Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for March 01, 2006

What does Health Canada have to say about EMF exposure?

Health Canada’s Role

Health Canada, along with the World Health Organization, monitors scientific research on EMFs and human health as part of its mission to help Canadians maintain and improve their health. At present, there are no Canadian government guidelines for exposure to EMFs at ELF. Health Canada does not consider guidelines necessary because the scientific evidence is not strong enough to conclude that typical exposures cause health problems.

Some national and international organizations have issued exposure guidelines for EMFs at ELF. However, these guidelines are not based on a consideration of risks related to cancer or other health problems. Rather, the point of the guidelines is to make sure that the electric currents in the body caused by exposure to EMFs are not stronger than the ones produced naturally by the brain, nerves and heart. For the most part, typical EMF exposures in Canadian homes, offices and other work sites, are far below these guidelines.

No Canadian government guidelines for EMF exposure? Scientific evidence is not strong enough to conclude that typical exposures cause health problems? Looks like I am on my own. It’s now March and I’m still vibrating. I really thought I had found the problem. Why not take the meter into work? I’ll see if there is anything in my work environment that could be causing my symptoms.

The first thing I measure is the GO Train engine. I turn the meter on as I’m walking past the train and the levels are safe. I get into work and I start showing my friends. The microwave oven in the kitchen is a big hit. I measure the area around my desk and take readings at the monitor. All the levels are safe.

On the way home from work I need to take a streetcar and then a subway to get to Union Station. I get aboard the streetcar and I find a seat. I grab the meter from my pocket and turn it on. It starts squeeling like a pig and because it has automatic shutoff, I can’t turn it off. I try to muffle it underneath my coat. People are starting to look around and if I wasn’t in Toronto, they’d probably think I was some kind of terrorist with a bomb. No doubt about that one. Definately above normal readings on the streetcar.

I exit at University and head to the subway. As the subway pulls into the station I take a look at the meter. It’s showing above normal readings again but this time the subway is so loud that nobody hears the squeeling. As I’m riding to Union, I take the meter out to check it and it’s still reading high.

I guess I’m lucky I only ride them for twenty minutes a day. I wonder if any of the subway or streetcar drivers are vibrating from long term exposure? I wonder what effect it has on people who ride them for over an hour twice a day?

March 7, 2006 - Posted by | Health | , , ,

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