Our environment poses heath threats from the very things that are supposed to make our lives easier. Electronic devices like laptop computers, cell phones, WiFi networks, microwave ovens, and even the power used by the wires in our walls and ceilings are so important in modern lives, yet their Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs) also known as Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) emissions can be harmful.
There is only mild consensus on the human impact from our electronic devices we use every day. There are however experts on the subject. Dr. Neil Cherry was a leading researcher on EMF science before passing away in 2003. He challenged us to take responsibility for our health and better understand Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR). The following were few of his thoughts.
The Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) Effects on the Body
Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) has become a growing concern over the past 50 years because we have electronic devices that emit radiation getting closer and closer to our bodies. The scientific community knows that heath concerns are partly genetic, but also environmental. We know that food, water and air introduce toxins to the body, but we are now beginning to understand through growing evidence that Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) damage cells and can even cause cancer.
Dr. Neal Cherry investigated data on cell damage in controlled, repeatable laboratory studies. He pointed out that in one study, human breast cells exposed to Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) effected. This exposure totally eliminated the effectiveness of melatonin, used to help us sleep. Exposure also caused long-term DNA damage and impaired body cells. The link between Electromagnetic Radiation with power lines and appliances was established as well, and the impact was a reduction of melatonin cleaning-up effect on human breast cancer cells.
Other studies showed people who work around Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) are more likely to get breast cancer than those less exposed. Dr. Cherry noted a statistically significant increase in breast cancer among the people more exposed.
The National Cancer Institute studied people exposed to work related microwaves. They concluded that there was a tenfold increase in brain tumors among those working 20 years or more. Dr. Cherry points out that the destructive source was Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR).
The University of Washington conducted research on microwave Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) impact on the brains of rats. The research showed breaks in the DNA associated with increased free radicals and increased cell deaths. This study emulates levels of exposure when using a cell phone against your head.
Dr. Cherry investigated other studies such as the one at the US Embassy in Moscow where the effect of radar signals on people was evaluated. The study demonstrated that there were changes in the blood and an increase in cancer from the radiation.
There are many health threats from Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) that we should be aware of. As Dr. Cherry suggested, with research and understanding, we can take responsibility for our own health and limit our exposure to Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR).