14/01/2002 - Two new studies confirm ELF exposure increases the chance of a miscarriage
In early 2001 scientists working for the California Health Board reported
that, in their opinion, a greater than 50% chance that pregnant women were more
likely to miscarry if they were exposed to relatively low but "higher than
usual" power frequency magnetic fields. Now a new study in Epidemiology
(Jan 2002) reports a three-fold increase in women who were exposed to 1.6
microtesla or above, especially if the fields were intermittent. Their finding
remained true even after adjustment for 30 other risk factors such as drug use,
heavy lifting work, previous induced abortions, etc.
This means that pregnant women should avoid travelling on electric trains(!)
where passenger exposure regularly exceeds 1.6 microtesla, and avoid using
electric food mixers, microwave ovens, electric hobs, other hand-held electric
appliances, and living or working close to electrical installations including
overhead power lines! All of these (and more) will cause intermittent exposure
to fields over 1.6 microtesla.