Medical Director of Swiss Clinic Takes Brave Stand on the Hazards of Electromagnetic Pollution

electromagnetic fields, EMFDr. Thomas Rau, medical director of the world-renowned Paracelsus Clinic in Switzerland, says he is convinced ‘electromagnetic loads’ lead to cancer, concentration problems, ADD, tinnitus, migraines, insomnia, arrhythmia, Parkinson’s and even back pain.

At Paracelsus, cancer patients are now routinely educated in electromagnetic (EM) field remediation strategies, and inspectors from the Geopathological Institute of Switzerland are sent to patients’ homes to assess EM field exposures.

Dr. Rau says one strategy to consider for those experiencing ‘electrical sensitivity’ is to remove the electromagnetic hot spot in your head created by the presence of metal fillings. Fillings can act as antennas in the presence of cell phones and cell towers, wi-fi networks, portable phones, and other sources of radio frequency radiation.

Beneficial bacteria also grow more slowly in the presence of electromagnetic fields, so aggressive supplementation with probiotics may help those exposed to EM radiation.

Electrical sensitivity is a sometimes debilitating experience created by the disregulating effects of electromagnetic fields. It has been linked to many acute and chronic illness conditions, and is a serious emerging public health issue.

Dr. Mercola's Comments:
The idea of electromagnetic pollution continues to be scoffed at by many public health officials and even some “experts” in the field. So it is refreshing and, indeed, very brave for Dr. Thomas Rau to go on the record stating the reality.

Like Dr. Rau, I too am convinced electromagnetic fields (EMF) present a looming public health disaster, and I’ve been warning about their risks for more than 10 years. During this time the proliferation of Wi-Fi networks, cell phones, cell phone towers and other forms of EMF have increased exponentially, so it’s not surprising that increasing numbers of people are now being affected.

Health Risks Associated With EMF Exposure

It is estimated that 3-8 percent of populations in developed countries experience serious electrohypersensitivity symptoms, while 35 percent experience mild symptoms, Dr. Rau points out.

For people with Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Syndrome (EHS), just walking into a coffee shop that is Wi-Fi equipped can be debilitating, triggering a wide array of symptoms including headache, fatigue, nausea, burning and itchy skin, and muscle aches.

Because the symptoms are subjective and vary between individuals, it makes the condition difficult to study, and has prompted some experts to question whether the condition is real or imagined. But acceptance is slowly growing.

At, a group that represents citizens who are concerned about the proliferation of wireless technologies and their impact on health, they list numerous illnesses linked to electromagnetic radiation exposure, which include:

• Many cancers
• Neurological conditions
• Sleep disorders
• Depression

• Autism
• Cognitive problems
• Cardiovascular irregularities
• Hormone disruption
• Immune system disorders

• Metabolism changes
• Stress
• Fertility impairment
• Increased blood brain barrier permeability
• Mineral disruption and DNA damage

The link between “electromagnetic loads” and cancer is so strong that cancer patients at the world-renowned Paracelsus Clinic in Switzerland are educated about how to minimize their EMF exposure, AND inspectors from the Geopathological Institute of Switzerland are sent to patients’ homes to assess the EMF exposure levels there.

The United States is a long way off from this type of proactive response, but one of the best things you can do yourself, particularly if you feel you may be experiencing electrical sensitivity symptoms, is to have your silver amalgam fillings removed.

Why Removing Silver Fillings May Reduce Electrical Sensitivity

Metal fillings make your head an “electromagnetic hot spot,” and actually act as antennas in the presence of electromagnetic fields from cell phones and cell towers, Wi-Fi networks, portable phones, and other sources of radiofrequency radiation.

Having your fillings removed will therefore help to minimize this intense exposure, and will also minimize your overall heavy metal toxicity.

Research by Dr. Yoshiaki Omura shows the more your system is contaminated with heavy metals from silver amalgam fillings, eating contaminated fish, living downstream from coal-burning power plants and so forth, the more your body becomes a virtual antenna that actually concentrates radiation, making it far more destructive.  

A note about having silver mercury amalgam fillings removed … be sure to avoid making the mistake I did 20 years ago by having it done by a non-biologically trained dentist. I wasted well over $10K in having to replace all the gold crowns he put in, but even more importantly I was dosed with very large amounts of mercury from improper removal.

If your dentist hasn’t received training in how to remove mercury safely let me strongly assure you they will harm you. So seek out a highly trained biological dentist, and I suggest you get healthy BEFORE having your fillings removed, as you want your detoxification mechanisms optimized prior to removal.

Is Autism Linked to EMF?

Speaking of heavy metals, if you have already accumulated toxic metals in your brain, as is often the case in children with autism, your brain itself can become like an antenna, picking up more cell phone radiation, which in turn can cause the microbes in your system to overreact and create more potent mycotoxins.

This can create a never-ending vicious cycle between the microbes and metals in your body and your exposure to electromagnetic fields, which can lead to hypersensitivity.

And, as Dr. Rau says, beneficial bacteria grows more slowly in the presence of electromagnetic fields, which allows disease-causing organisms to dominate. Many chronic infections such as Lyme disease are actually linked to EMF exposures.

What does this have to do with autism?

Chronic infections like Lyme disease are extremely common in autistic children, and may even be causing the gene mutations. Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt has found four out of five autistic children that come to his office test positive for Lyme disease.

This is such a vicious cycle because when toxic microbes in your body are exposed to electromagnetic fields, they think they are being attacked. They respond by producing even more biotoxins in an attempt to prolong their survival. Dr. Klinghardt says:

“The increase in electromagnetic field exposure, in combination with the propagation effect it has on the microbial burden in our bodies, helps explain the incredible avalanche of children with neurodevelopmental disorders, not just autism, that we are seeing right now.”

This is why lowering the EMF burden in your home and in your child’s bedroom is such an important step in treating autism.

Want to Join the Fight Against EMF?

The dangers of electromagnetic pollution are still largely scoffed at by “experts” and health officials alike … but progress is being made toward acceptance.

Sweden is leading the pack in acknowledging and dealing with this issue, mainly due to the progress made by FEB -- The Swedish Association for the ElectroSensitive. The association produces and distributes educational literature that has helped raise awareness about the phenomenon around the world.

Mast Action UK is doing similar work in Great Britain, as well as the Electromagnetic Radiation Alliance in Australia. In France, meanwhile, the French magazine Connexion reported that four libraries in Paris have turned off the WiFi connections they installed at the end of 2007 after staff claimed they were causing health problems.

In the United States, meanwhile, a petition to Congress, created by, is requesting Congress:

1) Mandate the FCC lower exposure guidelines to reflect the large body of science showing biological effects at exposures much lower than current standards.
2) Repeal Section 704 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which rescinded state and local governments right to resist towers on health or environmental grounds.
3) Stop the roll out of the Wi-Max network until Congress better understands the potential health consequences.
4) Accommodate citizens unable to function adequately in high EMF environments, including forbidding cell towers on school properties.

To sign the petition, click here. Their goal is 1 million signatures, so if you feel strongly about this issue please do add your name to the list.

Are There Ways to Minimize Your EMF Risk?

Yes, and two good sources for more information about how you can protect yourself and your family members from electromagnetic fields are and

I’ve also detailed a list of guidelines to reduce your risk of EM exposures from cell phones in this past article.

At the very least, you can help reduce your risk by arranging your bed so your head is at least 3 to 6 feet from all electrical outlets. Also, turn off everything electrical in your sleeping area, including your Wi-Fi, cell phone and portable phone.

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