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EMF Glossary Definition

Electromagnetic Radiation

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Electromagnetic radiation refers to the waves of the electromagnetic field, propagating through space, carrying electromagnetic radiant energy. It includes a wide range of electromagnetic waves, from very long radio waves to very short gamma rays, encompassing visible light, ultraviolet, infrared, microwaves, and X-rays. These waves are characterized by their wavelength and frequency, which determine their energy and, consequently, their potential impact on health.

The health implications of electromagnetic radiation, particularly at non-thermal levels, have been a subject of extensive research and debate. Thousands of peer-reviewed scientific studies have investigated the biological effects of EMF exposure, even at levels well below those sufficient to cause heating or thermal effects. These studies suggest a variety of potential health risks associated with long-term and short-term EMF exposure, including but not limited to oxidative stress, DNA damage, and a possible increase in the risk of cancer, neurological disorders, and reproductive issues. Importantly, these effects are observed at exposure levels considered safe by current international standards, challenging the notion that only thermal effects pose a health risk.

This growing body of evidence necessitates a critical reevaluation of our understanding of the safety of electromagnetic radiation, particularly in the context of EMF. It highlights the need for continued research to fully understand the mechanisms of non-thermal effects and their long-term implications on health. As we advance in our technological capabilities, increasing our everyday exposure to various forms of electromagnetic radiation, it becomes crucial to develop a comprehensive framework for assessing and mitigating potential health risks. This is not only essential for guiding public health policies but also for informing the public and stakeholders about the prudent use of technology in a way that minimizes potential health risks.

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About the Author

R Blank is the CEO of Shield Your Body, which he founded in 2012. With hundreds of thousands of customers in over 30 countries, and having been interviewed on platforms including Dr. Phil, ABC news television and ElectricSense, R is an internationally followed expert on issues of EMF, health and safety. He also hosts “The Healthier Tech Podcast”, available Apple, Spotify and all major podcasting platforms. In the past, he served on the faculty at the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering as well as the University of California, Santa Cruz. Previously, R ran a software engineering firm in Los Angeles, producing enterprise-level solutions for blue chip clients including Medtronic, Apple, NBC, Toyota, Disney, Microsoft, the NFL, Ford, IKEA and Mattel. He has spoken at conferences around the world, including in the US, Canada, New Zealand and the Netherlands, and he is the co-author, along with his father Dr. Martin Blank, of ‘Overpowered‘ from Seven Stories Press about the science of health effects of EMF radiation. He has an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and received his bachelor’s degree, with honors, from Columbia University. He has also studied at Cambridge University in the UK; the University of Salamanca in Spain; and the Institute of Foreign Languages in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. Read more about R and SYB or connect with R on LinkedIn.

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