Health Effects of EMF

There has been a great deal of public and scientific debate on whether power frequency EMFs are linked to various ill health effects. On this page you will find links to a number of articles and published papers by Professor Denis Henshaw in which he answers some of the questions regarding EMFs and their possible effects on public health.

Latest SCENIHR report adds Alzheimer's Disease to the risks associated with powerfrequency EFMs.
Posted 13th February 2009.

Response to SCENIHR's "Opinion on possible effects of electromagnetic fields (EMF) on human health."
Professor Denis L Henshaw and Professor Mike J O'Carroll, posted 3rd November 2006.

Critique of the HPA's "What About the Effects of EMFs on Melatonin and Breast Cancer? A Set of Frequently Asked Questions"[PDF]
Professor Denis Henshaw, posted 3rd October 2006.

Adverse health effects associated with exposure to ELF electric and magnetic fields - assembly to scientific evidence and discussion of possible public health impact. Professors M. J. O'Carroll and D. L. Henshaw. DRAFT - WORK IN PROGRESS - Version 1 29/6/06.

Response to Health Protecion Agency - Radiation Protection Division Report on Melatonin.
Critique by Prof. Denis Henshaw, 16th June 2006.

Response to the Draper Report - This is Professor Henshaw's reponse to the 2005 report which found an increased incidence of childhood leukaemia up to 600m from powerlines in the UK.

Do magnetic fields cause increased risk of childhood leukaemia via melatonin disruption? Denis L. Henshaw and Russel J. Reiter, 2005.
Paper presented at the World Health Organisation meeting in Istanbul, June 2004, on EMFs and Child Health.
Since published in Bioelectromagnetics, Supplement 7, S86-S97.

The case for prudent avoidance - Professor Henshaw argues the case for prudent avoidance of exposure to power frequency magnetic fields similar to that introduced in Sweden, Switzerland and three Italian regions.

California Health Department Report - Classifying five health effects as possibly causal (class 2B in the IARC classification) in relation increased risk with power frequency magnetic field exposures: childhood leukaemia, adult leukaemia, adult brain cancer, miscarriages and Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or motor neuron disease) aswell as possible other illnesses.

California Health Department Report: Summary and Commentary by Professor Denis Henshaw (PDF file: 463 KB)

Stakeholders Advisory Group on ELF-EMFs (SAGE) website:. A group set up by the UK Minister of Public Health to examine precaution against public exposure to power frequency electric and magnetic fields below the current ICNIRP limit.

Swiss Ordinance of Protection against Non-ionising Radiation (NISV)Explanatory Reportand Actual Report.