Friday, November 08, 2013

Rodney Palmer - Safety Code 6 - Presentation to the Royal Society of Canada

Rodney Palmer - Safety Code 6 - Presentation to the Royal Society of Canada

New French documentary: Mobile phones and harmfulness or "the manufacture of falsehood"

New French documentary: Mobile phones and harmfulness or "the manufacture of falsehood"

Internet translation by Babylon with a tidyup

With their documentary Mobile phones and harmfulness or “the manufacture of falsehood”, the journalist Nancy of Meritens and the filmmaker Jean Hêches show how the mobile phone industry creates doubt on the harmfulness of their product.

Dangerous or not, the waves of mobile phones, antennas relay, wireless phones, Wi-Fi , 3G and 4G?

When Breitenbach valley (Munster) residents refused an antenna near their homes, the mayor assured his countrymen that there was no problem in view of the formal research. The village doctor has documented however that “the waves can alter the functioning of cells, induce cancers,” which he explained to the villagers.

Among them, Jean Hèches a documentary filmmaker, wondered “why so much controversy”? To find out why, he set to work with journalist Nancy Meritens. For two years they recorded scientific conferences , interviewed many experts in France , Germany, Switzerland , Sweden, decrypted and verified masses of information . A long investigative work that allows them to explain ” the defense strategy of products” already used by the tobacco industry , asbestos … They show how public health agencies and the WHO ( World Health Organization health ) are infiltrated by “scientific mercenaries” paid by the industry to demonstrate that there is no risk , “to fabricate lies ” to denigrate studies that interfere to produce ” studies designed to do find anything ” …

In Sweden they have testimony from a couple of electrosensitives, a former engineer of the mobile industry and his wife suffering to the point of not being able to live in the city . “Sweden has fifteen years ahead of France in the implementation of these new technologies. Electrosmog is permanent , they said. This will probably be the next big public health scandal because everyone is exposed. It is important that each user takes precautions to be taught to young people to use these techniques with sense. ”

See “waves , science and intrigue”, at national premiere at the opening of the film festival, Wednesday, November 6 to 19 h 30 , living cultural complex CAP – up Blue Devils in Saint -Amarin , debate with Nancy Meritens journalist .

Read the post here.

Wireless radiation safety hearing criticized

Wireless radiation safety hearing criticized

Expert panel from Royal Society of Canada reviewing updates to Health Canada guidelines

CBC News Posted: Oct 28, 2013 4:36 PM ET Last Updated: Oct 28, 2013 4:36 PM ET

An expert panel reviewing updates to Canadian safety guidelines for wireless devices heard from members of the public at a hearingMonday, including a group that accuses Health Canada of interfering with the process.

“I think the process is fundamentally flawed,” said Frank Clegg, CEO of Canadians for Safe Technology, at a news conference Monday, after addressing an expert panel of the Royal Society of Canada at an all-day public hearing in Ottawa.

The Royal Society’s expert panel is reviewing recent updates to Health Canada’s Safety Code 6 guidelines at the government’s request to ensure that they protect the public from the potential health effects of radio waves from wireless devices such as smartphones, tablets, Wi-Fi routers and cellphone towers

Aside from the public hearing this week, the expert panel will be largely relying on the scientific literature when recommending to Health Canada whether changes should be made to Safety Code 6, said Royal Society spokesman Russel MacDonald. It will also be accepting written comments until the end of the week.

Health Canada accused of interference

Clegg, former president of Microsoft Canada, was among 35 people scheduled to speak in person or by videoconference at the public hearing.

At the news conference, Clegg accused Health Canada of not being open and transparent about the review process. His group has posted online documentation from Health Canada that includes suggestions for what kinds of experts should be on the expert panel and a list of questions to be addressed in the report, which are blacked out in the copy released under the Access to Information Act.

“In my opinion, they prove that there’s interference,” he said. “They do not allow the Royal Society to truly work on their own, independently.”

His group wants Health Canada to adopt lower exposure limits for radio frequency, citing lower limits in countries such as Switzerland, Italy, France, China and Russia. The group is lobbying on behalf of people who say they are highly sensitive to radio waves. It is asking Health Canada to acknowledge that their “electrosensitivity” exists and put in place a process to “receive and respond to reports of adverse reactions” to wireless devices.
On a website about its previous review in 1999, the Royal Society noted that the use of wireless devices has increased dramatically. It added that while the radio frequency fields used for communications devices are typically very low, such fields “can be hazardous at sufficiently high exposure levels,” as shown by their ability to heat food in a microwave oven.

The code applies only to federal employees and federally operated devices, but is also used by Industry Canada as a basis for its licensing agreements with telecommunications providers.

According to Health Canada, the guidelines were first published in 1979. They were most recently revised in 1999, when they were previously reviewed by the Royal Society, and in 2009.

The public hearing had previously been scheduled for July. However, the Royal Society announced at the end of June that it would be postponed due to “a large outpouring of interest in this event.”

Around that time, the Royal Society had also confirmed it had received comments about potential conflicts of interest affecting several members of the expert panel, and in July, the chair of the panel Daniel Krewski, had stepped down amid the accusations.
In September, the society announced a new chair, Paul Demers, director of the Cancer Care Ontario’s Occupational Cancer Research Centre and scientific director of Carex Canada, a workplace and environmental carcinogen surveillance program based at the University of British Columbia. The society also announced two new members of the panel to replace members who had left due to “family reasons and academic commitments.”

Newstalk 770 - Kingkade & Kelly with Frank Clegg

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RCI Interview - Wojtek Gwiazda and Frank Clegg

News 91.9 - Tyler McLean and Frank Clegg

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From Marg Friesen:
Health Canada’s process to update safety code on radiation by wireless devices needs a reboot

It is time for Health Minister Rona Ambrose to reboot the whole process around updating Safety Code 6. The proceedings with the Royal Society Expert Panel should be put on hold.

the Hill Times
Published: Monday, 11/04/2013 12:00 am EST
Health Canada is in the midst of a process to update Safety Code 6 (SC6). This obscure piece of regulation affects the health of every Canadian and is currently being corrupted by Health Canada. Here’s why: 
The government regulation is highly controversial and the Royal Society of Canada has been selected to review it, but Health Canada is interfering in the Royal Society’s independent review.
SC6 sets the upper limit for the radiation emitted from wireless devices. SC6 is the document that provincial governments depend on when placing smart meters on our residences and businesses and when installing Wi-Fi in our children’s schools. 
Telecommunications companies use SC6 as the upper radiation limit in their placement of cell towers and antennae. SC6 dictates the limit for manufacturers of baby monitors, game consoles, tablets and other wireless devices. As we continue to expand the number of wireless devices we use and are exposed to and the length of time we use them, Safety Code 6 is a very critical limit. Canadians need to be able to trust it.
On Oct. 28, 2013, the Royal Society of Canada Expert Panel on Safety Code 6 held public consultations. The review of the expert panel is the next step in Health Canada’s latest update of Safety Code 6.
In addition, on Oct. 28, C4ST (Citizens for Safe Technology) published documents we feel prove that Health Canada is interfering with the independence of the expert panel and manipulating its findings. The documents, obtained under Access to Information, include a memo from Health Canada to the Royal Society, suggesting certain panel members be included in this “independent” review. They also show suggested questions the panel should ask. This makes the review far from “independent.”
On Oct. 28, the Royal Society heard submissions from individuals across Canada who have become debilitated by wireless radiation, but it may be a wasted effort. 
Health Canada has kept secret the Royal Society’s mandate for this review. This “public” review of a “public” document to be held in a “public” process is being handled almost entirely in secret. Even the criterion by which Health Canada selects the science it relies on is not being made public. Its “weight of evidence” process which Health Canada continually claims allows government employees to dismiss scientific papers that show cellphones and other wireless devices cause harm, is also part of the running secret. Standard scientific practice is that the criteria for “weight of evidence” are published, now. 
SC6 has not had any significant changes since the 1980s, before smart phones and tablets were even invented. SC6 is based on 6 minutes of exposure. Not only is average cell phone use far longer than six minutes, exposure to cell towers, smart meters and Wi-Fi is hours in length for days on end. SC6 does nothing to acknowledge the particular vulnerability of children. Studies show that while penetration into an adult skull from radiation is about 10 per cent, it reaches 70 per cent in a five-year-old child. China, Russia, Italy and Switzerland already have safety limits 100 times safer than Canada. As long as Safety Code 6 remains rooted in 1980, more Canadians will continue to develop headaches, nausea, vertigo, neurological disorders, and possibly according to the World Health Organization—cancer.
It is time for Health Minister Rona Ambrose to reboot the whole process around updating Safety Code 6. The proceedings with the Royal Society Expert Panel should be put on hold. The minister should instruct her department to run a proper evaluation that follows an open and transparent process of scientific research and evaluation based on international procedures. When the Royal Society is then engaged, give them the mandate and the resources to do a proper evaluation. Canadians deserve, and expect, no less. 
Frank Clegg is CEO of Canadians for Safe Technology (C4ST) and corporate chairman of Navantis Inc.
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Thursday, November 07, 2013

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Ondes : une commune des Hautes-Alpes veut créer la première zone blanche de France

Ondes : une commune des Hautes-Alpes veut créer la première zone blanche de France

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Une petite commune des Hautes-Alpes, soutenue par la députée européenne d'Europe Ecologie-Les Verts Michèle Rivasi, a annoncé, mercredi 30 octobre, son souhait de créer la première zone blanche de France, afin d'accueillir des personnes se disant hypersensibles aux ondes électromagnétiques.

Située à Saint-Julien-en-Beauchêne, la zone à "très faible rayonnement électromagnétique", selon une étude de la Commission de recherche et d'information indépendantes sur les rayonnements électromagnétiques (Criirem), pourrait accueillir une trentaine de personnes pour une durée limitée. Installé au pied d'une montagne et entouré de champs, ce centre ferait l'objet d'un suivi médical et permettrait à "des personnes exclues, victimes de discriminations, de se ressourcer", a expliqué Michèle Rivasi.
La possible hypersensibilité de personnes aux champs électromagnétiques fait débat. Le 15 octobre, l'Agence nationale sanitaire (Anses) a en effet estimé que le risque d'exposition aux ondes électromagnétiques pouvait provoquer des modifications biologiques sur le corps, mais que les données scientifiques disponibles ne montraient pas "d'effet avéré" sur la santé.
Lire notre  compte rendu du rapport de l'Anses sur les ondes électromagnétiques
Au stade du projet, le site – qui nécessite des aménagements importants, notamment l'enfouissement d'une ligne électrique et d'un transformateur, ainsi que l'installation d'un chauffage au gaz pour les personnes intolérantes aux émissions d'ondes électriques –, pourrait voir le jour dans deux ou trois ans, a estimé l'eurodéputée.
"Ce projet pourra voir le jour que si l'Etat nous soutient, or il fait tout pour que les zones blanches n'existent pas car ce serait alors reconnaître qu'il existe un problème avec ces ondes, a réagi Philippe Tribaudeau, président de l'association Une Terre pour les EHS (électro-hypersensibles), qui compte quelque 160 adhérents. Il faudra arracher la zone blanche à l'Etat. Le temps politique prend plusieurs années, mais nous c'est tous les jours que nous avons des appels de personnes hypersensibles."
Un test en présence de personnes dites électro-hypersensensibles devrait avoirlieu en fin d'année afin de valider le projet. En 2011, deux femmes avaient trouvé refuge dans une grotte de la commune afin "d'échapper" aux ondes.

Un espace sans ondes pour les électro hypersensibles

Un espace sans ondes pour les électro hypersensibles

Les mesures effectuées ces derniers jours montrent que la chartreuse de Durbon est une zone avec très peu d’ondes. Hier, Michèle Rivasi (au centre en rouge) accompagnée de diverses personnalités politiques, de Pierre Le Ruz, du maire Jean-Claude Gast, mais aussi de représentants de l’association Une terre pour les EHS, a fait visiter le site de ce qui pourrait être la future zone blanche.
Les mesures effectuées ces derniers jours montrent que la chartreuse de Durbon est une zone avec très peu d’ondes. Hier, Michèle Rivasi (au centre en rouge) accompagnée de diverses personnalités politiques, de Pierre Le Ruz, du maire Jean-Claude Gast, mais aussi de représentants de l’association Une terre pour les EHS, a fait visiter le site de ce qui pourrait être la future zone blanche.

« On est dans des conditions qui ne sont pas complétement parfaites, mais assez idéales et très propices à la mise en place de quelque chose ». Pierre Le Ruz, président du Criirem (centre de recherche et d’information indépendantes sur les rayonnements magnétiques) est plutôt satisfait. Depuis mardi, il a effectué nombre de mesures sur le site de la chartreuse de Durbon. Là où la députée européenne Europe Écologie Les Verts Michèle Rivasi souhaite implanter une zone blanche destinée aux personnes électro hypersensibles (EHS). « C’est un projet très important. Aucune zone blanche n’existe en France, voire en Europe, or il y a de plus en plus de personnes EHS » a expliqué, hier, la députée européenne, lors d’une conférence de presse pour présenter le projet.

« Des personnes en grande souffrance »

Le choix de la commune de Saint-Julien-en-Beauchêne ne s’est pas fait par hasard. C’est ici, mais dans un autre hameau, que deux personnes EHS sont venues se réfugier dans une grotte en 2011, pour échapper aux ondes qui pourrissent leur vie. « En tant qu’élu, mais aussi en tant qu’humain, ça m’a interpellé. J’ai rencontré des personnes en grande souffrance. Il m’a semblé important de chercher des endroits où elles pourront vivre » explique Jean-Claude Gast, le maire de Saint-Julien. Il pense alors à Durbon où la Caisse d’allocations familiales de Marseille a trois sites destinés à accueillir des enfants. L’un d’eux, celui de la Chartreuse, est fermé depuis trois ans car il n’est plus aux normes.
La Caf se dit prête à partager ces locaux. L’idée est d’en faire non seulement un lieu d’accueil, mais aussi de suivi médical : « Un site où on peut se ressourcer pendant un certain temps. Et où on puisse aussi arriver à mieux comprendre et diminuer cette souffrance ».
Grâce au conseil régional qui a financé 80 % de l’étude, des mesures ont donc été prises sur le site pour vérifier que l’endroit est exempt d’ondes. Les résultats sont plutôt prometteurs, même si une ligne électrique et un transformateur doivent être enterrés.
L’étape suivante sera d’amener des personnes électro hypersensibles sur les lieux « pour voir comment elles se sentent sur ce site. Nous ne pouvons pas nous engager si elles se sentent mal » insiste Michèle Rivasi. Puis, il faudra réunir tous les financeurs pour concrétiser le projet. Pour la députée européenne, « l’important est d’avancer à petits pas, mais en collectif ».

« Sans la volonté de l’État, cette zone ne verra pas le jour »

Philippe Tribaudeau, le président de l’association Une terre pour les EHS, qui réunit parmi plusieurs centaines d’adhérents 184 EHS, en est convaincu : « Un projet comme ici, c’est génial. Une zone comme cela, on peut la blanchir. Mais il faut être conscient que sans la volonté de l’État cette zone ne verra pas le jour. Il faut qu’il reconnaisse qu’il y a un problème avec les ondes. Et c’est à lui de dire aux opérateurs qu’il n’y a pas d’obligation pour que l’ensemble de la planète soit couvert ».

Un nouveau pas vers une zone blanche pour les électrohypersensibles

Un nouveau pas vers une zone blanche pour les électrohypersensibles

Le site de la chartreuse de Durbon appartient à une vaste propriété de la Caf de Marseille. La chartreuse comprend un bâtiment central et deux chalets qu’il faudra rénover. Le site se trouve à plusieurs kilomètres du village de Saint-Julien-en-Beauchêne séparé de lui par une colline. Cela permettrait donc à la commune d’accueillir ce projet sans priver ses habitants du wifi ou de la téléphonie mobile.
Le site de la chartreuse de Durbon appartient à une vaste propriété de la Caf de Marseille. La chartreuse comprend un bâtiment central et deux chalets qu’il faudra rénover. Le site se trouve à plusieurs kilomètres du village de Saint-Julien-en-Beauchêne séparé de lui par une colline. Cela permettrait donc à la commune d’accueillir ce projet sans priver ses habitants du wifi ou de la téléphonie mobile.

Ils ne supportent pas les champs électromagnétiques au point de se terrer pour s’en protéger. Ils souffrent de maux de tête, de ventre, développent une sensibilité déchirante. Les électrohypersensibles (EHS) ne sont plus des inconnus aux yeux de la société et des médias, ils n’en restent pas moins esseulés et sans refuge.
Un abri, voilà ce que l’eurodéputée d’Europe écologie-Les Verts, Michèle Rivasi, souhaite réaliser sur le site de la chartreuse de Durbon, à Saint-Julien-en-Beauchêne. Pour l’heure, le projet n’a pas dépassé le stade de l’idée.

« Un travail de collaboration »

Il aura fallu un an pour que soit réalisée une étude d’impact sur la pollution magnétique résiduelle du lieu. Les relevés sont en cours depuis hier.
L’autre avancée du dossier est de voir arriver plusieurs interlocuteurs autour de la table ; notamment la Caisse d’allocation familiale des Bouches-du-Rhône (Caf), propriétaire du site. « Je veux vraiment que ce soit collaboratif », insiste l’élue verte qui réunit aujourd’hui outre la Caf, la vice-présidente de la Région en charge de la santé, Anne-Marie Hautant, le maire, Jean-Claude Gast, et des membres de l’association Une Terre pour les EHS – « ils nous diront s’ils supporteraient de vivre là ».

« Montrer que des gens se bougent pour les électrosensibles »

Aujourd’hui, donc, on saura si le site est vivable pour les personnes concernées et si le propriétaire veut collaborer. « La conférence de presse [en début d’après-midi, NDLR] servira aussi à montrer à l’Anses [Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire de l’alimentation, de l’environnement et du travail] que des gens se bougent, que c’est collectif et de haut niveau », annonce Michèle Rivasi.

Le projet : un abri pour les EHS et un lieu d’étude

Car l’eurodéputée et le maire de la commune voudraient concrétiser un projet ambitieux. « Si vraiment la Caf est d’accord, l’idéal serait d’installer un accueil, mais aussi un accompagnement médical et un lieu de recherche », avance Jean-Claude Gast. « Mais il faut qu’il y ait une volonté politique de notre pays. D’autres États reconnaissent le problème, il ne faudrait pas qu’on passe à côté. »
Combien de personnes accueillies ? Combien de temps ? Tout reste à définir jusqu’à l’entité qui pilotera l’éventuel projet.
L’eurodéputée imagine la création d’une société coopérative d’intérêt collectif (Scic) « avec des collectivités, des élus, des associations, des scientifiques… », énumère Michèle Rivasi. « Quelque chose de haut de gamme. » Un projet qui avance sûrement mais lentement.

Zone Blanche : un droit vital pour les électrosensibles

Zone Blanche : un droit vital pour les électrosensibles

Association nationale Une terre pour les EHS

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Projet Zone Blanche de Durbon

Nous avons participé, ce mercredi 30 octobre 2013, à une réunion sur le site de Durbon situé dans le département des Hautes-Alpes. Cet endroit a été choisi pour créer la première « zone blanche » expérimentale de France.

Étaient présents Mme Michèle Rivasi députée européenne EELV (pilote du projet), Mme Anne-Marie Hautant vice-présidente en charge de la santé du Conseil Régional de PACA, M Jean-Claude Gast maire de St Julien-en-Beauchêne, le Pr Pierre Le Ruz du CRIIREM et une représentante de la CAF des Bouches-du-Rhône propriétaire des lieux.

Cette rencontre était la première étape concrète du projet avec la campagne de mesures effectuée par le CRIIREM.

Cette journée, nous a permis de nous rendre compte de la complexité d'un tel projet. En effet, pour créer un lieu de vie destiné à l'ensemble des catégories de personnes électrohypersensibles, tout est à repenser.

La prochaine étape sera un test du lieu par un groupe de personnes E.H.S.

Durant ce test, l'électricité sera coupée sur l'ensemble du site. Aussi, en fonction du résultat des mesures, une demande de modification de l'orientation des antennes relais sera faite aux opérateurs de téléphonie mobile.

Différents médias étaient sur place (AFP, France3, Le Dauphiné, Radio Alpes1 et DICItv) :

- France 3 JT (regarder à partir 3ème minute): :,91084834.html

- DiCi T.V :

Experts: Cellphone Users Are ‘Guinea Pigs’ In Worldwide Test

Experts: Cellphone Users Are ‘Guinea Pigs’ In Worldwide Test

By Anthony Gucciardi | Natural Society | October 28, 2013

Just look at the Apple warning for the iPhone, which clearly states to never even use your phone near your head or even carry it in your pocket

cell phone
Photo: Wikimedia Commons
The average phone per person ratio inside of the United States is around 1.57, meaning that there are more cellphones in the nation than there are people — and the numbers are climbing. In the past, we have seen a number of alarming studies regarding the effects of cellphone radiation after it has permeated the human skull for hours on end. One study even found around a 290% increase in brain tumor risk through the use of a cellphone on the side in which it was used.
In rebuttal, telecom industries helped to prop up the opposition, stating that there was no increase in brain tumors after cellphone use. But what about overall brain changes? Or how about the environmental impact of mass cellphone use? We’ve seen research showing behavioral changes in children when their pregnant mothers are consistently using their cellphone, and we’ve even seen cell towers damaging wildlife through electromagnetic radiation in India.
I recently joined the international television network RT, which has an impressive reach of 53 million homes worldwide, to discuss the reality that mega cellphone providers are fully aware of the risks their inventions are presenting to the public. I also issued a prediction that we will begin to see a number of lawsuits come about regarding the damage from cellphone use, and telecom companies know this as they have already issued legal safeguards in their own safety manuals for the phone.
Just look at the Apple warning for the iPhone, which clearly states to never even use your phone near your head or even carry it in your pocket:
“For optimal mobile device performance and to be sure that human exposer to RF energy does not exceed the FCC, IC, and European Union guidelines, always follow these instructions and precautions: When on a call using the built-in audio receiver in iPhone, hold iPhone with the dock connector pointed down toward your shoulder to increase separation from the antenna. When using iPhone near your body for voice calls or for wireless data transmission over a cellular network, keep iPhone at least 15 mm (5/8 inch) away from the body, and only use carrying cases , belt clips, or holders that do not have metal parts and that maintain at least 15 mm (5/8″) separation between iPhone and the body.”
These companies put these ‘warnings’ in their safety guidelines booklets because they are fully aware that lawsuits will come from cellphone users developing serious conditions. Ultimately, it will be these ‘warnings’ and instructions that also help to keep them bulletproof from any responsibility. The reality is that we do not even fully know what the mass use of cellphones will truly result in.

Health Canada Manipulates "Independent" Safety Review of Cell Phone Radiation, Former Microsoft President to Testify

Health Canada Manipulates "Independent" Safety Review of Cell Phone Radiation, Former Microsoft President to Testify

Published: Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 - 1:42 pm
/CNW/ - The former President of Microsoft Canada will testify Monday that Health Canada has manipulated the outcome of a safety review of radiation from cell phones, cell towers, Wi-Fi and smart meters. 

"We have uncovered documents that prove Health Canada is controlling the so-called 'independent' safety review by the Royal Society of Canada," said Frank Clegg, now CEO of Canadians for Safe Technology (C4ST). "Health Canada is ignoring the science that explains why some Canadians are getting sick from microwave radiation." 

The Royal Society of Canada is holding the public meeting in Ottawa to hear from Canadians who have developed symptoms such as insomnia, headaches and heart palpitations from everyday wireless devices. Doctors and researchers will also be testifying, and calling for stricter safety measures. 

The Royal Society panel reviewing microwave safety has been dogged by controversy. The chair of the panel resigned in July after he was exposed for an undeclared conflict of interest.

News conference: 12:30 pm, Monday October 28, 2013  Chateau Laurier - Palladian Room Live web-stream:
NOTE: Light refreshments will be provided.
SOURCE Canadians for Safe Technology

BC Hydro Meter Choice Program - Interested Party Registration

BC Hydro Meter Choice Program - Interested Party Registration

This letter is addressed to INTERVENERS and INTERESTED PARTIES from the BCUC Commissioner with information regarding participation in the BC Hydro Meter Choice Program proceeding.

Within the letter, it states:

" . . . This Direction requires that the Commission review BC Hydro's proposed charges associated with opting out of its Smart Meter program. Accordingly, on October 7, 2013, our office received an application from BC Hydro. Following this, the Commission approved the proposed charges on an interim and refundable basisand established a regulatory timetable to provide for a full review of the application and fees . . . "

This suggests there is a chance that BC Hydro's charge of a $35.00 opt-out fee will only be charged for a short, interim period and then be refunded IF BCUC rules to rescind it. This is especially relevant for those who have agreed prematurely to the fees against their wishes.

Electromagnetic Fields and the Heart: Electromagnetic Fields and the Heart: Basic Science and Clinical Use

Electromagnetic Fields and the Heart: Basic Science and Clinical Use

William Pawluk, MD, MSc
Heart disease is the number one cause of mortality in the United States and Canada. The heart is a very electrically dynamic organ. Heart disease includes many causes. These range from vascular disease, electrical conduction defects, muscle problems, valvular effects, congenital defects, infectious problems, trauma and pericardial problems, all as the direct or primary cause of the cardiac disease. Other non-direct problems can also affect the heart secondary to other systemic issues, including, but not limited to, hypertension, kidney disease, lung disease, autoimmune diseases, toxicities of various kinds, etc. Finding nonpharmacologic and noninvasive ways of managing heart disease in a safe, effective, nontoxic way is always a goal.
Magnetic fields have been found to significantly affect cardiac function, in addition to effects on a myriad of other body systems and problems. Not all magnetic fields are the same. Different types of magnetic fields may have different effects on the heart. Treatment of secondary causes can be just as important as the primary management of the heart itself.
The purpose of this paper is to explore the interaction of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) and the heart. We will review the basic science of EMFs and tissue, the heart as an electromagnetic organ and the geomagnetic and occupational influences that may affect it. This will serve to emphasize how readily cardiac tissue may be affected by EMFs. Animal studies often serve as a basis for understanding how human functioning may be affected by any therapy, before human treatment is tried. Finally, we will end with evidence of human benefits.


EMFs either pass through the heart without interaction or they interact directly. The latter is called “coupling.” There are established basic mechanisms through which static and time-varying electric and magnetic fields interact directly with living matter. Induced time-varying fields can stimulate excitable cells such as cardiac muscle. Static and time-varying fields interact with the body differently.
Every mammalian system reacts to the influence of EMFs. On the cellular level, cell membranes, mitochondria and nuclei are the most sensitive. Effects of EMFs depend on many factors, such as age (children and old people are more reactive), sex (men are more sensitive), and functional state (a functioning organ reacts more strongly).
The heart muscle itself, because of its electrical activity, creates its own endogenous EMFs. Using a special magnetometer, one can see that the heart produces its own measurable, dynamic magnetic fields – electrical and magnetic activity follow each other, as night and day. These measurable fields allow for the mapping of the heart’s magnetic field under normal and pathological conditions and making possible a new tool for functional cardiology. EMFs generated by the cardiovascular system itself have biological effects not only on the heart itself but also on non-cardiac cells in the body distal to the heart by interacting with the immune system.
Extremely low frequency (ELF) EMFs easily penetrate tissues and cause virtually no sensory reactions. The reaction of the cardiovascular system to ELF EMFs is complex and includes direct responses of cardiac muscle, the autonomic nervous system, blood vessels, etc., and reflex responses mediated by the central nervous system. ELF EMFs increase the diameter of capillaries and greatly improve microcirculation, systemically and locally in the heart itself.
High frequency and high strength EMFs undoubtedly affect the cardiovascular system. Laboratory studies show that effects result even from EMFs below 150 Hz and 1G. The cell membrane is the primary site of EMF interaction, leading to intracellular changes in gene function and protein synthesis. These effects are highly nonlinear, with dose-response patterns that show “windows” of action and resonance-like phenomena. Power transmission lines can have health effects, but electrical transportation systems and electrical appliances are more common sources and have much more powerful EMFs. Movement in the environment interacts with other external EMFs and work synergistically together to cause bioeffects. New lower limits to field strength actions are often discovered. There are no known lower limits for the intensity of EMFs to affect biological systems. Only the microscopic design of a receptor in the body and the time-variation dependency of its interaction with the many varied EMFs define the level of sensitivity to EMFs.
Extremely weak alternating, sinusoidal (power line) fields of certain frequencies interact with the local geomagnetic field and/or with EMF therapeutic systems. EMFs can act through another organ or tissue’s EM field, local and/or atmospheric geomagnetic fields and possibly even the moon. Even the body’s electrical currents interact with external fields and participate in control of life processes. External EMFs interact with most, if not all, organs and functions in the body.  All these interactions clearly paint a very complex picture of EMF actions on the body – leading to the natural conclusion that human functioning is fundamentally inseparable from the EMFs around it.
ELF (below 300 Hz) EMFs interact strongly with biological systems, both electrically and magnetically. The magnetic field aspect of an ELF EMF penetrates the body without obstruction since the magnetic permeability of tissue equals that of air. Effects are directly related to the strength of the electrical currents induced in the tissue by the magnetic field aspect. Effects are seen at current strengths close to natural currents in the body and even fields well below those of natural tissues cause cellular responses. These involve membrane signal systems, cell surface receptors and all body biochemical systems, including enzyme activity and gene expression.


In dogs’ hearts, considered comparable to human hearts, the natural heart EMFs, due to the beating of the heart, are much larger by adding external EMFs. The heart contributes between 5% and 10% of the total field induced in the human body by external electric and magnetic fields.
Cells or tissues can be protected against a lethal stress by first exposing them to a sublethal dose of the same or a different stressor to produce stress proteins in tissues. This concept is known as “preconditioning” and gives protection against oxidative stress, caused by ischemia/reperfusion, UV light exposure, heat, chemicals and electromagnetic field (EMF) exposure. Rodent heart muscle cells preconditioned by low energy EMFs for 30 minutes have more effective induction of stress proteins than heat. As little as 10 seconds of exposure produce a detectable response at 30 minutes, last for more than 3 hours and can be restimulated by a second exposure to fields of different intensity. However, in egg embryo studies, continuous exposure to ELF EMFs for 4 days, twice daily for 30 minutes or 60 minutes for 4 days reduced the protective effect. 30-minute exposures once daily and 20-minute exposures twice daily did not reduce protection. A protective role is seen against cardiac ischemia in chick embryos. EMFs for 20 minutes induce stress proteins in the laboratory. This raises the strong possibility that using them before, during and after the surgical trauma can use EMFs for minimizing heart damage from heart surgery or transplantation or heart attack in humans.
For other kinds of cardiac actions, short-term exposure to sinusoidal ELF EMFs (5-8 Hz) in adult and old male rabbits for 15-120 minutes causes mild decreases in the ECG heart rate if exposure lasts 60 minutes. Old rabbits developed extra beats. In animals with experimentally induced myocardial infarctions, EMFs are not necessarily beneficial. There is little data comparing different kinds of EMFs. It remains to be determined what the optimal configurations are for different situations. One study examined the difference between pulsed (PEMF) and alternating/sinusoidal (AMF) field effects on the hearts of dogs, exposed for an hour per day for 10 days. The AMF caused marked changes in heart dynamics: decreased ventricle function and increased peripheral resistance and end diastolic pressure in the right ventricle, as well as, left ventricular work. Systolic blood pressure (BP) and contractility and heart rate still decrease with PEMFs, but are less marked. Thus, use of PEMFs may be less aggressive for cardiac problems than sinusoidal fields.
Basic actions at the cell level account for these actions. A 16 Hz frequency modulation increases mean flow of Ca++ out of frog heart cells at low intensities. This compares with calcium flow in brain tissue, suggesting that neural tissues may generally react at these modulations and intensities and act through changes in Ca++ in and around cells. Chronic exposure to 50 Hz EMFs of rats at 2 hr/day for lower intensities or 0.5 hr/day to higher intensities produced increased blood flow to the heart tissue and enlargement of the coronary vessels. Higher intensity EMFs affect the heart function of rats (25) with 14 days, 4 hours a day of stimulation. EKG changes are temporary, but, at the end of 14 days of stimulation only heart rate remains decreased.
Hypertension, if untreated for a long time, can cause heart damage and ultimately heart failure. Static magnetic fields (SMF) of 2000 G placed on each carotid sinus area (south and north poles, respectively), decrease systolic, diastolic, and mean blood pressures by 10%. Heart rates were not affected. This action is most likely due to Ca++ transport changes across the carotid pressure receptor membranes.
Stress has very strong actions on the heart. When ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) EMFs are given to dogs subjected to emotional stress, several cardiovascular changes resulting from stress are improved. Stress increases blood pressure by 40-50%, heart rate by 20% and makes the left ventricle function hyperdynamically. Even though the UHF EMF does not eliminate the stress reaction of the cardiovascular system, it is less pronounced overall. UHF EMFs seem to accelerate central adaptation mechanisms, rebalancing circulation and decreasing adaptation time for cardiac stress.


Studies from Eastern Europe have found that changes in the geomagnetic field can worsen heart disease and that the major effects occur on the first or second day after a magnetic storm. Geomagnetic activity can be quiet, unsettled, active, or stormy. While myocardial infarction rates (MIs) from circulation blockages do not seem to change with geomagnetic activity, cardiac electrical activity is probably more sensitive and affected. The admission rates of patients with new episodes of electrical conduction problems causing paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) were highest during the two lowest levels of geomagnetic activity, more in males and persons over 65 years. Males under age 65 with PAF are at greater risk of stroke from the PAF. Thus, increases in heart electrical instability appear to happen during periods of lowest geomagnetic activity.
Geomagnetic fields (GMF) also interact with ELF EMF therapy. Even a very weak EMF, up to 70 uT applied to the whole body or locally, for 8-12 minutes, 1-2 times per day for 10-20 days has clinical benefit in most patients. Sensitive patients improve after only one or two days, most others take 5-10 days. On days when GMF increases two-three fold, some patients complain of discomfort during the exposure and have increased blood pressure (BP). In most, (47%) the BP shows no changes, 38% decrease BP and 15% are increased.
Environmental exposure of EMFs also affects cardiovascular function. Average 50-60 Hz working environments do not have much effect on human heart rates. In AM radio station workers exposed to high frequency (HF) fields, 83% have heart rhythm disturbances and decreased signals in their ECGs.
There are significant differences between clinical ELF PEMF systems and high frequency (microwave or cell phone levels) sources. Any publicly oriented article or book, unselectively citing references mixed with ELF exposures and those in the HF kHz and over range, clearly does not understand EMFs and is indiscriminately comparing apples and oranges, in terms of their clinical effects. Indeed, there are many clinical therapy systems that use high frequencies, but they are usually used for tissue destruction, for tumors and colon, bladder, skin and heart arrhythmia lesions, etc. General or public use of EMFs for personal use should be restricted to low strength ELFs or high frequency EMFs that do not create heating.
Duration of exposure to environmental fields is probably important as well. Changes in heart rhythm may be affected in the workers professionally exposed to 50-Hz electric and magnetic fields (EMF) over long periods. There can be a global decrease of cardiac rhythm in both high (over the industry norm) and low (at or below industry norms) professionally EMF-exposed groups compared to the non EMF-exposed control group. These changes may increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Other environmental or home-based “electromagnetic pollution” has the risk of inducing health problems. Fortunately, measures can be taken in the home and office to decrease background EMF risks.


Experimental studies show that EMFs can affect the function of the centers of the autonomic nervous system controlling cardiac rhythm. A temporary increase in BP is seen with clinical exposure to industrial 50-60 Hz EMFs, but extended exposure causes the systemic pressure to decrease. Microcirculation dilatation occurs, with increased blood flow in the capillary bed and precapillary arterioles and an increased permeability of the vascular wall. Even lymphatic vessel flow increases. Circulation changes produced by EMFs are depending on the functional state of the central regulatory apparatus, especially the hypothalamus. Experimental PEMFs are found to act directly on the tissue of a beating heart.
Medium powerline-type field exposure for 3 hours causes a significant slowing of the heart rate. EMF effects are related to changes occurring during the recovery phase of the cardiac cycle. Humans are more responsive to some combinations or levels of field strength than others.
EMF therapy acts beneficially on the functional state of the nervous and endocrine systems as well as on tissue metabolism. The heart rate and BP decrease and the cardiovascular system is less reactive to adrenaline and acetylcholine. The parasympathetic nervous system is activated. Stimulation of the autonomic ganglia along the spine reduces cortisol and aldosterone. MFs typically cause only a momentary change of the microvascular bed with slowing blood flow. This then changes over to a longer period of an increased heart rate, rate of blood flow and filling of the blood vessels.
Sinusoidal PEMFs improve microcirculation in people with ischemic heart disease and vascular diseases of extremities. PEMFs act more strongly than permanent magnets. ELF MFs improve both lipoproteins and cholesterol levels. But, a static magnetic field of more than 50 mT (500 Gauss) at the tissue increases risk of atherosclerosis, with irregularly arranged lipid deposits in middle to large size arteries and fibrosis and calcification. In people with low blood pressure, EMFs improve heart contractions and cause more normal bioelectrical function. In most people, EMFs lower BP by lowering vascular resistance, with vasodilatation.
Hypertensive patients are affected positively, depending on the function of the heart before magnetic treatment. People with normal functioning hearts just have their vascular resistance lowered. EMFs normalize heart function and circulation in patients with high BP, and at the same improve circulation. The improvements in systemic vascular tone, as well as lipid metabolism and coronary circulation make MFs very useful treatment for people with the combination of hypertension and ischemic heart disease.
Early in the course of use of MFs in patients, there are changes in ECGs to a lower wave size pattern, sinus rhythm and extra beats, and a decrease in heart rate. With continuing magnetotherapy, these changes disappear and cardiovascular function is improved. This is common with MF therapy. Meanwhile, there may be temporary worsening while repair and rebalancing is happening, with the outcome being more normal function and health. To get better results with EMF treatments, understanding the underlying cause of the problem and function of the organ system is critical for designing the proper protocol to use for an individualized approach. The best outcomes occur this way. Without an understanding of the physiology and the type of field to use and how, less than optimal results can happen. Awareness of the potential for initial de-stabilization minimizes misunderstanding in managing the course of therapy and should be carried out with the assistance of a knowledgeable professional.
Good results are not always seen. In one small series, patients were treated with sinusoidal EMFs for arrhythmias caused by ischemic heart disease, post myocardial infarction and cardiomyopathy. A sinusoidal EMF used for 10 sessions daily, alternating between placement to the sternum for 15 minutes and “palm – wrist” area for 5-7 minutes. EMFs did not normalize heart rhythm. One woman had an attack of paroxysmal tachycardia occurred. Six patients reported unpleasant sensations (“sickness at heart” and headache) during or after EMF therapy, occurring most often with cardiomyopathy. A sinusoidal EMF may even increase BP in males, whether exposure was for 20-40 minutes or 1 hour.
Magnetolaser therapy (MLT) has been studied in single placebo control trial in the treatment of ischemic heart disease patients, with exertional angina and moderately to severely impaired function, post-myocardial infarction. Most had significantly decreased circulation. MLT was applied to 3 tender zones on the chest: in the front over the upper part of the heart and middle of the sternum, and in back between the scapulas to the left of the mid line, for 12 min, 4 min for each exposure zone, daily over 15 days. Work capacity increased in 84% of the MLT group but worsened in the placebo group. The work increased most for patients with functional classes II and III angina. MLT was also useful for patients with conduction disorders, eliminating extra beats in 29% and decreasing them by more than 70% in 32% of cases and stopping paroxysmal atrial fibrillation in 53%. The treatment lasted through the follow-up period of 12 to 16 months. These impressive results show that MLT facilitates adaptation to a physical load, and promotes rearrangement of central hemodynamics and recovery and stabilization of electrical activity of heart cells, safely and simply.
Heart rate variability (HRV) results from the action of neuronal and cardiovascular reflexes, including those involved in the control of temperature, blood pressure and respiration. Changes in HRV are predictive of a number of cardiovascular disease conditions and specific alterations in HRV have been widely reported to be associated with adverse cardiovascular health outcomes. Low strength, 60-Hz continuous or intermittent MFs in healthy males has little or no effect on HRV, indicating they do not induce stress effects. HRV alterations during magnetic field exposure may occur when accompanied by increases in physiologic arousal, stress, or a disturbance in sleep. There appear to be significant differences in heart rate and mean 24-hour personal exposure to MF between occupational and non-occupational group. It is not yet known whether clinical EMF exposure, in those who’s HRVs shows clear departures from normal, improves the HRV.
Patients with so-called Electrical Hypersensitivity (EHS) have a misbalance of autonomic regulation being more hypersympathetic, as measured by heart rate (HR) and electrodermal activity and sympathetic skin responses to visual and audio stimulation. There are frequency-intensity-duration components to these exposure sensitivities.
Much of the biological effect of high frequency fields is due to tissue heating, not just EMF effects. However, biological effects, not due to tissue heating (nonthermal) have been found with millimeter-range (MMR; about 300 GHz) MFs. These EMFs probably affect the command centers of organs through reflex systems. It is preferable to select biologically active points for MMR exposure; tender zones and areas of large joints, where tissue sensors are numerous and nerve fibers contact collagen directly. Local skin exposure to MMR EMF affects cerebral function. Clinical benefits are seen with treating heart angina and hypertension, especially essential hypertension. It is noted that patients with symptomatic, renal hypertension don’t respond. Cardiac rehabilitation in rats with MMR EMF added after myocardial infarction promotes tissue repair and functional recovery. Human clinical studies confirm this. Only favorable effects occur: more rapid tissue healing, activation of ATPases, antioxidant properties, and so on.
Use of mobile phones is commonplace. Mobile phones produce biologically active HF EMFs. Digital mobile telephones have the theoretical possibility of affecting implanted cardiac pacemakers. The META series of pacemakers are mostly immune to clinically important EMF interference from digital mobile telephones. It appears that use of digital mobile telephones by patients with appropriately programmed pacemakers is safe.
There is also much evidence of accelerated tissue healing effects where there has already been tissue damage, either from ischemia or mechanical or surgical trauma. Tissue healing with PEMFs appears to be accelerated by about one third to one half the usual time and results in fewer tissue complications, such as infections and poor or aggressive scar formation. In addition to stress protein effects mentioned above, but also free radical scavenging and accelerating RNA/DNA production in laying down new repair tissue. This means that, if cardiac surgery is required, not only would EMFs help tissues to be less traumatized but also would help speed recovery afterwards.
Cardiac vascular and peripheral vascular blockages depend on the development of “soft” and “hard” atheromatous plaque formation. It is these plaques and their actions on platelet dynamics that can cause vascular obstructions, occlusions or thromboses, leading to cardiac ischemia (angina) or heart attacks. This is the basis for several drug therapies aimed at reducing platelet adhesiveness, including daily aspirin and warfarin, to name a few. PEMFs have similar, strong effects in reducing platelet function and other clotting factors and probably acts synergistically and additively with these drugs. The primary actions studied have been on ADP dependant platelet adhesion, reduction in thrombin and increased thrombolysis.


EMF therapy acts beneficially on the functional state of the cardiovascular, nervous and endocrine systems as well as on tissue metabolism. The heart has been found through numerous studies to be very electromagnetically sensitive. This sensitivity extends to all external fields, whether therapeutic or otherwise, including their interactions with each other and with the body. Some of the benefits to the cardiovascular system are indirect, acting through stress reduction effects, emotional responses, endocrine system, the immune system and especially the autonomic nervous system. Autonomic neural regulation makes the tone of the vascular system normal. Even cardiac muscle blood vessels are dilated. Decreased vascular resistance decreases the workload of the heart, reducing strain, which if applied over long periods of time could lead to decreased cardiac wear and tear. EMFs have a moderating effect on cardiac function as well as the microcirculatory system. Pulsed magnetic fields, versus sinusoidal fields, appear to be less aggressive towards the heart. Much of  their actions depend on cellular Ca++ ion changes.
There are multiple other actions of EMFs on the cardiovascular system. One is an anti-atherogenic effect and a reduction of platelet adhesion factors, which could reduce the possibility of cardiac vascular occlusions and cardiac damage. Because of actions on stress proteins, cardio-protection is now a feasible use, not only for treating or reducing cardiac ischemia but also for the trauma created by cardiac surgery. EMFs are even useful post-operatively in facilitating and accelerating recovery through wound healing effects, for superficial and even deep tissues.
There are significant differences between clinical ELF PEMF systems and high frequency (microwave or cell phone levels) sources. Any publicly oriented article or book, unselectively citing references mixed with ELF exposures and those in the HF kHz and over range, clearly does not understand EMFs and is indiscriminately comparing apples and oranges, in terms of their clinical effects. Indeed, there are many clinical therapy systems that use high frequencies, but they are usually used for tissue destruction, for tumors and colon, bladder, skin and heart arrhythmia lesions, etc. General or public use of EMFs for personal use should be limited to low strength ELFs or high frequency EMFs that do not create heating.
The evidence reviewed here gives reasonable support for wider medical application of magnetic field (MF) therapy as a method of non-drug therapy in cardiovascular disease, alone or in a complementary fashion with medical or other modalities.
Copyrighted. December 2003.