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We always need more research so please if you find papers that are not on our list please send us the link or the doc.

Looking at all the studies (we only have the tip of the iceberg here - there is in excess of 200 scientific studies that show a health problem from mobile phone technology) it looks as if they've proven a health risk over and over and over again.

However the argument the authorities and industry constantly chuck out is "...these studies have not been replicated.. they must be replicated before they can be scientifically accepted..." The implication is always that this has been tried and failed.. this is not true. From what we can gather studies are not replicated because they are not repeated (they are not given funding).

If the Government is serious about protecting our health and putting our children before profit then its time they put ourmoney where their mouth is. We guess that if the NEW research programs turn out a health effect they will be rubbished as not replicated. Lets put our taxes into repeating some of these studies so that we can finally get a true picture of the science

An Australian report commissioned by the Australian Democrats party to be presented to the Australian Senate (the Australian Parliament) imminently indicates that Mobile Phones and Mobile Phone Masts may increase obesity, diabetes and depression.

Reported in the Australian Sunday Herald Sun journalist Lincoln Wright goes on to report that

"The phones [and masts] could also contribute to Alzheimer's disease, asthma, arthritis and memory loss, the report commissioned by the Australian Democrats found.

It said communities had not been warned about the dangers that higher radiation posed to human health.

The report, which relied on research from other studies, called for the Telecommunications Act to be amended to outlaw building mobile phone antennas near homes or schools"

The updated 37 page report is Available here in PDF (Adobe Reader/Acrobat) format.

PRESS RELEASE By The BioInitiative:-

University of Albany, New York– August 31 / Serious Public Health Concerns
Raised Over Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) from Power
Lines and Cell Phones


An international working group of scientists, researchers and public health policy
professionals (The BioInitiative Working Group) has released its report on
electromagnetic fields (EMF) and health. It raises serious concern about the
safety of existing public limits that regulate how much EMF is allowable from
power lines, cell phones, and many other sources of EMF exposure in daily life.
Electromagnetic radiation from such sources as electric power lines, interior
wiring and grounding of buildings and appliances are linked to increased risks for
childhood leukemia and may set the stage for adult cancers later in life. A report
from the BioInitiative Working Group (www.bioinitiative.org) released on Friday,
August 31st documents the scientific evidence that power line EMF exposure is
responsible for hundreds of new cases of childhood leukemia every year in the
United States and around the world.


The report provides detailed scientific information on health impacts when people
are exposed to electromagnetic radiation hundreds or even thousands of times
below limits currently established by the Federal Communications Commission
(US FCC) and International Commission for Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection in
Europe (ICNIRP). The authors reviewed more than 2000 scientific studies and
reviews, and concluded that the existing public safety limits are inadequate to
protect public health. From a public health policy standpoint, new public safety
limits, and limits on further deployment of risky technologies are warranted based
on the total weigh of evidence.


The report documents scientific evidence raising worries about childhood
leukemia (from power lines and other electrical exposures), brain tumors and
acoustic neuromas (from cell and cordless phones) and Alzheimer’s disease.
There is evidence that EMF is a risk factor for both childhood and adult cancers.
Public health expert and co-editor of the Report Dr. David Carpenter, Director,
Institute for Health and the Environment at the University of Albany, New York
says “this report stands as a wake-up call that long-term exposure to some kinds
of EMF may cause serious health effects. Good public health planning is needed
now to prevent cancers and neurological diseases linked to exposure to power
lines and other sources of EMF. We need to educate people and our decisionmakers
that “business as usual” is unacceptable.”


Health questions about power line EMFs were initially raised by Nancy
Wertheimer, a Colorado public health expert and Ed Leeper, an electrical
engineer in 1979. Wertheimer noticed that children were twice or three times as
likely to have leukemia tended to live in homes in the Denver, CO area close to
power lines and transformers. Now, there are dozens of studies confirming the
link, but public health response has been slow in coming, and new standards to
protect the public are necessary.


Brain tumor specialist Dr. Lennart Hardell, MD, PhD and Professor at University
Hospital in Orebro, Sweden is a member of the BioInitiative Working Group. His
work on cell phones, cordless phones and brain tumors is widely recognized to
be pivotal in the debate about the safety of wireless radiofrequency and
microwave radiation. “The evidence for risks from prolonged cell phone and
cordless phone use is quite strong when you look at people who have used these
devices for 10 years or longer, and when they are used mainly on one side of the
head.


Brain tumors normally take a long time to develop, on the order of 15 to 20 years.
Use of a cell or cordless phone is linked to brain tumors and acoustic neuromas
(tumor of the auditory nerve in the brain) and are showing up after only 10 years
(a shorter time period than for most other known carcinogens). “This indicates
we need research on more long-term users to understand the full risks” says Dr.
Hardell.


Dr. Hardell’s work has been confirmed in other studies on long-term users. A
summary estimate of all studies on brain tumors shows overall a 20% increased
risk of brain tumor (malignant glioma) with ten years of use. But the risk
increases to 200% (a doubling of risk) for tumors on the same side of the brain
as mainly used during cell phone calls. “Recent studies that do not report
increased risk of brain tumors and acoustic neuromas have not looked at heavy
users, use over ten years or longer, and do not look at the part of the brain which
would reasonably have exposure to produce a tumor.”


Wireless technologies that rely on microwave radiation to send emails and voice
communication are thousands of times stronger than levels reported to cause
some health impacts. Prolonged exposure to radiofrequency and microwave
radiation from cell phones, cordless phones, cell towers, WI-FI and other wireless
technologies have linked to physical symptoms including headache, fatigue,
sleeplessness, dizziness, changes in brainwave activity, and impairment of
concentration and memory. Scientists report that these effects can occur with
even very small levels of exposure, if it occurs on a daily basis. Children in
particular are vulnerable to harm from environmental exposures of all kinds.
Co-editor of the report, Cindy Sage of Sage Associates says “public health and
EMF policy experts have now given their opinion of the weight of evidence. The
existing FCC and international limits for public and occupational exposure to
electromagnetic fields and radiofrequency radiation are not protective of public
health. New biologically-based public and occupational exposure are
recommended to address bioeffects and potential adverse health effects of
chronic exposure. These effects are now widely reported to occur at exposure
levels significantly below most current national and international limits.”
Biologically-based exposure standards are needed to prevent disruption of
normal body processes. Effects are reported for DNA damage (genotoxicity that
is directly linked to integrity of the human genome), cellular communication,
cellular metabolism and repair, cancer surveillance within the body; and for
protection against cancer and neurological diseases. Also reported are
neurological effects including changes in brainwave activity during cell phone
calls, impairment of memory, attention and cognitive function; sleep disorders,
cardiac effects; and changes in immune function (allergic and inflammatory
responses).


Sage says “the Working Group recommends a biologically-based exposure limit
that is protective against extremely-low frequency (power line) and
radiofrequency fields which, with chronic exposure, can reasonably be presumed
to result in significant impacts to health and well-being”.


Contributing author Dr. Martin Blank, Columbia University professor and
researcher in bioelectromagnetics says “cells in the body react to EMFs as
potentially harmful, just like to other environmental toxins, including heavy metals
and toxic chemicals. The DNA in living cells recognizes electromagnetic fields at
very low levels of exposure; and produces a biochemical stress response. The
scientific evidence tells us that our safety standards are inadequate, and that we
must protect ourselves from exposure to EMF due to powerlines, cell phones and
the like.” He wrote the section on stress proteins for the BioInitiative Report.


Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (open on August 31, 2007)


Report: available at www.bioinitiative.org (on August 31, 2007)


Title: BioInitiative: A Rationale for a Biologically-based Public Exposure
Standard for Electromagnetic Fields (ELF and RF)

Andrew Goldsworthy, August 2007

Weak non-ionising electromagnetic radiation in the environment can be linked to more‘modern illnesses’ than even the pessimists thought possible. Modern science can now beginto explain how.

Abstract
 
Weak electromagnetic radiation removes structurally important calcium (and possibly
magnesium) ions from cell membranes, making them weaker and more prone to transient
pore formation. This makes them leaky to even large molecules. Prolonged exposure to
mobile phone radiation causes serious damage to the DNA in living cells, probably
because of digestive enzymes leaking from lysosomes. This may be responsible for the
reduction in sperm quantity and quality found in recent studies of people using mobile
phones for more than a few hours a day. We might also expect it lead to an increase in the
incidence of cancer, but this may not become apparent for many years. Electromagnetic
exposure also increases the permeability of the blood‐brain barrier to large molecules and
allows potentially damaging substances to enter the brain from the bloodstream. The
blood‐brain barrier is characterised by having cells joined by ‘tight junctions’, where the
gaps between the cells are sealed by impermeable materials. Equivalent layers of cells
with tight junctions cover all of our body surfaces and a similar increase in their
permeability could allow the entry of a wide range of potential toxins, allergens and
carcinogens from the environment. There is evidence that this increase in permeability is
mediated by the loss of calcium from cell membranes and should also be enhanced by
electromagnetic exposure. This effect can link the current rise in the incidence of multiple
chemical sensitivities, various allergy‐related diseases and skin cancer to the
electromagnetic environment. Electrosensitive individuals can be thought of as people
who have abnormally weak permeability barriers that are more easily compromised by
electromagnetically‐induced calcium or magnesium loss. In general, the symptoms
resemble those of hypocalcaemia and hypomagnesaemia, which suggests a common
aetiology based on a reduction in membrane stability. Low concentrations of either
calcium or magnesium ions in the blood may be predisposing factors, but once the
condition is established, it can be progressive with increasing exposure to radiation. It
then appears to be irreversible.

Introduction

Nearly all of us are exposed to weak non‐ionising electromagnetic radiation from all sorts
of electrical appliances and even the wiring in our own homes. If we could see it, it would
look like a fog over almost everything, with particularly dense patches around people
using mobile phones and DECT cordless phones. There would be other dense patches
hovering permanently over their base stations and Wi‐Fi routers. People have dubbed this
‘electromagnetic smog’ and, like real smog, it can have serious effects on our health.
Electrosensitive people have known this for a long time because they experience pain and
other symptoms when they are exposed to the denser patches. However, the dangers go
well beyond that. Many people have attributed the recent rise in the incidence of a large
number of medical conditions such as asthma, other allergies, various cancers, diabetes
and multiple sclerosis to electromagnetic exposure. However, until very recently no one
has been able explain just how this could happen, but we are now learning about the
likely mechanisms and just how serious the situation is.

Calcium loss makes cell membranes porous

The most important factor giving adverse health effects from electromagnetic exposure
seems to be the electromagnetically‐induced loss of calcium ions (electrically charged
calcium atoms) from cell membranes. We have known for over thirty years that weak
electromagnetic fields remove calcium ions from the surfaces of cell membranes (Bawin et
al. 1975.; Blackman et al. 1982; Blackman 1990). In theory, magnesium ions can be
removed by a similar mechanism (See Goldsworthy 2006). However, divalent ions (ions
with a double charge) such as calcium are important in maintaining membrane stability
(Steck et al. 1970; Lew et al. 1988; Ha 2001) and their loss would make the membranes
more prone to the formation of transient pores and increase their general permeability to a
wide range of materials.

Pore formation can have many biological effects

Spontaneous pore formation has already been reported in stationary artificial
phospholipid membranes exposed to DC fields (Melikov et al. 2001) and we would expect
an even greater effect on the membranes of living cells, which are routinely subjected to
stresses and strains from being adjacent to moving cytoplasm. If these membranes were in
addition suffering from electromagnetically‐induced calcium depletion, we would expect
pore formation to be more frequent and give rise to larger pores that are slower to heal. In
this way, exposure to weak non‐ionising radiation would give a non‐specific increase in
membrane permeability. Such an increase can explain a large number of non‐thermal
biological effects of electromagnetic fields, ranging from changes in the growth rate of
plants to accelerated rates of healing and changes in gene expression in animals (See
Goldsworthy 2006; 2007). However, it can also cause serious damage.

Mobile phone radiation can damage DNA

Low‐level, non‐thermal (i.e. not strong enough to generate significant heat) microwave
radiation similar to that from mobile phones has been shown to do serious damage to the
DNA in cultures of living cells. Lai and Singh (1995) were the first to show this in rat brain
cells, but many other workers have since confirmed it. The most comprehensive study on
this was the Reflex Project sponsored by the European Commission and replicated in
laboratories in several European countries. They found that radiation from GSM mobile
phone handsets caused both single and double stranded breaks in the DNA of cultured
human and animal cells. Not all cell types were equally affected and some seemed not to
be affected at all (Reflex Report 2004). The degree of damage depended on the duration of
the exposure. With human fibroblasts, it reached a maximum at around 16 hours.
Intermittent exposure (5 minutes on, ten minutes off) was considerably more damaging
than continuous exposure, thus emphasising its non‐thermal nature. (Diem et al. 2005).
Because of the high stability of DNA molecules, the only plausible mechanism for this so
far is the release of DNAase and possibly other digestive through the membranes of
lysosomes (organelles that digest waste) that had been perforated or ruptured by the
radiation. If this is correct, there is likely to be considerable collateral damage to other
cellular systems.

If similar DNA fragmentation were to occur in the whole organism, we would expect a
more or less immediate reduction in male fertility as developing sperm become damaged,
an increased risk of cancer, which (by analogy with tobacco and asbestos) may take
several years to appear, and genetic mutations that will appear in future generations. It
would be unwise to assume that exposures of less than 16 hours are necessarily safe, since
covert DNA damage to give aberrant cells could occur long before it becomes obvious
under the microscope. Claims made by the mobile phone industry that their devices are
safe because not all cells are affected are rather like clutching at straws, since very few
genetically aberrant cells are needed to initiate a tumour.

Mobile phones can reduce fertility

We might expect DNA damage to result in a loss of fertility. Recent studies have shown
significant reductions in sperm motility, viability and quantity in men using mobile
phones for more than a few hours a day (Fejes et al. 2005; Agarwal et al. 2006; Agarwal et
al. 2007) so it is advisable to keep your mobile calls to a minimum. Since similar
experiments have not yet been performed with mobile phone base stations, it would be
premature to assume that they are necessarily safe, particularly since living near one will
involve a considerably longer exposure.

Electromagnetic exposure disrupts tight junction barriers

We might expect radiation that is strong enough to disrupt lysosomes also to be strong
enough to disrupt the outer membranes of cells so that these too are made more
permeable to large molecules. The effects of this would be most serious in the cells of the
various barriers within our bodies that prevent the passage of unwanted substances.
These are characterised by cells joined by ‘tight junctions’, in which the gaps between the
cells are sealed with impermeable materials to prevent leakage around their sides. One
such barrier is the blood‐brain barrier, which normally prevents unwanted substances in
the bloodstream from entering the brain. We know that the radiation from mobile phones
can increase the permeability of this barrier even to protein molecules as large as albumin
(Persson et al. 1997) and this increase in permeability can damage the neurones beneath
(Salford et al. 2003).

Calcium ions control barrier tightness

The loss in tightness of the blood‐brain barrier could be due to an increase in membrane
leakiness as proposed by Goldsworthy (2006; 2007) and/or to a disruption of the tight
junctions themselves, either of which could be triggered by an electromagneticallyinduced
loss of calcium from their membranes. The central role of membrane‐bound
calcium in controlling the ‘tightness’ of these layers is supported by an observation by
Chu et al. (2001). They found that either low levels of external calcium or the addition of
EGTA (a substance that removes calcium ions from surfaces) caused massive increases in
the electrical conductance and permeability to virus particles of respiratory epithelia,
which also has tight junctions.

We have many other tight junction barriers

There is a protective layer in the skin in the stratum granulosum, which is the outermost
layer of living skin cells, in which the cells are connected by tight junctions (Borgens et al.
1989; Furuse et al. 2002). In addition to this, virtually all of our other body surfaces are
protected by cells with tight junctions, including the nasal mucosa (Hussar et al. 2002), the
lungs (Weiss et al. 2003) and the lining of the gut (Arrieta et al. 2006). A similar
electromagnetically‐induced increase in the permeability of any of these would allow the
more rapid entry into the body of a whole range of foreign materials, including allergens,
toxins and carcinogens.

Loss of tightness can exacerbate many illnesses

Electromagnetically induced losses of barrier tightness at our body surfaces can explain
how the general increase in public exposure to electromagnetic fields may be responsible
for our ever‐increasing susceptibility to various allergies, multiple chemical sensitivities,
asthma, skin rashes and bowel cancer to name just a few. In addition, a non‐specific
increase in the permeability of the gut has been linked to type‐1 diabetes, Crohns disease,
celiac disease, multiple sclerosis, irritable bowel syndrome and a range of others (Arrieta
et al. 2006). The list is truly horrendous and points to a very real need to reduce our
exposure to non‐ionising radiation.

Electrosensitivity

Electrosensitivity (sometimes called electromagnetic hypersensitivity) is a condition in
which some people experience a wide range of unpleasant symptoms when exposed to
weak non‐ionising radiation. Only a small proportion of the population is electrosensitive
(currently estimated at around three percent) and an even smaller proportion is so badly
affected that they can instantly tell whether a device is switched on or off. At the other
end of the scale, there are people who may be electrosensitive but do not know it because
they are chronically exposed to electromagnetic fields and accept their symptoms
(headaches, pins and needles, numbness, fatigue, irritability and many others.) as being
perfectly normal. Electrosensitivity is in effect a continuum and there is no clear cut‐off
point.

Causes and symptoms of electrosensitivity

The cause of the condition is uncertain and not everyone shows the same symptoms, but
they seem to be characterised by having skins that have an unusually high electrical
conductance (Eltiti et al. 2007). This is consistent with them having a stratum granulosum
which is abnormally leaky, and may account for the high incidence of allergies and
chemical sensitivities commonly found in this group. One explanation for this is that they
normally have asymptomatic low levels of calcium and/or magnesium in their blood,
which gives low concentrations of these ions on their cell membranes. This means that less
has to be removed by electromagnetic exposure to produce biological effects; hence their
greater sensitivity.

The range of electromagnetically‐induced symptoms reported by electrosensitives, which
includes skin disorders, various paresthesias (pins and needles, numbness, burning
sensations) fatigue, muscle cramps, cardiac arrhythmia, and gastro‐intestinal problems are
remarkably similar to those from hypocalcaemia (low blood calcium)
(http://tinyurl.com/2dwwps ) and hypomagnesaemia (low blood magnesium)
(http://tinyurl.com/3ceevs ). This suggests that they share a common aetiology, that being
that there are inadequate concentrations of these divalent ions on the cell membranes to
maintain stability, which promotes poration and gives rise to an unregulated flow of
materials across them. If a patient reporting symptoms of electrosensitivity is diagnosed
as having sub‐clinical low levels of either of these ions in the blood, and if caught at an
early stage, it may be possible to mitigate the effects of electromagnetic exposure by
conventional treatment for hypocalcaemia and/or hypomagnesaemia.

Unfortunately, it does not end there. When electrosensitive people to are subjected to
further exposure to electromagnetic fields, it seems to do permanent damage. This could
be due to DNA or other cellular damage from ruptured lysosomes. The affected cells may
then not function properly and become incapable of protecting themselves fully from
further damage. This could include an ever‐increasing loss of their ability to form
adequate tight junction barriers, so making the victim progressively more sensitive to the
radiation. It is important, therefore, to protect electrosensitive people from further
electromagnetic exposure, but sadly, there is no Government provision for this in the UK
because the condition is not officially recognised.

Postscript

Virtually all of the observations cited above came originally from peer‐reviewed journals.
I obtained them in my retirement by piecing together the findings from many scientific
papers, often on unrelated topics, for which I thank the Library at Imperial College.
However, there has been very little research specifically directed at discovering, either the
full range of the adverse health effects of electromagnetic exposure or of the mechanisms
by which they occur. I hope that the time for this will soon come. In the meantime, if you
would like to learn more about electromagnetic fields and how to avoid them, visit
www.powerwatch.org.uk . If you want to know more about electrosensitivity, visit
www.electrosensitivity.org.uk .

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London

(Produced with permission - original article here )