Searching for a new home can be daunting task. Even in today’s market, which I’m told is technically still a buyer’s market, the good ones seem to get snapped up quickly. One thing, however, that many people don’t consider, is the electromagnetic environment in and around their prospective house.
The single most glaring deal-breaker any homebuyer should beware of is something that society has taught us to ignore. Many people, including realtors I’ve worked with, don’t even see these health hazards and only look inside at the beauty within the walls of the house.
The bad news is, folks, that what’s in your back yard CAN harm your health.
The Monster Lurking in Your Yard
I’m talking about high-voltage power lines. No doubt you’ve seen them, especially in densely populated metropolitan areas. Here in the South, they’re everywhere. I’ve seen them running through very nice neighborhoods with large luxury homes on golf courses as well as neatly framing modest-priced subdivisions that have cropped up in the ever-growing suburbs, spurred on by economic growth and more jobs.
The problem is either lack of information or deliberate mis-information by the PR people who represent power companies and grant building permits that abut utility easements for these high-voltage transmission lines. I think the standard assumption is that only the area designated as a right-of-way easement for a power line is the area that might be cause for concern, but if the building permits are granted, then it must be safe to build right next to an easement, in the shadow of the pylons.
Power Lines Linked to Cancer
In 2002, the International Agency for Research on Cancer officially classified ELF Magnetic Fields (the magnetic fields emitted by high-voltage power lines at distances of up to 1/2 mile away) as a Class 2B carcinogen, and a 25-year Swedish study of 500,000 people living near power lines concluded that the magnetic fields increased the risk of cancer fourfold in children and threefold in adults.
A Typical Client Call
I had a potential client call me last month to ask if I would come look at a house they had under contract to buy. The wife was so happy about the house because it was in the same neighborhood, had a perfect wooded back yard, and everything they wanted to accommodate their growing family. As a matter of routine, I asked her the address to pull up the aerial map of the property, and what I saw shocked me.
In a recent landmark ruling, the Italian Supreme Court upheld a worker’s compensation lawsuit that argued a man’s head tumor was the result of heavy mobile phone use associated with his job. The court ruled that the Italian National Institute for Workmen’s Compensation must compensate the plaintiff, and according to the International Commission for Electromagnetic Safety (ICEMS), views the connection between cell phone use and malignant head tumors as “probable”, for legal purposes. This court ruling is important because it sets a precedent for further legal action in Europe and across the world.
The ICEMS official position paper on the court case says that although the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) ruled radio frequency electromagnetic fields as a Class 2B carcinogen, “Possibly Carcinogenic to Humans,” there is plenty of scientific evidence that warrants an upgrade to Class 2A, “Probably Carcinogenic to Humans” based on the extensive background research both in vitro and in vivo on the biochemical and biomechanical effects of non-ionizing radio frequency radiation on living organisms.
Evidence of the Adverse Biological Effects of Radio Frequency Radiation
Examples of the scientifically observed effects of radiofrequency (microwave) radiation include:
- Microwave-induced blood-brain barrier permeability, which has important implications in the onset and development of autism spectrum disorders.
- Diminished immune system function in people exposed to microwave radiation.
- Microwave-induced single and double DNA strand breaks, which can be the precursor to tumor development.
- Altered life-cycle changes in cells, resulting in abnormal cell death and reproduction.
- Induction of oxidative stress response in cells exposed to electromagnetic fields.
- Negative effects on pregnancy and offspring exposed to microwave radiation.
Since this is an informational website, and we don’t dispense medical advice or make medical claims about anything, I’m going to tell you a story about my mom. She is the sweetest, most wonderful mom in the world. She, like many of her petite-framed Asian counterparts, suffers from a genetic predisposition toward developing osteoporosis.
Over the past few years I’d noticed her height shrinking and her frame seem to become more frail-looking, even though she remains active, exercising several times a week and lifting weights. Go Mom!
An interesting application for PEMF: Osteoporosis
After I discovered my PEMF wellness mat, the iMRS, I heard from some of my iMRS colleagues that they’d been having great results with reversing osteoporosis with it.
I thought, wow, wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was an all-natural way to recover loss bone density and help prevent against life-threatening hip fractures that so often plague the elderly?
So I decided to make my mother my guinea pig. I gave her a mat to use at home, once a day (twice a day when she overexerts or injures herself), and I let the bone density scans tell the story.
When she started using the mat, my mother’s bone density loss had just surpassed the official diagnostic threshold to be officially categorized as having osteoporosis. I was worried about her, especially since she had fallen a couple of times in the past year or so, but thankfully hadn’t fractured anything. She used the mat daily for about nine months and recently went in to have another scan done.
Medical doctor skeptical of PEMF
When she told her doctor nine months ago that she was trying a new type of wellness mat for her osteoporosis, he said there was absolutely no way it would have any effect on her bone density. He pushed her to start prescription drugs, but she refused. Instead, she used the iMRS mat daily for the next nine months.
The results speak for themselves
When the results of her bone density scan came back, her bone density had returned to normal levels. In only a span of nine months, she had recovered all her lost bone mass!