New Report on Long Term Exposures to Magnetic Fields

New Report on Long Term Exposures to Magnetic Fields

IEEE Power Electronics Magazine recently published an article showing how non-ionising radiation at very low field intensities can cause damage. This is a significant development as up until now the official IEEE (The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) position has been that only thermal heating effects can cause biological harm.

In the past concerns had been raised about the biological effects of non-ionising radiation. Non-ionising radiation is the type of radiation that you would find in radio and microwave frequencies and until the 1950s been considered safe. This is largely due to the fact that the tests and research conducted in Western countries have only taken into consideration the thermal effects of this radiation exposure for a short period of time. The IEEE’s position had originally been focussed on the safety from an engineering standpoint and therefore the guidelines for safety had been set on short term exposures to protect against heating effects. However, at that time, these guidelines had shortcomings: It was difficult to establish the direct biological effects of long-term low level exposure, there was a lack of an understood mechanism and difficulties in obtaining reproducible results.

According to this recent article written by professors Frank Barnes and Ben Greenebaum there are both the theoretical bases and sufficient experimental results for to consider that long-term exposures to magnetic fields can lead to both useful applications in treating diseases and to undesired health effects. RF (microwave) fields can change radical concentrations and cancer cell growth rates at non-thermal levels.

IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organisation. According to IEEE’s mission statement it is “dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity”. Hopefully this new information in the IEEE magazine will lead to development of healthier technologies.

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