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Do adverse health trends correlate with the research into Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR)?

Chapter 6 Alzheimer's Disease

Sarah Benson - 09/11/09

Someone develops Alzheimer's every 72 seconds, according to America's 2007 Alzheimer's Association report. The Alzheimer's Association reported that in 2007 there were more than 5 million people in the United States living with Alzheimer's disease - a 10 percent increase from the previous nationwide estimate of 4.5 million. 15 years ago Alzheimer's disease was considered a rare condition. What has happened in the interim?

The American Diabetes Association also warned in an address to the Association's 67th Annual Scientific Sessions, held June 2007 in Chicago, that today's mushrooming diabetes epidemic will become tomorrow's Alzheimer's epidemic.

In the UK, experts from the Alzheimer's Society have predicted this year that rising rates of obesity will lead to dramatic increases in the number of people with Alzheimer's disease. Obesity, smoking, high blood pressure and cholesterol all increase the risk of dementia because they lead to damage of the blood vessels in the brain, which in turn leads to the death of brain cells.[1]

Melatonin plays a vital free radical scavenging role in the brain where, because it is high in iron, has a high production rate of hydroxyl radicals (OH). Free radical damage is now known to play a formative role in most brain disorders, including Alzheimer's disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's disease[2].

Dr Neil Cherry, 2000.

In June 2007 neurologist Sudha Seshadri of Boston University found that diabetes speeds ­ and may even cause ­ Alzheimer's disease. The central problem in diabetes is the body's inability to regulate blood sugar through the hormone insulin.[3]

Exposure to EMR has also been shown to affect an abnormal drop in the levels of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine.[4] A drop in the levels of this neurotransmitter has been linked to a number of neurological and neuromuscular disorders - including Alzheimer's disease.

Several studies by Salford and his colleagues[5] [6] demonstrated the permeability of the blood brain barrier, and in 2003 another study showed that mobile phones damage key brain cells and could trigger the early onset of Alzheimer's disease. They found that radiation from mobile phone handsets damages areas of the brain associated with learning, memory and movement. "We have good reason to believe that what happens in rat's brains also happens in humans", he said.[7]

EM fields alter the levels of protective proteins…. these protective proteins are related to Alzheimer's and that a reduction in protective proteins means a greater probability of Alzheimer's….there is data out there that appears to relate the incidence of Alzheimer's to exposure to electromagnetic fields.

Professor Ted Litovitz[8], 2000.

[1] BBC News:

[2] Cherry, N., 2000, Evidence that Electromagnetic Radiation is Genotoxic: The implications for the epidemiology of cancer and cardiac, neurological and reproductive effects

[3] WebMD:

[4] Modak et al 1981, Dutta et al 1992, Omura & Losco 1993, Testylier et al 2002, Gautier et al 2003

[5] Persson, B.R.R., Salford, L.G. and Brun, A., 1997: Blood-brain barrier permeability in rats exposed to electromagnetic fields used in wireless communication. Wireless Network 3: 455-461.

[6] Ibid

[7] Salford, L., Op cit, 2003.

[8] Senate Inquiry: Op cit 2000, Ch 2, 2.60.

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