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Saturday, March 22, 2008

Health Hazards from Electromagnetic Fields

Subject: Dialogue on Electromagnetic Fields and Health

There are four educational notices on this page, which relate to electro magnetic radiation and its effects on health. I encourage you to take part in any or all. The first notice is about an open dialogue on electro magnetic fields and health which is being held at Brock University on April 9th.

The main administrative building at Brock University is a tall office building which is also the highest location in the city. On the top of this building, are many antennas providing cell phone service and other broadcasting services. The electro magnetic radiation on the campus is extremely high and there are several staff members with severe illnesses which may be caused by the high radiation levels. Some students have also reported unusual illnesses when attending the university.


April 9th 2008
Dialogue on Electromagnetic Fields and Health
Dr. Magda Havas and Dr. Tony Muc
1:10 to 2:40 in Room - Pond Inlet, Brock University, St Catherine's, Ontario

Electromagnetic Fields and how they affect humans and other organisms is addressed from two different perspectives. Dr. Greg Finn will moderate this town hall meeting - two 15 minute presentations followed by a Q&A session.

Dr. Magda Havas: We have been using electromagnetic energy in the form of electricity since the invention of the light bulb, but our growing reliance on electronic devices and wireless technology has increased our exposure to a broad range of electromagnetic frequencies especially during the past three decades. A growing scientific body of research documents biological effects and adverse health effects at levels well below the current Canadian guidelines for both power line frequency (60 Hz) magnetic fields and radio frequency radiation (kHz to GHz range). However, neither Health Canada nor Industry Canada have recognized the need to reduce existing guidelines to reflect the scientific evidence.

Studies show increased risk of various types of cancers with exposure to both magnetic field (60 Hz) and radio frequency radiation; miscarriages; increased calcium flux; increased permeability of the blood brain barrier; DNA breaks; changes in melatonin levels; increased production of stress protein; increased plasma glucose among diabetics; and symptoms of electrohypersensitivity (EHS). Those who suffer from EHS have difficulty when they are exposed to electromagnetic energy associated with computers, mobile phones, wireless routers/computers/antennas and certain types of energy efficient lighting. Their symptoms include any combination of the following: chronic fatigue, chronic pain, sleep disorders, skin disorders, neurological disorders, tinnitus, eye problems and/or digestive problems. With approximately 3% of the population severely affected and another 35% moderately affected by this energy, we have a serious environmental/health crisis emerging.

Dr. Tony Muc: Electromagnetic energy has been an integral part of nature since the
instant of creation of the universe as we know it. Indeed it may well be that the discharge of electric fields in the atmosphere and ultraviolet radiation from the sun were instrumental in the creation of life itself. At the present time humankind's knowledge of and experience with electromagnetic energy spans a range of 22 orders of magnitude. That range is only exceeded by those associated with space and time. Humans have built-in detectors of electromagnetic energy. The most important such detectors are our eyes (our skin is another). But our eyes only work over one third of an order of magnitude. That's only a tiny window on the whole spectrum of electromagnetic radiation and the fields associated with the generation, distribution and use of electromagnetic energy in all its forms.

Recent centuries, say since Newton's time, have seen a gradual growth in scientific knowledge related to electric and magnetic fields, how they are related to each other in the form of electromagnetic fields and how all three are related to humans and other organisms. Recent decades, say since Einstein's time, have seen an explosion in applications that exploit various properties and features of electromagnetism to benefit modern society in innumerable ways in medicine, in communications, in industry, in commerce and, sadly, in war (yes, waging war effectively is a benefit to a ?hawk?). And, as with all aspects of human endeavour, along with benefits have come costs. What are the benefits and to whom do they accrue? What are the costs and who pays them? The ?eternal? elements of the debates that rage over occupational and environmental health and safety issues everywhere be the agents physical, chemical or biological. And, unfortunately, the debates rage between polarized groups: union vs management, environmentalist vs industrialist, liberal vs conservative, ?conventional? medicine vs chiropractic or homeopathic or ?traditional? medicine and so on. As a consequence, in these primal societal and often personal power struggles, it is all too often the case that the baby - science - gets thrown out with the bath water. One must wonder what form of logic is operating when the foundations of society's present achievements are dismissed or ignored by those who claim a crisis? is emerging.
Item #2
Information about the forthcoming certificate-granting EMF workshop in
Vancouver next month, is attached.
Please be advised that we have also set the date for the next Toronto
EMF workshop.
There is a significant discount for early-bird registration of $100.
Registration can be made toll-free at: (888) 639-7730.
Dr. Andrew Michrowski
Item #3
Here is some information for you about courses/seminars.
General Website:
Most recent seminar and courses:
**Rob Metzinger**
*Subject:* conference on EM sensitivity

There will be a meeting to discuss electromagnetic sensitivity on March
30th 2008 between 1:00 and 2:30 pm. The speaker is Stéphane Belainsky.
Location - TEVA, 5143 Décarie Blvd, Montréal, Quebec.

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