Electromagnetic fields do not directly trigger cancer, they act “only” through the immune system.
Cancer is the disease which relation with exposure has been most studied, due to cancer clusters which were frequently observed near TV or mobile telephony emitters.
Cancer was also important for progressing theoretical aspects, with the discovery and physical/biological explanation of low-power transient pro-cancer effects at onset of emitters playing a pivotal role in the development of the theory of the interaction of electromagnetic waves with the immune system. However, this low power temporary pro-cancer effect of electromagnetic waves on cancer is not a direct effect (like a mutagenic effect) and does not cause a new cancer to appear. Instead, cancers which should have been eliminated by the immune system develop without an appropriate immune response, ultimately yielding to death.
Although a detailed theoretical approach is useful to fully understood observations, the fact that electromagnetic fields act via the immune system rather than via a direct effect on cancer can also be deduced directly from experimental results (see page “cancer-facts in brief“) . These results do not show cancer appearing on a zero-cancer background but rather an increase of cancer incidence which is proportionate with a pre-existing cancer risk. Such experimental findings can only be explained by an action on the immune system. This conclusion is strengthened by the fact that for certain exposure conditions the incidence of cancer is reduced, which would be wholly unexplainable by a direct effect on cancer.
Impact on the immune system affects all diseases
Since electromagnetic waves interact with the immune system they can be expected to affect not only cancer, but almost any disease, since the immune system is our protection against virtually all diseases.
Emergent diseases are of particular interest
A significant number of emergent diseases have plagued the 20th century. Unlike those diseases imported from America in the 16th century, there is no accepted explanation for this phenomenon. Exposure to electromagnetic fields is a natural candidate.
Diseases which develop quickly are easier to study.
A causal relation can be difficult to establish. The impact of a change in exposure to electromagnetic fields is measures using statistics. However many diseases affect statistics only when causing death, often many years after the initial triggering of the disease. It is thus often difficult to connect a change in exposure with a statistically measurable effect.
Luckily, some emergent diseases were short-term diseases lending themselves better to a statistical approach:
- epidemic Poliomyelitis : a disease requiring Poliovirus infection. Poliomyelitis epidemics lasted usually one summer. Poliomyelitis was essentially eliminated by vaccination in the 1950s, but would otherwise still be a widespread disease today.
- Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease / Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy : a disease requiring the presence of Prions. It is a disease of the nervous system, like Alzheimer’s, but unlike Alzheimer’s it is not a long-term disease.: survival time is about 6 months.
The AIDS issue:
Amongst emergent diseases, AIDS was the worst killer of the 20th century. Whether AIDS was or was not related to exposure to electromagnetic fields is thus an issue of some importance. I considered this issue and proposed the hypothesis that the HIV virus appeared as a consequence of exposure to radio and television electromagnetic fields. There are considerable arguments in favor of this hypothesis, but unlike the previous two diseases there is no easy statistical evidence. You may read the study of the AIDS issue.
The fact that the intera asction of these particular diseases with electromagnetic fields had not been suspected before is immaterial: theory predicts that, due to the interaction of the immune system with the electromagnetic field, all diseases interact to some degree with electromagnetic fields, even at very low power. If the theory is correct as applied to cancer it must also be applicable to other diseases. It is likely that a number of other diseases are also interacting with electromagnetic fields and that the use of radiofrequencies for communication purposes has deeply shaped the epidemiology of the 20th century.
However, unlike the case of cancer and auto-immunity for which there is to some degree a scientific consensus on the existence of effects – at least in the higher range of legally admissible exposure powers – in the case of the above mentioned diseases there is no such consensus as the issue is not dealt with anywhere else than on this web site. Therefore, the reader can rely only on his own appreciation concerning the arguments presented herein.