This was incredibly comprehensive and thought-provoking.

I had tried to read it once before, got bored, and given up. Then a podcast guest whom I admired recommended it, so I thought I should give it another go. And wow, am I glad I did.

EMF is something that has been on my radar (no pun intended) on and off for quite some time as a possible underlying cause of chronic illness… the problem is, the symptoms of it are so non-specific, and it’s everywhere. How can you nail down that EMF is the cause? And if you can, what can you really do about it? Whenever I have patients who are the “canaries in the coal mine” who don’t get better from treating solvents, mold, Lyme, chronic infections, hormone balancing, etc, I come back to this, ask the same questions yet again, and let it alone.

What I found so fascinating about Firstenberg’s approach was that he was so systematic about it, and also that he correlates pandemics past with huge advances in electromagnetic communications. I had no idea, for instance, that flu never used to be a yearly phenomenon, but only once every few decades… and when it did occur prior to the 19th century, it always coincided with sun flares (which occur every 11 years or so, but even then with variable intensity). I’d heard what I’d have called “conspiracy theorists” correlate historical pandemics with such technological advancements, but I had no idea that there was any concrete data to back up the claim. I don’t entirely know what to do with this information, other than to say that at the least, it appears that there has been a vast amount of data to link EMF with human disease for many years.

Then he goes on to correlate EMF with heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other major diseases of modern life. Correlation is not causation, but I have to say that the timing and data he presents of correlation in those numbers are quite compelling.

I am still left with the “okay, now what?” question, unfortunately… because it truly is everywhere, and he makes this point at the end of the book, which must have come out in late 2019, that by 2020 satellite coverage will extend everywhere except the Arctic Circle and Antarctica, and some coverage will extend even there. He ended with a call to action that we must attempt to stop forward progress. But how do you put the genie back in the bottle?

My rating: *****