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WiFi may interact with signaling pathways in the brain, causing irreversible damage
United Kingdom Created: 23 Apr 2019
The effects of repeated WiFi exposure on human health have been widely debated. A recent study reviewed evidence from 23 controlled scientific studies which investigated the health effects of WiFi on animals, human cell lines, and humans to determine once and for all, whether WiFi has a detrimental effect on human health.

WiFi or a wireless network consists of an antenna that is connected to the internet and several wireless devices, such as laptop, phone, etc. The electromagnetic frequency of WiFi is pulsed rather than continuous. This is a critical issue, as pulsed electromagnetic frequencies have a larger biological impact.

A 2015 study argued that more pulsed an electromagnetic frequency, more harmful they are for biological specimens. Researchers have also tried to determine the dose relationship between WiFi exposure and biological effects, and found that a specific intensity range of electromagnetic pulses may produce maximum effects, and this may drop off at lower and higher intensities.

When the impact of pulsed electromagnetic frequency was observed in the brains of mice, it was found that exposure for 1–2 months was relatively modest and that the changes were reversible after removing the trigger. However, months of exposure led to severe irreversible effects on neurons and the brain. These results suggest that the changes induced by pulsed electromagnetic frequencies accumulate over time, with harmful long-term effects.
Should we stop children and pregnant women from using WiFi connected devices?

The pulsed electromagnetic frequencies may be particularly damaging in young children due to the small size of their skulls and reduced skull thickness. This may increase brain exposure to pulsed electromagnetic frequencies.

Pulsed electromagnetic frequencies have also been shown to be particularly potent in embryonic stem cells. As these cells occur at a higher frequency in fetus and children, it further puts them at risk, leading to effects on brain development. This effect is particularly striking considering that WiFi placements are a common fixture around schools these days.

WiFi may interact with signaling channels in the human brain

One of the first studies to elucidate how the pulsed electromagnetic frequencies could affect human health showed that low-intensity pulsed electromagnetic frequencies could be blocked using drugs that block voltage-gated calcium channels. Subsequent studies showed activation of calcium channels in response to pulsed electromagnetic frequencies in plants, animals, and human cells.

Apart from calcium channels, voltage-gated sodium, potassium, and chloride channels were also shown to be activated by pulsed electromagnetic frequencies. In humans, seven different voltage-gated ion channels are known to be activated by exposure to pulsed electromagnetic frequency.

This change was observed within five seconds in cells in culture, suggesting that this is a direct effect of pulsed electromagnetic frequency on the plasma membrane.

The different biological effects of pulsed electromagnetic frequency exposure include oxidative stress, lower female/male fertility, neurological effects, cell death, and damage, changes in steroid hormone levels, calcium overload.

Previous studies that have investigated this effect used computers with WiFi cards. Although WiFi cards have been designed to communicate with WiFi antennae, currently there is no information as to how these pulsed electromagnetic frequencies compare with the radiations of genuine WiFi.

Furthermore, many studies have claim there are no effects of pulsed electromagnetic frequencies as the observed effects were not scientifically significant. However, concluding that there is an absence of effects due to lack of statistical significance may not mean that there is no effect whatsoever.

The ubiquitous presence of WiFi in spaces occupied by humans, particularly in schools should be dealt with caution until the effects of pulsed electromagnetic frequencies on humans are established.

Martin L. Pall. 2018. Wi-Fi is an important threat to human health. Environmental Research. 164 pp.405-416.
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Source: News Medical, Dr. Surat P, Ph.D., 18 Apr 2019

Electronics giant Intel to Exit 5G Smartphone Modem Business
USA Created: 18 Apr 2019
Intel Corporation today announced its intention to exit the 5G smartphone modem business and complete an assessment of the opportunities for 4G and 5G modems in PCs, internet of things devices and other data-centric devices. Intel will also continue to invest in its 5G network infrastructure business.

The company will continue to meet current customer commitments for its existing 4G smartphone modem product line, but does not expect to launch 5G modem products in the smartphone space, including those originally planned for launches in 2020.

“We are very excited about the opportunity in 5G and the ‘cloudification’ of the network, but in the smartphone modem business it has become apparent that there is no clear path to profitability and positive returns,” said Intel CEO Bob Swan. “5G continues to be a strategic priority across Intel, and our team has developed a valuable portfolio of wireless products and intellectual property. We are assessing our options to realize the value we have created, including the opportunities in a wide variety of data-centric platforms and devices in a 5G world.”

Intel expects to provide additional details in its upcoming first-quarter 2019 earnings release and conference call, scheduled for April 25.
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Source: Intel Newsroom, 16 Apr 2019

Canton of Geneva prohibits construction of 5G antennae
Switzerland Created: 18 Apr 2019
The Canton of Geneva has introduced a preliminary ban on the construction of 5G antennae, reported SRF.ch. The cantonal parliament first requires investigations into possible health implications. The decision on the moratorium came in at 58 votes against 28.

The prohibition will only be lifted again if independent scientific findings are available on the possible health effects of 5G. The Geneva government will now turn to the World Health Organisation (WHO) and request independent studies.

In Geneva's Grand Council, it was argued that many mobile operators would explain to consumers that 5G is the same as LTE. However, the environment is increasingly burdened by electromagnetic waves and nobody knows about the health effects. The cantonal parliament also wants to know about the effects on animals.

By the end of the year, Swisscom plans to cover more than 90 percent of Switzerland with a 5G network. Sunrise has been covering 150 cities and locations throughout Switzerland since the beginning of April. With the award of the 5G licences at the beginning of February, the discussion about the health risks of mobile radiation in Switzerland has been resumed.
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Source: Telecom Paper, 11 Apr 2019

'Urgent action needed' as cancer rates projected to double in Ireland in the next 25 years
Ireland Created: 12 Apr 2019
THE NUMBER OF cancer cases in Ireland may double in the next 25 years if current rates continue into the future, according to the latest statistics from the National Cancer Registry.

However, there are “grounds for optimism”, it said, because the increase in cancer rates could be a “more modest” 50% if recent trends in some cancers continue.

The National Cancer Registry director Professor Kerri Clough-Gorr said there is no doubt that there will be “substantial increase in numbers of cancers diagnosed in Ireland over the coming decades”.

This latest report from the National Cancer Registry follows on from previous reports in 2006, 2008 and 2014, and it said it is aimed at ensuring the most up to date estimates are in place so government and the health service can plan the future of cancer services in Ireland.

Responding to the report, the Irish Cancer Society said the facts around the number of people in Ireland who will get cancer are “frightening” but added that there is an opportunity now to “invest in cancer services so that people are diagnosed early, treated quickly and know how to reduce their risk of getting cancer”.

Researchers for the study used six of models to try to estimate how the number of people diagnosed with cancer will increase in the coming decades.

The figures derived from these models ranged between an 27% increase in the number of people with cancer, to a 143% increase by 2045.

Where over 20,000 cases of cancer are diagnosed each year in Ireland, this will double to 43,000 by 2045 – according to a model that assumes the average rate of cancer during 2011-2015 apply in future.

Using this model, cases of prostate cancer, lung cancer and colon cancer are set to more than double in the next 25 years to 6,880, 5,450 and 3,810 cases respectively.

The rate of breast cancer would also rise by 63%, from 3,106 cases in 2015 to 5,050 in 2045.

However, other models point to less of an increase when recent trends are taken into account.

When all the models are taken into account, the mid point – or median – projection is that cancers will increase by 18% for men and 84% for women, which is about a 50% increase overall in the number of people getting cancer.

These models, for example, take into account recent downward trends in breast and cervical cancer rates due to screening programmes such as BreastCheck and CercivalCheck.

A recent decline in the rates of men with prostate cancer may also reflect the high levels of PSA testing from the mid-1990s onward.

If these trends were to persist, the outlook in terms of the number of people diagnosed with cancer is less bleak.

Professor Clough-Gorr said: “But even that more limited increase in projected numbers of cancers will depend on sustained and where possible expanded public health and cancer prevention interventions aimed at reducing the risk of cancer diagnosis at the individual and population level.”

‘A worrying picture’

The Irish Cancer Society responded to the report by demanding urgent action that could save thousands in the years ahead.

CEO Averil Power said: “We are facing a future where one in two of us will get cancer. Although this fact is frightening, we have been given an opportunity to plan and invest in cancer services so that people are diagnosed early, treated quickly and know how to reduce their risk of getting cancer.

Our existing cancer services are buckling under current pressure, the government needs to make investment now to meet the huge surge in demand of the future.

The report highlights the increased demand that will be place on chemotherapy and radiotherapy services in the future, and Power said it is already the case that targets in these areas are not being met.

“These significant spikes in future demand for cancer treatment are warning signals which government needs to respond to with concrete actions,” she said.

This paints a worrying picture for the cancer patients of the future.

Power concluded by urging a coordinated approach with investment in treatment, diagnostics and prevention so that Ireland takes the most sensible approach to try to avoid the kind of increases in cancer rates suggested in this report.

In 2017, the government published its National Cancer Strategy through to 2026. Minister Simon Harris said that Ireland has made “significant progress” under previous cancer strategies, and the goal of the latest plan was to make further strides on this.

“The burden of cancer on individuals and on society will grow, unless significant progress is made on improved prevention, early diagnosis and treatment,” he said.
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Source: The Journal, Sean Murray, 09 Apr 2019

Larkspur joins fight against 5G wireless
USA Created: 11 Apr 2019
The battle for control over hardware that transmits wireless internet is heating up in city halls throughout Marin — this week in Larkspur — where city officials joined the fight amid concerns that 5G could soon be rolled out without the city’s oversight.

The City Council on Wednesday approved regulations that define Larkspur’s application process for companies hoping to install wireless-transmitting hardware in the city. The rules, approved unanimously on a first reading, allow city officials to ask companies to submit designs and explain why they choose certain sites over others.

More than a dozen Marin residents implored the council to keep 5G out of Larkspur. Some said they’ve experienced negative health effects that they associate with wireless frequencies, and said they were concerned stronger waves could exacerbate those conditions. The symptoms reported included anxiety, depression, insomnia and trouble focusing, among others.

“We’re not handcuffed. We don’t have to lie down,” Ruth Wiseman of Kentfield told the City Council on Wednesday.

Federal regulations, first adopted decades ago and fortified this year, limit the ability for local governments to restrict wireless infrastructure. Those laws, according to the Federal Communications Commission, are aimed at maintaining a free market for the communications industry.

With the fifth-generation wireless technology, or 5G, on the way, communities like Larkspur are concerned. The new technology operates on higher radio frequencies than older iterations of wireless. Those frequencies transmit data faster, but they don’t travel as far. As a result, more transmitters will be needed and they’ll need to be placed closer to the people using them — on telephone poles and light posts in the public right of way.

Without local policies in place that set guidelines for companies hoping to set up the new hardware, municipalities have little ability to dictate where the infrastructure is installed and how it looks.

Larkspur officials said they wanted to act before telecommunications companies start flooding in.

“We want to give the city maximum flexibility with respect to how we can adapt to this, and also provide the maximum protection we can against those things we don’t know about yet,” said Councilman Dan Hillmer.

But for some, like Wiseman, the city’s attempt at control doesn’t go far enough. The new technology, she said, is concerning for another reason.

“It has not been proven safe,” she told the City Council. “The increased radiation exposure inherent in 5G technology is cause for serious concern.”

Bonnie McMurray of San Anselmo said she hasn’t slept well since 2012. She attributes that to the proliferation of wireless technology.

“Even when I go to the Apple store, I have a really hard time maintaining my focus,” she said.

But federal law prohibits local governments from restricting wireless-transmitting hardware on the basis of the environmental effects of radio frequency emissions. The Federal Communications Commission has determined what it calls safe levels of emissions, and says that technology that complies with its standards can’t be prohibited.

The 5G rollout has spurred international competition among countries eager to get it up and running. The new system is expected to boost internet speeds and is billed as a revolutionary technology that will be necessary to make possible future innovations, such as driverless cars.

As the race for 5G slogs on, federal officials say that fewer regulations allow companies to deploy the technology more rapidly and with fewer expenses.

Despite the potential benefits, a group of Marin residents that has formed a “5G-free Marin Task Force” is urging local jurisdictions to take a stand against the technology on the basis of health concerns — despite the potential legal ramifications for those municipalities.

“You’ll never regret the strictness,” McMurray said. “But you will regret if we all, you know, go down with the bees.”
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Source: Marin Independent Journal, Matthew Pera, 04 Apr 2019

High court says cities can consider visual effects of wireless equipment on streets
USA Created: 11 Apr 2019
The California Supreme Court ruled in San Francisco Thursday that cities have a right to regulate the placement of wireless telephone equipment on utility poles to accommodate aesthetic concerns.

The seven-member court unanimously upheld a 2011 San Francisco law that requires telephone companies to obtain a permit before placing equipment on utility poles on public streets and sidewalks.

The city ordinance requires a heightened consideration of aesthetic factors in certain areas, including residential districts, historicdistricts and scenic streets, before a permit can be granted.

T-Mobile West Corp. and two other wireless companies that challenged the ordinance argued it violated a state law that allows telephone companies to construct lines and install equipment along public roads.

The state law says the installation must be done in ways and in locations that do not “incommode the public use of the road.”

T-Mobile argued that the measure allowed restrictions only when needed to prevent installations from impeding traffic.

But the high court said the word “incommode” includes having a negative effect on peaceful enjoyment of public roads and sidewalks, and that San Francisco therefore had a right to consider visual effects.

Justice Carol Corrigan wrote, “The city has inherent local police power to determine the appropriate uses of land within its jurisdiction.That power includes the authority to establish aesthetic conditions for land use.”

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera said in a statement,”Private companies don’t have free rein when it comes to using a publicresource. San Francisco doesn’t prohibit this equipment from being installed. We’re simply requiring companies to take reasonable steps to minimize theobtrusiveness of their installations.

A T-Mobile spokesman said the company has no comment.
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Source: San Fransisco Examiner, BAY CITY NEWS, 04 Apr 2019

5G: Vaud (Switzerland) Adopts Resolution for a Moratorium & more to follow
Switzerland Created: 10 Apr 2019
After several twists, the Vaud Cantonal Parliament (Grand Council Vaudois) adopted Tuesday a resolution calling for a moratorium on 5G antennas. The measure should apply until it receives the report of the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment on this new technology.

After a long debate, obfuscated by the intervention of the Swiss State Councellor Jacqueline de Quattro, the Vaud Parliamentary representatives said “yes” to the resolution tabled by the Environmentalist “Green” Party Raphael Mahaim by 95 votes for the motion against 9 against it and 25 abstentions. However, they amended the text by establishing a clear timeframe.
The Amended Text

The Green representative wanted the moratorium to apply “at a minimum” until the conclusions of the study of the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment. A large majority of Parliamentarians, however, preferred a more precise wording on the future, saying it is necessary to wait until the conclusions of the report.

In his speech, Raphael Mahaim emphasized that the announced arrival of 5G was completely lacking planning or coordination. All this does not respect in any way the “the Helvetic tradition of the as it should be“.

Note from TBYP Editor: Earlier today, Raphael Mahaim has stated on Facebook (translated): “In response to the parliamentary resolution from the Swiss Environmentalists (the Swiss ‘Green’) calling for a moratorium on 5G antennas, the Swiss Grand Council has voted a few minutes ago, and the Swiss State Council announced the suspension of permits issued by the State of Vaud. This is excellent news that puts the canton of Vaud at the forefront of this citizen reaction!!!! The work carried out in recent weeks by the Vaudois Greens is paying off”
Caution and Consideration

Over fears, uncertainties, pressures from certain business circles, Raphaël Mahaim asked for caution and consideration. Most importantly, to wait for independent analysis of the impacts of 5G on health as well as on nature and society, including levels of electricity consumption.

The Head of the Liberal-Radical Parliamentarians, Marc-Olivier Buffat, denounced in those points the wish of the Environmentalist to “surf on fear and concern” in order to boost with “disaster-mongering” his campaign for the federal election this fall. According to Buffat, the standards on emissions are already much more strict in Switzerland than anywhere else in Europe.
The Issue of Trust

For the representatives who spoke, the precautionary principle is appropriate, without technophobia. We must wait for the conclusions of the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment on 5G. “You have to trust scientists,” said Jean Tschopp, for example.

For the representatives of the radical left, it is nevertheless imperative to keep having concerns about the scientific expertise, as expressed Jean-Michel Dolivo. “No to blind faith,” he said, pointing to the pressures from the business community that he believes can capture scientists.

The debate on the 5G antennas became somewhat confusing when Swiss State Councellor Jacqueline de Quattro made her address. She announced that the Swiss Council of State had decided on a moratorium. In agreeing to support the amended resolution, “you are going in the same direction as the government”, she continued.

Absent at the beginning of the debate, the Swiss State Councellor arrived only after being asked to via messages, she said. Her colleague Pierre-Yves Maillard, who is in charge of health, should have answered questions from the Parlementarians, but in the end did not express himself on this subject.

At 1 p.m., however, the Swiss Council of State issued a note to the press to “clarify” the words of Jacqueline de Quattro. “The Swiss Council of State did not take a decision on the authorizations to build 5G antennas and there is therefore no moratorium to date on the questions of these authorizations.” The Swiss Council of State emphasized that its current position is “only, in accordance with the precaution principle, to hold the files relating to the 5G antennas pending the technical guidelines of the Confederation”.
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Source: Take Back Your Power, 10 Apr 2019

Florence will use the precautionary principle for the rollout of 5G
Italy Created: 8 Apr 2019
It is written that as the highest local health authority, Mayor Dario Nardella is officially committed “to elaborate an overall plan, in agreement with the competent authorities, for the installations of the 5G technology before issuing individual authorizations in view of the application of the Precautionary Principle and public health”, “carefully evaluating any authorization for 5G installations in the territory of the municipality of Florence”.

Florence, after the Stop5G vote expressed by the XII Municipality of Roma, is therefore the first city in Italy to have formally approved the concerns of the political-institutional world on the dangers originated from the fifth generation wireless, recalled in the motion the ambiguity and the ‘uncertainty of supranational and private organizations (such as ICNIRP) that “have very different positions from each other, despite the huge evidence of published studies”, considering that “it would now be established that 5G causes damage to the human body, such as DNA strand breaks”, as the extensive independent biomedical literature produced by the authoritative American biochemist Martin Pall has evaluated.
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Source: Lennart Hardells blog, 08 Apr 2019

Mobile tower radiation: HC set to deliver verdict April 23
Bangladesh Created: 7 Apr 2019
The High Court will deliver a verdict on April 23 on a seven-year-old writ petition that sought its directive on the government to stop radiation from mobile-phone towers.

The bench of Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and Justice Md Iqbal Kabir fixed the date for passing the verdict after concluding hearing arguments on the petition on March 10.

Rights organisation Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB) filed the petition as public-interest- litigation with the HC on October 29, 2012 following a report broadcast by Ekushey Television on October 18 that year which said equipment in mobile-phone towers emit radiation that is harmful to the human body.

In response to the petition, the HC on October 30, 2012 ordered the government to examine the level of emission from mobile-phone towers, assess its effect on health and environment, and submit two separate reports to it.

It also issued a rule upon the government officials concerned to explain why they should not be directed to stop radiation emission from mobile-phone towers set up across the country.

During a hearing on the petition, the health ministry submitted an expert committee’s report to the HC on March 22, 2017 saying that radiation from a carrier’s cell tower was found over the limit set by a World Health Organisation (WHO) guideline.

According to the WHO, excessive radiation from cell towers harms public health and damages the environment.

The expert committee recommended that Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission take steps to reduce the excessive radiation from the Base Transceiver Stations [mobile towers] set up by the six mobile phone operators across the country.

There are reportedly 35,000 telecom towers in Bangladesh and all of them are run by mobile phone operators.

Advocate Manzill Murshid argued for the writ petitioner, while Barrister Khandaker Reza-E-Raquib appeared for BTRC and Deputy Attorney General Kazi Zinat Hoque represented the state.
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Source: The Daily Star, Star Online Report, 05 Apr 2019

California Supreme Court Rules Against Wireless Industry
USA Created: 5 Apr 2019
The war between the wireless industry and local jurisdictions took another turn today as the California Supreme Court upheld a lower courts’ rulings in favor of San Francisco’s wireless ordinance in a unanimous decision.

The original lawsuit, T-Mobile West, Crown Castle and ExteNet Systems (California) v. City and County of San Francisco, was filed after the San Francisco Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance in 2011 that required a wireless facility site permit from the City’s Department of Public Works.

The wireless industry lost in the San Francisco County Superior Court and then again in the Court of Appeal of the State of California, First Appellate District, Div. 5.

In 2011, the City and County of San Francisco passed an ordinance requiring that a site-specific permit be obtained before seeking to construct, install or maintain telecommunications equipment in the public right-of- way. At issue was an ordinance that established various standards of aesthetic compatibility for wireless equipment and whether it was preempted by a Public Utilities Code. Another question was whether ordinance singled out wireless equipment and was therefore discriminatory.

California is one of the states without a law streamlining small cell deployment. The court case may have ramifications at the statehouse in California as legislators attempt to pass a law streamlining small cell deployment.

“This will definitely have an impact the state legislation on small cell deployment expected to be introduced this term,” said Jonathan Kramer, principal, Telecom Law Firm, and expert witness for the cities. “It will be difficult for the legislature to walk back this decision, which is based on decades of historical precedent for the right of way use by telecoms in California.”
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Source: AGL Media Group, J. Sharpe Smith, 04 Apr 2019

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