According to the German Federal Statistical Office, companies’ sickness absence rates are on the rise. In 2007, employees in Germany reported sickness for 8.1 working days on average, compared to 10.9 days in 2019. What can companies do against this trend? And what role can electromagnetic radiation play in this context?
Many scientific studies have been done on the effects of wireless communication systems on living systems. A particularly interesting study was a Belgian study in which ants were exposed to mobile phones. The advantage of using animals, including ants, is that they, unlike people, can be psychologically influenced.
How high is your EMF exposure from radio masts and mobile phone networks in your area? The Federal Network Agency‘s location database can help answer this question. The body also published about cellular network monitoring on October 29, 2020. This tool offers an overview of 2G, 3G and 4G distribution in Germany. Also the coverage of the new 5G network will be published in the near future. Read more
With around 69,000 new cases each year, breast cancer is by far the most common cancer in women in Germany. According to the Robert-Koch Institute, around one in eight women will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives. Almost three in ten women affected are younger than 55 years old when receiving the diagnosis. In this article, we want to shed some light on the causes of breast cancer and what role electromagnetic fields (EMF) play in this context.
Limit EMF is a critical issue these days. Because electromagnetic radiation (also called EM fields) surrounds us always and everywhere. Unless we live in a remote house far away from civilization and any kind of technological connectivity. Our phones, laptops, wifi routers, smartwatches, Fitbit, smart household products, plugs, sleep trackers are often our daily companions in increasing frequency and intensity.
According to experts, kids aged 8 to 18 are averaging at seven hours a day looking at screens, instead of the recommended 2 hours. Over three times as much exposure time to EMFs often goes hand in hand with other health implications linked with a sedentary lifestyle, such as obesity or back and neck issues.
Living in a ‘Smarter’ world, being surrounded by smart phones, smart watches, smart TVs, baby monitors, wifis and other smart electronics always poses a question of how beneficial these gadgets are to us versus how safe they are. The same applies to the so called ‘smart meters’.
Originally, they were designed to make our lives easier so we don’t need to lift a finger when it comes to energy consumption in our homes and businesses, whilst saving us money. According to the Deutsche Energie-Agentur, 40 million German homes will be using this technology before 2020. So what exactly is a smart meter? How does it work and does it pose any potential health risks?
Electromagnetic Fields or ‘electromagnetic radiation’ is basically a form of energy discharged from EMF sources. What makes one type of EMF different from another is the frequency it operates at. (Think big boat making big waves vs small boat making small waves.)
Based on those differences we can organise EMFs into a so called Electromagnetic Spectrum where each frequency band will have a different effect on its environment. We talk about the basics in the article titled ‘The Beginner’s Guide to Electromagnetic Radiation’.
Electrosmog from hearing aids – is there a risk to your health? Do you also suffer from impaired hearing like millions of Germans? A study by the Institut für Hörtechnik und Audiologie (Institute for Hearing Technology and Audiology, Jade Hochschule, 2017) indicates that around 16 % of adults in Germany suffer from hearing impairment. Every third person over 50 years of age has a hearing loss. Young people are also affected more and more from year to year, thanks to music and work noise. In Germany, about 2.5 million people own a hearing aid. Better qualities, smaller designs, modern look and multiple technical refinements contribute to their enhanced image.
Have you ever wondered whether it could be dangerous to carry your cell phone in your pocket? Smartphones, tablets and the like transmit and receive with microwave radiation. According to the BioInitiative 2012 report, there is a direct link between this type of radiation and sperm damage. However, it is not only men’s fertility which is at risk, but also women’s. The study situation is alarming, yet there is a lack of transparent public education. Radiation protection limits are supposed to protect us. Therefore, it is a matter of course for many people to put their mobile phone in the trouser pocket in a carefree way. But are you aware that the German Federal Office for Radiation Protection nevertheless warns against using the devices close to the body or even carrying them?
How dangerous is electromagnetic radiation from the baby monitor for our children? Baby monitors are now part of the initial equipment of every infant. They send us sounds or even images from the children’s room, provide a certain amount of security by monitoring the sleep of our youngest, and can thus make everyday life easier. However, tests show that the device itself is a major risk factor: electromagnetic radiation endangers us and especially our children who are demonstrably affected by it in particular.