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HPA - The Hear no evil, (industry) Protection Agency
It is a sorry state of affairs when the HPA - who are supposed to be protecting us - the Public - from harm is instead protecting vested interests and in doing so putting the Public in harms way.
The latest round of this is as follows.
"Mobile phones: 'Still no evidence of harm to health'
By Jane Hughes Health correspondent, BBC News
There is still no evidence mobile phones harm human health, says a major safety review for the UK's Health Protection Agency (HPA).
Scientists looked at hundreds of studies of mobile exposure and found no conclusive links to cancer risk, brain function or infertility.
However, they said monitoring should continue because little was known about long-term effects.
The HPA said children should still avoid excessive use of mobiles."
Headlines like this may be down to the fact that this area of science can be quite complex or because no one wants to believe that mobiles can be harmful as they are perceived as being so useful and many businesses now run on them.
However this does not make a difference to the truth on adverse health effects.
There are 1000's of scientific studies but the official reports simply ignore them in their analyses as has been seen today by the HPA's sudden release of its report.
It is important to realise what is going on behind the scenes and the timing of this HPA report release is also significant.
Last year the WHO (IARC committee) convened a meeting of 31 scientists to review the evidence on mobiles and brain tumours. They concluded that there is enough evidence to categorise the microwave radiation emitted by mobile phones as a class 2B carcinogen http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/pr/2011/pdfs/pr208_E.pdf
This decision was based on the industry's own studies and independent studies show an even higher increased risk for heavy users (those who use a mobile/cordless phone for more than 1/2hr per day for 10 years).
A few months after this the industry re-released reviewed a analysis on a Danish study showing 'no risk'. This was splashed across all the papers.
However this Danish study was a cohort study (not case controlled) and therefore included a huge number of people so it was billed as being the 'largest study ever' It looked at mobile users pre 1995. It omitted the heavy users (some 30%). It included people who use a cordless landline as non users; we could continue...
The study was basically fundamentally flawed but the media reported it verbatim, as was the intent. This re-release was purely to downplay the WHO decision.
Last weekend was World EMF Action Day.
This week there is a conference on Childhood cancer in London.
At this meeting they are hearing from the head of IARC on the class 2B classification and also how brain tumours are now the number one cancer killer of people under 35. They are increasing at the rate of 2% a year.
The timing of today's report release from the HPA is sad but typical of how they are downplaying the risks.
The EU have taken quite a different stand
As has the French Government who have banned mobile phone use for under 15's in French schools.
Industry and government scientists tow the 'no risk' line as if their careers depend upon it.
Worldwide EMR Action Day aligns with Earth Day 2012 April 21st 2012
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Worldwide EMR Action Day aligns with Earth Day 2012 to protect the biological integrity of the natural world and all its inhabitants against unnatural Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR). With this endeavour, people from around the planet join together to reduce harm from EMR and create a healthier life for all.
Man-made EMR is the only hazard that reaches every square centimetre of Earth’s surface at every moment, harming people, animals, insects and plant life. Electromagnetic pollution has been imposed upon us by military and industrial interests, with devastating health, environmental and social consequences. From microwave (MW) and radio-frequency (RF) radiation to extremely low frequency (ELF) fields, sources include:
so-called ‘smart’ utility grids, meters and applianceswireless internet (wi-fi), wi-max and their infrastructuresmobile phones and their antenna infrastructure on masts, rooftops and in disguised structurescordless phones and their basesmicrowave oven leakagebaby monitors and children’s RF-related toysRF medical devicesRFID-embedded chips in people, animals, consumer products, and identity and credit cardsdirect-energy and other EM weaponryTV, radio and satellite broadcastsradar and sonarthe electrical power grid, appliances and broadband over power lines (BPL)fluorescent lights, including compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs).
While some man-made EMR sources are falsely marketed as ‘green’, they all independently produce adverse biological and health effects. The effects markedly worsen with prolonged exposure or when combined with additional EMR sources, chemical toxicants or metals. MW radiation intensities in urban areas can be over a trillion times higher than natural background levels.
All life is electromagnetic in function. From the symbiotic balance of wildlife ecosystems to the health of our internal cells and organs – especially the brain and heart – living systems depend on undisturbed electrical signaling processes. All creatures derive a sense of wellbeing from the Earth’s own Schumann Resonances and other natural fields, which have now been overwhelmed by man-made EMR.
Scientists and experts in policy and law, examining thousands of research studies, warn of immediate and long-term hazards and call for minimised exposures. EMR Action Day provides support and information on sources, effects and solutions to communities and individuals in need.
Harmful EMR also includes ionising radiation from nuclear power plants and nuclear weapons. We urge reduced exposures to all such sources including medical tests, treatments and wastes.
EMR Action Day proposes new choices for safer and lower energy consumption: hard-wiring and fibre-optics in homes, schools and workplaces; shielding materials; and safe White Zones and other EMR-free solutions. We engage people in minimising EMR exposures and reconnecting with their own natural biorhythms. By our judicial, legislative, media, artistic and other creative endeavours, we act to free humankind, defend public safety and restore electromagnetic harmony to the Earth.
Our focus is on solutions that benefit us all.
Coming to the UK Soon: Sick with palpitations, chest pain, insomnia, dizziness… from Smart Meters
- Parent Category: Wi-fi, DECT and Smart meters
I managed to have smart meter installation delayed at my house, but suddenly became sick overnight with palpitations, chest pain, insomnia, dizziness, inability to concentrate and memory loss and fainting spells. AFTER becoming sick I found out that the day I became suddenly sick was the day the smart meter roll-out was completed in my area and the smart meters were remotely turned on from base.
I can no longer drive, I can't work (I'm a doctor), I have to go and sleep at my mother in law's place (there are no smart meters there yet).
My life is completely ruined and the energy companies and members of Victorian Parliament completely ignore me. Two doctors have confirmed my disability is entirely due to my sensitivity to smart meters' radio transmission and I am 100% sure of that as I can always tell accurately if I am in a smart metered area or not.
We are now planning to move to South Australia to survive. What is happening in Victoria is a complete breakdown of democracy and an affront to social justice of enormous proportions and implications.
What if this is happening to an old lady living alone? Where can she go? We are all morally obliged to speak up and do something about it, if not for ourselves, for the vulnerable amongst us that, if affected, could not do anything about it.
By an Australian Doctor.
Barrie Trower on Electro Magnetic Radiation
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Dumb and Dangerous - The Problems with Smart Grids
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How is it that so many intelligent, inside-the-beltway environmentalists are buying into an eco-health-safety-finance debacle with the potential to increase energy consumption, endanger the environment, harm public health, diminish privacy, make the national utility grid more insecure, cause job losses, and make energy markets more speculative?
Answer: by not doing their homework.
Welcome to the Smart Grid – a government-funded money machine capable of intruding into every aspect of our lives. Smart Grid technologies – initially funded to the tune of $3.4 billion through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and slated to cost $11 billion through 2011 – are enough to make even diehard liberals demand a claw back of misspent tax dollars.
On the surface, Smart Grids sound ‘green’ – with promises of saving energy, creating new power-line corridors run on wind and solar, way-stations to power-up electric vehicles, energy-efficient upgrades to an aging power infrastructure, and real-time customer knowledge of electricity use.
And there’s the enticing communications factor: a nationwide high-speed broadband information technology barreling down high-tension electric corridors called Broadband-Over-Power-Lines (BPL). What could be more perfect for communicating facts about the planet, funding enviro-candidates, pushing legislation, and organizing Earth Days?
But few who actually study how these new systems functionwant anything to do with them. Other than those who stand to make enormous profits and the physicists or engineers who dream up such stuff, Smart Grids are giving knowledgeable people the willies.
What Is a Smart Grid?
These days the word “smart” is attached to anything even marginally digital — and indeed it’s an effective marketing tool because who wants anything dumb?
But is the Smart Grid really smart?
The problem: smart metering will turn every single appliance into the equivalent of a transmitting cell phone, and this at a time when public concern about the safety of exposure to the radiofrequency radiation (RF) of wireless technologies is on the rise. Heads up: that’s every dishwasher, microwave oven, stove, washing machine, clothes dryer, air conditioner, furnace, refrigerator, freezer, coffee maker, TV, computer, printer, and fax machine.
The average U.S. home has over 15 such appliances, each of which would be equipped with a transmitting antenna. While older models can be retrofitted, General Electric (GE) and other appliance manufacturers are already putting transmitters into their latest designs, and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is already giving out tax credits.
Meanwhile, people who don’t want to use such appliances won’t be able to deactivate the wireless component without disabling it and voiding warranties. Citing “electricity theft,” it could also be illegal to do so.
Yet, not one safety concern regarding the cumulative effects of 24/7 exposure to RF radiation seems to have occurred to the backers of Smart Grids. And this is despite the fact that all appliances will transmit wireless data with peak power bursts far above current safety standards – at frequencies between 917 MHz and 3.65 GHz in the ultra-high frequency/microwave ranges of the electromagnetic spectrum, several times a minute.
And that’s just the indoor part. All transmitters inside your home or office will communicate with a Smart Meter attached to the outside of each building.(1) That meter, in turn, will transmit at an even higher frequency to a central hub installed in local neighborhoods. In what are called “mesh networks,” signals can also be bounced from house-meter to house-meter before reaching the final hub. So exposures will not just be from your own meter, but accumulating from possibly 100-to-500 of your neighbors’ as well.
That’s a hefty barrage of radiation.
Some gas, water, and electric utilities are now using such smart networks, each with its own metering system and separate exposures – creating a multi-frequency wall of radiation that, in the history of living creatures, is unheard of.
In addition, the meters and the antennas will act as transceivers, allowing both you via mobile phone or computer – and take note: your utility company – to remotely control your appliances. According to Jenny Anderson and Julie Creswell writing in the New York Times, one such system in the Midwest already allows the utility to cycle furnaces and air conditioners on and off every 15 minutes, with the stated purpose to reduce peak-loads on electric grids.
On closer scrutiny, Smart Grids look like another Build-It-Now-Deal-With-The-
Wi-Fi in Schools Nov 2011 by Dr Andrew Goldsworthy
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Most of the damage done by digital telecommunications is not due to heating but by the electrical effect their pulsating signals have on living tissues, which occurs at much lower energy levels.
The human body can act as an antenna and the signals make electric currents flow through it in time with the pulsations. It is this that does the bulk of the damage by destabilising the delicate membranes that surround each cell and also divide it into internal compartment such as mitochondria (the energy factories of the cell) and the lysosomes (the cell’s recycling factories).
All of these membranes are just two molecules thick and have a similar basic structure. They are liquid crystals, made largely of negatively charged molecules (which repel one another) stabilised by divalent positive ions (mostly calcium) that sit in between them by mutual attraction and hold them together like mortar holds together the bricks in a wall.
It was first shown by Bawin et. al. in the 1970s that weak amplitude modulated radio waves, where the strength of the signal rises and falls at low frequencies, could remove some of this calcium from brain cell membranes. This destabilises them and make them more likely to leak. The low frequency pulsations of Wi-Fi and mobile phone signals can be expected to behave in much the same way.-
This is important in the brain because the normal function of brain cells depends on the controlled passage of specific ions through their membranes. When these membranes leak, ions flow through them in a relatively uncontrolled way, which results in brain hyperactivity and may cause attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in some people. When this occurs in the brain of a foetus or very young child it prevents normal brain development, which may result in autism (see http://mcs-america.org/june2011pg2345.pdf ) . Wi-Fi should therefore be considered as an impediment rather than an aid to learning and may be particularly hazardous for pregnant teachers.
Effects on the peripheral nervous system are equally damaging since hyperactivity here causes false sensations such as pain, heat, cold, and pins and needles in some people (i.e. symptoms of electromagnetic hypersensitivity). Hyperactivity in the cells of the inner ear can cause tinnitus and affect the sense of balance causing dizziness and symptoms of motion sickness, including nausea. Pupils showing any of these symptoms should be treated with sympathy and the Wi-Fi switched off.
Many other effects on health can be attributed to membrane leakage, including damage to DNA due to the release of reactive oxygen species (ROS) from mitochondria, and digestive enzymes from lysosomes. Such DNA damage can cause a loss of fertility and an increased risk of getting cancer.
Membrane leakage can also open the blood-brain barrier, leading to Alzheimer’s disease and early dementia. There are similar barriers protecting all of our body surfaces from foreign chemicals. Damage to these can cause or exacerbate a variety of illnesses, including asthma, multiple allergies and autoimmune disorders such as multiple sclerosis. More on these, including references, can be found at http://www.hese-project.org/hese-uk/en/papers/cell_phone_and_cell.pdf
Fortunately, because of genetic variability, not everyone will suffer the same symptoms and many may suffer none at all but, for the sake of those that do suffer, Wi-Fi is not a good idea in schools or anywhere else for that matter.
Smart Meter Petition UK
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As you may know the Government are planning to install Smart Meters in every home, school and workplace in the UK to provide real-time monitoring of your gas and electricity. The meters will transmit your personal information every 30 minutes via pulsed microwaves to a hub in the street which will pass the information on to a new central Data and Communications Company. Some areas have already started installation. The scheme raises concerns about privacy, security and health.
Say NO to Wireless smart meters! We are campaigning to demand a fibre optic network with optional wired Home Area Networks. This is really imprtant; if the present wireless scheme goes ahead many people with ES will simply become homeless as they will not be able to adequately shield their own homes! I know many people this has already happened to because of the phone mast infrastructure - they lost their jobs and homes. More and more people are developing ES each year. Worryingly, smart meters emit much higher levels of radiation than mobile phones.
Unfortunately not many people are interested in the plight of those with ES but we do all care about our families. There is NO long term testing of the effect of this kind of radiation (smart meter network) on children. The accumulation of constant electro-magnetic radiation across the entire country is a living experiment; those who are vulnerable will suffer increasing levels of illness and behavioural problems. Recent scientific reports have indicated a link with cancer, leukaemia, heart disease, diabetes and ADHD. Please see the website for more information and supporting research: www.SmartMeterPetition.org
Posters and fliers are available on the website. I would be grateful if you felt able to support us as we need 100,000 signatures by April 2012. Signatures can be online - www.SmartMeterPetition.org or on the paper petition downloaded at http://www.smartmeterpetition.
BMJ Publish Re-Hash of Discredited Danish Cohort Study
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‘INDUSTRY PLAYS ‘DOUBT’ CARD TO DOWNPLAY IARC/WHO FINDINGS’
The BMJ is set to publish an 'update' to a study that finished over 4 years ago  (and used data even older) and was widely criticised at the time for its design - that it appeared to be designed to come out negative for tumours in that they had excluded heavy mobile phone users from the study (the business users).
More recent studies - including the Interphone Study (itself somewhat flawed) - have shown a significant increased incident of brain tumours and related cancers in long-term (10 years use for 1/2 hour per day) mobile phone users.
Because of these other studies etc. the World Health Organisation (WHO) in conjunction with the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) have this year declared microwave radiation - used by mobile phones and other wireless devices - to be a class 2b carcinogen "Possibly carcinogenic to humans"  . This means that microwave radiation is a possible cause of cancer.
The re-release of the Danish study is part of an industry-orchestrated backlash to delay legislation to limit microwave exposure and place mandatory health warnings on mobile phones (in the style of cigarette packets) and other radiation emitting devices such as WiFi routers, smart meters and cordless landlines. The 4G spectrum sell-off would be adversely affected with such a move.
[Read a much fuller critique at Powerwatch here]
The Answer to Physicists - Scientific Paper 2011
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The following scientific paper was presented in the International Conference on Enviromental Indicators in Haifa, Israel:-
"This paper addresses the argument stating that since the energy of a single RadioFrequency (RF) photon is extremely small it cannot influence matter significantly and therefore RF radiation cannot cause cancer. The argument is shown to be wrong sincemost known phenomena and uses of RF radiation involve many photons acting in unison.For example in a particle accelerator a multitude of RF photons act simultaneously on asingle elementary charged particle. We show that his holds for particle physics, capacitors,fluorescent tubes, radio communications, RADAR and living tissues. These phenomena arebest treated by considering RF radiation as a wave phenomenon."
In other words this scientific paper shows that all forms of Radio Frequency radiation - including microwaves from mobile or wireless devices - CAN cause Cancer.
Beware of That Which is Not Discussed - Scientists' Open Letter 20th September 2011
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"As the United Nations meets in London yesterday and today to assess the global impact of the five leading chronic diseases--cancer, diabetes, mental illness, heart disease, and respiratory disease-- there is a glaring omission in the environmental risks not being analyzed for impacts on health and economy. That omission is the massive explosion and intrusion of wireless technology into every facet of life.
"Even without factoring in the proven biological effects of RF (microwave) radiation, the World Economic Forum (WEF) estimates the health costs for the above five diseases could reach $47 trillion over the next 20 years . . .
"Wireless technology is an identified risk causing ill health in all five areas addressed by the WEF-- cancer, diabetes, mental illness and respiratory disease-- carrying potential for huge economic and almost incalculable global impacts, growing in danger and in tandem with the wireless infrastructure rollout throughout the world. Until the World Economic Forum addresses this elephant in the room, any prediction for a troubling outlook will be a euphemism."