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Birds Can See Earth's Magnetic Fields, And We Finally Know How That's Possible
Sweden Created: 14 Apr 2018
The mystery behind how birds navigate might finally be solved: it's not the iron in their beaks providing a magnetic compass, but a newly discovered protein in their eyes that lets them "see" Earth's magnetic fields.

These findings come courtesy of two new papers - one studying robins, the other zebra finches.

The fancy eye protein is called Cry4, and it's part of a class of proteins called cryptochromes - photoreceptors sensitive to blue light, found in both plants and animals. These proteins play a role in regulating circadian rhythms.

There's also been evidence in recent years that, in birds, the cryptochromes in their eyes are responsible for their ability to orient themselves by detecting magnetic fields, a sense called magnetoreception.

We know that birds can only sense magnetic fields if certain wavelengths of light are available - specifically, studies have shown that avian magnetoreception seems dependent on blue light.

This seems to confirm that the mechanism is a visual one, based in the cryptochromes, which may be able to detect the fields because of quantum coherence.

To find more clues on these cryptochromes, two teams of biologists set to work. Researchers from Lund University in Sweden studied zebra finches, and researchers from the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg in Germany studied European robins.

The Lund team measured gene expression of three cryptochromes, Cry1, Cry2 and Cry4, in the brains, muscles and eyes of zebra finches. Their hypothesis was that the cryptochromes associated with magnetoreception should maintain constant reception over the circadian day.

They found that, as expected for circadian clock genes, Cry1 and Cry2 fluctuated daily - but Cry4 expressed at constant levels, making it the most likely candidate for magnetoreception.

This finding was supported by the robin study, which found the same thing.

"We also found that Cry1a, Cry1b, and Cry2 mRNA display robust circadian oscillation patterns, whereas Cry4 shows only a weak circadian oscillation," the researchers wrote.

But they made a couple of other interesting findings, too. The first is that Cry4 is clustered in a region of the retina that receives a lot of light - which makes sense for light-dependent magnetoreception.

The other is that European robins have increased Cry4 expression during the migratory season, compared to non-migratory chickens.

Both sets of researchers caution that more research is needed before Cry4 can be declared the protein responsible for magnetoreception.

The evidence is strong, but it's not definitive, and both Cry1 and Cry2 have also been implicated in magnetoreception, the former in garden warblers and the latter in fruit flies.

Observing birds with non-functioning Cry4 could help confirm the role it seems to play, while other studies will be needed to figure Cry1's role.

So what does a bird actually see? Well, we can't ever know what the world looks like through another species' eyes, but we can take a very strong guess.

According to researchers at the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics group at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, whose researcher Klaus Schulten first predicted magnetoreceptive cryptochromes in 1978, they could provide a magnetic field "filter" over the bird's field of view - like in the picture above (click source link below to see image).

The zebra finch study was published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, and the robin study was published in Current Biology.
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Source: Science Alert, MICHELLE STARR, 04 Apr 2018

Manifestation i Stockholm den 14 april – skydda barnen från skadlig mikrovågsstrålning
Sweden Created: 3 Apr 2018
På grund av den rådande situation avseende bland annat utbyggnaden av trådlös teknik i samhället, lanserar vi nu en rad kampanjer för att öka trycket på våra folkvalda och för att informera allmänheten.

Var med på manifestation med oss i Stockholm den 14 april !

Syftet med manifestationen är att belysa den ohållbara situationen där små barn dagligen exponeras för skadlig mikrovågsstrålning och där 5G står inför utrullning på bred front utan någon som helst föregående riskanalys. Blir detta dödsstöten för folkhälsan och miljön?

Flera talare kommer att finnas på plats (Mona Nilsson, Gunilla Ladberg, m. fl.). OBS Vill du också säga några ord? Varmt välkommen att inkomma med ett kort manus till oss (max 3 minuter) senast 31 mars.

Sprid till så många som möjligt! Alla som kan uppmuntras att deltaga. Fråga vänner, anhöriga och andra som bryr sig om och är oroade över spridningen av trådlös teknik bland barn och andra känsliga individer.

Det är viktigare än någonsin tidigare att agera och protestera!

Tid:
Lördag 14 april, kl 13:15

Plats:
Sergels torg (“Plattan”) i Stockholm (efter 1 tim “enskild” förflyttning till Mynttorget där manifestationen fortsätter ytterligare 1 tim).

Rubrik:
“Skydda barnen från skadlig mikrovågsstrålning”


I samarbete med Vågbrytaren och Strålskyddsstiftelsen
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Source: Elöverkänsligas Riksförbund, 03 Mar 2018

ICNIRP members authored grossly misleading Govt. report on EMF health effects
Sweden Created: 3 Mar 2018
In 2017 the Public Health Agency of Sweden (Folkhälsomyndigheten) published a report on environmental health issues (Miljöhälsorapport 2017) that included a section on EMF health risks authored by Anders Ahlbom (AA) and Maria Feychting (MF), both professors at the Karolinska Institute. The report from Anders Ahlbom and Maria Feychting is grossly misleading about the available scientific evidence.

Members of ICNIRP

Anders Ahlbom and Maria Feychting dominated all expert evaluations on health risks from low frequency electromagnetic fields and radiofrequency radiation from wireless technology for a decade in Sweden (2003-2011). Furthermore they have been or are still experts to the WHO (MF 2015-2018), the EU (AA 2007, 2009), UK (MF), Norway (MF). They are both also partly responsible for the standards (or reference values) that most countries apply for limiting exposure to electromagnetic fields ICNIRP (AA 1996-2008), MF (2008-now). In all their statements and reports health effects below their own recommended standards from ICNIRP have been dismissed. In 2008 the Karolinska Institutes ethical board draw the conclusion that Anders Ahlboms membership in ICNIRP might be considered as a conflict of interest and therefore should be declared whenever he made any statements related to the issue of health effetcts from electromagnetic fields.
Ties to telecommunications industry

Both receive funding from the telecommunications industry for research. Their statements and reports have consistently during the last 15 years been biased in favour of the telecommunications, IT, and electricity industry’s interest.

Furthermore Anders Ahlbom’s brother, Gunnar Ahlbom, was for a long time a lobbyist for Swedish telecom giant Telia (previously TeliaSonera) in Brussels. At the same time Anders Ahlbom served as an ”independent expert” on several important expert panels, in Sweden as well as at the WHO and EU. At a meeting organized by the European Commission in cooperation with GSM Association and Mobile Manufacturers Forum in Brussels in 2004, Anders Ahlbom was an invited expert to speak on health effects, while his brother Gunnar Ahlbom sat in the audience representing TeliaSonera. Later the same year Gunnar Ahlbom appeared at another meeting as vice chair, EU Affairs, TeliaSonera. In 2011 Anders Ahlbom was not accepted as expert for the evaluation of cancer risks from radiofrequency radiation at the IARC, due to his ties to Gunnar Ahlbom AB a consultant firm.
Biased point of departure

In 2012 Anders Ahlbom declared that his ”starting point” is that there is no reason to beleive that there are any health effects from electromagnetic fields below current standards recommended by ICNIRP (i e by himself). Such a biased point of departure clearly undermines his ability to make an objective review of the accumultating evidence that counters his predetermined opinion. See video
236 scientists don’t agree

By 2018, 236 independent scientists have signed the EMF Scientists appeal asking for a review of the outdated ICNIRP standards that are insufficient to protect human health. Their conclusion is in sharp contrast to the report by Anders Ahlbom an Maria Feychting:

”Numerous recent scientific publications have shown that EMF affects living organisms at levels well below most international and national guidelines. Effects include increased cancer risk, cellular stress, increase in harmful free radicals, genetic damages, structural and functional changes of the reproductive system, learning and memory deficits, neurological disorders, and negative impacts on general well-being in humans. Damage goes well beyond the human race, as there is growing evidence of harmful effects to both plant and animal life…… ICNIRP continues to the present day to make these assertions, in spite of growing scientific evidence to the contrary. It is our opinion that, because the ICNIRP guidelines do not cover long-term exposure and low-intensity effects, they are insufficient to protect public health”
The Environmental Health Report 2017

Below are translations of some very misleading statements made by Anders Ahlbom and Maria Feychting in the Swedish Environmental Health Report 2017.
Low frequency electromagnetic fields

”There is an extensive theoretical and experimental amount of research that has been ongoing in parallel with epidemiological research, but still it has not been possible to identify any biological mechanism that can explain how weak magnetic fields could explain the occurrence of leukemia or any other disease.” ….

….For adults, mainly in the 1980s and 1990s, a large number of diseases were studied in relation to exposure to power frequency magnetic fields. This research includes a number of cancer diseases, several neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer, Parkinson and ALS. Cardiovascular diseases, certain psychiatric illnesses and pregnancy outcomes have also been studied. The research in these areas was originally contradictory, and some studies indicated that there would be a relation to magnetic field exposure, but research has increasingly unequivocally concluded that it is not possible to show any relation between magnetic field exposure and risks for disease. ” (pp 201-202)

”extensive experimental and theoretical research could not find support for this risk”. (for cancer, for childhood leukemia) (p 202)

”Although there is no known mechanism of action for health effects at such low exposure levels (ie under current ICNIRP reference values ​​/ guidelines) extensive experimental and epidemiological research has been conducted, but no health risks have been detected” (page 203)
Radiofrequency fields

”For the general population, the own mobile phone is the most important source of exposure. When the mobile phone transmits at maximum power, the exposure level is close to the reference values ​​recommended by ICNIRP, while the fields from base stations are at least 1,000 times lower. ” ….

….”There are a significant number of studies on mobile phone usage and the risk of brain tumor. With a few exceptions, the results have not shown any increased risk for brain tumor associated with mobile phone usage. ”…..

…..”In it (the study of brain tumor risks for children using mobile phones), there was no increased risk of brain tumors found among children and young people who used mobile phones.” (page 203)

”There are several epidemiological studies of cancer and radiofrequency exposure from radio and television transmitters and base stations for mobile telephony and they show no connection between exposure and cancer.” (p 204)

On page 204, Anders Ahlbom and Maria Feychting argue that the incidence of brain tumors in the brain tumor statistics has been stable since the introduction of mobile phones and that this would indicate that the mobile phone does not increase the risk.
Symptoms and electrohypersensitivity:

”There are no scientific data confirming that exposure to electromagnetic fields causes or contributes to these symptoms” (page 202)

”There is no scientific evidence that support that electromagnetic fields, such as radiofrequency fields associated with mobile telephony or wireless networks, cause the symptoms described by people who perceive themselves as being electrohypersensitive” (page 205).

On page 205: ”There is no scientific support for health risks from exposure to radiofrequency fields below current reference values. Of course, it cannot be ruled out that longer exposure times, special usage patterns or any specific technique would be associated with health risks or there may be risks in relation to non-studied diseases, but there is no scientific reason to suspect this.”

Conclusion

This latest report from professor Anders Ahlbom and Maria Feychting is a clearly false evaluation of the available scientific littterature. It is yet another striking example that Anders Ahlbom and Maria Feychting from the Karolinska Institute are not capable of making an objective and honest risk assessment of health risks from electromagnetic fields. The very biased report might be a result of their long standing ties to the industry that benefits from their dismissal of health risks from electromagnetic fields.


More info:

Swedish Radiation Protection Foundations report (in Swedish) on the report from Anders Ahlbom and Maria Feychting. Link:
http://www.stralskyddsstiftelsen.se/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/granskning-_felaktigmiljohalsorapport_2017_11_10.pdf
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Source: STRÅLSKYDDSSTIFTELSEN, Mona Nilsson, 08 Feb 2018

Cancers in the head and neck are increasing in Sweden
Sweden Created: 23 Jan 2018
Cancers in the head and the neck are increasing in Sweden according to the latest cancer incidence data from the Swedish Cancer Registry. Cancers in the thyroid and the mouth are among the cancers that have seen the sharpest rise during the last decade but also the trend for cancers of the pituitary are on the rise. Among men aged 50 -79 years malignant brain tumours, grade 3-4 are also increasing visibly. The increase of these cancers has coincided with increasing use of mobile phones during the same time period while the increasing trend of malignant brain tumours, gliomas, might be an effect of long term use of mobile phones.
Thyroid cancer

The diagram below shows the standardised incidence of thyroid cancers in Sweden 1970-2016. Women are more hit by this cancer than men. The increase among women since 2008 is over 150%. The thyroid is more exposed to mobile phone radiation since the introduction of the so called ”smart phones”, that have antennas also at the bottom of the phone.

*SNIP* read the entire article via the source link below...
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Source: Strålskyddsstiftelsen, 10 Jan 2018

Mörkläggning av mobilstrålningens konsekvenser
Sweden Created: 18 Oct 2017
Mörkläggning av mobilstrålningens konsekvenser – Hur myndigheten missinformerar om den massiva elektrosmog och de skador på hälsan den medför (2017).

I en nyligen publicerad bok av den danska psykologen Eva Theilgaard Jacobsen belyses framväxten av det digitala samhället med ökad exponering för radiofrekventa (RF) fält. Boken ger en intressant historisk tillbakablick med diskussion av hälsoeffekter och de många intressekonflikter som finns. Vissa nyckelspelare som förnekar några som helst hälsorisker beskrivs, även ur ett historiskt perspektiv. Återigen framställs WHOs brist på ett hälsoperspektiv i sitt handlande när det gäller RF strålning. Industrins vinstintresse förefaller vara viktigare än folkhälsan.

Boken kan rekommenderas till den som vill förstå spelet bakom kulisserna. Även om boken har ett danskt perspektiv tar den upp mycket av internationell betydelse. Den finns i handeln:

https://www.adlibris.com/se/bok/morkelagning-af-mobilstralingens-konsekvenser-9788740940381


En liknande bok har tidigare getts ut i Sverige av miljöjournalisten Mona Nilsson. Mobiltelefonins hälsorisker: fakta om vår tids största miljö- och hälsoskandal (2010)

Boken publicerades 2010 och även den ger fakta som förklarar hur det varit möjligt med framväxten av radiofrekvent strålning i samhället, numera en miljöförorening.

https://www.adlibris.com/se/bok/mobiltelefonins-halsorisker-fakta-om-var-tids-storsta-miljo–och-halsoskandal-9789163331480


Journalisten Christine von Hedenberg har gett ut boken En annan värld: en debattbok om livet med elektromagnetiska fält (2017)

Boken är delvis en personlig berättelse om hur det är att leva som elöverkänslig, hur tillvaron förändras med svårighet att undvika exponering för radiofrekvent strålning och hur myndigheter har misslyckats med att skydda befolkningen.

https://www.adlibris.com/se/bok/en-annan-varld-en-debattbok-om-livet-med-elektromagnetiska-falt-9789163927522
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Source: Prof. Lennart Hardell, 16 Oct 2017

Increasing brain tumor rates in Sweden
Sweden Created: 5 Oct 2017
Recently we published a new article on brain tumor rates in Sweden using the Inpatient Register for the time period 1998-2015. Also incidence data using the Swedish Cancer Register were analyzed for the same time period. The full article can be found here, see also abstract below.

[M.V. editors note: graphs are published at the swedish version of Hardell's blog:]
https://lennarthardell.wordpress.com/2017/10/05/hjarntumorer-okar-i-sverige-i-alla-aldersgrupper-men-mest-bland-yngre-personer/

We used the Swedish Inpatient Register (IPR) to analyze rates of brain tumors of unknown type (D43) during 1998-2015. Average Annual Percentage Change (AAPC) per 100,000 increased with +2.06%, 95% confidence interval (CI) +1.27, +2.86% in both genders combined.

A joinpoint was found in 2007 with Annual Percentage Change (APC) 1998-2007 of +0.16%, 95% CI -0.94, +1.28%, and 2007-2015 of +4.24%, 95% CI +2.87, +5.63%.

Highest AAPC was found in the age group 20-39 years. In the Swedish Cancer Register the age-standardized incidence rate per 100,000 increased for brain tumors, ICD-code 193.0, during 1998-2015 with AAPC in men +0.49%, 95% CI +0.05, +0.94%, and in women +0.33%, 95% CI -0.29, +0.45%.

The cases with brain tumor of unknown type lack morphological examination. Brain tumor diagnosis was based on cytology/histopathology in 83% for men and in 87% for women in 1980 in the Cancer Register. This frequency increased to 90% in men and 88% in women in 2015.

During the same time period CT and MRI imaging techniques were introduced and morphology is not always necessary for diagnosis. If all brain tumors based on clinical diagnosis with CT or MRI had been reported to the Cancer Register the frequency of diagnoses based on cytology/histology would have decreased in the register. The results indicate underreporting of brain tumor cases to the Cancer Register. The real incidence would be higher. Thus, incidence trends based on the Cancer Register should be used with caution. Use of wireless phones should be considered in relation to the change of incidence rates.
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Source: Lennart Hardell blog, 05 Oct 2017

“BLUNDER” by ICNIRP’s and WHO EMF Project’s bosses
Sweden Created: 18 Sep 2017
Recently, I came across two short videos recorded in 2016 in Stockholm. The occasion was the seminar at the SSI concerning health effects of EMF. In these videos, Emilie van Deventer, Head of the WHO EMF Project and Eric van Röngen, Chairman of the ICNIRP, answered to question from Swedish journalist Mona Nilsson.

Question was straightforward, whom should Swedes trust, the evaluation of science done by ICNIRP or the opinion of 220 scientists who signed an Appeal submitted to the United Nations and the WHO. The Appeal questioned the validity and reliability of evaluation of science done by ICNIRP that is used by the WHO EMF Project and by the telcom industry as the proof that radiation emitted by the wireless communication devices is not a human health hazard. This opinion is, of course, contrary to the opinion of IARC wherein 2011 radiation emitted by the wireless communication devices was classified as possible human carcinogen.

As seen from the video, Emilie van Deventer completely avoided response to the question from Mona Nilsson. Interestingly, Emilie van Deventer did not defend at all the correctness of the ICNIRP’s science evaluation that was done for the WHO EMF Project. Emilie van Deventer did not say that the ICNIRP evaluation of science is the correct evaluation.

*SNIP*... Read the entire article via the source link below...
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Source: BRHP blog, Prof. Dariusz Leszczynski, 13 Sep 2017

Kamp mot 25 meter telemast i Djursholm – 'Handlar om strålningsrisken'
Sweden Created: 17 Aug 2017
Ett flertal Danderydsbor kan komma att bli grannar med en 25 meter hög telemast som Telia vill uppföra på Danderydsvägen. – Vi skulle inte bo kvar här då, säger en av de närboende.

Telebolaget Telia vill anlägga en 25 meter hög telemast i anslutning till Danderydsvägen. Mark som idag klassas som parkmark.

Richard Grassman bor med sin familj cirka 15 meter från platsen där Telia vill uppföra masten. Han, liksom flera andra som bor i området, motsätter sig planerna.

– Skulle det bli så att allt går emot oss och att Telia får igenom det här så är jag ganska övertygad om att vi inte skulle bo kvar här, säger han.

Grannen Björn Fransen menar att de är villiga att fortsätta driva ärendet långt om byggnadsnämnden skulle acceptera Telias ansökan.

– Det skulle innebära en så påtaglig inverkan, därför är vi villiga att driva ärendet. Det känns lite som att det är David mot Goliat och det är tveksamt om man skulle bo kvar här, säger han.
Inte första omgången

Men det här är inte första vändan i mastfrågan. Redan i slutet av 2015 fick miljö- och stadsbyggnadskontoret i Danderyd in en bygglovsansökan från Telia. I april 2016 beslutade dock byggnadsnämnden att avslå ansökan, dels på grund av att marken är parkmark, dels för att Telia inte redovisat andra möjliga placeringar.

– Våra gemensamma ansträngningar hade burit frukt, så det kändes som att bygglovet föll på sin egen orimlighet och vi tänkte att det hela var mer eller mindre avhandlat, säger Richard Grassman.

Men Telia överklagade beslutet till länsstyrelsen som hänvisade ärendet tillbaka till byggnadsnämnden. Länsstyrelsen menar att nämnden inte haft fog att avslå ärendet på grund av att Telia inte visat på andra placeringar. Nu har berörda grannar tid att yttra sig till den 22 augusti innan byggnadsnämnden ska ta ett nytt beslut.

– Dels handlar det om strålningsrisken. Där kan man se att det finns en korrelation mellan barncancer och strålning, men där står ord mot ord och forskare mot forskare, säger Björn Fransen och tillägger:

– Vägen här är frekventerad av många skolbarn, många bilar åker här och om det fastnar is som blåser ned så kan det bli väldigt olyckligt. Och skulle den välta så skulle den slå rakt in på vår tomt.

I sin överklagan menar Telia att bygglovet bör accepteras trots att det är en avvikelse från detaljplanen, något de menar har godtagits på andra platser. Vidare menar företaget att en placering av masten vid industriområdet på Rinkebyvägen inte skulle ge samma önskade effekt.

Danderyds Nyheter har sökt företrädare från Telia gällande deras överklagan i Danderyd utan att lyckas.

Kommunens sammanfattning av grannarnas synpunkter:

Placeringen strider mot detaljplanen. Avvikelsen kan inte betraktas som liten.

Platsen är mycket olämplig med hänsyn till närheten till villabebyggelsen.

Den höga masten ligger inom kulturhistoriskt landskap och förfular och förvanskar området

Oro för strålning från anläggningen

Det finns lämpligare möjliga placeringar

Marken nordväst om korsningen Danderydsvägen/Rinkebyvägen är ett alternativ då där redan finns ledningsstolpar, komersiell och industriell verksamhet.
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Source: Danderyds Nyheter, Kevin Wedin, 16 Aug 2017

Bacteria, mobile phones & WiFi – a deadly combination?
Sweden Created: 1 Jun 2017
Bacteria exposed to mobile phone and WiFi radiation turned resistant to antibiotics, science demonstrates. The implications of this are chilling and may easily explain the on-going huge and highly frightening development into more and more antibiotics-resistant microorganisms around the world. That claims Olle Johansson, associate professor at the Karolinska Institute, Department of Neuroscience, and head of The Experimental Dermatology Unit.

Monday, May 22, 2017, Metro Stockholm reported that the Ministers of Health from the so-called G20 countries, including Australia, France, India, Italy, Japan, Canada, China, Russia, Saudi-Arabia, Great Britain, South Africa, Turkey, Germany and the USA, have decided to cooperate to counter the ever-increasing and alarming world-wide resistance of bacteria to antibiotics. Only within the EU there are yearly more than 25,000 deaths due to antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Among the measures presented are national action plans to be in force at the end of 2018. Furthermore, the G20 countries are striving to only allow antibiotics to be purchased via formal medical prescriptions, as well as working towards supplying these medicines at lower and more reasonable prizes in poor countries.

Surprisingly enough, nothing is – however – mentioned about the very recent results of Taheri et al (2017; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28203122) who has demonstrated that the exposure to 900 MHz GSM mobile phone radiation and 2.4 GHz radio frequency radiation emitted from common Wi-Fi routers made Listeria monocytogenes and Escherichia coli resistant to different antibiotics. These findings naturally have direct implications for the management of serious infectious diseases. With the on-going huge and highly frightening development into more and more antibiotics-resistant microorganisms around the world, this adaptive phenomenon and its potential threats to human health, according to my view, definitely and rapidly should be further investigated in controlled replication experiments, rather than spend money and time on national action plans or commercially lowering the prizes!

With all the new data from different investigations appearing, some days with several publications being released in parallel, maybe I was not wrong when I used my common sense and called for safety measures already back in the early 1980ies; maybe it was morally-ethically 100% right to sound the alarm, thus to warn everyone that we are under attack of an invisible invader using colossal exposure levels to conquer our cells and tissues, and change their sensitivity to pharmaceutical treatment?

From a public health point-of-view, the proof in the form of thousands of peer review-based scientific publications is overwhelming – now society must act! To instead disengage academic scientists, with great know-how and a firm scientific curiosity, from their workplaces due to “lack of money” will not sound well in the future. Not at all.

Olle Johansson
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Source: Nya Dagbladet, Prof. Olle Johansson, 31 May 2017

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

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