Electromagnetic radiation effect on health.

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My question is as follows, how can Electromagnetic radiation disrupt the normal function of human cells.
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It all depends on what wavelength we are discussing. X rays and UV damage DNA. (High Power) IR heats things up and cooks cells.
Longer wavelengths are the subject of lots of alarmist stuff about health. It's hard to distinguish the good information from the bad in that regard.

It's largely a matter of fashion and the latest fads but I wouldn't reject it all out of hand.. My personal theory is that poor health is very much correlated with poor housing. Expensive housing areas do not have so many power distribution cables and high power radio transmitters. So there you have a possible correlation without, necessarily a causal relationship
 
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The jury is still out on whether this even occurs. In general, EMF radiation is too weak to affect the DNA of cells. However, there may be pathways as yet undiscovered that can lead to cells becoming cancerous such as the melatonin path.

The Natl Cancer Institute has this page with many references:

https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/radiation/electromagnetic-fields-fact-sheet#:~:text=Unlike high-energy (ionizing),levels of the hormone melatonin.

Basically, there is no real evidence of EMF causing cancer and in cases where people think it does there are other causative agents that are more likely involved from genetic disposition to contact with radioactive sources or chemical carcinogens.

Lastly, the two link you've provided are not reliable sources of information. The first from Science Daily is an online popular science magazine geared for entertainment. In addition, it covers research done before October 2000 whereas the NCI link above contains results of the most current studies on the matter.

Curiously, there's a link on the Science Daily circa August 2019 about a study where EMF may hinder the spread of breast cancer cells.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/08/190808111440.htm

The second Defend Shield website is trying to sell phone covers those folks who are concerned about this fear. It's hard to accept what they say on the matter as it is likely cherrypicked to enhance the fear factor.

Having said that, I think it's time to close this thread.
 
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