Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity: Causing Disturbances in Your Health

By: Michael Lam, MD, MPH; Justin Lam, ABAAHP, FMNM

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Risk Factors for Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity

Electromagnetic hypersensitivity can be caused by excessive cell phone useThere are a number of factors that can increase your chances of developing electromagnetic hypersensitivity and radiation worsens its effect.

Heavy Metal Toxicity

According to Dr. Theresa Dale, the body works like an antenna, constantly sending and receiving information. The presence of heavy metals in your body makes you more susceptible to the symptoms of electromagnetic radiation. The heavy metals act as amplifiers, increasing the severity of your symptoms.

Additionally, research conducted by Dr. Yoshiaki Omura, indicates that metal contamination concentrates radiation, making the affects on your body ever-increasingly destructive. His research showed that people are constantly contaminating themselves with metals by eating contaminated fish, living downstream from power plants, and having fillings inserted into our teeth.

The problem is compounded when there is an accumulation of these toxic metals in your brain. The brain’s ‘antenna function’ increases and it picks up more cell phone radiation. This causes certain microbes in your system to overreact and produce more mycotoxins. The end result is an ongoing cycle involving the metals and microbes and your exposure to electromagnetic radiation. This could lead to the development of electromagnetic hypersensitivity.

High Magnetic Fields in the Home and/or Workplace

A high magnetic field is usually the result of errors in alternating current (AC) wiring, living in close proximity to power lines, or close proximity to an AC power meter. A gauss meter is used to measure magnetic fields. The field is considered high when it is 60Hz and measures above 3 milligauss. Most people that have electromagnetic hypersensitivity need the electromagnetic field to be below 0.3 milligaus. Anything above this may exacerbate the condition.

“Dirty Power”/Manmade Electromagnetic Frequencies

The primary man-made electromagnetic fields are wireless radio frequency signals, dirty power, and extra-low-frequency alternating current. Dirty power refers to any form of electromagnetic field generated due to any sort of error that causes higher than normal or safe frequencies. A malfunctioning street lamp is a simple example of dirty power.

Cell phone towers and Wi-Fi hubs emit inordinately high amounts of electromagnetic radiation, and those living closer to them are more exposed. Wi-Fi in the home or proximity to a cell phone can have the same effect. In fact, even a baby monitor or home security system intensifies the electromagnetic radiation. Working in front of your computer for prolonged periods of time or watching television sensitizes you to the electromagnetic field. Many speakers/surround-sound amplifiers also radiate a strong, long-reaching magnetic field, especially when the volume is turned up.

Electromagnetic hypersensitivity can be caused by a cell phone tower.The majority of electronic devices have a switching power supply. With a switching power supply, an appliance uses a switching regulator so that it controls the conversion of electricity efficiently. This type of power supply is common in computer and phone battery chargers. The majority of these power supplies emit a high electromagnetic field.

In addition to your microwave oven, there are a number of commonly used household appliances that also add to the electromagnetic radiation in your environment. These include your hairdryer, electric blanket, electric shaver, electrostatic air purifier, mosquito zapper, and the seemingly innocuous dimmer switch.


Chemical Exposure

Exposure to certain chemicals can trigger or re-trigger your electromagnetic hypersensitivity and all its associated symptoms. Any type of inflammation a person may experience, such as an allergic reaction to food or an infection, can also increase your electromagnetic hypersensitivity. Sources of chemicals that are believed to be triggers for the condition include air fresheners, herbicides, pesticides, and gasses emitted from electronic devices.

Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity and Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome

Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome (AFS) is a subclinical condition used to describe a list of what conventional medicine might describe as unrelated symptoms.

The onset of adrenal fatigue is a slow process, and the condition should not be confused with Addison’s disease. With adrenal fatigue, the adrenal glands are physiologically normal. Adrenal fatigue is a complex condition, and AFS has many and varied symptoms. Symptoms encountered by those with AFS include brain fog, depression, insomnia, unexplained weight gain/difficulty with weight loss, frequent bouts of influenza, allergies, dizzy spells, trembling when under pressure, lack of energy, inability to handle stress, low body temperature, heart palpitations, constipation or diarrhea, and unexplained hair loss.

It is, however, only after you have ruled out other reasons for your symptoms that you should start looking at adrenal fatigue as the culprit.

Many of these symptoms correspond with those of someone who has a electromagnetic hypersensitivity. This is because there is a direct correlation between the two.

The adrenal glands can be dysregulated by Electromagnetic hypersensitivityAdrenal fatigue is the result of the body being put under stress, whether physiological or emotional, for a prolonged period. The adrenal glands are the body’s stress-control centers. These two small glands are each situated at the top of one of the kidneys. Each gland has two compartments. The inner compartment, or medulla, secretes and regulates epinephrine and norepinephrine and modulates the sympathetic nervous system. Epinephrine and norepinephrine are hormones that are responsible for the body’s flight-or-fight response. The outer compartment, the adrenal cortex, makes up 80% of the adrenal gland’s size and produces over fifty different hormones, including a variety of mineralocorticoids such as aldosterone, the salt regulating hormone, and glucocorticoid. Cortisol is the most important glucocorticoid because the body is not able to respond to stress properly with a lowered supply of cortisol. Adrenal fatigue sets in when the production of cortisol is insufficient to combat the stress you are experiencing.

The Cortisol Problem

The fact that electromagnetic radiation hampers cortisol production is especially disturbing. Cortisol plays an important role in normalizing the body’s blood sugar levels. It acts so that the blood sugar levels are increased in times of stress, thereby providing the body with the energy it needs in order to escape from any threat it may encounter. Cortisol works together with insulin, manufactured by the pancreas, and ensures that cells get the glucose they need to sustain proper functioning. If more energy is needed, cortisol ensures it happens. The early stages of adrenal fatigue involve more cortisol being produced, but by the later stages, cortisol production is severely reduced.

Cortisol also plays a role in the reduction of inflammation in the body. Its anti-inflammatory properties prevent swelling in most tissues, while its antihistamine action prevents allergic reactions from getting out of hand.

The hormone is also involved in immune suppression, as it affects many cells that produce immune reactions, including white blood cells. The more cortisol the body has to produce, the weaker your body is, and the harder it has to fight to stay healthy.

Lastly, cortisol enables the body to cope with psychological stress. If the levels of cortisol manufactured by the adrenal glands cannot keep up with the demand, the body is no longer able to handle stress properly.


The Adrenal Fatigue – Electromagnetic Field Link

Prolonged exposure to electromagnetic radiation causes oxidative damage and results in the depletion of antioxidants and hormones, such as Glutathione and Melatonin. This leads to increases in infections and bad cholesterol, as well as premature aging. Additionally, the normal influx of calcium into the cells is compromised, and when this happens, histamine is produced. In this way, prolonged exposure to electromagnetic radiation can actually aggravate or trigger allergic reactions and add stress to the body.

Congestion can be caused by electromagnetic hypersensitivityElectromagnetic radiation also interferes with the mitochondria’s ability to produce energy, thereby exacerbating fatigue. Electromagnetic radiation’s affect on red blood cells prevents them from functioning optimally; the result is less oxygen reaching the brain and other organs. This causes dizziness and difficulty concentrating.

Electromagnetic radiation causes metabolic vibrations within the extracellular matrix, leading to congestion within the extracellular space and reduced metabolic clearance, resulting in toxic metabolic buildup. You may feel slumpy, drained, experience brain fog, and feel increased fatigue with motion.

People exposed to electromagnetic radiation take longer to recover from infections and are more susceptible to contracting both viral and bacterial infections. This causes many symptoms that are indicative of adrenal fatigue, such as persistent fatigue and feelings of weakness. It also leads to subliminal stress. This causes the adrenals to secrete larger quantities of adrenaline and cortisol. The constant, overproduction of these two substances ultimately leads to adrenal exhaustion. There is also a decrease in the 5-HTP in blood. This results in lower levels of serotonin, which is linked to anxiety and depression.

Over time, constant exposure to electromagnetism results in abnormal norepinephrine production, which can result in autonomic nervous system disorders. This will cause problems with everyday functions such as regulating body temperature. Other symptoms include short-term memory loss and depression. The production of melatonin, which is necessary for normal sleep, is also compromised. Insufficient melatonin production has been linked to the occurrence of breast cancer.


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