Many in the telecommunications and wireless industries claim that there is no conclusive evidence that EMF radiation can affect humans and other living things. These individuals and companies ignore the tens of thousands of studies that demonstrate negative health effects from exposure to electromagnetic radiation. But, even without those studies, there is incontrovertible evidence that EMF affects humans. And that’s because EMF is used therapeutically in medicine.
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Healing with EMF
In the 1800s, German physiologist Emil Du Bois-Reymond discovered that exposure to EMF radiation can stimulate the wound healing process. When cells are wounded (like when you cut yourself), the damaged cells start to leak and generate an ‘injury current‘ that triggers the body’s natural healing processes. So your own body generates electromagnetic fields in order to heal itself.
Indeed, it is widely accepted that the flow of energy (literally, charged electricity) within your body is a critical mechanism by which the healing process works. And we have a growing number of examples of how this knowledge is utilized by modern medicine to help people heal and overcome other medical conditions.
In the mid 1990s, Dr. C.A.L. Bassett from Columbia University successfully discovered how to heal bones by directing EMF pulses at fractures. Subsequent research has also found the ability of EMF exposure to stimulate regeneration in other tissues. Basset later developed a device for electromagnetic stimulation of bone healing that was among the earliest approved for use by the public.
The implementation of this knowledge has become so advanced, that doctors now believe that electric fields can be used to heal bones. These researchers found that the use of a “biodegradable, battery-free and remotely-controlled electrical stimulator” can heal broken bones.
The technology is seen as particularly valuable for healing skulls and other bones where traditional casts are not an option.
SCENAR (or Self-Controlled Energo Neuro Adaptive Regulation) was developed by the Soviets in the 1970s to treat cosmonauts. These hand-held devices detect your body’s natural EMF levels. When these levels are off, the SCENAR device emits a controlled dose of ELF radiation to stabilize the body’s energy. In other words, SCENAR is a bio-feedback device that uses non-ionizing EMF radiation—the very same type of radiation that is a public health hazard—to achieve high rates of success at healing the human body.
According to a study of 3,000 Russian medical practitioners, this device, known as a SCENAR, is credited with:
- 79% improvement in the musculoskeletal system, muscle injuries and diseases
- such as arthritis, sciatica, lumbago and osteoporosis
- 82% improvement in many circulatory disorders, including strokes, thromboses
- and heart failure
- 84% improvement in virtually any respiratory problems
- 93% improvement in both eye conditions and diseases of the digestive tract
Not only is that a remarkable rate of success, but notably these beneficial effects occur across multiple of your body’s different systems, including cardiovascular, respiratory, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and digestive systems.
A common application of EMF therapy in medicine is the TENS device. TENS (Transcutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation) devices are among the most common forms of electroanalgesia– the use of electrical forces (as opposed to chemical agents) to numb or dull pain. And multiple studies have demonstrated that electrical stimulation can be used to treat pain from causes including arthritis and fibromyalgia.
Similarly, a 2014 study published in the journal, Neurology, found that electromagnetic stimulation can help treat the symptoms, and improve the quality of life, for those who suffer from fibromyalgia. I find this therapy to be particularly interesting, as some EMF health advocates believe that exposure to electromagnetic radiation is a cause of fibromyalgia.
Building upon work published by my father, Dr. Martin Blank, and his research partner, Dr. Reba Goodman, doctors have been able to create a treatment that aids in the performance of cardiac bypass surgery. In cardiac bypass surgery, when the surgery is complete and circulation is restarted, the patient can experience a shock as oxygenated blood refills the cardiac tissue. By using tightly controlled doses of EMF radiation, doctors are able to reduce tissue damage in these patients.
You may have heard about the FDA’s approval of the Cefaly headband (covered here by NPR). Similar to TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) which has been around for many years, the Cephaly headband works by stimulating nerves with very low powered energy.
In other words, this technology uses EMF to stimulate your brain.
As NPR explains:
By stimulating the nerve, which plays a role in many migraines, the device was shown to help prevent the headaches in a clinical test involving 67 people. Some got the Cefaly device and others used a sham headband. The people who wore the Cefaly device 20 minutes a day took fewer migraine medicines than those who got the dummy device.
These are just a few examples. There are many additional ones of how electromagnetic radiation is used in medicine to heal ailments in the human body. For example, EMF is used in muscle stimulation, gene activation, reducing tinnitus– even lessening the symptoms of schizophrenia.
And so, as you can see from these example, obviously low-powered electromagnetic radiation affects living tissue and our body’s systems— and it’s not just two or three, but a lot of our body’s systems. If EMF didn’t have therapeutic uses, devices like the SCENAR and Cefaly would not work. Even federal regulators agree that EMF affects living beings.
This is not to say that EMF is safe or beneficial. With all therapeutic devices that utilize EMF, managing the dose is crucial to their function. And so while at lower doses, EMF from devices like SCENAR and Cefaly can be quite beneficial to human health, that is not what we have polluting our environment from the massive variety of electrical appliances and wireless devices. With devices like cell phones, that emit unpredictable doses of radiation not designed to heal human beings, the results are much more worrisome.
This is why it is ludicrous to argue — as many in the telecommunications industry do — that EMF has no effect on living tissue. It is impossible to believe that low-powered EMF has no effect on living things, when medicine and federal regulators recognize that such levels of EMF radiation can be used to help heal. Either EMF affects living things or it doesn’t; you can’t have it both ways.
So the next time you hear someone say there is no ‘conclusive proof’ that EMF affects humans, even at very low levels of power, you can talk to them about some of the ways that EMF is used in medicine to heal– and that therapeutic healing would not be possible if EMF were not bioactive.