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Interview with Dr David O Carpenter on EMF now Available for Listening.

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Dr David Carpenter, EMF

Dr David O Carpenter is a public health physician who speaks with me on EMF. Dr. Carpenter is currently Director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at Albany and also Professor of Environmental Health Science at the University of Albany in New York. He has carried out extensive research and has more than 370 peer-reviewed publications, 6 books and 50 reviews and book chapters to his credit. More information about EMF was presented on this site a week ago and can also be found at:

Enjoy the Interview below:




Dr David O. Carpenter to Discuss EMF and its Impact on Health.

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

Dr David CarpenterMy guest, David O. Carpenter speaks about EMF and it’s impact on health. Dr. Carpenter is a public health physician whose current position is Director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at Albany, as well as Professor of Environmental Health Sciences within the School of Public Health at the University at Albany.  After receiving his MD degree from Harvard Medical School he chose a career of research and public health.  After research positions at the National Institute of Mental Health and the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute, he came to Albany in 1980 as the Director of the Wadsworth Center for Laboratories and Research of the New York State Department of Health, the third largest public health laboratory in the US after NIH and CDC.  In an effort to build ties to an academic program, he initiated efforts to create a partnership between the New York State Department of Health and the University at Albany, resulting in the creation of the School of Public Health in 1985.  He was then appointed as the founding Dean of the School of Public Health, a position he held until 1998 when he became the Director of the Institute of Health and the Environment.

Dr. Carpenter’s research initially was basic neurobiology, and more recently has primarily been the study of human disease resulting from exposure to environmental contaminants.  He has focused on the relationship between exposures to a variety of chemicals and ionizing radiation on incidence of several human diseases, including diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and diseases of the nervous system.  He has extensive international scientific collaborations in Japan, China, Uganda, Pakistan, Turkey and Russia.  The Institute which he directs has recently been identified as a Collaborating Center of the World Health Organization.  Dr. Carpenter is also a member of the Science Advisory Board of the International Joint Commission, an organization that advises the governments of the US and Canada on issues related to the Great Lakes.  He has more than 350 peer reviewed publications and has edited five books.

When he arrived in Albany in 1980 as the Director of the Wadsworth Laboratories of the New York State Department of Health, he was given the responsibility of administering a program to determine whether there were adverse human health effects of electromagnetic fields (EMFs), initiated because of concern of hazards from high voltage power lines.  A 5 million dollar research program was begun, and when finished in 1987 the program concluded that while there were effects of EMFs on many organ systems, a particular concern was an increased incidence of leukemia in children living in home with elevated magnetic fields.  After that time Dr. Carpenter became  the spokesperson for New York State on issues related to EMFs.  He has continued to evaluate research in this area, and has edited two books and written several review articles on the subject.  He testified before the President’s Cancer Panel in 2009 on human health effects of both power line and radio frequency EMFs from a variety of sources, particularly from cell phones.  He is the Co-Editor of the Bioinitiative Report (, published first in 2007 and revised in 2012.  This is a comprehensive review of the effects of EMFs.



Brain Tumor Spread May Be Blocked by a Chinese Herbal Componentt

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011


New research reported online in the journal Cancer Research concluded that an active ingredient, indirubin, found in a traditional Chinese herbal remedy known as Dang Gui Long Hui Wan may be useful in the treatment of brain tumors. The component blocks migration of glioblastoma cells to other areas of the brain and \also the migration of endothelial cells preventing the formation of new blood vessels needed by the tumor to grow.
Using multiple glioblastoma cell lines and two animal models three derivatives of indirubin were examined. Findings showed transplanting glioblastoma cells into one brain hemisphere of mice increased survival significantly longer than controls and showed no migration of tumor cells to the other hemisphere. In another study, the migration of tumor cells were reduced by 40% in treated mice verses controls.
Indirubins also reduced endothelial-cell migration by 52 to 41 percent compared to untreated controls and a lower density of blood vessels and new blood vessel growth was reduced up to three-fold in intracranial tumors, depending upon the tumor-cell line. Thus, the researchers concluded that “findings suggest that indirubins reduce tumor invasion and tumor vasculature because of their antimigratory effects on both tumors and endothelial cells.”

Exercise Increased Survival Time Following Brain Cancer Diagnosis

Friday, July 1st, 2011


Research published in the June 20 online issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology concluded that brain cancer patients who exercise live significantly longer than sedentary patients. Two hundred forty three patients with advanced recurrent lethal brain malignancies at Duke were enrolled in the study. Those diagnoses with this type of cancer usually have a median life expectancy of less than 6 months. In the study those who reported regular brisk exercise defined as the equivalent of an energetic walk for thirty minutes five days a week lived a median 21.84 months compared to 13.03 months for those who were most sedentary.