For over a hundred years, it has been assumed that the higher incidence of diseases in urban areas since the beginning of the 20th century was related to either lifestyle, chemical pollutants or genetics.
Now in his autobiography, Dirty Electricity: Electrification and the Diseases of Civilization, epidemiologist Samuel Milham describes a very different probable culprit: electromagnetic fields (EMFs)—and in particular, dirty electricity.
In a highly convincing manner, Milham points out that major diseases plaguing modern man, such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and suicide, may be triggered by this prevalent, yet nearly entirely overlooked, cause.
What is Dirty Electricity?
Dirty electricity is a type of electrosmog referring to the use of voltage shifts in many energy-efficient electronic devices, such as dimmer switches, computers, and fluorescent lights.
These types of devices shift the voltage in the AC wiring in the home, creating high frequency spikes in the electricity.
Link Between Occupational Exposure to EMFs and Cancer
Milham’s autobiography tells his story as the scientist who first alerted the world to the link between occupational exposure to electromagnetic fields and human disease. He takes readers through his early years and education, following the path that led to his discovery that most of the twentieth century “diseases of civilization” are caused by electromagnetic field exposure.
In a long and productive career, Milham tracked the association between EMFs and different kinds of occupational cancer, including leukemia, brain cancer and breast cancer. In this book, he specifically focuses in on dirty electricity, which he believes is causing an epidemic of many different diseases, as well as cancer.
21st Century Epidemic
Milham states that with the current explosion of the wireless revolution, we may be facing a looming epidemic of morbidity and mortality:
“The explosive recent increase in radio-frequency radiation and high frequency transients sources from cell phones and towers, terrestrial antennas, Wi-Fi and Wi-Max telecommunication systems, broadband internet over power lines, and personal electronic equipment may be leading to a new 21st Century epidemic much like the 20th Century electromagnetic field epidemic.”
Linking Dirty Electricity to Specific Diseases
Milham’s research suggests that most cancer in firefighters is due not to exposure to inhaled carcinogens as has been presumed, but to their exposure to EMFs and radiofrequency radiation resulting from use of mobile two-way radio communications devices.
He also suggests that patients with Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) may develop it through exposure to electromagnetic fields applied to or induced in the body, such as from medical electromagnetic stimulation, often used by athletes.
Milham also looks at an increased incidence of cancer among teachers at a school in California with dirty electricity in the school environment and makes a link between the two. In a study published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, it’s shown that the risk of cancer associated with electrical exposures at the school was 64 percent and that a single year of employment at the school increased a teacher’s cancer risk by 21 percent.
No Electricity, Less Disease
Interestingly, Milham’s research also makes sense of the fact that the Amish, a group of people who don’t use electricity, have lower rates of diabetes, heart disease, suicide and cancer than those who do.
They also have surprisingly low levels of neurodegenerative disease—and not one case of ADHD on record.
Will Anyone Listen?
Milham has published papers with original and provocative ideas in the world’s most prestigious journals for fifty years, including Lancet, Science, Nature and the American Journal of Epidemiology. Some of the papers have had a major impact on other scientists in the field and have opened new avenues of research.
Unfortunately, however, he has seen them fall by the wayside time and time again. Like others in the field, such as Ross Adey, Robert Becker, Abe Liboff and Nancy Wertheimer, his efforts have been stymied by those in power with an interest in keeping things as they are.