When my son, Kicker, was first diagnosed with Leukemia, I researched for hours and hours. I wanted to figure out why my baby had cancer. One of the most common findings that kept coming up was excessive exposure to EMFs. I know we may never know the EXACT reason or cause behind his cancer. However, I do know that more and more research points directly to a correlation between childhood Leukemia and EMFs.
I had the privilege of meeting Brandon at a health conference. After chatting with him, I was blown away by his research and knowledge surrounding EMFs and cancer. In fact, he’s a cancer survivor himself! You’ll learn a lot from all that he shares. However, if you have any questions, comment at the bottom of this post, and I’ll be happy to respond.
Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) are a human carcinogen.
Multiple corroborating lines of evidence now suggest that cellphones, cellphone towers, and cordless phones are all implicated in the development of a number of head and neck tumors. But did you know that residential electrification has been associated with clusters of childhood leukemia since the early 1960s?1, 2
When a number of individuals living or working in close proximity develop a similar type of cancer beyond expected averages, the occurrences are viewed collectively as a cancer cluster and an environmental cause is suspected. While exposure to chemicals such as Agent Orange or the pesticide DDT can be to blame, these clusters have also been linked with prolonged exposure to non-native EMFs.
In the modern technological era, a new kind of cancer cluster has emerged from an increasingly more common and insidious electrical threat.
Electrical circuits overloaded with plugged-in electrical devices and alternating current (AC) adapters can give rise to higher-frequency harmonics above 60 Hz into the kilohertz and low megahertz range. These harmonics travel within and around wiring in a phenomenon known as high-frequency electrical noise, one subset of which is measured as transient voltage. Referred to colloquially as “dirty electricity,” transient voltage denotes an excess current. This reverberates within electrical circuits, causing the entire building to imperceptibly buzz.
The most highly publicized case of a cancer cluster linked to voltage transients occurred at a California public school. Exceedingly high measurements were reported to increase a teacher’s risk of cancer by 21% from just one year of employment at the school.3
What does the research reveal as a mechanism of cancer formation from exposure to low-frequency EMFs? Similar to microwave radiation from cellphones, low-frequency EMFs affect calcium within our cells and depress melatonin production.4, 5, 6
These effects provide clues to why we have seen increased rates of childhood leukemia in connection with low-frequency EMFs. In addition, animal studies show significant carcinogenic effects. This occurred in the mammary glands and heart tissue, as well as, an increased incidence of lymphomas and leukemias.7, 8
Suppression of melatonin levels has been known to augment formation of several cancer types. This includes breast cancer, prostate cancer, and melanoma. Also, the effect on pineal gland function has been observed with 60 Hz electric and magnetic fields.9, 10
What can you do?
EMFs at the kilohertz level are easily measured and can be mitigated. In your home, you can measure aberrant current as voltage transients with a plug-in electromagnetic interference (EMI) meter designed to register the higher harmonics of 60 Hz AC in millivolts.
A favorable decrease in voltage transients can be achieved by removing or unplugging any electrical device that draws or restricts current. This includes dimmer switches, variable-speed motors, and device chargers that modulate between direct current and alternating current.
While you can take drastic measures to avoid EMFs, sometimes it’s easiest to start with a small change. Then, build from there. One of the simplest ways is to avoid fluorescent bulbs, particularly compact fluorescent lamps with an electronic ballast, as they generate a significant level of transient voltage.
Electropollution is a significant carcinogen. Cancer patients and their families must learn how to avoid, remediate, and shield themselves from harmful EMFs as part of a holistic approach to wellness.
Brandon LaGreca, LAc, MAcOM, is a licensed acupuncturist in the state of Wisconsin and nationally certified in the practice of Oriental medicine. In 2015, Brandon was diagnosed with stage 4 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He achieved full remission 8 months later by following an integrative medicine protocol that included immunotherapy without the use of chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery. Brandon is the author of Cancer and EMF Radiation: How to Protect Yourself From the Silent Carcinogen of Electropollution, available on Amazon and from other online retailers. You can read more of his work on his Empowered Patient Blog.
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Since incandescent light bulbs are now illegal in California, do you recommend a healthier alternative to fluorescent? Thank you!
What?! Wow…I hadn’t heard that. Well…I’ve never been much of a rule follower, so I would probably just find a way. Sorry. I don’t have another alternative for you. 🙂