Though the term EMF stands for Electromagnetic Field, it is typically used colloquially to refer to low energy electromagnetic fields, more specifically Radio Frequencies. We are continuously surrounded by EMF through power lines and cell phones, which has led many to wonder if these fields may cause adverse health effects to humans, and particularly to children.
We have compiled information for you on this topic from the World Health Organization, Health Canada, and the Health Physics Society. As you will see, these experts all agree that if there are adverse health effects to be expected from EMF, they are very small.
Quotes from the World Health Organization
While an increased risk of brain tumors is not established from INTERPHONE data, the increasing use of mobile phones and the lack of data for mobile phone use over time periods longer than 15 years warrant further research of mobile phone use and brain cancer risk. In particular, with the recent popularity of mobile phone use among younger people, and therefore a potentially longer lifetime of exposure, WHO has promoted further research on this group. Several studies investigating potential health effects in children and adolescents are underway.
Quotes from Health Canada
To put this into context, it is important to understand that the “possibly carcinogenic” classification is also applied to coffee, gasoline engine exhaust and pickled vegetables, and is often used for agents that require further study. In summary, when all of the studies are evaluated together, the evidence suggesting that EMFs may contribute to an increased risk of cancer is very weak.
Quotes from the Health Physics Society
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