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News Archive 199x-2000
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A Wireless Future – at what cost?
A “Time Out” must be taken in building the 3rd generation mobile network, until health and environmental effects of the new system have been investigated. First do the research, then build, demands among others assistant professor Olle Johansson at the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm.
Never before has a whole population been exposed to such an extensive microwave radiation as in the creation of the wireless IT Sweden of today. But who takes the responsibility for the long-term consequences for environment and health? The Swedish Parliament and the Swedish Government? The IT/telecom companies and their shareholders?
Dec 27 2000

Department of Health in UK publishing information about mobile phones and the Government Response on the Stewart Report

The DH site contains information on:

Dec 2000, Department of Health, UK

GARDIAN Unlimited Special Report
Top US damages lawyer takes on mobile phones
28 December: The mobile phone industry has acquired a formidable new adversary: the lawyer who did much to win billions of dollars in damages from the tobacco and asbestos companies. 
US microchip to make mobile phones safer
17 December: Worries about radiation from mobile phones may be over thanks to a new device developed by American scientists and the US military due to go on sale in Britain within months. 
£7m study to reveal mobile phone risks
9 December: The Department of Health yesterday announced a £7m research programme on mobile phones and a health problem that no one has yet been able to identify
Mobile mores
9 December, leader: Children must use their phones sparingly
Mobile phones to carry health warning
27 November: All mobile phones sold in Britain are set to carry health warnings about the dangers of excessive use, particularly for children. 
Phone mast protest grows
14 December: A national campaign was launched yesterday to bring together 100 local groups seeking planning controls over mobile telephone masts so that health effects can be taken into account. 

Dec, 2000, Guardian Unlimited, Special Report

Switzerland adopts strict limits for Cell Towers and Power Lines

MICROWAVE NEWS, The Italians and now the Swiss have the guts to decide what is technically and feasible in adapting to the precautionary principle. The need for caution is prompted by "credible indications" that chronic, low-level exposures may be harmful.

The Swiss governement has adopted stringent new standards for public exposures  from power lines and from towers used for mobile communications and radio and TV broadcasting. The new rules, which took effect on February the 1, are similar to those in Russia and in China and are mong the toughest in the world.

The Swiss standard according to The Federal agency for Environment, Forests and Landscape (BUWAL):
Ordinance on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection

Mobile Phone Towers, exposure limits:
            at 900 MHz    4,0 V/m or 4,2 µW/cm²
Radio and TV transmitters, exposure limits:
            3,0 V/m or 2,4 µW/cm²
            8,5 V/m or 20 µW/cm² for long and middle-wave
Magnetic Field from Power Lines, Substations etc where people spend time:
            1 µT or 10 mG
The Italian, public exposure limits for locations where people spend more than 4 hours/day. January 2, 1999:
Decreto 10 settembre 1998 n.381

         Mobile Phone Towers and Broadcast    6 V/m or 10 µW/cm²
     for other RF/MW exposures:
         at 3 MHz-3 GHz        100 µW/cm²
        at 3 GHz-300 GHz    400 µW/cm²

Russia, public exposure limit:
            at 900 MHz    3,0 V/m or 2,4 µW/cm²

China, public exposure limits:
            at 900 MHz    5,0 V/m or 6,6 µW/cm²

ICNIRP, public exposure limit:
            at 900 MHz    450 µW/cm²

February 1, 2000

25 November, 1999. Has the management of Ericsson developed an emphatic dysfunction?
Per Segerbäck one of the Electrosensitive ASIC designers at Ericsson has now been fired by the company. In the early nineties he and 9 others in a work group of 12 got electrosensitive at his work at ELLEMTEL. Per has continued to work from home, but in October his modem connection to the company was cut off. The union at Ericsson is supporting him and legal actions will probably be taken.


Long time electrically sensitive employee Per Segerbäck ( read about Per on: http://www.feb.se/ARTICLES/ellemtel.html ) has been working  for Ericsson from his home for many years until November 22, 1999 when he was suddenly fired.  The reason given: His electric sensitivity.
In Sweden a company rarely fires anyone unless for very good reasons such as there being no work. It is very rare  for a company to fire for reasons such as an employees health problems or handicap --  indeed it is illegal to discriminate against people with handicaps and indeed fire them for such reasons. No doubt the Swedish Handicap Ombudsman will have his say on this also. For these reasons, the largest  Swedish daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter November 25 1999 had a prominent article on this very unusual behavior from a Swedish company. Swedish radio, wire services and  other newspapers featured the story also.
A spokesman for Ericsson, Mr.Göran Wittlock who is represented on the board  of directors of Ericsson and thus speaks from on high in the company, admits that Per became electrically sensitive at his workplace, but that Per cannot work there anymore. He told the newspaper that Per Segerbäck  who must work from home, is not allowed anymore to work from home because he has to work  "in a team", but Per Segerbäck has told FEB that his work has always been in a team and it has worked fine the last ten years. He is shocked and does not understand the sudden change in company policy.

The union (SIF) spokesman Lars-Erik Sjölund was flabbergasted. He told the newspaper that Per is doing exactly the kind of highly qualified work that Ericsson are in dire need of. It is absurd to fire him for not being able to work at the office. We have people working from their home in northern Sweden, Why could not Per work from his home which is a lot closer? May be since Ericsson makes mobile phones and antennae, it might seem strange to the customers that Ericsson sells these items on the one hand, and on the other has employees who are electrically sensitive --  who knows he says?

The sudden change in Ericsson policy might have its explanation in that an English law firm has told mobile phone manufacturers that they better watch out: If the mobile phone manufacturers repeat the mistakes of the tobacco industry - concealing and manipulating scientific information about health hazards --  they might find themselves in the same position.
Could it be argued, in future legal suits, that Ericsson, having had electrically sensitive individuals employed, such as Per who is so sensitive to microwaves, that he cannot even travel into the center of any town, that they should have been more aware of the health hazards of mobile phones and the microwaves they emit? Have they received legal advice to get rid of him? Who knows?  It is clear that the decision is a central one direct from the board of Ericsson. And the decision has given a lot of bad publicity for the company.
Due to the ever increasing blanket of elektrosmog, Per Segerbäck has been forced to move further and further away from Stockholm. He is unusually sensitive, but what about the rest of the population that appear to be "healthy", have they had any symptoms, what about the people that live in the elektrosmog, the individuals, many young children and teenagers who speak on mobile phones daily, what about them?
No one has really connected the most recent developments to microwaves. 

The last two years, we have had an almost epidemic illness called "burnout" or severe stress that put people on sick leave from two months to two years. Some never return to their old work. Newspapers constantly revert to this subject. Swedes have more mobile phones than anyone in the world. They assume that they are harmless. But American scientist professor Henry Lai says that microwaves have the same stressing effect on living things as loud sound has. 

People have always worked hard, but why do they suddenly get burned out and totally incapacitated for months and years? Could it be that the additional stress of microwaves and other electrosmog, gives an additional stress factor to the body that the body cannot cope with? 
We have also found out recently that very weak microwaves from mobile telephones can open the blood brain barrier and allow toxins into the brain. http://www.medfak.lu.se/cr/search/eng/proj/177.html
Maybe this toxic inflow into the brain, contributes to the body becoming stressed and "burned out". 
The most recent report includes teenagers being stressed in similar fashion. It is explained with psycho social stress, but no one seems to suspect the mobile phones they all have without exception. Not yet.
One thing is for sure, firing Per Segerbäck is not going to make all these problems disappear. 

Health Mobile phone 'brain risk
BBC ONLINE NETWORK NEWS, "Radiation emissions from mobile phones could place users at risk of brain conditions including Alzheimer's Disease, according to new reports."
November 6, 1999

Biological effects of exposure to amplitude modulated electromagnetic radiation of 915 MHz.
CURRENT RESEARCH, Faculty of Medicine, Lund University. Persson, Bertil; Malmgren, Lars; Salford, Leif G.; Brun, Arne. "The controls show albumin leakage in 15% of the examined rat brains. Continuous wave exposure resulted in albumin leakage in 47 % of exposed rat brains. After exposure to 915 MHz microwaves pulse modulated we observed an increased BBB-albumin leakage around 24 % of the exposed rat brains."
15 September, 1999

April 21, 1999
BBC Halt all developments within a half mile of power lines and telephone masts until there is further proof that they don't pose a long-term health risk to the public. - The LGA resolution

Lloyds of London refuses to underwrite cell phones
THE LONDON OBSERVER, Insurers balk at risks of phones
Concern about the safety of mobile phones has prompted a leading Lloyd's underwriter to refuse to insure phone manufacturers against the risk of damage to users' health.
April 11, 1999

BBC ONLINE NETWORK NEWS, Leading scientists have have cut down or modified their personal use of mobile phones as fears mount that they can damage health.
March 1, 1999

Top scientists give up 'risky' mobile phones
THE SUNDAY TIMES, The scientists have either drastically reduced the amount of time they use their handsets or have resorted to earpieces.
February 28, 1999

Cellphones - A Boon To Modern Society  Or A Threat To Human Health?
NZINE. Report on an interview with Dr Neil Cherry who attended the Vienna workshop.
January 29, 1999


Aftonbladet (Swedish evening newspaper) reports that the very prestigeous Swedish "The Big Journalist Award" was awarded to a Journalist Gunnar Lindstedt who works for Svenska Dagbladet (conservative daily newspaper). Gunnar Lindstedt had exposed a finacial fraud in a company called "Trustor". His exposure of the fraud, was considered a journalistic feat that shook the financial world, said the awarding committee.

Only the week before, Gunnar Lindstedt wrote about his own Electric Sensitivity in an article in Svenska Dagbladet and how he copes with it.  The paper had several pages on work related problems such as RSI (Repetative strain injury), which in Sweden is called "mouse-arm".One million Swedes are supposed to suffer from this problem according to one article in the paper. In his own article, Lindstedt wrote that he only uses a manual type writer and avoids heavily electrified and computerized environments.One can exist without modern technology and excell it seems.
November 10, 1998

Mobile phones linked to cancer
BBC ONLINE NETWORK NEWS,"It is too early to say, but we are starting to see lymphomas of the neck in heavy phone users."
November 9, 1998

Vienna Symposium and EMF-Resolution
University of Vienna, Austria, Symposium on possible biological and health effects of RF electromagnetic fields (Vienna, October 1998) and the declaration:
Vienna EMF-Resolution as RTF file format

The Salzburg Standard in RTF-file format
Dr Chris Konig from the Public Health Department in the City of Salzburg explained that in that city they had adopted an interim public exposure standard based on a study which showed cellphone effects on sleeping subjects, and a safety factor of 500, resulting in a preliminary public exposure standard of 0,1 µW/cm².
October 25-28, 1998

Svenska Dagbladet (daily conservative newspaper in Stockholm Sweden) reports that two extremely large property owners ( Poseidon and Bostadsbolaget), in Gothenburg, Sweden have stopped the setting up of any more mobile telephone antennas on their buildings. They have been put up in secrecy, on roofs and on facades: the broadcasting antennas for mobile phones From the base station positioned in the basement, a cable runs all the way up the building. "We are talking about microwave radiation and even if it is below the norms, it is not zero. Today we do not know anything of the long term effects", says professor Yngve Hamnerius at Chalmers, the technical university in Gothenburg, Sweden. He will embark on a study how much we are affected by microwave radiation. Even if  the people who live in the house with the antenna on the roof, get exposed to less microwave radiation than a person speaking on a mobile phone, they are exposed for a longer period. (Reporter: Catharina Ingelman Sundberg.)
October 18, 1998

Immune system 'attacked by mobile phones'
BBC ONLINE NETWORK NEWS,"It is too early to say, but we are starting to see lymphomas of the neck in heavy phone users."
October 15, 1998

Mobile health concerns to be heard in court
BBC ONLINE NETWORK NEWS, The demand for mobile phones to carry a health warning is to be heard in court.
July 23, 1998

Mobile phones in brain scare
BBC ONLINE NETWORK NEWS, Government researchers have advised the public not to be alarmed by a report that mobile phones cause short-term memory loss and sudden confusion.
July 23, 1998

Aftonbladet (evening newspaper) reports that two men, one Anders Olsson aged 38, and another Krister Nyberg, both fom the northern town of Sundsvall in Sweden, became blind in the eye positioned closest to the cell phone. Both have used their phones extensiveley for many years. Krister Nyberg's problem started after eight years of extensive usage. He had intense pain in the one eye and had to stay in dark rooms. Doctors informed him that he had ulcers on the cornea, but could not explain why. Then his vision became blurred suddenly. It was discovered that he had a blood clot  in the eye which could not be saved. He is now blind in one eye.

Nyberg later came in contact with Anders Olsson, who also had a blood clot in the eye due to extensive cell phone usage. Both men are convinced, according to the article that their partial blindness is due to the use of cell phones. Why else would  only the eye closest to the cell phone be affected they say. In the same town, there are another two individuals who also supposedly have  lost an eye due to cell phone usage.
(Reporter: Caroline Hougner, Aftonbladet, Stockholm).

Comment: We must be observant on the possible effects from microwaves from cellphones. It is in Sweden  Norway and Finland one should be most observant. That is where we have  most cellphones per person int he world and where they have been in use over a longer period than elsewhere. We in Scandinavia are apparently only too happy to be guineapigs for the rest of  the world! We shall keep you informed!
July 2, 1998

Mobile phone makers sued over brain tumour
BBC ONLINE NETWORK NEWS,A 27-year-old woman suffering from a brain tumour is to become the first person in Britain to bring a personal injury claim against mobile phone makers.
May 15, 1998

Mobile Phone Research
Comparison of analogue and digital mobile phone users and symptoms (summary in pdf format)
A Swedish-Norwegian epidemiologial study by Kjell Hansson Mild, Gunnhild Oftedal et al.
National Institute for Working Life, Umeå, Sweden, SINTEF Unimed, Trondheim, Norway
May 14, 1998

References to EMF Diary and some older news articles

EMF Diary 1998
EMF Diary 1997
EMF Diary 1996
EMF Diary 1995

April 1995
NEW: The Electrical Sensitivity Handbook

March 1995
Athletics in microwaves
The all-time strangest WWW-site?
Tree growth spurred by submarine EMFs
Tumour Promotion by Magnetic Fields

February 1995
French researchers warns for continous VDT Work

January 1995
Pressrelease 950111: Can cellular telephones be dangerous to your health?
Cancer from EMFs? At home and at work
Low level Microwaves breaks DNA in Brain
Mobiltelephones and blood lymphocytes
Hydro Quebec bars research into 10-fold lungcancer risk

FEB Pressrelease and the first internet call, September 26 1994: "Join Hands!"