Extremely Low Frequency

Written by Rebecca Lord
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Many household appliances and pieces of electrical equipment tout themselves as being extremely low frequency devices. This label is intended to imply a low level of energy use and in turn, a low level of radiation exposure. Although low frequency products certainly are safer than those rated as high frequency, scientists remain unsure of exactly how safe they really are.

Protecting Yourself from Harmful Radiation

Most of us are exposed to low frequency energy fields throughout the day. From the electrical power lines that line our streets to the computers, phones, and faxes that define the office space, electromagnetic energy fields are everywhere. For years, they have been taken for granted as a vital source of energy and technological progress.

Recently, however, attention has turned to the consequences of being surrounded by extremely low frequency energy fields. The fundamental concern is that the radiation produced by these fields may be able to spark electrical current within the human body. This in turn may have a cascading effect that alters brain chemistry and the body's natural biorhythms.

Although low frequency wavelengths are considered to be a non-iodizing form of radiation (and therefore not harmful to humans), the cumulative effect of exposure to multiple low frequency sources has not been explored. As research begins to address this question, we will gain better understanding of the link between low level radiation exposure and poor health outcomes. This in turn will guide future intervention and prevention efforts.

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