THE "ELECTROSMOG" THAT
SURROUNDS US-FROM CELL PHONES WiFi, AND COMMONPLACE MODERN
TECHNOLOGY-MAY BE SERIOUSLY HARMING OUR HEALTH.
A Prevention Magazine Special Report - By Michael Segell
- January 2010
The California Cluster
In 1990, THE CITY OF La Quinta, CA, proudly opened the doors
of its sparkling new middle school. Gayle Cohen, then a
sixth-grade teacher, recalls the sense of excitement
everyone felt: "We had been in temporary facilities for 2
years, and the change was exhilarating." But the glow soon
dimmed. One teacher developed vague symptoms - weakness,
dizziness- and didn't return after the Christmas break. A
couple of years later, another developed cancer and died;
the teacher who took over his classroom was later diagnosed
with throat cancer. More instructors continued to fall ill,
and then, in 2003, on her 50th birthday, Cohen received her
own bad news: breast cancer. "That's when I sat down with
another teacher, and we remarked on all the cancers we'd
seen" she says.
...By 2005, 16 staffers among
the 137 who'd worked at the new school had been diagnosed
with 18 cancers, a ratio nearly times the expected number.
Nor were the children spared: About a dozen cancers have
been detected so far among former students....
A local newspaper article
about the possible disease cluster caught the
attraction of Sam Milham, MD, a widely traveled
epidemiologist who has investigated hundreds of
environmental and occupational illness and published dozens
of peer-reviewed papers on his findings. For the past 30
years, he has trained much of his focus on the potential
hazards of electromagnetic fields (EMFs)-the radiation that
surrounds all electrical appliances and devices, power
lines, and home wiring and is emitted by communications
devices, including cell phones and radio, TV, and WiFi
With Cohen's help, Milham
entered the school after hours one day to take readings.
Astonishingly, in some classrooms he found the surges of
transient pollution exceeded his meter's ability to gauge
them. His preliminary findings prompted the teachers to file
a complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health
WHAT WAS WRONG with the La Quinta School?
According to epidemiologist Sam Milham, MD, the middle
school was rife with the usual suspects- fluorescent
lighting, electronic devices-whose toxic effects were
exacerbated by an electrical supply overloaded with
high-voltage transients. ....
THE EVIDENCE SHOWING HARM IS
Working Group, an international collaboration of prestigious
scientists and public health policy experts from the United
States, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, and China, released a
650-page report citing more than 2,000 studies (many very
recent) that detail the toxic efforts of EMFs from all
sources. Chronic exposure to even low-level radiation (like
that from cell phone), the scientists concluded, can cause a
variety of cancers, impair immunity, and contribute to
Alzheimer's disease and dementia, heart disease, and many
other ailments. "We now have a critical mass of evidence,
and it gets stronger every day," says David Carpenter, MD,
director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at
the University at Albany and coauthor of the public-health
chapters of the Bioinitiative report.
FEARS ABOUT THE HAZARDS OF CELL PHONES SEEM JUSTIFIED.
"Every single study of brain tumors that looks at 10 or more
years of use shows an increased risk of brain cancer," says
Cindy Sage, MA, coeditor of the report. A few studies are
particularly frightening, ......
THE EVIDENCE SHOWING HARM IS
Symptoms of EHS, a recently identified condition, include
fatigue, facial irritation (resembling rosacea), tinnitus,
dizziness, and digestive disturbances, which occur after
exposure to visual display units, mobile phones, WiFi
equipment, and commonplace appliances. Experts say upto 3%
of all people are clinically hypersensitive, as many as
one-third of us to a lesser degree.
A History of Harmful Effects
In the 1970s, Nancy
Wertheimer, PhD, a Denver epidemiologist (since
deseased), detected a spike in childhood leukemia (a
rare disease) among kids who lived near electric
power lines, prompting a rash of studies that
arrived at similar conclusions.
In the 1980s,
investigators concludeed that office workers with
high exposure to EMFs from electronics had higher
incidents of melanoma-a disease most often
associated with sun exposure-than outdoor workers.
In 1998, reseachers
with the National Cancer Institute reported that
childhood leukemia risk were "significantly
elevated" in children whose mothers used electric
blankets during pregnancy and in children who used
hair dryers, video machines in arcades, and video
games connected to TVs.
How to PROTECT YOURSELF
EMF in the radio range
accumulates, so if possible, choose wired Internet instead
of wireless, a wired home security system, and wired
entertainment systems. If you do use WiFi, plug in only when
needed, and disconnect during sleeping hours. Keep the
router as far as possible from your desk and children's
Avoid Compact fluorescent
bulbs, which emit dirty electricity. Use LED or incandescent
bulbs. Do not install dimmer switches.
(MicroWaterMan.com will soon be making some
solutions in this area)
Main electrical and circuit
breaker panels give off high EMF within 3 to 4 feet. Make
sure your bed is safely distant, and keep in mind the panel
may be on the floor above or below you or on the the other
side of a wall. May we suggest the
70' Omni-Directional Optimizer, or
FOR SAFER PHONING...
Cordless phones can emit just as much radiation as mobile
phones, although only when you're using them. Consider
reinstalling corded (landline) phones. Avoid very powerful
digital enhanced cordless tele-communications (DECT)
phones-the kind with a base station and satellite handset.
When using a cell phone: Use
(and when you can't be sure to have the
Waveshield on your cell phone)
or a wired earpiece (hollow cord types are
(May we suggest the
RF3 Radiation Free Headset)
Do not use a Bluetooth wireless headset; combined
with the phone. It can exceed even the current inadequate
Avoid carrying it on
your body,except when in "flight" or "off-line" mode.
(We simply recommend turning the thing off or carry
it in your bag)
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