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2 November 2010
November 1, 2010. Pick of the Week #16: Russian Translation Microwave Radiation influence on Man and Animals.
Petrov, I.R. (Ed). 1970. Influence of Microwave Radiation on the Organism of Man and Animals. Academy of Medical Sciences of the USSR, Translation of "Vliyaniye SVCh-Izlucheniya na Organizm Cheloveka i Zhivotnykh. II "Meditsina" Press, Leningrad, 1970, NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION, NASA TT F-708. For sale by the National Technical Information Service, Springfield, Virginia 22151 $3.00
ABSTRACT: The book deals with problems of the effect of the microwave field on the organism, which are becoming more pressing with each passing year, since the power outputs of microwave generators are being increased and more and more persons are being exposed to this factor. The monograph consists of three parts. The Introduction deals with the biological bases of the action of microwave electromagnetic radiation on the organism. Parts I and II set forth experimental material on the influence of high and low microwave intensities on the animal organism, characterizing the functional changes of the organism's basic systems and its metabolism. Also considered is the question of damage due to microwaves combined with other factors and changes in the organism's immunological reactivity, the properties of bacteria, viruses, and simple animals. Part III of the book is devoted to the influence of microwaves on the human organism and sets forth data acquired as a result of observations on volunteers as to the influence of low microwave intensities on the healthy human organism; it sets forth the symptomatology, stages, reversibility of changes, and a classification for the pathological processes that arise under the influence of microwaves in persons working with microwave generators. The book examines problems in the etiology and pathogenesis of sequelae to exposure to microwave radiation, characterizing the significance of microwaves and factors operating concurrently with them in the appearance of pathological changes, and indicating the basic pathogenic mechanisms of the pathological changes that arise under the influence of microwaves. It also presents material characterizing the application of microwaves to treat patients. The last chapter is devoted to protection from and prevention of detrimental effects of microwaves on the human organism. It cites the maximum permissible microwave radiation levels, characterizes means for individual and collective protection from the harmful effects of microwaves, and presents experimental material on the use of drugs to prevent detrimental after effects of microwave exposure. The Conclusion sets forth concisely the basic premises of the problem of microwave effects on the organism as reflected in the monograph and takes note of problems that require further study. The book contains 24 illustrations, 36 tables, and a bibliography of 521 citations.
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What's In Your Pocket? Cell Phone Safety Debate Front-and-Center
While talking on your cell phone, try to keep it away from your body as much as possible.
(I-Newswire) Washington, DC., November 1, 2010 - People have spent most of the past week talking about their cell phones rather than on them—and with good reason: Michael Scherer's compelling article in TIME Magazine on cell phone safety has rattled more than a few cages and has become the top rated shared story for the week ending October 29th. It's become fodder for water-cooler discussions as well as TV news broadcasts.
In his piece, Scherer points out the little-noticed bit of legalese in the safety manual for Apple's iPhone 4: "When using iPhone near your body for voice calls or for wireless data transmission over a cellular network, keep iPhone at least 15 mm (5/8 inch) away from the body, and only use carrying cases, belt clips, or holders that do not have metal parts and that maintain at least 15 mm (5/8 inch) separation between iPhone and the body."
"Nobody is watching," says Devra Davis, Ph.D., founder of the Environmental Health Trust and the author of the new book Disconnect: The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation, What the Industry Has Done to Hide It, and How to Protect Your Family. Most people don't realize, says Davis, that "when [the Federal Communications Commission] determined safe emissions of radio-frequency levels in 2001, it tested phones kept in holsters. It didn't, however, test phones kept in a far more common place—in a pocket, right next to a person's skin."
Other parts of the body are far from immune from cell phone radiation as well. Breast cancer is hitting young, healthy women who keep their cell phones in their bras (a disproportionate number of them African-American and Latino). Young men who are on their phones for hours a day have half the sperm count of others.
As spokespeople from Apple and CTIA, a trade group representing the wireless industry, downplay the risks, Dr. Davis and her group cannot stress enough the use of safety precautions surrounding the use of cell phones. Their guidelines include:
Children should only place cell phones next to their heads when making emergency calls. Children's skulls are thinner than adults' and their brains are still developing. Hence, radiation from cell phones penetrates more deeply into their brains and is likely to cause more damage. Texting while holding the phone away from the body is still fine for kids.
While talking on your cell phone, try to keep it away from your body as much as possible. The amplitude of the electromagnetic field (radiation) is one-fourth the strength at a distance of two inches and 50 times lower at three feet.
Whenever possible, use the speakerphone mode or a wired headset (not a Bluetooth).
Avoid using your cell phone when the signal is weak or when moving at high speed, such as in a car or train; this automatically increases power to a maximum as the phone repeatedly attempts to connect to a new relay antenna.
Avoid carrying your cell phone on your body at all times. Do not keep it near your body at night, such as under the pillow or on a bedside table, particularly if pregnant. A safer option is to put it on "flight" or "off-line" mode, which stops electromagnetic emissions.
If you must carry your cell phone, make sure that the keypad is positioned toward your body and the back is positioned away from your body, so that the transmitted electromagnetic fields move away rather than through you.
Only use your cell phone to establish contact or for conversations lasting a few minutes, as the biological effects are directly related to the duration of exposure. For longer conversations, use a landline with a corded phone, not a cordless phone, which also uses electromagnetic emitting technology similar to that of cell phones.
Switch ears regularly while using your cell phone to dilute your exposure. Before putting your cell phone against your ear, wait until your correspondent has picked up. This limits the power of the electromagnetic field emitted near your ear and the duration of your exposure.
When possible, communicate via text messaging rather than via a call, to limit the duration of exposure and the proximity of the phone to your body.
Avoid using your cell phone while riding on public transportation where you can passively expose others to your phone's electromagnetic fields.
Choose a device with the lowest SAR possible (SAR = Specific Absorption Rate, which is a measure of the strength of the magnetic field absorbed by the body). SAR ratings of contemporary phones from different manufacturers are available by searching for "SAR ratings cell phones" on the Internet.
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With great sadness we report the death of Shirley Ferguson, aged 56.
According to articles in the Morperth Herald, the Berwick Advertiser, Journalive.com and other media on 28th October, she was last seen at about 9.00 am on Saturday, 23rd October, in the Cottingwood Lane area of East Ord, Morpeth, Northumberland, UK.
Police searched neighbouring areas and distributed leaflets and posters around the town.
Police search teams found a woman's body at 11.26 am on the following Tuesday in the River Wansbeck, under 1 km from her last sighting and near the Whorral Bank area of Morpeth. On Wednesday morning it was confirmed that the body had been identified as that of Shirley Ferguson. A report is being prepared by police for the North Northumberland coroner.
Supporters of ES-UK are very saddened at this terrible news and wish to convey their deep sympathy and condolences to Shirley Ferguson's family and friends. The following comments are by Sarah Dacre, the trustee particularly involved the ES-UK telephone help-line.
"Shirley Ferguson had been in contact with many of us and increasingly so over the past three months. She had latterly been suffering from light-sensitivity, restless arms, chemical-sensitivity, electro-sensitivity and intolerance of her home electrics. She seemed to lack support from those who rejected her cries for help and who dismissed the friendship, advice, books and printed materials which she was given regarding her electro-sensitivity. We also supplied information to her medical advisers, including scientific guidance, but sadly it seems that the significance of her condition was not fully appreciated. She appears to have reduced all of her options and felt blocked and denied by those who dismissed her real symptoms. My own thanks go to the tireless support of the telephone help-line volunteers who are always available to help every caller."
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