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Overpowered: The Dangers of Electromagnetic Radiation (EMF) and What You Can Do about It

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Keys, wallet, cell phone . . . ready to go! Cell phones have become ubiquitous fixtures of twenty-first-century life—suctioned to our ears and stuck in our pockets. Yet, we’ve all heard whispers that these essential little devices give you brain cancer. Many of us are left wondering, as Maureen Dowd recently asked in the New York Times, “Are cells the new cigarettes?” 
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 11th 2014 by Seven Stories Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The fact that humans cannot see, touch, taste, or smell electromagnetic radiation significantly hampers people's ability to consider the risks of being exposed to it." (Page 239)

For the past 16 years, I have owned a cell phone. Over the years, as it went from being merely a phone to a personal computer, toy, and socializing device, my exposure increased dramatically. While I already limited my exposure since 2011, when the WHO classified cell phone and WiFi radiation as a "possible
Brittany Kubes
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is very important information. Before I continue, I should disclose that I am extremely susceptible to conspiracy theories, and this may affect my feelings about Martin Blank's hypotheses. So, it follows that this book has altered my life completely.

The Bottom Line: all products that run on the power grid, or plug into the wall, emit electromagnetic radiation that can harm DNA in your body, leading to cancers, other diseases, and many effects on the environment. This includes yo
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Martin Blank writes an informative and well researched book about the dangers of EMF exposure. The current safety standards come up short as Kruger portends it focuses mostly on the near term exposure (or SAR rating). According to Blank, the near term exposure does not give the full picture. As he gives parallel to the CFC impact on the environment, the CFC's started to deplete the ozone layer over many decades. Thanks to the US Govt., rather than waiting for the ill effects to take shape, the g ...more
Apr 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science, health
A university professor and leading researcher into electromagnetic fields (EMF) presents the scientific research on the effects of EMF below visible light (infrared, microwave, radio waves, and extremely low frequency waves) on human health and on living creatures. He advises readers to make a cost/benefit analysis relating to their EMF exposure and then gives suggestions on what people can do to minimize their own exposure within these self-chosen limits. He also explains the basic science of e ...more
Lauren Butler
May 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Really important information, not going to be a fun read unless you're super into the topic. Very well researched and he provides all references. Definitely led me to some lifestyle changes and the desire to keep learning more!
Mar 11, 2016 rated it liked it
So this just gives me one more thing to worry about! How on earth in this day and age do we avoid wi-fi signals! Ug.
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've read several other books related - ( Zapped, by Ann Louise Gittleman was a good starter for me) to EMF dangers. Martin Blank's book takes the organization and details of the topic to the next step and one can only hope that this book gains a wider audience before 5G is shoved down our throats and there is no end to disease, depression, and undefined auto-immune issues.
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very good book about the current scientific understanding of electromagnetic radiation. As with so many thing in modern life, the official and public understanding of safety is much more lax than the research suggests. There is a significant body of research that suggests electromagnetic radiation is harmful, particularly to children. What I really liked about this book is that the author didn't jump that line into fearmongering. He presents the research that he and many other scientis ...more
Martin Blank has written a short, easy to understand book that explains what non-ionizing radiation is, what effects (negative and/or positive) it has or may have on the human body (especially children), plants and animals. The author discusses the various studies and their limitations as well as the (sometimes dodgy) industry of EMF products. The book also outlines the measures people can take to decrease their exposure to EMF. Pleasantly enough, the author does not advocate returning to the st ...more
Jun 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author provides his perspective on the effects of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) and electromagnetic frequency (EMF) emitted by electricity, microwave ovens, WiFi, cell towers etc. on human DNA and cells. The industry standards and controls on EMF/EMR are fairly loose. Industry is resisting tighter restrictions, much like cigarettes and cancer of the past; since it will take years to proved the real effect of these new technologies.
Mike Lightbody
Nov 26, 2014 rated it liked it
A little on the preachy side and it takes a little bit of a leap in research meta-analyses to see DNA strand breaks in EMR but overall very well researched and gives great insight in to current research.
Auntie Jpeg
Sep 26, 2014 marked it as to-read
Recommended to Auntie by: Radio

This was a hardcover new book purchase for me after hearing community radio interview with author. Set aside for later reading.
Eric van Dalen
The book was straight forward.
May 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Important and shocking information. I learned lot.
Power off your cell phones when not in use. And switch off wifi when not in use.
And parents--don't let your children use cell phones **EVER**.
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