New Report Confirms Health Risks of Overhead High Voltage Power Lines

The Bioinitiative Report 2012, released a few weeks ago (Canada Free Press), confirms previously-reported health risks of overhead power line electromagnetic fields (EMFs).

The report, prepared by 29 authors from 10 countries, includes the review of approximately 1,800 new studies on the biological effects and adverse health effects from EMFs such as power lines and from wireless technologies.

RETA Health hazard imageAmong the many observations and findings, the report indicates the existing public safety limits for EMFs and radio frequency radiation are not adequate to protect public health. Children, pregnant women, and people with autism, in particular, should minimize EMF and wireless exposures. EMF exposure negatively affects behaviour, growth, reproduction and melatonin production – melatonin is one of the body’s most powerful natural defenses against many diseases and other health problems. Oxidative stress, caused by EMF exposure, contributes to cancer, neurodegenerative diseases and immune disorders. DNA integrity in human cells is negatively affected by EMF exposure. To protect living cells from stress and DNA strand breakdown, EMF safety limits must be changed from the current thermal standard based on energy, to a standard based on negative biological responses that occur long before the threshold for thermal changes. The report cites many more health impacts of EMF exposure.

One of the co-editors of the Bioinitiative Report 2012 said, “There is now much more evidence of risks to health affecting billions of people world-wide. The status quo is not acceptable in light of evidence for harm.” New safety standards are urgently needed for protection against EMF and wireless exposures present everywhere in daily life.

See this link for more information on the health impacts of overhead power lines. Burying power lines essentially eliminates the negative EMF impacts of overhead lines.

~ by RETA on January 23, 2013.

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