What is Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR)?
On earth we are exposed to many forms of natural and manmade radiation. Solar flares from the sun can emit high levels of radiation which astronauts must find shelter from. Energetic particles collide with earth’s magnetosphere causing the spectacular Aurora (Northern lights) to appear, travelling and spiralling through the magnetic field. It is obvious there is a lot of energy in our atmosphere.
Through electric and magnetic fields, cell phone towers can communicate using pulsed modulated microwaves. Wireless internet, and cordless phones can transmit and receive. Electromagnetic radiation is increased with the number of transmitters and receivers in our atmosphere. We are walking, working and sleeping amongst it, though our bodies can cope with the natural levels of radiation exposure it is argued we have not had time to adapt to the saturation of Electromagnetic Radiation we are exposed to now causing biological damage more severely in some than others.
What is Electrohypersensitivity (EHS)?
Electrohypersensivity (EHS), originally known as microwave sickness, is receiving international recognition as an emerging public health problem. The Canadian Human Rights Commission, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Canadian Government now recognize EHS as an Environmental Sensitivity, and it is now recognized in Sweden and Norway as a Functional Impairment.
Over 3,000 doctors agree,
. . . One can no longer evade these pulsed microwaves. They heighten the risk of already present chemical/physical influences, stress the body’s immune system, and can bring the body’s still-functioning regulatory mechanisms to a halt. Pregnant women, children, adolescents, elderly and sick people are especially at risk.”
- Freiburger Appeal, signed by over 3,000 German Medical Doctors
Those for whom symptoms are more subtle do not usually, in the early stages of reactivity, make the RF connection. For those who already know they are electrohypersensitive, this is a life-affecting reality.
What are the symptoms?
Most EMF-related symptoms fall within the scope of so-called stress-related health problems, e.g. sleep problems, fatigue, exhaustion, lack of energy, restlessness, heart palpitations, blood pressure problems, muscle and joint pain, headaches, depression, difficulty concentrating, forgetfulness, anxiety, urinary urgency, anomia, dizziness, tinnitus and sensations of pressure in the head and the ears.
A study in Switzerland in 2001 of 394 respondents showed two thirds of those studied took steps to reduce their symptoms while only 13% consulted with a physician. The health problems may range in severity from benign, temporary symptoms, such as slight headaches or paraesthesia in the head when using a cell phone, to severe, debilitating symptoms that drastically impair physical and mental health.
Great studies to read:
Austrian EMF Guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of EMF Syndrome 2012
Consensus paper of the Austrian Medical Association’s EMF Working Group (AG-EMF)
Adopted at the meeting of environmental medicine officers of the Regional Medical AssociationÂ´s and the Austrian Medical Association on 3rd March 2012 in Vienna.
There has been a sharp rise in unspecific, often stress-associated health problems that increasingly present physicians with the challenge of complex differential diagnosis. A cause that has been accorded little attention so far is increasing electrosmog exposure at home, at work and during leisure activities, occurring in addition to chronic stress in personal and working life. It correlates with an overall situation of chronic stress that can lead to burnout.
How can physicians respond to this development?
The Austrian Medical Association has developed a guideline for differential diagnosis and potential treatment of unspecific stress-related health problems associated with electrosmog. Its core element is a patient questionnaire consisting of a general assessment of stress symptoms and a specific assessment of electrosmog exposure.
The guideline is intended as an aid in diagnosing and treating EMF-related health problems
Assessment of cytogenetic damage and oxidative stress in personnel occupationally exposed to the pulsed microwave radiation of marine radar equipment
Vera Garaj-Vrhovaca, Goran Gajskia, Senijo Pažaninb, Antonio Šarolićc,Ana-Marija Domijand, Dubravka Flajsd, Maja Peraicad
Due to increased usage of microwave radiation, there are concerns of its adverse effect in today’s society. Keeping this in view, study was aimed at workers occupationally exposed to pulsed microwave radiation, originating from marine radars. Electromagnetic field strength was measured at assigned marine radar frequencies (3 GHz, 5.5 GHz and 9.4 GHz) and corresponding specific absorption rate values were determined. Parameters of the comet assay and micronucleus test were studied both in the exposed workers and in corresponding unexposed subjects. Differences between mean tail intensity (0.67 vs. 1.22) and moment (0.08 vs. 0.16) as comet assay parameters and micronucleus test parameters (micronuclei, nucleoplasmic bridges and nuclear buds) were statistically significant between the two examined groups, suggesting that cytogenetic alterations occurred after microwave exposure. Concentrations of glutathione and malondialdehyde were measured spectrophotometrically and using high performance liquid chromatography. The glutathione concentration in exposed group was significantly lower than in controls (1.24 vs. 0.53) whereas the concentration of malondialdehyde was significantly higher (1.74 vs. 3.17), indicating oxidative stress. Results suggests that pulsed microwaves from working environment can be the cause of genetic and cell alterations and that oxidative stress can be one of the possible mechanisms of DNA and cell damage.
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