What Are the Health Concerns?
Published studies from around the world have linked electromagnetic fields (EMFs) to
increased risks for several types of cancer, as well as increased stress, suppression of the immune
system, cellular and hormone changes, and even depression and suicide. In fact, several thousand
studies have reported biological effects related to EMFs.
Some of the specific illnesses include leukemia, lymphoma, brain tumors, melanoma, breast
cancer, asthma, Alzheimer’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, miscarriage and birth defects.
Anecdotally, EMFs are often associated with sleep problems, headache, fatigue, anxiety, mental
confusion, irritability, memory loss, dizziness, itchy or burning skin, tinnitus, and other symptoms.
There are three main kinds of EMFs. All three types have been linked to important biological
effects. And each type of EMF is measured with a different kind of test instrument…
A. EMF Magnetic Fields are the particular EMF component most often linked to serious
health effects – such as childhood leukemia and other cancers – in the research studies.
Common sources include electric power lines, electrical wiring, lighting fixtures, electric
appliances and most electrical devices. Wiring problems and stray electrical current in metal
pipes can also create surprisingly high levels. Magnetic fields are measured with an ELF
gaussmeter, in units of “milligauss” (mG).
B. ELF Electric Fields are also linked to important biological effects, but have been
studied less. Anecdotally, they are often involved when people feel “sensitive” to
electromagnetic fields. Common sources include hidden electrical wiring, power cords for
lamps and devices, and power lines. Electric fields create unnatural electric voltages on the
skin, which can be measured with a Body Voltage Meter, in units of “Volts AC” (V).
C. RF Fields (radio frequency fields, includes microwaves) have been linked to various types
of cancer, tumors and health effects similar to the ELF fields. RF fields are commonly
emitted from modern wireless and electronic equipment – cell towers, cell phones, cordless
telephones, wireless computers, Wi-Fi routers, baby monitors, Smart Meters, TV and radio
broadcast towers, microwave ovens, radar, etc. They are measured with an RF meter,
usually in units of “microwatts per centimeter squared” (μW/cm²).
Special Note: There is still great controversy about the potential health effects from EMFs.
Please refer to the proper medical authorities and scientific research literature to make your own
decisions regarding health effects and safety levels.1 The attached “What EMF Level Is Safe?”
page shows some of the more common EMF exposure guidelines that you may wish to consider.
I cannot diagnose or treat any EMF-related health concerns.
Please consult with your own doctor or other health professional regarding EMF exposure guidelines.
Note 2 Extremely-Low-Frequency or “ELF” is the EMF frequency range which includes the common 60 hertz
(60 cycles-per-second) electric utility power used in the US/Canada and the 50 Hz power in Europe.
Note 3 When RF frequencies are also added to the ELF magnetic and electric fields due to the use of electronic
dimmers, fluorescent lights, computers, Smart Meters, etc., this is called “Dirty Electricity”.