Saturday, June 6, 2009

Can Power Lines Cause Dementia?

I don't have the expertise to say one way or another. However, the following study was reported in April by Natural


"Living near power lines may significantly increase a person's risk of death from Alzheimer's disease or senile dementia, according to a new study conducted by researchers from the University of Bern, Switzerland, and published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. The study is the first to definitively link exposure to low-frequency electromagnetic fields to elevated mortality from dementia."

The full report can be found at this website:

Can this be true?

My own view about such studies is to wait until the findings are replicated by other scientists before rushing off to make major changes in lifestyle or living arrangements. Don't we keep hearing about cell phones and brain cancer, with not much in definitive proof as of yet?

So if you or a loved one lives near power lines, don't panic—but it may be worth keeping an eye out and an ear tuned for more on this topic.

Bob Tell
Author, "Dementia-Diary, A Caregiver's Journal"

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