I was speaking with someone who had just returned from Gulf Stream park and they were quite upset. When I asked why, he stated that he had run into a group of young girls who were treating horses with a "wave" product in the form of a PEMF machine. He asked what settings they used and one girl responded that she just turned the knob until she felt it was high enough.
Young kid, no training or direction, using a potentially dangerous product, being exposed to harmful levels for hours each day. What could possibly go wrong? Read the paragraph below and you'll understand why the gentleman was upset.
"Also, it is especially dangerous if there are any pregnant women – or horses – in the barn while the device is running because the electromagnetic radiation dispersed could cause miscarriages or birth defects. There is also extreme risk for people with heart conditions. For a person with a heart murmur or arrhythmia, it can be life threatening to be in proximity to a PEMF device while it is running."
These girls had no idea that they were using an open field PEMF machine that had an output of 17,500 gauss (we looked it up)*. When you're treating your horse, you're also treating yourself and everyone around you.
Here's another way to think about this. When you get an MRI (5,000 - 30,000 gauss output), the techs are generally shielded inside a lead room**. Now think about a young girl, being exposed to MRI levels ALL DAY without a LEAD ROOM to protect her.
It's critically important to understand PEMF and what the potential risks are. When you take into consideration that Cytowave gauss output levels are between 28 - 34 gauss (considered extremely low and safe), you'll probably be floored when you learn that some pulsed magnetic therapy devices run at an AVERAGE OF 19,000 GAUSS! Here is an excellent article that discusses popular brands than can pose a risk.
Below are links to help you get started on learning what PEMF is and the possible dangers.
* From the Magnawave website: The measured magnetic energy produced by the Magna Wave PEMF devices is approximately 17,500 Gauss, 1.75 Tesla.
**MRIs use output levels of 5,000 to 30,000 gauss and when activated the patient is alone in a sealed chamber protecting the rest of the medical staff from exposure. In contrast, high-voltage PEMF devices use similar levels of gauss and the entire barn - horses and people alike - are exposed.”