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Title: EMF (electromagnetic radiation fields) Findings on Health Dangers Click on http://emfct.com and watch first video


1
EMF (electromagnetic radiation fields)Findings
on Health DangersClick on http//emfct.com and
watch first video
  • Presentation on findings to the Fresno County
    Board of Supervisors
  • Dr. Kathryn J. Biacindo
  • California State University, Fresno
  • April 08, 2008

2
EMF Probabilty of Risk
  • Based on research findings in Ellen Sugarman
    (2008, 4th ed.), Warning Electricity Around You
    May Be Hazardous to Your Health
  • Supported by EPA studies, director Michael
    Halper, stated, In all my years of looking at
    chemicals, I have never seen a set of
    epidemiological studies that remotely approached
    the weight of evidence that were seeing with ELF
    electromagnetic fields.
  • Supported by the 7 million study performed by
    the California Department of Health Services, in
    which all DHS scientists believe that EMF can
    cause some degree of increased risk for childhood
    leukemia, adult brain cancer, Lou Gehrigs
    disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and
    miscarriage.
  • NOTE Lobbying from PUCs have forced the change
    of wording from probable increased risk to
    possible increased risk.
  • Click on http//emfct.com and watch video 15

3
EMF is a Class 2 Carcinogen
  • IARC, division of the World Health Organization,
    classified low frequency EMF as a Group 2B
    carcinogen (cigarettes are in the class)
  • EPA (1990) had categorized EMF as a Class 2
    carcinogen
  • Based on a 25 year longitudinal study in Sweden,
    EMF was classified as a Class 2 carcinogenic as
    early as 1989
  • Click on http//emfct.com and watch video 11

4
EMFSOME FACTS
  • Safe levels for EMF exposure have been set at 2
    milli Gauss
  • Property values around transmission lines are
    reduced by an average of 30
  • Transmission lines emit an average of 100 milli
    Gauss
  • The EPA concluded, after a 15 year study, that
    there was a positive association between EMF and
    site specific cancer, cancer of the central
    nervous system, and lymphomas
  • Animals, birds, and fish exposed to transmission
    lines do not migrate properly, have mating cycles
    disrupted, and fail to eat properly

5
Studies cited by power companies that there is no
risk from EMF have been reversed
  • ORIGINAL INTERPRETATION OF RESEARCH FINDINGS
    (Peter A. Valberg, 2001)
  • To see report, click on http//wwww.www.powerlinef
    acts.com/Expert20Testimony/Valberg20testimony.ht
    m
  • Associations between wire code classification of
    homes and disease showed no causal effects from
    EMF
  • As the steady magnetic field of the earth is 570
    mG, and has no measurable adverse effects, it can
    be assumed that the lower magnetic field levels
    of power lines would also have no ill effects
  • U.S. EMF RAPID program found negative outcomes
    between EMF and health effects
  • National Academy of Sciences on EMF Science
    cant prove that anything is safe. But so far we
    have failed to find a hazard.
  • UPDATED FINDINGS
  • EMF lowers melatonin to a non-beneficial level in
    the body (low levels predispose one to cancer,
    stress, and depression) Dr. Neil Cherry, 1997
  • Click on http//www.emfct.com and watch video 16
  • ELF causes breast cancer --a cell that is 5
    active with cancer will become 95 active after
    exposure to as little as 5 mG this is true for
    both men and women (ELF acts as a co-carcinogen)
  • A review of 35 international research studies had
    33 establish a conclusive link between brain
    tumors, leukemia, and other forms of cancer.
    Policy recommendations place a warning not to
    live any closer than 200 yards of transmission
    lines.
  • Russian scientists have done more studies on EMF
    than any other country, and report EMF is
    connected with high blood pressure, chronic
    stress, immune system dysfunction, changes in
    white and red blood cell counts, metabolic
    changes, and headaches. (Havas, 2002)
  • Click on http//www.emf-health.com and watch
    video

6
SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE ON HOW EMF EFFECTS THE
PHYSICAL BODY
  • Deteriorates melatonin in the body
  • Destroys healthy blood cells
  • Breaks apart DNA strands
  • Changes firing rates in brain cells
  • Leaks calcium ions in brain and cells
  • Alters EEGs
  • Most studies conducted at UCLA
  • http//www.equilibra.uk.com/emfsbio.shtml
    Goldsworthy, Andrew (2007), The biological
    effects of weak electromagnetic fields.
  • It is impossible to argue, with these findings,
    that EMF is safe, as the power companies have
    repeatedly stated.

7
SOME CURRENT HEALTH STATISTICS BASED ON EMF
RESEARCH
  • 11 of 65 workers on the 1st floor of a telephone
    company developed cancer from the electric
    equipment housed in the room adjacent to their
    office
  • A San Francisco elementary school had 22 cases of
    cancer among staff who worked in the front of the
    building near overhead high voltage power lines
    and four pole mounted transformers Fresnos
    Slater elementary school has been closed due to
    parallel findings.
  • Clinical research showed that human cancer cells
    in a lab experiment exposed to 60hz electric
    fields proliferated and within one week were
    cloning six times as fast as normal.
  • Children whose mothers had used electric blankets
    during pregnancy showed a 300 increase in brain
    tumors.

8
RECENT INTERNATIONAL EVENT on March 28, 2008
  • Hundreds of thousands of households worldwide
    shut off their electrical power for an hour on
    the night of March 28th. This was in protest of
    the effects EMF has on the ionization of the
    atmosphere, destroying negative ions and thereby
    being a major contributing factor to global
    warming.

9
A BRIEF HISTORICAL VIEW OF THE EFFECTS OF EMF AS
RELATED TO CANCER
10
WHAT DO THE PUCs DO WHEN AN INDIVIDUALS HEALTH
IS ADVERSELY AFFECTED BY EMF?
  • Two major health problems
  • Pacemakers (heart problems) EMF disrupts the
    pacemaker
  • EMFSS (electromagnetic field sensitivity
    syndrome)disabling symptoms include vertigo and
    fainting, confusion, fatigue and weakness,
    headache, spasms, and nausea
  • James A. Beal, EMF Consulting, Wimberly, TX
  • ANSWER
  • NOTHING
  • They hold fast to their interpretation of data
    that EMF is not the causal factor.
  • This is based on review of the research with the
    following caveats
  • Exposure of lab animals to ELF did not duplicate
    real life exposures from power lines and
    equipment. High frequency transients were not
    used (this is the energy surge produced by motors
    light switches, electronic controllers going on).
    (Maisch, 1998)
  • Research is only conducted looking at the safe
    level of EMF, 2mG. So, when the NCI reported no
    evidence of EMF and childhood cancers, it
    overlooked the fact that numerous studies found a
    statistically significant increase in leukemia
    for exposure in excess of 3mG. (Maisch, et al.,
    1998)
  • National Academy of Science reviewed research and
    found no conclusive evidence that exposure to EMF
    produces cancer, looking at the studies which
    showed no effect, and omitted those papers that
    had found a biological response. (Mild, K.H.,
    1997)
  • NCRP draft report (National Council on Radiation
    Protection and measurements, 1995) supported a
    plausible connection between ELF/EMF and
    disruption of normal biological processes, with
    detailed implications for human healththis draft
    has not been made available to the public.

11
POSSIBLE ALTERNATIVESAs EMF radiation has been
proven to be hazardous, producing more energy is
a wrong choice from both a health and
environmental standpoint.
  • Bury the transmission lines. It has been done in
    Japan, and significantly lowers the
    electropollution.
  • Finance solar cells for high energy users. Set
    limits of kilowatt usage once these are
    exceeded, user must resort to solar power.
  • Create new laws to reduce energy usage. In
    Japan, all offices must keep their temperature
    set at 83 degrees, and it has significantly
    lowered power usage.

12
SUGGESTIONS FOR THE FRESNO AREA
  • Before any new power lines, substations, or
    transformers are put up, aggressive research must
    be performed to determine the health affects on
    the Fresno residents.
  • A survey should be developed, based on research
    findings to date on EMF, to measure the health
    impacts of the current exposed population.
  • If the PUCs cannot prove that the current power
    configuration is safe, they should devise and
    implement safer alternatives.
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