Researchers Örjan Hallberg of Hallberg Independent Research and Ollie Johansson of The Karolinska Institute in Sweden have been investigating the inexplicable rise in breast cancer and melanoma in the west over the last 30 years where the cancer affects mainly the hip, thighs and trunk on the left side of the body – parts of the body which are rarely exposed to the sun.
Their work has focused on Japan where there is no correlation between the rates of melanoma and breast cancer, and there is no left-side prevalence for either disease. Moreover, the rate of breast cancer in Japan is significantly lower than in the West; only 3% of what is seen in Sweden, for example. The rate of prostate cancer in Japan is only 10% of that in the U.K. and U.S.
They suggest that sleeping habits may provide the answer.
The futons used for sleeping in Japan are mattresses placed directly on the bedroom floor, in contrast to the elevated box springs and mattress of beds used in the West.
A 2007 study in Sweden conducted between 1989 and 1993 revealed a strong link between the incidence of melanoma and the number of FM and TV transmission towers covering the area where the individuals lived.
A TV set cannot respond to broadcast transmissions unless the weak electromagnetic waves are captured and amplified by an appropriately designed antenna. Antennas are simply metal objects of appropriate length sized to match the wavelength of a specific frequency of electromagnetic radiation. In the U.S. bed frames and box springs are made of metal, and the length of a bed is exactly half the wavelength of FM and TV transmissions that have been broadcasting since the late 1940s.
In Japan most beds are not made of metal, and the TV broadcast system does not use the 87- to 108-megahertz frequency used in Western countries.
So, as we sleep on our coil-spring mattresses, we are in effect sleeping on an antenna that amplifies the intensity of the broadcast FM/TV radiation and our bodies are exposed to the amplified electromagnetic radiation for a third of our life spans. The wave of electromagnetic radiation envelops our bodies so that the maximum strength of the field develops 75 centimeters above the mattress in the middle of our bodies. When sleeping on the right side, the body's left side will thereby be exposed to field strength about twice as strong as the one that right side absorbs.
And most people in the west are known to sleep on their right side…..
June 2010 issue of Pathophysiology
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