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    Frans van Velden comments on Michael Repacholi’s statement

    From Frans van Velden MSc, The Hague, The Netherlands
    July 9, 2005

    Open letter to the World Health Organization.

    WHO should recognize and investigate the reported cases of microwave sickness and electrohypersensitivity (EHS), should advise governments to take care of victims and to take precautionary environmental measurements to prevent the increase of these conditions.

    Re: e-mail by Dr. Michael Repacholi, July 7, 2005, , to Hans Karow , regarding commentary of Louis Slesin in Microwave News.

    Repacholi (*) writes that the WHO tries to achieve the assessment of science. He is absolutely wrong. According to the Constitution of the WHO, the objective is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health (a state of well-being and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity). Find the Constitution here: and you will find many functions of the WHO, but certainly not the assessment of science. In between of all functions there are two related to science: to promote and conduct research in the field of health and to promote co-operation among scientific groups.

    It is a shame that Repacholi refuses the input of groups and individuals reporting microwave sickness and electrohypersensitivity (EHS). It is a shame that Repacholi accuses people not to believe in the scientific method for resolving problems. As for precaution, it is not the EMF Project (coordinator Repacholi) to redefine the concept (‘if individuals are concerned, they might choose …’). The precautionary principle has been defined by the Conference of Rio in 1992 and consolidated in a.o. article 174 of the EC Treaty. It says clearly that preventive action should be taken by the community to protect human health. There is no need for a hundred percent assessment of science. Available scientific data are just part of what has to be taken into account. The protection of human health is the first concern of the WHO.

    It is hard to believe that Repacholi met many people suffering from microwave sickness and EHS. “I know how much it affects people and that the symptoms are real”, he writes. Nevertheless he refuses, against the Constitution of the WHO, against the international law based on the Rio Declaration, against the European Treaty, against the objective of science and even against the reason of the EMF Project, to recognize and investigate the causal relationship between radiofrequency radiation, EMF and the reported symptoms. Even when expert scientists confirm the biological effects of low-level radiofrequency radiation, write that the radiation (possibly with co-factors) could cause complaints and conclude that there could be a group of people who experience negative health effects (Report of the J?lich Institute, May 9, 2005, ordered by T-Mobile, pages 41, E7 and F-28).

    Moreover, Repacholi does not answer the questions of Louis Slesin in ‘Time to stop the WHO charade’, , July 5, 2005. He just says the WHO has clear rules for funding and inputs, but he does not disclose who is paying the EMF Project. “We know WHO does not foot the bill .. the mobile providers have said that they provide $150.000 dollars a year and additional money for meeting and travel expenses”, writes Slesin. Why doesn’t Repacholi confirm or deny? He only answers the WHO scientists working on the EMF Project are and will continue to be unswayed by any special interest group.

    The WHO has a high responsibility, since it acts as the international authority. Even a small health consequence from exposure to radiofrequency radiation could have a major impact on public health. From my own experience and from the many reports, a.o. to the Monitoring Network Health and Environment , and to in The Netherlands, it is clear that there are people suffering from severe symptoms of microwave sickness and EHS. The EMF Project is insufficient to deal with this problem. The World Health Organisation should recognize and investigate the reported cases and advise governments to take precautionary environmental measurements and take care of the victims.

    Frans van Velden MSc
    The Hague
    The Netherlands
    July 9, 2005

    (*) Dr. Michael Repacholi is the coordinator of the Radiation and Environmental Unit (RAD), of which the EMF Project is part of the program. The RAD is part of the department of Protection of the Human Environment (PHE), which is in the cluster on Sustainable Development and Healthy Environments (SDE).

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