This web site will be devoted to the subject of EMF and health from the perspective of evidence based science that has been published in reputable peer reviewed journals. There is growing public alarm about the possible health effects of EMF whether from high voltage power lines, cell phones, cell phone towers, WiFi networks, and so called "dirty electricity", etc. This concern has been fed by anti-EMF activists and a wide array of misleading information on the Internet and mass media. This activist misinformation is contradicted by the vast majority of solid scientific evidence.
The public health organizations of the world's industrialized countries conduct regular expert reviews of the scientific literature on the issue of EMF & health. The expert reviews from more than 30 countries conclude that there is no evidence of harm from EMF. These include the World Health Organization (WHO) - the same organizations that coordinated the international response to the H1N1 swine flu, SARS, and other pandemics, as well as the as well as the US FDA, the American Cancer Society, and the European SCENIHR. As we believe this web site makes clear, the overwhelming preponderance of evidence and the overwhelming consensus from mainstream science is that there is no harm from EMF based on existing safety guidelines.
In its 2004 document entitled "What are Electromagnetic Fields: Health Effects" the World Health Organization said: "In the area of biological effects and medical applications of non-ionizing radiation approximately 25,000 articles have been published over the past 30 years. Despite the feeling of some people that more research needs to be done, scientific knowledge in this area is now more extensive than for most chemicals. Based on a recent in-depth review of the scientific literature, the WHO concluded that current evidence does not confirm the existence of any health consequences from exposure to low level electromagnetic fields."
This large body of scientific evidence is divided into three main categories: epidemiological, in vitro, and in vivo. Epidemiological studies have shown no consistent evidence of harm to health from EMF in human populations. In vivo and in vitro studies have shown no consistent evidence of harm in animal studies or on studies conducted on cell cultures.
Activists and a minority of scientists point to some studies that have shown evidence for harm. However studies showing harm have not been replicated in follow up studies, and have been strongly refuted by far more comprehensive and rigorous studies. In many cases, serious flaws have been found with studies that show harm. The recent Expert Review by the COMAR Committee of the IEEE provides several excellent examples of poorly done studies that have been thoroughly refuted. Some activists, such as the Bio-Initiative group have argued that studies do not need to be consistent to raise cause for concern. But this is completely contrary to the way science works. The COMAR Expert Review paper debunks the shoddy studies cited in the Bio-Initiative Report. See the following section on in vitro studies for more examples.
Another often repeated claim is that the studies which find no evidence of harmful effects are "industry funded". This accusation is simply false as can be seen by reviewing a database of studies of EMF & health such as the one maintained by the IEEE. The suggestion of a massive conspiracy to cover up the health effects of EMF, involving virtually all the world's most prestigious health science organizations, is simply preposterous.
Activists demand that scientists prove that EMF is safe. Science can never absolutely prove a negative. For instance, science cannot prove with 100% certainty that ordinary drinking water is safe. Reports from mainstream scientific bodies often say that more studies are recommended even though no harm from EMF has been found. Activists seize upon this standard scientific conservatism to exaggerate the degree of scientific uncertainty. They keep promoting many of the same questionable or poorly executed "scientific" studies, while ignoring far more comprehensive and rigorous studies that show no harm.
Mainstream public health bodies do not act on questionable, poorly executed studies that have not been replicated and/or refuted. In reviewing the large body of existing scientific evidence, they have all reached the same conclusion: there are no proven health effects from EMF that is within existing safety guidelines.
In seeking to promote a greater understanding of the state of true scientific knowledge of EMF & Health, it is important to distinguish between myth and reality, evidence based science and poor science, and to expose pseudoscience. We hope this web site will help inform and enlighten you about the status of mainstream scientific research on the issue of EMF and Health.