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BioInitiative Report 2012 – What It Means For You

Posted by Lloyd Burrell on January 12, 2013 under Cell phone radiation, Electromagnetic protection, Electrosmog, EMF facts | 18 Comments to Read

Bit by bit the world is gradually waking up to the dangers of non-ionizing electromagnetic fields (EMFs). It’s a long slow process. We are moving forward on EMF awareness but slooooowly.

Rather like your 4 year old child who doesn’t want to go to school. You explain and explain again to them the reasons why they need to go. Deep down they know you’re right but there is inertia. Its difficult to face up to reality. They’re not quite ready.

Sometimes the negotiation just doesn’t work and you find yourself pulling them out the front door with them holding onto the door frame as they bawl their eyes out.

Sometimes there’s another family member who helps you get out of the impasse. Maybe its another child their age or maybe its an aunt, uncle or some other authority figure.

Well it’s a similar story with EMFs. Deep down people know that EMF exposures are dangerous. But like the reluctant child they are having a hard time facing the truth. The BioInitiative Report 2012 is another big slice of truth. Its the authority figure.

What’s So Important About The BioInitiative Report 2012?

BioInitiative Report 2012The same thing that made the BioInitiative Report 2007 important.  The 2007 report was a big slice of truth. 610 pages of it. It was a way of saying, if we take an honest look at all the EMF studies to date, this is what we can say about EMF dangers. It was comprehensive.

The BioInitiative Report 2012 is an even bigger slice of truth. This time 1479 pages. It takes up where the 2007 Report left off, reviewing 1800 studies published since the last report.

Its pretty heavy going for the uninitiated. Not quite War & Peace but War & Peace is probably easier to read.  But then it’s written by scientists, not Tolstoy.

A Group Effort

The 2007 report was a collective work written by a group of 14 independent scientists, researchers, and public health policy makers. It wasn’t the work of a lone ranger scientist which the telecommunications companies could easily discredit.

The same is true of the 2012 Report. Its the work of 29 independent scientists and health experts from 10 countries.

Yes independent. Scientists who aren’t scared to tell it like it is. Scientists who’ve fought to get funding. And then fought to get their study published when perhaps the findings weren’t in line with what the study’s paymasters wanted.

And not just any old group of scientists. As the preface says “ten hold[] medical degrees (MDs), 21 PhDs, and three MsC, MA or MPHs.  Among the authors are three former presidents of the Bioelectromagnetics Society, and five full members of BEMS.  One distinguished author is the Chair of the Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation.   Another is a Senior Advisor to the European Environmental Agency.” But more important than who is saying it its whats said that really counts.

BioInitiative Report 2012– More Of The Same?

Not exactly. In 2007 the science was telling us things were pretty bad. That chronic exposure (24/7) to low level wireless technologies was detrimental to our health. With the 2012 Report we now have evidence that these exposures are more dangerous than previously thought.

The 2007 Reports’ main thrust was to highlight the link between cancer and RF radiation exposure (from cell phones particularly). The new Report shines the spotlight on exposure to EMFs and Autism, Fetal Exposure, Fertility, Alzheimer’s Disease and other neurological and autoimmune disease effects. Click here to read the Report in full.

Now all this very well. But how does this help you?

The Million Dollar Question

Its the question I get asked most often. Its probably the reason you are reading this. Lets be honest, do you really want to read the new BioInitiative report? I doubt it.

What you really want to know is: what are safe levels of EMF exposure?

What Are Safe Levels Of EMF Exposure?

Hold on to your hats….they are low. How low? Well according to the Reports authors the prescribed safety limits around the world are some 1,000 to 10,000 times higher than what the BioInitiative Report recommends. Yes I did say 1,000 to 10,000 times.

Lets just think about that for a moment. Take road safety. A whole load of studies have been done on this for decades and the upshot is that a legal limit, a safe speed, in towns and cities has been fixed at around 30mph (or 50km/h). These legal limits are broadly applied the world over. There are some variations on these levels, some countries apply a 20mph limit. Which is some 33% below the “norm”. In other countries a 15mph limit is applied (around schools for instance). So 50% below the “norm”. That’s to say twice as stringent.

With EMFs, its not twice or ten times or a hundred times more or less stringent. The laws that are there to protect us are thousands of times higher than what the BioInitiative report considers to be safe. So to go back to the road safety analogy it would be like fixing a legal speed limits of 30,000mph in towns. Which amounts to having no speed limit at all.

Guess what, the EMF legal safety limits are like having no safety limits at all.

What Does the BioInitiative Report 2012 Recommend?

For RF radiation the 2007 Report recommended a limit of 0.1 μW/cm2 ( 0.61 Volts/meter) for outdoor exposure. The 2012 report recommends a precautionary level of 0.0003 μW/cm2 to 0.0006 μW/cm2*. For magnetic fields the 2012 Report recommends a limit of 1 mG.

(* Expressed in volts per meter this equates to approximately 0.03 V/m – 0.05 V/m.)

Are these levels achievable? I’m not sure they are.

Are they safe? I’m not sure of that either. The truth is nobody truly knows whats safe. What I can say is if anyone knows what can be considered scientifically safe then its the authors of the BioInitiative Report.

My Conclusion

Here is what you really need to understand; EMF exposures at even very very low levels can be very very harmful. What can you do? Plenty. Start by applying some good solid EMF protection. My free report outlines how to do this. Aim to reduce the EMF exposures in your home, click here for information.

Act Now. Let the BioInitiative Report 2012 be your wake up call.

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  • Paul Von said,

    Hello Lloyd and concerned readers:
    The BioInitiatve Report of 2012 only clarifies the magnitudes of known EMF issues. Yet the real issue remains unresolved. ALL forms of man-made electromagnetic induction are harmful to the Earths biological systems, and these radiation fields need to be eliminated from the environment. This will take many years of focused effort at redesigning the worldwide electrical grid, and replacing it with entirely different DC (direct current) small-scale systems.
    Here is another smaller report detailing one of the issues addressed in the BioInititive Report.
    “A hypothesis:

    “If electricity was the sole factor and prime stimulus to the “civilization epidemic”, as described by Dr Milham [2], then the tendency of increased disease rates in electrified parts can be correlated to, among very many, two hypothesized aspects: (1) the lack and reduced level of sleep as a result of increased stimulus to amygdala activity in the human brain by increased presence of electricity and artificial light in the society or/and (2) the lack of the positive effects of natural acoustic and visionary impulses exerted from nature on the individual, which are replaced by significant levels of environmental noise and auditory distractions from the surroundings, such as those present in cities [3]. The first point, if proven, builds on the way the human body reacts to sleep, where the brains ability to reduce amygdala stress signals is observed [4]. The reduction of amygdala stress affects the release of corticosteroid hormones, which restores bodily homeostasis and normalize brain processing in the aftermath of stress from the daily activities [5].”
    Full text link below. >
    http://citizensforsafetechnology.org/uploads/scribd/Manzetti_&_Johansson_2012.pdf

  • Laurie said,

    I love your website! Thank-you for providing such useful information. I am em-sensitive and have to work and live in an area that makes me sick. It is frustrating,because no diagnostic measures around here will prove it. I feel trapped. However, I have an 80 year old mom to care for, so I have to press on. Thank-you for understanding.

  • Jack Neal said,

    Dear Mr Burrell, I really appreciate the work you are doing to alert people to EMF danger. I had a motorola cell phone for 2 years and suffered teeth cracking, one got loose, one horrendous sinus infection and general malaise. The router we got has been very suspect in causing me tinnitus and general malaise. I moved it as far away from my station as possible and blocked some of the radiation which helped greatly but I really need a 50 ft. line to wife’s laptop. Keep up the good work! Did you know that the eye’s of children are not ready for reading until ages 8-10? It has been scientifically proven and that is why we have so many 4 eyes and badly adjusted people to reality. Our whole idea of earlier, longer schooling and force feed max data needs to be scapped

  • Charla said,

    Thank you again Lloyd. Sometimes it takes being smacked with a bat to get our attention. This summer, after a trip to the hospital emergency room (severe vertigo, vomiting, etc), I realized EMFs were causing health problems for me. I turned off the wireless signal on my router and now use cables. Thanks to your website I can now further improve my situation.

    Many blessings to you, keep up the good work.

  • lori ann garza said,

    I cannot thank you enough for your newsletter, it was phenomenal. I AM reading the “Repoort” and being highly enlightened. Thank you! Thank you!

  • Robert Alan-Haven said,

    Here’s a piece I wrote before I even knew about your website. I think we’re on the same wavelength – if you’ll pardon the pun.

    IT HAS BECOME APPALLINGLY CLEAR THAT OUR TECHNOLOGY HAS SURPASSED OUR HUMANITY Albert Einstein

    Although quoted from many years ago, as always Einstein was way ahead of his time; for the truth of this statement is now startlingly evident.

    Mystics and healers of many traditions and belief systems have known for thousands of years that each and every one of us lives and moves within our own individual energy field. By the management and manipulation of that energy field rather than acting directly on the physical body, many so-called miracles have been brought about in myth, in history, in ancient and in modern times.

    It is only relatively recently that scientific instrumentation has existed with fine enough capacities to measure this energy field and thus confirm its existence as a distinctive electro magnetic form. In the 1940s neuroanatomist Harold S. Burr at Yale University studied the shape of energy fields around living animals and plants. One of his major discoveries was that the embryos and young of animals, and the seedlings of plants, have the energy fields of their adult forms. Thus Professor Burr’s work tends to answer the age old question, ‘which came first the chicken or the egg?’ i.e. the energy field is present, even around the potential for life, and flora and fauna, including us, grow into it. It could be said to be an individual blueprint for our physical existence.

    As we now know, the body’s metabolism involves a continuous state of renewal, and modern research has shown that this happens much faster than was previously realised. For example, all the protein in the body is ‘turned over’ every six months, and in some organs even more frequently. Our physical characteristics apparently remain the same because within the constant cellular changes there is a pattern to follow. The energy field, the E.M.F. (electro magnetic field), if undisturbed, provides the blueprint, the mould if you like, for each and every cell to divide into perfect identical twins.

    Now here’s the rub. Modern technology has increased at such a rate in recent years, particularly in the realms of electronics of all kinds, that the construct of the E.M.F. no longer remains undisturbed. The energetic basis of our individual lives is being constantly bombarded with low level radiation. Ever increasing radio and TV transmissions, mobile phones and the ever expanding number of masts to support them, computers, home appliances, to name but a few. We live in a fog of electro magnetic emissions, and yet our very existence depends on an energy field which is electro magnetic in nature.

    Let’s relate this to a disease which has reached epidemic proportions, yet I notice the word epidemic is rarely used in this context, namely cancer. What is it? At base, cancer is simple. Tumours occur when the normal process of cell division produces other than perfect replication of the ‘mother’ cell. For example, say, a cell in the lining of the stomach divides and instead of becoming another perfect cell for the healthy functioning of the stomach lining, it ‘mutates’ into a less than perfect cell for that function. In effect it becomes like a weed in an otherwise perfectly balanced garden. When enough cells mutate you have a tumour.

    Given that the pattern for perfect replication of cells exists in the E.M.F., is it not possible that our obsession for ever more sources of low level radiation, and their accompanying electro magnetic emissions, is distorting the human E.M.F. so that the mutation of dividing cells, cancer, is inevitable on a massive scale? The rising incidence of both is in parallel, but is there a causal link? At the very least there is a good case for it. I suggest our technology not only surpasses our humanity; it is in the process of destroying it.

    Hats off to Mr. Einstein.

  • Paul Von said,

    Hats off to Robert Alan-Haven. Man has made himself an irrelevant consideration in the real truth of the matter. I’ve watched the morbid debate for my whole life, and no one has yet to call a spade a spade. Our specie has now destroyed the planet, and that’s a fact. Don’t forget to turn off the lights on the way out.

  • Laurie said,

    My comment today is: Let a healthy professional assist others who want to rid their environments of emf’s. I used my HF35C meter yesterday in an apartment with some serious radiation going on. Today I am so much more sensitive.I went shopping where I normally do and had serious heart palpitations and chest tightness and hearing effects and confusion. I sure hope that this settles down! I have to work in 2 days. When I go there I have to get close to the 2 wireless devices to put up my shields…which are comprised of 4 layers of tinfoil.
    I cap off the wifi antennae with 4 layers of foil and I encase the dect cordless phone base in 4 layers of foil. It works really well, as my meter bears out. Must be a tight fit on the cordless base. I can not unplug the base because the owner uses it to pick up phone messages.

  • czehfus said,

    “The truth is nobody truly knows whats safe”

    “safe” for “normal” people no longer would work for people who experience symptoms from the biological action of RF.

    But for someone who has developed Radio Wave Sickness, I can tell you that levels over .1µW/m2² cause neurological, muscle and cognitive difficulties, which increase as levels get higher.
    For a perspective, .1µW/m² = .00001µW/cm²
    like the world before wireless explosion.
    For now, our lives appear to be expendable. Masking is simply not possible in many places due to emissions from combined smart meters, WiMax broadband in whole areas, and neighbors’ smart phones (the latest models create much worse symptoms than earlier ones. in fact, you think it can’t get much worse, and then Smartphone #88 comes out. surprise, surprise.) You try to mask your home or walls when these emissions can be also measured on your own wiring.
    Again, We all do what we can to survive. However, it is my feeling that our lives are now expendable, willingly sacrificed to the wireless god by its worshippers.

  • Paul Von said,

    czehfus said, “The truth is nobody truly knows whats safe”
    Here is a report on the expendability of EMF sensetive individuals.

    Excerpted from: Reported functional impairments of electrohypersensitive Japanese: A questionnaire survey

    Yasuko Kato a,∗, Olle Johansson b

    a VOC-EMF Measures Research Association, Sapporo, Japan

    b The Experimental Dermatology Unit, Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden

    Received 17 November 2011; received in revised form 13 January 2012; accepted 19 February 2012

    Abstract

    “An increasing number of people worldwide complain that they have become electromagnetic hypersensitive (EHS). We conducted a questionnaire survey of EHS persons in Japan. The aim was to identify electromagnetic fields (EMF) and plausible EMF sources that caused their symptoms. Postal questionnaires were distributed via a self-help group, and 75 participants (95% women) responded. Reported major complaints were “fatigue/tiredness” (85%), “headache”, “concentration, memory, and thinking” difficulty (81%, respectively). Seventy-two per cent used some form of complementary/alternative therapy. The most plausible trigger of EHS onset was a mobile phone base station or personal handy-phone system (37%). Sixty-five percent experienced health problems to be due to the radiation from other passengers’ mobile phones in trains or buses, and 12% reported that they could not use public transportation at all. Fifty-three percent had a job before the onset, but most had lost their work and/or experienced a decrease in income. Moreover, 85.3% had to take measures to protect themselves from EMF, such as moving to low EMF areas, or buying low EMF electric appliances. EHS persons were suffering not only from their symptoms, but also from economical and social problems.”

    We are not alone.

  • Dorothy said,

    Hi Lloyd,
    I am trying to understand the levels the Bioinitiative Report is now suspecting causes biological changes with respect to my Cornet ED85EX meter. I tried to compare the levels in the report to the meter, but there is some conversion required which I find confusing. Would it be accurate to say that the new Bioinitiative Report indicates that the two levelsor zones considered green/safe on the Cornet, would now be considered cautionary or yellow?

  • Lloyd said,

    Hi Dorothy
    Its impossible to say with precision what readings are truly safe – this is the message of the new BioInitiative report. If you have no symptoms and your readings are in the green zone I don’t think you should be unduly concerned.

  • Dave said,

    Thanks for the summary. I just read your EMF protection report and the EMF Office Report. Good stuff. I also just checked out the Bioinitiative 2012 PDF you link to, and I have a couple questions.

    1. There seems to be no recommendation about what level of AC Electric field to maintain. The only thing I saw mentioned was that if you live within 300 meters of high voltage powerline, that can possibly lead to cancer / leukemia. Is there a general recommendation for limits of V/m of AC electric field to shoot for?

    2. Also, you mention in this article the recommendation limit for RF from the Bio2012 is 0.0003 μW/cm2 to 0.0006 μW/cm2, but I didn’t see that explicitly in the BioInitiaive 2012 report.

    On page 1407 it says “A precautionary limit of 0.1 (µW/cm2 (which is also 0.614 Volts per meter) should be adopted for outdoor, cumulative RF exposure.”

    Now that statement is found in Section 24 of the Bio12, which oddly enough has written on it’s title page 1385 “Prepared for the BioInitiative Working Group July 2007″. So is section 24 a repeat of the 2007 study?

    I’m just trying to find the place where it recommends what you state in your article. I did search for .0003 and found a few studies that mention that level, but I didn’t find it in the conclusion or recommendation parts. Did you just interpret the .0003 level for us from your understanding of the report?

    Thanks for all your good advice. With my wife being pregnant we want to do all we can to protect our future baby’s health. In fact, we’re building our house, and hope to implement these findings for our new construction with wired ethernet & corded phones.

    3. Do you recommend shielded electric cables? What are other design tips we can bring to design our house to protect from EMFs?

    4. Also, we have 3-phase power, is that safer or less safe than single phase?

    Thanks Lloyd!

  • Lloyd Burrell said,

    Hi Dave
    1. SBM- 2008 from the Institute of Building Biology is a good source of guidance on AC electric field exposures… less than 1 V/m is considered of ‘no concern’
    2. The actual recommendation is given in nanowatts “0.3 nanowatts to 0.6 nanowatts per square centimeter”
    3. Yes shielding cables is advisable – my free report has more tips. A good book is also ‘Healthy Home Healthy Family’ – Nicole Bijlsma.
    4. Three phase power is not used in any homes I’ve ever visited – sorry can’t advise on this.

  • Dave said,

    That was an extremely helpful response, thanks for your help Lloyd. I’m planning on buying that book and using shielded cable (or metal conduit). I actually just found out that I AM slightly EMF sensitive. It slightly hurts my wrists and palms when I type on my 17″ Macbook Pro… they don’t even make this size screen anymore, it’s a power hungry machine, and maybe the mag field under the keyboard is making it uncomfortable for me… but thankfully that’s the only symptoms I’ve noticed so far.

  • Robin said,

    Lloyd,

    I would like to thank you for the information you provide.

    Radio waves are becoming a live experiment without a control group. Ask a medical researcher what that means. In my country some politicians demand 100% cellular phone coverage inside every house and in every corner of the country, including all woods and deserted quarries.
    People having health problems resulting from radiation are not just ignored, it is worse. They are socially outcasted: if you do not want to be outcast yourself do not speak or be seen with him, as if one is a contagious nut-case. Billions of corrupting industry money is involved, the government sells the individual frequencies and industry in turn demands no restrictions. Government wanting to control all our conversations and movements is eager on this technology. Couple that with being seen by some as as wanting to rob them of their new smart-phone toy which is supposed to bring them status and robbing them of their their addicting SMS, social media and other app addictions.

    Asbestos was already known to be dangerous when it was brought on the market. The only thing government did was to install and gradually lower maximum exposure limits. The only reason for that was to prevent claims against industry because they were below “safe limits”. It took government 100 years to acknowledge what they knew from the beginning and to ban asbestos.
    Smoking was visible, you see the cloud, smell the smoke and can identify the responsible lighting and smoking the cigarette. Advertisement was made that smoking is beneficial for your health and increases your status (all hotshots do it).

    Everyone knows that radiation is dangerous, and goes to great lengths to hide it. Not only the radiation itself is dangerous but also the fungus and mould that thrives on radiation. Not to forget chronic Lyme. Nonstop longterm 24/7/365 radiation has long term effects after 5 to 10 years. It is required for a doctor to have a cellphone etc. so those who become aware or sensitive leave the profession. The dark number is great because doctors get information it is harmless and can lose their licence if they say anything negative about it.

    The BioInitiative Report 2012 precautionary level of 0.0003 μW/cm2 for outdoor exposure is low compared to the capabilities for most meters.
    0.0003 μW/cm2 = 3.0 μW/m2 = 0.003 mW/m2
    A one axis meter needs to measure three axis and then add them. Square the three measurements then add them up and next take the root of it.
    That means measuring 1.7 μW/m2 = 0.0017 mW/m2 on each of the three axis is the precautionary outdoor limit. With the maximum sensitivity of the Cornet ED85EXS of 1.5 μW/m2 = 0.0015 mW/m2 that is too low to measure with that apparatus. Those apparatus often have difficulties adding up different frequencies while exposures of GSM, G2, G3, G4, WiFi, radio, digital TV, radar and other exposures need to be added up. It leaves no room for detecting the directions of the radiation. The acceptable level indoors should be considered lower than outdoors. Lets hope more sensitive directional and 3D meters come out.

    Bad cases of EHS that I met discover sources of harmful radiation by suffering and then looking around with EMF meters trying to identify the source. Buy a meter nonetheless because many sources give out an incredible huge amount radiation, even above the maximum these meters can detect.

    An EMF meter is something EVERYONE should own. You can often measure from great distance which restaurant (or which corner in the restaurant) is safest to be in.

    Keep up the good work Lloyd, it is very much appreciated. I would be in the dark without other peoples and in particular your site.

  • Robert Alan-Haven said,

    Robin, there’s no mention of your home country in your comprehensive and much appreciated comments. When you say ‘in my country’, where is that?

  • Robin said,

    The Netherlands (europe)

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