The damage at the cellular level created by electromagnetic frequency (EMF) pollution is deeply concerning to me as a Live Cell Microscopist, and alarming to me as a parent. Influencing my older children to make responsible and necessary holistic lifestyle choices has been my own journey of frustration, dilemma and balance. The most valuable understanding I now have is that changes I would have the younger people in my life make must be successfully blended with where they are in their own personal journey into adulthood. I admit this apparent dilution of parental influence is not necessarily the easiest adjustment to make and has been as much about my growth as theirs.
Time ripens at its own pace, even if we would much rather direct the course of it, and one never knows if the seed that was planted has taken root or will ever produce an intended result. It took one particular incident awhile back to bring both these points home. My elation was sobered by the fact that another family had to experience pain and confusion to bring my child to her own awakening.
Amelia, my daughter, called me with a determined outburst. Mom! I want to make more changes! My 22-year-old daughter's concern was prompted by an online video detailing the journey of one young woman's development of a breast tumour. The tumour was in the same place and same shape and size as her cell phone, which had been pocketed the last four years in a specifically fashioned bra. Devra Davis has written a book called Disconnect researching the truth about cell phone radiation and what the industry has done to hide it. If we are asking how it can be that our governments have allowed this to happen, Sam Harris, author of The Moral Landscape has an explanation. He describes this type of moral landscape as the tension between a government's duty to keep its citizens safe and the economic interests of powerful corporations it finds defensible.
One fundamental tool of persuasion designed to produce an automatic, mindless compliance from people is to make it difficult for them to make a decision. Time has accelerated and the informational crush of modern life has created a struggle because there is not enough time to process all this whirr of information. Automatic compliance is one highly successful marketing strategy of any organization or multinational company whom we entrust to do our thinking for us. One of my favourite quotes is from Walter Lippman who says, When we all think alike, no one thinks very much.
In the case of coaching Amelia specifically with EMF management, I used the time is scarce principle to influence her to make the beginning changes to cell phone management. At the time, there was no other frame of reference, little online social proof for her to be suitably prompted into taking cellular health very seriously. I knew the changes I would recommend had to be quick and easy for her to implement. I linked a specific physical symptom she was dealing with to the pictures of her cellular health through the microscope and she began making a visual association. I listed many different EMF management suggestions, at varying levels of commitment, and she chose those that fit her comfort level. She chose to buy an alarm clock and began turning off her cell phone during sleep. Her first adjustments were almost effortless to implement because they were of her own choosing. I was satisfied because there was momentum and change and one can build easily and successfully on both those qualities.
It is my observation over the past two decades that holistic health care challenges many of our social models, which encourage, if not require us to postpone time or the consequences of it, to a future date. This can be a necessary coping mechanism partly because of how fast time is moving now and partly because many perceive change as being too psychologically painful to implement, precisely because of the time it can take to make change.
Holistic health care brings time forward into this moment. There are many common modern day symptoms: hair loss, depression, hyperacidity, obesity, sleep loss, allergies, food intolerances - these are just some examples of energetic imbalance in the body and are particularly evident in our younger population. Holistic health care prepares us to respond to these situations. If not addressed as they arise, these low energy conditions can set up for progressively complicated situations in the future. However, it requires time to address what many believe is an inconvenience to making change and the inconvenience of it is precisely because of the time it takes to make the necessary nutritional and lifestyle changes to support the challenge of living in this here and now. Solutions like holistic nutrition and proper cell phone management can be viewed as extremely unromantic and socially inconvenient. Proposing a concept to someone, which they perceive will cause psychological pain, may not necessarily influence them to make change. However, the threat of pain can also be a potent motivator. When Amelia phoned me with a riveting example of the dangers of cell phone radiation, she also stated her anticipated plans for deeper change. She was able to fully associate with a previous teaching moment and apply it to an experience that is of the real world, more or less directly applicable to an outcome she can relate to and would like to avoid. Time had indeed ripened.
I believe when it comes to time, the future is now. I also believe this concept is one of the more potent and effective lifestyle adjustments anyone can make.
Written by Ann Gilvary, RHN
Ann Gilvary is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Certified Live Cell Microscopist, and a Certified Food Psychology Coach. She can be reached at www.aliveandwellness.ca or at the Natural Food Pantry Wellness Clinic, Billings Bridge.