Dirty Electricity: Electrification and the Diseases of Civilization
by Samuel Milham, MD, MPH
We have polluted land, air, sea and even outer space. I recently stumbled across an article about how they are trying to devise a method to clean up the mess we have made in earth’s orbit. But it doesn’t stop there. We have polluted electrical power too. We have seen from other sources that high frequency electrical signals can interfere with the signals emitted by our own bodies. Much like smoking, low level exposure for a limited time may be harmless for most people but given enough time and exposure, damage results.
The electrical power coming out of most outlets in the United States is 120 volts of alternating current. It is in the form of a sine wave which cycles at 60 cycles per second or 60 Hz. That by itself doesn’t seem to cause most people much trouble. The problem comes when higher frequency “noise” gets into that power. That noise can come from switching power supplies in many electronic devices, CFL bulbs, or other things.
Dr. Milham is an epidemiologist who has lived longer than the average human and so he has been around to study the data and the correlations for a long time. He’s pretty good at it. At this point there is a lot of data out there and the picture is becoming quite clear. Milham found exceptionally high rates of leukemia in electrical workers and wrote a letter which was published by the New England Journal of Medicine in 1982. The letter spurred a number of calls from colleagues declaring that the correlation wasn’t possible. Their response was to prove him wrong. They tried but only succeeded in proving him right. At least 150 studies associate power frequency magnetic fields with cancer.
Milham has had experience testifying in court on cases involving illness due to dirty electricity. He often was up against top lawyers with utility experts paid to refute what he knew to be true. One of these experts whom he had known for twenty years had to admit that he was right. Dirty electricity is dangerous. Based on the history of the tobacco industry I would expect the power industry to remain in denial, and generate numerous rigged studies to confuse the issue.
I toured a farm in Pennsylvania a few years ago where they had a problem with electrical current in the ground. The animals were very sensitive to that. Health and milk production were adversely affected. Once the electrical current was removed, the problem was solved and the animals recovered quickly. Dr. Milham observed the same thing in the Midwest. After filtering the electricity at a school, a dairy farmer a quarter of a mile away noticed each of his cows produced ten pounds more milk per day.
Cancer clusters have been observed around high-power antennas, transformers, power distribution boxes in buildings, and buildings or rooms with dirty electricity in general. He also briefly mentions some concerns about smart meters. This book doesn’t mention it but I’ve heard that cancer clusters have already started showing up in those working around airport security scanners.
I did not notice any claim in the book that this is the only cause of cancer and I still think there are other factors like chemicals to consider, but dirty electricity could definitely be a major factor. There are things one can do to lower the risk, including filtering or moving to a less toxic location. Of course, a good, nutritionally dense diet reduces your susceptibility to the many dangers of this world. I have talked to electrically sensitive people who have noticed cod liver oil makes them less sensitive. The thumb is UP.
This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly magazine of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Summer 2013.