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Finnish Professor of Physics Talks Nonsense on Biological Effects of Cell Phone Radiation
Finland Created: 3 Nov 2016
I consider myself expert in biological effects of cell phone radiation - I have two doctorates and docentship in biochemistry - I worked at STUK for nearly 22 years, including as Head of Radiation Biology Laboratory and most recently, for 13 years, as Research Professor. I do research on cell phone radiation and health since 1996. My expertise in this area was recognized by my peers when e.g. I was invited to testify before a committee of the US Senate, Finland’s Eduskunta, Canadian Parliament or Health Minister of India. I was member of the group of 30 scientists who, at invitation of IARC, classified in 2011 cell phone radiation as a possible human carcinogen (group 2B in IARC scale). For those interested my full experience is available from this link.

I read carefully recent interview with Professor Tapio Ala-Nissilä published in ‘Voi hyvin‘ journal and in ‘Turun sanomat’ newspaper and I got very confused. Professor of physics at the Aalto University in Helsinki is serving very strong, partly false and misleading, one-sided opinions on biological effects of cell phone radiation.

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Source: BRHP Blog, Dariusz Leszczynski, 03 Nov 2016

Dariusz Leszczynski goes after ICNIRP
Finland Created: 12 Apr 2016
In a series of blog posts, Dariusz Leszczynski questions the setup of ICNIRP and whether the groups closed, self-selection, member process can lead to "balanced" views of the science - and it even made Mike Repacholi respond from his retirement home.

1). ICNIRP did it again…
For many years I have been complaining about the unbalanced expert composition of the Main Commission of ICNIRP.
ICNIRP can, and should, be considered as a “private club” where, members of the new Main Commission are selected by the members of the outgoing Main Commission. It is a self-perpetuating and self-promoting German NGO that is not accountable for its actions at all. Nobody controls it. Nobody supervises it. Nobody checks it for conflicts of interests. Nobody checks it for the scientific accuracy. In all what and how ICNIRP does we, the general public, must rely on the self-assurances, from the ICNIRP, that all is in order.

2). Mike Repacholi responds to “ICNIRP did it again…”
Following yesterday’s (April 4, 2016) publication of the blog “ICNIRP did it again…“, I received today (April 5, 2016) message from Mike Repacholi, Chairman Emeritus of ICNIRP. With Mike’s permission I am posting his entire message with my responses and clarifications. List of persons “CC” in Mike’s message I covered, out of my own desire of preserving privacy.

3). Is ICNIRP reliable enough to dictate meaning of science to the governmental risk regulators?
In my two last blog posts, last two blog posts ‘ICNIRP did it again…’ and ‘Mike Repacholi responds to ICNIRP did it again…’, I presented several reasons why the current modus operandi of ICNIRP is prone to provide unreliable and skewed evaluation of the scientific evidence on EMF and health. I was strongly opposed by Mike Repacholi, Chairman Emeritus of the ICNIRP, scientist who is responsible for the “birth” of this organization.
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Source: BRHP blog, Dariusz Leszczynski, 8 Apr 2016

Amateurish radiation protection!
Finland Created: 11 Mar 2016
Corporate influence on Science, government and the military, Tobacco science and the art of spin by EMFacts

This posting is not about the Australian Radiation Protection & Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) nor the Australian Centre for Electromagnetic Bioeffects Research (ACEBR) but it could well be considering the consistent spin inherent in their information and advice…..


The following is from Dariusz Leszczynski’s blog; Between a Rock and a Hard Place:

Säteilyturvakeskus (STUK) in Finland: Amateurish radiation protection


In the past, on several occasions, I wrote about the amateurish conduct of STUK experts, those responsible for protecting Finns from the dangers of radiation, any radiation. Links to these posts are here:

STUK in Finland: How trustworthy is information on smart phones and… nuclear power plants…
August 10, 2015 — Finland’s STUK is hiding important radiation exposure information from the general public, the Government and the Parliament. What else is being hidden by the arbitrary decisions of STUK staff? How comprehensive and trustworthy is the information we, the general public, … SNIP

Untruthful statement from Director General of Finland’s STUK: Scientific arrogance or incompetence?
April 20, 2015 — On June 18, 2014, was posted BRHP blog “STUK in Finland misinforms the Government, Parliamentarians and the general public”. In this posts I criticized STUK for providing false information on radiation exposures caused by the ‘smart’ phones: “The experts form … SNIP
STUK in Finland misinforms the Government, Parliamentarians and the general public SNIP
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Source: Don Maishe. Ingvarsdottir

Shoddy ‘Danish Cohort’ and the unwillingness of the Editors of the BMJ to act responsibly
Finland Created: 9 Feb 2016
Reading the commentary in the British ‘Nature‘: “A tragedy of errors: Mistakes in peer-reviewed papers are easy to find but hard to fix” by David B. Allison, Andrew W. Brown, Brandon J. George, and Kathryn A. Kaiser, reminded me of the Danish Cohort update study published in 2011 in the British ‘BMJ’.

Allison and colleagues elegantly presented not only the problem of low quality peer-review and the misuse of statistical tools but also the problem caused by editors of the journals.

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Source: BRHP Blog, Prof. Dariusz Leszczynski, 09 Feb 2016

Did CELLRAID do ‘volkswagen’ to the telecom industry?
Finland Created: 21 Jan 2016
Did a small Finnish company, CELLRAID, Ltd, do ‘volkswagen’ to the telecom industry? In this story, for the first time, are shown measurements results indicating that placing a cell phone in a pocket might cause radiation exposures higher than permitted by the current safety standards.

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Source: Prof. Dariusz Leszczynski, 21 Jan 2016

BioEM2015: Plenary session on EHS
Finland Created: 3 Jul 2015
One of the plenary sessions at the BioEM2015 in Asilomar presented two views on EHS. Invited speakers were Kjell Hansson Mild and Gunnhild Oftedal.

To me the session was a big disappointment. It indicated a stagnation in EHS research and a lack of new ideas to resolve the problem of causality.

Kjell Hansson Mild reviewed the history of EHS research. There were no new ideas for further research. Talk showed a stagnation in research, focused on asking the volunteers “how they feel” and “what they feel” instead of devising studies that would objectively look at the differences in physiology of EHS sufferers. Kjell Hansson Mild arrived at the conclusion that EHS symptoms “fit” the already known Da Costa’s syndrome. By “definition”, Da Costa’s syndrome is exceptionally unspecific and the majority of human population “has it”. Thus is not the way to demonstrate that EMF causes EHS.

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Source: BRHP blog, Dariusz Leszczynski, 03 Jul 2015

Mystisk sygdom i Finland: Unge dør af hjertestop
Finland Created: 7 Jun 2015
I det nordlige Finland dør et usædvanligt antal unge af hjertestop - Årsagen til dødsfaldene er et mysterium.

I det nordlige Finland har man svært ved at løse et større mysterium.

Usædvanligt mange unge rammes her af et pludseligt hjertestop og dør. Antallet af de mystiske dødsfald er næsten fordoblet i de seneste fem år, skriver det finske nyhedsbureau FNB.

Det er en helt speciel sygdom, som er årsag til de mange hjertestop. Det siger professor i kardiologi Heikki Huikuri, som er forsker i sygdommen på Uleåbborgs Universitetssygehus.

- Det er en helt speciel sygdom i det nordlige Finland. Der har ikke været konstateret et lignende omfang af sygdommen i Finland eller andre steder i verden, siger professoren.

Årsagen til dødsfaldene skulle være, at der samles bindevæv i de unge menneskers hjerter, og det er altså den samling, som fører til de pludselige hjertestop.

Det er dog fortsat et mysterium, hvorfor bindevævet samles i hjertet - og hvorfor sygdommen er så udbredt i det nordlige Finland. Professoren understreger, at de unge hverken er atleter eller overvægtige.

- Måske skal årsagen findes i næringen, eller det kan måske også være et resultat af hjertemuskelinflammation, siger Heikki Huikuri.

Den bindevæv, som er årsag til hjertestoppene, afsløres først når ligene obduceres. Der er nemlig ingen symptomer på samlingen.

Det finske sygehus har forsket i sygdommen i mere end 15 år og har undersøgt næsten 4000 lig, som alle er døde af et pludseligt hjertestop. I 140 af tilfældene blev en bindevævssamling i hjertet konstateret.
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Source: Ekstra Bladet, Ritzau, 07 Jun 2015

ICNIRP will debate ‘Thresholds of thermal damage’
Finland Created: 21 May 2015
On May 26 – 28, 2015, ICNIRP will meet in Istanbul, Turkey, to revisit its own old ideas on thermal and non-thermal effects of cell phone radiation. According to the ICNIRP’s announcement, the scope of the meeting on “Thresholds of thermal damage” is as follows:

“In view of updating the guidance on limiting exposure to high frequency (HF) fields, ICNIRP will review the current scientific knowledge on the thresholds of thermal damage. The current workshop will revisit the ICNIRP 1998 concept, namely that the health relevant increase of body core temperature is approximately 1° C and a whole-body exposure with an average SAR of 4 W/kg result in a core temperature increase of less than 1°C within 30 min. Details of this concept as well as thresholds for partial/local body exposures are subjects to review.”

Closer look at the program gives an impression that the aim of the meeting is to re-confirm that exposures, causing increases of tissue temperature by less than 1 degree Celsius, are harmless.

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Source: BRHP blog, Dariusz Leszczynski, 21 May 2015

Former CDC chief calls for Precautionary Principle on wireless radiation
Finland Created: 19 Apr 2015
Excerpted from Dariusz Leszczynski's latest blog: Dr Portier was the Director of the US National Center for Environmental Health and the US Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Prior to CDC, Dr. Portier was the NIEHS Associate Director and Associate Director of the National Toxicology Program and has over 250 scientific publications.


Precautionary Principle states that “Recourse to the precautionary principle presupposes that potentially dangerous effects deriving from a phenomenon, product or process have been identified, and that scientific evaluation does not allow the risk to be determined with sufficient certainty.” In addition, they state that action should be “proportional to the chosen level of protection” and “In some cases, the right answer may be not to act or at least not to introduce a binding legal measure.” Thus, invoking the precautionary principle does not immediately mean actions should be taken. In my support for the resolution, I will demonstrate that a careful review of the scientific literature demonstrates there are potentially dangerous effects from RF EMF and that the data is insufficient to allow the risk to be determined with certainty.

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Source: BRHP Blog, Dariusz Leszczynski, 19 Apr 2015

The Power of the Industrial Lobby: The case of tobacco – how about telecom?
Finland Created: 2 Mar 2015
On February 24, 2015, BMJ published document ““Massive” tobacco industry third party lobbying for revised European Directive” about industry lobbying efforts to affect EU legislation. The full document is available here with additional links in it.

The BMJ document deals with tobacco, classified by IARC to be human carcinogen (Group 1). According to the IARC monograph there are 1 billion of smokers.

Knowing that the tobacco smoke is carcinogenic, the enormous efforts of the tobacco industry, successfully lobbying against EU regulation of tobacco, are astonishing and shocking. Money talks, even if it is against human health.

What is more, the EU law was not about forbidding of smoking but but merely about “…an increase in the size of graphic health warnings, a ban on certain flavourings, restrictions on the size and shape of cigarette packs, and regulation of e-cigarettes...”

This reminds the cell phone package labeling-wars with the telecom industry – e.g. San Francisco…

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Source: BRHP blog, Dariusz Leszczynski, 02 Mar 2015

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