Recent years have seen an explosion in technology geared to remote communication and data transfer. Most of us now own a ‘smart’ phone and whole host of wireless gadgets around the home. We take for granted that technology has made things faster and easier though wireless networks that link us to vast amounts of information, services and other users at the touch of a button wherever we are. Staying ‘connected’ sounds pretty good… well who could argue with that? But then how many of us actually know that our trendy and highly-esteemed gadgets also emit radiation in the same frequency range that food is cooked in a common microwave oven? However, despite statements by governments and international health organisations that the evidence for health effects are inconclusive, wireless technology is, at least in principle, governed by the same set of health concerns surrounding other dangerous sources of electromagnetic radiation, which have been shown for decades in studies to impact human beings adversely, even long before being universally and commercially exploited to ever expanding modalities for mobiles and remotely connecting to the internet.
Artificial-generated electromagnetic fields have diverse uses in our modern world: from TV and radio broadcasting, satellite communication, Wi-Fi internet and mobile phone networks and, at high, concentrations of power, for cooking food quickly. Any wire that carries alternating current (AC) also radiates an electromagnetic field, and EMFs also emanate from all electric-run household appliances. A basic domestic power supply, running at 50hz AC creates electromagnetic spectrum waves at a frequency of 50hz, from, say, a hair-dryer or television, where AC gets transformed to direct current (DC) to power them. Computers and mobile devices may emit a complex mixture of different types of higher frequencies of EMFs in the RF and microwave range according to how often their chips manipulate electrical voltages from high to low and back again at regular intervals, to process, send out and receive data.
Today, over a thousand studies have shown the numerous biological effects of EMFs, including effects on cells and hormones, suppression of immune function, and serious illnesses including several cancers, miscarriage, birth defects and Alzheimer’s disease. More common symptoms of EMFs are depression, brain fog, attention deficit disorder, chronic fatigue, sleeplessness, anxiety, nausea, headaches, dizziness, mental confusion, memory loss, itchy or burning skin sensations, and skin rashes. “If you’re a biological being who doesn’t possess supernatural powers, you are adversely affected by these fields.” (Courter Cathee, MacGill Peter. “The Effects of Electromagnetic Fields: What is Penetrating You?” http://www.weness.org/emfs/effects-electromagnetic-fields.html)
In a 1979 study, University of Coloradoepidemiologist, Nancy Wertheimer PhD, found that children living near ordinary low voltage residential power-lines had three times the rate of childhood cancer. In 2001, scientists with the US Washington State Department of Health reviewed historical data and reported the link between the modern rise of childhood leukaemia (absent in primitive cultures) and the original date of electrification of homes. A 1992 Swedish study found that the risk for leukaemia increased in children who lived within 50m (164 ft.) of a high voltage transmission line. The same group also found that adults with over 15 years exposure to power-line EMFs were twice as likely to develop acute or chronic myeloid leukaemia as were less exposed adults. Researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm (which hands out the Nobel Prize for medicine) found a precise, common, marked decline in the overall health of the population that coincided with the roll out of the new digital mobile phone communication networks that sprung up in 1997. A recent Swedish independent study found that those using a cell phone before the age of 20 were five times as likely to develop a brain tumour.
Think of your body as a solar panel that uses the photons’ energy from the sun to induce an electrical current. AC fields create weak electric currents in the bodies of people, plants and animals that cause unhealthy electrostatic voltages to build up. This disrupts delicate ionic gradients across cell walls and plays havoc with minute electrical impulses that cells use to regulate their own activity, communicate between themselves and send neural impulses between the brain and nervous system. Interference by low-level EMFs with very sensitive bio-electromagnetic processes sends our cells haywire and into a confused state, like an electric shock, but for our cells, and leads to functional paralysis. This can cause relevant sensitive information about our environment to be lost. For example, our pineal gland uses the daily changes of the earth’s natural magnetic field, to help regulate our wake/sleep cycle and artificial magnetic fields suppress the secretion of melatonin by the pineal in this capacity. Melatonin is needed for destroying free radicals for normal DNA synthesis and cell division, suppressing breast cancer and for its ability to enhance the immune system and increase the cytotoxicity of the immune system’s killer lymphocytes against cancer. Continuous EMF exposures by sleeping next to cordless phone base stations, digital clocks, or if we have faulty electrical wiring, can suppress night-time melatonin production which can cause a number of other cancers including prostate, melanoma and ovarian malignancies. Lowered melatonin has also been linked with psychological disorders such as depression and suicide. Also, interesting, is that in lab tests, human cancer cells exposed to high EMFs grew significantly faster than unexposed cancer cells which have lost all normal function and natural mechanisms of self-regulation as part of the body’s whole. In the 1960s, long before the advent of the cell phone, neuroscientist Allan Frey, testing microwave radiation on frogs and other lab animals, was able to trigger heart arrhythmias and even stop the hearts dead. Frey also discovered that microwaves pulsed at certain modulations could induce “leakage” in the blood-brain barrier that maintains the stability of brain’s environment for nerve cells to function properly.
EMFs, according to experimental physiologist Charles Graham, can be accurately defined as endocrine disruptors affecting other hormone pathways other than melatonin production. He found that magnetic fields increased oestrogen levels and reduced testosterone, a risk factor for testicular and prostate cancer. EMFs can also alters serotonin and dopamine levels that play a major role in moods, and increase the levels of adrenaline, the flight or fight hormone, released from the adrenal glands. According to Blake Levitt, author of, “Electrical Fields: A Consumer’s Guide to the Issues and how to Protect Ourselves”, “Prolonged chronic stress is detrimental to every anatomical system, including the reproductive one. Subliminal stress may effect fertility and elevate blood pressure, which can lead to heart disease and strokes, as well as suppress immune function…. even short EMF exposures, like the use of a cordless phone on and off throughout the day, could cause spikes in such hormone levels.” Asthma can even be caused by EMFs producing histamine in mast cells.
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