How EMFs disrupt your immune system

The issue of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) pollution is growing quickly in awareness around our world. Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) emanate from cellphones and cellphone base stations, Wi-Fi devices, power lines, electrical wiring and even computers, televisions and microwave ovens constantly surround us. The question is what can and will we do about this?

Olle Johansson, Ph.D., an associate professor and the head of the Experimental Dermatology Unit, Department of Neuroscience, at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, is among those who have raised questions whether humans can survive such an assault on our systems.

In a 2009 review published in Pathophysiology, Dr. Johansson points out that since life on Earth began more than 3.5 billion years ago, the geomagnetic fields and radiation from the sun have remained largely static. During life’s progression, living biological organisms have developed ways to manage these influences. This includes developing pigmented skin to shield from the sun or, for other species, living underground or under the rainforest.

During the last 100 years, however, as EMFs became more widespread, we have not developed a similar way to adapt. “Is it possible to adapt our biology to altered exposure conditions in less than 100 years, or do we have to have thousands of years – or longer – for such an adaptation? And, in the meantime, what kind of safety standards must we adopt?” Johansson asked.

Johansson reviewed several papers on the biological effects of artificial EMFs on the immune system and he discovered disturbing consequences. He ultimately made the conclusion that not only are current public safety limits too low to protect public health but also that limits should be created on the release of additional untested technologies.

EMFs disturb immune function through allergic and inflammatory responses

EMFs that are present in our everyday life, including those at work, in our homes and areas of recreation, disturb the human body at the cellular level, often at low or very low (non-thermal) levels. Johansson describes research showing that EMF exposures stimulate increases in mast cells and other physiological changes that indicate an allergic response and inflammatory conditions. In other words, EMFs can promote a range of allergy and inflammatory responses in the body, which are individualistic to each affected person.

He believes that escalating rises in the incidence of allergies, asthma and other sensitivities worldwide are a warning signal, as chronic exposure to EMFs may lead to immune dysfunction, chronic allergic responses, inflammatory responses and overall ill health. EMF exposures have also been linked to a variety of specific immune system effects.

It is estimated that up to 10% of populations in the U.S., Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, Norway and many other countries may be affected by electrohypersensitivity (EHS), which is a condition that leads to a number of physical and cognitive symptoms upon exposure to EMFs. Common symptoms of EHS that people face include headaches, dizziness, fatigue, trouble concentrating, cognitive problems, sleep interruptions and skin symptoms such as stinging, itching and burning.

According to Johansson, “[I]t is evident from our preliminary experimental data that various biological alterations are present in EHS persons claiming to suffer from exposure to EMF. The alterations are themselves enough to fully explain the EHS symptoms, and the involvement of the immune system is evident.”

Damages from EMF exposure are not only a matter of increased cell damage but also of reduced repair, facilitating the spread of disease. This means that cells are damaged quicker and the repair of those cells happens much slower, which can then lead to disease and other serious medical conditions.

The report shows evidence that EMF exposure may contribute to DNA damage and adverse effects on cellular communication, metabolism and repair and cancer surveillance within the body, along with causing damaging cardiac and neurological effects, including memory impairment, changes in brainwave activity and disturbed cognitive function.

Biological effects from EMF exposure may occur at levels significantly below U.S. and international limits, which is a major concern. Biologically based exposure standards are needed to protect humans from the effects of even low-level EMF exposure, but, according to Johansson, “such a completely protective safety limit would, for many exposure situations, be zero.”

Unfortunately, the currently accelerated rollout of 5G technology, which requires the installation of numerous small cell transmission devices in neighborhoods, stands to dramatically increase EMF exposures and their related health consequences.

1,000 studies on adverse effects of EMFs

The body of evidence showing that EMFs cause harm has become too large to blindly ignore. At, you can browse through more than 1,000 EMF abstracts and their connection to oxidative stress, DNA damage, cancer, inflammation and more.

More than a dozen studies focus on the immunotoxic effects of EMFs, including potentially reducing immune function in the elderly and affecting cellular processes that play a role in cancer development and the proper growth and development of organisms.

Living organisms can detect and respond immediately to low environmental levels of these fields,” Henry Lai with the department of bioengineering at the University of Washington in Seattle, wrote. As such, it’s important to take action now to protect yourself and your family from unnecessary EMF exposures as much as possible.


July 27, 2021


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