Overhead Power Lines and Health
There are still some people, including those who work for electricity regulators and transmission companies, who believe that overhead high voltage power lines do not negatively affect human health. In addition to the hundreds of references provided at this website and elsewhere which show conclusive links and strong causal correlations between high voltage power line electromagnetic fields (EMFs) and dozens of major diseases and other health problems, we thought we would share the quotes of two experts in this area of research. The quotes are taken from ElectromagneticHealth.org .
Dr. Martin Blank; Associate Professor, Dep’t. Physiology & Cellular Biophysics, Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons:
“Cells in the body react to EMFs as potentially harmful, just like to other environmental toxins, including heavy metals and toxic chemicals. The DNA in living cells recognizes electromagnetic fields at very low levels of exposure; and produces a biochemical response. The scientific evidence tells us that our safety standards are inadequate, and that we must protect ourselves from the exposure to EMFs due to power lines, cell phones and the like, or risk the known consequences. The science is very strong and we should sit up and pay attention.”
Dr. Samuel Milham; medical epidemiologist in occupational epidemiology; one of the first scientists to report increased leukemia and other cancers in electrical workers:
“Very recently, new research is suggesting that nearly all the human plagues which emerged in the twentieth century, like common acute lymphoblastic leukemia in children, female breast cancer, malignant melanoma and asthma, can be tied to some facet of our use of electricity. There is an urgent need for governments and individuals to take steps to minimize community and personal EMF exposure.”
Burying high voltage transmission lines essentially eliminates the negative health effects of long-term exposure to EMFs.