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Goldwein O1, Aframian DJ. Salivary Gland Clinic, Department of Oral Medicine, Faculty of Dental Medicine, Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Dental Medicine, Jerusalem, Israel.
BACKGROUND: Handheld mobile phones (MPHs) have become a 'cultural' accessory device, no less so than a wrist watch. Nevertheless, the use of MPHs has given rise to great concern because of possible adverse health effects from exposure to the radiofrequency radiation (RFR) emitted by the device. Previous studies suggested correlation between MPH and salivary gland tumors.
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether MPH induces physiologic changes in the adjacent parotid gland, located on the dominant side, in terms of secretion rates and protein levels in the secreted saliva.
MATERIALS AND METHOD: Stimulated parotid saliva was collected simultaneously from both glands in 50 healthy volunteers whose MPH use was on a dominant side of the head.
RESULTS: A significantly higher saliva secretion rate was noticed in the dominant MPH side compared with that in the non-dominant side. Lower total protein concentration was obtained in the dominant compared with the non-dominant MPH side among the right dominant MPH users.
CONCLUSIONS: Parotid glands adjacent to handheld MPH in use respond by elevated salivary rates and decreased protein secretion reflecting the continuous insult to the glands. This phenomenon should be revealed to the worldwide population and further exploration by means of large-scale longitudinal studies is warranted. . . .
Hints for a Shared Pathophysiology?
Background: Tinnitus is a frequent condition with high morbidity and impairment in quality of life. The pathophysiology is still incompletely understood. Electromagnetic fields are discussed to be involved in the multi-factorial pathogenesis of tinnitus, but data proofing this relationship are very limited. Potential health hazards of electromagnetic fields (EMF) have been under discussion for long. Especially, individuals claiming themselves to be electromagnetic hypersensitive suffer from a variety of unspecific symptoms, which they attribute to EMF-exposure. The aim of the study was to elucidate the relationship between EMF-exposure, electromagnetic hypersensitivity and tinnitus using a case-control design.
Methodology: Tinnitus occurrence and tinnitus severity were assessed by questionnaires in 89 electromagnetic hypersensitive patients and 107 controls matched for age-, gender, living surroundings and workplace. Using a logistic regression approach, potential risk factors for the development of tinnitus were evaluated.
Findings: Tinnitus was significantly more frequent in the electromagnetic hypersensitive group (50.72% vs. 17.5%) whereas tinnitus duration and severity did not differ between groups. Electromagnetic hypersensitivity and tinnitus were independent risk factors for sleep disturbances. However, measures of individual EMF-exposure like e.g. cell phone use did not show any association with tinnitus.
Conclusions: Our data indicate that tinnitus is associated with subjective electromagnetic hypersensitivity. An individual vulnerability probably due to an over activated cortical distress network seems to be responsible for, both, electromagnetic hypersensitivity and tinnitus. Hence, therapeutic efforts should focus on treatment strategies (e.g. cognitive behavioral therapy) aiming at normalizing this dysfunctional distress network. . . .
Objective: We sought direct evidence that acute exposure to environmental-strength electromagnetic fields could induce somatic reactions (EMF hypersensitivity).
Methods: The subject, a female physician self-diagnosed with EMF hypersensitivity, was exposed to an average (over the head) 60-Hz electric field of 300 V/m (comparable to typical environmental-strength EMFs) during controlled provocation and behavioral studies.
Results: In a double-blinded EMF provocation procedure specifically designed to minimize unintentional sensory cues, the subject developed temporal pain, headache, muscle-twitching, and skipped heartbeats within 100 s after initiation of EMF exposure (P < 0.05). The symptoms were caused primarily by field transitions (off-on, on-off) rather than the presence of the field, as assessed by comparing the frequency and severity of the effects of pulsed and continuous fields in relation to sham exposure. The subject had no conscious perception of the field as judged by her inability to report its presence more often than in the sham control.
Discussion: The subject demonstrated statistically reliable somatic reactions in response to exposure to subliminal EMFs under conditions that reasonably excluded a causative role for psychological processes.
Conclusion: EMF hypersensitivity can occur as a bona fide environmentally-inducible neurological syndrome.
Pilot Study 2008 - Increased Concentrations of Certain Persistent Organic Pollutants in Subjects with Self-Reported Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity - Hardell, Carlberg, Soderqvist, Hardell, Bjornfoth, Bavel and Lindstrom
"A number of persons report a variety of health problems related to exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF)or being close to electrical equipment. These symptoms have been grouped together as electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS). The prevalence has been reported to 5% in Switzerland, in Sweden and in California. Reactions typically include a wide range of non specific symptoms that afflicted individuals attribute to exposure to EMF. . .
The Fifth Estate CBC- January 10, 2014 (Season 35 Episode 10)
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Guideline of the Austrian Medical Association for the diagnosis and treatment of EMF- related health problems and illnesses (EMF syndrome)
Adopted at the meeting of environmental medicine officers of the Regional Medical Association's and the Austrian Medical Association on 3rd March 2012 in Vienna.
"There has been a sharp rise in unspecific, often stress-associated health problems that increasingly present physicians with the challenge of complex differential diagnosis. A cause that has been accorded little attention so far is increasing electrosmog exposure at home, at work and during leisure activities, occurring in addition to chronic stress in personal and working life. It correlates with an overall situation of chronic stress that can lead to burnout.
"How can physicians respond to this development?
"The Austrian Medical Association has developed a guideline for differential diagnosis and potential treatment of unspecific stress-related health problems associated with electrosmog. Its core element is a patient questionnaire consisting of a general assessment of stress symptoms and a specific assessment of electrosmog exposure.
"The guideline is intended as an aid in diagnosing and treating EMF-related health problems. . . .
In summary, the following treatment measures appear advantageous, depending on the individual case:
a) Reduction of exposure to electric and magnetic fields and high frequency electromagnetic waves. For more information see e.g. the information folder on electrosmog
b) Lifestyle coaching (exercise, nutrition, addictive substances, sleeping habits etc.) and stress reduction measures (reduction of general stress and work stress), as well as methods to increase stress resistance (autogenic training, yoga, progressive muscle relaxation, breathing techniques, meditation, tai chi, qui gong).
c) Holistic treatments such as anti-oxidative and anti-nitrosative therapies, trace elements, vitamins, amino acids.
d) Treatment of symptoms until the causes have been identified and eliminated. . . .
Martha R. Herbert and Cindy Sage (July 2013) (Keywords: Autism; EMF/RFR; Cellular stress; Oxidative stress; Mitochondrial dysfunction; Oscillatory synchronization; Environment; Radiofrequency; Wireless; Children; Fetus)
Regarding Occupational Extremely Low Frequency Magnetic Field Exposure
Place and Duration of Study: Neurology and Preventive Medicine, Keck School of
Medicine, University of Southern California, 2 years.
Methodology: The study population consisted of 3050 Mexican Americans, aged 65+,
enrolled in Phase 1 of the Hispanic Established Population for the Epidemiologic Study
of the Elderly (H-EPESE) study. Mini-Mental State Exam (MMSE) results, primary
occupational history, and other data were collected. Severe cognitive dysfunction was
defined as an MMSE score below 10. The MF exposure methodology developed and
used in earlier studies was used.
Results: Univariate odds ratios (OR) were 3.4 (P< .03; 95% CI: 1.3-8.9) for high and 1.7
(P=.27; 95% CI: 0.7-4.1) for medium or high (M/H) MF occupations. In multivariate main
effects models, the results were similar. When interaction terms were allowed in the
models, the interactions between M/Hor high occupational MF exposure and smoking
history or age group were statistically significant, depending upon whether two (65-74,
75+) or three (65-74, 75-84, 85+) age groups were considered, respectively. When the
analyses were limited to subjects aged 75+, the interactions between M/H or high MF
occupations and a positive smoking history were statistically significant.
Conclusion: The results of this study indicate that working in an occupation with high or
M/H MF exposure may increase the risk of severe cognitive dysfunction. Smoking and
older age may increase the deleterious effect of MF exposure.
Subjective symptoms related to GSM radiation from mobile phone base stations: a cross-sectional study
The results of this study are disturbing and confirm what we know to be true: people who live near cell towers can and do become ill. The research is solid and the information is convincing with tests for possible confounders (Table 1) eliminating concerns that the "subjective" symptoms are psychosomatic.
Gomez-Perretta, C, Navarro, EA Segura, J, and M Portoles. 2014. Subjective symptoms related to GSM radiation from mobile phone bas stations: a cross-sectional study. BMJ Open. 10 pp.
Exploring the rift between conventional and alternative health care - Stephen J. Genuis
" . . .Challenging the status quo with adoption of new ideas and skills has always been, and remains, the customary path to scientific and clinical progress. Perhaps it is time to incorporate credible science and reputable evidence, whatever the source, into the practice of mainstream clinical medicine. Perhaps it is time to consider medicine without descriptors and to integrate outcome-based measures as the primary indicator of high-quality health care. Perhaps regulatory bodies should protect the public by securing compliance with health care that delivers safe and optimal results. Perhaps bridges rather than walls should be erected between fragmenting medical disciplines. . . .
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