Friday, May 20, 2011

Cell Phone Use May Reduce Male Fertility / Delta takes stand against cellphone towers etc.

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20 May 2011


Cell Phone Use May Reduce Male Fertility, Austrian-Canadian Study Suggests

ScienceDaily (May 19, 2011) — Men who have been diagnosed with poor sperm quality and who are trying to have children should limit their cell phone use, a new study suggests. Researchers in Austria and Canada have found that while cell phone use appears to increase the level of testosterone circulating in the body, it may also lead to low sperm quality and a decrease in fertility.

"Our findings were a little bit puzzling," says Rany Shamloul, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at Queen's University in Canada and a co-author of the study. "We were expecting to find different results, but the results we did find suggest that there could be some intriguing mechanisms at work."

The research team at Queen's and at the Medical University of Graz, Austria, discovered that men who reported cell phone use had higher levels of circulating testosterone but they also had lower levels of luteinizing hormone (LH), an important reproductive hormone that is secreted by the pituitary gland in the brain.

The researchers hypothesize that electromagnetic waves (EMW) emitted by cell phones may have a dual action on male hormone levels and fertility. EMW may increase the number of cells in the testes that produce testosterone; however, by lowering the levels of LH excreted by the pituitary gland, EMW may also block the conversion of this basic circulating type of testosterone to the more active, potent form of testosterone associated with sperm production and fertility.

More in-depth research is needed to determine the exact ways in which EMW affects male fertility.

Results of the research appear in the journal Andrologia, published by Wiley-Blackwell. In addition to Shamloul at Queen's, authors include T. Gutschi, B. Mohamad Al-Ali, K. Pummer, and H. Trummer at the Medical University of Graz.


Delta takes stand against cellphone towers

By Jessica Kerr, Delta Optimist May 18, 2011

Delta is taking a stand against cellphone towers.

At Monday night's meeting, civic politicians approved amendments to the telecommunications tower and antenna policy to include a general position statement indicating Delta council is opposed to the installation of cellphone towers and antennas in residential and agricultural areas.

The policy also states council's support of the "precautionary principle" and the idea of "prudent avoidance" when it comes to human exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields.

"This is a general position that we'd rather not have it," said Coun. Bruce McDonald. "But they will be built because... we use the resource on a continuous basis."

There are currently about 1,140 cellphone towers in Metro Vancouver, about 50 of which are in Delta.

While the regulation of telecommunications falls under federal jurisdiction, in 2005 the government gave local governments a little more say over installation and placement. In cases where a local government has a policy in place, the service provider is now required to follow it and provide Industry Canada with a record of the process.

Delta has had such a policy on the matter since 2001 but staff felt the recent review and update were needed in response to a general increase in demand for new tower sites.

However, as long as the tower meets the code requirements of a building permit application, the municipality cannot stop it from being installed.

"We're not in a position to say yes or no, we may be in a position to deal with the siting of the tower or the positioning of something out in a farmer's field somewhere but we're not in that type of control," said Coun. Robert Campbell.

"This is federal jurisdiction and we're going to be subject to that jurisdiction and we're going to see these things proliferate and be put up wherever they're necessary at the end of the day and I don't think the impact on individual health is going to change as much as we've seen in the last two decades."

Most recently here in South Delta, Shaw Communications was looking at installing a tower on the grounds of Tsawwassen's Benediction Lutheran Church in February.

After several residents and Delta council expressed concerns over the placement of the tower, Shaw took a step back from the site.

The revamp to Delta's policy also includes a requirement that any company looking to install a tower, or modify an existing one, consult with the municipality. It also now requires companies to hold a public meeting for all proposals.

Delta chief administrative officer George Harvie said Delta's policy is one of the most restrictive in the Lower Mainland.

"There continues to be a reluctance among the companies to share and that's giving us a problem," he also told council. "We should be pushing them to share locations, share poles."


International Agency for Research on Cancer
Just days before the International Agency for Research on
Cancer (IARC) begins its evaluation of the cancer
risks associated with RF radiation, French national TV has
accused one member of the IARC review panel of trying to
suppress a study that points to a health risk from cell phones.

Read all about it at:


Louis Slesin

Editor, Microwave News
A Report on Non-Ionizing Radiation
Phone: +1 (212) 517-2800;
E-mail: <>

the tv video all in French

we also can see Prof Hardell at the beginning.

maybe available from abroad.


Impact of cell phone use on men¹s semen parameters

   1. T. Gutschi1,
   2. B. Mohamad Al-Ali1,
   3. R. Shamloul2,
   4. K. Pummer1,
   5. H. Trummer1


The objective of the present retrospective study was to report our
experience concerning the effects of cell phone usage on semen parameters.
We examined 2110 men attending our infertility clinic from 1993 to October
2007. Semen analysis was performed in all patients. Serum free testosterone
(T), follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinising hormone (LH) and
prolactin (PRL) were collected from all patients. The information on cell
phone use of the patients was recorded and the subjects were divided into
two groups according to their cell phone use: group A: cell phone use (n =
991); group B: no use (n = 1119). Significant difference was observed in
sperm morphology between the two groups. In the patients of group A, 68.0%
of the spermatozoa featured a pathological morphology compared to only 58.1%
in the subjects of group B. Patients with cell phone usage showed
significantly higher T and lower LH levels than those who did not use cell
phone. No significant difference between the two groups was observed
regarding FSH and PRL values. Our results showed that cell phone use
negatively affects sperm quality in men. Further studies with a careful
design are needed to determine the effect of cell phone use on male
Mast Sanity
Mother fights Wi-Fi
May 18, 2011   Frank Matys

ORILLIA - Health concerns are driving a local parent's concerns over the use of wireless Internet technology at Orillia's new library.
Armed with a petition containing about 160 names, Colleen Genno this week urged city council not to make available WiFi technology at the downtown building.
"As a mother, I need to look out for my children, and for all of the children in this town," Genno said. "I'm also concerned about the adults, the library staff."
Heart palpitations, migraines, breathing problems, and memory loss are among a slew of symptoms linked to WiFi exposure, Genno added in a presentation to council.
"A lot of schools have removed WiFi because of children and teachers showing negative response to it," she said.
Genno removed her four-year-old son from a local school in October after he began experiencing troubling symptoms, including nosebleeds and behavioral problems.
When the principal refused to provide a schedule detailing when laptops where being used, Genno pulled her son from the school.
"When I removed him, all of these things went away," she added.
Genno recommended that WiFi technology not be employed at the new library, and recommended that plugs be installed at study carols for clients requiring Internet access.
"This would provide a safer alternative to WiFi," said Genno.
She noted WiFi technology is in place at the temporary library and is used, on average, by four people per day.
"It is not a huge demand, certainly not something that they can't do in a safer way," Genno said.
Coun. Linda Murray noted the World Health Organization stated it had no scientific evidence to show wireless networks cause illness.
Genno said that many of the studies to date are flawed or were industry-funded.
"We have the choice of whether we are going to use a cell phone or not, but children don't have the choice," she added. "And we don't have the choice if we are being subjected to WiFi that we don't even realize (is present)."
Coun. Tony Madden said council isn't qualified to make a decision on wireless technology and must rely on the federal government for guidance.
"We are not experts in that field, and so we have to rely on the science of the day," he said. "Current science of the day, as endorsed by Health Canada, says that it's safe.
"If there is anecdotal or conflicting research that states otherwise, I think it is incumbent upon Health Canada to put that issue to rest," he added.

Electromagnetic waves are everywhere
They are odorless and invisible, yet the electromagnetic waves are everywhere. Microwave, wireless, mobile phones ... wireless technologies have invaded our daily lives. Never in the history of mankind, an industry had not deployed as quickly. In France, 64 million mobile phones are in operation, used by adults but also teenagers or even children. This new mobility, despite its practical aspects, relies on technology, the microwaves that more and more researchers say harmful
18 mai 2011 11h29 | Par 4commentaire(s)
Wifi antennas "bad vibes", the documentary about the devices that surround us
A danger to your health? "I use a headset (phone) because what I have seen under the microscope scared me," announces entry into a science documentary airs tonight on France 3 at 20:30
Microwaves, cell phones and their inevitable antennas, wifi, monitor, these devices emit invisible waves which wound through our daily lives and are not necessarily safe, as "bad vibes", a documentary aired Wednesday on France 3.
"I use a headset because what I saw scared me under a microscope," slip inlet Alain Privat, a neurologist at Inserm. A Swedish neurosurgeon Leif Salford, drives the point home: "We are the guinea pigs of the largest and worst experimentation."
Nothing to date has proved, but scientific studies cast doubt, to the point that environmental health agency in 2009 advocated a reduction in exposures.
Sophie Le Gall, who won the 2011 Prize for investigative FIGRA (International Festival of big news reporting and documentary company) for a documentary about the contamination of tap water, shows all the facets of this subject to controversy: conflicting research results, the health agency prudent operators who are agitated in all directions, people who care, the justice that works ...
Carine's apartment, an engineer measure the wave level: 4 V / m near the microwave, 5.6 near the cordless phone, 2 at the feet of the baby monitored by a baby monitor ...
A Fleurat (Creuse), the family Janjeon found "a massacre in the backyard" after the implantation of an antenna. Madeleine Bastide, Professor of Immunology and Parasitology, confirms the trend in the laboratory.
Scientists differ in their interpretations. Some, like René de Seze, the National Institute of Industrial Environment and Risks (INERIS), recognized as the only effect of increasing the ambient temperature near cell phones. Others - some show their faces hidden - suspect the effects of waves themselves.
Standards are supposed to protect people, but they are "obsolete", said MEP Michele Rivasi.
The documentary will be followed by a discussion

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