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28 August 2012
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Dear Dr. Kendall:
I agree with Mr. Robert Riedlinger and noted author Iris Atzmon of Israel that if Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman can implore the Education Minister of Israel, Gideon Sa'ar, to immediately suspend installation of wireless internet in schools due to the well documented hazards of RF - EMF, Canada should be doing the same, as should all countries.
August 27, 2012
Dear Dr. Kendall:
I sent an email to you on Friday, but failed in include other members of your Canadian leadership, all of whom must share our concerns for the health and safety of children not only in British Columbia, but everywhere. I made you aware of some very significant developments in Israel. Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman has implored the Education Minister of Israel, Gideon Sa'ar, to immediately suspend installation of wireless internet in schools due to the well documented hazards of RF - EMF. It is my strong belief that Canada should be doing the same, as should my own country, the United States, and all countries around the world.
In May of 2011, the IARC committee of the World Health Organization declared, 29 to 1, after careful perusal of the science, that all types of radiation within the radiofrequency part of the electromagnetic spectrum should be declared a 2b "possible human" carcinogen. Wi-Fi is included in that classification. Children are much more vulnerable than adults. You are exposing them to cumulative radiation by having Wi-Fi in the schools. You know you can hardwire their computers and it will be infinitely safer. Since my email to you of August 24th, it has been brought to my attention that you, interestingly, has publicly discounted the significance of the IARC classification of everything on the spectrum of RF - EMF as a 2b "possible human" carcinogen. Perhaps I received incorrect information? It is hard for me to believe you would discount IARC's decision and redefine it in your own terms, but just in case you truly made such a statement, I will address that before the close of my letter.
Cancer is a concern, of course, but even greater is the neurological concern, because the brain is the first major organ of the body to be adversely affected by RF - EMF, and the long-term and even short-term effects are potentially devastating. Cognition can be impaired, reaction-time slowed, and impulse control delayed.
I organized a brain study of firefighters, men who are considered to be the strongest of the strong among us, in California in 2004. They had been exposed to a cell tower beaming across their working/sleeping quarters for 5+ years. The study was conducted by Gunnar Heuser, MD, PhD, an expert in the field of neurotoxicology. Each of the men who had their brains scanned showed a hyper-excitability of the neurons, or brain cells. This is considered to be a precursor to early cell death and potentially early onset Parkinson's, ALS, and Alzheimer's. Now, 8 years later, two of the men have had psychotic breaks with reality and all are suffering from memory impairment. All the men tested in 2004 had tremors, and some were still in their 20's.
· lack of focus and motivation
· memory loss
· mood swings including depression, anger
· sleep disruption and lack of alertness
· chronic headaches
· ringing in the ears
In an attempt to protect the firefighters from the cell towers targeted for their stations, I wrote the original version of Resolution 15 which was passed by an 80% margin at the International Association of Firefighters convention in Boston in 2004. I was proud to be joined by four others as co-authors, including two Canadians, Assistant Fire Chief Joe Foster and Dr. Magda Havas of Trent University, and two Americans, Janet Newton, Director of the EMR Policy Institute and Lt. Ron Cronin of the Boston Fire Department. Resolution 15 calls for further study and a moratorium on placement of cell towers on firestations in the US & Canada (attached), yet you radiate children in schools?
These invisible waves are microwaves, Dr. Kendall. "Radio waves" is a lovely euphemism. Please do not continue to expose young children to microwave radiation throughout their formative years.
What you are doing by ignoring the IARC/WHO warning is putting young, developing children at great risk. If you choose to look away at this time when there are literally thousands of non-industry funded studies showing the dangers of RFR, you will -- metaphorically speaking -- have blood on your hands.
The IARC Working Group classified "Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields" (RF-EMF) as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B). The information that formed the main basis for this evaluation was found in epidemiological studies on cell-phone use, where a slightly increased risk for glioma (a malignant form of brain cancer) and acoustic neuroma (a non-cancerous type) was reported among heavy users.
There were some indications of increased cancer among radar-maintenance workers (occupational exposure), but no reliable data from studies among, e.g., people living close to base-station antennas, radio/TV towers, etc (environmental exposure).
Although the key information came from mobile telephone use, the Working Group considered that the three types of exposure entail basically the same type of radiation, and decided to make an overall evaluation on RF-EMF, covering the whole radiofrequency region of the electromagnetic spectrum.
In support of this, information from studies with experimental animals showed that effects on cancer incidence and cancer latency were seen with exposures to different frequencies within the RF region.
So the classification 2B, possibly carcinogenic, holds for all types of radiation within the radiofrequency part of the electromagnetic spectrum, including the radiation emitted by base-station antennas, radio/TV towers, radar, Wi-Fi, smart meters, etc.
An important point is the radiation level. The exposure from cellular phones (personal exposure) is substantially higher and much more focused (usually on the brain) than exposures from radio/tv towers, antennas, or Wi-Fi.
I hope this is useful.
Thank you for your interest in our work.
Robert A Baan PhD
The IARC Monographs
IARC, Lyon, FRANCE
At your request, Dr. Kendall, I would be more than happy to send relevant medical studies. You may speak more loudly through your silence if you choose not to learn more about this intensely germane issue.
I would like to ask, for the record, if you receive any campaign contributions, contributions toward governmental or private programs, or gifts -- monetary or otherwise -- from the telecommunications industry or any entity that has any connection to them?
Thank you for your time and careful consideration.
SUSAN FOSTER, MSW
Advisor, Radiation Research Trust, UK
Member, International EMF Alliance
Honorary Firefighter, San Diego Fire Department
Rancho Santa Fe, California 92091
cc: Michael de Jong, Minister of Health
George Abbott, Minister of Education
Premier Christy Clark
Leader Adrian Dix
I join Susan Foster's request, asking that you make a clear conflict of interest declaration.
You received 160 independent studies directly from the public, because people had faith in you, beliving that you would choose the side of precauation for them, as they would like it to be and as they deserve. You replied that all studies did not convince you, but you never explained why. Some of the studies you received are the best in the field and you did not explain why you reject them. They are the product of years and money, that you throw to the garbage. Do you not think the Canadian public deserve a proper detailed response why you rejected the studies you received, apart from the reason that they are probably not accepted by the industry.
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