Low and Extra-Low Frequency EMF

When we talk about low-frequency and extremely low-frequency (ELF), we’re basically referring to the electrical infrastructure all around us. Think power lines, electrical wiring, and electrical equipment, (overhead and underground power lines, the wiring of our homes and businesses, towns, cities, highways, bridges, et cetera). It’s obvious that exposures to many EMF frequencies is increasing significantly as technology advances unabated and new applications are found. That means no electrical appliances, no high power wires near your home, no TV, no microwave?, no Internet etc. For most people that prospect is not acceptable or feasible.

Of course that attitude also use to pervade the thinking of many people regarding buying “green” cleaning products. They couldn’t conceive that eco friendly, recycled, all natural cleaning supplies and paper goods could possibly clean as well as standard products. Boy have the times changed. There are a number of sites online that sell eco friendly janitorial supplies to both businesses and consumers. My favorite cleaning supply resource, CleanItSupply, is a site that straddles the line selling both regular cleaning supplies and offering a substantially large line of green products. Obviously money is to be made with eco friendly products, so manufacturers have spent the monies to develop them. It took a long while before enough people finally were convinced that something had to change. The green movement finally has gained the momentum that today most people, in at least the western countries, accept the premise and embrace it. One wonders how long it is going to take before exposure to electric and magnetic fields (EMFs) at extremely low frequencies (ELFs) issues become an acknowledged health concern and something is done about it.

Let’s face it every time some one uses electricity or electrical appliances, he/ she is exposed to electric and magnetic fields (EMFs) at extremely low frequencies (ELFs). Even some pet doors, specifically electronic doggie doors that are collar activated using RFID, magnetic or electro-magnetic technologies can create electric and magnetic fields for not only for the pet owner, but also the pets. The easy solution to that is to forgo the electronic cat or dog doors and go with a a door-mount, wall mount, or window mount sliding or weather proof animal door. There are even pet doors for screen window, screen door, screened storm door, or the screen slider on your patio door.

Some folks are concerned that the EMF exposure can do all sorts of  negative subtle things to one’s body resulting in such symptoms as low libido, fatigue, along with more serious health issues like cancer. There have been a number of studies made and in some cases a link between cause and effect. But as far as low libido, the best way to increase your libido, is with bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. It may be the answer for both men and women. There are those “nay sayers” who insist that fatigue, low libido, insomnia, weight gain and other symptoms of menopause, andropause, adrenal fatigue and thyroid disorders are just an inevitable part of getting older. But there can be other reasons for low libido as well. and I don’t believe it’s from exposure to electric and magnetic fields (EMFs) at extremely low frequencies (ELFs).

The term “extremely low” is described as any frequency below 300 hertz which is where you will find electricity. However it is the exposures that arise mainly from the transmission and use of electrical energy at the power frequencies of 50/60 Hz.that are of the most concern. EMFs are strongest when close to their source. Moving away from the source, results in the strength of the fields fading rapidly. Interestingly when people are inside their homes, the magnetic fields from high voltage power lines and transformer boxes are often weaker than those from household electrical appliances.

Childhood leukemia has been a major focus in ELF studies. According to the World Health Organization: “…evidence related to childhood leukaemia is not strong enough to be considered causal. … A number of other adverse health effects have been studied for possible association with ELF magnetic field exposure. These include other childhood cancers, cancers in adults, depression, suicide, cardiovascular disorders, reproductive dysfunction, developmental disorders, immunological modifications, neurobehavioural effects and neurodegenerative disease.

Still there are currently no specific OSHA standards that address extremely low frequency (ELF) fields although twenty-five states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands have OSHA-approved State Plans and have adopted their own standards and enforcement policies.

The WHO Task Group concluded that scientific evidence supporting an association between ELF magnetic field exposure and all of these health effects is much weaker than for childhood leukemia. In some instances (i.e., for cardiovascular disease or breast cancer) the evidence suggests that these fields do not cause them.”

However, a Norwegian study made a slightly stronger connection between “residential magnetic fields and cutaneous malignant melanoma” but stopped short of concluding that there was a direct causal linkage. Additionally, studies have shown some association between exposure to low-power EMF and miscarriage, depression, and certain neurodegenerative diseases.