In this post I would like to share with you a presentation on what can only be described as the most state of the art report on electromagnetic fields and health risks that currently exists, you will learn:
– How it is that there are 30 years of scientific studies on the adverse health effects of exposures to EMFs, and they are being virtually ignored
– That once more, the evidence is there, it just doesn’t seem like it is because of industry propaganda
– That existing safety standards for EMF are thousands of times too high
– That we need to act now, individually for instance by taking measures to protect yourself and your loved ones from cell phone radiation, though this is only part of the problem, and collectively by voicing our opinions to those that are in positions of power
Cindy Sage*: The word ‘EMF’, or electromagnetic field, is a broad one and contained in it are the things that evolved around electric appliances and power lines, extremely low frequency fields. The EMF issue also encompasses radio frequency radiation and microwave radiation. And, those are emissions that you get from cell phones, cell towers, Wi-Fi, and Wi-Max Wireless communications. So, it’s really broadly all those things that give us electric power or that give us the ability to communicate in a wireless fashion. There are emissions and they have important biological effects.
In 2006, a group of scientists met at the Bio-Electric Magnetic Society Annual Meeting in Mexico. We presented a mini symposium on electromagnetic fields and radio frequency radiation to highlight a couple of things. The first was to focus on the science, these are the studies that we believe show an effect at levels that are everyday levels. Secondly, to talk about what kind of precautionary actions countries are taking around the world. My part of this was to summarize the world’s response to EMF issues in terms of precautionary or preventative actions.
The BioInitiative Working Group is a group that grew out of the meeting in Mexico. There was a lot of debate at that scientific conference about why it is that there are 30 year’s worth of scientific studies documenting bio-effects and adverse health effects from these exposures, and yet we are still living with the same old standards we’ve had for years.
The Working Group decided that we would write a state of the art report on electromagnetic fields and health risks. And we would use this to alert the people in the world whose mission is to translate science into good public health policy, and to tell the public what these findings are.
We, as a group, looked at more than 2,000 studies. These are peer reviewed, published science, they’re not someone’s casual opinion. We covered brain tumors, Alzheimers, breast cancer, and the effects on the immune system. Many people become electrically sensitive, they become hypersensitive to exposures. The number of hypersensitive people is growing as we expose more people on a chronic, daily basis to these emissions, so we can expect that number to increase. These people will be most susceptible to the effects of radiation.
Several people came at the issue from a public health viewpoint. We have enough evidence now as regards cancer and neurological problems to ask what is the appropriate public health response. There is industry influence preventing action. The book “Late Lessons From Early Warnings”, by David Gee, details a list of problems that assumed huge proportions simply by being ignored initially.
We asked David Gee to look at electromagnetic issues and asked, “Do we have enough now as an early warning, and is the consequence of doing nothing so great that we should be doing more?” And, the answer is yes.
The response in Europe was massive, we were swamped with request for media coverage. After our report was released, a major public health agency called for a new policy, a new study, and new preventative actions. All major European newspapers covered the BioInitiative Report.
In the United States, we have seen absolutely no coverage. It’s very disappointing to see that the silence in our media, our print, in our broadcast media, is absolute. These are not just European health issues, these are issues in the United States, and they’re going to cost all our societies very dearly if we don’t pay attention.
We are seeing brain tumor risk increase at 10 years or less of cell phone use. Almost everything else that can cause brain tumors takes 20 years for these tumors to show up. It means that cell phones are a very effective way of creating brain tumors, and it’s happening in half the time.
Existing standards for EMF are thousands of times too high. The standards do not protect human health. Cost to society is going to is going to be enormous, both on human and financial terms. The old standards simply do not protect human beings from the damaging effects of EMF, we need standards based on biological grounds, not on how hot something might become. Unless we take the steps now to protect populations from the dangers of electromagnetic radiation, we may well reap a harvest of misery and death in the near future.
* This is a resume of the Cindy Sage interview which you can hear in its entirety in the above video
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