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Do adverse health trends correlate with the research into Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR)? - Chapter 5 Asthma, Allergies and Arthritis

Sarah Benson - 27/10/09

A report published in the Medical Journal of Australia in July 2007 claimed that young children are being admitted into hospital with severe food allergies at five times the rate of a decade ago. The report's author, Professor Raymond Mullins, who also works as a practitioner in Canberra, noted a 12-fold increase in childhood allergies in the last couple of years.[i]

By 2001 there had been a 25 per cent rise in asthma in Sydney, with an increase in the death rate by 5 per cent.

Another report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare in 2005 found that asthma is the most common chronic disease among children up to the age of 14.[ii]

The National Jewish Medical and Research Centre in Denver reported that after re-unification, West Germans were found to be far more allergic than their eastern counterparts, even though industrial pollution was so much higher. Many researchers and scientists were - and still are - puzzled by this fact, but what they failed to examine is the fact that East Germany had much stricter regulations regarding ambient radiation levels than West Germany. Since East Germany adopted West Germany's standards, allergies in former East Germany have since reached par with the levels of former West Germany.

In 1997 Dr Peter French, whilst conducting experiments on mast cells, discovered that the production of histamine the chemical responsible for allergic reactions, and which is involved in bronchial spasm - is nearly doubled after exposure to mobile phone frequencies. He predicted that this could result in an increase in illnesses such as asthma and allergies in the years to come.[iii]

Extremely Low-Frequency electromagnetic fields (ELFs) such as those from powerlines, domestic wiring and electrical appliances have also been shown to increase the number of mast cells in the body that are implicated in asthma.[iv]

Microwaves have been found to increase immunoglobulin antibodies in the body which are responsible for triggering an allergic reaction to a particular substance or protein.[v]

Dr. John Holt pointed out that mobile phone frequencies double the amount of histamines and thus cause asthma and allergies.[vi]


More children are suffering from arthritis than ever before. Unpublished data released in June, 2007 from a study conducted jointly by the American College of Rheumatology and the American Academy of Paediatrics for the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention states that nearly 300,000 children in the United States have arthritis. The Bloorview MacMillan Children's Centre in Toronto states that this number is "probably an underestimate", since it only takes into account those children who have actually been diagnosed with arthritis.

An Australian study confirms that the rate of childhood arthritis is four to six times higher than rates typically quoted.

Data released in the Medical Journal of Australia showed that there was a jump of 46 per cent of arthritis cases between 1990 and 1995. "There is a clear indication of a dramatic growth in the prevalence of arthritis in people aged 24 and over", said Dr Kenneth Muirden of the Arthritis Foundation of Australia.

Multiple observations of melatonin reduction in EMR-exposed populations mean that EMR exposure increases the incidence of arthritis, diabetes, cancer, reproductive, neurological and cardiac disease and or death, as identified by Reiter and Robinson.

Dr Neil Cherry[vii], 2000.

[i] Mullins, 2007: Paediatric food allergy trends in a community-based specialist allergy practice, 19952006, Medical Journal of Australia.

[ii] Australian Institute for Health and Welfare: Selected Chronic Disease among Australia's Children, 2005

[iii] French, P., et al (1997): Electromagnetic Radiation at 835 MHz changes the morphology and inhibits proliferation of a human astrocytoma cell line.

[iv] Rajkovic et al, 2003: Histological and stereological analysis of cutaneous mast cells in rats exposed to 50 Hz EMF, 6th International Congress of the European Bioelectromagnetics Association (EBEA), Budapest, Hungary, November 13-15, (abstract).

[v] Bergier et al 1990, Dmoch & Moszczynski 1998, Moszczynski et al 1999, Yuan et al 2004, Kimata 2005.

[vi] FEB - The Swedish Association for the Electrosensitve

[vii] Cherry, N., 2000, EMR Reduces Melatonin in Animals and People

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