EMF Health Dangers – Who is at Risk?

Children Are Vulnerable to EMFIf you are frequently exposed to electromagnetic radiation, you run a risk of becoming sick because of it.

There is no completely safe level of low-frequency or radio-frequency EMF.

Biological effects have been observed from exposure to mains electrical EMF at levels as low as 0.2 mG, far lower than a typical city or town dweller’s average exposure level.

But it is true that the more EMF exposure we get, the greater our risk of health complications.

That doesn’t mean that we are all doomed to get sick because of EM radiation. Fortunately, we are blessed with effective systems for repairing the cellular damage caused by EMFs. And most of us can greatly reduce our EMF exposure if we put out minds to it, which will increase our chances of staying healthy.

But some people are more vulnerable than others, and these people should not be exposed to high-level or long-term electromagnetic radiation. Who are they?

  • Children
  • Mums-to-be
  • Those who are sick, elderly, or under-nourished


Children are particularly at risk, for several reasons. They are biologically more vulnerable – their skulls are thinner, and their organs – including their brains – are not fully developed.

Children will accumulate higher lifetime levels of radiation than older people just because they entered the world later. (Electromagnetic pollution levels are much higher today than previously.)

Children are also more at risk because they may not be able to control how much they use cell phones, how long they play on computers or watch TV and how close they sit to the screens. They are also less EMF-aware than adults.

Try to ensure that children are not exposed to EMF from cell phones and from wireless equipment inside the house. That could include wireless baby monitors, cordless phones, gaming systems and computer wi-fi.

Also make sure that their sleeping areas are free of any kind of EMF. And they should not be exposed to wi-fi systems at school either, despite assurances of safety from school authorities!


Pregnant women need to be especially careful about electromagnetic fields. Any damage to cellular DNA in a developing embryo will be multiplied many times as those cells divide.

It has been shown that pregnant women are at risk of miscarriage if they are subjected to strong EMFs during pregnancy.  Lower EMF levels may still damage the foetus, even if they do not cause an actual miscarriage.

A good time to avoid EMFMums-to-be should avoid electromagnetic exposure as far as possible, which means keeping further away from all EMF sources, and becoming more EMF-aware.

One powerful source of low-frequency EMF is the oven in the kitchen. This is often at a level close to the womb, and many women stand too close to their electric oven, perhaps while watching a pot on the stove.

Microwave ovens are also powerful sources of low-frequency and radio-frequency EMF, so pregnant women should keep well away (at least 5 feet) from microwave ovens which are actually working.

Sick, Elderly or Poorly Nourished People

EMF cellular damage is a biological stressor, one of many that your body has to deal with every day. If you are eating poorly, not getting enough sleep, smoking cigarettes, or fighting a cold, your body may not be able to deal effectively with EMF damage at this time.

Nutritional status almost certainly has an effect, either for good or otherwise, on how much damage will be sustained by your body after EMF exposure. If your nutrition is good, your body will have more resources at hand to repair that damage.

But if you are sick, or poorly nourished, your body may already be short of energy and nutrients, so there could be none to spare for EMF damage repair.

Likewise, the elderly are more at risk from EMF exposure than younger folks, because older people may not have the reserves of energy and nutrients needed for repairing EMF damage.

What about Workplace EMF Exposure?

High-EMF WorkerPeople who work with very strong electromagnetic fields like welders, power line technicians, subway workers, cell phone network operating equipment technicians, electric train drivers, factory workers and others like them, may be strongly at risk from EMF exposure.

Some of these workers are aware of the danger, and have safety procedures to follow to reduce their EMF exposure. Others may never give a thought to EMF.

Most workers greatly underestimate the danger to their health from long term exposure to powerful electromagnetic fields.

Many ordinary people working with ordinary, everyday electrical equipment, do not realize they are being exposed to very high EMF levels, sometimes for many hours a day, over several years. Here are just some of the electrical items you need to be careful with

  • Cell / Mobile phones (if you carry or use them a lot)
  • Computers (Desktop and Laptop)
  • Cooking appliances, Ovens, Microwaves
  • Digital phones
  • Hair dryers (if you are a hairdresser)
  • Sewing machines

See our EMF Table for EMF levels from various appliances.

Residential EMF Exposure Adds to Health Risk

Power line houseThe other big factor affecting your EMF exposure is where you live. People who live close to electric power lines or cell phone towers may be unaware that they are exposed to high EMF levels.

It is easy to spot these EMF sources in the countryside, but inside most cities or suburban areas it is much harder. You might not even notice wires that run along the street, or perhaps underground, or a sub-station between high walls.

When a person is overwhelmed by too much electromagnetic radiation, health effects can occur many years later. For instance, exposure to power line EMF in childhood can predispose a person to certain types of cancer later in adult life, according to one study.

If you find yourself or your loved ones in one of these high-risk groups, see our recommendations for reducing your electromagnetic exposure at EMF Protection.

Don’t become a victim of EMF pollution. Reduce electromagnetic exposure.


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