What is E-Sensitivity?

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Ever feel a little light headed or nauseous after a day on the computer? Or headache-y after a phone call? Or just have a general sense of exhaustion day to day in your computer and WiFi ridden office? 

Some of this could be general mental fatigue or physical stress; however, it may also be a result of the physiological effects of WiFi networks and electronics, what is now termed “electro-sensitivity.”

E-sensitivity, a self-diagnosed condition that consists of sensitivity to electromagnetic frequencies from our cell phones, WiFi and other communication networks, entails everything from dizziness and headaches to nausea and skin reactions. It is one of the subtlest and yet perhaps most pervasive sideeffects of our digital age— one which many of us may suffer from to varying degrees but may not recognize.

As Martin Blank, PHD, Associate Professor and Researcher at Columbia University, has stated, “Cells in the body react to EMFs as potentially harmful, just like to other environmental toxins, including heavy metals and toxic chemicals. The DNA in living cells recognizes electromagnetic fields at very low levels of exposure; and produces a biochemical stress response. The scientific evidence tells us that our safety standards are inadequate, and that we must protect ourselves from exposure to EMF due to power lines, cell phones and the like, or risk the known consequences. The science is very strong and we should sit up and pay attention.”

The reason for this stress response is that, as electrical beings, we are driven by a network of electrical signals that receive and emit information, both internally and with our environment. In turn, we are attuned to the various electrical and electromagnetic fields around us, receiving signals from everything from the Sun’s light and UV radiation to the earth’s gravitational and electromagnetic field, to determine information about time, space and more.

Man-made electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) arising from the proliferation of electronics and WiFi in modern-day life introduce new and highly disruptive inputs into our energetic bio-fields. The impact arises not simply from the frequency itself but the mode of alternation that characterizes our current electromagnetic environment— shifting WiFi signals, appliances on and other communication next works. As Dr. Blank summarizes, “EMFs compete with intrinsic forces in a system.” 

The presence of man-made electromagnetic fields can be said to create a profound destabilizing effect on our sense of place. This is not just because the devices that emit EMF enable us to occupy multiple places at a time, but also because the EMF signals themselves interfere with our connection to the Earth’s electromagnetic field. A particularly tragic illustration of this is the disorienting effect electronic noise has on migratory birds, whose navigation is controlled by a biological system sensitive to artificial electromagnetic noise. 

In my experience, e-sensitivity varies from person to person, and fluctuates in relation to other physiological and environmental factors. Like with any toxic input, our bodies resilience is determined by how many other inputs it has to contend with. If our system is relatively clear and unimpeded, we are more likely to counteract the stress of EMFs and feel ok. If we are otherwise compromised by stress, pollution, or other health challenges, we are more likely to feel the effects.

The best way to counteract E-sensitivity is prevention. Keep a strong, healthy immune system and practice what I call “high vibrational living,” things that raise your energetic field and strengthen your natural immunity, such as chanting, singing, prayer, meditation, positive thinking, spending time in nature, eating organic, mineral-rich foods, and using high vibrational products (more to come on this subject...). During those times when this is not possible, and you feel yourself run down, cut back on your e-usage until your system has regained strength... retreat to your corner, to use a boxing metaphor, before you get knocked out!