Health Advice Paula Owens

Our environment is increasingly being bombarded by electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) and electromagnetic pollution: radio frequency radiation (RFR), poor power quality, low frequency electric and magnetic fields, and ground current.

“Dirty electricity can be used to describe electric power that has become corrupted by our use of modern appliances. Items such as compact fluorescent light bulbs, cell phone transmission antennas, power supplies for portable computers, cell phone chargers, dimmer switches, variable speed fans and many other electronic devices that require a transformer to convert the voltage will dirty the electricity that enters your home. This form of dirty electro-magnetic fields (EMFs) is invisible to the eye, but has a biological effect on the human body and has been associated with a wide variety of illnesses.” said Magda Havas, PhD, associate professor of Environmental and Resource Studies at Trent University.

EMFs are major problems that affect everyone’s health. The damaging effects are cumulative.

Sources include: wireless routers in our homes, offices and schools, cell phones, microwave ovens, smart meters, exercise equipment, baby monitors, security systems, CFL bulbs, faulty wiring, airplanes, office equipment, and living close to electrical wires, power lines and cell phone towers. Dirty electricity flows along wires and can enter your home from neighbors through your electric panel.

EMFs are an invisible source of exogenous electrical currents and environmental stress that enter our bodies and the bodies of animals, our pets, and plants altering normal function. High frequency voltage transients in electrical wiring have been linked to many modern health conditions and diseases.

EMF contamination and cell phone radiation affects children more than adults. Toddlers, infants and unborn babies are especially vulnerable to the damage. With that in mind, it’s probably smart to limit exposure during pregnancy and minimize your child’s exposure to wireless devices including cell phones and tablets. (Also consider the potential adverse effects of too much screen time on their sleep quality, attention spans, focus and cognitive development).

Studies have shown that EMFs may be linked to birth defects, miscarriage, infertility, hypertension, migraines, ADHD/ADD, learning disabilities, diabetes, thyroid disorders, heart arrhythmias, Alzheimer’s, depression, suicide, leukemia, lymphoma, chronic fatigue, MS, brain and nervous system cancers, melanoma and breast cancer.

EMFs have also been associated with nausea, fatigue, anxiety, dizziness, mental confusion, memory loss, digestive problems, hair loss, insomnia, decreased testosterone, itchy skin and skin rashes.

In humans, EMFs have been found to:

• Alter circadian rhythms, enzyme activity, DNA synthesis and cell division.

• Affect the pineal and hypothalamus area of the brain.

• Affect neurotransmitter production.

• Increase blood-brain barrier permeability.

• Accelerate infections.

• Create artificial stress responses.

• Over-stimulate the immune system initially, then suppress it.

• Induce oxidative stress.

• Promote malignant tumor growth specifically concentrated in the central nervous system, the blood and skeletal systems, and in glandular tissue.

Tips to reduce EMF exposure

• Use cellphones as little as possible and only in speaker mode. Never hold it next to your ear.

• Never carry your cell phone in your pocket, underneath your bra strap or anywhere on your body. If you must carry it in your pocket, put it on airplane mode.

• Never use laptop computers on your lap.

• Switch out compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs for incandescent light bulbs.

• Turn off Wi-Fi routers (home and office) when not in use, and especially at night a few hours before bedtime.

• Consider replacing Wi-Fi routers with Ethernet cables.

• Never charge your phone in your bedroom while sleeping. Always charge it in another room in airplane mode or turn it off at night.

• Avoid electric water beds, blankets and heating pads.

• Remove electrical devices from your sleeping area. If you must use an electric alarm clock, keep it at least 5 inches from your body when sleeping. Or, opt for a battery-operated clock.

• Move power strips at least 3 inches away from your feet.

• Switch to flat-screen TVs and computer monitors as these emit less EMFs than the older styles.

• If you live in close vicinity to or underneath electrical wires, power lines or cell phone towers, you may want to consider moving.

• Replace cordless phones with corded phones.

• Stand 3 to 4 inches away from microwave ovens when in use.

• Consider shielding devices to reduce EMFs from cell phones, cordless phones and landline speaker phones.

• Ask your electric utility provider to remove wireless smart meters and replace them with a wired smart meter.

• Walk barefoot on the sand, grass or dirt. This common practice known as earthing or grounding allows the healing negative ions from the ground to flow into our body and have been shown to reduce stress hormones and inflammation.

• Use 100 percent beeswax candles and Himalayan salt lamps in your home and office to absorb EMFs from the air. Salt lamps serve as natural room ionizers, emitting negative ions into the environment that effectively bind with all the excess positive ions, reducing EMFs, killing bacteria and purifying the air.

Awareness is key. Educate yourself and your family about the health risks of chronic cell phone use, EMFs and dirty electricity. Remove, protect and distance yourself as much as possible from EMF pollutants.

“Electromagnetic (EMF) pollution may be the most significant form of pollution human activity has produced in this century and all the more dangerous because it is invisible and insensible,” Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D.

• Paula Owens, M.S., is the author of “The Power of 4” and “Fat Loss Revolution.” An Ahwatukee resident for 22 years, she is a leading expert in nutrition, functional health, fitness and fat loss with more than 20 years of experience. For more information, visit

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