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Dirty Electricity: Electrification and the Diseases of Civilization

Posted by Lloyd Burrell on March 24, 2013 under EMF Books | 22 Comments to Read

EMFs are dangerous, you know that. Right?

But what EMFs? And what are EMFs anyway?

Have you ever tried explaining any of this to a friend?

Say ‘EMFs’ and watch peoples eye’s glaze over.

Say ‘electromagnetic fields’ and its even worse.

OK, so what about explaining it in terms of everyday appliances? Things that emit EMFs?

I guess you would talk about things like cell and cordless phones, cell towers, ‘smart meters’, WI-FI, wireless laptops, wireless routers, baby monitors etc.

But what about the electricity running through the wires in your home?

Could that be another source of EMFs?

What???? Don’t be so stupid!!!! Electricity can’t be bad for us?

Our lives are built around the use of electricity. Government and industry say its safe. It must be safe.

Not according to Sam Milham MD,MPH, here is what he says:Dirty Electricity: Electrification and the Diseases of Civilization

“There is a high likelihood that most of the twentieth century “diseases of civilization”, including cardiovascular disease, malignant neoplasms (cancer), diabetes, and suicide, are not caused by lifestyle alone, but by certain physical aspects of electricity itself.”

This is a bold statement for anyone to make. But when you know it comes from the mouth of one of America’s most noted epidemiologists of the last 50 years, it does get you thinking. It got me thinking anyway.

To think that the electricity running through the wires in your home could be dirty or dangerous is a frightening thought. But it wasn’t fear that I felt when I read this book for the first time. It was more relief.

Relief because it confirmed what I already knew to be right.

I discovered dirty electricity because I felt unwell in my own home. My body was telling me something was wrong. I had already got rid of my cell phone, cordless phones etc. So what could it be?

When someone explained to me that maybe dirty electricity was behind what I was feeling I didn’t need any convincing to go out and buy a microsurge meter. And I’m glad I did.

What’s In Sam Milhams Book?

Dirty Electricity: Electrification and the Diseases of Civilization is a fairly short book (104 pages). But it packs a powerful punch.

Its powerful because this is not some dry academic account. Sam Milham shares his story. And what a story.

He was born in The Albany Hospital, in Albany, New York. Ironically he later attended medical school in the same building he was born. He became interested in epidemiology (the study of disease in populations) while running a baby clinic and a VD disease clinic.

He first started investigating leukemia in populations in the 1960s. The Lancet published a query asking for information on leukemia clusters.  He was finally able to show that the childhood leukemia peak was linked to residential electrification. It took him 40 years!

In the first six chapters he recounts his career. His internship, residency, his time at the New York Health Department of Health and then his work at the University of Hawaii and the Washington State Department of Health. He studied leukemia in electrical workers, in amateur radio operators, EMFs in radial tires, cancer in firefighters and office workers.

Cancer At La Quinta Middle School

Sam Milham should have been enjoying a peaceful retirement when he became involved with La Quinta Middle School (LQMS). Just as well. For him it became a career defining moment and for the rest us it gave concrete proof about the adverse effects of this dirty electricity.

He saw an article in his local newspaper recounting the incidence of a cancer cluster, 11 cancers in all, in a nearby school. He decided to study the data, with the help of Dr Martin Graham and Dave Stetzer who had developed a device (microsurge meter) for measuring dirty electricity. He found a positive correlation between dirty electricity exposures and cancer.

Not Just Cancer

Sam Milham goes on to outline his concerns regarding EMF exposures from stray currents, radiofrequency radiation, radar facilities and other diseases. He suggests that Lou Gehrig’s Disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) may be caused by elevated EMF exposures.

Other Reviews Of Dirty Electricity

‘Dr. Milham shows how the increase in childhood leukemia and the diseases of the post-industrial age (depression, suicide, heart disease, diabetes and cancers) are associated with electrification. Sam Milham should receive a Nobel Prize for his research and his discoveries as he was among the first to document the biological and health effects of electromagnetic pollution.’
Dr. Magda Havas, Associate Professor of Environmental & Resource Studies at Trent University

‘Everyone concerned about health issues beyond contagious diseases should read this short and highly readable book, then each reader should pass on to their friends, what an important book Dirty Electricity is.’
Lloyd Morgan, Senior Research Fellow of the Environmental Health Trust

‘Sam Milham is a world-class epidemiologist…… After a long, productive career….Sam is now on the trail of another invisible agent that he believes is causing an epidemic of many different diseases, most especially cancer. He is convinced that they are caused, at least in part, by EMFs and especially by high-frequency transients (little bursts of electromagnetic energy) or what he calls dirty electricity.’
Louis Slevin, Microwave News


There’s no point in pretending this problem doesn’t exist. It does exist.

What can you do? You need to get wise on this subject. Read this book.

Read other books like this one, on EMFs. Though really there are no books like this one, this is the only book I know of that talks about dirty electricity in such detail.

Then, act.

Sam Milham talks about how important it is that more studies are done on this and how buildings, devices and infrastructure that create these EMFs should be re-designed. Dimmer switches, computers router/modems, TVs, CFLs are all possible culprits.

An ordinary portable AM radio can help you detect dirty electricity in your wiring a microsurge meter can help you to measure it. You can then either eliminate these culprits or install GS filters.

For more information on how to deal with dirty electricity click here.

  • jamesmccutchan said,

    ordered “dirty electricity” as soon as i read this post. thanks Lloyd, you’re a voice in the wilderness. j.

  • Ruth Ruddock said,

    Lloyd, this article is so interesting, and glad that you mentioned Dave Stetzer. Because I live in Wisconsin I am fortunate to have Dave Stetzer come to the home that I am now living in, and as he measured all the electricals in the house, he taught us much about dirty electricity and how to protect ourselves. I am using the GS filters and have recommended them to other people in the family, and to friends.

  • M Schultz said,

    You no doubt have heard of Earthing. If one practices earthing in ones house, grounding your body to the earth through metal padding and metal sheets. can this protect you against EMFs?

    Also, Will running house wiring in conduit protect you against EMFs? I may rewire my house if that will help.

  • Lloyd said,

    Earthing can be beneficial in certain circumstances, see Before rewiring your house you need to measure the electric and magnetic fields from the wiring, the Trifield 100XE meter is a good choice for this.

  • Wayne Thompson said,

    I work as a public bus driver in Canberra Australia, the magnetic field in buses is huge, especially around the drivers area. I had a brief talk with the safety officer regards to the matter he said we need to find more solid evidence before we can act.
    Any ideas in regards to DC magnetic fields 24 volt? These buses have been tested with TRIFIELD xe 100. The results are way into the danger zone.

  • Lloyd said,

    Hi Wayne
    The 100XE is designed to measure AC magnetic fields….it will measure DC fields but the readings are not sufficiently reliable for your purpose. The DC milligauss meter sold by lessemf is a good choice for what you are wanting, it has high resolution and a digital readout.

  • Solomon Nicolae said,

    What about GPS on cars, they have stronger signals than mobile phones, and are everywhere, i can’t sit in one like this more than half of an hour, people just don’t realise where the illness is coming this days; I do felt unwell in my own home, around washing machine, TV, and other electric devices.

  • Lloyd said,

    GPS navigational systems in cars are another source of EMF exposures….when I was at my most electrically sensitive a few years ago I was badly affected by these devices….but the exposures should be less than those of a cell phone….in principle a GPS only receives a signal where as a cell phone is an EMF emitter/receiver.

  • Neil Hunter said,

    Hi Lloyd, I work with a company called EMF Power Pro and we have a filter that helps reduce “Dirty Electricity” in indoor environments. Oram Miller, Building Biologist recommends our product along with Graham Stetzer and Green Wave Filters on his website
    “Create Healthy Homes”. We are in Eugene, OR and expanding Nationwide and in Canada. Thanks for all the wonderful information you share. Neil

  • clyde said,

    Hi Lloyd, Good day, does EMF can cause neurological movement disorder? has anyone can prove it? most people here in my town are usually using wifi and there are not aware of it. I’m getting sick and dizzy daily maybe i am exposed to this “dirty electricity”. Thanks

  • Lloyd said,

    Hi Clyde
    I don’t now of any studies linking EMF exposures to neurological movement disorder…..this is not to say there aren’t any……such is the wealth of studies linking low level EMF exposures to neurodegenerative diseases, Alzheimer’s, Epilepsy, Autism, Parkinson’s disease, autoimmune diseases and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) its not unreasonable assume that EMFs also have some role to play in movement disorders. My free EMF protection report will give you some good pointers on what to do.

  • linda laing said,

    I never heard of these GS filters and have been exploring the web to find them. I ordered the trifield 100XE and look forward to it getting here. am I right needing the DC milligauss meter along with the GS filters? what I have found the filters are very expensive so I do not want to buy things I do not need.
    I live in an apartment with 9 smart meters on the outside of my dinning room wall so assuming I need at least one filter for each electric outlet and maybe more then one on some of them. this is a very big expense for me but I need to do this for my health since I am extremely effected by all these waves of all kinds. my friend has a seizure disorder and I feel is very effected also.
    where do you suggest buying the filters ?
    thanks you very much.

  • Lloyd said,

    I wrote a review on dirty electricity and GS filters which you can read here At the bottom of the page there is a link to a company which sells the filters. A word of advice – before buying GS filters test your DE levels with a GS meter, you might not need filters.

  • Darryl said,

    Lloyd, do you know of dealer(s) in or around Vancouver Island BC, Canada? It wouuld help if they carried both
    the GS Meter and filters (if measured results indicate).
    My wife is extreemly sensitive ever since the blasted power meters were installed.
    I refuse to call them smart!!

  • Lloyd said,

    Hi Darryl
    Stetzerizer deliver to Canada, there is a link to them on the bottom of this page

  • Debbie Ahrns said,

    Hi you mention low level exposure and epilepsy my neurologist asked if I could send him information on this do you have links with supportive data. I have epilepsy and I am concerned about my exposure to EMF at work. Cell phone base station within 400 meters of building as over 22 antennas on it. Plus the building is WiFi as it is office and the systems is running many devices. I get headaches and my head gets tingling feeling after being there about two hours. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  • Lloyd Burrell said,

    I know of 2 studies that covered magnetic field exposures and epilepsy:

    Epidemiology. 2003 Jul;14(4):420-6; discussion 427-8.
    Neurodegenerative diseases in welders and other workers exposed to high levels of magnetic fields.
    Håkansson N, Gustavsson P, Johansen C, Floderus B.
    Source Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.

    Epidemiology. 2003 Jul;14(4):413-9; discussion 427-8.
    Occupational magnetic field exposure and neurodegenerative disease.
    Feychting M, Jonsson F, Pedersen NL, Ahlbom A.
    Source Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.

  • Susan Burke said,

    As I am recovering, for the most part, from the blocking of a smart meter discovered in our basement, I am now free to say, definitively, that ITRON, the manufacturer of smart meters is a blatant culprit in the contribution to disease, sickness, illness and death in our country and world today. And I believe babies, in utero are subjected to this “dirty electricity” and born already sick, diseased and symptomatic. Once they can walk or talk, and exhibit any signs of problems, whether ADHD or ODD, and all other now diagnosed childhood disorders, they are immediately put on heavy meds, antidepressants and psychotropic drugs. This country is in a sad state and getting worse by the second. And in the words of “Roger Waters” from “Pink Floyd” we have “amused ourselves to death”. What a shame. Our old home has very old wiring, and I know it is not grounded, but we cannot afford to rewire our house, nor can we move as a corrupt mortgage broker and a very unscrupulous bank has destroyed our mortgage by falsifying documents, so we are in preforeclosure for seven years with no resolution and I can get out of here if I wanted to or redo my wiring. My sickness was devastating from a smart meter. And I am speaking out and will not stop until these devices are banned, recalled or pulled from the market. In the meantime we must block all meters. Youtube has videos to show you how to do it. It is simple and cheap. But we must send a signal back to the utility companies and take back our power. TODAY!

  • Wilfred Miles said,

    Using an AM radio, I have detected considerable dirty EMF radiation from these low wattage flourescent light bulbs. Not good to use in light fittings that we use close to where we work or sleep

  • Giselle said,

    We purchased a trifeld meter. One power point reads discharge but it stops a few inches out from the power point ie no reading. My son assumes this means no further contamination past this point. Is this the case.

  • Nancy said,

    Which micro surge meter do you recommend for measuring dirty electricity in a single wide mobile home with an “Itron kill device” located about 30ft. from the mobile home? Are mobile homes likely to have worse or better dirty electricity?

  • Larissa Grosvenor said,

    My house is about to be gutted. Can you advise me via the above email what I should tell the electrician. I showed one of you articles on dirty electricity and received a blank stare in response. Can you please spell it out for him. I know nothing other than what I have read on your site. I definitely need some help. Thank you for opening my eyes to this dreadful (criminal) problem. Larissa

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