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Medical Information on the Effects of
EMFs on One's Health are listed below.
We encourage you to do your own research as well.



ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE and EMFs
1996 Drs. Eugene Sobel and Zoreh Davanipour of the University of Southern California School of Medicine, Los Angeles. Medium-to-high occupational exposures result in a four-fold increase in the rate of Alzheimer's.

1996 Dr. Maria Feychting of the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. Five-times increased rate of Alzheimer's is reported with occupational exposures.

1996 An occupational study of the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety and Johns Hopkins University finds higher death rates from Alzheimer's with medium-to-high occupation exposures (2 mG and higher).


SUICIDE

People may be more likely to commit suicide if they are regularly exposed to low frequency electromagnetic fields, research has found. US scientists studied workers employed by five electric power companies between 1950 and 1986. They selected a sample of almost 6,000 workers from a total of 139,000 for detailed study. The average length of time worked in the industry was 16 years. The researchers found that suicide deaths were twice as high among those employees whose work regularly exposed them to electromagnetic radiation.

Exposure to electromagnetic fields and suicide among electric utility workers: a nested case-control study.
Van Wijngaarden E, Savitz DA, Kleckner RC, Cai J, Loomis D. Department of Epidemiology, University of North Carolina, School of Public Health CB 7400, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7400, USA.


BREAST CANCER

1987 Dr. Richard Stevens, Battelle Pacific Northwest Labs, Richmond, WA. EMFs reduce levels of the cancer-fighting hormone, melatonin. Lower levels are associated with breast cancer.

1989-1992 Epidemiological studies show an increase in male breast cancer among exposed workers, especially for those under 30 years of age. Drs. Genevieve Matanoski of Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, Paul Demers of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA, and Tore Tynes and Aage Andersen of the Cancer Registry of Norway, Oslo.

1992 Dr. Sabine John of the Technical University of Munich, Germany. EMFs increase the rate of breast cancer mitochondrial activity.

1992 Dr. Robert Liburdy of the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Berkeley, CA. Low levels of EMFs decrease the amount of melatonin.

1993 Dr. Wolfgang Loscher of the School of Veterinary Medicine, Hannover, Germany. EMFs increase the number of mammary tumors in laboratory animals in a dose-response relationship.

1993 Drs. Dana Loomis and David Savitz of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Female electrical workers have twice the expected number of deaths from breast cancer.

1996- 1998 The Stevens and Liburdy melatonin studies are replicated. For the first time, a mechanism is demonstrated linking EMFs and cancer, i.e., that EMF reduce the amount of the cancer-fighting hormone, melatonin. Dr. Carl Blackman of the Environment Protection Agency, Dr. Richard Luben of the University of California, Riverside, CA, Dr. Larry Anderson of Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratory, Richmond, WA, and Drs. Scott Davis of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA, and Dr. Richard Stevens of the Battelle Pacific Northwest Labs in Richland, WA.

1996 Dr. Patricia Coogan of Boston University School of public Health, Boston, MA. Another occupational study links female breast cancer and EMFs.

1997 Dr. Maria Feychting of Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. Woman who are under 50 exposed to EMFs above 2 mG have 80% increased incidence of breast cancer. When limited to estrogen-receptor-positive women, the incidence is 7.4 times the risk of breast cancer above 1 mG.


CANCER, ADULT - OTHER THAN BREAST CANCER

1989 Drs. Genevieve Matanoski, Patrick Breysse, and Elizabeth Elliott, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. An occupational study shows increased rates of prostate, colon and lung cancers, leukemia and lymphoma.

1992 Dr. Birgitta Floderus of the National Institute of Occupational Health, Solna, Sweden. Men exposed to 3 mG at work have three times the expected rate of chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

1992 Dr. Richard Lovely of the Battelle Pacific Northwest Lab, Richmond, WA. Men using electric razors have twice the rate of leukemia.

1994 Dr. Gilles Theriault of McGill University, Montreal. Hydro-Quebec workers exposed to magnetic fields have more brain tumors and leukemia. A second study shows that workers exposed to transients (intense pulses of high frequency radiation) have ten times the incidence of lung cancer compared to 1.6 increase for those exposed to magnetic fields alone.

1995 Drs. David Savitz and Dana Loomis of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Utility workers with the highest EMF exposures have more than twice the expected rate of brain cancer than the least exposed workers.

1995 Dr. Birgitta Floderus of the National Institute for Working Life, Solna, Sweden. Individuals exposed to EMFs on the job are found to have a small, but significant, elevation in risk for many types of cancer.

1995 Dr. Nancy Wertheimer, Dr. David Savitz of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hills, and Ed Leeper find quadrupled rates of leukemia in houses where ground currents at the plumbing are present.

1997 Drs. Carin Stenlung and Birgitta Floderus, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. Rates of testicular cancer are doubled for the 25% of male workers with the highest EMF exposures.

1997 Drs. Ching-Yi Li of Ju-Jen Catholic University in Taipei, Taiwan, Gilles Theriault of McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and Ruey Lin of National Taiwan University in Taipei. A 40% greater risk of leukemia and a 70% higher risk of ALL (acute lymphocytic leukemia) are found when the exposure is 2 mG or greater. A dose-response relationship is noted.

1996 Dr. Anthony Miller of the University of Toronto, Canada. The leukemia risk is 11 times as high for workers exposed to both electric and magnetic fields compared to 1.6 times for workers exposed to magnetic fields alone.


CELLULAR STUDIES

Dr. Ross Adey, formerly of the Veterans Administration Hospital, Loma Linda, CA. EMFs disrupt communication between healthy adjacent cells, with potential implication for Alzheimer's. Similar findings were reported by Drs. Carl Blackman of the Environmental Protection Agency, Robert Liburdy of Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Berkeley, CA, Ewa Lindstrom of the University of Umea, Sweden, and the National Institute of Occupational Health in Umea, Sweden.

1987 Drs. Craig Byus of the University of California, Riverside, and Ross Adey, formerly of the Veterans Administration Hospital, Loma Linda, CA. Weak EMFs increase the action of an enzyme linked to cell growth in tumors.

1995 Drs. Reba Goodman of Columbia University and Ann Henderson of Hunter College, New York City. Magnetic fields induce changes in gene expression.

1998 Dr. Faith Uckun of Wayne Hughes Institute, St. Paul, MN. EMFs alter the activity of protein kinases, enzymes involved in both normal cell function and cancer promotion.

1997-1998 Four laboratories report increased DNA breaks from power frequency EMFs, with implication for cancer. The hypothesis is that EMF-induced free radicals may lead to an increase in DNA breaks or to a disruption of an enzyme repair mechanism. Drs. Henry Lai and Narendra Singh of the University of Washington, Seattle, Jerry Phillips of the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Loma Linda, CA, Yog Raj Ahuga of Mahavir Medical Research Center, Hyderabad, India, and Britt-Marie Svendenstal of Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden.


CHEMICAL CARCINOGENS PROMOTED BY EMFs

1991 Dr. Chris Cain of the Veterans Administration Hospital, Lima Linda, CA. EMFs act with a known chemical carcinogen to promote tumor development.

1992 The incidence of breast tumors increases form both static and AC magnetic fields interacting with a known chemical carcinogen in Russian animal studies.

1995 Dr. Craig Byus of the University of California, Riverside. Laboratory animals treated with a chemical carcinogen develop more tumors in the presence of elevated EMFs.


CHILDHOOD CANCER STUDIES 1979

Dr. Nancy Wertheimer and Ed Leeper. For the first time, an increase in childhood cancer is linked with power line EMFs. This study is replicated in 1986 by Dr. David Savitz of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

1990 The Environmental Protection Agency drafts a report concluding that EMFs are a possible potential carcinogen.

1991 Drs. Stephanie London and John Peters of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. An increased risk of childhood leukemia is found with use of electric hair dryers.

1992 Drs. Anders Ahlbom and Maria Feychting of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. Children exposed to 3 mG magnetic fields in their homes have three times the expected rate of leukemia.

1994 Dr. Allen Kraut of the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg. A direct correlation is found in an epidemiology study comparing electricity usage in the provinces with the rates of childhood leukemia and brain cancers.

1996 Combined studies by Drs. Anders Ahlbom and Maria Feychting of the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm and Dr. Jorgen Olsen of the Danish Cancer Society, Copenhagen, show two times the rate of leukemia at exposures of 2 mG or more and five times the rate for exposures of 5 mG or higher.

1996 Dr. Daniel Wartenberg of the National Academy of Sciences finds consistency in eleven childhood cancer studies showing elevated risk of cancer for children living near power lines.

1997 Drs. Tore Tynes and Tor Haldorsen of the Institute of Epidemiological Cancer Research at the Cancer Registry of Norway, Oslo. Children exposed to magnetic fields 0.5 mG or higher for three or more years during the first four years of life have an increased risk of leukemia.

1997 Drs. Jorg Michaelis and Joachim Schuz of the University of Mainz, Germany. Children living in magnetic fields above 2 mG have twice the risk of leukemia. Children under 4 years old have a seven times increased risk.

1998 Dr. Chung-Yi Li of the College of Medicine at the Pu-Jen Catholic University, Taipei, and Drs. Wei-Chin Lee and Ruey Shiung Lin of National Taiwan University, Taipei. A 2.7 times risk of childhood leukemia is found near power lines in magnetic fields 2 mG or higher.

1998 The National Cancer Institute studies appliance use by children and finds increased childhood leukemia rates with all 25 appliances. Appliances include video games, curling irons, microwave ovens, sound systems with headsets, electric blankets, hair dryers and TVs (sitting closer than 6 feet). There was no increased risk for use of stereos without headphones.

EFFECTS ON THE HEART
1998 Dr. Antonio Sastre, Midwest Research Institute (MRI), Kansas City, MO. EMFs reduce the extent of heart-rate variability (HRV) and are linked to increased risk of death from arrhythmia and heart attacks among utility workers.

1999 Dr. David Savitz publishes "Magnetic Field Exposure and Cardiovascular Disease Mortality among Electrical Utility Workers," in the American Journal of Epidemiology, 149, pp.135-142, January 15, 1999.

LOU GEHRIG'S DISEASE (ALS - amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) 1997 Drs. Zoreh Davanipour and Eugene Sobel of the University of Southern California School of Medicine, Los Angeles. The most exposed workers have seven times the risk for ALS as those least exposed.

1997 Dr. David Savitz of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. An occupational study finds two or three times the risk for ALS.

1998 Drs. Christoffer Johansen and Jorgen Olsen of the Danish Cancer Society. A Danish study finds two times the rate of ALS among utility workers.


NERVOUS AND IMMUNE SYSTEM ILLNESSES

1998 Dr. Laurence Bonhomme-Faivre of Paul Brousse Hospital, Paris. EMF occupational exposure is linked to fatigue, depression, irritability, and diminished libido, as well as a significant reduction in white blood cells.

1998 Short-term memory effects are seen with power frequency exposure. A.W. Preece, K.A. Wesnes and G.R. Iwi. "The Effect of a 50 Hz Magnetic Field on Cognitive Function in Humans," International Journal of Radiation Biology, 74, pp.463-470, 1998.

1999 Dr. Ross Adey is to receive the 1999 Hans Selye Award from the American Institute of Stress for his work on biological effects of weak EMFs.


PREGNANCY-RELATED PROBLEMS

1988 Epidemiologists at Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, CA. Women using VDTs for twenty or more hours weekly during the early months of pregnancy have more than double the rate of miscarriage.

1990 Dr. David Savitz of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Prenatal exposures to electric blankets result in higher risk for leukemia, brain tumors and other cancers.

1992 Dr. Mail Hietznen of the Institute of Occupational Health, Helsinki, Finland. Women exposed to 3 mG magnetic fields from VDTs have close to three and a half times the expected rate of miscarriage.

1992 Dr. Jukka Juutilainen, University of Kuopio, Finland. Women in residences where magnetic fields at the front door are 6.3 mG or greater have a five fold increase in the rate of miscarriage.

1995 Dr. Claire Infante-Rivard, McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Children whose mothers used sewing machines during pregnancy have up to a sevenfold increase in rates of leukemia.

1995 Dr. De-Kun Li of Kaiser Permanents, Oakland, CA, and Drs. Harvey Checkoway and Beth Mueller of the University of Washington, Seattle. Electric blanket usage is associated in low-fertility women with four times the rate of congenital urinary tract anomalies in their newborns.

1995 Dr. Jan Harry of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. In neonates, EMFs are associated with an increase in gene expression and subtle changes in the neural network of the brain.

1998 Dr. Kathleen Belanger of Yale University, New Haven, CT. A 5-year study shows twice the miscarriage rate for women using electric blankets.

1998 Dr. Jukka Juutilainen of the University of Kuopio, Finland. This study designed to detect early fetal loss shows five times the miscarriage rate for women using electric blankets.

1998 The National Cancer Institute's childhood leukemia study shows elevated rates of leukemia in children whose mothers use electric blankets, heating pads, or humidifiers during pregnancy.

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