We eat organic, buy non-toxic toys, wear organic clothes and use natural beauty products but we don’t think of potential dangers when it comes to use of electrical devices like computers, cell phone, wifi, ipod etc. Could this have a far greater impact on our children’s health?
We’ve written 2 articles Does Wifi And Cell Phone Exposure Damage Our Children’s Brains/Reproductive Organs? and Keep Cell Phones Away From Your Children about Wifi and Cell phone exposure, it’s health risks and why it’s important to keep cell phones away from children and wanted to know more about Electrosmog.
We all know that too many electormagnetic fields from cellphones, wifi and electrical devices surrounding our children can’t be good for them. Children are being subjected to levels of electrosmog today which even 10 years ago did not exist. Unfortunately not real study has been done on this topic. Have we all become Guinea pigs?
What exactly is electrosmog? How harmful are they for kids? Can it be linked to Autism? Should I ditch the baby monitor? We asked an expert on this topic, Dr. Andrew Marino, a professor in the department of orthopedic surgery at the Louisiana State Health Sciences Center and a pioneer in bioelectromagnetics who has done extensive EMF research a to answer our questions.
What is electrosmog?
Electrosmog is a nontechnical descriptive term for the energy field that surrounds any device that operates on electricity. Sometimes electrosmog is simply a byproduct having no useful purpose; the electrosmog surrounding an electric clock or an electric blanket are examples. In other cases the device’s purpose is the production of electrosmog; examples include cell phones, WiFi, and baby monitors.
Are there studies proving that electrosmog is a health risk?
Many laboratory and survey studies deal with the effects of electrosmog on the body. Whether they prove electrosmog is a health risk depends on what meaning one chooses to attach to the data, or, in other words, what one takes prove to mean. In my judgment the studies convincingly indicate that electrosmog is a serious health problem that is getting worse each day. As with all forms of environmental pollution, the relative risk is greater for children and the aged, compared with the healthy adult population.
Why are children and the aged more at risk?
In children the immune system is not fully developed, and in the aged its efficiency is decreased. Consequently the effect of any form of pollution is magnified in these groups, and electrosmog is no exception.
What are the health effects of electrosmog in children?
As with other pollutants, cigarette smoke for example, the health impacts of electrosmog can be quite broad. The reason is that human disease invariably arises from a complex set of causes. A single factor cannot be completely responsible for any disease, but it can contribute to causing essentially any chronic disease. In other words, electrosmog predisposes toward an extraordinarily broad range of diseases. The best way to grasp this point is to recognize that there is no disease in children, adults, or the aged for which there is reasonable evidence indicating that electrosmog poses no risk.
What should parents do to protect their children?
Minimize or eliminate exposure to electrosmog in the child’s environment. Because electrosmog is ubiquitous, attempts to avoid it completely would be futile. Nevertheless placing an electrical device in a child’s immediate environment, particularly for prolonged periods of time such as when the child is sleeping, is a health risk. To protect their children, parents should balance the risk against the perceived benefit of the device.
Do baby monitors emit electrosmog? Should I stop using one?
All electrical devices emit electrosmog, and baby monitors are no exception. I wouldn’t use a baby monitor unless I were convinced that it was a necessary precaution to protect my child. The point is that the decision to use a baby monitor is not trivial because there is an associated risk.
Will future research resolve the issue of risks from electrosmog?
A resolution of the issue is unlikely because the risk of electrosmog is not a scientific question, but rather a value judgment. Many purely scientific questions remain concerning the biological mechanisms that mediate the effects of electrosmog, but these technical questions are of little interest or importance to the layman. In my view the risk clearly exists, but device manufacturers universally disagree. The amount of relevant independent research being performed is nil. We can therefore be reasonably confident that the commingled issues of science facts and value judgments will not be sorted out in the foreseeable future.
What is the best way to reduce exposure to electrosmog?
Electrosmog is ubiquitous, but the nearer one is to an electrical device the more intense is the electrosmog. The best way to minimize exposure is to survey the local environment and avoid being near major sources even briefly (hours) and less intense sources for longer periods (days). Major sources include high-voltage powerlines, cell telephones, WiFi sources, electric blankets, and many devices used in industry.
Have any studies on electrosmog been done in relation to autism?
No, but my colleagues and I hope to begin such a study shortly.
Are there shields or filters that can be used to protect against electrosmog?
For practical purposes, no. It would not be remotely practical for a layperson to resort to such steps to guard against exposure to electrosmog.
About Dr. Andrew Marino
Andrew Marino earned a PhD in biophysics and a JD in law, and for more than 40 years has studied the biological effects of electrical energy. He has produces several hundred scientific publications dealing with the subject, most of which are available at Andrewamarino.com
Dr Marino originated the theory that electrosmog is detected by the brain via the same basic processes that permit the body to detect other environmental stimuli, and that the link with disease is a consequence of electrosmog-induced biological stress. Since 1989 Dr Marino has been a Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, LSU Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, LA