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EMF Studies

17 July 2014

Comments on the Book Entitled, "Mobile Phones and Public Health - Myth and Reality"

Dr. Michael Repacholi, former Head of the
WHO EMF Project, promoting a book edited
by Ravi V.S. Prasad, lobbyist for the
telecom sector.
Comments on the book entitled, “Mobile Phones and Public Health – Myth and Reality”
by Prof. Girish Kumar, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

Article from Prof. Kumar's 3rd Newsletter on Cell Tower Hazards and Solutions – April-June 2014

A book entitled “Mobile Phones and Public Health – Myth and Reality” edited by Ravi V.S. Prasad and published by Har Anand Publications, New Delhi, 2014 was launched by Dr. Michael Repacholi, Ex-head of the EMF Project of WHO at Press club, Mumbai on Dec. 2, 2013. On Jan. 9, 2014, there was a full page advertisement of the book in Hindustan Times and Bombay Times. I have never seen a full page advertisement of any book in a national newspaper as it costs a lot of money. However, after reading the content of the advertisement, I could guess that cell operators and their associates are behind this, who are trying to create confusion in the mind of the people and giving them false assurance that they are safe from high cell tower radiation.

I read the 132 pages book and saw that my name has appeared at 12 places. I found out that the editor, Ravi V.S. Prasad is a lobbyist for the telecom sector. Majority of the authors, who wrote chapters in the book, are associated with cell/phonetower industries in one way or the other. Also, some of the authors have never worked in the areas of microwaves, antennas, microwave heating, biological effects etc. So what makes them experts to write the chapters in the book?

The book was launched by Dr. Michael Repacholi, who controlled the WHO EMF project from its inception and during his tenure, WHO received large funding from the Telecom Industry. I had given the details of his association with the industry in my second newsletter.

In this book, they compared radiation from the sun with cell tower radiation and say sun radiation density on the earth is 1000 W/m2, which is thousands of times larger than cell tower radiation density of 0.1 W/m2, hence cell tower radiation is not harmful. However, exposure to the sun is not continuous whereas microwave radiation due to cell tower antennas is 24x7. People who do sun bathing for long hours have reported skin tanning, skin burning and even skin cancer. Sun radiation causes heating from outside to inside. The human skin acts as an insulator as well as clothes act as a protective shield from the sun. Also, the skin may start sweating and air breeze takes away much of the heat. Whereas, microwave radiation from cell phone and cell tower penetrates the skin and at a frequency of 900 MHz, water (including blood, fluid, etc.) molecules vibrate at a speed of 900 million times per second, which creates friction, damages DNA and also lead to heating. The heating is from inside to outside and the heat is trapped inside the human body with no means to escape through the skin. The effect of microwave radiation is cumulative in nature and the harmful effects are noticed after a few months to a few years depending upon the intensity of the radiation.

The authors compared ionizing radiation versus non-ionizing radiation of cell phonetower, the detailed reply is given on page 3 of this newsletter. They wrote that there are no conclusive evidences of health hazards due to cell phone and cell tower radiations and quoted studies and reports which mentioned that there are no health hazards but they ignored thousands of papers stating that there are health hazards to the people, birds, animals, plants, trees, etc.

About Prof. Girish Kumar:
He received Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Kanpur in 1983. From 1983 to 1985, he was a Research Associate in the Electrical Engineering Department, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. From 1985 to 1991, he was an Assistant Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, USA. Since 1991, he is at IIT Bombay, where he is currently a Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department... He has written more than 200 papers in the international and national journals and conference proceedings and a book entitled “Broadband Microstrip Antennas” published by Artech House, USA. View his complete profile.


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