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to conventional medicine, with its expertise in the
diagnosis and treatment of symptoms, the value of a more holistic
approach may be the recognition and treatment of the underlying
conditions that allow "dis-ease" to exist. This article deals with
one of the most controversial, yet perhaps most prevalent dis-ease
conditions today: the bio-effects of electromagnetic fields
a type of low-frequency radiation emitted from everything
electrical around us: power lines, transformers, electrical wiring,
computers, TVs, lights, clocks, appliances, etc. Recent studies have
linked EMFs to increased leukemia, lymphoma, brain cancer, melanoma,
breast cancer, miscarriage, birth defects, suicide, and most
recently, Alzheimer's disease. This wide range of health problems may
be due to EMFs' effects on the pineal gland, which is the master
gland of the body, secreting hormones which control our circadian
rhythms, and regulate important functions of the brain and all the
discovered that EMFs can suppress the pineal glands'
secretion of melatonin, a hormone which controls our wake/sleep
cycle, moods and task performance. Depressed melatonin levels are
associated with mood changes, depression and psychiatric disorders.
Melatonin also plays a critical cancer role, by increasing the
phytotoxicity of the body's natural killer lymphocytes. Suppression
of pineal gland function has been implicated in the etiology of
breast, ovarian, prostate and melanoma cancers.
have linked EMFs to decreased production of enzymes
called "protein kinases" in human lymphocyte cells. This also
indicates that EMFs can suppress the immune system. Now, if EMFs can
suppress the immune system to the point where cancer rates double or
triple, what other effects might a suppressed immune system have on
our day-to-day health and well being? Do we experience more colds,
more allergies, and more susceptibility to other seemingly unrelated
medical problems? Are we less capable of handling chemical pollution
from the environment?
considering the prevalence of immune related
disorders---from allergies to AIDS---wouldn't it be wise to support
(rather than suppress) the immune system? A natural, holistic
approach to health would suggest reducing EMFs as much as reasonably
raised important concerns about both the electric
and the magnetic components of EMF emissions. However, the greater
concern is focused on the magnetic part, because repeated studies
have linked magnetic field levels to increased childhood cancer
field exposures come from power lines and electrical
wiring. Other common sources are waterbeds, electric blankets,
computers, fluorescent lights, TVs, telephones, appliances and
automobiles. To detect magnetic fields, you can buy or rent a
gaussmeter, or have a professional perform an inspection. Reductions
can be as simple as avoiding high exposure locations. Electrical
wiring can be repaired to installed according to low-EMF methods.
Specific sources can be shielded. Low emission computers, telephones
and appliances are becoming available.
indicated that AC (alternating current) electric
fields are often involved when people are knowingly "sensitive" to
electricity. Often referred to as "wired and tired," they may
experience conditions ranging from a rather vague discomfort or
irritation. to headaches, fatigue and other symptoms.
observation, almost everyone today experiences an underlying
level of "wired and tired" due to electric fields. Some individuals
handle it better, perhaps having a stronger resistance to life's
stresses. Others are more sensitive, and in extreme cases may
experience allergies, depression, environmental illness, or chronic
fatigue syndrome. If you are the type of person who feels better when
the electricity suddenly goes off during a power failure, or when
walking out in the woods away from any electricity, you may be
sensitive to electric fields.
field exposures come from building wiring. The
remainder come from cords, appliances and nearby power lines.
Electric fields are easy to reduce. Walls and ceilings can be painted
with special shielded paint. New electrical wiring can be installed
using shielded materials. In many homes, certain electrical circuits
can be switched off at night, reducing the fields during sleep.
Michael R. Neuert has over 10 years
experience with the EMF issue.
He is the owner of Safe Home &
Office Company, providing complete
EMF reduction services and products for Northern California.
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