Electromagnetic radiation and hormone balance

Henrietta Norton BSc, Dip NT, MBANT, AFMCP Co-founder of Wild Nutrition and Nutritional Therapist.

The body emits a broad spectrum of electromagnetic radiation, now demonstrated in scientific experiments, and disruption to this can disturb sleep and biological cycles, such as the hormone cycle. Such disruptions include electromagnetic radiation from electrical blankets, sunbeds, mobile phones and their masts, walk-about home phones and baby monitors. These areas have received a lot of interest as being potential  contributors to cancer[1]  - The World Health Organisation (WHO) classified electromagnetic radiation as a carninogen. Although research needs to confirm its findings, studies so far have also demonstrated a marked negative effect on fertility rates [2].


Geopathic stress - or harmful earth rays - is a form of natural radiation. It rises up through the earth but can be distorted by weak electromagnetic fields created by underground streams, changes in mineral concentrations and fault lines. This disturbs the wave-length of natural radiation and this is thought to compromise our health; Cancer, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME) infertility and miscarriage are a few of the associated conditions. While sleeping our body should be resting so it can repair cells, fight infections and absorb nutrients from food. However, if we sleep in an area affected by geopathic stress, our body has to use all its energy just to keep vital organs going. As a result our immune system becomes weakened, which means it fails to absorb nutrients or fight off infections effectively.  This energy will affect people in different ways according to how electro sensitive they are and their height, weight, bone structure, and body fat. Women are more likely to be at risk from geopathic stress because their hormonal systems are more susceptible[3].


Research has shown that electromagnetic fields from mobile phones affect memory and the immune system. A study of specific immune cells known as leukotrienes showed that only one third of the cells survived after three hours of exposure to a mobile phone[4]. In her book, The Self Healing Human immunologist Susanna Ehdin PhD discussed the concept of the ‘Female Immune System’. Evidence suggests that the female immune system is stronger than the male’s, and more intelligent. Our sex hormones, including oestrogen and progesterone, play a major role in regulating the female immune system and vice versa. The female reproductive system and immune systems are so intimately linked that changes to the balance of the sex hormones (such as excess levels of oestrogen) can affect the immune system. This tallies with observational studies that show women can have reduced immunity during menstruation, pregnancy and menopause, only to regain their immune strength as soon as either of these stop. If the sex hormone levels are continually out of sync, even after these events, it leaves the women more prone to infection.


Women who spend more than 20 hours a week in front of VDU screens had twice as many miscarriages as non-VDU workers[5], and men who were very active users of mobile phones or had them on standby throughout the day had significantly lower sperm concentration. Surely this is noteworthy. What is also worrying is that devices that generate geopathic stress are increasingly finding their way into our houses. Commonplace items such as digital alarm clocks, TVs, DVD players, laptops or power sockets near your bed may help increase this electromagnetic radiation. Try turning them off when you don’t need them, or even better removing them and/ or replacing them with battery operated alternatives.


Traditional Chinese medicine reinforces the idea that electromagnetic radiation can affect our Qi (life energy). According to Pythagorus, this is the vital energy that leads to the body’s healing[6].



[1] The Lancet Oncology: Special Release “ International Agency Research on caner (IARC) classifies radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (including those caused by mobile phones) as possibly carcinogenic to humans”. June 2011.

[2] Goldhaber M. K et al, American Journal of Industrial Medicine, vol 13 (1988), pp. 695 – 706.

[3] www.alfredriggs.co.uk

[4] Environ Res. 2008 Jun;107(2):277-87. Epub 2008 Mar 21.Radiofrequency electromagnetic field exposure and non-specific symptoms of ill health: a systematic review. Röösli M.

[5] Goldhaber M. K et al, American Journal of Industrial Medicine, vol 13 (1988), pp. 695 – 706.)

[6] The Self-Healing Human – Susanna Ehdin, Ph.D.

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