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Effects of Mobile Phones on Children’s and Adolescents’ Health: A Commentary
Sweden Created: 16 May 2017
Abstract: The use of digital technology has grown rapidly during the last couple of decades - During use, mobile phones and cordless phones emit radiofrequency (RF) radiation. No previous generation has been exposed during childhood and adolescence to this kind of radiation. The brain is the main target organ for RF emissions from the handheld wireless phone. An evaluation of the scientific evidence on the brain tumor risk was made in May 2011 by the International Agency for Research on Cancer at World Health Organization. The scientific panel reached the conclusion that RF radiation from devices that emit nonionizing RF radiation in the frequency range 30 kHz–300 GHz is a Group 2B, that is, a “possible” human carcinogen. With respect to health implications of digital (wireless) technologies, it is of importance that neurological diseases, physiological addiction, cognition, sleep, and behavioral problems are considered in addition to cancer. Well-being needs to be carefully evaluated as an effect of changed behavior in children and adolescents through their interactions with modern digital technologies.

Discussion

In spite of the IARC evaluation little has happened to reduce exposure to RF fields in most countries. The exposure guideline used by many agencies was established in 1998 by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) and was based on thermal (heating) effects from RF radiation neglecting non-thermal biological effects. It was updated in 2009 and still gives the guideline 2 to 10 W/m2 for RF radiation depending on frequency.

In contrast to ICNIRP the BioInitiative Report from 2007, updated in 2012, based the evaluation also on non-thermal health effects from RF radiation. The scientific benchmark for possible health risks was defined to be 30 to 60 µW/m2. Thus, using the significantly higher guideline by ICNIRP gives a ‘green card’ to roll out the digital technology thereby not considering non-thermal health effects from RF radiation. Numerous health hazards are disregarded such as cancer, neurological diseases, psychological addiction, cognition, sleep and behavioral problems.

For obvious reasons the extent and severity of long-term health effects among children and adolescents using this technology are not know. However, there are already numerous peer-reviewed studies showing health hazards from wireless devices. Urgent action using the precautionary principle is needed.
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Source: Prof. Lennart Hardell, 16 May 2017

More results from Interphone confirm glioma risk associated with use of mobile phones
Sweden Created: 21 Dec 2016
The Interphone study on use of mobile phones and brain tumour risk included 13 countries during the study period 2000 – 2004. The major results were published after a delay of 6 years in 2010. In the last decile of cumulative exposure > 1,640 h a statistically significant increased risk for glioma was found, OR = 1.40, 95 % CI =1.03-1.89. In the other categories of cumulative use a decreased risk was found. Bias and confounding were discussed as potential reasons for that. Analysing only subjects with regular use of a mobile phone yielded OR = 1.82, 95 % CI = 1.15-2.89 in the group with highest cumulative use.

There was an age difference between cases and controls in the Interphone study and furthermore cases and the matched controls were interviewed at different time periods, controls usually later than cases. This is problematic for mobile phone use with rapid penetration of the use in the population. In a recently published alternative analysis, cases and controls nearest in age and time for interview were included. The association between mobile phone use and glioma was strengthened thereby. Thus, among regular users in the 10th decile (> 1,640 h) cumulative use gave OR = 2.82, 95 % CI = 1.09-7.32. The authors concluded that there was ‘stronger positive association among long-term users and those in the highest categories of cumulative call time and number of calls.’.

Since the IARC evaluation in 2011 on exposure to radiofrequency radiation form mobile phones, and other devices that emit such radiation, and brain tumour risk additional research has strengthened the association. It is by now time to re-evaluate the scientific evidence on the cancer risk from radiofrequency radiation.
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Source: Lennart Hardell, 19 Dec 2016

Has the WHO EMF Project been hijacked by ICNIRP?
Sweden Created: 29 Nov 2016
Recently the following appeal has been posted at http://olgasheean.com/who-emf/:
“Make your voice count
Sign this VOTE of NO CONFIDENCE in WHO’s EMF Project.

We, the undersigned, being aware of and/or harmed by the adverse biological effects of EMFs, hereby declare our VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE for WHO and its EMF Project, headed by industry-biased Emilie van Deventer—an electrical engineer (with no medical or health credentials), who has publicized her support for the wireless telecommunications industry and has a major conflict of interest, given her industry-funded research aimed at promoting and advancing wireless communication technology.

We demand that:

1. Emilie van Deventer be immediately replaced by a qualified independent professional who has the appropriate medical credentials and a medically informed understanding of and respect for the millions of individuals experiencing microwave sickness/electromagnetic sensitivity, and who will act on the body of science that confirms the adverse biological effects of electromagnetic fields (EMFs).

2. WHO and its EMF Project take immediate action to acknowledge, and make science-based decisions regarding, the proven harm caused by EMFs, without any bias or regard for commercial or industry interests, and with full disclosure to the public. With a mandate of preserving the health of the global population and, via its EMF Project, of ‘investigating the detrimental health effects from exposure of people to non-ionizing radiation’, WHO must ensure its complete freedom from industry bias and corruption.”

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Source: Lennart Hardell, 28 Nov 2016

Radiofrequency radiation at Stockholm Central Railway Station and some medical aspects on public exposure to RF fields
Sweden Created: 15 Nov 2016
Almost all of the total measured levels were above the precautionary target level of 3-6 µW/m2 as proposed by the BioInitiative Working Group in 2012 - That target level was one-tenth of the scientific benchmark providing a safety margin either for children, or chronic exposure conditions.

Abstract:
The Stockholm Central Railway Station in Sweden was investigated for public radiofrequency (RF) radiation exposure.

The exposimeter EME Spy 200 was used to collect the RF exposure data across the railway station. The exposimeter covers 20 different radiofrequency bands from 88 to 5,850 MHz. In total 1,669 data points were recorded.

The median value for total exposure was 921 µW/m2 (or 0.092 µW/cm2; 1 µW/m2=0.0001 µW/cm2) with some outliers over 95,544 µW/m2 (6 V/m, upper detection limit).

The mean total RF radiation level varied between 2,817 to 4,891 µW/m2 for each walking round. High mean measurements were obtained for GSM + UMTS 900 downlink varying between 1,165 and 2,075 µW/m2. High levels were also obtained for UMTS 2100 downlink; 442 to 1,632 µW/m2.

Also LTE 800 downlink, GSM 1800 downlink, and LTE 2600 downlink were in the higher range of measurements. Hot spots were identified, for example close to a wall mounted base station yielding over 95,544 µW/m2 and thus exceeding the exposimeter's detection limit.

Almost all of the total measured levels were above the precautionary target level of 3-6 µW/m2 as proposed by the BioInitiative Working Group in 2012. That target level was one-tenth of the scientific benchmark providing a safety margin either for children, or chronic exposure conditions.

We compare the levels of RF radiation exposures identified in the present study to published scientific results reporting adverse biological effects and health harm at levels equivalent to, or below those measured in this Stockholm Central Railway Station project. It should be noted that these RF radiation levels give transient exposure, since people are generally passing through the areas tested, except for subsets of people who are there for hours each day of work.
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Source: International Journal of Oncology, Lennart Hardell / Tarmo Koppel / Michael Carlberg / Mikko Ahonen/ Lena Hedendahl, 01 Oct 2016

Olle Johanssons presentation at 2016 Environmental Sensitivities Symposium
Sweden Created: 12 Nov 2016
Listen to the 8 minute presentation here: https://youtu.be/n4YMkIw-BGk
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Source: ESS, Lucinda Curran / Olle Johansson, 02 Oct 2016

New results from Interphone confirm glioma risk associated with use of mobile phones
Sweden Created: 9 Nov 2016
The Interphone study included 13 countries during the study period 2000 – 2004; The major results were published after a delay of 6 years in 2010; In a new publication 12 years after the study period, the intracranial distribution of glioma in relation to radiofrequency (RF) radiation from mobile phones was analyzed. Tumour localization for 792 regular mobile phone users was analyzed in relation to distance from preferred ear for mobile phone use.

In Table 2 five categories for the distance were used with > 115.01 mm as the reference category (α = 1.0). An association with distance from preferred side of mobile phone use to center of tumour was found; the closer the distance the higher the risk. The highest risk was found in the group with the closest distance (0-55 mm) yielding α = 2.37, 95 % Confidence Interval (CI) = 1.56-4.56.

The same association was seen if distance was based on point with highest Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) instead of preferred ear and if using a model assuming that the preferred side of phone use was not exclusively used (“mixing proportion”). The latter model generated higher risk estimates than the other two but with wider confidence intervals.

In Table 3 tumour size, duration of phone use, cumulative phone use, cumulative number of calls were analyzed. Although not statistically significant, higher risks with decreasing distance were found in the upper levels of these dichotomized covariates.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27810856

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Source: Prof. Lennart Hardell, 08 Nov 2016

Increasing incidence of thyroid cancer in the Nordic countries with main focus on Swedish data
Sweden Created: 14 Jul 2016
Abstract - Background: Radiofrequency radiation in the frequency range 30 kHz–300 GHz was evaluated to be Group 2B, i.e. ‘possibly’ carcinogenic to humans, by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) at WHO in May 2011. Among the evaluated devices were mobile and cordless phones, since they emit radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF). In addition to the brain, another organ, the thyroid gland, also receives high exposure. The incidence of thyroid cancer is increasing in many countries, especially the papillary type that is the most radiosensitive type.

Methods
We used the Swedish Cancer Register to study the incidence of thyroid cancer during 1970–2013 using joinpoint regression analysis.

Results
In women, the incidence increased statistically significantly during the whole study period; average annual percentage change (AAPC) +1.19 % (95 % confidence interval (CI) +0.56, +1.83 %). Two joinpoints were detected, 1979 and 2001, with a high increase of the incidence during the last period 2001–2013 with an annual percentage change (APC) of +5.34 % (95 % CI +3.93, +6.77 %). AAPC for all men during 1970–2013 was +0.77 % (95 % CI −0.03, +1.58 %). One joinpoint was detected in 2005 with a statistically significant increase in incidence during 2005–2013; APC +7.56 % (95 % CI +3.34, +11.96 %). Based on NORDCAN data, there was a statistically significant increase in the incidence of thyroid cancer in the Nordic countries during the same time period. In both women and men a joinpoint was detected in 2006. The incidence increased during 2006–2013 in women; APC +6.16 % (95 % CI +3.94, +8.42 %) and in men; APC +6.84 % (95 % CI +3.69, +10.08 %), thus showing similar results as the Swedish Cancer Register. Analyses based on data from the Cancer Register showed that the increasing trend in Sweden was mainly caused by thyroid cancer of the papillary type.

Conclusions
We postulate that the whole increase cannot be attributed to better diagnostic procedures. Increasing exposure to ionizing radiation, e.g. medical computed tomography (CT) scans, and to RF-EMF (non-ionizing radiation) should be further studied. The design of our study does not permit conclusions regarding causality.
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Source: BMC Cancer, Michael Carlberg / Lena Hedendahl / Mikko Ahonen / Tarmo Koppel / Lennart Hardell, 07 Jul 2016

BioInitiative on NTP study: Cell Phone Radiation Study Confirms Cancer Risk
Sweden Created: 5 Jun 2016
The National Toxicology Program under the National Institutes of Health has completed the largest-ever animal study on cell phone radiation and cancer. The results confirm that cell phone radiation exposure levels within the currently allowable safety limits are the "likely cause" of brain and heart cancers in these animals, according to Dr. John Bucher, Associate Director of the NTP. One in twelve (12) male rats developed either malignant cancer (brain and rare heart tumors) or pre-cancerous lesions that can lead to cancer. Tumors called schwannomas were induced in the heart, in the same kind of cells in the brain that have lead to acoustic neuromas seen in human studies. The NTP says it is important to release these completed findings now given the implications to global health. No cancers occurred in the control group.

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Source: BioInitiative Working Group, Lennart Hardell, 31 May 2016

The risk for glioma was tripled among those using a wireless phone for more than 25 years !
Sweden Created: 5 May 2016
November 2014: study published in Pathophysiology: The risk for glioma (a type of brain cancer) was tripled among those using a wireless phone for more than 25 years and that the risk was also greater for those who had started using mobile or cordless phones before age 20 years. Data from 6 cancer centers in Sweden. Study attached.

The actual numbers of gliomas caused by cellphones may be much higher, says neurosurgeon and health expert Dr. Russell Blaylock. "Because of problems with reporting, many gliomas are never reported," he tells Newsmax Health. "It may take over ten years of heavy use to see a dramatic rise, and with younger ages now using cellphones for long periods and sleeping on them, we will definitely see a tremendous rise in brain tumors in the next ten years."

Many studies that show cellphones are safe have been financed by the cellphone industry, he says. "Most studies were designed by the companies and conducted for too short a time to see statistical changes. "The microwaves emitted by cellphones have been shown to cause DNA damage and induce inflammation — chronic inflammation in tissues eventually leads to cancer in a higher number or users," Dr. Blaylock said. "I would bet that the microwaves in the brain activate microglia and this triggers immunoexcitotoxicity —one of the main mechanism of gliomadevelopment."

"I think there is going to be a tremendous effect years from now," he said. "The effects on some people will be minimal, but millions of others, especially those who have DNA repair defects, are going to have a significantly higher incidence of cancer, degenerative brain disorders and brain injuries. If you are a part of that 10 or 15 percent, your incidence is going to be extremely high, and you won’t even know it. "Cellphones aren't harmless," says Dr. Blaylock. "There is considerable evidence that cell phones damage the brain as well as other tissues and organs."

http://www.newsmax.com/Health/Headline/cellphones-brain-cancer-glioma/2014/11/24/id/609321/

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From: A Tsiang
Date: Tue, May 3, 2016 at 6:03 PM
Subject: Brain Tumors - Most common cancer in 15-19 year olds, most common cause of cancer deaths in ages 15-39
To:

Please read article below published on Feb. 24, 2016, in which the American Brain Tumor Association has found that brain cancer is the highest cause of cancer deaths in ages 15-39 and the most common cancer among 15-19 year olds.

The full report is available at http://www.abta.org/about-us/news/brain-tumor-statistics/


Dr. Devra Davis shares research on effects from prenatal exposure to cell phone radiation: 3 times more DNA damage, spinal cord damage, damage to memory and thinking part of the brain (hippocampus) from only 15 minutes per day of cell phone radiation exposure for 7 days. Results were statistically significant. The faster cells grow, the more vulnerable they are to toxic exposures. Newborns double their brain size after birth. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZicHZaUKps&feature=em-subs_digest

My advice: Minimize cell and DECT cordless phone use, and if you use them, hold them at a distance. Children should use cell phones only in an emergency, and don't let your child hold the phone next to his/her head. Your child should carry the phone with airplane mode on whenever possible, and Wi-Fi antennas should be off and turned on only when internet use is necessary. (If you don't turn off the antennas, then they are emitting RF radiation. Smart phones have a voice antenna, Wi-Fi antenna, GPS, bluetooth antennas - and they are on all the time unless you turn them off)
Don't carry them in your pocket or bra. ipads, Wi-Fi laptops emit the same radiation - minimize their use as well, use them at a table and don't hold in your lap.
Turn off wi-fi routers when not in use (especially at bedtime), and turn on only when needed.

Please watch this video from the Cyprus government for more precautions to take if you haven't watched it yet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H43IKNjTvRM

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Malignant brain tumors most common cause of cancer deaths in adolescents and young adults

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-02/abta-mbt022216.php
Press Release, American Brain Tumor Association, Feb 24, 2016

Chicago, Ill., Feb. 24, 2016 - A new report published in the journal Neuro-Oncology and funded by the American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) finds that malignant brain tumors are the most common cause of cancer-related deaths in adolescents and young adults aged 15-39 and the most common cancer occurring among 15-19 year olds.

The 50-page report, which utilized data from the Central Brain Tumor Registry of the United States (CBTRUS) from 2008-2012, is the first in-depth statistical analysis of brain and central nervous system (CNS) tumors in adolescents and young adults (AYA). Statistics are provided on tumor type, tumor location and age group (15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34 and 35-39) for both malignant and non-malignant brain and CNS tumors.

"When analyzing data in 5-year age increments, researchers discovered that the adolescent and young adult population is not one group but rather several distinct groups that are impacted by very different tumor types as they move into adulthood," said Elizabeth Wilson, president and CEO of the American Brain Tumor Association.

"For these individuals -- who are finishing school, pursuing their careers and starting and raising young families -- a brain tumor diagnosis is especially cruel and disruptive," added Wilson. "This report enables us for the first time to zero-in on the types of tumors occurring at key intervals over a 25-year time span to help guide critical research investments and strategies for living with a brain tumor that reflect the patient's unique needs."

Although brain and CNS tumors are the most common type of cancer among people aged 15-19, the report shows how other cancers become more common with age. By ages 34-39 years, brain and CNS tumors are the third most common cancer after breast and thyroid cancer.

"What's interesting is the wide variability in the types of brain tumors diagnosed within this age group which paints a much different picture than what we see in adults or in pediatric patients," explained the study's senior author Jill Barnholtz-Sloan, Ph.D., associate professor, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Scientific Principal Investigator for CBTRUS.

"For example, the most common tumor types observed in adults are meningiomas and glioblastomas, but there is much more diversity in the common tumor types observed in the adolescent and young adult population. You also clearly see a transition from predominantly non-malignant and low-grade tumors to predominantly high-grade tumors with increasing age," Barnholtz-Sloan said.

There are nearly 700,000 people in the U.S. living with brain and CNS tumors and approximately 15 percent of these tumors occurred in the AYA population during the 2008-2012 time frame analyzed in this report. Approximately 10,617 brain and CNS tumors are diagnosed among adolescents and young adults each year and are the cause of approximately 434 deaths annually.

"The American Brain Tumor Association's recognition of this understudied population, and their commitment to data and information sharing should be applauded," added Barnholtz-Sloan. "There are clearly unique characteristics of the 15-39 age group that we need to more comprehensively understand and the information in the ABTA report starts that important dialogue."
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The full report is available at http://www.abta.org/about-us/news/brain-tumor-statistics/.
To learn more or access additional statistics, go to http://www.abta.org.
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Brain Tumor Statistics
Brain tumors are the:
· most common cancer among those age 0-19 (leukemia is the second).
· second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in children (males and females) under age 20 (leukemia is the first).
Brain Tumor Statistics:
· Nearly 78,000 new cases of primary brain tumors are expected to be diagnosed this year. This figure includes nearly 25,000 primary malignant and 53,000 non-malignant brain tumors.
· It is estimated that more than 4,600 children between the ages of 0-19 will be diagnosed with a primary brain tumor this year.
· There are nearly 700,000 people in the U.S. living with a primary brain and central nervous system tumor.
· This year, nearly 17,000 people will lose their battle with a primary malignant and central nervous system brain tumor.
· There are more than 100 histologically distinct types of primary brain and central nervous system tumors.
· Survival after diagnosis with a primary brain tumor varies significantly by age, histology, molecular markers and tumor behavior.
· The median age at diagnosis for all primary brain tumors is 59 years.
Tumor-Specific Statistics:
· Meningiomas represent 36.4% of all primary brain tumors, making them the most common primary brain tumor. There will be an estimated 24,880 new cases in 2016.
· Gliomas, a broad term which includes all tumors arising from the gluey or supportive tissue of the brain, represent 27% of all brain tumors and 80% of all malignant tumors.
· Glioblastomas represent 15.1% of all primary brain tumors, and 55.1% of all gliomas.
· Glioblastoma has the highest number of cases of all malignant tumors, with an estimated 12,120 new cases predicted in 2016.
· Astrocytomas, including glioblastoma, represent approximately 75% of all gliomas.
· Nerve sheath tumors (such as acoustic neuromas) represent about 8% of all primary brain tumors.
· Pituitary tumors represent 15.5% of all primary brain tumors. There will be an estimated 11,700 new cases of pituitary tumors in 2016.
· Lymphomas represent 2% of all primary brain tumors.
· Oligodendrogliomas represent nearly 2% of all primary brain tumors.
· Medulloblastomas/embryonal/primitive tumors represent 1% of all primary brain tumors.
· The majority of primary tumors (36.4%) are located within the meninges.
http://www.abta.org/about-us/news/brain-tumor-statistics/

Read Lennard Hardells, Michael Carlberg and Kjell Hansson Mild Study results at link below, please!
http://emfsafetynetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Cell-and-Cordless-Phones-risk-for-cancer.pdf
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Source: Tsiang/Agnes Ingvarsdottir

Kommunalråd vill införa strålningsfri zon
Sweden Created: 3 May 2016
Kommunen utreder om en by utanför Åsele ska bli en strålningsfri zon där inga mobilmaster får sättas upp inom en mils radie. Byborna är kritiska. – Vi kan inte bo här om vi inte får en riktig mobiltäckning. Som det är i dag är det skandal, säger Dan-Åke Persson.

Åsele kommun utreder om ett område som kallas Sörnoret ska bli en så kallat lågtstrålande zon. Det innebär att inga master ska få sättas upp inom en mils radie nära bebyggelse.

– Det blir en tillflyktsort för de personer som är strålkänsliga. Strålningen tar kål på deras kropp, säger Åseles kommunalråd Brage Sundberg (Åselepartiet).
”Kan inte tvingas bo i en bunker”

Bakgrunden till att kommunen utreder frågan är ett medborgarförslag som skickats in. Kommunalrådet i Åsele är mycket positiv till förslaget.

– Det är inte människovärdigt att leva med de här bekymren. De klarar inte av att bo någonstans och kan ju inte tvingas bo i en bunker med en meters betong, säger Sundberg.
Stark kritik från bybor

Det bor 14 personer i Sörnoret, tolv av dem har skrivit under en protestlista som de lämnat in till kommunen. De har redan idag väldigt dålig mobiltäckning och är väldigt kritiska till förslaget.

–Vi kan inte använda röksignaler för att nå omvärlden. Vi är äldre allihopa, och vi kommer att behöva ett trygghetslarm. Då kan vi inte ha det som vi har det idag. Det här vill vi inte höra talas om, säger Helen Persson, Sörnoret.
”Full respekt för dem”

– Det är en avvägning. Jag har full respekt för dem och deras skrivning ska behandlas. Vi ska titta på om det finns någon teknisk möjlighet att ge de boende en bättre mobiltäckning på något annat sätt, säger kommunalrådet Brage Sundberg (Åselepartiet).

Strålsäkerhetsmyndigheten bedömer riskerna med strålning. Det har tagit del av mycket forskning på området och enligt myndigheten finns det inget som visar på att svaga radiovågor är farligt för människor.

– Vi har vänt på många stenar och kvalitetsgranskat forskningen. Det blir allt mer osannolikt att man ska kunna hitta något som skulle kunna vara hälsovådligt med så här låga exponeringsnivåer, säger Torsten Augustsson, utredare på Strålsäkerhetsmyndigheten.

Enligt myndigheten finns det inget som visar att det finns några hälsorisker med att bo eller vistas nära basstationer så länge dessa satts upp på ett lämpligt sätt.
Litar inte på myndigheten

Förslaget om lågstrålande zoner ska behandlas i arbetsutskottet i veckan. Kommunalrådet i Åsele säger sig ha tagit del av annan forskning som visar att strålning kan vara farligt och ifrågasätter det som Strålsäkerhetsmyndigheten lutar sig mot.

– Den forskningen som är sponsrad av telebolagen, säger Brage Sundberg, Åseles kommunalråd.

Litar du inte på myndighetens rekommendationer?

– Nej, det gör jag inte med den kunskap som jag har införskaffat genom annan forskning, säger Sundberg.
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Source: SVT, Maria Ehrlin, 29 Apr 2016

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