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Wi-Fi – “biological effects may occur at exposures below safety guidelines”

How Wi-Fi affects you – 3

doctors found a trebling of cancers after five years in patients who lived within 400m from mobile phone masts (radiation levels similar to those of a Wi-Fi network).

Probably the most well-known is The Stewart Report (2000), published by a committee set up by the UK Government to look into the effects of microwave radiation. The committee was chaired by Professor Sir William Stewart (former chief scientific adviser to the UK Government, and now chairman of the Health Protection Agency).

The Stewart Report stated that there may be biological effects occuring at exposures below the government safety guidelines, and that a precautionary approach was required for these technologies.

In an interview in 2004, Sir William Stewart said he was even more concerned, mentioning four new studies that worried him – including the Naila Study in Germany, where doctors found a trebling of cancers after five years in patients who lived within 400m from mobile phone masts (radiation levels similar to those of a Wi-Fi network).

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How Wi-Fi affects you – 2

People may be affected in many different ways. Reported health effects from this type of radiation are one or more of the following:Neurological: headaches, dizziness/nausea, memory and concentration difficulties, insomnia, depression/anxiety, fatigue/weakness, numbness/tingling, muscle and joint pains.

Wireless Fidelity – is a term used to describe the way computers can connect to a network without the need for cables. Instead, the connection is made using microwave radiation, along which the data are sent in pulses.

This is relatively new technology that has taken off at a rapid pace. The first wireless sytems were developed in the early 1990s (such as WaveLAN); however, it was not until 1999 that wireless technologies were widely accepted. The most common 802.11g protocol has only been around since 2003.

Because there is such a high demand for wireless convenience, the rate at which Wi-Fi technologies are being deployed exceeds the rate at which researchers can study its long-term effects on humans. Continue reading

Apple’s manual: “for wireless data transmission, keep the iPhone at least 5/8ths of an inch away from your body”

How to Lower Cell Phone Health Risk

We all have repeatedly been told of the dangers of talking on our cell phones and the concerns of the possible link to brain cancer from holding the devices up to our ear.

Now they are going further than that by telling us we should not carry them in our pockets. They point out you need to read the fine print that comes with your cell phone.

For example Apple’s manual tells you for wireless data transmission over a cellular network, keep the iPhone at least 5/8ths of an inch away from your body. BlackBerry says 0.98ths of an inch from your body when the device is transmitting. Continue reading

Great cancer risk increase in the vicinity of a GSM base station

Health risks from Base Station radiation

Physicians and Scientists for Responsible Application of Science and Technology (PSRAST)

A German study found a threefold higher frequency of cancer among people living in the vicinity (400 m) of a GSM base station compared to people living further away from the antenna. The risk for mammary cancer was 3,4 times greater and the average age of contracting this disease was considerably lower, 50,8 years than in the control group (69,9 years). The frequency increased also the longer people had been exposed to the radiation. The study covered a ten year long period (1994-2004), starting the year after the installation of the base station. Before the installation of the base station, there was no difference in cancer incidence between people living in the vicinity of the (future) base station and the control area.

“The result is a quite concrete epidemiological proof of a connexion between exposition to radiation from GSM Base stations and Cancer. This result is, considering the available documentation about the effect of highfrequency electromagnetic radiation not only plausible but probable.”

Source (in German): Horst Eger, Klaus Uwe Hagen, Birgitt Lucas, Peter Vogel, Helmut Voit, Einfluss der räumlichen Nähe von Mobilfunksendeanlagen auf die Krebsinzidenz. Umwelt·Medizin·Gesellschaft | 17 | 4/2004

Comment by PSRAST

There exsists ample and uneqiuvocal evidence today that microwave radiation damages DNA. It has also been established beyond doubt in experimental studies that DNA damage increases cancer risk. This study adds to several others indicating that the DNA damage from microwaves brings about a considerable increase of cancer risk among people exposed to the radiation.

This study is just one of several indicating various health disturbances in people living or working close to base stations (see below). Continue reading

“BlackBerry Torch ….says, ‘If you keep the phone in your pocket, it can exceed the FCC exposure guidelines’.”

“Well, it has in France. Bills passed both houses of the French national government this spring that ban the marketing and creation of phones uniquely for children. It’s also had an impact in Israel, a country that is very sophisticated in its use of radar and microwaves, and Finland, both of which have issued warnings.”

“But think about the fine print warning that comes with BlackBerry Torch. It says, If you keep the phone in your pocket, it can exceed the FCC exposure guidelines. What’s that supposed to tell you? It sounds like that phone cannot safely be put in your pocket — well, where do they expect people to keep them?”

“I recently spoke to someone at Bell Canada who was just given his new phone and was asked to sign a statement that he had read the manual. He said: “Why am I supposed to sign this statement? So when and if I develop cancer years later I can’t sue them?” The manual tells him “hold the phone .9 inches from the body,” which nobody does.”

“I think it might have started out as nothing more than companies wanting to make profits, and wanting to keep their products in a positive light. Companies are allowed to make profits; I’m not opposed to that. And I imagine people genuinely thought these kinds of dangers from radiation weren’t possible, because the physics paradigm [at the time] said it wasn’t. But it has since been morphed into something worse.Now even the insurance industry is listening to scientists. Many companies are no longer providing coverage for health damage from cellphones.”

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New Book Claims Cell Phones Are Unhealthy

by Anna Attkisson

A new book titled “Disconnect: The Truth about Cell Phone Radiation, What the Industry Has Done to Hide It, and How to Protect Your Family” by toxicologist and epidemiologist Devra Davis connects cell phones with a variety of health problems. Salon recently talked to the National Book Award finalist for “When Smoke Ran Like Water.” The author, who has spoken before Congress on the effects of smoking on cancer, uses some relatively recent studies that have tied cell phone use to rises in brain damage, cheek cancer, and malfunctioning sperm as the basis for her claims. She also points to a new small-print warning on cell phone packaging that says phones should be kept at least one-inch from the ear. And she uses the fact that many insurance companies refuse to insure cell phone companies against health-related claims as proof of her assertions as well. She is not alone in her claims of cell phone dangers, with the World Health Organization indicating that more than 10 years of use could cause brain cancer. The problem with that is proof, considering most of us haven’t been using phones for 10 years yet.

However, there’s nothing wrong with a little caution, just in case. Surprisingly she doesn’t recommend throwing out your phone. She does recommend you use a headset, text more, and keep your phone in a purse or other bag, instead of in your pocket. We have five recommendations of our own.

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October 11th, 2010

Cell phone health warning debated in Legislature in the US : Convenience vs. radiation

Bangor Daily News
By Meg Haskell

Augusta, Maine — Cell phones are virtually everywhere in our society, providing wireless, pocket-sized safety and convenience to great-grandparents, business professionals, soccer moms, teenagers and, increasingly, young children. But are they safe?

On Tuesday, the Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee heard from national advocates claiming that cell phone use is linked to brain cancer and other disorders and calling for a prominent and graphic warning label on every unit sold in Maine.

Maine would become the first state with such a requirement.

Opponents, including Maine’s top public health official as well as representatives of the wireless industry, called the proposal misguided and inflammatory and said it would conflict with federal regulatory policies.
The bill, LD 1706, sponsored by Rep. Andrea Boland, D-Sanford, would require cell phone manufacturers to apply a permanent, nonremovable warning label to every unit sold in Maine. The label would cover at least 30 percent of the plain area of the phone and caution users to hold the unit several inches away from their heads or to use earphone-and-speaker technology.

Boland testified that a warning label is an easy way to alert people to the dangers cell phones can pose. “No one is suggesting we don’t use cell phones,” she said. “We’re only suggesting people use them safely.”
The label also would include a color graphic of the brain of a 5-year-old child showing the extent to which radiation from a cell phone is absorbed. The illustration would be drawn from the recent research of professor Om Gandhi of the University of Utah, who has studied the relative absorption and effect of cell phone radiation on the brains of children and adults. Gandhi was among a number of scientific experts who traveled to Augusta on Tuesday for the public hearing before the HHS committee.

Several individuals told the committee stories of personal tragedy, including Ellie and Alan Marks, who traveled to Augusta from their home in San Francisco. Realtor Alan Marks told lawmakers he was diagnosed two years ago with a malignant brain tumor on the right side of his brain — the same side as the ear he used most when on his cell phone. Continue reading