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12 June 2014

"We Need to Reduce Our Families' Exposure to RF/EMF Microwave Radiation"

Following are excerpts from the excellent Website “rfemf.com”, including the transcript of the author of the constitutional argument in the Morrison v. Portland Public Schools and a review of Dr. David Michaels's book, "Doubt Is Their Product".  The site has been set up by a concerned citizen who wants to "make it safer for all the teachers and children in the [California] Petaluma School District".  Here is an account of her personal experience:

A Personal Experience

My next-door neighbor and I were the same age when we got our first cell phones back in 1992, but our choices and outcomes were completely different. Steve Terrel, a Petaluma high graduate, was in medical sales and used his cell phone a lot for his job: driving around, making calls and closing many deals over the next ten years.

I started down the same path, but after the first three months, a haircut revealed a bald spot over my ear — right where I always held my phone. I stopped using that cell phone immediately and didn't get another cell phone for ten years.

Ten Years Later, Where Did We End Up?

Steve, unfortunately, died of a brain tumor in 2002, caused by his cell phone — one of the many such documented cases around the world. I am writing this web site to help you understand the dangers of too much RF/EMF in our lives and in our children's lives.

In the last five years, I have lost four friends to cancer between the ages of 37 to 56 — all of them non-smokers, all of them working in and around wireless technology. Something is up and science is reporting about it daily.

Transcript of the author of the constitutional argument in Morrison v. Portland Public Schools

I am the author the constitutional argument in the Morrison v. Portland Public Schools. I am here to talk about legacy — mine and yours. My legacy charges me as a Hanford-nuclear-downwind survivor and as the daughter of a marine raider who volunteered to rescue victims in Nagasaki at ground zero. My legacy charges me with no less duty than the defense of another generation of innocents forcibly exposed to microwave radiation. You call it Wi-Fi. It's a cute marketing term.

But wireless microwave radiation cannot shed its radiation identity because that is what it is. While as a nuclear engineering student at Oregon State University, I learned what the American trial lawyers now stand behind -- that wireless radiation health effects are equatable to the same diseases as that from nuclear radiation exposure. In fact, this biggest trial lawyer association in the world, now called the American Association for Justice, [in September 2013], [threw] down the gauntlet to federal agencies and the wireless industry: [they said] that Big Telecomm and Wireless [litigation] will go the way of Big Tobacco, Asbestos and Lead Paint litigation.

Meanwhile, players like Cisco, Appple and AT&T promise any comers on school boards and local IT departments that they too can have a personal legacy-building path. Just walk with us, they say. That you, too, can have a share of wireless pork barrel kickbacks from Big Telecom's gaming of the US Department of Education's E-Programs. All you have to do is turn a blind eye, believe in the fable of harmlessness sold to you as a cost-benefit value-add sales pitch, fed to your MBA/IT guy, I call him the decider.

This decider for all of you, who not only has no bio-sciences [education], who has no health training, who professes, in deposition on [the Portland Public Schools] own record, that he doesn't even have a curiosity about the health effects of wireless radiation and, anyway, he doesn't believe in it. As if his confession were some sort of religion of more efficiency on your balance sheets.

So this is your legacy: like the Emperor who has no clothes, you will have stood on the sidelines in a fable while the Wireless Industry has paraded their naked untruths and misinformation, have trotted out their doubt about Wi-Fi health effects on children in schools. As if Wi-Fi is magic that floats through the air like butterflies. But Wi-Fi is not magic; and the Emperor has not clothes.

It took 27 years for my dad to die from Nagasaki, it took 35 years to figure out [the truth] about Hanford down-winders, and wi-fi radiation, predicted by those who know will follow [similar or shorter] latency periods in disease.

Your legacy will be on the wrong side of this science, on the wrong side of history and on the wrong side of even 60,000 pediatricians who have recently sent a letter to congress begging them to stop this exposure of children to a class 2B carcinogen, an agent with [the same classification] as DDT, Lead and gasoline fumes. No kid will escape this Russian roulette you are playing with their lives and their futures. So why did I come here today? To talk about Legacy in three minutes or less. My legacy will stand in history. I ask the question. Will yours?


"Doubt is our product"

"Doubt is our product," a cigarette executive once observed, "since it is the best means of competing with the 'body of fact' that exists in the minds of the general public." The strategy of dismissing research conducted by the scientific community as "junk science" and elevating science conducted by industry-backed scientists (a.k.a. product defense specialists) to "sound science" was created by Hill & Knowlton, a PR agency for the tobacco industry over 50 years ago. This often-used strategy was designed to create confusion about the very nature of scientific inquiry and undermines the public's confidence in science's ability to address public health and environmental concerns.

In this book, David Michaels reveals how the tobacco industry's duplicitous tactics spawned a multimillion dollar industry that is dismantling public health safeguards. Product defense consultants, he argues, have increasingly skewed the scientific literature, manufactured and magnified scientific uncertainty, and influenced policy decisions to the advantage of polluters and the manufacturers of dangerous products.

Industry executives have hired scientists and lobbyists to dispute scientific evidence about health risks. To keep the public confused about the hazards posed by global warming, second-hand smoke, asbestos, lead, radio frequency electromagnetic fields, and many other toxic emissions. Industry has not only delayed action on specific hazards, but they have constructed barriers to make it harder for lawmakers, government agencies, and courts to respond to future threats, such as the 1996 Telecommunications Act.

The Telecommunications Act of 1996 is a law which stripped all States and local governments of their power to consider the potential adverse health impacts of RF radiation from Cell Towers and Cell Antennas, when a wireless company files any type of zoning application seeking to install them. Crafted by those lobbying for the wireless industry, Section 704 of the Act states:

'No State or local government or instrumentality thereof may regulate the placement, construction, and modification of personal wireless service facilities on the basis of the environmental effects of radio frequency emissions to the extent that such facilities comply with the Commission's regulations concerning such emissions." The reference to "the Commission's regulations" refers to the FCC, and denotes that, local governments can't even discuss, much less consider, adverse health impacts, so as long as the Cell Towers/Cell Antennas are compliant with FCC regulations.'

Those same proponents of the wireless industry also succeeded in making sure that such FCC regulations for Cell Towers and Cell Antennas, are virtually non-existent. The majority of Cell Towers in residential areas generally range from 100 to 170 feet in height, and the FCC exempts from registration requirements all towers under 200 feet. This means that the FCC doesn't even know where the Cell Towers are, much less what levels of RF radiation they are emitting. Similarly lacking in protection, are the FCC's safety limitations for the public's exposure to RF radiation from all sources: cell towers, cell phones, wireless routers and access points, wireless laptops, tablets, cordless DECT phones and any other wireless device."

The problem is that cancers are now showing up: there are cancer clusters around cell phone towers and tumors are showing up on people's bodies where people usually hold and/or carry their cell phones. There are also many, often subtle, symptoms that people experience and may dismiss as just being tired or just getting older.

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