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ELECTROMAGNETISM INCREASES RISK excerpted from Cancer and Nutrition

Lawrenceville, NJ (Dr Simone) – Nonionizing electromagnetic radiation is generated largely through electrical and magnetic fields around us that include infrared rays, microwaves, radiowaves, and alternating electrical currents. All of these, except for infrared rays, penetrate the body readily. Such radiation is found in household wiring, appliances, high-tension wires, radio transmitters, television screens, video display terminals, electric blankets, and even the Earth, which has its own electromagnetic field. In fact, this electromagnetic field is responsible for making a compass needle point in the direction of north. However, the Earth’s electromagnetic fields do a flip flop, the North and South Pole fields trading places at intervals of hundreds of thousands of years. Electromagnetism produces vague symptoms of fatigue, nausea, headache, loss of libido, and increases cancer risk.

An electromagnetic field is created along wires when electricity flows and is measured in Gauss. The electromagnetic field is made of two components: the electric field made from the strength of the charge that starts the flow, and the magnetic field that results from the motion of the alternating currents.  The energy needed to make electricity flow is called voltage. More voltage is needed to make electricity go farther. Voltage is either stepped-up or stepped-down along transmission lines by transformers at substations or on utility poles near homes. The strength of the field determines human health.

All electrically driven products have electromagnetic fields that, among other things, suppress melatonin, a hormone produced by the pineal gland in the brain.  Melatonin regulates the immune system. Low levels of melatonin have been linked to breast and prostate cancer.  Electromagnetic fields increase cortisol that suppresses the immune system. Postmenopausal women who use electric blankets have a higher risk of breast cancer. Microwaves affect our circadian rhythms, which in turn affect our sleep patterns, growth, and repair mechanisms, and even IQ tests in animals. The closer you are to a given appliance or other source, the higher is the strength of the electromagnetic field.
High Voltage Wires Increase Risk

  • Children living near the wires have a two times higher risk of developing cancer.

  • Men exposed to electrical and magnetic fields at work have an increased risk of leukemia (especially acute myeloid leukemia), brain tumors, and breast cancer.

Low Voltage Wires Increase Risk

  • There are more childhood leukemia and brain cancers, as well as adult cancers when homes have a large amount of house wiring or are close to telephone pole power lines.

  • Low-frequency electromagnetic fields produce weak electric fields in our bodies, affecting hormone levels, the binding levels of ions to cell membranes, certain genetic processes inside the cell such as RNA and protein synthesis, and calcium ions that control cell division.

Computer Monitors Increase Risk
The “extremely-low-frequency” magnetic fields produced by these monitors have been linked to cancers, breast disorders, spontaneous abortion, and other health problems. The US Environmental Protection Agency recommended that the radiation fields produced by these monitors be categorized as probable human carcinogens.  Color monitors produce more radiation. The amount of radiation is always higher at the sides, back and top of the monitor.  Workers should sit at least two feet away from the front of the monitor and stay at least four feet away from the back or sides of a co-worker’s monitor. The same precautions for laser printers.  
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Scans.  Patients undergoing MRI scanning are exposed to three types of electromagnetic radiation: static magnetic fields, pulsed radiofrequency (RF) electromagnetic fields, and gradient (time-varying) fields. Atoms of all tissues resonate at specific frequencies within an electromagnetic field and produce signals that convert to images.
     The fastest MRI scanners rely on the time-varying fields to obtain large amounts of information in milliseconds that produce a clearer image.  However, time-varying fields produce electric currents in the body. These currents can cause cardiac arrhythmias or nerve stimulation.  Further research is needed to determine the harm to the human body. 
Cellular Phones Increase the Risk for Cancer Slightly because they produce radiofrequency radiation and therefore effect cells and tissues.
Addressing the Problem.  New transmission lines should be routed to avoid developed areas and increase the distance from the lines to the houses. The problem is that little can be done to reduce the electromagnetic fields from the low-voltage lines within our cities.
     Help yourself! Use computer monitors that have reduced electromagnetic radiation. Use electric blankets only to preheat the bed. Move electric alarm clocks as far away from your bed as is practical. Buy home appliances that have minimal fields. We obviously need to be wary about where we live, avoid high-tension wires, and take other common sense precautions.

(c) 2017 Charles B. Simone, M.MS., M.D.