In our world, it seems that innovation often outpaces regulation.
The newest solution may be profitable and efficient, but is it safe?
In many cases, the public ultimately pays the price. Vaping and e-cigarettes, for example, hit the market long before the research was done that revealed significant health risks. Americans, in general, know little about the networks that connect us all.
Should we be concerned EMF radiation?
Cell phone exposure has long been the subject of heated debate as to whether chronic electromagnetic field (EMF) exposure is a health risk or not. Today, there is compelling evidence that chronic EMF exposure is harmful, while tech-communication companies lobby government agencies to the contrary.
Once again, evidence-based regulation lags behind innovation.
The Dangers of EMF
A 2018 study concluded that EMF radiation is carcinogenic to humans.
The United States National Toxicology Program Study on cell phone radiation found “clear evidence” of cancer, heart damage, and DNA damage in a $30-million study designed to test the basis for EMF federal safety limits (NIEHS).
Scientific simulations show increases in absorbed power between three percent to 370 percent when insects are exposed to electromagnetic frequencies.
A review of 113 studies found that EMFs had a significant effect on birds, insects, and other organisms and plants in 70 percent of studies.
Studies find EMF exposure can interfere with biochemical reactions by overproducing reactive oxygen species (ROS), compromising antioxidant function, and increasing free radical production and damage.
Studies find EMF exposure can cause neurologic, neuro-hormonal, and neuropsychiatric symptoms as a consequence of neural damage and over-sensitized neural responses.
One study demonstrates EMF heat can damage proteins in the thymus gland, compromising immune function.
In a Journal of American Medicine study, EMF exposure has been shown to increase brain glucose metabolism after a 50-minute phone call.
So what can we do to protect ourselves?
There is Ayurvedic herbal support that may help protect us from rising EMF exposure.
5 Ayurvedic Plants that May Offer EMF Protection
Perhaps the most documented mechanism for EMF health-related injuries is an increased production of ROS or reactive oxygen species. ROS compromises the body’s natural antioxidant response, accelerating free radical damage at a cellular level, while also damaging our DNA.
Tulsi (Holy Basil)
Tulsi (Holy Basil) (Ocimum sanctum), is a well-studied adaptogen shown to support the body’s natural antioxidant activity. Tulsi contains many bioactive antioxidative constituents, including eugenol, usolic acid, rosmarinic acid, apigenin, luteolin, β-sitosterol, and carnosic acid, all of which demonstrated anti-radiation, DNA-protection, anti-stress, antioxidant activity, including protection against lipid peroxidation.
Ashwaghanda (Withania somnifera) is perhaps the world’s most popular adaptogen and chemo-protective agent. It has been found to support the body’s natural antioxidant, immunomodulatory, and stress-fighting mechanisms.
Chyawanprash is one of Ayurveda’s most powerful anti-aging, anti-stress, anti-oxidant, and rejuvenating rasayanas. Rasayana is a branch of Ayurveda that deals with the study of longevity and rejuvenation. Chyawanprash is a 50-herb formula based around the amla fruit, which is one of the highest sources of botanical vitamin C on the planet.
Studies suggest the vitamin C content in amalaki actually enhances the antioxidant properties of the other constituents of the chyawanprash formulation.
Triphala is an Ayurvedic formulation that seems to offer an endless list of health benefits. Studies have repeatedly shown that triphala can help protect the body from radiation and chemical stress by reducing reactive oxygen species (ROS) that can be produced in excess from EMF exposure.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) may be the most famous Ayurvedic herb also touting an endless resume of health benefits. One study, entitled The Indian Spice Turmeric Delays and Mitigates Radiation, has found turmeric to be a chemo-protective, radiation-protective, immune-boosting antioxidant, which supports the body’s natural response to curtailing damaging ROS production—aggravated by chronic EMF exposure.
For natural support against the growing levels of chronic EMF exposure, ashwagandha, tulsi (holy basil), chyawanprsh, triphala, and turmeric are Ayurveda’s top protective botanicals.
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