• 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:

    http://www.holdthephone.co/news/dont-be-misled-by-the-latest-study-saying-mobile-phones-are-safe-it-highlig

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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

    Abstract

    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
    Director
    EMR Australia PL
    www.emraustralia.com.au
    contact@emraustralia.com.au
    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:
    http://researcharchive.vuw.ac.nz/handle/10063/2961

    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
    http://www.ehjournal.net/content/12/1/90

    Abstract:

    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.
    SNIP

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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.

    SNIP

    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.
    SNIP

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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.

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Excerpt

    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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    • 05 JAN 13

    BioInitiative 2012 Report Issues New Warnings on Wireless and EMF

    A new report by the BioInitiative Working Group 2012 says that evidence for risks to health has substantially increased since 2007 from electromagnetic fields and wireless technologies (radiofrequency radiation). The Report reviews over 1800 new scientific studies.Cell phone users, parents-to-be, young children and pregnant women are at particular risk.

    “There is a consistent pattern of increased risk for glioma (a malignant brain tumor) and acoustic neuroma with use of mobile and cordless phones” says Lennart Hardell, MD at Orebro University, Sweden. “Epidemiological evidence shows that radiofrequency should be classified as a human carcinogen. The existing FCC/IEE and ICNIRP public safety limits and reference levels are not adequate to protect public health.”

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    • 25 OCT 12

    The Swedish Government report: “Trotthet & vark” by Robert Olin

    Background to the report:

    The report “Trotthet & vark” was written by Robert Olin, MD and Professor Emeritus of Preventive Medicine on behalf of a Parliamentary Commission appointed by the Swedish government. It was published in October of 1999. I have a copy of the 2002 update which is 121 pages in length. With the current smart meter health crisis I consider that a full English translation is called for. Note that the report critically examines the psychosomatic controversy (the nosebo effect).

    The Olin report was commissioned as a result of ongoing research carried out by several organisations, including the Karolinska Institute, The Swedish National Institute of Occupational Health, the Swedish Union of Clerical and Technical Employees in Industry, Lule College and Institute of Technology, Lund University and the Orebro Medical Centre in Sweden. The report represents the high point of organised Swedish research into both chemical and electromagnetic impacts on health before the whole research effort was squashed by the conservative Swedish government for economic reasons.

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    • 04 SEP 12

    September issue of ‘EMR and Health’ now out

    From Lyn McLean, EMR Australia: The September issue of ‘EMR and Health’ is now available. In the current issue you can read about: * Australia’s new mobile phone research program; * whether EMF might be linked to obesity; * how safe are magnetic products for your health; * the risks of using laptop computers; *

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    • 15 JUL 12

    Recommended reading: Latest issue of EMR and Health

    The latest issue of EMR and Health, produced by EMR Australia contains a wealth of information including highlights of the June Bioelectromagnetics Society meeting in Brisbane. For example PhD candidate Mary Redmayne presented the findings of a New Zealand study on wireless use by school students. Among other effects, Redmayne found that having a wi-fi

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    • 01 JUL 12

    New review of proteomics and transcriptomics studies on EMF effects

    From the Blog, Between A Rock and a Hard Place by Dariusz Leszczynski: A new review has been accepted by journal PROTEOMICS. Its uncorrected proof is already available on accepted articles site of PROTEOMICS. The corrected final version of the article will be published shortly. From the abstract: “…The World Health Organization’s and Radiation and

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    • 29 APR 12

    Microwave News introduces its new web site.

    From Louis Slesin, Editor of Microwave News: Introducing the new Microwave News Web site: http://microwavenews.com We hope you like it and find it easier to use. We welcome your comments. Please bear in mind that this is still a work in progress. Over the coming months, we will continue to update the site. So, if

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    • 21 MAR 12

    The IEEE C95.1 RF standard, and an analysis, is now freely available online

    Previously if you wanted to study the US IEEE C95.1 RF standard you had to pay for the privilege. Now, thanks to the kind sponsorship of the United States Navy, United States Air Force, and United States Army, it is now available as a free download. With wider availability hopefully there will be more of

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