Living by Power Lines
What are the Health Risks?
Power lines are ugly—no two ways about it. They mar the landscape and evoke fear of electrocution if you get too close to them.
But if you’re actually living by power lines, they seem even uglier. Who wants to look out their window and see the giant metal atrocities stretching across the horizon?
Power Lines and Your Health
But perhaps more important than how unsightly powerlines can be, is how dangerous to your health they are when you’re living close to them. Power lines emit high levels of electromagnetic fields (EMFs), which interfere with cell functioning, break DNA strands, and erode the immune system.
For long-time residents living near power lines, this can mean eventually facing serious diseases. Although there are a few studies claiming there is no evidence of a link between powerlines and diseases, there are hundreds of international studies that do link cancers and other diseases and disorders to living near power lines.
Research on Living by Power Lines
Childhood Leukemia has been widely studied in correlation with power lines. In 1979, a ground-breaking 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.
Studying the relationship between the incidences of leukemia in children and living by 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 in medical literature and spawned dozens of further studies over the years seeking to replicate the results.
A significant example is a study published by Gerald Draper, et al in 2005 in the British Medical Journal finding 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 further studies were published in 2010 correlating childhood leukemia with living by high voltage powerlines: 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.
Lymphatic and Bone Marrow Cancers
In 2007, R.M. Lowenthal in Australia, conducted a research study with 850 people who lived near power lines and established a link between them and adult onset of lymphatic and bone marrow cancers.
Researchers compared records of all patients diagnosed with these cancers between 1972 and 1980, with controls for sex and age. 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.
And those who lived within 300 meters of a power line up to age five were five times more likely to develop cancer, while those who lived that close to a power line at any point during their first 15 years were three times more likely to develop cancer as an adult.
Heading a team at Kaiser Permanente’s research division in Oakland, CA, De-Kun Li conducted an epidemiological study in 2001 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 powerline experienced miscarriage; whereas, those living further than 25 meters only suffered 1 in 29.
Alzheimer’s Disease and Senile Dementia
A study conducted by Anke Huss, et al in 2008 correlated power lines and the risk of death due to neurodegenerative diseases. Researchers found there was a dose-response relation between living by power lines and the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and 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.
Depression, Anxiety and Sleep Disorders
In 1988, the Pacific Northwest Laboratory in Washington published a study that found that exposure to power lines disrupted circadian rhythm cycles and altered serotonin and melatonin neurotransmitter levels—all of which cause sleep disorders and difficulty in regulating moods, such as depression and anxiety.
Early Symptoms of Living Near Power Lines
It’s not necessary to wait till someone in your family is diagnosed with one of these diseases to see if you’ve been affected by powerlines near your home. There are symptoms that people often feel earlier on, such as:
Moving isn’t the Only Solution
If you’ve been experiencing symptoms since you’ve lived near power lines, you might consider your exposure to the power lines as a possible cause—or at least a contributing one. But don’t panic—moving isn’t the only solution.
You can also simply get EMF protection. A highly effective solution is to install the EarthCalm Home EMF Protection System, which will protect everyone throughout your entire home.
If living by power lines is unavoidable, get protection now and be safe.