EMFs and Children
Radiation emitted from electronic devices known as electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) is all around us, every moment of every day. This can pose a serious health risk to children growing up in these environments, which makes it crucial to understand EMF radiation, what it is, how it works, and how it can affect growing children.
Radiation Isn’t Necessarily Bad
The word “radiation” gets a bad rap sometimes. Most people think of it as nothing but bad, associating it with negative things like nuclear fallout or microwaves, but it’s really just a scientific term used to describe something that emits outward, or radiates, from a discrete source. The light and heat given off of objects like a candle, a light bulb, a campfire, and even the sun are forms of radiation, and without them there wouldn’t be life on Earth.
The problem comes in when we’re exposed to certain forms of radiation in excess. The reason you get a bad sunburn in the summer is ultraviolet radiation – and that’s something that beams down from the sun with all that other beneficial stuff. Of course, UV radiation in manageable quantities is good for you – it’s one of the best ways to get your body to start producing Vitamin D on its own, and it’s especially important for helping plants grow – but it’s definitely possible to get too much of a good thing.
The Results of Our Ingenuity
EMFs works the same way. The planet has been bombarded with electromagnetic radiation for a lot longer than humanity has been around, and for the most part it doesn’t do much to cause damage to people. The problem isn’t naturally occurring EMFs, though; most of the stuff that hits our planet from space is filtered out by our atmosphere, and the only stuff that makes it down to Earth isn’t enough to really affect us. The issue is now that we’ve progressed so far as a species that we’ve invented devices that radiate energy in the electromagnetic band – from radios to televisions to computers and smartphones – that we’re all getting much higher doses of EMF radiation than ever before, and it all started in the last 100 years or so with the advent of electricity. That can be a problem, especially for people who have heightened sensitivity to EMFs.
Sense and Sensitivity
For the most part, it takes a lot of exposure to high levels of EMFs before you start manifesting physical symptoms, which can include depression and anxiety, headaches, fatigue, and a whole host of other issues. However there are some people who are naturally more sensitive to EMFs, and that means they will feel the ill effects sooner and more deeply. Children are also more susceptible to EMFs, especially since their nervous systems aren’t as developed as an adult’s and their skulls are thinner as they’re still developing. Additionally, children born today are growing up in households where they’re exposed to much higher levels of EMFs from a wide array of devices that just simply weren’t around when older generations came of age – personal computers weren’t a household item until the late 1980s, while wireless Internet and mobile phones came even later – but today children are exposed to EMFs in the womb and will continue to be exposed to them throughout their lives. This makes it important to take steps to protect children from excessive exposure to EMFs by limiting their interaction with devices like mobile phones at least until they develop enough so that their nervous systems can cope better with the constant exposure.