ARE STRONG MAGNETIC FIELDS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH ???
"The man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them, inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehood and error."
- Thomas Jefferson
All along, Industry and the Federal Government have insisted that either: not enough research has been done on EMF Bioeffects to determine the potential risk, or plenty of research has been done to determine that there is no risk. That these two positions seem to be mutually exclusive appears to have eluded those in charge of public relations... what is the source of this ambiguity? Is it accidental? Is it intentional, and if so, why?
The terms risk and safe, which are essential to a meaningful dialog on this issue, have in this context, undiscussed controversial definitions, that is, they have been craftily re-defined to mean something other than their intended, (dictionary) definition. Safe and risk, as defined in the dictionary, are absolutes. You are either safe, or you are not safe. You are either at risk, or you are not at risk. A good example of disagreement is the NCRP pre-release leak of "recommendations." This is a group of people working on THE SAME REPORT, who completely disagreed on what the conclusions should be. Imagine people in different agencies with mutually-exclusive interests, or people in Industry, with jobs, and the future of whole technologies at stake? (Here I am assuming the leak originated with someone inside who thought the final recommendations would not be consistant with the data.)
The people who make up the Federal Government do not agree on EMR Bioeffects, so how can the Federal Government appear to be consistent? Here are some contradictory positions taken by various US Government agencies, or agents:
EMFs: A Health Concern in Schools
EMF Health Report, Vol. 1, No. 1, 1993.
A number of school boards across North America have taken actions to limit exposure of school children to EMF. These actions, based primarily on parental concerns rather than on demonstrated health risks, have attempted to reduce the exposure of children to magnetic field levels which are typical of EMF exposures for the general public.
California. "High" EMF readings have prompted educators and administrators to take action to minimize exposure to EMFs. At the Montague Elementary School in Santa Clara, CA, 13 of the school's 15 teachers have formally requested to be transferred because of the school's close proximity to power lines. In addition, 4 classrooms, a day care center, and a part of the playground located near power lines have been closed off. (There is also a group of pylons in Los Gatos, CA mounted in a public park right behind people's houses in a residential neighborhood parallel to Longridge Road; I visit here infrequently and the people there are always complaining of ailments, but are too complacent to complain to the "power" authorities.)
Before an evaluation of possible EMF-cancer associations in southern Marin County, CA, was even completed, the Mill Valley school district authorized up to $50,000 for new light fixtures and wiring to reduce EMF emissions. These expenses were approved by the school board after a district survey showed high EMF levels. Mill Valley's Tam Valley School took other cost-free precautions such as moving desks away from fish tanks and relocating physical education classes away from power lines.
New York. New York Attorney General Robert Abrams called on the state's top seven utility companies to study EMFs from power lines near schools in response to concern expressed by the New York State United Teachers Union and other groups. A study by Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation has identified 35 schools in upstate New York which are in close proximity to high-voltage power lines.
Canada. In Toronto, Ontario, parents were successful in a campaign to relocate a kindergarten classroom and library at a Bennington Heights elementary school. Concerns raised over a proposed new kindergarten play area at the south end of the school led parents to request magnetic field measurements of the area. The school building is on a cliff less than 100 feet from a 115-kV transmission line at the same height. Measurements taken at the south end of the school indicated levels about twice the average in the rest of the school. After a series of public meetings and additional consultant reviews, the school board decided to relocate classes and a library to portable units at the north end of the school, reserving the rooms at the south end for occasional use for meetings.
The safety of computers used at Bennington was also questioned when measurements indicated magnetic field levels of 3 to 13 mG, which were also higher than the rest of the school. The current Swedish standard, known as MPRII, sets maximum EMF emissions from video display terminals at 2.5 mG at 50 cm from the front of the monitor, and New York public schools require a level of less than 2 mG at 30 cm.
Canada has no legal limit on EMF emissions and Health and Welfare, Canada does not recognize any danger from EMF exposure. However, parents at the Bennington School were unwilling to accept existing standards when it came to a potential risk to their children's health, and strongly supported the school board's decision to expend funds to reduce EMF exposures without any indications of health problems in the school. Bennington parents were motivated by accounts such as the series of EMF articles by Paul Brodeur published in The New Yorker magazine. They also credited magazine reports on the recent Swedish studies, which demonstrated a relationship between a 2-mG level of EMF exposure and childhood cancer, as influential.
Safe EMF levels. Scientists recognize that human health studies must set a fairly low EMF cut-off point that separates unexposed from "exposed" individuals in order to have enough exposed individuals for statistical analysis. Even if health studies conclude that there is a statistically significant increased risk for individuals in the exposed group, it is not possible to say with certainty that exposure at or above the cut-off point is a real risk or that all individuals in the exposed group have an equal risk. Further human studies and laboratory animal studies are needed to clarify these points. However, with such studies not yet completed, the public has started to make decisions and expend money based on what limited evidence is available.
See "EMF Health Report" the latest periodical for concerned citizens on the dangers of current technology distributed by the centralized power companies.
|Measurements in milligrams (mG)|
|The sewing machine operator worked all day, took a 1-hour lunch break at 11:15 am, and took 10-minute breaks at 8:55 am and 2:55 pm.||The mechanic repaired a compressor at 9:45 am and 11:10 am|
|The electrician repaired a large air-conditioning motor at 9:10 am and 11:45 am.||The government worker was at the copy machine at 8:00 am, at the computer from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm and also from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm.|
Repetitious transients and surges (pulse spikes) occur on power lines , but the more influencing transients are created by factors in home and business wiring, water piping (poor grounding/balancing), appliances and equipment. This repetitious long-term exposure may provide a kind of irritation or suppression factor, posing potential hazards to our health. EMF effects have been discovered, at night, reducing brain pineal melatonin hormone production, which affects immune system efficiency, especially in older persons. These effects appear to be caused by the sharp rise and fall of the pulse spikes created by motors and switches (perhaps the electric blanket thermostat switch, for example) turning on and off. That's the reason for 'prudent avoidance' of operating electric blankets and water bed heaters by children and pregnant women. Dr's Wilson and Reiter made these discoveries during the several years ago at Pacific Northwest Laboratory and University of Texas Health Science Center, respectively. This points to a probable irritating or suppressing type of influence which would create symptoms in a variety of confusing ways, due to personal health and immune system factors]. Persons at risk appear to be those having poor health factors and who may be exposed for years in constant proximity to power line components (transformers, sub-stations), appliances (electric blankets, hair dryers), power tools, TV's and computer monitors, and other sources of potentially rapid switching) EMFs.
There is information out there, for and against the ideas in article. One must wonder seriously if there are dangers in magnetic fields, personally we measure our environment and try and stay in the researched safe zone, one can never be to careful, and trusting big business and Governments to tell the whole truth, well,
that's another story...
New information on EMF
A major new study found that children whose birth address was within 200 meters of an overhead power line had a 70% increased risk of leukemia. Children living 200 to 600 meters away from power lines had a 20% increased risk. This indicates the danger from power lines is appreciably further from the lines than
had been identified in previous studies. The study, which was partially funded by the power-line industry, mapped how far each child lived from a high voltage overhead power line. It compared the children who had cancer with a control group of 29,000 children without cancer, but who lived in comparable districts, Appearing in the June 2005 British Medical Journal, the study concludes there is
a statistical link between EMF from power lines and leukemia. The study a collaboration between the Childhood Cancer Research Group at the University of Oxford and National Grid owners, Transco looked at cancer data or children aged up to 15 years old in England and Wales between 1962 and 1995. [Related Press Report]
these are not my words, but the websites we were referred to.
From the IARC:
Pooled analyses of data from a number of well-conducted studies show a fairly consistent statistical association between a doubling of risk of childhood leukaemia and power frequency (60 Hz) residential ELF magnetic field strengths above 0.4�T
From the NRPB
There is, however, some epidemiological evidence that prolonged exposure to higher levels [more than 0.4�T] of power frequency magnetic fields is associated with a small risk of leukaemia in children�� Unless, however, further research indicates that the finding is due to chance or some currently unrecognised artefact, the possibility remains that intense and prolonged exposures to magnetic fields can increase the risk of leukaemia in children.
These conclusions are uniformly found in all government and health agency websites that have studied this issue. Every report, including the most conservative of government reports, acknowledges that the human data show a doubling of risk for childhood leukaemia (some also say for adult leukaemia). Each report also says that the risks cannot be explained and that more research is needed to clarify the issue
So if there is even the slightest risk what level is safe � how far away do we need to be from the powerlines?
On this subject there was a great deal of confusion and no one on the panel could tell us how far away you needed to be from a line to be under 0.4�T at least in the afternoon session. By the evening a figure on one graph seemed to indicate 150 metres would be sufficient. This is a great deal more than the 32 meters from the centre of a pylon which is currently proposed. www.notowers.co.nz
Recent human population studies from California which showed that EMF exposure at around 1.6�T can cause miscarriage; studies which are currently cited scientifically as being very important findings.
Corona ion emissions from high voltage powerlines and implications for human health - A paper from H. H. Wills Physics Laboratory, University of Bristol, UK. Authors: A. Peter Fews, Paul A. Keitch and Elizabeth A. Ainsbury
Summary of a paper published in Medical Hypotheses:
A California Department of Health Sciences Evaluation concludes EMFs "can cause some degree of increased risk of childhood leukemia, adult brain cancer, Lou Gehrig`s Disease, and miscarriage" [emphasis added]. The Evaluation�which is the culmination of a 9 year, $7 million research effort�further concludes that magnetic fields may cause suicide and adult leukemia. The Final Evaluation is dated June 2002, but was only released about October 13, 2002. The Final Evaluation uses as a standard causation, which is a more rigorous test than the more common standard that seeks to demonstrate of an association between EMF and many of these diseases. Here is an analysis of this important report. In addition, the California Health Department also produced a relatively short analysis of the policy options implied by the Evaluation. The Department discusses the policy implications of its analysis it a separate report.
Tools for Detecting harmful magnetic fields
E.Sobel PhD and others at the Department of Preventative Medicine, University of Southern California School of Medicine,Los Angeles, conducted a study in 1995 on 326 people with Alzheimers and 152 control people with other mental degenerative problems looking at exposure to electromagnetic fields during work (3).They were able to stratify the exposure to high, medium or low. The study focussed on workers using electric motors considerably eg. machinists, seamstresses. Principal findings were:
1: significantly increased risk of Alzheimers in both sexes with high and medium exposure to electromagnetic fields. (Odds ratio 2.45, CI 1.11-5.37, p<0.02).
2: significantly increased risk for males with high and medium exposure to electromagnetic fields. (Odds ratio 3, CI 1.04-8.7, p<0.05)
Leukaemia and Other Cancers
Milham (22) reported the first evidence of a link between adult leukaemia and occupational exposure to magnetic fields in Washington state between 1950--79. Deaths from adult leukaemia were 1.63 times the normal rate there (p<0.01), a highly statistically significant finding.
For those less than 50 exposed to more than 0.2 micro-tesla the risk was increased to 1.8 times matched controls. (CI 0.7�4.3)
For those less than 50 exposed to higher doses of more than 3 micro-tesla years the risk was 3.1 times controls (CI 0.6�15.6)
For those less than 50 and with estrogen receptor �positive breast cancers the risk was 7.4 times control,
Tools for Detecting harmfull magnetic fields
According to a March 22, 2003 newspaper report, the EU plans to limit power line magnetic field emissions. (Switzerland already has limited them to 10 mG and Spain has declared such emissions to violate human rights.) It also reports that the world�s largest insurance body, Lloyds of London, is now
refusing insurance coverage to power generating companies against damage to workers and consumers� health.
The document coincides with a decision by the world`s largest insurance body, Lloyds of London, to refuse insurance cover to cell phone and power generating companies against damage to workers and consumers` health. It also comes at a time when the Dutch Parliament has called for an
urgent investigation into the health dangers posed by EMF emissions.
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