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Old 03-08-2014, 10:20 AM   #1
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Heated pads/blankets and EMFs

I see a lot of threads here about heated bed pads, and every time I see them I think about EMFs. DH has never and will never sleep on or under electric bedding because of this.

Is Your Electric Blanket Safe?

Are there some that are safe, as opposed to others that are not? Is there someone here who understands the pros and cons and can explain them?

According to this, they seem to be more a danger to females than males.

Sleeping under an electric blanket may be hazardous to your health

Posted on March 3, 2009, 12:42 p.m. in Cancer Environment Longevity and Age Management
According to scientists, sleeping under an electric blanket creates a low-level electromagnetic field (EMF) that gives off 10 to 20 mG (milliGauss) right next to the blanket, and half that six inches away. That's 5 to 20 times higher than the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed safe level of exposure. What's more, the magnetic field created by electric blankets penetrates about 6 or 7 inches into the body for hours at a time, which qualifies as chronic exposure. As the article in Mercola.com states, regular use of an electric blanket can increase the risk of breast and endometrial cancer, and it has been linked with miscarriages and childhood leukemia. Click here to read the complete article, Is your electric blanket safe? www.mercola.com February 24, 2009

Yes, I do understand and accept that just breathing can be dangerous to your health. However, I don't want to up "Murphy's" odds by being uninformed.
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Old 03-08-2014, 11:32 AM   #2
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The emf of an electric blanket is 60hz, an exceeding low frequency. There is no danger from 60Hz unless you accidentally turn yourself into a conductor. The higher frequencies (shorter wavelengths) are most problematic. Hence why microwaves use gigahertz frequencies. Granted, if you sit in a voltage node of a 100kw FM radio transmitter, you probably will feel it in heat, but the paltry few watts of 60hz energy coming from the electric blanket is about a dangerous as a toy ballon

Granola eating "natural medicine" nuts who don't actually understand electricity should refrain from writing about the dangers of electricity and stick to debating which herbal blend promotes healthy colon cleansing best.

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(chuckle) Thanks for your response Bovine Speedster.

I figured that if electric blankets were truly a health hazard, some class action lawyer would have been hawking for clients on TV commercials long ago. I just roll my eyes at their latest scheme: Testosterone therapy for men causing strokes or heart attacks.
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