My journey begins with Lyme disease, a pervasive but massively under-diagnosed condition, and ends up in EMF sensitivity. I will talk more about Lyme disease in due course, but in the meantime, the CliffsNotes relationship between Lyme and EMF sensitivity is that in our increasingly polluted world our bodies are awash with heavy metals. The Lyme feeds on the metals and in doing so actually reduces the damage they cause us – this is something to be very grateful to the Lyme bugs for. An unfortunate side effect of treating Lyme is that once your bacterial load comes down you suddenly find yourself awash with heavy metals, resulting in heavy metal poisoning and, often, in hypersensitivity to EMF.
The excess metals floating around your body essentially turn you into a human antenna meaning that you physically react in the presence of strong electromagnetic fields. On the upside, this experience gives you a much greater awareness of what’s going on in our world and inside your body. Once you’ve got those pesky metals out of your system you can choose to live in a way that is supportive of a calmly contented low-EMF-exposed body, without experiencing the extreme reactions associated with EMF hypersensitivity.
I’m conscious that I haven’t directly spoken about EMFs so far. They’re so pervasive and so intimately entwined with everything we do that the prospect is a little daunting. To start with, I recommend you watch the documentary Resonance. It is jam-packed with research from some of the world-leading academics and provides an excellent introduction to the issues.
One of the most interesting challenges in talking about EMF is that for most people the issue appears to be entirely hypothetical. We are so used to the constant exposure we are bombarded with that it now feels normal. My non-sensitive friends who have been open to me introducing them to lifestyle practices or technologies that minimize their exposure have been amazed that they are able to feel a difference. They feel calmer and they sleep better but nevertheless they often find it difficult to maintain this new practice. Modern conveniences are, after all, highly convenient. For me that decision was easy – my body intervened and left me with no choice but to act.
There is great value in becoming consciously aware of the effects of EMF exposure so that we can make active, rather than passive, choices about our lives. I consciously choose to participate in the modern world – I now live in an apartment building in a city, I have a cell phone, I go online most days, but I do so in a way that minimizes my exposure and at night I sleep in an environment that shields me from EMF. In my upcoming posts I will talk about some of my experiences in decontaminating from my extreme exposure, I will talk in detail about what you can do to create EMF-safe environments for yourself at home, at work, and when travelling and I will talk about how to support your body in recovering from the EMF exposure that you cannot avoid. That’s all to come, but in the meantime, enjoy the documentary.