Electromagnetic Radiation and Fertility

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{the following is a guest post by Lloyd of Electric Sense}

EM Radiation Pollution and Fertility

Most people give little or no thought to the electromagnetic radiation or electromagnetic fields (EMFs) in their environment. But EMFs have worked their way into just about everybody’s daily life.

Twenty years ago, most people did not own a cell phone, they had never heard/seen a cordless phones and they would not have had a clue what WiFi even meant.

All this technology is great. It has simplified our lives significantly. But did you know that it also uses electromagnetic fields to make it work and that more and more people are beginning to ask questions about the possible adverse health consequences of these EMFs. Much of the debate centers around cell phone use.

Only a few days ago, the World Health Organization, proclaimed that cell phones were possibly carcinogenic. They have publicly stated that as little as 30 minutes per day on a cell phone could have adverse health consequences.

But what about electromagnetic fields and fertility? Could there be a link?

You might be surprised to learn that there is a growing body of research pointing to the adverse effects of electromagnetic radiation on human fertility. Only last month researchers in Austria and Canada found that cell phone use may lead to lower sperm quality and a decrease in fertility.

Tim Ferriss, bestselling author of the Four Hour Work week ran tests on his own sperm count and found it to be low. He started to do some research on the subject and realized that electromagnetic radiation could be the cause. He stopped carrying his cell phone in his pocket for 3 months and his sperm count doubled in three months.

EM Radiation In The Home

Here are some other important sources of electromagnetic radiation in the home and what to do about them:

  • WiFi – some WiFi is now operating in the 5 GHz range, higher than many cell phones (higher frequencies tend to have more harmful health consequences). You can take the bold step of going back to a wired connection. If you don’t want to give up your WiFi, make sure it is a good distance from your office chair and switch it off at night when you’re not using it.
  • Cordless phones (DECT) – these use the exact same technology as cell phones. The dangerous part is the phone base which acts like a mini cell phone antenna. If you don’t want to go back to a corded phone at least banish the base unit from your bedroom, where it will do the most damage.
  • Microwave ovens – these wouldn’t be so bad were it not for the fact that most of them leak (like all the ones that I have tested have done). The problem is the door seals, over time they no longer do their job and the radiation permeates out into the room and surrounding rooms – EM radiation goes through walls.
  • Video game consoles – the Nintendo Wii, for instance is reliant on electromagnetic emitting handheld controllers. The PlayStation 3 does exist in a wired version but most people buy the wireless version which emits electromagnetic radiation. You are best advised to limit the time you spend using these devices.

If you are serious about improving your chances of conceiving a child then you cannot afford to overlook your Electromagnetic radiation exposure. Limiting your cell phone use is a good start but if you really want to understand what EMFs exist in your home and work environment then an inexpensive EM radiation meter is a good investment. We all like our gadgets, EM radiation is here to stay, just make sure you’re not overdoing it.

Have you taken any steps to reduce electromagnetic radiation exposure?

Lloyd Burrell became electrosensitive through using a cell phone about 10 years ago. He started writing about cell phone radiation protection on his own website back in 2009. He now blogs on this subject and the dangers of EMFs generally.

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About Donielle

Donielle is an amateur herbalist and natural momma to two littles (with another babe in heaven) after dealing with being less than fertile. She has a passion for nourishing nutrition, natural living, and spreading the word on how food truly affects our health.

Comments

  1. I’ve been thinking about this issue recently. While I’m pretty good at reducing my EMF exposure in my home (notable exception: WiFi), I’ve been worried about exposure from my neighbors. (I live in a high-rise, so I have many!) I have the feeling that there’s nothing I can do about my exposure to EMFs from them, but I thought I’d ask just in case.

    donielle Reply:

    @Carissa, You know….I don’t know personally. it’s something I’m trying to figure out for our own home. Not that we have lots of neighbors, but because we use things that cause EMFs like cell phones (our only phones now!) wifi, etc. It worries me for sure, I just don’t know exactly which thing I need to focus on first – or how to get my hubby to get on board as well!!

  2. Just sent this link to three people I think need to see it, including my own husband! Really interesting stuff. You can’t help but wonder.

  3. We have both gotten rid of our cell phones (one and one and a half years ago), and our families think we’re crazy… it’s good to see confirmation that we’re doing something good. The other items on the list aren’t in our home anyway right now… Thanks for posting this!!

  4. Danielle says:

    Thankfully I already don’t use my cell phone much. I mean it is my home phone, but I don’t have it in my hands at all times. It just isn’t a big part of my life. One thing I do for health safety is I speak on my speaker phone when I can, so I don’t have to right on top my phone when speaking. :)

  5. On Dr. Mercola’s website (www.mercola.com) he has himalayan salt lamps that create a buildup of ions that bind to the positively charged ions that are created by electronics in your home. This is supposed to help neutralize the “electo-smog.” I don’t know what that means in terms of EMFs, but I’ve been wanting to get a couple of them for a long time, just haven’t done it yet. They’re not very expensive either, so it seems like a good way to clean up the air quality in your home that is negatively affected by all of our gadgets. I have an online business, so I’m constantly on the computer and on the phone, so I definitely would like to learn how to combat some of the negative effects of all that! Using speaker phone is a good idea… I should start doing that more often…

    donielle Reply:

    @Kelsey, Very interesting….I hadn’t read that on Mercola’s site yet. thanks for the tip – definitely something I’ll look into!

  6. There are so many people who snigger at any talk that the EMFs in our environments are in any way dangerous, so its nice to see such a positive response to my article.
    Kelsey – I have had a salt lamp in my office for several years now and Cacti also (it was the NASA who found out about this) to reduce the effects of EMFs in my office, see my tips on combating computer radiation.