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|WHO EMF Project database and Epidemiological studies on mobile communication base stations|
|Belgium||Created: 30 Nov 2006|
From: Jean-Luc Guilmot. Rue de Vieusart, 5. 1325 Chaumont-Gistoux. Belgium
To: World Health Organisation. Dr. Emilie van Deventer. Head of the EMF Project. 20, Avenue Appia. Geneva – Suisse
Registered Letter. November 29, 2006.
Copy to :
- Dr Magaret CHAN, WHO General Director
- Mr John Ryan/DG Sanco, European Commission, Brussels
- Mr Rudy Demotte, Federal Health Minister, Belgium
WHO EMF Project database and Epidemiological studies on mobile communication base stations
Dr van Deventer,
My name is Jean-Luc Guilmot, bio-engineer and concerned citizen with respect to EMF pollution. I have compiled during the last 6 months a great deal of fully referenced scientific information on this subject with a special focus on base stations on a dedicated website (www.001.be.cx) to help people get a global picture on this growing problem. I was present at the 3RD Mobile Communications Seminar "Health, Environment & Society in Brussels, on Nov.
20 and 21 where you unfortunately had to cancel your venue at the very last minute, which was rather unfortunate due to the many specific questions that could not be answered properly.
I have noticed that the WHO EMF Project database has now been unavailable on the Internet for more than a week, that is at least since November 21, 2006 (http://www.who.int/pehemf/research/database/en/index.html)
I would like to kindly ask you several questions :
1. Why is no information provided on the WHO website as to why and for how long this database is not available ?
2. In reference to the rights to access to Information on the Environment, do you find this situation acceptable ?
3. When will this service be available again ? I also would like to take the opportunity to ask you two more questions regarding EMF and base stations.
1. Where are the published epidemiological studies on chronic exposure to mobile telecommunication base stations radiation’s that show convincing
evidence of an ABSENCE of adverse health effects ? Please note that, as we believe no such studies has actually been published, none of the
arguments such as “levels of exposure from these base stations lie well under the ICNIRP limit values” or “difficulties in assessing RF exposure on
people” or “absence of known mechanism” can be considered as valid, especially when ICNIRP values are NOT designed for chronic exposure and
when so many health concerns are being shown on both humans and animals in various published epidemiological studies of chronic exposure.
2. Based on the EIGHT published epidemiological studies on mobile telecommunication base stations referenced either on the EMF WHO database
and/or on PUBMED with POSITIVE results, please provide comments on what grounds in your views no further precautions is required.
Again comments such as lack of accuracy of RF assessment (see footnote 1) and lack of convincing evidence (convincing to whom ?) is a of little
value for several reasons :
a. All these studies have been published in peer-review journals and are referenced either on the WHO database or on PUBMED.
b. Several of these studies provide accurate RF exposure measurements.
c. No higher standards published epidemiological study on mobile communication base stations with NEGATIVE results is available to date.
d. Meanwhile hundreds of thousands (1,4 million in May 2006) of base stations have already been deployed worldwide and new sources of low level RF
chronic exposure are continuously being added with the development of new wireless technologies.
e. At least two additional epidemiological studies on chronic exposure to mobile phone bases stations with POSITIVE results have been published in peer
reviewed journals on animals
: Löscher W. 2003 and Balmori A. 2005.2
f. An increasing number of people are being diagnosed as electrosensitive and the trend seems clearly to be on the increase.
g. To our knowledge, very little resources are being allocated towards more such epidemiological studies (chronic exposure) in the near future as either
WHO or ICNIRP continue to deny or question the fact that low energy RF can affect health at all, as again exemplified in the May 2006 WHO fact sheet
Additionally there are many more examples of epidemiological studies of radio and TV transmitters with POSITIVE results, also referenced on the WHO database and/or PUBMED, including the latest Altpeter et al (20006) study4 – with evidence of decrease of melatonin secretion on exposed humans – which urge for a rapid and clear change of attitude from the WHO.
Based on all this we consider that statements like : “the weight of scientific opinion is that there is no substantiated evidence that living near a mobile phone base station causes adverse health effect ”
increasingly sound more like Orwellian newspeak than anything else.
Also we believe that from a legal perspective, there is a major issue of the charge of the proof for the issuer of such increased levels of radiation’s in the environment, and not the other way round.
I look forward to reading your answers and comments on these very important issues.
Encl. : List of WHO and PUBMED epidemiological studies on mobile communication base stations with
either negative (TWO) or positive results (EIGHT) as of September 15, 2006.
1 Example of typical comment to rule out such studies : « Results of these studies to date give no consistent or convincing evidence of a
causal relation between RF exposure and any adverse health effect. On the other hand, the studies have too many deficiencies to rule out an
association. A key concern across all studies is the quality of assessment of RF exposure. Despite the ubiquity of new technologies using RFs,
little is known about population exposure from RF sources and even less about the relative importance of different sources »
2 Löscher W., Der praktische Tierarzt 84, Heft 11, 850-863 .Die Auswirkungen elektromagnetischer Felder von Mobilfunksendeanlagen auf
Leistung, Gesundheit und Verhalten landwirtschaftlicher Nutztiere: Eine Bestandsaufnahme [Effects of EMF from phone masts on performances,
health and behavior of cattle]; Balmori A., Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine, 24: 109–119, 2005.
Possible Effects of Electromagnetic Fields from Phone Masts on a Population of White Stork (Ciconia ciconia).
3 Hallberg 0, Oberfeld G., Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine, Vol. 25: 189-191, 2006, Letter to the Editor: Will We All BecomeElectrosensitive?
4 Altpeter ES et al. Bioelectromagnetics. 2006 Feb;27(2):142-50. Effect of short-wave (6-22 MHz) magnetic fields on sleep quality and melatonin cycle in
humans: the Schwarzenburg shut-down study
List of WHO and PUBMED epidemiological studies on mobile communication base stations with either negative (TWO) or positive results (EIGHT) as of September 15, 2006 To date, there are only 10 published peer reviewed epidemiological studies on mobile phone base stations.
These research papers are available either of the WHO EMF database
(http://www.who.int/peh-emf/research/database/en/index.html)_or on PUBMED.
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