When we read that the WHO, of all organisations, is actually recommending that children should use hands-free headsets, this is BIG news. However they should be taking a page out of Sir William Stewart’s recommendation that children should not use mobile phones at all. Why is Repacholi changing his tune? Has he encountered truth in the form of a burning bush on the road to Geneva?
I think perhaps not – My reading of events seems to indicate that with the increasing amount of evidence of harm to children, Repacholi and the gang at WHO are, as we say in Australia, covering their asses to avoid possible litigation. As was seen in the tobacco wars saga, tobacco scientists who were found to be making claims of safety from smoking tobacco, after they had clear evidence of harm, WERE FOUND TO BE LIABLE FOR THEIR LIES. I think we are approaching a similar milestone with cell phone use.
As Walt Disney is going all out flogging wireless devices to the kiddies, based on Motorola science, they had better take note…..
It is interesting that in Australia, Telstra has been spending millions hiring all the large legal firms they can get (on retainer) so that in any possible court action against Telstra they could not act against the corporation.
Good planning for the future?
With the evidence of harm accumulating, Motorola’s claims of safety for kids is looking more and more like Japanese Whale Science every day. See:
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Warning for children to be printed on mobile telephones
Israel, July 18 2005 – Mobile telephones (handies, cellphones) should carry a printed warning that the radiation can be harmful to the brains of children. This is proposed by Dalia Itzik, minister of communication in Israel. The reason is a recommendation of the World Health Organization (WHO) for children to use a headset. An expert from Seoul University says children and adults should not use mobile telephones at all.
“With respect to children, WHO recommends that they should use hands-free headsets”, said Mike Repacholi, coordinator of the radiation project of the WHO, a week ago on Canadian Television. The WHO currently investigates the link between cancer, health complaints and the radiation of mobile telephone
systems. The skull of a child is thinner than that of an adult and the brains are still developing. Therefore experts suppose the risk for children is more than the risk for adults. Since the amount of mobile telephones worldwide is immense, even a small damage to the brains of children has major consequences.
The study is not only investigating the risk of cancer, but also the loss of memory and decline in mental functioning. Results are expected by the end of the year. The saying of Michael Repacholi can be seen as preliminary clue. It follows the warning of William Stewart of the British radiation council (NRPB) in February this year, that children up to eight years should not use a mobile telephone at all. In the meantime manufacturers of mobile phone handsets are developing new products for children, promoted in the U.S. by Barbie and Disney.
Dalia Itzik, minister of communication in Israel, reacted immediately to the advise of the WHO and decided, that cellular companies should print a warning on mobile phones, that the radiation can harm the brains of children. “This
study done by the WHO needs to turn on a red light. We have to act in order to protect the children”, she said. Her proposal will be worked out in cooperation with the ministry of Health and the ministry of Environmental Affairs. Some months ago Izhak Kadma, executive of the council for children’s wellness in
Israel, asked for similar rules.
In The Netherlands the radiation institute NRG in Petten advises to deny children a mobile phone. Sending of SMS-messages has prevalence, since it means less radiation to the brains. Adults should keep mobile phone calls short and
use a headset. A mobile phone should not be carried close to the body and NRG advises against making a phone call in a car. Professor Xy Xi Shan of Seouls University however is more resolute. He says people should not use mobile telephones at all. “We have proven already that the radiation damages the DNA of a living animal”, says the professor. He expects to find the same for living humans. The results of his research will be published by the end of 2006.
Tamar Trabalsi Hadad, Yediot Ahronot, Juli 17, 2005
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