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Cool body, hot mitochondria… is there a lesson for wireless radiation exposures?
Finland Created: 16 May 2017
There is a dogma, propagated by ICNIRP and opposed by BioInitiative, concerning the possible existence, or lack of it, of the non-thermal effects induced by the exposures to cell phone radiation.

There are numerous studies showing biological effects induced by cell phone radiation exposures that should not cause temperature increase. According to ICNIRP such studies are a “glitch” and such effects do not exist, but according to BioInitiative such studies prove existence of non-thermal effects of cell phone radiation.

I am of the opinion that it would be too big of a coincidence that all studies suggesting effects at the so-called non-thermal exposure levels would be a “glitch”. In my opinion such studies indicate that non-thermal exposures cause biological effects but…

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Source: BRHP Blog, Prof. Dariusz Leszczynski, 10 May 2017

Wi-fi OFF Switches Installed In Finnish School To Reduce Wireless Radiation Exposure to Children
Finland Created: 7 May 2017
Elementary school parents long campaigned against wireless device rollout due to research evidence of health risks.

In the Fiskars primary school located in Raasepori in Southern Finland parents have long struggled against Ipad and Wifi based learning. They couldn’t prevent the installation of Wifi hot spots, but their struggle resulted in a compromise: in every class room there is a switch by which the radiation emitting hot spot can be turned off.

Most parents and teacher of the Fiskars school opposed the plan of Raasepori city administration to use tablets and microwave based wireless network in the school. Their critical stand was based on the recommendations of the Council of Europe, documented health risks, pedagogy, the limitations of tablets as computers, and the desire to keep children’s screen time reasonable.

In spring 2016 names were collected to a petition demanding postponement of the Wifi and tablet school project. The petition was signed by parents whose children are in Fiskars school now or will be in the near future. As the city was not forthcoming to the demand of parents and teachers, they suggested a compromise: let us install switches to the Wifi hot spots so that there wouldn’t be radiation when tablets were not in use. City officials initially maintained that installing the switches is technically impossible but in December 2016 switches were installed to every classroom.

Before the switches were installed the wireless microwave network was on 24/7 as in numerous other schools in many countries. Now, the Wifi Hotspot is generally turned off. The teacher turns it on only when tablets are used and the Internet connection is needed. The switches are set on a timer which turns it automatically off after 30 or 60 minutes so that you cannot accidentally leave the hot spot radiating for a long time.

Teachers have been satisfied with the new switches and find the installation of the switches sensible especially considering that in the first grades tablets are only rarely used.

The city administration did not support the project financially but after long negotiations it gave permission for the installation of the switches by a professional electrician and financed by a local child welfare association.

More information: Olli Tammilehto (one of the parents), tel. +358-19-237 035, email: olli@tammilehto.info Katri Pailos (the head of the Fiskars school), tel. +358-400-578 907 or +358-19-289 3575, email: katri.pailos@raasepori.fi
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Source: Environmental Health Trust, Press Release by by Olli Tammilehto, 24 Mar 2017

Where science and big money collide…
Finland Created: 30 Apr 2017
Where science and big money collide, we enter a strange “twilight zone” of science politics, where various methods are applied to neutralize “inconvenient” science.

One of the examples of such collision between science and big money is presented in, as always, a very good story from Louis Slesin: ‘Peer Review in the Raw’. From his long-time perspective as Editor of the ‘Microwave News’ Louis is showing, yet again, that science and politics in EMF are a “toxic mix” for science.

The story of Henry Lai and N.P. Singh reminded me of my first publication in EMF arena.

In 2002 my research group published article that made worldwide headlines: ‘Non-thermal activation of the hsp27/p38MAPK stress pathway by mobile phone radiation in human endothelial cells: molecular mechanism for cancer- and blood-brain barrier-related effects.’ by Leszczynski D, Joenväärä S, Reivinen J, Kuokka R; Differentiation. 2002 May; 70(2-3):120-9.

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Source: BRHP blog, Dariusz Leszczynski, 28 Apr 2017

How single-sided, outdated and obsolete will be the EHC RF-EMF when it will be, hopefully, published in 2018?
Finland Created: 26 Feb 2017
WHO EMF Project, under the ICNIRP’s “supervision”, is preparing the Environmental Health Criteria for radio-frequency modulated electromagnetic fields (EHC RF-EMF). This document will evaluate all possible health risks from the radio-frequency modulated electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF) emitted by the wireless communication devices.

The EHC RF-EMF is delayed for some 10 years now. As I wrote on BRHP, partial draft of the EHC RF-EMF document, written by the group of scientists with a dominating presence of ICNIRP members, was released for the general public comments in 2014.

The next steps were to update the text using comments received, to select group of experts that will review the EHC draft document and to prepare the final version of EHC.

Now, in the end of February 2017, the progress seems to be slow and no end in sight.

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Source: BRHP blog, Prof. Dariusz Leszczynski, 26 Feb 2017

Finnish Professor of Physics Talks Nonsense on Biological Effects of Cell Phone Radiation
Finland Created: 3 Nov 2016
I consider myself expert in biological effects of cell phone radiation - I have two doctorates and docentship in biochemistry - I worked at STUK for nearly 22 years, including as Head of Radiation Biology Laboratory and most recently, for 13 years, as Research Professor. I do research on cell phone radiation and health since 1996. My expertise in this area was recognized by my peers when e.g. I was invited to testify before a committee of the US Senate, Finland’s Eduskunta, Canadian Parliament or Health Minister of India. I was member of the group of 30 scientists who, at invitation of IARC, classified in 2011 cell phone radiation as a possible human carcinogen (group 2B in IARC scale). For those interested my full experience is available from this link.

I read carefully recent interview with Professor Tapio Ala-Nissilä published in ‘Voi hyvin‘ journal and in ‘Turun sanomat’ newspaper and I got very confused. Professor of physics at the Aalto University in Helsinki is serving very strong, partly false and misleading, one-sided opinions on biological effects of cell phone radiation.

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Source: BRHP Blog, Dariusz Leszczynski, 03 Nov 2016

Dariusz Leszczynski goes after ICNIRP
Finland Created: 12 Apr 2016
In a series of blog posts, Dariusz Leszczynski questions the setup of ICNIRP and whether the groups closed, self-selection, member process can lead to "balanced" views of the science - and it even made Mike Repacholi respond from his retirement home.

1). ICNIRP did it again…
For many years I have been complaining about the unbalanced expert composition of the Main Commission of ICNIRP.
ICNIRP can, and should, be considered as a “private club” where, members of the new Main Commission are selected by the members of the outgoing Main Commission. It is a self-perpetuating and self-promoting German NGO that is not accountable for its actions at all. Nobody controls it. Nobody supervises it. Nobody checks it for conflicts of interests. Nobody checks it for the scientific accuracy. In all what and how ICNIRP does we, the general public, must rely on the self-assurances, from the ICNIRP, that all is in order.
*SNIP* https://betweenrockandhardplace.wordpress.com/2016/04/04/icnirp-did-it-again/

2). Mike Repacholi responds to “ICNIRP did it again…”
Following yesterday’s (April 4, 2016) publication of the blog “ICNIRP did it again…“, I received today (April 5, 2016) message from Mike Repacholi, Chairman Emeritus of ICNIRP. With Mike’s permission I am posting his entire message with my responses and clarifications. List of persons “CC” in Mike’s message I covered, out of my own desire of preserving privacy.
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3). Is ICNIRP reliable enough to dictate meaning of science to the governmental risk regulators?
In my two last blog posts, last two blog posts ‘ICNIRP did it again…’ and ‘Mike Repacholi responds to ICNIRP did it again…’, I presented several reasons why the current modus operandi of ICNIRP is prone to provide unreliable and skewed evaluation of the scientific evidence on EMF and health. I was strongly opposed by Mike Repacholi, Chairman Emeritus of the ICNIRP, scientist who is responsible for the “birth” of this organization.
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Source: BRHP blog, Dariusz Leszczynski, 8 Apr 2016

Amateurish radiation protection!
Finland Created: 11 Mar 2016
Corporate influence on Science, government and the military, Tobacco science and the art of spin by EMFacts

This posting is not about the Australian Radiation Protection & Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) nor the Australian Centre for Electromagnetic Bioeffects Research (ACEBR) but it could well be considering the consistent spin inherent in their information and advice…..

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The following is from Dariusz Leszczynski’s blog; Between a Rock and a Hard Place:

Säteilyturvakeskus (STUK) in Finland: Amateurish radiation protection

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In the past, on several occasions, I wrote about the amateurish conduct of STUK experts, those responsible for protecting Finns from the dangers of radiation, any radiation. Links to these posts are here:

STUK in Finland: How trustworthy is information on smart phones and… nuclear power plants…
August 10, 2015 — Finland’s STUK is hiding important radiation exposure information from the general public, the Government and the Parliament. What else is being hidden by the arbitrary decisions of STUK staff? How comprehensive and trustworthy is the information we, the general public, … SNIP

Untruthful statement from Director General of Finland’s STUK: Scientific arrogance or incompetence?
April 20, 2015 — On June 18, 2014, was posted BRHP blog “STUK in Finland misinforms the Government, Parliamentarians and the general public”. In this posts I criticized STUK for providing false information on radiation exposures caused by the ‘smart’ phones: “The experts form … SNIP
STUK in Finland misinforms the Government, Parliamentarians and the general public SNIP
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Source: Don Maishe. Emfacts.com/Agnes Ingvarsdottir

Shoddy ‘Danish Cohort’ and the unwillingness of the Editors of the BMJ to act responsibly
Finland Created: 9 Feb 2016
Reading the commentary in the British ‘Nature‘: “A tragedy of errors: Mistakes in peer-reviewed papers are easy to find but hard to fix” by David B. Allison, Andrew W. Brown, Brandon J. George, and Kathryn A. Kaiser, reminded me of the Danish Cohort update study published in 2011 in the British ‘BMJ’.

Allison and colleagues elegantly presented not only the problem of low quality peer-review and the misuse of statistical tools but also the problem caused by editors of the journals.

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Source: BRHP Blog, Prof. Dariusz Leszczynski, 09 Feb 2016

Did CELLRAID do ‘volkswagen’ to the telecom industry?
Finland Created: 21 Jan 2016
Did a small Finnish company, CELLRAID, Ltd, do ‘volkswagen’ to the telecom industry? In this story, for the first time, are shown measurements results indicating that placing a cell phone in a pocket might cause radiation exposures higher than permitted by the current safety standards.

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Source: Prof. Dariusz Leszczynski, 21 Jan 2016

BioEM2015: Plenary session on EHS
Finland Created: 3 Jul 2015
One of the plenary sessions at the BioEM2015 in Asilomar presented two views on EHS. Invited speakers were Kjell Hansson Mild and Gunnhild Oftedal.

To me the session was a big disappointment. It indicated a stagnation in EHS research and a lack of new ideas to resolve the problem of causality.

Kjell Hansson Mild reviewed the history of EHS research. There were no new ideas for further research. Talk showed a stagnation in research, focused on asking the volunteers “how they feel” and “what they feel” instead of devising studies that would objectively look at the differences in physiology of EHS sufferers. Kjell Hansson Mild arrived at the conclusion that EHS symptoms “fit” the already known Da Costa’s syndrome. By “definition”, Da Costa’s syndrome is exceptionally unspecific and the majority of human population “has it”. Thus is not the way to demonstrate that EMF causes EHS.

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Source: BRHP blog, Dariusz Leszczynski, 03 Jul 2015

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