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24 February 2021

Switzerland: Doctors for the Environment say new 5G antennas are "not safe" for humans

New antennas for 5G would be "unsafe"
ATS, Tribune de Genève, February 24, 2021 - translation

Doctors for the Environment (MfE) believe that the new antennas for 5G are "not safe" for humans.

The new adaptive antennas would allow 
extension of the 5G network in Switzerland.
Keystone/Salvatore Di Nolfi

The new adaptive antennas that will enable the extension of the 5G network in Switzerland do not guarantee a sufficient level of protection for humans, according to the Doctors for the Environment (MfE). They are not convinced by DETEC's arguments in this respect.

According to the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communic-ations (DETEC), the radiation limit values remain unchanged with the new antennas.

Doctors for the Environment do not consider that the current level of protection is maintained. They explained in a press release on Wednesday that the maximum transmission power is no longer valid for determining the operating mode of adaptive antennas that can be used for the 5G network and the existing 4G network.

5G’s Society-Changing Promise Carries ‘Forever Chemicals’ Price

Another potentially damaging aspect of 5G: fluoropolymers, the chemicals allowing data transfer by 5G technology, and which are linked to health problems and lawsuits.

5G’s Society-Changing Promise Carries ‘Forever Chemicals’ Price
by Pat Rizzuto, bloomberglaw.com, 23 February 2021

Components allowing 5G data-transfer speed rely on PFAS
Substances’ unique properties make them tough to replace

Hank Schwedes was driving in heavy traffic near his Morrisville, Pa., home when the car ahead of him suddenly stopped—and to Schwedes’ surprise, so did his.

“I wasn’t stopping quickly enough, so my car reacted before I did,” said Schwedes, who hadn’t known until that moment that his new Subaru Outback was equipped with a futuristic crash prevention system. “It’s a good safety feature.”

Why I'm challenging the FCC about antiquated safety standards for wireless devices

Why I'm challenging the FCC about antiquated safety standards for wireless devices
By Devra Davis, Opinion, Washington Times, February 23, 2021

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

FCC's broadband by Alexander Hunter
for The Washington Times


Would you let your family fly in a plane or ride in a bus that meets 25-year-old safety standards? Yet, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) assures us that wireless devices that meet last-century standards can safely be used by infants, toddlers and the rest of us.

During a fascinating hearing before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Jan. 25, the FCC maintained that 1996 standards can safely apply to testing devices many of which did not exist when those standards were first established.

Switzerland: Federal Office for the Environment Allows Significantly Higher Exposure to Mobile Telephony Radiation

5G news from the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)
Press release, Schutz vor Strahlung, 23 Feb. 2021 -auto-translation

Hidden relaxation of limit values through implementation recommendation

The Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) yesterday published its implementation recommendation for adaptive mobile phone antennas. It recommends the cantons to allow a significantly higher exposure to mobile radiation, but to conceal this information in the planning applications. The association Schutz vor Strahlung is outraged about the massive undermining of health protection, especially in view of the recently published report of the expert group BERENIS.

The core of the new implementation recommendation for adaptive antennas is the correction factor. This allows adaptive antennas to radiate up to ten times more strongly than before. This means that in sensitive places such as living rooms, playgrounds or hospitals, emissions of up to 16 V/m can occur, and even up to 27 V/m between three antennas. This is in stark contrast to the assurances of the FOEN that the limit values of 5 V/m would also be complied with by the adaptive antennas.

15 February 2021

Korean National Cancer Center issues press release for cell phone-brain tumor study: “The longer the cell phone is used, the higher the risk of cancer"

Note from Dr. Joel Moscowitz, University of California, Berkeley: That the National Cancer Center of South Korea has now decided to issue a press release promoting the results of our study (published last November) seems significant because, like the U.S., the telecom industry in South Korea is very powerful. If this news story is reported by the popular press, people may take more precautions in using cell phones.

“The longer the cell phone is used, the higher the risk of cancer.”
Song Soo-yeon, Youth Doctor Newsletter, February 15, 2021 (Google translation from Korean)

National Cancer Center Professor Seung-kwon Myung's team, joint research with Seoul Medical University and UC Berkeley meta-analysis
Research shows that using a mobile phone for a long time increases the risk of developing cancer such as brain tumors.

(Photo): From left: Corresponding author Seung-kwon Myung, Professor of National Cancer Center, co-first author Dr. Joel Moskowitz, co-author Hong Yun-cheol, Seoul Medical University professor, and first author Choi Yoon-jung, Ph.D.

Prof. Seung-Kwon Myung (President of Graduate School) of National Cancer Center, Professor of Preventive Medicine, Seoul Medical University, and Joel Moskowitz, Director of Center for Family and Community Health, UC Berkeley School of Public Health. It was revealed on the 15th that the meta-analysis of 46 case-control studies published in international journals from 1999 to 2015 revealed the result.

Smartphones and Tablets a Danger to Children

This is an excellent article by a Polish medical doctor on the dangers of exposing children to wireless devices, particularly the effects on fertility and the brain. Published in 2018, it is more than relevant today with the ever-increasing numbers of devices on the market - being used more and more by children. The article also discusses the discrediting of independent scientific studies showing proof of harm of exposure to electromagnetic radiation and the responsibility of parents to protect their children from this exposure. 

Smartphones and tablets a danger to children
by Marek Derkacz, MD, PhD, medexpress.pl, 25 August 2018 - auto-translation*

Before you give your child a phone or tablet, you better think twice.

More and more children, and at the same time, younger and younger ones, are reaching for smartphones, tablets and other devices emitting electromagnetic radiation, among others, equipped and communicating through Wi-Fi. Also, every month the number of scientific authorities and experts, who once dealt with the problems and application of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) in warfare on a daily basis, is growing, and now they are discovering new, sometimes surprising facts and warning us about the consequences of using devices emitting electromagnetic radiation by children.

Switzerland: Shielded Buildings to Protect Electrohypersensitive People

Shielded buildings to protect electro-hypersensitive people
rts.ch, 14 Feb. 2021 - translation

(Video: ) Fribourg architect Gédéon Abebe has decided to create armored buildings for people with electrosensitivity /7:30 p.m. /2 min.
 
Electro-hypersensitivity (EHS) would be a reality for 800,000 people in Switzerland, according to associations that campaign for recognition of this sickness. Faced with this important figure, a market is developing, particularly in real estate.

After eight years of fleeing electromagnetic fields, the Rouiller couple found their respite in Maison Monsieur, a hamlet in Lime de Fonnier that still escapes the Swiss cell phone network today.

"The heart stops if I receive too many radio waves, I start shaking terribly or I get dizzy. We have been looking for years for a place where there are still no waves, no antennas, and we found it here. It allows me to survive", says Diana Rouiller, electro-hypersensitive, in the 19h30 news.

German Bar Association: 5G is Risky and Violates the Precautionary Principle

German Bar Association: 5G is risky and violates the precautionary principle
Lost Thread, 12th February 2021 (auto-translation)

Archive photo: Ingo Joseph (Pexel.com)
NEWS / ABROAD: There are legitimate suspicions of harmful effects of radio wave radiation from communication technologies such as mobile telephony and wireless internet.

Therefore, the roll-out of 5G should be subject to a precautionary principle, according to a chairman of the German Bar Association (Deutscher Anwaltverein).

Hans-Jörgen Müggenborg is chairman of the Bar Association's environmental law committee and has just had an article published in the German environmental law journal, Natur und Recht (Nature and Law). [Link to article in German:]
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10357-020-3785-z

The committee chairman points to legitimate suspicions such as reduced sperm quality, altered gene expression, cell death, oxidative stress and the effect on blood flow in the brain.

13 February 2021

United States: Court May Reverse the FCC’s Radiofrequency Emission Limits Decision

Court May Reverse the FCC’s Radiofrequency Emission Limits Decision
by Michael T.N. Fitch, National Law Review, February 11, 2021

On Jan. 25, 2021, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit heard oral argument on the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC’s) 2020 decision on radiofrequency emission limits (RFE) in which the FCC made a number of procedural changes to its rules but essentially left the RFE limits adopted in 1996 unchanged. See the Jan. 23, 2020 blog entry “Old Limits and New Procedures for FCC RF Exposure Rules” for detailed discussion of the FCC decision.

Press reports indicate that the FCC position was not well received by the Court of Appeals. Strikingly, one of the judges reportedly stated during oral argument that he was inclined to rule against the FCC because the agency’s reliance on U.S. health and safety agencies’ judgments was not well substantiated. The FCC does have an opportunity to add to the record of the case to try to bolster its position.

10 February 2021

Smartphones Increase the Risk of Breast Cancer

Smartphones increase the risk of breast cancer
Swedish Radiation Protection Foundation, 5 Jan. 2021 - translation

A new study shows women who use smartphones are at higher risk of breast cancer. Cell phone-addicted women who use their phones before bedtime have almost seven times the risk. Those who store smartphones near their chest or waist run four to five times higher risk of breast cancer than those who keep their phones under their waistline.

On January 2, 2021, researchers at the Medical University in Taipei, Taiwan, published the first study to date that examined the relationship between breast cancer and the use of so-called smartphones. The study is a case-control study that included 211 women who experienced breast cancer during 2017-2018 and 894 healthy checks and whose use of so-called smartphones has been compared.

The results show that the women who used the mobile phone a lot (defined in the study as “mobile phone addiction”) had a 1.43 times increased risk of breast cancer compared to women who were judged not to be mobile phone addicted. Those who usually kept the mobile phone close to the chest or waist had between 5.03 and 4.06 times increased risk, respectively. The researchers found a significant association between the distance to the breasts when using a mobile phone and the risk of breast cancer. Similarly, the risk was increased 5.27 times for the women who used the mobile phone more than 4.5 minutes before going to bed.