• 10 APR 14

    Is Science Being Hidden from the Public?

    Eileen O’Connor, Director, Radiation Research Trust

    500 million citizens are relying on SCENIHR: Is Science Being Hidden from the Public?

    9 April 2014

    The European Commission in collaboration with the Greek Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) under the auspices of the EU Council Greek Presidency organised a major workshop in Athens on EMF electromagnetic fields and health effects with a focus on public awareness, conciliating scientific findings and uncertainties in policy making. The event took place on 27th & 28 March 2014 at Cotsen Hall, Athens, Greece and included presenters from various parties from the European Commission, WHO, public authorities, industry, operators, environmental and consumer associations and academia. The goal of the conference was to reach a common approach for the future in order to respond to public concerns about electromagnetic fields, to enhance information dissemination and discuss new studies and scientific evidence in relation to EMF, and to identify knowledge gaps needed for sound policy making. In this context, the new SCENIHR draft opinion on EMF and potential health effects was presented.

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    • 24 MAR 14

    Have your say: SCENIHR extends its public submission deadline

    Notice from Cindy Sage on behalf of the Bioinitiative Working Group:

    The BioInitiative Working Group sent the below letter on March 7th to SCENIHR – DC SANCO about the limited public consultation input – and received their reply (also below) on March 13th.

    We’ve been able to open the comment process to email comments – rather than posting in the narrow format on-line. It opens the process to much more detailed (longer) assessments.
    And, to extensive referencing for our analysis, which is much needed.

    You can share this with others who have our same concerns about the process, and how it’s been opened up now.


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    • 11 MAR 14

    SCENIHR criticised over its inept approval on dental amalgam.

    In May 2008 SCENIHR issued a report titled, Safety of Dental Amalgam and Alternative Dental Restoration Materials for Patients and Users. The report concluded, in part: “We conclude that dental health can be adequately ensured by both types of material. All the materials are considered safe to use and they are all associated with very low rates of local adverse effects with no evidence of systemic disease.”
    HOWEVER, this report has come under extreme criticism from the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology – Europe (IAOMT), with its membership restricted to scientists, Medical doctors and dentists. The Scientific Advisory Committee of IAMOT issued a dissenting report on SCENIHR’s dismissing the toxic effects of mercury amalgams. SNIP. They concluded in part: “The SCENIHR report is best described as a Fishing Expedition rather than a scientific document; the omissions speak louder than the inclusions. The only logical interpretation is that the committee has selected data to support a predetermined conclusion as to the safety of dental amalgam.”
    And now the experts at SCENIHR are to give their opinion on the Potential health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields. According to Dariusz Leszczynski (last message) it is looking like SCENIHR is about to do another almighty spin and dare to call it science.

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    • 18 FEB 14

    British Society for Ecological Medicine EMF/EMR and Health Conference

    9am to 5.30pm Friday 7th March 2014 – book your place now!
    Hallam Conference Room, Hallam St, London W1W 6JJ

    Come and hear leading scientists, medics and other experts present the latest information about health effects caused by exposure to electric and magnetic fields and radio-frequency microwave fields. The talks are aimed at people who do not have expert knowledge of electromagnetic radiation and health and will be suitable for members of the general public. However, enough detail will be presented to also be valuable for medical practitioners and other health workers. The speakers will be available to talk with participants during refreshment breaks and at lunchtime.

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    • 14 FEB 14

    The IEEE’s Forum on Very Bad Ideas

    The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), that venerable organization responsible for our thermally based RF standards, likes to take the lead on promoting new technology. In a few weeks time they will be hosting a Forum on the Internet of Things (IoT). (I would like to see “di” inserted between the I and oT).

    Will the conference bring up the down-side of the IdioT concept (everything will be RF connected-even baby’s nappies). Of course not, its all about promoting the technology and any problems will have to be worked-out later by someone else. See below article on one of those problems.


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    • 11 FEB 14

    Conference: A Matter of Design. Making Society through Science and Technology

    A very interesting conference on the societal impacts of new technologies. Note mention of the Internet of Things which encompasses smart grids and smart meters. The huge controversy over heath impacts of wireless technology should be an essential topic for discussion at this meeting but deadline for submissions is 15 Feb. I see in the link provided mention is made of the need “for the identification of potential consequences of future developments.”
    Well worth keeping track of this conference, especially Sheila Jasanoff’s presentation…..

    Emerging ICT and Citizens’ Values: Anticipating and Responding to Challenges

    In this session, we consider the relationship between citizens’ values and emerging information and communication technologies (ICT). In particular, we consider how we can anticipate problems and proactively design social, technical and regulatory responses to them. Technologies such as wearable sensors, internet of things, social media, bio-banking and autonomous systems present several moments of design. The values that are intentionally and unintentionally ‘designed in’ to technologies achieve greater longevity and reach. As our lives are increasingly mediated by digital artefacts – to the extent that we live in a digital society and experience a digital culture – certain values, such as openness, can be amplified at the expense of others, such as privacy. Those technologies that achieve massive proliferation and normalisation profoundly affect the experience of contemporary life, for example by exaggerating our capacity to measure and remember events and adjusting the norms of our relationships with others over time and space. This capacity to transform the way we live, often in unpredictable ways, has been met with both delight and caution.

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    • 05 FEB 14

    Public consultation on the Preliminary Opinion on Potential health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF)

    Today, the European Commission and its Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks, SCENIHR, launch a public consultation on the preliminary opinion “Potential health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF)”. The consultation will run until 16 April 2014. Interested parties are invited to provide comments on the scientific evidence of this preliminary opinion online. In addition to the online consultation, the draft opinion will be subject to a public hearing in Athens, Greece, on 27 March 2014, followed by a Workshop on EMF the next day. The preliminary opinion addresses issues of public concern, such as potential health effects from radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF EMF) emitted by mobile phones and broadcast transmitters, as well as from extremely low frequency (ELF) magnetic fields originating from power lines and any electrical household appliance at home or in the office.

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    • 21 JAN 14

    World’s richest threaten democracy says Oxfam

    From SBS Australia:

    The world’s elite have rigged laws in their own favour undermining democracy and creating a chasm of inequality across the globe, charity Oxfam said in advance of the annual get-together of the world’s most powerful at Davos. Inequality has run so out of control, that the 85 richest people on the planet “own the wealth of half the world’s population,” Oxfam said in an introduction to a new report on widening disparities between the rich and poor. The report exposes the “pernicious impact” of growing inequality that helps “the richest undermine democratic processes and drive policies that promote their interests at the expense of everyone else”, the statement said. Inequality has recently emerged as a major concern in countries around the world, with US President Obama prioritising a push to narrow the wealth gap in his second term. In China, the new government there has cracked down on the elite perks and privileges and Germany seems set to adopt a minimum wage.

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    • 16 JAN 14

    Media Advisory: “The High Road to a True Smart Grid”

    From Camilla Rees:

    Media Advisory
    Commonwealth Club of CA, San Francisco:
    “The High Road to a True Smart Grid”
    Tuesday, January 28th 12:00-3:00 p.m.

    Washington, D.C., January 16, 2014. A multi-disciplinary expert panel on electricity and the economy of energy led by the National Institute for Science, Law & Public Policy (NISLAPP) will present at the Commonwealth Club of CA in San Francisco Tuesday, January 28th from 12-3 p.m. The program includes Timothy Schoechle, PhD, Senior Research Fellow at NISLAPP and author of the landmark white paper, Getting SmarterAbout the Smart Grid. There is a complimentary light lunch at 11:30 a.m. Tickets: $32 non-members, $20 members, $10 students (with valid ID).

    The panel will address misconceptions about the present approach to electricity generation and distribution in the U.S., including the value of ‘smart meters’, and the pressing need for the U.S. to proactively tap into infinite renewable energy abundance. The audience will learn:

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    • 21 OCT 13

    Wellness In The Digital Age – an interest of yours? Brains worth saving?

    A reminder to register to attend the event, or for the online broadcast.

    Wellness In The Digital Age – an interest of yours? Brains worth saving?

    This presentation is sponsored by the non-profit advisory board, Doctors For Safer Schools.
    All donations go to supporting our expenses and educational activities.

    Here is a link to view this event – live online – Wed Oct 23, 4:45 pm – 6:45 pm Pacific Time,
    and/or view later (Suggested donation $15. via Paypal)


    We have a Ustream Channel – Wellness In The Digital Age – you will see this event listed under that title.

    Please, if possible, watch this live stream with a wired Internet connection. We will be WiFi-free in the church hall.

    If you only have a WiFi connection – please sit far away from the router, and from all sending/receiving mobile devices.
    Especially the children.

    Tickets to attend in person (doors open at 4 pm) are still available – at the door, or at the website link above.

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    • 10 SEP 13

    Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Breakout Session/Workshop

    From Magda Havas

    Announcing an Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Breakout Session/Workshop

    OCTOBER 26, 2013

    Chronic Disease:
    Highlighting Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity, Lyme, Mycotoxicity, Autism, Cancer and Much More
    This October AAEM will host an extraordinary conference in Phoenix, Arizona. We invite you to seek, connect, and become part of the discussion while earning 26.25 CMEs. This fall we present “Chronic Disease: Highlighting Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity, Lyme, Mycotoxicity, Autism, Cancer and Much More.” Our faculty will deliver the latest in evidence-based continuing medical education.


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    • 13 JUN 13

    Commentary on the BioEm conference, Thessaloniki, Greece by Dariusz Leszczynski

    This month, BioEM2013, a joint scientific meeting of the Bioelectromagnetcis Society (BEMS) and the European Bio-Electromagnetics Association (EBEA) was held in Thessaloniki, Greece, and the proceedings were recorded by Dariusz Leszczynski on his blog, Between A Rock and a Hard Place. Highly recommended reading. Here are the links up to June 12:


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    • 07 FEB 13

    The Round Table Initiative to Classify Cell Phone Radiation

    I have taken the liberty of copying some of Dariusz Leszczynski’s latest blog below because I think his proposal deserves wide consideration. However, I have serious doubts that such a round table discussion of the science between ICNIRP and the Bioinitiative authors would reach a consensus on anything other than venue. The fundamental issue is thermal and non thermal bio-effects. The fact is that ICNIRP membership is made up of so-called experts who have firmly staked their scientific (and in some cases financial) credibility on claiming that RF standards can only be based on thermal considerations. I see no way in hell they will change this view.

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    • 12 DEC 12

    Science & Wireless 2012: Presentations & Interviews ready for viewing

    From Dariusz Leszczynski:


    Science and Wireless 2012 was held at Swinburne University of Technology on Thursday 15 November, 2012. The presentations are available for viewing here:

    Professor Mark Elwood (University of Auckland) “A Review of the Epidemiology: What does the science tell the community about the use of wireless in everyday life?“

    Professor Norbert Leitgeb (German Commission on Radiological Protection (SSK)’s Committee on Nonionizing Radiation) “Hazard Assessment: A critical look at RF-EMF and mobile phones.“

    Professor Dariusz Leszczynski (Swinburne University of Technology) “Perspectives on Safety Standards: In the context of IARC 2B classification and the Precautionary Principle.”

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    • 06 NOV 12

    Melbourne workshop: Science and Wireless 2012: Epidemiology, Assessing Risks, Reviewing Standards

    I will refrain from making comments about the forthcoming workshop other than say that I am very interested in following the progress (or otherwise) of the “new” Australian Centre for Electromagnetic Bioeffects Research (ACEBR) headed by Rodney Croft. Will ACEBR take up the contentious issue of possible health effects from smart meters? If so, will we see the same dismissive antics that characterized the old ACRBR? Can a leopard, in fact, change its spots? We will see………..Swinburne’s Brain and Psychological Sciences Research Centre (BPsyC) and the new Australian Centre for Electromagnetic Bioeffects Research (ACEBR) Host “Science & Wireless 2012”. The annual “Science & Wireless” event provides a unique opportunity for scientists, regulators, industry specialists and members of the community to meet and exchange views on mobile phones and health in a public forum.

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    • 01 NOV 12

    Impressions from Monte Verità

    From the blog “Between a Rock and A Hard Place” by Dariusz Leszczynski:


    The 2nd Monte Verita was a well organized meeting, having representative group of scientists but the final outcome feels rather slim. Once again the scientific gathering of the bioelectromagnetics researchers has shown that not only the research does not progress because of the lack of funding, but rather because of the lack of new ideas. In a one word, it is – stagnation.

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    • 28 JUL 12

    Notice: Forthcoming IT’IS Foundation conference on EMF and Health

    From Dariusz Leszczynski’s blog: MELBOURNE, Australia, July 25, 2012–In my previous column “In Experts We Trust”…or should we?” presented some of the problems associated with the groups providing reviews of science for the use by decision makers. Hopefully, it will trigger more open and diverse debate and help to better guide decision makers. There is

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    • 03 JUN 12

    IEMFA EMF presentation held on the Madrid congress “Risks for Public Health & the Environment”

    From Alex Swinkels, The International EMF Alliance: This is the IEMFA EMF presentation held on the Madrid congress “Risks for Public Health & the Environment” The two-perspective risk assessment system in Europe – World health change possibly linked to electromagnetic fields The presentation gives an clarifying overview of the current system of risk-protection system for

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    • 25 APR 12

    News from the CHILDREN with CANCER UK Conference

    From Klaus Rudolph, Citizens’ Initiative Omega: The MAIL ONLINE Excerpt: ‘The biggest experiment of our species’: With five billion mobile users in the world, conference calls for research into potential brain cancer risks Scientists at London conference call for independent research into potential links between using a mobile phone and brain cancer * Figures from

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    • 24 APR 12

    CHILDREN with CANCER UK Conference – live video streaming

    From Alasdair Philips: The charity CHILDREN with CANCER UK is holding a 3-day international scientific conference in the causes of childhood cancers. The programme is available via the link below, but includes diet, ionising radiation and EMF related effects including exposure from powerlines and mobile phones. Starting on Tuesday 24th April 2012, the conference is

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