OK — so I may be accused of having-sat on the fence to a large extent regarding the issue of EMF — which many of you will know refers to Electric and Magnetic Fields — the fields that emanate from all electrical equipment, cell phones/mobile phones, cabling, power lines and get all kinds of mixed-up in folks minds (well mine at least!) along with the frequencies emitted by mobile phone masts/cellphone towers and the wifi signals from your router at home as well as larger scale city ‘hotspot’ equipment.. and so on…
Now my general excuse for fence-sitting has largely been down to the fact that it seems we are bombarded with as much conflicting information as we are forms of EMF energy these days… But frankly it seems as if the balance has been inexorably shifting towards the ‘not good’ side of the argument over and against the ‘best thing since sliced bread (???)’ alternative viewpoint…
Yet, in two consecutive articles I stumbled on (just an hour ago) I think you have a good opportunity to ‘take sides’ with a firmer stance and also to shake your head pitifully at the so-called relative-intelligentsia of a country like the UK — who evidently spend more time inventing ‘amusing online blog-commenting sobriquets’ than they do actually looking into the topics of news under discussion, as they attempt to outdo each other in being ‘oh-so-amusingly’ dismissive about!
So here they are (the articles I refer to having read) — I’ll leave you to make up your own minds — safe in the knowledge that most probably: , … and any number of their equally ‘oh-so-terribly-wittily’ named commenting-cronies on the Grauniad’s* online article repository will ever see THIS item on my inconspicuous blog! Indeed it is probably more likely that any number of those ‘incredibly funny’ commenters who happily dismiss (along with the article author) the opinions of an admittedly rather smarmy and irritating TV personality — convinced that he could have no worthy things to say! And after all, the article author seems to be merely citing an original interview published in the ‘terribly working-class‘ Mirror newspaper (oh-how-awful!)— and immediately indicative of anything coming therefrom as being trite, tabloid, adult-comic-book nonsense — I suppose? — at least in the eyes of this ‘straw poll’ of presumably typically, ‘online Guardian readership’!:, , , , ,
ARTICLE (1) — By Michael Segell, for NBC
Updated in 2010!! (i.e this information available for 5 years as of writing this!):
ARTICLE (2) — Online Guardian — Environment (author unknown — probably too ashamed?)
Published August 2015 (Less than 2 months ago at the time of writing this!):
The NBC article seems a well written and interesting piece with some apparently damning, if anecdotal, evidence against the variant of EMF referred to as transients or ‘dirty electricity’! But just how many people know about this issue even now 5 years on? I’ve read a fair bit on this topic and had not seen this so clearly stated before!
Also, how many people are aware that — as Michael Segell’s article states:
…In 2007, the Bioinitiative Working Group, an international collaboration of prestigious scientists and public health policy experts from the United States, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, and China, released a 650-page report citing more than 2,000 studies** (many very recent) that detail the toxic effects of EMFs from all sources. Chronic exposure to even low-level radiation (like that from cell phones), the scientists concluded, can cause a variety of cancers, impair immunity, and contribute to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, heart disease, and many other ailments. “We now have a critical mass of evidence**, and it gets stronger every day,” says David Carpenter, MD, director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at Albany and coauthor of the public-health chapters of the Bioinitiative report…
…at least — NOT TheVenerableBeads and friends methinks?
Let’s be clear– by the time the either ‘authorities’ acknowledge, or the relevant multi-bililon dollar industries turn around and admit that we may be being harmed by being bathed ever more copiously in the sea of Electric and Magnetic Fields that their products produce… we will be in a worse health situation cased by this ‘electrosmog’ that was ever caused by the London smog of the Victorian era! …Or that has been and is still being caused by tobacco! Or sugar consumption? Or alcohol!!
Especially fascinating is the ironic but apparent intimation that the very products aimed at ‘saving energy’… that folks such as FatArseHorseLover and CiggyStardust probably have rife throughout their intellectually-blessed household… maybe be particularly critical in creating the dirty electricity that could be prove to be the major carcinogen of ‘modern society’!.. And even if you are the least eco-friendly person in your neighborhood, you and your family might be being slowly killed by your neighbours’ environmentally (supposedly) sound electrical choices.. Note: AND they are probably Guardian readers!
How many of those who merrily dismiss the recently articulated concerns of a relatively-minor celebrity like Noel Edmonds will be crying ‘why me?’ in a few years time, when they are diagnosed with one or other type of cancer? Multiple-sclerosis? Chronic auto-immune disease? Or other life-shortening ailment? Probably they will still be anything-but-blissfully ignorant of the dangers of EMF as they bemoan their misery at length to some ‘pal’ or other on their mobile phone!
*Grauniad: deliberate homage to old favorite The Private Eye magazine — and reference to the Guardian newspaper’s infamous tendency to fail to proof read well enough!!
** My choice to ’embolden’ these phrases!