Electromagnetic Fields: Danger in Disguise? with Nicole Bijlsma

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Electromagnetic Fields: Danger in Disguise?

Electromagnetic fields (EMF) are produced by anything with an electrical current running through it and they pose a real, yet invisible impact on human health.

In today's podcast we welcome back naturopath and building biologist, Nicole Bijlsma, to share her wealth of information on the topic of EMF and electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS). Nicole takes us through the history of EMF and expertly separates fact from fiction. She also discusses how to recognise and explore EHS and provides guidance on risk minimisation for potential sufferers. 

Covered in this episode:

[00:50] Welcoming back Nicole Bijlsma
[02:36] Today's Topic: Electromagnetic Fields (EMF)
[02:48] Defining what is EMF? 
[03:34] Schumann resonance: implications for space travel
[06:10] The frequency 7.83Hz
[07:45] How the first concerns about EMF were raised
[08:01] High voltage transmission lines and childhood leukaemia
[09:20] Proximity to high voltage transmission lines
[10:36] Impacts upon children to be considered
[12:09] Mechanisms of action of EMF: positive and negatives
[13:02] The EMF Paradox: mechanisms for health vs harm
[15:00] Systemic oxidative stress and inflammation
[15:50] EMF can affect tight junctions in blood-brain-barrier
[16:28] Why is the evidence so variable?
[19:52] Comparing studies of different design
[23:38] Can we just switch off?
[28:50] Effect of removing EMF on wellbeing
[30:15] When to suspect EMF issues?
[32:40] Facts on ear pieces & protective shields for devices
[33:34] Personal options for testing
[38:06] Identifying why some people react and others don’t?
[40:53] Living in modern times
[46:20] What are the necessary next phases of research?
[48:10] Final summary and thanks

Research explored in this podcast

Wertheimer N, Leeper E. Electrical Wiring Configurations and Childhood Cancer. Am J Epidemiol 1979;109(3):273-284.

Additional Resources:

Nicole's Website: Building Biology
The Australian College of Environmental Studies
International Agency for Research on Cancer
European Academy of Environmental Medicine
Guideline of the Austrian Medical Association for the diagnosis and treatment of EMF-related health problems and illnesses (EMF Syndrome) 
Building Biology: High Voltage Transmission and Power Lines
Building Biology: Electromagnetic fields - "we live in a sea of radiation"

Other podcasts with Nicole include: 


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Nicole Bijlsma

Nicole Bijlsma is a woman of passion, and her passion lies in environmental medicine. Nicole was a former naturopath and acupuncturist with 15 years of clinical experience who changed her career pathway to become a building biologist after noticing a strong correlation with many of her patients illnesses and health hazards in their home. Nicole is the author of the best seller Healthy Home, Healthy Family, was a columnist for Body+Soul (Herald Sun) and is frequently consulted by the media to comment on health hazards in the built environment (The 7PM Project, Sunrise, The Today Show, The Circle, Channel 7 News, Today Tonight, Channel 74, ABC radio, Fox FM, numerous webinars and podcasts).

Nicole has thirty years experience lecturing at tertiary institutions in nutrition, Chinese Medicine and environmental medicine, and has published in peer-reviewed journals. Her extensive knowledge in environmental medicine has seen her speak at various conferences both in Australia and abroad (USA, Thailand and New Zealand). Nicole single handedly established the building biology industry in Australia, was the former President of the Australasian Society of Building Biologists and established the Australian College of Environmental Studies in 1999 to educate people about the health hazards in the built environment. The college is the only institution in Australia to provide nationally accredited training in Building Biology and Feng Shui. Nicole is currently completing her PhD investigating health hazards in the built environment under the supervision of Professor Marc Cohen at RMIT.