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The jury is out on whether mobile phones are as safe as the phone companies would have us believe.
Australia Created: 22 Jun 2006
Mobiles: are they doing you harm?
The jury is out on whether mobile phones are as safe as the phone companies would have us believe.

Professor Con Stough, from the Brain Sciences Institute at Melbourne's Swinburne University, says he finally has scientific proof that mobile phones are having an impact on our heads.

He tested 120 people to see how the electromagnetic radiation affected their memory and ability to solve problems and the results have been published in the scientific journal Neurophyschologia.

"In a few cases, performance improved, but in the majority of cases performance decreased," he says.

"For things like memory or information processing, or learning, there was an impairment due to the mobile phones."

Chris Althaus, CEO of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association, which represents mobile phone companies, points out that while Professor Stough's research does show mobiles cause changes in brain activity, that doesn't mean they're doing us any damage.

"We've looked at the study by the professor and, really, the impacts are low-level, they're not health-related, and it begs a deal of further research on the issue," he says.

"You can be absolutely assured that mobile phones are safe, the results of this study indicate some impact on brain activity in a slowing of reaction time but equally, in other instances, other studies have shown a speeding up of reaction time."

Professor Stough, however, says that while his study doesn't conclusively demonstrate negative impacts on health, changes to biological processes are the precursors to changes in health.

But until there is definitive proof that mobiles are or aren't harmful to us, there are a few things you can do to reduce your exposure to mobile phone radiation:
• When dialling someone else, hold your phone away from your head until you hear the other person answer. When your phone is dialling or receiving a call there is far more radiation being emitted, so if you keep it away from your head that will reduce your exposure.
• Only use your phone when you've got a strong signal — four or five bars showing. The phone will work with fewer reception signal bars but will emit a lot more radiation.
• Children and teenagers have smaller, thinner skulls than adults and therefore are going to receive more radiation through the head. Think about whether your child needs a mobile at all and encourage teenagers to use mobiles less.
• Use a hands-free kit. Experts say it can reduce your exposure by up to 94 percent.
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Source: Kalle Hallberg

Phone tower cancer fears
Australia Created: 13 May 2006
A SPATE of brain tumours among staff has forced RMIT University to close part of its business school and test for radiation emissions from rooftop phone towers.

As staff reacted with shock, the university yesterday shut the top two floors of the Bourke Street building and ordered more than 100 employees to work from home for the next fortnight.
The closure follows the discovery of five brain tumours in the past month and two others in 1999 and 2001. Two were malignant and five were benign.
WorkCover has launched an investigation and RMIT has promised its own inquiry.
The academics' union last night expressed concern that the tumours were caused by the communications towers on the roof of the former Tivoli Theatre site.
National Tertiary Education Union state secretary Matthew McGowan warned that anecdotal reports from hastily arranged staff meetings yesterday suggested the number of people affected would grow.
"You have to ask some pretty serious questions and we're obviously concerned that it could be linked to the tower," he said.
"This would appear to be much more than coincidence and RMIT has a responsibility to leave no stone unturned in seeking the truth."
Five of the seven affected work on the top floor of the 17-storey building. All except one have worked in the building for at least a decade.
An RMIT academic who did not want to be named said staff - the 16th and 17th floors are home to offices of senior management and lecturers - were "in disbelief, concerned and upset" as they attended meetings and left the building late yesterday.
Medical experts contacted by The Age said no definitive link had been proved between mobile phone tower radiation and cancer.
Australian Medical Association president Mukesh Haikerwal said there was no proof of a connection but "if you get clusters of disease it's sensible to investigate."
Dr John Gall, from private health company Southern Medical Services, which has been called in to assess the sick, said last night three of those affected had tumours showing symptoms consistent with radiation.
But he said there was no causal link with the building based on preliminary observations.
A spokesman for state Health Minister Bronwyn Pike said WorkCover would investigate the matter and the Department of Human Services would provide any expertise needed.
RMIT chief operating officer Steve Somogyi said testing was carried out on the building after the first two of the seven tumours were reported in 1999 and 2001. It found radiation and air quality levels within recommended guidelines.

"We value the health and safety of our staff and students very highly. The incidence of illness is disturbing and we shall continue to check for any possible cause connected to the building," Mr Somogyi said.
But RMIT union branch president Jeanette Pierce said the university agreed to shut the two floors only after being pressured by the union. "I'm a bit mystified that the university wasn't planning to vacate and that we had to make the point that they needed to vacate those two floors," she said.
There are more than 160 mobile phone towers in central Melbourne alone. A Telstra spokeswoman said last night the company had two towers at the Tivoli site, but both met health and safety standards and were tested regularly.
"An enormous amount of medical research has been conducted without any substantiated evidence of a link between mobile phone technology and adverse health effects, including cancer," she said.
RMIT management emailed all staff and students late yesterday and said health check-ups and counselling would be made available. About 600 staff work in the building.
Mr McGowan said shutting the two floors should be just the first step. "We think they should be testing all staff who have worked on those levels and not just for tumours. We need to understand what are the health risks that people are suffering," he said.
A help line for students and family members is available on 1800 155 945.
Tanya Stoianoff, the executive director of the Mobile Carriers Forum, which represents mobile phone companies, said there was no credible scientific evidence of health effects from living or working near a mobile phone base station.
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Source: The Age, Adam Morton and David Rood, May 12, 2006

"Mobile phones do affect brain function"
Australia Created: 28 Apr 2006
"Scientists at Swinburne University of Technology's Brain Sciences Institute in Melbourne studied the performances of 120 healthy volunteers on a series of psychological tests during half an hour of exposure to mobile phone emissions. ...The study showed evidence of slower response times for participants undertaking simple reactions and more complex reactions, such as choosing a response when there is more than one alternative," Professor Stough said. "Mobile phones do seem to affect brain function. They seem to be fairly small effects but nevertheless, something's happening."
Prof Stough said research by the institute suggested the effects of mobile phone radiation on the brain was cumulative. "People, for instance, who use the mobile phone a lot seem to have more of an impairment than people who are more naive users," he said in an interview.
As for any use of mobile phones in cars – hands free or not – Prof Stough is against it. "I think they should be banned from cars," he said.

http://www.sundaytimes.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,7034,18947024%255E1702,00.html
http://www.abc.net.au/science/news/health/HealthRepublish_1621201.htm
http://www.emfacts.com/weblog/?p=444

The Abstract
http://eutils.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=16616941&itool=pubmed_DocSum

Neuropsychological sequelae of digital mobile phone exposure in humans
Vanessa Keetleya, Andrew W. Wooda, b, Jo Sponga and Con Stougha, ,

a:Brain Sciences Institute, Swinburne University, P.O. Box 218, Hawthorn, Vic. 3122, Australia
b:Centre for Biomedical Instrumentation, Swinburne University of Technology, P.O. Box 218, Hawthorn, Vic. 3122, Australia

Received 6 October 2005; revised 14 February 2006; accepted 1 March 2006. Available online 17 April 2006.

Abstract
The effect of electromagnetic fields from digital mobile phones (DMP) on cognitive functioning is an area receiving increased attention. This study compares the performance of 120 volunteers on 8 neuropsychological tests during real or sham exposure to a DMP set to maximum permissible radiofrequency power output. When results were adjusted for known covariates (gender, age, or education), several alterations at significance levels of p < 0.05 were obtained. Of these, simple and choice reaction times (CRT) showed strong evidence of impairment. Further, performance on the Trail Making Task (TMT) improved, supporting the hypothesis that DMP radiofrequency emissions improve the speed of processing of information held in working memory.
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Australia Created: 28 Apr 2006
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"Scientists at Swinburne University of Technology's Brain Sciences Institute in Melbourne studied the performances of 120 healthy volunteers on a
series of psychological tests during half an hour of exposure to mobile phone emissions. ...The study showed evidence of slower response times
for participants undertaking simple reactions and more complex reactions, such as choosing a response when there is more than one alternative," Professor Stough said. "Mobile phones do seem to affect brain function. They seem to be fairly small effects but nevertheless, something's happening."
Prof Stough said research by the institute suggested the effects of mobile phone radiation on the brain was cumulative. "People, for instance, who use the mobile phone a lot seem to have more of an impairment than people who are more naive users," he said in an interview.
As for any use of mobile phones in cars – hands free or not – Prof Stough is against it. "I think they should be banned from cars," he said.

http://www.sundaytimes.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,7034,18947024%255E1702,00.html
http://www.abc.net.au/science/news/health/HealthRepublish_1621201.htm
http://www.emfacts.com/weblog/?p=444

Abstract studien:
http://eutils.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=16616941&itool=pubmed_DocSum

Neuropsychological sequelae of digital mobile phone exposure in humans
Vanessa Keetleya, Andrew W. Wooda, b, Jo Sponga and Con Stougha,
a: Brain Sciences Institute, Swinburne University, P.O. Box 218, Hawthorn, Vic. 3122, Australia
b: Centre for Biomedical Instrumentation, Swinburne University of Technology, P.O. Box 218, Hawthorn, Vic. 3122, Australia

Received 6 October 2005; revised 14 February 2006; accepted 1 March 2006. Available online 17 April 2006.

Abstract
The effect of electromagnetic fields from digital mobile phones (DMP) on cognitive functioning is an area receiving increased attention. This study compares the performance of 120 volunteers on 8 neuropsychological tests during real or sham exposure to a DMP set to maximum permissible radiofrequency power output. When results were adjusted for known covariates (gender, age, or education), several alterations at significance levels of p < 0.05 were obtained. Of these, simple and choice reaction times (CRT) showed strong evidence of impairment. Further, performance on the Trail Making Task (TMT) improved, supporting the hypothesis that DMP radiofrequency emissions improve the speed of processing of information held in working memory.

Mobiles 'do affect' the brain
Australia Created: 28 Apr 2006
RADIATION emitted by mobile phones does affect brain function, Australian research suggests.
Scientists at Swinburne University of Technology's Brain Sciences Institute in Melbourne studied the performances of 120 healthy volunteers on a series of psychological tests during half an hour of exposure to mobile phone emissions.

They compared the results with those collected when the same volunteers were tested in a "sham" condition, in which the mobile phone was not emitting radiation.

The study was designed so neither the scientists nor the participants were aware when the mobile phone was turned on.

Lead researcher Con Stough said yesterday the study found the subjects' reaction times and information processing were impaired by the mobile phone
emissions.

"The study showed evidence of slower response times for participants undertaking simple reactions and more complex reactions, such as choosing a response when there is more than one alternative," he said. "Mobile phones do seem to affect brain function. They seem to be fairly small effects but, nevertheless, something's happening."

The research was published in this month's edition of the journal, Neuropsychologia.

Professor Stough said research by the institute, which was yet to be published, suggested the effects of mobile phone radiation on the brain was cumulative.
"People, for instance, who use the mobile phone a lot seem to have more of an impairment than people who are more naive users," he said.

Elderly people apparently were more sensitive to the effects than younger users.

Professor Stough, however, was not about to give away his own mobile phone. "It's such a part of modern society and we haven't established that there's
negative health consequences. That's a different type of study," he said.
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Source: S: By JANELLE MILES/AAP

ENVIRONMENT, COMMUNICATIONS, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND THE ARTS REFERENCES COMMITTEE
Australia Created: 2 Feb 2006
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ENVIRONMENT, COMMUNICATIONS, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
AND THE ARTS REFERENCES COMMITTEE
Tuesday, 7 November 2000

Prof. JOHANSSON was present in Australia.
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WHO conference impressions in Melbourne 17 November 2005. Resume!
Australia Created: 16 Jan 2006
WHO conference impressions in Melbourne 17 November 2005.

I attended the WHO regional workshop on RF, health effects and policy options, at Swinburne University Melbourne 17th November, and make a report.

Unfortunately I missed the opening address of Dr. Michael Repacholi, and arrived to about 120 people during the presentation of Dr. Emilie van Deventer on sensitive subpopulations to RF. Dr. van Deventer stated that there was need to do further work on the topic of electrosensitivity (she called it electrical hypersensitivity), and indicated that it seemed to be a problem to address. She also addressed the issues of possible vulnerability of children to EMF’s.

I think around this time an audience member raised the difficulties presented with running provocation studies with electrosensitivity it is very hard getting recruits. Electrosensitives will need to also make themselves available for carefully conducted studies by ethical investigators, such as ten WLANSs, DECT phones, silent computers etc running under a bed to get anything done. This is very difficult for people with some conditions like tinnitus, which can be degenerative. The audience member also stated that the electrosensitives may be accused of having psychological problems. It was also noted that it is difficult to keep up with the pace of the rollout of technologies, a continual problem with research.

The ARPANSA rep to the WHO gave a summary of current developments in wireless, such as wireless USB, among other subjects.

After the end of his presentation, an audience member asked whether the Mobile Carriers Forum would contribute to any future ARPANSA presentations,
which was denied.

He had covered microcells and picocells, so I asked him: With respect to microcells and picocells and macrocells, Australia has a large rural and regional
area and we intend to probably service it with macrocells. Currently at the town of Crest in the south of France, there is a macrocell, and the death rate in its vicinity in August was 18 times higher than the surrounding population. Also there is a report of about 20 cancers near a tower in Sevilla in
Spain. Does the WHO or ARPANSA have any plans to send teams into those places to collect data and get to the bottom of this ?.
No. the WHO does not enter other countries.

The ACRBR presented some of their scientific data, including some promising theoretical work on the action of radiation on protein molecules by a resonance mechanism. They have also set up a small study into electrosensitivity. It will not be complete until 2007.

Dr Veyret from France presented initially an overview of European research. He said that there are many highly experienced teams in Italy, where he is on sabbatical, compared to other countries. They have recently lost their funding. An industry rep in the audience asked how much money had been spent on research 9 10 million euros per anum for some years.
Around this time what appeared to be an industry rep said at an EMR health conference possibly we should ignore the EMR health issue because we could have the whole world connected and speaking English.

After a break, Lindsay Martin, manager in EMR section at ARPANSA presented and stated it was clear tha there was concern and anger in some sections of
the community, and showed an openness to discussing the subject with the public. He asked for suggestions on courses of action and showed some moves to more involved in properly assessing the situation and engaging the public. This accompanied a change in the tone of the proceedings, and more discussion from the audience. Presenters were mentioning discoveries of effects.

Dr Veyret again presented, on the subject ‘Are mobile phones or their base stations dangerous’. Early on he stated that there was no apparent danger from base stations. I couldn’t help but laugh and my neighbour moved chairs.

In his presentation on animal studies etc, he gave some ground on proven effects, and I believe it was he who noted that sleep studies were settling towards showing disturbed sleep issues, as well as some other factor that I forget. He handballed real world epidemiology, the most obvious issue, onto the next speaker, as had the ARPANSA/ WHO rep. He did note the possible interaction of chemicals with EMF’s, and highlighted the difficulties in the research.

He had stated that there was no evidence of genotoxic damage. I queried that there were 2 or 3 studies recently showing sperm damage, which was not
outright DNA damage but interference. He denied this.

A Swedish professor who had been lumbered with the job of explaining cancer outbreaks got up. He presented a carefully balanced analysis of brain tumour data from multiple sources, admitting that some sources were now leading towards indicating there may be a risk, but the data was really muddied and too hard to draw firm conclusions at this stage. Large cancer outbreaks were not discussed and questions were asked about which side of the head the tumours were appearing compared to the phone.

Professor Laurie Challis presented some mathematical models showing interactions of EMR with tissue when pulsed. He stated that while nothing was concrete, it was noted that very large peak radiation doses could occur at some conditions such as cell membranes or sharp points, but only in certain frequency ranges.

While there was lively discussion and debate from both industry and non- industry sides, it does appear that there may be some degree of conciliation from some quarters of the WHO concerning previous shortcomings of the WHO process.

Finally in question time at the end, an industry rep asked why dont we shut all research down now, its an expensive waste of time, there is no harm and its just giving people ideas. The panel disagreed. I had the last question. Regarding epidemiology: We have two studies showing a weak to moderated association of various EMFs with Alzheimer’s. Also we now have the paper "1997 a curious year in Sweden" (Olle Johansen) (one of the panel sunk down in his chair pretty upset, this study is not conclusive) claiming to show a ‘drastic’ was their word rise in the rate of Alzheimer’s since 1997 in Sweden when a second band of mobile phones and other digital broadcasts was introduced. While figures have not been provided, although several illness variables are shown to be related to mobile phone output levels in various counties in Sweden, does the WHO have any plans to conduct any epidemiology on Alzheimers ?. The Swedish professor had never heard of the Swedish study from his own Swedish institute, and suggested a 10 year cohort investigation. The convenor suggested that it must have been one of those lesser quality studies and there was unanimous laughter, and we finished the day with applause.

I didn’t attend the second day. It is foreseeable that if interested public parties attend these meetings in different parts of the world, without getting to out
of hand, the calibre of scientific enquiry from the WHO may rise soon- some statements that had previously come out do border on scientific fraud. If electrosensitives want to play, they will have to become actively involved in study design and formalising things.

A press report associated with Michael Repacholi, "TV poses more risk than mobile phone", which whitewashes the contents of Thursday’s debate has appeared, containing the statements ‘People are generally scared by new technology … but after $250 million in research over ten years we still haven't found any (reason for health concerns). The purpose of this is to tell people what the real situation is, what the science is saying … It’s no use perpetuating
a myth.’ This statement as reported is false and misleading and deceptive, and is designed to create a poisonous situation. There is a chance that mobile phone tower morbidity studies and reports represent isolated occurrences of a tower interacting with an uncommon secondary factor. Sorting the electromagnetic factors from the medical ones is a very difficult task, and some misattributions to radiation have probably occurred. However, elsewhere the deaths and illness in Crest have been referred to as ‘psychological’ problems. Some of this behaviour by operators at some outbreak sites worldwide is approaching manslaughter and madness. If continued propaganda is distributed by the head of the WHO EMF project, Dr Michael Repacholi, the WHO should be forced to sack him and replace him with a scientist.

Telstra, Australia's telecommunications leader with many representatives at the conference, has just announced last week it intends to run the whole country on 3G, and become the leader in wireless internet in an ABC television interview on Sunday 20th November.

The WHO:

The WHO EMF project has been publicly riddled with controversy over its funding and leadership.

If the WHO wants to launch a tsunami disaster relief project, they need a mobile insertion squad. If you want to scramble power and resources to the far
corners of the earth, you need technology.

This technology also increases globalisation and assists medical research, which assists the WHO’s mission.

But what if this technology drives individuals senile and homeless ?.

The WHO EMF Project is fundamentally conflicted between the desire to help the whole, and duty to protect the individual. Big business has taken advantage of this to stymie the EMF project. The only solution to this conflict is aggressive, fearless science.

The Media:

The media with the telecommunications revolution is one of the biggest stakeholders in this. In effect, it appears the media channels have placed a ban on reporting these deaths, diseases and electrorefugees.
The media has not helped, and will probably not help.
They are fundamentally conflicted.

For interested parties to get the word out to the public and defeat propaganda, new methods will be required: direct bulk emailing of all info to academia and social leaders for example. Mast dwellers and electrosensitives must get creative with new communications technologies (such as SMS and javascript) to get the message out and get the proper research done. Otherwise a media blackout will prevail. Only searching real world research will
determine whether we are over-reacting to EMR.
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Impact of radio frequency electromagnetic radiation on DNA integrity in the male germline.
Australia Created: 4 Jan 2006
Impact of radio frequency electromagnetic radiation on DNA integrity in the male germline.

Concern has arisen over human exposures to radio frequency electromagnetic radiation (RFEMR), including a recent report indicating that regular mobile
phone use can negatively impact upon human semen quality.
These effects would be particularly serious if the biological effects of RFEMR included the induction of DNA damage in male germ cells.
In this study, mice were exposed to 900 MHz RFEMR at a specific absorption rate of approximately 90 mW/kg inside a waveguide for 7 days at 12 h per day. Following exposure, DNA damage to caudal epididymal spermatozoa was assessed by quantitative PCR (QPCR) as well as alkaline and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis.
The treated mice were overtly normal and all assessment criteria, including sperm number, morphology and vitality were not significantly affected.
Gel electrophoresis revealed no gross evidence of increased single- or double-DNA strand breakage in spermatozoa taken from treated animals.
However, a detailed analysis of DNA integrity using QPCR revealed statistically significant damage to both the mitochondrial genome (p < 0.05) and the
nuclear beta-globin locus (p < 0.01).
This study suggests that while RFEMR does not have a dramatic impact on male germ cell development, a significant genotoxic effect on epididymal
spermatozoa is evident and deserves further investigation.

Aitken RJ, Bennetts LE, Sawyer D, Wiklendt AM, King BV.
ARC Centre of Excellence in Biotechnology and Development, Discipline of Biological Sciences, and Hunter Medical Research Institute,
Newcastle, NSW, Australia. jaitken@mail.newcastle.edu.au
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Source: Aitken RJ, Bennetts LE, Sawyer D, Wiklendt AM, King BV.

Three years to see if mobiles hurt kids
Australia Created: 22 Nov 2005
Three years to see if mobiles hurt kids

A world-first study will begin in Australia this week to find out if mobile phones are damaging the health of children.

The study of 12- and 13-year-olds will measure if mobile-phone use affects factors such as hearing, memory, sleep and ability to concentrate.

It follows recommendations by the World Health Organisation that more research be urgently done on whether children's central nervous systems
are more vulnerable than adults' to the effects of electromagnetic radiation.

Australian children have one of the highest rates of mobile-phone ownership in the world - almost half of those aged 13 to 15 and a third of those
aged 10 to 13 own one.

The National Health and Medical Research Centre study, which will follow 300 Melbourne children over three years, is being conducted by the
Australian Centre for Radiofrequency Bioeffects Research.

The children will have their cognitive functions, hearing and blood pressure tested at regular intervals, ACRBR executive director Dr Rodney Croft
said. "These are areas that are likely to be affected, if there are any effects," he said.

Several studies have shown EMR exposure causes no harm to the physical development of children over age two or a higher likelihood of cancer.

Dr Croft said the research was a response to community concerns about children and mobile phones.

"What we are working on is the precautionary principle," he said.

WHO radiation program coordinator Dr Mike Repacholi, who was in Australia last week as part of a workshop on EMR and health effects at
Melbourne's Swinburne University, said filling the gaps in research was a high priority because of the increasing number of children using
mobile phones.
"Children as young as five are using mobile phones," Dr Repacholi said.
"Yet international standards on exposure [to EMR] are the same for children and adults."
He said children absorbed more radiation because of their smaller heads and thinner skulls.
This could possibly cause behaviour, learning and concentration problems.
"So the net result is that children do receive higher exposures," he said. "We could see some subtle effects on the central nervous system."

In January, the British Government's chief adviser on mobile phones, Sir William Stewart, said children aged three to eight should not use mobiles
and older children should strictly limit their use until more research had been done.
Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association spokesman Randal Markey said new research was welcome but more than 400 studies on
mobile phones had already shown no health consequences, either for adults or children.
Mr Markey said advice from the WHO, the Health Council of the Netherlands and the US Food and Drug Administration was that limiting the use
of mobile phones by children was unnecessary.
"The present information does not support that mobile phones for children should be limited," he said.
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Source: November 20, 2005

Direct Action and cell phone towers: The cell phone industry is getting desperate
Australia Created: 20 Nov 2005
The cell phone industry is getting desperate

Though you will not hear about it on TV or the newspapers, ‘Direct Action’ is a tactic increasingly now being used against the Telcos in many nations by communities fed up with being treated with a level of corporate arrogance at total odds with fundamental principles of democracy. Note what Repacholi says below about public opposition in Spain. I get the distinct impression that the Telcos are worried.

When community rights are sacrificed in the call for total exemptions from local planning what are communities to do? One option has been to resort to the use of bolt cutters, or in one drastic case in Northern Ireland, AK-47s and balaclavas - and you didn’t hear of that one as well.

Although the only solution to this unfortunate situation is to end the exemptions now enjoyed by the Telcos and let local authorities and communities have the final say in where antennas should be sited, the industry has predictably called out its Top Gun, Michael Repacholi to issue more of his PR spin doctor expert statements to try to deflect the heat, as seen in the below AAP release.

Now the mighty Repacholi launches us into an Alice in Wonderland fantasy world where if there is a danger it would be from our TV’s and radios and not from mobile phones and base stations! But very revealing he adds the qualifier: “at least for adults” and further on: “where more science is needed to rule out concerns”(for children).

A ‘Freudian slip’? Note Reppy doesn’t call for research to determine if there is a health hazard but simply to “rule out concerns”. That is the goal of “science” in Reppy’s fantasy world. So if you are a researcher wanting funding from the industry to conduct research you know what the criteria is right up front. Research that will rule out concerns - that’s where the real money is.

Who does Repacholi think will believe this crap?

Don Maisch


Sunday November 20th 2005, 12:39 pm

TV poses more risk than mobile phone
The World Health Organisation (WHO) says there’s been a global over-reaction to modern mobile communications technology and its possible threat of health risk.
Coordinator of the WHO’s Radiation and Environmental Health Unit, Dr Mike Repacholi, says televisions and radios pose more of a health risk than mobile phones
or mobile phone base stations - at least for adults.
He says, however, more study is needed to determine whether there is a risk for children and their developing nervous systems.
“The signals from (mobile phone) base stations are generally less than for the TV and radio, which we’ve all been subjected to for 50 to 60 years,”
Dr Repacholi said.
“People are generally scared by new technology … but after $250 million in research over ten years we still haven’t found any (reason for health concerns).”
But, Dr Repacholi says there is one area where more science is needed to rule out concerns. That is, the effect today’s rising levels of electromagnetic transmissions might have on children.
“Kids are going to be exposed to these fields for much longer now, children as young as five have got mobile phones,” Dr Repacholi said.
“We don’t think they have any extra sensitivity but we do need to do the studies.”
He said it was particularly relevant as wireless internet was rolled out across schools in the western world.
Generally, Dr Repacholi said, wireless internet resulted in less electromagnetic transmissions than mobile phones and, therefore, less than television and radio.
“They are also of no health concern,” he said.
Dr Repacholi was in Melbourne this week for a two-day WHO and Australian Centre for RF Bioeffects Research (ACRBR) regional workshop, which also included researchers and scientists from Thailand to New Zealand.
The workshop discussed the latest scientfic findings relating to radio frequency fields.
He said efforts would continue to dispel myths surrounding the technology.
The suspicion of electromagnetic transmissions - along with claims of related ill health including rashes, headaches and sleeplessness - remained a problem globally, he said.
Public outcry over mobile phone base stations in Spain had led to 300 being dismantled by the government, while there were more than 1,000 related cases before that country’s courts, he said.
“The only people who win out of that is the lawyers,” Dr Repacholi said.
“The purpose of this is to tell people what the real situation is, what the science is saying … It’s no use perpetuating a myth.”
Saturday Nov 19 06:43 AEST
©AAP 2005
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Source: Dob Maisch

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