A key step in your autism treatment protocol is to reduce and eliminate toxic exposure. We dive into the new research surrounding the power of EMFs and how reducing them can aid your treatment plan.
In Conversation with Peter Sullivan, Founder of Clearlight Ventures
GR: What are EMFs?
PS: EMF stands for “electromagnetic fields.” The term is commonly used to represent a range of invisible, but measurable effects that emanate from power lines, household wiring, electronics, and wireless devices.
GR: Are they cause for concern? Why?
PS: Because our bodies also use electrical signals to communicate, especially in the nervous system and the brain, some of the EMFs can interfere with our bodies communications and functions. Some of the biological effects include opening of the blood brain barrier, increasing inflammation, and even DNA damage.
Wireless signals have dramatically risen in the same time period that rates of autism and other chronic inflammatory diseases have increased, making it a key environmental suspect in the autism epidemic, along with the chemical glyphosate.
GR: Any science to back that?
PS: Thousands of studies have been published showing harm and interference over the past decades from researchers in multiple countries around the world.
Harvard neurologist and autism expert Dr. Martha Herbert worked with EMF research expert Cindy Sage and they found that known and published health effects of EMF exposures matched the known symptoms of autism.
Martin Pall, Ph.D. believes that our new understanding of how the calcium channels in our cell membranes open in response to electrical voltage is the prime mechanism that allows EMF to impact health. Mutations which affect the calcium channel are the most common genetic mutations associated with autism.  The mutations, along with EMF exposure, allow too many calcium ions inside the cell, creating inflammation and damage. Additionally, toxic chemicals also allow too much calcium to enter cells via another channel (NMDA receptors). So the total load of EMF and toxins combine to increase inflammation and cellular damage.
GR: How do EMFs affect individuals with autism?
PS: EMF impacts, like sensory issues, can be very immediate. You should consider EMFs to be part of the sensory environment, because we are inside these fields, and some children and electrosensitive adults can feel the effects.
At several autism conferences, we have set up tents that shield people inside from wireless signals. We have found that about 80-95% of people who enter the tents can feel a difference in that environment. Most people report feeling calmer and stimming children frequently reduce or stop stimming. Parents who have reduced EMF levels in their homes have reported that their children have improved sleep, calmer behavior, and improved verbal function.
GR: Could eliminating them affect our treatment protocol?
PS: Step one in the recovery process is always to remove any harmful environmental factors and create a safe space. This step alone–reducing EMFs, chemicals, and mold exposures–could be enough to lighten the environmental load and allow the child’s body to start to detoxify, repair, and recover.
It is important to know that EMF exposure can put the body into fight or flight mode, which will dial down detoxification, so EMF reduction should precede detoxification therapies.
About Peter Sullivan:
Peter Sullivan is the founder and CEO of Clear Light Ventures, Inc., as well as an environmental health funder who focuses on toxins and wireless safety. He has spent the last 15 years successfully recovering his two sons from autism and sensory issues. In the same time period, he recovered from mercury poisoning and the effects of high levels of wireless and EMF exposure.
Peter’s work on detoxification and EMF have been featured in the book Toxin Toxout: Getting Harmful Chemicals Out of Our Bodies and Our World, the book The Out of Sync Child Grows Up: Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder in the Adolescent and Adult Years, and CNN’s Morgan Spurlock: Inside Man. He serves on the advisory board for the International Institute for Building-Biology & Ecology and on the board of Pure Earth.
Today Peter is one of the leading funders in the country in this area of research, funding work at Harvard, Stanford, University of California, Berkeley and several leading environmental health non-profits. He speaks about autism and environmental health at conferences throughout the United States and abroad.
 EMF Portal
 Herbert, Martha R., and Cindy Sage. “Autism and EMF? Plausibility of a pathophysiological link–Part I.” Pathophysiology 20.3 (2013): 191-209.
 Herbert, Martha R., and Cindy Sage. “Autism and EMF? Plausibility of a pathophysiological link Part II.” Pathophysiology 20.3 (2013): 211-234.
 Wen, Ya, Mohamad J. Alshikho, and Martha R. Herbert. “Pathway network analyses for autism reveal multisystem involvement, major overlaps with other diseases and convergence upon MAPK and calcium signaling.” PloS one 11.4 (2016): e0153329.