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Working Group on Electromagnetic Fields

CHE's Working Group on Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) is a diverse international gathering of more than 250 health professionals, scientists, and concerned individuals. We welcome CHE Partners who would like to participate in a discussion of the health effects of electromagnetic fields.

This group has a listserv for the purpose of sharing new research and policy ideas and discussion. Additionally the CHE-EMF Working Group occasionally hosts teleconferences featuring leading researchers speaking to topics related to EMF science and health impacts (links to past calls available below).

The goals of this working group include:
1. Discussing emerging science that links EMF exposure with health effects,
2. Bringing this science to the attention of CHE Partners and the public, and
3. Exploring research and policy opportunities that CHE Partners may be interested in working on either individually or collectively.

Antoinette (Toni) Stein, PhD, and Michael Lerner, PhD, President, Commonweal, are the co-coordinators of CHE-EMF. Toni is an environmental engineer with many years of experience in industry bringing a scientific engineering perspective to research and development in manufacturing industry applications. Previously, CHE’s respected colleagues Cindy Sage and Nancy Evans served as co-coordinators of CHE-EMF. CHE continues to be grateful for the work of both Cindy and Nancy.

As most of CHE Working Groups focus on health endpoints, CHE-EMF plays a unique role in the field charting the emerging science on the impact EMFs may have on human health. If you are interested in joining this group, please sign on as a CHE Partner, and indicate your interest in your application. If you are already a CHE Partner and would like to join the listserv for this group send an email request to: cheemf-subscribe@lists.healthandenvironment.org

Past Calls

June 22, 2016 --

Clarifying EMF and Cancer: Precautionary Occupational Strategies and Results of the NTP Cell Phone Studies
Background Information/Resources

RSVP for this Call

February 16, 2016 --

EMF Working Group call: Wireless Technology and Public Health: Health and Environmental Hazards in a Wireless World
Background Information/Resources

Listen to the MP3 recording

December 10, 2013 --

CHE EMF Working Group call: The Link Between EMF and Autism? A Conversation with Cindy Sage and Martha Herbert
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog
Listen to the MP3 recording

November 12, 2012 --

CHE EMF Webinar: Experts Speak on Cell Phone Radiation, Pregnancy and Sperm
Background Information / Resources

October 18, 2012 --

CHE EMF Working Group call: Cell Antennas and Health: The State of the Science
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog

Listen to the MP3 recording

May 21, 2012 --

CHE Fertility and Reproductive Health and CHE EMF working groups call: EMF and Reproductive Health Risks
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog

Listen to the MP3 recording


August 25, 2010 --
CHE-EMF call: Wireless SmartMeters: What are the health, personal safety, wireless security and excessive billing issues all about and what can consumers do now?
Background Information / Resources
Call Blog
Listen to the MP3 recording
May 11, 2010 --

CHE Partnership Call - The Information Age and EMF/RF Illness: The Potential for EMF and Radiofrequency/Microwave Radiation Illnesses and How Smart Choices in New Technologies Can Reduce Potential Risks
Background Information / Resources

Call Blog

Listen to the MP3 recording

December 4, 2007 --

CHE Partnership Call: Findings from the BioInitiative Report on Electromagnetic Fields
Background Information/Resources

Call Blog

Listen to the MP3 Recording

May 24, 2006 --

CHE Partnership Call: Invisible Signals: The Emerging Science of Electromagnetic Radiation
Background Information/Resources
Listen to the audio recording of this call (MP3 Format)
Call Blog


Reduce Your Exposure to Wireless Radiation

1/19/2014: Tips for reducing exposure to wireless radiation by Joel M. Moskowitz, PhD, Center for Family and Community Health University of California, Berkeley
See the handout

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BioInitiative report updated for five-year anniversary

1/7/2013: The BioInitiative 2012 Report updates five years of science, public health, public policy and global response to the growing health issue of chronic exposure to electromagnetic fields and radiofrequency radiation in the daily life of billions of people around the world. http://www.bioinitiative.org/

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American Academy of Environmental Medicine Resolution

1/25/2012: The American Academy of Environmental Medicine has adopted a resolution calling for a halt to wireless smart meters. This represents the first national physician's group to look in-depth at wireless health risks and to advise the public and decision makers about preventive public health actions that are necessary.

EMF and RF Effects on Fertility and Reproduction

1/2/12: CHE-EMF has posted an updated reference list with studies that report on electromagnetic field (EMF) and radiofrequency radiation (RF) effects on fertility and reproduction. About 66 studies are listed.

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Practice Prevention: EMFs

11/30/11: Cindy Sage and Nancy Evans have created a Practice Prevention fact sheet on EMFs and health for a general audience.

Open the fact sheet.

Perspective on Wireless without Choice - Human Health Rights Declaration

10/14/2011: In this document, Cindy Sage describes how commercial applications of wireless intrude into every corner of daily life. She includes a declaration of fundamental human health rights.

Read the perspective.

Ultrasound and Autism: Is there a connection?

Increased prevalence of autism has paralleled the increased use of prenatal ultrasound. Is this coincidence or connection? Nancy Evans and Parrish Hirasaki examine the science.

Download the press release
Download the fact sheet on ultrasound and autism

Electronic House Meets Low-EMF Design

This article addresses environmental design for low-EMF environments. Wireless technologies, compact fluorescent bulbs, and dimmer switches all come at a big price – the comfortable and healthful environment you want to create in a living space.

Read the article.

Scientists Urge Halt of Wireless Rollout and Call for New Safety Standards

2/13/2011: Scientists who study radiofrequency radiation from wireless technologies have issued a scientific statement warning that exposures may be harming the development of children at levels now commonly found in the environment. Pregnant women are cautioned to avoid using wireless devices themselves and distance themselves from other users.

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New report on Smart Meters

1/1/11: Sage Associates has published an online report titled Assessment of Radiofrequency Microwave Radiation Emissions from Smart Meters.
Download the report

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Tragedy of the Commons Revisited
11/12/10: Cindy Sage published an article, Tragedy of the Commons Revisited: The High Tech-High Risk Wireless World, in Reviews on Environmental Health. See the article »
Health Risks of Mobile Devices
November 2010: Sascha De Gersdorff published an article in Women's Health that discusses health risks from exposure to mobile gadgets. See the article »
Open letter to Canadian health officers
October 5, 2010: Dr. Magda Havas wrote an open letter to all medical officers of health in Canada regarding the potentially harmful effects of WiFi radiation in the school environment.
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Briefing for the California Public Utilities Commission on Smart Meters and Potential Health Impacts
September 22, 2010: This PowerPoint presentation provides information about the science and public health concerns raised in the BioInitiative Report and Pathophysiology.
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What You Should Know about Smart Meters (Electric Meters)

July 30, 2010: This briefing letter has been prepared to educate our community about the potential health, safety, security and economic issues related to rollout of the SmartGrid and smart meter programs.

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Cell Phones and Brain Tumors - How Many Hours Do You Have?

July 15, 2010: We've created a one-page questionnaire that has some simple questions about your cell-phone use that can help you see your potential risk for a brain tumor (a glioma). 

We're interested in your feedback.  How many hours do you have? You can submit information back to Cindy Sage or Nancy Evans.

We'll keep your name and contact information anonymous, but write up the results and put them on the CHE-EMF website.

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INTERPHONE Report: Press Release
May 17, 2010: Today’s release of the final results of the ten-year long World Health Organization INTERPHONE Study confirms previous reports showing what many experts have warned – that regular use of a cell phone by adults can significantly increase the risk of glioma by 40% with 1640 hours or more of use (this is about one-half hour per day over ten years).

Request the full INTERPHONE study by contacting Cindy Sage at sage@silcom.com along with the commentary in the International Journal of Epidemiology. Or it can be downloaded from the home page of the International Agency for Cancer Research (IARC) at http://www.iarc.fr/.
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4/29/2010: Future Scenario Thinking
Michael Lerner has posted his thoughts about future scenario thinking on the EMF debate on CHE's blog: Ten Contributions to Future Scenario Thinking about the Evolution of the EMF Debate
11/19/09: Plain Talk about Cell Phone Safety
It is time for some plain talk about what you can do immediately to reduce possible risk of malignant brain tumor (glioma) and acoustic neuroma (a tumor of the auditory nerve in the brain) if you use a cell or cordless phone.
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10/5/09: Late Lessons from Early Warnings: The Precautionary Principle 1896-2000
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