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Wi-fi / WLAN

Wi-fi / WLAN

I have heard many times from planning inspectors, government spokes persons, school governors and appointed representatives that illnesses from microwave transmitters are usually based on anecdotal evidence from selective research causing anxiety and psychosomatic disorders.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

I suggest that these decision makers read the documents of the NRPB (04) which

states....."account should be taken not only of peer reviewed papers but also of non

peer reviewed and anecdotal evidence." Appendix H p. 101. NB. All studies start from anecdotal evidence, e.g. smoking, alcohol, asbestos, BSE and aids.

Similarly, according to the WHO 80% of their epidemiological data on microwave transmitters show illnesses ranging from microwave sickness to a fourfold increase in cancers. That is 8 out of 10 research papers ~ hardly selective. It is not difficult to find the sponsors of the remaining research papers which show this communications industry in good light.

My argument with evidence follows.

All these transmitters emit microwaves. I will look at general microwave problems first and then specific problems regarding Wi-fi.

During the Cold War the Russian Embassy in Moscow micro waved the American Embassy from across the road. After many changes of staff for cancers to both male and female employees and their children, the late Professor Goldsmith was invited to investigate this matter. His report showed that continuous long term low level microwaves were responsible for those illnesses. John Goldsmith held 11 Professorships and was the WHO representative for Europe. Interestingly the power of the microwaves used by the Russians is in some cases less that the power used by modern day transmitters.i [1]ii

After an extensive study the US Defence Intelligence Agency warned all of its personnel of the risk from low level microwaves. Illnesses ranging from microwave sickness (flu like symptoms, depression, suicidal tendencies) to cancers and leukaemia. xliv [2]

As soon as ordinary microwave transmitters became common place residents started to complain of illnesses and cancer clusters. Independent researcher Sue Webster took data from just 19 transmitters and found approx 92 cancers (breast, thyroid, bowel, leukaemia) the average age of those affected was roughly 39. iii[3]

In June 2000 Professor Cherry investigated this issue and presented his evidence to the parliaments of New Zealand, Italy, Austria, Ireland and the EU. He warned of significant illnesses and death from these microwaves. iv[4]

Following a spate of illnesses in their surgeries, a group of doctors produced the FREIBURGER APPEAL. It is a warning to decision makers concerning illnesses from low level microwaves. It was singed by 36990 signatories of which approx 3000 were doctors, consultants and scientists. v[5]

At this time:

• 47 cancer clusters were reported around schools in Spain; vi[6]

• Approx. 138 clusters of cancers and other illnesses (miscarriages, brain, breast and teachers ill) were reported internationally; vii[7] (Again schools)

• 165 die in Osafia; viii[8]

• Scientists like Wolf and Wolf (2004) and Eger et al. (2004) carried out epidemiological studies around transmitters over many years. Their conclusion was a threefold increase of cancers within a 400 m radius of transmitters, for breast cancer a tenfold increase was found. ix[9]

• D. Cornelia Waldmann-Selsam, the originator of a further doctors’ appeal, this time in the German city of Bamberg, wrote an open letter expressing her concern to the Prime Minister of Bavaria. x[10]

• Hutter (2006) showed sleeping problems and cognitive performance decline for residents near transmitters; xi[11]

• Other scientists such as Gandhi Gursatej, a group of Flemish paediatricians, Dr. HaJs from Germany and the Colorado State University warn of genetic damage and brain tumours from transmitters;xii [12]

• The Nobel Prize winning Irish Doctors Association listed 70 research papers showing the dangers from low level microwaves. Dr. Santini listed 20 similar studies, the EM. Radiation Research Trust listed 9 studies, Dr. Blackwell listed 6 similar studies in his report and finally 4 international universities completed the Spanish Study which verified all of these known illnesses. The authors of the Spanish study (The Microwave Syndrome-Further Aspects of a Spanish Study 2004) recommended a level of radiation 100 million times below our maximum level. 10 million below ICNIRP. Dr. Gerd Oberfeld, one of the authors of the study, is the Director of the Public Health Office in Salzburg, Austria, which lowered its precautionary value for indoor exposures to GSM frequencies to comply with the recommendation made by the study. ; xiii[13]

• Published in the Journal of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine, Hallberg and Johansson studied a country before and after radio transmitters were introduced. (Cancer Trends during the 20th Century, 2002). They found increased cancers (breast, bladder, prostate, lung, colon). Their conclusion was that this was due to the introduction of FM radio frequencies. Both these professors also produced a report showing that they believed this radiation also contributed to skin cancer;xiv [14]

• 2 very recent studies have shown that people underneath the transmitter (i.e. transmitter on the roof) suffer neurobehavioral problems (headache, memory changes, tremors, depression, sleep disturbance and neuropsychiatric problems). I mention this because children often sit underneath their transmitters, which can be on the wall of a classroom. Also problems can arise where damage occurs to the formation of the foetus; xv[15] (Female teachers)

• Professor Cherry published a list of dose related illnesses; xvi[16]

• Doctors Monnet, Ruz and Gautier published mechanisms showing how microwaves cause these illnesses;xvii [17]

• Permanent low level microwave exposure induces chronic nitrosative and oxidative stress (Warnke 2005xviii). It is known that chronic nitrosative/oxidative stress damages the mitochondria, the “powerhouses” of each cell in the body. Mitochondropathy is at the root of many of today’s chronic illnesses, such as MS, Alzheimers, Parkinsons, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, Artherosclerosis and Obesity. (Kuklinsli 2004xix). Even more disturbingly, when chronic nitrosative and oxidative stress is present, irreversible mitochondrial DNA damage will occur sooner or later (see also Kuklinski 2004 and Kremer 2003). The mitochondrial DNA is ten times more susceptible to nitrosative / oxidative stress than the DNA in the cell nucleus. Whilst regular cell DNA has in-built repair mechanisms, mitochondrial DNS is irreparable due to its low histone proteine content. The mitochondropathy is therefore irreversibly transmitted to the children by the maternal egg cell causing cumulative irreparable damage to future generations.

Electrical sensitivity has now been recognised by some countries. Sweden claims that above 3% of its population is sensitive to microwaves. The WHO acknowledges this condition and the most recent country to announce this is Canada. The significance of this condition for children is that approx. 3 % of the pupils and those working near transmitters may develop ES. xx[18]

80% of the epidemiological studies on the WHO database show everything from sickness (microwave syndrome) to a fourfold increase in cancers from low level microwaves. I was curious to investigate the remaining 20% which showed no symptoms. However this had already been looked at by Swiss scientists who said "the interpretation of results ... should take sponsorship into account". Michael Meacher Minister for the Environment 1997-2003 published a report blaming some universities for accepting lucrative contracts in favour of reporting favourable results from scientific research. In the same month US Congressman Henry Waxman published a similar report in Scientific American stating that science was being corrupted by industry.xxi [19]

Legal

I must stress that a legal expert be contacted concerning legal matters. I am not legally trained. Such an expert would be consultant Alan Mayer of Horsey Lightly Fynn (02072228844). Possibly the most misquoted safety level is the ICNIRP certificate. It actually recommends that care be taken for children and the sick, who may have a lower tolerance for microwaves. Also decision makers should review current scientific literature and determine an appropriate reduction factor of power. In other words decision makers should look at scientific research and set safety levels below what is known to cause illness. Are the School Governors doing this?xxii

Legal guidance should be sought concerning PPG8 paras. 29 & 30, articles 6 & 8 of the EU Convention on Human Rights and United Nations UN22 standard rules on the equalisation of opportunities for persons; re Wifi masts in/near schools and sensitive children.

Appeal decision APP/U1105/A/04/1137356 where Mr. Jarvis refused a transmitter owing to the likely effects on the health of the local population. This could apply to transmitters in classrooms.xxiii

Para. 41 22nd Oct 2003 Mr. Justice Richards in Jodie Phillips v First Secretary of State re. the positioning of a transmitter. xxiv Again should antennae be in classrooms?

Case Az60b69/Olt 26th Apr 2001 Austrian High Court of Justice where Wulf Dietrich Rose proved for his third case that microwave radiation represents serious health risks to nearby populations (tumours, genetic problems, deformity of newborns).xxv [20]

MP's have tried many times to advise parliament of cancer clusters around transmitters. In one case there were 11 children under the age of 11 with leukaemia.xxvi This is the 4th cluster to my knowledge. I wonder whether the Children's Actxxvii could be used to prevent illnesses to children [21] or keep Wi-fi from schools.

Wi-fi

A common misconception is that as Wi-fi uses a small transmitter, such a low dose of radiation must be harmless. In fact, a classroom of computers could exceed the power from an ordinary mobile phone transmitter. As shown earlier there are now many studies showing illnesses from these transmitters, even confirmed by the WHO.

The above point was also made in the BBC Panorama Programme ‘Wi-Fi: a warning signal’, in which Sir William Stewart, the Chairman of the Health Protection Agency, warned that WHO advice on the issue was incorrect and called for an urgent review.

The programme can still be viewed online.xxviii

Children are particularly susceptible to microwaves because:

i. They have immature immune systems;

ii. They have soft bones (there is research to show that stem cells in the bone

marrow can absorb microwaves (Cherry 1998));

iii. They can act as aerials due to their size.

I believe the most important research I have read is from Dr. Goldsworthy (2007). Dr. Goldsworthy not only shows the mechanism by which microwaves disrupt cells but predicts that a genetically damaged sperm and egg can lead to mutant offspring maybe generations away. If you think of children with these transmitters near their laps, the question must be..... Why take this risk for the sake of a piece of wire and a plug?

Published Concerns re. Wi-fi

i. Dr. Goldsworthy; xxix[22]

ii. Warning on health and fertility; xxx[23]

iii. Health dangers from wireless laptops; xxxi[24]

iv. New Zealand show concern; xxxii[25]

v. Teachers demand enquiry; xxxiii[26]

vi. Primary school moves mast after children sick; xxxiv[27]

vii. 20 mins on mobile phone = 1 hour in classroom with 20 pc's;xxxv [28]

viii. Times: 'Wi-fi poses health risk to children'; xxxvi [29]

ix. Doctor lists symptoms of low level microwave illness and sends it to his PM

(Germany); xxxvii[30]

x. Paediatricians claim microwaves cause illness (brain disorder) ~ the question

here is: What is the modulation (pulsing) frequency of the laptops these

children are using?xxxviii [31]

N.B. this interests me because when I was de-briefing spies involved in stealth microwave warfare, I learned a list of approx. 30 frequencies which could induce some 50 mental and physical ailments by entrainment.

I have always predicted that any school which allows itself to be 'bathed' in microwaves from whatever source will see it's sickness rise and behaviour fall. I have received many phone calls to confirm this.

xi. Normal function of brain disrupted by microwaves; xxxix[32]

xii. Warning of antennae on brain development of children; xl[33]

xiii. TES: Teachers claim to suffer from Wi-fi. xliAlso no insurance for schools; [34]

xiv. Some schools dismantle Wi-fi (Times); xlii[35]

xv. Mobile companies hide Wi-fi masts from public and refuse to cooperate; xliii[36]

Conclusion

With all of this evidence pointing to mental, physical and long term disorders (cancers ~ mutant newborns) is this honestly worth the risk to our next generations for the sake of just a few metres of wire and a plug.

As shown, the dangers of low level, below thermal microwaves have been known to governments for 50 years. I was educated in microwave technology by the Military in the early 1960's. Even then we were instructed of these dangers. Nothing has changed to suddenly make microwaves safe.

A Simple Question

If a drink was reported in the 1950's to cause cancer. Countless reports and studies since showed this hypotheses to be correct. The WHO print a list of an 80% likelihood of illness/cancer from drinking it. International studies confirm this. Would you give this to your child to drink, knowing they have their whole lives ahead of them?

So what is the difference? It is simple. This product is backed and financed by the most powerful industry on the planet. An industry which does not have to show its product is safe (unlike a drug company). You have to show this product is not safe and that is a very different ball game both legally and economically.

It seems few are prepared to stand against such a Goliath in defence of our children.

B. Trower

Scientific Advisor Radiation Research Trust and H.E.S.E

Author of the Tetra Report for the Police Federation of England and Wales

Author of the Critical Overview in to the death of Officer Dring

Mr. Trower's CV can be obtained from the front page of his address to the Welsh Parliament 3rd Oct. 2006

Edited and annotated by Andrea Klein

Translator and researcher h.e.s.e.-UK

Do you want to know who the 'scientists' are who are doing the criticising of Panorama's programme on WiFi?

Prof Malcolm Sperrin, Director of medical physics and clinical engineering, Royal Berkshire NHS
Trust. We could not find anything other than this link with the notorious Science Media Centre
( http://www.sciencemediacentre.org/press_releases/07-05-10_bmjctscans.htm)
So, that's where the Guardian and the BBC online get their scientists from... Two of its major corporate funders are Vodafone and the Mobile Operators Association!

Prof Will J Stewart UCL and University of Southampton
( http://www.theiet.org/publicaffairs/sectorpanels/communications/stewart.cfm )
Member of The Institution of Engineering and Technology, Communication Sector Panel
he is also a member of the IEEE. Previously chief scientist at Marconi - a large Telecoms firm.
here is a link to some of the staff he was working on at Marconi
(http://www.iop.org/activity/policy/Events/Seminars/file_3502.doc)

Dr Paddy Regan, University of Surrey, Guildford Lecturer in nuclear and radiation physics
His expertise is clearly in the ionising part of the spectrum (i.e. NOT microwaves or WiFi). Why they
wheel him out to comment on Wi-Fi is a mystery to us
(http://www.ph.surrey.ac.uk/cnrp/profiles/academics?s_id=21)

Yes, he is the same Prof David Coggan indeed. He is a member of the Medical Research Council Epidemiology. He seems to always be wheeled out when it comes to minimising the potential
health effects of any pollutant. Last year it was antimony in plastic water bottles
(http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/health/dietfitness.html?in_ar
ticle_id=379624&in_page_id=1798
)
A few years back, it was pesticides. He was the Chairman of the Independent Advisory Committee on Pesticides: ( http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/1893611.stm )
current members of this body are listed here ( http://www.pesticides.gov.uk/acp.asp?id=2060 )
He ws also involved in at least one study financed by the MTHR in a supervisory role

Panorama - Monday 21st May 2007 BBC1 8.30pm

"WiFi - A Warning Signal" - Electrosensitivity and Wi-fi Discussed

(Repeated on BBC 1 - 25 May - 00:25)

Watch online below.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuNaDj6VLHw
Panorama - Wi-fi a warning signal part 1



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGplfEnWptk&feature=related
Panorama - Wi-fi a warning signal part 2



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VqnPtq4GbU&feature=related
Panorama - Wi-fi a warning signal part 3

Many of us at Mast Sanity watched this episode of Panorama to see the Panorama team informing us of the warnings from Independent Scientists about the very serious health effects from Mobile Telephone Masts, Wi-fi etc.
In an article in the Times Educational Supplement (TES ) on 30th March 2007 entitled "Mystery headaches reboot wi-fi fears" journalist Jonathan Milne has reported that "An unpublished report is raising fresh concerns about the possible health effects of wireless computer networks in schools, saying they could cause headaches, The report by Becta, the educa­tional technology agency, has emerged as the Health Protection Agency called for the Government to consider investigating how safe wi-fi is to pupils and teachers."

The article goes on "The TES has obtained an extract from the Becta study, which was carried out seven years ago when wireless systems were first being installed in schools, but it was never published." According to the TES "The report said the radiation produced by any device involving wireless technology raised health and safety questions. "During the testing carried out by Becta, which involved using at least six sets of equipment simultaneously, some engineers complained of head-aches at the end of the working day," it said. "But whether this is due to exposure to radio waves or some other factor is unclear.""
The TES article carries on "The discovery of the report comes as campaigns grow against the use of wi-fi networks in schools. Several have discontinued their use after staff complained of adverse health effects."

Jonathan Milne spoke to Philip Parkin, the general secre­tary of the Professional Association of Teachers, who has called for a full investigation into the networks. He said "We continue to be concerned about the possible effects of wi-fi, particularly on children whose brains and bodies are still develop­ing".

The TES article continues "But government scientists have said there is no credible research to back up health fears about such-networks, although no research has proved them to be safe either."
The journalist then encountered the standard round of buck-passing by Government Agencies - "A Becta spokesman said it had not carried out any further investi­gation on the engineers' headaches and that it deferred to the Health Protection Agency on health and safety issues." "Dr Michael Clark, the HPA's science spokesman, said: "A prob­lem with very common symptoms such as headaches is that they can be caused by many things.""

"Recent studies had confirmed that typical exposures to radio waves from wireless networks were extremely low, Dr Clark said.
"The levels are also lower than those from mobile phones, FM radio, television and the numerous other radio signals in the class­room.
"
"But he said manufacturers and the Department for Education and Skills should consider commis­sioning an independent study of wi-fi signals in schools." And in the mean time thousandsof Teachers and Pupils are left to suffer - "Health Protection" indeed!
The TES article finishes up by speaking to Mary Barker, the general secre­tary of the ICT teachers' associa­tion Naace, who said "wi-fi was a "won­derful facility" that allowed for more flexible lessons, but that research was needed so teachers could be confident about its safety." The ICT Union knows its priorities it seems.
Isn't it time that the BECTA report on wi-fi is published? Or is it just another "Inconvenient Truth" that undermines vested interests?

The topic of Wi-fi or WLAN in schools seems to have come to the surface recently. Mast Sanity do not actively campaign directly on the topic of wi-fi, so we have less information available. We do have a Schools Fact Sheet here .

However, we do have several links to the subject here .

We also have Powerwatch's Letter here .

And Dr. Gerd Oberfeld's Letter here .

A local group have a document which includes research and information on wi-fi (including readings) here .

And Powerwatch have a very recent news article (look at the bottom of the new page)  here .

See also stories - ICWAles - MP urges ban on wi-fi technolgy in schools

The UK Government is now rolling out wireless computers into all our primary and secondary schools. As you probably know the intensity of the radiation is the same as from a phone mast. I.e. they are putting phone masts inside the classrooms! See Information section for more updates on Wi-fi / WLAN.
... will appear here

Nachfolgend Pressemitteilung bezieht sich auf die Links

 

http://www.bmu.de/strahlenschutz/parl_vorgaenge/doc/39709.php

 

http://www.pressetext.at/pte.mc?pte=070801025

 

Pressetext  Austria

Deutsche Bundesregierung warnt vor WLAN-Nutzung

Industrie kritisiert Vorstoß

German Government warns against WLAN-use

Industry criticise the move

 

Berlin (pte/01.08.2007/13:05) - Die deutsche Bundesregierung empfiehlt, den Einsatz von WLAN am Arbeitsplatz oder zuhause wenn möglich zu vermeiden. Um die persönliche Strahlenbelastung zu reduzieren, sei es besser, bei herkömmlichen, kabelgebundenen Netzwerken zu bleiben. "Alle Beweise deuten daraufhin, dass Strahlung innerhalb der Grenzwerte nicht gesundheitsschädlich ist. Nichtsdestotrotz könnten Wirkungsmechanismen bestehen", erklärt Florian Emrich vom Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz gegenüber pressetext.

 

Berlin (pte/01.08.2007/13:05) - The German Government [Bundesregierung] recommends that the use of WLAN in the workplace or at home should be avoided, if possible. In order to reduce personal radiation exposure, it is better to remain with conventional cable-connected networks. "All the evidence indicates that radiation levels that are below the permitted limit are not harmful to health. Nevertheless, mechanisms of action could exist", explained Florian Emrich from the Federal Office for Radiation Protection(Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz) to pressetext.

 

 

Grundlage für die Beurteilung möglicher Gesundheitsschäden durch drahtlose Netzwerke ist die spezifische Absorptionsrate (SAR). Sie beschreibt, welche Menge an Strahlungsleistung vom menschlichen Körper aufgenommen wird. Der Grenzwert beträgt 0,08 Watt pro Kilogramm (W/kg) für den ganzen Körper und 2,00 W/kg für Teile des Körpers. Mit Werten von 0,1 W/kg bei minimalem Abstand zu einzelnen Körperteilen liegt WLAN weit unter dem Grenzwert. "Man darf nicht vergessen, dass es sich um eine relativ neue Technologie handelt, die noch weiter erforscht werden muss", zeigt sich Emrich skeptisch.


The basis for the judgement of possible health damage through wireless networks is the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR). It defines the quantity of radiation power that is absorbed by the human body. The limit is 0.08 Watt per kilogram (W/kg) for the whole body and 2.00 W/kg for parts of the body. With values of 0.1 W/kg at a minimum distance from individual parts of the body WLAN lies far below the limit. "One should not forget that it concerns a relatively new technology, that must be further researched ", declares Emrich sceptically.


Während die Strahlung durch öffentliche Netzwerke gering sei, könnten Funknetzwerke im beruflichen und privaten Umfeld zur Belastung werden, wenn nicht ein bestimmter Mindestabstand zu den Funkstationen eingehalten würde, teilt die Bundesregierung mit. In Deutschland gibt es rund 9.000 öffentliche WLAN-Hot-Spots. Die Strahlungsbelastung bliebe jedoch immer unter dem EU-Grenzwert von 10 Watt pro Quadratmeter.

Whilst the radiation from public networks was low, telecommunications networks in the occupational and private environment could lead to stress, if a minimum distance from the transmitters [Funkstationen] is not maintained, stated the Government. In Germany, there are about 9,000 public WLAN-Hot-Spots. However, the radiation exposure always remains below the EU-Limit of 10 Watts per square metre.


"Faktum ist, dass die Strahlenbelastung durch Mobilfunk um das Zehn- bis Fünfzigfache höher ist", kritisiert Carsten Kunert, Sprecher des Netzwerkherstellers Netgear, im Gespräch mit pressetext. Ihm sei unklar, warum man sich gerade auf Funknetzwerke eingeschossen habe. "Womöglich stehen Lobbyisten der UMTS-Branche hinter dieser Empfehlung", vermutet Kuntert. "Oder es liegt an einer grundsätzlichen Neigung, alles was man nicht kennt, zu verdammen." Die Entscheidung zwischen Kabel- und Funknetzwerken sollten Nutzer nach technischen Kriterien fällen - wenn beide Möglichkeiten gegeben seien, würden Nutzer ohnehin zur schnelleren Kabellösung tendieren, meint Kunert abschließend. (Ende)

"The fact is that the radiation exposure from mobile telecommunications is ten- to fifty fold higher ", criticised Carsten Kunert, speaker from the network manufacturer Netgear, in the discussion with pressetext. It was unclear to him why they had just zeroed-in on the telecommunications network. "Possibly, lobbyists of the UMTS-branches are behind this recommendation ", suspects Kunert. "Or, it is due a basic tendency to condemn everything that one does not know." The user should make the decision on whether to use cable or wireless networks based on technical criteria - if both alternatives are given users would anyway tend to use to the quicker wired solution, concludes Kunert.

Central Hall, Westminster

Day 1 - The Mast Sanity members held a low key gathering outside the venue and gave out some leaflets.

About an hour into the event one of the organisers came out (with a security gruard), very angry, to ask for the MS members to be moved by the Police.

He said "Our delegates have paid good money to come here and you are giving them the wrong message."

The Police refused to move the MS members on since the MS members were entitled to stand and give out leaflets.

One MS member said "It's still a free country!". The organiser then said We'll tell our delegates not to take any leaflets!

Free speech indeed! (Is he concerned the delegates may learn the truth? If he is so confident, why not let them take the leaflets?)

A little later the main organiser of HHL07 - Graham - came and spoke to one of the MS members. He was more concilatory and offered warm shelter and coffee if the MS members wanted any(!).

The MS member asked about the speakers, such as Repacholi, and was told that Eileen from Radiation Research Trust was speaking to delegates.

Graham was quizzed about Dr. George Carlo and Roger Coghill's offer to speak and their subsequent absence from the programme. He said that they were offered to speak but declined - although MS subsequently learned that both Dr. Carlo and Roger Coghill never heard back from their requests after July "We were supposed to hear from them [HHL07], according to the last correspondence, by the end of July." said one.

The organiser of this enormous conference, with 700 delegates, with Government and major corporate sponsorship wanted to stop a couple of people handing out an A4 one colour leaflet. What is he scared of?

[ N.B. We've decided to re-christen the event "Hand Held Earning 2007" since it is, without doubt, more about profit than a way of enhancing education]here.

 

Mist Over Parliament

Day 2 - The Mast Sanity members returned to hold a low key gathering outside the venue and give out some leaflets.

The vast majority of the 700 delegates received leaflets.

One overseas break-out speaker - Mark Kramer from University of Salzburg, Austria - recorded a pod cast interview of Mast Sanity's view on Hand Held Learning with one of the MS members. He pointed out that it was the wireless devices that were the problem NOT using hand held devices in Education as such - self-contained devices or connectable devices or future optical devices were OK.

Another speaker - Stuart Smith from the University of Manchester - confronted the MS members on the door with the 'old favourite' that microwaves from masts and wi-fi are the same as TV signals [which isn't correct since the power, frequency and wave form are all greatly different, with TV in the lower frequency range and a less jagged wave-form] - but his arguments became more desperate as the particularly knowledgable MS members countered him.

A delegate (from a Wolverhampton College?) was adamant that the Wi-fi he used in his college is very low power and not a problem [ignoring the mounting evidence to the contrary that the signal shape and long duration of exposure is as relevant as the physical power].

A delegate who had recently contracted a cancer linked to mobile phones had a long chat with another MS member. He was shocked to hear some of the evidence.

One of the organisers (Alex Roushias) said that MS could be accused of scare-mongering with the delegates. The MS members countered this since as concerned parents in many cases we have looked into the facts thoroughly and the evidence is real and that the delegates should wake up to the issues. He also claimed that the Panorama programme had been debunked, but we countered that those who tried to debunk it were non-experts and Industry lackeys and that the facts stood up for themselves with only a tiny amount of clarifications (e.g. distance of wi-fi measurements).

He also went on to say that we were misleading by using the term "microwave" to imply microwave ovens. We explained that this is precisely the part of the Electromagnetic Spectrum that is being used by Wi-fi and mobile phones etc. - in fact microwave ovens use the same (unregulated) frequency as Bluetooth and Wi-fi (b,g,n) of 2.4GHz. (On day 3 we mentioned to him that the Industry is itself [seriously] misleading everyone by referring to the same frequncies as "Radio Frequency" - implying Radio 2 and frequencies used for years - rather than the part of the Electromagnetic Spectrum that includes microwaves as well as the frequencies used for Radio stations.)

Eileen O'Connor and Mike Bell of the Radiation Research Trust (RRT) arrived just as the MS members were leaving. Eileen will be giving a speech to some delegates pointing out the dangers of wireless technologies such as wi-fi. She brought some RRT leaflets and took in some of the MS leaflets with her to go on her small RRT stand inside the Conference.

 

MS Members distributing our Leaflets

 

Time For Action

Day 3 started as a dank, foggy affair.

Most of the delegates had already taken the "Voice of Sanity" leaflet, but those who had not or who were now interested in what we had to say took them still.

The appearance of Eileen O'Connor, who had spoken in a small "breakout" session on Day , led to the MS members being able to give out the Radiation Research Trust leaflets as well. She told us that here talk had gone well and was generally well received. She was going to have a private meeting with the infamous Dr. Repacholi (below) later on.

Graham , one of the organisers, kindly offered the MS members some coffee, use of the loos etc. 2 MS members took him up on his offer - which went down nicely on a cool damp morning. (Thanks Graham - demos can be amicable).

In a sudden rash of excitement Dr. Repacholi appeared, and was snapped by one of the MS members. Although a security guard appeared afterwards to ask if we had taken a picture of a woman who presumably arrived around the same time. Nobody had, and when Graham re-appeared to quiz us it was sorted out.
Repacholi

There were a number of different reactions to MS's presence ranging from a delegate from Wolverhampton who thought we were undermining our message by being too much in evidence (an MS member pointed out that Repacholi's presence at the Conference required our presence in response). Some other IT department delegates spent a long time discussing how wireless safety concerns can be expressed to their bosses.

Another school delegate suggested some useful ideas for leaflets for future campaigns.

Speaker Stuart Smith from Manchester University spoke with MS members at length about wireless safety and how a 3rd-world (adult) student used a wireless link to take a course at Manchester. Yet he seemed happy for an MS member's child to be taken out from her school because it had wi-fi and her parents were unhappy about it. He indicated that only if only 3% of people were effected [by electro hyper sensitivity EHS] it was OK for the other 97% to carry on using wireless technologies. Another MS member mentioned "Universal Education" in the UK too - but presumably without the 3% who were made ill and those whose parents were concerned. An interesting view point(!). He said that MS should have sent a delegate inside and should join the Hand Held forums.

Handing out Leaflets
After some farewell pictures the MS members left, leaving Eileen O'Connor and Repacholi to have their show down later on.
Posters held up

The slogans we didn't display outside but could have done "wi-fi why fry" etc.

For some of the reactions from the delegate to HHL07 and to our involvement you can see some of the delegates' blogs via this HHL page .

Hand Held Learning Conference 2007 - In the shadow of the masts

Learning occurs when brain cells are able to freely communicate with each other. Science now shows that Wi-fi signals disrupt inter-cellular communication[1] and impede learning.

Although individual learning, taking advantage of the Internet and rich multi-media resources, is a good idea in principle, we believe that using wireless-enabled devices to do so is adding unnecessary danger to children and their teachers particularly when wired and pluggable devices+ can be used virtually risk-free. (+ e.g. see HHL07 Guide P17 for digimemo USB and espresso SD Card devices)

In this conference you will be tempted by wireless hand held devices which use the same microwave emitting technologies that mobile phones do - and thus carry the same health risks (although, no doubt, you will not be told this by the conference speakers or equipment vendors).

Facts to Consider:

  • Wi-fi has never been pre-market safety tested, nor were mobile phones or other wireless devices.
  • Wireless/Mobile technologies (Wi-fi, Bluetooth, HSDPA, 3G etc.) all use microwave frequencies
  • Independent Scientific studies have consistently shown health effects from microwave emissions well below currently allowed levels[2,3,4]
  • The UK Department of Health's own advice is that "the widespread use of mobile phones by children (under the age of 16) should be discouraged for non-essential calls"[5,6]
  • It has been shown on Panorama[14] that the radiation intensity inside a classroom with 30 Wi-Fi laptops is 3 times higher than as a result of being in the main beam from a mobile phone mast antenna at a typical distance.
  • Wireless computers, laptops and routers constantly emit pulsed microwave radiation over (and through) students' and teachers' bodies even when not being actively used.
  • Sir William Stewart reiterated that they (Stewart Committee) had found evidence for genetic damage and cancer at exposures below the guidelines[5] and he is now calling for an enquiry into Wi-fi in schools[14].
  • The German government is already advising its citizens to use wired internet connections instead of Wi-Fi, and landlines instead of mobile phones[7]
  • Executive Director of the EU's European Environment Agency said last month that, "it would be prudent for health authorities to recommend actions to reduce exposures, especially to vulnerable groups, such as children." The Agency called 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 and smoking.[8]
  • World Health Organisation's EMF Project has been funded by Industry* and has not issued health warnings despite the ever increasing mass of evidence[11,12] to justify doing so - their decisions have been made on out of date and biased data.[9] (* Admitted by Mike Repacholi, it's ex-head and speaker at HHL07)
  • The exposure guidelines (ICNIRP) only protect against short term heat shocks and burns (heating effects). They are not designed to protect against long term exposure.[10]
  • Furthermore, Industry is perpetuating the myth that only the heating effects from microwaves can cause health problems, as opposed to non-heating (biological) effects[13 , 15 ]. Current 'ICNIRP' exposure guidelines used in the UK ignore non-heating effects.[10 ]

With Adult and even teenage adoption of mobile phones at saturation point, children - with their less-developed and more vulnerable bodies - are being targeted by companies such as O2 and T-Mobile (who are both heavily involved in HHL07) as an easy way of increasing sales and hence their revenue.

We hope that this information is useful and that it persuades you to put the safety of pupils and staff first and to keep all your hand held devices and networks wired.

Mast Sanity

Calling for Environmentally and Biologically safe communications networks and radio frequency devices

To Read the References click here .

To Download "Voice of Sanity Leaflet - Hand Held Learning 2007 Edition" (PDF) click here .

To Download "Precautionary Approach to Wireless Communication" (RRT) Leaflet (PDF) click here .

To Read Our Press Release click here .

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Read the Diary of Hand Held Learning 2007 click here .

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We Want Education - Not Radiation. HHL07 Ignores the Risks. Let's Help Them Out:-

1. Selling To Kids How Young? - 3? Check out Hand held Learning Guide Advert on Page 5

( see Fujitsu-Siemens Advert below or in situ click here )

"The key element in London's recent Handheld
Learning conference [2006] was not the tools but the
ethos behind them......These are not new technologies,
and the speakers weren't saying anything
they hadn't said several times before. However,
it seems the message - that these devices can
fundamentally change learning
- is beginning to be heard more widely."
John Galloway, The Guardian

 

(It seems like the real 'ethos' is sell sell sell "wireless"
before the "punters" and small kids cotton on it's not safe!)

The advert says "he's got the World in his hands" - not mentioning the microwaves going through his vulnerable, sensitive and partially formed brain.

2. Answer to Hand Held Learning Guide Page 40 Col. 3 Para.2 ( read here )

I'm told that the HandHeld Learning '07 Conference Guide includes the following ‘information' provided by Dr Mike Repacholi:

"Reports of cancer clusters around base stations have heightened public concern. However, since
cancers are unevenly distributed among any population and given that base stations are everywhere in the environment, it is expected that cancer clusters will occur near base stations merely by chance.
"

This is a most surprising statement to be coming from one who is credited with authoring (in some cases jointly) over 200 research publications, many of which doubtless include substantial statistical analysis. It's true that if you look hard enough you can find a 'clump' of occurrences of all kinds (cancers, lottery winners, three-legged dogs) around any particular type of 'landmark' - be it a mast, an oak tree or a church. However there are two points that one would expect someone in Dr Repacholi's position to be well aware of:

One: There are a number of studies (e.g. Naila, Wolf & Wolf) which show a STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT increase in incidence of cancers around mast installations - this means, by definition, that the likelihood of these groups of cancers having happened by chance are SO SMALL that this 'explanation' is not credible - those groups are VERY unlikely to have occurred by chance. That's what 'statistically significant' means.

[It's worth noting here also, in respect of Repacholi's reported statement that "base stations are everywhere in the environment", that various of these studies, including the two cited above, deal with historical information relating to times when masts were much fewer in number than they are today.]

Two: It's not that difficult to find a grouping around a landmark, if you look long enough. Finding TWO becomes rather more difficult. Finding TEN or TWENTY - well, as Goldfinger said to James Bond: "Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, three times is enemy action". To find the same thing happening all over the world - how could anyone write that off as coincidence?!! As a simple guide:- if the probability of a cancer clump around a given mast, by chance, is 1 in 100, the probability of two such occurrences is 1 in 10,000 (one hundred squared), the probability of three is 1 in 1,000,000 (one hundred cubed) etc. The probability of 10 such clusters is one in 100,000,000,000,000,000,000 - one in a hundred billion billion.

Finally, Dr Repacholi's reported statement that "base stations are everywhere" so "cancer clusters will occur near base stations merely by chance" applies equally to telegraph poles, pylons, public lavatories, church towers, even phone boxes before they started being removed. Could he possibly explain why there has never been a major outcry about these alternative centres of random cancer clusters? Perhaps others have spotted overwhelming evidence of a repeating pattern around phone masts that industry-funded official advisers have failed to notice. Maybe that's why those advisers sing such a different song to the urgent warning being echoed by independent scientists all around the world.

Dr Grahame Blackwell

BTech(Hons) PhD MBCS CITP CEng EurIng

 

In the Shadow of Democracy Stop this NOW

 

References

[1] http://www.w-a-r-t.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/2007_carlo_jersey_evidence_health2.pdf (P48) Dr. George Carlo evidence to States of Jersey Health, Social Services and Housing Sub-Panel Telephone Mast Review 26th February 2007.

[2] Ecolog Report - Mobile Telecommunications and Health - Reveiw of the Current Scientific Research in view of Precautionary Health Protection, Ecolog-Institut April 2000 - sponsored by T-Mobil (Translated from German into English by Andrea Klein 2007) - http://www.hese-project.org/hese-uk/en/niemr/ecologsum.php

[3] The Bioinitiative Report - http://www.bioinitiative.org

[4] Joining the Dots - Overview of Public Health Trends in Australia - http://www.mastsanity.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=169&Itemid=1

[5] ,[6] The Government's expert group on mobile phones recommendation, from the leaflet Department of Health Leaflet: Mobile phones and health

- Independent Expert Group on Mobile Phones Report "The Stewart Report" http://www.iegmp.org.uk/

- Department of Health Leaflet: Mobile phones and health

http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/DH_4123979

N.B. The Department of Education Guidelines and the Stewart Report state that "... the beam of greatest RF [i.e. microwave] intensity ...should not be permitted to fall on any part of the school grounds or buildings without agreement from the school and parents".

[7] The German government is already advising its citizens to use wired internet connections instead of Wi-Fi, and landlines instead of mobile phones - http://www.hese-project.org/hese-uk/en/niemr/bundesregierung.php

[8] Europe's top environmental watchdog 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 lead in petrol.

Professor Jacqueline McGlade, the EEA's executive director, said yesterday: "Recent research and reviews on the long-term effects of radiations from mobile telecommunications suggest that it would be prudent for health authorities to recommend actions to reduce exposures, especially to vulnerable groups, such as children." - http://www.eea.europa.eu/highlights/radiation-risk-from-everyday-devices-assessed and http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/2/story.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10463870

[9] Repacholi and the WHO - http://www.mastsanity.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=168&Itemid=90

[10] Barrie Trower on ICNIRP - http://www.mastsanity.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=152&Itemid=90

[11] Essex Study on MS - http://www.mastsanity.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=160&Itemid=90

[12] MTHR on Powerwatch http://www.powerwatch.org.uk/news/20070926_mthr_update.asp

[13] Mobile Phone Industry view ('heating only' - see also [10] above) - http://www.mobilemastinfo.com/information/fact_sheets/public_exposure_guidelines.htm

[14] Panorama "Wi-Fi: a warning signal" Transcript - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/panorama/6683969.stm

 

[15] Non-thermal bioelectromagnetic effects explained - http://www.hese-project.org/hese-uk/en/niemr/resonance1.php