Conflicts of Interest in
Vested Interests & EMF/RF Safety Standards, 1977!! and in BEMS, 2001!!
4 January 2002
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Subject: Vested Interests & EMF/RF Safety Standards, 1977!! and in BEMS!! (Beal)..
Date: Thu, 22 Nov 2001 04:33:08 -0600
From: Roy Beavers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Organization: EMF-L List
The message below from Jim Beal is too good to pass up..... It is the kind of thing that belongs in MicroWave News......
If you have time to think some more about "conflict of interest" -- go on below to the list of institutions that are funding the BEMS (BioElectroMagnetic Society) ... the world's sole science (??) organization dedicated to the study of EMF/EMR......
It will cause you to ponder: How does the public get the truth?????
In truth -- the public does not.....!!!
Not from the likes of BEMS.......guru.... (Thanks Jim!!)
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Subject: PERSPECTIVE: Vested Interests & EMF/RF Safety Standards --1977!!
Date: Thu, 22 Nov 2001 01:08:22 EST
To: email@example.com (Roy L. Beavers), firstname.lastname@example.org
To Roy, Don & all:
Some historical perspective of 25 years ago!! -- when will we ever learn??
EMF Interface Consulting
1977 Hearings Before U.S. Senate, 95th Congress on Microwave & Radiowave Communication Long-Term Bioeffects & Vested Interests
Hearings Before the Committee On Commerce, Science, &Transportation United States Senate, Ninety-Fifth Congress First Session On Oversight of Radiation Health & Safety
June 16-29, 1977, Serial No. 95-49, Page12l9-1222 U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C.: 1977
University of Oregon Health Sciences Center,Portland, OR, June 12, 1977 Hon. Warren G. Magnuson, Chairman, The Senate Commerce Committee, Russell Old Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.
Dear Senator Magnuson: Your hearings on the adequacy of United States safety standards for microwaves and radiowaves are timely indeed. In recent years evidence has steadily mounted concerning the likelihood of low power level microwave cumulative dose effect hazards. It has also become apparent that certain federal agencies and private contractors have vested interests in obstructing the public scrutiny and adequate research support for accurate determination of the risks of these apparent hazards. Most people do not realize that certain types of non-ionizing radiation (e.g. microwave and radiowaves) can have similar effects to the readily recognized dangers of ionizing radiation (X-raysand gamma rays), with the principal difference being the much lower incidence of tissue damage due to the much lower energy content of the non-ionizing radiation. However, the lifetime accumulation of non-ionizing radiation dose, the damage to the posterior capsule of the ocular lens, and the suspicion of increased cancer risk are all characteristics in which the effects of non-ionizing radiation resemble those of ionizing radiation. The continuing rapid increase in use of radiowaves for military and civilian communication and sensor systems as well as the growing popularity of microwave cooking in the home, means that it is imperative to develop accurate and adequate health risk estimates from sources which cannot be accused of vested interest in health hazard information suppression. This will require epidemiologic and experimental research of a whole array of circumstances over considerable periods of time because of the intricate influence of environmental variables and the latent period between exposures and potential chronic disease manifestations.
A volunteer member of our faculty, Mr. William Bise, has been instrumental in bringing to our attention the fact that foreign scientists have gathered a great deal of evidence suggesting the existence of significant hazard from low level microwave radiation. He is an experienced radio broadcaster and has formed a non-profit corporation (Pacific Northwest Center for the Study of Non-Ionizing Radiation) for the purpose of promotion and support of investigation of these hazards. He is writing to you under separate cover. We endorse your efforts to look into this matter and anticipate the eventual facilitation of radiowave health hazard investigation as a result.
Wm. E. Morton, M.D., DrPH, Professor
NOTE: I have selected supportive excerpts from one of the two submittals by William Bise at this hearing. Pertinent references to the work he performed at the time and to which he refers in his submittals arepresented below for those who want more detail that can be presented here.
Pacific Northwest Center for the Study of Non-IonizingRadiation, Portland, OR, June 6, 1977
Hon. Warren G. Magnuson,
U.S. Senate, Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.
Dear Senator Magnuson: Enclosed is material that I would like to submit in lieu of verbal testimony in the upcoming senate subcommittee hearings on microwaves.
The material describes a pilot study of central nervous system radiofrequency (RF) effects which I conducted on ten human volunteers at a power level on the order of 67 microvolts per meter intensity, previous to founding a non-profit research corporation. As you know, Public Law 90-602 set the so-called safe level for human exposure to this energy at about 185 volts per meter. The pilot study findings suggest that brain waves (and possibly behavior) are affected at specific frequencies at substantially lower powerlevels of RF than people can be
exposed to in their daily lives. Whereas further research is necessary to verify or deny the pilot study findings, it is my opinion that a meaningful risk factor already exists for the population at large.
*==================== (see references below )
Electronics engineers are dedicated to designing, building and maintaining better and ever more sophisticated products for radiating and detecting all kinds of electromagnetic waves. With the exception of careful respect for high voltages, currents and power, a good engineer will insist that low-power microwaves or radiowaves cannot possibly affect human behavior and/or health. As an engineer who held that view for fourteen years, I can attest to this fact. Except for arather dramatic incident in 1970 involving my wife, who was nearby while I was troubleshooting some gear with a low-power microwave generator, I might not have done a pilot study of RF effects; and I might still have remained unconvinced that low-level microwaves/radiowaves are hazardous at specific frequencies.
Since I became a clinical instructor in environmental medicine at the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center, it has become apparent to me that most physicians are unaware that low-level radiowave biological effects can mimic many symptoms of various defined diseases. I have found the entire subject of radiowave hazards very unpopular to science, business, industry and the military; perhaps because recognizing these hazards would cause so many necessary changes in these various areas (25 years ago!!...jb).
I hope that there is something that your committee can elicit from the upcoming hearings to at least inform, if not protect, the people of the United States from electromagnetic hazards. The specialization of science unfortunately limits the scientists' ability to bridge the interdisciplinary gap necessary to realize the urgent need for a joint effort of investigation into low power level microwave hazards.
Sincerely, William Bise
1. Bise, W. "Low Power Radio-Frequency & Microwave Effects on Human Electroencephalogram & Behavior"; Physiological Chemistry & Physics,Vol. 10, No. 5, pp 387-398, 1978.
2. Stocklin, P.L. & Stocklin, B. F. "LowPower Microwave Effects on the Human Electroencepha-logram supportingthe Results of Bise."; Physiological Chemistry & Physics, Vol. 13, pp 175-177, 1981
For those who want more details and references about the EMF/RF research work of Bise and Bise and Rauscher since 1977, you may be able to order a copy of the following paper:
Rauscher, E.A., & Bise, W. L., "Response of Physiological Parameters to Low Frequency & Low Intensity Pulsed Magnetic Fields." Tecnic Research Laboratory, 3500 S. Tomahawk Road, Bldg. 188, Apache Junction, AZ 85219, email: email@example.com Published in Frontier Perspectives, Vol 8, No.2, pp. 26-32, Fall 1999, 27 References, by Center for Frontier Science, Temple University, Ritter Hall (003-00), Philadelphia, PA 19122, (215) 204-8487, email: V2058A@VM.Temple.Edu, Website: http://www.temple.edu/CFS
Below, I have quoted from the May/June 2001 issue of the BEMS Newsletter, page 3..........guru
"BEMS thanks our 2001 Sustaining Members
Bruce Simon, Electro-Biology, Inc., Parsippany, N.J. John Osepchuck, Full Spectrum Consulting, Concord Mass.
[A perennial "usual suspect" consultant to the electric/electronics industry....guru....] Kent Jaffa, PacificCorp. , Salt Lake City
Richard Loughery, Edison Electric Institute, Washington, D.C.
Recognition of Sponsors
The Bioelectromagnetics Society gratefully acknowledges the following for their generous financial support for the 23rd annual meeting:
CTIA, Washington, D.C. [Communications Industry Trade ssociaton....... guru....]
Dairyland Power Cooperative, La Crosse, Wisc.
Electro-Biology, Inc., Parsippany, N.J.
EMF Therapeutics, Chattanooga, Tenn.
EPRI, Palo Alto, Calif. [Research Company owned by the electric power industry...... guru....]
Forschungsgemeinschaft Funk E. V. , Bonn, Germany [The electric power industry in Germany??]
Great River Energy, Elk River, Minn.
GSM Association, Dublin, Ireland [Not known to me.....guru....]
Minnesota Power Company, Duluth, Minn.
Mobile Manufacturers Forum, Brussels, Belgium [Cell Phone industry in Belgium.....guru....]
Otter Tail Power Company, Fergus Falls, Minn.
Orthofix, McKinney, Texas
Orthologic, Tempe, Ariz.
Svensk Energi/Swedenergy, Sweden
U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, San Antonio
U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Research Triangle Park, N.C. [U.S. Government -- NIEHS......guru.....]
Xcel Energy, Minneapolis, Minn." [close quote]
If there is a single one of the institutions listed above that does not have a vested interest (on the side of proving no health hazard) in the EMF/EMR issue ... I do not recognize it.....
My readers also need to know that the top editor of the BEMS Newsletter is Mays Swicord, of Motorola........guru......
We will persevere......
Roy Beavers (EMFguru)
It is better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness.......
PEOPLE ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN PROFITS!!!