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

Chapter 8 Sleep Disturbance

Sarah Benson - 30/11/09


There are various causes of sleeplessness – but there is little doubt that this problem is on the rise.

A study conducted around the Schwarzenburg radio and TV tower in Switzerland in the mid 1990s showed that the local population suffered from insomnia and other neurological problems such as nervousness, weakness, tiredness, restlessness and aching limbs[1] whilst the tower was operating, but resumed normal sleeping patterns when it was switched off. Dr Cherry explained that this was due to reduced melatonin levels caused by exposure to the signal.

Symptoms of sleep deprivation range from weight gain to irritability, hallucinations and depression, Professor Russell Foster, of Oxford University, told the Cheltenham Science Festival.

A recent study of 2000 women by Britain's National Sleep Foundation found that 70 per cent of the women experienced regular ongoing sleep problems, with men only 52 per cent. In the US in 2006, 42 million people (one in five) took medication to help them sleep – up 60 per cent since 2000.

In July 2008 The Centre for Community Child Health at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute reported that "thousands of Australian children…..aged six and seven have trouble sleeping, and their disturbed slumber has a drastic effect on their heath, behaviour and ability to learn…"

Another study reported in 2008 reported that "Sleep deprived teenagers are at greater risk of high blood pressure and future heart attacks – and their mobile phones, computer games and iPods could be to blame".

In 1996, researchers K. Mann and J. Röschke in Neuropsychobiology, pointed out that REM sleep plays a special physiological role for information processing in the brain. [2] Resting EEG patterns have shown a shortening of REM sleep and a strengthening of alpha waves.

Hutter et al[3] found that people living near mobile phone towers suffered from headaches, tiredness, sleep disturbance, loss of memory, dizziness, and difficulty in concentrating.

... They were sampling melatonin before and after the tower was permanently turned off and they found a significant rise in melatonin after the tower was turned off. They found a dose response increase in sleep disturbance. When the tower was turned off experimentally, the sleep quality improved and melatonin rose in animals.

Dr Neil Cherry[4], 2001

In Oberlaindern in Germany in 2003 a radio tower was closed down due to complaints from the locals, who complained the signal was keeping them awake. [5]

Recent studies from Spain, France and the UK around the mobile phone towers in found that sleep problems were among the symptoms experienced.

Also showing effects:

Fritzer G, J et al, 2007: Effects of short- and long-term pulsed radiofrequency electromagnetic fields on night sleep and cognitive functions in healthy subjects, Biolectromagnetics;28:316-325.

Vecchio, F et al, 2007,
Mobile phones change brain wave patterns, Eur J Neurosci 25(6):1908-1913

Borbely, A et al, 1999: Pulsed high-frequency electromagnetic field affects human sleep and sleep electroencephalogram. Neurosci Lett 275(3):207-210.

... I have found more than 30 studies showing chromosome damage in people exposed to radiofrequency microwave radiation. This is far more than we have for benzine, which is a carcinogen.

Dr Neil Cherry, 2000.

A few years ago melatonin in tablet form had to be imported from the US – but now in Australia it can be found in every chemist and health food shop. Why? Because information that insomnia is a result of the inhibition of melatonin by EMR is now a part of the medical lexicon.

[1] Swiss Agency report: Op cit.

[2] Hutter, et al; 2000: Subjective symptoms, sleeping problems, and cognitive performance in subjects living near mobile phone base stations.

[3] Senate Inquiry: Op cit, 2001, Ch.2, 2.87.

[4] mX newspaper, 2007.

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


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