[BPSDB] Mike Adams, the self-styled ‘Health Ranger’ reports on yet another alleged health problem caused by electrical devices. It would appear they cause diabetes.
Most people are familiar with type-1 diabetes and type-2 diabetes, but did you know researchers have discovered a third type of diabetes? Type-3 diabetes, as they are calling it, affects people who are extra sensitive to electrical devices that emit “dirty” electricity.
Type-3 diabetics actually experience spikes in blood sugar and an increased heart rate when exposed to electrical pollution (“electropollution”) from things like computers, televisions, cordless and mobile phones, and even compact fluorescent light bulbs.
‘Dirty electricity’ is another non-existent danger promulgated by people who just happen to have a cure for it. The claim is that electrical items such as computers produce higher frequencies which are superimposed onto mains current producing high frequency spikes on mains frequency. When I first heard this claim I connected an oscilloscope to a few electrical items in the lab but failed to find these HF spikes. This did not surprise me, since the claim makes about as much sense as saying that electricity produced by nuclear power stations is radioactive.
The source of this claim is a study by Dr. Magda Havas of Trent University in Canada. Once again Adams fails to link to a research paper he cites. Why is that, I wonder? However, he does mention that the study is published in Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine so I got to work on google and came up with this.
The meat of the article is not a trial or provocation study (where people claiming to be electrosensitive are subject to microwaves at random intervals and have to say when the transmitter is on or off) but four case studies. She does not say how the four came to her attention or whether or not they were selected from a larger number who did not exhibit the signs and symptoms described so we cannot know whether or not these cases have been cherry-picked.
It is all grist to Adams’ mill:
One of the most interesting finding in her study was that electro-sensitive people whose blood sugar decreases when they go for a walk outdoors actually experience an increase in blood sugar when walking on a treadmill.
Treadmills, you see, are electrical devices that emit electrical pollution. But interestingly, even the physical exertion of walking on the treadmill did not make up for the blood sugar spiking effect of the EMFs emitted by the treadmills. Despite the exercise, in other words, type-3 diabetics experienced significant spikes in blood sugar when walking on the treadmill.
So from four case studies he extrapolates to people in general. There is an alternative explanation that does not appear to have occurred to either Adams or Havas; if people are told that a treadmill emits ‘electropollution’ that makes them ill – and are then made to walk on a treadmill, they are bound to feel stressed and this stress could be the cause of the blood sugar spikes. In fact, now I think about it, one has to question the ethics of a researcher who makes her subjects use a device that she believes is going to make their illness worse.
Adams also cites a “2008 study published in New Scientist [that] revealed that cell phone radiation causes human cell proteins to improperly express themselves.” It might be worth pointing out that New Scientist publishes science journalism, not peer-reviewed research. However he does link to it this time.
The article does not support his case:
Radiation from cellphones is too weak to heat biological tissue or break chemical bonds in cells, but the radio waves they emit may still affect cell behaviour.
“Our study suggests that it is possible that mobile phone radiation alters the expression of some proteins in living humans,” says Dariusz Leszczynski at the Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority, in Helsinki.
Leszczynski exposed 10 female volunteers to radiation at 900 megahertz from GSM phones to simulate an hour-long phone call. He screened 580 different proteins in their skin cells and found that the numbers of two proteins were altered in all of the volunteers: one protein increased by 89 per cent, the other decreased by 32 per cent (BMC Genomics, DOI: 10.1186/1471-2164-9-77).
Although similar effects have been observed in cultured cells, this is the first study to show molecular effects of phone radiation on humans. It does not necessarily mean that the radio waves have a negative health effect,
Leszczynski says. “But it does mean that the human body recognises this low-level radiation and reacts to it.”
This is interesting stuff and warrants further study but clearly the claims by the anti phone mast brigade that telephone microwaves fry users brains is knocked on the head since “Radiation from cellphones is too weak to heat biological tissue or break chemical bonds in cells”. Furthermore these protein changes were brought about by 900MHz radio waves. Mains operates at 50 Hz (60 Hz in the US). Since the energy of a photon is proportional to its frequency, the effects of ‘electrosmog’ will be a tiny fraction of one percent of those observed by Leszczynski.
I have no doubt that people who believe themselves to be electrosensitive are genuinely ill but by continuing to chase the wild goose of ‘electrosmog’, people like Adams and Havas are doing them no favours.