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at EMF Radiation Dangers

Emissions from wireless equipment, microwaves and dirty electricity may be making you sick right now. Like thieves in the night, EMF's drain away your life force, and experts say the longer you wait to take remedial steps, the worse things will get.

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August 10, 2018 -- While cell phones and WiFi may seem indispensable to our lives, there's only so much EMF radiation a body can absorb before it starts to die. EMF is short for "electromagnetic field", a cloud of energy hovering around every wireless and electric device emitting current or voltage. These invisible fields may not have the same bite as a nuclear meltdown, but in due time the end result is the same. In fact, cases of EMF radiation sickness and deaths have been piling up for more than seventy years.

Because radiation attacks at the cellular level, its symptoms affect every system in the body. There's even a new illness associated with electromagnetic fields called Electro Hypersensitivity Syndrome (EHS). Graphic: Dr. Erica Blythe

As electronics manufacturers churn out products emitting ever more powerful wireless energy at staggering frequencies, thousands of research studies have shown the link between EMF's (both wireless and wired) and neurodegenerative diseases, leukemia and brain tumors. Newer studies link other cancers to EMF exposure as well. In addition, British EMF expert Dr. Erica Mallery-Blythe, warns that the incidence of sterility in the developed world may soon spike because so many of us either place wireless devices in our laps - near where the testicles or ovaries are located - or work on desktops more or less level with these same organs. Carrying mobile phones in our pockets can also impair sperm motility or (in due time) render unusable the finite number of eggs stored in the ovaries.

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In the image up top, iron filings near a magnet fall in line in the familiar pattern. Below, an experiment assessing the force exerted by EMF fields on the body shows how our iron-rich blood cells chain together like the filings. Graphics: Wikicommons, Dr. Magda Havas

While the World Health Organization and U.S. Centers for Disease Control still classify EMF radiation as only a Class B "Possible" Carcinogen, a collaboration EMF scientists and researchers known as the Bioinitiative Working Group (BWG) believes that chronic exposure to radiofrequency (RF) EMF's is destroying the seventy trillion human cells that make up each one of us. According to their report issued in 2012:

    "There is suggestive to strongly suggestive evidence that RF exposures may cause changes in cell membrane function, cell communication, cell metabolism, activation of proto-oncogenes and can trigger the production of stress proteins at exposure levels below current regulatory limits. Resulting effects can include DNA breaks and chromosome aberrations, cell death including death of brain neurons, increased free radical production, activation of the endogenous opioid system, cell stress and premature aging, changes in brain function including memory loss, retarded learning, slower motor function and other performance impairment in children, headaches and fatigue, sleep disorders, neurodegenerative conditions, reduction in melatonin secretion and cancers."

Along with the BWG, numerous other researchers have found that strong magnetic fields, such as those generated by dimmer switches, appliance motors and high voltage lines, can trigger leukemia. In her 2010 book Zapped, Ann Louise Gittleman recounts some of that research, along with stories from people who became severely ill at the hands of "dirty electricity". This little-known EMF source can get you in a variety of ways, including:

  • voltage transients flowing through utility electricity
  • faulty wiring and aging circuits
  • stray currents running along copper pipes, sometimes into sinks
  • electrical transformers, whether mounted on utility poles or humming inside solar inverters and appliances large and small
  • fluorescent light fixtures

"By some estimates," Gittleman writes, "we're exposed daily to as much as one hundred million times more electromagnetic radiation than our grandparents were."

While hard-wired electricity generates stationary electromagnetic fields, wireless technology uses radio waves that travel for a distance to transmit their signals at high frequencies. So even if you never use any wireless devices yourself, you're likely getting pummeled by RF microwaves anyway. Most mobile phones currently transmit and receive RF waves at 2.4 gigahertz. That's the same frequency microwave ovens cook at, and they're surrounded by a shielded casing! In addition, a 2007 study by researchers Cindy Sage and Olle Johansson, M.D. made the surprising revelation that the email, text messaging, internet use and display functions of PDA's (now called Smart phones) were taking place at extremely low frequencies (ELF) under 30 hertz. This causes the phone's battery to emit enormous magnetic fields up to a thousand times greater than the safe exposure limit recommended by the BWG.

Some of the ways we experience the effects of EMF radiation from the new Smart utility meters, not to mention the many other wireless devices we have tucked inside and outside our homes. Graphic: EMFSafetyNetwork.org

EMF's are different from nuclear and X-ray radiation in that they are a non-ionizing form of radiation, just like ultraviolet radiation. As in the case of melanoma and other skin cancers triggered by exposure to harmful UV rays, it can take a long time for a life-threatening EMF-caused disease to manifest. Besides that, each person has a different degree of susceptibility, depending on their state of health, nutritional intake and restorative activities (if any). One telltale sign of over-exposure to radiofrequency radiation (RFR) is ringing in the ears, also known as tinnitus. Another is a sudden intense headache that starts during or right after a cell phone call. In either scenario, you should immediately distance yourself from all wireless devices and antennas, then visit your doctor.

Age is also a key factor in the onset of EMF-related illness. Children are much more vulnerable than adults because of their smaller skulls, softer tissue and bones, and undeveloped immune systems. In addition, cell replication takes place at a much faster rate when we're young, so that dysfunctional cell behavior caused by EMF exposure can more quickly spawn cancer and other diseases. For that reason, if you're under 18 or pregnant, reducing your exposures to both wireless and hard-wired EMF's is not something to put off until tomorrow.

The extent of EMF radiation penetrating a human head during a cell phone call depends on skull thickness and head size. The "absorption rate" is a standard measure of heat, technically referred to as SAR (Specific Absorption Rate). On most phones, you'll find an "RF disclosure" about SAR included with the software, tucked under the heading of "legal" or "regulatory". The units expressed here, incidentally, are watts per kilogram. Graphic: IEEE

Research also now suggests a possible link between EMF exposure and miscarriages, birth defects, autism in babies, neurological dysfunction in children, asthma and other health problems. Ironically, educational institutions and hospitals are among the worst offenders when it comes to generating EMF emissions. Maternity wards routinely attach wireless monitors to newborns, while primary schools boast of "going completely wireless". Many schools even host cell phone towers on their property to generate extra income for their districts.

Such hair-brained enterprises may be attributed to the fact that safety standards for the wireless industry haven't been updated since the 1990's. Moreover, those original standards all focused on thermal reactions caused by EMF radiation (i.e. the SAR heat metric), which is just one of many mechanisms of harm caused by EMF's. Consequently, if a product doesn't actually heat up human tissue like a microwave oven over a set period of time, then it's considered safe. However, in response to numerous studies linking mobile phone use to brain tumors, the CDC did finally issue guidelines in 2014, modestly advising caution and suggesting that kids' access to cell phones be limited. However, those recommendations were withdrawn a year later, according to the New York Times.

New Sources of EMF Radiation on Tap

Besides the spreading forest of cell towers erected across the civilized world, soon every house and apartment will be monitored by a Smart meter. Smart meters eliminate the need for conventional utility meters and the people who stop by each month to read those five dials. Unfortunately, the new high-tech meters emit strong RF pulses several thousand times daily, creating bursts of radiofrequency EMF fields harmful to human health. The Smart meter is also known to interfere with the normal 60 hertz electricity flowing into homes and has caused more than a few house fires.

As for transmitting utility usage info, in a typical set-up, each Smart meter sends its data on a relay race via the meters attached to neighboring houses along a street. At the last house in the chain, the combined data is transmitted to a wireless router mounted on a utility pole in the neighborhood. The router then transmits the info (perhaps through a series of other routers) to a data center managed by the utility company. This translates to huge sums of EMF radiation propagating through residential neighborhoods 24/7/365.

But it gets worse. On the heels of the Smart meter rollout, many homes are now being outfitted with dozens of other devices as part of a government-corporate joint venture known as the Internet of Things. This is part of the new national Smart Grid, a multi-billion dollar project approved during the Obama Administration.

The new Smart Home, furnished with all sorts of Smart appliances, will be transmitting data to the new Smart Grid. Besides the gadgets featured here are wireless security systems, remote-triggered light switches and thermostats, and naturally the home's computing electronics, phones, televisions and stereos. Graphic: Pew Intl.

According to the Department of Energy, the stated mission of the Smart Grid is to increase energy efficiency and integrate alternative energy sources (solar, wind, etc.) into a long neglected, nationwide electrical infrastructure. While this sounds like a good idea, in reality the actual grid is not being renovated or updated at all by this project. And instead of lowering consumer bills, the charges are going up, according to customers who've had Smart meters installed.

Opponents of Smart meters also point out that utility data collection facilities will be selling the customer data they collect to private data mining companies. That's because the new Internet of Things includes lots of sensors and monitors packed into all your Smart appliances and devices, collecting all kinds of information. Besides scanning for light, motion, temperature and your voice, the sensors can read the optical scan codes on your grocery products, and apparently even the biomedical characteristics of your body. Interestingly, the Department of Homeland Security and Intelligence Community will have access to the data as well. It's expected that DHS will one day spy on people in their homes.

According to a DOE press release, "A smart meter is a good example of an enabling Smart Grid technology that can empower both utilities and consumers to extract value from two-way communications and real-time access to usage data." To do this, the Smart Grid will also carry broadband radio communication by coupling RF waves onto the utility power line. In other words, the signal is piggy-backed onto the 60-hertz AC electricity delivered to your home.

For more detailed information about the surveillance possibilities, as well as health and many other concerns associated with Smart Meters, please watch the PowerPoint presentation given by Brian Thiesen of the consumer awareness group CST Canada. (You can view it on the Watch Videos page.)

Scientists and Physicians Speak Out, Designate an EMF-Specific Illness

Perhaps not surprisingly, concerned physicians and EMF researchers from over 40 countries filed a petition with the United Nations in 2015 calling for emergency action to address the proliferation of EMF emissions worldwide. The petition asks for public health officials to:

  • update electronic product safety standards,
  • rewrite national electrical codes,
  • inform the public of the health risks, and
  • legislate stringent guidelines for more vulnerable children and pregnant women
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) responded to the petition by setting up a commission to study the problem. Unfortunately, the agency's website continues to claim that direct cause and effect links between EMF exposure and debilitating illness have yet to be established. To fill the void, many consumer groups have sprung up since then to get the word out online and at community meetings.

    While most doctors and medical clinics still continue to dismiss EMF radiation symptoms as the product of psychological problems, new protocols and initiatives have begun to percolate within medical circles. In the past decade, for example, a disease associated with wireless microwaves, coined Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Syndrome (EHS), is now being widely reported throughout the United States, Western Europe and Australia. People afflicted with EHS are unable to live within range of any cell tower, forcing them to quit jobs and move out of their homes. This has earned them the designation of "wireless refugees".

    In a handful of European countries (especially Sweden and Switzerland), EHS victims can now receive disability benefits. However, due to the ignorance of governments, school administrators and health care personnel, along with the absence of EHS victim support networks, some sufferers have committed suicide.

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