By Aoife Delaney
HEALTH & WELL-BEING:
ElectroSmog and the Meeting Professional
By John Ayo, Travel Balance
While technology today can be incredibly convenient and efficient, there is a price we pay in terms of our health.
You can’t do your job effectively if you don’t feel well. And, your attendees won’t get the maximum benefit from your fabulous event if THEY don’t feel well.
We may be familiar with the unhealthy aspects of tech neck on our posture (head bent down reading phone) or the negative emotional consequences of social media (comparing our lives to other people’s highlight reels) – but are you aware of the hidden health dangers in the form of “ElectroSmog”?
ElectroSmog is a more casual term for the more technical version: ElectroMagnetic Frequencies (EMFs). The negative effects of EMFs continue to ignite conversations and controversy worldwide. The most dangerous pollution affecting you is the invisible sea of EMFs your body swims in daily. You are exposed to EMFs all day long, not only in public but inside your home, too. Most of the radiation emits from cellphones, cell towers, computers, smart meters, cellular networks (think 4G and 5G) and Wi-Fi, to name just a few.
Energy, Frequency and Vibration are foundational to every part of nature. Everything from the smallest atoms to the largest organisms resonate with their own energy, frequency or vibration. When these lose their coherence or move out of harmony, the result can manifest as different types of dis-ease (e.g. pain, anxiety, stress, fatigue, etc.).
According to the World Health Organization, “Electromagnetic fields affect us because our human bodies have their own electric and biochemical responses such as nervous system, digestion, brain function, and heart function. Exposure to EMFs can interact with your body in many adverse ways.”
I believe EMFs are like cigarettes in the 1950s – back then we thought: “they’re probably not good for you, but it’s not like people are dying from them” – today we know better. The same goes for EMFs and the continuous use of cellphones and having them on or near us constantly! There may not be an immediate health consequence, but rather health issues that get worse gradually over time.
So, how does all of this relate to the Meeting Professional and why do you care?
As we work toward better network connectivity at events (think fast and ubiquitous WiFi or the up and coming 5G), it is in your best interest to understand the impact on you and your attendees. Given the number of EMFs that bombard you all day long, getting educated about the negative effects of EMFs is imperative to your well-being. (Search Blog posts at www.ayolifebalance.com/blog for more articles and research.)
While reliable connectivity is a must have at events, how can you mitigate the health effects?
Here are a few options to consider:
Wishing you the best of health as you create amazing and wellness-oriented events for your attendees!
About the Author:
John Ayo is an Internationally recognized keynote speaker, wellness expert and author. He was a successful sales rep that survived in the super stressful technology sector with IBM for 19 years, then moved into sales training and meeting planning internationally for 12 years. He delivers his motivational content on staying healthy and sane in a crazy world (especially when you travel) via presentations and workshops for large groups and corporate events.
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