Electropollution is potentially harmful electromagnetic energy created by modern electronics and appliances. It is quickly becoming common in homes, schools, businesses, and other settings, and has been associated with a variety of health problems and other issues. It is also known as electrosmog, electromagnetic radiation (EMR), and electromagnetic fields (EMF).
Over the past 25 years, the use of modern electronic instruments and devices of every type has exploded in an uncontrolled manner. Daily we use: computers, smart phones, tablets, cordless phones, Wi-Fi and Wi-MAX, wearable technologies, big screen TVs, video game systems, digital baby monitors, GPS systems, security sensors, radiofrequency identification (RFID) devices, smart grids and meters, a new generation of smart appliances and energy-efficient light bulbs.
Both individuals and society have come to depend on dozens of devices for productivity, efficiency, convenience, and entertainment, and they have become an integral part of modern life. Unfortunately, all of these devices and many more generate artificial electromagnetic fields.
A growing body of solid science* points to concerning connections between electropollution and health. Studies suggest this fast-growing type of pollution can have very specific effects within our bodies and may lead to a wide variety of short-term and long-term health problems, even at levels of exposure well below current safety standards.
Exposure limits to electromagnetic fields
The issue of exposure limits today is a heavily debated and strongly evolving theme around the world. There is a substantial part of the scientific community that has long supported more "precautionary" limits, based on the application of the Precautionary Principle position, and on the minimization of exposure to EMFs at very low, high and very high frequency. This position is increasingly convincing in the epidemiological data of literature that document both immediate and long-term health effects that are harmful to human health and experimental data that documents biological effects on animals and human volunteers, indicative of the molecular, cellular and functional mechanisms that give rise to short and long-term health effects.
Overall, nearly 4,000 experimental studies are available that report a number of short- and medium-term effects of electromagnetic fields.
* References available at www.bioinitiative.org