Wireless Electrical and Electromagnetic Pollution News
6 June 2012
From Mona Nilsson:
Swedish Magazine New Technique discloses hole in the firewall Fecyhing/Ahlobom and Mobile phone industry
While she partially funded his research into health and mobile phones via the telecom industry, which she openly recognizes in his jävsdeklaration to ICNIRP. TeliaSonera, Ericsson and Telenor contributes 50 percent of the cost for the Swedish part of the research project Cosmos (with over 50 000 mobile subscribers), now about 7 million.
Maria Feychting sees no conflict in leading Icnirps activities while she receives industry funding.
- I do not think there is a problem because funds channeled through third parties acting firewall between our researchers and industry, ensuring our independence, she says.
But Ny Teknik's audit shows that the industry and scientists first discuss together about the funding and then turn to Vinnova and request authority to act an intermediary.
Vinnova officer Pontus von Bahr stated that the parties came to the former Director-General Per Eriksson with the arrangement.
In this context, established a so-called Firewall Agreement 2007, which will protect researchers from "undue influence" of mobile stakeholders.
According to Christer Törnevik, research area manager at Ericsson, Ericsson began and scientists to meet 2005th
- Before the contract was written with Vinnova, we asked, however, some quality-related issues, and suggested that certain quality criteria should be included in the contract. It is normal to have the opportunity to give our input and comments on the design of studies, he said.
Ericsson has proposed inter alia an international reference and the number of survey persons would be at least 25 000, he says.
Vinnova has not had any insight into the informal contacts that occurred when the firewall agreement is in force.
Despite the wording of the agreement that it will "ensure that all links" between companies and researchers "are transparent" do not ask Vinnova any specific reports of meetings.
The Authority's list of the file are no records of such meetings.
People from Ericsson Research have sometimes met with KI scientists since Cosmos project commenced in 2007. These meetings have been continued funding and technical information, says Christer Törnevik
According to Maria Feychting, she has participated in meetings with the companies in 2006, 2009 and 2011, which among other things, been the companies' interests to contribute funds.
Firewall deal was until 2009. After signing a contract extension for 2010. Since the agreement has ended.
Now scientists boxes again funding from industry.
The project manager for Cosmos, Anders Ahlbom, professor of epidemiology at the Karolinska Institutet, sent October 6, 2011 an email directly to Ericsson: one eleven-page application with project and budget plan for 2012 to 2014. He writes in the email that funding requires a firewall agreement "preferably by Vinnova."
The researchers' request for funding will, according to Anders Ahlbom, later sent to Vinnova.
- I can only say that this is normal. We have a first discussion on the study itself, I see nothing strange about it, says Christer Törnevik.
Tommy Ljunggren, head of systems development in mobile, TeliaSonera, says, however:
- It's a bit strange, I do not know why but we have received an application to us directly and not through Vinnova, he says.
The Company reserves its position until it receives an application from Vinnova.
- It may seem conspiratorial and wonder that we have informal contacts with industry, but we are totally independent. My understanding is that the telecom industry to contribute funding.
KI researchers Anders Ahlbom, above, and Maria Feychting, right, drives the Swedish part of the mobile research Cosmos. Anders Ahlbom's integrity as a scientist was questioned last year by a working group of the UN's cancer research agency IARC. Maria Feychting alone in Icnirps Commissioners about getting research funds from the telecom industry. Other ICNIRP members have little or no industry connections.
The June 14, 2011 A.M.I.C.A. (l'Associazione malattie da intossicazione cronica e/o ambientale Chronic toxic and/or environmental diseases Association) gathering in Rome involved a most helpful exchange between experts: scientists, lawyers, volunteers, environmentalists and institutional representatives regarding radiofrequency and microwave health risks. One of its main conclusions is that policy-makers face the radiofrequency/microwave issue "seriously and concretely". In the legal exchanges with experts it was demonstrated that the "standards" are inadequate and pose a kind of criminal code crisis, especially with regards to determining causality of damages, and the consequent judgement of guilt. For example: can certain events including homicide be connected to electromagnetic emissions. As has been indicated by medical experts, an "exact" correlation can never be verified. Therefore, the maximum grade of Italian justice does not require absolute certainty, but a known probability, along with the circumstances of a concrete case to demonstrate the event.
Scientists, lawyers and institutional representatives on radiofrequency/microwave risks (English version)
http://punto-informatico.it/3190276/PI/News/elettrosmog-cosa-dice-scienza-italia.aspx (Google-enabled translation)
What is the relation between radiation and biological dysfunctions? What is the state of scientific research? Which are the legislative instruments? Such were the issues discussed at the June 14, 2011 A.M.I.C.A. (l'Associazione malattie da intossicazione cronica e/o ambientale Chronic toxic and/or environmental diseases Association) Cellular, Wi-Fi and Wi-Max: a health hazard?"meeting in Rome. The event was held at the Palazzo Marini in Rome, with presentations by scientists, lawyers, volunteers, environmentalists and academics, who assessed health risks associated with mobile devices and RF. The scientific and legal interventions led to two basic conclusions: there is a need to encourage independent studies, and, policy makers must address seriously and effectively the problem.
The first session gave an overview of the scientific evidence on the risk associated with exposure to electromagnetic fields of wireless communications, with presentation of experimental and epidemiological research carried out by Italian and international scientists.
Fiorenzo Marinelli, Institute of Molecular Genetics, National Research Council (Bologna), presented in vitro and environmental study results of interactions between Wi-Fi, radar and mobile phones with cellular vitality. Wireless networks experiments show that irradiation of the cellular system results in decrease in number of living cells and the increase of cancer cells within one hour of exposure. Documented RF and microwave biological effects indicate damage to DNA, chromosomes, free-radical production, neurotransmitter modification, premature aging, memory loss and the appearance of allergies. The epidemiological survey conducted in the town of Potenza Apicena (originated by the presence of a misunderstood epidemic that affected persons exposed to electromagnetic waves) has demonstrated, as Marinelli shows, that exposure to radar emissions de-vitalize cells after 24 to 48 hours. The researcher expressed the need to perform more detailed studies in order to observe the cause-effect relationship between exposure and diseases (breast cancer, thyroid disorders, autism, leukemia, etc.). According to Marinelli, SAR (Specific Absorption Rate), the measurement system used to calculate the percentage of electromagnetic energy absorbed by the body under conditions of exposure to radio frequency electromagnetic fields, is of "extreme approximation ".
Septimius Grimaldi, National Research Council (Rome), has undertaken to demonstrate and explain the theoretical and biological aspects of damage from exposure to electromagnetic fields. According to biophysics, the effects are biological as well as thermal; specifically the biological (non-thermal) effects become particularly relevant when they result in adverse consequences in the central nervous system, whose proteins, made faulty, become associated with such diseases as dementia and schizophrenia.
Dr. Valeria Pacifico, Dermopatico dell'Immacolata Institute (skin pathologies), has analyzed oxidative stress associated with non-ionizing radiation. Monitoring of 541 electrosensitive patients has shown that, so far, no useful markers have been identified to define diagnostics criteria that would have permitted the development of therapeutic protocols guidelines. Currently, it is hypothesized that proximity and use of computer screens, cell phones, cordless phones and other electromagnetic appliances can be a cause of observed chemical and metabolic disorders. Patients, therefore, have no other choice than to eliminate what they consider to be the triggering factor of their illness, with a clear reduction of the quality of their lives.
One of the most interesting and pressing appeals of the day came from Dr. Ernesto Burgio, President of the International Physicians for the Environment (ISDE), who expressed the need to develop biological, genetic and epigenetic models, rather than physical ones for the study of electrosensitivity. The linear model developed by physicists has no correlation with epidemiological studies. Thus, argues Dr. Burgio, the number of contaminated victims resulting from Hiroshima to Chernobyl would be critically reassessed, who have been calculated abstractly and in a misleading way. Speaking of the present study, it has been shown how detrimental effects of ionizing radiation do not become immediately evident in exposed individuals, but sometimes only in second and third generations. This is an indication of the need to change the lines of study from the physical to the epigenetic paradigm.
Along this rationale, there is harsh criticism of the Interphone mega-study, which is considered by some Italian scientists to be misleading in its choice of risk factors, while there is appreciation, for the recent action by the [WHO's International Agency on Cancer Research] IARC, which classifies electromagnetic fields in category 2B: "possibly carcinogenic to people," with the wish expressed by the doctors present, that it be soon classified as group 2A.
A plausible link between electromagnetic radiation and genome modification has been investigated by Morando Soffritti, scientific director, Ramazzini Institute in Bologna, who presented initial results from a large experimental project involving over 18,000 mice that shows that exposure to low doses of gamma radiation results in a significant increase in the incidence of female breast cancer in mice. Soffritti, demands that occupational exposure limits to powerfrequency magnetic fields set by ICNIRP be reviewed.
The morning panel hosted as final presentation Professor Olle Johansson Experimental Dermatology Unit, Karolinksa Institute in Sweden, and member, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm), considered as one of the "champions" for electrical sensitivity. Johansson retraced the steps taken by doctors and politicians toward the adoption of the precautionary principle enshrined in the European Community that specifies the adoption guidelines to limit the use of cellular and cordless phones by children and vulnerable groups. Johansson disputes expert-selection criteria in high-level international bodies such as WHO, which, says the Swedish physician, often rely on consultants colluding with telecommunication companies.
The afternoon session hosted a debate between lawyers and representatives of electromagnetic-field-regulation bodies. The discussion depicts a disconcerting situation, which essentially, is a lack and inadequacy of standards as well as a crisis in criminal law in toto, which is grappling with the intricate problems in ascertaining causality of damage and, subsequently, with rulings.
Lombardi Lorenzo, head, Section of Electromagnetic Noise Pollution and Environment Ministry, explained Law 26 of 2001 for the Wireless technology installations emission standards. While providing for quality limits, it is an "incomplete" law, according to lawyer Matteo Ceruti that results in an "alarming" situation. In reality, this framework law cannot be applied administratively, due to the lack of implementing decrees. Not only is it unable to impose sanctions due to the absence of mandated authority, the law fails for four fundamental reasons: 1) absence of implementing decrees for most of its parts, 2) the issues that it relates to, 3) the weakening / reversal of principles, and 4) the application of generally inadequate case law. In addition to all this, according to Ceruti, is a lack of scientific update that is envisaged by the law.
Citing the Radio Vatican case, Maria Cristina Tabano (with Codacons), followed by Nicola Bramante (criminal law) illustrated a fundamental point that relates to the causal link between damage and guilt. In view of the significant lack of scientific certainty in such matters, the two lawyers cited several Supreme Court rulings that to determine harm and culpability, statistical laws are sufficient, even with low average coefficients, provided that they are able to explain a specific event.
Such an interpretation concerns a relevant problem: it is possible to determine, beyond a reasonable doubt, that certain events including homicide be associated with electromagnetic emissions? As has been indicated by medical experts, an "exact" correlation can never be verified. Therefore, the maximum grade of Italian justice does not require absolute certainty, but a known statistical probability, along with the circumstances of a concrete case to demonstrate the event.
To argue as the Swedish Radiation Protection authority that the levels are so low from the wireless network that they do not affect human health, is to ignore the facts. This was written by Roger Carlstrom, Police commander in Southern Sweden in a reply to Adam Lagerqvist, NT debate, 5/5.
My name is Roger Carlstrom. I am 47 years old and am an external officer at the police in southern Sweden. I'll tell you about my experience with wireless networks.
In 2007, the police received a new controversial mobile radio communication system called Tetra. When it was introduced, despite opposition the health risks were not investigated properly, it had already existed for years in England. There, police officers received severe health problems, including sleep problems, skin rashes, cancer.
After only about a month's use of Tetra , I had rashes on the face, which was diagnosed as the skin disease rosacea. I also had severe sleep problems. I could be awake for two days. Some weeks I only slept a total of ten hours, divided in small portions. When I had many days off or were on vacation, sleep came back pretty quickly and the rash disappeared almost completely. But when I started working again the old symptoms returned immediately.
My managers saw the connection between exposure to radio system and my rash, and they made sure that I had to start an office service without Tetra exposure. My rashes and sleep problems disappeared immediately.
But when I had a temporary job at a police station in Malmo, the skin rash returned. Next to my work place was the county communications center, where all radio traffic to and from police cars headed. There were also a number of cordless DECT phones. I had to go back to my old service. The rash disappeared promptly.
But during the fall of 2011 the rash flared up again. I began to investigate what could be the cause. Adjacent to the police premises had a training activity, just started up in the former premises that stood empty. The training was conducted through computers with wireless networks. The radiation from a router reached slightly into my room. With a laptop, I measured the signal strength and I could move into the room where the contact was lost. The problems disappeared immediately.
But then in December 2011, I became very ill and was hospitalized. A large tumor in my brain was taken away. I know that both the tumor as the skin rash was caused by radiation from Tetra and wireless networks. For those who are not aware of the technical details, I can tell you that the radiation from the police radio system, a wireless network or a cordless phone are similar and is equally dangerous. Therefore, my advice is not to install wireless networks, whether at home, in schools or at workplaces. Use fixed cable connected internet connections. You will have a more stable and faster connection.
To argue as the Swedish Radiation Protection authority that the levels are so low from the wireless network that they do not affect human health, is to ignore the facts. Already, both students and teachers experience severe symptoms at schools where education is carried out through wireless networks and computers / ipads with. In addition, the studies the authorities refer to are only made to see immediate effects, not damage at the long term, or biological damage. The Council of Europe recommend in Resolution 1815 not to use wireless data networks in schools because of health risks.
ROGER CARLSTRÖM Police Commander, Police in Southern Skåne
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A group of people concerned about radiation from mobile phone antennas has convinced a parliamentary committee to probe the matter and grill the authorities responsible for the devices.
In summary form, the EPA's report of five case control studies found that four of the jive noted significantly elevated risks of cancer in the following categories of employment; (1) gliomas and astrocytomas in Maryland electricians, telephone servicemen, linemen, railroad and telecommunication workers, engineers as well as electronic engineers; (2) primary brain cancer in workers of Philadelphia, northern New Jersey, and south Louisiana involved with design, manufacture, repair, or installation of electrical and electronic equipment; (3) brain cancer in East Texas male workers involved in highly exposed (EM fields) occupations in the transportation, communication, and the utilities industry; (4) brain cancer in workers identified in a 16-state NCHS survey of industries and occupations" (see footnote 94). One common thread that runs through these four case studies is brain cancer.
Realize now that the levels of electromagnetic energy to which those workers were typically exposed were much lower than the exposure to which a portable cellular telephone user is subjected with each telephone call. The EPA, in this report, concedes that "There is a link between exposure to EM fields and certain forms of site-specific cancer, namely leukemia, CNS, and lymphoma" (see footnote 94). Of course, in the instances when the exposure is directed at the head and brain of the human subject, as it is with portable cellular telephone use, we should expect that the predominant form of cancer would be central nervous system (brain) cancer.
Robert Kane's book pages 84- 89
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