• 30 NOV 16

    New paper: When theory and observation collide: Can non-ionizing radiation cause cancer?

    The Missing Link
    Why your government isn’t protecting you from Wi–Fi and cell phone radiation when
    research shows this radiation causes cancer.

    The American scientific journal Environmental Pollution reports, in its next issue, that
    government safety guidelines for microwave radiation emitted by mobile phones, Wi-Fi, smart
    meters, and other common wireless devices, are fundamentally flawed and fail to protect the
    public from this possible carcinogen.

    Increasing scientific evidence shows wireless radiation causes cancer and infertility and other
    health effects, but due to a flawed assumption in safety guidelines, governments in the United
    States, Canada, and the UK are allowing their citizens to be overexposed to microwave
    radiation from wireless technology….
    SNIP

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    • 25 OCT 16

    New report on the Trans Pacific Partnership and the implications for Australia

    For months now, the Turnbull Government has flatly refused to conduct an independent analysis of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). So GetUp members chipped in and did it for them – and the findings of our new report, detailing the most controversial part of the deal, are explosive.

    The report, Canary in the Coal Mine, analyses the enormous risks Australia will face from the TPP’s dangerous Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions, that would give new powers to multinationals to sue our government in secret courts.

    Right now, the Senate is holding an inquiry – Australia’s last line of defence against ISDS – and Dr Kyla Tienhaara, who authored the report, has submitted it for their consideration. But many members of the committee will do their best to ignore its finding. That’s where we come in.

    Together we can back her in, flooding the submissions process with community concern about the unacceptable risks detailed in the report. Our Senators will have no choice but to face up to the risks – and recommend that the Senate vote down the TPP.

    THE CANARY IN THE COALMINE: WHAT CANADA’S EXPERIENCE WITH INVESTOR-STATE DISPUTE SETTLEMENT TELLS US ABOUT AUSTRALIA’S FUTURE UNDER THE TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP

    Dr. Kyla Tienhaara
    School of Regulation & Global Governance(RegNet) Australian National University
    14 October 2016

    SUMMARY
    Australia signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement on 4 February 2016……SNIP

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    • 15 OCT 16

    Forthcoming book: Mobile Communications and Children’s Health

    In 2014, two members of the Russian National Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (RNCNIRP) published, in Russian, a book titled Mobile Communications and Children’s Health

    There now is a translation is progress and it is hoped that an authorized translation will be completed early in the New Year. It is planned (depending on funding) that printed copies will be available in Europe and Australia.

    In the meantime here is a partial introduction and table of contents.

    So stay tuned for this one…… SNIP

    Don

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    • 03 JUN 16

    New paper: The WHO EMF Project: Legitimating the Imaginary of Global Harmonization of EMF Safety Standards

    NOTE: David Mercer, the author of this paper was my supervisor at Wollongong University for my thesis The Procrustean Approach.This is well worth a read!
    Don

    The WHO EMF Project: Legitimating the Imaginary of Global Harmonization of EMF Safety Standards
    DAVID MERCER
    UNIVERSITY OF WOLLONGONG
    Engaging Science, Technology, and Society 2 (2016), 88-105

    Abstract (excerpt)

    An important topic for studies of STS and globalization are the ways “global” institutions create
    and attempt to implement health guidelines and safety standards to address risks associated with
    new technologies. In the following discussion this topic is examined through a case study of the
    activities of the World Health Organization’s Electric and Magnetic Field Project (WHO EMF
    Project). EMF exposures are associated with telecommunications and electrical infrastructure,
    most notably high voltage power-lines, radio and cell towers and the use of mobile telephones.
    The controversy over setting international safety standards and health guidelines has simmered
    for a number of decades. The mainstream “regulatory science” position has been that it is
    unlikely EMF’s constitute a significant health risk and therefore minimal regulatory intervention
    or significant precautionary considerations are required. A small but persistent stream of
    scientific studies nevertheless have continued to raise significant health concerns and have led to
    calls for regulators to build stronger precautionary approaches into EMF standards and
    guidelines. SNIP

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    • 19 MAY 16

    EMR Aware Newsletter now available online

    From the folks at the EMR Aware Newsletter

    Excerpt

    May – June 2016

    This free occasional newsletter is published by EMR Aware, a group of concerned citizens based in Northern NSW Australia. It is intended to help provide up-to-date information on the health, environmental and social impacts of modern electro-technologies. This is done in the pubic interest to assist a fair and balanced discussion of the topics at hand. Particular attention is given to content that may not otherwise be made available or openly acknowledged by industry and their government regulators.

    We invite readers to consider the scientific evidence and trending opinion on this page and throughout prior editions of our newsletter. There seems little doubt a tobacco-style cover-up of the adverse effects of EMR is underway by those reliant upon its profitability or surveillance potential. You can help reddress this situation by forwarding the link to this web page to as many interested persons and organisations as possible. Anyone wishing to receive our newsletter regularly do so by sending an email with the word “subscribe”. Thank you for visiting.

    – See more at: http://www.emraware.com/newsletter_may_june_2016.html#sthash.PUlaFh1V.dpuf

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    • 10 MAR 16

    The Swedish No-Risk project (new link on my home page)

    Excerpts
    During the mid 1990s while I was doing research for the Australian Democrats Senator Robert Bell I was communicating with researchers from Swedish Union of Clerical and Technical Employees in Industry (SiF). They were investigating a range of health hazards being found in modern IT office-places and were looking for international partnerships with other trade unions who were interested in this issue. Fortunately they sent me a number of English-language SiF publications on their “No-Risk in the IT environment” project which are now available on my website.

    Background

    During the 1990’s the Swedish Union of Clerical and Technical Employees in Industry (SiF) instigated research into reports of ill-health from workers in the modern information technology (IT) workplace. The research team at SiF were concerned that the modern IT workplace may be creating new and serious risks to health, as a result SiF initiated the No-Risk project which aimed at addressing possible health hazards in the modern office-place. In 1999 SiF initiated the “Healthy Office project” in partnership with the Luleå University of Technology (LTU). However due to corporate and government concerns that the SiF No-Risk and the Healthy Office projects were a threat to the introduction of new technology, the projects were totally closed down with people sacked and all publications withdrawn from circulation and destroyed. For all intents and purposes the SiF No Risk /Healthy Office projects were as if they never happened – replaced a new trade union focus on “psycho-social” issues. Meaning: If you get sick in the workplace and its not an obvious illness such as the flu, you just might be suffering from a psychosomatic illness.

    SNIP

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    • 11 JAN 16

    EHS paper published in Reviews on Environmental Health

    David O. Carpenter
    Institute for Health and the Environment, University at Albany, 5 University Place, A217, Rensselaer, NY 12144, USA

    Abstract
    Microwave generating equipment first became common during World War 2 with the development of radar. Soviet bloc countries reported that individuals exposed to microwaves frequently developed headaches, fatigue, loss of appetite, sleepiness, difficulty in concentration, poor memory, emotional instability, and labile cardiovascular function, and established stringent exposure standards.
    SNIP
    There is increasing evidence that the “microwave syndrome” or “electro-hypersensitivity” (EHS) is a real disease that is caused by exposure to EMFs, especially those in the microwave range. The reported incidence of the syndrome is increasing along with increasing exposure to EMFs from electricity, WiFi, mobile phones and towers, smart meters and many other wireless devices.
    SNIP

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    • 13 DEC 15

    EMR Aware newsletter: Highly recommended!

    December – January 2015-16

    This free bimonthly newsletter is produced by EMR Aware, a group of concerned citizens based in Northern NSW Australia. It is intended to distribute, in the public interest, the latest information on the health, environmental and social impacts of electro-technologies. Since the primary objective is to encourage a fair and balanced discussion, emphasis here is placed upon aspects of the topics at hand that are not widely acknowledged by industry and their government regulators.

    As was the case with tobacco, asbestos and lead, education and consumer sentiment grounded in science is a key to overcoming the intransigence of commercial interests. Readers can assist by forwarding a link to this page to as many interested persons as possible. Be sure to check past editions of this newsletter for further relevant material.

    – See more at: http://www.emraware.com/newsletter_december_january_2015-16.html#sthash.9IrOUwpF.dpuf

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    • 30 NOV 15

    New Paper identifying disease biomarkers for EHS and MCS

    While the folks at the Australian Centre for Electromagnetic Bioeffects Research (ACEBR) continue to firmly adhere to the viewpoint that EHS is just a nocebo effect and there is no evidence of any harm at exposure levels below the Standards, science moves on. Of note here is a paper published in Reviews on Environmental Health Volume 30, Issue 4 (Dec 2015):

    Reliable disease biomarkers characterizing and identifying electrohypersensitivity and multiple chemical sensitivity as two etiopathogenic aspects of a unique pathological disorder
    SNIP

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    • 11 NOV 15

    New paper on children and mobile technology

    Exposure and Use of Mobile Media Devices by Young Children
    Hilda K. Kabali, MD, Matilde M. Irigoyen, MD, Rosemary Nunez-Davis, DO, MPH, Jennifer G. Budacki, DO, Sweta H. Mohanty, MD,Kristin P. Leister, MD, Robert L. Bonner, Jr, MD

    PEDIATRICS Volume 136, number 6, December 2015

    abstract (conclusions)

    Young children in an urban, low-income, minority community had almost universal exposure to mobile devices, and most had their own device by age 4. The patterns of use suggest early adoption, frequent and independent use, and media multitasking. Studies are urgently needed to update recommendations for families and providers on the use of mobile media by young children.
    SNIP

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    • 14 MAR 15

    Remarkable New RF-Animal Study

    From Louis Slesin, Microwave News:

    The RF–cancer story took a remarkable turn a few days ago. A new animal study challenged many of the assumptions which lie at the heart of claims that RF radiation —whether from cell phones, cell towers or Wi-Fi— are safe.

    The new study, from Germany, a replication of an earlier experiment, also from Germany, found that weak cell phone signals can promote the growth of tumors in mice. It used radiation levels that do not cause heating and are well below current safety standards. Complicating matters even further, lower doses were often found to be more effective tumor promoters than higher levels; in effect, turning the conventional concept of a linear dose-response on its head.

    And for those with the stamina to have stayed tuned to the slow-moving RF–health soap opera, the new paper offers an unexpected surprise.

    Read the full story at:
    http://www.microwavenews.com/news-center/rf-animal-cancer-promotion

    Best,
    Louis

    ______________________
    Louis Slesin
    Editor, Microwave News

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    • 07 MAR 15

    New paper: Tumor promotion by exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields below exposure limits for humans

    From Science Direct

    Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications

    Available online 6 March 2015

    Researchers: Prof. Dr. Alexander Lerchla, Melanie Klosea, Karen Grotea,Adalbert F.X. Wilhelmb, Oliver Spathmannc, Thomas Fiedlerc, Joachim Streckertc, Volkert Hansenc, Markus Clemensc

    Abstract

    The vast majority of in vitro and in vivo studies did not find cancerogenic effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF), i.e. emitted by mobile phones and base stations. Previously published results from a pilot study with carcinogen-treated mice, however, suggested tumor-promoting effects of RF-EMF (Tillmann et al., 2010). We have performed a replication study using higher numbers of animals per group and including two additional exposure levels (0 (sham), 0.04, 0.4 and 2 W/kg SAR). We could confirm and extend the originally reported findings. Numbers of tumors of the lungs and livers in exposed animals were significantly higher than in sham-exposed controls. In addition, lymphomas were also found to be significantly elevated by exposure. A clear dose-response effect is absent. We hypothesize that these tumor-promoting effects may be caused by metabolic changes due to exposure. SNIP

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    • 05 DEC 14

    The WHO’s ‘consultation’ on Radio Frequency fields: Environmental Health Criteria Monograph

    Bearing in mind that Rodney Croft has already inadvertently “spilled the beans” by his ill-timed announcement that the WHO’s forthcoming EHC for RF concludes that there is “no evidence of health effects”, people can still ‘consult’ with the folks drafting the criteria until December 15.

    Rumor has it that Dynamo has just been drafted to the WHO’s team. Never know when a little bit of conjuring is needed when dealing with “conflicting research” as Rodney calls it.

    SNIP

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    • 21 NOV 14

    Expect the usual procrustean approach with the WHO’s forthcoming RF Environmental Health Criteria (EHC) for electrosensitivity

    Excerpt

    In one of Dariusz Leszczynski’s latest blog postings (below) on the Wollongong ACEBR/ICNIRP/WHO meeting he identifies the group of ‘scientists’ who wrote the draft of the WHO’s EHC for telecommunications RF exposures. The EHC is an important document for the telecommunications and related industries as it will be used to under-right the safety of their technology for years to come. Very handy for the coming Internet of Things (IoT), a $19 trillion market which will massively increase human exposure to RF. What is coming from the EHC was seen in Rodney Croft’s presentation at Wollongong where he states the draft WHO EHC found “No evidence of health effects”. Croft even claimed, without irony, that the IARC RF review “found to evidence of health effects” even though it classified RF as “possibly cancinogenic”. What will the EHC say about electrosensitivity? Considering that one of the supposed experts helping to draft sections of the EHC is James Rubin, EHC will be downgraded to simply a psychosomatic condition unrelated to exposure. Andrew Marino’s evaluation of Rubin’s science is illustrative here, to quote:

    SNIP

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    • 07 OCT 14

    Dariusz Leszczynski on WHO’s RF Environmental Health Criteria

    From Dariusz Leszczynski’s blog, Between a Rock and a Hard Place:

    Excerpt

    WHO draft of EHC for RF is late and incomplete – consultation is futile, at this time

    The very, very long awaited WHO Environmental Health Criteria Monograph on Radio-Frequency Fields (EHC-RF) is finally, but only partly, available. The process of making the EHC-RF is disappointingly slow and disappointingly secretive and disappointingly incomplete. The EHC-RF text published in end of September is clearly incomplete. There are available only chapters #2 through #12. The very important chapters: #1 (Summary and recommendations for further study), #13 (Health risk assessment) and #14 (Protective measures) are missing from the draft that WHO provided for the “consultation”. I wrote purposefully the “consultation” because it can not be real, full-fledged, consultation because it is not possible to discuss and comment on texts that are not yet ready and texts that are simply missing. The missing chapters should deal with health risk assessment and protective measures as well as recommend future research needs. All of the available chapters are incomplete because, as stated on the website, the review of research publications is only till the end of 2012 (!) or in some cases in 2013. Now it is soon the end of 2014 and all research published in 2013 and 2014 is not included in the chapters.
    SNIP

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    • 09 SEP 14

    US Air Force RF review in 1988 acknowledges non-thermal biological effects

    From Joel Moskowitz

    Radiofrequency/Microwave Radiation Biological Effects and Safety Standards: A Review

    Scott M. Bolen. Radiofrequency/Microwave Radiation Biological Effects and Safety Standards: A Review. Rome Laboratory. Air Force Material Command. Griffiss Air Force Base, NY. June, 1988.

    Abstract

    The study of human exposure to radiofrequency/microwave radiation has been the subject of widespread investigation and analysis. It is known that electromagnetic radiation has a biological effect on human tissue. An attempt has been made by researchers to quantify the effects of radiation on the human body and to set guidelines for safe exposure levels. A review of the pertinent findings is presented along with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) recommended safety standard (C95.1-1982) and the United States Air Force permissible exposure limit for RF/MW radiation (AFOSH Standard 161-9, 12 February 1987). An overview of research that was conducted in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe is also included in this report.
    SNIP
    In selecting a measure for the dose of RF/MW radiation, it was recognized that the SAR does not encompass all of the important factors necessary to determine safe exposure levels. The modulation frequency and peak power of the incident EM field should also be considered. Some of the investigators warned that extra care should be taken by persons that are subjected to pulsed EM fields or by fields that are modulated near the whole-body resonance frequency
    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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    • 01 SEP 14

    EMR Australia’s latest newsletteer EMR and Health – is now available free online.

    I wonder if you’d mind letting your readers know that our latest news and science report – EMR and Health – is now available free online.

    The June issue contains the important news and science about electromagnetic radiation, including:

    • updates on three Australian standards
    • evidence linking mobile phones with brain tumours and fertility problems
    • precautions being applied in Europe and Israel
    • stories, news and studies about electromagnetic hypersensitivity
    • and much more.

    Your readers can access it at: http://emraustralia.com.au/EMR_and_health.html

    Many thanks and warm regards
    Lyn McLean, Editor
    Director
    EMR Australia PL
    www.emraustralia.com.au
    02 9576 1772

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    • 10 AUG 14

    14 page summary of The Procrustean Approach now online

    For those who have not had the time to plow through my 286 page thesis, retired academic Ian Murray has done so and he has kindly written a 14 pager summary of the work.

    The summary is now available on my web site:

    http://www.emfacts.com/download/The_Procrastian_Approach_summary.pdf

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    • 29 APR 14

    BioInitiative Working Group exposes SCENIHR process irregularities

    The BioInitiative Working Group has reviewed the Preliminary Opinion on Potential Health Effects of Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) dated November 29, 2013. We have submitted detailed comments and suggested revisions. We hope these suggested revisions will be incorporated in the Final Opinion.

    Further, we are aware that one of our BioInitiative Working Group members, Dr. Kjell Hansson Mild, is also a member of the SCENIHR Advisory Group. It has come to our attention that Dr. Mild’s name has been used by you to give the impression that the process has been balanced and transparent, and that his participation is legitimizing the opinions expressed within that preliminary Opinion.

    In fact, Dr. Hansson Mild has substantial disagreement with the process to date. He has told the Committee (Dr. Schuz in particular) that several key papers on which he is co-author have been systematically disregarded. These papers were within the timeframe for review, and are relevant. They provide evidence that the link between mobile phone use and glioma and acoustic neuroma are strengthened, not weakened as the preliminary Opinion concludes. That conclusion is possible only by excluding key evidence, and Dr. Hansson Mild has brought this to the attention of the Committee. We hope you will look into this matter, and provide counsel to the Committee to make this situation right.

    SNIP

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