Numerous studies point out the possible health hazards from low-frequency electromagnetic fields (EMFs). Originally, the fields of greatest concern were those given off by overhead power line transformers. New evidence suggests that this really isn’t the case. It appears that the ELF (extremely low-frequency) magnetic fields given off by many household appliances and computer monitors can be of sufficient strength to be considered potentially hazardous. Although how ELF fields affect biological tissue is still not exactly known, it has been unequivocally shown that cells are affected. The best research to date shows that a cell’s membrane, or receptor molecules in the membrane, is sensitive to extremely weak low-frequency magnetic fields. As studies progress, more information will be forthcoming. Here are some studies that have shown the potential hazards of ELF fields:
- In 1972, Soviet researchers linked electromagnetic fields with low grade health problems such as fatigue and headaches.
- In 1977, Robert Becker, physician and biophysicist, Andrew Marino, testified before the New York State Public Service Commission about the results of their experiment that showed negative health effects due to exposure to ELF fields.
- In 1990, David Savitz, an epidemiologist at the University of North Carolina, determined through a study that pregnant woman who used electric blankets have children who have a 30% increased risk of cancer as compared to children whose mothers didn’t use electric blankets.
- The ChiliPad Cube™ has no wires in or on top of the bed that can generate a magnetic field. The Chili Technology solution is low-voltage appliance without ELF that creates the warmth of the electric blanket and minimizes the hazards.
Excerpts from “Popular Electronics” March 1993, The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Web site has information about EMFs and cancer, as well as information and publications related to the EMF Research and Public Information Dissemination (RAPID) Program.