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News Archive 2001-2002
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Israeli Researchers Question Safety Of Cellphones
Your Head Serves As An 'Antenna' By Judy Siegel, The Jerusalem Post
Headaches, nausea, dizziness, short-term memory problems, fatigue, and other complaints resulting from cellular phone use are not due to low-level heating of the brain; instead, they're apparently caused by the head serving as an "antenna" and brain tissue as a radio receiver, according to two Jerusalem researchers. 
Zvi Weinberger, a physicist who heads the applied physics department at the Jerusalem College of Technology, and Dr. Elihu Richter, head of the occupational medicine unit at the Hebrew University-Hadassah Braun School of Public Health, suggested this in the latest issue of the journal Medical Hypotheses. 
Mobile phones, they explained, "broadcast specifically at frequencies at which the head serves as an antenna and brain tissue serves as a demodulating radio receiver." Thus, precaution must be taken in the use of cellphones, they wrote. 
They called for a "reexamination of the assumptions" underlying the US Federal Communications Commission statement that the typical radio frequency exposures to cellphones are safe. Instead, the researchers suggested that past studies on which the FCC based its statement "are not applicable" to the cellphone frequencies for which the head acts as a resonator. 
more at Rense...
20 Dec 2002 Jerusalem Post

Mobile phone signals affect brain activity
A study reported in the latest issue of the Journal of Sleep Research (Blackwell Publishing) found that 30 minutes exposure to electromagnetic fields, as from GSM mobile phones, caused changes to brain activity which lasted long afterwards.
Dr Peter Achermann and colleagues from the University of Zurich, and ITIS, in Zurich, found that blood flow increased in areas of the brain on the side nearest the phone, and that this effect lasted for over half an hour afterwards. They also discovered that the brain’s electrical activity (‘brain waves’) was not only affected immediately after the exposure, but that this lasted through much of the subsequent night’s sleep.
more in English, Pressrelease from Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland...
mehr auf Deutsch, Universität Zürich...
more in English, Site information University of Zürich, Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology...
8 Dec 2002

"Italian Study Raises Concerns About Mobile Phones"
"Italian scientists have raised new health concerns about the safety of using mobile phones, with research showing radio waves from the handsets makes cancerous cells grow more aggressively"...
23 Oct 2002 Reuters

The Freiburg Appeal 
- Signed by more than a hundred doctors and scientists -
"Out of great concern for the health of our fellow human beings do we - as established physicians of all fields, especially that of environmental medicine - turn to the medical establishment and those in public health and political domains, as well as to the public. We have observed, in recent years, a dramatic rise in severe and chronic diseases among our patients, especially: · Learning, concentration, and behavioural disorders (e.g. attention deficit disorder, ADD) · Extreme fluctuations in blood pressure, ever harder to influence with medications · Heart rhythm disorders · Heart attacks and strokes among an increasingly younger population · Brain-degenerative diseases (e.g. Alzheimer–s) and epilepsy · Cancerous afflictions: leukemia, brain tumors Moreover, we have observed an ever-increasing occurrence of various disorders, often misdiagnosed in patients as psychosomatic: · Headaches, migraines · Chronic exhaustion · Inner agitation · Sleeplessness, daytime sleepiness · Tinnitus · Susceptibility to infection · Nervous and connective tissue pains, for which the usual causes do not explain even the most conspicuous symptoms"...

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20 October 2002

"Tough health rules threaten power groups"
"The electricity industry faces potentially huge costs from an expected toughening of regulations on the siting of power lines by the National Radiological Protection Board"...
20 Oct 2002 The Telegraph

"New evidence links power lines and cancer"
A new Californian study has been published.
"Overhead power lines and household electrical appliances increase the risk of developing cancer, according to the findings of an eight-year study into the effects of electromagnetic fields (EMFs)"...
06 Oct 2002 The Telegraph

Cellphones, Radars, and Health
... " But electromagnetic theory and decades of experiments clearly indicate that the electromagnetic fields of radio and microwaves can also affect cells mechanically, without producing significant amounts of heat."...
Aug  2002 IEEE Spectrum

"...higher risk of developing brain tumours" ZDNet UK
... "A new study finds that long-term users of a first-generation mobile phone standard face higher risk of developing brain tumours. Mobile phone makers dispute the findings"...
23 Aug  2002 ZDNet

Mobile telephony increases brain tumour risk, New Hardell study
... "The risk is higher primarily in the temporal lobe, on the same side as the phone is used. Here the risk is 2.5 times greater. The type of tumour showing the largest increase, a 3.5 times greater risk, is tumours of the auditory nerve. "...
21 Aug  2002 NIWL

"Plague of the phone masts" UK SUN
... "Arguments against the masts range from the fact they are simply a blot on the landscape to worries that the radiation they emit can cause cancer." ... 
The UK Sun highlights two areas where residents living near phone masts have been struck down by cancer in unusually high numbers...
15 Jul  2002 (?) The Sun

Train trap mobile phone radiation
Research carried out by scientists in Japan suggests that using a mobile phone inside a train carriage could have serious health risks for other passengers. They found that electromagnetic radiation levels inside trains can exceed international safety limits if even a small number of passengers are using their phones.
1 May  2002 BBC News

Cellphone radiation "trapped" in train carriages 
Passengers on packed trains could unwittingly be exposed to electromagnetic fields far higher than those recommended under international guidelines. The problem? Hordes of commuters all using their mobile phones at the same time.
Tsuyoshi Hondou, a physicist from Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan, who is currently working at the Curie Institute in Paris, calculated how microwaves from mobile phones distributed throughout a train carriage would add together, much like light from different lamps would increase the overall illumination in a room. 
He found that when both reflection and the cumulative effect of the radio waves were taken into consideration, the resulting electromagnetic field in a train carriage could exceed the maximum exposure level recommended by the International Committee for Non-Ionising Radiation (ICNIRP). "It's possible even if the train is not crowded," Hondou told New Scientist.
2 May  2002 New Scientist

Hardell brain-cancer study to be published, may affect Newman case 
WASHINGTON—Lawyers for Christopher Newman in an $800 million brain-cancer lawsuit against the mobile-phone industry have notified the federal judge overseeing the case that an unpublished study attacked by defendants has been accepted for publication, a potentially major development that could change the course of the case. 
   Sources said an epidemiology study conducted by Dr. Lennart Hardell, who found a higher incidence of brain tumors on the sides of heads used by mobile-phone subscribers to make and receive calls, will be published in June by the European Journal of Cancer Prevention. Hardell is a key expert witness for Newman, who is represented by the law firm of high-powered Baltimore trial lawyer Peter Angelos.
5 Apr  2002 RCR wireless news

Welcome to the Mobile Telephone Health Concerns Registry (MTHCR)
Dr. George Carlo has opened an online registry for individual reports of adverse effects from mobile phones.
   The Mobile Telephone Health Concerns Registry (MTHCR) has been created to gather direct voluntary information from cellular telephone users, many of whom have concerns relating to phone use and their possible subsequent health effects. Funding for the registry is a result of a court ordered settlement dated 26 November 2001. This registry is a passive reporting system and will consist solely of self-reported health complaints of phone 
users gathered primarily by an online survey.
   Registries can provide an important initial glimpse into the effects of specific exposures in a population and can be an integral part of the overall scientific process. We hope this registry will provide valuable information regarding an assessment of the presence or absence of clusters of specific complaints among phone users.
14 Mar  2002 MTHCR
FEB has been in contact with Dr. Carlos assistant, who answered that registrations from all over the world is welome.

 WHO Director-General &cellphone problems
[Former Norwegian Prime Minister, WHO Director-General, Gro Harlem Brundtland is getting headaches every time she's using a mobile phone.]
Translation of Cover story in Norwegian newspaper "Dagbladet" of March 9, 2002:

Mobile phone radiation gives Gro Harlem Brundtland headaches.
WHO Director-General Gro Harlem Brundtland (62), gets headaches from talking on a mobile phone. That is not enough: People in her proximity must turn their phones off in order to prevent discomfort.

By Aud Dalsegg

Saturday 9 March 2002

"It's not the sound, but the waves I react on. My hypersensitivity has gone so far that I even react on mobiles closer to me than about four metres," Gro explains. When we sit with her in her office at "Helsetilsynet" in Oslo she asks if there is an active mobile phone in the room. She finds that she has developed a slight headache. The cellular phone of the photographer was turned on but without sound in the pocket of his jacket.

The earlier Minister of State [Prime Minister] never had a mobile of her own, but she has close associates who do and she earlier often received calls on their phones. She says there are reasons to be cautious about mobile phone use.

"In the beginning I felt a local warmth around my ear. But the agony got worse, and turned into a strong discomfort and headaches every time I used a mobile phone," Gro says. She thought she could escape the pain by shorter calls, but it didn't help.

Neither did it help that she herself stopped using a mobile phone. Today it is a tool everybody uses, also at her workplace, the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Geneva.

"I felt after a while that I had developed a sensitivity against the radiation. 

And in order not to be thought to be hysterical - that someone should believe that this was just something I imagined - I have made several tests:
People have been in my office with their mobile hidden in their pocket or bag. Without knowing if it was on or off, we have tested my reactions. I have always reacted when the phone has been on - never when it's off. So there is no doubt."

What about PCs?
- "If I hold a laptop to read what's on the screen, it feels like I get an electric shock through my arms."....

The headache she gets from mobile radiation abates about half an hour to an hour after the radiation exposure stops.

Cannot stand wireless [phones]
Wireless phones, becoming more and more common in homes are said to radiate stronger than mobile phones [due to the lack of low power modes of DECT]. Gro cannot stand such [phones] either. "I get an instant reaction if I touch such a phone".

 Do you advise against using a mobile phone?
- "We do not have scientific evidence to go out with a clear warning. It is not established that the radiation for instance can result in brain cancer. WHO has a big study going on and in 2-3 years from now, we will have better answers to all these questions.
But I understand the scientists who warn. I think we have reason to be cautious, and not use the [mobile] phone more than necessary. And the younger you are, the more reason to take this seriously. I think you should follow the precautionary principle", Gro Harlem Brundtland says.

Previously scientists and physicians have ignored hypersensitivity to electricity. The Norwegian Association for Electro-sensitive felt the resistance to be so strong they closed down their work [they have since started again].

"But I am convinced this has to be taken seriously. Some people develop sensitivity to electricity and radiation from equipment such as mobile phones or PCs. If this sensitivity can lead to adverse health-effects as cancer or other diseases, we do not know yet. But I think we should follow the precautionary principle, especially with regard to our children."

The original Norwegian article in Dagbladet...
28 Feb  2002 Dagbladet Norge

Jaguar tests cars for radiation
Concerns over the safety of cars' on-board electrical systems have prompted Jaguar to test its vehicles for harmful electromagnetic radiation. 
The move follows Volvo's decision to make adjustments to three of its models after they were found to generate fields of 12 to 18 microtesla. 
Although this is relatively weak and well below UK guidelines on acceptable levels of electromagnetic radiation, scientists in Sweden believe it could damage the health of children and pregnant women.
28 Feb  2002 The Engineer

Five new mobile health lawsuits filed
The Suder Law Firm,  Morganroth and Morganroth and Sheldon Miller have filed five new lawsuits against the cellular industry in the Baltimore Superior Court, regarding wireless handset usage and brain cancer. This gr oup has before filed a phone-brain cancer lawsuit on behalf of former Motorola technician Michael Murray. 
  The Baltimore Federal Court continues to hear scientific testimony in an earlier lawsuit filed by Peter Angelos on behalf of 42-year old neurologist Christopher Newman. 
source: RCR wireless news...
26 Feb  2002 RCR wireless news

Experts to examine mobile mast link to cancer cases
London residents believe that mobile phone masts may have caused a cluster of cancer cases. The National Radiological Protection Board is on the case. 
  A London council is spending thousands of pounds on scientific tests in an attempt to see whether mobile phone masts could have caused a cluster of cancer cases. Residents of Carnarvon Road, a street near Epping Forest in north-east London, successfully urged councillors to pay for checks on mobile masts near their homes. An expert team from the National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB) will monitor emission levels at several points in the area -- a move that the council hopes will help to dispel the fears of local residents. 
15 Feb  2002 ZDNet News UK

Mobile phone emissions increase worm fertility
The safety of mobile phones is under fresh scrutiny following the discovery that their emissions have an unexpected effect on living creatures. The finding throws out the strongest challenge yet to the widely held belief that heating from mobile phone signals is their only potential threat to brain cells. 
  In lab tests, British scientists have found that microwave emissions typical of mobile phones make a type of worm more fertile. Why this happens is unclear and there's no suggestion that human fertility could be affected. But the research is important because it reveals, for the first time, that biological effects are possible without any warming of tissues.
6 Feb  2002 NewScientist

Cluster fear at Stormy Down prompts call for health scan in Wales
THE Government and the National Assembly are being urged to look urgently at health problems including cancer suffered by residents of a village dominated by a mobile telephone communications mast.
  Many residents living in 15 ex-RAF homes at Stormy Down, on the border between Port Talbot and Bridgend, have serious health problems. South West Wales AM Peter Black and a local action group want the situation looked at as a "cluster" of ill health.
  Stormy Down is in the shadow of two steel lattice mobile telephone towers featuring several dishes, and health problems of residents include cancer, bowel disease, thyroid disorders, severe headaches, nosebleeds, excessive fatigue and "a general feeling of being unwell".
6 Feb  2002 icWales

Electric secrets of good health
Some scientists believe that if a person's naturally occurring electric and magnetic fields are disturbed, serious health problems and disease like cancer can develop.
"There are a lot of researchers now carrying out experiments on the activity of electricity and magnetism in human beings," according to Dr Gerard Hyland, biophysicist, formerly at Warwick University, Coventry. 
27 Jan  2002 BBC NEWS


Health research on mobiles will cost £7.4m 
A £7.4 MILLION research programme will be conducted to consider the health risks of using mobile phones.
The programme of 15 studies will seek clear conclusions because of concerns about brain cancer. The investigations into mobiles and phone masts will examine whether "subtle biological changes" reported by the Stewart inquiry two years ago might damage health.
26 Jan  2002 Telegraph UK

UK Government funds mobile phone safety studies 
One year after announcing that children should keep mobile phone calls to a minimum, the UK government today launched a £7.4m research programme to investigate the potential health risks of mobile phones. 
   Fifteen separate projects - funded jointly by the government and industry - will receive an initial £4.5m for a wide range of studies examining the biological effects of radiation from mobile phones and aerial masts. To date, studies have found that absorbed radiation heats tissues in the head, but no long term health risks have been proved to result from this.
Mobile phones safety fears 
They're everywhere but nobody knows for sure if mobile phones are totally safe. The government today announced the latest attempt to find out with a multi million pounds research project
25 Jan  2002 Guardian UK

Volunteers to test phone safety
An extensive research programme using human volunteers to assess the safety of mobile phones has been announced by the government. 
The mobile phone task force will carry out 14 projects designed to settle whether mobiles pose a risk to health. 
24 Jan  2002 BBC NEWS

There are 40 million mobile phones in circulation in the UK population of 55 million people. Across much of the world mobile phones are becoming a normal and increasingly frequent means of communication. 
   One of the key recommendations of the Stewart Report on Mobile Phones and Health was for a programme of new research supported equally by Government and Industry. This recommendation was accepted with an initial £7.4 million being allocated for the programme. An international committee of experts, chaired by Sir William Stewart, was set in place to allocate and manage the programme.
MTHR Pressrelease...
Jan 2002 MTHR

Phone masts start child cancer scare in Spain
SPAIN. An outbreak of cancer at a primary school in Valladolid, central Spain, and a court order forcing the removal of the nearby telephone transmitters held responsible, have led to demands throughout the country for transmitters to be pulled down. 
  Four children, aged between five and 10, at the Garcia Quintana primary school have been diagnosed with cancer since 36 powerful transmitters were installed 18 months ago on a building 50 metres away. 
  Parents refused to send their children back to school this term until the transmitters were switched off and dismantled. A local court backed their demand. The three cases of leukaemia and one of Hodgkin's disease diagnosed among 450 pupils is a much greater incidence of child cancer than the national average of 14 in 100,000. 
12 Jan  2002 Gardian

Electrical appliances linked to miscarriage
The strong magnetic fields produced by some electric appliances and vehicles increase the risk of miscarriage, claim researchers in California. Their findings also suggest that most previous investigations into the health effects of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) have been measuring the wrong thing. 
  "The studies really represent state-of-the-art research into the causes of pregnancy loss," says epidemiologist David Savitz of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Nevertheless, he says the researchers' interpretation of their findings may be wrong. California is already initiating public hearings to discuss the findings.
02 Jan  2002 New Scientist

Symptoms experienced by people in the vicinity of cellular phone base stations
Original article published in French in : La Presse Medicale, The 10 September 2001
The report clearly shows:
a. The existence of certain complaints (nausea, loss of appetite, visual disturbances, movement difficulties) of significant differences solely within a zone very close to base stations (less than 10 m) and not beyond that.
b. The fact that for other symptoms, a significant rise in the frequency of complaints was observed up to a distance of 100 m (irritability, depressive tendency, loss of memory, dizziness) – 200 m (headaches, sleep disturbance, feeling of discomfort, skin problems) – indeed 300 m (fatigue).
  In terms of these results and in application of the precautionary principle, it is recommended that base stations not be sited less than 300 meters from residences, particularly in the case of places where populations are found that are physiologically more fragile (day care centers, schools, retirement homes, hospitals . . .). "

Published Abstract ...
Original article published in French, Pathol Biol (Paris)  2001 Apr;49(3):222-6
Santini R, Seigne M, Bonhomme-Faivre L, Bouffet S, Defrasne E, Sage M.
A significant increase in concentration difficulty was reported by users of 1800-MHz (DCS) cellular phones compared to 900-MHz (GSM) phone users. In users of cellular phones, women significantly complained more often of sleep disturbance than men. This sex difference for sleep complaint is not observed between women and men non-users of cellular phone.
MEDLINE Abstract...
Dec 2001

What a mobile can do to a youngster's brain in 2 mins 
THESE are the first images that show the shocking effect that using a mobile phone has on a child's brain. 
Scientists have discovered that a call lasting just two minutes can alter the natural electrical activity of a child's brain for up to an hour afterwards. The study by Spanish scientists has prompted leading medical experts to question whether it is safe for children to use mobile phones at all.
Doctors fear that disturbed brain activity in children could lead to psychiatric and behavioural problems or impair learning ability
December 2001 Sunday Mirror

The mobile phone invasion is an unprecedented experiment,
pitting market forces against the health of the population, particularly the young. Governments, cashing in on the licencing bonanza, wave through plans for a forest of phone masts. Emissions guidelines are drawn up to minimise costs. Here, The Ecologist looks at the issues, beginning with a damning report which, says David Edwards, points to evidence of a cover-up. It may be good to talk, but why isn’t anyone listening? 
20 December 2001 (from 26 Oct 2001) The Ecologist

MP in call for probe into mast links with cancer
TORY leader Iain Duncan Smith has called for an urgent government probe into the link between mobile phone masts and cancer.
He made his comments after it emerged that people living in five of the seven homes surrounding Forest House in Carnarvon Road, South Woodford, – which has 16 masts on its roof – have contracted cancer. 
21 November 2001 Recorder

The mobile phone industry is expected to face a wave of health-related lawsuits in the US, with the first of dozens of cases to be filed in Washington DC today.
14 November 2001 Global Archive Financial Times

WHO clarifies its position on health effects of mobile phone use
Recent press articles have reported that the World Health Organization (WHO) "insists mobile phone emissions are safe." Such statements are a distortion of WHO's position on the possible health effects of mobile phone use.
"Electromagnetic Fields and Public Health: Mobile Phones and their Base Stations," WHO Fact Sheet N° 193, revised in June 2000, continues to reflect the current status of the science and conveys WHO's position on this issue.
See... Note for the Press N° 14, 10 October 2001
See... Fact Sheet N° 193, Revised June 2000. ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS AND PUBLIC HEALTH
10 October 2001 WHO

Workshop on Electrosensitivity in Sweden
Arranged by The Swedish Association for the ElectroSensitive a workshop on Electrosensitivity took place at the 27-28th of September. Two Swedish Funds, 'Allmänna Arvsfonden' and 'Cancer- och Allergifonden' made it possible. About thirty doctors and researchers from several countries enlighted the role of chemicals in the development of Electrosensitivity.
See Workshop program...
See Workshop Abstracts... 
27-28 September 2001

Mobile Phones May Do Harm by Speeding Up Brain
Dr. Alan Preece, head of biophysics at Bristol Oncology Center, is among a group of scientists becoming increasingly convinced that radiation from cell phones triggers chemical processes in the body that may be harmful. 
21 September 2001 Yahoo!.News

The California State Health Department EMF Program
An Evaluation of the Possible Risks From Electric and Magnetic Fields (EMFs) From Power Lines, Internal Wiring, Electrical Occupations and Appliances.
The Risk Evaluation analyzes the potential human health risks of magnetic field exposure. Specifically, this document provides an evaluation of the animal, laboratory and human evidence that shows how exposure to 50/60 Hz magnetic fields may or may not increase human health risks. The Risk Evaluation is based on the results of published research studies, with emphasis on new studies, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Working Group Report, and the results of the California EMF Program Studies.
The Risk Evaluation...
Appendix Four --Study Review of Hypersensitivity of Human Subjects To Environmental Electric and Magnetic Field Exposure.
16 September 2001

Electricity workers' cancer risk 'dismissed'
The researchers from the Institute of Occupational Health in Birmingham concluded there was "no discernible increased risk of death from brain cancer among workers in the electricity industry".
11 September 2001 BBC News

Mobile telephones in new brain tumour alert
USING a mobile telephone more than doubles the risk of developing brain cancer on the side of the head where the phone is held, the British Association festival of science was told yesterday.
A second warning was issued when Sir William Stewart, who chaired last year's government-sponsored report into mobile phone health risks, called for the cost of handsets to be increased to restrict their use by children.
5 September 2001 Telegraph

"Ireland's EMF policy is not to allow the EMF-health issue effect the growth and prosperity of the Irish economy"
The person who wrote them is Tom McManus, Chief Technical Advisor to the Irish Department of Public Enterprise, and they are published in the proceedings of the International Seminar on EMF Risk Perception and Communication, held in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 31 August-1 September, 1998. (p. 237 of the section "Elements of Prudent Avoidance policy.")
31 August 2001

A typical Cover-Up Story
Twenty years ago, 1,000 people died in an epidemic that spread across Spain. Poisoned cooking oil was blamed - an explanation that suited government and giant chemical corporations. It was, argues Bob Woffinden, who investigated the scandal in the 80s, the prototype scientific fraud that has found echoes around the world. 
25 August 2001 The Guardian

Mobile phone mast 'threatens school'
Now the popular, oversubscribed Roman Catholic primary school faces the prospect of a mass withdrawal of pupils by worried parents - and the consequent loss of funding. A mobile phone mast was erected next door to the school. Because the building is low-level, no planning permission was needed.
Governors of St Mary's Primary in Hornchurch, Essex, say the BT Cellnet mast was put up suddenly at the end of last term on the roof of the neighbouring engineering works. 
13 August 2001 BBC News

An interview with Gunni Nordström regarding Electrical Sensitivity
Are chemicals in computers the explanation for electric sensitivity? 
An interview with Swedish journalist and author Gunni Nordstrom whose work over two decades is a unique contribution to the history of Occupational Injury. 
the interview...
12 August 2001

Uniform Radiation Measure for Mobile Phones Reached
Mobile makers to detail radiation levels.
STOCKHOLM/HELSINKI  - The world's leading mobile phone makers will start publishing information later this year about the level of radiation emitted by their phones in response to concerns from consumers. 
The largest cellphone maker Nokia, the second-largest Motorola and the fourth-largest Ericsson, have agreed with the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardisation's (CENELEC) on a way to measure radiation absorption on phones. The agreement comes after years of lobbying from consumer and other organisations for companies and regulators to agree on a global standard of measuring radiation emitted from handsets.
16 July 2001 Reuters

Mobile phones to carry radiation data
Mobile phone manufacturers have backed a new international standard for measuring the amount of radiation a mobile phone user could absorb. Nokia, Ericsson and Motorola plan to include the measurements in the European handset manuals of new phones for the first time. 
European and US testing methods still differ in one key respect. The US approach recommends analysing the one gram of tissue where the electric field is strongest, while the new European standard recommends finding the most effected 10 gram unit. Measuring a larger area could neglect concentrations of absorption. 
18 July 2001 New Scientist

Cyprus protesters clash at UK base
Angry crowds pelted sticks and stones at British military bases in Cyprus on Tuesday evening over plans to build a huge telecommunications masts at UK bases on the island. 
4 July 2001 BBC News

Cyprus army base protests condemned
The Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, has condemned violence that left 40 police officers injured at a British military base in Cyprus. 
Eight are still in hospital after up to 1,000 people rioted on Tuesday following the arrest of a Cypriot MP, who had been protesting at plans to put up a radio mast near the base at Akrotiri. 
4 July 2001 BBC News

Britain on Cyprus alert
Greek Cypriots have continued peaceful demonstrations outside the island's British base at Akrotiri, following violent clashes on Tuesday night. Several hundred people gathered in opposition to the construction of radio masts at the base. 
Earlier arrested deputy Marios Matsakis from Nicosia's parliament defended his actions: "These satanic antennae will kill children and destroy the environment. I have done my duty and have no regrets." 
4 July 2001 BBC News

Cyprus: A slice of Britain abroad
To describe Akrotiri as a British military base hardly does it justice. A whole coastal peninsula in southern Cyprus, nearly 125 square kilometres (78 square miles) of it, is British territory. 
4 July 2001 BBC News

Letter from Cyprus, Sat, 7 Jul 2001
Pat Radnor Kyriacou who lives in Cyprus explains her view of what happened.

Akrotiri peninsula is a Category 1 Nature reserve. (Or SHOULD be). It has a salt lake, and this is used by thousaands of migrating birds - flamingoes etc. Cyprus is on a major migration route. As a catergory 1 Nature reserve, the Akrotiri salt lake and buffer area should be used for scientific purposes only, with some controlled access for birdwatching etc.

But when Cyprus became an independent republic, the UK held on to large areas of land to use as military bases. Akrotiri is on of the biggest spying centres in the world. The British military have acres of antennae there. They have also stockpiled all kinds of environmenal hazards and toxins there for decades.

The latest antannae were sneaked up two years ago, and now they want to build a monster one with masts 100 feet high! and curtain arrays of antennae. But the local residents now understand the hazards. They adamantly refuse to have any more antennae on their doorstep. They are now talking about insisting the british military dismantle the present ones and take them away (maybe to the UK!). They don't want their children having leukemia etc.

However, the british are ignoring the people and arrogantly going ahead. This prompted a colleague, Dr Matsakis, to climb one of the antenna masts in protest. He also snipped the barbed wwire fence which keeps Cypriot citizens out of their own land. This was a symbolic gesture.  Dr Matsakis M.P. is a reknowned pathologist, and he helped us greatly in our successful campaign to close down the dolphinarium. he will back any struggle against injustice - especially environmental. 

Imagine how people felt when they saw him being manhandled, forced into a police car, handcuffed and put into an English jail here in his own country! A young cameraman who was filming him was also manhandled by about ten 'police' and put in jail. His film and camera were forcibly removed.

A group of locals went to the british military police station and insisted their MP be freed immediately. The TV station reporter was demaning the release of the innocent young cameraman. The English insisted on arrogantly holding Dr Matsakis (who has immunity as an MP). The crowd has had enough. They took matters into their own hands. You cannot treat people in this day and age as colonials. Cyprus is a modern country on the verge of E U membership.

I will send you my report and you will see for yourself the scandalous wasy that the British military are acting. I would like as many people as possible to read this, as what is in the media is basically propaganda devoid of facts.

Bye for now.

Brain tissue alert over new 999 police radio link
THE planned introduction of a £2.5 billion emergency radio service is being reassessed by ministers amid concern that radio waves could cause changes to brain tissue.
The new system, known as Airwave, relies on a frequency that scientists say should be avoided for health reasons.
The Airwave handsets use the European Tetra (Terrestrial Trunk Radio System) standard, which enables up to four users to access a single radio channel simultaneously. Their transmissions are confined to "bursts" at the rate of 17.65 times per second (Hz).
But a report commissioned by the Department of Health, under the chairmanship of Prof Sir William Stewart, a former Government Chief Scientist, last year found that possible effects of frequencies at or near 16Hz included the release of calcium from brain tissue. Calcium carries out signalling, regulates secretions and other tasks.
13 July 2001 Telegraph

Mobile Telephones Cause Brain Damage in Rats
Research at Lund University Hospital shows that radiation from mobile telephones causes brain-cell damage in rats.
  The damage is caused by trace elements such as albumins in the blood, which, when exposed to radiation penetrates the barrier to brain cells, collect there and cause cell changes. Up to now, research on risks associated with mobile telephones has focused on the risk of tumours.
  An interesting finding is that the leakage is greatest at very low radiation levels, less than 2 W per kilo, and at very high radiation levels, the latter probably being attributable to increased temperature.
  The tests carried out by the researchers in Lund are now being repeated by others, including the US Air Force in Texas.
28 June 2001 worklife

IARC finds limited evidence that residential magnetic fields increase risk of childhood luekaemia
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is part of the World Health Organization.
  An expert scientific working group of the Monographs Programme of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has concluded its review of health effects of static and extremely low frequency (ELF) electric and magnetic fields. 
  Reports were first published in 1979 that childhood cancer might be associated with exposures to residential ELF fields. Numerous studies in many countries have been undertaken since then of possible increased cancer risks in children and adults from ELF magnetic field exposures. Special attention has focussed on leukaemia and on brain tumours, which early reports had suggested might be increased. IARC has now concluded that ELF magnetic fields are possibly carcinogenic to humans, based on consistent statistical associations of high level residential magnetic fields with a doubling of risk of childhood leukaemia. Children who are exposed to residential ELF magnetic fields less than 0.4 microTesla have no increased risk for leukaemia. Because of insufficient data, static magnetic fields and static and extremely low frequency electric fields could not be classified as to carcinogenic risk to humans.
  However, pooled analyses of data from a number of well-conducted studies show a fairly consistent statistical association between a doubling of risk of childhood leukaemia and power-frequency (50 or 60 Hz) residential ELF magnetic field strengths above 0.4 microTesla. In contrast, no consistent evidence was found that childhood exposures to ELF electric or magnetic fields are associated with brain tumours or any other kinds of solid tumours. No consistent evidence was found that residential or occupational exposures of adults to ELF magnetic fields increase risk for any kind of cancer
The full Pressrelease...
IARC Monographs on the Evaluation of Carcinogenic Risks to Humans
27 June 2001 WHO IARC

Mobile phone mast crackdown
Tough new controls have been announced by the Scottish Executive to end the mobile phone mast "free-for-all". 
All ground-based masts will be subject to full planning control under the new regulations. And there will be a limit placed on the numbers allowed on buildings. The regulations, which will come into force in late July, mean Scotland will have the tightest controls over mobile phone masts in the UK. 
25 June 2001 BBC News

Microwave 'DANGER' to preganant women
Electric appliances linked to miscarriages 
MUMS-TO-BE were warned last night that using ordinary household appliances can cause miscarriages. 
Regular exposure to strong electromagnetic fields (EMF) from objects such as microwave ovens is twice as likely to lead to the loss of an unborn baby, according to new U.S. research. 
And the risk becomes six times greater for a woman given the same level of EMF exposure when she is less than ten weeks' pregnant. 
 - Last night British health experts promised to study the ground-breaking findings by respected scientist Dr De-Kun Li and his research team. 
He said: "Pregnant women should keep away from microwaves, hairdryers and public transport operated by electricity." "These are items which give out very big doses of electromagnetic fields." 
The majority of women who miscarried in the study did so after being exposed to EMFs of just 1.6 MTs (mikroTeslas) and over on a daily basis. Britain's current maximum safety limit is 1,600 MTs 
Dr Li's research is to be published in November in the medical journal Epidemiology. 
more... (link already outdated!)
June 2001 , Sunday Mirror

Cover-up about cell phone danger - opinion US
America’s cell phone users are at risk today because they put their trust in Washington’s watchdogs — and the watchdogs have refused to bark despite unmistakable warning signs right before their eyes.
Consider what the FDA knows that it has not clearly communicated to the public.
In August 2000, the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health hosted a two-day conference, attended by worldwide scientists, to review crucial new findings. Scientists in a North Carolina laboratory, in research funded by the telecommunications industry, had repeatedly found that when human blood in test tubes was exposed to cell phone radiation, a genetic change occurred — one that cancer experts call a diagnostic marker of high risk for developing cancer. The blood developed high levels of cells containing micronuclei. 
Just as we cannot buy a car without seatbelts, we should not be able to buy a mobile phone without a protective headset that will keep the antenna safely away from our skulls.
Martin Schram
16 June 2001 Abilene Reporter News

THE MORAL COURAGE AWARD to Swedish electrosensitive
Per Segerback was awarded "The Moral Courage Award" by the trade union SIF. (The Swedish Union of the Technical and Clerical Employees in Industry)
He fought the dismissal by Ericsson (with the aid of his union SIF) in the Swedish Labour Court.
Per lost the case in the Labour Court. Their judicial decision cannot be appealed.
12 June 2001

Mobile firms patent cancer shields
THE world’s largest mobile telephone manufacturers have been patenting devices to reduce the risk of brain tumours among users while rejecting claims of any health hazards. 
The patents show that the manufacturers have been working on radiation-reducing components for at least eight years. The companies maintain that there is no contradiction between their public stance and the existence of the patents. 
The patents are now to be used in evidence in a series of US lawsuits launched this year against businesses. 
Dr Alan Preece, a medical physicist at Bristol University, said: “I think they are hedging their bets by doing this so that if the evidence does emerge, they have products up their sleeves.”
Manufacturers denied that the patents meant that they accepted the existence of hazards. 
11 June 2001 , The Times

Mammon and the masts - Trampling on local democracy
SCOTLAND. Helensburgh councillors find themselves apparently powerless to stop developments by two unlikely "neighbours from hell". St Columba Church in Sinclair Street and the United Reformed Church have both decided that the most appropriate, and lucrative, symbols to adorn the tops of their buildings are mobile 'phone masts. more...
May 2001, Helensburgh 200

Row as church puts faith in mobile profits
CHURCH authorities have been accused of putting money before the health of parishioners after agreeing to install eight mobile phone aerials in a church tower.
Planning permission is being sought for a Vodafone base station with six antennae to be built in the tower and an equipment room built under the crypt of St Margaret's in Altrincham, an affluent town 10 miles outside Manchester. more...
Wednesday 10 January 2001, electronic Telegraph

Church tolls the knell for phone masts
THE Catholic Church is calling for mobile phone aerials to be removed from bell towers in Italy, branding them ugly and potentially dangerous as well as spiritually "out of keeping".
The Church also says that the "eyesores" are contrary to canon law, which forbids the addition of "anything alien to the sacredness" of a church. Since the rent received amounted to income, the antennae posed a risk for the valuable tax-breaks enjoyed by parishes. more...
Monday 5 March 2001, electronic Telegraph

Village fights to repel church's 'unspiritual' mobile phone mast
PLANS to erect a mobile phone mast on an ancient parish church are being resisted in a village made famous by an 18th century naturalist.
Objectors in Selborne, Hampshire, condemn the scheme as "sacrilege" and "smacking of corruption" and have handed out protest leaflets; a petition is also being launched. The plan to place the mast on the tower of the 12th century church is also criticised by the Council for the Protection of Rural England. more...
Sunday 9 July 2000, electronic Telegraph

Priests look to the skies for profit
Example from Friday 19 March 1999
ROMAN Catholic priests in Tuscany are outraging their parishioners by rushing to rent their church bell-towers as sites for mobile telephone antennae.
Leasing a bell-tower in the dioceses of Pisa, Volterra and San Miniato, where the practice first took off, raises £600 a month. Six-year leases are being drawn up at an overall value of £43,200 each. The practice is spreading. In Rome the medieval tower looming over the Emperor Trajan's Markets above the Forum also sports a mobile telephone antenna. more...
19 March 1999, electronic Telegraph

Italy has threatened to cut off electricity supplies to the Vatican's radio station because it says the station's transmitters are causing magnetic pollution
Residents near the station's transmitter in the town of Santa Maria di Galeria near Rome fear some leukemia cases may be linked to electromagnetic emissions. 
Vatican Radio beams the pope's words around the world from a forest of antennas erected 50 years ago in a sparsely populated area. Now some 100,000 people live in the nearby suburbs. 
Truce in Vatican Radio battle , BBC, Thursday, 12 April, 2001
Italy renews Vatican Radio threat , BBC, Wednesday, 11 April, 2001
Vatican radio bows to pressure , BBC, Monday, 9 April, 2001
Italy threatens to silence Vatican , BBC, Friday, 16 March, 2001
March-April, 2001

Electricity in homes linked to child cancer
- More than 120,000 homes in Britain have abnormally high levels of electromagnetic radiation that could cause a small risk of increased leukaemia in children, an independent panel of scientists has revealed. 
- They said that 20 per cent of the homes with high-level magnetic fields were close to overhead power lines or pylons, while about 80 per cent were the result of the electricity supply into the homes, internal wiring, or – less likely – the heavy use of appliances.
7 March 2001 , Independent UK

Pylons are cancer risk - official
- HIGH voltage power cables have been officially linked to cancer for the first time. A study shows that children living near them run a small but significant increased risk of falling victim to the disease. 
- Sir Richard Doll, the epidemiologist who discovered the link between smoking and lung cancer in the 1960s, will this week warn that children living near electricity power lines are at an increased risk from leukaemia. 
- He is also expected to say that there may be a link with adult cancers but that this is unproven. His work was commissioned by the National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB), the government's radiation watchdog. 
March 4 2001, Sunday Times UK

Hidden menace of radiation?
- Every time you pick up a mobile phone, switch on a television or walk past an electricity pylon, you are exposed to electro-magnetic radiation. 
- Although EMR is naturally occurring, our increasing dependence on technology is worrying some scientists, who fear that it may be damaging our health. 
February 26 2001 , The Times UK

Danish Study Finds No Link between Cell Phones and Cancer
The largest health study to date has concluded that mobile phones do not increase the risk of cancer. A study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, led by Dr. Christoffer Johansen of the Danish Cancer Society in Copenhagen and the International Epidemiology Institute in Rockville, Maryland, followed 420,095 Danish mobile phone users between 1982 and 1995. The Danish scientists found cell phone users did not have a higher rate of cancers, leukemia or salivary gland tumors than the general population of Denmark. 

Some comments in the press ans some critisism of the study

WASHINGTON (AP) Study: Cell Phones Are Safe
But the study didn't last long enough to completely settle the issue. Several thousand Danes had used their phones for more than 10 years, the time it can take a slow-growing brain tumor to appear, but the majority had used them for only about three years. 
Consequently, ``this study ... should not be taken as the final answer,'' said University of Washington professor Henry Lai, whose laboratory research linked cell phone signals with damage to rat brain cells. 
``It's reassuring ... but not enough that it closes the book on this question,'' added Boston University epidemiology professor Kenneth Rothman.

USA TODAY Study finds no cellphone-cancer link
But the subject has been hotly debated, and George Carlo, a researcher and co-author of a new book that questions cellphone safety (Cell Phones: Invisible Hazards in a Wireless Age, $25, Caroll & Graf), says he is by no means convinced. He cites laboratory studies in mice and in test tubes that he says suggest there may be genetic damage from cellphone use. He says some studies have found an increase in certain rare cancers among cellphone users. 
Carlo says studies such as the Danish one looking at trends in cancer rates among cellphone users are inadequate. ''We're too early in the game of people using wireless phones to have these studies be determinative,'' he says. Because brain tumors take years to develop, ''we would not expect to have anything appear in these studies for decades.'' 

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) Study Shows No Link Between Cell Phone And Cancer
And in their report, the Danish researchers concede that since they followed study participants for only 3 years on average, there may yet be long-term effects they could not detect. Johansen and colleagues note that ongoing, large-scale studies in the US and Europe should help answer lingering questions. 

WASHINGTON POST Cancer-Risk Study Clears Cell Phones
"We cannot say that these phones are safe," he said. "All we can say is that we have increasing evidence against the hypothesis that use of cellular telephones causes cancer."
Critics said too many doubts remain.

The original article in the JOURNAL of the National Cancer Institute, February 7, 2001
Cellular Telephones and Cancer—a Nationwide Cohort Study in Denmark
Christoffer Johansen, John D. Boice, Jr., Joseph K. McLaughlin, Jørgen H. Olsen

Feb 8 2001

Swiss court says mobile phone antenna's must go. Renters get 30% reduction.
Geneva, Switzerland Jan 2001
- The Department of Justice, Police and Transport in the Canton of Geneva Switzerland ruled the following:
Renters within 11 high-rise apartment (flats) buildings, which are surrounding a mobile base station and having roof mounted mobile phone antennas from the swiss mobile operator DIAX, are entitled to a 30% rental reduction back dated to 1st Jan 1999. This reduction will also continue until the antenna's have been removed.
- As Geneva has relatively high rental costs this decision could well lead to several millions of Swiss Francs in lost income for landlords, who gave permission to build the antenna's.
- DIAX was instructed to immediately turn off and remove the antenna's after that 13 medical certificates reflecting health problems were presented. It is worth considering that, although Switzerland has one of the lowest allowable emission regulations,  people still became ill.
- If this case (no C-20879-2000-CG-A) is supported by the Bundesgericht "Federal courts" you may wonder what will happen to the mobile phone communications. DIAX and Landlords are said to be appealing to the courts.
Further information can be obtained via http://www.gigaherz.ch/211/
Feb 8 2001

German Study Links Cell Phones and Eye Cancer
A German study released this week said there was a link between cancer of the inner eye and use of cell phones. The report said 118 patients with a type of eye cancer called uveal melanoma had used cellular phones and other equipment deploying radio waves more often than 475 healthy patients did. Critics have said the findings were based on flawed research techniques. Press Release from the mobile industry , Reuters , CNNfn
Jan 16 2001

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