Electromagnetic radiation assumes the form of waves in space. An important characteristic of electromagnetic waves is their frequency, which is related to how much energy they carry. High-energy/high-frequency electromagnetic waves have a short wavelength, while low-energy/low-frequency electromagnetic waves have longer wavelengths. While the entire range exerts some influence over your body’s energy, the shorter the wavelength, the more destructive the effect.
High-energy radiation such as X-rays and gamma rays are known as sources of ionizing radiation. Nonionizing radiation has a longer wavelength and low-energy radiation, and includes everything from ultraviolet (UV) rays to microwaves. Ionizing radiation is potentially damaging to the DNA of your cells. That sources of ionizing radiation such as X-rays and gamma rays are harmful to cells has been known for some time. Increasing evidence is mounting that sufficient long-term exposure to nonionizing radiation can also destroy cells and set up cancerous conditions.
Cancer. More than 30 international studies on electromagnetic radiation have found conclusive links to cancers. In a school in San Francisco, 22 cases of cancer occurred among staff working in the front of the school. No cancer was found in those working in the back. Large electrical transformers were located at the front of the school. Similar results have been documented in Colorado, Sweden, and Manhattan Beach, near Los Angeles. As a result, in Sweden, high-power transmission lines are now buried in insulated piping with counterbalancing EMFs (electromagnetic fields).
AC. Alternating current (AC), which has a frequency of 60 hertz (cycles per second), is very low-energy electromagnetic radiation. For a long time, the electromagnetic fields produced by this current were considered harmless. However, today, growing concern exists that long-term exposure to even low-energy electromagnetic fields can cause cellular damage. For example, a recent study by the University of Los Angeles found that leakage of AC through the heart by electromedical devices results in heart racing and fibrillations.
Though uncommon, some suffer from immediate nausea, headaches, and weakness when exposed to common electronic devices such as televisions and stereos. Each person has his or her own degree of sensitivity to this invisible stress.
For those of you already in a prolonged Chronic Stress Response, the effects are bound to be more acute, given an already weakened disposition.
The following are several examples of what electromagnetic radiation is doing to humans:
- A growing number of people living near high-voltage power lines are developing life-threatening illnesses. Some have taken their local power companies to court, claiming the companies had information on the harmful health effects of EMFs for years, but deliberately withheld that information from their customers.
- Electric utility workers with high exposure to magnetic fields had more than twice the risk of brain cancer than workers with lower exposures.
- Of 35 international research studies on EMFs, 33 have made a conclusive link between brain tumors, leukemia, and other forms of cancer.
- Women in electrical occupations have a greater chance of dying of breast cancer than those working in non-electrical occupations.
- Women who use video display screens that emit strong electromagnetic fields are at greater risk of miscarriages than women using low-field video display screens.
- Workers with moderate to high exposure to electromagnetic radiation were three to four times as likely to develop degenerative brain disease, such as Alzheimer’s disease, compared with workers who did not work around strong electromagnetic fields.