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EMF Studies

07 March 2013

Switzerland and Electrosmog - 1

The following commentaries on electrosmog, published in two Swiss newspapers, Tribune de Genève and 24 Heures (« readers’ comments » column) and written by the editor of this blog, are available to everyone to raise awareness of this issue.  (Translated from French.)

Effects of Wireless Technology (1st November 2010)

On 26 October the Tribune de Genève devoted an article to the quality of the telecommunications network in Switzerland. People are demanding an improvement in the quality of the network without taking into account the dangers to their health that is implicated. Scientific studies have shown a link between electromagnetic fields and all kinds of health problems, including cancers and neurodegenerative diseases. The utilization by children and adolescents of cell phones and computers equipped with WiFi is particularly harmful because children absorb more radiation than adults. This can cause hyperactivity, aggressive behavior, and memory and concentration problems. Four billion people in the world are hooked on this technology which to date has earned almost one trillion dollars for the industry. This is why the telecommunications industry tries to cover up the truth about health effects. It is thus the responsibility of consumers (parents, employers and educators) to inform themselves in order to protect others from the harmful effects of this technology. It is up to them to raise awareness, especially of legislators to impose stricter rules such as banning the use of cell phones in children under 14 years and computers equipped with WiFi in schools. 

Communication : What Effects ? (15 January 2011) 

The Communications Museum in Bern is announcing a space for reflection on the cultural and sociological effects of communications technology. The exhibit will not, however, include mention of the harmful effects of electromagnetic waves emitted by cell phones. These waves are particularly dangerous for children whose brains absorb more radiation than adults. It is the responsibility of our educators, such as museums, to inform us about the harmful effects of this technology: cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, weakening of the immune system. Instead, the organizers of this exhibition encourage the visitor to use his/her cell phone in order to access audio information which does not include this aspect of communication. At least, advice could be given about healthy use of cell phones, such as limiting conversations to a strict minimum – better, “texting” instead of calling, using headsets, keeping the cell phone away from one’s body as it radiates even when switched off. Scientists are already talking about a scourge that could be worse than that of tobacco. How much suffering must we endure before all scientists accept the proof of the devastating biological effects of this technology?

Not Wanting to Know (5 April 2011) 

I thank the author of the commentary « we are suffering from gigantism ». Yes, we talk only about growth. A rapid pullout from nuclear energy will be expensive for Swiss businesses which will not accept an economic downturn. Consumption is increasing with the growing population. In order to preserve the environment, we must slow this trend : demographic control and acceptance of consuming less. A cell phone can last five years, however people buy new models on average every 18 months. The manufacture of electronics requires mining with serious ecological and social consequences. Used cell phones are resold, most are thrown away. This electronic waste is sent to other countries for dismantling by hand which exposes people to highly toxic substances. But we think only of acquiring the latest gadget. Another example of selfishness: older persons who say they will not live to see what follows. Those left behind will be our children who will be confronted with the consequences of environmental degradation, including nuclear waste which lasts 40,000 years. Yes! Our worst choice is not to listen or want to know.

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