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Posted:
24 February 2000

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Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2000 11:09:35 -0600 (CST)
From: "Roy L. Beavers" <rbeavers@llion.org>
To: emfguru <rbeavers@llion.org>
Subject: NIEHS committee wants toxicology tests on
cell phone radiation
(Bowman)..

Hi everybody:

Dr. Joe Bowman has forwarded a message concerning the future plans of the U.S. Government regarding RF (cell phone) research.....

You may like "most" of what you see below ... if allowance is given for the fact that this is something that should have been started YEARS ago.......

Guru, however, has additional MAJOR concerns about what is described below.....!!

It looks (to me) to be simply another one of the usual, typical bureaucratic responses -- dependent upon the diligence and integrity of another one of America's RICH health bureaucracies -- in which the "scientists" of the vested interests are already deeply embedded.....

"Let's buy some more time," in other words, "pass this problem on to the next administration or maybe even 'exhaust it all together' ... to the point that the public will eventually forget it....." That is Washington's tried and true bureaucratic technique. There is nothing quite as easy as "doing a study" to get rid of a tough problem.....

That is NOT encouraging.....!!  Integrity, diligence, credibility and scientific independence are NOT the words that come to mind, given the record of America's RICH health bureaucracies in these cases.

I must point out that:  (1) No measures have been taken (below) that I can discern ... which would assure TOTAL INDEPENDENCE of this research -- independence from the vested interests. Their "people" will be swarming all over it like a bunch of those Virginia-Seventeen-Year locusts......!!!  (The Washington/Virginia-based bureaucrats know what they are like......)   (2)  Moreover, I see NO evidence that the public will even be at the table!!!

So, what I am saying, folks:  don't take this effort too seriously.  Not until we know more about "how" it is to be done!!  It "could be" something about like the Washington, D.C. replication of what is going on at the World Health Organization ... under Repacholi...... And whatever unfolds here -- watch carefully for the fingerprints of the vested interests to be all over it......!!!

The "usual" Washington bureaucratic effort -- like we saw in the NIEHS RAPID project -- will not suffice.......!!!

Cheerio......  (Many thanks, Joe.....)

Roy Beavers (EMFguru)
roy@emfguru.com

It is better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness

People are more important than profits!!


---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2000 11:23:25 -0500
From: "Bowman, Joseph D." <jdb0@cdc.gov>
To: "'Beavers, Roy (EMF-L)'" <rbeavers@mail.llion.org>
Cc: "Conover, David L." <dlc4@cdc.gov>,
    "Lotz, William G. (Greg)" <wgl0@cdc.gov>
Subject: NIEHS committee wants toxicology tests on
cell phone radiation

Roy,

The National Toxicology Program (NTP) at NIEHS is considering whether to test the RF emissions from wireless communication devices (such as cell phones) and has asked for public comments.

In the Federal Register (WEB posting: http://ntp-server.niehs.nih.gov/htdocs/liason/Dec1399ICCECFR.html , NIEHS annouces 6 new susbstances which the NTP Interagency Committee for Chemical Evaluation and Coordination recommended for toxicology testing at its Dec. 13 meeting.  The committee's recommendations include "radio frequency radiation emissions of wireless communication devices", along with 4 chemicals and "DNA-based" medicines.  FDA had nominated RF because of "widespread consumer and worker exposure" and because "available data is inadequate to properly assess safety".  The committee's recommendation is to "establish an interagency program to design studies assessing cancer and non-cancer health effects to fulfill regulatory needs."

The next step in NTP's decision process (which the Federal Regisiter notice describes in detail) is a 60-day period for public comments.  Comments should be sent to:
Dr. William Eastin, NIEHS/NTP,
P. O. Box 12233, Research Triangle Park,
North Carolina 27709;

by telephone at (919) 541-7941;
by FAX at (919) 558-7057;
by email at eastin@niehs.nih.gov.

For people who haven't heard of the NTP, its WEB site says that it was established "to coordinate toxicology research and testing activities within U.S. Departement of Health and Human Services [which includes FDA, NCI, and NIOSH], to provide information about potentially toxic chemicals to regulatory and research agencies and the public, and to strengthen the science base in toxicology. In its seventeen years, the NTP has become the world's leader in designing, conducting, and interpreting animal assays for toxicity/carcinogenicity."  NTP conducted the animal carcinogenicity studies of ELF magnetic fields which were funded by the RAPID program.
[......guru's note!!  This last sentence sounds like the "kiss of death!!".....]
 

Joseph Bowman

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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
(NIOSH)
Cincinnati, OH
U.S.A.

Phone:  +1-513-533-8143
FAX:                     -8510

My opinions do not necessarily reflect the policies of NIOSH.


---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2000 09:05:10 -0600 (CST)
From: "Roy L. Beavers" <rbeavers@llion.org>
To: emfguru <rbeavers@llion.org>
Subject: MORE: NIEHS committee wants toxicology tests
on cell phone
radiat ion (Bowman)..

.........Thank you, Joe......  I repeat to all EMF-Lers:  please provide what input you can to this proposal.....  And, this message should be given maximum circulation....!!

Roy Beavers (EMFguru)
roy@emfguru.com

It is better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness

People are more important than profits!!


---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2000 09:29:18 -0500
From: "Bowman, Joseph D." <jdb0@cdc.gov>
To: "'Roy L. Beavers'" <rbeavers@llion.org>
Subject: MORE: NIEHS committee wants toxicology tests
on cell phone radiation

Roy,

The full text of the FDA's nomination of cell phone radiation for toxicology tests is also on the WEB:

http://ntp-server.niehs.nih.gov/htdocs/Chem_Background/ExSumPdf/Wireless.pdf

I've copied the executive summary below.

Joseph Bowman

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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
(NIOSH)
Cincinnati, OH
U.S.A.

My opinions do not necessarily reflect the policies of
NIOSH.

*       *       *       *       *

Nominations from FDA's Center from Device and
Radiological Health

Radio Frequency Radiation Emissions of Wireless
Communication Devices (CDRH)

        Executive Summary

Over 80 million Americans currently use wireless communications devices (e.g., cellular phones) with about 25 thousand new users daily. This translates into a potentially significant public health problem should the use of these devices even slightly increase the risk of adverse health effects. Currently cellular phones and other wireless communication devices are required to meet the radio frequency radiation (RFR) exposure guidelines of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which were most recently revised in August 1996. The existing exposure guidelines are based on protection from acute injury from thermal effects of RFR exposure, and may not be protective against any non-thermal effects of chronic exposures.

Animal exposure research reported in the literature suggests that low level exposures may increase the risk of cancer by mechanisms yet to be elucidated, but the data is conflicting and most of this research was not conducted with actual cellular phone radiation. In one study transgenic mice exposed to a digital phone signal developed more than twice as many non-lymphoblastic lymphomas as the unexposed control group, a statistically significant increase. These results suggest a potential carcinogenic effect from the digital phone signal using this animal model.

There is wide agreement within the international scientific community regarding the types of research needed to assess whether RFR from wireless communications poses a health risk to users. Research needs have been articulated by a number of groups, including the European Commission and the World Health Organization International EMF Project.

Animal experiments are crucial because meaningful data will not be available from epidemiological studies for many years due to the long latency period between exposure to a carcinogen and the diagnosis of a tumor.

Studies must also be performed in animals that are genetically predisposed to cancer and endpoints other than cancer, such as ocular damage and neurological effects, must also be examined. High priority must be given to replication of prior studies that indicate adverse effects, such as the transgenic mice model mentioned above.

There is currently insufficient scientific basis for concluding either that wireless communication technologies are safe or that they pose a risk to millions of users. A significant research effort, involving large well-planned animal experiments is needed to provide the basis to assess the risk to human health of wireless communications devices.


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