Wireless Electrical and Electromagnetic Pollution News6 October 2011
Cellphone usage limits urged by Health Canada
The Canadian Press Oct 4, 2011
The guidance is a nuanced change from previous advice, which suggested that people could limit their use of cellphones if they were concerned about an unproven suggestion the devices increase one's risk of developing brain cancer.
"Really it's more proactive in encouraging cellphone users to find ways to limit their exposure, and ... to empower parents to make healthy choices to reduce their children's exposure," explained James McNamee, division chief for health effects and assessments in Health Canada's bureau of consumer and clinical radiation protection.
The new advice, a response to a World Health Organization report issued in May, reminds people they can reduce their exposure to radiofrequency energy by limiting the length of their cellphone calls and substituting text messages or chats on hands-free devices in the place of phone-to-ear cellphone calls.
Radiofrequency energy is the type of radiation emitted by cellphones. It's also given off by AM-FM radios and TV broadcast signals.
Canadians own and use an estimated 24 million cellphones. Worldwide it is estimated that five billion people owned cellphones in 2010.Cellphone users can take practical steps to reduce exposure, such as replacing cellphone calls with text messages. Mario Anzuoni/Reuters
There have long been questions as to whether the devices increase a user's risk of developing brain cancer. Despite the fact that dozens of studies have looked at the question, there is no clear answer.
But a statement issued in late May by the International Agency for Research on Cancer the cancer arm of the WHO classified cellphones as a category 2B risk, meaning the agency acknowledged mobile phones are possibly carcinogenic to people. McNamee sat on the panel that took the decision.
Health Canada says more research needed
Health Canada says the data suggesting the link is far from conclusive and more research is needed.
But in light of the shift, the department decided it should tweak its advice on cellphone use, especially as it relates to kids.
"We want to make people aware that there is some uncertainty in the science, particularly for children. Because there have been no long-term studies, or very, very few long-term studies with children," McNamee said.
"They are often more sensitive to a variety of agents than adults. They're not little people, in essence. Their brains are still developing, their immune systems are still developing. So you can't say the risk would be equal for a small adult as for a child, per se."
Little change from status quo, industry says
Still, the department isn't advocating set limits or changing the safety regulations for cellphones. In fact, an industry spokesperson interpreted the statement as little change from the status quo.
"It would be a slight shift in messaging, I suppose, but I believe that the updated information from Health Canada is simply a reminder to Canadians about the state of science on this topic, and any steps that individuals, and their children, can take," Marc Choma, director of communications for the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association, said by email.
"I think Health Canada is reiterating that, to date, the science has not shown a link between cellphone use and health concerns, but that more research is recommended. The industry has always supported any calls for continued research that is deemed necessary by the international scientific community."
Health Canada did not appear to want to hit the message too hard.
McNamee objected to the suggestion the department was "urging" parents to restrict cellphone use by their kids. The tone the department is trying to set is more accurately reflected by the word "encouraging," he suggested.
"It's not urging. Cellphones can certainly be beneficial for parents and for children. And they're a convenience."
"Not much has changed," McNamee added. "The advice to Canadians is largely the same. The science hasn't really changed. Health Canada's just being a little more proactive on this, in a nutshell."
The amount of radiation in this case, electromagnetic waves emitted by handsets that penetrates your body is based largely on how close the device is to your head during calls, the number of phone calls you make and how long your calls last. ...
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I think this is highly likely for the following reasons:
1. Many of the medical problems found in children with autism overlap with
problems that can be caused by electrosmog. Google You Tube "Smart
Meters-Time is Up" for more detailed information about this association. See
the Bioinitiative Report for unbiased electrosmog science.
2. Autism numbers started rising exponentially within a few years of the
first cell phone roll out in the late 80's.
3. In the movie "Horse Boy" significant improvement is made when visiting
Mongolia for a few weeks. The family attributes the progress to
Shahmen...another environmental factor that was significantly different was
a decrease in electrosmog. Cell phone reception was challenging.
4. A study of 2000 Asian street children showed perhaps one or no children
with autism. In the US we would have expected 20. They had no mains
5. Dr.Dietrich Klinghardt did a small but important study looking at the
electrical environment of pregnant women. The women with high levels of
"Dirty Electricity" had a significantly higher chance of having a child that
later developed autism or other neurodevelopmental disorders. (See Dr. Sam
Milhams book "Dirty electricity")
Other helpful websites:
1. Wired Child
2. EMF Safety Network
3. Citizens for Safe Technology
Kind Regards, Dr. Jelter
treating children with ASD
P.S. "There is little doubt that ELF causes childhood leukemia." ( Quote
from The Bioinitiative Report")
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