Written by: Comosystems
Over the past couple of decades, digital devices have become integral parts of daily life. However, research suggests that the electromagnetic fields (EMF) that these devices emit can damage cellular components such as proteins, lipids and DNA, and cause oxidative stress in tissues throughout the human body. Exposure to EMFs take your body out of homeostasis; lifetime exposure can cause a biological imbalance that may lead to disease or even death over time.
Why It’s Important for Your Body to Maintain Homeostasis
The word “homeostasis” derives from Greek roots, with “homeo” meaning “similar,” and stasis, meaning “a state of stability.” It refers to an organism’s process of maintaining a stable internal environment that is necessary for survival. This includes maintaining a steady body temperature as well as other vital conditions such as the water, salt, sugar, protein, fat, calcium and oxygen contents within the blood (Scientific American).
In healthy organisms, the body works to maintain a state of equilibrium among its various internal parts by carrying out homeostatic processes constantly. This requires multiple systems within the body to work together, all the time. Though organs throughout the body involved, the endocrine system and the nervous system are both especially important in sustaining and regulating homeostasis. If any of the body’s systems fail, and/or the state of balance gets seriously disrupted, an organism may become more vulnerable to inflammation, disease, or death.
What are Free Radicals and Oxidative Stress?
Free radicals are unstable atoms, such as oxygen reactive species (ROS), that can damage cells. It’s worth noting that free radicals aren’t all bad; they can have both positive and negative impacts on human health. The body’s immune system uses free radicals to fight pathogens. These atoms are also involved in many cellular signaling pathways. For example, nitric oxide (NO) helps regulate blood flow modulation and neural activity.
The detriment really begins when there is an excess of free radicals that leads to oxidative stress. Oxidative stress occurs when cells (and antioxidants) can’t clear them out effectively. This imbalance is the precursor to oxidative damage — a crucial factor in the development of many chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and autoimmune diseases.
How EMF Radiation Causes Oxidative Stress and Affects Homeostasis
More than 3 billion people across the world are exposed to EMF every day (NCBI). When you are exposed to the artificial EMF from your current environment, electric fields generated by the communication devices exert an oscillatory force on every free ion on both sides of the plasma membrane and cause them to cross it.
This movement of ions causes:
- deterioration of the ion channels in the membrane,
- biochemical changes in the membrane,
- and, consequently, the impairment of all cellular functions.
You might be thinking, “but we have anti-oxidative damage mechanisms to compensate this inflammation”. Yes, we do have these mechanisms, such as glutathione (GSH), glutathione peroxidase (GPx), catalase (CAT), and superoxide dismutase (SOD), in order to alleviate the damage caused by ROS and their by-products. The bad news is that the defense mechanisms could be impaired by being subjected to an agent (such as EMF, but also other sources) that causes an overproduction of ROS, thus resulting in oxidative stress. In fact, studies have shown that EMF non-ionizing radiation alters the transcription and translation of genes such as JUN, HSP 70 and MYC, via the epidermal growth factor receptor EGFR-ras, leading to the generation of ROS and resulting in the overproduction of ROS in tissues.
The ROS can then induce:
- chronic inflammation by the induction of COX 2,
- inflammatory cytokines (TNF?, interleukin 1 (IL-1), IL-6),
- chemokines (IL-8, CXCR4),
- and pro-inflammatory transcription factors (NF-?B).
Exposure to EMFs enhances inflammatory responses, which inhibits the effects of the body’s antioxidants. This is what leads to oxidation stress and disrupts homeostasis, subsequently making you more vulnerable to discomfort, pain, and disease.
How to Live in Harmony with EMFs and Maintain Homeostasis
Let’s be honest, EMFs aren’t going anywhere. If anything, the signals from our devices and networks are likely to grow stronger as we become an increasingly connected and “always-on” society (see more info on 5G and EMFs). So how do we maintain our daily structure and our health?
Here are a couple of simple lifestyle changes that you can make without completely uprooting your routine:
Keep Devices Away from the Body
Rather than putting your phone directly against your ear, opt for using speaker phone on your mobile device. It’s also preferable to keep your phone in a backpack or purchase rather than in your pocket (directly against your body).
Hardwire Your Internet Connection Instead of Using Wi-Fi
This not only reduces your exposure to EMFS, it can also give you more a more reliable connection too.
Move Your Wi-Fi Router to Another Area
As long as you can get the signal from the router, consider moving it to the garage or porch to reduce EMF exposure.
Do Not Adopt 5G
It’s as simple as it sounds, for now. Opt to keep your devices on 4G and/or don’t purchase devices that utilize the 5G network.
Use Airplane Mode When You Can
If you’re a frequent traveler, then you’re already used to practicing this. As long as you don’t need to be connected to the internet, you can still use your device while on airplane mode.
Protect Your Bedroom
Sleep is crucial for ridding the brain and body of toxins. Since this is the time when your body needs to recover and repair itself, it’s even more important to keep your devices off and away from your body.
Use CMO Technology
Comosystems uses what is called Compensating Magnetic Oscillator (CMO) technology that stems from a 15-year research program that studied the effects of electromagnetic environments on things such as the properties of water, coherent domains, stochastic resonance, and ion homeostasis.
CMO technology essentially works to regulate the ion channels in your cells in order to help you maintain homeostasis. It also increases the signal of its own resonance in response to stronger intensities and frequencies. This helps to optimize your physical and psycho-psychological levels of performance, and to protect you from harmful EMF environments as we become increasingly reliant on electrical appliances and network connections.
To learn more about CMO technology and how to protect yourself from EMFs (at home or on-the-go), click here.
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