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Trent University researcher identifies potential to "clean up dirty electricity"


Monday, November 29, 2004, Peterborough

Trent University's electromagnetic field expert Dr. Magda Havas is housecleaning. She's set her sights on cleaning up so-called dirty electricity and she's found that, for some, the experiment has been life altering.

The research involves the use of filters that reduce the poor power quality generated by electronics in our offices and our homes. Results from several case studies by Prof. Havas have shown the use of these filters not only reduces symptoms associated with electrical hypersensitivity, including chronic fatigue, depression and headaches, but can have positive effects for those with diabetes and multiple sclerosis, says Prof. Havas of Trent's Environmental and Resource Studies Department. 

She presented the findings of five case studies involving the use of Graham/Stetzer filters last month at a World Health Organization workshop on electrical hypersensitivity in Prague. Electrical hypersensitivity, she explains, while somewhat difficult to understand, is similar to chemical sensitivity, and, in some cases, may be the cause of those unexplained body aches and pains, headaches and that foggy-brain feeling. Often one of the first signs of electrical hypersensitivity, says Prof. Havas, is sensitivity to fluorescent lighting.

"The results (of the case studies) suggest that poor power quality may be contributing to electrical hypersensitivity and that as much as 50 per cent of the population may be hypersensitive," notes Prof. Havas. "The concept that is novel is that dirty electricity has biological effects."

In each of the case studies, health benefits including improved sleep, reduced blood sugar in diabetics, reduced body aches and headaches and symptoms associated with multiple sclerosis as well as reduced ringing in the ears for tinnitus sufferers, have been realized, prompting Prof. Havas to further her research. She has recently traveled to England, Greece, Czech Republic as well as Trinidad and Tobago to present her findings.  


For further information, please contact Dr. Magda Havas, (705) 748-1011, ext. 1232 or

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