- The Damage And Reducing The Impact
- Jacqueline Steincamp - 07/02/03
For more information on the health problems for people living near
the FM towers see part 1.
Jacqueline Steincamp looks into how low frequency radiation damage occurs
and what we can do to limit the effects of ELFs.
What damage can ELFs cause?
The cells in living organisms naturally maintain an electrical charge
across their membranes that is essential to the normal functioning of human
tissues. This is extremely sensitive to very weak electromagnetic fields.
Radiation of unnatural frequencies can rearrange and damage molecules and
alter metabolism. A process of a chain-like reaction will firstly alter
the organism's electrical stability and affect cell polarisation The
resulting disharmony may eventually lead to changes in hormonal activity,
affect the synthesis of genetic material, interfere with the flow of
substances in and out of cells, and change the behaviour of cancer cells.
A specific illness may then be diagnosed.
Creating free radicals:
The basic mechanism for damage involves FREE RADICALS (1,2). These damage
proteins, cellular membranes, mutilate genes and DNA, reduce levels of
antioxidant hormones, such as melatonin, affect enzymatic and biochemical
processes essential to normal function, disrupt patterns of
electromagnetic energy in muscles - and so on.
In addition to damaging genetic material, free radicals can destroy the
protective lipids in the cell membrane and lead to retention of fluid in
the cells. This all accelerates the aging process.
Promoting histamine release
Mast cells (which secrete histamine and other substances) are destabilised
by free radicals. When exposed to radiofrequency radiation, studies have
shown a doubling of the histamine release.
Upsetting calcium levels
Radio waves and their destructive agents, the free radicals, upset calcium
levels in the body, especially in the central nervous system, the brain
and the heart (3). It is thought that calcium (and possibly magnesium)
levels diminish within the cells. This affects the growth, reproduction and
division of cells and the communication of signals between the outside of
the cell and the nucleus inside the cell.
Protecting yourself from EMF damage
We need to remember that EMF exposure is cumulative. Our bodies may
withstand a certain amount of radiation from wiring and electrical and
electronic equipment in the home. An extra geopathic stress, such as from
radio-frequencies or high tension power lines or underground running water
may tip us over the edge. Indeed, we need to remember that any other toxic
source will add to the burden and destabilise the body. Nothing can be
separated out. Sowe need to do all we can to reduce the overall
burden, while improving the body's vitality and its immune health.
Specific ways to protect yourself from the force of EMR
- Sleep on the other side of the house from overhead wires, radio beams,
- Do not have a TV or computer on the other side of a wall from your
- Sit well back from the TV.
- Have an anti-radiation screen on your computer.
- Avoid equipment which relies on radio beams or emits radiation
of any kind.
Janet Holm's protection programme
Janet Holm, another Christchurch resident who has thoroughly researched
this topic, says: "At home, I unplug all equipment when not in use, switch
off the stove and oven at the wall, wear a wind-up watch, use a battery
radio by the bed, have a hotty (not an electric blanket), and use copper
coils, zeolite bags and semi-precious stones on top of my fax, computer,
TV, video and microwave.
"A demand switch has now been installed in the house which cuts half our
electricity at the switchboard, but comes on when an appliance is
activated. You can get these from Gary Beck, Elec-Technique, 37 Roslyn
Terrace, Devonport, Auckland 1309; ph/fax 09-445-9118. They aren't cheap."
Jan urges anyone who is concerned about EMR to refer to the specific
sections of the Resource Management Act and to vote for local body
representatives who are aware of the problem. "You can support the
Environmental Protection for Children Trust; you can bother your local
authorities, and write letters to the paper. We can talk about the
problem; tell our neighbours. There are lots of things we can do. Good
Building the body's defences through nutrition
An anti-oxidant, detoxifying low fat diet is important. High levels of
saturated fats increase free radical activity and fried foods should be
avoided. Include pectin (found in apples) and kelp, both of which help
protect the body by binding with toxins. Eat plenty of broccoli, Brussels
sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower and watercress (preferably organic). Use
oils such as sunflower, safflower, olive and canola. Use soured milk
products such as yoghurt and buttermilk which contain lactobacillus and
other bacteria which protect the gastrointestinal tract.
Supplement the diet with antioxidants such as vitamins A, C, and E, plus
calcium and magnesium, the trace elements selenium, germanium and vanadium,
and super antioxidant substances such as Maritime Prime Pycnogenol™. The
first group inhibits free radical formation; the super-antioxidants also
mop up their free electrons.
Improve the stability of cell walls with Omega-3 fatty acids, as in fish
and linseed oils. You may need to care for your gut health and digestive
ability with digestive enzymes and probiotics.
Stimulate the immune system, eg. with garlic, a powerful immunostimulant
, as are many of the Chinese and Ayurvedic products now on the market
(Ayurvedic is the ancient medicine of India).
(1) Scott, G., Free Radicals provide a mechanism for EMFs to promote
cancer, in Electromagnetic News, Dec., 1992. It was then republished in
Open Forum on Health (prev. Hauora), Spring 1993. Dr Scott is emeritus
chemistry professor, Aston University, U.K.
(2) Packer, L, Traber, MG, Liburdy, R, et al. Electromagnetic field
effects on free radicals in biological systems, March 1997. Packer Lab.
Life Science Div., Lawrence, Berkeley Natl Lab.
(3) Cherry, N., Cell site restrictions are "A Must", Open Forum on Health,
For further reading in NZine on related topics look at the articles
on Electromagnetic Radiation based on an interview with
Dr Neil Cherry.
For more information about Dr Neil Cherry and his work, please visit his
In addition, if you are looking for comprehensive technical research
on the potential effects of radiofrequency and microwave radiation,
then you may want to consider downloading
Dr Neil Cherry's Thesis.
You may wish to read Part 3
in this series.