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The Impact of Technology

by Nancy Rush

Today we are surrounded by amazing conveniences and efficiencies all provided by technology, which continues to grow at an amazing rate. Yet some may ask if there is a downside to all of this wonderful technology.

There is a form of stress that impacts us on a daily basis, and that’s known as electromagnetic frequency, or fields. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) defines electromagnetic fields (EMFs) as, “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 characterized by wavelength or frequency into one of two radioactive categories: ionizing—high-level radiation which has the potential for cellular and DNA damage with prolonged exposure; and non-ionizing—low-level radiation which is generally perceived as harmless to humans due to its lack of potency.”

For ionizing EMFs, think ultraviolet light, X-rays and gamma rays. We know that too much exposure to any of those isn’t good for our bodies. Yet the NIEHS puts microwave ovens, computers, smart meters for the home like Nest, Wi-Fi networks, cell phones, Bluetooth devices, power lines and MRIs, and even mundane items like refrigerators, ovens, chargers and alarm clocks in the nonionizing category. We’re surrounded by things that constantly emit EMFs.

The frequency emitted by computers and cell phones is fairly low on the electromagnetic spectrum, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are not affecting people. Being surrounded by EMFs every day puts an additional load on the body. Dr. Andrew Weil, a holistic and integrative medicine expert, says, “EMF pollution may be the most significant form of pollution human activity has produced in this century.” This has been significant, since EMFs are believed to contribute to diseases that are linked to many physical complaints, emotional disorders and mental conditions.

There is a large amount of documentation that supports the above statement, but to sum it up, all of our bodily functions depend on electrical activity that takes place within and between cells. The flow of electricity in the body is as essential to health as the flow of blood. The body conducts electricity that enters it, and when this happens the body’s electrical processes are disturbed, which, according to experts such as Weil, can lead to a disruption in cell function. The body’s system is constantly absorbing the electricity emitted by all of those wonderful devices we’re surrounded by every day.

The debate continues as to how to deal with EMFs. Some people recom mend shields or EMF protection devices, which plug into wall sockets. Others say to avoid or limit the devices that emit EMFs. While some people use EMF protection in the form of crystals or an omega symbol made of copper wire to deflect the EMFs, a simple solution is to have the space or items cleared energetically. Clearing simply shrinks the EMF field, thus removing the issue completely. It is, however, important to be smart about what we expose ourselves to, as in not buying a home directly under power lines or placing a bed on the same wall as the electrical panel. These easy measures can be important steps to reduce the impact of technology on our health, and when combined with energy clearing, empower our path to wellness.

Nancy Rush is certified in personal and space energy clearing and feng shui. For more information, visit

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