Thursday, May 22, 2008

Radiation Expert Barred / Voices for Accessibility

Hi all
It appears that the democratic process failed at this inquiry in Scotland. Wouldn't you think that an inquiry should hear the best evidence available, even if it does not support government policy?
It is worth considering, that a powerful electrical distribution system near your home could cause similar harm. Your own house wiring and electrical appliances could also be a danger if there is an unknown fault.

Voices for Accessibility

Posted on: Tuesday, 20 May 2008, 09:00 CDT


A Dos Griegos Homeowners Association panel at the Eldorado Community Center recently discussed the dangers of cell-phone antennas. The discussion was sobering.

A wireless-antenna facility that includes six 10-foot-plus cell- phone antennas was being installed in the Dos Griegos community, where 37 antennas already exist. These antennas emit microwave frequencies that some say produce health risks, particularly for people with electromagnetic sensitivities. "There is progressive nerve damage," said Bill Bruno, one of the four panelists and a research scientist in biophysics.

"A whole range of neurological symptoms can result," said Arthur Firstenberg, author of Microwaving Our Planet: The Environmental Impact of the Wireless Revolution and founder of the Cellular Phone Task Force, a nationwide organization raising awareness on the dangers of cell-phone radiation, pointed out other risks. "This radiation gives us diabetes, asthma and skin conditions," he alleges. "It makes our children hyperactive and autistic."

Firstenberg added that this radiation could also cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, ringing in the ears, hearing loss and Alzheimer's disease.
This was sobering news for someone like me sitting there with a cell phone in my pocket.
Panelist Ann McCampbell, a physician and chair of the Multiple Chemical Sensitivities Task Force of New Mexico, is so affected by chemicals in her surrounding environment that she sat at the table wearing a protective mask. She pointed out that there is a link between chemical sensitivities and the dangers of electromagnetic sensitivities.

"Many people that have chemical sensitivities have electromagnetic sensitivities or they develop electromagnetic sensitivities and then have the chemical sensitivities," McCampbell explained.

Glenn Capener, a network engineer with Alltel, proposed re- positioning the antennas to change the amount of radiation emitted. "From what we know, the radiation pattern is coming out of the antennas," he explained. "So if we want to separate ourselves from the radiation, vertical separation is the best type of separation."

The discussion got heated at times. Toward the end, it broke down. Not much is known about the risks created by electromagnetic emissions but they are very real for the people who say they have problems because of them. So how do we talk about something that has so many questions and so few answers?

The only thing we can do is keep the dialogue going and invite as many views as possible into the discussion. Julie Tambourine, a local resident, reiterated this need to find a common ground. "We have a responsibility, whatever we believe about the data, to really listen and think about this because this is a rare place where this issue can be legally debated."

For more information, contact The Cell Phone Task Force at 471- 0129.

Know of any issues that need to be talked about? Contact Gabe Taylor at
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Source: The Santa Fe New Mexican