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Do adverse health trends correlate with the research into Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR)?
Chapter 4 Heart Disease, Strokes, High Blood Pressure

Sarah Benson - 13/10/09

Globally, high blood pressure was one of the top three leading modifiable risk factors of disease in 2005, along with tobacco and alcohol. But new research from The George Institute for International Health[1]has shown that high blood pressure now causes 66% of cardiovascular diseases such as heart disease and stroke in the Asia-Pacific Region.

In Australia in 2007, the Baker Heart Research Institute's Professor Simon Stewart sent medical staff into shopping centres around the country to measure the blood pressure of 15,000 people. The preliminary findings were that 42 per cent of Australians now have high blood pressure - up from 35 per cent in 2000.

In the US, almost a third of all adults suffer from high blood pressure - a dramatic rise over the past decade. A recent report in Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association indicates that some 65 million adults were diagnosed with high blood pressure in 2004, versus 50 million 10 years ago. (New York Times, June 2004).

Also in 2004 a health survey from 1988 to 2000 by the US Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and published in The Journal of the American Medical Association mentions the fact that in children and adolescents blood pressure levels are climbing sharply.

A survey done by the British Heart Foundation for the UK's National Health Service in 2002 claimed the number of people living with heart failure has risen by 15 per cent.[2] A mechanism for this was proposed by Professor Russell Reiter, one of the world's leading researchers on melatonin, who summarises its role as being vital for healthy sleep, reducing cholesterol and blood pressure, and therefore the incidence of strokes.[3]

In an attempt to address this problem in March 2009 it was reported at the American College of Cardiology's Congress in Florida that Melbourne researchers have developed a new surgical technique to "zap" the nerves around the kidneys to dramatically reduce high blood pressure. The problem is….a time bomb," Associate Professor Markus Schlaich of the Baker IDI Institute.

High blood pressure has routinely been found amongst those living around phone towers in the UK[4].

In 1998 Braune et al found increases in blood pressure as a result of exposure to EMR[5].

Dr Neil Cherry

[1] George Institute for International Health 2005: High blood pressure the culprit in 2 out of 3 heart attacks and strokes in the Asia-Pacific.

[2] Muntner, P., et al: Trends in Blood Pressure among Children and Adolescents, Journal, of the American Medical Association, 2004; 291:2107-2113.

[3] Russell and Robinson, 1995: Melatonin: your body's natural wonder drug, New York Bantam Books.

[4] Op cit.

[5] Braune, S. et al, 1998: Resting blood pressure increase during exposure to a radiofrequency electromagnetic field. Lancet 351 (9119):1857-1858.

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