Electromagnetic fields – more effects on the body

Electromagnetic fields – more effects on the body

Can electromagnetic fields, from electrical and wireless sources, and digital devices have harmful effects on the body?

Two recent studies add to the large body of research showing they can.

Electromagnetic fields and the gut

In one study, researchers from Poland investigated whether electromagnetic fields could affect the gastrointestinal system. To do this, they exposed 40 rats to either power-frequency or mobile phone radiation or both for a month.

They found that rats exposed to the power-frequency fields had the highest concentration of prooxidants—that is, chemicals that cause oxidative stress—in the salivary glands, oesophagus and small intestines. Oxidative stress occurs when there is an increase in free radicals and is associated with diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, inflammation and neurodegenerative diseases.

The authors concluded that ‘,electromagnetic fields of a low-frequency caused the most significant disturbances of oxidative stress in the rat gastrointestinal tract. Chronic exposure to such electromagnetic fields should be listed as a potential risk factor for gastrointestinal tract pathologies.’ 1

Digital devices and eye problems

In another study, researchers from Turkey investigated the effects of children’s use of digital devices on eye problems.

Their study involved 200 healthy children aged 10 to 18 years. The investigators obtained information about the amount of time the children spent on digital devices and correlated it with their ocular health.

Their results, published in the journal Optometry and Vision Science, showed that children who spent long periods of time on digital devices may be at risk of eye damage.

The researchers found that over 65 percent of the children had ‘mild-to-severe’ ocular surface symptoms—ie damage to the surface of the eye. This can result in pain, redness and poor vision.2

  1. Sieroń K, Knapik K, Onik G, Romuk E, Birkner E, Kwiatek S, Sieroń A. Electromagnetic Fields Modify Redox Balance in the Rat Gastrointestinal Tract. Front Public Health. 2021 Sep 13;9:710484. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2021.710484. PMID: 34589462; PMCID: PMC8473753; https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpubh.2021.710484/full

  2.  Kazancı, Burcu MD; Eroglu, Fatma Corak MD The Effects of Daily   Digital Device Use on the Ocular Surface in Healthy Children, Optometry and Vision Science: December 9, 2021 - Volume - Issue - doi: 10.1097/OPX.0000000000001840; https://journals.lww.com/optvi...

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