COMUNICADO: Famosos científicos hacen una llamamiento de despertar sobre los peligros de las radiaciones EMF y RF
Un grupo de trabajo internacional de famosos científicos, investigadores y profesionales de programas de salud pública (The BioInitiative Working Group) ha publicado su informe sobre campos electromagnéticos (EMFs) y salud. El informe plantea serias preocupaciones sobre la seguridad de límites públicos existentes que regulan cuánto EMF es permisible de cables de alta tensión, teléfonos móviles y muchas otras fuentes de exposición a EMF en la vida diaria. El informe documenta pruebas científicas que aumentan las preocupaciones sobre el impacto en la salud incluyendo leucemia infantil (de cables de alta tensión y otras exposiciones eléctricas), tumores de cerebro y neuromas acústicas (de teléfonos móviles e inalámbricos) y la enfermedad de Alzheimer. Hay pruebas de que los EMFs son un factor de riesgo para el cáncer, tanto en niños como en adultos. Los EMFs procedentes de dichas fuentes como cables de alta tensión, cableado interior y bases de edificios y aparatos están unidos a los riesgos aumentados de leucemia infantil y podría establecer la fase para la aparición posterior de cánceres en adulto en la vida.
El informe de BioInitiative (http://www.bioinitiative.org), que será publicado el viernes 31 de agosto de 2007, documenta las pruebas científicas de que la exposición a los EMF de los cables de alta tensión es responsable de cientos de nuevos casos de leucemia infantil cada año en Estados Unidos y en todo el mundo.
Las tecnologías inalámbricas que cuentan con radiación de radiofrecuencia (RF) para enviar e-mail y comunicación de voz son miles de veces más fuertes que los niveles dados a conocer de causas que producen desórdenes del sueño, dolor de cabeza, problemas con la memoria y concentración y otros síntomas físicos adversos.
El experto en salud pública y co-editor del informe, doctor David O. Carpenter, director del Instituto de Salud y Medioambiente de la Universidad de Albany, Nueva York, declaró:
Este informe es un llamamiento de despertar a que las exposiciones a largo plazo a algunos tipos de EMFs podrían causar graves efectos para la salud. Ahora se necesita una buena planificación sanitaria pública para prevenir cánceres y enfermedades neurológicas relacionadas con la exposición a cables de alta tensión y otras fuentes de EMFs. Necesitamos educar al público y a nuestros responsables de la toma de decisiones que el negocio como siempre es inaceptable.
Cindy Sage, co-editor de Sage Associates, afirmó:
Los expertos en programas de salud pública y EMF han dado ahora su opinión del peso de las pruebas. El FCC existente y los límites internacionales para la exposición pública y profesional a las radiaciones EMFs y RF no son de protección de la salud pública.
Nuevos límites de seguridad pública y límites en posteriores despliegues de tecnologías con riesgo son bases justificadas en el peso total de las pruebas.
La exposición de campos electromagnéticos podría ser responsable de casos de leucemia infantil
La exposición a los campos electromagnéticos (EMF) de los cables de alta tensión es responsable de cientos de nuevos casos de leucemia infantil cada año en Estados Unidos y en todo el mundo, según el informe realizado por The BioInitiative Working Group, que reúne a científicos, investigadores y profesionales de salud pública de todo el mundo.
El estudio, que documenta con pruebas científicas el efecto sobre la salud de las radiaciones EMF y de radio frecuencia (RF), plantea dudas sobre la seguridad de los límites públicos existentes, que regulan la distancia permisible entre los cables de alta tensión, teléfonos móviles y otras fuentes de exposición y la población para que no afecte a la salud.
Los expertos señalan que los EMF, que se producen por los cables de alta tensión y otras exposiciones eléctricas, aumentan el riesgo en niños a padecer leucemia y propicia la posterior aparición de cánceres en los adultos.
En cuanto a las tecnologías inalámbricas que cuentan con RF para enviar e-mail y comunicación de voz, señalan que "son miles de veces más fuertes que los niveles dados a conocer", y puede provocar desórdenes del sueño, dolor de cabeza, problemas de memoria y concentración y otros síntomas físicos adversos.
En cuanto a la seguridad de límites públicos existentes, la miembro de la Sociedad Bioelectromagnetica y editora de la Sage Associates, Cindy Sage, advierte de que "los límites internacionales para la exposición pública y profesional a las radiaciones de EMF y RF no protegen la salud pública" y pide que se establezcan nuevos límites de seguridad. En este sentido, el editor del informe y director del Instituto de Salud y Medioambiente de la Universidad de Albano (Nueva York), el doctor David O. Carpenter, espera que el informe "despierte" a la sociedad sobre los peligros que implica la exposición a largo plazo de algunos tipos de EMFs y observa que "es necesaria una buena planificación sanitaria que sirva para prevenir cánceres y enfermedades neurológicas relacionadas con la exposición a cables de alta tensión".
Researches believe that EM exposure is too great
In a report just released on exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF), an international task force calls for a reduction of maximum levels of exposure for the public. The BioInitiative WorkingGroup, which describes itself as a group of scientists and health policy experts, based its report on a review of prior studies on the effects of electromagnetic fields.
The team says that the findings clearly show that the risks of exposure to extremely-low frequency (ELF-EMF) and radiofrequency/microwave (RF-EMF) fields emitted, for example, by power lines and cell phones must be taken more seriously. The authors therefore called for a reduction in upper limit values to prevent cancer and neurological diseases.
Report buttresses argument against power lines
EMF emissions would be 149 times level recommended
A scientific report released late last week joins others in raising serious public-health concerns over long-term exposure to electromagnetic fields from high-voltage power lines.
This one was compiled by international scientists, researchers and public-health professionals from the University at Albany in New York state, and concludes that existing limits are inadequate for public health.
Such emissions are linked to increased cases of childhood leukemia and adult cancers later in life. Font: The new report recommends that allowable exposure to EMFs be limited to about one milligauss (an EMF measurement).
That got the attention of the Tsawwassen Residents Against Higher Voltage Overhead Lines, a group trying to block the B.C. Transmission Corp.'s plan to replace two existing 138-kilovolt transmission lines that run through their back yards, parks and the local high school with 40-metre towers carrying 230-kilovolt power lines to Vancouver Island.
Evidence at last year's B.C. Utilities Commission hearing, which gave the project a green light, was that the new high-voltage lines will emit 149 milligauss -- or almost 150 times the report's recommended EMF levels.
The problem here is that the linkage of EMF exposure to cancer has not been proven absolutely, unlike tobacco use or exposure to asbestos.
But increasingly, studies conclude such links exist, and the Tsawwassen residents' group has turned to the Supreme Court of Canada, where it seeks leave to appeal on the grounds that if an EMF health risk is even suspected, the project shouldn't be built.
This is called the "precautionary principle," and it's been adopted by some governments and jurisdictions, including the United Nations.
But the residents' group says concerns reach beyond caution. During the utilities commission hearing, the group introduced affidavits from 58 households showing an above-average rate of cancer among family members -- and among household pets -- along the power-line route.
However, despite the residents offering a viable route or construction alternatives to reduce or eliminate these risks, the provincial Crown corporation and Gordon Campbell's government have refused to back down on the proposed routing.
The residents' group thinks it knows why.
"If we're successful in court, it'll set a huge precedent for the government and the BCTC because much more due diligence will have to be applied to these projects," says group co-chairman Cec Dunn.
Adds director Bernadette Kudzin: "Because the B.C. transmission grid is so old, the Tsawwassen project is only the start of a lot of upgrading -- this is all about money."
Kudzin is particularly concerned about the lines crossing South Delta Senior Secondary School's grounds.
"Most of the high-school kids in our neighbourhood go to that school, so they live under these power lines 24/7," she says.
Group members also point out that the existing 28-year-old limit of 833 milligauss, which the transmission corporation often cites, is only for short-term exposure. They say there are no EMF limits in Canada for long-term exposure.
For its part, the transmission corporation is fully aware of the studies but says it's sticking with the current EMF guidelines even though this latest report say they're not good enough.
Clearly, only the country's highest court will be able to decide this issue
Experimento masivo de biología
Por Apostolis Fotiadis
ATENAS, sep (IPS) - El pequeño aparato negro que Panagiotis Vovos sostiene en la mano puede medir el voltaje de las antenas de transmisión de una red de telefonía móvil y detecta hasta siete voltios por metro.
Ese voltaje es superior al máximo permitido de entre 0,2 y seis voltios por metro en muchos países europeos, de seis voltios por metro en China o de un voltio por metro en Rusia.
Pero está muy por debajo del límite legal de Grecia, que llega a 33 voltios por metro.
"Si el indicador está siempre en rojo, quiere decir que la antena está instalada en uno de los edificios cercanos y que probablemente hay personas bombardeadas de radiaciones muchas horas al día", explicó Vovos a IPS.
En muchos casos, cuando se instala una antena, las personas comienzan a quejarse de dolor de cabeza, dificultad de concentración y memorización, insomnio y mareos.
Hay algunos pocos casos que vinculan graves problemas de salud con una prolongada exposición a las radiaciones.
El caso más conocido en Atenas es el de la calle Terpandru, donde 10 personas que viven a 40 metros de una antena presentan tumores y leucemia.
Las compañías de telefonía móvil niegan que las antenas representen un riesgo para las personas y aseguran a la población que todas sus estaciones operan con menos de 33 voltios por metro, por debajo del límite establecido por la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS), de 45 voltios.
"No le creo a esa organización", sostuvo Vovos. "Es la misma que promueve los organismos genéticamente modificados en el tercer mundo. Está muy cerca del ambiente corporativo como para creerle".
La comunidad científica griega se muestra cada vez más preocupada por las radiaciones producidas por los transmisores.
"El nivel actual de exposición aceptable a las radiaciones se fija de acuerdo con las reacciones termales de los organismos vivos. Es decir, por el aumento de temperatura que implican", dijo a IPS Loukas Margaritis, profesor de biología molecular y radiobiología de la Universidad Nacional de Kapodistrián, de Atenas.
"Hoy está probado que la mayoría de los efectos biológicos causados por el contacto de los seres humanos con los campos electromagnéticos artificiales no resultan en un aumento de la temperatura. Por ello, tenemos razón de desconfiar de los actuales límites de seguridad, que obedecen a criterios políticos y económicos, no científicos", explicó.
Recientes investigaciones establecieron una relación entre tipos específicos de cáncer y la exposición prolongada sin precaución a la radiación de antenas.
En los últimos seis meses, el aumento de quejas por antenas instaladas cerca de sitios vulnerables como escuelas y hospitales, combinadas con la falta de información creíble, causó preocupación entre la población.
Ciudadanos comenzaron a organizarse para crear conciencia y denunciar una serie de irregularidades en el uso de esas antenas.
Algunas personas quisieron ver los permisos de instalación de esos dispositivos en su barrio y descubrieron que las solicitudes nunca habían sido remitidas.
"Las empresas se ponen en contacto directamente con los vecinos por intermedio de sus representantes legales, y los convencen, sustancioso pago mediante, de instalar la antena en su edificio", sostuvo Vovos.
"Incluso, a veces, la camuflan como si fuera una caldera y la gente ni se entera de su existencia", apuntó.
La preocupación suele agravarse por la falta de transparencia en la forma en que las autoridades tratan los pedidos de información de los ciudadanos.
En marzo, una mujer pidió al Comité de Energía Atómica que midiera el voltaje de dos antenas en la calle Rodou, donde vive. Al mes siguiente, recibió una carta en la que se le aseguraba que ambas operaban por debajo del límite permitido.
"Me sentí segura, pero no duró mucho", relató la mujer. "Al poco tiempo me enteré de que existía una segunda carta que decía que el voltaje era superior al permitido".
Hurgando en la documentación del comité, un activista encontró una segunda misiva dirigida al Comité de Telecomunicaciones y Servicios Postales, responsable de otorgar los permisos a las compañías instaladoras.
El laxo marco legal es en gran parte responsable de que las compañías de telecomunicaciones tengan un significativo espacio de maniobra.
Según la legislación vigente, las solicitudes de instalación que no reciben respuesta en un mes son aprobadas de forma automática, aun si carecen de importante documentación como un estudio ambiental o la aprobación del Comité de Energía Atómica.
Tampoco identifica cuál es el organismo responsable de fijar las penas contra las empresas infractoras. Por eso, aparte de unas pequeñas sanciones que las corporaciones sortean con facilidad, muchas antenas siguen en su lugar, aun cuando la compañía haya perdido el caso en la justicia.
La ley incluso habilita su camuflaje arguyendo que eso contribuye a mantener la uniformidad urbana.
Los concejos municipales de Atenas y Piraeus, área en las que habitan más cinco millones de personas, se hicieron eco de las preocupaciones de la población y recomendaron revisar las normas.
Pero la lentitud de los procedimientos legales no conforma a los ciudadanos. Algunas personas inutilizaron con sus propias manos las antenas instaladas sin permiso e, incluso, las destruyeron después de que la compañía las volviera a habilitar.
"La exposición a gran escala de millones de personas en el mundo a los campos electromagnéticos de las redes de telefonía móvil es el mayor experimento biológico que jamás se haya hecho", señaló Margaritis.
"En vez de esperar los resultados, tenemos que actuar de forma preventiva. El ejemplo de Bélgica, que en febrero redujo su límite máximo de 27 voltios por metro a tres, junto a una propuesta de reducirlo hasta 0,6, es una buena guía", concluyó. (FIN/2007)
More bad news on the dangers of using cellphones
By Stuart Corner
A massive study in the UK into the possible health effects of radiation from cellphones has been unable to rule them safe in the long term, and another international study has concluded that what are presently considered to be acceptable exposure levels to radio waves of all frequencies are too high and should be lowered.
The largest UK investigation into possible health problems from mobile technology found no evidence that short-term mobile phone use affected brain function or could cause brain cancer. However professor Lawrie Challis, chairman of the £8.8 million ($21.2m) Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research (MTHR) Programme, was reported saying that studies so far had included few participants who had used mobile phones for 10 years or longer. "We cannot rule out the possibility at this stage that cancer could appear in a few years' time," said. "Most cancers take 10 years to appear."
Despite the inconclusive outcome of the long term effects, Chris Althaus, CEO of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) said Mobile phone users would be reassured about their safety as a result of the study.
They are likely to be far less reassured by the conclusions of the BioInitiative Working Group, an international working group of scientists, researchers and public health policy professionals which has just released its report on electromagnetic fields (EMF) and health. It raises serious concern about the safety of existing public limits that regulate how much EMF is allowable from power lines, cellphones, and many other sources of EMF exposure in daily life.
The group has not itself undertaken any research to compile the report: rather it has reviewed existing research on the subject to arrive at its conclusions with the aim being "to assess scientific evidence on health impacts from electromagnetic radiation below current public exposure limits and evaluate what changes in these limits are warranted now to reduce possible public health risks in the future."
Effects of 900-MHz electromagnetic field emitted from cellular phone on brain oxidative stress and some vitamin levels of guinea pigs.
Meral I, Mert H, Mert N, Deger Y, Yoruk I, Yetkin A, Keskin S.
Department of Physiology, School of Medicine, Yuzuncu Yil University, 65200, Van, Turkey.
This study was designed to demonstrate the effects of 900-MHz electromagnetic field (EMF) emitted from cellular phone on brain tissue and also blood malondialdehyde (MDA), glutathione (GSH), retinol (vitamin A), vitamin D(3) and tocopherol (vitamin E) levels, and catalase (CAT) enzyme activity of guinea pigs. Fourteen male guinea pigs, weighing 500-800 g were randomly divided into one of two experimental groups: control and treatment (EMF-exposed), each containing seven animals. Animals in treatment group were exposed to 890- to 915-MHz EMF (217-Hz pulse rate, 2-W maximum peak power, SAR 0.95 w/kg) of a cellular phone for 12 h/day (11-h 45-min stand-by and 15-min spiking mode) for 30 days. Control guinea pigs were housed in a separate room without exposing EMF of a cellular phone. Blood samples were collected through a cardiac puncture and brains were removed after decapitation for the biochemical analysis at the end of the 30 days of experimental period. It was found that the MDA level increased (P<0.05), GSH level and CAT enzyme activity decreased (P<0>0.05) in the brain tissues of EMF-exposed guinea pigs. In addition, MDA, vitamins A, D(3) and E levels, and CAT enzyme activity increased (P<0.05), and GSH level decreased (P<0.05) in the blood of EMF-exposed guinea pigs. It was concluded that electromagnetic field emitted from cellular phone might produce oxidative stress in brain tissue of guinea pigs. However, more studies are needed to demonstrate whether these effects are harmful or/and affect the neural functions.
What causes cancer to the hospital workers?
By Ela Harnoi and Hila Alroi
Haifa's Carmel hospital workers are scared: lately there has been found a large number of cancer cases, especially on one of the top floors of the main building.
Part of the workers are afraid that the cause is the cellular antenna which is erected near this floor. The hospital opened an investigation. Among the patients: the department manager, a unit manager, nurses and official physicians. In one of the cases, the department manager left the hospital after he got sick and the person who came instead of him got sick too.
At least 5 team members of the same floor got cancer, and additional number of doctors and nurses of other floors. Among the diseases: pancreas cancer, liver, lymphoma, breast cancer, multiple myloma and brain tumors. The team was worried for some time about the cancer morbidity that seems to be abnormal, and during the last two weeks another case was discovered in a nurse who works at the same floor where other team members got sick. The hospital manager, Dr. Hen Shapira, asked prof Gadi Renart, manager of the cancer control center at the General Health Services and manager of department of community and epidemiology in the Carmel medical center, to start investigating the cases. "During these days accurate data is collected in order to check whether there is excess of morbidity than expected" explained prof Renart yesterday. Part of the workers blame the cellular antenna which is located near one of the floors where large number of cancer cases was discovered. But prof Renart says, "the thought that the cause is an antenna is probably not realistic, because according to the scientific knowledge that was gathered until today, there is no proof that antennas cause cancer. In the health professions there is an exposure to many substances that can cause cancer, in addition they are exposed to diseases which can weaken the immune system". According to Dr. Avi Rotshild, a department manager, who got cancer, it is a coincidence:"I would never come back to work in a floor that will endanger my health, and I gladly returned to work at the department after my recovery. I served in the Kishon [[chemically polluted stream where soldiers dive]] and it is impossible to know where the cancer came from" Dr. Rotschild told that nurses and doctors who worked at his depatrment came to him: "I have total
belief that it is a very weird coincidence and each member of the team who came to me received all possible information" Within 3 weeks the hospital workers will gather for a team meeting. The workers are very afraid but according to Renart, "even if there will be found an excess of morbidity, relatively than the expected in the population, it is possible that the investigation will end in with dead end, as happens many times". From the hospital it was said that "the management is committed and acts to insure the safety of the hospital environment according to the law guidlines, and even beyond it. Radiation measurements are done once a year. The latest ionizing radiation check was done in August".
( Note drafting, to read well : ionizing radiation !.)
More it was said that the cancers which were found are of many types, which reduces the chance that the morbidity was caused by the one cause.
עובדי בית החולים "כרמל" בחיפה מבוהלים: בתקופה האחרונה נתגלו מספר רב של מקרי סרטן בקרב אנשי הצוות הרפואי, בעיקר באחת הקומות העליונות של הבניין הראשי. חלק מהעובדים חוששים שהגורם המסרטן הוא אנטנה סלולרית המוצבת בסמוך לקומה. בית החולים פתח בבדיקת המקרים.
הרופאים לא מספיקים
אנחנו מצפים ממנו להיות קשוב ואדיב, מקצועי, וגם מעודכן בכל חידושי הרפואה. אך סקר חדש מראה כי קרוב ל-30 אחוזים מזמנו של הרופא מוקדש לביצוע מטלות פקידותיות, כגון מילוי טפסים
בתקופה האחרונה חלו מספר לא מועט של אנשי צוות רפואי מבית החולים בסוגים שונים של סרטן, חלקם בסרטן אלים במיוחד. בין החולים מנהל מחלקה, מנהל יחידה, אחיות ורופאים בכירים. באחד המקרים עזב מנהל מחלקה את בית החולים לאחר שחלה ומחליפו בתפקיד חלה גם הוא. למעריב נודע כי מדובר בלפחות חמישה אנשי צוות מאותה קומה, ומספר נוסף של רופאים ואחיות מקומות אחרות. בין המחלות: סרטן הלבלב, הכבד, לימפומה, סרטן השד, מיאלומה נפוצה וגידולים במוח.
מזה זמן מה, צוות בית החולים מודאג מהתחלואה בסרטן שנראית חריגה, ובשבועיים האחרונים התגלה מקרה נוסף אצל אחות שעובדת באותה קומה שבה חלו מספר אנשי צוות. אתמול ביקשה מנהלת בית החולים, ד"ר חן שפירא, מפרופ' גד רנרט, מנהל המרכז הארצי לבקרת סרטן בשירותי בריאות כללית ומנהל המחלקה לרפואת הקהילה ואפידמיולוגיה במרכז הרפואי כרמל, להתחיל בחקירת המקרים. "בימים אלה נאספים נתונים מדויקים על מנת לבדוק אם אכן יש עודף בתחלואה בהשוואה לשיעור הצפוי באוכלוסייה הכללית", הסביר אתמול פרופ' רנרט.
חלק מהעובדים מטילים את האשם באנטנה סלולרית, שממוקמת בסמוך לאחת הקומות שבה התגלו רוב מקרי סרטן. אולם לדברי פרופ' רנרט, "המחשבה שהגורם הוא אנטנה היא ככל הנראה לא ריאלית, מאחר ולפי הידע המדעי שהצטבר עד היום, אין הוכחה שהאנטנות מסרטנות. במקצועות הבריאות יש חשיפה לכל מיני חומרים שעלולים לסרטן, ובנוסף, אנשים בסביבת הרפואה חשופים למחלות - מה שעלול לגרום להחלשת המערכת החיסונית שלהם".
"צירוף מקרים מוזר"
לדברי ד"ר אבי רוטשילד, מנהל מחלקת יילודים ופגים בבית החולים, שחלה גם הוא במחלת הסרטן, מדובר בצירוף מקרים: "לעולם לא הייתי חוזר לעבוד בקומה שתסכן את הבריאות שלי, וחזרתי בשמחה לעבוד במחלקה לאחר החלמתי. שרתתי בשייטת וצללתי בקישון ואין לדעת מאיפה הגיע הסרטן".
ד"ר רוטשילד סיפר כי פנו אליו רופאים ואחיות שעובדים באגף שלו: "יש לי אמונה מוחלטת שמדובר בצירוף מקרים מאוד מוזר, וכל איש צוות שפנה אליי קיבל ממני את כל המידע שרק אפשר".
בעוד שלושה שבועות יכונסו עובדי בית החולים לישיבת צוות. לדברי גורם בבית
החולים, הצוות מאוד חושש, אולם לדברי פרופ' רנרט, "גם אם יתגלה עודף של חולי סרטן יחסית למה שצפוי באוכלוסייה, יכול להיות שהחקירה תסתיים במבוי סתום, כפי שקורה הרבה פעמים".
מבית החולים נמסר כי "ההנהלה מחויבת ופועלת באופן קבוע להבטחת סביבת העבודה בבית החולים, ובודקת באופן קפדני את בית החולים וסביבתו על-פי הנחיות החוק, ואף מעבר לכך. בדיקות קרינה מתבצעות כל שנה באופן קבוע. בדיקת הקרינה המייננת האחרונה בוצעה באוגוסט". עוד נמסר כי המחלות שהתגלו הן מסוגים שונים, נתון המקטין את ההסתברות לגורם תחלואה יחיד.
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From the September 2007 Idaho Observer
The radiation poisoning of America
By Amy Worthington
From the September 2007 Idaho Observer:
Artículo completo en:http://www.avaate.org/article.php3?id_article=918
The radiation poisoning of America
Prior to 1996, the wireless age was not coming online fast enough, primarily because communities had the authority to block the siting of cell towers. But the Federal Communications Act (1996) made it virtually impossible for communities to stop construction of cell towers -even if they pose threats to public health and the environment. Since the decision to enter the age of wireless convenience was politically determined for us, we have forgotten well-documented safety and environmental concerns and, with a devil-may-care zeal that is lethally short-sighted, we have incorporated into our lives every wireless toy that comes on the market as quickly as it becomes available. We behave as if we are addicted to radiation. Our addiction to cell phones has led to harder "drugs" like wireless Internet. And now we are bathing in the radiation that our wireless enthusiasm has financed. The addicted, uninformed, corporately biased and politically-influenced may dismiss our scientifically-sound concerns about the apocalyptic hazards of wireless radiation. But we must not. Instead, we must sound the alarm.
Illa Garcia wore jewelry the first day she went back to work as a fire lookout for the state of California in the summer of 2002. The intense radiation from dozens of RF/microwave antennas surrounding the lookout heated the metals on her body enough to burn her skin. "I still have those scars," she says. "I never wore jewelry to work after that."
Likely Mountain Lookout, on U.S. Forest Service land with a spectacular view of Mount Shasta, is one of thousands of RF/microwave "hot spots" across the nation. A newly-erected cellular communications tower was only 30 feet from the lookout. "One antenna on that tower was even with our heads," recalls Garcia. "We could hear high-pitched buzzing. There were also three state communications antennas mounted on the lookout, only 6 feet from where we walked. We climbed past them every day."
Motorola company manuals for management of communications sites confirm that high frequency radiation from these antennas is nasty stuff. Safety regulations mandate warning signs, EMF awareness training, protective gear, even transmitter deactivation for personnel working that close to antennas. Garcia and co-worker Mary Jasso were never warned about the hazards which, they say, demonstrates extreme malfeasance on the part of agencies and commercial companies responsible for their exposure.
By the end of fire season, Garcia and Jasso were so ill they were forced to retire and the lookout was closed to state personnel. Garcia, 52, is now severely disabled with fibromyalgia, auto-immune thyroiditis and acute nerve degeneration. Medical tests confirmed broken DNA strands in her blood and abnormal tissue death in her brain.
Dr. Gunner Heuser, a medical specialist in neurotoxicity, states that Garcia’s disorders are a result of chronic electromagnetic field exposure in the microwave range and that "she has become totally disabled as a result." Dr. Heuser said, "In my experience patients develop multisystem complaints after EMF exposure just as they do after toxic chemical exposure."
Jasso, who worked the lookout for 11 seasons, is now disabled with brain and lung damage, partial left side paralysis, muscle tremors, bone pain and DNA damage. Jasso discovered that all lookouts who worked Likely Mountain since 1989 are disabled. At only 61 years of age, she has lost so much memory that she cannot remember back to when her first three children were born. She fears that communications radiation may be a major factor in the nation’s phenomenal epidemics of dementia and autism.
Both women say they have been unjustly denied worker’s comp and medical benefits. Their pleas for help to state and federal agencies have been fruitless. Between them they have racked up over $150,000 in medical bills, although there is no effective treatment for radiation sickness.
Twenty-two other members of Garcia and Jasso’s two families received Likely Mountain radiation exposure. All suffer serious and expensive illnesses, including tumors, blood abnormalities, stomach problems, lung damage, bone pain, muscle spasms, extreme fatigue, tremors, numbness, impaired motor skills, cataracts, memory loss, spine degeneration, sleep problems, low immunity to infection, hearing and vision problems, hair loss and allergies.
Jasso’s husband, who often stayed at the lookout, has a rare soft tissue sarcoma known to be radiation related. Garcia’s husband, who spent little time at the lookout, has systemic cancer that started with sarcoma of the colon. Garcia’s daughter Teresa was at the lookout for a total of two hours during her first pregnancy. Her daughter was born with slight brain damage and immunity problems. "That baby was always sick," says Garcia. Teresa spent only three days at the lookout during her second pregnancy. Her son was born with autism.
Garcia and Jasso also have a terminal condition known as "toxic encephalopathy," involving brain damage to frontal and temporal lobes. This was confirmed by SPECT brain scans. Twelve others in the two-family group who also had the scans were diagnosed with the affliction. "All of us with this condition have been told that we’re dying," says Garcia. "Our mutated cells will reproduce new mutated cells until the body finally shuts down."
Nuclear bombs on a pole
Painful conditions endured by the families of Garcia and Jasso are identical to those suffered by Japanese victims of gamma wave radiation after nuclear explosions at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. Five decades of studies confirm that non-ionizing communications radiation in the RF/microwave spectrum has the same effect on human health as ionizing gamma wave radiation from nuclear reactions. Leading German radiation expert Dr. Heyo Eckel, an official of the German Medical Association, stated, "The injuries that result from radioactive radiation are identical with the effects of electromagnetic radiation. The damages are so similar that they are hard to differentiate."1
Understanding what happened at Likely Mountain is critical to understanding the public health threat posed by radiation in the United States. The families of Garcia and Jasso, plus previous lookout workers and multitudes of tourists who visited Likely Mountain for camping and sightseeing, were beamed by the same kind of high frequency radiation that blasts from tens of thousands of neighborhood cell towers and rooftop antennas erected across America for wireless communications. The city of San Francisco, with an area of only seven square miles, has over 2,500 licensed cell phone antennas positioned at 530 locations throughout the city. In practical terms, this city, like thousands of others, is being wave-nuked 24 hours a day.
The identical damage resulting from both radioactive gamma waves and high frequency microwaves is a pathological condition in which the nuclei of irradiated human cells splinter into fragments called micronuclei. Micronuclei are a definitive pre-cursor of cancer. During the 1986 nuclear reactor disaster at Chernobyl in Russia, the ionizing radiation released was equivalent to 400 atomic bombs, with an estimated ultimate human toll of 10,000 deaths. Exposed Russians quickly developed blood cell micronuclei, leaving them at high risk for cancer.
What they wouldn’t tell us
RF/microwaves from cell phones and cell tower transmitters also cause micronuclei damage in blood cells. This was reported a decade ago by Drs. Henry Lai and Narendrah Singh, biomedical researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Singh is famous for refining comet assay techniques used to identify DNA damage. Lai and Singh demonstrated in numerous animal studies that mobile phone radiation quickly causes DNA single and double strand breaks at levels well below the current federal "safe" exposure standards.2
The telecommunications industry knows this thanks to its own six-year, wireless technology research (WTR) study program mandated by Congress and completed in 1999. Gathering a team of over 200 doctors, scientists and experts in the field, WTR research showed that human blood exposed to cell phone radiation had a 300-percent increase in genetic damage in the form of micronuclei.3 Dr. George Carlo, a public health expert who coordinated the WTR studies, confirms that exposure to communications radiation from wireless technology is "potentially the biggest health insult" this nation has ever seen. Dr. Carlo believes RF/microwave radiation is a greater threat than cigarette smoking and asbestos.
In 2000, European communications giant T-Mobile commissioned the German ECOLOG Institute to review all available scientific evidence in regard to health risks for wireless telecommunications. ECOLOG found over 220 peer-reviewed, published papers documenting the cancer-initiating and cancer-promoting effects of the high frequency radiation employed by wireless technology.4 Many corroborating studies have been published since.
By 2004, 12 research groups from seven European countries cooperating in the REFLEX study project confirmed that microwaves from wireless communications devices cause significant single and double strand DNA breaks in both human and animal cells under laboratory conditions.5 In 2005, a Chinese medical study confirmed statistically significant DNA damage from pulsed microwaves at cell phone levels.6 That same year, University of Chicago researchers described how pulsed communications microwaves alter gene expression in human cells at non-thermal exposure levels.7
Because gamma waves and RF/microwave radiation are identically carcinogenic and genotoxic to the cellular roots of life, the safe dose of either kind of radiation is zero. No study has proven that any level of exposure from cell-damaging radiation is safe for humans. Dr. Carlo confirms that cell damage is not dose dependant because any exposure level can trigger damage response by cell mechanisms.8
Officials at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health closely reviewed the damning results of WTR studies, which also revealed microwave damage to the blood brain barrier, but have chosen to downplay, obfuscate and even deny the irrepressible science of the day. Raking in $billions from selling spectrum licenses, the feds have allowed the telecom industry to unleash demonstrably dangerous technology which induces millions of people to become brain-intimate with improperly tested wireless devices9 and which saturates the nation with carcinogenic waves to service those devices. Dr. Carlo says that even the American Cancer Society is in bed with the communications industry, which infuses the Society with substantial contributions.10
Two ways to die
Medical science illustrates that there are two ways to die from radiation poisoning: Fast burn and slow burn. Nuclear flash-burned Japanese had parts of their flesh melt off before they died in agony within hours or days. People have also quickly died after walking through powerful radar beams, which can microwave-cook internal organs within seconds of exposure.
Slow-burn radiation mechanisms are cumulative, progressive, ongoing and continual. Thousands of Japanese nuke bomb victims died painfully years after exposure. The slow burn process of RF/microwave exposure is manifested by cancer clusters commonly found in communities irradiated by cell tower transmitters. Recent Swedish epidemiological studies confirm that, after 2,000 hours of cellular phone exposure, or a latency period of about 10 years, brain cancer risk rises by 240 percent.11
Communications antennas blast the human habitat with many different electromagnetic frequencies simultaneously. Human DNA hears this energetic cacophony loud and clear, reacting like the human ear would to high volume country music, R&B plus rock and roll screaming from the same speaker simultaneously. Irradiated cells struggle to protect themselves against this destructive dissonance by hardening their membranes. They cease to receive nourishment, stop releasing toxins, die prematurely and spill micronuclei fragments into a sort of "tumor bank account."
Nuking the crew
The constant roaming pain is intense for 32-year-old Kenneth Hurtado of Southern California. He’s been to hell and back, starting with a seven-pound tumor on a kidney, diagnosed in 2002. The cancer spread to his brain. His first brain tumor was removed by craniotomy, the second by the cyber knife. In 2005, cancer nodes were found in his lungs. By 2006, the cancer had metastasized to his legs. This year he is battling three excruciating tumors on his spinal cord. Hurtado hates his seizures. His last one came on while he was driving. "It’s like the devil taking over your body," he says.
Now unable to work, Hurtado says he was relatively healthy in 1998 when he began a career as an installer for a large international corporation manufacturing electronics equipment for wireless providers. At the base of cell towers there is an equipment "hut" where installers assemble the radios, amplifiers and filters which generate man-made microwave frequencies and route them up to transmitter antennas through huge cables. Mounted on sector supports aptly named alpha, beta and gamma, the antennas send and receive these carcinogenic radio waves and their pulsed data packets at the speed of light.
Posted on locked fences around the huts are "danger" warning signs. Hurtado says, "You look around these sites and you find many dead birds on the gravel. They can’t take the radiation and they’ll just die. You don’t have to ponder that too long to figure it’s bad."
Hurtado doesn’t know how much radiation he got on the job. He says there are at least four connection spots inside the hut where radiation can leak. He could not avoid the "heat" when he turned the radios on for testing and he wonders if his cancer is the result. "When I first got hired, we had safety meetings, but they pretty much minimized the hazards," he remembers. He was issued no electromagnetic safety clothing and it was not until 2002 that he got a radiation meter to wear. "The meter is supposed to warn you if you are getting too much radiation," he said, "but I put mine on a stick and placed it next to antennas and the alarm never went off."
A medical report in the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health confirms that workers exposed to high levels of RF/microwave radiation routinely have astronomical cancer rates.12 The report notes that, for these workers, the latency period between high radiation exposure and illness is short compared to less exposed populations.
Hurtado said there are many industry workers who are dangerously over-exposed. "I’ve talked to guys on power crews who have to climb around the antennas and they’ve told me that before a work day is half over, they start feeling really sick." He added, "In my mind they are getting cooked."
Hurtado suspects that, since the early days of the wireless buildout, there has been illegal activity related to public exposure from transmission sites. "I’m pretty sure," he says, "that some of the carriers are exceeding FCC exposure limits. They can turn the radios and amplifiers up to get a bigger footprint and they don’t care if the alarms go on once the installers are gone." Regulatory inspectors could identify violators because channels can be spectrum analyzed. "But," he says, "there is just no one to check and I believe that the public is getting way too much radiation now."
Regulators asleep at the wheel
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the single agency with authority to regulate the communications industry, has neither money, manpower nor motive to properly monitor radiation output from hundreds of thousands of commercial wireless installations spewing carcinogenic waves across the nation. The FCC admits that physical testing to verify compliance with emissions guidelines is relatively rare.
Critics say that FCC appointees, with virtually no medical or public health expertise, represent an old-boy network and a cheering squad for the telecommunications and broadcast industries. The Center for Public Integrity found that FCC officials have been bribed by the industries with such perks as expensive trips to Las Vegas.13
Dr. Carlo confirms that there is no regulatory accountability. He says, "You have to go to those base stations and independently measure what is coming out of them because we have had many instances where you have an antenna that is allowed by law to transmit at 100 watts and we have seen up to 900 to 1000 watts. You can turn things up when nobody is looking."14
Neighborhood groups monitoring the broadcast/communications antenna farm on Lookout Mountain near Denver, Colorado, have consistently found that, despite protests to the FCC over nine years, radiation on the mountain has been measured at up to 125 percent of exposure levels permitted by federal law.15
Lethal exposure guidelines
Even if there were reliable compliance monitoring, experts say that FCC public exposure guidelines for RF/microwave radiation are deadly because they are based on the obsolete and unfounded theory that only power density hot enough to flash-cook tissues is harmful. This puts FCC at odds with current scientific evidence regarding the minimum exposure level at which harm to living cells begins.
Myriad symptoms of radiation poisoning can be induced at exposure levels hundreds, even thousands of times lower than current standards permit. Russia’s public exposure standards are 100 times more stringent than ours because Russian scientists have consistently shown that, at U.S. exposure levels, humans develop pathological changes in heart, kidney, liver and brain tissues, plus cancers of all types.16
Norbert Hankin, chief of the EPA’s Radiation Protection Division, states that the FCC’s exposure guidelines are protective only against effects arising from a thermal (flash burn) mechanism. He concedes that, "the generalization by many, that these guidelines protect human beings from harm by any and all mechanisms, is not justified."17
Thus, public microwave exposure levels tolerated by the FCC and its industry-loaded advisory committees are a national health disaster. Yet, for pragmatic and lucrative reasons, federal exposure limits have been deliberately set so high that no matter how much additional wireless radiation is added to the national burden, it will always be "within standards."
The FCC regulatory mess comes into focus with the Likely Mountain case. Jasso says that when she and Garcia contacted the FCC regarding their radiation injuries, they were met with an appalling lack of expertise and concern. "FCC has no answers," Jasso says. "Their exposure guidelines are convoluted and nonsensical. They refuse to address problems of multiple antennas, field expansion, human body coupling and blood reversal because they want to avoid regulatory problems at telecommunication sites." She adds, "FCC will fine a licensee thousands of dollars for not having a light installed on top of a telecommunications tower, but they have not issued even a warning letter to their licensees for the injuries that occurred on Likely Mountain. They say injury cannot occur because their licensees are regulated."
When Garcia and Jasso filed suit against companies operating microwave transmitters on Likely Mountain, they could find no attorney who would take their case and they were forced to proceed pro se. In August, 2007, a California district court denied their claim, mainly on the grounds that they had not proven that the defendants had exceeded FCC exposure guidelines. Under federal law the shattered health of 24 people, plus medical testimony, is not sufficient proof of negligence and liability.
Since FCC provides no enforcement monitoring at transmitter sites and since the radiation industry is not required to prove with consistent documentation that it is compliant, injured parties have little chance of proving non-compliance because the damage to their health often becomes obvious months or even years after their typically undocumented exposure.
The court worried that the Garcia-Jasso case highlights "the conflict between the FCC’s delegated authority to establish RF radiation guidelines and limits and plaintiffs’ attempt to establish that wireless facilities like the one at Likely Mountain are ultrahazardous."
So, while current science provides ample evidence that FCC’s guidelines are ultrahazardous, the radiation industry hides behind FCC incompetence, simply because FCC retains exclusive authority to set the standards.
The FCC’s disastrous authority is calcified by the Telecommunications Act (TCA) of 1996. The telecom industry is infamous for lavish "donations" which keep legislators on its leash. Anticipating a national radiation health crisis and the public backlash that would follow, the telecom lobby blatantly bought itself a provision in the law that prohibits state and local governments from considering environmental (health) effects when siting personal wireless service facilities so long as "...such facilities comply with the FCC’s regulations concerning such emissions."
Many say the TCA insures that America’s war on cancer will never be won, while protecting gross polluters from liability.
On our own
After passage of the TCA, a group of scientists and engineers, backed by the Communications Workers of America, filed suit in federal court. They hoped the Supreme Court would review both the FCC’s outdated exposure guidelines and the legality of a federal law that severely impedes state and local authority in the siting of hazardous transmitters. In 2001, the Supreme Court refused to hear the case. The group’s subsequent petition to the FCC asking the agency to bring its exposure guidelines current with the latest scientific data was denied.18
This is where we stand today. The public has no vote, no voice, no choice. Chronic exposure to scientifically indefensible levels of DNA-ravaging radiation is now compulsory for everyone in America. This is why Garcia and Jasso are ill today; this why the industry enjoys unchallenged power to place dangerous transmitters in residential and commercial areas with unsafe setbacks and; this is why untold thousands of Americans in buildings with transmitters on the roof are given no safety warnings, though they work and dwell in powerful, carcinogenic electromagnetic fields. In the meantime, the radiation industry rakes in $billions in quarterly profits, none of which is set aside for to pay for the national health catastrophe at hand.
Every citizen is now condemned to protect and defend himself against radiation assault as best he can. There have been a number of lawsuits against the radiation industry since cell towers began going up in backyards across the nation. In 2001, a group action lawsuit was filed in South Bend, Indiana, by families living in close proximity to towers. The complaint describes health effects suffered by the plaintiffs, including heart palpitations, interference with hearing, recurring headaches, short term memory loss, sleep disturbances, multiple tumors, glandular problems, chronic fatigue, allergies, weakened immune system, miscarriage and inability to learn.19
The South Bend suit was settled out of court on the basis of nuisance and decreased property values. Health claims don’t hold water if emissions are within FCC exposure standards. This case is valuable for understanding the lunacy of FCC standards. The sick families enlisted the help of radiation consultant Bill Curry, who honed his expertise as an engineer for Argonne and Livermore labs. Dr. Curry found that one of the towers was irradiating homes at over 65 microwatts per square centimeter.20 This power density is well within federal exposure standards, which allow any neighborhood to be zapped with at least 580 microwatts per square centimeter, or higher, depending on the frequencies. If the families were sick at 65 microwatts/cm22 what would they be at 580? Considering that the Soviets used furtive Cold War microwave bombardment to make US embassy personal radiation-sick at an average exposure level of only .01 microwatts/cm2, America’s clear and present danger is obvious.21
How radiation sick is America?
Since the wireless revolution began wave-nuking the U.S. in the 1990s, there have been no federally funded health studies to assess the cumulative effects of ever-increasing communications radiation on public health. There is no national database enabling citizens to study the location of transmitters in their areas. Local and state governments can offer no information on how much commercial wireless radiation is contaminating their populations. When trying to find out who owns a tower or which companies have transmitters on that tower, citizens usually hit a brick wall.
Dr. Carlo heads the only independent, post-market health surveillance registry in the nation where people can report radiation illness.22 Dr. Carlo said the registry has heard from thousands of people who believe that their illnesses, including brain and eye cancers, are due to telecommunications radiation from both wireless phones and tower transmitters. In the last two years, the registry has seen an upsurge in reports as transmitters become ever more energetically dangerous in order to accommodate increased data flow for new, multi-media technologies.
We can only guess how many Americans are in their graves today from microwave assault. Arthur Firstenberg, who founded the Cellular Phone Task Force, wrote that, on November 14, 1996, New York City’s first digital cellular provider activated thousands of PCS antennae newly erected on the rooftops of apartment buildings. Health authorities reported that a severe and lingering flu hit the city that same week. In response to its classified newspaper ad advising that radiation sickness is similar to flu, the Task Force heard back from hundreds of people who reported sudden onset symptoms synchronous to microwave startup-symptoms similar to stroke, heart attack and nervous breakdown.
Firstenberg gathered statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and analyzed weekly mortality statistics published for 122 U.S. cities. Each of dozens of cities recorded a 10-25 percent increase in mortality, lasting two to three months, beginning in the week during which that city’s first digital cell phone network began commercial service. Sites with no cellular system start up in the same time period showed no abnormal increases in mortality.23
Recent health surveys in other nations confirm that people living close to wireless transmitters are in big trouble:
• In 2002, French medical specialists found that people living close to cell towers suffered extreme sleep disruption, chronic fatigue, nausea, skin problems, irritability, brain disturbances and cardiovascular problems.24
• German researchers found that people living within 1,200 feet of a transmitter site in the German city of Naila had a high rate of cancer and developed their tumors on average eight years earlier than the national average. Breast cancer topped the list.25
• Spanish researchers found that people living within 1,000 feet of cellular antennas had statistically significant illness at an average power density of 0.11 to 0.19 microwatts /cm2, which is thousands of times less than allowed by international exposure standards.26
• An Egyptian medical study found that people living near mobile phone base stations were at high risk for developing nerve and psychiatric problems, plus debilitating changes in neurobehavioral function. Exposed persons had significantly lower performance on tests for attention, short term auditory memory and problem solving.27
• Researchers in Israel studied people in the town of Netanya who had lived near a cell tower for 3-7 years. They had a cancer rate four times higher than the control population. Breast cancer was most prevalent.28[/B][/I]
Europe in an uproar
A new European Union poll of more than 27,000 people across the continent reveals that 76 percent of respondents feel that they are being made ill by wireless transmitters.29 Seventy-one percent in the UK believe they suffer health effects from mast (cell tower) radiation. In April 2007, The London Times reported a startling number of cancer clusters in mast neighborhoods. One study in Warwickshire, found 31 cancers around a single street.30 Some sick Brits send their blood to a lab in Germany, which uses state of the art methodology to confirm wireless radiation damage.
Radiation sickness is now so prevalent in Germany that 175 doctors have signed the Bramberger Appeal, a document calling the situation a "medical disaster." It asks the German government to initiate a national public health investigation. This appeal closely follows the Freiburger Appeal, signed by thousands of German doctors who say they are dealing with an epidemic of severe and chronic diseases among both old and young patients exposed to wireless microwave radiation. The head of the cancer registry in Berlin found that one urban area with cellular antennas had a breast cancer rate seven times the national average.31
Sweden was one of the first nations to go wireless. Swedish neuroscientist, Dr. Olle Johansson, with hundreds of published papers to his credit, said that a national epidemic of illness and disability was unleashed by the wireless revolution. Long periods of sick leave, attempted suicides and industrial accidents all increased simultaneously with introduction of mobile phone radiation. Ninety-nine percent of the Swedish population is now under duress of powerful third generation masts. Johansson reports that people are plagued with sleep disorders, chronic fatigue that does not respond to rest, difficulties with cognitive function and serious blood problems. Recurrent headaches and migraines are a "substantial public health problem," he says.32
Rooftop transmitters, which readily pass microwave radiation into structures, can be a death sentence. Across the world there are reports of cancer clusters and extreme illness in office buildings and multi-tenant dwellings where antennas are placed on rooftops directly over workers and tenants. In 2006, the top floors of a Melbourne University office building were closed after a brain tumor cluster drew media attention to the risks of communications transmitters on top of the building.33 Likewise, ABC’s Brisbane television complex, topped with satellite dishes and radio antennas, was the site of a well-publicized breast cancer cluster among workers.34
Deadlier death rays
In the meantime, the radiation cowboys of America are having a good ‘ol time because they know there’s no sheriff in town. The commercial wireless industry is relentless in its drive to construct thousands of new transmitter sites in neighborhoods and schoolyards everywhere, while adding more powerful antennas at its older sites. Countless WiFi systems, both indoors and out, accommodate wireless laptop computers, personal digital assistants, WiFi-enabled phones, gaming devices, video cameras, even parking and utility meters. Hundreds of cities already have or are planning to fund WiFi networks, each consisting of thousands of small microwave transmitters bolted to buildings, street lamps, park benches and bus stops. Some networks are being buried under sidewalks. These access points or "nodes" blast carcinogenic energy at 2.4 to 5 gigahertz with virtually no warning signs about radiation exposure. WiFi radiation is unregulated by the FCC.
Sprint-Nextel and Clearwire are now rolling out in U.S. cities tower-mounted WiMAX transmitters providing wireless internet access "to die for." WiMAX is WiFi on steroids. Upon startup of WiMAX transmitters near the Swedish village of Gotene, the emergency room at the local hospital was flooded by calls from people overcome with pulmonary and cardiovascular symptoms.35
WiMAX radiation could one day be cranked up to a bone-incinerating 66 gigahertz.36 A single WiMAX tower could provide internet coverage for an area of 3,000 square miles, although coverage for 6-25 square miles is the norm now. Promoters say WiMAX may some day replace all cable and DSL broadband services and irradiate virtually all rural areas.
Not a single environmental or public health study has been required as the industry unleashes infrastructure for this savage new wireless technology from which no living flesh is able to escape.
The commercial ray-peddlers are not alone in their quest to make the U.S. a radiation wasteland. In August, 2007, Congress approved new Homeland Security legislation which funds a program to "promote communications compatibility between local, state and federal officials."
We catch a glimpse of what this portends as the state of New York gears up to erect hundreds of new wireless installations for a "Statewide Wireless Network (SWN)," allowing agencies at various government levels to communicate instantly.37 SWN will blanket 97 percent of the state, adding to the fog of commercial wireless pollution. The New York Office for Technology says that the radiation power densities of the system will be within FCC limits.
Angela Flynn, a 43-year-old caregiver, lives in Santa Cruz, California. Last spring she took classes at a local church where wireless antennas were concealed in a chimney on the building. She recalls, "Every muscle in my body felt sore. And my joints were feeling creaky. My instructor mentioned how people at the women’s center on church property had similar symptoms. During my sixth day I had a severe reaction. My short term memory was gone and I was disoriented and confused. When the instructor asked a question, I could not recall anything from the lecture."
At night, Angela could not sleep and she would lie awake, feeling her body buzz. She became hypersensitive to other sources of electromagnetic radiation. The symptoms became so bothersome that she canceled the rest of her course. Using a chart for calculating cumulative, non-ionizing, electromagnetic radiation exposure levels, she found that the classes-located only 100 feet from antennas in the building-had suffered the highest possible exposure during peak operation.
"It took a month before I regained my health," she reports.
When Angela wrote letters to the church inquiring whether it was monitoring the health of the people exposed to antenna radiation, church officials were "unresponsive and dismissive." So Angela saw the light. She helped organize a community group to put pressure on county officials for answers. After hearing community testimony, officials directed the zoning department to create a comprehensive map of county transmitter sites and to put together a report on emissions testing.
Angela says, "We recently had a delay of an installation of a tower near a middle school. The superintendent has even come out against the tower and was instrumental in delaying the hearing on the site. He also arranged a school board meeting on the issue." Angela’s efforts to share critical information with her community made a difference.
America must soon face its radiation cataclysm. The EMR Network says that millions of workers occupy worksites on a daily basis where operating antenna arrays are camouflaged and where no RF safety program is carried out. Thanks to shameless predatory advertising techniques, American youth are now literally addicted to "texting," watching TV and accessing the Internet on tiny wireless screens. These are the toys that keep cell towers and WiFi hot spots buzzing. A nation that requires compulsory mass irradiation to fuel its trivial entertainment needs is surely destined to have a sickly and short-lived population.
Right now, 11.7 million Americans have been diagnosed with cancer. Because humans can harbor cancer conditions for years before detection, additional millions of cancer victims are yet undiagnosed. The Journal of Oncology Practice predicts that, by 2020, there will be so many cancer cases in the U.S. that doctors may not be able to cope with their caseloads. The report concludes the nation could soon face a shortage of up to 4,000 cancer specialists.38
A recent CBS news series on the raging American cancer epidemic left viewers with the mindset that trainloads of federal cash must flow if we are to find the cancer answer. But the cancer cause now inundates our cities, roadways, schools, offices and homes. Any environmental stressor that jackhammers human cells at millions to billions of cycles per second is a cancer factor. Any wave-pollution that breaks the DNA and causes pre-cancerous micronuclei in human blood is a cancer factor. Logic tells us that there will be no "answer to cancer" until we eliminate the cancer factors.
Wireless communications radiation is to America today what DDT, thalidomide, dioxin, benzene, Agent Orange and asbestos were yesterday. Historically, the truth about the public health menace of extreme toxins is never told until thousands sicken and die.
Dr. Robert Becker, noted for decades of research on the effects of electromagnetic radiation, has warned: "Even if we survive the chemical and atomic threats to our existence, there is the strong possibility that increasing electropollution could set in motion irreversible changes leading to our extinction before we are even aware of them. All life pulsates in time to the earth and our artificial fields cause abnormal reactions in all organisms...These energies are too dangerous to entrust forever to politicians, military leaders and their lapdog researchers."39
Our mission to save the nation’s health and restore sanity in the wireless age seems daunting. The wireless juggernaut is an aggressive, mean machine. Federal regulators are clearly compromised and incompetent to protect the public health. Uninformed consumers dearly love their magic digital toys and don’t yet understand the connection between those toys and a national raging cancer epidemic that may consume us all.
Powerful economic interests have lied to us long enough. Americans need and deserve the facts. We need dialogue. Wireless radiation is a form of electronic trespass. America must decide whose rights are more important-idlers beaming death rays for gibberish or the elderly with pacemakers who are made ill by cell phone and tower radiation wherever they go. Must we all prematurely perish so that wireless enthusiasts can capture cell phone photos and instantly send them for processing via carcinogen express? Does a human being have the right to NOT be forcibly WiMAXED into a coffin, or do only wireless providers and their devotees have rights?
What can we do?
We can commit to join the growing radiation awareness movement and continue educating ourselves and others. We can employ digital and audio radiation detectors to help safeguard our personal health and to demonstrate the ceaseless brutality of ubiquitous wireless radiation which threatens the genetic integrity of future generations. We can promote emerging technologies that could make communications technologies safer.
We can demand that federal radiation exposure standards be updated and that wireless emissions from transmitters be drastically reduced. We can demand routine compliance testing at all transmitter sites. We can see to it that people living and working near transmitters be given opportunity to report their illnesses in national surveys. Proper epidemiological studies must be conducted and their results published and broadly disseminated. Federal communications law must be rewritten so that local jurisdictions can regain their right to consider health and environment when reviewing wireless siting applications.
Each of us can break the seductive, but oppressive wireless habit ourselves. We can play no game, use no wireless Internet system, make no trivial phone call that necessitates enlarging America’s dense forest of wireless transmitters.
If no one buys WiMAX-enabled devices and related services, the system will fail. Whenever possible, we can go back to the old-fashioned, corded phones and message machines which made yesteryear a far more healthy time. We can encourage others to contact us by land line only.
Can we enjoy a leisurely conversation knowing that an irradiated caller risks disease and disability for mindless chatter? What good is wireless convenience if it means being ultimately tethered to a hospital bed? We can teach our children that health is more important than passing convenience and instant gratification.
According to OSHA, no environment should be deliberately made hazardous. Backed by current scientific knowledge, we can refuse to work or shop in an environment which endangers our health. We can demand that megahertz and gigahertz cordless phones, walkie talkie radios, WLAN and WiFi systems be removed from schools, offices, hospitals and any public place where people are grossly irradiated without their informed consent. Second hand smoke is bad; second hand radiation is worse.
We wish to thank the courageous radiation victims interviewed for this report who have generously revealed the details of their personal suffering in order to warn others. Following their example, we must continue undaunted in the moral quest to protect the national health and restore the world to sanity before it is too late.
1. Interview with Dr. Eckel published by Schwabischen Post 12-07-06. Find interview at www.hese-project.org. See "The Cell Nucleus is Mutating."
2. " Neurological Effects of Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Radiation," a paper presented by Dr. Lai to the Mobile Phones and Health Symposium, October 25-28, 1998, University of Vienna. Also "DNA Damage and Cell Phone Radiation," www.rfsafe.com, 11-02-05.
3. Cell Phones: Invisible Hazards in the Wireless Age, Dr. George Carlo and Martin Schram, Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2001, p.151.
4. " Mobile Telecommunications and Health-Summary of the ECOLOG study for T-Mobile, 2000," Find this summary at www.hese-project.org.
5. "Cell Phone Radiation Harms DNA, Study Claims," (Reuters) MSNBC, 12-04-04. Also "Mobile Phone Radiation Harms DNA," R. Moss, CPR News Bureau, 10-16-06.
6. "RF-Induced DNA Breaks Reported in China," Microwave News, 09-29-05. This report comes from the Zhejiang University School of Medicine.
7. "2.45 GHz radiofrequency fields alter gene expression in cultured human cells," Lee S et al, Department of Medicine, University of Chicago, PubMed 16107253.
8 "Health Social Services and Housing Sub-Panel Telephone Mast Review," a public discussion by Dr. George Carlo, 2-26-07. Find this excellent dissertation at www. safewireless.org.
9. Few Americans know that cell phones have never been safety tested thanks to the FDA, which exempted cell phones from pre-market testing based on a "low power exclusion" rule.
10. "The American Cancer Society is Misleading the Public," Dr. George Carlo, 8-5-07. Find this statement at www.buergerwelle.com.
11. "Long-Term Mobile Phone Use Raises Brain Tumor Risk: Study," Reuters, 03-31-06. This research was conducted by the Swedish National Institute for Working Life whose scientists studied 905 people with malignant brain tumors to confirm a 240% increased risk of brain tumors after heavy mobile phone use.
12. "Cancer in Radar Technicians Exposed to RF/Microwave Radiation: Sentinel Episodes," Richter E. et al, Int. J. Occup Environ Health 6 (3):187-193, 2000.
13. "FCC Lives Large off Lobbyist Bribes," Capitol Hill Blue, 05-22-03, capitolhillblue.com.
14. "Health Social Services and Housing Sub-Panel Telephone Mast Review," public discussion by Dr. George Carlo, 2-26-07. Find this excellent dissertation at www. safewireless.org.
15. See www.c-a-r-e.org for information about groups affected by Lookout Mountain broadcast antennas.
16. For an excellent chart comparing biological effects at power density levels and a list of international exposure standards, go to: "Radio Wave Packet," Arthur Firstenberg, Cellular Phone Task Force, Sept 2001; also find this power density list at: "Analysis of Health and Environmental Effects of Proposed San Francisco Earthlink WiFi Network, Magda Havas, Ph.D, Trent University, May 2007.
17. Quote from letter by Norbert Hankin, chief environmental scientist with EPA’s Radiation Protection Division. This letter was received by EMR Network 7-16-02 and can be found at www.emrnetwork.org.
18. "Supreme Court Rebuffs Challenge to U.S. Tower Policy," Microwave News, Jan./Feb 2001.
EMR Network Petition For Inquiry To Consider Amendment of Parts 1 and 2 of the FCC’s Rules Concerning the Environmental Effects of Radiofrequency Radiation, September 25, 2001. See also FCC order to deny application for review filed by the EMR Network, adopted July 28, 2003.
19. Hicks, Onnink, Barber, Pennington v. Horvath Communications, Cause No.71C01-0107-CP St. Joseph Circuit Court, St Joseph County, Indiana.
20. "Some Unexpected Health Hazards Associated with Cell Tower Siting," Bill P.Curry, PhD., Cell Towers: Wireless Convenience or Environmental Hazard? The Berkshire-Litchfield Environmental Council, edited by B. Blake Levitt, 2000. See chapter 6.
21. Practical Guidelines to Protect Human Health Against Electromagnetic Radiation Emitted in Mobile Telephony, Summary June 2001, Miguel Muntane Condeminas, industrial engineer for Consulting Comunicacio i Disseny S.L, Barcelona, email@example.com. See Section 4.3.1 "US Embassy in Moscow Study."
22. See www.health-concerns.org. and www.safewireless.org. These sites provide a pathway to access Dr. Carlo’s Mobil Telephone Health Concerns Registry where people can report ill health effects from living near microwave transmitters or from the use of wireless devices.
23. "Electromagnetic, Fields, (EMF) Killing Fields," Arthur Firstenberg, The Ecologist, v. 34, n. 5, 6-10-2004.
24. "Study of the health of people living in the vicinity of mobile phone base stations: I. influences of distance and sex," R. Santini et al, Institut National des Sciences Appliquées-laboratoire de biochimie-pharmacologie, 2002.
25. "Cancer Risks from Microwaves Confirmed," Dr. Mae-Wan Ho, Institute of Science in Society press release, 5-24-07.
26. "The Microwave Syndrome-a preliminary study in Spain," Navarro E. et al, Biology and Medicine, 22 (2 &3) 161-169, 2003; also " The Microwave Syndrome-Further Aspects of a Spanish Study," Oberfeld G et al 2004, International Conference Proceedings, Kos, Greece 2004.
27. "Neurobehavioral Effects Among Inhabitants Around Mobile Phone Base Stations," Abdel-Rassoul et al, Neurotoxicology, 8-01-2006.
28. "Increase of Cancer Near Cell-Phone Transmitter Station," Wolf D. and Wolf, International Journal of Cancer Prevention 1-2, April 2004.
29. "Two in Three Believe Radiation from Phones Damaged their Health," Geoffrey Lean, 7-8-07 Independent on Sunday, U.K.
30. "Cancer Cluster at Phone Masts, " Times On Line, The Sunday Times, UK 4-22-07.
31. Report by Roland Stabenow, 9-21-06, head of cancer registry in Berlin.
32. "How Shall We Cope With the Increasing Amounts of Airborne Radiation?" Olle Johansson, Journal of the Australasian College of Environmental Medicine, Dec. 2006.
33. "Building Top Floors Closed After Brain Tumor Alert," Lisa Macnamara, The Australian, UK, 05-13-07. Read this report at www.rense.com.
34. "Cancer Strikes 12 Female Staffers," Tony Koch, Omega-News, 4-06-07.
35. Swedes Hit Hard By WiMax, 6-12-06, Reported by Swedish media about Swedish town Gotene. Hospital emergency room flooded with calls regarding headaches, difficulty breathing, blurry vision and heart problems. At least 5 people had to leave their homes.
36. "How WiMAX Works," E. Grabianowski and Marshal Brain, www. computer.howstuffworks.com
37. "250-foot Tower Raises New Bellevue Fears", John Hopkins, Cheektowaga Times, 8-09-2007; See also "Congress Approves Homeland Security Bill," Spencer Hsu, Washington Post 08-07-07.
38. Journal of Oncology Practice, Vol. 3, No. 2, March 2007: 79-86.
Radiofrequency radiation (900 MHz) induces Egr-1 gene expression and affects cell-cycle control in human neuroblastoma cells.
Buttiglione M, Roca L, Montemurno E, Vitiello F, Capozzi V, Cibelli G.
Department of Pharmacology and Human Physiology, University of Bari, Italy.
Many environmental signals, including ionizing radiation and UV rays, induce activation of Egr-1 gene, thus affecting cell growth and apoptosis. The paucity and the controversial knowledge about the effect of electromagnetic fields (EMF) exposure of nerve cells prompted us to investigate the bioeffects of radiofrequency (RF) radiation on SH-SY5Y neuroblastoma cells. The effect of a modulated RF field of 900 MHz, generated by a wire patch cell (WPC) antenna exposure system on Egr-1 gene expression, was studied as a function of time. Short-term exposures induced a transient increase in Egr-1 mRNA level paralleled with activation of the MAPK subtypes ERK1/2 and SAPK/JNK. The effects of RF radiations on cell growth rate and apoptosis were also studied. Exposure to RF radiation had an anti-proliferative activity in SH-SY5Y cells with a significant effect observed at 24 h. RF radiation impaired cell cycle progression, reaching a significant G(2)-M arrest. In addition, the appearance of the sub-G(1) peak, a hallmark of apoptosis, was highlighted after a 24-h exposure, together with a significant decrease in mRNA levels of Bcl-2 and survivin genes, both interfering with signaling between G(2)-M arrest and apoptosis. Our results provide evidence that exposure to a 900 MHz-modulated RF radiation affect both Egr-1 gene expression and cell regulatory functions, involving apoptosis inhibitors like Bcl-2 and survivin, thus providing important insights into a potentially broad mechanism for controlling in vitro cell viability. J. Cell. Physiol. 213:759-767. (c) 2007 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
La oposición a la línea Sama Velilla por León no descansa en su pelea legal contra el trazado. En defensa de la salud de los habitantes de la zona, se cita el resultado de una investigación realizada por el grupo Chilhood Cancer Research Group, de la Universidad de Oxford -en la revista British Medical Journal- sobre 29.000 casos de niños con cáncer, de los cuales 9.700 padecían leucemia. El informe se localiza entre los años 1962 y 1995. Se mostró que los niños que vivían a menos de 200 metros de líneas de alta tensión tenían un 69% más de riesgo. Azarosa o casual, la relación existe, se advierte desde la plataforma leonesa, que echa mano de ensayos científicos para certificar ante la sociedad y los políticos que la suya es «una lucha digna».
También se hace uso de dictámenes ministeriales. El de Sanidad emitió a comienzos de esta década un informe en el que expone «la necesidad de redefinir el reglamento para concretar unas medidas mínima de seguridad desde las líneas de alta tensión a edificios, viviendas o instalaciones de uso público y privado».
También se expone una medición realizada en líneas de alta tensión de 132 kilovoltios que señalan que a 1,80 metros de altura hay un 20% de aerosoles contaminantes cargados o con exceso de carga. Esta media se extiende a unos 300 metros de la línea de alta tensión en dirección del viento y en líneas de 275 kilovoltios y hasta medio kilómetro de distancia.
La agencia internacional de investigación sobre el cáncer, la IARC, establece que los campos electromagnéticos de baja frecuencia, los que generan los tendidos eléctricos o infraestructuras asociadas, se presentan como posibles agentes cancerígenos. «Aún con estos datos, quieren que traguemos con la línea de alta tensión, que permitamos el paso», alegan desde la plataforma.
ADULTS who live within 300m of high voltage powerlines in the first five years of their lives may have a five-fold increased risk of developing blood cancers.
Controversial Australian research has renewed the debate about whether prolonged exposure to electromagnetic fields can cause cancer.
Researchers studied more than 850 Tasmanians who had been diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma and related conditions between 1972 and 1980 and compared them with people randomly selected from the electoral roll.
They found those who lived close to high voltage power lines during their first 15 years of life had a significantly increased risk of developing blood cancers as adults.
Lead researcher Ray Lowenthal, of the University of Tasmania, said the more exposure people had, the greater the risk.
"It's a bit like cigarette smoking. The more cigarettes you smoke, the more likely you are to get cancer," he said.
Professor Lowenthal, the Royal Hobart Hospital's medical oncology director, said he was surprised by the findings which were published recently in the Internal Medicine Journal.
"This has been a controversial area for nearly 30 years," he said after addressing the Haematology Society of Australia and New Zealand's annual scientific meeting on the Gold Coast yesterday.
"I expected we would find no link. But we seem to have found a definite link associated with residence as a child.
"It seems to be a strong link. The younger the child, the more susceptible they seem to be. But you can't be alarmist about it. One study like this doesn't prove an association by any means."
Professor Lowenthal called for more research into the area.
Although studies in mice and rats had found no association between exposure to electromagnetic fields and cancer, he said the research needed to be repeated using newborn animals.
"As far as I know the studies that have been done up until now have not been on newborn mice and rats, it's been on adults," Professor Lowenthal said. "We need to look at newborns to see if they're particularly susceptible."
Curbing health hazards of telecommunication masts
By Esther T. Olutokun
It has become a part of the environment to see tall masts in different locations around the country. It is also fact that these telecommunication masts carry microwave radiations that aid the flow of wired information. These masts though helpful, have been proven to have negative health effects on people living near where they are erected. The erection of multiple masts clustered in built-up areas is thus hazardous
From epidemiologic research, persons living in places where telecommunication masts are erected are vulnerable to disorders like cancer, lung diseases, sleep disturbances and even physical disabilities.
Hence, we are no longer faced by the question of whether these EMF (Electro-magnetic Frequency) fields cause health problems or not. What is uncertain is just how this ill-health will manifest in an individual; this is determined by the individual’s own constitution and health and may manifest in many ways. Evidence abounds that the EMF ultimately leads to some form of illness and disease in humans. Children, in particular, with their developing immune systems coupled with sick people are more prone to the effects.
In a recent research on the increased incidence of cancer near a cell phone, it was found out that people living within the vicinity of base stations report various complaints not only of the circulatory system, but also of sleep disturbances, irritability, depression, blurred vision, concentration difficulties, nausea, lack of appetite, headache and dizziness.
Studies were carried out to show the relationship between the incidence of individual symptoms, the level of exposure, and the distance between a residential area and a base station. This association was observed in both groups of persons who linked their complaints with the presence of the base station and who did not notice such correlation. The study indicated that there was an association between increased incidence of cancer and living in proximity to a cell- phone transmitter station.
With this in mind, there is certainly need to adopt a precautionary principle and introduce policies of prudent avoidance which to effectively ban the erection of masts from school buildings, residential areas and in other densely populated locations.
In Nigeria where the coverage of mobile phone service operators is increasing everyday, there certainly is urgent need to check indiscriminate erection of telecommunication masts to protect the health of the average Nigerian. The bottom line is that erection of masts in residential areas should be discouraged. This would be a fist step towards ensuring a healthier future.
Electromagnetic radiation from cellphones, towers and electrical appliances as well as new wireless technologies is causing new stresses on our health by disrupting hormonal action and in some cases triggering cancer.
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