Overpowered: The Dangers Of Electromagnetic Radiation (emf) And What You Can Do About It by Martin BlankOverpowered: The Dangers Of Electromagnetic Radiation (emf) And What You Can Do About It by Martin Blank

Overpowered: The Dangers Of Electromagnetic Radiation (emf) And What You Can Do About It

byMartin Blank

Paperback | September 29, 2015

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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?” 

Overpowered brings readers, in accessible and fascinating prose, through the science, indicating biological effects resulting from low, non-thermal levels of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation (levels considered safe by regulatory agencies), coming not only from cell phones, but many other devices we use in our homes and offices every day.

Dr. Blank arms us with the information we need to lobby government and industry to keep ourselves and our families safe. 


From the Hardcover edition.
DR. MARTIN BLANK is an expert on the health-related effects of electromagnetic fields and has been studying the subject for more than thirty years. He earned his first PhD from Columbia University in physical chemistry and his second from the University of Cambridge in colloid science. From 1968 to 2011, he taught as an associate profe...
Title:Overpowered: The Dangers Of Electromagnetic Radiation (emf) And What You Can Do About ItFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.17 × 5.5 × 0.55 inPublished:September 29, 2015Publisher:Seven Stories PressLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Biological Effects of Non-Ionizing Radiation One thing is definitely certain: this book’s author appears quite convinced of the perils of being exposed to electromagnetic (EM) fields. In a prose that is clear, friendly, generally lively, accessible and, for me anyway, quite captivating the author explores the biological effects of non-ionizing EM radiation as well as many of the social and political implications involved in unearthing and disseminating information about any unhealthy effects. After a brief introduction to the nature and sources of EM radiation, the author discusses the theory of how these fields can interact with living tissue and the resulting harm that they may cause. His main evidence stems from epidemiological studies, many of which, he claims, have not been properly done. He discusses large companies’ reticence in warning the general public of the potential dangers involved and compares this situation with the tobacco debates of decades past. After discussing current safety standards, he explains how one can minimize one’s exposure, mainly through lifestyle changes. Finally, therapeutic uses of EM fields are discussed. The main problem, as the author explains, is the long time period between exposure and the manifestation of health effects – thus making any potential hazards less obvious. Consequently, he contends, organizations with a vested interest in maintaining the status quo regarding the profitable manufacture and sale of EM-field-emitting devices, argue that there is too much uncertainty and not enough solid proof of ill effects, based on the studies that have so far been done. This book is essentially the author’s plea for action based on the “Precautionary Principle”, i.e., taking precautions now and not wait for universally conclusive evidence of harm. I found the author’s scientific arguments quite passionate and authoritative, but mainly regarding the biological and epidemiological discussions. The author does not seem to be as comfortable when discussing the physics/engineering aspects. For example, he seems to confuse static magnetic fields with oscillating EM fields, e.g., near the top of page 24 and elsewhere. Also, there is an error near the top of page 30: the power reactors at Chernobyl and Fukushima are fission reactors and not fusion reactors as stated here (fusion power reactors do not yet exist). Overall, I enjoyed this book and I am following one of the author’s recommendations: I don’t know where the absolute truth lies or whether the signal to noise ratio will ever become clearly visible for all to see and agree upon, however I did purchase a TriField EMF meter like the one pictured on p. 190 and I’m having fun using it.
Date published: 2014-12-05

Editorial Reviews

"This book is a must for anyone concerned with protecting their well-being, that of loved ones, and other species. From the personal, the political, and the planetary, you will never see things the same way again."—B. Blake Levitt, former New York Times contributor and author of Electromagnetic Fields, A Consumer’s Guide to the Issues and How to Protect Ourselves"The extremely well documented Overpowered reads like an environmental thriller! Dr. Blank does a superb job of explaining the biological effects of cellphones and all things wireless on cell physiology and how to protect ourselves and, most importantly, our children. The sections on electricity, wildlife, and  the 'business' of science all demonstrate the dark side of technology–an inconvenient truth we must consider."—Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D."Martin Blank deals with a difficult subject in a scientifically accurate but easily readable fashion. He covers everything from powerlines, to cell phones, to light bulbs, to conflicts of interest, with humor and passion. In this great scientist, we have an unlikely activist and truth teller."—David O. Carpenter, M.D., Director, Institute for Health and the Environment, University at AlbanyFrom the Hardcover edition.