My first awareness of controversy surrounding the use of dental amalgam fillings arose in the mid-1980s on viewing a short ‘before and after’ video clip of a young girl who had suffered from epilepsy. She couldn’t have been more than 8 years old and for a number of years had experienced seizures every 10 minutes of her life that were uncontrollable by medication. Of course, the punch line is that immediately after the removal of the one amalgam filling placed in her mouth years before, the seizures stopped completely, never to return.
Up until recently, the term ‘Dirty Electricity” evoked in me images of the smoke stacks from coal fired power plants, open pit mines and mazes of huge erector-set like structures stringing power lines across the countryside. But the overt pollution of air, water and land resulting from the generation of electricity is only one meaning of the term. The other meaning of ‘Dirty Electricity’, though, specifically refers to one type of electromagnetic frequency called ‘high-frequency voltage transients’. A less visible is a form of pollution that does not appear on the agenda of the environmental movement hardly at all, it may turn out to be just as significant a form of pollution.