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.