The widespread use of the light bulb one of the most life-changing events in the past 10,000 years — was how it all began. In October 1882, Thomas Edison built the first electrical plant that lit just 1,300 street lamps and homes in New York City. What followed was an unprecedented avalanche of inventions that harnessed electric power to make Americans more productive and prosperous, as well as safer and healthier, than ever before. In just the first half of the 20th century, Americans were introduced to everything from conveyor belts, printing presses, electrocardiograms and X-ray machines to radio, radar, television and computers.
In the last 15 years alone, the latest modern electronic wonder wireless technology has expanded like a sponge in water. Today, 84 percent of Americans own cell phones, and by 2012, the wireless industry is expected to become a larger sector of the U.S. economy than agriculture and automobiles. About 89 million of us watch TV shows beamed to us by satellite sports, music, comedy and drama captured by a metal dish on the roof or outside a high-rise window. And you can’t have a cup of coffee at Starbucks without being subject to Wi-Fi, the wireless network that allows you to surf the Internet as you sip your latte.
Yet we may not understand the potential consequences of our latest discoveries any better than our earliest ancestors understood the perils of fire.
Unraveling the Mystery
In the past decade, I have experienced some baffling symptoms for which I could find no relief. In 2005, I was diagnosed with a (thankfully) benign tumor of the parotid, one of the salivary glands located just below the earlobe. Why I got it was a mystery that puzzled even my doctor. It’s a rare tumor, most often caused by radiation exposure. I didn’t live near a nuclear plant, I hadn’t been exposed to an inordinate number of medical X-rays or other screening tests and, except for a brief time I spent working as a nutritionist in a hospital, I hadn’t even been near a CAT scanner or MRI machine. But, on a hunch, I began my investigations with a theory: What if I was suffering from was an environmental condition, one caused by something I’m exposed to every day but consider harmless?
There are several historical connections that supported my suspicions. Many well-respected historians believe the Romans were the first society to be destroyed by environmental toxicity. Wealthy Romans painted their walls with lead-based paint. They used the heavy metal for everything, from water pipes to toys, statues, cosmetics, coffins and roofs. But in an article written for The New England Journal of Medicine, lead poisoning researcher and environmental chemist at the University of Michigan, Jerome Nriagu, Ph.D., D.Sc., says it was their consumption of copious amounts of wine that may have given them their heaviest dose.
The Romans flavored their wine by simmering the grape juice in lead pots or lead-lined copper kettles, which not only affected taste but made the wine last longer. Lead has a sweet taste, so it enhanced the sweetness of the wine — which earned the metal the reputation as the “sweet poison.” The acidic nature of the grapes extracted large amounts of lead from the utensils, and then the Romans quaffed the drink out of lead cups. They may have been taking in as much as 20 milligrams of lead a day just from wine alone enough to cause chronic lead poisoning, diminish fertility, and cause mental and emotional impairments.
After more than a year of research, I’ve come to the conclusion that we, such as the ancient Romans, are being exposed to an invisible type of “new” pollution that is making our life “sweeter” certainly more convenient — but that comes with formidable and unforeseen side effects.
It’s called “electropollution.” It’s odorless, colorless and invisible, and it’s probably enveloping you right now. As writer Sara Shannon writes in her 1993 book, Technology’s Curse: Diet for the Atomic Age, about low-level radiation: “It cannot be seen, felt or heard. It is tasteless and odorless. It is in our food and in the air; it is in our blood and in our bones and can remain in our ashes to go on to contaminate someone else.”
Our “sweet poison” is the electromagnetic fields (EMFs) produced by our cell phones, PDAs, wireless networks, cell and broadcast towers, power lines, fluorescent lights, and even the electrical systems that power our appliances, TVs, computers and bedside alarm clocks all those technological devices that make our lives easier. We are affected 24/7 by an unprecedented number of frequencies and wavelengths. By some estimates, we’re exposed daily to as much as 100 million times more electromagnetic radiation than our grandparents were. It flows around us, in us, and interferes with the body’s fundamental electric forces of life, including the communication between our cells that tells them how to grow, develop, divide, and even when to die.
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Date posted: Friday, June 29th, 2012 7:34 am | Under category: Uncategorized
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