Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs): Where Are They Coming From?
Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) from cell phones, cell phone towers, power lines, high power lines, normal home wiring, airport and military radar, all types of electrical substations, electrical transformers, computers and other home appliances have the potential to disturb human body cells. I believe that EMFs can contribute to the cause of brain tumors, other cancers including leukemia, a variety of birth defects, miscarriages, and chronic illness of all sorts.
Dr. David Carpenter, Dean at the School of Public Health, State University of New York believes it is likely that up to 30% of all childhood cancers come from exposure to EMFs. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warns “There is reason for concern” and advises prudent avoidance“.
Martin Halper, the EPA’s Director of Analysis and Support says, “I have never seen a set of epidemiological studies that remotely approached the weight of evidence that we’re seeing with EMFs. Clearly there is something here.”
The initial concern over possible problems with EMFs exploded after Paul Brodeur wrote a series of articles in the New Yorker Magazine in June 1989. His articles had a catalytic effect on scientists, reporters and concerned people throughout the world. In November 1989, the Department of Energy reported that “It has now become generally accepted that there are, indeed, biological effects due to field exposure.”
The EMF issue gained more publicity in 1990 when alarming reports appeared in Time, the Wall Street Journal, Business Week and popular computer publications. ABC’s Ted Koppel and CBS’s Dan Rather both aired special segments on EMFs.
One prominent cardiovascular surgeon, Dr. Stephen Sinatra, MD, has written several books on the subject that I recommend one read. Search for his name on Amazon.
By 1990, over one hundred studies had been conducted worldwide and at least two dozen epidemiological studies on humans indicated a link between EMFs and serious health problems. In response to public pressure, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began reviewing and evaluating the available literature and drafted several reports.
The EPA recommended in a 1990 report that EMFs be classified as a Class B carcinogen, stating that EMFs are a “probable human carcinogen and joined the ranks of formaldehyde, DDT, dioxins and PCBs”. After the 1990 EPA draft report was released, utility, military and computer lobbyists forced a final revision did NOT classify EMFs as a Class B carcinogen and the following explanation was added:
“At this time such a characterization regarding the link between cancer and exposure to EMFs is not appropriate because the basic nature of the interaction between EMFs and biological processes leading to cancer is not understood.”
After the EPA placated to the various pressures (I never said they accepted bribes) the report also stated: “In conclusion, several studies showing Leukemia, Lymphoma and cancer of the nervous system in children exposed to supported by similar findings in adults in several/ occupational studies also involving electrical power frequency exposures, show a consistent pattern of response that suggest a causal link.”
When questioned about the contradictory nature of these statements, the EPA responded that it was “not appropriate” to use the probable carcinogen label until it could demonstrate how EMFs caused cancer and exactly how much EMF is harmful.
Electrical generating stations both create and lose energy. The giant power lines that transmit the high-voltage electricity to be down-graded at local stations and transformers give off an enormous amount of stray electricity that disperses into the air and travels through our bodies. All power lines radiate electromagnetic fields into the environment, how much are the power lines near YOUR home radiating? The amount of EMFs coming from a power line depends on its particular configuration, the age of the wires, other interferences in the conductivity and even your home, work or environment that may contribute to the EMFs attraction. Power companies know which power line configurations are best for reducing EMFs but most don’t feel the evidence supports costly changes in the way they deliver electricity.
An electrical substation is an assemblage of circuit breakers, disconnecting switches and transformers designed to hold and transmit electricity to neighborhoods. Substations have been blamed for causing cancer clusters among nearby residents. Paul Brodeur wrote about several such cancer clusters in the July 9, 1990 issue of the New Yorker Magazine and I’ve personally seen areas of specific cities that have high incidences of brain cancers.
A key component of a utility’s electrical distribution network depends upon numerous, small transformers mounted on power poles around town. A transformer looks like a small metal trash can, usually cylindrical, mounted at the top of the pole. Even when electrical service is placed underground, you will often see a metal box (usually square} located on the ground near the street. Many people don’t realize that when they see a transformer, the power line feeding the transformer is 4000 to 13,800 volts and is transforming that voltage down to a usable (120v/240v) service for the nearby homes.
EMFs near a transformer can be quite high, but due to its small structure, the field strength diminishes rapidly with distance, as it does from any point source. For this reason, having a transformer located near your home is usually not a major source of concern, although just to make sure, everyone should measure the field strength around it. One can use a meter called a gauss-meter to measure such EMF fields.
With our patients that have a diagnosis of cancer, we make a point to go to their home and measure the extent of EMFs that may be a contributing factor in their recovery. We not only want to measure EMFs in their home but sources of environmental toxins like chemicals gasifying off carpets or building materials, hidden fungus or mold, to chemicals used in the home. I just believe that we CANNOT leave ANY stone un-turned!
If your home has high EMF readings, it is important to determine the sources of the EMF so that remedial action can be taken – this is called GROUNDING. Many times a particular room will have higher EMF readings due to the configuration of the wiring, the appliances in the home, or something outside that area.
Sometimes, the source of a high magnetic field is incorrect/faulty wiring/grounds. If you suspect that your home is wired improperly, obtain the services of a licensed electrician. Warning: Do not touch electric wires, even if you think the current is turned off. If you need to disconnect electrical circuits to determine the source of magnetic fields, you should call a licensed electrician.
There are several techniques that we employ when we GROUND a home. The first thing to understand is that each of us is a unique electrical conduit. We truly are little antennas walking around that filter electrical impulses as energy. A curse understanding of quantum physics tells us that everything, broken down to its smallest component is simply energy vibrating at a specific frequency. EMFs disturb our body’s frequency.
Computers, Electric Blankets and Waterbeds
EMFs radiate from all sides of the computer and can pose a serious health risk. Thus, you must not only be concerned with sitting in front of the monitor but also if you are sitting near a computer or if a computer is operating in a nearby room for it is a major generating source of EMFs.
The Swedish safety standard published in 1990, specifies a maximum of 0.25 mG at 50 cm from a computer display. Many US manufactured computers have EMFs of 5 – 100 mG at this same distance. Screens placed over monitors do NOT block EMFs; even a lead screen will not block ELF and VLF (very low frequency) magnetic fields.
I know that it is almost impossible to live without a computer – I certainly couldn’t! Try this – turn it off and unplug it when not in use.
Maybe one of the worst things to own, electric blankets create a magnetic field that penetrates about 6-7 inches into the body. It is not surprising that an epidemiological study has linked electric blankets with miscarriages and childhood leukemia. Just throw it away!
This pioneering work was performed by Dr. Nancy Wertheimer and Ed Leeper, who originally discovered that magnetic fields were linked to childhood leukemia. Similar health effects have been noted with users of many electric blankets and waterbed heaters will emit EMFs even when turned off.
Electric Clocks, Fluorescent Lights and Appliances
Electric clocks sitting on bedside stands across America have a very high magnetic field, as much as 5 to 10 mG up to three feet away. It’s like sleeping in an EMF equivalent to that of a power line. Think about moving all clocks and other electrical devices (such as telephones and answering devices) at least 6 feet from your bed – or better, NOT in the room which you sleep.
Fluorescent lights produce much more EMFs than incandescent bulbs. A typical fluorescent lamp in an office ceiling have readings of 160 to 200 mg 1 inch away – that’s horrible.
Microwave ovens and radar from military installations and airports emit two types of radiation — microwave and ELF. All microwave ovens leak and exceed safety limits. In addition, recent Russian studies have shown that normal microwave cooking coverts food protein molecules into carcinogenic substances.
Electric razors and hair dryers emit EMFs as high as 200 to 400 mG for the sort time they are in use. There just are not enough studies that prove whether short-term, high EMF exposure is more or less damaging than chronic exposure to a 2-3 mG field. Some EMF consultants recommend that hair dryers not be used on children as the high fields are held close to their rapidly developing brain and nervous system can be a problem.
Telephones and Cellphones
Telephones, especially cordless telephones, can emit surprisingly strong EMFs from the handset. This is a problem because of course; we hold the telephone so close to our head. Place a Gauss meter right against the ear piece and the mouth piece before buying a phone or better yet, do NOT use cordless phones in your home. Cellphones have gotten a ton of press regarding EMFs. Surprise, surprise, every study that produced that show no ill-effects from cellphones was paid for by the cellphone industry. Always read into the possible biases of scientific studies.
What to DO
Dr. Sinatra wrote a book with Clinton Ober and Martin Zucker titled “Earthing”. It goes into details on the need for all of us to remain ‘grounded’ with the earth. I know to most reading this book, these concepts sound more like something out of the hippy generation, but it makes scientific sense. Grounding or Earthing as spoken of in the book I referred to is natural and simple, and affects every aspect of your physiology. When you ground yourself, you physically add electrons to your body and thereby increase pH to the tissue – an important concept in those with cancer.
James Oschman, Ph.D., an internationally renowned expert on energy medicine and author of “Energy Medicine; The Scientific Basis”, describes the phenomenon of personal grounding/Earthing: “Recently I attended a meeting on the East coast. One of my colleagues came in from the West coast. She had a bad case of jet lag. I told her to take her shoes and socks off and step outside on the grass for 15 minutes. When she came back in, she was completely transformed. Her jet lag was gone. That is how fast Earthing works. Anyone can try this. If you don’t feel well, for whatever reason, just make barefoot contact with the Earth for a few minutes and see what happens. Of course, if you have a medical problem, you should see a doctor. There is nothing that comes close to Earthing for quick relief. You can literally feel pain draining from your body the instant you touch the Earth.”
The human body is mostly water and minerals and is therefore a good conductor of electricity (electrons). The free electrons on the surface of the Earth are easily transferred to the human body as long as there is direct contact. Remember, you are simply an antenna. Unfortunately, synthetically-soled shoes made of rubber and plastic act as insulators so that even when we are outside and walking on the ground; we are insulated from the Earth’s electric field. When we are in homes and office buildings, we are also unable to receive the Earth’s balancing energies.
Is this ‘new age’? No, it is simply physics. The Earth’s electric field is mainly a continuous direct current (DC) producing field that is a giant transmitter of electrons. By comparison, home wiring systems in the U.S. use 60-cycle per second alternating current (AC) and other forms of man-made environmental electromagnetic fields (EMFs). Some people are just more sensitive to EMFs than others. One person may develop cancer due in part to EMF exposure and another family member with equal exposure appears unaffected. Again, this is just one more causative factor!
So what does one do? There are some simple steps that everyone can take (not just people with cancer) to ground their home and themselves. First, start with looking at your footwear. Standard plastic/rubber or composite soles on your shoes do not conduct the Earth’s electric energy and can contribute to a host of illnesses. You need leather or hide soles, which used to be the primary footwear materials in the past. Leather itself isn’t conductive, but the foot perspires and the moisture permits conduction of the energy from the Earth through the leather and up into the body. In addition, moisture from walking on damp ground or sidewalks could permeate up into the leather-soled shoe. Thickness of the sole can also be a factor, and specifically that very thick leather soles may not allow the moisture through. Moccasins are the best type of natural conductive footwear. Leather isn’t quite as good as bare feet on the ground but certainly much, much better than standard soles that are insulating.
There are companies that sellgrounding kits and Earthing products around the world. Remember, there is a difference between personally grounding yourself to the earth (Earthing) and grounding your home or office in a protective measure against stray EMFs. In our practice, we attempt to send a team out to the home of every cancer patient to make sure their house is as free from EMFs as possible. We also test for hidden mold, fungi, etc. There are lots of things that can make you and keep you sick!
Grounding your home includes physically checking grounding rods that were supposed to be installed to see if they are working properly, installing new rods and connections if this is not done, utilizing special volcanic materials called dragonite (it’s a ground basalt) to block stray EMFs as well as other techniques to ‘clean’ the home, and using products from Satic company that are specially designed and tested to reduce ‘dirty electricity’. There are personal products that can help also like grounding mats that one can stand on, mattress pads, seat cushions, attachments to computers and other things. But start simply by unplugging appliances that are not in use, stop using some things I wrote about previously and get the electrical things out of your bedroom.
Grounding material, home and cellphone protection products may be purchased from our office store below:
What we use to help limit EMF exposure:
I highly recommend the book Earthing to all my readers to help them understand the concept. It is easy to explain to my Minnesota patients who love to hunt. I often hear men say something like, “I just love to go sit in the woods next to a tree. I don’t even care if I see a deer; I just love being out in the woods.” They are grounding themselves, whether they know it or not. They are receiving an abundance of electrons from the earth and alkalizing their bodies and decreasing inflammation. They are healing.
This is exactly what the RIFE light is doing for my patients with cancer. The photons dispersed from the Tesla tube act as electron donors and ground the patient by adding electrons and alkalizing and healing the patient. The more specific we can be to the frequency of the tissue treated; the body receives the more electrons.
So it is with grounding and Earthing. The more stray EMFs we can erase from the environment and the more electrons we can receive from the earth, the healthier one will become.
Purchase Stop Fighting Cancer & Start Treating the Cause to learn more about how EMFs impact overall health of the body.
Dr. Conners graduated with his doctorate from Northwestern Health Sciences University in 1986 and has been studying alternative cancer care for over 20 years. He holds AMA Fellowships in Regenerative & Functional Medicine and Integrative Cancer Therapy.
He is the author of numerous books including, Stop Fighting Cancer and Start Treating the Cause, Cancer Can’t Kill You if You’re Already Dead, Help, My Body is Killing Me, Chronic Lyme, 3 Phases of Lyme, 23 Steps to Freedom, and many more you can download for FREE on our books page.