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Health Effects from Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) Exposure: The Mercury Connection


1.  Reviewers for a comprehensive EMF risk assessment by the California Dept. of Health Services have determined that it is highly likely that EMF causes some forms of cancer, along with chronic neurological conditions like ALS, Alzheimer’s, Depression, etc.  


2. Medical and epidemiological studies have found strong evidence that EMF exposure causes some forms of cancer, along with neurological conditions like ALS, Alzheimer’s Disease, Depression, etc.  


3.  One mechanism by which EMF causes these immune and neurological conditions is the fact that EMF has been found to cause significant increases in release of mercury into the body of those with amalgam dental fillings; and mercury has been documented to cause all of these immune and neurological conditions.  


4. Amalgam dental fillings have been documented to be the largest source of mercury in most people who have amalgam fillings, with common mercury exposures more than Government health guidelines.


5. Most people get significant exposures to Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) from computer monitors, televisions, microwaves,  wi-fis, other appliances, and power lines.   These exposures have been found to significantly increase release and excretion of mercury in those with amalgam fillings.



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 Gerhig’s disease) and depression.  They also found a significant likelihood that EMF causes cardiovascular problems and increased suicide(1). People are commonly exposed to electromagnetic fields from computer monitors, microwaves, televisions, other appliances, and power lines.  


        Actually, there is strong evidence in the medical literature already supporting these conclusions and documenting mechanisms by which the effects occur.  The evidence is based on the fact that chronic mercury exposure has been documented to cause all of these conditions (12-16), and EMF exposure has been documented to cause significant release of mercury into the body, including the brain and Central Nervous System, from those who have amalgam (2).   Studies have found persons with chronic exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF) to have higher levels of mercury exposure and excretion (2,9). Electromagnetic fields are known to induce current in metals and would increase the documented effects of galvanism (9,12-16). Amalgam has also been documented to be the largest source of mercury exposure in most people who have amalgam fillings (12,16).


          EMF is also documented in animal and human studies to cause cellular calcium efflux and affect calcium homeostasis (3,4), 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.   Melatonin is known to be protective against mercury and free radical activity, as well as regulating the circadian rhythm cycle and sleep cycle. EMF exposure lowers melatonin production and disrupts the sleep cycle(5,8c). Another study provides evidence for an association between occupational electromagnetic fields and suicide(10). The authors indicate that a plausible mechanism related to melatonin and depression provides a direction for additional laboratory research as well as epidemiological evaluation.  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 (6), Alzheimer’s Disease (7), Depression (11), as well as Leukemia and Cancer(8,6e). 

       Since EMF causes increased mercury exposure in those with amalgam, and mercury is also known to cause these conditions (13-16), it is not clear the relative importance of the factors since the studies were not controlled for mercury levels or number of amalgam fillings.  But many suffering symptoms from EMF exposure/sensitivity have improved after amalgam filling replacement(4d,16). 




(1) California Dept. of Health Services, California EMF Program, Draft of final risk evaluation report,

(2) F.Schmidt et al, "Mercury in urine of employees exposed to magnetic fields", Tidsskr Nor  Laegeforen, 1997, 117(2): 199‑202; & R Granlund-Lind et al, "Computers and amalgam are the most common causes of hypersensitivity to electricity according to sufferers' reports", Läkartidningen 2002; 99: 682-683  (Swedish);     & AR Sheppard AR et al, Biological Effects  of electric and magnetic fields of extremely low frequency. New York university press.  1977; & TW Ortendahl et al, "Mercury vapor release from dental amalgam in vitro caused by magnetic fields generated by CRT's", Swed Dent J 1991 p 31 

(3) (a) Aldinucci C et al; The  effect of pulsed electromagnetic fields on the physiologic behaviour of a   human  astrocytoma cell line.  Biochim Biophys Acta 2000, 11;1499(1‑2):101‑108; &(b) Fitzsimmons RJ et al.  Combined magnetic fields increased net calcium flux in bone cells.  Calcif Tissue Int 1994 Nov;55(5):376‑80

(4) (a) Pablos MI et al; Effect of calcium on melatonin secretion in chick pineal gland I.  Neurosci Lett 1996 Oct18;217(2‑3):161‑4;   & (b)Nikaido SS; Takahashi JS.  Calcium modulates circadian variation in  cAMP‑stimulated melatonin in chick pineal cells.   Brain Res 1996 15;716(1‑2):1‑10; & (c)  Youbicier‑Simo B et al;   Biological effects of continuous  exposure of embryos and young chickens to  electromagnetic fields emitted by video  display units.   Bioelectromagnetics 1997;18(7):514‑23; &(d) Hidden Dangers of Electromagnetic radiation from Communication Towers, Power lines and Cell phones;


5) (a) Juutilainen J; Stevens RG; et al; Nocturnal 6‑hydroxymelatonin sulfate excretion in female  workers exposed to magnetic fields.  J Pineal Res 2000 ;28(2):97‑104; &(b) Akerstedt Tet al; A 50‑Hz electromagnetic field impairs sleep.   J Sleep Res 1999 Mar;8(1):77‑8, & (c)Ronco AL, Halberg F.  The pineal gland and cancer.  Anticancer Res 1996 Jul‑Aug;16(4A):2033‑9; & (d)Zecca L et al; Biological effects of prolonged exposure to ELF electromagnetic

 fields in rats: III. 50 Hz electromagnetic fields.  Bioelectromagnetics 1998;19(1):57‑66

(6) (a)Savitz DA; Checkoway H; Loomis DP.   Magnetic field exposure and neurodegenerative  disease mortality among electric utility workers.  Epidemiology 1998 Jul;9(4):398‑404;  & (b)Savitz DA; Loomis DP; Tse CK.    Electrical occupations and neurodegenerative  disease: analysis of U.S.  mortality data.Arch Environ Health 1998 Jan‑Feb;53(1):71‑4;    & (c)  Johansen C; Olsen JH.    Mortality from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, other chronic  disorders, and  electric shocks among utility workers.Am J Epidemiol 1998 Aug   15;148(4):362‑8; & (d)  Davanipour Z et al;      Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and occupational exposure to electromagnetic  fields.  Bioelectromagnetics 1997;18(1):28‑35; & (e)Ahlbom II et al;  Review of the Epidemiologic Literature on EMF and Health.  Environ Health Perspect 2001 Dec;109 Suppl 6:911-933; &(f)Ahlbom A.  Neurodegenerative diseases, suicide and depressive symptoms in relation to EMF.  Bioelectromagnetics 2001;Suppl 5:S132‑43

(7) (a) Sobel E; Dunn M et al; Elevated risk of Alzheimer's disease among workers with likely   electromagnetic field exposure.  Neurology 1996 ;47(6):1477‑81; & (b) Sobel E, Davanipour Z.   Electromagnetic field exposure may cause increased production of amyloid beta and eventually lead to Alzheimer's disease.  Neurology. 1996 Dec;47(6):1594‑600; & (c) Sobel E; Davanipour Z et al; Occupations with exposure to electromagnetic fields: a possible risk factor for Alzheimer's disease.   Am J Epidemiol 1995 Sep 1;142(5):515‑24; &(d) Hansen NH, SobelE et al;   EMF exposure assessment in the finnish garment industry: evaluation of proposed EMF exposure metrics.  Bioelectromagnetics2000,  Jan;21(1):57‑67

(8) (a) London SJ; Bowman JD et al; Exposure to magnetic fields among electrical workers in relation to leukemia risk in Los Angeles County.  Am J Ind Med 1994 Jul;26(1):47‑60; &(b) Caplan LS; Schoenfeld ER et al; Breast cancer and electromagnetic fields‑‑a  review.  Ann Epidemiol 2000 Jan;10(1):31‑44; & (c)Stevens RG, Davis S.  The melatonin hypothesis: electric power and breast cancer.  Environ Health Perspect 1996 Mar;104 Suppl 1:135‑40

(9) Mercury Exposure and Health Effects from Dental Amalgam Galvanism,

(10) van Wijngaarden E, Savatz D, Kleckner R,  Cai J, Loomis D.    Exposure to electromagnetic fields and suicide among electric utility Workers: a nested case-control study. Occup Environ Med 2000; 57:258-263

(11)  Zyss T et al.  Neurotic disturbances, depression and anxiety disorders in the population living in the vicinity of overhead high‑voltage transmission line 400 kV. Epidemiological pilot study Med Pr 1997;48(5):495‑505

(12) Mercury exposure levels from amalgam dental fillings documented by medical, clinical, and government studies to be the largest source of mercury in most people, and to commonly exceed Government health standards; B.Windham(Ed.),

(13)  ALS: the Mercury Connection,

(14)Alzheimer’s Disease: the Mercury Connection,

(15) Depression: the Mercury Connection:

(16) Mercury related health effects from amalgam fillings,

(B.Windham(Ed.),   over 3000  peer-reviewed medical studies reviewed and referenced),


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