A warning from the T.V.Q. group as to the possibility of
Scalar / Tesla experimentation health risks.
There has been quite a lot of talk in the popular press concerning
the possible health risks due to exposure to electromagnetic
While these articles concern themselves with the unavoidable
exposure to the electromagnetic fields generated by domestic power
wiring and radio transmissions, there is reason to believe that
experimenters who work on Tesla coils and scalar electromagnetic
systems may have an additional cause for concern.
The following entry was downloaded from the Usenet some time ago:
The May/June issue of “Microwave News” contains very big news.
According to the lead article, the EPA’s long-awaited report on the
health risks of electromagnetic fields is about to be released.
However, Dr. William Farland, director of EPA’s Office of Health and
Environmental Assessment, apparently decided a few weeks ago to
delete the report’s two most important recommendations:
that 60 Hz powerline fields be classified by EPA as “Probable
Human Carcinogens” (like formaldehyde and creosote), and
higher frequency radio emissions and microwaves should be
classed as “Possible Human Carcinogens” (like saccharine).
MN says Dr. Farland’s justification for deleting these findings is
that the causal mechanisms are still not understood, especially the
relationship between dose and response, even though circumstantial
evidence for some degree of cancer risk can no longer be ignored.
MN editor Louis Slesin also says that Paul Brodeur will have another
installment of his “Annals of Radiation” series in the July 8th
issue of the New Yorker. He may comment on this latest EPA
Here are the concluding paragraphs from the REVISED (June 1990)
draft summary of the EPA staff report, as quoted in MN:
“In conclusion, the several studies showing leukemia, lymphoma
and cancer of the nervous system in children exposed to magnetic
fields from residential 60 Hz electrical power distribution
systems, supported by similar findings in adults in several
occupational studies also involving electrical power frequency
exposures, show a consistent pattern of response that suggests,
but does not prove, a causal link. Frequency components higher
than 60 Hz cannot be ruled out as contributing factors.
Evidence from a large number of biological test systems shows
that these fields induce biological effects that are consistent
with several possible mechanisms of carcinogenesis. However,
none of these processes has been experimentally linked to the
induction of tumors, either in animals or humans, by EMFs
[electromagnetic fields]. The particular aspects of exposure to
the EMFs that cause these events are not known.
“In evaluating the potential for carcinogenicity of chemical
agents, EPA has developed an approach that attempts to integrate
all of the available information into a summary classification
of the overall weight-of-evidence that the agent is carcinogenic
At this time such a characterization regarding the link between
cancer and exposure to EMFs is not appropriate because the basic
nature of the interaction between EMFs and biological processes
is not understood.
For example, a real possibility exists that exposure to higher
field strengths is actually less hazardous than exposure to low
field strengths. Because of this uncertainty, it is
inappropriate to make generalizations about the carcinogenicity
As additional studies with more definitive exposure assessment
become completed, a better understanding of the nature of the
hazard will be gained. With our current understanding we can
identify 60 Hz magnetic fields from power lines and perhaps
other sources in the home as a possible, but not proven, cause
of cancer in people. The absence of key information summarized
above makes it difficult to make quantitative estimates of risk.
Such quantitative estimates are necessary before judgments about
the degree of safety or hazard of a given exposure can be made.
This situation indicates the need to continue to evaluate the
information from ongoing studies and to further evaluate the
mechanisms of carcinogenic action and the characteristics of
exposure that lead to these effects.”
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The uncertainty in linking the electromagnetic field to any possible
carcinogenicity is understandable in light of several
epidemiological studies which attempt to correlate levels of
exposure and incidences of cancers and leukemia. The results do
show some correlation, but not a simple one. For example, homes
located next to high current power transformers do have a higher
rate of incidence, but not as high as the homes located one house
further away from the same transformer.
We must keep in mind that these studies are conducted by collecting
data from field studies and then performing statistical analysis.
Such a study may not show the cause for a given effect if there is
more than one agent at work.
Although the Aharonov-Bohm effect has been proven in the lab, the
fact that the magnetic field is not a fundamental field is not yet
accepted or understood by the majority of scientists and engineers.
If the studies of electromagnetic exposure also included data on the
relative strengths of the A-fields as well as the B-fields there may
be a much stronger case for the possible carcinogenic effects.
To the best of our knowledge, no such study has been conducted to
Any such study would require the use of a detector which can
directly measure the intensity of the magnetic vector potential, or
Such detectors do exist, but current A-field detectors are not
practical for such studies.
With a practical, portable A-field detector, it would be possible to
go back to the original studies and add the relative field intensity
With this new data, a direct cause and effect relationship may
In his masterpeice of paranoia ” Fer-de-lance ” T.E. Bearden shows
on page 128, slide 33, a scalar wave detector. This device is
described as a Bedini version of the Dea / Faretto detector. This
device employs a permanent magnet with a field strength in excess of
This magnet must then be shielded to prevent external
electromagnetic energy from reaching the coil above the magnet.
Such a detector is not practical, as the mass of a forty kilogauss
magnet is considerable at best, and the shielding needed would have
a still larger mass. It would be difficult to prove that the
shielding was not saturated, and that any signal detected was not
electromagnetic in origin.
Several layers of shielding would be needed to prevent magnetic
coupling of external electromagnetic signals to the secondary
magnetic fields set up in the shielding itself.
The operation of this detector is based on the theory that the
magnet’s field will be modulated by an incident scalar wave or A-
field. It is not known to members of this group why the magnet must
have such a high field strength, but we assume that this is
necessary to induce a signal in the coil strong enough to be
measured. The inclusion of a preamplifier into the detector design
would seem to support this conclusion.
Our research group has developed a detector design which is also
based upon the magnetic modulation theory, but uses a magnetic field
which is considerably smaller. Because the magnetic field strength
is much smaller the shielding problems are also reduced, along with
the detector’s mass.
This detector design has been proven to have exceptionally high
sensitivity and is also directional. By using an external pickup
coil in addition to the detector it is possible to positively
determine if any given detected signal is of electromagnetic origin.
Placed in proximity to a pair of conductors carrying household
current to a load, this detector shows an A-field to be present at
twice the line frequency.
This can be understood by referring to page 123, slide 23, of
” Fer-de-lance “.
While not exactly light in weight, this new detector is portable and
most important, could be constructed by experimenters to measure the
fields generated by whatever devices the experimenter chooses. As
experimenters develop and improve their devices, they must also
modify the balance of electromagnetic and scalar energy in the
Even a simple Tesla coil, with a single shorted turn, will produce
quite large magnetic fields and their associated A-fields. As the
device is improved, the potential health risks due to these fields
It is our belief that the ratio of electromagnetic field strength to
A-field strength is involved in determining the biological effect of
electromagnetic fields, and that this accounts for the difficulties
in determining the carcinogenic agent.
We are currently investigating several ways to make detailed
construction plans for these detectors available to anyone
interested in using them, either for their own work or for studies
on the effects of electromagnetic fields on living systems.
Anyone interested should post E-mail to Harold Kobrin’s account on
the TESLA Section of the Colorado Mountain BBS.