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A Silent Killer?

In the past ten years, man-made electromagnetic fields (EMF) have increased steadily due to advancement in technology and a means for social interaction. The increased EMF result in more “clouds” of electric and magnetic energies that affect our cells due to the charged particles (ions) in our cells. The charged particles, like sodium and potassium, in our cells play an essential role in how the cell works.

There are both natural and man-made sources of EMF.

Natural EMF sources:
1. Sun
2. Earth
3. Humans

Devices that have man-made EMF:
1. Cell phone
2. Laptop
3. Microwave
4. Smart meter
5. Any modern day “smart” or electrical device.

It’s next to impossible to avoid man-made EMF “clouds” due to wireless technologies like cell phones, wifi, and Apple EarPods. Although it’s a challenge to avoid man-made EMF completely, there are ways to reduce your exposure.

4 areas of the body with naturally higher levels of electromagnetic energy
1. Mitochondria
2. Nerves
3. Heart
4. Immune cell

Nerve, heart and immune cells have an increased number of mitochondria likely due to the energy demands of those cells. This is important to consider when the most prevalent chronic diseases are conditions affecting the brain, heart, and immune system. Some of these diseases include Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cardiovascular disease and autoimmunity as well as autism, depression, and infertility are other conditions linked to EMF.

Our mitochondria, which are present in almost all of our cells, work by a flow of current. Without the current, energy production ceases. Any electromagnetic “cloud” outside of the body has the potential to affect this flow of current in our bodies.

Populations that are most likely at risk for EMF exposure:
1. Chronic disease (autoimmune, neurodegeneration, cardiovascular disease) like Hashimoto’s, Rheumatoid diseases, or Multiple Sclerosis.
2. A person with a pacemaker, defibrillator, deep brain stimulator, implanted insulin device, or another internal medical device
3. Kids

If you have kids, it’s even more critical that you protect them from the effects of EMF. Kids are more susceptible to EMF due to lack of development of their skull and fatty tissue surrounding their nerves.

One of the simplest ways to reduce your exposure to EMF is to distance yourself from the source. For example, using your phone on speaker with it three feet from your head decreases the strength of EMF. If the phone is placed up to your head, the EMF strength increases.

Actionable steps for “I’m not ready for the tin foil hat yet:
1. If you talk on your cell, use the speaker and avoid putting it up to your ear.
2. Turn your phone to airplane mode as much as possible, especially at night when you’re sleeping.
3. Ground as much as you can when on your phone or computer. You can do this touching the ground (grass or concrete) when you are on your phone or computer. Grounding before bed is awesome too!
4. Avoid using Bluetooth devices in your ears.
5. Unplug your wifi at night. Even better–turn it on only when you need to use it and avoid working on your computer next to the router.

Additional actionable steps for the “I take my foil hat everywhere I go”:
1. If your mattress (or box springs) has metal coils, these act as antennas to absorb EMF. Time to get a new mattress. I like wool.
2. Cut the circuit breaker switch to your bedroom. This is simple but if you are not comfortable with working with electrical devices, call your electrician.
3. Locate the smart meter on your house (if you live in an apartment this is especially important as many times a majority of the smart meters are located on the wall of one apartment). If it’s on the exterior of your bedroom wall, consider filtering it with blocking material or even better changing it out for the older analog. You can replace the smart meter by calling your electric supplier and tell them you wish to opt out for a small monthly fee.
4. Sleep on a Magnetico Sleep Pad.
5. Sleep in a Faraday canopy. If you’re at this level, your friends already know you’re off your rocker. If they don’t know, just shut your bedroom door when your friends are over.

Have an awesome weekend!
Dr. Thoma

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3 Things you Should do every Morning

Health and time are two things I value most. Leveraging my daily routines and habits to improve my health and efficiency are essential. Health takes time, however, if we can do multiple health-promoting activities simultaneously, we have to take advantage of the opportunity. One of the most influential times of the day for your health is when you wake up in the morning. I love the mornings! Below we share 3 things that will make you unstoppable when you do them consistently.

Three things that I highly recommend that you do are eat breakfast, watch the sunrise and ground. These are 3 of the most impactful morning activities that you can do to increase your metabolism and improve your health and performance. Do the 3 activities for 30 days straight. Over the 30 days, be aware of subtle changes in your energy, mood, and productivity throughout the day. Do them every day, whether it’s a weekday or weekend, workday or off day. The first 90 minutes of my morning are the same whether I am in or out of the office for the day. I do this to promote optimal cell function. Your cells function optimally with a similar timing of inputs (light, food, activity, magnetism) which controls your circadian rhythm. Without optimal circadian rhythm, the game is over–you’ll be tired in the morning and wired at night, have adrenal fatigue, brain fog, hypothyroid, anemia, diabetes, obesity, and <insert any chronic disease here>.

A lot of people say they don’t have time for breakfast. Making time for breakfast starts with your evening routine and bedtime. If you’re up till 11 pm the night before and wake to an alarm 30 minutes before you are out the door for work you’re right–you won’t have time for breakfast. The first change you’ll make so you do have time for breakfast is to move your bedtime earlier to 9 pm or earlier. When you move your bedtime from 11 pm, you’ll have time to make a breakfast of real food instead of a Larabar bar, Clif bar, or Isagenix shake. Processed food, like these, is insufficient for your cells energy production and metabolism. One of the best ways to create sustainable, consistent energy is to have your largest meal at breakfast. Be sure to include plenty of protein at breakfast as this helps maintain blood sugar levels and energy throughout the day and can prevent afternoon crashes. When you get out of bed put your breakfast in the oven or Instapot, so it starts cooking as you do the next two morning habits.

While your food is cooking in the oven or Instapot, go outside to a comfortable place to watch the sunrise. You’ll want to do this with the least amount of clothes that’s socially acceptable (my neighbors hate me). Exposing as much of your skin to the morning sun and avoiding sunglasses is essential for your health. The morning light frequencies from the sun help your skin and eyes produce major hormones and neurotransmitters like melatonin (alert: trouble sleeping at night??) and dopamine (alert: grumpy or irritable; Parkinson’s) as well as many others. Soak in the morning rays until your oven or Instapot timer goes off. As my food is cooking and I watch the sunrise for about 5-10 minutes then I turn on my phone on to check for texts and emails as well as check social media. Social media will crush my efficiency so I spend no more than 10 minutes on it in the morning. I found several years ago it is a huge time waster.

Along with morning sun exposure and breakfast, the other thing that I highly recommend that you do is ground (or earth). Do this by having your bare feet touch the ground. Be sure that you are on a surface like grass, dirt, or concrete as these are conductive surfaces. Blacktop and artificial turf are likely not conductive and therefore you won’t be grounded. There are plenty of studies showing the benefits of grounding in cases including degenerative and inflammatory diseases and blood glucose in people with diabetes (search for “earthing or “grounding”). Humans have occupied earth for close to a quarter million years with much of that time touching the earth with our bare skin. Most of us go for weeks without ever touching the earth with our bare skin. Chronic lack of physical connection to the earth is bad news for our metabolism and health especially in a tech-filled world of man-made electromagnetics.

Actionable steps:
1. Go to bed earlier if you “don’t have time to make breakfast.” Make it 9 pm and as we approach winter solstice make it even earlier. #sanssocialmedia
2. Put breakfast in your oven or Instapot and let it cook as you watch the sunrise. #breakthefast
3. Watch the sunrise, or at least have your body facing the sun, with minimal clothes every morning. Also, eat your breakfast outside as this will help with optimal hormone and neurotransmitter production since you’ll likely be inside working much of the day. The skin and the eyes are the vessels of light information from the sun to your cells. They need optimal light exposure for your cells to function optimally. #morningsun
4. Ground every morning at breakfast as you expose yourself to morning sunlight. #earthing
5. Pro athlete level: wet the ground under your feet and do diaphragmatic breathing as you watch the sunrise. The moisture increases conductivity and diaphragmatic breathing massages the digestive tract to prepare it for the first meal. Ground outside and expose your skin to the sun when working on your computer or phone as well. Grounding and exposing yourself to natural sunlight helps mitigate the adverse effects of modern-day technology on your cells. #theleague

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