Did you know that a significant percentage of the diseases we now face is related to an artifact of electricity?
In this interview, Dr. Sam Milham, author of "Dirty Electricity: Electrification and the Diseases of Civilization," explains the health hazards of dirty electricity or electromagnetic interference (EMI).
Milham is a physician and an epidemiologist, and has spent decades (he's now 85 years old) doing pioneering research in this field. In his book, he details the extensive journey he took to uncover the link between dirty electricity and human disease.
In a nutshell, dirty electricity, or more accurately stated, EMI, impacts your biology, specifically your mitochondrial function, which we've now come to appreciate is at the heart of virtually all chronic disease.
What Is Dirty Electricity?
Sunlight is a natural or native form of electromagnetic frequency (EMF).
There are also four basic non-native or artificial EMF exposures: magnetic, artificial light, electrical and microwave (which includes not only your microwave oven but also cellphones, routers and portable phones).
Dirty electricity refers to the electrical component of this EMF spectrum. A more precise term is electromagnetic interference or EMI. "Dirty" is more of a descriptive layman's term.
But what exactly is EMI and how is it generated?
EMI Microwaves Travel Far and Wide
There are also microwaves, and this is not just your microwave oven, but your portable phone, cellphone and cellphone towers.
Dirty Electricity Is Biologically Active
A classic example of EMI is AM radio wave transmission interruption, as demonstrated in Milham's video above.
But why exactly should we be concerned about EMI in our homes?
I myself am becoming quite passionate about this issue.
I've known about dirty electricity or EMI for nearly two decades, but I never fully appreciated the impact it has until I read Milham's book. Then, the connections suddenly became apparent to me.
For the last year, I've been diving deep into the scientific literature of mitochondrial function, and it appears this is how EMI affects your health. In other words, it likely increases mitochondrial free radical damage and contributes to mitochondrial dysfunction.
Certainly, other variables contribute to disease as well, such as the processing of food, unbalanced nutrient ratios, pesticide contamination and so on.
Still, the impact of EMI may be foolhardy to overlook.
All Solar Panels Generate Dirty Electricity
On a side note, many who use solar panels (photovoltaic panels) are completely unaware of the fact that they are a source of dirty electricity. I've had 15 kilowatt solar panels on my home for the last five years.
Photovoltaic panels generate direct current (DC), which is essentially unusable in most homes.
In order to use the DC current the solar panels generate, you need to use an inverter that converts it to alternating current (AC). The problem is, the inverter used to generate AC is a phenomenal source of dirty electricity. I remediated mine and radically decreased the EMI generated when the inverters are on during the day.
Large, commercial solar arrays have a similar problem.
They use inverters - sometimes thousands of them if they're really big arrays - and they all generate EMI or dirty electricity.
This EMI connects or affects your biology when it's on a circuit or in the earth.
For example, if you have a solar panel in your house, not all circuits in your house will be hooked up to it. The only circuits affected by EMI will be the ones hooked up to the solar panel inverter.
The EMI gets into the ground and can also affect your neighbors.
Chronic EMI Exposure Raises Your Cancer Risk
Once EMI is generated, how far away must you be from the wire in question in order to avoid biological interference? According to Milham, the distance can be quite significant.
In many cases, entire areas of ground can be a source of EMI, raising the current in your body.
Beware of Fluorescent and LED Lights
Milham also discovered that almost all non-incandescent lighting puts high current into your body, directly from the light.
Dr. Alexander Wunsch, a world class expert on photobiology, details many of the health hazards associated with LED lights, but the dirty electricity component is yet another reason to avoid these types of light bulbs in your home and office space.
As noted by Milham:
In the 1950s, photobiologist John Ott studied children in a Florida school who had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
He believed these kinds of behavioral problems were associated with the fluorescent lighting, and was able to improve the children's condition by placing an EMF-blocking wire mesh screen in front of the lights that was then grounded.
This and other findings are discussed in Ott's book, "Health and Light - The Effects of Natural and Artificial Light on Man and Other Living Things."
Male Breast Cancer - A Sentinel for EMI Exposure
Interestingly, Milham's work suggests cancers are frequency-specific,3 meaning certain frequencies cause specific cancers. He also notes that male breast cancer is a sentinel for EMI exposure,4 just like mesothelioma is a sentinel for asbestos exposure.
Unfortunately, few are willing to take the issue seriously.
Milham was also involved in an investigation 5 at La Quinta Middle School in Palm Springs.
Teachers were convinced an environmental problem was at fault for an epidemic of cancer among the staff. In all, 18 teachers at the school had developed cancer. Other schools in the system had at most two or three cases.
The superintendent of the school hired an expert from the local tumor registry (cancer institute), who informed the teachers that their cancers were due to sun exposure.
Milham initially spent months trying to contact the school, to no avail. The superintendent told him they were satisfied with the answers they'd received.
Eventually, at the request of the teachers, he was allowed into the school for two nights to investigate, yet shortly thereafter, he was accused of criminal trespass by the school district. They simply did not want him to get involved.
The state teacher's association stonewalled him as well.
Historical Data Reveal Public Health Impact of Electrification
Clearly, there's a strong negative incentive against this type of information.
What intrigued me is that when Milham did his initial analysis and historical review, 6 he found a strong correlation between electrification and mortality from cancer, including female breast cancer and childhood leukemia 7 - and this data dates back to 1900!
By the turn of the century, most big cities in the world had electricity, while rural areas didn't catch up until the mid-'50s. So, for half a century there were two large United States populations covered by a good vital record system of deaths and births.
One population group was exposed to electricity and the other wasn't.
When you compare these two groups, you discover some truly amazing differences in vital statistics.
Today, the risks are greater than ever before, thanks to ground currents.
The electric grid in the U.S. is called a grounded Wye grid, designed for protection against lighting. The neutral center taps of their transformers are connected to the earth by a wire. In the U.S. about 80 percent of the current delivered to loads like motors and lights returns to the substation via the earth.
Dairy farmers were among the first to sound the alarm that something was wrong.
In the 1970s, they noticed cows were dying, weren't producing milk and had trouble reproducing.
Stetzer, Graham and others did a study in which they identified the parts of the EMF spectrum that impact milk production in cows.
Interestingly, their findings reveal milk production is affected by certain harmonics at multiples of 60 Hz. At these intervals, frequencies have a harmful effect on the cows.
Chances are, the same applies to human beings.
Biological Mechanisms of EMI
As mentioned, dirty electricity or EMI are high-frequency electric transients and harmonics that come and go.
These aberrant peaks in frequency are emitted quite a distance, typically greater than 10 feet. This means that if you're within range, these frequencies can resonate with your body, causing some biological effect.
One suggested mechanism of harm is related to the production of a reactive nitrogen species (RNS) called peroxynitrate. Evidence also suggests it can affect mitochondrial function, which I believe is a major mechanism of harm.
More generally speaking, EMI acts as a biological stressor. In one of Milham's studies, he showed that by cleaning up the electrical environment, they were able to reduce the production of stress hormones.
He's also shown that by filtering dirty electricity from a library, the levels of neurotransmitters in people spending time in the library were beneficially altered.
Milham also cites a study by two German researchers, who were able to demonstrate that the installation of a cellphone tower in a previously pristine valley produced long-term changes in a wide variety of measurable hormones, including stress hormones.
If you're intrigued by this information and want to learn more, be sure to pick up a copy of "Dirty Electricity: Electrification and the Diseases of Civilization."
You can also find more information, including copies of Milham's research papers and scientific reports on his website, SamMilham.com. I've also provided a number of those papers as supporting references throughout this article.
From my perspective, there's no doubt dirty electricity is triggering and/or exacerbating chronic disease, and if you care about your health and longevity, I urge you to face this information head on, disturbing and discouraging as it may be.
While it may be impossible to avoid all EMI exposure, there are ways to limit and minimize your exposure inside your home and, potentially, at work.
Doing so may go a long way toward protecting your and your family's health over the long term.