• 05 JUL 17
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    Abstract of the forthcoming Key-Note Presentation at the ARPS 2017 conference

    The annual meeting of the Australian Radiation Protection Society (ARPS2017) is being held at Wollongong NSW on 8 -9 August 2017. The key-note presentation is by Dariusz Leszczynski who has just posted his presentation abstract on his blog, Between a Rock and a Hard Place.

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    Leszczynski: Abstract of the forthcoming Key-Note Presentation at the ARPS2017

    Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Art of Radiation Protection in the Wireless Era

    Dariusz Leszczynski, PhD, DSc, Adjunct Professor of Biochemistry, University of Helsinki, Finland

    Wireless communication devices and its infrastructure, emitting man-made modulated radio-frequency electromagnetic radiation (RF-EMF), is omnipresent in our lives and environment.

    This technology, developed for the US military, was not tested for human health hazard before it was commercially deployed. The US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) justified permission for such deployment by the “low-power exclusion rule” – the radiation was assumed to be unable to affect human health.

    However, afterwards, epidemiological case-control studies and studies examining the sleep EEG have provided a compelling, though indirect, evidence that this low-power radiation affects human physiology.

    In 2011, epidemiological case-control studies, together with animal studies, were the basis for the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) to classify low-power RF-EMF emitted by the wireless communication devices as a possible human carcinogen.

    Because the appropriate scientific studies in human volunteers remain to be not executed (!) we do not know the biophysical mechanism how low-power RF-EMF elicits physiological responses.

    In the vast majority of the human volunteer studies the study subjects were acutely exposed to low-power RF-EMF and either already during, or shortly after the exposure, asked to describe their feelings; including whether they recognized when the RF-EMF exposure was on or off. Such a set-up of experiments is too crude and biased, by the potential emotional stress of the study subjects, to prove or disprove the existence of any physiological effect. Furthermore, such studies do not provide any answers about delayed responses or outcomes of chronic exposures…

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    This means that the safety limits, set by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection and by the International Committee on Electromagnetic Safety, are insufficient to protect all users and need to be revised.

    The new 5th generation technology for wireless communication (5G) and the internet of things (IoT) are being fast developed by the industry. Again, technology is to be implemented without knowledge of its impact on human health. There is a complete lack of biomedical research on effects, if any, of the 5G radiation (millimetre-waves) on humans. Industry’s only justification for such hasty and premature deployment of 5G and IoT is that it will emit only low-power radiation…

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    Read the full abstract here

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