A oscillator displaying a voltage over
time graph of a standard 110 volt
alternating current phase. The well-
defined line is a clean 60Hz sine
wave, while the blurred patterns are
white noise, or electrical pollution.
Electrical pollution, or dirty electricity, is a term attributed to the electromagnetic fields (EMF) released by electrical and radio devices - including cell phone antennas, low-energy lights, wi-fi internet connections, and many household appliances - which cause harmful side-effects in human cells. The study of electrical pollution is an emerging science and its existence is debated by many scientists and doctors worldwide. Dr. Robert O. Becker, author of the Body Electric stated that “I have no doubt in my mind that at the present time that the greatest polluting element in the earth’s environment is the proliferation of electromagnetic fields. I consider that to be far greater on a global scale that warming…”
The level of sensitivity, and thus symptoms associated, varies greatly from person to person. While many people will feel little to no effects, except with heavy long-term exposure, others may contract migraines from the fluorescent lighting in many offices and malls, and still others may find themselves unable to be around electricity without unpleasant side effects.
Most scientists quickly dismiss the idea of electrical pollution, though cannot prove why. A common argument is that the physics of energy prevent electricity and light from having enough energy to cause harm. Electrical pollution does not harm the body through thermal radiation (cooking), but rather through the interference with cellular functions, including the actions of Mitocondria.
Electromagnetic hypersensitivity is a condition in which people experience physical symptoms such as rashes and/or a wide range of unpleasant sensory disturbances during or shortly after exposure to electromagnetic fields. It can develop in previously healthy people after prolonged exposure and appears to be largely irreversible. It was first noticed in radar technicians, when it was called microwave sickness, but it has increased dramatically in recent years in the general population. About three percent of the population are now affected in this way, and its incidence often appears to be associated with prolonged exposure to microwave based telecommunications.
Sweden: 1.5 per cent
California: 3.2 per cent
UK: 4 per cent
Switzerland: 5 per cent
Germany: 8 per cent (Infas, 2003)
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|Neurological||Headache, dizziness, nausea, difficulty concentrating, memory loss, irritability, depression, anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, weakness, tremors, muscle spasms, numbness, tingling, altered reflexes, muscle and joint pain, leg/foot pain, malaise, fever. More severe reactions can include seizures, paralysis, psychosis and stroke.|
|Cardiovascular||Palpitations, arrhythmias, pain or pressure in the chest, low or high blood pressure, slow or fast heart rate, shortness of breath.|
|Respiratory||Sinusitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma, nosebleeds.|
|Dermatological||Rash, itching, burning, facial flushing.|
|Ophthalmological||Pain or burning in the eyes, pressure in/behind the eyes, deteriorating vision, floaters, cataracts.|
|Others||Digestive problems; abdominal pain; enlarged thyroid, testicular/ovarian pain; dryness of lips, tongue, mouth, eyes; great thirst; dehydration; nosebleeds; internal bleeding; altered sugar metabolism; immune abnormalities; redistribution of metals within the body; hair loss; pain in the teeth; deteriorating fillings; impaired sense of smell; ringing in the ears.|
- No Place To Hide, Volume 3, Number 1, April 2001, “Special Issue on Russian and Ukrainian Research” by Arthur Firstenberg.