EMF radiation

EMF Radiation (electromagnetic field radiation) with Daniel DeBaun

In this episode of The Functional Medicine Radio Show, Dr. Carri’s special guest Daniel DeBaun talks about EMF radiation (electromagnetic field radiation), and its effect on health.

Daniel DeBaun is an internationally recognized expert in EMF radiation, EMF shielding, and EMF-related health issues with special focus on the effect of exposure from mobile devices such as laptops, tablets, and cell phones. Daniel’s concern regarding the health impact of EMF emissions grew from over thirty years of engineering experience in the telecommunication industry, where he held a variety of executive positions at SAIC, Telcordia, AT&T, and Bell Labs. He is the co-author of Radiation Nation: The Fallout of Modern Technology.

Main Questions Asked about EMF radiation:

  • What is EMF radiation?
  • Where does EMF radiation come from?
  • How does EMF radiation damage our bodies?
  • How can we protect ourselves?

Key Points made by Daniel DeBaun on EMF radiation:

  • 100 years ago, electromagnetic radiation didn’t exist in our lives. Nature doesn’t generate emissions that can potentially be dangerous to our bodies.
  • One major source of EMF radiation is all the devices we use to communicate with – cell phones, Wi-Fi, Blue-tooth,
  • Another is when you have an electric motor – e.g., refrigerator, hair dryer, etc. – as a byproduct it releases emissions into the air.
  • As little as 6-7 years ago, I didn’t think that the low level signals from a laptop could be harmful to the body; but I looked into it and found that there was a lot of research as to how these signals were interrupting our body’s behavior.
  • To be more specific, when you have a cell phone to your head or when you have a laptop in your lap, the emissions are touching the cells of the body. With the constant aggressive radio frequency signal touching the body like that, the cell becomes diminished in its capacity to defend itself.
  • At the same time, there’s an immune suppression effect from these devices, which can significantly worsen an already compromised immune system.
  • You can have mutated cells, you can have DNA damage, you can all kinds of potentially longer lasting health problems.
  • For a bit of context, a microwave oven is around 2.3 gigahertz which is transmitted into the water in your meat, it oscillates the cells and, all of a sudden, your meat is cooked.
  • It turns out that cell phone emissions are around two gigahertz. Just like the microwave it is a thermal-emitting signal.  The standard for cell phones is that the cell phone is allowed to increase the temperature of the head around the cell phone by two degrees and the signal is allowed to penetrate one inch into the skull.
  • Fast forward 30 years and you have children using cell phones, not the six-foot males that the standard was based on. The same signal is going completely through a six-year old child.  Children are three times more vulnerable than adults.
  • Over the last ten years, research says that frontal lobe cancer has increased by two percent per year, compounding every year; this being the primary cancer for cell phone exposure.
  • With children, however, we’re also looking at neurological impactse.g., ADHD, and child behavioral problems – we’re talking about all kinds of disruption of brain patterns. We’re looking at a lifetime of exposure.
  • EMF radiation symptoms are somewhat non-specific. You have a headache today, is it because you have blue light, i.e., visible light exposure to the retina?  Or is it because you have a radio signal from your router that’s two foot away from you bothering your brain and the panels of the brain? There are just so many symptoms that rear their ugly head, and it’s hard to prove.
  • Furthermore, blue light is a component of the electromagnetic radiation spectrum that actually is visible. And it turns out; its strength is really, really strong.
  • So what you want to avoid is exposure before going to bed, as this disrupts creation of melatonin which disrupts your circadian rhythm which can lead to a whole raft of problems.
  • One of the best ways to protect yourself, is to know where the EMF radiation is coming from – when a cell phone is on it’s constantly transmitting to the tower, your Wi-Fi is constantly transmitting to the router, – then, ask yourself if you need all those transmitters. Reduce the number of transmitters in a room, and you begin reducing your exposure.
  • The worst case of potential danger is if you have a device against your body. Moving the device one foot away reduces the potential danger almost 80 percent; four feet away, almost 98 percent.
  • Eliminating the wireless component of cell phones, tablets and laptops also reduces the potential danger.
  • Your environment is probably the source of 80 percent of all health concerns, and one of the new concerns in our environment is EMF radiation sources.
  • The only standard is 30 years old and based on a temporary thermal effect. They never considered the biological impacts.
  • The standards have not been updated, and the technologies are evolving with the potential for even more danger to the body, based on the speed of the technologies which is ever increasing.
  • There is so much research – really sound work done by wonderful researchers, doing controlled studies, and making conclusions solely based on the data –clearly showing statistically significant evidence of danger.

Resources Mentioned for EMF radiation:

Book – Radiation Nation: The Fallout of Modern Technology

Environmental Health Trust – Dr. Davis

Daniel’s website

Book – Reclaim Your Energy and Feel Normal Again

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