|Doctors are concerned about the eventual increase in|
the [emission] strength of mobile phone installations.
by Meris Michaels, readers' mail, 24 heures,
18 April 2016
Re: "Fighting against mobile phone antennas" ("Montée au front contre les antennes mobiles" - 24 heures, 12 April 2016)
Thank you to the author for her excellent article on mobile antennas which includes the warning by Doctors in Favor of the Environment (MfE) regarding health risks of mobile phones. The fact that the limit values, based solely on thermal effects (and not biological), are ten times lower in Switzerland compared to other countries in Europe does not make electromagnetic (EM) pollution safer. In the magazine published in January 2016 by CSS Insurance, the president of MfE, Dr. Peter Kälin, asserts: "More and more evidence suggests that electromagnetic pollution, even below the limit values, is harmful to health."
The increase in limit values will encourage use of mobile phones and fatten the profits of telecommunications companies. In fact, isn't the purpose of this action to power the economy? What about the health of the population?
One does not understand why Switzerland continues to deny the several thousands of international scientific studies showing biological effects of EM pollution, including from mobile antennas. Undertaking more research serves to defer the establishment of policies protecting the population against this pollution, especially those most vulnerable: children and pregnant women. Money would be better invested in an awareness-raising campaign for the population on how to use wireless technologies in order to reduce EM fields, according to Dr. Kälin: "disconnect, switch off, distance oneself".