• 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.


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    • 21 NOV 14

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


    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:


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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:


    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.

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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.


    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.
    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

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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


    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):

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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
    EMR Australia PL
    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:


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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.


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    • 15 APR 14

    Two Scientists Break Silence on “Major Flaws” in Royal Society’s Recent Report on Safety of Cell Phones and Towers, Smart Meters and Wi-Fi

    OTTAWA, April 14, 2014 /CNW/ – Two peer reviewers involved in this month’s Royal Society report on wireless safety say the results cannot be trusted, because the Panel ignored evidence that wireless radiation is harmful to humans.

    The scientific reviewers also said key panelists were in conflict of interest as they regularly accept funding from wireless and energy companies. One of the reviewers, Dr. Martin Blank, holds two PhD’s and has published more than 200 papers at Columbia University on the health effects of wireless radiation. The other reviewer, Dr. Anthony Miller MD, is Professor Emeritus at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. Both say the Royal Society panel ignored scientific evidence published over the past five years. As peer reviewers, they noted some panelists were conflicted and others lacked sufficient expertise.

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    • 24 FEB 14

    The Controversy Manual (Recommended reading!)

    The controversy manual
    Brian Martin

    Brian Martin, The Controversy Manual (Sparsnäs, Sweden: Irene Publishing, 2014), 465 pages. ISBN 978-1-291-67241-1

    This book is available as a free download, by courtesy of the publisher. Irene Publishing is a non-profit operation, committed to providing works relevant to grassroots social change. I do not receive royalties, and the publishers are not paid for their work. If you would like to contribute a few dollars to support this venture, click on this button.

    From the back cover

    Climate change, psychiatric drugs, genetically modified organisms, nuclear power, fluoridation, stem cell research – these are just a few of the hundreds of issues involving science and technology that are vigorously debated. If you care about an issue, how can you be more effective in arguing for your viewpoint and campaigning in support of it? The Controversy Manual offers practical advice for campaigners as well as plenty of information for people who want to better understand what’s happening and to be able to discuss the issues with friends.

    The Controversy Manual provides information for understanding controversies, arguing against opponents, getting your message out, and defending against attack. Whether experts are on your side or mostly on the side of opponents, you’ll find advice for being more effective. While not taking sides on individual controversies, the emphasis is on fostering fair and open debate and opposing those who use power and manipulation to get their way.

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    • 19 FEB 14

    Recommended reading: Alison Wilson’s “Hold the Phone” companion books

    Some weeks ago Alison Wilson sent me two copies of her new companion set of books, Hold the Phone and Hold The Phone: Here’s Why.
    With all that has been going on the past few weeks with several submissions underway the book remained unread on the bookshelf.

    Only now have I had a chance to go through the books and I can fully recommend them to readers on this list. I will be delivering a copy of each to the state library for their reference section. It is unusual to have two companion books but with Wilson’s books they work well together. The first book Hold The Phone is a solutions based publication designed to give guidance on how to use wireless technology in such a way to reduce the risks to health. The companion book Hold The Phone: Here’s Why, works well as a handy reference book, not just for mobile phone use but also for other wireless devices, such as Wi-FI and smart meters.

    See more on www.holdthephone.co/

    Also follow the holdthephone blog. Here’s the latest entry about the latest latest MTHR spin:


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    • 05 FEB 14

    Mission Statement for ‘Radiation and health in Frontiers in Public Health

    From Dariusz Leszczynski

    Posted on February 2, 2014 on Between a Rock and a Hard Place

    The Mission statement for the new specialty of ‘Radiation and health is now available on-line in the Frontiers in Public Health website.

    More information about the ‘Radiation and health (link here) will be posted as soon as it will become available (specialty was just established and is under development). Also my personal profile in the Frontiers is under development and will be updated shortly.

    Dariusz Leszczynski

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    • 10 JAN 14

    Subjective symptoms related to GSM radiation from mobile phone base stations: a cross-sectional study

    From Manuel Portolés

    Paper published on open access by the British Medical Journal


    Objectives We performed a re-analysis of the data from Navarro et al (2003) in which health symptoms related to microwave exposure from mobile phone base stations (BSs) were explored, including data obtained in a retrospective inquiry about fear of exposure from BSs.

    Design Cross-sectional study.

    Setting La Ñora (Murcia), Spain.

    Participants Participants with known illness in 2003 were subsequently disregarded: 88 participants instead of 101 (in 2003) were analysed. Since weather circumstances can influence exposure, we restricted data to measurements made under similar weather conditions.

    Outcomes and methods A statistical method indifferent to the assumption of normality was employed: namely, binary logistic regression for modelling a binary response (eg, suffering fatigue (1) or not (0)), and so exposure was introduced as a predictor variable. This analysis was carried out on a regular basis and bootstrapping (95% percentile method) was used to provide more accurate CIs.

    Results The symptoms most related to exposure were lack of appetite (OR=1.58, 95% CI 1.23 to 2.03); lack of concentration (OR=1.54, 95% CI 1.25 to 1.89); irritability (OR=1.51, 95% CI 1.23 to 1.85); and trouble sleeping (OR=1.49, 95% CI 1.20 to 1.84). Changes in –2 log likelihood showed similar results. Concerns about the BSs were strongly related with trouble sleeping (OR =3.12, 95% CI 1.10 to 8.86). The exposure variable remained statistically significant in the multivariate analysis. The bootstrapped values were similar to asymptotic CIs.

    Conclusions This study confirms our preliminary results. We observed that the incidence of most of the symptoms was related to exposure levels–independently of the demographic variables and some possible risk factors. Concerns about adverse effects from exposure, despite being strongly related with sleep disturbances, do not influence the direct association between exposure and sleep.


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    • 09 DEC 13

    EMR and Health newsletter for Dec 2013 now available

    From Lyn McLean, EMR Australia

    The December issue of EMR and Health is available from today and has our usual comprehensive coverage of the news and science on electromagnetic radiation.

    In it you can read about:
    – a link between EMR and autism
    – more evidence linking mobile and cordless phones with tumours
    – the world’s first EMR-free zone
    – what happened at the November Science and Wireless Forum in Melbourne
    – the latest news and research updates.

    Warm regards,
    Lyn McLean
    EMR Australia PL
    02 9576 1772

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    • 23 OCT 13

    A Thesis: Wireless phone use by young New Zealanders: Health and policy implications

    The Doctoral thesis of Dr. Mary Redmayne, Wireless phone use by young New Zealanders: Health and policy implications is now available online at:

    A version of Chapter 9 has been published with a different type of analysis used that is easier to understand (ordinal logistic regression rather than conditional logistic regression which is in the thesis). It’s available here:

    Environmental Health.2013, 12:90. DOI: 10.1186/1476-069X-12-90


    Over the last decade the use of cellphones has increased dramatically among the young adolescent population. In New Zealand, most children of this age also use a cordless phone. With the rapid proliferation in children‘s use of these devices, there has been increasing concern about whether children are more vulnerable than adults to possible adverse outcomes if such effects do result from wireless phone radiofrequency exposure. This is the first study of young New Zealanders‘ wireless phone habits, focusing particularly on the extent of use, and the relationship of that use with well-being. Two studies were undertaken: a census of schools with Year 7 and 8 classes in the Wellington Region of New Zealand to ascertain what rules were in place regarding cellphones at school, and a cross-sectional survey of students from the same region, using a representative sample of 373 students aged 10.3-13.7years. Both studies were conducted by the author independently from any research group. The primary research appears in Part II. Chapter 5 presents wireless phone user-habits. The large majority of young adolescents were already using cellphones and cordless phones regularly in 2009, although use was generally light or moderate. A small group (5%) was using both phone types extensively (≥ 30 minutes cordless daily plus ≥ 10 cellphone calls weekly); almost a quarter used a cordless phone ≥ 30 minutes daily, and 6% reported, on average, 1¼ hours or more use daily.

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    • 08 JUN 13

    EMR and Health report

    From Lyn McLean, EMR Australia:

    Earlier this year, in a ground-breaking legal case, an Australian man was awarded compensation for injuries received from exposure to electromagnetic radiation (EMR). This important case has implications for workers and employers, and for the authorities who regulate workplace safety and Australian & international standards.

    You might also be interested to hear that there is now evidence linking mobile phone use with ADHD and brain tumours. International scientists have spoken out about the risks of wireless radiation and called for precautions. And there is fascinating research that an electric sense underlies the process of pollination – and therefore life.

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    • 25 APR 13

    Joel Moskowitz on the IARC Monograph

    Source: Joel Moskowitz, Director, Center for Family and Community Health
    School of Public Health, University of California

    WHO Monograph on Cancer Risk from Mobile Phone Use Released

    According to the monograph, “Radiofrequency electromagnetic fields are possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B).” (p. 421) Children are particularly vulnerable to this carcinogenic effect as “the average exposure from use of the same mobile phone is higher by a factor of 2 in a child’s brain and higher by a factor of 10 in the bone marrow of the skull.” Also, the child‚s brain is developing at a greater rate than the adult brain.


    Joel M. Moskowitz, PRLog (Press Release) – Apr 19, 2013

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    • 20 APR 13

    IARC Releases RF Cancer Monograph

    The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has released its detailed evaluation of the cancer risks associated with RF radiation, which serves as the rationale for designating RF as a possible human carcinogen.

    The IARC monograph comes close to two years after an invited panel of experts from 14 countries reached this conclusion following an eight-day meeting at IARC headquarters in Lyon, France (see our report).

    An electronic copy of the 430-page document is available at no cost from IARC. A paper copy will be available soon.

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    • 01 MAR 13

    March issue of ‘EMR and Health’ has just been published

    From Lyn McLean, EMR Australia.

    Dear Friends

    The March issue of ‘EMR and Health’ has just been published. It contains our exclusive summary of the findings of the 2012 BioInitiative Report by a team of 29 independent experts, as well as the latest news, summaries of the latest research and articles of interest.

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    • 25 JAN 13

    PRLog Press release: Call for Action to Reduce Harm from Mobile Phone Radiation

    The European Environment Agency published a major report today to alert governments about the need to attend to early warning signs about technology health risks, including mobile phones.



    PRLog (Press Release) – Jan. 24, 2013 – The 750-page volume, “Late Lessons from Early Warnings,” includes twenty new case studies and has major implications for policy, science and society. Although the report was prepared by the European Environment Agency to provide guidance to the EU nations, its implications are global.

    Brain tumor risk associated with cell phone use is addressed in one of the report’s chapters. (2) The report highlights the classification of this form of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) as “possibly carcinogenic”, or cancer causing, by the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in 2011.

    The report accuses the mobile phone industry of “inertia in considering the various studies and taking the IARC carcinogenic classification into account,” criticizes the media for not “providing the public with robust and consistent information on potential health risks,” and attacks governments for shirking “their responsibilities to protect public health from this widespread source of radiation.”

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