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09 January 2021

France : A study shows a link between electromagnetic waves and the unexplained deaths of cows

Electromagnetism: towards scientific proof of a danger for humans and animals? 
A study showing a link between electromagnetic waves and unexplained deaths of cattle brings water to the mill of a farmer who lost more than 300 cows in four years.
By Rédaction Loudéac, actu.fr, 8 Jan.2021 - English translation

One could have taken this dairy farmer in Allineuc, near Loudéac in the Côtes-d'Armor, for a madman, so much so that what he told seemed surreal. But a recent study, conducted by the scientific committee of a French environmental association, gives solid reasons to believe that Stéphane Le Béchec is not an eccentric.

Photo): Stéphane Le Béchec, here angry in front of a new 4G ++ antenna installed on a farmer's land in Uzel (Côtes-d'Armor), is fighting against the excessive emission of electromagnetic waves in the environment. (©Le Courrier Indépendant)

This study is the brainchild of an independent group, "toxSeek" with a state-of-the-art research laboratory, born of the meeting between a doctor of pharmaco-toxicology, a chemist, a public health specialist and a high-tech entrepreneur.

Their investigation, the first conclusions of which were released last month, aimed to establish whether there is a relationship between a high electromagnetic risk and toxic impregnation with rare earths (metals found in magnets, telephones, televisions, etc.) in humans.

On the other hand, the question was whether the existence of this relationship can be correlated with a decrease in the productivity of the animals studied and one or more animal pathologies. About ten farms were concerned by this analysis, including Stéphane Le Béchec's farm.

Le Béchec, who claims to have become electrosensitive himself, has lost more than 300 cows in four years.

"And I've lost 14 more since July of 2020." - Stéphane Le Béchec, Dairy cow breeder in Allineuc.

The cause of this frightening hecatomb? For him, it is sure: electricity and equipment that emits electromagnetic waves near his farm.

Abnormal behavior of the animals, pathologies and unexplained deaths, but also absence of migrators or snails... The breeder has listed no less than 110 anomalies. "The presence of this type of metal (rare earths, N.D.L.R) can also cause other pathologies such as leukemia", he fears.

The toxSeek scientists have observed that the average toxic impregnation with rare earths is seven times higher in farms subject to a high electromagnetic risk and experiencing significant health problems than in control farms where these problems are non-existent.

This is an exciting fact in terms of understanding the phenomenon, but one that still needs to be delved into by medical biology. This is what the toxSeek laboratory now intends to do, in collaboration with university hospitals.

For Stéphane Le Béchec, in any case, it is an important step in his long-term fight against electromagnetic emissions. It remains to be seen whether the study will be taken seriously by the competent authorities.

The impact on humans

The Coll'Air Pur citizen collective launched a hair analysis campaign on September 16, 2020, National Air Quality Day.

The study involved 76 children and 6 adults for a targeted search for metals, heavy metals and rare earths, carried out by the independent laboratory toxSeek.

Its objective was to find out the impact of chronic pollution in the Arve Valley (Haute-Savoie), mainly on children.

The 82 subjects of the study were compared to a control population of 988 adult and child subjects. A significant cadmium contamination was observed, 3 times higher than that of the control population, indicating chronic toxicity.

Disturbing results according to Dr. Mallory Guyon :
"Cadmium is a heavy metal with known effects on the lungs, kidneys, bones, cardiovascular system, brain and reproductive system. At chronic exposure doses, i.e. below threshold values, this heavy metal will have an impact on the body in the medium and long term. » - Dr. Mallory Guyon, toxSeek Emergency

The toxSeek scientific committee has identified a rare earth and metal contamination profile that could be a biomarker of Electro-Hyper-Sensitivity.

This contamination was discovered during toxicological analyses of metals in hair in several contexts: pediatric cancer cluster in Sainte-Pazanne; farms in Nozay (Loire-Atlantique), Brittany and Aisne (human and animal), people suffering from electro-hypersensitivity.

Hair is used to study chronic contamination with inorganic pollutants (metals, heavy metals and rare earths): 3 cm of hair allows us to study 3 months of contamination.

"We put forward a hypothesis that is currently the subject of scientific research: contamination with metals (rare earths) could be increased by electromagnetic fields (antenna effect)". - Matthew Davoli, Co-founder of toxSeek and President of toxSeek emergency.

In one equation: metal contamination (rare earths) + electromagnetic fields = increased effects and sensitivity, appearance of dermatological, neurasthenic, chronic disease symptoms...

This would be due to the magnetic properties of rare earths, which interact with electromagnetic fields.

The impact on animals

Following the results of the first toxicological analyses of dairy cow hair in five farms with significant problems (including that of Stéphane Le Béchec in Allineuc), toxSeek urgence decided to initiate a case-control study on the toxic impregnation with rare earths of farms subjected to strong electromagnetic fields.

As for human hair, cow hair can be used as a "biological matrix to highlight the biomarker of rare earth contamination subjected to electromagnetic fields".

Toxic impregnation to rare earths 7 times higher

Toxicological analyses detecting 49 metals, heavy metals and rare earths on the cow hair of the 80 subjects were carried out (ICP-MS technology).

The toxSeek scientific committee observed that the toxic rare-earth impregnation of dairy cows in the control farms was "very low or non-existent for a major part of the subjects".

In contrast :
"the average toxic impregnation with rare earths is 7 times higher in farms subject to a high electromagnetic risk and experiencing significant health problems". - toxSeek Scientific Committee
For toxSeek, this study shows a correlation between the state of health of farms, whose cows are subject to toxic impregnation with rare earths, and the electromagnetic risk.

According to Matthieu Davoli, indeed, "we did not find anything particular regarding heavy metals (N.D.L.R: lead, cadmium, mercury, well known for their toxicity). On the other hand, there are these differences in the dosages of rare earths, which make us say that there, we really have something! 

What are rare earths?

Anything but earths and anything but rare. What are improperly called "rare earths" are actually metals, present in quantities comparable to those of nickel, for example, but infinitely more dispersed, which makes their extraction difficult. They are indispensable to current technologies (flat screens, LEDs, computers, cell phones, batteries...), to renewable energies (permanent magnets...) but also for the manufacture of certain drugs, pesticides and MRI contrast products. Their magnetic properties are "20 to 100 times better than a conventional magnet". Increasingly used, they are however not subject to reprocessing or recycling.

The health challenge

Will the increase in electromagnetic fields (domestic, 5G, wind...) coupled with rare earth contamination become a major environmental health problem?

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