Electromagnetic Fields Negatively Impact Body Systems
Electromagnetic fields activate the body's stress response and produce changes in nearly every bodily function, including a significant decline in the effectiveness of our immune systems. Other negative effects of EMFs include their negative impact on the cardiovascular, endocrine, growth control, and central nervous systems.
Cross Currents: The Perils of Electropollution, the Promise of Electromedicine
Robert O. Becker, M.D., 1990
Short-Term and Long-Term Impact
University of Washington researchers have found that prolonged exposure to low-level magnetic fields, like those generated by hair dryers, coffee makers and electric blankets, can damage brain-cell DNA. Bioengineering professors Henry Lai and Narendra Singh also found that continued exposure makes cells self-destruct because they can't repair themselves-much like the findings of a 1995 study conducted at 10 times the intensity for just two hours. The study suggests that the effects are cumulative, meaning duration can be as damaging as intensity. "In real life, people get this exposure in brief doses … " Lai said. "We found that this could add up over time."
Study: Exposure to Low-level Magnetic Fields Damages DNA,
USA Today Newspaper, 2004
Symptoms from Electromagnetic Stress
"…there has been a huge increase in artificial electrification, through power lines, communications networks and electrical appliances, and the result is electromagnetic stress. The body's energetic communication system is affected, leading to cellular fatigue. Short-term exposure to electromagnetic stressors is thought to cause symptoms such as fatigue, headaches and dizziness, with long-term exposure affecting the immune system and possibly leading to conditions such as cancer, heart disease and birth defects."
-Dr. Mark Atkinson, medical physician
Positive Health Magazine, January 2002
Damaging Radiation from Cell Phones
One by one, alarming signs appeared in Dr. Carlo's research: that cell phones interfere with pacemakers, that developing skulls of children are penetrated deeply by the energy emitted from a cell phone, that the blood brain barrier which prevents invasion of the brain by toxins can be compromised by cell phone radiation and most startlingly, that radio frequency radiation creates micronuclei in human blood cells, a type of genetic damage known to be a diagnostic marker for cancer.
Cell Phones: Invisible Hazards in the Wireless Age:
An Insider's Alarming Discoveries about Cancer and Genetic Damage.
George Carlo and Martin Schram, 2002
Immune System Breaks Down
Hans Selye, M.D., warned us some time ago that persons who experience continuing environmental stress will readjust their ongoing homeostasis to the stress response and experience recurring physiological problems as a result of our sympathetic neuro-hormonal system constantly being poised for the fight or flight reaction. If this continues, after a short time, the entire immune system begins to break down.
The Stress Concept: Past, Present and Future.
Hans Selye, In Stress Research, 1983
"Microwave Sickness," identified in 1971 by Zinaida Gordon and Maria Sadchikova of the USSR Institute of Labor Hygiene and Occupational Diseases. These are the comprehensive set of symptoms they called microwave sickness:
First signs are low blood pressure and slow pulse
- Later, the most common effects are chronic excitation of the sympathetic nervous system (stress syndrome) and high blood pressure. This phase also often includes headaches, dizziness, eye pain, sleeplessness, irritability, anxiety, stomach pain, nervous tension, inability to concentrate, hair loss, plus an increased incidence of appendicitis, cataracts, reproductive problems and cancer.
- The chronic symptoms are eventually succeeded by crises of adrenal exhaustion and ischemic heart disease (blockage of coronary arteries and heart attack).
Excess Cancer Among Children
"... the epidemiological study list compiled by the National Library of Medicine shows that 31 of the 40 childhood and occupational epidemiological studies conducted over the past 15 years and published in the peer-reviewed medical literature have found excess cancer either among children living in homes near high-voltage and high current power lines, or among workers exposed to power frequency electromagnetic fields on the job ..."
-From World Health Organization reprinted by Network News, 1995
"Electromagnetic pollution may be the most significant form of pollution human activity has produced in this century; all the more dangerous because it is invisible and insensible.
Spontaneous Healing: How to Discover and Embrace
Your Body's Natural Ability to Maintain and Heal Itself,
Andrew Weil, M.D., 1995
Long-term stress causes the body to break down. Initial symptoms of stress-related disorders include: digestive disorders, irritability, high blood pressure, headaches and dizziness. When the brain is under stress, it produces an excess of the hormone ACTH, which inhibits the manufacturing of white blood cells, so vital in fighting disease.
Prescription for Nutritional Healing,
James and Phyllis Balch, 1990
The curse of the mobile phone age: around your home there are countless gadgets whose electrical fields, scientists now warn, are linked to depression, miscarriage and cancer.
Invisible "smog", created by the electricity that powers our civilisation, is giving children cancer, causing miscarriages and suicides and making some people allergic to modern life, new scientific evidence reveals.
The evidence-which is being taken seriously by national and international bodies and authorities-suggests that almost everyone is being exposed to a new form of pollution with countless sources in daily use in every home.
Two official Department of Health reports on the smog are to be presented to ministers next month, and the Health Protection Agency (HPA) has recently held the first meeting of an expert group charged with developing advice to the public on the threat.
The UN's World Health Organisation (WHO) calls the electronic smog "one of the most common and fastest growing environmental influences" and stresses that it "takes seriously" concerns about the health effects. It adds that "everyone in the world" is exposed to it and that "levels will continue to increase as technology advances".
Wiring creates electrical fields, one component of the smog, even when nothing is turned on. And all electrical equipment-from TVs to toasters-give off another one, magnetic fields. The fields rapidly decrease with distance but appliances such as hair dryers and electric shavers, used close to the head, can give high exposures.
Electric blankets and clock radios near to beds produce even higher doses because people are exposed to them for many hours while sleeping. Radio frequency fields- yet another component-are emitted by microwave ovens, TV and radio transmitters, mobile phone masts and phones themselves, also used close to the head.
The WHO says that the smog could interfere with the tiny natural electrical currents that help to drive the human body. Nerves relay signals by transmitting electric impulses, for example, while the use of electrocardiograms testify to the electrical activity of the heart.
Campaigners have long been worried about exposure to fields from lines carried by electric pylons but, until recently, their concerns were dismissed, even ridiculed, by the authorities.
But last year a study by the official National Radiological Protection Board concluded that children living close to the lines are more likely to get leukemia, and ministers are considering whether to stop any more homes being built near them. The discovery is causing a large-scale reappraisal of the hazards of the smog.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer - part of the WHO and the leading international organization on the disease - classes the smog as a "possible human carcinogen". And Professor David Carpenter, dean of the School of Public Health at the State University of New York, told The Independent on Sunday last week that it was likely to cause up to 30 per cent of all childhood cancers. A report by the California Health Department concludes that it is also likely to cause adult leukemia, brain cancers and possibly breast cancer and could be responsible for a 10th of all miscarriages.
Professor Denis Henshaw, professor of human radiation effects at Bristol University, says that "a huge and substantive body of evidence indicates a range of adverse health effects". He estimates that the smog causes some 9,000 cases of depression.
Perhaps strangest of all, there is increasing evidence that the smog causes some people to become allergic to electricity, leading to nausea, pain, dizziness, depression and difficulties in sleeping and concentrating when they use electrical appliances or go near mobile phone masts. Some are so badly affected that they have to change their lifestyles.
While not yet certain how it is caused, both the WHO and the HPA accept that the condition exists, and the UN body estimates that up to three in every 100 people are affected by it.
Case History: 'I felt I was going into meltdown'
Until a year ago, Sarah Dacre reckoned she had a "blessed life". Running her own company, and living in an expensive north London home, the high-earning divorcee described herself as "fab, fit and 40s". Then suddenly the sight in her right eye failed: she first noticed it when she was unable to read an A-Z map. Soon she was getting pains and numbness in her joints. She could not sleep and spent nights "pacing about like a caged lion". Her short-term memory failed and if she took notes to remind her, she would forget she had made them.
The symptoms got worse whenever she was exposed to electricity. She could not use a computer for more than five minutes without becoming nauseous. Even using a telephone landline gave her a buzzing in the ear and made her feel she was "going into meltdown".
Geoffrey Lean, Environment Editor
07 May 2006, England, UK