• 10 JAN 17

    Paolo Boffetta, Italian Epidemiologist, Distorts Power Line Risks

    From Louis Slesin, Microwave News

    Excerpt:

    Facts don’t seem to mean much anymore. We live in a “post-truth” time. As 2017 opened for business, a stark example of the new reality came to our attention courtesy of Paolo Boffetta, an Italian epidemiologist now at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.

    In an interview with Fox News, Boffetta said that the link between power lines and childhood leukemia had been debunked. In response to a question as to whether it was safe for a pregnant woman to live next to “huge power lines,” Boffetta advised that there was no reason for concern.

    Boffetta has lost his truth compass…..SNIP

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    • 20 NOV 16

    New paper: A curate’s egg: Queensland’s Guidelines for managing 50 Hz magnetic fields in office buildings

    The origin of the phrase a curate’s egg is from the cartoon True Humility, printed in the British
    satirical magazine Punch on 9th November 1895. The phrase is used to describe something which is partly good but which is ruined by its bad part, and, as a result, is now rather lost….SNIP

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    • 28 FEB 16

    EMFs Promote Cancer in Massive Animal Study Italians Seek “Reevaluation” of EMF Safety

    Important report from Microwave News:

    Once again, power-frequency magnetic fields have been found to act as a cancer promoter.

    Eighteen months ago an international team led by Elisabeth Cardis in Spain showed cancer promotion in workers exposed to chemicals and extremely low frequency (ELF) EMFs. Now an Italian team has found essentially the same promotional effect in animals exposed to ionizing radiation and ELF EMFs…. The new study, which was carried out at the Ramazzini Institute in Bologna, Italy, is part of the most ambitious EMF animal project ever attempted. SNIP

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    • 20 JAN 16

    Reducing occupant exposure to EMFs in residential construction: Avoiding AC magnetic field EMFs – Free CE Webinar

    January 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EST

    This webinar is the next in the 5 part series, ” Reducing occupant exposure to EMFs in residential construction” where each member of our panel of experts will present an entire hour on each specific type of EMF. Catch part 1 here as on-demand recording if you missed it.
    First to be discussed is AC magnetic fields. This is the type of EMF you think of when you hear the words, “electromagnetic field”. It has four common sources: separation of conductors carrying current loads, such as overhead power lines; unbalanced electric loads on adjacent hot and neutral conductors; current on grounding paths, including metal water pipes and TV cable sheathing; and point sources, such as transformers and motors.
    Yet, magnetic fields are only one component of a duality of fields present wherever electricity exists, the other being electric fields. Electric fields will be discussed in a separate webinar.
    SNIP

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    • 12 OCT 15

    The Energy Networks Association is inviting submissions from the community on the Draft ENA EMF Handbook.

    From the Energy Networks Association

    Good afternoon,

    The Energy Networks Association is inviting submissions from the community on the Draft ENA EMF Handbook.

    The purpose of the Handbook is to provide common, industry-wide information for guidance to the Australian electricity distribution and transmission industry to manage the EMF issue responsibly in accordance with the ENA EMF Policy. The Handbook includes:

    · background information on electric and magnetic fields
    · an overview of the health debate
    · a summary of relevant national and international guidelines and standards
    · guidance for assessment of compliance with the guidelines and standards
    · guidance on the application of prudent avoidance / precaution.
    · All submissions will be reviewed and considered in developing the final ENA EMF Handbook. The final handbook and responses to submissions made will be published on this website.
    SNIP

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    • 14 DEC 14

    Louis Slesin on the current industry spin over powerline safety

    Excerpt from Microwave News:

    No Cancer Risk from Power Lines,
    Says the New York Times
    Big Score for Industry Scientists
    December 1, 2014
    Last updated
    December 12, 2014

    Still worried about power lines and cancer? That’s so retro, says the New York Times. You’re just stuck in the 1980’s.

    This is what the “newspaper of record” wants you to know about the risk of childhood leukemia from power lines: A “fairly broad consensus among researchers holds that no significant threat to public health has materialized.”

    The full message is told in a new 7+ minute video, produced by the Times’ RetroReport, which boasts a staff of 13 journalists and 10 contributors, led by Kyra Darnton. The video even credits a fact checker. What’s missing is the common sense to do some digging when reporting on a controversial issue.

    If Darnton’s crew had done its homework, they would have realized that their view is based on two industry-friendly researchers, David Savitz and John Moulder. Savitz, now VP for research at Brown University, has come a long way since he first reported that power lines are linked to childhood leukemia back in 1986. Power line EMFs have been very, very good for Savitz’s career. He parlayed that study into a multimillion contract from the electric power industry to study cancer risks among electric utility workers. He found a link to brain tumors. A couple of years later, he paid the industry back by renouncing his own work and that of many others. Now he’s done it again with his original power line study in the new Times video.
    SNIP

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    • 14 DEC 14

    Paul Brodeur on the current industry spin over powerline safety

    Conflicts of Interest in Coverage of a Health Issue by the New York Times

    Paul Brodeur, Huffington Post, Dec 12, 2014

    In recent days, employees of The New York Times have posted no fewer than three pieces on the newspaper’s website, asserting that the risk of harm from the electromagnetic fields (EMF) given off by power lines is negligible, and that fears of it are unfounded. Among the postings is a seven-minute video produced by Kyra Darnton for Retro Report, entitled “Long After an 80’s Scare, Suspicion of Power Lines Prevails.” An accompanying article with the same title has been posted by a reporter for Retro Report named Clyde Haberman, and a third piece entitled “A Fresh Look at Power Lines, Cancer and the Dread-to-Risk Ratio” has been put up by a reporter for the newspaper named Andrew C. Revkin.

    The video produced by Darnton and some colleagues at Retro Report relies preponderantly on the testimony of two researchers — David Savitz, who is vice-president for research at Brown University, and John Moulder, director of radiation biology at the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
    SNIP

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    • 06 DEC 14

    Microwave News: No Cancer Risk from Power Lines, Says the New York Times

    From Louis Slesin, Microwave News:

    No Cancer Risk from Power Lines, Says the New York Times
    Big Score for Industry Scientists

    Excerpt

    Still worried about power lines and cancer? That’s so retro, says the New York Times. You’re just stuck in the 1980’s.
    This is what the “newspaper of record” wants you to know about the risk of childhood leukemia from power lines: A “fairly broad consensus among researchers holds that no significant threat to public health has materialized.”

    The full message is told in a new 7+ minute video, produced by the Times’ RetroReport, which boasts a staff of 13 journalists and 10 contributors, led by Kyra Darnton. The video even credits a fact checker. What’s missing is the common sense to do some digging when reporting on a controversial issue.
    SNIP

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    • 02 SEP 14

    Hypothesis on mechanism for the ELF-EMF-induced biological effects

    From the blog of Dariusz Leszczynski, Betwqeen a Rock and A Hard Place

    Excerpt

    As the Chief Editor of the Frontiers in Radiation and Health (a specialty of the Frontiers in Public Health) it is my pleasure to announce that the FiR&H journal has just published its second article. The final version of the hypothesis article by Mats-Olof Mattsson and Myrtil Simko: “Grouping of experimental conditions as an approach to evaluate effects of extremely low-frequency magnetic fields on oxidative response in in vitro studies” is now freely available in open access system to all readers.

    In the abstract of the article, the authors state (in part):
    SNIP

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    • 15 JUL 14

    Desert Rose and the Story of Stray Currents

    From Truthout
    Monday, 14 July 2014 10:05 By Daniel Ross, Truthout | Report

    EXCERPT

    When Kathy Seacrist looks back over the past eight or so years, 2007 marked the beginning of a long nightmare. It was the year that her son, John McDonald, 37 at the time, started suffering from seizures.

    “John was so healthy. Ate healthy. Everything. He was really buff. All my girlfriends fancied him,” she said. McDonald, his daughter Malia, and Seacrist all lived together at her home in Desert Rose, a subsidized housing community in Palm Desert, California.

    In 2009, Seacrist’s own health began to deteriorate rapidly. “It started with terrible sinus infections and got progressively worse. I had slurred speech, my hands couldn’t stop shaking,” she said. By 2010, Seacrist, naturally slight, almost birdlike, someone always proud of staying trim and fit, thought that she was on the brink of death. “I was down to 82 pounds. For a while, doctors thought that I had MS. I told my mom, ‘If it’s my time to go, it’s my time to go.’ ”

    SNIP

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    • 08 FEB 14

    Powerwatch Press release: British Journal Cancer PR spin is misleading

    PRESS RELEASE
    Powerlines and risk of childhood leukaemia: British Journal Cancer PR spin is misleading

    In an embargoed Press release (to Fri.7th Feb 00:01 hrs) the BJC have a headline claiming “OVERHEAD POWERLINES DON’T RAISE LEUKAEMIA RISK IN CHILDREN”.
    Their important new paper by Bunch, et al 1, does not show this. The authors have analysed a great deal of data for all high-voltage powerlines of 132,000 volts (132 kV) and above. The main association of electrical power and incidence of child leukaemia (CL) has been the magnetic fields (EMFs) from all sources that are associated with our use of electricity. A recent large meta-analysis by Zhao, et al, 2 has confirmed an approximate doubling at 0.4 microteslas, as does the new EC SCENIHR draft report 3.

    An earlier paper by the same research centre (CCRG) by Draper, et al 4, showed an association of childhood leukaemia CL with proximity to 275 kV and 400 kV lines. The CCRG later reported that the EMFs had fallen off within 100 metres from the powerlines to levels below those produced by other electrical causes (including underground cables running under our pavements and house wiring)
    SNIP

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    • 27 FEB 13

    Exposure to Electricity May Increase Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease and ALS

    PRLog (Press Release) – Feb. 25, 2013 – A review of 42 studies of occupational exposure to electric and magnetic fields (MF) and neurodegenerative diseases found “moderately increased risk” for Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

    Although little evidence was found for other neurodegenerative diseases including dementia and multiple sclerosis, few studies had been conducted on these diseases.
    SNIP

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    • 03 AUG 12

    NIOSH recommends measures to reduce EMF exposures

    From George Parker: Multiple Chemical and Electromagnetic Sensitivities Information provided by Wendy Taormina-Weiss – Published: 2012-07-12 Excerpt: The presence of cell phones and towers, computers, portable phones, unshielded wiring and transformers, fluorescent lighting, wireless devices, microwave ovens, scanning and security equipment, electric stoves, and many other electrical appliances can make building inaccessible to people who

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    • 28 JUL 12

    Prenatal EMF Exposures Can Lead to Childhood Obesity

    From Microwave News: De-Kun Li, an epidemiologist at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California, has a new paper out showing that EMF exposures in the womb are linked to an increased risk of childhood obesity. “Maternal exposure to high [magnetic fields] during pregnancy may be a new and previously unknown factor contributing to the world-wide epidemic

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    • 11 JUL 12

    Interesting new paper: Magnetic characterization of isolated candidate vertebrate magnetoreceptor cells

    Stephan H.K. Edera, Hervé Cadioub, Airina Muhamadb, Peter A. McNaughtonb, Joseph L. Kirschvinkc, and Michael Winklhofera, Edited by Dennis Kent, Rutgers University/LDEO, Palisades, NY, and approved June 8, 2012 (received for review April 4, 2012) Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) Abstract Over the past 50 y, behavioral experiments have

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    • 13 JUN 12

    Dutch govt. proposes buying out homes close to transmission lines

    http://www.nu.nl/politiek/2535761/verhagen-wil-gezinnen-hoogspanningskabel-uitkopen.html Google translation with a tidy up: Verhagen wants to buyout families under high voltage cables Last update: June 9, 2011 6:13 p.m. info AMSTERDAM – Maxime Verhagen, Minister (Economic Affairs) will soon be buying out 1300 households because they live to close to high voltage cables (transmission lines) and dangers public health, according to

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    • 24 JAN 12

    The American Academy of Environmental Medicine on smart meters

    From Cindy Sage: January 23, 2012 The American Academy of Environmental Medicine has adopted a resolution calling for a halt to wireless smart meters. The full text of the resolution is below. A hard copy on letterhead may be obtained soon on the AAEM website at www.aaemonline.org. This represents the first national physician’s group to

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    • 24 JAN 12

    Study of human neurovegetative and hematologic effects of environmental low-frequency (50-Hz) electromagnetic fields produced by transformers

    From André Fauteux: Arch Environ Health. 1998 Mar-Apr;53(2):87-92. Study of human neurovegetative and hematologic effects of environmental low-frequency (50-Hz) electromagnetic fields produced by transformers. Bonhomme-Faivre L, Marion S, Bezie Y, Auclair H, Fredj G, Hommeau C. Source Service de Pharmacie, Hôpital Paul Brousse, Villejuif, France. Abstract A survey of neurovegetative and hematologic disorders was conducted

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    • 08 AUG 11

    More on the De-Kun Li paper

    In the previous message Cindy Sage responds to the criticisms of Professor William Stewart. NOTE that this is NOT Sir William Stewart head the IEGMP Stewart Report on mobile phones. The Professor Will Stewart referred to in the Sage article, and who was the expert criticizing the De-Kun study linking magnetic field exposure to asthma

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    • 05 AUG 11

    Sage Associates’ comments on the De-Kun Li paper (previous message)

    From Cindy sage: Critics of the Li paper on maternal EMF exposures and childhood asthma are quick to dismiss possible consequences of this important new study. One example is the comment of Prof. William Stewart in the UK. We draw his attention to the following published studies. “Prof William Stewart, Visiting Professor at University of

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