EMF’s and Our GUT Microbiome

What are EMF’s?

Here is a description from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences: 

“Electric and magnetic fields (EMFs) are invisible areas of energy, often referred to as radiation, that are associated with the use of electrical power and various forms of natural and man-made lighting. EMFs are typically grouped into one of two categories by their frequency:

  • Non-ionizing: low-level radiation which is generally perceived as harmless to humans
  • Ionizing: high-level radiation which has the potential for cellular and DNA damage

Can EMFs be harmful to my health?

During the 1990s, most EMF research focused on extremely low frequency exposures stemming from conventional power sources, such as power lines, electrical substations, or home appliances. While some of these studies showed a possible link between EMF field strength and an increased risk for childhood leukemia, their findings indicated that such an association was weak. The few studies that have been conducted on adults show no evidence of a link between EMF exposure and adult cancers, such as leukemia, brain cancer, and breast cancer.

Now, in the age of cellular telephones, wireless routers, and the Internet of things, all of which use EMF, concerns persist about possible connections between EMF and adverse health effects. These exposures are actively being studies by NIEHS recommends continued education on practical ways of reducing exposures to EMFs.”

Then there’s this scientific abstract piece that was studied at Baylor University published in the Journal of Microbiology on the impact of EMF’s and bad bacteria which is fascinating. 

“Cell phones and electronic appliances and devices are inseparable from most people in modern society and the electromagnetic field (EMF) from the devices is a potential health threat.

Although the direct health effect of a cell phone and its radio frequency (RF) EMF to human is still elusive, the effect to unicellular organisms is rather apparent.

Human microbiota, including skin microbiota, has been linked to a very significant role in the health of a host human body. It is important to understand the response of human skin microbiota to the RF-EMF from cell phones and personal electronic devices, since this may be one of the potential mechanisms of a human health threat brought about by the disruption of the intimate and balanced host-microbiota relationship.

Here is the Harvard School of Public Healths description of the Microbiome

“The microbiome consists of microbes that are both helpful and potentially harmful. Most are symbiotic (where both the human body and microbiota benefit) and some, in smaller numbers, are pathogenic (promoting disease). In a healthy body, pathogenic and symbiotic microbiota coexist without problems. But if there is a disturbance in that balance—brought on by infectious illnesses, certain diets, or the prolonged use of antibiotics or other bacteria-destroying medications—dysbiosis occurs, stopping these normal interactions. As a result, the body may become more susceptible to disease.

How microbiota benefit the body

Microbiota stimulate the immune system, break down potentially toxic food compounds, and synthesize certain vitamins and amino acids, [2] including the B vitamins and vitamin K. For example, the key enzymes needed to form vitamin B12 are only found in bacteria, not in plants and animals. [3]” Read more here: 

In Layman’s terms:

80 % of our immune system lies in our GUT (digestive system)

It is our bodies first line of defense against pathogens

We need bacteria in our GUT for us to absorb vitamins and minerals-especially B12 which are all key for brain health and detoxification.

An optimal healthy GUT needs a ratio of more good bacteria to bad bacteria (we need both).  When we have an overgrowth of funky gut bugs due to poor digestion, too much WIFI or whatever throws each person off, a situation called dysbiosis occurs.

How do we protect and empower our gut?

Walking outside every day for at least 30 minutes.

Lots of filtered water

Fermented foods, like Kombucha and fermented cabbage (raw sauerkraut) or store bought Bubbies!

Vitamins and minerals that protect our gut, like vitamin C, kelp, multigreens, glutatione from oranges, clove, thyme and olive oil.