The Health Effects of Electrical Pollution

Author(s): The National Foundation for Alternative Medicine (NFAM)

Americans are surrounded by electrical devices – computers, VCRs and a plethora of household gadgets and consumer appliances. There is also the assumption that the electricity (and associated electrical phenomena) are safely confined to the wires carrying electricity to the electrical devices themselves.

For a variety of reasons, including the very design of the electrical distribution system, this assumption is no longer valid.

Electricity is a trusted component of contemporary civilization. Few notice the poles, wires, substations and transformers that deliver electricity. Fewer still pay any attention to the hidden lattice of wires in the walls of homes, offices, churches, factories and schools.

Yet all contribute to an increasingly dangerous electrical environment that has largely escaped systematic monitoring. The increased demand for electricity, and the proliferation of computers and other electronic devices have markedly increased our exposure to electrical phenomena. These phenomena are a ubiquitous presence in our lives, albeit invisible and odorless.

There is the widespread (and mistaken) assumption that our electrical environment has bee carefully studied and monitored and, save for a few exceptions, found to be harmless.

The truth is that the millions of Americans live and work in environments that subject them to a variety of harmful electric phenomena. One of the most potent contaminants is radio-frequency radiation.

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