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

Chapter 7 Depression and Anxiety

Sarah Benson - 23/11/09


The number of young people battling depression has doubled in 12 years, according to a report in 2002 from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation in the UK.

Mood disorders such as depression and anxiety can be attributed to a variety of variables such as emotional and psychological issues, drug and alcohol abuse, stress and poor diet. However I mention them in this context as they are also implicated by the research into EMR.

It should be noted that a substantial body of research showing depression as an outcome has also been done on the effects of powerlines, electrical sub-stations, and domestic wiring as well as R F radiation from wireless technology.

A report by the US government shows a sudden sharp rise in youth suicide rate with a similarly sudden 18 per cent rise for suicides from 2003 to 2004 among the under 20s, from 1,737 to 1,985. The rise is largely driven by increases in deaths among older teenagers, and is apparently a reversal of a trend that was showing a steady decline in the 10 years before that.

In June 2009 The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare released a report that said that the rate of children aged 10 to 14 hospitalised for intentional self harm rose from 30 per 100,000 in 1998-99 to 41 per 100,000 in 2006-7. These new figures suggest a growing prevalence of anxiety, depression and other mental issues among young people at an earlier age. One should note that young people are the greater users of wireless technology than older people.

Microwave exposure has been shown to cause a decrease of 5-HT in the blood. 5-HT is a precursor to the production of the brain hormone serotonin. Low levels of serotonin have been linked to anxiety and depression.

Changes in the levels of the brain hormone, dopamine have also been shown to be connected with microwave radiation and other EMF exposure[1] A drop in dopamine levels has also been linked with depression[2]

Dr Cherry found that melatonin reduction, clinical depression and suicide are all significantly dose-response related to EMR exposure[3].

"Along with sleep disruption and brain tumour, this constitutes a very strong and coherent set of data supporting a causal relationship between ELF to RF/MW exposure, including mobile phone usage, and neurological illness".

2000

A 2004 Spanish study around a mobile phone tower found that depressive tendencies were among the symptoms experienced.[4]

In 2006 Melbourne University researcher Michael Berk discovered that the incidence of geomagnetic storms caused by solar flares influenced the suicide rate, saying that this could possibly indicate that natural sources of electromagnetism could cause depression as well as artificial sources.[5]

In 2008 Taiwanese scientists found that teenagers who had significant depression were more likely to exhibit multiple symptoms of problem mobile phone use.[6]

[1] Mausset-Bonnefont et al 2004, Sieron et al 2004

[2] Brown & Gershon: 1993.

[3] Cherry 2000, Evidence that Electromagnetic Radiation is Genotoxic: The implications for the epidemiology of cancer and cardiac, neurological and reproductive effects, p. 32.

[4] Op cit, Murcia, 2004.

[5] EMR and Health, 2006: E-Smog and Depression, Vol 2 No 1.

[6] Yen,C et al, J Adolesc Nov 21, 2008.


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