Can exposure to EMF radiation cause anxiety?
EMF radiation from all our technology, gadgets, Wi-Fi, and cell towers can trigger anxiety. Usually, we assume that if we feel anxious, there must be something in our life that feels unsettled. The fact that for the past two years, everyone has been impacted, in one way or another, by the Covid/vaccine situation, has been a convenient “go-to” excuse for feeling a little anxious. With every passing month, we are resuming “normal” activities.
Are you experiencing anxiety?
After researching the causes of anxiety, one little examined cause is Electromagnetic Radiation. And yet, if we look a little closer, we see that EMF radiation has become a background frequency that exists nearly everywhere on our planet. In your own life, are you using:
- WiFi at home?
- A smartphone?
- A Bluetooth headset?
- A tablet or E-reader? or
- Do you sit under fluorescent lights at work?
- Does your vehicle use Bluetooth so you can listen to music and talk on your phone?
Most of us will say yes to at least some of these sources of EMF radiation.
Research on EMF Radiation, Your Brain, and Anxiety
Research has found that radio-frequency electromagnetic waves, also known as electromagnetic radiation, affect several parts of our brains.
When we use our cell phones (or portable phones), it’s likely the frequency band our conversations travel through is 2.5GHz.
Researchers decided this would be a great frequency to test to see how we might be affected when using our portable or our cellphones? After all, most of us text numerous times every day and make many calls on our phones. Are we at risk? The rats will tell us!
What the Rats Tell us about EMF and Anxiety
Let’s look at a study done in 2017. The researchers wanted to see what would happen if rats were exposed to 2.5GHz radiation.1 The animals were divided into four groups. The first group had no EMF exposure, and the other three were exposed to a WiFi device emitting 2.5GHz for 4, 6, and 8 weeks respectively.
The results showed that exposure did produce anxiety and a decrease in locomotor function. Are these two issues related? Yes, there are!
How does EMF radiation trigger anxiety and problems with movement?
The reason that locomotion, i.e., movement, was affected in the rats is that the EMF radiation decreased acetylcholinesterase (AChE) activity.
ACHe handles many of the functions we don’t consciously control.
- ACHe controls blood pressure
- ACHe controls sweating
- ACHe moves the smooth muscles in your stomach and digestive tract for maximum nutrient absorption.
EMF radiation disrupted the “off” switch or the smooth muscles – rats were agitated!
Your muscles are not supposed to fire all the time! However, this study found that the EMF radiation disrupted the “off” part of the AChE. Muscles were firing when they shouldn’t have, and nerves that tell the muscles to work were not getting turned off.
The rat study resulted in visible agitation, sweating, hypersalivation, and poorly coordinated muscles.
The rat study and agitation – connected?
Let’s keep in mind that the rats had limited exposure to the 2.5GHz frequencies for ten minutes each time; shorter than most cellphone calls!
If the rats are unhappy after just weeks of this exposure, is it possible that our anxiety crisis (worldwide) may have a relationship with our WiFi, our excessive smartphone use – and our exposure to more and more EMF radiation?
Too much EMF radiation affects humans too!
Only a year later, in 2018, another study found that exposure to EMF radiation in certain industries affected workers in several important quality of life measurements – anxiety, stress, depression, and sleep quality.
The idea was to target individuals, by virtue of their professions, who were exposed to EMF radiation during their workweek. There were 132 power plant workers that were included in the exposed group. The other 143 workers were not exposed and they served as the control group.
The conclusion was clear-cut! The exposed group compared to the control group experienced:
- more anxiety
- more stress
- more depression
- worse sleep quality
How can You Reduce Your Own Anxiety?
- Find out if you are sensitive to EMF by taking a free EMF Exposure Quiz. After you complete the quiz, choose to have the results sent to your email, and you’ll get a detailed recommendation for EMF protection (if you need it). SCROLL DOWN THE PAGE TO FIND A DESCRIPTION OF THIS QUIZ – ON THE LEFT-HAND SIDE OF THE PAGE
- Find out if you might also be reacting to other people’s energy. You would then take the Highly Sensitive Person Quiz (empath). If you choose to have the results emailed, you’ll also get a detailed report in 5 different areas of emotional sensitivity. SCROLL DOWN THE PAGE TO FIND A DESCRIPTION OF THIS QUIZ – ON THE RIGHT-HAND SIDE OF THE PAGE
- If you are experiencing anxiety, it’s possible your body is telling you that EMF is affecting your body, and possibly contributing to other symptoms. We are happy to work with you to reduce your exposure to EMF.
- If you are a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) or Empath you may also be picking up on the anxiety and fears of others or feel overwhelmed by their emotions and that combined with EMF sensitivity can have a huge impact.
Our Customers Share Their Anxiety Reduction Stories
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Simple Tips to Reduce EMF Exposure
- Reduce WiFi radiation from your router at home: Use a timer so that it goes off at bedtime, and comes on again in the morning. This means you won’t have your router WiFi signals coming into bedrooms while your body is sleeping. Sleep is when your body conducts “rest and repair” functions, so you don’t want your immune system busy with protecting yourself from EMF radiation. Instead, your body can be in a healing process at night.
- Reduce EMF During Sleep – Keep all electronics out of the bedroom. If you need an alarm clock, a plug-in alarm clock can be kept five feet from your head. Your bedroom will be an EMF-free zone.
- Use airplane mode on your electronics when possible.
- Try not to use many WiFi-enabled devices at once. If you have multiple items streaming or downloading content from the internet, this can seriously intensify your exposure to radiation.
- Do not carry your cellphone in your pocket unless it’s in an anti-radiation pouch.
- Do not hold your phone up to your head while speaking on your phone. Recent studies have connected this habit with the formation of brain tumors directly across from the ear where the phone has been held repeatedly.
- We have written various blogs about EMF protection. Listed below are 3 of themBest EMF Protection ProductsEMFs & Empaths – Everything You Need to KnowProtect Your Health From EMFs – Electromagnetic Fields
1. “Exposure to radio-frequency electromagnetic waves alters acetylcholinesterase gene expression, exploratory and motor coordination-linked behavior in male rats.” Authors: Obajuiluwa, Akinyemi, Afolabi, Adekoya, Sanya, Ishola. Toxicology Reports. 2017; 4: 530–534. Published online 2017 Oct 3. doi: 10.1016/j.toxrep.2017.09.007 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29657919/
2. “The effect of chronic exposure to extremely low-frequency electromagnetic fields on sleep quality, stress, depression and anxiety” Authors: Majid Bagheri Hosseinabadi, Narges Khanjani, Mohammad Hossein Ebrahimi, Bahman Jaji, Mazaher Abdolahfard
Pages 96-101 | Received 18 Jun 2018, Accepted 29 Oct 2018, Published online: 14 Dec 2018 https://doi.org/10.1080/15368378.2018.1545665
3. Study links constant cell phone use to increased risk of brain tumors. https://www.cancer.news/2021-07-16-cell-phone-use-increases-brain-tumor-risk.html