The Effects of Electromagnetic Fields: What is Penetrating You?
by Cathee Courter with Peter MacGill
When you’re in intense fields for long periods, your body rallies to cope with the stress and come to an unnatural new homeostasis. Then when you’re in a cleaner environment, you may experience withdrawal symptoms and crave electronics. So you may associate the cleaner environment with pain, and feel better in a dirty electrical environment. But the onslaught is damaging your health regardless of your perception of what’s happening.
I call this gyration with EMFs “addiction,” because I so often encounter in conversing on this subject with people the same denial, rationalization, and furtiveness one might encounter in a drug addict who is trying to hold onto his sweet poison. For instance, I conversed a few years ago with a friend who had installed ethernet during renovations of both his home and office building, “so that years from now when enough people die from wireless fields, and people are calling for wired telecommunications, I’ll have the infrastructure in.” He and his wife actually use wi fi. She’s got advanced cancer, and they still haven’t plugged into the ethernet in either their home or offices, and use their iphones constantly. He’s not in denial about the effects of EMFs. But I guess his idea that “enough people have to die” to change his behavior includes his wife. It’s irrational. I realize there may be many other factors involved in her cancer, but usually if people are dying, they do try to boost their health on many fronts.
Another friend’s kidney shriveled up and died. He carries his cell phone over that kidney. His doctor could find no infection or other reason for it dying. This friend thinks the problem was his cell phone, but he still carries it.
Part of the problem here may be that with EMF exposure, the parts of the brain that short-circuit early on are the frontal lobes and hippocampus—parts crucial in developing insight, evolving memories, and making good judgments.
But beyond that, we are a culture addicted to EMFs, and manipulative behaviors run all through our collective legal, economic, and ecological management systems regarding them. For instance, the burden to prove that satellite emanations are harmful rests on those assaulted by them. Instead, the burden to prove their safety should rest on the satellite companies who hold hostage our collective atmosphere—our window to the rest of the galaxy. Telecommunications companies finance government lobbyists, public relations staff, scientists, and lawyers to sequester their self-interest. They come up with ads like the one I saw on the back of TIME magazine, of a baby playing on his mother’s laptop. Any respectable country would have arrested the photographer for child abuse to let a baby’s developing brain come that close to such frequencies, given the hard scientific research on that issue. But we get used to these images, and play them out.
Research paid for by the telecommunications industry has found health effects in one third of studies done. Research sponsored by other sources has found health effects in two thirds of studies. Coincidence? And most research, even at universities, is paid for by the industry. (I used to be a university administrator myself, aware of the pressure to bring in the funds.) The sober reality is that even from within this corrupt system there is overwhelming scientific evidence that EMFs cause far-reaching health effects. No one can seriously, knowledgeably deny that. To say that biological processes are not electrically based is like saying the sun revolves around the Earth. And to say that EMFs from our contraptions will not interfere with those electrically-based biological processes is like saying that hitting your thumb with a hammer will not cause physical effects. We can haggle over how dire the consequences of our electronic meddling are. But it’s impossible for anyone to predict accurately the effects on future generations (or if there will even be future generations who can survive in the artificial environment we’ve collectively manufactured). After all, EMFs cause genetic damage.
Thousands of scientific studies proved at least four decades ago, and have continued to prove, that EMFs are undeniably, often devastatingly harmful for the bodies of humans, trees, the atmosphere, etc. But if the science mattered in our technology development, our technology would look vastly different than it does. For instance, a cordless phone could be made to emit microwaves only when you’re talking on it, but most are made to emit frequencies constantly—making them in some ways worse than cell phones.
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