Monday, July 27, 2009

Reply to article / Voicing fears through drama / Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) Special Issue

Hi Martin,


I sent the following message, hope they post it.


All the best

Your article states that in 2006, the World Health Organisation concluded there was "no convincing scientific evidence" that weak signals from base stations and wireless networks caused adverse health effects. 

Please take a look at the enclosed pie chart which was taken from the WHO website, this was presented at a workshop at the EU Commission, 10 out of 14 peer-reviewed studies on base stations found significant increases in symptoms and conform to WHO standards of scientific quality. 


Plus a new peer reviewed Swiss study by Frei has shown that mobile phone masts exposure resulted in 32% exposure and mobile phones amounted to 29%, Dect cordless phone base stations 23%. This new study is very worrying as it demonstrates mobile phone masts expose the public to more radiation than mobile phones.   You can choose to use a mobile, but what do you do if you live near a mast?


An international working group of scientists, researchers and public health policy professionals produced the 2007 BioInitiative report.   The report  provides detailed scientific information on health impacts when people are exposed to electromagnetic radiation hundreds or even thousands of times below the guidelines. The authors reviewed more than 2000 scientific studies and concluded that the existing public safety limits are inadequate to protect public health

I suffered for many years with headaches, sleep problems and dizzy spells and was eventually diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 38. I discovered that I was living in a cancer cluster. I was living 100m from a phone mast and now understand that we are not alone as many other cancer clusters have been discovered around phone masts worldwide.


I would recommend the Church ensure that the mobile phone companies indemnify them from any future court actions that may result from the current situation whereby mobile phone masts are located on their property.


For more information/research go to the following websites: 


Kind Regards,

Eileen O'Connor


Monday, 27th July 2009

Voicing fears through drama

Actors mimic the fears of the citizens of Hortiatis Hill who are concerned about the health risks caused by the antennas.

A Greek couple discovered their son had cancer and when the child recovered and they realised it was the result of exposure to radiation of mobile phone antennas they left their home town.

This is not a true story but, the theme of one in a series of short plays that echoed the real concerns of the citizens of Hortiatis Hill, in Thessaloniki, that is at the centre of controversy over health hazards posed by electromagnetic antennas installed on site.

The scripts of the plays were inspired by the fears of the town's residents who recounted them to actors from the Malta Drama Centre and two international theatre companies, who travelled to Greece last month.

The residents told actors about their futile appeals to politicians to do something about the electromagnetic antennas. However, as depicted in one of the plays, their worries fell on deaf ears.

Such health concerns are not unique to Greece but have been felt throughout the EU. There are still conflicting opinions on the harmful nature of all antennas, not just of mobile phones.

The World Health Organisation recognises that several people attribute health conditions - such as headaches, anxiety, depression and nausea - to electromagnetic exposure. However, to date, scientific evidence does not support a link between such symptoms and exposure to electromagnetic field, according to WHO.

As for the EU, it has advised governments to protect those living close to transmitters by setting safety provisions.

Drama Centre project coordinator Mario Azzopardi explained that research carried out by the centre, as part of the project, showed that in Malta there was one antenna for every 194 people whereas in the UK the ratio was one per 1,297 inhabitants.

Earlier this year the environmental group Flimkien Għal Ambjent Aħjar urged the government to reduce the number of mobile phone antennas due to their potential health threats.

The antennas fell under the responsibility of the Malta Communications Authority that conducted ongoing tests on the antennas throughout the island, a spokesman said.

At the end of last February, there were 2,114 antennas in Malta. This figure includes transmission antennas used for broadband wireless access, radio navigation, maritime, mobile communications, aeronautical, satellite communications and fixed services.

The MCA spokesman said the antennas tested by the authority were "well within the acceptable safety limit".

The Greek Antenna Park Project was a tripartite initiative involving the Malta Drama Centre, the Machina Theatre Company of Asvestohori in Greece and the Business Club Austrialia of Vienna.

The project was sponsored by the EU's Grundtvig Lifelong Learning Programme.

During three separate events held over the past two years, actors from Malta, Greece and Austria travelled to the three countries to explore topics sensitive to the citizens. The subject picked by Malta was immigration while Austria touched on "barriers in the mind".

Through this forum theatre, public awareness was raised on controversial issues. The audience took the roles of "spec-actors" and were encouraged to express their concerns in the open and to "act their life" on stage, Mr Azzopardi explained.

The project ended this month with the Greece expedition and culminated with the publication of a booklet that outlined the actors' journey. Although not much political action took place in Greece about the antennas, the authorities published a written decision to remove 21 of hundreds of antennas from Hortiatis Hill.


Galea. L (10 hours, 42 minutes ago)
The MCA published the results of tests that it conducts on all such repeaters. However, they only say that the level is well within the established limits and do not give the measured field strength, not do they give the distance at which the measurements were taken and neither whether it is at street level or at rooftop level. What is the level of radiation that the people living next door are being exposed while on the roof? Is any tilt in the radiation pattern used and if so what is the angle? Is it different for different repeaters? What is the maximum power used at the repeaters when all channels are in use? What is the gain of the antennas? Whay is such information being hidden from the public?
Jessica DeBattista (16 hours, 9 minutes ago)
"As for the EU, it has advised governments to protect those living close to transmitters by setting safety provisions."

Please can we have some more information about the harmful effects of such antennas. It is not something to be brushed off as of minor importance. I am truly concerned and would appreciate any body who would exert pressure to have them set up away from inhabited areas.
Some hope in our congested tiny island!!!
But let's do our best.

We are playing with our lives here. Let's do something about it before it is too late!!!!!!!!

Jessica DeBattista
New Volume/Issue is now available on ScienceDirect

Volume 16, Issues 2-3,  Pages 67-250 (August 2009)

Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) Special Issue
Edited by Martin Blank
  1. Editorial Board
Page CO2
  2. Preface
Pages 67-69
Martin Blank
  EMF Effects on DNA
  3. Electromagnetic fields stress living cells
Pages 71-78
Martin Blank, Reba Goodman
  4. Electromagnetic fields and DNA damage
Pages 79-88
J.L. Phillips, N.P. Singh, H. Lai
  5. Genotoxic effects of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields
Pages 89-102
Hugo W. Ruediger
  EMF Effects on the Brain
  6. Increased blood–brain barrier permeability in mammalian brain 7 days after exposure to the radiation from a GSM-900 mobile phone
Pages 103-112
Henrietta Nittby, Arne Brun, Jacob Eberhardt, Lars Malmgren, Bertil R.R. Persson, Leif G. Salford
  7. Epidemiological evidence for an association between use of wireless phones and tumor diseases
Pages 113-122
Lennart Hardell, Michael Carlberg, Kjell Hansson Mild
  8. Mobile phone base stations—Effects on wellbeing and health
Pages 123-135
Michael Kundi, Hans-Peter Hutter
  EMF in the Environment
  13. Electromagnetic pollution from phone masts. Effects on wildlife
Pages 191-199
Alfonso Balmori
  14. FM-radio and TV tower signals can cause spontaneous hand movements near moving RF reflector
Pages 201-204
Paavo Huttunen, Osmo Hänninen, Risto Myllylä
  Science as a Guide to Public Policy
  17. Public health implications of wireless technologies
Pages 233-246
Cindy Sage, David O. Carpenter
  18. The London Resolution
Pages 247-248

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