Is EMF Radiation Carcinogenic?
It’s hard to imagine modern life without electricity. If all the power were to go off suddenly, we’d almost certainly—literally—be plunged back into the Dark Ages. No one is saying that would be a good thing. Electricity makes life safer, more convenient, and arguably richer in many ways. But in terms of human developments, the changes that have occurred since we first harnessed electricity have been implemented—forgive the pun—with shocking rapidity.
After millions of years without electricity, we threw the switch only about a century ago. And we’ve never looked back, or taken much time to consider what the unforseen consequences of these changes may be. In essence, mankind has plunged headlong into a planet-wide experiment, in which we’ve radically altered a key aspect of our environment. Artificial electromagnetic fields are invisible and (to most) completely undetectable, so we’ve largely ignored the implications of the profound changes wrought by this grand experiment.
In a well-designed scientific experiment, one group of subjects is exposed to test conditions--a new drug, for example, or constant exposure to an artificial ocean of EM frequencies--while a control group is not. In this way, we can clearly see any changes that may be due to the test condition. But we haven’t done that with EM fields. Virtually everyone, whether they want it or not, is exposed to this condition every day, thanks to cell phone towers, power lines and other common EM sources. And that’s made it even harder to draw conclusions about any effects EM pollution may be having.
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