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IMAGINE a world where a foreign armed power can shut down your computer, phone, radio or TV at will.
USA Created: 2 Apr 2006
America's war on the web
While the US remains committed to hunting down al-Qaeda operatives, it is now taking the battle to new fronts. Deep within the Pentagon, technologies are being deployed to wage the war on terror on the internet, in newspapers and even through mobile phones. Investigations editor Neil Mackay reports
IMAGINE a world where wars are fought over the internet; where TV broadcasts and newspaper reports are designed by the military to confuse the population; and where a foreign armed power can shut down your computer, phone, radio or TV at will.
In 2006, we are just about to enter such a world. This is the age of information warfare, and details of how this new military doctrine will affect everyone on the planet are contained in a report, entitled The Information Operations Roadmap, commissioned and approved by US secretary of defence Donald Rumsfeld and seen by the Sunday Herald.

The Pentagon has already signed off $383 million to force through the document’s recommendations by 2009. Military and intelligence sources in the US talk of
“a revolution in the concept of warfare”.
The report orders three new developments in America’s approach to warfare:

Firstly, the Pentagon says it will wage war against the internet in order to dominate the realm of communications, prevent digital attacks on the US and its allies, and to have the upper hand when launching cyber-attacks against enemies.

Secondly, psychological military operations, known as psyops, will be at the heart of future military action. Psyops involve using any media – from newspapers, books and posters to the internet, music, Blackberrys and personal digital assistants (PDAs) – to put out black propaganda to assist government and military strategy. Psyops involve the dissemination of lies and fake stories and releasing information to wrong-foot the enemy.

Thirdly, the US wants to take control of the Earth’s electromagnetic spectrum, allowing US war planners to dominate mobile phones, PDAs, the web, radio, TV and other forms of modern communication. That could see entire countries denied access to telecommunications at the flick of a switch by America.

Freedom of speech advocates are horrified at this new doctrine, but military planners and members of the intelligence community embrace the idea as a necessary development in modern combat.

Human rights lawyer John Scott, who chairs the Scottish Centre for Human Rights, said: “This is an unwelcome but natural development of what we have seen. I find what is said in this document to be frightening, and it needs serious parliamentary scrutiny.”

Crispin Black – who has worked for the Joint Intelligence Committee, and has been an Army lieutenant colonel, a military intelligence officer, a member of the Defence Intelligence Staff and a Cabinet Office intelligence analyst who briefed Number 10 – said he broadly supported the report as it tallied with the Pentagon’s over-arching vision for “full spectrum dominance” in all military matters.

“I’m all for taking down al-Qaeda websites. Shutting down enemy propaganda is a reasonable course of action. Al-Qaeda is very good at [information warfare on the internet], so we need to catch up. The US needs to lift its game,” he said.

This revolution in information warfare is merely an extension of the politics of the “neoconservative” Bush White House. Even before getting into power, key players in Team Bush were planning total military and political domination of the globe. In September 2000, the now notorious document Rebuilding America’s Defences – written by the Project for the New American Century (PNAC), a think-tank staffed by some of the Bush presidency’s leading lights – said that America needed a “blueprint for maintaining US global pre-eminence, precluding the rise of a great power-rival, and shaping the international security order in line with American principles and interests”.

The PNAC was founded by Dick Cheney, the vice-president; Donald Rumsfeld, the defence secretary; Bush’s younger brother, Jeb; Paul Wolfowitz, once Rumsfeld’s deputy and now head of the World Bank; and Lewis Libby, Cheney’s former chief of staff, now indicted for perjury in America.

Rebuilding America’s Defences also spoke of taking control of the internet. A heavily censored version of the document was released under Freedom of Information legislation to the National Security Archive at George Washington University in the US.

The report admits the US is vulnerable to electronic warfare. “Networks are growing faster than we can defend them,” the report notes. “The sophistication and capability of … nation states to degrade system and network operations are rapidly increasing.”

The report says the US military’s first priority is that the “department [of defence] must be prepared to ‘fight the net’”. The internet is seen in much the same way as an enemy state by the Pentagon because of the way it can be used to propagandise, organise and mount electronic attacks on crucial US targets. Under the heading “offensive cyber operations”, two pages outlining possible operations are blacked out.

Next, the Pentagon focuses on electronic warfare, saying it must be elevated to the heart of US military war planning. It will “provide maximum control of the electromagnetic spectrum, denying, degrading, disrupting or destroying the full spectrum of communications equipment … it is increasingly important that our forces dominate the electromagnetic spectrum with attack capabilities”. Put simply, this means US forces having the power to knock out any or all forms of telecommunications on the planet.

After electronic warfare, the US war planners turn their attention to psychological operations:
“Military forces must be better prepared to use psyops in support of military operations.” The State Department, which carries out US diplomatic functions, is known to be worried that the rise of such operations could undermine American diplomacy if uncovered by foreign states. Other examples of information war listed in the report include the creation of “Truth Squads” to provide public information when negative publicity, such as the Abu Ghraib torture scandal, hits US operations, and the establishment of “Humanitarian Road Shows”, which will talk up American support for democracy and freedom.

The Pentagon also wants to target a “broader set of select foreign media and audiences”, with $161m set aside to help place pro-US articles in overseas media.

02 April 2006
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Source: Sunday Herald

Critics Fight to Restrict Cell Towers
USA Created: 22 Mar 2006
Legislation that will keep cell phone towers and antennas 500 feet away
from schools is close to being passed. Photo by Ted Levin
If a piece of Brooklyn-inspired legislation comes to pass, cell phone towers will begin to be placed farther and farther away from our schools.
At least, that's the hope of opponents to the increase of cell phone towers and antennas in the borough, who were all smiles last week after the first of many pieces of legislation about the siting and placement of these towers passed its first major hurdle - a scrupulous review from a legislative committee.

On Wednesday morning, the New York State Senate Committee on Local Government approved legislation sponsored by Bay Ridge Senator Marty Golden.

The bill would prohibit the erection of cellular towers and antennas within 500 feet of schools throughout New York City.

Officials said that the bill is expected to be voted on by the Senate in the next few weeks.

"There is a continued controversy over whether cellular towers pose health hazards from exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation," said Golden. "Until there is some conclusive evidence that shows that there are no harmful effects related to this radiation, we cannot in our right mind allow for these towers to be placed near a school, emitting radiation into classrooms, lunchrooms and gymnasiums throughout New York City."

Similar legislation, which was sponsored by Carroll Gardens legislator Joan Millman, is currently being mulled over in the Assembly. Her bill would prohibit the placement of any cell phone antenna or related equipment within 500 feet of a school building.

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Both bills also require that municipalities be notified within 90 days prior to the placement of a cell phone tower.

"Until we can determine the health risks associated with cellular antennae, we need to regulate how and where they are sited," said Millman in a statement.

Golden's legislation was written in response to parents of St. Anselm's School in Bay Ridge, who are continuing to fight the construction of a Sprint/Nextel tower expected to be placed just 50 feet away atop 8300 4th Avenue. Parents at the school didn't know that the tower was coming until a crane showed up one night.

"For companies to come in the dark of the night and simply erect these towers is unacceptable," said Golden. "Communities should not have to wake up and find that a cell phone tower was placed near their school or their home."

The committee's passage of the bill was hailed by St. Anselm's parent Chris Proscia, who has spearheaded the fight against Sprint/Nextel.

"Nextel's people were lobbying all week to get the senators in the committee to vote against it, but it didn't work," said Proscia. "I think they're running scared."

For years, parents of school age children have complained that the radiofrequency radiation crackling from these towers could pose a hazard.

Officials from Sprint/Nextel and other cell phone companies continue to contend that all of their studies show that their towers are not dangerous.

Parents counter by stating that since no long term studies have been performed, no one can be sure if the students are in danger.

The regulation of cell phone towers have been a hot button issue across the borough.

Just last month, a group of legislators, calling themselves the Coalition to Reform Antennae Safety (CRAS) was formed to advocate for cell phone antenna placement regulation until all possible health risks are accurately assessed.

Community activist and Congressional candidate Chris Owens, a founding member of CRAS, saw the passage of the Senate bill through committee as a "sign of the law catching up with the science."

"I think it's just a matter of time when these laws get passed," he said. "The law will have to catch up with the science until it is absolutely clear that the science is not dangerous."

Owens predicts that further pieces of legislation regulating the placement of cell phone towers and antennas will be passed "in the next year."

This is amazing news. CAll or e-mail your state senator and ask for Government Guide their support! Leonore
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Source: Eileen O´Connor: Park Slope Courier. By Thomas Tracy

'Mast Hysteria' In Albany
USA Created: 16 Mar 2006
There is a disease spreading from Europe, a dangerous pandemic that will cause death and cause palpitations in our economic growth. I'm not talking about the Avian Flu, but a rare strain of "Mast Hysteria," as our friends in Britain call the opposition to construction of cell phone antennae.

In Albany, bill is wending its way through the Capitol. This bill, with a raft of co-sponsors from both parties, would, if passed into law, effectively shut down the installation of new cell phone antennae in our urban areas. For the most part, the crippling effects will come down on us right here, in the nation's center of communications. In the Assembly, the lead sponsor is Queens Assemblyman Michael Gianaris, a Democrat. More ominously, Republican Frank Padavan, a legislator who usually has his head screwed on straight, is leading the charge in the State Senate.
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US group implants electronic tags in workers
USA Created: 16 Mar 2006
An Ohio company has embedded silicon chips in two of its employees - the first known case in which US workers have been “tagged” electronically as
a way of identifying them.

CityWatcher.com, a private video surveillance company, said it was testing the technology as a way of controlling access to a room where it holds security video footage for government agencies and the police.
Embedding slivers of silicon in workers is likely to add to the controversy over RFID technology, widely seen as one of the next big growth industries.

RFID chips – inexpensive radio transmitters that give off a unique identifying signal – have been implanted in pets or attached to goods so they can be tracked in transit.

“There are very serious privacy and civil liberty issues of having people permanently numbered,” said Liz McIntyre, who campaigns against the use of identification technology.

But Sean Darks, chief executive of CityWatcher, said the glass-encased chips were like identity cards. They are planted in the upper right arm of the recipient, and “read” by a device similar to a cardreader.

“There’s nothing pulsing or sending out a signal,” said Mr Darks, who has had a chip in his own arm. “It’s not a GPS chip. My wife can’t tell where I am.”

The technology’s defenders say it is acceptable as long as it is not compulsory. But critics say any implanted device could be used to track the “wearer” without their knowledge.

VeriChip – the US company that made the devices and claims to have the only chips that have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration – said the implants were designed primarily for medical purposes.

So far around 70 people in the US have had the implants, the company said.
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Source: By Richard Waters. Financial Times. Catherine Gamba

The Serotonin Deficiency Syndrome:
USA Created: 16 Mar 2006
A Holiday Tale of Tryptophan, Serotonin, Melatonin & Tinnitus

If you’re like me, you had a very enjoyable evening on Thanksgiving. After dinner and throughout the evening I was feeling very content and at ease. After a mellow evening, I slept like a baby. The next day we had leftovers for dinner and had the same great evening. I had a wonderful night’s sleep that night too. That turkey really did a number on me and was a welcome introduction to the holiday season.

Most of us know, I believe, that it’s the tryptophan in turkey that promotes the sense of well-being we associate with Thanksgiving. I began to wonder if this could have an effect on tinnitus and the anxiety and stress that often accompany it. I began to look into the effects of tryptophan. What I found out was very interesting and quite surprising. I believe there is a definite connection between tryptophan and the way many people experience tinnitus.

Tryptophan is an essential amino acid which means it is not produced by the body but rather must come strictly from the diet. There are eight essential amino acids and fourteen non-essential amino acids. The non-essential acids can be made inside the body from other components. Dietary sources of tryptophan include turkey and other meats, soy products, cottage cheese, milk, brown rice and peanuts.

In the brain, tryptophan converts to serotonin, the neuro-transmitter responsible for feelings of well-being, calmness, personal security, relaxation, confidence and concentration. Decreased serotonin levels play a key role in the development of depression. The only source for serotonin in the brain is tryptophan. It cannot be converted from any other substance. If there is not enough tryptophan in the diet, it can lead to anxiety and depression.

Depleted serotonin levels are responsible for depression and other psychological disturbances, such as anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, low concentration and low self-esteem. This is what has increasingly become known as the Serotonin Deficiency Syndrome.

Some serotonin is converted in the pineal gland to melatonin, which regulates sleep patterns. Melatonin has been shown to be helpful in getting a good night’s sleep and in some cases reducing tinnitus symptoms. A clinical study conducted at the Shea Ear Clinic in Sarasota, FL, tested 3 mg melatonin on tinnitus patients for one month. They found that those people who did not have trouble sleeping were not greatly benefited by the melatonin. However, of the people who had difficulty sleeping, 47% reported an overall improvement in their tinnitus.

My personal experience is that 3mg of melatonin will put me right to sleep, however I wake up in the middle of the night. I feel rested but I’m wide awake at 3:00 AM. I find that 3 to 6 mg of time-release melatonin will keep me asleep all night long.

There are basically two ways to rectify the Serotonin Deficiency Syndrome. One method is through the natural method of increasing tryptophan intake and the other through the use of anti-depressant medications such as Prozac. This is where the story gets very interesting.

There is a class of pharmaceutical medications called Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) anti-depressants. SSRI anti-depressants include Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft and others. Their method of treatment is to concentrate existing levels of tryptophan in the brain so they stay in the synapse between nerves and facilitate communication. They do not create serotonin, as many people believe, but simply collect the existing serotonin so it is used more effectively. Some studies suggest that long term use of SSRI anti-depressants actually reduce serotonin levels.

SSRI anti-depressants are in wide use today and prescribed for many people with tinnitus. In some cases they help but there are a host of side effects. Some of the more serious side effects include heart palpitations and chest pain, decreased libido, suicide (this has been in the news recently as it affects teenagers), nervous system disorders and tinnitus. The Physician’s Desk reference lists tinnitus as a frequent side effect of SSRI anti-depressants. There are no side effects to supplementation with tryptophan. So here we can have a situation where an individual who is depressed because of tinnitus is prescribed a medication that is a known cause of tinnitus.

It would make sense to go to the root of the problem and simply supplement the diet with extra tryptophan. One would think so but it’s not that easy.

Tryptophan used to be an easily obtainable and inexpensive dietary supplement in the United States. It still is in the rest of the world but since 1990 it has been banned in the US as an “untested, unapproved and hazardous drug” by the FDA. It is still regularly used in Canada, the Netherlands, the UK, Germany and France. There have been no reports of any serious or widespread health problems.

The following has been reported in many journals and media outlets. (I found some of the information on the Life Extension Foundation website in an article titled “The FDA Ban of L-Tryptophan: Politics, Profits and Prozac” by Dean Wolfe Manders, Ph.D. Dr. Manders has extensively researched and lectured on the medical politics of tryptophan.)

In 1989, there was a spontaneous outbreak of a rare and deadly disease in New Mexico called Eosinophilia-Myalgia Syndrome, or EMS. The common cause was traced back to the fact that all the people who became sick had been using tryptophan as a dietary supplement. EMS caused the deaths of 37 people and permanent disability in another 1500. The FDA immediately issued a recall of all tryptophan on the market.

Later, researchers at MIT identified the true culprit as a contaminant in the tryptophan that came from one specific company. The Japanese manufacturer, Showa Denko, was trying to speed production by using untested, genetically engineered bacteria in the fermentation process. This produced a toxin called EBT which made its way into the final product. They also cut corners in the purification process by reducing the amount of activated charcoal used to filter the final product by 50%. Showa Denko was much more interested in beating their competitors to market than in good manufacturing practices. This company is a highly unethical pharmaceutical manufacturer which once actually blew-up part of its plant to thwart a Japanese government investigation which would have proved their culpability in contaminating a river with mercury.

The MIT researchers presented their findings to the FDA showing the tryptophan was not to blame for causing EMS. In February, 1993 a US patent was awarded to use tryptophan to treat and cure EMS, the very same deadly condition which prompted the FDA to take tryptophan off the market in the first place. Nonetheless, the FDA held firm and tryptophan is banned in over-the-counter sales in the US.

But there are loopholes to this. The FDA has allowed tryptophan to be imported into the US from Ajinomoto Company in Japan. It is then distributed from the Ajinomoto USA facility in Raleigh, North Carolina through a network of compounding pharmacists across the US. It can only be purchased by individuals with a doctor’s prescription. It emerges as a new prescription medication in the serotonin marketplace. One hundred capsules of 500 mg each costs about $75.00, approximately five times more than if it were sold as a dietary supplement. It is also covered by medical insurance and adds yet another burden to our vastly overstretched medical system.

A greater irony is that tryptophan is routinely used in baby food produced and sold in the US and the Department of Agriculture still sanctions the use of tryptophan used as a nutritional and bulk feed additive in the commercial hog and chicken farming industry.

One other very curious fact arises. The FDA banned tryptophan on March 22, 1990. Within four days, March 26, 1990, Newsweek featured a lead article praising the virtues of the brand new anti-depressant drug, Prozac. Its multi-color cover displayed a floating, gigantic green and white capsule of Prozac with the caption: “Prozac: a breakthrough drug for depression.”

The fact that the FDA ban of tryptophan and the Newsweek Prozac cover story occurred within four days of each other went unnoticed by both the media and the public. Yet to those who understand the effective properties of tryptophan and Prozac, the concurrence seems unbelievably coincidental. One possible explanation for this can be found in a report by the FDA Dietary Supplement Task Force on June 15, 1993. It had been working on developing FDA policy toward nutritional supplements. On page two, the report states, “The Task Force considered various issues in its deliberations; including … what steps are necessary to ensure that the existence of dietary supplements on the market does not act as a disincentive for drug development.”

Clinical depression is a very serious condition and treatment through medication is often the right and prudent action to take. However next time a doctor wants to write a prescription for an anti-depressant, you may wish to suggest a prescription for tryptophan, and then find a compounding pharmacist who can supply it. Or you could simply … have another piece of turkey and a glass of warm milk.
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Source: by Barry Keate

From X-rays to cordless phones: Radiation causes cancer
USA Created: 15 Mar 2006
We are pleased to invite you to an online multimedia presentation by Lloyd Morgan on: 1.30am UK time
The presentation will take place on Tuesday, March 14th, 8:30 PM Eastern time. To attend, just follow this link: http://breeze14246184.breezecentral.com/presentation. If you are already participating in the eConferencing pilot, login as usual. If not, just choose the "Enter as a Guest" option. Please enter the presentation 15 minutes prior in order to verify that the system works.

We will be making use of the new eConferencing system, Breeze, which is being evaluated for its efficacy in supporting improved communication among members of the Brain Trust community worldwide. The only required hardware is computer speakers. A headset/microphone is recommended. The presentation will last approximately one hour, includi! ng a question and answer session.

Lloyd Morgan is Director of the Central Brain Tumor Registry of the United States (see http://www.cbtrus.org/), a member of the international science group, the Bioelectromagnetics Society, and a volunteer with the National Brain Tumor Foundation (see http://www.braintumor.org/ ). He is an electronic engineer by training, a brain tumor activist and survivor and was instrumental in passing the Benign Brain Tumor Cancer Registr! ies Amendment Act. Since 1995 he has devoted himself to the study of electromagnetic fields and health problems. He has presented at multiple science meetings each year including, among others, those of the Bioelectromagnetics Society and the American Academy of Environmental Medicine.
We look forward to seeing you there,
MIT BrainTrust
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Source: Eileen O´Connor


Radio Show: EMF and RFR: Where You're Exposed and What to Do:
USA Created: 15 Mar 2006
Subject: Radio Show

EMF and RFR: Where You're Exposed and What to Do:

Layna Berman, host and producer of Your Own Health and Fitness on KPFA
and the Pacifica Network, will interview environmental consultant, Cindy Sage, and science journalist and author, B. Blake Levitt, on the disturbing science showing wireless technology's dangers to humans and the environment. Included will be
practical alternatives and protection from electrosmog exposures.

Air Time is Tuesday, 3/14/06 from 1-2 Pacific Time.

To listen live, go to http://www.kpfa.org and follow the links to
listen live to "Your Own Health and Fitness." The program will be
archived on "Your Own Health and Fitness" website, available 24/7, for
one week at http://www.yourownhealthandfitness.org -- Click on "LISTEN
to the latest show".

Information and Resources:

Blake Levitt's website:
blakelevitt.com

Layna Berman's website:
www.yourownhealthandfitness.org

Janet Newton, EMR Policy Institute:
www.emrpolicy.org

Cindy Sage's website:
www.sageassociates.net

Mitigation information:
www.lessemf.com
www.yshield.com

I invite you to visit my web site as well, www.LifeEnergies.com
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A Physician Petition: the Freiburger Appeal
USA Created: 13 Mar 2006
A Physician Petition: the Freiburger Appeal
Hundreds of physicians have been signing a petition that raises health concerns over mobile phone technology: base stations, mobile phones and digital cordless phones. The appeal states:
We have observed, in recent years, a dramatic rise in severe and chronic diseases among our patients, especially:
* Learning, concentration, and behavioural disorders (e.g. attention deficit disorder, ADD)
* Extreme fluctuations in blood pressure, ever harder to influence with medications
* Heart rhythm disorders
* Heart attacks and strokes among an increasingly younger population
* Brain-degenerative diseases (e.g. Alzheimer–s) and epilepsy
* Cancerous afflictions: leukaemia, brain tumours
Moreover, we have observed an ever-increasing occurrence of various disorders, often misdiagnosed in patients as psychosomatic:
* Headaches, migraines
* Chronic exhaustion
* Inner agitation
* Sleeplessness, daytime sleepiness
* Tinnitus
* Susceptibility to infection
* Nervous and connective tissue pains, for which the usual causes do not explain even the most conspicuous symptoms
The Freiburger Appeal states: "We can no longer believe this to be purely coincidence, far too often do we observe a marked concentration of particular illnesses in correspondingly HFMR-polluted areas or Too often does a long-term disease or affliction improve orapartments. disappear in a relatively short time after reduction or elimination of HFMR Too often are our observationspollution in the patient's environment. confirmed by on-site measurements of HFMR of unusual intensity. On the basis of our daily experiences, we hold the current mobile communications technology (introduced in 1992 and since then globally extensive) and cordless digital telephones (DECT standard) to be among the fundamental triggers for this fatal development. One can no longer evade these pulsed microwaves. They heighten the risk of already-present chemical/physical influences, stress the body–s immune system, and can bring the body–s still-functioning regulatory mechanisms to a halt. Pregnant women, children, adolescents, elderly and sick people are especially at risk".
For more information/source: Mast Sanity, Affiliated to the Campaign for Planning Sanity http://www.mastsanity.org; A copy of the 'Freiburger Appeal' can be obtained from the web site.
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Source: James B. Beal EMF Interface Consulting

A Possible Association Between Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Radiation and Autism
USA Created: 13 Mar 2006
A Possible Association Between Fetal/neonatal Exposure to Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Radiation and the Increased Incidence of
Autism Spectrum Disorders

Abstract—
Recently disclosed epidemiological data indicate a dramatic increase in the incidence of autism spectrum disorders. Previously, the incidence of autism has been reported as 4-5 per 10,000 children. The most recent evidence indicates an increased incidence of about 1 per 500 children. However, the etiology of autism is yet to be determined. The recently disclosed data suggest a possible correlation between autism incidence and a previously unconsidered environmental toxin.
It is generally accepted in the scientific community that radiofrequency radiation is a biologically active substance. It is also readily acknowledged that human exposures to radiofrequency radiation have become pervasive during the past twenty years, whereas such exposures were uncommon prior to that time. It is suggested that fetal or neo-natal exposures to radiofrequency radiation may be associated with an increased incidence of autism.
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Introduction
Prior to the twentieth century the only sources of radiofrequency (RF) radiation were the hyper-low levels of RF energy originating from our sun and the even lower levels of extra-solar RF noise. It is in this environment of low-level RF radiation that life on earth developed and exists to this day.
During the 1940s, primarily as a result of research and development performed as a part of the war effort, industry and the military establishment were successful in bringing the state of RF energy generation to maturity. From that time onward we have witnessed a broad range of commercial RF energy product applications including,
most notably, broadcast FM radio, radar, television, public-service mobile communication transceivers, residential microwave ovens, and the portable cellular telephone.
Initially, the contribution of each radiating device was imperceptible when weighed against the background of incoming solar radiation. However, over the span of decades the number of terrestrial RF radiation sources, now counted in the billions, has increased to the degree that, presently, the base radiation level is many thousands of times higher than from solar RF energy impinging on the earth.
Notwithstanding the proliferation of RF radiation sources during the early decades of the “radiofrequency age”, the 1940s through the 1970s, humans were seldom exposed to RF radiation at levels that might cause concern. Since the late 1970s a number of commercial products have become ubiquitous, which provide human exposures to levels of RF radiation that are significantly higher than either of the previous or present background levels. Research reports indicate that RF exposure levels, typically encountered from some commercial products, may induce alterations of biological processes or damage to the genome 1 – 13.
Concurrently the incidence of autism diagnoses demonstrates a pronounced, approximately linear, nearly three-fold increase occurring during the last twenty years. “The question as to when autism begins in any child remains to be answered. Some studies provide support for a prenatal or perinatal origin for autism.” 14 For several decades prior to 1980 autism incidence remained essentially invariant; reportedly at about one diagnosed case per 2000 children. Byrd has reported a present autism incidence of about one per 700 children.
RF radiation sources have become commonplace in the personal human environment from approximately 1980 to the present. Operation of an RF radiation source such as a two-way radio or a cell phone exposes the operator to levels of RF radiation shown to be biologically active. Operation of an RF radiation source also exposes others, in the near proximity, to similarly biologically active levels of electromagnetic field intensities 15.
Some of the known effects of exposure to RF radiation include cognitive impairment 16, memory deficit 17, EEG modifications 18, DNA damage 3 - 12, chromosome aberrations 6, micronucleus formation 7, 22, fetal malformation 1, 2, increased permeability of the blood-brain barrier 19, 23, altered cellular calcium efflux 20 and altered cell proliferation 21.
RF radiation exposures from residential microwave ovens are, typically, on the order of 1 milli-watt per cm2. RF radiation exposures from cell phones range from about 0.1 to 10.0 milli-watt per cm2. Portable two-way radios provide similar exposure levels. The scientific literature confirms that RF radiation exposures, at levels more than 1,000 times lower than described immediately preceding, or on the order of 1.0 micro-watt per cm2, induce significant changes in biological processes or molecular repair mechanisms 12.
During gestation the possibility of unobservable embryonic and fetal damage is increased as mothers-to-be utilize and are exposed to the emissions from RF radiation devices. Researchers have emphatically reported that an embryo or fetus should not be exposed to radiofrequency radiation such as that emitted by the portable cell phone or portable telephone. One particular reason to avoid RF radiation exposure during pregnancy is that an embryo or fetus may not be fully protected by amniotic fluid for extended periods of time due to the natural movement of the embryo or fetus within the womb. Secondly, the pelvic structure promotes deep RF radiation penetration and that
radiation can be absorbed within the developing embryo or fetus.
Other researchers have postulated that there may exist a previously unidentified environmental toxin associated with the observed increased incidence of autism. For example, the works of Byrd (California - 1999) 14, Bertrand 24, (New Jersey - 2001), Taylor 25, (United Kingdom – 1999), and Chakrabarti & Fombonne 26, (United Kingdom – 2001) clearly support the proposition that the identified increased incidence of autism has an origin at about 1980: an increased incidence that has its origin established at the very time the personal RF radiation devices came into popular use – about 1980. We propose that RF radiation, a new form of exposure of the human embryo, fetus, and infant, and an acknowledged environmental toxin under many exposure conditions, may be associated with the increased incidence of autism. This proposition is further based on the fact that these radiating products are periodically and typically utilized in the embryonic, fetal and neonatal environment. RF radiation is the only known toxin, exposure to which is wholly correlated with the repeatedly documented increased incidence of autism: now reported by at least some researchers as greater than 1 per 100 newborn.
Correspondence to:
Robert C. Kane, The Associated Bioelectromagnetics Technologists,
P.O. Box 133, Blanchardville, Wisconsin 53516-0133. FAX: 608 523-6500; E-mail: rkane@tds.net
References
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Source: James B. Beal. www.emfinterface.com Robert C. Kane, Ph.D.

What Americans Need to Know about Radiation (or EMR) from Wireless Communications
USA Created: 13 Mar 2006
I was gratified that you included the topic of electromagnetic effects on biology, particularly from high frequencies used in wireless transmissions, in Latitudes (Vol. 5, #4). What Americans need to know, and what they are not being told, is that three out of four independent (non-industry sponsored) research studies worldwide are showing biological effects from low-level, nonionizing radiation similar to that used in wireless communications. These are called "nonthermal effects" because they occur at levels too low to cause tissue heating. The telecom industry, and the FCC's safe exposure guidelines, recognize only thermal (heating) effects. That means that exposures at intensity (power) levels below that threshold are officially being considered "safe" while the research is suggesting otherwise.
For clarity's sake, the frequency range of nonionizing radiation used in wireless communications is referred to as "radiofrequency/microwave radiation" or RF/MW. Microwave ovens get their name from the fact that they use this type of radiation to cook food (you could call this an example of a thermal effect). Radar frequencies are also in this range.
While the FCC maintains that its guidelines are protective, and indeed may be heading toward relaxing them significantly in the near future, that is not the position that was put forth by a federal interagency workgroup of nonionizing radiation experts. In a letter to a standards setting committee in 1999 (1), they outlined fourteen points which they believed needed to be addressed before any FCC guidelines could be deemed credible and sufficiently protective of the public. Nothing was done with these recommendations.

In letters dated July and September 2002, scientists from the Radiation Protection
Division of the US Environmental Protection Agency (2) stated that they are concerned about the burgeoning exposure of the public to nonionizing radiation, and that claims that the FCC guidelines are protective of all possible mechanisms of damage are
unjustified. Do you think a wireless-happy public has any idea of this?

If this were all just theoretical and we had to wait years to see if there were any measurable effect, that would be one thing. However, I have talked to many down-to-earth, normal, professional and nonprofessional people who on their own have noticed headaches, dizziness, ear ringing, pain, and/or other symptoms when they use their cell or PCS phones. I just heard from a young man working in a telecom broadband department that he has fielded about 10 calls of this sort in the three months he has been there, and he is not even in the wireless department.

Since October, over a hundred doctors in Germany have signed a document stating that they are seeing increased health problems among patients related to cell phone use and chronic exposure to radiation from cell towers and antennas (3). In France, a first study was completed this past year correlating health symptoms with cell tower proximity (4). Clearly, something is going on.

If you look at the history of research on nonionizing radiation (the energy waves below the frequencies of visible light on the electromagnetic spectrum), you will see that nonthermal effects were first reported decades ago, but were deemed to be research mistakes. Over time, we have learned just how much the soviets knew about these effects as evidenced by their having beamed the U. S. embassy in Moscow with low levels of this radiation several decades ago. In fact, many in the embassy were found to have developed serious health conditions.You can read about this in Nicholas Steneck's 1986 book, "The Microwave Debate."

In the past twelve years there have been hundreds of studies showing these nonthermal effects--- such as DNA damage and nonrepair, opening of the blood-brain barrier (allowing toxins and pathogens to reach the brain), lowered immunity, decreased melatonin levels, effects on stress proteins (indicating cell damage), formation of micronuclei (aberrations in cell nuclei which are often markers for cancer), changes in calcium metabolism affecting communication between cells, changes in brainwave patterns as seen on EEG's, plus effects observed on many different systems of the body.

What is not clear is the degree to which these effects are cumulative given chronic exposure, and whether they are indeed linked to major health problems like cancer and neurological conditions. The bioeffects seen are, however, plausible precursors to such conditions, and some evidence suggests there may be an association. Even conservative researchers who have witnessed and studied nonthermal bioeffects say that this radiation is a "probable" cause of health problems.

Right now, many schools are financially strapped, and the promise of a monthly check in exchange for leasing a bit of space on the property or building for antennas seems very attractive. (This is also true of hospitals, office buildings, apartment buildings, churches, etc.). There is a big push for educational achievement right now that is leading schools that can afford it to get wireless internet computer networks installed, some of which transmit microwaves all day long. When children go home, many use cell phones (and cordless phones, which while lower power, also emit radiation) and may live in the close vicinity of cell towers and building-mounted antennas. Some may have their bedrooms over wireless remote-read utility meters. Even the "second-hand smoke" of others' use of wireless devices and phones can be affecting them.

Since children are more vulnerable to this radiation, because their bodies are still developing and the radiation can penetrate them more deeply, where is it going to end for them? Will their bodies be able to handle all this, so foreign to the radiation environment in which we humans evolved? This is a serious question.

Some countries discourage the use of wireless devices by children. And some prohibit
the placement of antennas near schools and day care centers. Meanwhile, in the U.S. it is actually illegal for zoning boards to consider possible health risks when deciding where to place mobile phone antennas. Thanks to the Telecom Act of 1996, such considerations are preempted by our federal government in order to give maximum freedom and opportunity to telecom companies. Some communities have been sued when trying to fight this. The Vermont delegation, with support from some other members of Congress, has recently introduced bills to reverse this ruling (5). It will take enormous support to offset the influence of telecom money and pass these bills.

I urge your Advisory Board members and other professionals to become familiar with this issue, and to help inform others. Some web sites providing information on the unheard side of this story are:
www.EMRNetwork.org
www.emfbioeffects.org
www.wave-guide.org
www.energyfields.org
www.tassie.net.au/emfacts/mobiles/children.html
www.electric-words.com
References:
(1) June 1999 letter to the Institute for Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) from the Radiofrequency Inter-Agency Work Group (RFIAWG). See link at www.emrnetwork.org under "Press Releases: 8/12/02"
(2) July 2002 letter to Janet Newton from Norbert Hankin, Scientist, Radiation Protection Division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in response to a letter to Administrator Christie Whitman. See above URL for (1). Also September 2002 letter to Margaret M. Glaser from Frank Marcinowski, Chief of the Division in response to a letter to Administrator Whitman (not posted).
(3) October 2002, the Freiburger Appeal. See www.emrnetwork.org/news/IGUMED_english.pdf
(4) R. Santini study published in "Pathologie Biologie." See
www.emrnetwork.org/research/santini_pathbio_eng.pdf
(5) Local Control of Cellular Towers Act (S3103) sponsored by Sen. Leahy,
Jeffords, Murray and Dodd, and (HR5631) sponsored by Cong. Sanders, Tancredo,
Shays and Davis. www.emrnetwork.org/action/30oct_02_fact_sheet.pdf

Books:
Cell Towers: Wireless Convenience? or Environmental Hazard? edited by B.
Blake Levitt (2001)
Cellular Telephone Russian Roulette by Robert Kane, Ph.D. (2001)
Electromagnetic Fields: A Consumer's Guide to the Issues and How to Protect
Ourselves, by B. Blake Levitt (2002)

About the Author: Margaret Meade Glaser has a Masters in psychology and school psychology and serves as chair of Public Relations on the Board of Directors for the Electromagnetic Radiation Network. She explains how her interest in high frequency radiations developed: As the daughter of an electromagnetically savvy design engineer and a public health nursing administrator, it is not too surprising that I would be keyed into this issue, although it actually happened by accident!

A cellular provider selected the chimney of our vintage condo building as a prime site
for an antenna array two years ago and sought to negotiate a lucrative contract with our condo board to lease space. As a matter of course, I suggested we look a little further than the company's claims of complete safety before signing on the dotted line for twenty years. The more we looked, the more disturbing the picture. I realized there was a lot of information that was not reaching people in this country. After we defeated the antenna on our property, I joined the national EMR Network for information and support, and was eventually asked to join the Board of Directors. I have acted as Chair of Public Relations since.

In the course of my two years with the Network, I have been involved in Washington lobby efforts, assisted in a Congressional Briefing, participated in forums on wireless health issues, and met with researchers, government officials, attorneys, journalists, and grassroots organizers from around the world. In the Chicago area, I give talks and presentations on this topic.

As a school psychologist, I am particularly concerned with the impact of this proliferating radiation on young children, from exposure to cell phones, cordless phones, neighborhood (or even school property) antennas, wireless internet (WLANs) in classrooms, and an array of other wireless devices.

Margaret Meade Glaser
Chicago, Illinois
EMR Network (Board of Directors)
www.emrnetwork.org

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