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Health effects of electromagnetic fields

Since 1960, epidemiological studies have highlighted the possibility of an associative link between exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF) and the occurrence of severe pathologies.

Several studies have shown an increased risk of cancer or leukemia
related to low or extremely low frequency electromagnetic fields a finding which led more recently WHO to classify low or extremely low frequencies in the 2B category, ie as possibly carcinogenic. The deleterious effects of Radiofrequencies on health have been more and more pointed out by scientific publications which led WHO to classify radiofrequencies from mobile phone also in the 2B category, meaning that as low or extremely low EMF, radiofrequencies are recognized as "possibly carcinogenic to humans". Indeed, this was particularly based on the possibility of "an increased risk for brain tumors, associated with wireless phone use".

ECERI research objectives are to understand the precise biological effects by which electromagnetice fields can trigger effects and more particularly cancer and so called electrohypersensitivity, by associating scientists from different research areas. Several research projects have been so far submitted to the ECERI Scientific Committee which is presently searching for fundings.

Four research centers have been proposed to be involved in ECERI collaborative research projects : ARTAC (Paris), because of availability of one of  the largest cohort of electrohypersensitive patients examined in medical consultation (Pr Belpomme),  Pr Olle Johansson’s laboratory (Karolinska Institute), Pr Hardell’s Department (Orebro Hospital) and the ICEMS (International Commission for Electromagnetic Safety, Italy).

To read more about about a recent study on electrohypersensitivity, see ECERI's Newsletter


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      French Senate Statement

      In 2009, four European scientific experts in the field of electromagnetic fields and health, launched an appeal to public authorities regarding the risks of unlimited use of wireless technologies.