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Health risks of electromagnetic radiation

Health risks of electromagnetic radiation

Each of us is an electrical system. Our nervous system networks transmit electrical signals that control every living function. Cellular metabolism involves extremely complex electrical activity. Our immune responses producing inflammation involve a system of electromagnetic sensors to differentiate familiar from unfamiliar genetic material. It would be foolhardy to assume that radiation of electromagnetic fields into these complex and delicate electromagnetic systems will not affect us in many yet unknown ways.

Inflammation is related to a wide range of illnesses, including cardiovascular disease and cancers.  Although definitive research findings on health outcomes from RF exposure will require more time, research findings so far are not encouraging.

In 1995, two scientists reported DNA damage following just two hours of exposure to MW radiation in the journal Bioelectromagnetics.

In 2004, a pan-European study involving 12 collaborating laboratories using sensitive in-vitro methods found compelling evidence of DNA damage from EMF exposure.

In 2011, a working group of 31 scientists from 14 countries representing the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer met for a week to review research on potential carcinogenic hazards from exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields. The group concluded by classifying RF radiation as a possible Group 2B carcinogen to humans comparable to DDT, engine exhaust, and pesticides.

Pending conclusive evidence from long-term studies, the WHO advises exercise of the “precautionary principle.”  We interpret that as avoidance pending conclusive research evidence.

Of 919 studies on the effects of mobile cell phone towers that emit RF radiation, 593 – almost two-thirds – showed negative effects on birds, bees, other wildlife and plants as well as humans. We are thus affecting our food sources as well as ourselves, and failing our responsibility to other species with whom we share the planet.

As a general information source, the Wikipedia entry on “Mobile phone radiation and health” cites 103 documenting citations, providing an impressive list of potential expert witnesses for future lawsuits claiming health damages from EMF exposure