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EMF Glossary Definition

Microwave Radiation

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Microwave radiation is a form of electromagnetic radiation with wavelengths ranging from one meter to one millimeter; with frequencies between 300 MHz (0.3 GHz) and 300 GHz. This type of radiation is commonly known for its use in microwave ovens, radar technology, and as a method of communication (such as in mobile phones and WiFi networks). However, it’s crucial to consider its biological effects, particularly as they relate to non-thermal exposure levels.

The concern about microwave radiation in the context of EMF and health revolves around the biological effects that occur at levels lower than those necessary to cause heating or thermal effects. Thousands of peer-reviewed scientific studies have demonstrated that exposure to EMF, including microwave radiation, can have adverse health effects even at levels considered to be safe by current standards. These studies have reported a range of biological effects, including oxidative stress, DNA damage, and potential links to certain types of cancers, neurological disorders, and reproductive anomalies. The crux of the concern is that these effects are observed at non-thermal levels, which means they occur without the radiation being intense enough to cause noticeable heating of biological tissue.

This body of research has led to a reevaluation of our understanding of the safety thresholds for microwave radiation exposure. It challenges the traditional view that only thermal effects of EMF are harmful, indicating that the non-thermal effects also pose a significant health risk. It’s essential, especially in the field of public health and regulatory policies, to take these findings into consideration. Ongoing research in this area is crucial to fully understand the breadth of microwave radiation’s impact on health and to establish exposure guidelines that adequately protect the public. As you continue your studies, remember the importance of critically evaluating both the existing standards and the emerging research in the field of EMF and health.

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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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