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EMF Studies

27 June 2016

Electromagnetic Radiation: Scientific Fact Versus Political Spin and Misinformation: Extracts from Letter to the Mayor of Vancouver

Olga Sheean's letter to the Mayor of Vancouver, "No Safe Place"
 contains so much good information on the issue of electromagnetic radiation that we are producing some of it in separate posts.

Scientific fact versus political spin and misinformation 

SPIN: Non-ionizing Wi-Fi radiation does not generate enough heat to do damage and, therefore, this non-thermal form of radiation is not harmful to humans. 

FACT: Scientific studies—and the telecommunications industry itself—confirm that non-thermal radiation is harmful to the human body.4 

• “Weak non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation in the environment can be linked to more ‘modern illnesses’ than even the pessimists thought possible,” says Dr Andrew Goldsworthy. “Modern science can now begin to explain how.” (For details, see: http://bit.ly/1taEDi3.)

• The American Academy of Environmental Medicine reports that: “epidemiological studies demonstrate that significant harmful biological effects occur from nonthermal RF exposure” (http://bit.ly/24XtIpS).

• A Swisscom patent application clearly states that non-thermal wireless radiation “has a genotoxic effect … elicited via a non-thermal pathway” and that “when human blood cells are irradiated with electromagnetic fields, clear damage to hereditary material [DNA] has been demonstrated [with] indications of an increased cancer risk.” The international patent (http://bit.ly/1OQbG4V), filed in 2003, was for technology to reduce the ‘electrosmog’ from wireless local networks, intended to reduce the cancer risks associated with non-thermal exposure to microwave radiation. (For more details, see: http://bit.ly/1BCVa0W.)

A British epidemiological study (confirmed by Swedish, Japanese and Italian findings) shows an association between long-term use of a cell phone and acoustic neuromas (http://microwavenews.com/uk-study-points-acoustic-neuroma). Although acoustic neuromas (which grow on the eighth cranial/auditory nerve) are ‘benign’, they can still kill you.

SPIN: Extremely low frequency (ELF) radiation has no significant health effects. 

FACT: The electromagnetic fields that are most harmful to humans are those in the ELF range and also the radio frequencies that are pulsed or amplitude-modulated by ELF (see http://bit.ly/1PlASJZ for following three points).

• ELF radiation has been scientifically proven to damage cell membranes, causing them to leak calcium and create many health issues, such as altered brain function, autism, infertility, EHS, hypocalcaemia, DNA damage, early dementia, asthma and multiple chemical sensitivities. 

• Electromagnetic radiation can break the all-important blood–brain barrier, causing the death of neurons, which can result in early dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

• Gland cells are particularly sensitive to radiation, which can damage the thyroid and endocrine system, disrupting the metabolism. Even short-term exposure to radiation from a cell phone tower was shown to increase cortisol levels, with long-term exposure resulting in permanently elevated adrenaline.

• EMFs disrupt the production of melatonin, the body’s only antioxidant, resulting in high levels of damaging free radicals/oxidative stress and accelerated aging.5

• Inward calcium leakage in the neurons of the brain stimulates hyperactivity and makes the brain less able to concentrate on tasks, resulting in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). 6

SPIN: There is no demonstrable medical proof of harm being caused by Wi-Fi or Smart meters. 

FACT: The damaging effects of RF radiation from cell phones, Wi-Fi and Smart meters can now be medically demonstrated. 

• The damage done to red blood cells from brief exposure to RF radiation can be seen via live-blood-cell (dark-field microscopy) analysis, which reveals cell mutation, oxidation and rouleaux (aggregation of red blood cells) (https://youtu.be/y4JDEspdx58).

 • Just 5 minutes of exposure to Wi-Fi radiation results in cellular damage associated with pathological processes (see: https://vimeo.com/100623585, at minute 4.48).

• According to the BioInitiative Report, 7 bioeffects occur within minutes and at very low levels of exposure to EMFs and RF radiation—similar to those from cell and cordless phone use, as well as exposure to mobile phone masts (cell towers), Wi-Fi and wireless utility Smart meters that produce whole-body exposure. Chronic base-station-level exposures have also been shown to result in illness (http://bit.ly/1Xn4ZIV).

SPIN: Only vulnerable, hypersensitive or weak individuals are affected. 

FACT: The damaging effects of EMR have been medically proven to occur in every human body. 

• Dr Erica Mallery-Blythe, a former A&E doctor now specializing in EHS, says these effects occur even in those not experiencing symptoms, and many of us may be electro-hypersensitive and not realize it. “Everybody has the potential to become electro-hypersensitive [since] every cell in our body, in our brain or nervous system is dependent on electrical signals” (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2331369).

• Countless other doctors (such as Dr Dietrich Klinghardt8 and Dr Andrew Goldsworthy) confirm that EMR affects the blood cells of all individuals, ultimately damaging their nervous systems, brains, reproductive organs and physical health.

MYTH #5: The supposed effects of EMR are intangible and cannot be objectively measured. 

FACT: Medical doctors and researchers have identified biomarkers of EMF intolerance—biological indicators of EMR damage, found in everyone suffering from EMF sensitivity, as well as in those who had no idea that such a thing existed or that it could be making them ill. 

• Exposure has been found to have a damaging impact on melatonin, serotonin, dopamine, adrenaline, cortisol, testosterone, progesterone, T3 and T4 thyroid hormones and plasma ACTH (which regulates cortisol) (http://bit.ly/1rXJUcC and http://www.magdahavas.com/), among many others (see diagram on the main physical effects).

• Dr Dietrich Klinghardt9 tests for particular biomarkers in those affected by EMF pollution: an increase in inflammation markers (TGF-Beta 1, MMP-9 and copper, which shows chronic inflammation, hormone abnormalization and neurotransmitter abnormalization) (http://bit.ly/1Sc8I8G).

• Other medical tests for detecting EMF effects include live-blood-cell analysis, brain and nervous system analysis, and cardiac analysis (https://www.emfanalysis.com/ehsbiomarkers/).

SPIN: When those with EHS were asked to detect the presence of cell phone radiation, from behind a curtain or closed door, they often couldn’t tell when the radiation was present, or they reacted even though the cell phone hadn’t been switched on—which proves that it’s all in their heads. 

FACT: This approach has since been invalidated, for several reasons. Many individuals with EHS can physically feel RF radiation, although they often don’t know that that’s what they’re feeling. Even those who feel nothing, however, are still being affected at the cellular level. 

• Most people feel nothing, since the effect occurs at the cellular level, beyond their conscious awareness. Only in those with sensitized nervous systems, or those for whom the strength/duration of exposure has created physical symptoms, will the effects be felt.

• To claim that people react physically to the mere suggestion of EMF exposure merely reveals an ignorance—not just of how EMFs affect the human body at the cellular level, but of human nature itself. If you have a fear of spiders, heights or small spaces, and you’re told that you might be given a tarantula, placed on a cliff or locked in a closet, you would instinctively experience anxiety, sweating and other physiological stress responses, whether those threats materialized or not. Yet the danger posed by EMR is very real and a fear of it is well founded.

• As Dr Mallery-Blythe points out: “Electromagnetic hypersensitivity is a physiological issue, not a psychological one [and] it can be seen as either a sickness or a supersense, depending on the environment of the individual, although it is essentially both” (https://vimeo.com/100623585).

• French oncologist Dr Dominique Belpomme concurs: “We know with certainty that electromagnetic hypersensitivity is not psychosomatic.

SPIN: Service-providers claim that Wi-Fi/cell phone/Smart meter radiation is safe, and the media haven’t reported anything conclusive, so there’s no need to worry. 

FACT: Thousands of scientific studies attest to the damage caused by RF and other forms of radiation. 

• The results of many of these studies have been published in reputable medical and scientific journals such as The Lancet, the International Journal of Neuroscience, the Journal of Applied Sciences Research, Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine and NeuroToxicology, among others (http://nutritionalbalancing.org/center/environment/articles/emf-emr-health-effects#ref).

• Studies find adverse biological effects from Wi-Fi frequencies (2.4 or 5GHz), with exposures of <16V/m (such as those from a Wi-Fi-enabled device): http://bit.ly/1jsIPUp.

A $25m study by the National Toxicology Program of the NIH found that cell phone radio frequency radiation caused two types of tumours: glioma and schwannoma (acoustic neuromas).10

• “EMFs provoke major effects in the brain,” says oncologist Dr Dominique Belpomme. “The most important of these is the opening of the blood–brain barrier. This allows mercury, organochlorines and other pollutants to enter the brain, where they cause various neurodegenerative diseases.”11

• While some reports in the media strive to prove that EMR doesn’t harm us, doctors and specialists around the world are quietly helping those whose lives have been torn apart by the very real and devastating phenomenon of electromagnetic hypersensitivity. For a timeline of growing awareness of/landmark rulings re EHS, see: http://www.emfwise.com/awareness.php.

• Associate Professor Dr Olle Johansson, a neuroscientist at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden who has been researching the biological effects of RF wireless radiation for more than 30 years, predicts a “paradigm shift” in attitudes towards EMF. Our environment currently has about 10billion times more RF radiation than it did in the 60s. “If this environment is safe,” Johansson says, “we’re talking about 15,000–25,000 papers—in peer-reviewed scientific journals—all being wrong. That has never happened before.”

4 Dr Andrew Goldsworthy has produced compelling, comprehensive accounts of the multiple effects of EMFs, referencing over 70 scientific studies), the dangers of electromagnetic smog, and why the body is affected the way it is (see http://bit.ly/1PlASJZ; http://bit.ly/28ltGL9; and http://bit.ly/1taEDi3).

5 Henshaw, DL and Reiter, RJ (2005). Do magnetic fields cause increased risk of childhood leukemia via melatonin disruption? Bioelectromagnetics Supplement 7: S86-S97.

6 Beason and Semm, 2002; Krey and Dolmetsch, 2007, Volkow et al, 2011.

7 The 2012 BioInitiative Report was prepared by 29 authors (including 10 MDs, 21 PhDs, 3 MsCs, MAs or MPHs) from 10 countries (Austria, Canada, Denmark, Greece, India, Italy, Russia, the Slovac Republic, Sweden and the USA). Among the authors is the Chair of the Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation, and a Senior Advisor to the European Environmental Agency.

8 Dr Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD, is Founder of the Klinghardt Academy (USA), the American Academy of Neural Therapy, Medical Director of the Institute of Neurobiology, and lead clinician at the Sophia Health Institute (Washington State). He is also Founder and Chairman of the Institute for Neurobiology (in Germany & Switzerland). See https://youtu.be/PktaaxPl7RI and http://www.klinghardtacademy.com/

9 See https://youtu.be/PktaaxPl7RI and http://www.klinghardtacademy.com/.

10 www.saferemr.com/2016/05/national-toxicology-program-finds-cell.html

11 See: http://goo.gl/RCiYLa

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