Electric power systems work at around 50hz just above the naturally occurring frequency
of 30hz generated by the Earth. Our bodies are tuned in to this low frequency so any
frequency close to this is going to interfere with us, such as the 50hz Ac mains power
system used in the UK. ELF (Extremely Low Frequency) electromagnetic fields vibrating from
0.5 to 100hz, even if they are weaker than the Earth's field, interfere with the cues that
keep our biological cycles properly timed. Chronic stress and impaired disease resistance
The frequencies that ELF AC systems use are very close to the natural brain rhythms of
cerebrate creatures such as man. The pineal gland is the principal structure in the brain
that is directly sensitive to the earth's magnetic field. As a result it functions
abnormally when exposed to abnormal fields close to its own. Because the pineal gland
produces a host of psychoactive chemicals (such as melatonin, dopamine, serotonin and
others) its abnormal functioning can cause neurological and behavioural problems.
STUDIES AND REPORTS
¨ The biological and medical data currently available showing the danger of ELF AC mains
power frequency magnetic fields is as conclusive as the data relating to cigarette smoking
and lung cancer.
¨ The European Parliament has passed a motion for a resolution on combating the harmful
effects of Electromagnetic fields (non ionising radiation).
¨ Since September 1992 Sweden has officially acted on the basis that there is a
connection between exposure to power frequency magnetic fields and the incidence of
cancer, in particular childhood cancer.
¨ In 1990 the United States Environmental Protection Agency stated "In conclusion ,
after an examination of the available data over the past 15 years, there is evidence of a
positive association of exposure to magnetic fields with certain site-specific cancer,
namely leukaemia, cancer of the central nervous system, and to a lesser extent, lymphomas.
This is supported by many studies of children and adults across many different populations
WHAT CAN THE BIOLOGICAL EFFECTS BE?
An electromagnetic field affects growing cells, and acts as a cancer promoter. Cancer
cells can increase their rate of growth significantly and develop more malignant
characteristics. It also affects learning ability and behavioural and psychological
mechanisms increasing the incidence of depression and suicide. Chronic exposure may lead
to an increase in the incidence of brain tumours. Your brains EEG rhythms change
when a light switch is operated nearby. A stress response occurs which if prolonged, can
lead to an immune-system deficiency, resulting in an increased incidence of infectious
diseases and cancers. Because of the effects on growing cells, young children and babies
are specially at risk. The link with cot death has been debated in Parliament. Studies
have shown that risks of childhood cancer could increase.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS?
Electricity is part of our daily life. We are constantly using electrical appliances at
home and at work, such as computers, photocopiers facsimile machines, clock radio alarms,
electric blankets, microwave ovens - all with the necessary AC mains transformers and
wiring. All of these produce ELF electromagnetic fields. The more power the appliance
consumes the stronger the field it creates
If you spend long periods of time close to a wiring circuit or appliance with a strong
field such as a computer screen, television screen, heater, clock radio or electric
blanket you may be at risk. You may also be at risk if you live close to high voltage
power lines (above and below ground) and their distribution transformers. The probable
safe level for constant exposure now being discussed is 1 milliGauss (less for children).
It would seem appropriate to exercise "prudent avoidance" and limit the exposure
to you, your family and work colleagues wherever possible. I can monitor sources of
electromagnetic radiation in your home or work environment and determine practical
distances from them for minimum or safe exposure using commercial equipment available.
Instruments are also available to check for radon gas.
Daily Mail, (UK) Thursday, June 1, 2000
The appliances that make your brain blow a fuse
BRAIN performance can be impaired by as little as
five minutes exposure to common domestic electrical appliances, researchers
claim. Objects such as computers, televisions and mobile phones can cause a lack
of concentration, headaches, anxiety and even insomnia and depression, a study
The findings reopen the debate over the effects of
electromagnetic radiation, which is emitted by all electrical appliances.
Tests were carried out in America on a new device, which
claims to help the body counter electromagnetic fields. Volunteers had a digital
clock held six inches from their head for five minutes during which time
scientists noted 'anomalous brainwave activity' which, after a prolonged period,
can lead to so-called electromagnetic dysthymia.
Symptoms of this condition include mild depression,
anxiety, neuroses, mood swings and low energy. The researchers, led by Professor
William Tiller and Neurosurgeon Professor Norman Shealy, found the effects were
lessened when the volunteers wore the new pendant-shaped device for one month.
Called a QLink and selling for £89, it contains special cells which are said to
replicate the natural electromagnetic forces of the human body and harminise
them with man made ones.
Electromagnetic fields are measured in terms of milligauss.
The digital clock experiment emitted a field of six
milligauss, but emissions from many electrical appliances positioned a similar
distance from the head produce considerably greater counts. A computer screen
emits 20 milliguass and a mobile phone up to 100. The research, published next
month in Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine, was funded by the independent Life
Science Foundation in America. The National Radiological Protection Board
maintains that exposure to low frequency radiation is not a health risk
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