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How Does PEMFs Affect Your Body

Updated: May 22

To understand how your body interacts with magnetic fields, let's first realize that your body is a magnet itself. Inside you, there's a ton of electricity buzzing around, which naturally creates its own magnetic field.


You might think this electricity is just in your nerves, but it's actually happening in nearly every part of your body where chemical reactions are taking place. Think of your body as big batteries, constantly producing and using up electric charge.


When you connect the idea of your body's magnetic fields with its chemical activity, it becomes easier to see your body as this super dynamic, ever-changing electric and magnetic system. This means your body doesn't just have systems like blood vessels and nerves, but also this sneaky electromagnetic system.


Scientists can actually measure the tiny magnetic fields your body makes using fancy techniques like magnetoencephalography (MEG) and magnetocardiography (MCG), which help doctors diagnose illnesses.

Membrane Potential

The electric activity in your body mostly happens in the cell membrane, the protective outer layer of your cells. This membrane is super important for keeping your cell's shape and its insides safe. It also controls the flow of charged particles in and out of the cell through little channels. This membrane also has its own electric charge, called the "membrane potential."


When these channels open up, it's like flipping a switch that starts a chain reaction of electric activity. This process creates an electric current and, you guessed it, a magnetic field. It's like a dance of energy happening all across your cell membranes, keeping you alive and kicking.

Since these charges are affected by magnetic fields, that means magnetic fields can have an impact on what's happening inside your cells.

These electric charges play different roles in different types of cells, but they're mainly responsible for helping cells talk to each other and get things done. For example, in muscle cells, these charges help kick off muscle contractions. And since these charges are affected by magnetic fields, that means magnetic fields can have an impact on what's happening inside your cells.

Now, these magnetic fields might seem small, but they're actually incredibly important. They help regulate all sorts of processes in our bodies, from the beating of our hearts to the firing of our neurons. And because these magnetic fields are generated by electrical activity, they can be influenced by external magnetic fields too.


So, when we're talking about how magnetic fields affect our bodies, we're not just talking about some abstract concept—we're talking about something that's deeply woven into the fabric of our biology. It's like our bodies are these amazing electromagnetic machines, constantly generating and responding to magnetic fields in ways we're only beginning to understand.


References

  1. Pawluk, W., MD & Layne, C. J. (2017). Power Tools for Health: How Pulsed Magnetic Fields (PEMFs) Help You. FriesenPress.

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