2006.03.22

Cordless Phone Dangers

I recently sent a series of e-mails on the subject of cordless phones to the folks on my EMR/EMF e-list. Now that I have a blog here, I will share some of those. Recently a woman told me that her husband took a call on their cordless home phone, then drove away in the car still talking on the handset, to see how far from the phone’s base he would still be able to use the phone. When she told me that he drove several miles and was still receiving the signal, I was so astonished that I wondered if she had the distance correct.

I recently sent a series of e-mails on the subject of cordless phones to the folks on my EMR/EMF e-list. Now that I have a blog here, I will share some of those. Recently a woman told me that her husband took a call on their cordless home phone, then drove away in the car still talking on the handset, to see how far from the phone’s base he would still be able to use the phone. When she told me that he drove several miles and was still receiving the signal, I was so astonished that I wondered if she had the distance correct.

However, today I found the following information in an article posted on Earth Pulse.com: Cell Phone Convenience or 21st Century Plague?

Many cordless phones broadcast 24 hours a day, regardless of whether they are in use or not. This can mean a lot of people suffering from sleep disturbance, memory problems, headaches, fatigue, nausea, dizziness, high blood pressure, cardiac irregularities, etcetera. Not to mention the long term risk of leukemia and cancer.

In apartment buildings, people using cordless phones thoughtlessly expose their neighbors in addition to themselves.

For more infomation on the symptoms caused by such exposure, the research that has been done, please see my Notes on The Health Effects of Manmade Electromagnetic Frequencies. The Electrosmog Detector described on the products page can help you determine your exposure to telecommunicatons frequencies.

Shivani


The following is an excerpt from the article, referenced above: Cell Phone Convenience or 21st Century Plague?

Remote Home Portable Phones

Cell phones are not the only phones to cause concern about health problems. “Today’s high-frequency cordless phones may emit a level of electromagnetic radiation similar to cellphones. [There is no “may emit” involved. The frequencies used by today’s cordless phones are the same as those used in cell phones, and some cordless phones use even higher frequencies than those used in some cell phones. -Shivani] For reasons of health and privacy, a growing number of scientists and other experts are dead set against cellphones. They say a cancer risk is associated with signals that have a strong wattage and high frequency (short wavelength). First generation cordless phones operate at about 60 megahertz and the next ones run at 900 megahertz – higher than 835MHz cellphones. The new 2.4 GHz is higher still and can transmit for several kilometers without fading.”
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2006.06.18-1

WiFi Forces Relocation

The following is excerpted from a translation of a recent article by Swedish journalist Mona Nielsen.

It is interesting that although Sweden recognizes electrical sensitivity and has protective regulations based on this official recognition, officials have not responded to the needs of the affected residents. In contrast, the residents of Simcoe, Canada, where there is no official recognition of electrical sensitivity or of the health damage that occurs at low levels of exposure, the county officials voted to take action to move the offending tower.

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In February 2006 Götene’s municipality in Västergötland, Sweden, put its wireless internet system into use. Right after this, 8 citizens got ill (heart palpitations, breathing problems, nausea, headache, dizziness, etc.) and some of them had to leave their homes and settle down in the woods in small cottages. One woman who was thus forced to leave her family acquired maps shoving the coverage of the broadband and found that their farm lies in the crossbeam of two broadband masts.

As there are several people in Götene parish who suffer health problems from the microwave radiation from the wireless broadband installations [including some who specifically moved to this area to avoid wireless radiation] a group has for some considerable time upheld discussions with Götene parish about the broadband roll-out. The Parish Council Executive decided on the 8th of June 2004 that the broadband should be landline broadband, or dsl-technology, [but] the council´s civil servants decided to introduce… both the landline and Wimax, the wireless broadband.

Possible health risks were not taken into consideration when the council, with the help of a consultant, evaluated different proposals. On the contrary, the wireless broadband got plus-points for being an “Un-tried technical solution which promises a lot of potential”

The affected residents demand, with the support of the Environmental Protection Law (Miljöbalken), that the installations be turned off , but the parish council adheres to the misleading information of the Swedish Radiation Protection Institute.

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Against this background, the question of wireless internet radiation was discussed in the public service prime time TV program “Debatt”, on May 23rd, 2006 by Hans Wiksell, professor at the Karolinska Institute, Olle Johansson, assoc. prof. at the Karolinska Institute, Lars Mjönes at the Swedish Radiation Protection Authority, and Mona Nilsson, freelance writer. Two main focuses were identified, one being about the handicap perspective of electrohypersensitivity and the role of municipalities regarding accessability measures for persons with this functional impairment. A second focus dealt with the scientific background, the build-up of various official authorities, like the ICNIRP and the Swedish Radiation Protection Authority, and the fact that the experts who are critical – and are in majority in Sweden – are not allowed to participate in scientific committees as well as writing reviews about this issue. The TV interview is in Swedish, but is being translated into an English transcript, which should be available soon at the Mast Victims site.

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2006.03.14-2

Filed under: Corporate Corruption of Science

The Australian Four Corners TV program has returned to the airwaves for 2006 with an important documentary titled The Greenhouse Mafia that exposes the deep seated industry / Federal government suppression of scientific advice that runs counter to government policy on global warming.

Sound familar?

Although the program deals with the greenhouse gas / climate change issue and suppression of scientists from the Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), a similar story can be told of the dismantling of the CSIRO’s radiophysics division that was investigating non-ionizing radiation bioeffects and the sacking of scientists who dared speak out for public health over corporate profits. The government even went to the extent of having a respected science communication expert sacked from the CSIRO to be replaced by a new communications director who’s only qualifications were stated to be that she was ‘highly respected in both government and corporate circles’. It turned out that her previous job experience was by chance having executive positions with both the Australian Tobacco Institute and Philip Morris as a spin doctor!! Depending on one’s viewpoint these can be good qualifications – If one can work spinning science for Big Tobacco there’s nothing one wouldn’t do to hopple inconvenient science.

You can go to the Four Corners web site and download all the transcripts. Well worth a read.

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