Niki Tavouktsoglou, Chilliwack, BC

Approximately three years ago, shortly after the birth of my daughter, my health took a turn for the worse. In a complete downward spiral, life came falling apart and I had no idea why. Doctor after doctor, specialist after specialist, no one could give me an answer, yet every single one of them was quick to prescribe medications to attempt to cover up symptoms. Within two years, I was passed off to 2 separate psychiatrists, who conducted separate and full psychiatric evaluations. The results: Severe Clinical Depression, Borderline Personality Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, PTSD, Social Phobia and Agoraphobia. Harmful and addicting medications were added to my daily routine, none of them helping, in fact I was getting worse. While my issue was not just psychological, and was more physical, severe debilitating body pain, weight gain of over 70lbs within that two year span, hair falling out complete lack of menstrual cycle at 32 years of age, complete lack of energy, every one of them told me this was all in my head, I needed to eat less and excersise more. I followed instruction religiously to no avail.

In March of 2013, I booked my first appointment with Dr. Garrett. He spend over an hour listening to me, not once making me feel like a hypochondriac. That same day, I walked out of his office with a long list of labs, labs that the other doctors could have easily written me (especially considering I had specifically asked for many of them). It turned out I have problems with my thyroid, and had hit menopause. All of my problems were due to severe hormonal imbalances. Dr. Garrett wasted no time assisting me in weaning off all of the unnecessary medications I was on and immediately started me a natural therapies, medications, supplements. Within one month I saw my life transforming and the old me resurfacing. It has been less than one year and I am now by miracle expecting my third child. Dr. Garrett has been there for me in every way shape and form, accepting last minute emergency appointments, replying to panicked emails, answering phone calls. This man is truly a God send. I have learned from him more than I ever have from anyone else, I have become my own advocate. He has guided me from a dark and desperate hole with no hope, through to the road of discovery. I have regained my health, my family, my life. There are no words to express the deepness of my gratitude my family and I both have for this man.

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    We are all surrounded by electromagnetic fields (EMFs).  The sun and earth produce their own natural forces which we cannot escape.  But modern lifestyles and technologies have now chronically exposed humans to fields much different.  For example, AC electric fields from house wiring and corded appliances, power lines and radio frequencies are part of everyday living.  Cellphones, cordless phones, Wi-Fi routers, baby monitors, smart meters and Bluetooth devices are everywhere.  The real fact is that these EMFs are unavoidable and exposure now starts during pregnancy and infancy, right until death.  We are living in an environment of electro smog….

    There is huge controversy over what health risks EMFs may or may not produce.  Most international health organizations, scientific bodies and pro-technology groups state that EMFs, at current levels and forms, do not significantly harm humans or animals.  Specific correlations with diseases like cancer, immune dysfunction or cognitive decline have not been shown statistically to be relevant.  So the general viewpoint is that all this exposure is safe.  These conclusions are readily available on the internet, if one wants to read the data presented.

    However, there are many other researchers, physicians and anti-EMF groups that disagree with these conclusions.  They point out that most studies have not been done for long enough periods of time and that the layering of multiple different types of EMF exposure simultaneously, have not been taken into account.  The frequency, power density, strength and duration of exposure are felt to alter the health risks and need to be factored in with more relevance.  Also, the sensitivity to EMFs may be varied form person to person, based on their own individual constitution and age.  Kind of like the old saying, “One man’s food is another man’s poison”.

    Some research has shown that EMFs alter voltage gated calcium channels in the outer membrane of cells, resulting in mitochondrial dysfunction, oxidative free radical stress and possibly DNA damage.  The result being that some people report a variety of health issues from both long and short EMF exposure.  Ringing in the ears, dizziness, heart palpitations, headaches, insomnia, foggy thinking, chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression, pain syndromes and hormone imbalances are some examples.  More serious conditions like brain cancers, neurological defects, auto-immune disease and dementia are also being discussed by the anti-EMF groups.  The jury is out on all of this, but certainly, the sides are very polarized.

    So what does one do?????  Well…. the cat is out of the bag.  EMF technologies are not going away.  You cannot hide anywhere from EMF exposure.  Whether you believe that EMFs are safe or harmful, here are a few basic tips…..Try replacing wireless devices with wired versions.  Reduce cellphone use and don’t wear it in your bra or pocket.  Use the speaker in the phone and keep it in Airplane mode most of the time.  Reduce laptop use and use wired equipment.  Get as much electrical junk out of the bedroom and far away from your bed.  Try not live near cellphone towers.  Shut Wi-Fi routers off at night.  It is not clear if the advertised shielding devices out there actually work.  Have lots of houseplants, eat a diet rich in anti-oxidants, get outside in nature and get grounded, sweat, stay well water hydrated, and smart phones are not toys for the kids.  There are many other tips available if one researches them.  May the force be with you……

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