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Overpowered: The Dangers of Electromagnetic Radiation (EMF) and What You Can Do about It

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"This book is a must for anyone concerned with protecting their well-being, that of loved ones, and other species. From the personal, the political, and the planetary, you will never see things the same way again."—B. Blake Levitt, former New York Times contributor and author of Electromagnetic Fields, A Consumer’s Guide to the Issues and How to Protect Ourselves

"The extremely well documented Overpowered reads like an environmental thriller! Dr. Blank does a superb job of explaining the biological effects of cellphones and all things wireless on cell physiology and how to protect ourselves and, most importantly, our children. The sections on electricity, wildlife, and  the 'business' of science all demonstrate the dark side of technology–an inconvenient truth we must consider."—Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D.

"Martin Blank deals with a difficult subject in a scientifically accurate but easily readable fashion. He covers everything from powerlines, to cell phones, to light bulbs, to conflicts of interest, with humor and passion. In this great scientist, we have an unlikely activist and truth teller."—David O. Carpenter, M.D., Director, Institute for Health and the Environment, University at Albany

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DR. MARTIN BLANK is an expert on the health-related effects of electromagnetic fields and has been studying the subject for more than thirty years. He earned his first PhD from Columbia University in physical chemistry and his second from the University of Cambridge in colloid science. From 1968 to 2011, he taught as an associate professor at Columbia University, where he now acts as a special lecturer. Dr. Blank has served as an invited expert regarding EMF safety for Canadian Parliament, for the House Committee on Natural Resources and Energy (HNRE) in Vermont, and for Brazil’s Supreme Federal Court. 
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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press (March 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609805097
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609805098
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.8 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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So many books on electromagnetic radiation (EMF/EMR) are either too complex, or too simple. Dr. Blank cuts an effective path through a very complicated subject, explaining what EMF actually is & what current science tells us about the known health effects that result from EMF exposures. Interestingly, there are a couple of chapters that do a really effective job explaining how industry (particularly the telecommunications sector) effectively co-opts much of the science through control of the funding channels. And, most importantly, Dr. Blank explains how EMF is different from other health risks (such as air pollution), and how you can take advantage of these differences to minimize your personal risks from EMF exposures even absent changes to EMF emission regulations. This is probably the single most effective and digestible overview of EMF available for average consumers of modern technology.
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Dr. Martin Blank, an expert on the health-related effects of electromagnetic fields, has been studying the subject for more than thirty years. He earned his first PhD from Columbia University in physical chemistry and his second from the University of Cambridge in colloid science. From 1968 to 2011, he taught as an associate professor at Columbia University, where he now acts as a special lecturer. Dr. Blank has served as an invited expert regarding EMF safety for Canadian Parliament, for the House Committee on Natural Resources and Energy (HNRE) in Vermont, and for Brazil's Supreme Federal Court. Impressive credentials, a learned man who has dedicated a significant part of his life to inform the public about the inherent risks of electromagnetic radiation, Dr. Blank, in this book, is not an alarmist; he is a seer with a jolly tone to his writing, but what he has to advise us about is certainly serious.

He begins with a discussion of electromagnetic radiation - how it works, the surprising proximity of sources (look up and see the wires overhead, the light bulbs, the microwave ovens, the extension cords, the televisions, computers, etc), and now the plethora of wireless devices that depend on their function from those EM forces filling the air (otherwise we would not be able to use cell phones, wi-fi images, stored songs) exacerbating the dangers.

Tests have been done to show that such electromagnetic radiation causes cancer, brain damage (think Alzheimer's and Lou Gehrig's diseases), infertility, and who can even imagine how much else to the environment (bees, trees, foods, etc). Knowing that the big corporate producers of the ever-expanding wireless devices are not about to let anyone rain on their parade, Dr.
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Martin Blank has done a terrific job at making a complex subject accessible to the lay reader. He speaks with quiet authority on a subject he knows well as one of the world's foremost researchers on EMF/RFs' effects on living cells. His is the work that august groups have looked to for guidance, especially his groundbreaking studies conducted with colleague Reba Goodman on stress protein activation and low-level EMF exposures -- things that are not supposed to happen according to popular physics/engineering wisdom. Better by far to hear from a real expert -- a biologist adept with living systems.

"Overpowered" is the opposite of a Luddite screed. Rather, it is the thoughtful perspective of a respected lifelong professional at the top of his game, still enthralled with the science that captured his imagination as a young scientist. But Dr. Blank understands only too well the implications of our unfettered embrace of technology as he carefully takes the reader through the science in comprehensive, comprehensible ways, leading to intelligent solutions to cut down exposures. He articulates the 'why' as well as the 'what.' Dr. Blank does not shy away from the politics, either. In fact, he has spent much of his career on the frontlines of it.

The book is also a plain, old fashioned 'good read' for professionals and lay readers alike. If you are a healthcare provider wondering why clients increasingly report amorphous life-diminishing symptoms, or someone experiencing such symptoms yourself, or a parent wondering why a child comes home with headaches after being in wifi'ed classrooms, this is the book for you. Of the several books out there on this subject today, "Overpowered" has the best bang-for-the-buck, packed in a relatively slim volume.
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Dr. Blank is a superb bioelectromagnetic scientist. He and His colleague Dr. Reba Goodman, both retired from Columbia University and contributed much to the understanding of modern understanding of how radiation at various frequency ranges and radiation density levels interact with living tissues with both positive and negative implications for human health. I am a physicist, but this book really improves my understanding of the biophysical processes that so strongly affect the outcome of exposing living tissues to the radiation from modern devices of great personal usefulness,
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This is one of the best and most informative books on the market about biological effects of electromagnetic radiation. It is up to date being recently released. Blank not only gives direct, annotated information of myriads of studies showing the biological effects of very low levels of non-ionizing radiation, but also gives excellent critiques of industry sponsored studies that aim to "disprove" biological effects. He has good insight into the politics that prevent use of the precautionary principle. As one of the authors of the Bioinitiative report, he also refutes industry criticisms of the report. Everyone who is concerned about their health should read this book.
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