Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Cell Tower Across the Street ? / EMF Concerns in Switzerland / etc

W.E.E.P. News

Wireless Electrical and Electromagnetic Pollution News 

16 June 2011

Cell Tower Across the Street ?
The World Health Organization recently listed mobile phone use in the same carcinogenic hazard category as lead,
engine exhaust and chloroform - "so why would we want a cell phone tower across the street?" Choiniere added.
EMF Concerns in Switzerland
3 "readers' comments", featured as "Letters of the Day" in Geneva's main newspaper, the Tribune de Genève.

Effects of wireless telecommunications devices (Nov. 2010)


On 26 October, the Tribune devoted an article to the quality of the telecommunications network in Switzerland.  People are demanding an improvement in the quality of the network without taking into account the dangers to their health that is implicated.  Scientific studies have proven a link between electromagnetic fields and all kinds of health problems, including cancers and neuro-degenerative diseases.  The utilization by children and adolescents of cell phones and computers equipped with Wi-Fi is particularly harmful because children absorb more radiation than adults.  This can cause hyperactivity, aggressive behavior, and memory and concentration problems.  Four billion persons in the world are addicted to this technology which to date has earned almost one trillion dollars for the industry.  This is why the telecommunications industry tries to cover up the truth about health effects.  It is thus the responsibility of consumers (parents, employers and educators) to inform themselves in order to protect others from the harmful effects of this technology.  It is up to them to raise awareness, especially of legislators to impose stricter rules such as banning the use of cell phones in children under 14 years and computers equipped with Wi-Fi in schools.


Communication :  What effects ?  (Jan. 2011)


The Communications Museum in Berne is announcing a space for reflection on the cultural and sociological effects of communications technology.   The exhibit will not, however, include mention of the harmful effects of electromagnetic waves emitted by cell phones.  These waves are particularly dangerous for children whose brains absorb more radiation than adults.  It is the responsibility of our educators, such as museums, to inform us about the harmful effects of this technology:   cancer, neuro-degenerative diseases, weakening of the immune system.  Instead, the organizers of this exhibition encourage the visitor to use his cell phone in order to access audio information which does not include this aspect of communication.  At least, advice could be given about healthy use of cell phones, such as limiting conversations to a strict minimum – better, "texting" instead of calling, using headsets, keeping the cell phone away from one's body, as it radiates even when switched off.  Scientists are already talking about a scourge that could be worse than that of tobacco.  How much suffering must we endure before all scientists accept the proof of the devastating biological effects of this technology?


Wi-Fi at the Children's Hospital (June 2011)

The modernization of the Children's Hospital at HUG (Geneva's university hospital) in order to improve the comfort of its patients is an excellent initiative.  Since 2008, this "comfort" also includes wireless access to the Internet (Wi-Fi) in children's rooms.  This place of healing has installed a technology which emits eletromagnetique fields similar to those of cell phones, classified just recently by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization, as "possibly carcinogenic" to humans.  The responsible authorities at HUG confirmed last December that they would continue to offer this service in the "absence of proof of the effects of Wi-Fi on health, but also proof of the total harmlessness of this technology".  On 27 May 2011, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, of which Switzerland is a member, adopted a resolution on the potential danger of electromagnetic fields, and recommended wired access to the Internet, especially for children.  Such declarations by institutions of authority should incite those who take responsibility to protect vulnerable persons from the potential health risks of electromagnetic fields and not install wireless technology in hospitals, retirement homes and schools. 
(published in "Readers' Comments", Tribune de Genève)
Meris Michaels
Letter - Don't be Bullied

Thank you to Harold Brochmann for his rigorous scientific approach concerning "smart" meters and electromagnetic radiation. (June 1 "Public policy" letter.)

The Guardian newspaper recently reported that approximately 95 per cent of current scientific research is funded by corporate sponsorship seeking specific outcomes.

Brochmann mentions the health council of the Netherlands. One should be aware that in the Netherlands, smart meters are not mandatory as they were deemed to violate the European rights to privacy. Unluckily for us, under Section 17 of B.C.'s Clean Energy Act, installation of smart meters is mandatory and can happen "without the consent of the owner." They are  an invasion of privacy at a cost of $1 billion (plus). Our present solid-state analog hydro meters are long lasting, unlike the proposed smart meters which are projected to need replacing within 20 years.

Another concern is the security of information collected by smart meters. When five different brands of smart meters were tested by the computer security company Inguardians, all were easily hacked. Are we prepared to compromise the security of our public utility at a time when Sony, the Pentagon and the Canadian government have all been hacked? What are the costs of cleaning up such a cyber mess and will there be a reliable way to verify or contest one's hydro bill should a smart meter malfunction?

As for the health aspects of EMR on humans, in many places a note from one's doctor is reason enough to prevent the installation of smart meters. Basically we are electro-chemical beings that are influenced both positively and negatively by electro-magnetic waves of varying lengths. The proliferation of electromagnetic radiation from cell phones, Wi-Fi and GPS will be further increased by radiation from smart meters and create standing waves at certain unfortunate "hot spots."

In a few years time this form of radiation will likely be proven "scientifically" to be far more harmful than second-hand smoke!  How can any of this be a good idea? And why should we allow ourselves to be bullied into accepting such technology?


Salt Spring BC





Male Infertility Linked to Cell Phone EMF Exposure

This is essential education for parents, teachers and schools regarding the fertility risks from cell phone use.

Article by Alasdair Philips of Powerwatch UK.

Oshawa Express
A few years ago a study at the University Hospital in Sweden had shown that people who started to use cellphones before the age of 20 had 5.2 times a greater risk of brain cancer than the general population. Is anyone noticing these studies, ...

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