A presentation of

How EMF Radiation
Endangers Your Health

Emissions from wireless equipment, microwaves and dirty electricity may be making you sick right now. Here's the scoop on what's going on and what's in store for the future...

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September 1, 2018 -- While cell phones and WiFi may seem indispensable to our lives, it turns out our bodies can absorb only so much EMF radiation before they start falling apart. EMF is short for "electromagnetic field", a cloud of energy hovering around every wireless and electric device emitting current or voltage. These invisible fields may not have the same bite as exposure to nuclear radiation, but in due time the health impacts may be similar. In fact, EMF radiation sickness is now being documented throughout the industrial world, while deaths attributed to chronic exposure have been piling up for more than seventy years.

Since EMF radiation attacks at the cellular level, its symptoms affect every system in the body. There's even a new illness associated with electromagnetic fields called Electro Hypersensitivity Syndrome (EHS). Graphic: Dr. Erica Blythe

Incredibly, at the same time electronics manufacturers continue to churn out products emitting ever more powerful wireless energy at staggering frequencies, thousands of research studies have demonstrated the link between EMF's (both wireless and wired) and neurodegenerative diseases, leukemia and brain tumors. Newer studies link other cancers to EMF exposure as well. In addition, British EMF expert Dr. Erica Mallery-Blythe warns that the incidence of sterility in the developed world may soon spike because so many of us either place wireless devices in our laps - near testicles or ovaries - or work on desktops more or less level with these vulnerable organs. Carrying a mobile phone in your pocket can also impair sperm motility or (in due time) render unusable the finite number of eggs stored in your ovaries.


In the image up top, iron filings near a magnet fall in line in the familiar pattern. Below, a PowerPoint slide demonstrates how the magnetic force of EMF fields affects our iron-rich blood cells. The cells appear to be forming lines just like the filings. Graphics: Wikicommons, Dr. Magda Havas

In 2011, the World Health Organization classified EMF radiation as a Class 2B "Possible" Carcinogen. But that designation has been hotly debated ever since. In fact, a collaboration of EMF scientists and researchers known as the Bioinitiative Working Group (BWG) believes that chronic exposure to wireless microwaves may be slowly destroying the seventy trillion human cells that make up each one of us. According to their report issued in 2012:

    "There is suggestive to strongly suggestive evidence that RF (radiofrequency) exposures may cause changes in cell membrane function, cell communication, cell metabolism, activation of proto-oncogenes and can trigger the production of stress proteins at exposure levels below current regulatory limits. Resulting effects can include DNA breaks and chromosome aberrations, cell death including death of brain neurons, increased free radical production, activation of the endogenous opioid system, cell stress and premature aging, changes in brain function including memory loss, retarded learning, slower motor function and other performance impairment in children, headaches and fatigue, sleep disorders, neurodegenerative conditions, reduction in melatonin secretion and cancers."

Along with the BWG, numerous other researchers have found that strong magnetic fields, such as those generated by high voltage lines and appliance motors, can trigger leukemia. This blood-borne cancer was first linked to EMF exposure by researchers Nancy Wertheimer and Ed Leeper back in 1979. In the 2010 book Zapped, Ann Louise Gittleman reports on their research, along with many other studies on EMF radiation. She also recounts the stories of people who became severely ill at the hands of "dirty electricity". This little-known EMF source can get you in a variety of ways, including:

  • voltage transients moving through grid into your home
  • faulty wiring and aging circuits
  • stray electric currents running along copper pipes, sometimes into sinks, bathtubs and water heaters
  • electrical transformers, whether mounted on utility poles or humming inside and appliances large and small
  • fluorescent light fixtures and dimmer switches

"By some estimates," Gittleman writes, "we're exposed daily to as much as one hundred million times more electromagnetic radiation than our grandparents were."

While hard-wired electricity generates stationary electromagnetic fields, wireless technology uses radio waves that travel for a distance to transmit their signals and data. So even if you never use any wireless devices yourself, you may be still getting pummeled by both wireless microwaves and the pulsed wave modulation powering mobile phone networks. Most cell phone handsets currently transmit and receive calls at 2.4 gigahertz. That's the same frequency microwave ovens cook at, and those appliances are equipped with electromagnetic shielding! In addition, a 2007 study by researchers Cindy Sage and Olle Johansson, M.D. made the surprising revelation that the email, text messaging, internet use and display functions of PDA's (now called Smart phones) were taking place at extremely low frequencies (ELF) under 30 hertz. This causes the phone's battery to emit enormous magnetic fields, up to a thousand times greater than the safe exposure limits recommended by the Bionitiative Working Group and other EMF Safety organizations.

Some of the ways we experience the effects of EMF radiation from the new Smart utility meters, not to mention the many other wireless devices inside and outside our homes. Graphic: EMFSafetyNetwork.org

EMF's are different from nuclear and X-ray radiation in that they are a non-ionizing form of radiation, just like ultraviolet radiation. As in the case of melanoma and other skin cancers triggered by exposure to harmful UV rays, it can take a long time for a life-threatening EMF-caused disease to manifest. Besides that, each person has a different degree of susceptibility, depending on their state of health, nutritional intake and restorative activities (if any). One telltale sign of over-exposure to radiofrequency radiation (RFR) is a persistent ringing in the ears, also known as tinnitus. Another is a sudden intense headache that starts during or right after a cell phone call. In either scenario, you should consider distancing yourself from wireless equipment and consulting your physician.

Age is also a key factor in the onset of EMF-related illness. Children are much more vulnerable than adults because of their smaller skulls, softer tissue and bones, and undeveloped immune systems. In addition, cell replication takes place at a much faster rate when we're young. This means that dysfunctional cell behavior caused by EMF exposure can more quickly spawn cancer and other diseases. For that reason, if you're under 18 or pregnant, reducing your exposures to both wireless and hard-wired EMF's is not something to put off until tomorrow.

The extent of EMF radiation penetrating a human head during a cell phone call depends on skull thickness and head size. The "absorption rate" is a standard measure of heat, technically referred to as SAR (Specific Absorption Rate). On most phones, you'll find an "RF disclosure" about SAR included with the software, tucked under the heading of "legal" or "regulatory". The units are expressed in watts per kilogram. Graphic: IEEE

Research also now suggests a possible link between EMF exposure and miscarriages, birth defects, autism, Alzheimer's and other neurological diseases, asthma and other health problems. Ironically, educational institutions and hospitals are among the worst offenders when it comes to generating EMF emissions. Maternity wards routinely attach wireless monitors to newborns, while primary schools boast of "going completely wireless". Many schools even host cell phone towers on their property to generate income for their districts.

Such hair-brained enterprises may be attributed to the fact that safety standards for the wireless industry haven't been updated since the 1990's. Moreover, those original standards all focused solely on thermal reactions caused by EMF radiation (i.e. the SAR heat metric). Many other adverse health impacts have been documented, as mentioned above, ever since the Soviets first investigated radio wave sickness in radar operators and other workers exposed to microwaves.

Regardless, if a product manufactured today doesn't actually heat up human tissue like a microwave oven, then it's considered safe by most regulatory agencies, including the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). In 2014, after a rash of studies linking mobile phone use to brain tumors received some buzz in the press, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control did finally advise caution and limiting kids' access to cell phone. But even those modest recommendations were withdrawn a year later, according to the New York Times.

New Sources of EMF Radiation on Tap

Adding to the forest of cell towers now beaming wireless microwaves throughout the inhabited world, a growing number of homes and apartments throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia are being monitored by a new wireless device called a Smart meter. Smart meters eliminate the need for conventional utility meters and the people who stop by each month to read those five dials. But the new high-tech, digital meters emit potent EMF radiofrequency bursts several thousand times daily. Such bursts are considered harmful by EMF safety advocates despite their short duration. Smart meters have also spawned more than a few house fires since they first arrived on scene several years ago. Unlike nearly all other electrical equipment used in your home, these devices are not UL listed.

As for transmitting utility usage info, in a typical set-up, each Smart meter sends its data on a relay race via the meters attached to neighboring houses along a street. At the last house in the chain, the combined data is transmitted to a wireless router mounted on a utility pole in the neighborhood. The router then transmits the info (perhaps through a series of other routers) to a data center managed by the utility company.

And that's just the beginning of a new wave of wireless electronics taking civilization by storm. On the heels of the Smart meter rollout, many homes are also being outfitted with dozens of other devices as part of a government-corporate joint venture known as the Internet of Things. This is a key component of the new national Smart Grid, a multi-billion dollar project approved during the Obama Administration.

The new Smart Home, furnished with all sorts of Smart appliances, will be transmitting data to the new Smart Grid. Besides the gadgets featured here, the IOT includes wireless security systems, remote-triggered light switches and thermostats, home computing electronics, telephones, televisions and stereos. Graphic: Pew Intl.

According to the Department of Energy, the stated mission of the Smart Grid is to increase energy efficiency and integrate alternative energy sources (solar, wind, etc.) into a long neglected, nationwide electrical infrastructure. While this sounds like a good idea, in reality the actual grid is not being renovated or updated at all by this project. And instead of lowering consumer bills, the charges are going up, according to customers who've had Smart meters installed.

Opponents of Smart meters also point out that utility data collection facilities will be selling the customer data they collect to private data mining companies. That's because the new Internet of Things includes lots of sensors and monitors packed into all your Smart appliances, collecting all kinds of information. Besides scanning for light, motion, temperature and your voice, the sensors can read the optical scan codes on your grocery products, and apparently even the biomedical characteristics of your body. Interestingly, the Department of Homeland Security and Intelligence Community will have access to the data as well. It's expected that DHS will one day spy on people in their homes.

According to a DOE press release, "A smart meter is a good example of an enabling Smart Grid technology that can empower both utilities and consumers to extract value from two-way communications and real-time access to usage data." To do this, the Smart Grid will also carry broadband radio communication by coupling RF waves onto the utility power line. In other words, the signal is piggy-backed onto the 60-hertz AC electricity delivered to your home, whether you want it or not.

For more information about the surveillance possibilities, as well as health and many other concerns associated with Smart Meters, please watch the PowerPoint presentation given by Brian Thiesen of the consumer awareness group CST Canada. Everything going on in that country concerning Smart Meters and wireless technology is likewise happening here and elsewhere. (You can view the video on the Watch Videos page.)

Of course, the next generation of wireless communication, 5G, is likewise coming soon to a neighborhood near you. Mobile phones and other devices will operate at nearly twice the current 2.4 gH frequency, while many other wireless technologies, including autonomous driving, will use 5.8 gH signals. And since wavelengths decrease as frequency rises, this means 5G will be using "millimeter waves". Practically speaking, this means the 300,000 cell towers now perched across the American landscape won't be used to send 5G signals.

Instead, an entirely new infrastructure is under construction, one that will place much smaller cell masts (towers) on top of street poles, bus shelters and other locations throughout neighborhoods and cities. Since millimeter waves apparently don't pass through walls easily, a multitude of these locations is needed to get the job done. In addition, to reach their targets, the millimeter waves have to bounce from wall to wall like superballs until they can find opening to pass through. That conceivably means every signal transmission may be making multiple passes through our bodies on its way to somebody's phone or computer.

To understand the potential harm of the 5G scenario, imagine a "walls of Jericho" effect on your biological cells as a consequence of this incessant pulsing of RF waves. As the Bioinitiative Working Group explained in 2012, the membranes of cells overexposed to EMF radiation simply start to fail. Biochemist Martin Pall has already identified a specific mechanism of injury (in 2014), claiming that excessive leakage and/or build-up of calcium in cells disrupts their normal function and paves the way for the onset of cancer-related diseases.

Other research paints an equally gloomy picture of dysfunction associated with millimeter waves (MMW). "Preliminary observations showed that MMW increase skin temperature, alter gene expression, promote cellular proliferation and synthesis of proteins linked with oxidative stress, inflammatory and metabolic processes, could generate ocular damages and affect neuro-muscular dynamics." An increased risk of skin cancers was also found, although the research claimed 90% of MMW radiation doesn't penetrate beyond the skin. Unfortunately, 10% multiplied by the siege of 5G "super ball" signals bouncing off walls and through us may indeed translate into a significant risk.

This 5G promotional video (also available on the Watch Videos page) explains how wireless millimeters will travel from cell masts to mobile phones using the super ball (ricochet) method.

Scientists and Physicians Speak Out, Designate an EMF-Specific Illness

Perhaps not surprisingly, concerned physicians and EMF researchers from over 40 countries filed a petition with the United Nations in 2015. The petition calls for emergency action to address the proliferation of EMF emissions worldwide and specifically asks public health officials to:

  • update electronic product safety standards,
  • rewrite national electrical codes,
  • inform the public of the health risks, and
  • legislate stringent guidelines for more vulnerable children and pregnant women
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) responded to the petition by setting up a commission to study the problem. Meanwhile, the agency's website continues to claim that direct cause and effect links between EMF exposure and debilitating illness have yet to be established. To fill the void, many consumer groups have sprung up since then to get the word out online and at community meetings.

    While most doctors and medical clinics generally dismiss EMF radiation symptoms as the product of psychological problems, new protocols and initiatives have begun to percolate within medical circles. In the past decade, for example, a disease associated with wireless microwaves, coined Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Syndrome (EHS), is now being widely reported throughout the United States, Western Europe and Australia. People afflicted with EHS are unable to live within range of any cell tower, forcing them to quit jobs and move out of their homes. This has earned them the designation of "wireless refugees".

    In a handful of European countries (especially Sweden and Switzerland), EHS victims can now receive disability benefits. However, due to the ignorance of governments, school administrators and health care personnel, many sufferers have yet to receive any accommodation at all for their plight. Caught in the electronic crossfire, a few have committed suicide.

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