Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity: Understanding Options That Can Improve Your Health
Electromagnetism: The Affect on Adrenal Fatigue Recovery
Although adrenal fatigue cannot be ascribed to the occurrence of a single symptom, the broader picture and the list of multiple symptoms that are identified with both adrenal fatigue and electromagnetic hypersensitivity, paints a startling picture. In order for one to recover from adrenal fatigue to the fullest degree, you would definitely have to reduce your exposure to electromagnetic radiation.
Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity and the NeuroEndoMetabolic Stress Response: What Part Does EHS Affect?
Martin L. Pall , in a review of how ‘Microwave frequency electromagnetic fields (EMFs) produce widespread neuropsychiatric effects including depression,’ highlights a number of relevant observations from tests done on animals, especially rats:
‘Nervous system regions impacted by non-thermal microwave and lower frequency fields include: cortex, diencephalon (including the hypothalamus and thalamus), hippocampus, autonomic ganglia, sensory fibers, pituitary gland (including neurohypophysis).’
‘Neuroendocrine changes seem to undergo change over increased time of exposure. Neurosecretion in the hypothalamus and in the pituitary each go through a complex sequence over time, where EMF exposure initially produces increased hormone secretion but where over time, the neurosecretory cells become “exhausted”, leading to lowered secretion and in some cases cell death.’
‘Sensory neurons, following exposures, developed changes characteristic of irritation, with “marked tortuosity of the nerve fibers.” Many histological changes are seen in the hypothalamic cells as their neuroendocrine function becomes impacted.’
Most of the burden of our stress response in the neuroendocrine system involves the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) hormonal axis. The HPA axis is the primary neuroendocrine system used by the brain to receive and interpret signals. It converts them into neurotransmitters and hormones, which are then delivered to the targeted organ to prompt the required action. The adrenal glands are the main stress response control center. A ‘malfunction’ of any sort in the HPA axis means that the body’s stress response cannot function optimally. If the adrenals are overburdened for too long, they reach the later stages of adrenal exhaustion, with debilitating consequences.
The job of the hypothalamus is to maintain a stable internal environment. This is done by secreting hormones that either stimulate or inhibit hormone production in the pituitary gland. The pituitary gland stores the hormones secreted by the hypothalamus and then releases them into the bloodstream as needed. When a disruption in the hypothalamus or pituitary gland occurs, such as what happens with electromagnetic hypersensitivity, a chain effect is put into place, causing the eventual disruption of the whole HPA axis. This ultimately hinders the body’s natural stress response.
The hypothalamus is the initiator of the body’s stress response. If the hypothalamus is prohibited from carrying out its designed function, the other processes in the NeuroEndoMetabolic (NEM) Stress Response system do not function as they should.
The NEM Stress Response is how your body handles stress as a whole. It involves many organs and systems that act synergistically, in an orchestrated fashion, to remove stress. Each organ and system plays a part in handling stress, and when one part of the response becomes deregulated, the whole system can be thrown into jeopardy.
The body’s hormonal response is affected, and the thyroid, gonads, and adrenals do not function as they should. Their response is regulated by the hypothalamus. As their dysfunction increases, the NEM response becomes increasingly disrupted.
The metabolic responses may also be affected. One of the body’s first reactions to stress is the activation of the metabolic response. The organs that regulate the metabolic process are the thyroid, liver, and pancreas. As the thyroid is impacted it slows down and cannot maintain optimal metabolic speed.
When the metabolic responses become deregulated, the first stages of adrenal fatigue set in and sugar cravings and weight gain are often experienced. As adrenal fatigue advances, further complications arise, such as the onslaught of hypoglycemia. Loss of muscle mass is also common.
How to Protect Against EHS
The good news is that it is possible to protect yourself from electromagnetic radiation and electromagnetic hypersensitivity. As discussed previously, toxins and heavy metals play a major part in electromagnetic hypersensitivity. The connection with stress is clear as well. It is therefore important to also make sure the detoxification pathways are functioning properly. If not, toxic buildup can often worsen the effects of both electromagnetic hypersensitivity and AF.
Nutrition and lifestyle are the two most important factors to take into consideration when countering or protecting yourself from the effects of electromagnetic hypersensitivity. They can either cause you to accumulate more toxins or help you eliminate them from your body over time. One of the most common AFS recovery mistakes, from self-navigating, is improper use of nutritional supplementation, which can trigger adrenal crashes and worsen or retard the recovery process.
Diet and lifestyle
With regards to diet and lifestyle, a healthy, nutritional diet is the first step on the path to recovery. Added to this are regular exercise and a detoxification program designed to rid you of toxins. You need to be very careful with any detoxification program when your body is weak. The more advanced the stage of AFS, the higher the risk that retoxification will occur. Always consult a knowledgeable practitioner before proceeding.
Enough sleep and sunlight are also important, as they are needed for the production of melatonin. Melatonin helps eliminate metals from the brain and can be easily and naturally increased if you sleep in a darkened room, expose yourself to at least an hour’s worth of sunlight each day, and reduce the electromagnetic radiation in your bedroom as much as you possibly can. This means removing any cordless, wireless, and electrical gadgetry from your room. Besides its detoxification ability, melatonin also has an anti-inflammatory function. Those in advanced stages of AFS may find melatonin triggers a hangover effect. This is an indication that this compound is causing exaggerated or hypersensitivity, often an underlying sign of EHS.
Many people, especially in an office environment, are constantly bombarded by electromagnetic radiation. By grounding yourself with a grounding sheet or mat, many of the effects can be negated. This does not always work, however, as there are a number of factors that can cause an increase in radiation. It is thus best to use a gauss meter to check whether it is effective. The best option is to always ensure all equipment is grounded as this will reduce radiation significantly.
Charcoal is a great detoxifier, and wearing charcoal patches or clothing made of fiber containing charcoal helps with the detoxification process. Those in advanced stages of AFS should not self-navigate with this approach without professional supervision due to potential retoxification reactions triggering adrenal crashes.
Limit the use of electronic gadgets
Whether it is your cell phone, the WiFi, your laptop, your microwave oven, or any other electric gadgets in your home, try to limit your usage as much as possible. If not in use, switch it off. There are also special harmonic-modulating pendants that you can use to help reduce harmonic disturbances resulting from EHS
Silver is a natural deterrent against the effects of electromagnetic radiation. Clothing containing silver fibers deflects the radiation and protects you. The more sensitive you are to electromagnetic radiation, however, the more silver you need to incorporate into your immediate surroundings.
Although most people would find it nearly impossible, removing yourself to a place where there is no electromagnetic radiation is ideal. This is a form of desensitization. This requires going somewhere far out in nature where there are no manmade electromagnetic fields. This would, however, imply no electricity, television, cell phone reception, etc. It would also imply no access to medical attention. (After all, hospitals have a lot of electromagnetic radiation from all their machines, e.g. electrocardiograph machines, ultrasounds, MRI machines, life support equipment, and even medical monitors.)
According to Dr. Neil Cherry, ‘The only safe exposure level is zero.’ An Environmental Health Scientist, Dr. Cherry’s study of electromagnetic radiation and the effects of exposure on the human population has shown that electromagnetic fields damage DNA, enhance cancer rates as well as cardiac problems, and play a role in reproductive and neurological diseases.
Exposure also seems to cause symptoms closely matched with those encountered due to adrenal exhaustion, and in fact, may actively contribute to the condition. This can clearly be discerned when investigating the effect of radiation on the hypothalamus, which, as part of the HPA axis, plays a major role in the body’s neuroendocrine system. The HPA axis is, in turn, tied to the NEM Stress Response. Impairment can wreak havoc throughout the body.
Because electromagnetic radiation is affecting an ever-increasing portion of the population, it seems a reasonable hypothesis that it is either directly or indirectly responsible for the increase in adrenal exhaustion sufferers.
Practitioners of alternative medicine, however, who look at the entire body with its associated symptoms, understand that addressing one symptom is not as effective as understanding the root cause of the problem. They therefore recommend that those afflicted by mysterious symptoms gain an understanding of the reasons for the condition and address the problem holistically by means of diet, lifestyle, and removing the environmental stressors. Because most electromagnetic hypersensitivity sufferers have concurrent underlying stress intolerance issues, it is imperative to seek professional help, as self-navigation can worsen EHS. Recovery from electromagnetic hypersensitivity is often possible, but takes a comprehensive approach, time, and patience.
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