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Class-Action Lawsuits Against Mobile Phone Industry Reignited
USA Created: 4 Jan 2006
Class-Action Lawsuits Against Mobile Phone Industry Reignited
Appeals Court Reinstates Suits Alleging Injury

An issue, with an apparently endless shelf life, concerning the health consequences of mobile phone usage has reawakened. A divided federal appeals court reinstated five lawsuits alleging that consumers have not been adequately shielded from unsafe levels of radiation. The suit, which plaintiffs have levied against the cell phone industry at large, is seeking monetary compensation claiming punitive damages.
The lawsuits were first filed in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Georgia and Louisiana state courts. They were later consolidated and transferred to federal court in Baltimore and met with a dismissal by Judge Catherine Blake. Last March she ruled that federal standards regulating wireless phones pre-empt any state law claims. A panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed Blake's ruling in a 2-1 decision.
The plaintiffs want to force cell phone manufacturers to provide headsets to mitigate any brain damage that, according to them, mobile phone use poses, giving rise to tumors and related conditions. The plaintiffs claim industry-wide violation of consumer protection, product liability, implied warranty, negligence, fraud and civil conspiracy.
Judge Jackson L. Kiser, who dissented, said the claims require the courts to explore the adequacy of the FCC's radiation emission standards. "It is well-settled that a suit to invalidate a federal regulation arises under federal law," Kiser wrote. "... This thinly disguised attack on the validity of the FCC standards raises a substantial federal question."
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Source: By: WBT News Desk

Your Cell Phone Is Making Me Sick
USA Created: 30 Dec 2005
Your Cell Phone Is Making Me Sick

You might be interested in posting this in your newsletter:

This is an email that I wrote and sent to everyone I know. If you believe that EMFs might possibly have something to do with your illness or that of a
loved one, then I encourage you to pass on this email to everyone you know. The only way we can stop this is by not giving "them" money to hurt us.

Dear friend,

Your cell phone (if you own one) is very likely making a lot of people sick - including yourself.

If you care about your friends, your family, yourself, and the world in which we live, please read the following and pass it on to your friends -
and hopefully to everyone you know.

Since the advent of the cell phone, I have noticed a number of people around me becoming sick. Just when cell phones were starting to be sold on
the market, I remember a student of mine's daughter dying of influenza. This was the first time I had ever heard of anyone dying of influenza.
Since that time, a friend of mine's wife committed suicide, another friend's son developed leukemia, the grandson of a colleague was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, a former teacher of mine developed breast cancer, a friend of a friend developed a brain tumor, another friend and her daughter developed lymphoma and I have known a number of women having miscarriages - and in the latest case the fetus was deformed.

In April of this year, I started to exhibit the symptoms of what is called "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome" and which was originally called "Yuppie Flu,"
because it seemed to originally affect "Yuppies" working in Silicon Valley.
The symptoms included (1) excessive thirst,
(2) night sweats,
(3) brain fog,
(4) swollen lymph glands,
(5) fatigue
(6) insomnia,
(7) a weakened immune system,
(8) nausea,
(9) heart pain,
(10) back pain,
(11) unexplained anxiety,
(12) neurological symptoms,
(13) vision problems
(14) testicular pain, and so on.
At any rate, I later learned that many of these symptoms are identical to what the Russians coined "Radio Wave Illness" years ago
after experiments with electromagnetic radiation.
It took me about four months of being very sick - and trying all kinds of treatments - to finally figure out that it was probably the four cell phone
base stations within a quarter mile radius of my apartment that had something to do with making me sick.
I finally rented a small cabin up in the mountains and after two months most of my symptoms have "miraculously" disappeared.
Unfortunately, when I get into cell phone range, these symptoms start to come back.
( I have though been chelating metals out of my body and this has helped me "tolerate" the EMFs a little better now.)

From the research I have read on the subject, I believe

that the electromagnetic radiation emitted by cell phones and cell phone towers (or masts or base stations) is the main cause of all of the above
illnesses. I also believe that they are behind autism, ADD, and Alzheimer's disease - and in Japan, responsible for lower scholastic standards,
school refusal, increases in leukemia, an inability to conceive and bear children, increased violence, and increases in suicides.

We are now all being exposed to extremely high levels of electromagnetic radiation mainly from the cell phone base stations which are popping up
like mushrooms all over the world. According to the former Dr. Cherry of Lincoln University in New Zealand, these are about 10,000 times what
we would experience in nature.

These devices are dangerous and should not be on the market.

The cell phone industry - in order to make hundreds of billion dollars in profits - has ignored the research showing clearly that these devices are extremely dangerous. They are trying to spin the science.

It is difficult to fight an industry that is making 100s of billions of dollars in profits and has control of the governments and media and can spew out
its commercial propaganda. But I can do my part by sending you this grass-roots email and ask you to take action and spread the word.

The Internet is a powerful tool for freedom, democracy, and human rights and a powerful tool against commercial interests which threaten these.
We have a right to not be exposed to this microwave radiation. We have a right to be told the truth about the dangers of cell phones, their towers,
and the radiation they emit. We have a right to not be sold things that are harming our health.

IT'S UP TO YOU! You can choose to be part of the solution
(by canceling your contract - at least until you are sure that they are safe) or you can be part of the problem (by continuing to use your cell phone
and pretending that there is nothing wrong). But I can assure you that if you do the research - and you can see through the spin - you will find that
the evidence points to these being very dangerous devices and that they are making a lot of people sick and that they should never be sold on the
market. Believe me, no one more than I and people in my predicament wishes that they were not.

One is reminded of Martin Nemoller's warning with regards to Nazi Germany:

"First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist, so I said nothing.
Then they came for the Social Democrats, but I was not a Social Democrat, so I did nothing.
Then came the Trade Unionists, but I was not a Trade Unionist.
And then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew, so I did little.
Then when they came for me, there was no one left to stand up for me."


If you really do care about your friends, your family, yourself and the world you live in, please do the following:


(2) forward this email to everyone you know

(3) become informed and inform others

(4) contact your politicians and tell them what you think

(5) take action by joining support groups

Check out the video "Public Exposure: Democracy, DNA, and the "Wireless Revolution."

Read "Electromagnetic Fields"

Read "Cell Towers"

Read "Cell Phones"

If you are Japanese (or can read Japanese), read Abunai Keitai Denwa

If you are a teacher, inform your students. If you are a doctor, inform your patients. We are all being negatively affected by this - while a few are
making tremendous profits.
Please do not be indifferent!

Thank you for your cooperation.
Art Kab
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Source: Omega today

Acoustic Systems Enter Homeland Security Market, who to control? Terrorists or citizens?
USA Created: 2 Dec 2005
Acoustic Systems Enter Homeland Security Market

The use of amplifiers in homeland defense is going far beyond the simple bullhorns and bugle-shaped speakers mounted on towers.
From public address systems to directed warnings to trespassers, the science of sound is being developed and marketed for homeland security applications.
American Technology Corp., of Topsham, Md., makes systems that can direct tightly focused acoustic beams at specific targets.
Its Long Range Acoustic Device can project intelligible voice communication as far away as 500 meters.
The unit uses the same concept as other phased array systems, aiming many small sound waves to converge into a single beam.
The beam neatly projects away from the flat, 33-inch diameter speaker, with few or none of the wavelets audible to the users.
LRAD is currently used on Navy ships, an application developed in response to the small boat terrorist attack on the USS Cole.
“If you can’t talk to them, you can’t determine intent, and you have to put a boat in the water,” said A.J. Ballard, director of force protection systems at ATC.
LRAD is also used by the military in Iraq and Afghanistan, providing a communication system for vehicles approaching checkpoints.
Ballard noted that his system was being shipped to the Army 3rd Infantry Division to be used at checkpoints when soldiers accidentally shot and killed an
Italian intelligence agent escorting an alleged hostage from Iraq. “LRAD was still on its way over,” he said.
“If you read the reports, they say those soldiers were screaming at the car, trying to be heard.” The 3rd ID now has 150 LRADs deployed.
In late April, ATC reported a $690,000 order from the Army 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment.
The system has attracted customers beyond the military. LRAD is employed by large cruise ships, including the Queen Mary and all Princess cruise liners,
to chase off harmless boaters and determine the intent of others breaching minimum standoff distances, Ballard said.
Border control officers also field speakers, as did the New York Police Department during the Republican National Convention.
ATC personnel are quick to point out that their systems have been designed beneath pain thresholds, and are not non-lethal weapons.
Domestic use is the next hot market, officials said. In June, ATC unveiled a system optimized for homeland security operations, roughly half the size and
weight of LRAD.
The Medium Range Acoustic Detector has less range, but its portability and ability to be mounted on various platforms opens the system to police boats, helicopters, border patrol vehicles and infrastructure security perimeters. “We’re just now getting into municipalities,” said Kenneth Winter, ATC’s director of systems engineering.
By incorporating a video camera in a remotely controlled, pan-tilt speaker, harmless intruders can be chased off without resorting to deploying a security guard. Flashlights and laser “dazzlers” can also be mounted.
Public address systems are moving beyond whooping tornado alarms. Acoustic Technology Inc., of Boston, is developing wireless emergency warning systems that can be controlled by mouse click at either central or mobile control stations. ATI has configured public address systems for the naval base at Groton, Conn., and McGuire Air Force Base, N.J.
The move to wireless is critical, as warning systems must work independent of cables or monitoring facilities that could be destroyed in a fire or explosion.
ATI also makes solar-powered systems.
With the correct software, automated announcements can be integrated. Rather than simple tones, recorded instructions can be given.
When a public address alert is triggered, a host of automatic contact mobile phone and pager numbers can be dialed.
The company also offers modeling programs to help customers configure tower arrays to reach the entire area in need of coverage.
This is vital for complying with government safety regulations at places with sensitive infrastructure, as well as for communities with homeland security or
natural disaster concerns.
National Guard Tries to Rehab its Drug War Mission
National Guard officials said they are willing to step up efforts on the U.S. government’s “war on drugs,” even though the effort has faded from many radar screens during the chaos and fury of the “global war on terror.”
“The Department of Defense’s number-one priority is terrorism, so we have to adjust and gear counter-drug operations toward that priority,” said Air Force Col. Earl Bell, chief of the Guard’s counter-drug programs.
Bell’s division plans to become more involved in anti-narcotics missions and coordinate federal and local law enforcement efforts.
Among the priorities is to fuse intelligence between the military and other agencies, and launch pilot projects at federally designated “high intensity drug
trafficking areas,” including the southwest U.S. border.
“The Guard has to become a catalyst for synchronized operations and cooperation,” said Army Lt. Gen. H Steven Blum, chief of the National Guard Bureau.
“An unprecedented collaboration between agencies at the local, state and federal level will build a support authority capable of being proactive, not reactive,
to the war on drugs.”
About 2,500 soldiers and airmen are now involved in the Guard’s counter-drug program, which was formed in 1990. Operations range from providing air support for police raids to visiting elementary schools.
Military efforts overseas have overshadowed these operations, officials said. Funding has been on a steep decline in recent years and more than 1,300
positions have been cut since 1999. “Previously, the Guard has waited for a call to action and dutifully fulfilled those requests,” said Bell. “Now we may need
to emphasize exactly what we can offer other agencies and work together more.”
Department of Defense officials have repeatedly defended the military’s role in counter-narcotics missions by linking drug money with international terrorist networks.
“Narco-terrorism is truly a threat to our security at home,” said Blum. “The National Guard will be an important player in this fight against it.”
Radiation Detectors Fall Short of Standards
Most portable radiation detectors perform well enough to meet new federal standards, but others provide inaccurate readings for some types of radiation, according to recent government tests.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology evaluated 31 commercially available detectors used by first responders and security personnel to test for radioactivity. Those threats have different signatures, and therefore require detectors that are flexible.
“If you have a wide energy range, you are able to determine exposure more accurately for a wide range of radioactive materials,” Leticia Pibida, a physicist at NIST who authored the report, told National Defense.
The experiment used carefully calibrated NIST machines to calculate the value of radioactive material, and then compared results from the commercial machines
to see how closely the data meshed.
Researchers compared the devices’ exposure rate readings to NIST measurements for different energy and intensity levels.
The responses of the majority of the detectors agreed with NIST-measured values, within acceptable uncertainties, during tests with gamma rays, the report found.
However, low energy X-rays measurements were not up to par. Readings by 14 detectors were 40 to 100 percent below the value of NIST testing equipment. “The deviations were much larger than those stated in manufacturers’ specifications,” Pibida noted in her report.
The equipment was being tested to see if it met requirements established by the American National Standards Institute, adopted by the Department of Homeland Security in 2004.
“Most of the instrumentation that exists in the market today has been designed for … occupational monitoring and laboratory use where, generally, the radionucleotide to be detected or measured is known,” she wrote. “[In a lab,] corrections to the instrument’s reading could be made, if necessary.”
But the first responders who use portable units cannot be bothered with delicate calibrations even if they were trained to do so, Pibida said, since the type of radiation they are looking for is unknown.
The radiation detectors of the future will have to be able to operate under a wide range of environments and energies. For now, Pibida suggests greater transparency from suppliers.
“Manufacturers need to do a better job of characterizing their instruments and providing users with better information about their detector’s response and performance,” read Pibida’s paper, contained the May issue of the journal Health Physics.
Results and recommendations will be furnished to the Department of Homeland Security for its use in setting up a program for certifying detectors.
Response Units Get Command Vehicles, With a Catch
National Guard will receive adequate funds in the short term to respond to domestic weapons of mass destruction attacks, but some long-term resources
appear to be lacking, said Col. Camille Nichols, project manager responsible for buying gear for the Guard’s Civil Support Teams.
The teams were formed by the Guard to provide a quick reaction force to respond to domestic attacks with biological, chemical, radiological and nuclear weapons. When certification is complete, every state, as well as Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia, will have a civil support
team. California, as directed by Congress, will have two.
Among the teams’ pressing needs are command-and-control vehicles that can establish field communications with local and federal responders while in a hazardous environment. A network of satellite communications, encrypted phones and handheld radiofrequency gear will link the vehicle to the outside world.
Nichols warned that research, development and testing funds for these mobile command centers will drop to zero after 2006. She also cited figures showing
that the $54 million allocated in 2006 for the vehicles is eliminated by 2008.
“It scares people,” she told the audience of a recent defense industry conference. “There’s a lot of zeros.”
Aside from the long-term support of the command vehicles, the Civil Support teams are getting adequate support, Nichols said.
The office will be spending $4 million to $5 million a year to upgrade the equipment, she said. Priority items include individual protection gear that can filter out
all agents, mobile analysis tools and new gear that would allow suited teams to work in “hot zones” for long periods.
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Source: Security Beat. By Joe Pappalardo

Focused Sound 'Laser' for Crowd Control
USA Created: 2 Dec 2005
Focused Sound 'Laser' for Crowd Control

Crowd control is a constant challenge to law enforcement -- how to stop potential troublemakers without endangering those who are simply in the wrong
place at the wrong time. Rubber bullets can kill, tear gas drifts with the wind.

Several police departments across America are planning to try a new device that uses focused sound, turned way up.
These so-called non-lethal acoustic devices are already in use by U.S. forces in Iraq -- and some are already in place in areas hit by Hurricane Katrina.

These devices are more than just fancy speakers. California-based HPV Technologies recently demonstrated a "magnetic acoustic device" or MAD that can broadcast a targeted beam of sound for a more than mile. At close range, the sound from these devices can be terrifying and painful.

The same devices can also be used as public address systems, projecting instructions or warnings at lower settings -- and at higher settings, forcing crowds
to disperse. The sonic devices could prove less deadly than so-called "non-lethal" weapons such as Tazers and pepper spray guns that have actually caused some fatalities.

That's not to say that sonic weapons can't do harm.
Earlier this year in Jerusalem, the Israeli Army used a device nicknamed "The Scream" to scatter protest groups.
The Scream sends out noise at frequencies that affect the inner ear, creating dizziness and nausea.
The device can also cause hearing damage.
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White House and Pentagon to get protective infrasound "overcoat"
USA Created: 2 Dec 2005
White House and Pentagon to get protective infrasound "overcoat"

Well-placed sources in Washington report that the U.S. Budget for 2006 will contain outlays of some USD 4,200 million for the protection of the nation's important strategic sites with infrasound fields.
The decision on infrasound protection was taken after the successful quelling of the Los Angeles AIDS riots during the summer.
L.A. police riot squads used portable infrasound generators on the rioters and looters, and brought the disturbance to a relatively peaceful end within
an hour. On the strength of these field-trials, such key sites as the White House complex, the Pentagon, the most important foreign legations, and the UN Headquarters in New York will all be equipped with a chain of generators.
Infrasound is known as a very powerful stunning and paralysing agent, and carries the added advantage of not being lethal in use.
The principle is based on very low sounds at frequencies well below the 20 hertz threshold of normal human hearing.
At high volumes, however, these sound waves cause the hearer to lose all sense of time and place, and also provoke intense nausea.
If the intensity of sound is sufficient, any person struck by the infrasound waves also loses control of his bowels, and will become completely incontinent. After the recent incident in Los Angeles, which was suffering a heatwave at the time, the L.A. Police Department noted that the device
was extremely effective in operation, but that the stench left behind was enough to turn one's stomach.
The aim in shielding important strategic buildings with an infrasound "overcoat" is to prevent - without bloodshed - possible attacks by terrorist
groups or crowds of rioters.
The United States Army began the development of battlefield infrasound equipment some ten years ago, and reportedly infrasound was also tested
in the seige of the headquarters of the Branch Davidian cult in Waco, Texas in 1993. Installation of the first generator networks around buildings in
the capital and New York is expected to get under way next spring.
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Ericsson and Nokia loose a High Court case in USA – Class action ahead?
USA Created: 1 Nov 2005
Ericsson and Nokia loose a High Court case in USA – Class action ahead?

The Mobile telephone manufactures did not succeed with their Stop-proposal at the American High Court.
The Mobile phone manufacturers wanted to put a stop for consumers being able to take out court summons
Against them related to health risk from radiation from mobile phones, according to Bloomberg news.

The manufacturers behind the proposal were, between others, Nokia, Motorola and Ericsson.

The High Court decision opens up for a class action against the mobile phone manufacturers, to go ahead.

A group of consumers in Louisiana demands that every mobile phone user be given a headset to lower the radiation.

Analysts tells Bloomberg news that the decision can open up for mass actions, by people who have contracted cancer, running into multimillions against the mobile phone manufacturers.
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Source: Nyhetsbyrån Direkt 2005-11-01 05:28

Ericsson och Nokia förlorade i USA – masstämning väntar?
USA Created: 1 Nov 2005
Ericsson och Nokia förlorade i USA – masstämning väntar?

Mobiltelefontillverkarna fick inte igenom sitt stoppförslag i den amerikanska högsta domstolen. Tillverkarna ville stoppa stämningar från konsumenter relaterade till sjukdomsrisk från strålning från mobiltelefoner, enligt Bloomberg News.
Bland tillverkarna som stod bakom förslaget märktes bland annat Nokia, Motorola och Ericsson.

Högsta domstolens beslut öppnar för en masstämning, en så kallad class action, mot mobiltelefontillverkarna att gå vidare. En grupp konsumenter i Louisiana kräver att varje användare ska tillhandahållas ett headset för att minska strålningen.

Analytiker uppger till Bloomberg News att beslutet kan öppna för mass stämningar i mångmiljon klassen mot mobiltelefontillverkarna från människor som drabbats av cancer.
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Source: Nyhetsbyrån Direkt 2005-11-01 05:28

Cell Phones and Your Health: The Radiation Question
USA Created: 27 Oct 2005
The Sun-Sentinel, a major Florida newspaper, is featuring a series of stories on “Cell Phones & Your Health: The Radiation Question”.

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Vergoeding werknemer voor schade door mobiele telefonie
USA Created: 24 Oct 2005
Vergoeding werknemer voor schade door mobiele telefonie

Voor het eerst wereldwijd heeft een werknemer een schadevergoeding ontvangen voor gezondheidsschade door de straling van mobiele telefonie.
Het gaat om 30.000 dollar voor medische uitgaven, toegekend aan een medewerker van een leverancier van mobiele telefoons in Californië,
Verenigde Staten. Zij kreeg een hersentumor en verloor daardoor zowel haar werk als haar ziektenkostenverzekering.
Een wetenschappelijk expert verklaarde dat het meer waarschijnlijk was dat haar hersentumor wel degelijk door de straling van mobiele telefonie was veroorzaakt, dan niet.
Daarop kende de rechter haar een vergoeding toe voor de medische uitgaven.

"Het ging om een 'worker's compensation', een uitkering voor werknemers die stellen dat hun ziekte door het werk is veroorzaakt", aldus Nachman
Brautbar. Hij is toxicoloog, medisch expert, praktiserend specialist en hoogleraar aan de medische faculteit van de University of Southern California (USC) in
Los Angeles. "Ik heb me gebaseerd op publicaties van Olle Johansson, Lennart Hardell, Eli Richter en George Carlo.
De laatste heeft gewerkt voor Motorola en het boek geschreven 'The invisible hazards in the wireless age'. Ik heb hun data gebruikt en gesteld, dat het meer
waarschijnlijk was dat de straling de oorzaak was van de hersentumor, dan niet. Het hoeft niet de enige oorzaak te zijn, want in de toxicologie geldt, dat de oorzaak een keten van gebeurtenissen is.
Dat geldt wereldwijd, deze definitie van oorzaak wordt gegeven door het 'Textbook of modern epidemology' door Rothmann."

Centrum voor Beroepsziekten

Nachman Brautbar wist nog niet dat Sharesa Price de vergoeding daadwerkelijk uitgekeerd heeft gekregen.
"Uiteraard is dit controversieel.
Er zijn andere wetenschappers die tot andere conclusies komen.
Maar deze uitspraak kan een precedent scheppen, als het gaat om arbeidsomstandigheden. Dit is slechts een begin", aldus Brautbar.
In Nederland reageert Marie-José Sengers van het Bureau
Beroepsziekten van de vakbond FNV gereserveerd.
"Er is in Nederland pas sprake van een beroepsziekte als de zorgplicht van de werkgever is geschonden.
Bovendien moet in Nederland de medische causaliteit worden aangetoond.
Er hebben zich wel enkele mensen gemeld met hersentumoren, die in hun werk aan straling zijn blootgesteld. Jawel, er zijn ook mensen met gevoeligheid voor
straling. Maar we doen er niets mee, geven het niet door aan bijvoorbeeld het Nederlands Centrum voor Beroepsziekten. We kunnen er niet veel mee,
misschien in een verre toekomst. We doen er pas wat mee als er richtlijnen zijn."

SAR-waarden te hoog

Richtlijnen ontbreken niet alleen in Nederland, maar wereldwijd.
De ICNIRP (International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection), World Health Organization (WHO) en Gezondheidsraad adviseren slechts
blootstellingslimieten om te voorkomen dat mensen worden verhit zoals in een magnetron. Voor de andere effecten bestaan geen regels. In de praktijk
heeft de radiofrequente straling echter wel degelijk gevolgen voor werknemers. Sharesa Price werkte bij Advanced Communication Systems.
"Ik ben een zaak begonnen tegen mijn werkgever.
Motorola en de providers van mobiele telefonie wisten ervan. Ik programmeerde telefoons voor klanten, zoals dokters, brandweer, politie en beveiliging. De telefoons waar ik destijds mee werkte zijn nu niet meer verkrijgbaar.
Maar de SAR-waarde van 2 Watt per kilogram is nog steeds te hoog. Als je daarmee belt, vraag je om problemen.
Motorola heeft wel iets gewijzigd aan de telefoons.
Ze zijn kleiner en de plek van de antenne is veranderd", aldus Price.

Gevolgen voor de gezondheid

Mobiele telefoons zijn een goed idee, maar de straling heeft gevolgen voor de gezondheid. "Ik heb gelukkig geluisterd naar de medici", zegt Sharesa
Price. "Je zult mij niet meer tegenkomen met een mobiele telefoon aan mijn hoofd.
Het kankergezwel is verwijderd en ik ben nu gezond.
Wat is gebleven groeit niet meer. De schadevergoeding die ik heb gekregen is genoeg om de rekeningen te kunnen betalen.
Brautbar is een buitengewoon deskundig man.
" Price is een autochtone Amerikaanse alleenstaande moeder van twee kinderen.
Ze kon een beroep doen op een speciale regeling voor autochtonen.
Haar voormalige werkgever, Dave Bohlen, stelt dat er niets mis is met zijn bedrijf. "Hier gebeurt hier niets wat schade kan veroorzaken", aldus Bohlen.
Volgens Price liggen de zaken anders.
Zij nam contact op met Carl Hilliard, een advocaat van de Wireless Consumers Alliance in California.
Hij bracht de zaak voor de rechter en stelde Brautbar voor als expert-deskundige.


"Het gaat mij niet om het geld, het is een kwestie van gezondheid en veiligheid", zegt Sharesa Price.
Zij vertelt aan studenten en scholieren wat haar is overkomen en dringt aan op beperking van de straling door mobiele telefoons.
"Zij moeten begrijpen dat het nodig is om voorzichtig om te gaan met mobiele telefoons, net zoals het nodig is om condooms te gebruiken.
Het product is niet veilig zonder voorzorgsmaatregelen." Price overleefde de chirurgische verwijdering van het kankergezwel.
Het was moeilijk om aan een advocaat te komen, totdat zij Carl Hilliard ontmoette.
Hij streed tegen mobiele providers vanwege problemen met de kwaliteit en kosten van de dienstverlening.
Hilliard voerde Nachman Brautbar aan als
getuige-deskundige. Brautbar heeft reeds veel zaken gewonnen, zoals de toxicologie van chroom en lood. Hij noemt de zaak van Price nog niet op zijn website, maar was positief verrast dat de Amerikaanse alleeenstaande moeder haar zaak heeft gewonnen.


telefoongesprekken met Nachman Brautbar, Sharesa Price, het bureau van advocaat Carl Hilliard, journaliste Nancy McVicar (Health Writer of Sun
Sentinel) en Marie-José Sengers van het bureau beroepsziekten van de FNV.

Nancy McVicar is te bereiken via e-mail: Carl Hilliard is te bereiken via e-mail:

Den Haag, 23 oktober 2005 -
Informatie over dit persartikel: Frans van Velden, ++ 31 70 3820525
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Officials at odds over the long-term effects of cell phone use
USA Created: 19 Oct 2005
Officials at odds over the long-term effects of cell phone use

Cell phones now come in child-sized versions, some in pink for girls, some with cartoon themes designed to appeal to boys and girls alike.

But before you buy a wireless phone for your child's next birthday, you should know that government agencies and expert panels in several European
countries have cautioned against routine use of the phones by children because of health questions raised by recent studies.

Some experts say research conducted during the past decade indicates the world's 1.6 billion cell phone users are the equivalent of lab rats in a grand living laboratory and that children, with many years of cell phone use ahead of them, might be particularly vulnerable.

"There is evidence from the laboratory that isn't necessarily conclusive, but does point to a possible problem in the future," said Norbert Hankin, an
environmental scientist in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Radiation and Indoor Air, who has studied the effects of radio
frequency/microwave radiation for 33 years. He says some of the research findings are "worrisome."

"Once people start using cell phones, they don't change," Hankin said. "Kids 10 years old are using cell phones. Is there going to be any kind of effect
long term? We don't know."

Research about cell-phone use hasn't received the same media or public attention as other environmental health issues. But scientists are engaged in an
escalating debate over the potential risks -- a debate that some researchers say parallels early public-health disputes about secondhand smoke and
toxic chemicals.

Wireless phones emit low-level radio frequency/microwave radiation as they transmit a signal to a base station blocks or miles away.
Research has shown that some of the radiation enters the user's head, and some researchers are concerned repeated exposures over time might pose
serious health risks, including cancer and benign tumor growth.

Two U.S. agencies with authority to regulate the radiation emitted by the phones, the Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Communications
Commission, have issued statements saying there is nothing to fear from the phones, and that they are safe for children.

Joe Farren, a spokesman for CTIA-The Wireless Assocation -- the international group representing carriers, manufacturers and wireless Internet
providers -- cites the FDA and FCC stances in saying the industry is offering a safe product to children and their parents.

"This is an issue that should be guided by science, period. And the evidence does not show a danger to users of wireless phones," Farren said. "What we
constantly hear from parents is that they have a tremendous peace of mind when they give their child a phone."

Farren said some models for children allow parents to control the phone numbers their kids can call and block unwanted callers, as well as control the total
number of talk minutes allowed, and the time of day the phone is operational.

Walt Disney Internet Group announced in July it had created Disney Mobile and is teaming with Sprint to provide cell phones for "the family mobile market"
beginning next year. Disney withdrew cell phone faceplates featuring its Mickey Mouse and other cartoon characters about six years ago when health
concerns were raised by cell-phone research.

"The FDA has said that scientific evidence does not show a danger to users of wireless," said Disney spokeswoman Kim Kerscher.

But Hankin said it is not clear how protective current safety standards are because they are based on preventing the radiation from heating tissue and do
not take into account research that has shown biological changes, such as DNA breaks, at much lower levels of exposure.

He also expressed concern about epidemiological studies that have linked long-term cell phone use to an increased risk of acoustic neuroma, a non-malignant
tumor on a nerve that links the ear and brain.

Research findings

Last fall researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden reported that people who had used cell phones for 10 years had almost a fourfold increase of these
tumors on the side of the head where they most often held the phone, compared with the other side of the head.

A group of researchers from several European countries has found DNA damage in human and animal cells exposed to cell-phone radiation, and said mutations were passed on to the next generation of cells grown in the laboratory -- a process that can lead to cancer.

The research, led by Dr. Franz Adlkofer, of the Verum Foundation in Munich, Germany, was published in the June 6 issue of Mutation Research.

"We don't want to create a panic, but it is good to take precautions," Adlkofer said when the study was released. He and other health experts recommend using
a landline phone whenever possible, and using a hands-free headset when talking on a cell phone.

Other studies also have linked radiation such as cell phones emit to DNA breaks, brain-cell death, leaks in the barrier that protects brain tissue from toxins in
the bloodstream, increased risk of cancer of the eye, and memory and learning problems. Researchers who have tried to duplicate those studies, however,
often get negative results.

Governmental, consumer and physician groups in England, Italy, Russia, Germany and France also have advised a precautionary approach. In the United
Kingdom, which first advised cell-phone users in 2000 to keep calls short or use a hands-free earpiece, the National Radiological Protection Board said in
January their latest review of the evidence indicates those precautions should continue because studies "suggest that [radio-frequency] fields can interfere
with biological systems."

Soon after the January UK report was issued, however, the FDA and FCC posted this response on a joint Web site: "The scientific evidence does not show a danger to users of wireless communication devices including children."

In a phone interview with the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the FDA's Howard Cyr said the statement was posted because cell phone emissions are not strong
enough to cause a biological effect.

"Experts have looked at this and say it cannot happen," said Cyr, whose primary concentration was on sun lamp and tanning bed regulation before becoming
lab leader of the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health. "We regulate on the basis of science, and the science says there is no hard evidence of adverse effects at the levels that cell phones produce."

After the Sun-Sentinel sent Cyr a list of research studies that reported finding biological effects, Cyr sent back an e-mail co-authored by a colleague, Abiy
Desta, a researcher in Cyr's lab, saying some studies that have found effects were poorly done.

"There are, however, a number of well-designed laboratory studies that have found biological effects after low levels of radio-frequency energy exposure
similar to those emitted by wireless communication devices. These studies need to be independently verified," the e-mail said.

"I don't think you can say we are certain there is no effect," Desta said in a phone interview. "We will continue to monitor the science."

FCC mandate

Ed Mantiply, a physical scientist in the FCC's Office of Engineering and Technology, said the FCC gets guidance from the FDA, which is charged by law with
protecting the public from radiation emitted by electronic products.

"They can set performance standards, but they have chosen not to do so for cell phones. They've given us advice that the standards we are using are adequate," Mantiply said.

Jerry Phillips, a Colorado Springs researcher with a doctorate in biochemistry who has spent years studying the type of radiation emitted by cell phones, said the
federal government has made "a number of unscientific statements" on such research.

"It's important for people to know that there is credible research to indicate that exposure to [radio frequency] fields from cellular telephones produces significant changes in living systems," said Phillips, whose studies at the Loma Linda School of Medicine in California found DNA breaks at low-level exposures. "And some of the changes can be associated with harmful outcomes."

George Carlo, who was in charge of the six-year research program in the 1990s paid for by the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association, and who concluded the phones may pose a health risk, said government agencies have been lax in addressing the issue.

"The watchdogs are not watching, or they're not barking. Whatever they're supposed to be doing, they're not doing it," said Carlo, an epidemiologist
and chairman of Science and Public Policy Institute, a non-profit group aimed at bridging the gap between science and politics, in Washington.

Carlo said a significant body of science has accumulated. "The question that needs to be asked is if you had these findings [from recent studies] before
the phones went on the market, would the government agencies ever have allowed these phones on the market, and the answer is no," Carlo said.

The FDA is overseeing some cell-phones health research that is being paid for by the cell phone industry to repeat studies that found biological effects during
Carlo's research program. The agency also supports a taxpayer-funded cell-phone research effort getting under way at the U.S. National Toxicology Program,
a division of the National Institutes of Health.

Sam Milham, a retired epidemiologist from the Washington state Department of Health, who spent years studying the effects of electromagnetic radiation and
cancer, calls the marketing of cell phones to children "scurrilous."

Milham said cancer research has shown it can take 20 years or more for some tumors to develop to the point that they cause symptoms.

Advice for parents

Researchers associated with the World Health Organization, writing in the August issue of the journal Pediatrics, said until more is known,
pediatricians "could advise parents that their children's [radio-frequency radiation] exposure can be reduced by restricting the length of calls or by using hands-free devices to keep the phones away from the head and body."

The authors, including Michael Repacholi, who heads the WHO's Radiation and Environmental Health section based in Geneva, said: "Consistent epidemiologic
evidence of an association between childhood leukemia and exposure to extremely low frequency magnetic fields has led to their classification by the
International Agency for Research on Cancer as a `possible human carcinogen.'

"Concerns about the potential vulnerability of children to radio-frequency fields have been raised because of the potentially greater susceptibility of
their developing nervous systems. Their brain is more conductive, [radio-frequency radiation] penetration is greater relative to head size, and they will have a longer lifetime of exposure than adults." But the WHO is still studying the need for precautionary measures.

Petitions sent

In late July, a diverse group of more than 30 children's advocates, including Nicholas Johnson, former Federal Communications Commission commissioner,
and children's entertainer Raffi Cavoukian, signed petitions and sent letters to members of Congress asking them to investigate the marketing of cell
phones to children, said Gary Ruskin, of Commercial Alert, a spokesman for the group.

That same month, Dr. Keith Black, one of the country's top neurosurgeons, told CNN that he believes some brain tumors may be linked to cell phones. Black,
director of the Maxine Dunitz Neurological Institute at Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles, said the brain tumor that killed his friend and patient, attorney Johnnie
Cochran, may have been related to his many years of
cell phone use. The tumor occurred on the left side of Cochran's head, where he most often held the phone, Black said.

Yet despite the increased call for more research and governmental oversight of cell phone use, few federal employees are engaged in such studies. The EPA, which used to have more than 30 people assigned to health research related to electromagnetic fields from power lines and radio frequency/microwave radiation, now has one person, Hankin, who still works in the field.

Hankin said when the EPA's research program was dismantled, a wealth of knowledge was lost. "Congress didn't appropriate the funds. None of those
people are doing this kind of work anymore. I'm about the only one left," Hankin said. "There are some very small countries where the governments support
this kind of research and it's hard to know how they can do it and the United States can't."
By Nancy McVicar Health Writer
Posted October 2 2005
Nancy McVicar can be reached at or 954-356-4593.
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