Health Effects of EMF & Wi-Fi Exposure
How EMFs and Microwaves Cause Harm
EMFs have been shown to cause harm through a number of different mechanisms (3,4, 26-31) . As explained by Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, the radiation affects your microbiome, turning what might otherwise be beneficial microbes pathogenic . (29,30) Research by Martin Pall shows that microwave radiation activates your voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs) — channels in the outer membrane of your cells (M- pn & M-D) . Once activated, the VGCCs open up, allowing an abnormal influx of calcium ions into the cell. This increased intracellular calcium and the accompanying increase in calcium signaling appears to be responsible for a majority of the damage that occurs. (26,27,4,22) Another significant adverse effect of EMF is through the effect on cryptochromes . Cryptochromes have control functions in the circadian rhythm system and immune system that are adversely affected by EMF (28). EMF & Wifi exposure also affect reproductive health by decreasing human sperm motility and increasing sperm DNA fragmentation (32). Many studies have been made regarding the possible connection of EMF and Cancer. Studies have found that EMF induces factors known to be supportive of cancer causation and that there are clear associations between EMF and some types of cancer (34,1). Pooled study data is supportive of a significant link between childhood leukemia and EMF exposure over 0.4 microT . The WHO IARC classified RF-EMF as "possible carcinogenic to humans", and more recent studies suggested reproductive, metabolic and neurologic effects of RF-EMF, which are also able to alter bacterial antibiotic resistance. NIEHS, National Toxicology Program, concluded that EMF causes cancer in rats. It has also been documented that EMFs & WiFi cause release of significant levels of mercury from dental amalgam fillings and mercury is documented to cause chronic cardiovascular , neurological , neuropsychiatric , fertility , and immune conditions .
Health Effects of EMF & Wi-Fi
In a long term comprehensive electromagnetic fields (EMF) risk assessment study by the California Dept. of Health Services, all reviewers concluded that it is highly likely that EMF causes some forms of cancer, along with chronic neurological conditions like ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and depression. They also found a significant likelihood that EMF causes cardiovascular problems and increased suicide ( 10, 1). EMF has been linked to a number of serious consequences, including heart problems such as arrhythmias and neurological problems such as depression, autism , behavioral problems, ALS. Alzheimer’s , miscarriages and other fertility problems ( 33,1, M -D ) . In workers of electromagnetic stations an increased risk for electrocardiographic disturbances was revealed. Under conditions of exposure to electric fields, observed in stations where workers were employed, the risk was increased by 10%. Significant cardiovascular effects were found. In the exposed groups, the heart rate was higher than in the control one. The risk of lowered STD R-R was significantly increased. Both exposed groups presented significantly higher VLF and LF values than the control group. The EMF-exposed groups were characterised by the dominance of the sympathetic system. (33b) For workers exposed to radiofrequency EMF a study noted a significant lowering of the amplitudes of rhythms of blood pressure and heart rate (P < 0.01) and a shift of the acrophase to an earlier time (1100-1200 h; P < 0.05). These changes were more pronounced among workers exposed to high intensities of radiofrequency EMF. (33c)
S tudies have linked long-term, high use of cellphones to health problems such as: Brain cancer , childhood leukemia, Acoustic nerve and salivary gland tumors , Reproductive issues such as lower sperm count and inactive or less mobile sperm , Headaches & Memory, hearing, behavior and sleep problems (34, M-M & MI).
Excessive EMF exposure has been shown to raise a man’s risk of infertility (32-M&MI). A study found that Cellphone radiation reduce d sperm motility and viability by 8% and 9% respectively. Wi-Fi equipped laptops have been linked to decreased sperm motility and increased sperm DNA fragmentation after four hours of use . After adjusting for confounding factors, women living within 500 meters of the lines carried a higher risk of infertility compared with women living more than 1000 meters of the lines. (OR 4.44, 95% CI 2.77 to 7.11).
R ecent research reveals prenatal exposure to power-frequency fields can more than double a pregnant woman’s risk of miscarriage . Women with peak exposures above 2.5 milligauss had a miscarriage rate of 24.2%, while the control group (which had exposures below 2.5 milligauss) had a miscarriage rate of just 10.4% . At least seven other studies also show a link between magnetic field exposure and a heightened risk of miscarriage (M-M&MI) . "The association was stronger for early miscarriage (<10 weeks of gestation) and among 'susceptible' women with multiple prior fetal losses or subfertility." R esearch has also shown that microwave radiation from cellphones, Wi-Fi routers and similar devices concentrate twentyfold in the womb, meaning whatever the reading is outside the womb, the measurement will be 20 times higher inside the mother , which causes significant increase in risk of miscarriage and also appears to raise a woman’s risk of having an autistic child (29-M &MI).
Wi-Fi equipped laptop computers have also been linked to decreased sperm motility and an increase in sperm DNA fragmentation after just four hours of use . (32) T he California department of public health (CDPH) issued a warning 16 about Wi-Fi exposure in mid-December of 2017, urging people to decrease use of wireless devices and keep them as far away from your body as possible to m inimize exposure (1, M-D) . Environmental exposure to high-frequency voltage transients (HFVT), also termed dirty electricity, has been suggested among electro(hyper)sensitive interest groups as an important biological active component of standard electromagnetic pollution (DE). In some studies exposure to HFVT was associated with increased cancer risks, while preferential removal of 4-100 kHz HFVT from 50-60 Hz ELF circuits was linked to a variety of improvements in health (plasma glucose levels in diabetic patients, symptoms of multiple sclerosis, asthma and other respiratory illnesses, and insomnia), well-being (tiredness, frustration, general health, irritation, sense of satisfaction, mood), and student behavior (20,DE).
According to recent research, sperm concentration and quality has dramatically declined in the past few decades. One meta-analysis 22 of 185 studies, the largest of its kind, showed sperm counts around the world declined by 50% to 60% between 1973 and 2011, with no signs of reversing or even slowing down. Lead author Dr. Hagai Levine, who called the results "profound" and "shocking," 23 believes human extinction is a real possibility, should the trend continue unabated. 24 Testicular cancer is also on the rise. While endocrine disrupting chemicals are suspected as being the primary culprits, EMF exposure may also play a significant role in both testicular cancer and male infertility.
In May 2011, the cancer research arm of the World Health Organization, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, classified radiofrequency EMF — such as the radiation from cellphones — a class 2B carcinogen, meaning it is possibly carcinogenic to humans. 25
Wi-fi and Smart Meters and smart devises have also been documented to have many adverse health effects . Smart meters and smart devices have more adverse effects due to their dirty electricity (DE & M-D)
EMF is also documented in animal and human studies to cause cellular calcium efflux and affect calcium homeostasis (3,4,22, M- pn ), which may be a factor in the reduction of melatonin levels caused by EMF exposure in animal and human studies (4,5). In studies on chicks this had significant adverse effects on viability of embryos and chicks (4,22). Melatonin is known to be protective against mercury and free radical activity and against cell proliferation(cancer) (17), as well as regulating the circadian rhythm cycle and sleep cycle. EMF exposure lowers melatonin production (22), disrupts the sleep cycle(5,8c), and blocks melatonin cell antiproliferation effects (17). EMF exposed workers consistently produced less melatonin and had impaired sleep quality and quantity (23).
Other studies provide evidence for an association between occupational electromagnetic fields and suicide (10, M-D). The authors indicate that a plausible mechanism related to melatonin and depression provides a direction for additional laboratory research as well as epidemiological evaluation. EMF exposure causes lower melatonin & adverse effects on embryos & young chicks (22). Calcium input from extracellular medium and output from intracellular calcium reserves are primary mechanisms in the activation of melatonin synthesis in the chick pineal gland, and EMF causes cell calcium efflux and affects calcium homeostatis . (22,26,27)
Studies have found higher neurodegenerative disease mortality in electrical worker exposed to EMF (higher risk in occupations with EMF exposure, and increasing risk with time worked) (6a,10). A study (6) found a 5 times higher risk for power plant operators‑ALS) and higher for risk for Alz ; also, a higher risk of ALS with more exposure). Occupational exposure to higher levels of EMF have also been found in many studies to result in much higher risk of chronic degenerative neurological conditions such as ALS (6b,1), Alzheimers Disease (6,7), Depression (11,10), as well as Leukemia and Cancer (8,6e, etc.). A meta-analysis of occupational exposure to EMF and neurodegenerative diseases found that occupational exposure to EMF increased the risk of ALS by 25% and by 30% for Alzheimers (24). Since EMF, microwaves, MRIs, etc. cause increased mercury exposure in those with amalgam, and mercury is also known to cause these conditions (13-16), again it is not clear the relative importance of the factors since the studies were not controlled for mercury levels or number of amalgam fillings.
Cancer: A higher risk of leukemia & mylenoid leukemia was seen in occupations with more emf exposure (6a & M- pn & M-D).
Breast Cancer: Many studies have found that there is higher breast cancer in occupations exposed to more EMF (men & women) (6bc)
Peer-reviewed published studies link electromagnetic fields (EMF’s) and wireless radiation (RF) to health problem s including: fatigue, headaches, sleep problems, anxiety, ringing in the ears, heart problems, learning and memory disorders, increased cancer risk, and more. For a comprehensive review of the science go to https://bioinitiative.org and or read science abstracts here: shortcut-to-science. For personal accounts of harm see this EMF Health Effects 2019 Survey . Studies show radiation harms nature and children are especially vulnerable. This handout includes links to science on RF effects on nature and this study recommends precaution for children.
5 G is 10 times more powerful than 4 G - requires a tower every 330 feet (maximum distance effective distribution-every 2 to 5 homes in subdivision) - a cell phone or computer acts as repeater and gets huge exposure RFEMF for an individual near it. (35a) Hundreds of studies show negative health effects for current cell tower frequencies for Birds, Bees, Insects, Animals, Humans. No studies are known that show 5 G safe for humans, birds, or bees. Thousands of scientists and doctors have said danger is so clear they recommend a moratorium on 5G and documented their case (37)- no credible experts have been able to counter their information. (95 Gigahertz is weapons grade power and causes physical harm- some 5 G is more than this, most limited to just barely less-35a).
5G will increase ambient levels of wireless radiofrequency radiation. Peer-reviewed research has demonstrated a myriad of adverse effects from wireless radiofrequency radiation including increased brain cancer, DNA damage , oxidative stress, immune dysfunction , altered brain development, damaged reproduction, sleep changes , hyperactivity , and memory damage. (RESEARCH HERE) (35b) Recent State Findings & Actions on 5 G & Smart Meters are seen at (36).
Steps you can take to reduce EMF’s include using : fiberoptic internet systems, corded (wireless off) internet ; corded phones ; and analog utility meters (remove smart meters) . And reduce cell phone use . Keep cell phones away from your body and away from children . Best to use cell phones for emergencies only . Set limits on computer and screen time, especially for children . Consider having your house tested for EMF’s. More ideas here: safety tips See also What are EMFs? brochure.
For more ways to reduce EMF and Wi-fi exposure, see (25 & M-F M-RE & M-HR1 & HR2
References and More Information and Documentation:
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(M-HR1) EMF Home Remediation - Bryan Hoyer; Analysis by Dr. J Mercola
(M-HR2) EMF Home Remediation - Bryan Hoyer; Analysis by Dr. J Mercola
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The Birds, the Bees and
Electromagnetic Pollution Dr. Andrew Goldsworthy
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(37) EU 5G Appeal – Thousands of Scientists and Doctors warn of potential serious health effects of 5G - Scientists recommend a moratorium on the roll-out of the fifth generation, 5G Many Actions in process by Governments and Cities, No Credible Scientist or Group of Scientists has countered their documentation of harm with evidence that 5G is safe.
ABSTRACT (27): We evaluated the effects of 50 Hz pulsed electromagnetic fields (EMFs) with a peak magnetic field of 3 mT on human astrocytoma cells. Our results clearly demonstrate that, after the cells were exposed to EMFs for 24 h, the basal [Ca(2+)]( i ) levels increased significantly from 124+/‑51 nM to 200+/‑79 nM Pretreatment of the cells with 1.2 microM substance P increased the [Ca(2+)]( i ) to 555+/‑278 nM , while EMF exposure caused a significant drop in [Ca(2+)]( i ) to 327+/‑146 nM. The overall effect of EMFs probably depends on the prevailing Ca( 2+) conditions of the cells. After exposure, the proliferative responses of both normal and substance P‑pretreated cells increased slightly from 1.03 to 1.07 and 1.04 to 1.06, respectively. U‑373 MG cells spontaneously released about 10 pg/ml of interleukin‑6 which was significantly increased afte the addition of substance P. Moreover, immediately after EMF exposure and 24 h thereafter, the interleukin‑6 levels were more elevated (about 40%) than in controls. On the whole, our data suggest that, by changing the properties of cell membranes, EMFs can influence Ca( 2+) transport processes and hence
Ca( 2+) homeostasis. The increased levels of interleukin‑6 after 24 h of EMF exposure may confirm the complex connection between Ca( 2+) levels, substance P and the cytokine network
(34a) Abstract: RF-EMF promote oxidative stress, a condition involved in cancer onset, in several acute and chronic diseases and in vascular homeostasis. Although some evidences are still controversial, the WHO IARC classified RF-EMF as "possible carcinogenic to humans", and more recent studies suggested reproductive, metabolic and neurologic effects of RF-EMF, which are also able to alter bacterial antibiotic resistance. In this evolving scenario, although the biological effects of 5G communication systems are very scarcely investigated, an international action plan for the development of 5G networks has started, with a forthcoming increment in devices and density of small cells, and with the future use of millimeter waves (MMW). Preliminary observations showed that MMW increase skin temperature, alter gene expression, promote cellular proliferation and synthesis of proteins linked with oxidative stress, inflammatory and metabolic processes, could generate ocular damages, affect neuro-muscular dynamics.
(34b) Chronic diseases and illnesses associated with non-specific symptoms are on the rise. It seems necessary now to take "new exposures" like electromagnetic fields (EMF) into account. Physicians are increasingly confronted with health problems from unidentified causes. Studies, empirical observations, and patient reports clearly indicate interactions between EMF exposure and health problems. Individual susceptibility and environmental factors are frequently neglected. New wireless technologies and applications have been introduced without any certainty about their health effects, raising new challenges for medicine and societ y. there is strong evidence that long-term exposure to certain EMFs is a risk factor for diseases such as certain cancers, Alzheimer's disease, and male infertility. On the other hand, the emerging electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) is more and more recognized by health authorities, disability administrators and case workers, politicians, as well as courts of law. We recommend treating EHS clinically as part of the group of chronic multisystem illnesses (CMI), but still recognizing that the underlying cause remains the environment. In the beginning, EHS symptoms occur only occasionally, but over time they may increase in frequency and severity. Common EHS symptoms include headaches, concentration difficulties, sleep problems, depression, a lack of energy, fatigue, and flu-like symptoms. A comprehensive medical history, which should include all symptoms and their occurrences in spatial and temporal terms and in the context of EMF exposures, is the key to making the diagnosis. The EMF exposure is usually assessed by EMF measurements at home and at work. Certain types of EMF exposure can be assessed by asking about common EMF sources. It is very important to take the individual susceptibility into account. The primary method of treatment should mainly focus on the prevention or reduction of EMF exposure, that is, reducing or eliminating all sources of high EMF exposure at home and at the workplace. The reduction of EMF exposure should also be extended to public spaces such as schools, hospitals, public transport, and libraries to enable persons with EHS an unhindered use (accessibility measure). If a detrimental EMF exposure is reduced sufficiently, the body has a chance to recover and EHS symptoms will be reduced or even disappear. Many examples have shown that such measures can prove effective. To increase the effectiveness of the treatment, the broad range of other environmental factors that contribute to the total body burden should also be addressed. Anything that supports homeostasis will increase a person's resilience against disease and thus against the adverse effects of EMF exposure. There is increasing evidence that EMF exposure has a major impact on the oxidative and nitrosative regulation capacity in affected individuals. This concept also may explain why the level of susceptibility to EMF can change and why the range of symptoms reported in the context of EMF exposures is so large. Based on our current understanding, a treatment approach that minimizes the adverse effects of peroxynitrite - as has been increasingly used in the treatment of multisystem illnesses - works best. This EMF Guideline gives an overview of the current knowledge regarding EMF-related health risks and provides recommendations for the diagnosis, treatment and accessibility measures of EHS to improve and restore individual health outcomes as well as for the development of strategies for prevention.
(34c) Abstract: We reviewed the now voluminous epidemiologic literature on EMF and risks of chronic disease and conclude the following: a) The quality of epidemiologic studies on this topic has improved over time and several of the recent studies on childhood leukemia and on cancer associated with occupational exposure are close to the limit of what can realistically be achieved in terms of size of study and methodological rigor. b) Exposure assessment is a particular difficulty of EMF epidemiology, in several respects: i ) The exposure is imperceptible, ubiquitous, has multiple sources, and can vary greatly over time and short distances. ii) The exposure period of relevance is before the date at which measurements can realistically be obtained and of unknown duration and induction period. iii) The appropriate exposure metric is not known and there are no biological data from which to impute it. c) In the absence of experimental evidence and given the methodological uncertainties in the epidemiologic literature, there is no chronic disease for which an etiological relation to EMF can be regarded as established. d) There has been a large body of high quality data for childhood cancer, and also for adult leukemia and brain tumor in relation to occupational exposure. Among all the outcomes evaluated in epidemiologic studies of EMF, childhood leukemia in relation to postnatal exposures above 0.4 microT is the one for which there is most evidence of an association. The relative risk has been estimated at 2.0 (95% confidence limit: 1.27-3.13) in a large pooled analysis. This is unlikely to be due to chance
ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS EXERT EFFECTS ON AND THROUGH HORMONES
Several years ago, Cindy Sage hired an electrician to install a
new light in her daughter's bedroom. After he left, Sage swept
the room with a gaussmeter to measure the magnetic fields
present. In some 98 percent of U.S. homes, the average
strength of magnetic fields ranges from 0.5 to 0.9 milligauss
( mG ). Until the electrician's visit, the field in Sage's daughter's
room also fell within that range. Afterward, it was 3 mG.
Although that reading is somewhat higher than normal, it falls
well below the federally permitted 1,000‑mG limit for U.S.
workplaces. However, this didn't reassure Sage, a Montecito,
Calif based consultant specializing in electromagnetic field ( EMF) issues. The workplace limit "is based on the faulty
assumption that only thermal, or heat, effects are important as
a potential biological hazard," she says. Sage called the electrician back to find out what he'd done. It turns out that he hadn't wired the light according to the electrical code. When he rewired the room, its average field dropped to 0.2 mG. Electromagnetic fields are invisible lines of force that surround all electric devices and wiring. Concern about the potential health effects of these fields was catalyzed in the late 1970s by studies suggesting an association between
childhood leukemia and proximity to certain types of power lines or equipment, such as utility transformers.
Several studies suggest "a doubling of childhood leukemia
incidence between 1 and 2 mG " and up to a sixfold increase for
exposures between 4 and 5 mG , says Sage. There have even
been hints of a breast cancer risk in adults exposed to high
fields More recently, several other sources have been added:
large currents on the job, poorly grounded wiring, and
appliances. Magnetic fields do not necessarily correlate with
the size, power, or noisiness of a device. Moreover, there can
be a tremendous difference between models of an appliance.
Because it's difficult to shield oneself from magnetic fields, the
only practical way to limit exposures is to put distance between
oneself and the source.
Sage conducts sweeps of magnetic fields in her clients' homes,
offices, schools, and hospitals. She deploys electricians to fix
any fields that run dramatically above the national norm.
Usually, they trace to code violations that prove easy and
inexpensive to fix. A 1996 report issued by the National
Academy of Sciences concluded that while EMFs appear capable of affecting biological tissues, their link to cancer remains unproven. However, Sage argues that until or unless EMFs are exonerated, avoidance of them is a reasonable policy
Indeed, new studies describing such effects were presented weeks ago at a U.S. Public Health Service conference he helped organize in Washington, D.C. The studies demonstrated a hitherto unrecognized responsiveness of cells, tissues, and animals ‑ even humans.
Melatonin, a hormone produced by the brain during periods of
darkness, is an important natural suppressor of breast cancer
cell growth, both in test tubes and in animals. Stevens'
melatonin hypothesis holds that because EMFs can depress or
shut down melatonin secretion in animals, they may play a role
in fostering the growth of malignancies in people.
To test this hypothesis, toxicologist Wolfgang Loescher of the School of Veterinary Medicine in Hanover, Germany, has
exposed groups of up to 120 female rats to
melatonin‑suppressing EMFs of between 100 and 1,000 mG. An
equal number of rats received a negligible background exposure of roughly 1 mG ; these rats produced melatonin normally. Loescher injected into each rat a chemical that causes
mammary cancer, then observed the rats for 3 months.
Compared to the unexposed rats, those in the 100‑mG field developed about 10 percent more tumors, animals exposed to 500 mG got 25 percent more, and rats receiving 1,000 mG
developed 50 percent more. Tumors also grew as much as twice the size under the influence of EMFs. To understand why, Loescher has focused on the immune system's T cells, a class of white blood cells whose role is to attack and destroy tumors and foreign substances. T cells from animals raised for 3
months in 500‑ or 1,000‑mG fields proved only half as likely as
those from unexposed rats to proliferate when exposed to a
foreign substance. "This indicates that EMFs indeed suppress
the immune system's response to ongoing processes such as tumor growth," Loescher says. He has also analyzed rats' production of the enzyme ornithine decarboxylase. This enzyme has to be present in large amounts for any cells to proliferate. "If the melatonin hypothesis were true, then when one exposes rats to EMFs, there should be an increase of this enzyme but only in the breast," he says. That is exactly what he's found in EMF studies that he has replicated several times. "To me," he told SCIENCE NEWS, "this is the most convincing data that the melatonin hypothesis may betrue ."
At the Lawrence Berkeley (Calif.) National Laboratory, Robert P. Liburdy has been probing the underpinnings of EMFs' apparent cancer fostering effects in test‑tube studies of malignant cells. He has found that 12‑mG EMFs can suppress the ability of both melatonin and the hormone‑emulating drug tamoxifen to shut down the growth of cancer cells. In a follow‑up study that he described in July at a meeting in Bologna, Italy, the activity of m another drug proved even more negatively affected by 12‑mG m fields. Both tamoxifen and this second drug, which goes by the unwieldy moniker ICI‑182780, are synthetic estrogens. They have been designed to dock at a cell's estrogen receptor and block it. In the breast, this can starve most cancer cells of the estrogen that normally spurs their growth. Unlike the ICI drug, which interacts only with the estrogen receptor, tamoxifen can alter the activity of other proteins. Magnetic fields proved more effective against the ICI drug, implying that they interfere with its binding to the estrogen receptor, Liburdy says. If they do,
then the body's natural estrogen should be affected similarly.
Tests of that possibility are now under way. Liburdy's studies
suggest that "a new melatonin hypothesis is emerging," argues
Charles Graham, an experimental physiologist at the Midwest
Research Institute (MRI) in Kansas City, Mo. The old
hypothesis, Graham notes, focused on how much melatonin the
body produced and circulated. While reasonable, it downplayed
any relevance for humans because "we saw no decrease in
melatonin" among people exposed to EMFs. If magnetic fields
can make cells less sensitive to melatonin, as studies by
Liburdy and others now indicate, then EMFs may yet pose a
melatonin‑mediated cancer threat, he says.
Graham's own research indicates that magnetic fields can alter
two other hormones that affect cancer risk‑‑estrogen and testosterone. Compared to measurements taken in the presence of negligible background fields, overnight exposure of women to 200‑mG EMFs in the laboratory significantly elevated estrogen; other studies have shown that elevated exposure to estrogen over many years can increase a woman's cancer risk. In men, the EMFs reduced testosterone‑a hormone drop that has been linked to testicular and prostate cancers, Graham's most intriguing data come from experiments with what he terms intermittent EMFs. He and Mary R. Cook, also at MRI, began delivering pulsed exposures that cycle on for an hour and then off for an hour throughout the night. During each"on " cycle, the field switches on and off every 15 seconds. Not only do preliminary studies indicate that intermittent fields "really have an effect," Graham observes, but they emulate real‑world exposures, which can vary from second to second in frequency, intensity, and waveform, depending on their source
and an individual's distance from it.
In a 3‑night study of 24 healthy young men, roughly one‑third
got steady 200 mG exposures on any given night. Another third
received 200‑mG fields intermittently, and the remainder slept
in the presence of negligible background fields. At the Energy
Department's annual EMF Research Review Meeting in San
Diego last November, Graham and Cook reported that the
intermittent fields and only those fields‑disturbed 6 of 10
measures of sleep quality. They not only contributed to broken
sleep and shorter periods of deep, dream‑stage sleep, they
also led to more reports of feeling unrested in the morning.
In an upcoming report in BIOELECTROMAGNETICS, Graham's
team links those same intermittent fields to decreased heart
rate variability in 77 college‑age men. In healthy people, heart
rate tends to vary somewhat from second to second in
response to the body's need to maintain blood pressure,
temperature, and so on. Often, individuals with heart disease
exhibit a more stable heart rate‑‑‑an indication, Graham says,
"that their heart is no longer as well connected to the nervous
While the young men that Graham studied exhibited normal
heart rate variability during the nights they were exposed to
background fields or constant EMFs, that variability diminished
substantially on the night each was exposed to intermittent
fields. Graham is planning follow‑up studies to probe the
long‑term health implications of this provocative finding.
"What concerns me," Graham says, is that the public "tends to
get so worried about the magnitude of a field. The bigger it is,
the worse it's supposed to be." In fact, Loescher has found that
very high fields, as well as those below a certain strength,
have little impact on tumor growth. Only those across a
relatively narrow range consistently foster tumors and other
negative health effects.
"We've seen the same thing in our studies," Graham told
SCIENCE NEWS. Moreover, he says, it's beginning to appear
that a field's magnitude matters less than its intermittency or
other features, such as power surges called electrical
transients. These surges can pack a big burst of energy into a
short period of time. They occur whenever lights or other
electric devices turn on, when motors or compressors (such as
those in refrigerators and air conditioners) cycle on, or when
dimmer switches operate. "Being transient doesn't mean
they're rare, just quick," Graham notes. Transients are hard to
avoid because they may stem from surges elsewhere‑in a
neighbor's house or even power lines up the street.
Little research has been conducted to untangle the potential
health impacts of EMF characteristics other than field strength,
Graham notes, and money for such EMF studies is all but drying
up. The two major federal programs dedicated to financing
research on EMF effects on health are slated to shut down in
October. A program funded by electric utilities through the
Electric Power Research Institute will also end this year.
One should expect that "research on EMFs in the United States
will take a big nose‑dive," says Graham. One ray of hope,
Liburdy notes, comes from the recent proliferation of
government funds for endocrine‑disrupting pollutants. While
magnetic fields are a type of radiation, they functionally
resemble many environmental pollutants that mimic hormones.
In fact, he observes, EMFs may actually fit the definition of an
endocrine disrupter better than these chemicals do . That's
because magnetic fields appear to elicit their effects by acting
on and through hormones, rather than as hormones.
Are EMFs Hazardous to Our Health?
Can electromagnetic fields (EMF) from power lines, home
wiring, airport and military radar, substations, transformers,
computers and appliances cause brain tumors, leukemia, birth
defects, miscarriages, chronic fatigue, headaches, cataracts,
heart problems, stress. nausea, chest pain, forgetfulness,
cancer and other health problems? Numerous studies have
produced contradictory results, yet some experts are convinced
that the threat is real.
Dr. David Carpenter, Dean at the School of Public Health, State
University of New York believes it is likely that up to 30% of all
childhood cancers come from exposure to EMFs. The
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warns "There is reason
for concern" and advises prudent avoidance". Martin Halper, the
EPA's Director of Analysis and Support says "I have never seen
a set of epidemiological studies that remotely approached the
weight of evidence that we're seeing with EMFs. Clearly there is
Concern over EMFs exploded after Paul Brodeur wrote a series
of articles in the New Yorker Magazine in June 1989. Because
of Paul Brodeur's reputation. his articles had a catalytic effect
on scientists, reporters and concerned people throughout the
world. In November 1989, the Department of Energy reported
that "It has now become generally accepted that there are,
indeed, biological effects due to field exposure." The EMF issue
gained more publicity in 1990 when alarming reports appeared
in Time, the Wall Street Journal, Business Week and popular
computer publications. ABC's Ted Koppel and CBS's Dan Rather
both aired special segments on EMFs.
In addition to the long‑term health concerns, buying a house
with high fields will be an economic disaster. In a few years,
when power line radiation is as well known as asbestos and
radon, a house with high fields will be practically impossible to
sell. Already there are hundreds of lawsuits regarding EMFs and
EPA Says the Threat Is Real
By 1990, over one hundred studies had been conducted
worldwide. Of these, at least two dozen epidemiological
studies on humans indicated a link between EMFs and serious
health problems. In response to public pressure, the
Environmental Protection Agency IEPA) began reviewing and
evaluating the available literature. In a draft report issued in
March 1990, the EPA recommended that EMFs be classified as a
Class B carcinogen‑‑‑a "probable human carcinogen and joined
the ranks of formaldehyde, DDT, dioxins and PCBs.
After the EPA draft report was released, utility, military and
computer lobbyists came down hard on the EPA. The EPA's final
revision did NOT classify EMFs as a Class B carcinogen Rather,
the following explanation was added:"At this time such a
characterization regarding the link between cancer and
exposure to EMFs is not appropriate because the basic nature
of the interaction between EMFs and biological processes
leading to cancer is not understood " Curiously, this rather
unusual logic appears on the same page as the following: "In
conclusion, several studies showing leukemia, Iymphoma and
cancer of the nervous system in children exposed to supported
by similar findings in adults in several/ occupational studies
also involving electrical power frequency exposures, show a
consistent pattern of response that suggest a causal link. "
When questioned about the contradictory nature of these
statements, the EPA responded that it was "not appropriate" to
use the probable carcinogen label until it could demonstrate
how EMFs caused cancer and exactly how much EMF is harmful.
This explanation does not satisfy many critics who claim that
the EPAs upper management was influenced by political and
economic considerations exerted by utility, computer and
How Do I Measure EMFs?
A Gauss is a common unit of measurement of magnetic field
strength. A Gauss meter is an instrument which measures the
strength of magnetic fields. Inside a Gauss meter there is a
coil of thin wire, typically with hundreds of turns. As a magnetic
field radiates through the coil, it induces a current, which is
amplified by the circuitry inside the Gauss meter.
Gauss meters may vary in the strength of the magnetic field
they are capable of measuring. A meter used for measuring
EMFs from power lines, transformers, substations and
appliances around the home, for example, should be able to
measure as low as .1 mg.
Gauss meters vary widely in price and accuracy. Meters have
either a single axis coil or a triple axis coil. Single axis meters
are much simpler than triple axis meters to manufacture and
thus, are less expensive. To use a single axis meter you must
point the meter's one sensor in three directions‑‑‑the x, y and z
axis. Then, you combine the three readings in a mathematical
equation to calculate the combined field strength. Obviously,
its far easier and more accurate to use a 3‑axis meter. Triple
axis Gauss meters are quite accurate, but they are also more
Another thing to watch out for when purchasing or renting a
Gauss meter is whether or not it is frequency weighted. Most
meters will read the same EMF strength no mater what the
frequency. As the human body appears to be sensitive to both
the field strength AND the frequency, Gauss meters used for
biological purposes should be "frequency weighted". This
means that if the field is different than 60 Hz the meter will
consider the frequency and use it in calculating and displaying
the EMF's strength. This feature is why frequency weighted
meters will show a higher EMF reading than those meters
typically used by electricians and engineers.
An enormous amount of electricity is created at power
generating stations and sent across the country through wires
that carry high voltages. All power lines radiate
electromagnetic fields. The question is: how much are the
power lines near YOUR home radiating? The amount of EMFs
coming from a power line depends on its particular
configuration. Power companies know which power line
configurations are best for reducing EMFs but most don't feel
the evidence supports costly changes in the way they deliver
A substation is an assemblage of circuit breakers,
disconnecting switches and transformers designed to
substations have been blamed for causing cancer clusters
among nearby residents. Paul Brodeur wrote about several such
cancer clusters in the July 9, 1990 issue of the New Yorker
A key component of a utility's electrical distribution network
depends upon numerous, small transformers mounted on power
poles. A transformer looks like a small metal trash can, usually
cylindrical. Even when the electrical service is underground, you
will often see a metal box (usually square} located on the
ground near the street. Many people don't realize that when
they see a transformer, the power line feeding the transformer
is 4000 to 13,800 volts. The transformer then reduces the
voltage to the 120/240 volts needed by nearby homes. Since
these transformers can be seen in almost every neighborhood,
they are a source of concern.
EMFs near a transformer can be quite high, but due to its small
structure, the field strength diminishes rapidly with distance,
as it does from any point source. For this reason, having a
transformer located near your home is usually not a major
source of concern, although just to make sure, everyone should
measure the field strength around it.
If your home has high EMF readings, it is important to
determine the sources of the EMF so that remedial action can
be taken, if possible. Many times a particular room will have a
higher EMF reading. Check to see if the electricity is coming
into the house on the wall outside that room. When this is the
case, it is usually a good idea to block off that room and only
use it for storage purposes.
Sometimes, the source of a high magnetic field is incorrect
wiring. If you suspect that your home is wired improperly,
obtain the services of a licensed electrician. Warning: Do not
touch electric wires, even if you think the current is turned off.
If you need to disconnect electrical circuits to determine the
source of magnetic fields, you should call a licensed electrician.
Computers are a complicated subject. Know this: EMFs radiate
from all sides of the computer. Thus, you must not only be
concerned with sitting in front of the monitor but also if you are
sitting near a computer or if a computer is operating in a
nearby room. The Swedish safety standard, effective 711/90,
specifies a maximum of 0.25 mG at 50 cm from the display.
Many US manufactured computers have EMFs of 5 ‑ 100 mG at
this distance. And know this too: the screens placed over
monitors do NOT block EMFs. Not even a lead screen will block
ELF and VLF magnetic fields.
Space does not permit a more thorough discussion of
computers. If you use a computer, it is important that you
measure your EMF exposure with a Gauss meter and review the
literature concerning the health impacts of computer use.
Electric Blankets and Waterbeds
Electric blankets create a magnetic field that penetrates about
6‑7 inches into the body. Thus it is not surprising that an
epidemiological study has linked electric blankets with
miscarriages and childhood leukemia. This pioneering work was
performed by Dr. Nancy Wertheimer and Ed Leeper, who
originally discovered that magnetic fields were linked to
childhood leukemia. Similar health effects have been noted
with users of many electric blankets and waterbed heaters will
emit EMFs even when turned off. The devices must be
unplugged to delete the EMF exposure Additionally, there is the
issue regarding the vibrations that are generated by sleeping
on standing water. There is less hard data in this area but
some experts are concerned about the consequences.
Electric clocks have a very high magnetic field, as much as 5 to
10 mG up to three feet away. If you are using a bedside clock,
you are probably sleeping in an EMF equivalent to that of a
powerline Studies have linked high rates of brain tumors with
chronic exposure to magnetic fields, so it is wise to place all
clocks and other electrical devices (such as telephones and
answering devices) at least 6 feet from your bed.
Fluorescent lights produce much more EMFs than incandescent
bulbs. A typical fluorescent lamp of a office
ceiling have readings of 160 to 200 mg 1 inch away.
Microwave Ovens and Radar
Microwave ovens and radar from military installations and
airports emit two types of radiation‑‑microwave and ELF.
Microwaves are measured in milliwatt per centimeter squared
( mW /cm2) As of 1/1/93, the U.S. safety limit for microwave
exposure is 1 mW /cm2, down from a previous 10 mW /cm2. The
Russian safety limit is .01 mW /cm2. As all microwave ovens
leak and exceed the Russian safety limit, microwave ovens
have been outlawed in Russia. In addition, recent Russian
studies have shown that normal microwave cooking coverts
food protein molecules into carcinogenic substances.
When measuring microwaves from military and airport radar
sources, 100% accurate readings can only be found
with extremely expensive digital peak‑hold meters. Why?
Because analog devices begin to drop their reading
immediately after the radar sweep passes. Thus, while an
analog meter can show whether or not you are being exposed
to radar EMFs, analog meters can't show your true exposure.
Although thousands of dollars to purchase, digital‑hold meters
capable of accurately detecting radar EMFs can be rented for
several hundred to over a thousand dollars per month.
Telephones and Answering Machines
Telephones can emit surprisingly strong EMFs, especially from
the handset. This is a problem because we hold the telephone
so close to our head. Place the Gauss meter right against the
ear piece and the mouth piece before buying a phone. Some
brands emit no measurable fields and others emit strong fields
that travel several inches ....right into your brain. Answering
machines, particular those with adapter plugs
(mini‑transformers), give off high levels of EMFs.
Electric Razors and Hair Dryers
Electric razors and hair dryers emit EMFs as high as 200 to 400
mG. This seems alarming, but we don't know if this is worse (or
better) than a chronic exposure to a 2‑3 mG field. Some EMF
consultants recommend that hair dryers not be used on children
as the high fields are held close to their rapidly developing
brain and nervous system.
Electricity is an inseparable part of our modern day society.
This means that EMFs will continue to be all around us. But as
Discover Magazine postulated, aside from making our life
easier, is electricity also making our lives shorter?
Most experts agree that limited, non‑chronic exposure to EMFs
is not a threat. For example, it is probably acceptable for a
person to be near a toaster in the morning. BUT, it is not
advisable for a person to sleep under an electric blanket, up
close, live near a powerline/substation, and sleep in a room
where the power enters the home. This person is under an
extreme case of chronic exposure. This condition,
unfortunately, applies to millions of Americans.
If you wish to follows the EPA's advice and practice "prudent
avoidance" then the following advice is offered:
Measure your home, work and school environments with a
Gauss meter Measure EMFs both inside and outside your home.
Don't let your children play near power lines, transformers,
radar domes and microwave towers. Avoid areas where the field
is above 1 mG. Measure the EMFs from appliances both when
they are operating and when they are turned off. Some
appliances (like TVs) are still drawing current even when they
Don't sleep under an electric blanket or on a waterbed. If you
insist on using these, unplug them before going to bed (don't
just turn it off). Even though there is no magnetic field when
they are turned off, there may still be a high electric field.
Don't sit too close to your TV set. Distance yourself at least 6
feet away. Use a Gauss meter to help you decide where it is
safe to sit.
Rearrange your office and home area so that you are not
exposed to EMFs from the sides/backs of electric appliances
and computers. In the home, it is best that all major electrical
appliances, such as computers, TVs, refrigerators etc , be placed
up against outside walls. That way you are not creating an EMF
field in the adjoining room.
Don't sit too close to your computer. Computer monitors vary
greatly in the strength of their EMFs, so you should check yours
with a meter. Don't stand close to your microwave oven. Move
all electrical appliances at least 6 feet from your bed. Eliminate
wires running under your bed. Eliminate dimmers and 3‑way
Be wary of cordless appliances such as electric toothbrushes
and razors. You may choose not to wear a quartz‑analog watch
because it radiates pulsating EMFs along your acupuncture
meridians. An older mechanical windup watch would be an
acceptable alternative. It is also recommended to wear as little
jewelry as possible and to take it off at night. Many people
have metal sensitivity which can be aggravated by placing it
right on the skin. Measure with a gauss meter to be sure. And
last, but not least, always always always remember that EMFs
pass right through walls. The EMF you are reading on your
Gauss meter could be radiating from the next room...or from
outside your home.
Additional Radiation Info:
Eyeglass frames should ideally be made from plastic with no
wires in them, otherwise they can serve as an antenna to focus
the radio and cellular phone waves directly into your brain.
What EMF Level Is Safe?
There's a heated debate as to what electromagnetic field (EMF)
level is considered safe. Since the experts have not come to an
consensus, you'll have to decide for yourself... Many
government and utility documents report the usual ambient
level of 60‑Hz magnetic field to be 0.5 mG. Thus, any reading
higher than 0.5 mG is above the "usual" ambient exposure.
Many experts and public officials, as well as the few
governments that have made an effort to offer public
protection, have adopted the 3 mG cutoff point. The EPA has
proposed a safety standard of 1 mG. Sweden has set a
maximum safety limit of 1 mG.
Dr. Robert Becker, an MD who has been studying the effects of
EMFs for 20 years, states a lmG safety limit in his book Cross
Currents. When electricians try to solve a magnetic field
problem they do their best to drop the level to 1 mG or below.
Dr. Nancy Wertheimer, a Ph.D. epidemiologist who has been
studying EMFs for 20 years, has been looking at the
epidemiological data in a different way‑‑she is trying to
associate EMF levels with
health rather than disease. The level she is coming up with is a
cut off of 1 mG. Russian researchers claim that 1/1000ths of a
mG should be the standard.
The BioElectric Body believes that there are several stages of
health between "optimum wellness", "degenerative disease"
and "Cancer". Thus, we maintain our own living and sleeping
quarters at 0.5mG and below.
Cross Currents The Perils of Electropollution. The Promise of
Electromedicine Robert 0. Becker, M.D. Jeremy P. Tarcher , Inc.,
Currents of Death The Attempt to Cover Up the Threat to Your
Health Paul Brodeur Simon and Schuster, 1989
Electromagnetic Man Health & Hazard in the Electrical
Environment Cyril W. Smith & Simon Best St. Martin's Press.