Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The electrophobes video / EMF and DNA damage / Old cellphones as toys? / PhD in GIS candidate wanted / Two new reviews / Safety code 6 standards inadequate

You may care to review one of the latest internet features about electro-sensitivity - The electrophobes!

Hi Sarah
Sorry I have been away on shoots for the last few weeks and haven't had time to send this. Hear we are then. Jan Bednarz is the Director as I am sure you'll remember.

Alison Severs

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This item was filmed earlier this year, while the angle is somewhat negative to ES, it is useful coverage and possibly how 95% of the population views our challenge.

Perhaps if you have a minute register to their site and post a comment, we need some balance! 

This piece is available for circulation and loading on the various web sites.(please forgive any duplication).


This ES group on facebook has been sent in today.
Pathophysiology. 2009 Mar 3. [Epub ahead of print] Links
Electromagnetic fields and DNA damage.

Department of Chemistry, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, CO 80918, USA.

A major concern of the adverse effects of exposure to non-ionizing electromagnetic field (EMF) is cancer induction. Since the majority of cancers are initiated by damage to a cell's genome, studies have been carried out to investigate the effects of electromagnetic fields on DNA and chromosomal structure. Additionally, DNA damage can lead to changes in cellular functions and cell death. Single cell gel electrophoresis, also known as the 'comet assay', has been widely used in EMF research to determine DNA damage, reflected as single-strand breaks, double-strand breaks, and crosslinks. Studies have also been carried out to investigate chromosomal conformational changes and micronucleus formation in cells after exposure to EMF. This review describes the comet assay and its utility to qualitatively and quantitatively assess DNA damage, reviews studies that have investigated DNA strand breaks and other changes in DNA structure, and then discusses important lessons learned from our work in this area.

PMID: 19264461 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

Hi All
You may want to file this story under 'Really Stupid Parents' or 'Lets Radiate the Kids'.  Either way these parents are endangering the lives of their children and are acting highly irresponsibly.
Martin Weatherall

Old cellphones given to children as toys still call 911 

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 14, 2009   


An RCMP detachment in Alberta dealing with hundreds of accidental 911 calls is asking parents to disconnect the battery in old cellphones before giving them to children as toys.
Already this year, the Brooks RCMP has investigated 457 emergency calls that turned out to be false.
"Many people give their cellphones to children to play with and kids are accidentally calling 911, which then gets transferred to the RCMP to investigate," police said in a release.
"Cellphone carriers must allow deactivated cellphones to access to 911 for emergency purposes …. If you give old cellphones to your children, disconnect the battery so the phone cannot be activated."
If someone calls 911 and hangs up, the operator will call the number back. If no one answers, the operator will contact the cellphone carrier to find names associated with the number, conduct computer police checks and maybe even use GPS to locate the phone, police said.
"The RCMP member is then required to speak to the person or attend the residence to ensure all is OK," police said.
Mobile devices with a single button that connects to 911 are also accidentally going off.
People who call 911 accidentally should stay on the line and explain to the operator that it was an error, police said. However a police officer may still call back or drop by the residence associated with the phone.
Brooks is a small city of about 13,500, located 190 kilometres southeast of Calgary.

PhD in GIS at Utrecht University, Netherlands

14 Jul 2009

Post doc/PhD: Geographical Information System (GIS) The candidate will be using geographical information systems to estimate historical and current exposure to ELF and RF electromagnetic fields from base-stations and powerlines for in particular a prospective cohort study consisting of 250.000 members of the general population.

The methods to be developed should take into account both exposures at home, at work and elsewhere (commuting, etc.). Field studies in which actual EMF exposure will be measured in order to evaluate the accuracy and reliability of GIS-based exposure assessment methods will be integral part of the work.

The candidate will publish the findings as papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals. These papers will form the basis of the PhD thesis for the PhD student.

University Graduate
For a Post doc position:

  • PhD degree or within one year of obtaining PhD degree in the field of GIS and/or geostatistics with a focus on health related issues.
  • Established and relevant research focus and continuing research plan.
  • International experience and willingness to build a Dutch and international network.

For a PhD position:
We are looking for an enthusiastic graduate with a background (MSc) in the field of Geo Informatics with specialisation in the use of geographic information systems (GIS). The candidate should have strong organisational, communication and writing skills (in English).

In both cases we are looking for a team player who is able to work independently. Experience in the field of characterization and measurement of physical agents through GIS methods and a strong statistical/ methodological interest and experience will be an advantage.

Additional information about the job:
Post doc/PhD: Geographical Information System (GIS) based exposure assessment for studies on health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields.


Utrecht University
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

The Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences of Utrecht University is an interfaculty research institute within the faculties of Veterinary Medicine, Medicine and Bèta Sciences. Research is carried out in close collaboration with the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) Quality of Life. The mission of IRAS is to provide education and research on the human health risks of exposure to potentially harmful agents in the environment, at the workplace and through the food chain.

The research is performed in three divisions

  • Environmental Epidemiology
  • Toxicology
  • Veterinary Public Health

Recently within the Division of Environmental Epidemiology a start has been made with research of health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields. The research is being funded by the ZonMw National Research Programme Electromagnetic Fields and Health and the Seventh Research Framework Programme of the European Union. The ZonMw research programme has funded a chair in Epidemiology of Health Effects of Electro Magnetic Fields at IRAS.

The aim of the ZonMw National Research Programme is to keep track of new and existing EMF applications, such as MRI, mobile phone and WIFI use and to enhance the Dutch knowledge infrastructure in the field of electromagnetic fields and health. Research projects will be carried out in extensive collaboration with several national and international research institutions.

In order to be able to perform the studies within this new, ambitious and unique research field IRAS seeks inspired candidates for the following position of either Post doc/PhD: Geographical Information System (GIS) based exposure assessment for studies on health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields.

Conditions of employment

Estimated maximum salary per month: eur 3500 – 4000 Salaryscale 10. Employment basis: Temporary for specified period Duration of the contract: 1 year with the perspective of prolongation with another 3 or 4 years. Maximum hours per week: 38


The International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) has released two new reviews: One is a systematic look at RF radiation and health, and the other is on tumor risks from mobile phones.

Details at:

Louis Slesin

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Safety code 6 standards inadequate

Dear Editor:

Both Mayor Perrino and Telus have stated that the proposed cellular tower to be installed within a few hundred metres of homes and schools conform to Health Canada's Safety Code 6.

This is the mantra used by both politicians and industry to defend their decisions to install these ultra-high frequency electromagnetic fields close to where people live.

Safety Code 6 was established in 1999 and has not been amended since that time.

It is based on preventing damage to human tissue due to the well-understood heating effects of Radio Frequency thermal effects, which are short-term thermal effects. 

Health Canada has never conducted research into the long-term effects of continued exposure to non-thermal rates of radiation — the type of radiation to be emitted by the tower proposed for our community.

For Ms. Perrino to cite this Safety Code does not adequately address the concerns of parents who send their children to nearby schools, or to families who live within the vicinity of the tower.

In France, Great Britain, Taiwan, Israel, and several other countries around the world, the standards of safety are much higher than in Canada and  are based on the most recent scientific studies.

Furthermore, once installed in these countries, the levels of electromagnetic radiation are monitored.

There is no provision in Canada requiring that Industries monitor their output of radiation — industry can increase the output without approval from anyone.

Ms. Perrino, by blindly approving of this tower in our neighborhoods, you are subjecting the people of Summerland to higher levels of radiation. You cannot use Health Canada's Safety Code 6 to defend your decision — it is an outdated and inadequate code that only serves to allow industry to continue installing these ultra-high radioactive frequencies throughout Canada.

Leslie Kemp