Effects of Radiation on Electromagnetic Fields

Effects of radiation on electromagnetic fields

Many of the reported biological effects of non-ionising electromagnetic fields occur at levels
too low to cause significant heating; i.e. they are non thermal. Most of them can be
accounted for by electrical effects on living cells and their membranes. The alternating fields
generate alternating electric currents that flow through cells and tissues and remove
structurally-important calcium ions from cell membranes, which then makes them leak.
Electromagnetically treated water (as generated by electronic water conditioners used to
remove lime scale from plumbing) has similar effects, implying that the effects of the fields
can also be carried in the bloodstream. Virtually all of the non-thermal effects of
electromagnetic radiation can be accounted for by the leakage of cell membranes.
Most of them involve the inward leakage of free calcium ions down an enormous
electrochemical gradient to affect calcium-sensitive enzyme systems. This is the normal
mechanism by which cells sense mechanical membrane damage. They normally respond by
triggering mechanisms that stimulate growth and repair, including the MAP-kinase cascades,
which amplify the signal.
If the damage is not too severe or prolonged, we see a stimulation of growth and the effect
seems beneficial, but if the exposure is prolonged, these mechanisms are overcome and the
result is ultimately harmful. This phenomenon occurs with both ionising and non-ionising
radiation and is called radiation hormesis. Gland cells are a good example of this, since
short term exposures stimulate their activity but long term exposures cause visible damage
and a loss of function. Damage to the thyroid gland from living within 100 metres of a cell
phone base station caused hypothyroidism and may be partially responsible for our current
outbreak of obesity and chronic fatigue.
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