFs). I don’t even completely understand the science behind it all, but it’s an issue with enough potential destruction, or current destruction, to prompt me into conversation, research, and, consequently, action. However, before delving into the debate of EMF effects, let us set up some context and definitions for what exactly we’re talking about.
What is an EMF?
After finding endless amounts of definitions for electromagnetic fields that confused the snot out of me, I finally found a website I could understand—Rader’s Physics4Kids! According to the infinite wisdom found at this site, a field is an area around an object that will cause a force on anything that enters it (see here). An electric field has to do with the area surrounding an electrically-charged object. An electrically-charged object is an object that contains an imbalance of electrons (-) and protons (+), instead of having equal amounts. But maybe that’s too technical… Excuse me while my nerdy side slides away.
However, in order to have a foundation for a discussion about EMFs, my nerdy side must return with a few more definitions. A magnetic field has to do with what material an object is made of, as opposed to its charge (positive or negative). Like the positive and negative charges in electricity, magnetism has poles, which repel or attract. *
To round out our little science lesson, let’s finish with electromagnetic fields, the culprits in hot debates in natural health and scientific communities, which are “fields of force that consist of both electric and magnetic components, resulting from the motion of an electric charge and containing a definite amount of electromagnetic energy.” This definition comes simply from typing in Google, “What is an electromagnetic field?” An overly simplified version of this is that an electromagnetic field is where electric fields and magnetic fields meet.
So why do you care?
Actually, a better question is why should you care? Maybe because our bodies have naturally occurring electric currents. ** Our digestion, our nerves, our brain all function by “rearranging charged particles.” As this article states, “You are an electric field.” ***
Earth also has its own electromagnetic field. Think north pole, south pole. Think of lightning storms. Think of the new trend called “earthing” or “grounding,” which is the practice of connecting skin to earth. This has to do with the earth’s electromagnetic charges.
But, perhaps most importantly, you should care about electromagnetic fields because something you use every single day gives off EMFs—your cell phone. Your laptop. The Wi-Fi for your internet. The smart meter behind your house. This is where the controversy begins.
They say, “EMFs adversely affect hormones.” Then they say, “EMFs have no known impact on your health.” They add, “EMFs cause brain tumors,” but then they say, “EMFs are only possibly carcinogenic to humans” **** The claims are numerous and widespread, the supposed evidence overwhelming, but with the possibility of chronic fatigue, hormone imbalance, brain tumors, cancer, etc., the EMF debate is not one that we should blow off. We must enter into it bravely, boldly, and openly. After all, there was no evidence to prove the world was round until there was. We didn’t know man could fly until we did. We said cigarettes weren’t harmful until someone died from lung cancer. We must love ourselves, and our children, enough to find out the truth.
So yes, maybe this post was tedious, and I applaud you for reaching the end, but in order to have an educated discussion about EMFs, we must have a basis for our understanding.
Stay tuned for my next post about EMFs and fertility. Or rather infertility.
- Rader’s Physics4Kids