Please find enclosed the letter sent to the President of Brazil by those international participants who spoke at the Non-Ionizing Radiation; Health and Environment Workshop, held in Porto Alegre, Brazil on May 18 and 19, 2009. This letter will be posted on the ICEMS website shortly - www.icems.eu
You may review the workshop proceedings there now.
Dr. Alvaro deSalles and his colleagues are to be highly commended for convening this important meeting. Dr. deSalles may be contacted directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elizabeth Kelley M.A.
International Commission for Electromagnetic Safety
On this link mobilsmog.se has published the picture of the statue of the founder of GeKås, a low-price-shoppping centre in Sweden. GeKås is a fanstastic commercial success and attracts visitors not only from Sweden but also Germany for instance.
The founder died some years ago in a malignant brain tumour, caused according to himself by his mobile phone. His children wanted the statue show him as he was normally – i. e. wearing a mobile phone to his head.
Willard throws wrench into power line project
Legal plea » Rocky Mountain Power wants court to keep town from disrupting construction schedule
By Steven Oberbeck
The Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune
Updated:06/29/2009 07:07:23 PM MDT
Rocky Mountain Power said Monday it will go to court to try to force the town of Willard to allow it to build a high-voltage transmission line through the city despite concerns that electric and magnetic fields from the project could harm the health of nearby residents and damage property values.
The utility plans to ask a 1st District Court judge to bar the town from interfering with its construction schedule after the Willard City Council late last week voted 3-2 to deny it final approval to build the line.
"It was an astounding vote," said Rocky Mountain Power spokesman Dave Eskelsen, who contended the city in early November already had approved the permit. "It certainly caught us by surprise."
Although Willard represents only a tiny segment of the 135-mile-long line that will run from southeastern Idaho to just west of Salt Lake City International Airport, the utility contends the city is now threatening its entire $600 million project. It says the line is needed to ensure the company has enough capacity to serve its Utah customers, whose demand for electricity continues to increase.
"The city's action must not be allowed to unnecessarily delay this project," Mark Moench, the power company's general counsel, said in a statement announcing the filing of a lawsuit against the city.
But Willard's city planner and spokesman, Jay Aguilar, said the council in November only gave the company preliminary approval for the construction permit. It specifically withheld final approval until everyone's concerns were addressed.
And last week a report and presentation by an independent consultant, Cindy Sage of Sage Consultants in Santa Barbara, Calif., raised new questions about the health impact of the electric and magnetic fields (EMF) that would be emitted by the high-voltage lines.
"It was new information that we didn't have," Aguilar said, indicating the report questioned and ran counter to Rocky Mountain Power's assertions that the safety of Willard's residents is not at risk.
In her presentation, Sage told the City Council that EMF is known to cause cancer and that children living in residences near high voltage power lines are reported to have increased risk of cancers, particularly of leukemia.
She said four different laboratories around the world have found that breast cancer cells grow faster under EMF exposures. There also is an increased risk of miscarriages among women with only intermittent exposure.
"EMF is a documented cancer-causing agent since 1998 in the U.S., and 2001 by the World Health Organization International Agency for Cancer Research," Sage reported.
She also raised the prospect that the transmission line would damage nearby property values. "Transmission lines affect future [land] use and development potential."
Rocky Mountain Power offers a different take.
It contends EMF risk to human health hasn't been established. "We're not health experts, so we're relying on the best scientific evidence available," Eskelsen said.
Willard isn't the only community to have concerns.
The segment of the transmission line that stretches from southern Box Elder County north to the Utah-Idaho border sparked more than one round of angry confrontations between the power, public officials and landowners, many of who were upset about the selected route.
"We told Rocky Mountain Power that there is a route through our city that would be acceptable, but they had already decided where they wanted to go and wouldn't consider any alternative," Aguilar said.
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Compounds from rosemary fight against
mutagenic effects of radiation
(NaturalNews) The U.S. is turning into radiation nation. In the twenty-three years since Chernobyl, Americans seem to have forgotten the impact of radiation on health. Swept up in the euphoria over an endless parade of wireless devices, we have turned our backs on the common sense that informed us that Chernobyl was a really big deal when we heard the news. Today Americans act as though they are addicted to radiation and completely oblivious of the jack-hammering effect it has on human cells. They appear willing to accept cancer and even death as small prices to pay for the ability to communicate with anyone, anywhere, anytime. As the nation eagerly anticipates the rollout of WiMAX, promising bone-incinerating coverage of 3,000 square miles from a single tower, those who object find they have no voice and no choice. However, recent research has shown there are steps to take in self-preservation. Carnosic and rosmarinic acids naturally deter radiation poisoning.
In two separate studies, scientists in Spain found that nothing fights radiation damage to micronuclei like a simple garden herb known as rosemary. They noted that ionizing radiation causes the massive generation of free radicals that induce cellular DNA damage. They studied the protective effects of several compounds against gamma ray induced chromosomal damage in micronuclei testing by adding various compounds to human blood before and after irradiation. When the compounds were added after gamma-irradiation treatment, the protective effects relied not on scavenging ability, but on activity against free radicals already present in the cells, such as lipoperoxy radicals which are mainly responsible for continuous chromosomal oxidative damage.
The fact that carnosic acid and carnosol found in rosemary are fat soluble allows them to provide highly asignificant protective anti-mutagenic activity. Even the most powerful water-soluble antioxidants lack the capacity to protect against gamma ray induced damage. This study can be found in the British Journal of Radiology, February 2 edition.
In their second study, the generation of radiation induced cellular DNA damage to skin from free radicals was the focus. The researchers sought to demonstrate that rosmarinic acid from rosemary would act as a photo-protector both by acting as a scavenger of free radicals and as an inducer of the body's own endogenous defense mechanisms by regulating tyrosinase activity and stimulating melanin production. They found that formulation of toxic malonyldialdehyde was delayed by the use of rosmarinic acid, and the protection factor was 3.34 times greater than for other compounds studied, as measured in micronucleus testing. In vivo testing showed the capacity of orally administered rosmarinic acid to inhibit skin alterations as a result of UV radiation exposure. This study was reported in the February edition of Food and Chemical Toxicology.