Synergistic health effects between chemical pollutants and electromagnetic fields

Reviews on Environmental Health. Volume 30, Issue 4, Pages 305–309, ISSN (Online) 2191-0308, ISSN (Print) 0048-7554, DOI: 10.1515/reveh-2015-0028, November 2015


1 / Chaima Sta1, 2 / Eric Goujon1 / Dalila Souguir3 / Ezzeddine El Ferjani2

1Clermont Université, Université Blaise Pascal, Campus Universitaire des Cézeaux, UMR 547 PIAF, B.P. 10448, F-63000 Clermont-Ferrand, France
2Laboratoire de Physiologie et Génétique des Plantes á Intérét Agronomique, Faculté des Sciences de Bizerte, Université de Carthage, 7021 Jarzouna, Tunisie
3Institut National de Recherches en Génie Rural, Eaux et Forêts, Rue Hédi Karray El Manzah IV, BP-10-Ariana 2080- Tunisie


Article history
Received: 11 September 2015
Accepted: 2 November 2015
Published Online: 24 November 2015

Electromagnetic Fields
Heavy Metals


Humans and ecosystems are exposed to highly variable and unknown cocktail of chemicals and radiations. Although individual chemicals are typically present at low concentrations, they can interact with each other resulting in additive or potentially synergistic mixture effects. This was also observed with products obtained by radiation actions such as sunlight or electromagnetic fields that can change the effects of chemicals, such as pesticides, and metal trace elements on health. Concomitant presence of various pesticides and their transformation products adds further complexity to chemical risk assessment since chronic inflammation is a key step for cancer promotion. Degradation of a parent molecule can produce several by-products which can trigger various toxic effects with different impacts on health and environment. For instance, the cocktail of sunlight irradiated sulcotrione pesticide has a greater cytotoxicity and genotoxicity than parent molecule, sulcotrione, and questions about the impact of photochemical process on environment. Adjuvants were shown to modify the biological features of pesticides. Addition of other elements, metals or biological products, can differently enhance cell toxicity of pesticides or electromagnetic radiations suggesting a synergy in living organisms. Electromagnetic fields spreading, pesticide by-products and mixtures monitoring become greater for environmental contamination evaluations.