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Magnetic fields and electronic pollution from transformers and power lines – part 1

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We indulge in the luxury and convenience of having electricity every time we come home at night and turn on the lights. As nice as electricity is, there is always another side of the story.

In order for us to access this electricity, every residential area must have a transformer. This converts the electricity supplied by the power plant (6000-30000 volts) into the household alternating current we are able to use (110 – 400 volts AC).  These transformers consist of: high-voltage components, transformer and low-voltage distribution. This reduction inevitably produces strong magnetic fields. Depending on the number of households and consumers, a stronger or weaker radiation output will exist.

The hidden danger in your neighborhood

Danger High Voltage

Danger High Voltage

About every 30 houses in a residential area has a transformer amongst them. A transformer can be recognised by the warning stickers and words like:

High Voltage! Danger!

Go for a walk in your neighborhood and find out where these transformers are located.

In large apartment buildings with many units, there is often a separate transformer for the entire building. This is usually installed in the underground basement or garage.

Many people are unaware of the danger.

Why are magnetic fields so problematic? The risk of blood disorders increase.

Humans have iron in their blood, which responds to the magnetic fields!

It has been repeatedly documented that there is an increase in leukaemia cases where strong magnetic fields are present.  For example: transformers, electric railway, tram lines and power lines. In Volarlberg we had 5 cases of leukaemia in young children a few years back. Four of these originated in Montafon where three high-voltage power lines run through the valley and the houses were always in between…
Statistics from the GEOVITAL Academy regarding leukaemia cases over the past 10 years have resulted in a noticeable proximity between the homes/bedrooms and  transformers.  In the Academy reference book (German) one of these such stories is described on page 120.

150 meter (500 feet) distance!

From both the medical and environmental medicine community, the recommendation since the 1980’s has been to not live within a distance of 150 metres (500ft) from transformer stations, electrical train/tram lines and power lines.

What to do if a transformer is too close to the house?

Transformer in neighborhood

Transformer in neighborhood

It is unwise to generalise and put a theoretical safe/unsafe distance on this issue. The best approach is to have a measurement of both magnetic field and electric fields done by a GEOVITAL Geobiologist. This way you can see how much nanoTesla (nT) or milliGauss (mG) and volts per meter (V/m) this transformer produces.
From these measurements one can then estimate how serious the problems, produced by this transformer, really are.
Counter measures or strategies only make sense at that time, because otherwise unnecessary money could be spent without knowing what it is actually trying to address.


About the Author:

Marc Wirth
As Geobiologist and Building Biologist (IBN) Dip. Ing. (FH) Marc Wirth has played an important role in the planning of many new buildings in his 18 year experience. He is not only familiar with the illness related side of patients, but knows the technical details and counter measures to create healthier living spaces and lives. His motto: “Only when one has experienced issues and implemented the improvements, do you know what you are talking about…”


  1. Cheryl Liston 07/02/2017 at 16:40 - Reply

    If a person who is over 50 and one over 60 lives within 200 ft of an electrical substation, could that affect longevity/health issues?

    • Patrick van der Burght
      Patrick van der Burght 08/02/2017 at 17:06 - Reply

      Hi Cheryl, thanks for asking.
      With substations, lets agree that we are speaking about the medium scale above ground plants where wires from the transmission lines come in and from their distribute electricity around the area.
      It depends on the levels that people are exposed to, so going out and measuring this properly is clearly a must. Levels can vary a lot during the day and night so if levels were just about ok at the time of a spot measurement, then it doesn’t mean it will be fine 10min, 2 hours or 12 hours later.
      200ft is not very far at all. The problem is magnetic fields, and these are present at the station but also the cables going in and out of that substation. Current is supposed to return to the substation nicely along intended paths and cabling, but it there are wiring problems in the neighbourhood for example this can all affect the proper return of current and therefor cause an imbalance which would mean even more magnetic fields. As the substation is the root of distribution from there onwards it has the potential to produce a lot of exposure to magnetic fields.

      What is bad? What is too much EMR?
      We’ll that is all down to opinion. Governments have set their allowable exposure limits way too high in the opinion of many people and scientist in this field of environmental medicine. Many countries allow for 1000mG (milligauss) of exposure to the population and think that is fine and acceptable. Peer reviewed research shows serious increases in the risk of fertility issues, leukaemia, cancer and many other issues at levels only a fraction of the government limits. At 1mG serious affects to recovery rates of children with leukaemia were found for example (see our research link section). – So, you have to do your own research on what you think is acceptable and what risks you are willing to take. In our environmental medicine field, most recommend exposure ideally less than 0.2 or 0.3mG in the bedroom, and definitely not more than 1mG in the home. What someone does with that information is up to them. No EMF consultant would tell people to move if the problem can’t be fixed because it goes against what the government deems ok and opens up liability issues for the assessor… the residents have to come to the decision of staying or going on their own.

      So, long and short of it is: Until you investigate with proper equipment (spend at least about U$400 on a good gauss meter) you know nothing. 200ft could be ok… but it could vary or change over time, so needs to be monitored,
      I can tell you that magnetic fields, if caused by wiring errors have a chance of being rectified, but if they come from power supply installations, there is often nothing that can be done realistically.

      That is not to say that other homes away from substations are therefor automatically ok. Most homes have multiple sources of exposure to low level radiation from outside power lines, internal wiring, phone towers, smart meters, wifi gadgets and natural geopathic stress. Any home considered to be purchased or rented should be checked by one of our consultants or someone we know that could help you. You should check for magnetic fields whilst ‘shopping’ for a new home with a quality guass meter, and once you think you’ve found the one, let a trained expert verify your findings and investigate the other typically fixable issues of the home. This way you know what to update before you move in.

      Do check out this article too:
      You can find official Geovital consultants here
      or contact our office as we have many affiliates and freelance assessors we can maybe put you in contact with.
      Good luck,

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