Whether living near power lines is dangerous or not is still a debatable question. There appears to be conflicting evidence about the issue.
Like with all questions about electromagnetic fields (EMFs) and wireless radiation, you can find experts making adamant claims on both sides of the question.
But the important thing is that there exists plentiful evidence that does clearly correlate EMF exposure with numerous symptoms and serious diseases—and exposure from living near power lines is no exception. Many independent, peer-reviewed studies have linked power lines with several different diseases, including cancer.
Research on Living near Power Lines
In 2007, R.M. Lowenthal in Hobart, Australia, conducted a research study published in the “Internal Medicine Journal” focusing on the incidence of cancer and exposure to high power lines. The study established a link between its survey group of 850 Australians and adult onset of lymphatic and bone marrow cancers. Results showed that the risk of developing cancer increased by 106% for people who lived within 50 meters of a power line, as compared to those who lived 300 meters away.
Childhood Leukemia has been even more thoroughly studied in regard to power lines. In 1979, a study published in the “American Journal of Epidemiology” by Wertheimer and Leeper of the University of Colorado Medical Center reported a direct link between electromagnetic field exposure from power lines and childhood leukemia.
Examining the relationship between the incidence of leukemia in children and living near power lines at various distances, they found that there was a higher incidence of leukemia in children who lived closest to power lines. The findings made headlines and spawned dozens of further studies over the years seeking to replicate the results.
For example, in 2005, the British Medical Journal published a study conducted by Dr. Gerald Draper, et al, which found that children who lived within 200 meters of a high voltage power line at birth were 70% more likely to develop childhood leukemia than those living more than 600 meters away.
Two more studies were published in 2010 linking childhood leukemia with living near high voltage power lines: The first involved 600 children and emphasized that “living close to high voltage power lines is a risk for ALL.” The second was a pooled analysis of seven studies with a total of 10,865 cases and 12,853 controls with similar conclusions.
Alzheimer’s Disease and Senile Dementia
A study in 2008, conducted by Dr. Anke Huss, et al correlated power lines and the risk of death due to neurodegenerative diseases. It was found that there was a dose-response relation between living by power lines and the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and also senile dementia.
Another study by M. Fechting, et al supported the hypothesis that EMF exposure increases the risk of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, and suggests that magnetic field exposure may represent a late-acting influence in the disease process.
In 2001, Dr. De-Kun Li, leading a team at Kaiser Permanente’s research division in Oakland, CA conducted an epidemiological study which found an up to six-fold increased risk of miscarriage among women living by power lines. Later, in 2002, Newsgroup Newspapers reported on a study in which it was found that 1 woman in 7 living within 25 meters of a power line suffered from miscarriage; whereas, those living further than 25 meters only suffered 1 in 29.
Depression, Anxiety and Sleep Disorders
The Pacific Northwest Laboratory in Washington published a study in 1988 that found that EMFs from power lines disrupted circadian rhythm cycles and altered serotonin and melatonin neurotransmitter levels—all of which cause sleep disorders and difficulty in regulating emotions, such as depression and anxiety.
So do you have to wait till someone in your family is diagnosed with one of these diseases to see if you’ve been affected by power lines near your home? No, there are symptoms that people often feel earlier on, such as:
- sleep disorders
- digestive disorders
If someone in your family has been experiencing symptoms since you’ve lived near power lines, you might want to consider the lines as a possible cause—or at least a contributing one.
It’s Not Necessary to Move
The good news is it’s not necessary to move. You can get EMF protection and prevent symptoms and diseases caused by living near power lines. The EarthCalm Home EMF Protection System will protect your whole family throughout your entire home.
Are Cordless Phones any Safer than Cell Phones?
If you think you’re avoiding the dangers of cell phone radiation by using your cordless phone—you may want to think again. According to research, cordless phones are just as dangerous, if not more so, than cell phones.
Dangers of Cordless Phone Radiation
A few years back, cordless phones were mainly analog type phones. Those weren’t much to worry about.
But most cordless phones sold these days are DECT phones (Digital Electronic Cordless Telephones). And these phones broadcast microwave radiation 24 hours/day at an extremely high power. They send a sharp rise of continuous electromagnetic energy broadcasting throughout your home, even when your phone is not in use.
Cell Phones vs Cordless Phones
Unlike cell phones, DECT cordless phones work at a fixed power. Cell phones turn their power down to the lowest level possible when near a cell tower. But DECT phones continue to generate a high level of radiation constantly no matter where a cell tower may be, so their pulses are far more aggressive than those of mobiles.
In addition, cordless phones can be more dangerous than cell phones because of the frequency of the pulse. DECT pulses at 100 Hz, while a mobile phone generally pulses at 217Hz—and the lower the pulsing frequency, the stronger the biological dangers.
Sleep Problems due to Cordless Phone Radiation
One of the most important health effects that’s caused by having a cordless phone in your home—especially in your bedroom near your bed—is sleep disturbance and insomnia. The pulse of a DECT phone is in the high alpha range of brain waves. This forces your brain waves to “entrain” to or match that pattern.
This is disturbing enough during the day, when your brain does its best work when you’re wide awake, in beta. But trying to get deep sleep while in the high alpha range is next to impossible. To get truly restorative sleep, your brain needs to access the slow delta range. This is the range in which your body heals and detoxifies itself.
Other Health Effects
Not only do the pulsed waves of a DECT phone prevent you from getting restorative deep sleep, they also disturb many other body rhythms, such as:
- Heart rate variability
- breathing patterns
- bowel movements
- 24-hour meridian activity
The DECT pulsed waves also block the blood-brain barrier, allowing circulating toxins to enter into your brain. In addition, they affect endothelial cells in the gut mucosa, disrupting the gut barrier. This, in turn, can cause leaky gut syndrome, leading to food and environmental allergies.
Research on Cordless Phone Radiation
Recently an updated version of the BioInitiative Report was released, documenting that cordless phones are just as dangerous as cell phones when it comes to brain tumors and acoustic neuromas.
An important research team led by Professor Kjell Mild, a Swedish biophysicist, has produced a number of leading papers on cell phone health effects. An early study linked brain tumors to the use of analogue mobile phones. Newer research repeated the test and also looked at digital mobiles and DECT cordless phones. The results showed that all three types of phones were linked to increased tumor rates.
The extra tumors only start to show up after about five years’ use, but there is increasing dose-related-response with minutes of use per month and number of years of use. Mild discussed the results of his studies at an international conference chaired by Alasdair Philips of Powerwatch.
German Medical Doctors are Concerned
Over 1000 medical doctors in Germany have endorsed the Freiburger Appeal, which indicates that people’s exposure to electromagnetic fields (mainly mobile/DECT) is triggering widespread illness.
Out of great concern for the health of our fellow human beings do we—as established physicians of all fields, especially that of environmental medicine—turn to the medical establishment and those in public health and political domains, as well as to the public. We have observed, in recent years, a dramatic rise in severe and chronic diseases among our patients, especially:
- Learning, concentration, and behavioural disorders (e.g. attention deficit disorder)
- Extreme fluctuations in blood pressure, ever harder to influence with medications
- Heart rhythm disorders
- Heart attacks and strokes among an increasingly younger population
- Brain-degenerative diseases (e.g. Alzheimer’s) and epilepsy
- Cancerous afflictions: leukemia, brain tumors
Moreover, we have observed an ever-increasing occurrence of various disorders, often misdiagnosed in patients as psychosomatic:
- Headaches, migraines
- Chronic exhaustion
- Inner agitation
- Sleeplessness, daytime sleepiness
- Susceptibility to infection
- Nervous and connective tissue pains
Since the living environment and lifestyles of our patients are familiar to us, we can see—especially after carefully-directed inquiry—a clear temporal and spatial correlation between the appearance of disease and exposure to pulsed high-frequency microwave radiation (HFMR), such as:
- Installation of a mobile telephone sending station in the near vicinity
- Intensive mobile telephone use
- Installation of a digital cordless (DECT) telephone at home or in the neighbourhood
Cordless Phone Radiation Protection
So what are we to do now—not only have serious health effects been correlated with cell phone radiation, but also with cordless phone radiation as well. Of course, we can go back to wired phones—but who in today’s world can realistically do that?
The other option, fortunately, is really easy: get radiation protection for your cordless phone (and also your cell phone, while you’re at it). EarthCalm has provided EMF protection from all sources of electromagnetic fields, including phones for many years.
One Quantum Cell will protect you from all handsets of your cordless phone; you simply stick it on the base station, and all phones are protected. Check EarthCalm’s research done on the Quantum Cell and protect yourself today!
In 2007, a large group of international scientists published a comprehensive report entitled the BioInitiative Report, citing numerous scientific studies that had been conducted showing the health dangers of electromagnetic radiation exposure. Now an updated version of the BioInitiative Report has been published.
Consisting of 29 independent scientists and health experts from 10 different countries, the BioInitiative Working Group 2012 assessed over 1800 new scientific studies involving power lines, cell and cordless phones, cell towers, smart meters WiFi, laptops, routers, baby monitors and electrical wiring and appliances.
They concluded that evidence for risks to health from electromagnetic radiation has substantially increased since 2007, and that we have far more evidence than necessary to require us to immediately take more precautionary action to protect ourselves and our children.
Of special concern is the fact that the level of daily EMF exposure has become more intensive than ever. There is much greater involuntary exposure now, and it is nearly unavoidable—even for those who choose not to go wireless. Cell phone users, parents-to-be, young children and pregnant women are at particular risk.
Health Issues Linked to EMF Exposure
There is more evidence in this updated report that electromagnetic radiation damages DNA, interferes with DNA repair, and creates greater toxicity in the genes. It also cites studies showing pathological leakage of the blood-brain barrier and altered immune function. Effects on memory and sleep disruptions (especially around WiFi and cell towers) are further noted.
There are also a dozen new studies linking cell phones on standby carried on a belt or in a pocket of men and wireless laptops to sperm damage: quality, motility & death, all affecting fertility and reproduction.
Perhaps even more alarming is the evidence of increased incidence of child & adult brain tumor risks, especially glioma (a malignant brain tumor), that is linked to electromagnetic radiation. Also increased is the incidence of acoustic neuroma with the use of mobile & cordless phones. EMF exposure has been further correlated with other cancers, such as child and adult leukemia and breast cancer in both men and women.
The report also cites studies showing a link between electromagnetic radiation and neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer’s & ALS, miscarriage and a number of cardiovascular effects.
Children and EMFs
The report indicates that EMFs can plausibly increase autism risk and symptoms. Co-author Martha Herbert, MD states:
“While we aggressively investigate the links between autism disorders and wireless technologies, we should minimize wireless and EMF exposures for people with autism disorders, children of all ages, people planning a baby, and during pregnancy.”
Studies have further found that wireless devices such as phones and laptops used by pregnant women may alter the brain development of the fetus. The correlation between wireless technology and the conditions of hyperactivity, learning difficulties, and behavior problems has been seen in both animal and human studies.
The authors of the new BioInitiative Report believe that with this new evidence, new safety standards are now urgently needed for protection against electromagnetic radiation. One co-author, Lennart Hardell MD at Orebro University, Sweden, states:
“Epidemiological evidence shows that radiofrequency should be classified as a human carcinogen. The existing FCC/IEE and ICNIRP public safety limits and reference levels are not adequate to protect public health.”
Read the full BioInitiative Report 2012.
On September 1, 2012, the Indian Government officially set into motion rigorous regulations regarding the dangers of electromagnetic exposure to public health. The government is now regulating radiation emissions from both cell towers and cell phone handsets.
Setting an important example with these new regulations, India joins a select handful of countries in the world that have put stringent standards on the telecom industry. Standards are approximately ten times stronger than those of many other countries.
The new regulations are based on recommendations of the Inter-Ministerial Committee, consisting of the Department of Telecom, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Environment and Forests, the Dept of Biotechnology and the Indian Council of Medical Research. They were produced after a careful study by all these agencies of studies on health hazards from mobile towers and on the effects of electromagnetic exposure from cell phones.
New Standards Addressing Health Hazards from Mobile Towers
The exposure limit has been lowered to one-tenth of the level it had been. Audits on service providers will take place on a random basis (and in all cases in which there is a public complaint). Furthermore, the test procedure of measurement of electromagnetic fields has been revised to create more realistic and accurate records. And there is now a hefty fine for non-compliance of the new standards.
New Standards for Cell Phone Manufacturers
Also addressing the health risks of electromagnetic exposure from cell phones, the regulations have set a lower limit on the specific absorption rate (SAR) on all cell phones manufactured in or imported into India. The SAR must be displayed on all handsets and the information is to be made available to all consumers at the point of sale.
In addition, every cell phone handset booklet must contain safety precautions, and all handsets must be available in hand-free mode. Manufacturers of current models are given one year to comply with the new regulations.
There are numerous other countries in the world, especially in the first-world, that are steeped even more deeply in electromagnetic exposure than India is. Hopefully, they will take notice and follow India’s lead in taking seriously the health hazards from mobile towers and cell phones—and doing something about them.
So when I began hearing about the decline of bee populations in the world, I found it kind of an interesting phenomenon to contemplate, along with all the other strange changes that seem to be happening in our natural world. But not something to really be concerned about.
Until someone pointed out the obvious to me: that bees are totally essential to the growing of food on this planet—that at least 75% of what we eat is dependent on bee pollination. That got my attention.
Decline of Bee Populations
I began researching it and found that in the last decade, the honey bee population world-wide has taken a huge dive—billions of bees have died for unknown reasons. And what’s known as colony collapse disorder (CCD) has been happening at an unprecedented rate.
Unusually high rates of CCD were first noted in the US about ten years ago. Then reports from Europe began coming in. Soon it was from many different countries, with India now reporting with more and more urgency about its high occurrence, especially in certain Indian states.
Scientists have pondered the different possible reasons for the decline of the bee populations: pests and predators, diseases, climate change, pesticides. Most concur that the current pests and predators of bees have been around for centuries; nothing new there. And diseases—same thing.
Climate change may have something to do with it, but they’re not clear exactly what. And pesticides—well, good news to some—the use of these has actually decreased in the last few years, presumably due to the rise of organic farming in many countries.
Bees and Cell Phones
So where does this leave us? For an increasing number of scientists researching the decline of bee populations, it’s led to the possible link with the dramatic explosion of cell phone usage that has also happened in the last decade. And the thousands of cell towers that have been erected not only in our cities, but in outlying farmland and forests, as well.
The bees and cell phone theory caught on quickly, once posed. Partly because it was noted that the steepest declines in bee population had been reported in the US and Europe, where cell phone use has been greater than other parts of the world. And partly because, during this last decade, an overwhelming amount of research has surfaced pointing to the link between cell phone radiation and diseases such as cancer.
In general, the research in several different countries finds that the proximity to a hive of either a cell phone or a cell tower causes the hive to lose most of its worker bees–and in many cases, to collapse, sometimes within a surprisingly short period of time.
Different kinds of tests have been conducted. French biologists actually attached tiny microchips to the bees to track their daily behavior patterns in an effort to see what’s killing them. Researchers at both the Panjab University in Chandigarh, India, and at the Landau University in Switzerland fitted cell phones to the beehive and activated them intermittently to see what would happen. All have seen a direct link between the cell phones and the decline of the bee population.
Loss of Navigation Skills
What is it that actually happens to the bees when their hive is near a cell phone or cell tower? Sainuddereen Pattazhy, researcher and dean in the department of Zoology at SN College, Punahur, explains:
“The navigation skill of the worker bees is dependent on the earth’s magnetic properties. The electromagnetic waves emitted by the mobile phones and relay towers interfere with the earth’s magnetism, resulting in the loss of the navigation capacity of the bee. Then it fails to come back.”
When the worker bees become disoriented and fail to find their way back to their hive, then the queen, the eggs, and the immature bees are left to die. No one seems to know exactly what ends up happening to all the disoriented worker bees.
Although he does add:
“Also the radiation causes damage to the nervous system of the bee and it becomes unable to fly.”
What’s interesting is they also find with the hives they’ve put near cell phones, that parasites, wildlife and other bees that normally raid the hive and pollen left behind when a colony dies, refuse to go anywhere near the abandoned hives.”
Increase in “Worker Piping”
Daniel Favre, of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, a researcher who’s conducted over 83 experiments with cell phones and bees, has found that there is also a dramatic increase in noise or what is called “worker piping” when the phones are in use. This piping is always a signal to indicate disturbance in the hive and is a warning for the bees to leave the hive.
Cell Towers and Bees
If cell phones can have this kind of dramatic impact on a hive, then cell towers must create a much greater one. A graphic example can be found in anecdotal form with a columnist, Barbara Hughes, who was visiting a Benedictine abbey near the mission in San Luis Rey in CA. She writes:
“One of the monks who has been a bee keeper at the abbey for 40 years explained how, until numerous cell phone towers were constructed on the back of their property, he had been collecting 100 gallons of honey a week.
“But as the use of cell phones expanded, all of his bees died within a few weeks, until he discovered a small area near the base of a hill where he could not get service. Once he moved his hives to that that particular area, the bees once again began to thrive and reproduce.”
What would happen if honey bees become extinct?
If the decline of the bee population continues as it has, we may eventually end up with a global food crisis of unthinkable proportions. So far, the erection of cell towers has few restrictions. And the usage of cell phones continues to explode. What will it take for people to finally link cell phones and bees—and see the danger we all face?
Laptop radiation dangers may be greater than you realize.
If you use your computer for many hours a day, this may be the greatest source of electromagnetic radiation danger you’re exposing yourself to, even with all the other sources of radiation in the environment today.
But if your computer is a laptop, you’re facing even more complex dangers. Especially if you use it on your lap.
Ironically, laptops are not safe on laptops.
Although the results of studies about radiation danger from computers are controversial, there is abundant research concluding that laptops are particularly dangerous, especially when used on the lap.
If you look in the small print of your laptop user’s manual, you will probably find wording something to this effect: “Warning: Do not place on lap.” If a user’s manual actually indicates a warning like this, you know this is something you need to pay attention to. And if you research the subject, you’ll find that the FCC report regarding safety from EMFs back in 1996 states that a laptop needs to be placed at least 20 cm from the body.
Laptop Radiation Values Deemed Risky for Tumor Development
Research recently published in the archives of the Environmental & Occupation Health journal cites a study in which they measured EMF levels in five commonly-used laptops of different brands.
Although they found that the EMF values were within the guidelines put out by the International Commission on Non-ionizing Radiation Protection, they also found them considerably higher than those recommended in recent guidelines put out by two other sources: the Swedish Board for Technical Accreditation (ICNIRP) and the Swedish Confederation of Professional Employees (TCO). The EMF values in laptops were actually deemed risky in these guidelines for tumor development.
The Closer, the More Dangerous
It was also noted that EMF values were alarmingly high when the laptop was close to the body. The power supply induces strong intra-corporal electrical current densities in both adult and fetus subjects—71%-483% and 1882%-263% higher, respectively, than ICNIRP basic restrictions recommend to prevent adverse health effects.
In conclusion, the researchers state:
“Laptop is paradoxically an improper site for the use of a LTC which consequently should be renamed to not induce customers towards an improper use.”
Laptop Radiation Danger Less when using a Table or Desk
Because of studies such as this one, health experts are recommending that if you absolutely have to use your laptop on your lap, you should insert a sturdy pillow of at least 6” thickness between your lap and the laptop. Otherwise, it’s best to use it on a table or desk, as the radiation falls away rather quickly with increasing distance.
What about your Hands on the Keyboard?
Because of the dangers of close proximity to the laptop, even typing on it can be harmful. For safety’s sake, experts suggest keeping at least 30 cm away from laptop—and, if possible, getting an external (non-wireless) keyboard and mouse.
Reproductive Health Endangered
Men need to be especially careful about using a laptop on their lap, especially if they’re concerned about their reproductive health. A study to evaluate the direct impact of laptop use on human sperm was published in January 2012 in Fertility & Sterility, showing a significant decrease in sperm motility and an increase in sperm DNA fragmentation. And this was after just four hours of exposure.
This study is similar to the tests done with men wearing cell phones on a belt or in pants pockets, published earlier in 2008, in Fertility & Sterility, which showed statistically significant changes in the men’s sperm count.
Although these studies on laptops measured non-thermal effects, there are other studies that have showed that sperm may also be damaged through thermal effects when a laptop is used on a lap if a man’s legs are held close together.
Testicular Cancer Linked with Laptop Radiation
According to Cindy Sage, environmental consultant and public policy researcher since 1982,
“Overwhelming evidence shows that RF can cause DNA damage, and DNA damage is a necessary precursor to cancer.”
Somewhat more graphically, David Carpenter, MD, director of the institute for Health & Environment at the University of Albany, states:
“When you hold your laptop on your lap, what you’re essentially doing is radiating your pelvis. So that all the concerns that affect that area are of concern.”
He cites a number of studies that point to a heightened risk of testicular cancer for men who keep RF-emitting devices close to their pelvises.
Carpenter adds a note about women:
“The studies aren’t quite there yet, but I think we can say that anything that might cause cancer almost always causes birth defects, so pregnant women—or those wanting to become pregnant soon—should take extra precautions.”
Which Way is your Laptop more Dangerous—Wired or Wireless?
There are conflicting reports on this question. Some experts claim that using WiFi or 3G connectivity is more harmful because of the microwave radiation from these sources (on top of that coming off the laptop itself). They say it’s better to use cable connection and keep the wireless ability switched off.
Other reports tell us that laptops are even more harmful when they’re plugged in and charging, because computer-charging devices are ungrounded. They claim that the amount of radiation you’re exposed to when your laptop is plugged in compared to that running on a battery is 100x higher.
Avoiding Laptop Radiation Dangers
Either way, it’s clear you should use your computer with care. And if you use your laptop a lot, you might consider getting laptop radiation protection, which is relatively inexpensive, considering laptop radiation health risks.
Is your laptop dangerous? It’s clear it probably is, especially if you use it on your lap. But there’s no reason to stop using it, if you have protection. Just as we use sunscreen to prevent skin cancer, and wash our hands to prevent illness in our digestive systems, using laptop radiation protection in today’s world just makes good sense.
EarthCalm’s Torus offers effective protection from your laptop’s radiation, wherever you take it. (It also provides protection from radiation from all other wireless devices, such as tablets, eReaders, video games, iPads and baby monitors.)
American Academy of Environmental Medicine Calls for Halt to Smart Meters in Homes & Schools
The Smart Meter controversy continues. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEC) has now weighed in with its position on Smart Meter dangers in a letter to the Public Utilities Commission in CA.
Following in the footsteps of other organizations, such as the World Health Organization (which classified RF as a possible 2B carcinogen—same as lead and DDT) and scientists in hundreds of studies, the AAEM has now added their opinion that the installation of Smart Meters, which emit the same kind of radiation as cell phones, should be halted immediately.
Calling for immediate caution regarding Smart Meter installations due to radiation health risks, the letter cites several peer-reviewed scientific studies, and concludes that
“significant harmful biological effects occur from non-thermal RF exposure, showing causality.”
It further states its opinion that the installation is irresponsible & calls not only for a moratorium on installation, but also immediate relief to those requesting it, including the return of analog meters.
Studies Reviewed by Board
The literature cited in the letter raises serious concerns about the levels of RF and ELF exposures emitted by Smart Meters. The board also states that the existing FCC guidelines for RF safety that have been used to justify installation of Smart Meters only look at thermal damage and are obsolete since many up-to-date studies show metabolic & genetic damage from RF & ELF below the level of intensity which heats tissues.
“The current medical literature raises credible questions about genetic and cellular effects, hormonal effects, male fertility, blood/brain barrier damage and increased risk of certain types of cancers from RF or ELF levels similar to those emitted from smart meters.
“Children are placed at particular risk for altered brain development, and impaired learning and behavior. Further, ELF/RF adds synergistic effects to the damage observed from a range of toxic chemicals.”
It concludes that
“it is unacceptable from a public health standpoint to implement this technology until these serious medical concerns are resolved.”
With all the evidence in the literature of Smart Meter radiation health risks, how did the Public Utilities Commission end up installing them to begin with?
Radiation health risks were not tested based on realistic standards.
RF safety standards set up by the FCC were flawed from the beginning. Aside from measuring only thermal effects and ignoring non-thermal effects, there were other problems in the testing process.
First, the standards were set for only short-term effects (5 & 30 minutes)—which, of course, is different from the actual long-term usage of consumers.
Secondly, they were set based on the effects to an average 6’2”, 200-lb. male, leaving most women and all children out of the equation. It also doesn’t take into account the elderly population or those who are ill.
Also, the meters were assessed for safety compliance in isolation—not in a mesh network, in which they are designed to operate. Nor were they assessed in combination with other sources of RF such as Wi-Fi, DECT and cell phones, cell towers, etc.
Will the Smart Meter Controversy ever be solved?
It may still take a while. The wheels of justice seem to turn slowly when issues of this magnitude are involved, despite the fact that the public welfare is endangered. But the AAEM is pushing hard for immediate action on the subject. Dr. Wm J. Rea, member of AAEM & former thoracic surgeon, states that
“By continuing to layer more and more wireless communication within our communities, we are setting the stage for widespread disease.”
Until there’s a definitive answer and national precautions, more and more people are taking precautions by turning to EMF protection for their families. Find out more about smart meter health concerns and solutions.
A fierce debate has been underway in the USA since the Government announced its intentions to replace all analogue meters in the country with the new smart meters. The Government claims that the meters will offer real time information on a household’s energy consumption, telling the consumer what they are spending their money on and allowing them greater ability to control their utility bills. This would enable the consumer to know how much it costs, for example, to leave a TV on standby each night.
Smart meters also have built in “traffic light” systems that indicate energy levels, green being low and red being high. This will in turn enable energy companies to issue bills based on what the consumer is actually using, rather than providing an estimated bill. This is all very handy, but it comes at a price. That price, leading scientists have found, is health.
Citizens in towns and villages across the country have since found their houses to have been involuntarily fitted with smart meters, and now many communities are taking a stand against this. In Naperville, Illinois, opponents of the city’s smart meter installation programme is embroiled in a long-standing court battle against the city. On Thursday 19th April, a judge ruled the challenging smart meter awareness group a victory. The judge declined the immediate issue of a preliminary injunction allowing home and business owners to refuse installation of the controversial new meters. The group had asked that home and business owners should have the immediate choice of keeping their old analogue meters.
In the meantime, the city has proceeded with installing 40 per cent of homes and businesses in Naperville with new smart meters, according to a statement from the city council following the latest ruling. The court battle will now continue throughout the next six weeks; a status and motion hearing is set for May 31.
Residents in Plymouth Township, MI, however, have mixed opinions on the meters. The Township’s Board of Trustees last week voted down a resolution that would have challenged the installation of the systems. Trustee, Steve Mann, said he was reluctant to tell governing bodies or schools what to do as there was not currently enough information available on the safety implications of these meters. However, some people in the area are still concerned and the council is thinking of bringing in an opt-out system for those worried about health implications.
Freedom of choice
Customers in Edision, CA, have been given the freedom of choice. The California Public Utilities Commission last week passed a final approval of an opt-out clause for those preferring to stick with their analogue models.
This is a significant victory for those concerned about radiation risks and privacy issues posed by the meters. Commission President, Michael Peevey, said: “As we move toward a more advanced electricity grid, smart meters will offer customers real benefits. However, if a customer does not want to have a smart meter, our decision today gives them that option.”
Systems like this could mean that other states and counties may follow suit. In Indian River County, for example, the Public Service Commission is considering an opt-out for all residents. However, a decision on this is still a long way off as they will first be producing a set of recommendations on the matter.
An uproar has recently started in British Columbia, Canada (a country that is also undergoing serious issues with the compulsory installation of smart meters), when a homeowner from Kamloops was almost asked to pay for a bill of $5,000 due to a faulty smart meter. Residents already had doubts about the safety and privacy implications of the meters, but were assured that they would have noticeable cost benefits.
However, astonished resident, Trevor Cameron, had opened a bill for $4,800. Upon querying with utilities company, BC Hydro, he realised that the meter had been charging five dollars for every one dollar of electricity the family had been using. Opposition to these smart meters has since strengthened; they are now unconvinced that Cameron’s faulty meter was an isolated incident. Campaigner, Brad Thiessen, said: “I don’t buy that all. This has been happening in Texas, California, Australia, Ontario…B.C is going to be no different.”
The debate goes on…
Read more about how to protect yourself from smart meter radiation.
Anne Dettore is a freelance writer from England who specializes in personal finance writing, covering things as wide and diverse as bicycle insurance to alternative investments. She recently started researching the danger of EMF and now insists house guests leave their mobile phones turned off while they visit.
Are Smart Meters health hazards? Smart Meter radiation emissions are both greater in volume and more frequent than power companies admit, according to more and more independent EMF specialists measuring them. And consumers are getting concerned.
What Are Smart Meters?
Smart Meters are electric and gas meter reading devices being installed all over the US as a first step in creating a national smart grid. Designed to enhance energy efficiency and make widespread adoption of renewable energy easier, Smart Meters are radio transmitters that communicate data from homes and businesses to the gas and electric company through a matrix of radio signals. They allow people to measure and monitor their own energy consumption in order to reduce it.
Controversy about Smart Meters
Large groups of citizens are complaining that their Smart Meters are over-billing them. Public meetings are being held over the country to discuss this, and many cities have come out in favor of a smart Meter moratorium until the issue is resolved.
Smart Meters Health Risks
But now there are growing numbers of activists who are protesting against Smart Meters for another reason. They contend that the radio frequency (RF) Smart Meters emit is harmful to human health. People living with the meters are claiming mild to severe symptoms that are all over the board: Concentration and memory problems, dizziness, tinnitus, heart palpitations, headaches, sleep disruptions, nausea, anxiety and behavioral problems in children.
People are especially concerned about certain groups who are vulnerable to Smart Meter health risks, such as children (who absorb radiation at a greater rate than adults), electrosensitive people, people with pacemakers, and chronically ill people whose immune systems are compromised.
Unclear Answers about Smart Meter Radiation Levels
Power companies seem to be unable to give consistent, believable answers about either how frequently Smart Meter radiation is emitted—or what the peak power is of the radiation signal at certain distances. Some representative say the meters transmit RF six times a day; others, once an hour. Independent RF specialists have measured them every 45 seconds, or even twice in a minute.
As for peak power of Smart Meter radiation signals, there is even more confusion. Power companies maintain that the RF transmissions are well within FCC standards, that they transmit data for only a fraction of a second and are far weaker than other everyday radio frequency emitters, such as cell phones, cell towers and Wi-Fi.
Putting aside for a moment the debate over the safety of even these “everyday” RF emitters, there’s reason to doubt these assurances from power companies that Smart Meters are safer than these other devices. Independent environmental EMF consultants have found that peak pulses are far greater in intensity than the “average pulse” that many utility companies claim—sometimes up to 1000 times more powerful than a cell phone.(1) Because of the skewed and inaccurate way in which they figure the number of pulses per minutes, their figures of an “average” pulse is greatly reduced.
Indeed, assurances of utility companies are reminiscent of promises that have been made over the years by plastics and chemical manufacturers who initially claimed that what they were producing was safe.
Thermal and Non-Thermal Effects of Smart Meter Radiation
But aside from any of this, what’s important to understand is that the FCC safety standards are based only on thermal effects of radiation, meaning: How high can radiation go before the body tissues start cooking? Research has shown that the thermal effects of microwave radiation are not the only effects to be worried about. There are also non-thermal effects of RF that are very disturbing.
One of the most informative reports written on the subject is the Bioinitiative Report of 2012. Authored by 29 independent scientists, researchers and health policy professionals from 10 different countries, this report clearly documents evidence that numerous health problems are created by exposure to RF, including DNA breakage and cancer—and this, at levels far below the FCC standards. The report is recognized by the European Parliament, the European Environment Agency, and the Breast Cancer Fund, among others.
Smart Meters Often Don’t Comply with FCC Standards
An independent research team, Sage Associates, published a report entitled “Assessment of Radiofrequency Microwave Radiation Emissions from Smart Meters”. The conclusions of the research team include the fact that smart meters often may not even comply with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) safety standards—which, in themselves are insufficient for measuring radiation levels in smart meters.
Set back in 1996, FCC standards were based on studies with healthy 6’2”, 220 lbs men exposed for short periods of time–very different from the situation with smart meters, in which women, children and people in fragile health are continuously exposed to the radiation, often from more than one smart meter.
Furthermore, other sources of radiation (such as Wi-Fi, cell phones, and other wireless devices, all present in today’s homes) were not present in the testing. For all these reasons, the report strongly cautions that smart meters are not safe.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Toxicology Program have also studied the effects RF on human health. Their updated results are that, among other things, RF can significantly increase the risk of glioma, a deadly brain tumor.
Read more for further information about smart meter research.
Protection Against Smart Meters Health Risks
There are no warning signs about health risks that come with a Smart Meter. And at this point, you can’t opt out. But it seems advisable, that if you have been suffering from any unexplainable ailments since the installation of your Smart Meter, you might want to look into finding protection against the RF emitted by the meter.
EarthCalm has the Solution.
EarthCalm has a highly effective solution for preventing health risks from Smart Meters: The Smart Meter Pak, including a Home EMF Protection System and a Torus. Since Smart Meters have both an AC and a wireless component, these two products are needed for total protection.
The Home EMF Protection System not only provides protection against EMFs coming from your Smart Meter, but also from those emanating from your electrical grid and all your appliances, as well. The Torus protects you from the wireless radiation in the Smart Meter.
There’s no need to wait to see if the Smart Meters controversy about health risks is ever resolved. With the 90-day, money-back guarantee that EarthCalm offers, you can test the Smart Meter Pak for yourself and see how much better you feel.
Cordless phone radiation danger isn’t a subject many people think about. Much has been researched, written, and debated about the health risks of cell phones—and rightly so. But what has been lost in this controversy is the fact that cordless phones are just as dangerous as cell phones. In fact, in 2006, Swedish researchers, Lennart Hardell, et al, found that cordless phones are “far more likely to cause brain tumors than cell phones”.
The transmitter base of a cordless phone blasts out high levels of radiation, even when the phone isn’t being charged or in use. Radiation from a cordless phone can be as high as 6.5 volts per meter, which is twice as strong as that found within 100 meters of a cell tower—and much research has been done documenting the hazards of living near cell towers. Even two meters away from a charger, the radiation is still as high as 2.5 volts per meter—50 times as high as what scientists regard as a safe level!
DECT Cordless Phones and Radiation
It’s difficult to find a cordless phone today that isn’t a DECT (Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications) phone, as these phones give much improved performance over the older analog version of cordless phones.
Unfortunately, the health risks of DECT phones are even higher than those of their predecessors. A DECT phone base station continuously emits pulsing microwave radiation at full power. If a typical DECT phone is kept on a bedside table, the person in bed is exposed all night long to this pulsing microwave signal.
Sleep Disorders & Chronic Fatigue
In 2005, an epidemiological study was conducted in Schwartzenburg, Switzerland to test the effects of the microwave exposure from a shortwave tower on nearby residents. In 2008, another study was conducted on people living near AM & FM towers in Ouruhia, New Zealand.
Findings in both studies suggested that prolonged radio-frequency exposures were linked with serious sleep disorders and chronic fatigue. What’s pertinent here is that the intensity of exposure from the radio towers and short wave transmitter were much lower than that of a DECT phone charger near a bed.
Heart Rate Abnormalities and Cordless Phone Radiation
Recent research has been done measuring the effects of DECT cordless phone radiation on subjects. In 2010, Magda Havas of Trent University, Canada, published the results of a study in the European Journal of Oncology. The results of her double-blind peer-reviewed study showed that the heart rate in many of her subjects was seriously altered: 40% experienced arrhythmia (erratic heart rate) and/or tachycardia (rapid heart rate).
These symptoms were accompanied by pain/pressure in the chest and also anxiety that appeared each time the microwave exposure was turned on, and then disappeared when it was turned off. Subjects did not know what was happening or when the switch was made.
What to do about Cordless Phones and Radiation?
There are some obvious precautions you can take with cordless phones in your home. First, do not keep a phone near your bed. Try moving it and see if your sleep and fatigue levels improve. Secondly, try finding microwave protection for the phone. Find a device that has some science behind it; it’s probably not safe to trust the myriad of inexpensive stickers, magnets or chips on the market for something as serious as this. And finally, if you can find an old-fashioned wired phone, see if you can adapt to that. As inconvenient as it is, it’s far safer.
Learn more about cordless phones and radiation.
1. Hardell L, Carlberg M. (2009) Mobile phones, cordless phones and the risk of brain tumours. International Journal of Oncology.35(1):5-17.
2. Hardell L, Carlberg M, and Hansson Mild K (2006). Pooled analysis of two case-control studies on use of cellular and cordless telephonesand the risk for malignant brain tumours diagnosed in 1997-2003. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health 79: 630-639.
3. Hardell L, Carlberg M, and Hansson Mild K (2006). Pooled analysis of two case-control studies on the use of cellular and cordless telephones and the risk of benign brain tumours diagnosed during 1997-2003. International Journal of Oncology 28: 509-518, 2006.
Dangers of cell towers have been well-documented over the last decade. Cell tower radiation is indeed hazardous, and more and more people are concerned about it.
Although the telecom industry and federal governments maintain there’s no conclusive evidence of health risks of cell tower radiation, literally dozens of studies world-wide consistently warn us about the dangers. Following is just a sampling of these studies.
Research on Cell Tower Radiation
Australia: As far back as 1995, Prof. Henri Lai and N.P. Singh documented damage to the DNA of rats when exposed to the same kind of radiation as that emitted by cell towers. He conducted another study in 2004, which confirmed these earlier results. DNA damage can lead to a wide variety of disorders, including cancer.
In another Australian study two years later, Dr. Bruce Hocking in Sidney found that children living near TV and FM broadcast towers (emitting the same kind of radiation as cell towers) had more than twice the rate of leukemia than children living more than seven miles away.
New Zealand: In 2002, Dr. Neil Cherry, biophysicist at the University of New Zealand, wrote a 120-page review of 188 scientific studies on the dangers of cell towers. He stated that the government standards were based only on thermal effects, and did not take into consideration the non-thermal effects that also take place—such as cell death and DNA breakdown. “To claim there is no adverse effect from phone towers flies in the face of a large body of evidence.”
France: In 2003, a study was conducted by R. Santini, et al, in Rennes, France. They found that people living within 300 meters of cell antennas reported the following disorders: “fatigue, sleep disturbances, headaches, feeling of discomfort, difficulty concentrating, depression, memory loss, visual disruptions, irritability, hearing disruptions, skin problems, cardiovascular disorders and dizziness.”
Spain: Also in 2003, E.A. Navarro in Valencia, Spain conducted a study in which he concluded that “exposed individuals that lived within 50 and 150 meters of the base station…experienced more headaches, sleep disturbances, irritability, difficulty concentrating, dizziness, appetite loss and dizziness.”
Germany: Horst Eger, et al, in a study conducted in 2004 in Naila, Germany, gathered evidence from 1000 patients residing at the same address during a period of 10 years. Their findings were that the proportion of newly-developed cancer cases was three times higher among those who had lived at a distance of up to 400 m (1300 ft) from a cell tower, compared to those living further away. They also fell ill on the average of 8 years earlier.
UK: In 2007, Dr. John Walker compiled a series of cluster studies on the effects of cell tower radiation. Seven clusters of cancer and other serious illnesses were discovered around mobile phone masts. Studies of the sites showed high incidences of cancer, brain hemorrhages and high blood pressure within a radius of 400 yards of mobile phone masts. One of the studies, showed a cluster of 31 cancers around a single street. A quarter of the 30 staff at a special school within sight of the 90ft high mast had developed tumors since 2000, while another quarter had suffered significant health problems.
Israel: In 2010, Dr. Siegal Sadetzki of Tel Aviv University testified at a US Senate Hearing that she had examined 622 people living from 3-7 years within 350 meters of a cell tower. They were compared to a group who lived further away. The results were startling: there were over four times as many cancer patients from the area near the cell tower. Women were especially susceptible.
India: In 2011, Dr. Neha Kumar at India’s Anna University, et al., indicated a rise in attention disorders in people (especially in children) who received prolonged exposure to EMFs from cell towers.
What will it take to Alert People to the Dangers of Cell Towers?
With so much evidence about cell tower radiation health risks, how is it that governments allow cell phone companies to continue to erect more and more cell towers and antennas? One factor, of course, is that although ever-growing numbers of people are voicing concerns about possible health risks of cells towers, most people want good reception on their phones, wherever they happen to be. And competing cell phone companies are very accommodating; they strive to put up as many cell towers and antennas as they can to keep their far-roaming customers satisfied.
But another reason is that governments continue to protect the right of the telecom industry to put up as many towers as they want. In the US, the wireless industry is protected by Article 704 of the Telecommunications Act, signed by President Clinton in 1996. This act does not allow rejection of a tower based on health risks. It even prohibits arguments of potential health risks from towers to be made at a public hearing.
It’s well-known that the US government receives sizable revenues every year in taxes from the telecommunications industry. And the telecom industry, of course, benefits greatly from its sales that are now sky-rocketing, even in a depressed economy. A speaker at a recent hearing on the subject of the dangers of cell towers aptly quoted Upton Sinclair: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on him not understanding it.”
Approaches to Minimize the Risks
There are several approaches you can take to minimize the risks of living near cell towers:
1. Avoid or minimize your exposure. If you find your home is surrounded by cell towers and moving isn’t an option, you can find some help from specially-formulated EMF protection paint, shielding fabric or shielding glass or tinting for windows.
2. Use EMF protection devices, such as pendants, chips or other protective devices. Good products will ground you into the earth’s electro-magnetic field to strengthen your biofield. This helps to restore cellular function and strengthen your immune system.
3. Reverse the damage that EMFs have already done. Do this through nutritional support, such as with anti-oxidant supplementation, which can counteract the effects of free radicals caused by EMF exposure. Glutathione and CoQ 10 are also helpful.
The EMF Home Protection System will give you effective protection from cell towers around your home. One unit covers the entire home, regardless of size of house.
Wi-Fi health effects on the human body are commonly dismissed because we love the convenience. Wi-Fi dangers are ignored. After all, we can walk around our house with our laptop and not lose connection. No messy, inconvenient cords. We can keep up with emails and conduct our work at coffee shops, airports, hotels, even hospitals. Who wants to give up this kind of convenience?
And yet, have we stopped to think about the fact that there was no safety testing conducted before it went into effect? Wi-Fi has invaded our atmosphere, without having to undergo any test or safety checks whatsoever.
Since it’s so recent, there hasn’t been time to conduct studies on the long-term effects of Wi-Fi on our bodies. However, at this point, thousands of studies have been done on the effects of microwave radiation from both cell phones and cell towers which is very similar to that coming from Wi-Fi, so much can be learned from looking at the literature on those subjects.
Here are some of the most common symptoms people report when exposed to microwave radiation from cell phones and towers:
- Chronic headaches
- Memory problems
- Depression, Anxiety
- Sleep Disturbances
Correlations are being made to a wide variety of diseases, such as:
Wi-Fi dangers lurk at the cellular level in our bodies.
Our cells respond to it as a foreign invader. The cell membrane around these cells becomes impermeable 7. This means nutrients can’t get inside—and toxins and cancer-causing free radicals can’t get out. This damages the mitochondria, which causes the cells to lose their ability to function. The DNA is damaged. The cells eventually die—which damages the tissues, which in turn damages organs. All this leads to disease and in particular, the formulation of tumors. Yikes!
How can we ignore something that so radically impacts our bodies?
Just because there are no studies on long-term Wi-Fi health effects on the human body doesn’t mean it isn’t a potentially dangerous carcinogen. Remember tobacco. Remember asbestos. Remember x-rays. Do we want to wait 20 years to find out how dangerous Wi-Fi is to our health? Be smart. Look into protecting yourself against Wi-Fi dangers as best you can.
1. Lai, Henry. Biological Effects of Radiofrequency electromagnetic fields. Encyclopedia of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering. G.L. Gowlin and G. Wnek: Taylor and Francis Books, 2005.
2. Persson, Salford, Brun. Blood-brain barrier permeability in rats exposed to electromagnetic fields used in wireless communication; Wireless Networks, Vol 3, Issue 6, Dec. 1997; pg 455-461.
3. BioInitiative Report, August 31, 2007.
4. Mariea, Tamara and Carlo, George. Wireless Radiation in the Etiology and Treatment of Autism: Clinical Observations and Mechanisms; Journal of the Australian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine, August 2007.
5. Havas, Magda. Analysis of Health and Environmental Effects of Proposed San Francisco Earthlink Wi-Fi Network. May 31, 2007.
6. Vasil, Adria. “Wi-Fi’s Electric Shock.” NOW Magazine. 9 – 15 Mar. 2006.
7. Lipton, Bruce, PhD. “The Biology of Belief.” Mountain of Love/Elite Books, Santa Rosa, CA. 2005. P. 83
Are Electromagnetic Fields Dangerous?
ElectroPollution and unseen EMF health hazards are a growing international concern. Many scientists and health professionals, are now expressing alarm about what they feel is the latest form of environmental pollution: electromagnetic fields (EMFs). According to some, EMFs may be the most devastating health threat yet to come along in our modern world.
The telecom industry, the government, and most wireless consumers haven’t wanted to acknowledge the gravity of EMF health hazards all around us. But at some point, they will need to, because more and more research appears every day, pointing to the fact that there’s good reason for this alarm. Thanks to Devra Davis’s Disconnect: the Truth about Cell Phone Radiation, and Anne Louise Gittleman’s Zapped, we can easily educate ourselves about this serious issue and make intelligent decisions about the EMFs we’re exposing ourselves to in our lives.
Although surprisingly little attention was paid to it, the Bioinitiative Report of 2007, described many of the same kinds of studies these two books describe—studies that link EMF exposure to such diseases as:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Lou Gehrig’s disease, and
- Breast Cancer.
The report also linked EMF exposure to symptoms such as:
- learning impairment
- anxiety, and
Cell Phones and Cordless Phones
Hyla Cass, MD, in the November 2010 edition of the Huffington Post, stated that it’s also clear that both cell phones and cordless phones produce microwave radiation that increases the permeability of the blood-brain barrier, leading to changes in brain chemistry. EMFs also cause breaks in DNA, speed up cell division and activate stress problems and stress hormones.
Perhaps the most unsettling of all are the correlations that dozens of studies are now making between cell phones and brain tumors. As Gittelman writes in Zapped:
Most disturbing of all, the Swedish National Institute for Working life found that people using cell phones for 2,000 hours—a total most of us could easily rack up over the years—had a 240 percent increased risk for malignant brain tumors on the side of the head where they usually held their phone.
How are Electromagnetic Fields Dangerous?
First, it’s important to realize that the human body has its own natural electromagnetic field. This field is so critical that modern medicine uses it in diagnostic testing, such as in electrocardiograms and MRIs. Unfortunately, this innate electromagnetic field of the body only responds favorably to a very small range of electromagnetic frequencies. Most others, including frequencies emitted by man-made devices, are seen and responded to as though they were an invading enemy, creating what Nobel prize nominee, Robert Becker, M.D., in his book The Body Electric calls “subliminal stress.”
Subliminal Stress and EMFs
This stress is picked up by our body, without our even knowing it. The late Dr. W.R. Adey from Loma Linda University describes how our body’s internal “antennae” pick up this stress and how our body responds in the following ways:
- The flow of blood and oxygen shuts down to all except major organs like the brain and heart.
- Any systems—including digestion and immunity—that aren’t necessary for fight or flight response are put on hold.
- Blood pressure and heart rate as well as blood sugar levels increase to prepare the body for danger.
(Journal of Cellular Biochemistry 51:410-416 – 1993)
The Immune System and EMFs
Furthermore, EMFs knock ions out of the cells and interfere with the metabolism within the cells. This phenomenon accounts for deficiencies in calcium (contributing to arthritis, anxiety), lithium (depression, schizophrenia), and potassium (Alzheimer’s). In addition, EMFs coming from our AC electrical system induce biologically meaningless currents in our nervous system and brains. So, we subconsciously receive meaningless information about how our appliances are working!
This energy exchange—which can certainly be described as a subtle attack of the EMFs–generates stress hormones in the body, which in turn slowly erode the immune system over time and contribute to the many immune deficiency diseases that are common today.
More Studies on EMF Health Hazards
Dr. Henry Lai has been researching the biological and health effects of EMFs for 35 years. His research focuses on the effects of EMFS in the range used by cell phones and other wireless technologies. Since 1990, Dr. Lai has maintained a database of EMF research on humans, lab animals and cell cultures. He has collected over 300 studies published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. To avoid bias, he excludes his own research from the database.
Of these studies 56% show a biological or health effect from exposure to EMFs. These effects include:
- Genetic effects such as damage to DNA
- Cellular and molecular effects, such as a reduction in enzymes critical to the central nervous system
- Changes in electrophysiology such as reduced activity between nerve cells, and
- Physiological and behavioral changes, such as impairment of peripheral vision.
(Environmental Reviews, 18: 369–395 – 2010)
ElectroPollution: Bottom Line
The bottom line is that man-made EMFs from all the sources around us today—cell towers, cell and cordless phones, computers, power lines, and WiFi, as well as our electrical grid and appliances—continuously disturb our sympathetic nervous system. This, in turn, creates stress hormones in the body, which in turn, leads to a wide range of health issues, including all the diseases and symptoms mentioned above.
In regard to children, there is particular concern, because children’s nervous systems are still developing and they also have thinner skulls and smaller heads, which means the EMFs reach more deeply into their brains. EMFs have now been linked with behavior problems, autism, and asthma.
What to Do
It’s probably not possible for most people to get away from EMFs altogether. Cell towers are being erected in the most improbable places, even way out in nature and in almost every country in the world. Wi-Fi is becoming a given in many public places, including schools and hospitals and libraries—as well as in an increasing number of homes.
But you can protect yourself from EMFs with reliable products, and you can learn more about EMF health hazards.
If you’re living near overhead high voltage power lines it’s smart to know if there are health risks for you and your family. There are so many conflicting opinions about the safety, or hazards, of living by electrical lines that it’s hard to know what to think. None of us wants to stick our head in the sand, but neither do we want to be susceptible to runaway fear if it isn’t warranted.
Here we’ll look at the issue of power lines and health risks, symptoms, research and recommendations that will help you reach a comfortable personal decision about a course of action if you live by them.
Power Lines and Health Risks: What are the dangers and symptoms?
Leukemia and cancer are the most talked about health risks of living near power lines. Scholarly research indicates an increased risk of both, especially for children. That’s enough to get our attention. But there are also studies that show connections with breast cancer, decreased libido, fatigue, depression, birth defects, reproductive problems, heart disease, stress headaches, trouble sleeping, and many other symptoms. Yikes!
Overhead Power Line EMF Safety: If so dangerous, why aren’t they banned?
There are conflicting opinions about the safety of the electromagnetic fields generated by these lines. Reading the research can be baffling. Studies seem to produce widely divergent and contradictory results. And in our modern society, it’s impossible to account for all the many variables of lifestyle, diet, genetics, household wiring configurations, etc.
More studies are necessary: Power Line Safety Still a Question.
It’s disturbing that the safety of living by high voltage lines (or any EMF exposure) can’t be proven. Research continues in an effort to find definitive answers for increased reported cases of many diseases and symptoms. Many individuals claim the ability to feel the effects in their own bodies and don’t need further confirmation.
What can you do to protect yourself and your family if you live near electrical lines?
If you have any concerns that the health risks are real, don’t wait for the evidence to be conclusive. Remember how many years it took to prove the dangers of tobacco and lives that were effected. Educate yourself. Learn the potential risks and symptoms associated with living near power lines.
Also, find out about EMF protection products that help others in your situation.