We are slowly beginning to understand the health risks associated with exposure to non-ionizing Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs), such as those emitted by communication equipment, microwaves and laptops. More concerning is that these health risks can manifest over a much shorter latency period than previously thought.
A Technological World
We are an increasingly technology driven society. Everywhere, electronic devices surround us. If the Terminator were real, we might think that Judgment Day is upon us. Skynet could really take over the world, the way we are wired.
Figure 1. Radiation from Cell Phones and Other Electronic Devices (Source: Scientific American)
In modern civilization, everywhere you go there are electronic devices, emitting Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR). Radiation emitting devices include electronic products, such as medical and non-medical equipment, lasers, x-ray systems, ultrasound equipment, microwave ovens, color TVs, laptops, tablets and PDAs.
Research linking increased in-utero Electromagnetic Field (EMF) exposure to childhood obesity suggests that limiting EMF exposure while pregnant can reduce the risk of your child being overweight or obese.
Magnetic fields are known to pose a health risk to unborn children; consequently, pregnant women are advised to take precautions to limit their exposure in order to protect the health of their offspring.
There is an increased risk of asthma in children born to mothers exposed to EMFs during pregnancy.
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A study linking EMF exposure to pregnant women and asthma in their offspring suggests taking precautionary measures to ensure the health of their children.
Male infertility may be caused by exposure to harmful levels of EMF radiation generated by repeated laptop use.
If you are looking to start a family or want to have children one day, you might want to re-think how often you use your laptop and how close you sit next to it.
You might not think it’s possible to get bad skin from your laptop but research is beginning to show increasing cases of net-like hyperpigmentation caused by prolonged laptop use on skin. The medical condition is called laptop-induced erythema ab igne.
As we scramble to get connected to the internet and to each other, wireless networks are popping up all over the US and are increasingly becoming part of our everyday lives. This is a concern for medical doctors, who believe that wireless networks can interfere with our biological makeup, disrupt biological functions within the human body, posing a serious health risk.