Everywhere we turn, we are surrounded by technology. Computers, phones, appliances, wi-fi… and that’s just in our homes!
All of these have been created to make our lives easier, but could they be having a harmful effect on our health? Some of us may not realise that the radiation generated by these devices may impact our bodies.
External sources of radiation can have a positive – indeed essential – biological effect. For instance, solar rays and cosmic radiation promote good health*.
But other sources of radiation that are foreign to the body can disrupt the body’s healthy functioning. This type of electromagnetic radiation comes from microwaves, computers, electrical appliances, mobile phones and pylons. These influence the body directly by stimulating a chemical response within the body, and indirectly, by being stored in the water of the body*.
The brain, in particular, is highly responsive to external magnetic or electrical impulse. Radiation can also impact the body’s regulatory systems, including cell growth and regulation, hormone production and the immune system. Overexposure to radiation has been linked to anaemia and a cluster of fatigue symptoms, for example, poor concentration (brain fog), weakness, listlessness and so on*.
When electrical waves pass through the body, some of their energy is absorbed, and the amount that is deposited in the body’s tissue depends on the frequency of the radiation. Radiation can come in a variety of different sources:
low frequency, eg. household electricity, can cause charge reversal and cell and nerve irritation in the body. They can penetrate the pineal glad directly. This gland secretes melatonin, which is the sleep hormone and is also related to serotonin, the antidepressant neurotransmitter.
High frequency waves, eg. from mobile phones, microwaves and computers.
Extremely high frequency, eg. X-rays, nuclear radiation and high-altitude flying. These high frequency fields cause a change in the charge of the polarised molecules in the body.
In his book Biophysical Therapy of Allergies, Peter Schumacher says the effects of radiation are usually unnoticeable in people with stable health who are not otherwise stressed^. Their own body’s natural balancing mechanisms often do their job and neutralise the radiation.
However, if somebody has been exposed continually to stress for many years, or in extreme situations, these radiation sources may cause illness. In children, they may experience sleep disturbances, nightmares, bedwetting, as well as problems in school. For adults, they may suffer from sleep disturbances, grogginess in the morning, irritability, headaches, lack of concentration, or rheumatic complaints.
So how can you try to limit your exposure to radiation? Here are some simple tips you can start today!
Use a battery-operated alarm instead of your phone
Charge your phone in a different room at night
Do not do any screen time at least an hour before bed
Take regular breaks from technology in your day
Turn off your wi-fi at night
Do not use a white noise machine
White noise is machine-generated noise that is used to make distracting sounds by combing all the frequencies we can hear into one sound.
According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, this ambient noise may affect people’s health by increasing general stress levels and aggravating stress-related conditions, such as high blood pressure, coronary disease, peptic ulcers and migraine headaches.
It may be difficult to eliminate technology completely from your day-to-day, but even making small changes to our technology use may help our health more than we know!