Uncontested Facts about EMF (Electromagnetic Fields)
- EMF are a form of non-ionizing radiation
- Any material which has an electric current passing through it has an EMF around it, including household wiring and appliances.
- Like all field effects, the strength of EMF drops as you move further from the source
- The strength and size of EMFs depends on the design of the quipment and the strength of the electric current creating it
Claims and Counterclaims about EMF (Electromagnetic Fields)
General Health Harms
1.There is no evidence that any technological use of EMFs cause any health harms
1. There is substantial evidence that certain technological use of EMFs can cause health harms
|2. There is no conclusive evidence that high-tension power lines causes health harms||2. There is evidence that high-tension power lines causes health harms|
|3. There is no conclusive evidence that radio and television broadcast antennas cause health harms||3. There is evidence that radio and television broadcast antennas cause health harms|
|4. There is no conclusive evidence that cell phone towers ("base stations") cause health harms||4. There is evidence that cell phone towers ("base stations") cause health harms|
|5. There is no conclusive evidence that cell phones ("handsets") cause health harms||
5. There is evidence that cell phones ("handsets") cause health harms
2009: Seung-Kwon Myung, Woong Ju, Diana D. McDonnell, Yeon Ji Lee, Gene Kazinets, Chih-Tao Cheng, and Joel M. Moskowit, 'Mobile Phone Use and Risk of Tumors: A Meta-Analysis'
|6. There is no conclusive evidence that transceivers in wi-fi access points and devices cause health harms||6. There is evidence that transceivers in wi-fi access points and devices cause health harms|
|7. There is no conclusive evidence that wireless smart meters cause health harms||7. There is evidence that wireless smart meters cause health harms|
1. There is no evidence that 'electromagnetic hypersensitivity' is a real medical condition
1b. Those experiencing Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Syndrome (EHS) are either falsely attributing general health problems to EMF, or their symptoms are caused or exacerbated by chronic anxiety, including anxiety about the potential risks of new technologies including those using EMF
1. Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity is a real medical condition, caused by exposure to EMF
1b. Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity is a real health condition, but it is psychosomatic, and not caused by exposure to EMF
2005: Rubin, G James PhD; Munshi, Jayati Das MBBS; Wessely, Simon MD, 'Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity: A Systematic Review of Provocation Studies'
Points of Interest
- The Wikipedia article on the basic science of EMFs, based on standard science text books
- Health claims have been raised about a number of different EMF sources, including;
- high tension electric transmission lines: summary by Gary Zeman (ScD, CHP) of
- radio and television broadcast antennas: summary by PowerWatch (a UK-based group run by Alasdair Philips, an Electronic and Agricultural Engineer, member of Scientist for Global Responsibility, and an owner of EMFields and Sensory Perspective Ltd, which supply EMF and RF measurement equipment and supplies)
- cell phone towers ("base stations"): summary by EMWatch, a website "created in 2008, and completely revised in 2014" to tell people more about " how to minimise the effects on themselves and their loved ones", and the sites promotes a number of EMF-related products
- cell phone ("handsets")
- transceivers in wi-fi access points and devices
- wireless smart meters: interview with Dr. Timothy Schoechle, Ph.D, a smart grid technologist who opposes residential installation of wireless smart meters
- EMF Portal is a "project of the femu working group of the Institute and Out-patient Clinic of Occupational Medicine of the University Hospital RWTH Aachen that aims to collect all peer-reviewed research related to potential health effects from EMFs, and make them available online in both English and German translations.
- In 2015, the International EMF Scientist Appeal was "initially signed by 190 scientists from 39 nations. All of these scientists have published peer-reviewed papers on the biological or health effects of non-ionizing radiation, part of the EMF spectrum that includes Extremely Low Frequency fields (ELF) used for electricity, or Radio Frequency radiation (RFR) used for wireless communications."
- Claims that that EMFs have not been proven to cause harm can be found in the web pages of the American Cancer Society, Health Physics Society, World Health Organisation, US Food and Drug Administration,
- Claims for EMFs causing harm can be found in the web pages of EMFscientist.org, International EMF Alliance, EMWatch, PowerWatch, GeoengineeringWatch, ElectromagneticHealth, Electromagnetics subreddit,
- A more conservative view on the potential harm of strong EMF comes from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Some references to early studies on EMFs can be found in How Dangerous is Electromagnetic Radiation, an undated article by Junu Brian Kim
- Health Canada has an info page on cell phone towers, with links to a range of other resources
- In 2015, smart grid proponent and engineer Timothy Schoechle, Ph.D. was interviewed about his opposition to residential smart meters on the 'How on Earth' science show on US radio station KGNU
- In 2014, Dr Edward Group, a chiropracter from supplements supplier GlobalHealingCentre, wrote an article claiming '10 Shocking Facts about the Health Dangers of Wi-Fi'
- In 2012, Lorne Trottier posted a blog piece on ScienceBasedMedicine.org called 'Are Cell Phones a Possible Carcinogen? An Update on the IARC Report', which concludes that "While it is still cannot be ruled out that brain cancer incidence rates might increase in the future — say if latency is 20 years or more – this appears to be increasingly improbable."