A Guide to How EMF Exposure Causes Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

Introduction: What is EMF?

EMF is a form of non-ionising radiation.

It’s electromagnetic in nature which means it has both an electric and magnetic components. It also means that EMF waves are not ionising radiation – meaning that they don’t have enough energy to break chemical bonds in molecules or atoms.

What is Dementia?

Dementia is a brain disease that affects a person’s memory, thinking and behavior.

Dementia is a brain disease that affects a person’s memory, thinking and behavior. It is considered as a decline in intellectual abilities. In Alzheimer’s Disease, it appears as an irreversible decline in mental abilities due to the death of brain cells. Dementia can also be caused by stroke or traumatic brain injury, but it can also happen as the result of these diseases:

– Parkinson’s Disease

– Huntington’s Disease

– Multiple Sclerosis

– Frontotemporal Dementia

What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative brain disorder that slowly destroys memory, thinking, and reasoning skills.

The first sign of Alzheimer’s disease is usually forgetting recent events. Later symptoms include problems solving problems and difficulties completing familiar tasks. These symptoms gradually worsen as the disease progresses and can lead to death.

There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease but medications can help manage some of the symptoms and delay its progression in some cases.

The Effects of EMFs on the Brain

EMF radiation is a type of microwave radiation that is emitted from different types of devices. EMFs disrupt normal electromagnetic signaling in the brain, and can have both short- and long-term consequences.

The most common consequences are memory loss, brain fog, tinnitus, headaches, sleeping disorders, and fatigue.

Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs) also induce the Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, which leads to the degranulation of mast cells and histamine release. Histamine is a powerful mediator of inflammation. This increases the permeability of BBB through oxidative stress.

It has been widely accepted that the Blood Brain Barrier (BBB) is a physiological structure that plays an important role in maintaining brain homeostasis. The BBB acts as protective mechanism by preventing potentially harmful chemicals from reaching the brain, effectively shielding it against their potential toxic effects.

The Blood Brain Barrier is ineffective at shielding the brain against EMFs which are linked to brain inflammation and oxidative stress. Oxidative/nitrosative stress-induced breakdown of the brain’s Blood Brain Barrier (BBB) may be involved in neurodegenerative disorders. Neurodegenerative disorders that are associated are: Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Parkinson’s disease (PD), multiple sclerosis (MS), Huntington’s disease and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

The effects of ElectroMagnetic Fields (EMFs) on the brain are not completely understood yet. There are numerous ongoing research in the field of EMFs, Dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Real World Examples of EMF Exposure and The Risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia

When clients call Balanced Building Biology, there are often common health characteristics that are present during the initial phone call. Often, the ability to focus or their train-of-thought is disrupted. This can also be true for clients living in a mould-affected home. Often the health symptoms overlap.

Case Study 1

A young couple living in a granny flat were experiencing fatigue and sleep disturbances. However, the male occupant was diagnosed with clinical depression (from his medical doctor) and was taking depression medication.

The basic EMF assessment investigated RF and AC magnetic field exposure levels in living and sleeping areas. Aside from the usual wireless devices and Wi-Fi router, the bedroom area identified a major problem. The split system air conditioner was at the foot of the bed, but its electrical wiring traversed through the wall cavity at the same height as the mattress and pillow area. This produced high AC magnetic fields on their mattress, when the aircon was used at night. The male occupant was closest to the source. The female occupant would often sleep on the sofa instead of the bed. An elderly gentleman had also previously slept in the same bedroom, and is now diagnosed with dementia and depression. 

Case Study 2

A family of four living in a single-story home had one member of the family who was experiencing sleep disturbances, chronic fatigue, memory loss, poor concentration, and a lack of focus. Other members of the family were healthy and not experiencing any adverse health effects.

The affected member of the family was a teenage child. The bedroom was located closest to the highest EMF sources. The sleeping area was affected by wireless radio-frequency (RF) radiation from the Wi-Fi router that was transmitting extremely high RF EMF levels. AC Magnetic Fields were also found to be a problem. The room had a ceiling fan on a relatively low ceiling height. Depending on the type of ceiling fan, extremely high AC Magnetic Fields can be produced. This affected the sleeping area. Subfloor electrical wiring and wall cavity electrical wiring were also identified to pass through the sleeping area contributing to high AC Magnetic Fields when appliances were used in other rooms.

Conclusion: How To Protect Yourself From EMF Exposures And Decrease Your Risk Of Alzheimer’s & Dementia

If you are worried about the effects of EMFs on your health, take steps to protect yourself. Some of these steps may seem like common sense, but it is worth mentioning all the same.

Turn off your wireless devices at night or anytime you are not using them. Disable Wi-Fi at home and work if you do not need it on. Do not use appliances while asleep; this reduces EMF exposure significantly. The fridge should be hte only appliance operating at night, but it should not be adjacent to a bedroom wall. Lastly, get your home assessed by a building biologist who can check for EMF exposures.


Electricians don’t know about Electromagnetic Fields

What is an Electrician and Why Should They be Concerned about EMFs?

Electricians are the experts of electrical maintenance. However, most electricians don’t know much about electromagnetic fields (EMFs). There is an increasing concern about EMFs among the general public but not all electricians do anything about it.

Electricians should be concerned about EMFs because they can cause biological damage and lead to serious health risks such as cancer.

Electricians are aware of AC and DC current and voltage. However, most are not aware of AC Magnetic Fields which are generated from AC current drawn through electrical wires. Nearly all electricians will not have a Gauss meter to measure AC Magnetic Fields. Electricians may not know about radiofrequency (RF) electromagnetic fields and it’s harmful health effects. This is mainly because they are not taught these aspects of EMF in their electrical training. So don’t fault them. This is where Building Biologists are trained in EMFs.

How Smart Meters & Smart Homes Affect the Home and Office Environment

Smart home technology is becoming increasingly popular. However, it can have negative effects on the health of homeowners as many use wireless transmitters and Internet-of-Things (IoT) wireless modules. This increases the level of electromagnetic field (EMF) within the home.

Smart meters are being implemented in the homes of people to monitor their energy consumption by electrical companies. However, smart meters can also emit electromagnetic radiation, which is harmful to humans. They create both radio frequency (RF) and AC magnetic field (MF) electromagnetic radiation.

Wireless devices emit non-ionizing radiation, which includes radio waves and microwaves. This type of radiation is harmful to humans.

What are the Most Common Sources of Electromagnetic Fields in a home?

There are a number of factors that contribute to electromagnetic fields in a home, but the most common sources include electrical cables and appliances.

Electrical cables can create AC magnetic fields, which can be canceled out by bundling them. If any appliances are plugged in, they should be unplugged or turned off when not in use.

Ideally, fridges should not be on the other side of the bedroom wall. Other common appliances may be air purifiers, fans and aircon systems. Ensure occupants do not sleep within 2-3 metres of such sources.

The 3 Best Ways to Protect Yourself from Electromagnetic Field Exposures in a Home Environment.

Electromagnetic fields (EMF) are everywhere, but the amount of exposure varies. It might not be possible for people to avoid all sources of EMF. But there are things that people can do to reduce their exposure to the risk. Here are some ways for electricians to help reduce EMF in homes.

The 3 Best Ways for Electricians to Help Reduce Electromagnetic Field Exposure in Homes

1) Ask for an electrical compliance test: This is a good way for electricians to check if your home electrical system is compliant and up to Standard Codes.

2) Get electricians to bundle electrical cables together in wall and ceiling cavities. This will cancel out AC magnetic fields.

3) Get the water pipe and water meter checked for stray current or voltage as this may pose a problem.

If you do find an electrician that’s knowledgeable about electromagnetic fields, then he’s a keeper.






emf - electrical wires bundled

Electrical wires are bundled together. They should not criss-cross.