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    The Health Risks Caused By EMFs

    cellular emf radiationEMFs or electromagnetic fields are everywhere. From electrical power lines to mobile phones, computers, microwaves and electrical transformers, EMFs surround everyone in various degrees. Concerns have arisen over the health risks associated with constant exposure to such fields. Can they cause cancer? Do they contribute to depression or suicide?

    According to the World Health Organization, the clear answer is no. The human body itself has its own electrical impulses that occur from digestion to the way the heart beats. The EMFs that people are exposed to regularly are minimal. No scientific evidence, according to WHO, supports these fields causing diseases, cancers or even problems with pregnancies.

    However, there are many people who disagree with this. In a study done decades ago, there was an apparent link between childhood leukemia and living near electric power lines. More studies found that there seemed to be a definite link but only one child out of all studied had leukemia.

    More people are concerned today with exposure to frequencies emitted by mobile phones and WiFi, and are therefore considering various forms of EMF protection. Scientists cannot draw a definite link between these and cancer or other diseases. Some studies that focus on the non-ionizing type of EMFs emitted from these devices prove otherwise.

    Health risks may be present with EMFs. However, it should be understood that not only does the human body produce its own form of them, the sun emits EMFs as well. Humans have been always been exposed to them.

    It is possible that some people are more sensitive to these fields than other people are. Also, while the World Health Organization points to no proof of their being serious health risks associated with exposure, they do state that this only applies to certain levels. High levels of EMFs can be dangerous and cause problems for people.

    The human body has its own electromagnetic fields. Not just the heart but the liver also works using electrical impulses. It is no wonder the human body is responsive to sunshine which matches this natural electrical frequency.

    Here is a YouTube video that discusses items in your environment that can generate EMFs:

    The strength of EMFs can harm health if they are very intense, and so can prolonged exposure to them. If you have a concern about EMFs, you can limit your exposure to various devices. If you feel sensitive to them, make sure that you live away from sources of power lines. You might want to use a mobile phone only when a speakerphone option is employed to minimize direct exposure to them to your ears.

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    Healthier Walking With A Cane

    cane walkingMovement is one of the keys to living a healthy life. But for many people with injuries or that are recovering from surgery, even just walking can be hard. One great tool to assist you with that is the cane.

    Are you new to walking with a cane? If so, there are many facets you need to be mindful of, starting with how you measure for the right cane, how you use your cane properly, and also managing steps and stairways. Keep reading to learn some insightful information about all of this so you can maintain your mobility in a healthy and safe manner that keeps you going around.

    Of course, canes are not the only devices that can help with mobility. Crutches are used by people who need support from both sides. For those recovering from significant leg injury or surgery, a new device gaining popularity is the knee walker or knee scooter. But for most people that just need a little extra support when walking, a cane is a great option.

    Measuring For Your Cane

    The proper length for your cane is crucial to using it safely and having improved mobility. Fortunately, many cane models are adjustable. Having said that, it still proves useful in knowing what your proper length is so you can adjust to it.

    First of all, obtain your measurements when you’re wearing your regular walking shoes. Stand upright so your arms can relax by your sides with a normal elbow bend.

    You need a second person to measure the specific distance from the floor up to your wrist joint. That number is likely to be the appropriate cane length for you, so either choose a cane of that measurement or adjust one to that number.

    One way to quickly estimate an appropriate cane length for someone is simply by knowing your full body height and then dividing the number by two. For most folks, the best size cane winds up within just an inch of half of their total height. Use this guideline if you don’t have someone available to get the actual measurement using the first method.

    Using Your Cane Properly

    There are several things you need to do in order to walk safely with your cane across level surfaces.

    For starters, know what your ‘good’ side is and hold your cane in that hand. It might seem counter-intuitive, but this lets you support the opposing lower leg.

    Next, step forward with your ‘bad’ leg while also bringing your cane forward simultaneously. Move your cane and your impacted leg forward as one.

    Lean your weight into the cane-holding arm as necessary. Your first full weight-bearing step across any level surface should start with your bad leg.

    Your cane should move roughly the distance of your typical step forward every time you move it. You should never feel like you’re stretching in order to catch up to your cane, much less stepping ahead of it.

    If your need for a cane if general mobility other than injury or ailment, consider using your dominant hand for the cane and bearing the weight on that side of the body. If you’re personally working with a physical therapist for an injury, then follow any specific cane-walking plan they have different from what’s written here.

    Here is a great YouTube video that gives an overview of walking with a cane:

    Managing Stairs With Your Cane

    Think ‘up with the good’ if you want to go up steps right. Hold any available railing with one hand before you advance your stronger leg. Place it on the first step above your current standing position. Once you get your good leg placed appropriately on the next step, you can advance your weaker leg up to the very same step so your legs are together again. If you don’t have a railing for holding onto, place your cane on the next upper step either after placing your weaker leg or just after.

    If you want to go down stairs comfortably and safely, then it reverses to a case of ‘down with your bad.’ Hold any available railing with your hand, advancing your weak leg by putting it on the next lowest step ahead of where you’re standing. Once you put this leg in place properly, advance your stronger leg down to that same step so your feet are together again. When you don’t have a railing for holding onto, place your cane on the next lower step either with or after the placement of your stronger leg.

    Now that you have read this article, you know the basics of walking with a cane.