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are electromagnetic fields (emfs) dangerous to human health? am concerned due to local power co's new smart meters being installed on homes in my area

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
I say you're safe: The "independent medical thinkers" have been alleging horrible health problems caused by these fields for four decades without a single decent study that isn't loaded with recall bias. There's no animal model, no real theory as to why they're dangerous, and the field generated by your beating heart affects you more. By now, the NIH research piranhas would have found any danger that's real.

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I'm native american am I more susceptible to becoming an addict?

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NO!!..........but...: It's really about you! although certain groups have more issues with drug abuse and addiction, it ultimately comes down to who you are......Do you have a job that you enjoy?....Are your friends and family plagued with drug problems?.....Have you been mentally, physically, and spiritually healthy? If you are at a party and are offered drugs, what will you do? Do you know how to just say "no"?
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I'm native american am I more susceptible to becoming an alcoholic?

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Yes: There is a higher rate of alcoholism among native americans, especially men.
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I love to go to a local spa. Am I at more risk for contracting legionnaires' disease?

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Can I get a facelift under local, or do they have to put me out?

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