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|Luxury Hotel first to offer OFF switch for internet and shielded rooms!|
|Germany||Created: 25 Jun 2015|
Excerpt from press release:
Firstly, it’s possible to turn the room’s personal internet connection on or off at any time.
"Sufficient screening from the neighbouring rooms is also guaranteed as all walls are equipped with metal shields and a special coating that blocks all high-frequency signals.
Special shielded cables have also been used throughout the entire building significantly reducing electro-magnetic fields (so-called ‘electrosmog’). Besides this, an additional switch located in the bedside table allows the entire room to be disconnected from the electricity supply. During the daytime, therefore, guests do not have to forgo any comforts while in the evening they can retire for the night with total peace of mind.
Villa Stéphanie has just been awarded one of the prestigious Tatler Awards for its revolutionary Digital Detox offer – an important signal at exactly the right time in this age of digitisation."
*SNIP* read the entire press release via the source link below...
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|Source: Oetker Collection, Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa, Mar 2015|
|Alexander Lerchl has met his Waterloo, His fraud allegation against the REFLEX Study is unlawful|
|Germany||Created: 22 Jun 2015|
Berlin, June 12, 2015
The long lasting attacks of Alexander Lerchl from the private Jacob University in Bremen on the results of the EU-funded REFLEX Study, have been brought to a sudden and dramatic end by the Hamburg district court. A lab technician whom he accused of having faked the REFLEX results which showed a DNA-damaging potential of mobile communication radiation, had lodged a complaint because of a violation of her personal rights on August 19, 2014. The court decision dated March 13, 2015, became effective on April 21, 2015 , and I translate from the decision:
The admissible complaint is well founded [….]. The disputed remarks violate the plaintiff with regard to her common personal rights [....]. Deliberately untrue factual allegations and those, whose falsehood is already certain at the time being made, must not be accepted [….].
Finally, the court warned Alexander Lerchl to cease his attacks on the lab technician. However, he did not shy away from destroying her professional life in his effort to remove the results of the REFLEX Study from the scientific literature – this was the sole purpose for his unwarranted attack on this young woman.
Be it on his own or, more likely, by order from the mobile communication industry, Alexander Lerchl, a former member of the German Commission on Radiological Protection, has since 2007 worked to ruin the credibility of the REFLEX Study. The results of this work are in sharp contrast to Lerchl's previous findings that support the view that mobile communication radiation is harmless. After all, Lerchl's "right" opinion not only drew the support of industry and government for his radiation-friendly pseudo-research, but also had gained his personal promotion to the position of Germany’s top radiation protector .
For years, German daily and weekly newspapers as well as news magazines uncritically supported Alexander Lerchl’s fraud allegations against the REFLEX Study. It was certainly not their intention to do a personal favour to him, but rather to the mobile communication industry whose advertising budgets may have stifled the professional ethics of the publishers. It remains to be seen how the media will react to the Hamburg court decision which highlighted Alexander Lerchl’s intellectual and character deficits. This court decision is especially timely since this "expert" for the harmlessness of the mobile communication radiation was most recently forced to change his mind by the findings of his own research group .
After all the years of stating that mobile communication radiation is harmless and attacking the findings of researchers who found harmful effects, Alexander Lerchl is either on the way to Damascus or has met his Waterloo.
Professor Franz Adlkofer, M.D.
Chairman of the Board
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|Source: Robert Riedlinger/Agnes Ingvarsdottir|
|Personal info collected by Smartphone Apps stored unprotected! in Cloud databases|
|Germany||Created: 3 Jun 2015|
The researchers from Technische Universität Darmstadt and Fraunhofer SIT found 56 million sets of unprotected data, aggregating email addresses, passwords, health records and other sensitive information of app users, which may be easily stolen and often manipulated. App developers use cloud databases to store user data but apparently ignore the security recommendation given by the Cloud providers. As a result, many user accounts are threatened by identity theft and other cybercrimes.
“Therefore users should take care what kind of data they trust their apps with”, says Prof. Eric Bodden, the leader of the joint research team. Further information about the vulnerability has been provided by the researchers online.
Different methods of authentication
Many smartphone apps store user information in Cloud databases, for instance to ease synchronization between Android, and iOS apps. Cloud providers offer different authentication methods according to the information's sensitivity.
The weakest form of authentication, meant to identify rather than to protect the data, uses a simple API-token, a number embedded into the App's code. With current tools, however, attackers can easily extract those tokens and not only read the data, but often even manipulate it. Attackers could, for example, sell email addresses on the underground market, blackmail users, deface websites or insert malicious code to spread malware or build botnets.
To properly protect private data, apps must implement an access-control scheme. However, the tests show that the vast majority of apps do not use such access control. Focusing on apps from Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store, the scientists have scanned 750.000 apps using different internally developed analysis frameworks including for example Fraunhofer's Appicaptor. With the help of these expert tools the scientists were able to identify apps using the weak authentication and started an in-depth analysis of selected apps. During the investigation it turned out that many data items contained private information, for example verified email addresses, full user names or information about psychological illnesses.
Developers must take action
“Due to legal restrictions and the huge amount of suspicious apps, we could only inspect a small number in detail”, says Prof. Eric Bodden. “However, our findings and the nature of the problem indicate that an enormous amount of app-related information is open to identity theft or even manipulation.
”When the scientists discovered the problem, they immediately informed the cloud providers and the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI). “With Amazon's and Facebook's help we also informed the developers of the respective apps and they really are the ones who need to take action because they underestimated the danger”, says Bodden.
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|Source: Technische Universität Darmstadt, 28 May 2015|
|April Fools: Dr Joachim Schüz announces career change|
|Germany||Created: 1 Apr 2015|
Today the world renowned bioelectromagnetics scientist Dr Joachim Schüz announced that he will be changing careers.
Schüz will no longer be heading prestigious expert groups in EMF but has decided to realize his life long dream of becoming a stage magician.
"I've kept it to myself all these years, but magic has always been a passion of mine that I've tried to express in everything I've done. You know, the best tricks are those that no one realises before the show is over".
"I love observing the surprise on peoples faces and then I secretly raise an eyebrow and smile to myself; didn't see that one coming, did you".
Schüz added: "I've practically authored all the dependable science myself and now, after releasing the SCENIHR report, I just really need a challenge." seemingly lamenting the trivialities of EMF risk research.
"Even before I got into EMF science, I realized that people are essentially just containers of golden liquid.".
When we asked Dr. Schüz to expand on that, he just left us one mysterious word: "Oktoberfest".
Now Dr. Joachim Schüz will embark on a tour and Greats of Magic were quick to endorse. David Copperfield said: "I can shuffle cards, but this guy can shuffle whole populations; he's just that good".
|Source: MV News, 01 Apr 2015|
|Hamburg stoppt WLAN an Schulen|
|Germany||Created: 29 Nov 2014|
An sechs Hamburger Schulen sollte das digitale Zeitalter Einzug halten. Stadt und Schulbehörde rudern nun zurück: Das Funknetz WLAN sei zu gefährlich für die Gesundheit der Schüler.
Hamburg | Die von der Schulbehörde für nach den Sommerferien angekündigten Maßnahmen, die Schüler dreier Hamburger Stadtteilschulen und dreier Gymnasien jeweils mit Tablet und Notebook auszustatten, liegen vorerst auf Eis. Grund ist, dass der kabellose Internetzugang der Endgeräte durch das Funknetz WLAN ermöglicht werden soll. Sowohl mögliche gesundheitliche Folgen sind ungeklärt, als auch gesetzliche Rahmenbedingungen.
„Sechs Schulen ersetzen Tafel, Schulbücher, Hefte und Stifte durch Laptop und Tablet im Unterricht“, hieß es noch im Mai in einer von Schulsenator Ties Rabe präsentierten Mitteilung. Im Laufe des zweijährigen Projektes sollten demnach bis zu 1300 Schülerinnen und Schüler und damit rund 30 Prozent der Kinder und Jugendlichen dieser Schulen teilnehmen. Nun ruderte die Schulbehörde zurück. „Wir prüfen gerade, ob es datenschutzrechtliche oder andere juristische Probleme gibt“, räumte ihr Sprecher Peter Albrecht ein.
Hohe Wellen hatte das Vorhaben vor allem geschlagen, weil der parteilose Bürgerschaftsabgeordnete Walter Scheuerl mit zwei Kleinen Anfragen in der Bürgerschaft und diversen Gutachten das Vorhaben zu torpedieren versuchte. So würden über die kabellosen lokalen Funknetze mittels des Ausstrahlens und Empfangens von extrem hoher Mikrowellenfrequenzen Daten übertragen.
In der Tat kritisierten einige Mediziner unlängst, die Einführung von Tablets, Smartphones und WLAN als Unterrichtsmedien an Schulen als „eine unkritische Übernahme eines Fortschritts-Hypes“. In einem Offenen Brief bemängeln 20 Mediziner vom „Ärztearbeitskreis Digitale Medien Stuttgart“, dass die aus der Wissenschaft und Medizin vorgebrachten Bedenken zur Nutzung digitaler Medien in den Schulen nicht beachtet würden. „Die Korrelation des Anstiegs von Überforderung, Kopfschmerzen, ADHS und psychischen Erkrankungen mit der wachsenden Nutzung der digitalen Medien ist besorgniserregend“, sagte der Ulmer Psychiater und Gehirnforscher Prof. Manfred Spitzer. Nach dem Stand der Wissenschaft sei deren Gesundheitsschädlichkeit eindeutig, die Belastung könne neben Konzentrationsstörungen auch zu Spermienschädigungen bis hin zu DNA-Strangbrüchen und damit zu Krebs führen. Die Hersteller, ebenso wie das Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz, würden bereits vor einer körpernahen Nutzung der Geräte warnen und Mindestabstände fordern, so die Ärzte. Weder Schulbehörde noch Gesundheitsbehörde der Hansestadt konnten sich zu diesen Warnungen äußern.
Dirk Petersen, Umweltexperte der Verbraucherzentrale Hamburg, relativierte: „Es gibt aus unser Sicht keine verlässlichen Informationen, dass es schädlich ist.“ Dafür sei die Strahlung schlicht zu gering, so der Experte. Ellen Kruse, Sprecherin der AG Elektrosmog des BUND Hamburg, kritisierte hingegen: „Es gibt sehr viele neutrale Studien, die nachweisen, dass WLAN sehr schädlich ist.“ Sie forderte unabhängige Experten, die an Schulen aufklären. Besonders die gebündelte Nutzung in bis zu 30 Schüler umfassenden Klassen sei bedenklich, so Kruse. Auch die Weltgesundheitsorganisation warne davor, dass Mobilfunk möglicherweise krebserregend sein könnte. „Wir sind für das Vorsorgeprinzip“, sagte sie. Der BUND sei aber nicht fortschrittsfeindlich und plädiere für einen verkabelten Internetzugang an Schulen.
In seinen Anfragen an den Senat ging es Scheuerl auch um das Thema Datenschutzerklärungen und ob den Sorgeberechtigten, volljährigen Schülern sowie Lehrkräften diese vorliegen würden und was passiere, wenn diese nicht unterschreiben würden. Die Schulbehörde räumte nun ein, genau dies gerade zu prüfen. Scheuerl sagte: „Die Behörde hatte das zuvor überhaupt nicht sorgfältig vorbereitet.“ Allerdings sei die WLAN-Nutzung aus seiner Sicht in Ordnung, wenn diese einwilligen würden. „Der Schuleinsatz für die Internetrecherche ist wichtig, es geht aber auch um Informationskompetenz“, so Scheuerl. Eine allgemeine Aufklärung forderte er auch über die pädagogischen und lernpsychologischen Folgen, haftungsrechtlichen Risiken, versicherungstechnischen Fragen sowie urheberrechtlichen Fragestellungen und Risiken.
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|Source: SHZ.de / Flensburger Tageblatt, Martin Sonnleitner, 29 Nov 2014|
|Ärzte kritisieren Tablets und WLAN in Schulen|
|Germany||Created: 17 Oct 2014|
Der Ärztearbeitskreis Digitale Medien Stuttgart, dem 20 Mediziner aus Baden-Württemberg angehören, kritisiert aktuell die Einführung von Tablets, Smartphones und WLAN an Schulen. In einem Offenen Brief an die baden – württembergische Sozialministerin Altpeter und Kultusminister Stoch bemängeln die Ärzte, dass die aus der Wissenschaft und Medizin vorgebrachten Bedenken zur Nutzung digitaler Medien in den Schulen nicht beachtet würden,
*SNIP* read the entire open letter via the source link below...
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|Source: Äerzte und mobilfunk, 01 Oct 2014|
|EASA allows electronic devices to remain On and Connected throughout the flight|
|Germany||Created: 28 Sep 2014|
European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) allows European airlines to permit use of mobile phones following the aircraft landing.
Airlines can also allow the use of portable electronic devices (PEDs) throughout the flight, after a safety assessment process. As a result, passengers will be able to use their PEDs just like in any other mode of transport: throughout the trip.
The new guidance allows airlines to permit PEDs to stay switched on, without the need to be in ‘Airplane Mode’. This is the latest regulatory step towards enabling the ability to offer ‘gate-to-gate’ telecommunication or WiFi services.
PEDs include any kind of electronic device brought on board the aircraft by a passenger such as smartphone, tablet, laptop, e-reader, MP3 player, etc.
It is up to each airline to decide to allow the use of PEDs. In order to do this, the airline will have to go through an assessment process, ensuring aircraft systems are not affected in any way by the transmission signals from the PEDs. For this reason, there may be differences among airlines whether and when PEDs can be used.
Passengers must at all times follow the airline crew instructions. Safety always comes first onboard of an aircraft.
This measure follows the initial action from EASA in December 2013, toward permitting the use of PEDs through almost all stages of flight, when the ‘Airplane Mode’ not transmitting was allowed.
Further details can be found at http://easa.europa.eu/ped.
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|Source: EASA, 26 Sep 2014|
|Germany Fights Population Drop (as fertility plunges)|
|Germany||Created: 10 Sep 2014|
SONNEBERG, Germany — At first glance, this town in central Germany, with rows of large houses built when it was a thriving center of toy manufacturing, looks tidy and prosperous. But Heiko Voigt, the deputy mayor here, can point out dozens of vacant homes that he doubts will ever be sold.
The reality is that the German population is shrinking and towns like this one are working hard to hide the emptiness. Mr. Voigt has already supervised the demolition of 60 houses and 12 apartment blocs, strategically injecting grassy patches into once-dense complexes.
“We are trying to keep the town looking good,” he said.
There is perhaps nowhere better than the German countryside to see the dawning impact of Europe’s plunge in fertility rates over the decades, a problem that has frightening implications for the economy and the psyche of the Continent. In some areas, there are now abundant overgrown yards, boarded-up windows and concerns about sewage systems too empty to work properly. The work force is rapidly graying, and assembly lines are being redesigned to minimize bending and lifting.
In its most recent census, Germany discovered it had lost 1.5 million inhabitants. By 2060, experts say, the country could shrink by an additional 19 percent, to about 66 million.
Demographers say a similar future awaits other European countries, and the issue grows more pressing every day as Europe’s seemingly endless economic troubles accelerate the decline. But bogged down with failed banks and dwindling budgets, few are in any position to do anything about it.
Germany, however, an island of prosperity, is spending heavily to find ways out of the doom-and-gloom predictions, and it would seem ideally placed to show the Continent the way. So far, though, even while spending $265 billion a year on family subsidies, Germany has proved only how hard it can be. That is in part because the solution lies in remaking values, customs and attitudes in a country that has a troubled history with accepting immigrants and where working women with children are still tagged with the label “raven mothers,” implying neglectfulness.
If Germany is to avoid a major labor shortage, experts say, it will have to find ways to keep older workers in their jobs, after decades of pushing them toward early retirement, and it will have to attract immigrants and make them feel welcome enough to make a life here. It will also need to get more women into the work force while at the same time encouraging them to have more children, a difficult change for a country that has long glorified stay-at-home mothers.
There is little doubt about the urgency of the crisis for Europe. Several recent studies show that historically high unemployment rates — in excess of 50 percent among youths — in countries like Greece, Italy and Spain are further discouraging young people from having children. According to the European Union, the total number of live births in 31 European countries fell by 3.5 percent, to 5.4 million from 5.6 million, between 2008 and 2011. In 1960 about 7.5 million children were born in 27 European countries.
Even before those trends were detected, many countries in Europe were expected to shrink by 2060; some, like Latvia and Bulgaria, even more than Germany. And the proportion of elderly will become burdensome. There are about four workers for every pensioner in the European Union. By 2060, the average will drop to two, according to the European Union’s 2012 report on aging.
Some experts worry that Germany has already waited too long to tackle the issue. But others say that is too pessimistic. In any case, in Germany the issue is front and center now.
Large families began to go out of fashion in what was then West Germany in the 1970s, when the country prospered and the fertility rate began dropping to about 1.4 children per woman and then pretty much stayed there, far below the rate of 2.1 children that keeps a population stable. Other countries followed, but not all. There is a band of fertility in Europe, stretching from France to Britain and the Scandinavian countries, helped along by immigrants and social services that support working women.
Raising fertility levels in Germany has not proved easy. Critics say the country has accomplished very little in throwing money at families in a system of benefits and tax breaks that includes allowances for children and stay-at-home mothers, and a tax break for married couples.
Demographers say that a far better investment would be to support women juggling motherhood and careers by expanding day care and after-school programs. They say recent data show that growth in fertility is more likely to come from them.
“If you look closely at the numbers, what you see is the higher the gender equality, the higher the birthrate,” said Reiner Klingholz of the Berlin Institute for Population and Development.
But undoing years of subsidies for traditional households is difficult. “Touching those is political suicide,” said Michaela Kreyenfeld of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany.
In the meantime, mothers trying to work here face obstacles that discourage large families. Though Germany recently enacted a law guaranteeing day care for all children over 12 months, compared with 3 years and older before, experts say there is still a shortage of affordable facilities. Further, many schools let out at noon, and there are few after-school programs.
Melanie Vogel, 39, of Bonn, found that trying to blend work and motherhood was so lonely, dispiriting and expensive that she decided to have one child. None of her friends worked full time, her mother-in-law made clear she disapproved, and so did clients in the job fair company she runs with her husband.
“Before my son was born, I was Melanie, a working businesswoman,” Mrs. Vogel said. “But after my son was born, to a lot of people, I was just a mother.”
Many working mothers find themselves quickly pushed into poorly paid “mini” jobs — perhaps 17 hours a week for about $600 a month. More than four million working women in Germany, about a quarter of the female work force, hold such jobs.
Another way to adjust to the population decline is to get older workers to postpone retirement. The German government is raising the retirement age incrementally to 67 from 65, and companies have moved fast to adapt. The share of people ages 55 to 64 in the work force had risen to 61.5 percent in 2012, from 38.9 percent in 2002.
Volkswagen has redesigned its assembly line to ease the bending and overhead work that put excessive strain on workers’ bodies. About three years ago, they began using reclining swivel seats that provide back support even for hard-to-reach spots in the automobiles they are building, and the installation of heavy parts like wheels and front ends is now often fully automated.
Other companies are offering flexible hours to appeal to older workers. Hans Driescher, a physicist trained in the former East, is 74 and still on the job at the German Aerospace Center almost a decade after he reached the mandatory retirement age. He started out working 55 hours a month, but has now cut down to 24. He spends the summer in his garden and works the rest of the year.
With high unemployment rates across most of Southern and Eastern Europe, Germany is in a good position to increase its labor pool by plucking the best and the brightest from its neighbors, and it has begun to do so.
Yet, with hundreds of thousands of skilled jobs unfilled, some executives believe Germany should change its immigration laws and accept foreign credentials to compete for workers with other aging countries.
Germany’s experience with integrating foreign workers in the past, particularly the country’s large Turkish minority, has proved difficult, and many government officials and business leaders are examining Germany’s culture, eager to do what it takes to be hospitable.
But whether they will succeed is unclear. A recent study found that more than half the Greeks and Spaniards who came to Germany left within a year. Many arrivals are young and highly qualified and see a global market for their skills. And many, given the opportunity, will probably go home, experts say. Immigration in general has become more temporary, and moving across borders in Europe is especially easy.
“I think the answer is that we need to look outside Europe,” Dr. Klingholz said.
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|Source: New York Times, SUZANNE DALEY and NICHOLAS KULISH, 13 Aug 2013|
|Direct mobile phones radiation influence: Dial 1-800-EXTINCTION|
|Germany||Created: 25 Aug 2014|
Electronic devices and the Internet have changed the way people interact with each other. Be it via laptop computers with Wireless LAN, mobile phones or smartphones, nowadays everybody seems to be electronically connected to everybody all the time. These
changes have brought about an enormous increase in everyday exposure to radio waves. Concerns have been raised that radiofrequency energy might cause cancer, since it is absorbed by the tissues of the human body. However, to date there is no clear scientific evidence that this non-ionizing energy has the potential to alter DNA and cause cancer . Apart from the question about cancer, fertility is another area of interest since many men keep mobile phones in their trouser pockets in the proximity of their testicles. Several reports on the decline of semen parameters have been published over the last decades and even before mobile phones were invented. Igor Gorpinchenko and co-workers  devised an in-vitro study to test the hypothesis that electromagnetic waves from mobile phones have a detrimental effect on sperm parameters. When placed 5 cm from a mobile phone, they observed a significant decrease in the number of spermatozoa with progressive movement and an increase in the number of spermatozoa with non-progressive movement. Additionally, a significant increase in DNA fragmentation was found
during the 5 hours of electromagnetic exposure. The approach is not genuinely new and other research groups came to similar conclusions. How these findings translate into an in vivo setting remains unclear. If mobile phones had a detrimental effect in
real life, additional questions will arise. In this case the use of laptop computers ‘on the lap’ would cause the same damage. And what about women trying to get pregnant? Spermatozoa have the ability to survive several days in the female reproductive tract.
Would laptop computers and mobile phones produce the same damage to spermatozoa there?
So what do we know about the decline of semen parameters? In 1992, Carlsen et al. published a paper about decreasing semen quality during the past 50 years . It gained a lot of publicity, not only in the scientific community, but also in the media. The media
love such headlines and in the last twenty years it has become common knowledge to practically everybody on this planet that deteriorating sperm quality is a fact.
Keeping in mind the retrospective nature of Carlsen’s data, dating back as far as 1938, with lack of information on specimen collection and analysis, the message might not be so clear-cut after all. Moreover, it is known, that there exist large within-subject variations in semen parameters in healthy men, including sperm count and sperm motility . Between 1996 and 2010 a large cross-sectional study of 4,867 Danish men (median age 19 years) was carried out to scrutinize whether a decline in sperm quality could be observed . The authors concluded that this was not the case. However, only 23% of the participants had optimal sperm parameters. The Danish health authorities’ comment on the outcome of the study was that no conclusions could be drawn from the afore-mentioned historic data, as there were too many uncertainties involved. However, they raised a cautious flag and advised that sperm quality should be monitored even in the future [6, 7].
Coming back to mobile phone users, which conclusions can be drawn from the study at hand? Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to this question, but to be on the safe side for men on the verge of infertility, “don’t grill your testicles” seems to be reasonable advice. They might be better off with their phone kept in a higher position, farther away from the scrotum.
(see source link for references)
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|Source: Central European Journal of Urology, Stefan Buntrock, 13 Apr 2014|
|BREAKTHROUGH: EHS acknowledged as an occupational disease in Germany!|
|Germany||Created: 23 Jul 2014|
Court rejects Governments "no proof" rubbish claims and accept testimony of independent scientists Von-Klitzing and Hecht.
EHS of a former German Army Radar-mechanic acknowledged as occupational disease by the court of appeal for administrative litigation in German state Schleswig-Holstein (Schleswig-Holsteinisches Oberverwaltungsgericht)
3 LB 21/11, September 13, 2012
The plaintiff worked for the German army (Bundeswehr) from 1970 to 1992 as a mechanic for Radar systems. While working he was exposed to ionizing and non-ionizing radiation. Since 1973 the plaintiff suffered from inflammation, infectious diseases and palpitations. From 1976 he also suffered from agitation, sleep disorders, fatigue, lack of concentration and extreme forgetfulness, extreme headaches, disorder of the immune system, food allergies and other allergic symptoms, non-functioning eyesight, sweats, exhaustion until mid 90ies.
The plaintiff was diagnosed with EHS and treated in two clinics in 1993. In 1994 the Federal Republic of Germany as his employer rejected to acknowledge his illness as an occupational disease claiming there is no proof that his symptoms are caused by the exposure. In 1994, the plaintiff was pensioned off.
The plaintiff filed a law-suit against the Federal Republic as his former employer to the court for administrative litigation in Schleswig to get this acknowledgement. He gave the court several reports of experts who examined his or other Radar-Mechanics conditions. As the court granted the plaintiff´s suit the defendant filed an appeal to the higher court, arguing that committees and experts- the WHO, the ICNIRP and the German committee for the protection of radiation (Strahlenschutzkommission – SSK) are of the opinion that EMF-exposure below standards does not cause any physical harm.
The plaintiff sent the court Prof. em. Prof. Dr. Dr. med. Karl Hecht´s study from 2001 on „Effects of EMF“ as well as a report by medicine physicist Dr. rer nat Lebrecht von Klitzing on the biological effects of pulsed high frequency waves below standards as well as a synopsis by Prof. Hecht from 2005 that explained that the majority of personnel exposed to radiation suffered from the symptoms of what is called the „microwave syndrom“. The court appointed another expert who reported in 2005 and 2006 that the plaintiff´s symptoms are not caused by ionizing or non-ionizing radiation or a combination of both. After hearing several other expert witnesses – among them Prof. em. Prof. Dr. Dr. Karl Hecht and Dr. rer. nat. Lebrecht von Klitzing – the court appointed another expert and – after another hearing – obliged the defendant to acknowledge the plaintiffs request in a verdict from August 20th, 2008.
On appeal, the highest federal court in administrative matters (Bundesverwaltungsgericht) declared that the decision violated federal law as the court had not taken enough efforts to research the facts. The court of appeal than appointed a third expert who stated that it was possible to proof the causation of the plaintiff´s exposure and his disease. The court ruled again in favor of the plaintiff and also ruled that another appeal is not permitted. The defendant´s complaint against this to the highest federal court was not successful. In consequence, the acknowledgement is now legally binding.
Note that the Court rejected the Gov expert opinion including the reliance on ICNIRP & the WHO and their claim that... there is no proof of biological harms and instead accepted Prof. Hecht and Prof. Von-Klitzing testimony.
THIS IS HUGE! I hope it brings you some hope!
N.B. Just note the big legal difference between Germany (EHS = occupational disease) and Sweden (EHS = functional impairment [with it’s symptoms classified as an occupationally-related symptom-based diagnosis (code ICD-10) by the Nordic Council of Ministers since 2000. DIVS: 2000:839; ISBN: 92-893-0559-2 http://www.nordclass.uu.se/verksam/yrke_s.htm ]).
(Olle Johansson, associate professor
The Experimental Dermatology Unit
Department of Neuroscience
171 77 Stockholm
|Source: Prof. Olle Johanssen, via email, 23 Jul 2014|
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