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Obama Administration Exploring Cell Tower Health Risks

Obama Administration Exploring Cell Tower Health Risks


Fresh Hopes for Activists in New President's Willingness to Look at the Health Realities.
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Obama Administration Exploring Cell Tower Health Risks

29.01.2009 by admin Category Electromagnetic Health Blog

Fresh Hopes for Activists in New President's Willingness to Look at the Health Realities.



Source: birminghammail.net
Jan 29 2009 by Neil Elkes, Birmingham Mail



January 29, 2009; US PRESIDENT Barack Obama has turned to a Midland anti-mobile phone mast campaigner to help the fight against cancer.



Eileen O'Connor, as a founder member of the Radiation Research Trust, has led the battle against the relentless growth of mobile phone masts and technology for the past seven years.



And now the US President's cancer panel, set up by Obama to research the possible links with both nuclear and electro-magnetic radiation, has asked Eileen for her views on the issue.



The trust has supported widespread research into the possible dangers of mobile and wireless radiation and campaigns for the technology to be made safer.



Eileen said: "Obama's panel has launched an information gathering exercise and I was invited to provide evidence. While I am not building up my hopes, I am delighted the issue is being taken seriously by the President.



"President Obama recently said science is about ensuring that facts and evidence are never twisted or obscured by politics or ideology.



"It's about listening to what our scientists have to say, even when it's inconvenient and I welcome this approach."



The evidence gathered by the panel will be considered in drawing up advice to the new President on measures needed to be taken to improve the health of Americans.



Any steps taken are likely to be considered around the world.
Eileen first suspected a link between mobile phone masts and cancer when the arrival of a mast in her home village of Wishaw, near Sutton Coldfield coincided with a cluster of cancer cases, including her own.



The campaign hit the headlines in 2003 when the mast was pulled down in the middle of the night and residents blockaded the site to stop it being replaced.



The Radiation Research Trust funds and draws together scientific research from around the world and lobbies government to adopt a more cautious approach to mobile technology.



A key theory is that it is the electromagnetic radiation frequency, and not i ntensity or power of the signal, which can cause the damage. It is also thought that some people are more sensitive to the effects than others.



Comment from Camilla Rees, Founder of ElectromagneticHealth.org:



It is encouraging the Obama team is said to be exploring potential hazards of cell phone radiation, tapping the expertise of long-time UK activist, Eileen O'Connor of Radiation Research Trust. What Obama's advisors will learn is that people are being made sick by the radiation being emitted from cell towers, health care costs are being driven by related illnesses, peoples lives are unfairly crumbling because of the lack of responsibility exhibited by industry and governments in designing these technologies and the serious biological and DNA-level effects of microwave radiation have been known about for decades. He will also learn that, under pressure from the telcom lobby, the Telecommunications Act of 1996 included language taking away state and local governments rights to limit towers on health or environmental grounds. This power grab is a travesty that needs to be reversed to protect the health of humans, animals, and nature.



If Obama is the courageous, intelligent, truth telling man we want to believe, informed by his team of the health hazards of microwave radiation, he will need to immediately stop the proliferation of the Wi-Max network underway in this country and press industry to find safer means of telecommunications. He should pressure Congress to mandate the FCC lower EMF emissions guidelines for industry, repeal Section 704 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, and establish cell-phone and wireless-free neighborhoods, government buildings, public spaces and schools. These are the mandates of ElectromagneticHealth.org's Petition to Congress found at:  link to www.thepetitionsite.com



For journalists wanting to learn more about the known biological effects, see www.BioInitiative.org. There is no question there are biological effects, the uncertainties concern the various potential mechanisms of action.

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inviting points of view only to status guo the ho aint solving problems 04.Feb.2009 16:53

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all they have to do is modify the transfer of signal to roof top then into a cable.. but since u.s. is so poor they would rather saturate a perception of advancement with "free internet"" computer not included but the debt is.

concerns re cell tech 28.Mar.2009 10:17

David Schock

As a concerned parent, I do feel cell tower concerns are valid, in that, while "science" has not found the specific mechanism by which cell tower/phone radiation might harm humans, studies are increasingly showing that it does, and the subject remains highly controversial among scientists(anyone who doubts this can do a few hours research on the internet and see for themselves--even the interphone study is not being released due to this controversy). If nothing else, science has shown it's limits with such issues in the past--are we to believe that no harm exists because no scientist has defined yet how how it might be so?

Just a few things about the subject of cell towers-

~7 of 7 well known studies on populations living near base stations (cell towers) show serious health effects for nearby residents! This included a ten times increase in breast cancer in an Israeli (Netanya) study, and a four times increase in a variety of cancers in a German (Nalia) study .

~There was an international cell tower conference in Salzburg in 2000, and it recommended cell tower emission guidelines one-thousand times more stringent than current US levels. ONE THOUSAND TIMES. This was considered a MINIMUM step to be taken to guard human well being. It also directed that cell towers be situated no closer than 1500 ft. (about 1/4 mile) to homes and schools.

~Over 100 physicians and scientists at Harvard and Boston University Schools of Public Health have called cellular towers a radiation hazard, and, 33 delegate physicians from 7 countries have declared cell phone towers a "public health emergency".

Regarding WiFI, and wireless networks

-A recent study at Wayne State showed that people exposed to only three hours of WiFi had more trouble falling asleep than those that did not. The people exposed to WiFi also had more headaches than those that were not. Clearly biological effects are being shown here.

-Germany has advised their citizens to avoid WiFi when possible.

-Germany, Austria and Belgium have all advised schools against installing WiFi networks.

-WiFi is being removed from some public schools in England, and the head of the teachers union there has called for a moratorium on WiFi in schools.

-Five public libraries in Paris have just removed their wireless network due to health concerns.

-a Canadian University is refusing to put in WiFi due to lack of research proving safety.

-An Austrian head of environmental health and medicine is considering a WiFi ban in schools, calling the technology "dangerous", and saying he would immediately remove his own child from any school that had WiFi.

-The European Environmental Union is calling for immediate action to reduce exposure to radiation from Wi-Fi, mobile phones and their masts. It suggests that delay could lead to a health crisis similar to those caused by asbestos, smoking, and leaded gasoline.

And finally, regarding the phones themselves,

Dr. Vini Khurana of Australia, one of the world's top neurosurgeons, has said cell phones may cause more cancer in the near future than smoking or asbestos.

Prominent cancer researcher at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, Dr. Ronald B. Herberman, warned his staff against using cell phones due to cancer concerns.

In Japan you are not allowed to use Cell Phones on the train due to second hand radiation.

A new study by UCLA and Danish researchers found that women who used a cell phone while pregnant gave birth to children with higher levels of hyperactivity, and more difficulties with emotional control. Also regarding fertility issues, numerous studies have shown links between diminished sperm quality and increased cell phone use(is anyone listening to this?!?).

Recent research in Sweden shows a five times increase in children who use a cell ohone before age 20.

In addition, Swedish researchers have found a link between cell phone use and brain tumors, and all of the Doctors, pro and con to the issue in general of cell phone safety, on a recent Larry King discussion panel advised limiting cell phone use among children.

France is moving to limit or eliminate cell phone advertising to and use among children.

Still, many in America poo-poo all this as crazy liberal tree hugging non-sense.

Studies are showing problems! Deal with it! :)