Many of us have heard the old words of warning; don’t stand near the microwave, or don’t put your phone near your ear – but how many of us actually take note? And is there really a danger? If so, what can we do to protect ourselves from devices we’ve come to rely on in our day-to-day lives?
RYVE is an Audio Visual and IT Company that is conscious of the effects caused by electromagnetic fields (EMFs) and strives to balance modern day living with safety.
A RYVE team member recently met with Engineer and Environmental Remediation Consultant, Cyril Bourke, who is an expert when it comes to problems around the home involving electromagnetic fields, radio fields, microwaves and disturbances. Cyril explains how these fields can affect the body, and what we as individuals, and as a company, can do to limit our exposure – scroll to the bottom of this article to watch the full video (47 minutes), or click the button below for a shorter version (just under 5 minutes)
What is EMF?
EMF stands for electromagnetic field (also EMF or EM field); a physical field produced by electrically charged objects, these fields can be natural or man-made.
Natural electromagnetic fields are present everywhere in our environment, but are invisible to the human eye. They are the electric fields produced by the local build-up of electric charges in the atmosphere, often associated with thunderstorms. There are also natural magnetic fields; the Earth’s magnetic field causes a compass needle to orient in a North-South direction and is used by birds and fish for navigation.
Manmade electromagnetic fields come from any electrically charged device, including all technology- and as technology has progressed into our daily lives, our exposure to EMF has been increasing.
There has been public concern over our health and EMF for quite some time, often expressed in the media and by many different organisations. The World Health Organisation (WHO) suggests, “Everyone is exposed to a complex mix of weak electric and magnetic fields, both at home and at work … Experiments with healthy volunteers indicate that short-term exposure at the levels present in the environment or in the home do not cause any apparent detrimental effects.”
Yet while the WHO claims the level of this exposure is safe, many other organisations suggest the level is not in fact good for us. Cyril Bourke an Environmental Remediation Consultants that says, “Uncontrolled exposure to electromagnetic fields, radio fields and magnetic fields are not healthy for us.” The debate continues, although more and more people and business are becoming concerned about EMF.
How do EMF’s affect us?
Cyril says the electromagnetic fields evident around the house from our modern electrical devices are harmful. Devices such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and even our electricity supply has an effect on our body and general wellbeing.
Studies suggest these devices can have an impact on sleep quality, chronic fatigue and many other ‘mystery illnesses’ that people suffer from. Cyril cites studies that show even at low levels, genes (our DNA) stop expressing; the mitochondria changes, meaning the DNA of our cells start changing. Devices we use for modern day living can interfere with the natural electrical fields of our bodies, and as a result they start failing. Cyril says many modern day behaviours with technology, affects the natural fields of our bodies, like sleeping with our smartphones right next to our beds, makes for trouble sleeping. When our body has too much exposure to EMF, our bodies can actually stop producing melatonin – a hormone produced while we snooze that helps regulate sleep-wake cycles. Watch the full interview with Cyril on EMF safety to learn more.
What can be done to reduce exposure to EMF’s?
Before you start throwing out your smartphone, smart TV and smart fridge – there are simple things we can do to make an impact on our surroundings. As a society, we have become somewhat reliant on modern technology to run our homes and businesses, so it’s definitely not a case of getting rid of these devices, but being aware on how we use them in order to limit our exposure to EMF.
Cyril suggests the way people use technology can be vastly improved. A common example is many homes keep their Wi-Fi on 24 hours a day, whereas switching it off between 11pm and 7am can make a significant impact. In fact,Cyril believes something as simple as flicking off the power switch to your Wi-Fi could have a vast impact on energy levels for everyone sleeping in the house.
Other healthier habits include:
- Limiting Wi-Fi
- Limiting Bluetooth
- ‘Shielding’ your house – using coated copper in walls
- Using special paints to shield walls of homes – particularly sleeping zones
- Using hardwired technology – running cables through your house over using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth wherever possible.
How can we help?
At RYVE, we pride ourselves on being an environmentally conscious company. After learning from Cyril and discovering the possible effects on EMF on the body, we would like to assist customers with ways to live and operate in a healthy home and business environment.
To help reduce exposure to EMF’s RYVE has the following suggestions
- For existing Wi-Fi customers using our managed cloud service, we are offering complimentary scheduling in your home or business for your Wi-Fi to be switched off/on at a time of your choosing, every night. Contact us for more information.
- We now sell a range of filters and other EMF protection products available through our online store to help reduce your exposure to EMF’s. We will be updating the range all the time.
- As always we will continue offering our customers the option to hardwire their homes in combination with Wi-Fi for new builds
- We encourage people to get their houses and businesses checked with Cyril should they have any further concerns, email your location email@example.com and you will be connected with your nearest consultant.
- We encourage people to learn more about EMF from Health Express World.
As a progressive company, we take a healthy approach to electromagnetic fields very seriously, and look forward to supporting our clients in enjoying a safe digital environment. Watch the full video.
To learn more about EMF, view the video below and discover:
- Are mobile phones more damaging than Wi-Fi?
- How EMF affect different people
- What can we do today to minimise EMF around the house?
- Should you listen to your mother and not stand near a microwave?