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Cross Currents: The Perils of Electropollution, the Promise of Electromedicine Paperback – December 1, 1990
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Becker explores the healing potential and adverse effects of electricity. Many alternative therapies attempt to tap the curative abilities of electromagnetism, and Becker thinks they are often effective modalities which do not have the dangerous side effects of chemotherapy, radiation, and other mainstream medical procedures. On the opposite side of the coin, he reviews the potential dangers of electromagnetic fields from such sources as common household appliances, power lines, and computers--risks exhaustively exposed in Paul Brodeur's Currents of Death ( LJ 10/1/89). This accessible book is recommended for public libraries.
- Judith Eannarino, George Washington Univ. Lib., Washington, D.C.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This book has been around for years and is now more meaningful than ever. I recommend it without hesitation.
Concern for ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS is something that is slowly fading into the public awareness, Because the military: DARPA etc. are involved, the information about this is suppressed along with the invisibility of these energies without technical equipment.
The deficiency I find in this book, ESPECIALLY from a Medical doctor is there is nothing said about how we can protect ourselves from these damaging EMF's
In 1990 he published this book outlining possible avenues for using electromagnetic means to enhance healing. However, the book also is a wake-up call regarding the sea of electromagnetic radiation we live in. He focuses on the un-natural fields and their potential interference with the natural fields we evolved in. The un-natural sources are radio, TV, WiFi, microwaves, cell phones, appliances and a host of other sources. The problem, he claims, is a lack of good research on this radiation which is non-ionizing. We all hear of the dangers of ionizing radiation, for instance from radioactive materials and X-rays (for political as well as scientific reasons), but do not hear much of those electromagnetic fields which have biological effects, because their mechanisms are not well understood.
One might feel that this is fringe science, so imagine my surprise in early 2015 to hear news articles regarding well researched studies showing hazardous effects on infants and toddlers from exposure to WiFi. This was basically pointed out by Dr. Becker 30-40 years ago. This just goes to show that what is old becomes new fairly often. It also shows that there is something wrong with a system that takes 30-40 years to take a new look at old research. Dr. Becker also cites some interesting studies and has some thoughts on the relationship of this electromagnetic sea to cancer. Much of it is very convincing.
Being an optimist at heart, I think many readers will concentrate on the healing possibilities of electromagnetic techniques. We already are starting to use such techniques as transcranial magnetic stimulation on depression patients. You can see the possibilities in some of Becker's observations. Who knows, someday we might have "healing sarcophagi" like those featured in the movie Star Gate.
It may be that research is inhibited by the difficulty of making a profit for the medical complex. It would seem more profitable to make a drug, even if only partly effective. Also, as to the dangers of the unnatural electomagnetic sea we've created, I don't really see much solution. No one is going to turn off radio, TV, WiFi and power lines; and, few want to spend their lives in a Faraday Cage in some cave.
That said, I have to say this is an intriguing look at a field too often overlooked. The field is long in the tooth, but young enough to contribute to our welfare. My criticism is that Dr. Becker has covered too much in just one book. The positive opportunities seem overwhelmed by the negative position we are in with scant solution. Nevertheless, if you find this field fascinating, this book is for you. Five Stars.
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