ELECTROPOLLUTION - the latest science reveals
a MECHANISM of HARM at the CELLULAR LEVEL
from an article by Dr
Sherrill Sellman, ND, published in NEXUS Magazine,
August - September 2007
... emerging science has discovered that the
problem with mobile phones does not come from power output (thermal effect) but rather from
the information piggybacking on the so-called "carrier wave" emitted from and received by the mobile
phone's antenna. This is called an "information-carrying radio wave" (ICRW). It is a
frequency that conveys specific packets of information allowing the transmission of various features of mobile
phones, e.g., voice, (and with cellphones) text, graphics, etc.12 Herein lies
the problem: this ICRW has a frequency that has never before existed in
nature; our cells are totally unfamiliar with it and perceive it as a dangerous foreign invader.
The latest research has clearly identified the
biological mechanisms of harm caused by ICRWs. We have special receptor sites, called "microtubules"
on our cell membranes which can sense frequencies. The receptor sites interpret the ICRW as an unknown,
threatening energy. Instantaneously the cell membrane will go into a protective
lock-down mode. This means that nutrients cannot get into the cell and
toxins and waste products cannot get out. It also means that vital cell-to-cell communication is lost.13
This effect is immediate and lasts for as long as a person is exposed
to the ICRW's. The longer this condition persists, biological damage occurs -
often resulting in free radical damage, genetic mutation, loss of cellular energy, premature aging, and,
ultimately, degenerative disease.
Power lines, transmitters, electrical wiring and appliances create
both electric and magnetic fields - invisible lines of force that surround any electrical device. Our love
affair with all things electrical means that we are now living in a dense sea of electromagnetic energy waves,
called electromagnetic radiation (EMR), which are estimated to be 100-200 million times greater in prevalence
than a hundred years ago!
Compounding the problem is the explosion of wireless technology such
as cellphones (mobile phones), Bluetooth, PDAs (personal digital assistants), Wireless Internet, WiFi (wireless
fidelity, which allows for internet access in airports, hotels, coffee shops and schools, etc.) and powerful
microwave-emitting towers that are required for transmission. This pervasive wireless world emits a
particular spectrum of electromagnetic radiation that has its own damaging effects on living systems.
Electromagnetic radiation from cellphones, towers and electrical
appliances, as well as new wireless technologies, is causing new stresses on our health by disrupting
intercellular communication and in some cases triggering cancer.
A growing body of scientific research acknowledges that, presently,
the greatest threat to our health and well-being (and to that of all life-forms) is an insidious, all-pervasive
and invisible form of pollution called "electropollution". Many health issues have been linked
to EMR exposure, including various cancers (especially brain, eye, ear and leukaemia,), miscarriages,
birth defects, chronic fatigue syndrome, headaches, chronic stress, nausea and heart problems, autism, learning
disabilities, insomnia and Alzheimer's disease.
Whatever your thoughts may be about living in this high-tech world,
this technology poses serious health threats to us all. Robert Becker, MD - author of "Cross
Currents: The Perils of Electropollution",1 medical researcher, expert on electromagnetic
radiation and twice Nobel Prize nominee - is very concerned about electropollution: "I have no doubt in my
mind that at the present time, the greatest polluting element in the earth's environment is the proliferation of
electromagnetic fields. I consider that to be far greater, on a global scale than warming ... and the
increase in chemical elements in the environment." 1, 2
Anatomy of Electropollution
The 100 trillion cells of the human body communicate with each other
by subtle, low-frequency electromagnetic signals as well as through biochemical reactions. These signal
pathways carry the information that becomes translated into all the biochemical and physiological processes of
the body. Continuous exposure to electromagnetic radiation can drastically distort and disrupt these
cellular communication pathways, resulting in abnormal cellular metabolism and, ultimately, disease.
Electropollution-induced biological stress profoundly compromises
normal physiology and intercellular communication. Imagine the chaos that results when communication systems go
down in a city.
In the body, on a cellular level, similar chaos is created when
normal processes shut down and intercellular communication is disrupted. Cell function deteriorates, cell
membranes harden, nutrients can't get in and toxins can't get out. The breakdown of healthy cellular
processes leads to biological chaos in our bodies.
Hundreds of studies have shown the harmful effects of EMR on the
immune system,3 enzyme synthesis,4 the nervous system,5
learning, moods and behavioural patterns.6 All aspects of life at the molecular,
cellular, biochemical and physiological levels can potentially be damaged by EMR exposure.
Cellphones and Near Field Radiation
We now know that a very dangerous and specific form of EMR affecting
the functioning of the brain and body is the information-carrying signal that is emitted from the cellphone's
antenna, known as a "near-field plume". (Note that in newer cellphones, the antenna may be
hidden and not be visible to the user; nonetheless, the near-field radiation is still a health issue.) The
near-field radiation emanates outwards about 15-18 centimetres [approx. 6-7 inches] from the antenna in all
directions. It is the result of a burst of power required to carry a radio signal to a base station that
may be many kilometres away. Whenever we activate the phone to send or receive, whether it is held against
the head, clipped to a belt or kept in a pocket, we are being exposed to dangerous information-carrying waves in
the near field radiation plume.
The latest research shows that background radiation from the many
EMR-emitting electrical appliances as well as the explosion of wireless hot-spots equals the density of the
information-carrying waves emitted from the near-field. This means that there is danger not only close to
the cellphone antenna, but also now in the general environment to which we are exposed every day.7
Although the wireless technology industry and some governmental
agencies continue to assure the public of the safety of cellphones (which is very reminiscent of the tobacco
industry), the truth is that recent scientific evidence has revealed an emerging pattern of severe health
problems caused from exposure to near-field radiation. Cellphones are anything but safe and harmless. Some of
the specific biological problems include disruption to the blood-brain barrier, genetic damage, breakdown in
cell-to-cell communication and increase in the risk of cancers.8
The blood-brain barrier is a special filter in the blood vessels of
the brain that keeps dangerous chemicals from reaching sensitive brain tissue and causing DNA to break.
Near-field radiation is able to open up the blood-brain barrier, allowing damaging toxic chemicals a free ride
into the brain tissue.
Near-field radiation also contributes to DNA damage. Many studies
have found micronuclei (fragments of DNA with a surrounding membrane and with no physiological purpose) in the
blood of people who use cellphones. Micronuclei result from a breakdown of the cell's ability to repair
itself, and they indicate genetic damage. If the brain cells become unable to repair the themselves, then
tumours could develop.9
More troubling is the fact that the presence of micronuclei can also
indicate other health issues, e.g. compromised immunity, sleep disturbances, attention deficient disorders,
autism and Alzheimer's disease. Since the body's master glands (pituitary, hypothalamus, pineal) are located
within the brain, massive disturbances to the hormonal signalling capacities may potentially be generated for
continual cellphone use.
Then there's the electrical circuitry from cellphones, which generate
a competing energy that interferes with one's own biofield, or energy field. This kind of pervasive, or ambient,
EMR compromises many physiological processes. When a cellphone is clipped onto the belt or kept in a pant
pocket, this ambient field most powerfully affects the tissues and organs that it is closest to, particularly in
the pelvic area. Two studies have already shown a 30 per cent reduction in sperm count in male mobile
phone users. As more women chip their cellphone to their belts female reproductive organs may also be at
A word of caution also needs to be mentioned about the dangers caused
by ambient radiation from headsets. It is now acknowledged that headsets, far from being protective, can
actually increase radiation emissions into the brain by as much as 300 per cent. Bluetooth technology is
especially dangerous. The only safe headset to use is a hollow air-tube headset.
Cellphones, Cell Membranes and Carrier Waves
In recent years, exposure to radio frequencies emitted from
cellphones and wireless communication devices has taken centre stage, implicated as causing serious
physiological to damage cells.
Initially the wireless technology industry and the US government did
not consider radio frequencies from cellphones to be a health risk. Despite massive evidence to the
contrary, the industry still maintains that position. In the early days of this technology, it was
believed that only a thermal effect, the heating of tissues (such as what occurs with a microwave oven),
resulted in damage to tissues. Since cellphones do not have enough power to heat tissue, the US government
did not require any studies to be done to investigate tile potential health problems.
However, emerging science has discovered that the
problem with cellphones does not come from power output (thermal effect) but rather from
the information piggybacking on the so-called "carrier wave" emitted from and received by the
cellphone's antenna. This is called an "information-carrying radio wave" (ICRW). It is a
frequency that conveys specific packets of information allowing the transmission of various features of
cellphones, e.g., voice, text, graphics, etc.12 Herein lies the problem: this
ICRW has a frequency that has never before existed in nature; our cells are totally unfamiliar with it and
perceive it as a dangerous foreign invader.
The latest research has clearly identified the
biological mechanisms of harm caused by ICRWs.
We have special receptor sites, called
"microtubules" on our cell membranes which can sense frequencies. The receptor sites interpret
the ICRW as an unknown, threatening energy. Instantaneously the cell membrane will go into a protective
lock-down mode. This means that nutrients cannot get into the cell and toxins and waste products cannot
get out. It also means that vital cell-to-cell communication is lost.13
This effect is immediate and lasts for as long as a person is exposed
to the ICRW's. The longer this condition persists, biological damage
occurs - often resulting in free radical damage, genetic mutation, loss of cellular energy, premature aging,
and, ultimately, degenerative disease.
If anyone should know about the harmful effects of cellphones and
wireless technology it is George Carlo, MD, PhD, author of Cell Phones: hwisible Hazards in the Wireless
Age. A respected medical professor of epidemiology, Dr Carlo was hired by the Cellular Telecommunications
Industry Association (CTIA) as the chief research scientist to lead a US$28m (million), six-year research
program investigating the potential harmful effects of cellphones. The CTIA was confident that no health
effects would be found. However, Dr Carlo and a team of 200 research scientists his WTR (Wireless
Technology Research) called on, found otherwise. Upon presentation to the CTIA of his findings he was
summarily fired and the damaging results were shelved. Dr Carlo has gone on to become one of the most
reputable and vocal critics of the wireless technology industry and one of the world's leading experts on
According to Dr Carlo: "We understand that these
information-carrying radio waves trigger protein membrane responses at the cell membrane level, leading to
disruption of intercellular communication and build-up of free radicals inside the cell. This mechanism
understanding is very important because it now explains the wide diversity of symptoms that we are seeing in
patients who am reporting electrohypersensitivity and also other conditions such as headaches and unexplained
anxiety that henceforth ... we'll know will be associated with these information-carrying radio waves."14
Imagine what happens to the functioning of a cell if it can't receive
vital nutrients, eliminate waste products or communicate properly with other cells: complete havoc on a cellular
Since we are surrounded by cellphone towers and users, it has become
virtually impossible to escape continuous and unrelenting exposure to ICRWs and ongoing ham to our physiological
Increasing Risks from Wireless Technology
The Mobile Telephone Health Concerns Registry is a non-profit
organisation created to gather information about health effects from cellphones.15
Previously, complaints were about health problems caused by cellphones. In the past 2 years, however, most
complaints have to do with ambient (background) ICRWs information-carrying radio waves coming from a vast
variety of wireless sources. The strength of these ambient ICRWs is approaching the intensity of the radio
frequencies emitted by cellphones.
What does this mean? It means that whether or not you choose to
have a cellphone, the proliferation of wireless technology is exposing you and your children to dangerous
radiation that instantaneously damages your cells and alters all physiological processes. There is nowhere to
hide any more.
Dr Carlo has profound insight into the unprecedented public health
disaster brewing from an increasingly wireless world.
"Scientific studies continue to accumulate
showing that information-carrying radio waves from mobile phones and other wireless devices, now used by more
than 3 billion people worldwide, are dangerous.
The mobile phone industry has not addressed the problem; governments around the world continue to be burdened by
entanglements with the industry that renders them unable to protect consumers.
Emerging science shows links to conditions ranging from learning and spectrum disorders to cancer. If
unabated, the brunt of the disease burden will continue to be borne by our children and grandchildren.16
The bad news is that we face an unprecedented public health
disaster. The good news is that there are effective, scientifically validated, preventative interventions.
Here are some other effects of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) that
are of concern.
EMR and Stress Hormones
Exposure to high levels of EMR also increases the level of
adrenaline, the flight or fight hormone, released from the adrenal glands. B. Blake Levitt, author of
Electrical Fields, states: "Prolonged chronic stress is detrimental to every anatomical system, including
the reproductive one. Subliminal stress may affect fertility and elevate blood pressure, which can head to
heart disease and stroke, as well as suppress immune function … even short EMR exposures, like the use of a
cordless phone on and off throughout the day, could cause spikes in such hormone levels." 17
The other stress hormone is cortisol, which affects long-term stress
response. Also produced by the adrenals, cortisol is involved in glucose metabolism, blood pressure
regulation, insulin release, inflammatory response, hormone balance and immune system function. The cortisol
level also influences energy and memory. It should come as no surprise that EMR exposure has been found to
cause increased serum cortisol.18, 19
EMR, Melatonin Suppression and Cancer
Our modern lifestyle poses many threats to optimal endocrine
function. Stress, toxicity, poor-quality food, sleep deprivation and pharmaceutical medications are all
known hormone disruptors. However, there is one particular kind of hormone disruptor that has been
seriously overlooked: electromagnetic radiation.
Perhaps one of the most serious consequences of EMR exposure is its
effect on our hormonal systems. Embedded deep within the brain is a light-sensitive endocrine gland, the
pineal gland, which is about the size of a pea. Since ancient times, the pineal gland has been associated
with the mystical all-seeing "third eye". Once dismissed as a useless gland, the pineal, which
in fact is a light-sensitive organ, is now considered to be one of the most significant glands in the body.
The pineal gland is the primary source of the hormone
melatonin. Discovered 50 years ago, melatonin is now hailed as a miraculous hormone, regulating many key
functions of human growth and health and providing powerful anticancer protection. Melatonin is produced
about 90 minutes after one falls asleep. Studies have shown that blood concentrations of the hormone rise
after dark from low daytime values and usually peak in the middle of the night. Because the pineal gland
responds to signals transmitted by the optic nerves, bombarding a person's eyes with bright light during the
night can erase the usual nocturnal melatonin surge and lower the overall melatonin production for the
day. Artificial light during sleep has a far more depressive effect than natural light.
Researchers are increasingly surprised at the extent of the
physiological processes that are either controlled or influenced by melatonin. It regulates our circadian
rhythms governing our waking/sleeping cycle and is one of tile most efficient destroyers of free radicals,
thereby ensuring that DNA synthesis and cell division occur. Melatonin not only inhibits the release of
oestrogen but also actually suppresses the development of breast cancer.20
Melatonin's other anticancer property is its ability to increase the
cytotoxicity of the immune system's killer lymphocytes. It is even able to enhance the immune system and
counteract stress-induced immunosuppression. Melatonin's breast cancer fighting ability also addresses two
other threats that can increase cell division in the breast: the hormone prolactin, and the hormone known as
epidermal growth factor".
Melatonin also enhances the tumour-fighting power of vitamin D and
increases this vitamin's ability to stop tumour growth. In fact, it makes vitamin D's tumour-fighting
ability 20 to 100 times stronger. In addition, melatonin acts as an aromatase inhibitor, a powerful
protection against oestrogen-dependent cancers.21
Needless to say, it is vital to ensure the body's ability to produce
regular and adequate levels of melatonin on a daily basis. Unfortunately, sleeping in a room surrounded by
all our favourite devices - cordless phone, cellphone, digital clock, CD/radio player, computer and TV - can
seriously suppress our nightly melatonin production.
Suppression of melatonin by the pineal gland has been suggested as a
pathway for EMR's deleterious effects on health.
In 2001, Dr Masami Ishido and colleagues at Japan's National
Institute for Environmental Studies showed that breast cancer cells treated with melatonin would resume growing
when exposed to power-frequency EMR.22 They found that magnetic fields disrupted the
cells' signalling system - their internal communications network, which determines how they respond to their
environment. In the process, Dr Ishido et al. also challenged one of the central tenets of mainstream
toxicology: less is better and more is worse. The EMR effect he observed at 12 milligauss (mG) was pretty
much the same as the one he saw when he used a field 100 times higher - at one gauss (1 G). Dr Ishido found
indications that the effect was even stronger at the lower EMF dose than the higher one.23
This mechanism has helped to explain why reduced melatonin levels from EMR has been shown to cause a number of
cancers including breast, prostate, colorectal, melanoma, ovarian malignancies and childhood leukaemia.
It is now known that melatonin suppression occurs at frequencies not
far above those of the common household ranges of 50 hertz (Hz) (e.g., in Australia and New Zealand) and 60
hertz (e.g. in USA). If you sleep next to a cordless phone base station and/or digital clock, or have
faulty electrical wiring, there'll be enough continuous EMR exposure to suppress night-time melatonin
The connection between breast cancer and EMR continues to
strengthen. Dr Patricia Coogan and colleagues at the Boston University of Public Health reported a 43 per
cent increased risk in women with a high likelihood of occupational exposure to magnetic fields, such as those
given off by mainframe computers.24 In fact, women who work in electrical jobs,
including electricians, telephone installers, power line workers and electrical engineers have been shown to
have a greater risk of dying from breast cancer. This increased incidence has been directly linked to the
suppression of melatonin by EMR.
And it's not just women who should be concerned about EMR's causal
link to breast cancer. In five studies, elevated EMR has been implicated in an increased incidence of male
breast cancer. Men who worked as telephone linemen, in switching stations and in the utilities industry
were found to have as much as a six fold increase in breast cancer compared with the general male population.25
About the Author
Sherrill Sellman, ND - a naturopathic doctor, psychotherapist,
international lecture, radio host, writer and Certified Electromagnetic Radiation Safety Advisor (CERSA).
She is the author of the best-selling books "Hormone
Heresy - What Women MUST Know About Their Hormones" (GetWell International, 1996, 2001 4th ed.) and
"What Women MUST Know To Protect Their Daughters From Breast Cancer" (GetWell
International, 2003). Her website is http://www.whatwomenmustknow.com
Sherrill Sellman was recently in New Zealand - 2 - 8 November 2007
giving free public talks about her research and these latest scientific findings about real Mechanisms of
Harm from EMR and ICRWs.
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