Public Health Threatened By Rapidly Increasing Exposure To High Frequency Electromagnetic Radiation

Please use this brief, but thorough outline of the full scope of the public health threat posed by exposure to high frequencies from electrical pollution and from transmitters to educate your legislators and other professionals concerned with public health about the threat and the solutions. High frequency exposure from both sources is increasing dramatically as increasing numbers of highly electrically polluting devices are marketed and wireless technology proliferates. It is time to speak up.

Public health will only receive the protection it deserves if we make enough noise. We need to build on the public awareness and legislative awareness.

Please bring or send "Public Health Threatened By Rapidly Increasing Exposure To High Frequency Electromagnetic Radiation" to your congressional representatives and senators. Please also send it to the President. Ask that they require the EPA to develop biologically based standards for exposure to radiofrequency radiation from both electrical pollution and transmitters to protect the health of citizens on a daily basis. Also ask that they require the FCC to adopt those standards. If you can send it soon with a brief (approximately one page) statement of your experience (if you have been made ill) that would be good, otherwise send it without. A followup phone call would not hurt, but is not absolutely necessary. A version that can be copied and pasted can be found below.

Please continue to contact legislators as additional information becomes available. People often need to see new information from many sources before becoming convinced.

Please pass this on widely.

Below are links to contact the White House and your congressional representatives and senators:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/CONTACT/

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

http://www.house.gov/writerep/

It would be good to send it in to the health, the environment, the telecommunications, and the energy staff people at each congressional office, since all are involved.

Please also send a copy to your state and county health department and other professional organizations that ought to be concerned about public health.

The price is high if we don't make ourselves heard. Transmitting meters and wireless broadband are coming nationwide, as are compact fluorescent light bulbs. Please take the time to send this to your congressional representatives and senators now. And pass it on widely. (It can be sent by email or printed on both sides of two sheets for distribution.) It is time we were heard.

I will be emailing other information periodically to my email list to share with your congressional representatives and senators. It is important that you do so. On average, people need to see something new 7-10 times before they act on it. It is, therefore, essential that you ALL send in the information, many voices will be heard better than one. If you are not already on it, please join my email list by sending an email to webmaster@electricalpollution.com with "join email list" in the subject heading.

Thank you,
Catherine

Please see the Solutions page for a list of steps you can take to reduce your exposure to high frequencies in your home and the Take Action page for other ways you can help restore a safe EMF environment to the world.


Public Health Threatened By Rapidly Increasing Exposure To High Frequency Electromagnetic Radiation

The Issues:

1) Radically increasing everyday exposure to radiofrequency radiation, including the very high frequency radiowaves known as microwaves.

  • The increased exposure comes from two unrelated sources.
    • One: transmitted radiofrequency radiation from devices such as WiFi, cellphones, wireless baby monitors, DECT cordless phones, and cell towers, none of which were present in the 1970's and are unavoidable today.
    • Two: high frequencies, or electrical pollution, into the radiofrequency range present on building wiring from poorly engineered electronics and energy efficient lighting which only began widespread use in the late 1970's.
2) Lack of adequate safety standards.
  • EPA does not protect the public health.(1,2) There is no true safety standard due to political pressure from an industry group in the 1990's.
    • Radiofrequency radiation threatens human health and our bee, bat and bird populations and the EPA does nothing. (3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17)

  • There are no comprehensive conservative safety standards designed to safeguard the public health during the continuous exposures to radiofrequency radiation experienced in daily life. (1,2)
    • Our current FCC "safety" standards are designed solely to protect a 6 ft 185 lb man from tissue heating during a short (6 minute) exposure.
    • Our current FCC "safety" standards are not designed to protect even a 6 ft man from biological effects during a continuous exposure.
    • None of the transmitter technology has been subjected to rigorous health studies as is required for drugs, in spite of its use resulting in involuntary exposure for an uninformed non-consenting population.
    • Nor has any post-marketing public health surveillance been implemented.

  • There are NO safety standards to safeguard the public health from exposure to high frequencies on building wiring, resulting in widespread availability of dangerous consumer products including:
    • Compact fluorescent light bulbs and other fluorescent lights with electronic ballasts.
    • Dimmer switches, variable speed motors, etc.
    • Inverters, including those on wind turbines and solar systems.

  • Safe electrical devices could be engineered if the proper standards were in place.

3) Everyday exposures to radiofrequency radiation threaten our public health.

  • Since the 1970's many disease rates have skyrocketed, including rates of Alzheimer's Disease, multiple sclerosis , asthma, diabetes, and autism. Studies show a relationship to radiofrequency exposures.(6,11,12,13,14)
  • Overexposure to radiofrequency radiation can cause radiofrequency sickness (aka radiowave or microwave sickness) in susceptible people. It has very real and disabling health effects.(3,4,5)
    • Information about radiofrequency sickness can be found at www.electricalpollution.com.

  • Exposure to radiofrequency radiation has very real and threatening health effects in the long-term for a majority of the population.
    • More information can be found at www.bioinitiative.org, a report by leading researchers.
    • Detrimental biological effects, distinct from tissue heating effects, have been extensively documented in studies at a range of different frequencies and at levels far below the current United States safety standard and provide a mechanistic basis for health effects.(6)
    • A recent Swedish public health study suggests a link between the decline in public health and cellphones.(7)
  • High frequency signals on power lines also cause illness. See www.electricalpollution.com.
    • Milham and Morgan found a dose-response relationship between high frequencies present on building wiring and cancer.(9) Recent analysis of historical epidemiological data indicates a relationship to cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and suicide.(10)
    • Removing high frequencies on building wiring has improved MS symptoms, blood sugar levels, asthma, sleep quality, teacher health, headaches, ADD, and numerous other health problems.(11,12,13)
    • Technical papers provide a solid electrical and biomolecular basis for these effects. (18,19)
      • Transients and communications signals on wires induce much stronger current density levels in the human body than does the powerline 60Hz signal.
      • The induced currents disturb normal intercellular communications, causing harmful long-term and short-term effects.
    • Technical information necessary to properly measure the electrical pollution levels on building wiring can be found on the Technical page at www.electricalpollution.com.
      • A simple meter is also available that can provide accurate measurements in most situations.

4) Our civil rights trampled

  • For the last 13 years, sensitive people like ourselves have had no protection in public places, essentially restricting us to our homes, even forcing us to move from them in a quest for a safe haven, and preventing us from using public libraries, public schools, and attending public events. Those concerned about long-term health effects have also had no recourse.

  • The 1996 Telecommunications Act preempts the right to free speech and has stopped all consideration of the safety and environmental consequences of exposure to transmitted radiofrequency radiation, including the pulsed microwave radiation used in modern communications, in siting transmitting towers and in the court of law. Therefore, the silence outside of and inside of court is not a measure of the safety of the technology, but rather the tightness of the gag. Ecology House is a perfect example of how this law has unfairly restricted the right to free speech time after time, resulting in involuntary exposure to a dangerous pollutant for millions. http://www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_12880530

  • Increasing involuntary exposure. Transmitting utility meters will soon be installed on all homes nationwide and wireless broadband will be everywhere, in spite of the risks.
    • Most transmitting meters and wireless broadband transmit continuously.
    • This will cause great disability for the increasing population of individuals with radiofrequency sickness. The long-term threat to the public health is nationwide.
      • Utilities refuse to offer meaningful alternatives to having a transmitting meter for those with radiofrequency sickness.
      • And utilities refuse to remove transmitting meters for those being made ill.
      • And communities are not protecting those with radiofrequency sickness from wireless broadband.

  • There is no more basic civil right than the right to health and safety in our homes. Without that, what is there?

The Solutions

  • Briefing of congressional committees with jurisdiction by Norbert Hankin of the Radiation Division of the EPA on the history of the development of current US radiofrequency radiation safety policy that has resulted in the inadequacy of current safety standards to protect public health of the general population during continuous exposures.

  • Hearing on the public health threat posed to the general public by exposure to transmitted radiofrequency radiation and high frequency electrical pollution on all electrical wiring.
    • Consult The EMR Policy Institute (802-426-3035) to ensure that all relevant researchers are invited to testify.

  • Require fiber optic and other wired infrastructure for the "National Broadband Plan for Our Future."

  • Reverse Section 704 of the 1996 Telecommunications Act [found at 47 U.S.C.Section 332 Subsection (7)(B)] which has deprived citizens of their First Amendment Rights by preventing discussion of health and environmental threats posed by wireless technologies.

  • Reverse the ban on incandescent light bulbs until safe alternatives exist. (New Zealand has already done this.)

  • Reform proceedures at the EPA to limit industry influence.

  • Require the EPA to write a conservative standard to establish safe levels of exposure for the general population during the continuous daily exposures we now experience.
    • See NAS report: Identification of Research Needs Relating to Potential Biological or Adverse Health Effects of Wireless Communication (2008) pp.13-18.
    • The non-ionizing radiation standard should be protective from the non-thermal effects of exposure to radiofrequency radiation, both transmitted and on building wiring.
    • Radiation emitting and electrically polluting devices should require rigorous health testing prior to approval.
    • Rigorous surveillance must be required to document whether the new standard is sufficiently protective.
    • Continuously transmitting devices should be banned. (The Israeli Environmental Ministry has done this, citing the precautionary principle.)
    • o Compliance with the new safety standard should be required for all consumer products and all other governmental agencies.

  • Require the Children's Health Study to include assessment of both transmitted radiofrequency radiation exposure levels and electrical pollution levels in its study design.

  • Ban cellphone use, including texting, while driving.
    • Collection and tracking of data from cellphone providers should be required as part of accident reports, including whether the phone was on, off, texting, or calling.

  • Require a warning label on cellphones and cordless phones.
    • It should state "Due to significantly increased health risks pregnant women and children under 21 should strictly limit use. Others should use sparingly." (8,14,15)

  • Require the Surgeon General to educate the public about wireless radation exposure health risks, e.g. the increased cancer risk for children, the risks to unborn children - (ADHD, heart abnormalities) and the increased risks for adults - (brain tumors, other health risks such as neurodegenerative diseases, compromise of immune function, negative effects on sleep and cognitive function). (3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15)

    Congress Must Act Now
    Dangerously high exposures to high frequencies, both transmitted and on building wiring, are contributing to deteriorating public health, causing healthcare costs to skyrocket.

    Remember, X-rays were once regarded as harmless and used as entertainment at garden parties and to size children's shoes.

    References:
    1) A letter from Norbert Hankin, Center for Science and Risk Assessment, Radiation Protection Division, EPA, regarding the limitations and purpose of the FCC exposure standards. http://www.emrpolicy.org/litigation/case_law/docs/noi_epa_response.pdf
    2) Identification of Research Needs Relating to Potential Biological or Adverse Health Effects of Wireless Communication, 2008, National Academy of Science.
    3) Johnson Liakouris AG. Radiofrequency (RF) sickness in the Lilienfeld study: An effect of modulated microwaves Archives of Environmental Health; May/Jun 1998; 53, 3.
    4) Santinirl R, Santini P, Le Ruz P, DanzeJM, and Seignel M. Survey Study of People Living in the Vicinity of Cellular Fhone Base Stations. Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine Vol. 22, No. 1, pp. 4149, 2003
    5) Hyland GJ. Physics and biology of mobile telephony. THE LANCET, Vol 356, November 25, 2000.
    6) Cherry, N. 2000 Criticism of the Health Assessment in the ICNIRP Guidelines for Radiofrequency and Microwave Radiation (100 kHz- 300 GHz)
    7) O. Hallberg, O. Johansson, Apparent decreases in Swedish public health indicators after 1997 Are they due to improved diagnostics or to environmental factors? Pathophysiology (2009)
    8) Sage C, Carpenter DO. 2009. Public health implications of wireless technologies, Pathophysiology Aug;16(2-3):233-46
    9) Milham S, Morgan L. 2008 A New Electromagnetic Exposure Metric: High Frequency Voltage Transients Associated With Increased Cancer Incidence in Teachers in a California School. American Journal of Industrial Medicine.
    10) Milham S. Historical evidence that electrification caused the 20th century epidemic of "diseases of civilization". Medical Hypotheses DOI: 10.1016/j.mehy.2009.08.032
    11) Havas M, Olstad A. 2008. Power quality affects teacher wellbeing and student behavior in three Minnesota Schools, Science of the Total Environment, July.
    12) Havas M. 2006. Electromagnetic hypersensitivity: biological effects of dirty electricity with emphasis on diabetes and multiple sclerosis. Electromagnetic Biology Medicine 25(4):259-68.
    13) Havas M. 2008. Dirty Electricity Elevates Blood Sugar Among Electrically Sensitive Diabetics and May Explain Brittle Diabetes. Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine, 27:135-146. http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all?content=10.1080/15368370802072075
    14) Divan HA,Kheifets L,Obel C,Olsen J. Prenatal and Postnatal Exposure to Cell Phone Use and Behavioral Problems in Children. Epidemiology, Volume 19, Number 4, July 2008.
    15) Hardell L, and Carlsberg M. Mobile phones, cordless phones and the risk for brain tumours International Journal of Oncology 35: 5-17, 2009.
    16) The Birds, the Bees and Electromagnetic Pollution by Dr. Andrew Goldsworthy May 2009. http://www.mastsanity.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=269&Itemid=136
    17) Nicholls, B. and P.A. Racey. 2009. The aversive effect of electromagnetic radiation on foraging bats a possible means of discouraging bats from approaching wind turbines. PLoS ONE DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0006246
    18) Ozen, S. 2007. Low-frequency Transient Electric and Magnetic Fields Coupling to Child Body, Radiation Protection Dosimetry (2007), pp. 1-6. http://rpd.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/ncm315
    19) Vignati, M. and L. Giuliani, 1997. Radiofrequency exposure near high-voltage lines. Environ Health Perspect 105(Suppl 6):1569-1573 (1997) http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=1469914