|Frequency of EM Fields|
Static magnets produce only one field strength and no frequency. Cells “habituate to static magnetic fields. This is because cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) becomes depleted when living cells are exposed to static magnetic fields.
cAMP depletion does not occur when cells are exposed to time-varying electromagnetic fields (such at pulsating electromagnetic fields). Therefore, “frequency matters!” Pulsed fields have the potential for significantly greater health benefit due to the retention of important secondary messenger functions at the cell membrane. These secondary messengers carry important signals about the local environment from the cell membrane to the cell’s nucleus.
Hence, experimental evidence from a variety of sources (including drug, hormonal, and electrical) suggests that periodic, rather than continuous, stimulation is a part of nature’s basic order.
The frequency of electromagnetic waves passing through the human body is of great importance. Some frequencies are harmful, while others are beneficial. The bulk of experimental evidence supports the hypothesis that there are windows and the thresholds for many biological effects of magnetic field exposure.
For example, the electromagnetic field spectrum includes pulsating electromagnetic fields in the extremely low frequency range, from 0 to 300 Hz. The Earth’s magnetic field, which is natural, harmless, safe, and actually necessary for the health and survival of all life on our planet, is also in this range. Radio frequencies utilized by television, FM radio, cell phones and microwave ovens, are in the electromagnetic spectrum from 100 kHz to 300 GHz. Higher frequency electromagnetic radiation includes infrared, the visible light spectrum, ultraviolet light, x-rays, and gamma rays. Most people are familiar with the known and detrimental effects of overdoses of x-rays and ultraviolet light, if not radioactive materials, on human health.
So when discussing electromagnetism, it is essential to define our terms and realized that not all frequencies in the electromagnetic spectrum are harmful. And in fact, some of these frequencies are part of our natural environment, and essential for health and for sustained life on this planet. Werner Heisenberg, Nobel Prize laureate and a founding father of modern quantum physics, stated: “Electromagnetism is the elemental energy upon which all of life in organisms depend.” If that is the case, by proclaiming all electromagnetic frequencies to be harmful and toxic to the human being we are throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
At a bare minimum, known frequencies that match the Earth’s natural electromagnetic fields can be regarded as safe for the human body. Currently the US Government has approved many devices for use in medicine and in the home that utilize frequencies far in excess of the Earth’s electromagnetic field. Examples would include the MRI scanner, the microwave oven, and compact fluorescent light bulbs. One of the important functions of this website is to educate our community to be able to differentiate between harmful and beneficial forms of electromagnetism.