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Dirty Electricity

Column #188

Dirty Electricity

A reader responded to my “5G Radiation” column and recommended a book: “Dirty Electricity: Electrification and the Diseases of Civilization” by Samuel Milham, MD MPH. It’s only 100 pages but it definitely adds to the discussion about radiation from electromagnetic fields (EMF) beyond what many of us would normally consider.

Everyone is aware of radiation from radioactive elements, x-rays, cell phones, tanning booths, older microwaves, ultraviolet sun rays, and high tension electric power lines. But when it comes to EMFs there’s more, much more and often it’s right inside your house in the form of extra frequencies piggybacking into your home on your regular 60 cycle 110 voltage where it radiates into your living environment. Since animal bodies are electrical, these stray frequencies can interact with bodily functions and cause diseases, especially cancer.

The three main types of EMFs are magnetic fields, electric fields, and radio frequency (RF) fields. Power lines, electrical wiring, lights, appliances, and most other electrical devices are common sources of magnetic fields. All have been linked to biological effects.

There is less research regarding the impact of extremely low frequency (ELF) fields on health and disease. They are usually caused by electrical wiring in walls, by nearby power cords for lamps and other devices, and sometimes from overhead power lines.

Radio frequency (RF) Fields (including microwaves) are commonly used in wireless communications and broadcasting.  They have been associated with cancer tumors and other health problems. RF fields are emitted from cell towers, cell phones, cordless phones, TV/radio broadcast towers, Smart Meters, Wi-Fi, wireless computers and components, baby monitors, microwave ovens, radar, etc.

The sources for dirty electricity are numerous.

Any device that interrupts the 60 cycle flow can create higher frequency radiation that rides along in electrical wiring or in the form of a RF transmission. Of course all transmitters put out RF.

Electrical Interrupters

  • Light Dimmer Switches, Compact Fluorescent Lights, Halogen Lights
  • Electronic Transformers Such as those on Power Poles
  • Electronics That Use Switching or Switch Mode Power Supplies
  • Older Fluorescent Lighting

Magnetic Field Generators

  • Large Electrical Motors and power tools
  • Hand Mixers, Food Blenders, Vacuum Cleaners, Hair Driers, Refrigerators
  • Spinning Steel-belted Tires
  • Television Screens and Computer Monitors

Radio Frequencies Transmitters

  • WiFi Modems, AM/FM Radio and Television
  • Emergency Service Radio (Police, Fire, Ambulance)
  • Air Traffic Control
  • Walkie Talkies
  • Cordless Phones
  • Remote Controls

EMF radiation is so ubiquitous in our lives these days I can’t see how any of us can avoid it unless we move into the woods and get off the grid. Even there we’ll be bombarded by natural, organic, environmental EMF sources such as sunlight, soil radioactivity, the earth’s magnetic field, lightning, and even crickets! And, if you are thinking about getting off the grid by using solar power, unless you use DC and forgo the DC to AC inverter, you will be generating your own EMF radiation.

There are three options for reducing EMF health risks.

First is to take care of your immune systems. Long-term EMF exposure slowly works against the body. When the immune system can no longer tolerate it, the body can eventually fail in many different ways. There is substantial research supporting the importance of a 1:1 balance of Omega-6 and Omega-3 essential fatty acids in cell membranes for building the strongest immune system. Most Americans have ratios of 15:1 which is an open invite to autoimmune diseases and many other ailments. Since these two fats are essential, they are acquired from food. If the diet is not properly balanced close to 1:1, there is no way your ratio will be balanced 1:1. Ratios above 4:1 are associated with weaker immune systems.

The next step is to distance yourself from EMF threats. In many cases, not all, the EMF frequencies are not powerful waves. Moving away from the sources by just a few feet can help considerably. Do not live or work under high tension power lines, next to transmission towers, or close to large transformers. The radius of their impact areas can be hundreds of feet.

Also, minimize your exposure whenever possible. Short-term exposure is not nearly as bad as being in a room or work environment for hours at a time where electrical outlets are dirty electricity EMF transmitters or other EMF sources are near. Long-term exposure such as in polluted classrooms or work sites can be deadly. Take for instance the recent situation in the Ripon, California elementary school where a cancer cluster occurred due to what some believe is a cell tower located on school grounds.

The final step is to eliminate the EMF threat as much as possible. There are devices for testing your work place and home for dangerous levels of EMF radiation. If dirty electricity is an issue, special whole-house filters can be installed in the electrical sockets. Of course the best tactic is to seek out the actual sources, whether on your premises or in your neighborhood, and try to eliminate them.

One plus is that in most cases power companies are concerned about dirty electricity. That’s because quite often it costs them money when their equipment is not operating at top efficiency. In addition, many businesses are using high tech equipment these days and delicate computers require very clean electricity. Just think, if computers need clean electricity, what about us?

To your health.

Ted Slanker

Ted Slanker has been reporting on the fundamentals of nutritional research in publications, television and radio appearances, and at conferences since 1999. He condenses complex studies into the basics required for health and well-being. His eBook, The Real Diet of Man, is available online.

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Samuel Milham MD Website

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