Can Alarm Clocks Make you Sick?

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There is a growing debate in the scientific community, as to whether Electromagnetic Fields, such as those given off by many modern electric appliances and even power lines, can cause serious health problems.

Strangely enough, this form of radiation may be coming from an appliance you keep right in your home, in your bedroom, on a table next to your head while you sleep. That’s right; electric alarm clocks do tend to emit electromagnetic field, strong ones.

Some have claimed that exposure to these fields can cause problems as widespread as cancer, fatigue, nausea, cardiovascular disorders, stress, forgetfulness and many other problems.

The issue of whether EMF’s (electro magnetic fields) can cause health problems has been hotly debated since around June of 1989, when Paul Brodeur of the New Yorker wrote a series of articles about the potential danger. Since then hundreds of studies have been conducted, many of which seem to indicate that prolonged exposure to these types of fields does have a negative effect on human and animal physiology. Dr. David Carpenter, Dean at the School of Public Health, State University of New York is one of the largest proponents of this theory.

Publicly, the Environmental Protection Agency has drafted a report labeling these fields as a Class B carcinogen, which means that it is a probable human carcinogen, and is similar in threat level to formaldehyde, DDT, dioxins and PCBs. However after the draft was released, power lobbyists came down hard on the EPA, and so they decided not to label it as a Class B carcinogen, because they were not certain why it was causing such negative effects in humans. Unfortunately this explanation comes on the same page, where the EPA admits that exposure to electromagnetic fields does cause a variety of health concerns.

This has unfortunate consequences for that clock you keep by your bed at night. Electric clocks tend to have a very high level of Electromagnetic Radiation, and their output can be as high as 3 – 5 mG, and can radiate as much as 3 feet away. This means that if you have an alarm clock by your bed at night, you can be sleeping in an electromagnetic field that is the equivalent of a power line.

For this reason it is vital that you set all electric clocks at least 6 feet away from where you sleep. You should also be aware when you come into contact with electric clocks throughout the day.

This isn’t the kind of thing that is going to have a direct and immediate effect on a person’s health. Rather it is prolonged and repeated exposure to these fields that can cause problems. That is why it is important not to get scared, but to get smart, and simply change your habits and your home so that you aren’t exposed to these dangers quite as often.

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