Technology infiltrates our lives so rapidly that few of us stop to consider the potential health implications. Yet could the technology designed to improve our lives actually be making us sick? Scientists have long believed that there is a link between health problems and radiation from mobile phones, wireless connections, powerlines, and electronic devices. Radiation has been linked to issues such as depression, fatigue, miscarriages, childhood leukaemia, and even brain tumours.
In The Force, Lyn McLean shows us why electropollution is among the most important health issues of our time. Examining research from around the world, she explains how and why we are all at risk and offers practical, easy-to-understand advice for homeowners, parents, and employees wanting to reduce their exposure at home and in the workplace.
– ‘One of the most important books I have read in a long time… a tour de force that covers an encyclopedic range of topics.’ Lloyd Morgan, Environmental Health Trust fellow, brain tumour survivor
– ‘An easily readable account … the personal stories are compelling, and the scientific evidence is presented in a forceful yet understandable manner.’ Dr David Carpenter, Director of the Institute for Health and the Environment
– ‘A valuable book that details the problem of electromagnetic radiation and what we can do about it.’ Professor Yuri Grigoriev, Chair Russian Committee for Non-Ionising Radiation Protection.
Going Somewhere is a dynamic autobiographical narrative about Andrew Marino’s career in science. With a depth and drama that arise from personal involvement, the book explores an exceptionally wide range of science-related matters: the relation between electrical energy and life; the influence of corporate and military power on science; the role of self-interest on the part of federal and state agencies that deal with human health, especially the NIH and the FDA; the importance of cross-examining scientific experts in legal hearings; the erroneous view of nature that results when the perspective of physics is extended into biology; the pivotal role of deterministic chaos theory in at least some cognitive processes. These matters arise in the long course of the author’s scientific and legal activities involving the complex debate over the health risks of man-made environmental electromagnetic fields. The book offers far more than a solution to the contentious health issue. The story provides a portal into how science actually works, which you will see differs dramatically from the romantic notion of an objective search for truth. You will understand that science is a human enterprise, all too human, inescapably enmeshed in uncertainty.
In this thought-provoking book, Marino recounts his extraordinary journey through the realm of health risks associated with electromagnetic fields (EMFs), his quest for knowledge and truth, and his battle for justice. It is a thoughtful, fascinating book which contains the wisdom of an accomplished investigator, a true Doctor of Philosophy who has been able to stand back, to question the established order, and to be tenacious in his quest. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the effects of electromagnetic fields on living beings, especially to the truth-seekers, to those interested in the functioning of modern science, in environmental science and in its legal aspects. –Stephane Egot-Lemaire, Bioengineer.
Oreskes and Conway tell an important story about the misuse of science to mislead the public on matters ranging from the risks of smoking to the reality of global warming. The people the authors accuse in this carefully documented book are themselves scientists—mostly physicists, former cold warriors who now serve a conservative agenda, and vested interests like the tobacco industry. The authors name these scientists—all with powerful connections in government and the media—including Robert Jastrow, Frederick Seitz, and S. Fred Singer. Seven compelling chapters detail seven issues (acid rain, the dangers of smoking and secondhand smoke, the ozone hole, global warming, the Strategic Defense Initiative, and the banning of DDT) in which this group aimed to sow seeds of public doubt on matters of settled science. They did so by casting aspersions on the science and the scientists who produce it. Oreskes, a professor of history and science studies at UC–San Diego, and science writer Conway also emphasize how journalists and Internet bloggers uncritically repeat these charges. This book deserves serious attention for the lessons it provides about the misuse of science for political and commercial ends. © Reed Business Information.
“Ever wonder how the terms liberty and freedom got all tangled up in fake science, how industry friendly think-tanks got their start, or what motivates scientists to sell out beyond the obvious? Merchants of Doubt expertly follows the historical twists and turns to answer all those questions and more in exquisite detail translated into entertaining narratives easily digested by readers from all backgrounds… This book should be a staple for any scientist and progressive, especially those whose work intersects public policy. Merchants of Doubt will not only leave you better equipped to combat the propaganda now packaged and fed to an unsuspecting public as legitimate science on a daily basis, it is a meticulously researched and wonderfully written.”—Daily Kos
How many electronic innovations have you dialed, watched, surfed, charged, listed to, booted up, commuted on, cooked with, and plugged in today? Consider your typical day: If you’re like most people, it probably starts in front of your coffee maker and toaster, ends as you set the alarm on your cell phone, and involves no end of computers and gadgets, televisions and microwaves in between. We’re being zapped: Today 84 percent of Americans own a cell phone, 89 million of us watch TV beamed in by satellite, and we can’t sip a cup of coffee at our local café without being exposed to Wi-Fi. The very electronic innovations that have changed our lives are also exposing us, in ways big and small, to an unprecedented number of electromagnetic fields. Invisible pollution surrounds us twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, interrupting our bodies’ natural flow of energy. And for some, that pollution has reached the point of toxicity, causing fatigue, irritability, weakness, and even illness. But we don’t have to simply surrender.
Ann Louise Gittleman brings forth the latest research into electromagnetic fields to create this groundbreaking guide for every citizen of the wireless age. With the proactive, levelheaded approach that has made her one of our most respected health experts, she not only clarifies the risks but also offers specific, step-by-step information for how anyone can minimize them. From where you place your sofa to when you use your cell phone to what you eat for dinner, Zapped is packed with strategies for avoiding and mitigating the damaging effects of electropollution.
Devra Davis presents an array of recent and long suppressed research in this timely bombshell. Cell phone radiation is a national emergency. Stunningly, the most popular gadget of our age has now been shown to damage DNA, break down the brain’s defenses, and reduce sperm count while increasing memory loss, the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, and even cancer. The growing brains of children make them especially vulnerable. And half of the world’s four billion cell phone used by people under twenty.
Davis, the founding director of the toxicology and environmental studies board at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, takes readers through the dark side of this trillion-dollar industry. Health experts have long been frozen out of policy-making decisions about cell phones; federal regulatory standards are set by the cell phone industry itself. Cell phone manufacturers have borrowed the playbook of the tobacco industry. One secret memo reveals their war plan against reports of cell phone dangers. Among a host of fascinating characters, Davis introduces Om P. Gandhi, a world expert on how cell phone radiation penetrates the human brain. Once a consultant to major cell phone companies, Gandhi now refuses to work with them. Franz Adlkofer led the multi-lab study that showed once and for all that brain cell DNA is unraveled by cell phone microwave radiation-and, as Davis dramatically portrays, it nearly cost him his career.As this eye-opening call to action shows, we can make safer cell phones now. Why would we put our children at risk of a devastating epidemic of brain illness in the years to come?
Close to half of all adults living in the U.S. suffer from at least one form of chronic disease. Have you ever wondered why, just a few generations ago, conditions such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, etc., were nearly unknown? What has changed in our lives to make us so vulnerable to chronic diseases? Perhaps more importantly, what can we do to restore and/or protect our health?
In the mid-1990s world-renowned opthalmic surgeon Jerry Tennant was diagnosed with a chronic disease that left him unable to function in his profession and in his personal life. He retired from his practice, but he refused to give up hope. Over the next seven years, as his strength allowed, he studied available literature to discover what he had to do to regain his health. Today he is free of the debilitating symptoms that once sidelined him. He has a thriving integrative medicine practice, and he continues to help people with a wide variety of chronic health challenges take control of their lives and become well. What did Dr. Tennant’s research reveal that allowed him to completely regain his life?
“The key to making chronic disease better is making a single cell work. If you give the body the things a single cell needs to work, the body often has the power to heal all of the cells of the body.That means you get well!”–Dr. Jerry Tennant
Dr. Samuel Milham was the first scientist to alert the world that exposure to electromagnetic fields can cause disease. His new book, Dirty Electricity: Electrification and the Diseases of Civilization, documents Dr. Milham’s early years and education, and describes his discovery of the link between electromagnetic field exposure and most of the twentieth century diseases of civilization, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and suicide. In Dirty Electricity, Dr. Milham discusses the recent proliferation of radio frequency radiation from cell phones and towers, terrestrial antennas, Wi-Fi and Wi-max systems, broadband internet over power lines, and personal electronic equipment and warns of the epidemic of disease and mortality that we may soon face because of these technologies. These technologies, he explains, are creating the 2nd wave of illnesses from electromagnetic fields, the first being from electrification beginning in the early part of the 20th century and only recently discovered thanks to Dr. Milham’s work.
Dr. Milham says the ‘War on Cancer’ has been a failure because “people have missed the major carcinogen”. He has tried to get the attention of several government agencies, as well as the marines, as to the role that electromagnetic fields and in particular ‘dirty electricity’ have played in the illnesses of our times, to no avail. Thus, he has written “Dirty Electricity: Electrification and the Diseases of Civilization” to bring the key learnings of his career to the public. A winner of the Ramazzini prize for his pioneering work in the occupational risks for cancer from electromagnetic fields, Dr. Milham has long been on the forefront of understanding biological effects from electromagnetic fields.
Gunilla Ladberg is a Ph. D. in educational psychology, a well-known lecturer, and the author of some 20 books, mainly on psychology. Wrote a book about electrosensitivity in Sweden. These people, having developed electrical sensitivity, have had to flee their homes for the safety of rural areas away from electricity and cell phone towers.
This book is about people in Sweden who after having developed hypersensitivity to electricity or/and microwave radiation from wireless technologies have become fugitives in their own country.
I must first say that neither I nor anyone in my family has been affected by this condition. I started to write about the issue after learning about the health hazards caused by cell phones and other wireless communication gadgets. That’s how I met a number of people who had become electrohypersensitive (EHS). This condition has disabled some of them to such an extent that they had to flee from their homes and workplaces to find refuge in forested areas as far away from electrical power and cell phone towers as possible.
The book traces the story of 14 people and their experiences with ES. Its not what I would call uplifting but it is an eye-opener. My thanks to these people for sharing their stories and to Gunilla Ladberg, who is not ES, for for taking the time to bring it all together in a book.
A complete English PDF translation is available here.
Dr. Crofton, a health educator, collaborated with the world’s most respected scientists, physicians, and environmental health experts, and compiled data from the latest research studies. In Wireless Radiation Rescue she presents an overview of the evidence along with recommendations for safer solutions.
“We don’t have to give up all electronic devices,” Dr. Crofton explains. “But we do need to use them differently. First, we need to understand that the government standards we assume are protecting us are thousands of times too lenient, and there are biological effects from these ‘safe’ levels — including: sleep disruption, dizziness, headaches, immune suppression, electro-sensitivity, ‘unexplained’ cardiac symptoms, decreased fertility, and an increased risk for brain cancer and neurological disorders.”Wireless Radiation Rescue is the first consumer guide to reducing levels of electro-magnetic radiation in our homes, offices and schools. Aimed at the general public including parents, teachers and health care professionals, the book is divided into four sections: Know the Evidence; Know Your Risks; Safer Solutions; and Your Action Plan.
Clearly more research is needed but in the meantime many people are opting on the side of caution now. After all, how many decades, and thousands of studies, did it take before it was “proven” that smoking caused cancer? Swedish neuro-oncologist Dr. Leif Salford has called the unregulated use of cell phones by 4.5 billion people worldwide “the largest human biological experiment ever.”
Electromagnetic conditions in the environment have changed greatly within the past 15 years. This is in part due to the introduction of mobile telecommunication systems, which have essentially changed the degree of electromagnetic exposure members of the general public are exposed to regularly. Electromagnetic fields are an important biotropic factor, affecting not just a human health in general, but also the processes of the higher nervous activity, including behavior and thinking. Radiation directly affects the human brain when people use mobile phones. Members of the Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection have emphasized ultimate urgency to defend children’s health from the influence of the EMF of the mobile communication systems and the need to protect the health of future generations.
The book by Camilla Rees and Dr Magda Havas, “Public Health SOS: The Shadow Side of the Wireless Revolution”, is a necessary call to action to awaken government leaders and professionals in all fields to the urgent nature of this emerging global public health issue.” Professor Yury Grigoriev
We are under continual attack from electromagnetic fields (EMFs) radiating from power lines, household wiring, microwave ovens, computers, televisions, clock radios, cellular phones, electric blankets and other appliances. Researchers have correlated electropollution with increases in cancer, birth defects, depression, learning disabilities, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. The danger is real and with increasing use of electricity in our environment it is one of the reasons why many scientists believe some disease rates are on the rise. EMFs are not blocked or weakened by trees, walls, buildings, or other structures. like X-rays they pass through these objects and into our bodies — disrupting normal cellular function and biological processes. For most of us our greatest exposure to EMFs comes from within our own homes. All household appliances emit EMFs. But you cannot tell which are most dangerous by their size or function. Often the small devices like electric can openers and hair dryers are much more dangerous than the larger ones such as electric ovens or refrigerators.
* About the dangers you face with EMF exposure * Why certain diseases persist in spite of medical treatment * How to reduce exposure from computer and TV screens * If microwave ovens are safe or not * What home appliances are the most dangerous * Where we get the most exposure * How to find hidden EMF “hot spots” in the home * What you can do to protect yourself and your family.
Cell Phones and The Dark Deception is the only publication that brings all the pieces of this perplexing puzzle together to give readers insight into the truth. When startling news of intentional industry cover-ups and government secretsare exposed by veteran cell phone researchers, industry insiders and government officials, there will no longer be any speculation as to why cell phone users have been falsely ensured of safety. Cell Phones and The Dark Deception answers the tough questions that cell phone users have been asking for years: “If cell phones are really dangerous why aren’t we being told?”, “Why are there so many contradicting reports on the subject?”, and “If cell phones were dangerous, wouldn’t the government be protecting us from harm?”. All of the public’s uncertainties will be addressed in this eye-opening and thought-provoking book. All of the information in this book is founded on factual statistics and measurable results. The evidence is derived from hundreds of documented, duplicated, published and peer-reviewed scientific data from the numerous global research efforts of governments, world-renowned scientists, biophysicists, epidemiologists, and industry-hired experts. All of which are referenced.
This 178 page paperback offers an easy-to-understand overview of the cell phone industry and its ethical character, the government’s role as it pertains to cell phone safety, and the nature of electromagnetic radiation (EMR), especially the non-ionizing radiofrequency microwave radiation used in wireless communication. The proven consequential impact that this invisible and influential energy has on the human body is truly inconceivable. That is why one-third of this valuable resource focuses on the hidden health hazards which are established as being directly linked to this particular type of exposure. Find out what you’re not being told…and why. Knowledge is power. If you are a cell phone user, you have a right to know the truth. There are ways to reduce your exposure and risk without giving up your cell phone. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Ignoring the facts doesn’t change them.
“Doubt is our product,” a cigarette executive once observed, “since it is the best means of competing with the ‘body of fact’ that exists in the minds of the general public. It is also the means of establishing a controversy.”
In this eye-opening expose, David Michaels reveals how the tobacco industry’s duplicitous tactics spawned a multimillion dollar industry that is dismantling public health safeguards. Product defense consultants, he argues, have increasingly skewed the scientific literature, manufactured and magnified scientific uncertainty, and influenced policy decisions to the advantage of polluters and the manufacturers of dangerous products. To keep the public confused about the hazards posed by global warming, second-hand smoke, asbestos, lead, plastics, and many other toxic materials, industry executives have hired unscrupulous scientists and lobbyists to dispute scientific evidence about health risks. In doing so, they have not only delayed action on specific hazards, but they have constructed barriers to make it harder for lawmakers, government agencies, and courts to respond to future threats.
The Orwellian strategy of dismissing research conducted by the scientific community as “junk science” and elevating science conducted by product defense specialists to “sound science” status, also creates confusion about the very nature of scientific inquiry and undermines the public’s confidence in science’s ability to address public health and environmental concerns such reckless practices have long existed, but Michaels argues that the Bush administration deepened the dysfunction by virtually handing over regulatory agencies to the very corporate powers whose products and behavior they are charged with overseeing. In Doubt Is Their Product, Michaels proves, beyond a doubt, that our regulatory system has been broken. He offers concrete, workable suggestions for how it can be restored by taking the politics out of science and ensuring that concern for public safety, rather than private profits, guides our regulatory policy.
Bending Science is so chock-full of ideas and insights…McGarity and Wagner’s insight has large implications both for potential legal reforms and for public faith in the integrity of the scientific process…Bending Science is an immensely important book. It is one of quite a large number of books published recently on the manipulations of science by interest groups and the government. Yet even in this crowded field, Bending Science stakes out its own ground and makes an invaluable contribution to the debate over the role of science in public policy. (Lisa Heinzerling Texas Law Journal)
Bending Science is an intelligent and compelling blend of investigative journalism and theoretical analysis of the structural and functional flaws of the research enterprise, from the development of testable ideas to the use of its results for practical purposes…Bending Science [is] an indispensable read for our current troubled times. All in all, this book is a must-read not only for researchers devoted to the scientific method but also for all who wish to become competent consumers of research that can influence their lives. The narrative is an eye-opener, which will provide the reader with tools to understand the research process and protect himself/herself from advocacy-based distortions. (Maura Pilotti Metapsychology)
Drawing together a host of little-known but dramatic cases, what has been suspected for years: how extensively scientific data are misused and abused in regulatory and tort law. Society depends on science to guide public policy on health and safety, but as McGarity and Wagner show, many interest groups do all they can to influence –and undermine– independent and honest research. Bending Science shows just how far science has been corrupted, and offers a road to reform. (Carl F. Cranor)
Electrocution of America is a riveting story of how statistically flawed university research is being exploited to misrepresent the danger of low levels of electrical current affecting Wisconsin’s dairy cows. This is not an isolated incident but an all too common occurrence on dairy farms across Wisconsin. This may be our canary in the coal mine for future problems in all areas with an overused compromised distribution system. –Doug Sutter, Agricultural Instructor Everyone who uses a shower, hot tub or swimming pool, or even touches an outside water spigot, needs to read Russ Allen’s book as it discloses the shocking truth about the North American electric distribution system.
Even through the book details the slow death by electrocution of Mr. Allen’s dairy cows by the local electric utility and the ensuing trial, what happened to Mr. Allen can happen to anyone. –Donald W. Zipse, P.E., electrical forensics engineer, IEEE Life Fellow Product Description THE DEADLY SECRET OF AMERICA S UTILITY COMPANIES. There`s a lethal problem at the Allen Dairy Farm, and no one can pinpoint the source. After millions of dollars, a series of misfortunes and the mysterious sickness and death of numerous cows, farm owner Russ Allen discovers the trouble with his livestock was brought on by electrical pollution of the earth a major quandary throughout the dairy states. The source of this deadly stray current is a local utility giant who refuses to acknowledge its guilt and mitigate the problem. To safeguard his legacy and stand up for an environmental issue plaguing the heartland, Allen`s final attempt to save his family`s farm brings the utility into a gripping winner-take-all courtroom battle. In Electrocution of America, Russ Allen tells a timely tale of corporate greed that is paid for with the nations livestock a staple in the food chain.
Dr Fisher discusses the links between EM Fields and diseases such as cancer, leukemia, Alzheimer’s, Heart Disease, and others. Even childhood development issues and hormone malfunction are discusses. This easy to read book takes you from the effects of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation, the field strength of various household items, to how the effects of exposure to EM fields may be killing you.
For way too long the powers that be, influenced by the money hungry cell phone companies, have been telling us that EMF’s pose no danger to our health. Dr. Fisher’s book gives you a synopsis of the studies showing the very damaging effects of 60 Hz EMF’s. In that chapater he gives an overview of the studies that have been done and the various diseases they have been shown to contribute to the incidence of. He also gives an excellent overview of the different types of EMF’s and shares each types harmful effects on the body. He has a chapter detailing the dangers of cell phone EMFs. Dr. Fisher concludes with some excellent, common sense, easy to do suggestions on how to minimize your exposure to EMF’s and make your home as safe from these ever present toxins as possible.
Would you stick your head in a microwave oven? Well, would you? Of course not. Technology has transformed this planet into an open microwave system with its satellite transmissions. This book examines what the health consequences are. This book simply points out that the gradual rise in illness across broad geographic areas are an early indicator of microwave illness, independently of what the experts lead you to believe. The handwriting is already on the wall and most of know that something is wrong. This book discusses in simple terms the effects of microwave radiation on the human body. I utilize dosimetry studies done by the US Air Force, which outline in clear terms what organs of the body are most vulnerable to cumulative microwave exposure. I outline the mechanisms by which slow exposure is masquerading as various illnesses across this country.
We are on the verge of a health care crisis which threatens to bankrupt our society and health care system. Whether we like to consider it or not the planet that we are living on has been transformed into an open microwave system. In this book I examine the common link between microwave radiation and seemingly unrelated illnesses. The book demonstrates that the rising incidence of certain illnesses and cancers across broad geographic regions parallels the increasing rise in exposure and use of microwave radiation. This book is a common sense approach to the subject which is presented in a clear language that the laymen can understand. Also it is liberally referenced from the scientific literature. The book is designed to be generally informative as well as a reference source for the average reader. Additionally I have provided a wealth of resources that have been shown to be beneficial to offset the consequences of excess microwave exposure.
Are you keeping safe? Electrical wiring and appliances, overhead power lines, machinery, photocopiers, mobiles and cordless telephones, radio masts, TVs, tube trains, x-rays and laser beams are amongst the hundreds of everyday items that are now known to give off high levels of microwave radiation. Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) can be biologically active and capable of making changes to the structure of human and animal cells which are exposed to them. Long-term exposure is believed by an increasing number of scientists and environmentalists to be connected to tumours, fertility problems, behaviour and mood changes, concentration and memory loss, and also to affect melatonin production and impair our immune system repair mechanisms.
The Powerwatch Handbook is a simple no-nonsense guide to EMFs and how to reduce their harmful effect. Alasdair and Jean Philips present their information in a practical, positive and lively way, in an easy-to-follow handbook style. EMF levels are graded using a star rating system, high level items are highlighted, and practical tips given in step-by-step, bullet point form.
The handbook contains an overview of the current status of EMFs and health effects The book includes sections on powerlines, substations, mobile phone masts, underground and overhead cables, railways, the potential levels of EMFs they generate and tips for reducing your exposure to EMFs from these sourcesThere are chapters on EMFs from phones, from wiring in your home, from electrical appliances and equipment at home and at work and how to make your environment a low EMF zone
George Carlo and Martin Schram are aiming to become information-age Ralph Naders. They ask a question that ought to concern America’s 103 million mobile phone users, as well as those who merely come within earshot of these popular devices: Is the wireless future a threat to public health? “Visit any public building, college classroom, courthouse, or commuter train, and look around: You’ll see people using not just wireless phones but also wireless laptop computers and miniature palm tops,” write Carlo and Schram. “What you won’t see are the microwaves that are criss-crossing a confined space where a number of people who are not even using these instruments are bombarded by these waves.” It sounds creepy. And Carlo, an epidemiologist who once oversaw a multimillion-dollar research project on health for the cellular industry, believes the news is not good: there may be a link between cell phone use and brain tumors.
The research is not conclusive, but Carlo and Schram think it’s disturbing enough to warrant government action. Needless to say, the industry that once backed Carlo’s work now considers him persona non grata. Then again, it would lack the passionate advocacy that will draw many readers to it. And even the most skeptical may want to take a few of the simple safety precautions the authors recommend in a concluding chapter, such as wearing a headset or earpiece when using a cell phone, in order to keep a distance from the radiation-emitting antennae. One look at the x-ray photos reproduced in the book, which show how radiation easily penetrates skulls, will give even the most impervious observer second thoughts. One thing is probably certain: This book is a harbinger of litigation. If Carlo and Schram are correct about their concerns, the cellular industry–as unbelievable as it sounds–may go the way of Big Tobacco.
Cell Towers. They seem to be popping up everywhere, like intergalactic mushrooms. We see them inappropriately placed in residential neighborhoods, on school grounds, on pristine ridgelines, along beautiful country roads and scenic highways–usually over the vehement objections of neighbors, parents, and environmentalists. Towers are often reluctantly sited in these hallowed places by the very people we have elected to protect our communities.Many of our municipal agents have been intimidated by an onerous provision in a federal law–called Section 704 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, and by an aggressive telecommunications industry which threatens to sue at the hint of a rejected application. Towns, fearing staggering legal bills, have come to think their hands are tied and that somebody’s neighborhood must be sacrificed for the sake of the larger community. But with so many new antenna arrays needed to support more and more wireless buildout, everybody’s neighborhood now faces “sacrifice.” No neighborhood, scenic vista or historic structure is off-limits.
Municipal agents feel maddeningly frustrated and powerless in the face of a multi-billion dollar industry that appears to have Congress on its side. It is as if we have become candles in the wind of the wireless juggernaut, even though serious scientific uncertainty about the safety of this technology continues to exist.No community is unaffected by cell towers today. Siting them is one of the most contentious areas of land-use law in America, as well as in many European countries where far more stringent exposure standards have been set for ambient environmental radiofrequency radiation–the area of the electromagnetic spectrum used for this wireless technology. Just a few short years ago, this was not the case. Indeed, the rapacious buildout of this technology caught most communities completely by surprise.
Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology introduces a novel approach to learning and teaching neuroscience. The molecular aspects of ionic channels (voltage and ligand-dependent channels) are clearly explained from a functional view point and with an hypothesis-driven approach firmly based on experiments. Once each channel is explained, it is summed up one-to-one to arrive at the explanation of the basic properties of excitable cells and secretory cells; action potentials, sensory receptor potentials, statistics of transmitter release and synaptic potentials. This building block approach to illustrate the functions of the neuronal plasma membrane also facilitates the explanation of more complex neuronal behaviors.
With the aid of over 400 illustrations reconstructed from classical experiments, the chapters are organized to encourage students to ask questions in the face of an observation, to formulate hypotheses, to design experiments to test these hypotheses, and to draw critical conclusions from the results obtained. As a result, it is a book from which students like to learn. Key Features * Provides a novel approach to learning and teaching neurosciences * Clearly explains molecular aspects of ionic channels from a functional view point based firmly on experiments * Presents more than 400 illustrations showing details of pathways of neurotransmitter systems, channel activities, and metabolic routes * Includes a comprehensive appendix with coverage of more advanced techniques.
Based on superficial media reports a few years back, many people think that the issue of safety regarding exposures to electromagnetic fields has been settled in favor of EMFs and that we have nothing to worry about. But nothing could be farther from the truth. Researchers in bioelectromagnetics and biophysics have continued to observe alarming studies across a range of frequency exposures that are common in our everyday lives, especially with wireless products such as cell phones, cell towers and wireless laptop computers. The American press is largely unaware of this new body of research, coming primarily from European countries. The human race has never before in its evolutionary history been exposed to such fields on a continuous basis, and there are serious mounting concerns about the effects not just on individuals but on our entire ecosystem.
Since the turn of the last century and increasingly since the early 1940’s with the development of radar during World War II, the rapid growth of radio, TV broadcasting, and especially the new wireless infrastructure needed to support all manner of wireless devices, has surrounded us in a veritable sea of artificially produced electromagnetic fields all with a presumption of safety that many now think should never have been made.In the light spectrum alone, there is so much artificially generated light on earth today that a person can literally read outside at night in almost any major city. By anyone’s reckoning, that’s an altered environment and a nascent area of study has developed to look at the effects of light-at-night not just on humans but to other species as well, many of which are exquisitely sensitive to low-level electromagnetic fields. Many people who are born and raised in urban areas never get a real glimpse of natural starlight or experience the backlit silver luminescence of the winter landscape when there is snow on the ground and a full moon in a clear night sky. Instead, whole generations now experience night light as the grotesque red-orange glow of sodium-vapor street lights, the same color that used to alert distant neighbors that a huge fire had broken out.
Brodeur continues to sound the urgent alarm he’s rung in Currents of Death (1989) and elsewhere about the dangers of electromagnetic fields (EMF) produced by power lines. Here, the author amasses compelling evidence that exposure to EMF causes or promotes cancer; that utility companies continue to deny the existence of any health hazard; and that state and federal health agencies have been reluctant to acknowledge the problem, let alone deal with it. Two major portions of the text- -material on cancer clusters in Guilford, Connecticut, and at the Slater School in Fresno, California–appeared originally in The New Yorker. Besides recounting in meticulous detail the actions and frustrations of concerned citizens in these two situations,
Brodeur has researched numerous other instances in which citizens and power companies have clashed over the EMF issue. His account of EPA’s shifting position provides an unflattering view of a federal agency succumbing to political pressure. Drawing parallels with the tobacco and asbestos industries’ resistance to epidemiological evidence that their products are carcinogenic, Brodeur foresees that power companies will continue to claim that the scientific evidence against EMF is inconclusive. The legal battle is still in its early stages, and, according to the author, the ultimate outcome may well depend on how much public pressure is brought to bear on government health officials to view the power-line hazard as a medical problem rather than as a political and economic one. Brodeur must be credited with helping to keep this issue in the public eye. Vigorous and persuasive reporting, backed by impressive research. Kirkus Associates
Cross Currents describes the meeting of two opposing trends: the rapid rise of electromedicine, which promises to unlock the secrets of healing, and the parallel rise of electropollution, which poses a serious environmental danger.
In this groundbreaking book, Robert Becker, M.D., explains how new and nontraditional healing techniques such as acupuncture, homeopathy, visualization, hypnosis, and electrotherapy work through an invisible common source – the body’s electrical system. But at the same time that exciting insights into how to use the body’s inherent healing abilities are gained, electromagnetic fields radiating from powerlines, radar, microwave ovens, VDTs, satellites, radios, and even electric blankets are attacking our bodies’ resources. Researchers are finding that this radiation correlates with increases in cancer, birth defects, depression, learning disabilities, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease, AIDS, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
Cross Currents offers practical ways to protect ourselves in our homes and offices from the hazardous effects of electromagnetic pollution, and teaches us how to engage the healing energies of electromagnetism. Dr. Becker’s powerful synthesis reshapes the future of medicine by putting life energy back into our medical perspective and by enabling us to see the body in the context of its total living environment – the earth’s electromagnetic field.
Controversy over the potential hazards of electromagnetism from neighborhood power lines has moved from the lab to the courts, as school districts and community groups mount protests or lawsuits against utility companies. New Yorker staff writer Brodeur convincingly argues that evidence exists that exposure to such radiation may cause cancer and other illnesses. Low-level microwave radiation poses another danger, he compellingly shows, as Cape Cod, Mass., residents discovered when an Air Force radar station built in the vicinity apparently led to abnormally high levels of cancer.
Brodeur details and disputes scientific studies that claim such radiation is safe. He implicitly charges that a cover-up of the dangers has been engineered by industry, government, regulatory agencies and academia. He also reviews studies suggesting that computer video display terminals (VDTs) may induce cataracts, birth defects and miscarriages, and briefly assesses the potential hazards from electric blankets and electrically heated waterbeds. First serial to the New Yorker.
Here is a dedicated surgeon who spent three decades doing the step-by-step research necessary to determine what causes limb regeneration. During those years he and his colleagues had to run interferance against the most hideously uninformed, petty, self-serving agencies and beaurocracies, which are often made up of other scientists. Dr. Becker was studying something very important, and his conclusions flew in the face of the conventional views of science at that time, and also of today. He was way ahead of his time. One of the most important parts of the book was the information on how we are bombarded every day by electromagnetic radiation which has proven to be harmful, but which is DENIED harmful because of economic interests. Studies showing it is harmful are delayed or buried. As a result of this radiation across America, people suffer from all sorts of ailments that doctors are unable to diagnose.
This man is one of the true pioneers of energy medicine. At the time he was doing his research, he had no idea that the electrical signals he was detecting in the bodies of both animals and humans, were part of the body’s energy system, one of which is the Meridian system (along which acupoints are located). Against professional backbiting and the loss of all funds for further research, he persevered with his honor intact. This work was important because he was questioning why, if newts and salamanders can re-grow a limb, why can’t we? If we continue to have a few scientists who buck the beaurocracy, and go public with their findings, and are able to withstand the ferocious attacks of peers and intrenched institutions, then we will have scientific progress. If not, we will continue to have most of our research projects done by mediocre follow-the-leader researchers on increasingly obscure projects which are far removed from the wholistic view of the human body that needs to be taken. I say bravo, to this man.