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There are thousands of books, and thousands of scientific studies about the health effects of electromagnetic fields (EMF) and radiation (EMR), but we highly recommend the following 2 books, beginning with the first - an amazing history of electricity from the early Leyden jars of 1740 through the centuries to today and the rollout of 5G.
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The Invisible Rainbow: A History of Electricity and Life by Arthur Firstenberg.
Paperback, 576 pages (including 183 pages of Bibliography),
Published 2020, Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Co
(also licensed in Dutch, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Korean, Russian, Bulgarian)
We agree with the following reviewers: the first writes, "This seminal book…will transform your understanding…of the environmental and health effects of electricity and radio frequencies" - Paradigm Explorer
And recently, in January 2023, a grateful customer of Sensory Perspective wrote the following informal review; while mindful of the difference between correlation and causation, we wholeheartedly agree with his assessment:
I confess to reading The Invisible Rainbow word for word, and I found it completely compelling. Firstenberg builds a fascinating and well-researched case, step by step, showing the effects of man-made EMF and EMR on human health generally, and the hell it must be for those who react to it directly - the electrosensitive among us.
He begins in 1740 or so, not blaming electricity for any health effects then, but to show how much excitement and experimentation there was then, and has been since. (Can't you just imagine how everyday folk were enthralled with this new phenomenon (static electricity), even in the 1740s, with 250 people holding hands in a chain, each feeling the jolt from electricity applied to the first person in line (not to mention every curious mind testing for medical applications)?
One after another, he cites and describes countless experiments, studies, and discoveries, along with the people behind them (most from all the best universities, with all the best degrees). Several show how plants, animals, and insects all function through electric current - there would be no life without it. He then shows that we are all surrounded by much higher man-made voltages and currents, which must certainly disturb/confuse/overload, if not jam, the ultra low currents and signals of our nervous systems.
Over the years, I have heard many theories about how "incoming EMR" affects each and every cell - affecting cellular communication and such, with the cell responding to the "incoming(!) EMR", by defensively closing its cell wall, but reducing the cell's capacity to expel free radicals and process incoming nutrients. Well, scientists have refined those theories, and Firstenberg summarizes how exposure to EMR causes the metabolism (cellular respiration) of each of our cells to slow, and while that actually may result in our living longer, those slow-metabolism cells can't keep up with the processing of fats and sugars, leaving them to be deposited into our muscles (hearts and pot bellies), and overloaded pancreas - with the resulting diabetes, heart problems, and cancer.
Reference-by-reference, footnote-by-footnote, he shows how diabetes, heart problems, and cancer were not primary 'causes of death' 200 years ago, even 100 years ago. Throughout the book, and covering the past 300 years, he also lists the increasing number of radar transmitters and EMR sources - from which all of the man-made EMR around us has come and is now ever-present.
With all the groundwork laid in previous chapters, I found Chapters 12 ("Diabetes", especially from page 209 on) and 13 ("Cancer") especially compelling.
And, all of the above is supported by 183 pages of Bibliography. It is a great work!
DISCONNECT: The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation"
By Devra Davis, PhD, MPH
Paperback, 304 pages, published 2010 and 2013
Publisher: Environmental Health Trust
ISBN-10: 1925321444 and ISBN-13: 978-1925321449
Firstly, we urge you read 'About the Author' (at the end of this page), and decide whether you feel she is qualified to write this book.
"As Disconnect shows, cell phones may actually be doing damage to far more than our attention spans and could, in fact, be killing us." - Salon.com.
Since the invention of radar, cell phone radiation was assumed to be harmless because it wasn't like X-rays. But a sea change is now occurring in the way scientists think about it. The latest research ties this kind of radiation to lowered sperm counts, an increased risk of Alzheimer's, and even cancer.
For context, and while written over 10 years ago, Devra Davis presents a range of recent and long-suppressed research in this timely bombshell. Stunningly, the most popular gadget of our age has now been shown to damage DNA, break down the brain's defences and reduce sperm count while increasing memory loss, the risk of Alzheimer's disease and even cancer. The growing brains of children make them especially vulnerable and half of the world's mobile phone users are under 20. As this eye-opening call to action shows, safer mobile phones can be made now, so why are they not available?
About the Author - Dr. Devra Lee Davis, Ph.D, MPH
Visiting Professor of the Hebrew University Medical Center of Jerusalem, and Ondokuz Mayis University School of Medicine of Samsun, Turke (2015-‐2016), Devra Davis was Founding Director, Center for Environmental Oncology, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, and Professor of Epidemiology at the Graduate School of Public Health (2004-‐ 2010) and Founding Director, Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology of the U.S. National Research Council (1983-‐1993), where she also served as Scholar in Residence. She has served as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Visiting Professor at Mt.Sinai School of Medicine, Oberlin College and Carnegie Mellon University. Davis is Founder and President of Environmental Health Trust, a non-‐profit research and public education organization that is part of the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole. She is also the author of more than 200 scientific publications, 10 edited monographs, and three popular books, as well as numerous op-eds and blogs for Huffington Post, Drudge Report, Alternet.com and other sources.
Dr. Davis holds a B.S. and M.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, both received in 1967. She completed a Ph.D. in science studies at the University of Chicago as a Danforth Foundation Graduate Fellow, 1972 and a M.P.H. in epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins University as a Senior National Cancer Institute Post-‐Doctoral Fellow, 1982.
President Clinton appointed the Honorable Dr. Davis to the newly established Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, (1994-‐99) an independent executive branch agency that investigates, prevents, and mitigates chemical accidents. As the former Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Health in the Department of Health and Human Services, she has counseled leading officials in the United States, United Nations, European Environment Agency, Pan American Health Organization, World Health Organization, and World Bank and served as a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the U.S. National Toxicology Program, 1983-‐86 and various advisory committees to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Davis has been a Fellow of both the American Colleges of Toxicology and of Epidemiology. The Betty Ford Comprehensive Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society gave her the Breast Cancer Awareness Award. She was commended by the Director of the National Cancer Institute for Outstanding Service, appointed a Global Environmental advisor to Newsweek Magazine, and Awarded the Woman of Distinction Award from The Lemelson Center for Invention and Innovation of the Smithsonian Institution honored her as an innovator on the environment and invited her to give a distinguished lecture in 1998. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change of the United Nations Climate Convention tapped her to serve as a Lead Author on their assessment of climate mitigation policies. She received the Woman of Distinction Award from the Conservative Judaism’s Women’s League.
She was a member of a team of scientists awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 with the Honorable Al Gore. Her work has been featured on CNN, Forbes.com, CSPAN, CBC, BBC, and public radio, and numerous blogs.