a link with the use of mobile phones?

THE NECESSARY

  • In France, about one million people are affected by Alzheimer’s disease.
  • It is rare in people under 65 years of age.
  • The age of onset of the disease has been declining for 20 years. Some cases are discovered between the ages of 30 and 40.

Although Alzheimer’s disease was diagnosed in the early 20th century, its exact causes remain difficult to determine. Only 1.2 to 2% of cases are hereditary according to Inserm. Recently, an American researcher became interested in possible environmental causes. In works published in Current Alzheimer’s Research, Martin L. Pall, professor emeritus of biochemistry and medicine at the University of Washington, is developing the theory of a link between electromagnetic fields and the early onset of disease. However, they are increasingly present in our daily lives, through the electronic devices we use.

Effects on intracellular calcium levels

The link between these electromagnetic fields and Alzheimer’s disease comes from calcium: for almost 25 years scientists have been interested in the effects of this chemical element on pathology. Studies have shown that an excess of calcium in the cells can be the cause of Alzheimer’s disease. The accumulation of calcium in the cells leads to several changes in the brain, two of which are conducive to the development of the disease. First, it generates an increase in amyloid precursor protein aggregates, which then form amyloid plaques in the brain. It can also lead to several less specific neurodegenerative changes, such as those on tau protein, oxidative stress and inflammation. Gold, electromagnetic fields act on our cells by activating voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCC). Their activation causes a rapid rise in intracellular calcium levels. †Therefore, EMF exposures cause changes that lead to excess intracellular calcium, develops the author of the study. This accumulation explains the effects on the brain in Alzheimer’s disease.

Increased exposure to electromagnetic fields

However, electronically generated pulsed electromagnetic fields (EMF) are widely used for wireless communication and produce strong electric and magnetic waves. Previous studies conducted on animal models have demonstrated their effects on intracellular calcium levels and on the brain. †Electromagnetic fields work via electric peaks and magnetic forces varying in times, says Professor Pall. These spikes have increased significantly, with each increase in pulse modulation produced by smarter cell phones, smart meters, smart cities and radars in autonomous vehicles.” In his latest study, he brings together evidence from the scientific literature showing the connection between these electromagnetic fields and the early onset of the disease. Among them, 12 recent assessments of occupational exposure to electromagnetic fields revealed a higher incidence of illness in people occupationally exposed to these fields. Other research in rats showed that exposure to electromagnetic pulses caused neurodegeneration.

The need for further research

Very young people exposed to radiation from cell phones or Wi-Fi for several hours a day can develop digital dementia.”, says Martin L. Pall. According to him, there is an urgent need to continue research on this topic.“The results of each of these studies should be shared with the general public.says Martin L. Pall, so that everyone can take the necessary steps to reduce the incidence of early Alzheimer’s disease

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