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Wireless radiation from mobile communications may be responsible for the “epidemic rise” in deaths from brain disease, according to a new study from researchers at two UK universities.

Reporting their findings in the journal Medical Hypotheses*, the researchers say: “What there can be little doubt about is that there is an epidemic rise in neurological deaths.

“The increased background EMF (electro-magnetic fields) on people over the past two decades – with remarkable increases in digital devices – raises the question: are we beginning to see the negative health impact similar to the delayed development of environmental-based disorders with a 20-year lead-in, such as asbestosis and the previously-assumed neutral organophosphates?”

They report that fatal brain diseases such as early onset dementias, Motor Neuron Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s, as well as previously rarer conditions such as Multiple System Atrophy and Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, have increased steeply over the last 25 years.

They note: “Twenty five years ago, apart from FM radio antennas and domestic TV and radio, the sources of EMF were not yet in general use.”

And they add: “Human neurology is essentially an electro-biochemical system. Therefore EMF is likely to play a significant role.”

They dismiss the often-used argument that because people are, overall, living longer they are more likely to develop more age-related problems, such as neurological diseases. Latest WHO data for global mortality from neurological disease deaths – updated in June 2018 – show that while the number of people in the United States aged over 75 increased 49 per cent between 1989 and 2015, US neurological deaths increased five-fold during the same period.

The researchers say that the age-related theory is also starkly challenged by the “explosive rise” in early onset dementias. The British Parkinson’s Society has established a Young Persons section for sufferers under 40 years of age, and a new British charity, Young Dementia UK, has many clients aged under 50.

The authors point out that the WHO data also show a particularly alarming rise in deaths from brain disease among those aged 55 to 74 in the last decade alone. For example, a 32 per cent rise in the US, a 45 per cent increase in the UK, a 56 per cent rise in the Netherlands, a 50 per cent rise Japan, and a 68 per cent increase in Greece.

The team, from Bournemouth University and the University of Southampton, argue that the huge increase in background EMF in recent years has acted as a ‘tipping point’ in a world already full of other threats to human health.

They write: “The key is to think outside the box and consider what might EMF do to the other existing pollutants in the human environment and the number of years it takes to develop neurodegenerative diseases, as with other classic environmental-induced pathology.”

And they warn: “The slow response to emerging scientific alarm bells was seen in the reluctant acceptance of the problem with asbestos – which has led today to a growing epidemic of people entering their sixties with asbestos-related diseases – and with the previously assumed neutral organophosphates.

“The recent Volkswagen scandal where they hid the extent of diesel particulates shows that we cannot always trust even the most prestigious companies to acknowledge the inadvertent negative impacts on human health of economic activity.”

Perhaps we should heed their warning as we steam ahead towards 5G.

* ”Are rises in Electro-Magnetic Field in the human environment, interacting with multiple environmental pollutions, the tipping point for increases in neurological deaths in the Western World?” by Colin Pritchard, Anne Silk and Lars Hansen (open access)

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0306987719300040?via%3Dihub=

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