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Biotechnology - Natural vs. Man-Made Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) - Future Perspectives for R&D

  1. 1. Natural vs. Man-Made Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) - Future Perspectives for R&D Mikko Ahonen Partner, Sustainable Mobile Ltd PhD, Researcher, University of Tampere REACT 12 – Biotechnology Seminar – February 3rd 2012 - Tampere, Finland
  2. 2. Background - Mikko Ahonen: <ul><li>Founder, partner Sustainable Mobile Ltd </li></ul><ul><li>Researcher, including bioelectromagnetics research, University of Tampere </li></ul><ul><li>PhD in computer science </li></ul><ul><li>Co-operation: - FinnMedi Ltd - Центр электромагнитной безопасности (Radiation protection authority, Russia) - Gigahertz-Solutions GmbH </li></ul><ul><li>Worked in the IT&Telecom (TeliaSonera etc) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Sustainable Mobile Ltd, Business: Health Risk Management of Mobile and Power Technologies CEO: Sari Ahonen. Work-safety Expert, Antti Ahonen
  4. 4. Topics <ul><li>- Paradigm shift in science? Examples </li></ul><ul><li>- Natural electromagnetic fields </li></ul><ul><li>Man-made electromagnetic fields </li></ul><ul><li>Overlap </li></ul><ul><li>Potential for R&D </li></ul><ul><li>- Questions </li></ul>
  5. 5. Paradigm shift? FDA approves a new device for treating liver cancer ” T reated with very low levels of an electromagnetic field emitting from a spoon-like device placed in the patients’ mouths. … After six months, the tumors in 14 patients had stabilized after each received three one-hour treatments per day each day; the therapy created no significant side effects.” To date, other treatment options have been limited. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has only approved one drug, Sorafenib , in 20 years. Clinical trials / 3 publications in the British Journal of Cancer : Zimmerman et al. (2012) Costa et al. (2011) Barbault et al. (2009). Operating at 27.12 MHz, Pulses between 100 Hz–21 kHz
  6. 6. Another PEMF (Pulsed ElectroMagnetic Fields) treatment approved by the FDA <ul><li>Treating glioblastoma, melanoma and lugn cancer. Effect on dividing cells, only. </li></ul><ul><li>Using kHz-pulses: melanoma 100 kHz, glioma cells at 200 kHz </li></ul><ul><li>Device is called: NovoTTF-100A </li></ul>Clinical trials I, II, III and their reports: Kirson et al. , (2007) Kirson et al ., (2009) Stupp et al. ( 2010) Bioelectromagnetics Grand Old Man Professor Carl Blackman, Editorial:
  7. 7. Natural electromagnetic fields
  8. 8. Natural radiation
  9. 9. Schumann Resonance, Professor R. O. Schumann (1952) 7.83 Hz , 14.3 Hz, 20.8 Hz, 27.3 Hz Dominant frequency  8 Hz
  10. 10. Space research and Schumann Resonance - A Schumann-generator, designed for space travel - For health reasons (to synchronise brain, EEG) - Both for the Sojuz & Apollo -programs - Professor Yuri Grigoriev, RNCNIRP (Russian National Committee on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection) EEG
  11. 11. What happens when natural EMFs are removed ? <ul><li>Research done in the Max Planck Institute in the 1960’s </li></ul><ul><li>In a bunker (Faraday cage) both humans and animals observed. </li></ul><ul><li>Lighting changes did not much affect circadian rhythm. BUT when natural EMFs (including Schumann resonance) were removed , the rhythm changed to 33 hour . </li></ul>Source: Wever (1969), Dowse and Palmer (1969)
  12. 12. <ul><li>By producing an artificial Schumann resonance in the bunker ( 10 Hz:n frequency, 8,3 uW/m2 power density * ), the 24 hour rhythm returned . </li></ul><ul><li>(Natural) EMFs has a Zeitgeberfunktion / effect on Circadian Rhythm </li></ul>What happens when natural electromagnetic field are returned ? * Comment: 8,3 uW/m2 is about 1/1.000.000-part of existing official guideline for EMFs! Source: Wever (1969), Dowse and Palmer (1969)
  13. 13. Thermal-only ICNIRP-guidelines (for 3G/UMTS) vs. Recommendations based on 24/7 biological effects (BioInitiative, Land Salzburg) - indoors Note: ICNIRP-guidance level is 100.000-1.000.000-times higher! The Disruptive Innovation? Radiofrequency (RF) radiation (Power density unit, microwatts per square meter).
  14. 14. Sferics, cold and warm -front, Föhn-wind, “Wetterfühligkeit” , in kHz-range Before the front: 0,27 uW/m2 , During Sferics: 27 uW/m2 (causes headache, tiredness, depression for some people, also pain in amputated limbs) (Lotmar et al ., 1969; Reiter, 1960)
  15. 15. Typical frequencies - During Atmospherics (Sferics) Source:Schippke (2001) Simulated Sferics in a laboratory: Decrease in EEG alpha power Schienle et al. (1998): Several kHz, pulsed
  16. 16. Magnetosense - Chryptochrome Professor Andrew Marino: Non-linear signal analysis is needed !!
  17. 17. Man-made electromagnetic fields
  18. 18. Man-made electromagnetic fields
  19. 19. From Sferics to Voltage Transients (<>“dirty electricity”) <ul><li>High voltage transients in the electrical network </li></ul><ul><li>damage machines and electronics . </li></ul><ul><li>In humans transients in kHz-range induce </li></ul><ul><li>high current density in the body </li></ul><ul><li>-> health problems? Interest: Power quality in hospitals and schools. </li></ul>Ahonen, M., Muhin, R. & Trushin, M. (2010). Voltage Transients and Effect on Health. The 6th Radiation Research Conference, Conference Proceedings, Moscow, Russia.  Overview:
  20. 20. <ul><li>The WHO/International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B) , based on an increased risk for glioma , a malignant type of brain cancer, associated with wireless phone use. </li></ul>Latest IARC/WHO classification: Limitation: REFLEX and other genotoxic data excluded.
  21. 21. <ul><li>PDF: </li></ul>International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health 2010;16:263–267 <ul><li>Looked at epidemiological studies of mobile phone base stations </li></ul><ul><li>8 of 10 studies indicates risk: “increased prevalence of adverse neurobehavioral symptoms or cancer in populations living at distances < 500 meter from basestations” . </li></ul>
  22. 22. <ul><li>Radio and TV transmitters: </li></ul><ul><li>Effect : Dolk et al. (1997a), Hocking & Gordon (2003), Ha et al. (2007), Mascarinec et al. (1994, Michelozzi et al. (2002), Morton & Phillips (1983), Park et al. (2004) [ More leukemia and lymphoma ] </li></ul><ul><li>No effect: Dolk et al. (1997b), Mersenich et al. (2008) </li></ul>Mobile phone base stations: Effect: Abdel-Rassoul et al. (2007), Eger et al. (2004), Hutter et al. (2006), Gadzicka et al. (2004) Navarro et al. (2003), Santini et al. (2003), Wolf & Wolf (2004), Blettner et al . (2008), Eger & Jahn (2010) [wide range: hermostollisista oireista rintasyöpään ] No effect: Meyer et al. (2006), Berg-Beckhoff et al .(2009) EPIDEMIOLOGICAL STUDIES
  23. 23. Wi-Fi in health care <ul><li>Wireless Baby Pajama to prevent SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) </li></ul>
  24. 24. Wi-Fi (Wireless Fidelity) WLAN = W ireless L ocal A rea N etwork) Carrier: 2400-2485 MHz Pulsing: 50-500 Hz Device ID pulse: 10 Hz Papageorgiou et al. (2011)  Effect on short-term memory Maganioti et al. (2011) affected brain-functioning deleteriously in the alpha- and beta-band in women , not men. Havas et al. (2010)  Effect on heart-rate variability (HRV) . Possible connection: Project Sanguine, elevated serum triglyceride (Beischer, 1973) Avendano et al. (2011) decreases sperm motility and increases DNA fragmentation . Is it really safe and healthy to cover all hospitals with Wi-Fi?
  25. 25. &quot;The alive human body is an electromagnetic instrument , not just a bag of chemicals. Information is transported electrically, the body chemistry is controlled by electrical signals .” - Gerald Hyland
  26. 26. How cells communicate? New and old theory Source: James L. Oschman: “Energy Medicine – The Scientific Basis” Luc Montagnier, Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2008
  27. 27. Extra: Grounding / Earthing
  28. 28. “ Umbrella effect” Grounding has an effect on potential differences Shoes with rubber sole 0 Volts No shoes + 350 Volts + 350 Volts
  29. 29. Source: Dr. William Amalu, President, International Academy of Clinical Thermography LEFT: Poor blood circulation, shown by a thermal camera Right: Radically improved blood circulation After 4 nights of sleeping on a grounded mat.
  30. 30. Resting membrane potential, -70 mV Resting membrane potential in a cell More:  Man-made technologies&artifial materials cause potential differences, grounding (perhaps) minimises potential differences
  31. 31. Wound healing in hospitals (beds) ? Before: a non-healing wound After: Grounding sessions, 30 min/day, Photo taken 2 weeks later. A healed wound.
  32. 32. Final words <ul><li>As part of what I and Sustainable Mobile Ltd have found out, I might have a partial solution for the very serious MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) problem. </li></ul>
  33. 33. Questions and comments welcome! <ul><li>Mikko Ahonen </li></ul><ul><li>Partner, Sustainable Mobile Ltd </li></ul><ul><li>PhD, Researcher, University of Tampere </li></ul><ul><li>Telephone: +358-29-1230899, 050-3451 528 (SMS) </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail: mikko [at] sustainablemobile . com </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> / </li></ul>

Editor's Notes

  • Often the signals in mobile devices and networks are stronger than what those natural signals (and currents) in the human body are. Additionally, those sigals use the same frequences as brain waves. That might be problematic. An example: Brain waves Alpha 8–12 Hz Beta &gt; 13 Hz Delta 3 Hz Theta 4–7 Hz