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Dirty Electricity Electrification and the Diseases of Civilization Second Edition by Samuel Milham | PDF Free Download.
This book is written in an urgent attempt to warn you about what I believe to be a global man-made health threat.
When Thomas Edison began wiring New York City with a direct current electricity distribution system in the 1880s,
he gave us the magic of electric light, heat, and power, but inadvertently opened a Pandora’s Box of unimaginable illness and death.
There is a high likelihood that most of the twentieth century “diseases of civilization,” including cardiovascular disease, malignant neoplasms (cancer), diabetes,
and suicide, are not caused by lifestyle alone, but by certain physical aspects of electricity itself.
The data to prove this has been available since 1930, but no one investigated it. Consequently, the “wars” on cancer and cardiovascular diseases are doomed to failure,
because a critical etiologic factor has not been recognized. What’s more, these very diseases are now increasing in the population in direct proportion to our increasing exposures to hightechnology electrical devices.
The electrical part of this story begins with a childhood leukemia cluster centered in Rome, New York, that I studied in the 1960s.
I didn’t realize that the cluster was probably caused by radar exposure until many years later when Stanislaw Szmiegelski,
a researcher in Poland, reported that radar and radioexposed military personnel had high rates of leukemia and lymphoma (Szmiegelski 1996).
In the United States, the emergence of childhood leukemia in the 1930s, and the spread of the age two-through-five-year peak for the major leukemia of childhood,
common acute lymphoblastic leukemia, was strongly correlated with the gradual spread of electrification from urban into rural areas (Milham & Ossiander 2001).
Even today, this childhood leukemia age peak does not appear in non-electrified areas like sub-Saharan Africa.
While conducting the childhood leukemia age peak study, a few adult cancers, including female breast cancer, also showed a strong correlation with residential electrification.
At that time, I could not believe that 60-Hz magnetic fields could be responsible. A few years later, a 2004 newspaper article about a cancer cluster in teachers at the La Quinta Middle School in Southern California led me to conduct another study,
which showed that high frequency voltage transients (called “dirty electricity” by the utility industry) was a potent universal carcinogen.
Dirty electricity rides along on the sixty-cycle sine wave of alternating current (AC) power as high frequency voltage transients, between two and one hundred kilohertz.
It also is increasingly found in ground currents returning to utility substations. They are caused by interruptions of current flow and by arcing and sparking.
Dirty electricity can be present on electrified wires anywhere and probably has been on them since the beginning of electrification.
Ambient dirty electricity couples capacitively to the human body and induces electrical currents in the body. The La Quinta paper, published in 2008 (Milham & Morgan 2008), led to another study in 2009,
“Historical evidence that electrification caused the twentieth century epidemic of disease of civilization” (Milham 2010), which motivated the writing of this book and my warning.
This book will explain how a then seventy-two-year-old retired medical epidemiologist became involved with what turned out to be the most important, interesting, heartbreaking, and difficult series of studies of my long career.
The health and mortality effects of electrification happened so gradually, and on such a wide scale, that they went virtually un-noticed,
and the major illnesses that can be attributed to them came to be considered “normal” diseases of modern civilization.
Although major cities had electricity at the turn of the last century, it took until the mid-1950s for the last farms in the United States to be electrified.
By 1940, more than 90 percent of all the residences in the northeastern United States and California were electrified.
In 1940, almost all urban residents in the United States were, therefore, exposed to electromagnetic fields (EMFs) in their residences and at work,
while rural residents were exposed to varying levels of EMFs, depending on the progress of rural electrification in their states.
In 1940, only 28 percent of residences in Mississippi were electrified, while five other Southern states had less than 50 percent of residences electrified.
Eleven states, mostly in the Northeast, had residential electrification rates above 90 percent.
In the highly electrified Northeastern states and in California, urban and rural residents could have similar levels of EMF exposure,
while in states with low levels of residential electrification, there were potentially great differences in EMF exposure between urban and rural residents.
It wasn’t until 1956 that these differences finally disappeared. What was already known by then, but not appreciated,
was that urban death rates were much higher than rural rates for cardiovascular diseases, malignant neoplasms, diabetes and suicide in the 1930 and 1940 United States mortality data.
In 1930, urban cancer death rates were 58.8 percent higher than rural cancer death rates.
Rural death rates were significantly correlated with the level of residential electric service by state for most of the causes examined.
It is difficult to believe that mortality differences of this magnitude could go unexplained for more than seventy years after first being reported, and forty years after they had actually been noticed and commented upon.
I suspect that in the early part of the twentieth century, nobody was looking for answers or knew how to properly frame the appropriate broad epidemiologic questions.
By the time EMF epidemiology began in earnest in 1979, the entire population was exposed to EMFs.
There was then simply no way to find an unexposed control group; therefore, all studies were potentially biased.
Cohort studies, which follow groups of people forward in time, were by then using EMF-exposed population statistics to compute expected values, and case-control studies were comparing more exposed cases to less exposed controls.
By way of analogy, the mortality from lung cancer in two-pack-a-day smokers is more than twenty times that of non-smokers, but only three times that of onepack-a-day smokers.
Extending that analogy to EMFs, after 1956, the EMF equivalent of a non-smoker ceased to exist in the United States, with the exception of the small Amish population.
The inescapable conclusion of these findings is that the twentieth century epidemic of the so-called diseases of civilization, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and also suicide, was caused by electrification and the unique biological responses we have to it.
A large proportion of these diseases may therefore be preventable. We are an electrochemical soup at the cellular and organ level.
Think of ECG (electrocardiogram), EEG (electroencephalogram), and EMG (electromyogram).
We evolved in a complex EMF environment with an interplay of natural terrestrial and extra-terrestrial EMF sources from solar activity, cosmic rays, and geomagnetic activity.
I believe that our evolutionary balance, developed over the millennia, has been severely disturbed and disrupted by man-made EMFs.
I believe that man-made EMFs, especially dirty electricity, are chronic stressors and are responsible for many of the disease patterns of electrified populations.
The very good news is that there are reasonable ways to eliminate or reduce this hazard if society chooses to do so, in ways that can make modern life far safer without requiring us to live in the dark.
It took nearly fifty years of education and experience to place me in a position to really understand what the La Quinta school cancer data meant.
Please join me in a trip back to Albany, New York, in 1932 as I explain how I got to here from there.
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