What is EMF Radiation and Why Should We Care?

What is EMF Radiation and Why Should We Care?

I am not a scientist, nor will I claim to be one. Many of the notes below will come from credible sources, which will be recognized and noted. As I have been working on the RTQ Apparel WATT Baselayer kit, I’ve learned so much more about EMF Radiation, but much of the information out there is slow to develop and reach a wider audience. If you’d like to learn more about the topic, I encourage you to head to any reputable websites to develop your own thoughts and opinions.


So what is EMF Radiation? The World Health Organization website says, “Electromagnetic fields (EMF) of all frequencies represent one of the most common and fastest growing environmental influences, about which anxiety and speculation are spreading. All populations are now exposed to varying degrees of EMF, and the levels will continue to increase as technology advances. Electromagnetic radiation has been around since the birth of the universe; light is its most familiar form. Electric and magnetic fields are part of the spectrum of electromagnetic radiation which extends from static electric and magnetic fields, through radiofrequency and infrared radiation, to X-rays.”

Essentially, EMF Radiation surrounds us in many ways, every day of our lives. Most instances of it are considered to be low-level and harmless, but as we all adopt more technology into our lives, our bodies experience additional exposure. As with almost all unverified studies, there are people and groups on both sides of the spectrum on this topic, and everything in between. A large group of people do not concern themselves with worrying about EMF Radiation at all, nor do they believe that it is a health concern. On the opposite side, there are other groups who claim EMF Radiation is causing cancer in humans and is causing extreme damage to our bodies.

I have to admit that I’ve heard very little about EMF Radiation in a wider arena of news and information in the US. As I’m learning and reading more about it, the US Government is fairly adamant that EMF Radiation has little to no extreme effects on our health, although they have validated a few studies regarding health issues for children (1). Many European countries have mandatory EMF radiation regulation laws in place for places of work, while others (including the USA) have kept all regulations voluntary (2).

So what should we believe? What is true? 

I’ve heard on certain podcasts and read in some articles recently that people who have studied EMF radiation at length are starting to recommend that you limit your exposure to your cell phone more and more, especially at night. Instead of leaving your phone on your bedside table, they were recommending that you turn on its airplane mode while you sleep, to reduce the amount of EMF radiation exposed to your body during these important sleeping hours. Now, those same sources are starting to advise that we completely turn our phones off or keep them in a different room at night. 

I also closely follow a few other apparel brands who sell garments lined with silver yarns, and the number of studies, data, information and reports they provide on their websites are surprising and staggering to me. While reading through them, there have been many studies that prove the benefits of blocking EMF Radiation from entering your body. Most of the protection results with a regulation in your heart rate that is noticeable. Heart rate regulation leads to many of the other health benefits that we experience when we wear silver yarn apparel: improved sleep quality and duration, reduced anxiety, body temperature regulation, and improved circulation. The health benefit most interesting to me though is the reduction in the effects of jet lag, which makes these garments so great for my travels.

Now, I’ve traveled in my WATT baselayer kit twice now and I’ve been wearing the garments in my regular daily life since receiving wear test samples. I do not have a scientific way of testing my health while wearing the garments yet, and I have skin in the game to be able to produce positive results. So this next sentence could be a bunch of nonsense, and I encourage you to do your own research and testing… But I notice a difference in my stress levels when I wear the garments all day. The little bits of anxiety that usually come to me before a sales call or before recording a video don’t show up as much when I’m wearing my kit. I’m going to continue testing of course, and hope to hear from all of you soon whether you notice a difference when you wear your WATT baselayer kit, too!

1 - https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/radiation/electromagnetic-fields-fact-sheet 

2 - https://www.who.int/data/gho/data/indicators/indicator-details/GHO/legislative-status

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