• 09 NOV 20
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    An Electric vehicle may not be as safe as thought.

    In the latest Wall Street International Magazine, in the section on Science and Technology there is a very interesting article on emissions from the production of Electric vehicles (EV).

    https://wsimag.com/science-and-technology

    What I found of particular thought provoking interest, is the following:

    EMR emissions

    An EV’s computers, power systems, motors, active sensors and antennas emit electromagnetic radiation (EMR). The U.S.’s Federal Communications Commission determined that EMR exposure from such devices is safe because it has no significant, immediate effect on body temperature. However, EMR-exposure can cause non-thermal effects: it can damage DNA and increase risk of cancer and other diseases.14

    A vehicle’s EMR emissions can cause a deep brain stimulator (DBS) (a medical implant for neurological diseases like Parkinson’s) to shut off or reprogram.15 I know a woman who drove her hybrid car after she had a DBS implanted. Each time the car’s battery-charger turned on at stoplights, the computers’ magnetic fields shut off her implant. In 2000, 8-10% of the U.S. population had an implant. If someone has a DBS, they cannot ride in an electric vehicle.15,16

    So, these are obviously in-vehicle radiofrequency emissions and would fall under the IARC classification of a 2B Possible Human Carcinogen, the same classification as vehicle diesel emissions. Not so clean after all in that respect!

    Deep brain stimulation involves implanting electrodes within certain areas of the brain. These electrodes produce electrical impulses that regulate abnormal impulses. Or the electrical impulses can affect certain cells and chemicals within the brain. The amount of stimulation in deep brain stimulation is controlled by a pacemaker-like device placed under the skin in the upper chest. A wire that travels under the skin connects this device to the electrodes in your brain.

    So, the emissions from the electronics of EV vehicles have the potential to interfere with electronic implants. Does this mean that heart pacemakers/defibrillators may be effected as well? Considering that in Australia alone, there are approximately 200,000 implanted heart pacemakers and defibrillators, will warnings need to be given on their use of EVs? Obviously not good to have a heart pacemaker or defibrillator malfunction while driving.

    Also see: https://www.premierhealth.com/your-health/articles/health-minute/pacemaker-users-should-use-mobile-devices-with-caution

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