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Re: Non-ionizing radiation

Ruth Weiner wrote:

> The "bottom line" seems to be that no one has been able to demonstrate a
> consistent dose-response relationship between the magnetic field generated by AC
> and any kind of cancer.  I seem to recall an issue of either HEALTH PHYSICS or
> RISK ANALYSIS devoted to the subject, about 2 years ago. Bonneville did a
> thorough animal study and found nothing. The Wertheimer- Leeper study, which is
> often cited by those who want to think EM radiation gives one cancer, purported
> to find clusters of childhood leukemias in neighborhoods where ther was a visual
> proximity to power lines (that is, the power lines looked to be close to those
> houses where the childen had leukemia...).  Further investigation of these
> neighborhooods could not find a correlation between magnetic field and leukemia.
>  Also, the magnetic,field dose from an ordinary AC appliance (hair dryer,
> electric blanket, etc) is usually a lot more than from a powerline, because the
> receptor is a lot closer to the appliance.
> I thought the issue was dead.

Unfortunately, it is not dead, it is alive but not so well, still running around
like a headless chicken.  In addition to the sources already mentionned, there is an
overview issue of the journal TECHNOLOGY: JOURNAL OF THE FRANKLIN INSTITUTE, 334A,
vol. 1, 1997.  This special issue was edited by Dick Wilson and others at Harvard
and contains some excellent survey papers.

Fritz A. Seiler, Ph.D.
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