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12 March 2014

Presentation by Dr. Olle Johansson on the Issue of Electromagnetic Radiation - Barcelona, November 2013

This is an excellent recent presentation by Dr. Olle Johansson, neuroscientist at the Karolinska Institute.

Dr. Olle Johansson en Barcelona (November 2013 - 53 min.)

Dr. Johansson begins by discussing classification by the United Nations of electrohypersensitivity (EHS) as a functional impairment.  The 2007 United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities states that people with functional impairments, [such as electrohypersensitive persons] are entitled to have an equal life in a society based on equality.  One of the most important principles for achieving this is the one about complete accessibility.  

In Sweden, impairments are viewed from the point of the environment.  No human being is impaired. There are instead shortcomings in the environment that cause the impairment.  Thus, it is the environment that should be "treated".  This implies that EHS persons should have the opportunity to live and work in an electrosanitized environment.  To force a person to quit one's employment or move from one's home is a serious legal violation.  The same goes for children - they are not allowed to be discriminated against with regard to their educational rights.

Dr. Johansson then presents about 15 scientific studies - from some 25,000 - on the harm of electromagnetic radiation (EMR).  He begins with studies on radiation damage to the skin.  Even the skin of normal, healthy persons, who do not feel anything, is affected.  

Tinnitus has been increasing dramatically in Sweden.  This is associated with gadgets emitting EMR.  

In 1996, Henry Lai published a paper stating that probably the most dangerous effect is DNA fragmentation which causes loss of fertility, impairment of the immune system, debilitation of the cancer defense, and predicts genetic damage to future generations.  With 4.5 billion mobile phones now in existence, their cumulative effect threatens the entire genome.

Another study referred to is one where use of cell phones was shown to affect semen quality in men by decreasing sperm count, motility, viability, and normal morphology.

Exposure of pregnant women to mobile phones significantly increases fetal and neonatal heart rates and significantly decreases cardiac output.

Exposure of children to EMR affects their learning capacity.

EMR affects breast cancer treatment by reducing the effectiveness of tamoxifen.

Scientists felt they had to get together to do something regarding these findings.  In 2006, they issued the Benevento Resolution which stated, amongst others:

- agreements that weak electromagnetic fields cannot affect biological systems do not represent the current spectrum of scientific opinion
- the precautionary principle must be applied
- the population must be informed of potential risks
- cell phone and cordless phone use by children and teenagers must be limited and telecom companies must be banned from marketing to them.

Children under 16 should use mobile phones and cordless phones for emergency calls only.  No Wi-Fi, Wi-Max or other forms of wireless networking should be placed in homes, schools or public areas.  In 2011, the Council of Europe called for a ban of mobile phones and wireless networks in schools.

Since 1983, Dr. Johansson has been calling exposure to EMR "the largest full-scale experiment.  What happens when, we, 24 hours around the clock, wherever we are, allow ourselves and our children to be used as guinea pigs, whole-body-irradiated for the rest of our lives?"  All biological systems are in jeopardy.   Government and health agencies have done very little to inform us of the risks and protect us.

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