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Breast Cancer Fund highlights EM radiation danger

Posted by seumasach on April 12, 2009

Policy and Research Recommendations: Reduce Exposure to Radiation

Non-Ionizing Radiation (Electromagnetic Fields)

Breast Cancer Fund

Continuous daily exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF) is a fact of life for everyone living in the industrialized world. EMF is a type of low-intensity non-ionizing radiation that has insufficient energy to break off electrons from their orbits around atoms and ionize (charge) the atoms. EMF includes extremely low frequency radiation (ELF-EMF) from electrical appliances and power lines and radiofrequency (RF) radiation from wireless technologies such as cell phones, cordless phones, personal data assistants, laptops, the towers and antennas that support these technologies and broadcast transmission towers.

Decades of research indicate that exposure to EMF is associated with many adverse health effects including breast cancer (in both men and women) and other cancers, neurodegenerative diseases and impaired immune function. Existing public exposure standards for EMF are inadequate to protect public health because they assume that unless heating of tissue occurs within 30 minutes, no harm can result.

There are no federal guidelines for non-thermal effects or long-term chronic exposure. A growing body of international research challenges that assumption and experts around the globe are debating the need to strengthen the standards based on newer science showing health risks of chronic, widespread low-level exposure. In September 2007, Germany’s Federal Office for Radiation Protection advised citizens to avoid Wi-Fi wherever possible because of the risks it may pose to health. In the same month, the European Environmental Agency (EEA) called for immediate action to reduce exposure to radiation from Wi-Fi, mobile phones and their masts based on an international scientific review which concluded that safety limits set for these types of radiation are “thousands of times too lenient.”

In the U.S. there has been little federally funded research on EMF despite the explosion of wireless technologies, particularly cell phones. Rapid expansion and deployment of wireless technologies are outpacing the policy decisions necessary to protect public health.

Breast Cancer Fund supports The BioInitiative Report statement that the scientific evidence is sufficient to warrant regulatory action for extremely low frequency electromagnetic fields (ELF-EMF), and it is substantial enough to warrant preventive actions for radiofrequency (RF) radiation.

Existing government limits do not protect the public from adverse health effects of electromagnetic radiation emanating from devices such as power lines, cell phones, wireless Internet, radar and TV and FM broadcast towers. Most of the existing limits on this form of radiation are 1,000 to 4,000 times too lenient to prudently protect humans from cancers in children and adults, and from Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases, reproductive problems, immune function disruption, electrohypersensitivity and symptoms such as insomnia, headaches, memory loss, concentration and attention difficulties.

Federal Policy Recommendations

  • Based on the scientific evidence set forth in The BioInitiative Report and a growing body of additional research, exposure limits for electromagnetic radiation should be set at the federal level for:
    • Extremely low frequency electromagnetic fields (ELF-EMF) including power lines, appliances, interior electric wiring and other devices; and
    • Long-term and cumulative radiofrequency (RF) radiation from outdoor pulsed sources including cell phone antennas, radar, TV and FM broadcast antennas and wireless Internet antennas; and from indoor sources including cell phones, wireless Internet equipment and radiation that permeates buildings from outdoor sources.
  • With the setting of federal limits for non-ionizing radiation, special protections should be required for homes, schools and places where children spend large amounts of time.

Research Required

  • Research is needed to quantify and monitor the levels and characteristics of ELF-EMF and RF radiation present in schools, workplaces and residential neighborhoods now and into the future.
  • Research is needed to determine the effects of chronic exposure to ELF-EMF on women recovering from breast cancer and other cancers.

For references, see State of the Evidence 2008.

One Response to “Breast Cancer Fund highlights EM radiation danger”

  1. Melatonin – Breast Cancer – ELF EMFs and Motorcycle Seats

    Excellent article revealing the urgency for more responsible electromagnetic non-ionizing, non-thermal exposure regulations. With the advent of the Internet, the saying, “what you don’t know won’t hurt you,” is eroding as a more knowledgeable society is inevitable.

    Various types of ELF EMFs are suspect of interfering with certain breast cancer medication. ELF EMF disruption of melatonin is alarming as melatonin compromise can affect cancer-growth inhibition at locations throughout the body especially breast epithelial, ovarian and prostate tissue.

    Motorcycles consist of electrical components beneath the seat that can generate excessive ELF EMF magnetic radiation directly into the rider. This awareness is important for cancer survivors who are avid motorcyclists. One needs to ensure a natural electromagnetic biological environment for proper functioning of the lymph system, immune system, melatonin, etc.

    The present standards have no reasonable regulations whatsoever concerning a motorcyclist’s close exposure to excessive ELF EMFs and their potential health effects

    Please visit the motorcycle cancer website for further insight.

    Randall Dale Chipkar
    The Motorcycle Cancer Book
    Chipkar Health Concepts Limited

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