Scientists Urge Halt of Wireless Rollout and Call for New Safety Standards

Scientists Urge Halt of Wireless Rollout and Call for New Safety Standards:
Warning Issued on Risks to Children and Pregnant Women

In November 2009 a scientific panel met in Seletun, Norway, for three days of intensive discussion on existing scientific evidence and public health implications of the unprecedented global exposures to artificial electromagnetic fields (EMF - static to 300 GHz) that result from the use of electric power and from wireless telecommunications technologies for voice and data transmission, energy, security, military and radar use in weather and transportation.
The Scientific Panel conclusions have just been published in a peer-reviewed Journal, Reviews on Environmental Health (2010; 25:307-317). They have recognized that the body of evidence on EMF and health requires a new approach to protection of public health; the growth and development of the fetus, and of children; and argues for strong preventative actions. New, biologically-based public exposure standards are urgently needed to protect public health worldwide.
They conclude that exposures may be harming the development of children at levels now commonly found in the environment. Pregnant women are cautioned to avoid using wireless devices themselves and distance themselves from other users.
“Current US and ICNIRP standards for radiofrequency and microwave radiation from wireless technologies are entirely inadequate. They never were intended to address the kind of exposures from wireless devices that now affect over 4 billion people.”

(Olle Johansson, professor, The Experimental Dermatology Unit, Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institute, and The Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden)
The combined effect of cell phones, cordless phones, cell towers, WI-FI and wireless internet place billions of people around the world at risk for cancer, neurological disease and reproductive and developmental impairments.
“We are already seeing increases in health problems such as cancer and neurobehavioural impairments, even though these wireless technologies are fairly new in the last decades or so for the general public. This finding suggests that the exposures are already too high to protect people from health harm. Evidence suggests there are special risks for persons with occupational exposures to RF/MW as well as ELF.”
(Elihu Richter, assoc. professor, Unit of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Medicine, Jerusalem, Israel)
Safety standards also ignore the developing fetus, and young children who are more affected.
“Pregnant women and children of all ages should avoid using cell and cordless phones given the health effects we are seeing already.”
(Yuri Grigoriev, professor, Dr of Med Sci, Chairman of Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection, Moscow, Russian Federation)

Many countries are promoting wireless communications on a community-wide scale for energy management and conservation. The SmartGrid concept could require every home to have a wireless electric and gas meter in place of their existing meters. If implemented, it will greatly increase the intensity of new wireless emissions in homes, schools and every other building that uses electricity and gas.
“WiFi/wLAN routers, DECT phones and other wireless devices like baby monitors produce radio frequency emissions that will affect millions of people and babies in their homes, and should be halted until other, less harmful options are investigated.” (Lukas Margaritis, professor, Department of Cell Biology and Biophysics, Faculty of Biology, University of Athens, Athens, Greece)
The Scientific Panel urges a halt to the rollout of new wireless technologies, especially those that cause exposures for pregnant women and for children.
“New, biologically-based exposure limits are crucial to guide new technology development toward solutions that are not harmful to health. The global rollout of wireless technologies has outpaced both health studies and calls for more restrictive public safety limits.” (Cindy Sage, co-editor of The Bioinitiative Report, MA, Sage Associates, Santa Barbara, CA, USA)


NOTE FROM PROFESSOR OLLE JOHANNSEN / SWEDEN

International Scientists Recommend Global Governments Adopt New Exposure Guidelines for Electromagnetic Radiation

Please, find enclosed (attached) our recent paper [Fragopoulou A, Grigoriev Y, Johansson O, Margaritis LH, Morgan L, Richter E, Sage C, “Scientific panel on electromagnetic field health risks: Consensus points, recommendations, and rationales. Scientific Meeting: Seletun, Norway, November 17-21, 2009”, Rev Environ Health 2010; 25: 307-317] from the workshop in Seletun, november 2009; the press release, http://electromagnetichealth.org/electromagnetic-health-blog/seletun-press-release/ ; and the video from ElectromagneticHealth.org, http://vimeo.com/18018440

This is probably one of the most important papers we have ever published. I warmly thank everyone who supported it’s creation!

With my very best regards
Yours
Olle

(Olle Johansson, assoc. prof.
The Experimental Dermatology Unit
Department of Neuroscience
Karolinska Institute
171 77 Stockholm
Sweden


RELEASE FROM RADIATION RESEARCH TRUST / UK

Seletun Scientific Statement adds weight to EMF debate, says RRT

The Radiation Research Trust has welcomed a new report by a group of international scientists published in the scientific journal, Reviews on Environmental Health
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21268443, that has called for greatly reduced exposure limits for electromagnetic radiation from power line and telecommunication technologies, including cell phones and wireless technologies.

The statement called the Seletun Scientific Statement represents the consensus conclusions of a scientific panel which met in November 2009 in Seletun, Norway for intensive discussions on existing scientific evidence and potential public health implications of exposure to artificial electromagnetic fieldfs(EMF) from telecommunications and electric power technologies.

The statement outlines ten recommendations to help protect public health including adopting traditional public health principles and reducing EMF exposures now rather than waiting for proof or understanding of mechanisms; the establishment of an international registry to track time trends in incidence and mortality for cancers and neurological and immune diseases and also proposes that there should be mandatory pre-market assessments of emissions and risks before deployment of new wireless technologies. The Panel also sets out its recommendations for new global exposure guidelines.

RRT Chairman Brian Stein commented; “ The RRT was closely involved in the development of this scientific panel and the facilitation of the Seletun meeting. The report is a valuable contribution to the debate. We believe we are already seeing an increase in health problems such as cancer and neurobehavioural impairments, even though these wireless technologies are fairly new in the last few decades. There is also strong evidence that children and young people are particularly susceptible to these risks. The RRT has campaigned strongly for the precautionary principle to be adopted. We believe it is essential to have these safeguards in place in the future.”

Key Points:
1. The global Populations are insufficiently protected, thus currently at Risk;
2. Sensitive Populations are extra vulnerable;
3. Government Actions are urgently warranted now, based on Evidence of serious Disruption to Biological Systems;
4. The Burden of Proof for the Safety of radiation-emitting Technologies should fall on Producers and Providers, not Consumers;
5. EMF Exposures should be reduced in advance of complete Understanding of Mechanisms of Action;
6. The current operative measure of Radiation Risk - the specific absorption rate (SAR) - is inadequate, and misguides on Safety and Health Risks;
7. An international Disease Registry is needed to track Time Trends of the incidence of Illnesses to correlate the Illnesses with Exposures;
8. Pre-market health Testing and Safety Demonstration is needed for all radiation-emitting Technologies;
9. Parity is needed for occupational Exposure Standards, compared to those for the General Public;
10. Persons with Electrohypersensitivity need the classification Functionally Impaired

An 18 minutes video of Olle Johansson, PhD of the Karolinska Institute, Chair of IEMFA’s Seletun http://vimeo.com/18018440