All electrical equipment, from house wiring to
cellular phones and computers, emits electromagnetic
radiation (EMR). There is growing public concern
about the health effects of EMR exposure and a wide
range of diseases. This list includes headaches,
depression, neurological damage, Alzheimer's and
Every day we are unknowingly exposed, in the workplace and at home, to harmful
levels of EMR which studies show
increase the risk of Cancer. In spite of this, Health Canada has not created
regulations against citizens being exposed to dangerous levels of EMR. To understand
why we are not protected against this form of radiation, one must comprehend
the relative omnipotence of the global Electrical Industry and it's supporting
ideology of corporatism.
Robert Becker, MD, in his book Cross Currents writes, "At
this time, the scientific evidence is absolutely
conclusive: 50-60-Hz magnetic fields cause human
cancer cells to permanently increase their rate of
growth by as much as 1,600 per cent and to develop
more malignant characteristics."
Electricity and electrical devices are every where;
cellular phones, refrigerators, automobiles, satellites,
tools, toys, and the largest most secretive EMR research
and development sector, electromagnetic military
weapons. The list is endless.
Together the manufacturers of these products represent the largest and most
powerful industry / interest group in the world- the Electrical Industry. These
huge corporations dominate and control : research,
scientists, government bureaucrats, politicians, the media and ultimately public
and Magnetic Fields at Extremely
Every time we use electricity at home and in the
workplace, we are exposed to
electric and magnetic fields (EMFs) at extremely
low frequencies (ELF).
There are concerns that daily exposure to these
EMFs may cause health problems. These concerns are
reflected in a number of media reports that have
attempted to link EMF exposure to a variety of health
issues, including childhood cancer.
Electricity plays a central role in modern society.
We use it to light our homes, prepare our food, run
computers, and operate other household appliances
such as TVs and radios. In Canada, appliances that
operate by plugging into a wall socket use electric
power which flows back and forth at a frequency of
60 cycles per second (60 hertz).
When we use electricity and electrical appliances,
we are exposed to electric
and magnetic fields (EMFs) at extremely low frequencies
(ELF). The term "extremely low" is used
to describe any frequency below 300 hertz. EMFs produced
by the transmission and use of electricity belong
to this category.
1988, Dr. David Savitz set out to disprove
the results of the earlier Denver study using
a different group of children. Instead ,
his findings were nearly identical with the
first study; indicating elevated risk for
all cancers among children living in homes
near power lines with magnetic fields at
or above 2
milligauss (mg). A milligauss is a unit
of measurement for EMR.
evidence that EMR promotes cancer was found
in the l993 Swedish Study by Maria Feychting
and Anders Ahlbom. This study clearly established
a dose/ response relationship. That is
the more EMR you are exposed to, the greater
your risk in developing cancer. This study
was conducted on everyone in Sweden under
the age of 16 years who lived within 300
meters of a power line between l960 and
Those children who lived furthest away from the power line and were
outside its radiation showed no increased risk of leukemia.
Those children who lived nearer the power line with an exposure of
2 milligauss were 2.7 times more likely to have leukemia.
Those who lived closer still to the power line in a 3 milligauss
field were 3.8 times as likely to develop leukemia.
Many other studies that show a relationship between EMR and cancer
are listed in 'THE EMF BOOK" by Mark Pinsky
findings indicate that children are especially
to EMR's health destroying effects.
and Magnetic Fields (EMFs)
Electric and magnetic fields are invisible forces that surround electrical
equipment, power cords, and wires that carry electricity, including outdoor
power lines. You can't see or feel EMFs.
Electric Fields: Formed whenever a wire is plugged
into an outlet - even when the appliance is not turned
on. The higher the voltage, the stronger the electric
Magnetic Fields: Formed when electric current is flowing within a device or
wire. The greater the current, the stronger the magnetic field.
These fields can occur separately, or together. For example, when you plug
the power cord for a lamp into a wall socket, it creates an electric field
along the cord. When you turn the lamp on, the flow of current through the
cord creates a magnetic field. Meanwhile, the electric field is still present.
The Strength of EMFs
Electric and magnetic fields are strongest when
close to their source. As you move further away from the source, the strength
of the fields fade rapidly. This means you are exposed to stronger electric
and magnetic fields when standing right beside a source - such as a lamp or
power cord - and you are exposed to weaker EMFs as you move away from the source.
What are electromagnetic
Electrical currents cause electromagnetic fields. Common household current
is alternating current (AC), which reverses its direction (its charge) then
switches back. One complete cycle per second is a hertz (Hz). For example,
if a hair dryer operates at 60 Hz, its current changes direction 60 times per
second. This cycle creates electric and magnetic fields at the same frequency.
The fields created by power lines that distribute power throughout the country
are power frequency fields.
|The US. Environmental
Protection Agency warns "there is reason
for concern" and advises "prudent
avoidance". Martin Halper, the EPA's Director
of Analysis and Support goes even further. "I
have never seen a set of epidemiological studies
that remotely approached the weight of evidence
that we're seeing with ELF [extremely low frequency]
electromagnetic fields. Clearly there is something
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Electrical fields, magnetic fields, and power frequency
fields can be high or low in intensity, continuous
or brief in duration. None of them linger in the
environment. The moment the power is turned off,
the fields and
induced currents disappear. At low frequencies, the
electric and magnetic fields are separable; at high
and super high frequencies, the fields are inseparable.
Electromagnetic fields are
divided into several categories:
appliances and power lines--extremely low frequencies (ELF)
AM radio transmission--high and low frequencies (HF and LF)
TVs and video display terminals--very low frequencies (VLF)
TV and FM radio transmissions--very high frequencies (VHF)
microwaves--super high frequencies (SHF)
The super high frequencies can affect molecules. When microwave energy passes
through something containing water, it causes the water molecules to vibrate
and produce heat. Infrared and the different frequencies of visible light (which
produce the different colors of the rainbow) occupy only a small portion of
the electromagnetic energy spectrum. EMFs at frequencies higher than the visual
light range are called ionizing radiation because they have enough energy to
strip electrons from atoms. X-rays, for example, have enough energy to break
apart molecules that contain genes. Excessive exposure to ionizing frequencies
can cause cancer.
|In a corporatist society
people rarely have a chance to hear the truth,
instead we are given a version of the facts
that is carefully tailored by those who control
Noam Chomsky called this "the manufacture of consent".
John Ralston Saul
claims that corporatism describes the organization of modern society better
than any other. He says: "Corporatism is the persistent rival school
of representative government. In place of the democratic idea of individual
citizens who vote, confer legitimacy and participate to the best of the
ability, individuals in the corporatist state are reduced to the role of
secondary participants". In short, groups have legitimacy, individuals
do not. The larger the group the more legitimacy.
How are humans exposed?
a single source of exposure is difficult because
humans may be exposed to a multitude of possible
sources. Electromagnetic fields are found naturally
in the environment, such as in lightning and in
the Earth's magnetic field, which causes a compass
needle to point north. The natural electromagnetic
fields in the human body allow messages to flow
through the nervous system.
Electric and magnetic fields are produced by distribution
or power lines, the electrical wires inside the walls
of homes, and a wide assortment of electrical appliances.
While electric fields do not pass through building
materials, magnetic field do. Magnetic
fields can also be found near buried electric
fields are commonly found around:
high voltage power lines
neighborhood transmission lines
grounding systems that protect residents from lightning
grounding systems that protect residents from electric shock that can result
from faulty appliances the operation of common electrical appliances, including
ovens, electric ranges, aquariums, table fans, electric space heaters
computer monitors, electric clocks, clock radios, heated waterbeds
electric blankets, hair dryers, cellular phones
Recently, video display terminals (VDTs) have been a source of concern because
many people are spending a significant amount of time close to them. Although
evidence suggests that continuous exposure to VDTs can aggravate some health
conditions, there is insufficient information linking EMFs directly to these
health conditions. As computers manufacturers build computers that use less
electricity more efficiently, lower EMFs are generated.
What can someone
In spite of the absence of valid evidence based on solid scientific research,
the effects of EMFs on the health of individuals and environments may still
be of concern to some people. Until research data suggests a need for more
extreme action, those who want to do something may wish to consider the following
Deceiving the public
is nothing new for Govt Health Orgs. They
have a long history of ignoring our health
In some countries
Govt Health Orgs refused for three decades
to classify asbestos as carcinogenic, they
shirked their responsibilities by not insisting
that the Red Cross perform proper blood
screening thus allowing thousands to be
infected by HIV; and Hepatitis C; contaminated
The nuclear weapons and power industry has lied about its safety for
years and Govt Health Orgs have done nothing. (One should not forget
that the electrical industry and the nuclear industry are almost one
and the same). It took decades of death and suffering before they implemented
regulations on tobacco use...
Govt Health Orgs
in many countries refuse to acknowledge
the gulf war syndrome as a disease even
though 2,000 Canadians, 2,400 British,
and 30,000 Americans have been afflicted
with the disease since the Gulf War.
Ironically, they may be the victims of electromagnetic biological weapons
used by the military.
Silicone breast implants, thalidomide, DDT, and dioxins all have caused
immeasurable suffering and the list keeps growing. The lack of regulations
to protect the public from these substances are not mistakes.
Stay away from the EMF sources. The strength of
a magnetic field drops quickly just a few feet from
the source. Do not sleep or sit for long periods
of time near electrical
devices, especially those with motors.
Stay a minimum of 18 inches away from a video display terminal (VDT). Turn
it off when not in use. Don't sit close to the back or sides of the monitor
even when it is in another room or behind a partition.
Where feasible, turn off or unplug waterbed heaters and electric blankets before
going to bed. Unplugging and turning these appliances off removes the electric
Stay several feet away from all sides of a television including TVs located
in another room against a wall.
Levels From Common Sources in
Safety Levels: .5 mG to 2.5 mG with
1.0mG as preferred standard.
Adverse biological effects have been found at 2.5mG
to 4 inches
mG average on 747
USA Environmental Protection Agency
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Don't place beds or cribs against wall with major appliances nearby or on the
other side of the wall.
Move electric clocks, clock radios, and telephone answering machines at least
4 feet away from the head of the bed.
Fluorescent bulbs generate stronger fields than incandescent lamps. Estimate
1 foot for incandescent bulbs and 3 feet for fluorescent lamps.
Avoid using electric blankets and hair blow dryers.
Check the background field in your home. You
can purchase an EM meter for $100 to $300
the Health Risk Association Contingency
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that
in 1997 health concerns about EMF cost the U.S. economy
approximately $1 billion yearly.
Just last year, a group assembled by the National
Institute of Environmental Health and Sciences (NIEHS)
-- after examining hundreds of studies -- indicated
that there was sufficient evidence to consider EMFs
a potential carcinogen to humans (though they claimed
the risk wasn't high).
At the 1998 EMF Research Review Meeting sponsored
by the Energy Department, two scientists indicated
that intermittent fields disturbed sleep quality.
They also pointed out that magnitude of a field is
less important than its intermittency nature or other
characteristics (such as power surges).
Some studies still continue to demonstrate links
between EMFs and health effects on individuals exposed
to frequent albeit low EMF radiation. A particular
Scandinavian study found a significant increase in
neurovegetative disorders in workers who spent eight-hour
days over one to five years in locations above high-end
tension cables and transformers.
In 1996, the National Academy of Sciences said
that "wire codes are associated with childhood
cancer" but that it was unknown what caused
it. They contended that EMFs seemed capable of modifying
|EMR CANCER STUDIES OF
WORKERS: Compelling Evidence
A 1988 study by Preston-Martin and Peters found that electric welders developed
leukemia 25 TIMES more often than non-welders. *
In a l991 study by PA Demers, published in the, American Journal of Epidemiology,
electrical workers were found to be 6 times as likely to develop breast
cancer as thegeneral population.*
A John Hopkins University study found that the incidence of leukemia among
telephone cable workers was 7 times greater than among other telephone
Many other studies of electrical workers with increased cancer rates are
THE EMF BOOK, by Mark Pinsky.
EMF Exposure Plots of Worker
|Measurements in milligrams (mG)
|The sewing machine
operator worked all day, took a 1-hour lunch
break at 11:15 am, and took 10-minute breaks
at 8:55 am and 2:55 pm.
||The mechanic repaired
a compressor at 9:45 am and 11:10 am
|The electrician repaired
a large air-conditioning motor at 9:10 am and
||The government worker
was at the copy machine at 8:00 am, at the computer
from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm and also from 2:30 pm
to 4:30 pm.
Epidemiological information from occupational and
residential exposure studies have revealed a "moderate" risk
of cancer in kids and adults exposed to strong magnetic
fields. Approximately 98 percent of homes across
the nation have magnetic fields averaging in strength
from 0.5 to 0.9 mG. The federally allowed limit in
workplaces is 1,000-mG.
Researchers at the University of North Carolina
found that electric utility workers who experienced
high exposure to EMFs were more than two times likely
to get brain cancer as compared to those with lower
In 1997, researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National
Laboratory in California discovered that EMFs muck
with biological influences. They can inhibit natural
and synthetic drug functioning. Particularly, they
found that EMFs can curb the capability of melatonin
(a hormone created by the brain during darkness periods)
and tamoxifen (a hormone-emulating drug used to prevent
breast cancer recurrence) to stop the growth of cancer
As for other biological influences also due to
EMFs, an international team reported that EMFs with
a 60-hertz frequency and one gauss in strength initiate
a ripple of enzyme-driven cell-signaling events that
are fabricated by tumor-promoting genes.
In the last few years, some studies have focused
on the potential role of EMFS as promoters or catalysts
of carcinogenicity rather than a direct cause agent.
And while some studies that looked at liver and skin
tumors were generally negative, others that investigated
breast tumors found a number of "suggestive" outcomes.
Coincidentally, researchers at Bristol University
demonstrated that the electric element of EMFs attracts
and concentrates airborne pollutant aerosols, which
is indicative of the attraction and concentration
of bacteria and viruses. By being able to attract
established and suspect carcinogen carriers, they
attributed EMFs with a causal link to cancer occurrences.
|In spite of the electrical
industry's obvious bias , their scientists
still have released study after study linking
EMR and cancer. However, the industry has a
remarkable ability to discredit their own research.
Even though the best scientific methodology
available is used public relations people have
gone to work to cast doubt on the results.
Their job is to baffle and confuse the public by pointing out all the supposed
flaws in their own studies until the public does not know what to think.
They know that as long as the public does not have clear and accurate information
on the hazards of EMR, we will not be able to make knowledgeable decisions
as to what is safe.
There is another
level of understanding this strategy of
publishing damning evidence and then discrediting
the study. It creates confusion and a quiet
desperation in the public, while maintaining
the illusion that the electrical industry
is doing something, and they care about
our health. Meanwhile, they are injecting
a key element into their information control
strategy; fear of the unknown and specifically
fear of cancer. Corporations spend
millions of dollars studying human behavior and they know that fear is
a powerful ingredient in controlling public behavior.
When people are fearful, they tend to feel powerless and give up responsibility
for their own health and safety to those in authority;
in this case to the very people who are harming them.
fields can diminish drug action
by J. Raloff
The low-level electromagnetic fields present in
some North American homes
today can diminish or wipe out a widely prescribed drug's action, at least
in test tubes. Researchers have found that when exposed to such fields, the
drug tamoxifen lost its ability to halt the proliferation of cancer cells
grown in the laboratory. Tamoxifen is a synthetic hormone used to prevent
the recurrence of breast cancer. MORE
While our health authorities procrastinate on making
meaningful regulations, there
are many things we can do to protect ourselves . we can TEST our
homes and workplaces
for EM Radiation and have wiring errors repaired . We can practice Prudent
of EMR as advocated by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation and the
States Environmental Protection Agency. This basically involves identifying
of EMR around us and developing strategies to
eliminate or avoid them. We can contact
our Members of Parliament and demand that they put pressure on Health Canada
regulations. We can ensure that our children's schools purchase computer equipment
emit EMR below the level that has been shown to promote cancer. We can organize
communities to resist any efforts to place microwave cellular phone towers
near us and
our children. Above all, we have to educate ourselves to understand the health
threats of EMR.\
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A recent headline from the Associated
" BE CAREFUL ABOUT CELL PHONES", The essence of the article states
that the British government issued safety precautions amid safety worries in
the use of cellular phones. This is primarily true of children under the age
of 16. Evidence exists that using a cell phone may be a health risk.
Syracuse Herald Journal Sunday
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