Low and Extra-Low Frequency EMF (cont.)

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.

We hope that this information is useful to you.