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#1 mustang carole

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Posted 03 February 2003 - 09:52 AM

Hi,
I read some where that electric can openers that we use in our kitchen
can be a source of high energy. This small appliance uses more juice than a vacuum cleaner. Is this true and is this affecting our health?
Thanks for a response. :(


#2 Margaret Meade Glaser

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Posted 11 February 2003 - 11:39 AM

M.C.

I have looked up "can openers" on the 1992 EPA Tables in B. Blake
Levitt's book "Electromagnetic Fields: A Consumer's Guide to the Issues
and How to Protect Ourselves." According to this, they do have high
levels of electromagnetic fields, the highest of the appliances listed,
interestingly enough. At a distance of six inches, they can range from
500 milligauss to 1500 milligaus. At one-foot distance, it drops to 40
to 300 milligauss, and at two feet, it is 3 to 30 milligauss. You can
see that with increasing distance the fields drop dramatically.
Therefore, you would want to use it further away from your body.

To what degree it poses any health risks depends on the strength, the
distance, the amount of time you are exposed to it, and your personal
sensitivity to fields. I imagine you only use it on an occasional basis
for a short period of time. Appliances that run more continuously
(electric furnaces or refrigerators), or for longer periods of time
(electric stoves) might be of greater concern. Also of concern are those appliances which are used in more direct proximity to the body, like electric shavers (using AC current), electric blankets and hair dryers.

As a general rule, appliances with motors or heating elements are higher
in EMFs than those without. For instance, an electric clock with a
regular clockface (analog) produces a higher level of EMFs than an
electric digital clock. Battery operated clocks and appliances do not
create EMFs because they use DC current rather than AC current.

Another thing to keep in mind is that EMFs penetrate walls and floors,
so distance to humans must be measured in all directions from the
appliance (going through to the other side of the wall), not just in
front of it. Make sure there are no cribs, beds or easy chairs within
range where people spend a lot of time.

Regarding the can opener, a cautious or electrically sensitive person
would probably opt for the old-fashioned, elbow grease variety.
Margaret Meade Glaser
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#3 Margaret Meade Glaser

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Posted 17 February 2003 - 02:01 PM

Got your note, Mustang Carole. Thanks. MMG
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#4 valerie

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Posted 24 February 2003 - 10:45 PM

From M Glaser: "Another thing to keep in mind is that EMFs penetrate walls and floors, so distance to humans must be measured in all directions from the appliance (going through to the other side of the wall), not just in
front of it. Make sure there are no cribs, beds or easy chairs within
range where people spend a lot of time."

WOW that is unreal. THere's not a safe place in our house, it seems.

valerie.

(What a wealth of information. Great stuff.)

#5 Margaret Meade Glaser

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Posted 25 February 2003 - 03:05 AM

Valerie,

The intent is not to make you feel unsafe, but to inform you of some of the sources of this energy that you may not be aware of so you can arrange your home to minimize or at least lessen your exposure.
Margaret Meade Glaser
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