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Waiting for high levels of scientific proof before taking action on electromagnetic fields can lead to very high health and economic costs, as was the case with asbestos, leaded petrol and tobacco (Council of Europe, 2011)

Health hazards associated with the use of smart meters, Wi-Fi, mobile phone towers, mobile and cordless phones, overhead powerlines, baby monitors and building wiring is rapidly gaining public awareness for good reason - the World Health Organisation classified AC magnetic fields and radiofrequencies found in the built environment as Group 2B possibly carcinogenic to humans. There is a growing body of evidence linking electromagnetic fields to brain tumours (IARC, 2011 and Hardell et al, 2009); breast cancer (Blackman et al, 2001, Girgert et al, 2010); childhood leukaemia (WHO, 2002; Wertheimer & Leeper, 1979; BioInitiative Report, 2012; Ahlbom et al, 2000; ICNIRP, 2001); autoimmune diseases such as Parkinsons disease and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (BioInitiative Report, 2012; Philips et al, 2006). For more detail about the adverse health concerns associated with electromagnetic fields, click here.

The mechanism by which AC magnetic fields and radiofrequencies affect the body is suspected to be due to its impact on lowering the neurotransmitter melatonin, DNA fragmentation, oxidative stress, increasing the permeability of the blood-brain barrier and altering calcium levels in nerve cells.
Consequently Electrical hypersensitivity (EHS) is recognised as a functional disability in Canada, France, Sweden and Spain and there is mounting pressure for the World Health Organisation to recognise EHS as a medical disorder. Australia's exposure standards fare poorly when compared with other progressive countries like China, Israel, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and Russia which are a thousand times lower.

The explosion in the use of wireless devices in schools, homes and workplaces, is exposing the community to potentially harmful forms of electromagnetic field energies. Consequently, the demand for adequately trained professionals to identify and alleviate health risks associated with electromagnetic fields (EMFs)
continues to grow.



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