Electrosmog: The New Environmental Health Toxin? A lecture by Martin Pall, PhD

Electrosmog: The New Environmental Health Toxin?:  How electromagnetic fields harm health.

A lecture on the discovery of the mechanism, at the cellular level, by which EMF’s cause bioeffects and disease, presented recently in Norway by Dr. Martin Pall (PhD), researcher and Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Basic Medical Sciences at WSU, is available here. Though technical, the presentation is very understandable and in English.  We encourage you to share this stunning discovery widely, with medical doctors, scientists, and people concerned about public health and the environment.

This lecture is of high interest for anyone wondering how smart meters can impact health. Smart meters emit pulsed microwave radio-frequency radiation (also called electromagnetic fields, known as “EMF’s”). Cell phones and other wireless devices emit microwave radiofrequency radiation. This presentation explains the mechanism for how this type of radiation (EMF fields) may be associated with heart problems (including sudden death from arrhythmia, damage to the blood brain barrier, causing depression and other psychiatric and neurological disorders, sleeping problems (severe), cancers, and much more). Dr. Pall, while not mentioning smart meters specifically, mentions wifi (which is what smart meters utilize a form of) and devices that emit electromagnetic fields. He describes the exact mechanism, at a cellular level, for how these may harm us, something that his research has recently determined, and had not been understood, previously. Please note – other wireless devices also put us at risk, but the pulsed nature of smart meters seems to make those devices more dangerous. Many people are reporting illness following the installation of smart meters.


The presentation includes:


“There are polarized camps concerning the risks of electromagnetic radiation – one tells us that there is no way it can effect our bodies, that there is no scientific explanation, that is, no mechanism for how such an impact can come about. [They claim] cell phones, wifi and so one, cannot possibly have any health impacts. Each and every research study that shows harmful effects is discarded or discredited because of problems with methodology or because the findings cannot be possible as there is no mechanism.”

[Note: Dr. Pall answers that problem - he has identified the mechanism for electromagnetic radiation to harm biological beings - including all animals and plants.]

“The other end of the spectrum states there must be something, people say there must be something because “they feel it”. They are accused of being hypochondriacs or subject to placebo effects. They spend their lives hiding away from radiation. They  fight for health and self-esteem and against a toxin that cripples them and has longterm effects on them. The studies are discounted. This should not continue, let us listen to a person who has found what the mechanism is to address both camps.”

Dr. Martin Pall:
How can EMF’s effect our body?

Several of the points presented by Dr. Pall, paraphrased herein:

  • Electromagnetic field (EMF) exposures act through activation of L-type voltage calcium channels. This leads to
    electromagnetic hypersensitivity and other impacts on health. You will see how all this fits together.
  • Thousands of papers show biological effects outside the [current, international] safety standards. (1:06:05)
  • Pulsed EMF’s are much more bio-active than non-pulsed fields – this has been known for 30 years.
  • Substantial literature shows EMF’s activate the voltage regulated calcium channels [in our cells].
  • All of the effects produced can be blocked by calcium channel blockers – drugs that block voltage-gated calcium channels.
  •  [EMF exposure] allows calcium to flow into the cell - excess calcium in the cell is responsible for most of the biological effects. Lots of calcium in the cell produces then the changes. alot of effects are then produced; these are called downstream (indirect) effects, which occur along different pathways as well.
  • The advocates of the current safety standards still claim “there is no biophysically viable mechanism for these weak field EMFs to produce non-thermal effects in our bodies”. They are simply wrong about that… You will, no doubt, see them making this claim, even after this, But it is simply a false claim.
  • The finding that EMF exposure acts via the activation of VGCC ‘s provides for the first time, an answer to the puzzle of how these  EMF’s composed of low energy photons can affect our biology and medicine.
  • It is the fields as a whole that are responsible for opening and closing these channels, not just the low energy photons that produce these effects.
  • When you increase intracellular calcium, one of the things that happens, that is quite important, is that you increase the synthesis of nitric oxide (NO)… Two of the enzymes that make NO … are calcium dependent enzymes. They require elevated calcium … to produce NO.
  • VGCC activation can act, in turn, to stimulate NO (nitric oxide) synthesis. Such NO increases may also have important effects, some effects occur independent of that.
  • Arthur A. Pilla, researcher, recently showed that pulsed microwave frequency EMF’s could produce almost immediate increases in calcium, and also in NO synthesis, in less than five seconds. You measure the NO … increases are very quick. (Pilla AA, 2012)
  • Most pathophysiological effects of NO are mediated through its role as a precursor of peroxynitrite (ONOO-), a potent oxidant, so it can produce a lot of oxidative damage … leading to free radical generation and oxidative and nitricative stress, which leads to depletion of antioxidants in the body, which can produce physiological effects as well.
  • Calcium signalling can produce pathophysiological effects, apart from NO.
  • Cancer  – EMF’s can produce single and double-strand DNA breaks, changes in cellular DNA; produced by elevated NO, peroxynitrite … How can cancer be produced? Look at how it is produced under other circumstances. Inflammatory carcinogenesis. When you have chronically inflamed tissues, there are higher rates of cancer in those tissues.
  • Dr. Pall points out that EMF exposure can lead to infertility
  • EMF’s cause the blood brain barrier to become permeable, allowing toxins in, impacting the brain
  • In the Q & A period at the end, Dr. Pall confirms that some scientists feel that exposure to EMF’s (in addition to chemicals) may be responsible for the “Autism epidemic”.
  • People asked, “What can we do now?”. Dr. Pall answered that they can try their best to avoid EMF’s and use shielding, when possible. Research must also be funded. Companies must make devices like computers and notebooks safer, shielding them.
  • We know that excessive activity in these channels can cause autism. That doesn’t tell you that this is a general cause of Autism in the wider population… but there is some evidence that supports that view as well. There is an alternative explanation and that is chemical exposure. They both have roles. My opinion is that the EMF role is stronger than the chemical role, but I could be wrong. Whether it is a primary cause for the autism epidemic or the secondary cause, I don’t know.

  • We have so many studies falsifying the ‘safety standards’, and these people are ignoring them. Thousands and thousands of studies, I mean it’s just incredible. (1:33:10)

  • Our exposure to these fields is about 10 to the 10th times what we were exposed to in earlier human evolution. A huge increase in exposure. 10,000 million times now, keeps going up as new devices get introduced. To do this without any sense of the dangers makes no sense to me.(1:20:20 – 1:21:05)

  • There is evidence that a wide range of organisms are negatively impacted by these fields. (1:12:16)

  • All of the evidence supporting the thermal paradigm is of the weakest type.  On the other hand, there are thousands of studies of the strongest type that argue against it (the current safety standards). I see no substance… the whole thing [the thermal paradigm - the flawed  theory that heating is necessary to cause harm] is “dead”. How long its going to take before it actually “falls out” physically, I don’t know – but it will.” (1:06:41)

  • Funding is needed for this. “[The research] desperately needs to be done.”

Note: Dr. Pall is not a medical doctor; he is a scientist and researcher. He specifically states this several times, and that none of his presentation should be considered medical advice. He believes that all of the above needs to be investigated further, and that studies should be funded to do so, worldwide.

CEP has done its best to accurately paraphrase some of Dr. Pall’s presentation above. Any errors are inadvertent, due to its technical nature.

If you would like to support this research, Dr. Pall can be contacted at pall (at) mail.wsu.edu


This link was sent to CEP by Dr. Olle Johansson, a medical doctor and researcher at the Karolinska Institute, in Sweden, who was present in the audience, and is heard speaking and answering some questions at the end of the session. I have spoken with both Dr. Pall and Dr. Johansson over the past decade on a number of occasions. They are both highly respected and  quite learned in the area of health and electromagnetic fields. Dr. Pall has also been an expert and researcher for many years on the related topic of Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, which he explains occurs together with ElectroHyperSensitivity (EHS), often, and why. We have heard from many people that this is so, particularly if they have a pre-existing condition from past mold or chemical exposures.

Electromagnetic fields act via activation of voltage-gated calcium

J Cell Mol Med. Aug 2013; 17(8): 958–965.
Published online Jun 26, 2013. doi:  10.1111/jcmm.12088

Electromagnetic fields as first messenger in biological signaling: Application to calmodulin-dependent signaling in tissue repair. Pilla A, Fitzsimmons R, Muehsam D, Wu J, Rohde C, Casper D.Biochim Biophys Acta. 2011 Dec;1810(12):1236-45. doi: 10.1016/j.bbagen.2011.10.001. Epub 2011 Oct 8.

Click here for two additional shorter clips of Dr. Pall’s research findings and Dr. Pall speaking to Portland Public School District, Portland, WA, USA, on the dangers of school wifi.

In this short presentation, Prof. Pall lays to rest the misconception that non-ionising radiation needs to cause heating to cause biological damage – by explaining that pathological mechanisms for wireless harm begin with Voltage-Gated Calcium Channel (VGCC) activation at non-thermal levels.  He concludes by calling for Wi-Fi in schools, Smart Meters and wireless baby monitors to be “abolished”.

As Prof. Pall discusses, electromagnetic radiation from wireless technologies is especially harmful when pulsed – as is the case with Smart Meters which can emit up to 190,000 pulses of RF-radiation per day from each meter.  The UK’s heavily out-dated public RF exposure thresholds, however, make no allowance for the effects of these extremely bio-active emissions, meaning that if you use wireless devices, your health is at risk from the effects which Prof. Pall describes. (Stop Smart Meters UK)

Transcript from Dr. Martin L. Pall’s presentation to Portland Public Schools’ Board of Education (9/16/2013):

I am Martin L. Pall. I am professor emeritus in biochemistry and basic medical sciences from Washington State University. I have been a Portland resident for the last five years and I have been working in the field of environmental medicine since about the year 2000. I have received seven major international honors for my work in that area and I gave a copy of those to one of the school board members. I’ll be receiving an eight [award] by the end of next month in the US.

I am talking about the issue of lack of safety of EMF exposures. I published a paper on that a couple of months ago that’s been a real paradigm-shifter. Let me just say that the situation before that paper was published, is that people have been assuming that the only thing that ElectroMagnetic Fields can do is to heat things, like heating things in your microwave oven. There was evidence before my paper was written — a lot of it. — [The evidence] is that [that assumption] is simply not true.

What EMFs do in our bodies is that they work on some channels in the plasma membranes of our cells called voltage-gated calcium channels. What they do is that they open up those channels, calcium flows into the cell and it’s the excess calcium in the cell that leads to all the biological effects that are produced by EMFs.

So all of the assessments of safety which have been based on the assumption that the only thing that these fields can do is heat things are based on a falsehood. We know that now. The reason we know that is because you can block these EMF-effects with drugs that block those channels. Now those drugs have lots of side effects so they are difficult to use clinically, but they are very useful scientifically.

When you have this situation where excessive activity of these channels,[which] the EMFS produce, of course, you immediately ask, OK what kinds of diseases can be produced by excessive activity of those channels. So I have started looking at that issue the last two months. I just sent a paper off making a very strong argument that autism is one of them. Why is that?

Well, we know, first of all that autism incidences have been going up very rapidly, paralleling the exposures to EMFs. Everybody knows that and there is now evidence from some studies of a mutant called Timothy Syndrome [beep]. Sorry, are my three minutes up?

Let me just say that autism is one of them. A second one is type 2 diabetes, the third one is the kind of cardiovascular disease that has to do with the electrical control of the heart and the fourth we won’t talk about. (From http://rfemf.com/science.html)

- See more at: http://stopsmartmeters.org.uk/internationally-acclaimed-biochemist-calls-for-action-against-smart-meters-wifi-in-schools-baby-monitors/#sthash.cWAJM1Ie.dpuf

You can download and read Professor Pall’s paper here:  Microwave Electromagnetic Fields Act by Activating Voltage-Gated Calcium

Channels: Why the Current International Safety Standards Do Not Predict Biological Hazard by Prof Martin L. Pall
– See more at: http://stopsmartmeters.org.uk/internationally-acclaimed-biochemist-calls-for-action-against-smart-meters-wifi-in-schools-baby-monitors/#sthash.cWAJM1Ie.dpuf


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