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Motorcyclist Discovers Cancer Risk ELF EMF Magnetic Field Radiation

Emission above Motorcycle Seats

In his book, Motorcycle Cancer?, patent-granted Canadian author Randall Dale

Chipkar considers motorcycle ELF EMF radiation a possible “Black Plague” for
motorcyclists. "Unsuspecting riders have a higher risk for cancer development
from ELF EMF magnetic radiation penetrating up into their groins," says Chipkar.

Motorcycle Cancer? won the 2011 eLIT Health / Medical Bronze Award and
Silver Medal for Randall Dale Chipkar, the Health eBook Award-2012
International Book Awards and the IBA Health: Men's Health Finalist Award.

Chipkar is a man on a mission: to protect motorcyclists worldwide. “I have met

countless avid motorcycle riders diagnosed with similar forms of cancers and
disorders. All of these riders had a type of extremely low frequency
electromagnetic field (ELF EMF) radiation penetrating up through their
motorcycle seats," Chipkar adds.

“I have read up to 500 milliGauss (mG) of ELF EMF radiation above motorcycle
seats. In contrast, many doctors raise cancer concerns involving 3 to 5 mG of
ELF EMF exposure from other sources. Major organizations now agree that non-
ionizing, non-thermal ELF EMF magnetic fields are a possible carcinogen.

“Motorcycles consist of oscillating-current electrical systems that generate

anywhere from 10,000 to 70,000 volts of electricity during engine operation.
Many motorcycles have excessive ELF EMF producing components located
immediately beneath the seat of the rider. ELF EMF magnetic fields are
extremely penetrating and pass through all conventional metals including steel
and even lead, “says Chipkar.

“The prostate is of major concern as it is one of the closest delicate glands

invaded by the radiation. For both men and women riders, the colon and
neighboring organs are also at risk. People should not have to gamble with their
health because they love riding motorcycles,” adds Chipkar.

“One of the most profound effects of ELF EMF radiation exposure on the body is
a decrease in the production and role of melatonin. Melatonin is the body’s
natural hormone for fighting cancer-growth and the gastrointestinal tract is
responsible for synthesizing vast amounts of melatonin. For millions of
motorcycle riders, one of the main sources of the body’s cancer-growth inhibiting
hormone is getting showered with ELF EMF magnetic field radiation,” says
“Motorcycle ELF EMFs also penetrate bone marrow melatonin. Bone marrow
melatonin controls oxidation and cytotoxicity for proper assimilation of red blood
cells, white blood cells, stem cells, dendritic cells, B-cells, T-cells, NK-cells, etc.
which are crucial for immune system defense against pathogens, disease and
cancer,” Chipkar says.

“Compromised melatonin can affect cancer-growth inhibition at locations

anywhere throughout the body. Promotion of any hereditary cancer progression
is also of concern.

“It’s not just about cancer,” Chipkar says. “As explained in both The Motorcycle
Cancer Book and the motorcycle cancer website many health disorders are
linked to various types of ELF EMF radiation exposures. For example, infertility,
sterility, erectile dysfunction, or impotence could also be side effects of groin
exposure to excessive ELF EMFs.

“Concern resides in motorcycle ELF EMF radiation that can reach the breast
area. Various types of ELF EMF exposures are linked to interfering with certain
breast cancer medication,” adds Chipkar.

“ELF EMF radiation education can only lead to health prosperity. On the
motorcycle cancer website links, The W.E.E.P. Initiative (2008) and The
BioInitiative Report (2007) are ice-breakers for properly educating people about
the dangers of electromagnetic radiation. The best advice doctors are giving is
prudent avoidance of exposure as with other potential carcinogens. This up to
date reporting involves some of the best experts in the field and it is time to start
protecting people through precaution and awareness.

“Motorcycle police officers deserve our utmost attention regarding these issues
due to riding duration. Hopefully, motorcycle police associations worldwide will
initiate this essential epidemiology. Certainly we can reciprocate the motto ‘to
serve and protect’ for some of our finest,” says Chipkar.

“Health concern surrounds automobile steel-belted radial tires as, when rotating,
they can generate massive magnetic fields. Steel-belted radials are becoming
more common on motorcycles and the rider’s groin is only inches away from the
rear tire. Although not of electrical origin, varying ELF magnetic fields can still
radiate out, penetrating the rider, especially at highway speeds,” Chipkar says.

“Motorcycle ELF EMF enveloping magnetic fields can be ubiquitous. On many

regular racer-style motorcycles I have discovered relevant ELF EMF readings
above metal gas-tank surfaces. Unfortunately, millions of riders while riding hug
the gas tank closely with their chest and abdomen,” adds Chipkar.
“Government capabilities can be limited concerning certain situations. More
governments are now adopting the Precautionary Principle regarding various
electromagnetic exposures and public safety. Thanks to courageous and
responsible journalism a more EMF educated society is evolving.

“This motorcycle-melatonin link is a breakthrough for future motorcyclist safety.

The motorcycle industry needs to recognize, cooperate and support rational
precautionary safety guidelines to reduce rider health risk from excessive ELF
EMF radiation above motorcycle seats,” Chipkar adds.

“One goal is to have the motorcycle industry publish the ELF EMF radiation
emissions penetrating up through motorcycle seats. Then, at the point of
purchase, consumers can make personal decisions regarding excessive ELF
EMF magnetic field close exposure,” Chipkar says.

“People have a right to physiological integrity without synthetic electromagnetic

intervention. The spirit of motorcyclist safety needs to encompass emerging
technological health issues to confirm consumer confidence.

“I wrote Motorcycle Cancer? to expose the truth and was then granted the patent
for RiderSaver™ ELF EMF shielding motorcycle seats to help protect riders. No
one, especially pregnant women or cancer survivors, wants cancer-controversial
radiation flooding their body every time they ride,” says Chipkar.

“Conquering cancer requires our utmost attention concerning any potential

cancer causation, cancer-growth promotion or cancer medication disruption,”
Chipkar adds.

“I developed the International Motorcyclist Electromagnetic Safety Month

Proclamation and The Motorcycle Cancer Risk Worldwide Petition for rider

“Let’s put ‘true freedom’ back into riding motorcycles,” Chipkar says.

Randall Dale Chipkar can be reached at the motorcycle cancer website along
with more information about The Motorcycle Cancer Book, RiderSaver™ ELF
EMF motorcycle seat shielding, motorcycle cancer videos, etc.


Randall Dale Chipkar

The Motorcycle Cancer Book
Chipkar Health Concepts Limited
Electromagnetic Pro-Ionization Principle

When various non-ionizing, non-thermal electromagnetic exposures promote

adverse ion/electron bio-effects that affect health over time, such radiations
warrant emission identification, pro-ionizing sub-classification, and health risk
recognition for public safety conservation.

Randall Dale Chipkar


Below are excerpts from various informative websites. I hope you will read all of
them. The courageous doctors and scientists are true heroes revealing ELF EMF
radiation danger for public awareness and safety. Their nonprofit work and
publications establish a foundation for all to recognize. The truth will prevail
regardless of ulterior-motive industrial and political intervention.

As a society we still have a voice to speak out for justice.

Sweden lists electromagnetic fields (EMFs) as Class 2 Carcinogens.

"...Sweden has concluded that EMFs do lead to higher rates of cancer ... I,
frankly was somewhat impressed by the arguments made by the Swedes." -
President Bill Clinton

Dr. Larry Anderson’s Battelle Lab studies implicated both magnetic and electric
field as causes of cancer.

“Electromagnetic fields are associated with the development of leukemia, brain

cancer and other serious diseases."
Paul Brodeur, writer, The New Yorker Magazine, author of Currents of Death
(Simon and Schuster), and The Great Power Line Coverup (Little, Brown).

“I have never seen a set of epidemiological studies that remotely approached the
weight of evidence that we're seeing with ELF [extremely low frequency]
electromagnetic fields. Clearly there is something here."
Martin Halper, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Director of Analysis and
Drs. Raymond Neutra, Vincent DelPizzo and Geraldine Lee, who wrote the
report, conclude that they "are inclined to believe" that EMFs are a cause of
childhood leukemia, adult brain cancer, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and

Dr. Marino concludes that "the existing state of scientific evidence warrants the
inference that EMFs can be a health risk and, for this reason, that steps ought to
be taken to avoid exposure."

A working group assembled by the International Agency for Research on Cancer

(IARC) has unanimously concluded that power-frequency magnetic fields are
possible human carcinogens.

The makeup of the IARC panel spanned all sides of the EMF controversy, from
those who openly believe that EMFs promote cancer to industry consultants who
are skeptical of any such connection. "We all agreed," said Dr. Larry Anderson.
EMFs have now been formal1y designated "2B Possible Carcinogens."
"There was a unanimous feeling about it," said Dr. Jan Stolwijk.

A working group of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

(NIEHS), using the same IARC criteria, also classified EMFs as 2B possible
human carcinogens, a view that NIEHS Director Kenneth Olden later endorsed in
his report to Congress.

The Office of Technology Assessment of the Congress of the United States

recommends a policy of "prudent avoidance". Prudent avoidance means to
measure fields and act to reduce exposure.

The NY State Dept. of Health does EMF tests for schools upon request and
provides information on "prudent avoidance measures" as needed.

USA Today conducted a survey of 4,567 readers and reported that

electromagnetic fields, or EMFs, are the number one environmental concern in
America. "EMFs - always present near power lines and working electrical
appliances - are linked to such diseases as leukemia and breast cancer."

Linet study researchers stated four times that there is a statistically significant
increase in Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in children exposed to powerline
magnetic EMFs in excess of 3Mg.

A new and innovative epidemiological study has found an up to six fold increased
risk of spontaneous abortions among women exposed to magnetic fields of 16
mG or greater. The results “should have wide implications,” concludes Dr. DeKun
Li, who led the study team at Kaiser Permanente’s research division in Oakland,
Dr. David Carpenter, former Executive Secretary of the New York Power Lines
Project and now Dean of the State of New York School of Public Health, is
quoted by Ellen Sugarman as stating:

"I am now convinced that EMFs pose a health hazard. There is a statistical
association between magnetic fields and cancer that goes beyond the shadow of
reasonable doubt. I think there is clear evidence that exposure to EMFs increases
the risk for cancer. This is most clear with leukemia and brain tumours, but in the
residential studies, statistical significance increased for all kinds of cancer. And we're
just beginning to have a whole body of evidence that reproductive cancers are
increased by exposure."

Dr. David Carpenter, dean of public health at SUNY in Albany, N.Y., headed the
utility industry's New York Power Lines Project, a five million dollar review of the
carcinogenicity of magnetic fields. According to Dr. Carpenter, "The Savitz study
changed my entire view of the field, and it has enormous implications." Fortune
Magazine wrote: "Based of those results, he estimates that up to 30% of all
childhood cancers may be attributable to ELF fields." "That's conservative," Dr.
Carpenter added.

“This is really harming people."

Dr. David Carpenter, Dean, School of Public Health, State University of New York,

Dr. Russell Reiter believes that a variety of different cancers may be promoted by
magnetic fields. he explained that "the suppression of melatonin by magnetic fields
could result in a higher incidence of cancer in any tissue," This effect could clear up
"one of the mysteries of the magnetic field/cancer issue," that is, "the large number
of different types that have reportedly increased," he suggested.

Heart disease has also been implicated, according to a report in the July/August
issue of Microwave News. EMF exposure can alter heart rhymes and may lead to
elevated cardiac risks, according to Dr. Antonio Sastre of the Midwest Research
Institute in Kansas city, MO.

Liburdy and his collaborator, Dr. Joan Harland, both of the Berkely National Lab
have also found that 12 mG magnetic fields can block the growth inhibition of
tamoxifen, a drug used to control breast cancer. The Battelle group confirmed
this finding, too.

Decreased Melantonin and Breast Cancer - Researchers at the Pacific NW Lab

in Richland, Washington, found that reduced concentrations of melatonin can
spur breast cancer.

Tamoxifen: This is crucial information for anyone with breast cancer, or any form of
cancer. Electromagnetic fields have been found to increase the growth rate of cancer
and to block the anti-cancer action of melatonin, tamoxifen, calmodulin antagonist
W-13 and antiestrogen ICI. Shivani Arjuna

Even a cursory review of the main data set shows a 53% increase in leukaemia
incidence at magnetic field exposure levels above 2 mG; a 72% increase (which
is statistically significant) above 3 mG; and a more than 600% increase at
exposures of between 4 and 5 mG. Shivani Arjuna

Excerpts from comments of Cindy Sage, Sage Associates, California

There is a growing body of scientific evidence supporting an association between

EMF exposure and many cancers, including breast cancer.

Studies on MCF-7 human breast cancer cells show EMF (magnetic field)
exposure at 12 mG blocks the tumor-suppressing action of melatonin, causing
cell proliferation of malignant cells.

Similar cell studies show the beneficial effect of tamoxifen is also blocked at 12
mG EMF (magnetic field) levels. This suggests action may be needed to assess
whether the environment of women taking tamoxifen is highly EMF exposed. No
such controls are now evident in either clinical trials of tamoxifen or for those on
tamoxifen therapy.

Those taking tamoxifen as therapy should be advised to evaluate and consider

reducing their EMF exposure.

You can measure electromagnetic field levels in your house or workplace with a
gauss meter.

Conclusive scientific evidence should not be required to establish reasonable

interim policies for prudent avoidance of EMF exposure. Consensus of industry
scientists should not be a prerequisite for action in determining when a causal
link between EMF and breast cancer has been achieved.

The constellation of relevant scientific papers providing mutually-reinforcing

evidence for an association between power-frequency electromagnetic fields
(ELF-EMF) and breast cancer is strongly supported in the scientific literature.

ELF at environmental levels negatively affects the oncostatic effects of both

melatonin and tamoxifen on human breast cancer cells. Numerous
epidemiological studies over the last two decades have reported increased risk of
male and female breast cancer with exposures to residential and occupational
levels of ELF. Animal studies have reported increased mammary tumor size and
incidence in association with ELF exposure.
ELF limits for public exposure should be revised to reflect increased risk of
breast cancer at environmental levels possibly as low as 2 mG or 3 mG;
certainly as low as 4 mG.

Discover Magazine postulated, aside from making our lives easier, is electricity
also making our lives shorter? Perhaps a more important question is "Until more
is known, what can we do to minimize the potential risks?"

Prof. M. Granger Morgan, a well-known expert at Carnegie Mellon University,

says it certainly can't hurt to take simple steps. Prof. Morgan advocates "prudent
avoidance". Hence, prudent avoidance means that we should avoid exposure
to EMF when it is consistent with sound judgment.

Germany’s Radiation Protection Commission is recommending a policy of

prudent avoidance.

In a report, the panel—known by its German acronym SSK—states that it has

confidence in the ICNIRP standards. But it calls for “minimizing” exposures to
both ELF and RF/MW EMFs to the extent “technically and economically
reasonable,” especially in locations where people spend extended periods of

More frequently than guidelines, governments have adopted “prudent

avoidance,” a concept introduced by M. Granger Morgan, H. Keith Florig, and
Indira Nair at Carnegie Mellon University.

While doing research for the New York State Power Lines Project Dr. Jerry
Phillips and Dr. Wendell Winters discovered that human cancer cells proliferated
like crazy when exposed to magnetic fields. As well, the exposed cells became
increasingly resistant to the body's immune system. Drs. Phillips and Winters
stated that their observations led them to believe that it was possible that
magnetic fields stimulate the rate of cancer cell growth, or act as a cancer

In a major policy shift, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International EMF
Project has endorsed prudent avoidance.

The WHO advised that decisions on siting power lines should “consider ways to
reduce people’s exposures.” The WHO also recommended that governments and
industry should offer the public “suggestions for safe and low-cost ways to
reduce exposures.” The advice is contained in a fact sheet on extremely low
frequency electromagnetic fields (ELF EMFs) and cancer. The project’s new
outlook follows the decision by an expert panel convened by the International
Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) to classify ELF EMFs as “possible
human carcinogens” (see MWN, J/A01). IARC, which is based in Lyon, France, is
part of the WHO.
In the absence of U.S. federal guidelines, seven states have issued their own
regulations limiting electric and magnetic fields at the edge of the right of way for
power lines. Other states are moving in this direction, as well, while adopting
“prudent avoidance” policies.

Since its introduction, prudent avoidance has been adopted in Australia,

Sweden, and several U.S. states, including California, Colorado, Hawaii, New
York, Ohio, Texas, and Wisconsin.

In addition to leukemia in children, more recent studies have linked EMFs with
new diseases. Loomis and Savitz of the University of North Carolina reported a
doubling of the expected breast cancer rates for women in electrical trades aged

Electric blankets create an AC magnetic field that penetrates about 6 or 7 inches

into the body. Thus it is not surprising that an epidemiological study has linked
electric blankets with miscarriages and childhood leukemia. This pioneering work
was performed by Dr. Nancy Wertheimer and Ed Leeper, who originally
discovered that magnetic fields were linked to childhood leukemia.

Occupational Risk Factors for Prostate Cancer- Occupations of patients with

pathologically confirmed prostate cancer were interviewed. Increased risk for
prostate cancer was associated with employment as aircraft fabricator, railway
transport worker, metal product fabricator, structural metal erector, electrical
power worker, and water transport worker. * All these occupations use equipment
which is electrically run, and is producing EMFs, many of which are being held
right in front of the abdominal area for use.

Cancer Rates Among English Electrical Workers- Compared to the normal

population, there was an increase in malignant brain tumors for women, and all
leukemia's and tumors for men.

Other studies have yielded alarming results. A Johns Hopkins study showed that
the incidence of leukemia among telephone cable workers was 7 times greater
than among other telephone company employees. A subsequent study of 1.5
million past and present employees of AT&T found that men working as cable
splicers and central office technicians had 1.7 times the risk of dying from
leukemia than men working at jobs with less exposure to EMF. This is startling,
considering that the field these men are exposed to is, on the average, relatively
low (4.3 milliGauss). As John Monahan of the Food and Drug Administration
explains, "the effect is real. It is produced by a low-level magnetic field, but we
don't yet know what the important parameters of the field are."

As reported in the Wall Street Journal, "recent research with human cells and
laboratory animals, plus epidemiological studies, all have suggested that the
fields do have biological effects, and that they may foster a number of medical
problems, including cancer and miscarriage. Leonard Sagan, the radiation expert
at the Electric Power Research Institute, says that the latest experiment is
important because 'this is humans, not rats, who are apparently showing an

“We believe our results speak for an association between occupational exposure
to magnetic fields and at least one type of leukemia" conclude the authors, led by
Dr. Gilles Theriault of Montreal's McGill University.

They found that workers with above-average exposure to magnetic fields were
three times more likely to develop acute myeloid leukemia than less-exposed
workers. Acute myeloid leukemia is one of the most common types of leukemia
among adults.

“My study convinced me that EMFs probably have a biological effect,” Li said.
“We are entering a new chapter in the field of EMF epidemiology. There is more
evidence that there is an association - the better conducted studies consistently
show an association.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has been evaluating the health effects
from EMF and Radio-Frequency Radiation (RFR) as associated with
transportation systems over an emerging cross-modal issue. An emerging cross-
modal transportation safety, environmental and health issue of growing national
interest is the existence and nature of potentially adverse health effects from
exposure to electric and magnetic fields (EMFs). Of special concern to the public
and Congress are magnetic fields of Extremely Low Frequency (ELF’s, from 3 to
3000 Hz or 3 KHz), a spectral range including the power grid frequency of 60 Hz,
and its harmonics.

"The National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP)

committee charged with evaluating the potential health effects of electromagnetic
fields (EMFs) has completed a draft report that calls for strong action to curtail
the exposure of the U.S. population. "It took us nine years but we finally reached
agreement," committee chair Dr. Ross Adey, of the Veterans Administration
Hospital in Loma Linda, CA, told Microwave News.

A working group assembled by the International Agency for Research on Cancer

(IARC) has unanimously concluded that power-frequency magnetic fields are
possible human carcinogens. "There was a unanimous feeling about it," said Dr.
Jan Stolwijk. Dr.Maria Stuchly. Dr. Vincent DelPizzo believes that the cancer
evidence is stronger than do any of the other panelists. He cast the only vote that
there is "sufficient" human evidence for childhood leukemia, which implies that
EMFs are known human carcinogens. "I am sure that the childhood leukemia
finding cannot be attributed to chance, bias or confounding," he said.
Dr. Rapp also tells of evidence that EMFs can increase the toxicity of chemicals
by allowing them access to nerve cells. She also reports research which shows
that low-level magnetic fields can affect the blood-brain barrier and allow
particles to enter the brain and disrupt normal function.

"...studies on cats, rats, and chick brain cells have shown that low frequency
electromagnetic radiation interacts with brain activity and could cause a host of
negative symptoms from heightened stress and depression, slowed reaction
time, and learning disabilities to miscarriages, fetal deformities, and cancer."

Breast Cancer - Science News reported that risk is elevated by 43% for woman
who work in high exposure fields.

In 1989, the Electric Power Research Institute praised the methodology of a

power line study which linked leukemia, prostate and other cancers in young men
with chronic exposure to magnetic fields.

In November, 1989, the Department of Energy reported that "It has now become
generally accepted that there are indeed. Biological effects due to (magnetic)
field exposure."

Dr. Magda Havas, a professor in the department of Environment and Resource

Studies at Trent University in Peterborough, specializes in health effects linked to
EMFs and develops programs to reduce exposures, especially in schools. She
maintains that the interpretation of EMF research is both political and highly
controversial. In her own review of the studies, Dr. Havas does find scientific
support linking EMFs to various health effects in three lines of evidence —
epidemiological studies, "in vivo" (animal) studies and "in vitro" (test tube)
studies. Dr. Havas is a strong supporter of the precautionary principle in the case
of EMFs and office equipment — that it’s "better to be safe than sorry". While
avoiding all exposure to EMFs is impossible in an office, she advocates "prudent
avoidance" — minimizing exposures.

Marion Telling has given us "the bottom line" -- the next generation will pay the
price. (Wait 'til they try to sell those homes in ten or fifteen years -- after more
people know the facts about EMF.)

In addition to the long-term health concerns, buying a house with high fields will
be an economic disaster. In a few years, when power line radiation is as well
known as asbestos and radon, a house with high fields will be practically
impossible to sell. Already there are hundreds of lawsuits regarding EMFs and
property devaluation.

When buying a home, it is important to check for EMFs. Homes "sold...for 30%
less" when exposed to EMFs, as reported by the Wall Street Journal.
The US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, (NIEHS), recently
decided that extremely low frequency (ELF) electromagnetic fields should be
regarded as possible human carcinogens. No doubt there will be an effort by the
spin doctors to make this announcement impossible for the public to understand.
Make no mistake this is a significant announcement from a prominent
government health agency.

We can practice prudent avoidance of EMR as advocated by the Canadian

Mortgage and Housing Corporation and the United States Environmental
Protection Agency. This basically involves identifying the sources of EMR around
us and developing strategies to eliminate or avoid them.

A draft report prepared for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) generally
endorses a 2 mG exposure limit. It would take effect immediately for new day
care centers, schools and playgrounds, as well as for new transmission lines
near existing housing. The report was funded by the EPA. Dr. Joe Elder, EPA's
program officer for the NCRP study in Research Triangle Park, NC, called the
committee's report "the first comprehensive review of the world's literature on
EMF health effects." (1995)

Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs), the radiation emitted from the flow of electric
current, has been found to be biologically active.

 Causes changes at the cellular level.

 Laboratory rats exposed to elevated EMFs have higher rates of tumors and
more aggressive tumors than unexposed rats.
 Melatonin; EMFs have been found to affect melatonin (a basic human
hormone) in animal studies.
 Occupational studies have strongly linked EMFs to leukemia and also to
breast and brain cancer.
 Childhood leukemia rates have been associated with higher exposure to
EMFs. Most studies find elevated risk at four times normal rates.

The National Council on Radiation Protection NCRP (USA) 1995

There is a connection between ELF EMF exposures and disruption of normal

biological processes.
There is a link between EMFs and –

 Childhood and adult leukemia and brain cancer.

 Child deformities and other reproductive anomalies.
 Adverse nervous and hormonal responses causing disease.
 Incorrect development of the nervous system.
 Cancer and Tumor development.
 Gene mutation.
 Reduction of the natural defense response of T-Cells.
 Changes in psychosexual response.
 Melatonin reduction.

The evidence points to human health hazards in common exposures to EMFs,

particularly magnetic fields exceeding 2mG and electric fields between 10-100 Volts
per metre.


The National Council on Radiation Protection NCRP (USA) 1995

 The NCRP recommends a 2mG exposure limit to magnetic EMFs.

 Over a three year period, exposures in existing homes schools and offices
should be reduced to 10mG.
 After six years, there should be an option to establish a 5mG limit.
 After ten years, a 2mG limit should be considered.

Extremely low frequency (ELF) EMFs easily penetrate tissues and cause virtually
no sensory reactions.

ELF (below 300 Hz) EMFs interact strongly with biological systems, both electrically
and magnetically. The magnetic field aspect of an ELF EMF penetrates the body
without obstruction since the magnetic permeability of tissue equals that of air.

Dr. Nancy Wertheimer, a Ph.D. epidemiologist who has been studying EMFs for
20 years, has been looking at the epidemiological data in a different way -- she is
trying to associate EMF levels with health rather than disease. The level she is
coming up with is a cut off of 1 mG. Russian researchers claim that 1/1000ths of
a mG should be the standard.

Dr. Robert Becker, an MD who has been studying the effects of EMFs for 20
years, states a 1 mG safety limit in his book Cross Currents.



Four major organizations now agree that magnetic fields are a possible
carcinogen: The US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
(NIEHS), the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), UK NRPB
and the California Health Dept EMF Report all agree magnetic fields are a
possible carcinogen.

There is now good scientific understanding of the way in which exposure to

magnetic fields may increase the risk of a range of illnesses and further evidence
is continuing to emerge. In particular, a body of studies in human populations has
reported that magnetic fields at even low levels can disrupt the production in the
pineal gland of the important hormone and natural anti-cancer agent melatonin.
This may explain why a substantial body of studies have shown that exposure to
magnetic fields may lead to increased risk of childhood leukaemia, adult brain
cancer, miscarriage and depression. Our state of knowledge of the health risks of
exposure to EMFs well exceeds that for some chemical carcinogens where strict
regulatory action has been taken.

In July 2001, the California Health Department issued a major EMF report for
public discussion citing an added risk of miscarriage, childhood leukaemia, adult
leukaemia, adult brain cancer and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a form of
motor neuron disease, as some of the health risks associated with exposure to
electric and magnetic fields such as those that radiate from powerlines.

I regard the statement that IARC (2001) “considered the evidence for excess
cancer risks of all other kinds in adults and children as inadequate” to be
outdated. We now have the benefit of more recently published information, the
California Health Department Report cited above suggesting links between
magnetic field exposures and brain cancer and leukaemia in adults, as well as
the recent reports below, in relation to prostate cancer and melanoma.

Charles et al. (2003) studied exposure to electromagnetic fields, polychlorinated

biphenyls and prostate cancer mortality in electric utility workers in five large US
electric utility companies. After adjustment for PCB exposure, race and active
work status within the past two years, workers categorized in the highest 10% of
EMF exposures were twice as likely to die from prostate cancer as those
exposed to EMFs at lower levels; (odds ratio = 2.02; 95% CI: 1.34 – 3.04).

There is also evidence of increased risk of certain adult cancers, especially brain
tumours and leukaemia in relation to magnetic field exposures.

As I have already indicated, I strongly disagree with the view that the current
body of evidence of adverse health effects associated with magnetic field
exposure is insufficient to derive quantitative restrictions on exposure to EMFs.

Furthermore, the evidence of adverse health effects continues to increase and is

doing so at an accelerating rate. Although scientists are reticent, even for
childhood leukaemia, to regard the existing associations with ill-health conditions
as causal, I argue here that is extremely difficult to see how future research will
overturn the current body of knowledge. I therefore concur with the view
expressed in the California Health Department Report that it is more likely than
not that magnetic fields cause increased risk of a number of adverse health

There is also evidence that the oncostatic properties of melatonin are

themselves disrupted by magnetic fields.

As will be discussed in more detail later, melatonin is highly protective of

oxidative damage to the haemopoietic system. This suggests that suppression of
the production and disruption of the action of melatonin by magnetic fields could
act to increase leukaemia risk. I therefore conclude that there is strong evidence
for a causal association between magnetic field exposures and adult leukaemia.
Professor Denis L. Henshaw.

Melatonin also is produced by the retina and, in vastly greater amounts, by the
gastrointestinal system. In fact, 400 times more melatonin can be found in the
gastrointestinal system than in the pineal gland or bloodstream….Melatonin
can kill directly many different types of human tumor cells. It is a naturally
produced cytotoxin, which can induce tumor cell death (apoptosis). In instances
where the tumor has already established itself in the body, melatonin has been
shown to inhibit the tumor’s growth rate. Melatonin exhibits natural oncostatic
activity and inhibits cancer cell growth. Eileen M. Lynch, PhD. Oncology
Research Scientist, 2004.

The amount of melatonin produced in the GI tract by enterochromaffin cells is

400 times greater than that produced by the pineal gland. Unlike pineal gland
melatonin, GI melatonin is not influenced by light intensity but instead by food
intake…. Enterochromaffin cells release melatonin into nearby blood vessels of
the mucous membrane of the inner lining of the stomach and intestines. It is
through these vessels that melatonin is transported into the blood stream from
the gut. Some of the melatonin, however, remains in the GI tract to exert a
protective action on the GI tissues. Patrick, Regina. Publication: FOCUS: Journal
for Respiratory Care & Sleep Medicine, January 1 2006.

Dr. Robert Becker, noted for decades of research on the effects of

electromagnetic radiation, has warned: "Even if we survive the chemical and
atomic threats to our existence, there is the strong possibility that increasing
electropollution could set in motion irreversible changes leading to our extinction
before we are even aware of them. All life pulsates in time to the earth and our
artificial fields cause abnormal reactions in all organisms. These energies are too
dangerous to entrust forever to politicians, military leaders and their lapdog

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