What are the Health Effects linked to Electromagnetic Fields?

By MICHAEL R. NEUERT  © 2012 Michael R Neuert

Cancer & Other Health Risks from EMFs

Published studies from around the world have linked electromagnetic fields (EMFs) to increased risks for several types of cancer, as well as increased stress, suppression of the immune system, important cellular and hormone changes, and even depression and suicide.  Well over a thousand scientific studies have reported biological effects related to EMFs.

Specific Illnesses linked to EMFs

Some specific illnesses that have been linked to EMFs include leukemia, lymphoma, brain tumors, melanoma, breast cancer, asthma, Alzheimer’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, miscarriage and birth defects.  Anecdotally, EMFs have also been associated with sleep problems, headache, fatigue, anxiety, mental confusion, irritability, memory loss, dizziness, seizures, itchy or burning skin sensations, tinnitus and ringing in the ears, feeling electrically shocked, heart arrhythmias, changes in heart rate and blood pressure, and other health concerns.

Controversy about EMF Health Effects

There is still great controversy about the potential health effects from everyday EMF exposures.  To offer some assistance, I have provided several EMF safety guidelines to consider on the What Level is Safe page.  Some of the information presented is anecdotal – based on my professional testing work over the last 20 years.  So please refer to the proper medical authorities and scientific research literature to make your own decisions regarding EMF health effects and safety levels. See Note 1

Electromagnetic Sensitivity

A variety of troubling symptoms are being reported by people with serious health issues related to EMFs that are sometimes being called "Electrical Sensitivity" (ES) or "Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity" (EHS), or other similar terms.  Click this link for more info on ES.

While hundreds of scientific studies have reported definite biological effects from EMFs that might explain these symptoms, Electromagnetic Sensitivity is still not generally recognized or understood by the mainstream medical community in the US.  I have worked with many individuals over the last 20 years who have experienced serious symptoms and sensitivities to electromagnetic fields (EMFs). 

Note 1 I am engineer, not a medical doctor, and I cannot diagnose or treat any EMF-related health problems.  Please consult with your own doctor or other health professional regarding proper exposure guidelines.