Friday, December 18, 2015

"What's THE major cause of excessive magnetic fields at home?" Dr. Martin Paul responds

From Andre Fauteux, editor, La Maison du 21e siecle Magazine, Canada

What's THE major cause of excessive magnetic fields at home?

About 70% of the time, the most common cause of overexposure to domestic (Extremely Low Frequency or ELF/60 Hertz) magnetic fields is not living close to power lines, but home wiring errors and/or code violations that present fire and shock hazards, says American consultant Karl Riley, author of the bestselling guide Tracing EMFs in Building Wiring and Grounding. Generated by current (amperage) when electricity is consumed, ELF magnetic fields fields were officially classified as 'possibly carcinogenic’ by IARC in 2001 because many studies show a doubling of the risk of leukemia in children chronically exposed to levels above 0.4 microTesla (μT) or 4 milligauss (mG). Thus it’s highly recommended to have your house inspected by a competent electrician and EMF consultant.

Dr. Martin Paul responds:
The data presented here, but not the interpretation are in good agreement with the predictions of the VGCC mechanism.  However, the findings that in 26 different studies, effects produced by EMFs can be blocked by calcium channel blockers, show that EMFs act via activation of the VGCCs, not by the mechanism proposed by Dr. Heroux.  It follows that Dr. Heroux's interpretation cannot be the explanation of most EMF effects.

Furthermore, and this is most important, we finally have a mechanism for how low intensity EMFs, which industry has been claiming for years, are too weak to do anything, actually can produce massive effects.  The VGCCs each have a voltage sensor which can open the channel in response to electrical effects (it does so in the normal physiological mechanism).  That voltage sensor has over 20 different charges located within the lipid bilayer of the plasma membrane, such that the electrical forces of the EMFs are highly amplified on the VGCC voltage sensor.  The forces on the VGCC voltage sensor because of its structure and location in the plasma membrane to have forces placed on it by these weak EMFs, that are approximately 7.2 million times the forces placed on singly charged groups found elsewhere in the cell.  This estimate comes strait out the Physics - from the consequences of part of Coulomb's law and from amplification of electrical effects because of the high electrical resistance of the plasma membrane.  

I ask you to put this on the email net and if Dr. Heroux wants to debate further, I would be delighted to do so. 

Martin Pall

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