ICNIRP's Revised RF Exposure Limits Will Ignore Expert Opinions of Most EMF Scientists
According to Eric van Rongen, chairman of the International Commission on Non-ionizing Research Protection (ICNIRP), in August or September the ICNIRP plans to publish its revised guidelines regarding safe human exposure limits to radiofrequency (RF) electromagnetic fields (EMF) (100 kHz - 300 GHz).
On April 17, 2019, Van Rongen made a presentation about the revised guidelines to the French National Frequency Agency. The ICNIRP guidelines will still be based only on thermal or heating effects. The Commission continues to ignore the many hundreds of peer-reviewed studies that have found bioeffects and health effects from exposure to low intensity, non-thermal levels of RF radiation.
Van Rongen makes the following claims (see slide 8 of the presentation):
"No evidence that RF EMF causes such diseases as cancer Results of NTP, Falcioni studies (animals, lifetime exposure) not convincing (statement on ICNIRP website)
No evidence that RF EMF impairs health beyond effects that are due to established mechanisms of interaction"
Imagine if your thermostat led to a region-wide power blackout.
It’s a scenario that’s looking increasingly plausible. Argentina isn’t ruling out a cyberattack as the possible cause for the mass outage that affected millions of people in five South American countries over the weekend. Even if that incident turns out to have a more innocent explanation, the U.S. government is stepping up digital incursions into Russia’s power grid, the New York Times reported Saturday, citing unnamed officials.
The growing threat from hacking is somewhat inevitable given the way our power systems are changing. Electricity networks are traditionally highly centralized, with limited ability to monitor and control supply and demand in real time, leaving grid operators dependent on forecasting unusual consumption spikes to prevent the system from falling over.
Many new scientific studies have been published since the 2017 update. As a result, several of the Research Summaries by Dr. Lai are updated in 2019. They are the abstract collections for neurological effects of ELF-EMF and RFR; and for free radical (oxidative damage) effects from ELF-EMF, static fields and RFR. Corresponding graphics on “Effect vs No Effect” are also brought current for these new 2019 abstract collections.
2019 Updated Research Summaries (May, 2019)
These new and updated Research Summaries include downloadable files on Free Radicals (oxidative damage) from ELF-EMF, static field and RFR exposures; and updated neurological effects of ELF-EMF and RFR. These are invaluable resources that can are searchable by key words. They identify the relevant peer-reviewed, published literature that reports on biological effects of non-ionizing radiation (ELF-EMF and RFR, and static field studies).
Eye doctors warn youth risk going cross-eyed from smartphone use
By YURI OIWA/ Staff Writer, asahi.com, 14 June 2019
Young people may be at risk of becoming cross-eyed from using smartphones for long periods, two prominent medical associations in Japan warned.
(Photo): After surgery in February, Taiki Uematsu recovered from acute internal strabismus. Photo taken in Aichi Prefecture on June 9 (Yuri Oiwa)
The Japanese Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and the Japanese Association for Strabismus and Amblyopia (JASA) announced research results regarding acute internal strabismus at a joint academic meeting held in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, on June 14.
The two academic groups will conduct a full investigation as early as this autumn to establish measures for treatment and prevention.
A link between staring at small screens such as those of smartphones for long periods and developing acute internal strabismus was cited previously in a thesis by a Korean research team and by others. But no scientific proof has been yet found that it causes the condition.
GBM Rising in Denmark, Much as in England True Increases or Artifacts?microwavenews.com, June 11, 2019
GBM is going up in Denmark too. The steady rise is very similar to what has been seen in England.
New government data, released in May by a member of the Danish Parliament, show a near doubling of this fatal brain tumor, glioblastoma multiforme, since the year 2000. You can see the trend by following the orange line in the histogram below.
Incidence of GBM in Denmark, 1995-2017 (blue bars); % increase relative to 1995
Prepared by a Danish epidemiologist for Microwave News. (click to enlarge)
Many mobile phone manufacturers mislead consumers by testing the amount of energy carried by RF waves absorbed by the user of these devices at a distance from the body, not the way people use them - against the head or body or keeping them in a pocket. The French National Frequencies Agency has found that many mobile phones tested against the body exceed the threshold for exposure to waves set by Europe and Switzerland. In this context, the international NGO, Phonegate Alert Association, filed a criminal complaint in France against the Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi for deception, fraudulent commercial practices and endangering the lives of others.
The medical conference held on Saturday 8 June 2019 provided the first opportunity to discuss in England about the Phonegate case and its industrial and health consequences. We would like to warmly thank Dr. Erica Mallery Blythe, President of PHIRE, for her invitation and support that made this event possible in the UK. It was also an opportunity for fruitful exchanges with Professors Dominique Belpomme (France) and Olle Johansson (Sweden) present to discuss the various aspects related to the health of people suffering from electrohypersensitivity (EHS).
All the interventions were filmed and will soon be available on our website and social networks. In the meantime you will find the presentation in English made by Dr Marc Arazi, President of Alerte Phonegate. Thank you in advance for spreading it widely around you.
UPDATE with Opinion of Federal Council of 29.05.19
The Swiss Insurance Association (SIA) classifies non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation, and therefore mobile telephony radiation, as an emerging risk (currently twelve in number). These are new types of risks that may have an impact in the future. Unlike traditional risks, they are difficult to identify and therefore difficult to assess financially. A common feature of emerging risks is that the causality between risk and damage cannot (yet) be proven. Since the generally accepted criteria for providing insurance against hazards cannot be applied to emerging risks without further action, liability insurers are faced with the fundamental question of whether such risks can actually be covered by insurance. In the absence of this causality and because it is almost impossible to financially assess possible risks, insurers are reluctant to cover the risks for the population that could result from the antennas.
UPDATE with Opinion of Federal Council of 15 May 2019:
(unofficial translation in English)
The effect of non-ionizing radiation (NIR) on humans depends on its intensity and frequency. The current deployment of 5G is in the frequency ranges already used today for mobile telephony and wireless networks (WIFI).
1./2. In the long term, a higher frequency range should also be used in 5G. However, as it is not yet widely used, it has not been the subject of any observational studies of its impact on the population. Internationally, a review article published in 2018 lists some 80 animal and cellular studies on frequencies between 30 and 65 gigahertz. In Switzerland, no research on this frequency range has been conducted to date.
19.3211 INTERPELLATION : Public spaces: the creation of protected areas from electromagnetic fields could facilitate access by hypersensitive people
UPDATE: Federal Council Opinion of 29 May 2019:
The author of the interpellation assumes that the radiation of mobile telephony, as it is now present in the environment and legally permissible, is clearly harmful to human beings. In its report of 25 February 2015 on mobile telephony networks adapted to future requirements, the Federal Council stated that warming of the body's tissues is the only scientifically proven harmful effect on humans due to high frequency radiation. However, this effect is excluded if the emission limit values defined in the Ordinance on Protection against Non-Ionising Radiation (ORNI; SR 814.710) are complied with. Research has led to more or less well-documented observations showing that mobile phone radiation can have other biological effects that cannot be attributed to this warming. Scientific studies are carried out to determine whether they are dangerous to health. Based on the findings of surveys on mobile phone use, the World Health Organization has classified high frequency radiation as potentially carcinogenic to humans. At the same time, it found that research on the population's exposure to fixed transmitter stations, which have much lower radiation levels, does not reveal an increased risk of cancer. However, the organization recognizes that there is no relevant long-term study.
The following message with its link to a brief (less-than-twenty-minute) film has come to me from a long-time friend, researcher and activist working on electromagnetic radiation.
This is a subject that I have been researching and tracking myself for going on six years, without, I am ashamed to say, yet publishing any of the in-depth articles that I have planned and partially written -- something soon to change, I hope.
My work in this area has been built on my work in the area of ionizing (atomic) radiation, which started in 1996, when I began tracking Gulf War illness (which turned out to be radiation poisoning, although this has never been officially acknowledged by the Pentagon).
The film is a well deserved frontal attack on the World Health Organization, which I know well from over twenty years of dealing with it and reporting on matters of international public health. The main point made in the film is that the WHO's "safety" norms for human exposure to electromagnetic radiation are bogus.
“Phonegate Alert” invited to a conference in England by Dr. Mallery-Blythe Phonegate Team, 27 May 2019
On June 8, 2019, a commemorative conference in honorr of Jenny Fry will be held in England at the initiative of “EMF aware Sussex”. On this occasion, the experts present will review scientific and medical knowledge concerning electrosensitivity, the development of new 5G technologies, communicating meters and mobile phones. We would like to thank Dr. Mallery-Blythe for her invitation, which will allow us, for the first time on English soil, to discuss the issues related to the Phonegate scandal.
Professor Dominique Belpomme, Professor of Medical Oncology at the University of Paris René Descartes, founder of the European Institute for Research on Cancer and the Environment (ECERI), founder of ARTAC (Association for Research and Treatments Against Cancer). He will speak on the theme: “Etiology, diagnosis and management of electrohyper-sensitivity (EHS).
Dr. Marc Arazi, Physician Co-founder and President of the organization Alerte Phonegate. His presentation: “The international Phonegate scandal: All overexposed, all deceived, all threatened by our mobile phones”.
Dr. Erica Mallery-Blythe, Founder of the PHIRE medical organization (Physicians’ Health Initiative for Radiation & Environment), Trustee RRT (Radiation Research Trust), Medical Advisor ORSAA (Oceanic Radiofrequency Scienti c Advisory Association), Medical Advisor ESUK and member of IGNIR 5g, she will speak on the theme: “Overview of EMF health effects and PHIRE 5G Five Facts initiative.”
Debbie Fry (dental nurse) will talk about her daughter, Jenny’s experiences with her E.H.S. and her campaign to turn off Wi-Fi in schools and hospitals.
This conference, which will be held on Saturday, June 8 from 9am to 5pm in the Sedwick park house, is open to the public. You can download the prospectus to register.
Doctors, Experts Call for Delaying Deployment of 5G Due to Health Risks
By Arek Rusek, ntd.com, June 6, 2019
TORONTO, Canada—Although 5G, or fifth generation wireless technology, promises faster download speeds and conveniences that most of us have never dreamed of, we’ll also be blanketed with a new type of radiation called “millimeter waves,” according to health experts who warn of the rising risks associated with the rollout of 5G.
At the Wireless Technology Symposium in Toronto on May 31, experts discussed evidence of adverse health effects from 5G technology and answered questions from the audience.
“It’s not been made clear to the public that 5G won’t just be another number and a letter on your cell phone,” said Frank Clegg, former president of Microsoft Canada. “It requires an entirely new infrastructure of thousands of small cellular antennas to be erected throughout the cities where it’s going to be installed.”
UPDATE : On 29 May 2019, the Federal Council replied to this interpellation:
Opinion of the Federal Council:
The Federal Office of Public Health has been informing the public for years about the best way to reduce exposure to mobile phone waves, with a detailed fact sheet. To prevent unnecessary head exposure, it recommends that users wear headphones and use a hands-free kit equipped with a low-intensity Bluetooth transmitter.
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According to the recommendations of the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), the SAR (Specific Absorption Rate) value for mobile phones should not exceed 2 watts per kilogram at the ear. Limit values make it possible to avoid the occurrence of adverse health effects associated with the heating of tissues exposed to high-frequency electromagnetic radiation. They have been defined on the basis of research results on the effects of this radiation and take into account a safety factor of 50 um. The limit values therefore do not cover the as yet little known effects of short and long-term exposure that could occur despite compliance with these values.
Colorectal Cancer Soaring in Young Adults; Are Smartphones in the Mix? Epidemiologist De-Kun Li Wants To Know microwavenews.com, 3 June 2019
De-Kun Li wants to change the conversation on cell phones and cancer. Li, a senior epidemiologist and veteran EMF researcher, believes that brain tumors have been getting too much attention at the expense of other types of cancer, notably colorectal cancer.
Efforts to reduce colon and rectal cancers have been a striking success story for those over 50 years old. Incidence among older Americans declined 32% between 2000 and 2013, due largely to better screening. But the story for young adults is very different. Those born around 1990 now face four times the risk of developing rectal cancer and twice the risk of colon cancer in their 20s, compared to those born around 1950, according to the American Cancer Society. (Rates among young adults are still relatively low; see graphs below.)
According to the National Cancer Institute’s most recent annual report, released last week, colorectal cancer is the most common cancer among men between the age of 20 and 49.
Fifth Court in Italy Ruled Cell Phones Cause Brain Tumors and Determined It Is An Occupational Disease
Written by: Martine Vriens, Director of International Legal Affairs for We Are The Evidence, wearetheevidence.org, 29 May 2019
On 30 January, 2019, an Italian Court in the city of Monza, Italy ruled that the Acoustic Neuroma brain tumor of an airport employee was caused by exposure to the radiation from a cell phone he used for over 10 years for his work. The court determined that the tumor has permanently incapacitated him, and ruled it to be an occupational disease. PRESS HERE for the Court’s Decision.
This is the fourth case in which the courts in Italy determined that an Acoustic Neuroma type brain tumor was caused by a cell phone, and the fifth court to make such ruling as in the first case the court decision was appealed and later confirmed by Italy’s Supreme Court. A Summary of the four cases is in the bottom of this article.
World Health Organization International Agency For The Research On Cancer’s Position On Wireless And Health ehtrust.org, article updated 2019
The World Health Organization International Agency for the Research on cancer recommends reducing exposure to radio frequency radiation (RFR) from cell phones. This is stated in the 2011 Press Release. There are also expert advisors of the World Health Organization who are making clear statements that radiofrequency radiation is a carcinogen backed by scientific evidence. On this page we have the documentation of the statements and videos of the World Health organization experts speaking.
It is important to note that the World Health Organization International Agency for the Research on Cancer is a different entity than the World Health Organization EMF Project. The EMF Project was started with industry money and has been criticized for lack of transparency and deep roots to industry. As an example, we are not informed as to who writes the factsheets and content and when asked, there is no response. The one paid staff member on the EMF Project is an engineer who has a history of support by wireless companies.