EMF Medical Conference 2021
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Scott Forsgren, BetterHealthGuy.com, January 28, 2021; Updated: January 31, 2021
I attended the EMF Medical Conference 2021 event January 28-31, 2021. With EMF exposure being such an important topic in chronic illness, I wanted to learn as many solutions as possible.
The notes below are a very small part of all of the information that was shared at this important event. Recordings are available for those that want to learn more. You can also sign-up for their newsletter on their website.
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Cindy Lee Russell, MD presented “From Toxins to Towers: A Primer on the Science of Wireless Health Effects” and shared:
Saw an epidemic of breast cancer in her practice and connected dots between health and the environment
FDA still does not recognize the potential risk of cell phones causing cancer
She is the co-founder of Physicians for Safe Technology.
Wireless radiation is a toxicant.
Toxic exposures may lead to cancer, reproductive failure, brain dysfunction, autoimmune disease, and developmental abnormalities.
US has not done a good job at reducing environmental toxins in our environment as compared to other countries.
Chemical toxins can lead to reactive oxygen species and oxidation; equivalent to rust.
Oxidation is needed for health, but too much can lead to disease and aging.
Radiofrequencies are a silent biologic and environmental toxicant.
The damage to the body from wireless technology is cumulative.
Impacts neurologic, reproductive, hematologic, immunologic, and are carcinogenic.
5G is millimeter waves the size of insects; and do harm insects.
Wireless radiation leads to oxidative stress and free radicals which impact cells; antioxidants like A, C, E, and melatonin can mitigate these effects.
Oxidative stress leads to inflammation which leads to human disease.
Wireless radiation passes through the body; the longer the wavelength, the deeper they penetrate; 5G penetrates only the skin. 2G, 3G, 4G penetrate more deeply.
Wireless radiation impacts anything with a water content.
Can impact myelin, neurotransmitters, opens blood-brain barrier (leading to neuroinflammation)
Two hours of exposure leads to weeks of opening of the blood-brain barrier.
Cell towers near students were shown to lead to cognitive decline.
Electrohypersensitivity (EHS) occurs in some with exposure to EMFs; it is not a psychiatric condition.
Symptoms can impact skin, neurologic, cardiovascular.
Headaches, dizziness, nausea, heart palpitations, irritability, poor concentration, insomnia may be present.
Firefighters experienced EHS when cell towers were put on fire stations; later removed from fire stations in California.
5-30% have mild EHS, 1.5-5% have moderate EHS, 0.65% have restricted access to work
Internet addiction is increasing and has been shown to impair white matter and shrink gray matter.
Risks to reproduction: sperm damage, ovarian damage, embryo damage, miscarriage.
One study showed wireless devices triple miscarriage rates; miscarriage is a sensitive indicator of EMF harm.
EMFs decrease WBCs, increase platelets, and lead to rouleaux formation.
Studies have shown adverse effects on the immune system.
US and Canada have much higher allowed levels that many other countries.
Significant associations with cell phone use and brain tumor development.
BioInitiative.org has released a report about the risks of EMF exposure.
5G health risks: eye damage, skin injury, bacterial resistance, widespread metabolic disturbances, possible insect apocalypse.
Wireless radiation is an experiment with no oversight.
Some mitigation strategies:
Time and distance matter.
Don’t sleep with phone near you.
Turn off Wi-Fi at night.
Remove smart meters.
Ronald L Melnick, PhD spoke on “Carcinogenicity of cell phone radiation demonstrated in studies by the National Toxicology Program” and shared:
Important to understand the exposure and risk of local effects of where a device is held and not the effect of the exposure across the entire body.
Carcinogenicity studies have been done in rats and mice.
DNA damage has been observed in studies.
Schwannomas are tumors that surround the myelin sheath and are increased with exposure.
Much of the research he presented showed more issues in male rats than in female rats.
Increased risk of glioma has been observed.
Oxidative stress has been detected in numerous studies.
We should not assume any current or future wireless technology is safe without adequate testing.
Fiorella Belpoggi, PhD presented on “Results of Carcinogenicity Bioassay on Rats Exposed to Mobile Phone Radiofrequency Radiation” and shared:
Found statistically significant increase in malignant Schwannoma related to the heart in male rates.
Schwann cell hyperplasia was observed in both male and female rats.
Cindy Russell, MD shared that studies demonstrate hearing loss associated with cell phone use. Blue light from digital screens lead to oxidative retinal damage. Blue light impacts melatonin levels, circadian rhythms, and sleep. Radiofrequency has direct effects on the eye as well; both thermal and non-thermal effects. 5G is a particular problem as there will be increasing levels of all non-5G wavelengths as well.
Igor Yakymenko, PhD, DrSc spoke on “Oxidative Mechanisms of Health Effects of Low Intensity Radiofrequency/ Microwave Radiation” and shared:
Radiofrequencies lead to oxidative stress; imbalance between reactive oxygen species and cellular antioxidant systems to detoxify/repair.
Antioxidants are enzymatic like SOD and non-enzymatic like A, C, E, K, zinc, selenium, CoQ10, and others.
If the cell walls do not contain the proper phospholipids, this can negatively affect barrier function.
Oxidative stress is connected to a significant number of human diseases.
Henry Lai, PhD spoke on “Rebuttal of Some of the Arguments that Most Present RFR Exposure Guidelines are Adequate to Protect the Public” and shared:
Most existing RFR exposure guidelines are based on obsolete research.
Many agencies are resisting consideration of more recent data.
Studies report genetic effects in 65% of studies, free radical changes in 92%, neurological effects in 73%.
There are more research studies showing effects than not showing effects.
Devra Davis, PhD, MPH spoke on “Epidemiological, Clinical and Toxicological Evidence of RF-EMF on Reproduction” and shared:
Integrative Environmental Medicine book is a book that she has a chapter in about EMFs; authors Aly Cohen, MD and Frederick S. Vom Saal, PhD.
Testes and penis receive highest levels of radiation with cell phone in pocket; even Mayo Clinic now recommends against this.
EMFs may be playing a role in sperm count and infertility.
Tablet radiation testing done at 20 centimeters away; devices are often used closer than that distance.
Most cell phones exceeded the limits set by the European standards.
Apple iPhone 5 tested and manufactured distance is 1.45 W/kg; at 0 mm from body, all phones exceed both the US and European standards; do not carry a phone on your body.
30 days exposure for 2 hours per day of non-thermal radiation in mice led to testicular cell wall disruption and lower viable sperm.
Signal is often more important than power in determining negative effects.
Voltage-gated calcium channels can be altered with EMF exposure.
Evidence of damage can be found in proteomics and can be passed on.
Head size of sperm is decreased after one hour of exposure.
50 minutes of downloading on laptop decreased sperm motility, velocity, and speed.
Cell phones are linked to erectile dysfunction.
Radiofrequency radiation can be used to weaken the blood brain barrier to get chemotherapeutic agents into the brain; but there are downsides of a leaky blood brain barrier.
RF below safety limits promotes tumors; 2.5 increase in lymphoma in mice; higher liver and lung tumors.
Increases in rectal and colon cancers in the US and Iran in patients under 40 may have a radiofrequency contributor; the colon may be highly sensitive to cell phones in the pockets.
Evening and post-bedtime exposure to light-emitting digital media screens impact sperm quality.
It is best to keep your cell phone as far from the testes as possible.
Devices are tested by manufacturers away from the body.
Over 400 doctors involved in the BabySafe Project.
Environmental Health Trust
Henry Lai, PhD spoke on “Neurological Effects of Nonionizing Electromagnetic Fields” and shared:
200 KHz – 300 GHz; non-ionizing (not enough energy to break chemical bonds); emitted by wireless communication devices such as cell phones, Wi-Fi, AM/FM, TV, military radar
Nervous system is an electric organ and likely affected by electromagnetic fields.
Changes in EEG and sleep EEG (non-rapid eye movement sleep)
Increase in blood-brain barrier permeability allowing exogenous chemicals into the brain
Changes in neurotransmitters
Changes in cognitive function
Affects development of nervous system in neonatal animals
Free radicals could mediate the neurological effects of RF radiation.
Hippocampus has been shown in studies to be affected by RF radiation.
RF radiation impacts spatial memory, short-term memory, and cholinergic innervations to the frontal cortex and hippocampus.
RF radiation leads to release of corticotropin-releasing factor (stress hormone) and impact memory loss.
Exposure to RF radiation could affect the nervous system and impact sleep and memory function.
Production of free radicals and endogenous opioids may be involved.
RFR may impact Alzheimer’s and ALS and other neurodegenerative conditions.
Henry Lai, PhD mentioned that RF radiation has been a factor in confusion of pilots flying aircraft.
Devra Davis, PhD, MPH was asked if seat warmers may be a factor in colon and prostate cancers. She suggested limiting exposures. Motorcycles also have high levels at seat level.
Studies have shown lower testosterone in people living near cell towers.
On the topic of 5G, Henry Lai, PhD suggested that the peripheral nervous system could be stimulated and then feedback to the central nervous system.
Charles Teo, AM, MBBS, FRACS spoke on “Brain Cancer and EMR … Is There a Link??” and shared:
He is an expert on brain cancer and had no pre-conceived views on the topic.
Primary tumors grow in the brain outward; secondary outside the brain growing inward.
Brain cancer doubles in numbers every 16 hours.
Benign tumors grow slowly; malignant tumors grow quickly.
Increasing incidence of brain cancer
Most common is astrocytoma; most common is grade 4
Ionizing radiation does cause brain tumors
Genetics also contribute to the development of brain tumors
It is unknown whether or not toxins such as nitrites/nitrates cause brain tumors
Immunosuppression is unknown in terms of contribution to brain cancer; but starting to change to the understanding that there is a role
Does immune suppression allow brain cancer? Does brain cancer suppress the immune system?
Whether or not non-ionizing radiation causes brain tumors is unknown; having reviewed the literature, he has come to an opinion
The lack of understanding of how magnetic field exposure is involved is the reason that the potential causal effect is not accepted
Critical mass is now of the understanding that we better listen and better learn.
Over time, more studies connecting cell phone use with potential for brain cancer
Interphone study in 2010 showed that there was a 2x higher possibility to develop a brain tumor on the side of “heavy” use.
Most recent article support a connection between mobile phones and brain tumors.
Have to look at the studies and consider whether or not they were funded by industry.
Still arguments for and against the link between exposure and brain cancer.
All of the “against” studies were funded by industry and should be taken with a grain of salt.
Microwave radiation from cell phones can damage genetic material and DNA without producing heat.
RF-EMR enhances mitochondrial ROS, decreases motility and vitality of sperm, and stimulates DNA fragmentation.
More than 30 minutes of cell phone per day can increase chances of brain cancer on the side of use.
IARC has classified cell phone use as a class 2B human carcinogen.
Devra Davis, PhD, MPH was asked about the use of calcium channel blockers to treat EMF sensitivity. She mentioned some clinicians have moved in that direction based on the work of Martin Pall.
Charles Teo, PhD was asked about Bluetooth; there have been studies; there are as many to show no link as there are a link. There is consensus that the more you reduce your exposure to EMF, the better. Best to keep cell phone one arm-length away from the head.
Hillel Baldwin, MD shared that we are all part of the largest unethical human experiment in human history.
Devra Davis, PhD, MPH suggested greatest exposure is into the penis and surrounding soft tissue like rectum, bladder, and prostate. Greatest exposure that any individual will have is from the cell phone. Distance is your friend.
Henry Lai, PhD mentioned that the full body is exposed to radiofrequency from TV, AM/FM, and other towers. Vicinity to towers has been linked with various cancers.
Magda Havas, PhD felt that Wi-Fi is high on the list (full body) and may be even more of a risk than cell phones.
Gunnar Heuser, MD, PhD spoke on “Functional Brain Scans of Patients Exposed to Neurotoxic Chemicals and/or EMF” and shared:
Years ago, he personally had a non-healing post-op incision where the culprit may have been a nearby cellphone.
The concept of a Faraday cage is still thought about, respected, and practiced.
Talked about a child where his face became red and swollen every time Wi-Fi was turned on; hands would also well.
Now known as “screen dermatitis” which does exist and is triggered by EMFs.
Faraday developed problems with his memory in his 40s.
EMFs can cause health effects at levels below safety levels.
Kindling is the result of a small repetitive electrical stimulus that eventually results in a seizure.
EMFs similar build up in their potential to create health effects.
Symptoms: Headaches, disorientation, confusion, personality, memory/cognitive impairment, executive functioning impairment, slow reaction time, ADD, neuropathy; hearing problems, tinnitus, skin, shortness of breath, GI problems, and others.
Neurotoxin chemical and EMF exposures impact the blood-brain barrier.
Repeated chemical exposures may lead to later EHS.
Toxic encephalopathy with impairment of cognitive and memory functions after exposure to solvents, pesticides, fumes, perfumes, mycotoxins, heavy metals, and EMFs.
Testing: MRI, SPECT, PET, fMRI, EEG, qEEG, neuropsych eval, T.O.V.A., neuro exam; need functional test such as SPECT, PET, and fMRI.
SPECT requires a radioactive substance be injected.
Did a fMRI in 10 patients that showed abnormalities.
MRI volumetric studies can show impairment; looked like an earlier version of NeuroQuant.
Their studies have shown significant effects on the brain from EMFs.
With 5G, shielding technology will become increasingly important.
Beatrice Alexandra Golomb, MD, PhD spoke on “Diplomats’ Mystery Illness: Pulsed Radiofrequency/Microwave Radiation” and shared:
Frey Effect – perception of sounds from radiofrequency; pulsed; 2.4-10,000 MHz
RF can sound like crickets.
Melatonin is a clinically important antioxidant found to protect against radiation injury across the radiation spectrum.
Electrosensitive individuals have a higher amount of antibodies to myelin.
Blood-brain barrier impairment found in those with EHS.
RF radiation leads to oxidative stress which impacts mitochondria, calcium channels, inflammation, autoimmunity; also impacts membranes, blood flow, cell death, and blood-brain barrier.
Symptoms: sleep, cognition, headaches, tinnitus, hearing loss, nosebleeds, dizziness, nausea, anxiety
Article on Diplomats
Dr. Golomb mentioned that melatonin for sleep would generally be 3mg; higher doses such as 10mg or higher may benefit those with EHS.
There is a high overlap between MCS and EHS.
Dr. Heuser mentioned that patients have reported that being grounded improves their symptoms.
Dr. Baldwin clarified the only safe places in the world to ground are where there are no ground currents; the only safe places are in the forest or at the beach; have to consider the potential for exposure to dirty electricity; he recommends against any form of grounding other than the beach or forest.
Dr. Davis mentioned that a cordless phone has a mini cell tower at the base sending signals 24×7; do not belong in houses at all. Cell phones constantly send and receive; several antennas. Get wired and stay wired.
Dr. Magda Havas shared that many baby monitors are voice or sound activated; attempted to import them to Canada and were told they were illegal.
In China, they have a BabySafe router and other BabySafe appliances. They are also turning off 5G at night.
Dr. Baldwin shared that gadolinium contrast can lead to reactions in chemically-sensitive people. If you can avoid it, it would be advised. Wireless hearing aids with Bluetooth are recommended against, but it is becoming harder and harder to find a hearing aid where you can disable the RF.
In terms of electric cards, Dr. Baldwin shared that these are mobile wireless access devices, and people are barraged by EMF. Driving these poses risk. Exposure and dose over time matters. The data shows that these exposures are likely not benign. More details here.
Dr. Lai indicated that radiation bounces within metal such as within a car or train.
All life forms are negatively impacted by EMFs; including plants.
Dr. Havas has observed animals in distress which resolved with shielding cloth.
Levels of EMF in hospitals are generally very high. Levels impact disease progression and recovery from disease. Any modern, technical facilities are difficult to be in.
Elizabeth Seymour, MD, MS, BS, FAAFP presented on “Differential Diagnosis of Complex Cases” and shared:
Teach patients how to block, shield, and ground; helps the neurological and vascular system calm down and become less symptomatic.
Ensure patients understand they are not alone.
Drugs mask symptoms; like a Band-aid on a bleeding artery; need to look for the root causes.
Cleanup the environment, test water, eat organic, test for heavy metals.
EHS patients commonly have heavy metals; dental? fish? water?
Treat metals with chelation or natural chelators.
Remove metal from the mouth and body.
Metal implants may need to be allergy tested and desensitized.
May use desensitization therapies.
Detoxify: sauna, massage, oral supplements, IV, colon hydrotherapy, acupuncture, ionic foot baths
Piero Lercher, MD spoke on “Prevention, Diagnosis & Treatment of EMF Associated Illness (with focus on mobile phones and 5G) New Aspects on International Policies & Actions for Public Health” and shared:
Direct health effects may include cancer (group 2B) and EHS.
Cancer, genotoxic effects, neurologic effects, neurodegenerative diseases, infertility, EHS
Indirect effects caused by excessive use: addiction, behavioral disorders, musculoskeletal disorders, impaired mother-child interactions, increases risks of accidents
Environmental effects include waste problems (scrap iron), environmental damage, high energy consumption, potential influence of flora and fauna (insect population decrease, tree death)
They don’t share slides with non-CME participants. It would be nice to have them since many of them are unreadable.
Electrohypersensibility vs. Electrohypersensitivity; some feel but are not unwell and others are unwell due to EMFs
We are all participants in a global field trial lasting 25-30 years.
Symptoms: sleep, stress, anxiety, irritability, headache, tinnitus, concentration, fatigue, energy loss, depression, faint, vertigo, dizziness, eye strain, flu-like symptoms
WHO does not recognize EHS as a diagnosis and suggests focus on symptoms and not reducing EMF exposure
3% highly sensitive in the US; 35% moderately sensitive
Primary treatment should be on prevention or reduction of EMF exposure; give the body a chance to recover
Detection of environmental co-factors can be a challenge.
Get history, medical exam, assess EMF exposure, measure, reduce, diagnose, and treat
Core diagnosis should focus on nitric oxide production, mitochondria, oxidative stress, inflammation, melatonin status
Blood pressure and heart rate may be taken in several locations
Blood pressure, ECG, HRV, sleep EEG may be helpful
GSTM1, GSTT1, SOD2, COMT may predispose one to being sensitive
Control the body burden, reduce oxidative stress, regulate intestinal dysfunction, optimize nutrition, control inflammation, normalize mitochondrial function, detox (glutathione, ALA, C, selenium, chelation), adjuct therapies (coaching, exercise, sleep, sauna, hyperthermia)
What value is added by the use of 5G? Who is liable? Why won’t insurance companies underwrite 5G devices? How many installations are planned near me? Is my personal data secure?
Use mobile phones as a tool only when really needed.
Implement EMF-free zones and periods.
Replace potentially harmful technologies with less harmful options.
Riina Bray, MD BASo, MSc, MCFP, MHSc spoke on “Clinical Observations and Recommended Practice Guidelines for the Management of EHS Patients” and shared:
EHS is not gender specific; overlap with MCS
Dealing with EMF impact on the body needs to consider the total load; person is like a barrel and when the barrel overflows, symptoms result.
Need to implement detoxification strategies to reduce what is in the barrel
EHS is a spectrum disorder.
Genetic polymorphisms increase a person’s vulnerability.
Can react to electric, magnetic, dirty electricity, radiofrequency, and electro smog
Non-thermal effects are DNA damage, voltage gated calcium channel disruption, suppression of immune system, blood brain barrier permeability, thickening of the blood, cardiovascular/neurological/endocrine issues, EHS, sleep abnormalities
Symptoms: tinnitus, racing heart, sleep problems, fatigue, headaches, heart palpitations, memory problems, vertigo are common issues
Look at toxic metal body burden for mercury, nickel, lead, cadmium, and arsenic
Look at Lyme disease and co-infections that impact the nervous system which can increase vulnerability to EHS
Look at CNS lesions, inflammation, neurodegenerative diseases
Look at heart rhythm disturbances
Students and teachers are at high risk; lack of sleep, around electronic equipment, poor lighting, stressful period
May need to explore phobias and nocebo effect which can lead to anxiety; can benefit from DNRS
Testing: inflammation, histamine, autoimmune, infections, mitochondria, oxidative stress, myelin antibodies, nitric oxide production, melatonin, hypoperfusion in limbic system and thalamus, salivary cortisol, blood sugar, blood pressure and heart rate, PET/SPECT/fMRI/TDU
Treatment: Reduce exposure, inspect home, individualize therapies
Psychotherapy is not helpful
Weed, seed, and feed approach
Seeds: Sleep, Environment, Exercise, Diet/Drugs, Support (self, spiritual, medical, family, social, occupational, financial)
Once the seeds of health are adapted, a person has more ability to adapt.
Detoxification: hydration, heat, antioxidants, mitochondrial function, optimize bowel and renal function, perspiration; stress reduction, supplements, sauna, hydration, exercise, diet; remove dental materials and amalgams; explore genetic SNPs
Eat an antioxidant rich diet, decrease oxidative stress (E, C, ALA, NAC, glutathione, B, zinc, resveratrol, CoQ10, selenium, turmeric); protect with calcium, protein, iron, chromium; selenium, zinc, copper, magnesium protect against mercury toxicity
High fiber diet, clean personal care products, adrenal support, homeopathy
Propranolol and calcium channel blockers may be used
Antihistamines can be helpful for EHS patients.
Electrolyte imbalances need to be corrected.
Sleep: melatonin, magnesium, passion flower, lemon balm, rhodiola, ashwaganda, PC/PS, taurine
Mindfulness-based stress reduction
Stephanie McCarter, MD spoke on “EMF Sensitivity Treatment Modalities” and shared:
Dr. William Rea did first study on EHS in 1991.
Total body load is crucial to treating patients.
Over 220 implants to be considered; tattoos also contribute to the load.
75% of treatment is creating a healthy environment; particularly the bedroom.
EMF patients need an EMF meter like Cornet ED88T or Sound Pro Plus Alpha Lab UH52
Learn how to ground/earth
Use Stetzer filters for dirty electricity.
Reduce mold, metal, chemical, pesticide, EMF exposures.
Clean air, water, and diet.
Check: RBC minerals, heavy metals, chemicals, glyphosate, urine mycotoxins, fatty acids, HRV
It’s always more than just one thing.
Healing the gut is the goal; hidden food allergies need to be treated; often related to mold or metal exposures.
High mold and metals = high yeast.
Provocation/neutralization used at their clinic.
Serum IgG for molds, mycotoxins, and chemicals; can have false negatives
SLIT or sublingual immunotherapy
Von Ardenne Oxygen Therapy; when venous blood is high in oxygen, there is inflammation in vessels; giving oxygen for 2 hours a day leads to a switch effect that opens microcirculation.
Treat coinfections: EBV, HSV, HHV, Parvo, Coxsackie, Lyme, Strep, Mycoplasma, Chlamydia, Candida, Proteus/Klebsiella, Hepatitis, parasites, H. Pylori
If IgG is 4x reference range, these may need to be treated.
Treating infections aggressively can lead to more sensitivities; have to go slow and low.
LDI has been very beneficial in these patients.
Ozone has been helpful for infections and decreasing inflammation.
Autovaccines of stool, urine, tongue scrapings, sinuses; grow in culture and sterilize and make an antigen.
Do not chelate when amalgams are still present.
Can exacerbate conditions for months if you go too quickly with treatment.
Increasing glutathione and nutrient reserves can then allow more chelators to be tolerated.
Chelation is very helpful for EMF sensitivity but has to be done slowly.
If they don’t tolerate sauna, they won’t tolerate chelation; not ready.
Sensitive patients often have a history of traumas.
People often given Klonopin or sleep medications and not being treated properly.
Heavily coated tongue is a clue for a coated gut.
Early graying of the hair can indicate low minerals.
ANAs often normalize with treatment as the barrel is drained.
Abnormal thermography results are common in EMF patients.
One-sided symptoms are associated to ANS being impacted.
Gliotoxin is often higher due to high levels of yeast.
EHS can be associated with mold exposure.
Immune system can reactive to implants on an ongoing basis.
Evening Primrose and borage oil are source omega-6 oils.
Seeing more thallium and cesium due to radiation in our environment.
Cranial sacral therapy is a top tool for EHS patients.
EMF patients are stuck in the upper chakras and not in the root chakras.
Cranial sacral, acupuncture, breathing, meditation, Yoga, Qi-gong, laser, microcurrent, PEMF, bioresonance can be helpful.
Limbic system: Thought Field Therapy, EFT, Rapid Eye Therapy, EMDR, DNRS; if these are not done, no amount of shielding or treatment will help.
Reduce exposure, treat nutrient deficiency, immunotherapy, immune boosters (autovaccines), detox, oxygen therapy, treating infections, grounding, emotional/limbic system retraining
Patients are sympathetic dominant.
Dr. McCarter talked about using their autovaccines and LDI for Lyme-related issues. Many with prior antibiotic therapies have other issues such as GI issues months or years later. Ozone and oxidative therapies can be very helpful. They start with nose, ear, rectal insufflation and later move to IV ozone.
Dr. Lercher noted that in the pandemic lockdowns, it is more difficult to escape from EMF exposures when people are locked indoors.
There was some question about grounding sheets and contaminated ground currents. Dr. Bray mentioned she has had more negative reports than positive, and she prefers lakes, grass, and actual earthing. Dr. Baldwin’s wife has EHS; he investigated these products and found them to be potentially more harmful than helpful; urban environments have grounds into a dirty grid; he recommends against it unless in a rural environment.
Solvent profiles are available through Great Plains. Dr. McCarter noted that additional fats such as with Keto diets can make people worse if they already have an overloaded liver.
Dr. McCarter shared that there are many toxins in breast implants including metals; goes beyond silicone. BreastImplantIllness.com; saline implants still are a source of exposures. Implants may increase risk of lymphoma.
Dr. Bray mentioned that cannabis products can be helpful for pain, sleep, and anxiety; 50% of her patients are using cannabis oil.
Dr. McCarter suggested the ERMI/HERTSMI-2 from EnviroBiomics; EMMA testing can be helpful for mycotoxin testing.
Many EHS patients have MCS, Fibromyalgia, and immune dysregulation.
Living in a clean environment is foundational for patients.
Solar panels have high magnetic fields and dirty electricity. Majority of homes in US have or will have smart meters; can opt-out. Water meters are becoming smart meters as well.
Jeromy Johnson MSCE spoke on “Engineering Approach to Healing and Preventing Electrical Sensitivity 1” and shared:
Has an engineering background; worked in financial industry in Silicon Valley
After a bank of smart meters was installed 8 years ago, he became electromagnetically sensitive.
Has consulted with 500 EHS people and communicated with thousands
EMFAnalysis.com, TEDx Talk “Wireless Wake-Up Call”; book “How to Find a Healthy Home”
Primary reasons for EHS: severe EMF exposure, chronic illness (Lyme, autoimmunity) made worse by EMFs, MCS with toxic exposure (including mold), poor detoxifiers, reactive limbic system/OCD/anxiety (10-20%).
EHS patients have to develop a new world view where wireless technology is no longer safe.
Validating the condition is important to healing.
Engineering Approach to EMFs: measure/eliminate/reduce/shield/measure, distance is key, accurately measure the for types of EMF
Low Frequency Magnetic and Electric Fields (power lines, electrical wiring, appliances)
EMI/Power Quality (dirty electricity, solar, dimmers, CF lightbulbs)
Radio Frequency (wireless, including 5G)
Most homes have 5-20 sources of EMF that need to be eliminated.
5G is bringing the EMF topic into society’s awareness; it is important not to focus on one type when mitigating EMFs.
Meters: Safe and Sound Pro (below 1 microwatt/m2 is ideal), Alpha Lab for magnetic fields (< .1 milligauss), GigaHertz Solutions 3851A for electric fields (< 1v/m is ideal), RadioShack AM radio for EMI, line EMI meter
Electric fields impact sleep the most; best to turn off circuit breakers
There are no personal protection products that he recommends. He has tested many of them and they have not been helpful.
8 Steps: Live in a low-EMF home, have low-EMF sleeping area, minimize wireless technology, create a low-EMF computing setup/office, detox and exercise, nutrition and supplements, low-stress (meditation, supportive relationships, positive outlook, limbic retraining), help communities understand this important issue
He has not used a cell phone or Wi-Fi for seven years.
Rob Metzinger, EET spoke on “Engineering Approach to Healing and Preventing Electrical Sensitivity 2” and shared:
President of Safe Living Technologies in Canada; started in 2006
Fields are invisible, but they are very real.
Most EHS feel better below 10 microwatts/m2; some need to be below 1.
We are electromagnetic beings.
Non-ionizing radiation does have biological effects.
Anything that has power as well as our devices are sources of EMR.
AC power lines, AC magnetic fields when devices are being used, dirty electricity or noise from electrical power
Radiofrequency: wireless devices, transmitters, cellular networks, cordless phones
5G: not the same as 5G signal from Wi-Fi router, higher bands to not easily penetrate buildings, will take a decade to fully install 5G, higher bands are limited to highly populated areas like stadiums and arenas, current shielding products are effective where 99.99% of the signals are, high band does not easily penetrate buildings, increase the amount of time you unplug.
Safe and Sound meters are meters that they create
Meters are 5G ready for low and mid bands.
Safe and Sound Classic RF Detector – 200 MHz to 8 GHz – color coded LEDs identify exposure levels
Safe and Sound Pro II RF Meter – 400 MHz to 7.2 GHz – gives specific numerical information
Professional meters from Gigahertz Solutions in Germany is what building biologists use; they are the exclusive North American distributor
Determine exposure levels and then eliminate sources where possible or reduce exposure and shield.
Shielding is not natural but may be necessary.
Always verify with measurements after mitigation strategies.
RF protection – complete enclosure is usually best option; bed canopies and curtains; Swiss Shield; shielding paints can be used; foils and films can be helpful.
Hard to make a meter more sensitive than the human body.
Ideally practitioners should have a loaner kit to provide to their patients with Safe and Sound Pro II and Gigahertz ME3830B Electric and Magnetic Field meter.
In Winter 2021, they will offer a wearable Safe and Sound meter with an alarm when you are in a high exposure area with configurable threshold.
Erica Mallery-Blythe, BSBM spoke on “Prevention, Diagnosis, and Management of Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS)” and shared:
RF damages the body at very low intensity, non-thermal exposures.
Most safety regulations protect against thermal exposures only.
Biological disruption is not linear to intensity or frequency.
EHS is a multisystem condition characterized by increased sensitivity to electromagnetic fields of increasingly broader frequency ranges and lower intensities.
Symptoms: insomnia, headache, pressure in the head, sharp pains in head, electric shock, dizziness, vertigo, tinnitus, visual/hearing disturbance, short term memory loss, anomia, tremor, vibration, seizure, synesthesia, heart palpitations, BP issues/POTS, musculoskeletal pain, joint dysfunction, thirst/dehydration, urinary/bowel urgency, altered energy levels, chemical sensitivity, sensory upregulation.
Trigger could be a chemical exposure or EMF exposure.
Symptoms are often relinquished in the reverse order of how they were acquired.
History pitfalls: multisystemic nature, weak field triggers, interaction with devices, unusual relieving factors, white noise obfuscation, unmasking in low toxicity environments, emotional exacerbation, psychiatric manifestations, unusual beliefs, paranoia.
Stage 1 – mild symptoms, no lifestyle change
Stage 2 – moderate symptoms, lifestyle changes implemented
Stage 3 – severe symptoms, rapid onset with exposure, forced extreme lifestyle changes
Stage 4 – avoidance protocols in place, partial or full remission, fewer acute reactions, cumulative/delayed symptoms more noticeable in absence of acute
Provocation studies introduce EMF in a blinded manner.
Tests: oxidative status, immune status, blood chemistry, vitamin/mineral/antioxidant levels, sympathetic/parasympathetic nervous system, and others.
Lymphocyte Sensitivity Testing can be helpful to look for common chemical toxic triggers; impact calcium entrance into cells; is heightened with EMF exposure
Management: First, Prevent; Second, Manage.
A-H Approach: Avoid, Breath fresh air, Cognition/Creativity/Care, Dentition (amalgams), Exercise, Friendly Foods, Grounding, Hydration, Sunlight/Sleep/Sauna
Avoidance is the key to care
Avoid upregulation of NO/ONOO cycle: chemical exposures, food antigens, MSG, aspartame, excess exercise, stress. Avoid mold, radon gas, EMF.
CBT should not be used to tell people not to worry about the cell phone, etc. These are a problem; you do not want to teach the person that they are not a problem.
Glass bottled spring water may be a good option.
Nutritional IVs, O2, HBOT, ozone, LDI, LDA, Immunoglobulin, ALF (autogenous lymphocytic factor), chelation, sauna, pharmacology may be offered by some physicians; after the A-H options above.
Complete reversal of symptoms is possible even for those with severe EHS; however, symptoms will often recur with exposure.
Distance can dramatically reduce the intensity of exposure.
Joseph R. Salvatore, MD spoke on “Electromagnetic Fields in Cancer Therapy” and shared:
Works with electromagnetic fields in cancer therapy
Prior to use of ionizing radiation in cancer therapy, non-ionizing fields were explored in cancer therapy
Non-thermal options may work with calcium channels, immunity, cell membranes, cell protein pathways, signal transduction pathways, or effects on iron.
Using high temperature for treatment of cancer dates back to early 1900s; Coley’s toxins
Electromagnetic fields may be used in combination with chemotherapeutic agents.
Studied a static magnet over the liver while doing chemotherapy; was found safe for further investigation
Christopher D’Adamo, PhD spoke on “Evidence-based Tools for Developing a Discriminating Eye for Dietary Supplement Quality – Focus on EMF Mitigation” and shared:
Supplements defined as a product other than tobacco to supplement the diet; must contain one or more dietary ingredient; vitamins, minerals, herbs, botanicals, amino acids
52% of Americans take at least 1 supplement daily
Female more likely to take supplements; Caucasians more likely; older adults more likely
10% of Americans take 4 or more
Multivitamin, D, calcium, Omega-3, glucosamine/chondroitin, probiotics among the most popular
2020 most popular: D, magnesium, fish oil, CoQ10, multi, curcumin, probiotics
EMF exposure mitigated by magnesium, fish oil, curcumin
Greatest growth in collagen, magnesium, and CBD
Dietary supplements are regulated as food; cannot make health claims
FTC regulates the marketing of dietary supplements
Federal regulations are “soft”
Supplements generally safe; some concerns with body-building, weight loss, and sexual function
Purity regulation is a concern
Supplement selection: Obtain clarity on product contents, determine efficacy of product formula, ensure purity of product ingredients
Proprietary blends may be a concern where individual amounts are not provided
NIH Office of Dietary Supplements has a database with supplement labels
Examine.com: to explore efficacy of products
ConsumerLab.com reviews hundreds of supplements and identifies many poor products
Resveratrol may be helpful for EMF exposure
Labdoor.com evaluates supplements; no cost
USP, NSF, and TruLabel are 3rd party purity certification bodies
Dietary supplements cannot substitute for EMF mitigation strategies
Supplements to mitigate EMF exposure: upstream to block voltage gated calcium channels and downstream to address damage
Blocking voltage gated calcium channels: magnesium is a calcium channel blocker; RBC magnesium testing is best
Reduce oxidative stress and inflammation
Melatonin promotes blood-brain barrier and has neuroprotective effects; EMF exposure decreases melatonin; melatonin may mitigate EMF damage
Omega-3 fats can help with inflammation; synergistic with melatonin for EMF cytotoxicity
Curcumin controls numerous genes associated with inflammation and decreases oxidative stress; cannot get enough with turmeric; anticoagulant effects; better absorption with piperine/black pepper
C, Green Tea, Resveratrol
Peter Sierck, CIEC, REA, EMRS, RFSO spoke on “How to Create a Low EMF Building” and shared:
Did recent testing of 5G outside of a home; highest exposure was from Wi-Fi and cordless phone in the home and not from the 5G
Hz, KHz, MHz, GHz are each a factor of 1000 time higher than the previous
RF is 3 MHz to 30 GHz
Longer waves have less energy and more penetration
Shorter waves have more energy and less penetration; this is why 5G needs so many antennae
They perform a “physical for your building” looking at exterior walls, interior walk-through, testing with instruments, data analysis, and mitigation recommendations.
AC magnetic, AC electric, Radio Frequency, and Dirty Electricity are the common EMFs
AC magnetic: current flow; power lines, transformers, breaker panels, appliances, electric motors; 60Hz in the US; 400Hz in airplanes; measured in milliGauss; want to be below 1mG.
There is an EMF calculator app from Wavecontrol for smart phones.
Wiring errors can lead to high magnetic fields; largest source of errors in residential buildings.
Many recommendations come from the EUROPAEM 2016 guidelines which includes a guideline for sensitive individuals.
AC electric: created by voltage in electrical conductors; building wiring, power and extension cords; no current flow required to be an issue; need to use shielded wiring with a metal wrap that is grounded; using a switch like EMF Sleep Safe to turn off the circuit breakers at night; shielding paint on the walls can reduce electric fields; power cords are unshielded and do create electric fields; can get shielded power cords or a device that plugs in to the wall and allows the current to be turned off
Radiofrequency: increasing exponentially, anything wireless
Consumer meters. vs. Professional Meters vs. Spectrum Analyzer
Have found cell towers hidden in rooms at high-end hotels; need to carry meters with you
AntennaeSearch.com is not very current/updated; there is no accurate directory of antennae installations
Interior sources: identify, remove/mitigate, cell phone
Outside sources: identify, shield building, bed canopies
Dirty Electricity: frequencies riding on top of 60Hz power frequency; Stetzerizer, GreenWave, or similar filters; important to confirm there are no wiring errors before using these; a whole house filter is a better option; Solar Power Perfect, Satic, RxDNA, PxDNA
Mary Ackerley, MD, MD(H), ABIHM spoke on “Brain on Fire: How Biotoxins Cause Brain Inflammation” and shared:
Inflammation plays a major role in psychiatric disorders.
Research may demonstrate a link between EMF and cytokine illness.
Depression will cause more issues than any other illness; leading cause of disability; 17% have one episode in their lifetime.
Antidepressants are not very effective; 50% of patients get about 50% better.
There is no test and yet 1 in 10 people are given a prescription for something with no objective diagnosis.
Exposure to water damage is associated with hormone dysregulation and immune dysfunction.
Depression is an inflammatory illness.
There are numerous biological and environmental factors that contribute to chronic inflammation; CIRS and possibly EMF exposure are among them.
CIRS is often mistaken for a neuropsychiatric syndrome.
Biotoxin illness symptoms impact many body systems.
Very few patients get a diagnosis without a suggestion of a psychiatric disorder.
Many of her patients have stress, anxiety, panic, insomnia, cognitive impairment, lack of motivation, irritation and anger, poor executive function, and suicidal ideation. Anxiety and insomnia being the most common.
CIRS symptoms can be explained away as a neuropsychiatric syndrome.
Differentiating inflammation-induced sickness behavior from depression; pro-inflammatory, cytokine based; malaise, fatigue, withdrawal. Guilt, worthlessness, and hopelessness are seen in major depression but not in sickness behavior.
Long-term inflammation promotes obesity, cardiac illness, neurodegeneration, and depression.
Infections and toxins associated with psychiatric illness: biotoxins, Lyme, co-infections, Strep, encephalopathy (viruses, COVID, Spanish Flu, RMSF), Toxoplasmosis
Exposure to water-damaged buildings has been associated with depression.
Most common complaint she hears is the brain is not working like it used to.
One study showed a 10 point drop in IQ in 6 year old children with visible mold exposure in a home.
Neurology is becoming aware that inflammation plays a major role in many of the conditions that they treat.
Cytokines contribute greatly to the inflammatory response in CIRS; MMP9, TGFb1, TNFa, IL-6, CRP, IL-1b.
Elevated cytokines have been associated with depression in studies. Same has been observed in anxiety/OCD.
OCD is common in CIRS; particularly in children.
Inflammatory cytokines have been observed in bipolar illness.
Elevated TGFb1 has been observed in both mold illness and Alzheimer’s.
Mold is the most important toxin to look for in patients with dementia.
Quinolinic acid is produced in neuroinflammation; kynurenine pathway is involved.
Low VEGF associated with fatigue that may take time to resolve.
Low VEGF correlated with completed suicides; decreased blood flow to the brain with lower oxygenation may make impulse control more difficult and lead to depressive thoughts from neuroinflammation.
Cortisol regulates neuroplasticity through BDNF.
ADH is usually non-existent. Higher ADH is associated with less negative social interaction. Important for getting along with others in humans. Marital discord is extremely common.
Treatments to improve gray matter in research: VIP (helpful in COVID), exercise, antidepressants and ECT, meditation, diet, curcumin, zinc, taurine.
Keith Berndtson, MD spoke on “Indoor Mold Illness: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Treatment. Review of the Basics” and shared:
Suspect indoor mold illness when:
History of water-damage
Onset of symptoms with multiple body systems
MMP9 > 400; TGFb1 > 3600
Patients feels better in fresh air location
Dryness, frequent urination, low ADH, high osmolality
Inhaled particles pass through lung battier, enter bloodstream, and then move to cells and tissues triggering widespread cell danger response and systemic inflammation.
Systemic inflammation can cause disruptions in the blood-brain barrier.
Signals of not being safe impact the amygdala and limbic system.
Type 3 Alzheimer’s is associated with mycotoxins.
Don’t assume that being in water-damage is safe in someone that has no obvious symptoms.
A tablespoon or two of pickle juice may help with muscle cramps in some people.
Finding fresh air locations is more difficult with air pollution, smoke, and other contaminants.
If TGFb1 is high but the patients is feeling better, TGFb1 may be present to downregulate inflammation. C4a fluctuates with minimal exposures. Focus on the patient, not the lab.
ICD-10 for mold illness is Z77.120; finally getting acknowledged.
Short-term ELF exposure can trigger IL-6 and MMP9.
Indoor mold and ELF can elevate IL-6, IL-1b, TNF-a.
Sore throat, eye irritation, runny nose, and cough can be associated with innate immune system activation; consider EMF exposure and mold exposure.
Indoor mold and EMF exposure are common causes of chronic illness and can occur together.
Defects in building construction can cause “hell rides” for people; need more awareness.
EMF Syndrome Questionnaire
Sheena Symington, B.Sc., M.A. spoke on “How to Advocate for Persons who have Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity, Canadian Campaigns” and shared:
ElectrosensitiveSociety.com; she consults with people with EHS
3% of population have severe EHS
35% have moderate EHS
Physical trauma to CNS such as trauma
Chemical traumas such as amalgams
Biological trauma (mold, Lyme, parasites)
Impaired immune system
Support from friends and family is critical; no one chooses to be EHS; validation is important for healing
EHS is physiological, not psychological
Live blood shows rouleaux formation with Wi-Fi exposure
Magda Havas has shown increases in heart rate with Wi-Fi exposure
Some portion of the population reacts to EMF at levels lower than safety limits.
Peas were exposed to Wi-Fi for 30 days which impacted their root and shoot growth.
Wi-Fi exposed plants grew away from the source of the EMF exposure.
Low EMF, MCS, mold housing is necessary
Sensitive individuals often explore mobile housing to find safer locations.
Medical alert bracelets should be explore for medical accommodation.
Recovery – R2ID
Reduce EMF Exposure
Reset Limbic System
Immune System Support
Measure EMF/EMR, radiofrequency, dirty electricity, electric and magnetic fields, blue light
Can connect iPhone, iPad, etc. to Ethernet connection.
Limbic reset is as important as reducing exposure; many with EHS have recovered with DNRS.
Heal From Your Past is another helpful tool.
Trauma can be eliminated with Auricular Chromotherapy; points on the ear are associated with the amygdala and hypothalamus; can be miraculous for eliminating trauma; Dr. Daniel Asis – thecenteredmovement.com
Red light penetrates deepest; blue the least.
Reduce toxic thinking resources: brenebrown.com, drshefali.com, alittlepeaceofmind.co.uk
Hardwire and turn Wi-Fi off.
Canadians for Safe Technology; C4ST.org
Sharon Goldberg, MD spoke on “Bacterial Effects of EMF Exposure” and shared:
There are visible effects of EMF exposure (antibiotic resistance from EMF exposure; antibiotic like effects) and “less visible” effects (soil bacteria, bacteria in and on food supply, effects on human microbiome and the indirect effects of the impact on the microbiome such as sleep, metabolic, and hormonal effects).
Antibiotic resistance is one of the greatest public health challenges of our time.
EMF exposure causes various and sometimes opposite effects on bacteria.
E. coli, Staph aureus and epidermis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Listeria monocytogenes have demonstrated antibiotic resistance with RF exposure.
Microorganisms become resistant to antibiotics with RF exposure.
RF has been shown to enhance biofilm formation.
Antibiotic resistance, increase in motility, and increase in biofilm formation have been observed.
Exposure to Wi-Fi influences transcriptomes responsible for metabolic and cellular processes, localization, stress response, transposition, motility, chemotaxis, and cell adhesion.
EMF exposure induces antibiotic-like effects.
EMF has been shown to negatively impact Lactobacillus acidophilus.
EMFs and on bacteria and their hosts in a stressful manner which leads to altered gene expression.
Paul Héroux, PhD spoke on “A Chicken in Every Pot, a Fiber in Every Home” and shared:
Average adults spends 3.81 hours per day on mobile devices.
Industry wants to proceed fast; has investors to satisfy; public health takes a back seat
US FCC limits are 10,000,000,000,000 times higher than natural background EMF.
Risks of health problems were denied by lead sellers for years.
Information is being suppressed in the US about EMFs just like was in the past for lead.
Can optical fiber and LiFi (light) bring reductions in 5G and EMR exposures?
5G will have 40-50 base stations per km2.
The higher the frequency, the less penetrating it is.
5G faced opposition in countries more aware of risks of high radiation such as Switzerland and Italy.
5G is claimed to be needed for self-driving cars and remote surgeries.
5G is a contributor to global warming.
5G has limited usefulness for citizens.
LiFi can be faster than 5G.
FCC believes that heat is the only EMR risk factor and that non-ionizing radiation cannot hurt you.
FCC claims that the fields are too low to have any health consequence.
Industry has set the stage to ignore true biological impacts.
EMF is able to change oxidative phosphorylation in the mitochondria.
Cataract risk associated with non-thermal radiation.
Every grain of sand should communicate with every other grain of sand in the universe; Internet of Things
5G represents an unprecedented level of radiation in our environment that will be very difficult to escape.
Karl Maret MD, M.Eng spoke on “Challenges and Benefits of EMFs in Energy Medicine” and shared:
Energy medicine is either veritable energies (measurable) or putative energies (Qi).
Many prestigious institutions are interested in the human energy field or biofield.
Many healing frequencies have been discovered.
Sensitive coils can be used to measure emissions from the body.
FSM from Carolyn McMakin, DC is very effective in pain management; showed drops in cytokines in study on Fibromyalgia; more effective than drugs.
Electrical bone stimulators are used for treating non-union fractures.
Dr. William Rea wrote an early article on EMF sensitivity in 1991.
Proteins, fats, and salts all have water around them which forms a hydrogen bond that folds the 3D structure of the proteins.
99% of all molecules in the body are water molecules; 65-70% by weight
External fields can disturb healthy cellular equilibrium.
Communication in the body takes place through biophotons.
Structured water is important in quantum physics.
Many devices based on Tesla coils need/are worthy of further study.
Rife found what specific mechanisms could destroy microorganisms.
PEMF has many benefits and applications for health.
Laser light has many positive effects on the body.
Light therapy can be used to improve the brain for cognitive and emotional function.
We are primarily water beings and very sensitive to electromagnetic fields.
Dr. Ackerley talked about testing with EnviroBiomics. When these tests are positive, it is good information, but false negatives can occur leading to a false sense of security.
Dr. Symington was asked if turning down Wi-Fi power to 16% causes the devices to power up to connect more efficiently. Her response is that each environment needs to be measured to validate any changes.
Dr. Golomb suggested that under high oxidative stress, the body can become under-methylated. CEOs are often under-methylated; could be the result of impaired cell energy creating adrenaline and higher levels of productivity.
22% of EHS people had some form of electric shock like lightning strike, high voltage accidents, near fatal accident with DC current, and similar events.
Anthony B. Miller, MD, FRCP, FRCP (C), FFPH, FACE spoke on “Public Health Implications and Public Policy Review” and shared:
Beginning with WWII, exposure to RF has grown substantially over time.
2011 Working Group: limited evidence for carcinogenicity of RF in humans or animals. Overall “possibly carcinogenic”; group 2B.
Now, we believe RF causes cancer; based on several studies; 2 fold increase risk after 10+ years; 2-5 fold increase; 5 fold increase after 5+ years of use
RF may contribute to breast, brain, vestibular nerve, parotid, and salivary gland cancers.
Distance is your friend.
Nicholas Kardaras, PhD, LCSW spoke on “Glow Kids – How Screen Addiction is Hijacking Our Kids – And How to Break the Trance” and shared:
Pre-pandemic, every measure of mental health was the worst in history.
The tipping point is the digital age which leads to more depression, self-harm.
Human beings were not designed to be disconnected and staring at screens all day.
We have become a heads-down, text-neck society.
Effects of technology may be addiction, ADHD, aggression, anxiety, depression, and psychosis.
Screen time becomes a “digital drug”.
Tickles the dopamine reward loop. Eating and pro-creating spike dopamine to incentivize life-sustaining behaviors.
Video games raise dopamine with no benefit to humanity.
Food is 50% dopaminergic; sex 100%; video games 100%; cocaine 350%
Study showed lower brain development in children 3-5 years old if over an hour a day of screen time
Sharon Buccino, JD spoke on “The FCC’s Legal Duties: To Inform and Protect the Public” and shared:
FCC authorizes the use of the electromagnetic spectrum for wireless services.
They manage the allocation of specific portions of the spectrum, how they can be used, an auction to a company given rights to a specific portion of the spectrum, and deployment.
NEPA is the National Environmental Policy Act.
FCC established first RF guidelines in response to NEPA in 1985.
Elizabeth “Libby” Kelley, MHA spoke on “International EMF Scientists Call for Protection of Humankind and Nature” and shared:
EMF scientists call for precautionary measures to protect humankind and nature
Safety limits are much too high and are not protective.
WHO is not acting to protect humans from the impact of EMF on our bodies
We are part of a large human experiment without our informed consent.
Existing guidelines are obsolete in terms of long-term, low intensity exposures
2015 appeal: increased cancer risk, cellular stress, increased in free radicals, genetic damages, structural and functional changes of the reproductive system, learning and memory deficits, neurological disorders, and negative impacts on the general well-being in humans
WHO is failing to fulfill its role as the preeminent international public health agency.
The scientists want protection for children and pregnant women, guidelines and standards strengthened, manufactures encouraged to develop safer technology, minimizing ground current, public be fully informed about the risks and educated on mitigation, medical professionals be trained on how to treat, government to fund research and training, media to disclose financial ties, safe zones be created
Many scientists were unwilling to sign due to fear of retaliation
We are flying blind when it comes to healthy and safety of EMF exposures.
Theodora Scarato, MSW spoke on “International Governments Address the Health Issues Posed By Cell Phones, Wi-Fi, and 5G? A Review of International Policy” and shared:
CDC and FDA minimize any potential risks of cell phone use.
Mayor in Italy ordered suspension of 5G until there is proven safety data.
They have a number of flyers, step-by-step guides, and other resources.
Cell phones and wireless devices are not tested the way they are used with contact to the body.
Cecelia (Cece) Doucette, MA spoke on “U.S. State and Local Policy Review & Case Studies” and shared:
Look at the legal fine print of your devices; for iPhone, can be found under Settings->General->Legal & Regulatory->RF Exposure
Tells you to keep the device away from the body and use a hands-free option to avoid RF exposure
Conflicts of interest exist within the regulatory agencies.
Healthcare professionals carry weight when engaging with local advocates.
Doug Wood spoke on “Building a National Movement to Push Back Against 5G” and shared:
Americans for Responsible Technology
5G signal is a focused-beam technology; on-demand
5G will always be a combination of 5G and 4G (phone, texting, and some data)
5G waves do not travel as far as 4G which is why antennas need to be much closer.
5G does not penetrate well through walls, trees, or even rain.
We will all have involuntary exposure 24×7 in our own homes.
Up to a million new antennas will be deployed.
FCC has abdicated its responsibility to protect the public
Most insurance policies exclude RF radiation as a pollutant; encourage local governments to require telecom to provide that insurance.
The notion that non-ionizing RF radiation is harmless has been proven false.
Public opinion is the only thing that beats money.
We went from being consumers to “being consumed” according to Cece Doucette.
Theodora Scarato, MA mentioned that towers are often in higher density in lower income and black/brown areas.
Peter Sierck, CIEC, REA, EMRS, RFSO presented “Workshop: How to Test for Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) and Radiofrequency Radiation (RFR)” and shared:
Evaluate: AC magnetic, AC electric, Radiofrequency, Dirty Power
Magnetic is dependent on current flow through wiring.
Electric field is dependent on voltage being present.
Water in pipes is like AC magnetic when the water is running.
Water in the pipes when the faucet is off and water not running is electric.
RF has no pipe, no faucet; energy transmitted throughout the air.
Dirty power is other frequencies riding on the power and creating distortion in flow of water.
Lighting is important to consider as well given compact fluorescent and LED lights.
For instruments, explore: sensor, frequency range, single or multiple parameters, and detector type.
RMS detector often used; gives lower levels than peak detector.
Magnetic fields can only be measured when they come into the center of the coil; are directional; some meters are single, some are tripe direction; want 3 axis meter.
Different instruments use different units of measure; WaveControl EMF Calculator used to convert.
Frequency range should be listed on each meter.
Electric clock may have a motor and transformer; high fields but drop off quickly with distance.
Electric fields from unshielded electric wiring; humans contain a lot of water so touching the meter can affect the result as the field is going through the body and not a real representation of the field.
Radiofrequency testing first considers background levels outside to compare to. Devices need to be set to RF mode; when you conduct measurements, need to turn off your own cell phone.
Need to understand that a cell phone on the body is a significant source of RF exposure; a shielded bag can reduces exposure notably.
Dirty power or dirty electricity does not have a simple evaluation criteria; can use Stetzer and GreenWave meters. You can then plugin filters and measure the change.
How does dirty electricity impact the human when the measurement is done on the wire? Have to consider better ways to measure dirty electricity in the air.
In a bedroom, he does a 9 point evaluation for AC electric and AC magnetic fields.
In legal cases, recalibrating instruments may be important. In reality, devices are generally not recalibrated.
Dimmer switches: low/medium/high don’t produce dirty electricity but variable speed does; turning off power to the circuit will turn it off. Turning off the light will still have an electric field but no dirty electricity.
Some phones are still transmitting even when on airplane mode; have to look at the various antennas.
Dr. Havas mentioned that people with metal implants due feel ground currents heating their implants.
Targets: refer to European guidelines which breakdown by day, night, sensitive individuals.
Magnetic field – .1 to .5
Electric field – 5-20 are common readings at head of bed; try to reduce to below 1 volt/meter.
Shielding and cutoff devices are helpful strategies.
ENV RD-10 has electric, magnetic, and RF; has to be charged via a USB cable; does not give numbers, only ranges
Older Tri-Field meter is very popular; over-estimates 60 Hz magnetic field levels. Latest Tri-Field he likes a lot (give proper 60 Hz reading); can do electric, magnetic, and RF.
GQ EMF-390 has too many buttons and too many options; shows magnetic, electric, and RF at one time.
Extech shows magnetic, electric, and RF at one time.
LIUMY LM7001 measures electric and magnetic fields at same time.
Devices have advantages and disadvantages, different placement settings; need to find the one that you like.
Measuring the same things with several devices will often result in different readings; each is designed differently with different sensors.
Shielding – paint, copper mesh, aluminum foils; aluminum foils are vapor barriers and reflectors; can lead to condensation and mold problems. He likes a breathable shielding material made with copper-wire mesh.
Dr. Havas mentioned that people are exposed to dirty electricity; it does not stay near the wires.
Shielding 5G – the more solid the material, the better the shielding; Y-Shield paint works, copper mesh works. It is much easier to shield 5G than existing waves.
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