Getting Buzzed: electro-pollution can be harmful

Do you know that things as seemingly ordinary as electric razors and hairdryers may actually be contributing to chronic disease and ill-health?

Using a laptopWould it surprise you to know that there’s a health offender present everywhere you go: your office, the supermarket, your children’s school, and even your bedroom? That it bombards and affects you not only while you’re awake, but while you sleep?

What scientists and medical professionals have recently dubbed “electro-pollution” has been present in the world for several decades now. Yet, its dangers are only lately being taken seriously.

What we are talking about are electromagnetic fields [EMFs], and the electromagnetic radiation [EMR] they create.

You’re probably aware that we live in a polluted, toxic world. If we are honest enough to admit it, we can see how we have inadvertently dirtied the air, tainted the water, and loaded the earth with contaminants. Try as we might, it is physically impossible at this time to distance ourselves from our species’ collective waste products.

Charged [e]motion

Many of us have awakened into action, striving to live organically and urging our governments to help us guard and clean up our ailing Mother Earth. But, an unseen, unnoticed, and unforgiving adversary is dogging our steps.

EMFs are only recently becoming recognised for what they are: a ubiquitous form of pollution to which we unthinkingly continue to contribute on a daily basis, and which may very well have dire consequences.

In technical terms, an EMF is “the field of force associated with electric charge in motion, having both electric and magnetic components and containing a definite amount of electromagnetic energy.” Translation: any time you use electricity [e.g., plug in an appliance and/or turn it on, start an engine, flip a light switch, use a telephone, or cell phone], you are creating a field of combined electricity and magnetism.

Naturally, these fields occur in a wide range of frequencies and strengths. At the high-end there is cosmic radiation [the energy that the stars and celestial bodies exude], and at the low-end is household electricity. Throw into the equation microwaves with which we cook, the satellite transmissions we use to watch TV, and the radio waves our cell phones use, and we have a wide array of EMFs buzzing all around us, all the time.

In case you’re wondering, many sources of EMFs are natural – even the earth gives off enough of a magnetic charge to point our compasses north – this article wouldn’t be necessary.

Body electric

Time for a short science lesson! Did you know that the human body is surrounded by a field of electrical energy? Scientists at the National Institutes of Health [NIH], US, call this the human bio-field. Additionally, inside the body, nerve impulses deliver electrical impulses throughout the nervous system, the brain has a constantly active and complex electrical component – even the heart has its own electrical activity. All of this is fine and good and set to run optimally without our needing to monitor it. The problem, however, is that these natural bio-energies are easily disrupted by EMFs.

Scientists have proven repeatedly that EMFs interact with the body and its bio-energies. The results are physical, quantifiable bio-effects that can ultimately manifest as a variety of conditions including fatigue, anxiety, emotional highs and lows, depression, headaches, migraines, allergies, hormonal imbalances, arthritis, hyperactivity, short attention span, frequent colds, and increased susceptibility to recurring illness and infection.

Additionally, research strongly indicates a connection between EMF exposure and certain types of cancer, as well as greater risk of miscarriage.

Recognise the phenomena

Try this. Turn on both your computer and your cell phone. Then, dial your own home phone number on your cell phone and while it’s connecting, place it under or next to your computer monitor. What you’ll notice is that your monitor’s picture jumps and scrolls. This is the result of EMFs overlapping and creating a disturbance recognisable only because your monitor is so sensitive to it. Even so, this same phenomenon occurs repeatedly to your body when subjected to any number of EMF sources.

For example, you are preparing for your day in the bathroom. The lights are on, you’re blow-drying your hair, or using an electric shaver, and listening to the clock radio you’ve turned up behind you. Or, perhaps you’re in the kitchen, microwaving your dinner, using the electric can opener and watching television, all at once, while the refrigerator hums beside you. These are very common activities for the average citizen and each is a situation in which, all the while, your body is bathed in low frequency EMFs.

No one knows how long it will take for this kind of low-level EMF barrage to manifest in your body, but chances are your body has already been negatively affected.

But, there is hope – if only you take care, and do not “load” yourself with too many high-tech gadgets and products. Just play it safe, and be cautious.

Protect Yourself

We not going to suggest that we do away with electricity and all electricity-powered appliances and conveniences. At this point in our civilisation, this would not only be laughable but illogical, and to a very real extent, impossible. On the other hand, just as with all other kinds of pollution, we do not advocate that we simply sit idly by, silent and still victims of this unintended abuse against ourselves. This said, let me suggest a couple of things that we can do to help ourselves and others.

Dr Andrew Weil, one of the world’s leading and most-respected authorities in the area of complementary and alternative medicine, gives several helpful ideas for avoiding EMFs. His suggestion includes protecting yourself from higher frequency radiation by not working in an environment which exposes you to it [uranium mining, radiology, power plant maintenance]; or, not living near sources of it, natural or otherwise [such as a nuclear waste disposal site]; and, not letting doctors, or dentists, X-ray you without good reason.

In the home, you would do best to avoid using too many electric gadgets, since they generate large electrical fields when they are right next to the body. Electric clock radios are considered dangerous for the same reason. Try putting them as far across the room as possible from your bed.

Also, don’t sit close to your TV set. Distance yourself at least six feet away. Additionally, all appliances [e.g., computers, TVs, refrigerators] should be placed against an outside wall – to keep away EMF in an adjoining room.

Ryan Harrison
Ryan N Harrison, a holistic health educator and consultant in private practice, holds a post-graduate degree in transpersonal psychology and certifications as nutritional consultant, holistic health practitioner, spiritual counsellor, quantum-touch practitioner; and advanced practitioner of EFT [Emotional Freedom Techniques]. He also teaches and lectures in online and traditional settings. He lives in California, USA.


  1. Hello,
    Reading your article I seem to have a problem with electrical charges or energy that will have a huge effect on appliances, phones computers, checkouts,
    When I am going to pay for petrol or groceries the computer will go haywire or shut down when I am standing there. “”The checkout operator always says the same thing – “This has never happened before. I seem to go for a little walk while they fix it and all is well”” Happening more and more often. Any suggestions as its getting past a joke. I actually shut down the checkout at a petrol station yesterday and 15 people behind me in line were not impressed at waiting.


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