Sir Stewart's Expert Group, in the Observer
Our thanks to Margaret Dean for so quickly forwarding the expected correction that has (apparently) been issued by the "inner circle" of Sir Stewart's group.....
It does suggest (1) that yesterday's reports in the Guardian and the Mirror were deliberate frauds!!! ... And, (2) that some real progress toward HONESTY (at least in Britain) is being made.....!!!
Now ... can the same ever be expected in the U.S.? -- Where I consider that the corruptive influence of the special interests within the White House, the Congress and the Bureaucracy (the "Science" community) is much worse than it is in Britain.....
Roy Beavers (EMFguru)
It is better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness
People are more important than profits!!
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Date: Sun, 30 Apr 2000 06:59:39 EDT
Subject: Observer Expert Group
Story from today's Observer re Expert Group - this story came directly from the Expert Group NOT from the Government spin doctors like earlier reports in the Mirror!!
Mobiles to carry health alert
Government experts say more research needed into threats from phone radiation, reports Kamal Ahmed
Sunday April 30, 2000
Mobile telephones, used by more than 24 million people in Britain, will have to carry health warnings after the most comprehensive safety review found public concern over their use was justified.
The Government committee on mobile phone safety, which will publish its findings next week, will demand mobile phone companies give customers more information on the dangers of radiation from handsets.
Committee members told The Observer they were angered by earlier reports that it would say mobile phones were safe.
The warnings will tell people to be cautious about where, and for how long, they use phones. 'The public must be in a position of choice,' said a source close to the committee. 'At the moment they feel in the dark. We want that to change.'
The committee of 12 experts was set up last year by then Health Minister Tessa Jowell after reports that radiation from mobiles could trigger memory loss, Alzheimer's disease and cancer. It was chaired by Sir William Stewart of Tayside University, former chief scientist to the Cabinet Office.
Its report will be handed to the Department of Health this week and published a week later. It is expected the Government will act on all its recommendations.
The report will call for national guidelines to control the construction of mobile phone masts, and stress that concern about their siting near schools and residential areas must be tackled. It will say rules on safety drawn up by the National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB) should also be tightened.
The report is unlikely to defuse public concern. This month, a Which? investigation reported that the new generation of hand-free sets, which use an earpiece so the handset does not have to be held against the side of the head, did not lower the levels of radiation for users. In some cases it increased it.
Which? refused to comment on the proposed warning labels but a spokeswoman said: 'We stand by our research into hand-free sets and shields. If people are buying these devices for health reasons, they are barking up the wrong tree.'
The Stewart committee received the report, demonstrating that heating to the brain increased with the use of some headsets, near the end of its deliberations but had 'taken strong recognition of that work', said a source.
The committee has been impressed by the government-funded research of Dr Alan Preece at Bristol Royal Infirmary. He concluded that old-style analogue cellphones raised brain temperature and temporarily improved memory, noting any change in brain activity demanded further study.
Although the committee will find no conclusive proof of health dangers from mobile phones, it will insist on more research.
The Government gives the NRPB, which paid for the Stewart committee's work, £13m each year to fund radiation research. Of that, only £1m is spent on investigating the impact of radiation from masts and a further £330,000 on the effects of mobile phones.
The NRPB is privately hoping it will benefit from a £22 billion windfall the Government will receive from the sale of third-generation mobile phone licences. The board was excluded from the final writing of the report to make it clear it had not 'captured' the Stewart committee.