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New Research Shows Link Between Wireless Signals, Heart Problems

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Published on Mon, Nov 9, 2009 by Eric Mack

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It looks like certain people are particularly affected by microwave radiation from various devices, and the number of people so affected seems to be growing. New scientific research shows that some individuals suffer from a hypersensitivity to electrical fields like those from cell phones, cordless phones and wireless routers.

Dr. Magda Havas, who is an associate professor of environmental and resource studies at Trend University in Peterborough, Ontario, presented her findings on Sunday. She says one of their tests exposed electrically-sensitive people to a cordless phone that radiates microwaves as soon as it's plugged in. The test subjects weren't on the phone and weren't aware when it was on or off.

"One individual's heartbeat was 68 beats per minute. When we plugged in the phone into a live outlet, it jumped to 122 beats per minute, and as soon as we unplugged the phone, it went down to 66 beats again."

Dr. Havas says previous research has shown links between wireless radiation and brain cancer, but their research broadens the concern to include other systems in the body.

She says that, just as an increasing number of people are becoming sensitive to things like peanuts, shellfish or certain chemicals, there's also a growing population of people with electro-hypersensitivity. She says the symptoms resemble rapid aging.

"They include fatigue, difficulty sleeping, body aches and pains, dizziness, problems with thinking and remembering."

Dr. Havas says many people showing the symptoms of electro-hypersensitivity feel like they're having a heart attack, and often get the wrong treatment.

"These individuals go to their doctors complaining about this, and they're over-medicated with heart medication when there's absolutely nothing wrong with their hearts; they're simply responding to an environmental stressor."

Camilla Rees collaborated with Dr. Havas on the report, and also on a book titled "Public Health SOS - The Shadow Side of the Wireless Revolution." Rees says potential links have also been found between microwave radiation and increased rates of autism and the disappearance of bees.

"Further research on this is necessary, and it is urgent that our government start to pay attention to the disruptive effects that wireless technologies are having on people and on nature."

Phone companies and manufacturers of phones and other communications devices using microwaves say their products are safe and dispute research to the contrary.

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