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Electric Effects on Humans

The introduction of electrical power in the human environment was relatively slow in its early beginnings, i.e. when the first industrial electrical generators were built following Nicholas Callan's invention of the induction coil in 1836. The first generators of the 1880's were installed to convert mechanical energy collected from water falls into direct current to power nearby manufacturing plants connected to primitive power lines.

This was then. Today we are surrounded by waves of electrical signals of all kinds in frequency and power. The health effects of such activities are sometimes obvious. Electrocution, for example, accounts for approximately 20% of all construction accidents.

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The final report of the California Department of Health Services on the risks of EMF exposure has been released and is available online:

An Evaluation of the Possible Risks From Electric and Magnetic Fields (EMFs) From Power Lines, Internal Wiring, Electrical Occupations and Appliances


1999 NIEHS Report on Health Effects from Exposure to Power-Line Frequency Electric and Magnetic Fields