With the advent of the digital age, our human species of consciousness has embarked upon an unprecedented, global experiment; like it or not, we are all participants. We have all become subjects of a far-ranging experiment. As the early results of what we have subjected ourselves to are collected, recognized and assessed; we are beginning to see just how much this digital age is changing us and our world as we know it.
The Upside of Digital Technology
Certainly, the potentials of our recent global communication network are enormous and exciting. Revelations of information, ancient wisdom and what has been hidden from us can flash though our collective understanding with amazing rapidity. The focus of our human consciousness can now be shifted rather rapidly and large groups of us can be moved to shared intentions and collective actions that have mind blowing possibilities for humanity. Increasingly, there is a recognition that we are all in this together. However, these benefits are not coming without a real price.
A Sea of EMFs
All signaling in the human brain, nervous system and body involves electro-magnetic frequency because all chemical reactions involve the exchange of electromagnetically charged ions. Our atmosphere is filled with electromagnetic fields and the Earth itself is charged as well. All of this has been supplemented and changed by all of the wireless technology developed and deployed by us for communications. Currently, we live in an artificial, human made sea of electromagnetic frequencies which has been estimated to be over a million times more dense than the one in which our grandparents lived.
The Biological Effects of EMF Fields
Recent research carried out by the Ramazzini Institute in Italy, revealed the dangers of exposure to our current environmental levels of cell tower radiation. Researchers exposed 2,448 rats to 1.8 GHz GSM radiofrequency radiation, in amounts that mimicked those that cell tower antennas give off, for 19 hours a day. They found that the female rats had a higher chance of developing malignant brain tumors, while all rats had a higher chance of precancerous conditions and Schwann cell hyperplasia.
The researchers say that their findings are enough to call on the International Agency for Research on Cancer to take another look at the carcinogenicity of radiofrequency radiation on humans.
Additionally, evidence presented by Dr. Johansson, a professor at the renowned Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, warns of the negative health effects of EMFs. His research reports over exposure to EMFs to contribute to: Sleep disturbance, irritability, brain fog, increase in allergies and allergy symptoms, EMF hypersensitivity, and even DNA damage and cancer, are among the believed negative effects being researched.
Dr. Johansson and the Ramazzini Institute are not alone in their opinion that this is a serious matter that needs immediate attention. There are many other EMF researchers that believe that there is much evidence to support that long term and frequent exposure to low levels of EMFs (think smartphones, computers and other devices that are connected to WIFI as well as cell phone towers and the soon-to-be ubiquitous 5G masts) might have indirect yet cumulative effects on cells that eventually lead to damage or downstream problems.
They propose that, until all data is in, it is wise to error on the side of caution. A precautionary approach seems justifiable because detrimental effects cannot be ruled out completely at this time and there is more and more evidence to the contrary. After all, it took many years of research to prove that x-rays can cause cancer, and that is why we now limit exposure as much as possible.
These and other EMF examiners encourage you to judge for yourself by doing your own research. There are many other online resources available at your finger tips. And of course, they highly recommend that you do your research from a wired internet connection.
The Internet and Addiction
Other than the potential biological damage of EMFs, we must be cognizant of the psychological ramifications of too much temptation and information overload. Research into the rapidity with which people became addicted to internet porn has revealed that the rapidly changing images triggered the neurochemical cycle which underlies all addictions. This same neurochemical mechanism has since been recognized in all internet/social media addictive patterns. This has been confessed by one of the early pioneers of Facebook and its first President Sean Parker.
In a recent interview at the Axios event in Philadelphia, Parker explained that the social networking site exploits human psychological vulnerabilities through a validation feedback loop that gets people to constantly post to get even more likes and comments.
He told Axios, “It’s exactly the kind of thing that a hacker like myself would come up with, because you’re exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology,” he said. “The inventors, creators — it’s me, it’s Mark [Zuckerberg], it’s Kevin Systrom on Insta-gram, it’s all of these people — understood this consciously. And we did it anyway.”
Effects of the Digital Age on Children
In the course of normal human developmental process, our brain continues developing until we are 22 or 23. During our first 3 to 5 years the parts of our brain responsible for being connected in relationship develop in the eye-to-eye, face-to-face contact with our mother or primary caretaker. This is when and how we learn to be a human among humans. During these crucial interactions we learn how to read the emotional nuances in another’s face and how to communicate all the nuances of our emotions, wants and needs. In the normal course of things, the mother would see and hear all the nuances of their child’s response to her and she, in turn, would reciprocate with an attuned and nuanced response. Through thousands of such mutually shaping interactions, the circuits of a child’s brain/nervous system mature and the child becomes relationally capable of engaging skillfully with others.
When a child is largely raised with screens rather than human contact, a significant part of their brain/nervous system’s development is conditioned by their experience of the characters they are seeing on the screen. When the child responds to something the screen character says or does, their nervous system shapes their response, including the tones of their voice, and the look on their face. However, contrary to the nuanced face-to-face interactions that transpire when a human interacts with a child, the screen character’s next expression has nothing to do with what the child just communicated. There is a significant and profound disconnect and, as a result, the child’s learning to be an engaged human among others is disrupted and short circuited.
Decades of research show that this kind of relational misattunement can impair a person’s relationships for life. It takes years of engagement in a healthy relationship to heal these patterns. The widespread lack of civility and empathy that we witness in our world today may, at least partially, be the result of these effects of our digital age.
Technological Advances Are Not All Bad
On the other hand, there are innumerable ways our individual and shared lives are improved by the accessibility of digital information and communication. The availability of vast amounts of knowledge including alternative perspectives, psychological understandings, relational skills and online trainings is unprecedented. Virtually all of the world’s most esoteric spiritual teachings, which not that long ago, involved months of travel and years of apprenticeship, can now be obtained with a few clicks of a mouse.
Ways to Stay Connected Without the Potential Health Risks
So, despite the downsides, most of us are unwilling to give up the technology. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to protect yourself and your children from the potential hazards. There are too many options to cover in one place, but the following offer an excellent start.
1. Get wired, most people do not need WIFI in their homes
2. Opt out of smart meters. They are wireless technology that can send an EMF signal through your home
3. Limit time in wireless internet environments such as coffee shops and take breaks outside in nature often and of course, don’t take your cell phone with you
4. Turn off WIFI in your home at night if you are not willing to give it up and turn off your devices or place them in airplane mode at bedtime
5. Get an air tube headset for your smartphone and other WIFI devices and put the phone 3 or more feet away from you when talking or listening
6. Turn off your wireless device or put it on airplane mode when carrying near your body
7. Limit exposure to WIFI technology in children. If you must give them access to a cell phone or other device; ensure that they only use cell phones for emergencies and put them on airplane mode or turn them off when not in use. Do not give them a blue tooth headset and ensure that their computer or electronic device time not be connected by WIFI
8. Limit Screen time to 30 minutes or less per day, especially in developing children. Internet access timers are now available to help you limit access. Instead, spend time, face-to-face with your children; preferably in nature
9. You may also want to consider getting an EMF detector to ensure that any EMF protection products such as cell phone cases and air tube headsets that you purchase work effectively.
John, with his wife of 26+ yrs, Lynn Marie Lumiere, is the author of The Awakening West - Evidence of A Spreading Enlightenment, & the founder of The Quite Mind-Brain Training Center, now located in Nevada City. John is a Neuroplastician that helps people learn how to change the neural patterns in their brain/body so that they can create the life they want.
The Real Effects of Electromagnetic Radiation on the Human Body at https://www.theenergyblueprint.com/electromagnetic-radiation/
How EMF’s and Microwave Radiation Affect Your Health and Energy with Nick Pineault on the Energy Blueprint YouTube channel.
Wireless wake-up call - TedExBerkeley with Jeromy Johnson on the TedEx Talks YouTube channel or his website, www.emfanalysis.com/research/ which points to several bodies of research including a 2016 NTP study’s preliminary results showing that cell phone radiation causes cancer and DNA damage in rats.
For more information, you can review Dr. Johansson’s and other research at, http://www.cellphonetaskforce.org/the-work-of-olle-johansson/or view many of Dr. Johansson’s lectures on YouTube.