Residence Near Power Lines and Mortality From Neurodegenerative Diseases


American Journal of Epidemiology Advance Access originally published online on November 5, 2008 American Journal of Epidemiology 2009 169(2):167-175; doi:10.1093/aje/kwn297

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Residence Near Power Lines and Mortality From Neurodegenerative Diseases: Longitudinal Study of the Swiss Population Anke Huss, Adrian Spoerri, Matthias Egger, Martin Röösli and for the Swiss National Cohort Study Correspondence to Dr. Anke Huss, Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Bern, Finkenhubelweg 11, CH-3012 Bern, Switzerland (e-mail: ).
Received for publication May 5, 2008. Accepted for publication August 25, 2008.

The relation between residential magnetic field exposure from power lines and mortality from neurodegenerative conditions was analyzed among 4.7 million persons of the Swiss National Cohort (linking mortality and census data), covering the period 2000-2005. Cox proportional hazard models were used to analyze the relation of living in the proximity of 220-380 kV power lines and the risk of death from neurodegenerative diseases, with adjustment for a range of potential confounders. Overall, the adjusted hazard ratio for Alzheimer’s disease in persons living within 50 m of a 220-380 kV power line was 1.24 (95% confidence interval (CI): 0.80, 1.92) compared with persons who lived at a distance of 600 m or more. There was a dose-response relation with respect to years of residence in the immediate vicinity of power lines and Alzheimer’s disease: Persons living at least 5 years within 50 m had an adjusted hazard ratio of 1.51 (95% CI: 0.91, 2.51), increasing to 1.78 (95% CI: 1.07, 2.96) with at least 10 years and to 2.00 (95% CI: 1.21, 3.33) with at least 15 years. The pattern was similar for senile dementia. There was little evidence for an increased risk of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, or multiple sclerosis.


Per Dr. Gordon

Electrosmog is affecting our health in measurable ways! The Swiss keep careful health records so this report will be valid!  Power line proximity over years does double the incidence of Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. This will increase our interest in finding ways to neutralize the power line hazard since today most are not able to afford to move!

I think at the very least this information should help patients decide to take steps to maintain cognitive function. This is now easily measurable and things like Lipoic Acid and Carnitine are clearly showing such benefits. Of course LIFE LONG DETOXIFICATION seems to become even more essential for those living near power lines.

There are many other ideas we should seriously evaluate for neutralizing electrosmog.
This research confirms danger, and since everyone today uses mobile phones and is exposed to other forms of electrical fields, it will be difficult to adequately document the adverse effect we all are sustaining from the electrical fields we are all now exposed to continuously.

Garry F. Gordon MD,DO,MD(H)
President, Gordon Research Institute

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