Thursday, August 30, 2012

Electromagnetic Radiation Exposure

So the question that arises is: How do you know if your getting too much Electromagnetic Radiation exposure? There are conflicting ideas about levels of exposure and whether or not they affect health. Here's some info about different guidelines that currently exist. 

From Alternative Magnetic Therapy . com

How much EMF exposure is too much for you?

The medical and electric power communities have differing views on EMF exposure health effects. But they all agree on one thing: There is no minimum daily requirement for EMF.

In other words, no amount of EMF exposure can be considered safe. However, some voluntary guidelines exist.
  • Russian researchers believe 1/1000ths of mG (milliGauss) should be the standard.
  • In the US, where the usual background level of 60 Hz magnetic field is 0.5 mG, most states have adopted a 3 mG cutoff point.
  • The US Environmental Protection Agency proposes a safety standard of 1 mG.
  • Sweden has set a maximum safety limit of 1 mG.
  • When electricians try to solve a magnetic field problem they do their best to drop the level to 1 mG or below (Robert O. Becker, MD, in Cross Currents: The Perils of Electro pollution, 1990)
  • Dr Nancy Wertheimer, a PhD epidemiologist who has been studying EMF exposure for 20 years, suggests a cutoff point of 1 mG.
  • Health studies indicate that electromagnetic fields over 100 mG can most certainly produce health effects. Fields as low as 1 mG can be dangerous if body exposure is for a long period of time. (1991)
  • The state of Florida in US has set a 250 mG maximum on the edge of their power line right-of-ways. (1991)
  • Several international authorities (such as International Commission on Non-lionizing Radiation and European Committee for Electro technical Standardization) have also set safety limits for public and occupational EMF exposure to 50-60 Hz.

"The United States is wired with 500,000 miles of high-voltage power lines. Industry, government, and military depend on 250,000 microwave relay links. Airliners see and are seen via radar. 9,000,000 broadcasting transmitters and microwave relay stations, and 30,000,000 CB radios flood our airways. Industry employs 35,000,000 electromagnetic devices. As a result, a typical American now gets a daily dosage of electromagnetic radiation up to 200 million times more intense than what his ancestors took in from the sun, stars, and other natural sources." (Lowell Ponte in the article, "The Menace if Electric Smog")

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