Telecommunications Reports, 15 feb 2011, © Copyright 2011. Aspen
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Radiation Exposure Concerns Raised by Scientists,
A group of international scientists has published a report calling for
"greatly reduced exposure limits" for electromagnetic radiation from
telecommunications and power line technologies, while similar concerns
were being raised by a committee formed by India's government to study
First, the scientific journal Reviews on Environmental Health
published a statement from the "Selectun Scientific Panel," which says
the "global population is at risk, that the currently accepted measure
of radiation risk, the SAR, is inadequate, and that there is abundant
evidence biological effects are occurring at exposures 'many orders of
magnitude' below existing public safety standards."
In the "Selectun Scientific Statement," the scientists said
governments should take "decisive action now to protect biological
function as well as the health of future generations."
"Current U.S. and ICNIRP [International Commission on Non-Ionizing
Radiation Protection] standards for radiofrequency and microwave
radiation from wireless technologies are entirely inadequate," said
Olle Johansson, who chaired the Selectun Scientific Panel. "They never
were intended to address the kind of exposures from wireless devices
that now affect over 4 billion people."
Elihu Richter, a retired professor of occupational and environmental
medicine at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, added, "We are already
seeing increases in health problems such as cancer and neurobehavioral
impairments, even though these wireless technologies are fairly new in
the last decades or so for the general public. This finding suggests
that the exposures are already too high to protect people from health
Separately, an interministerial committee formed by India's ministry
of communications and information technology to study the potential
risks caused by mobile devices and wireless towers also raised
concerns about health risks and recommended that mobile phones not
adhering to standard SAR levels be banned. According to news reports
out of India, the panel also recommended other measures, such as not
installing wireless towers near residential areas, schools,
playgrounds, and hospitals.
Change the limits for exposure to electromagnetic radiation, say
Energy Ecology Environment:
The Electromagnetic Biology Laboratory, Department of Biology, University
of Athens issued a press release on scientific studies point to the need
to reduce exposure limits to electromagnetic radiation.
As stated in the notice, seven researchers from 5 countries, including
Greece (Yuri Grigoriev, Olle Johansson, Lloyd Morgan, Elihu Richter, Cindy
Sage Adamantia Frangopoulou, Lukas Margaritis) are sounding the alarm
about an urgent need to reduce the exposure limits electromagnetic
radiation, based on recent results of scientific studies. The
researchers recommend specific exposure limits for various frequencies of
the electromagnetic spectrum used by wireless technology, and magnetic
fields super-low frequency generated from the distribution and consumption
This scientific statement has been published in international journal
Reviews on Environmental Health (2010; 25: 307-317).
The study found that the combined effect of mobile phones, wireless phones,
mobile phone antenna systems, radio and television stations broadcast
system WI-FI and blue tooth wireless Internet devices baby monitors and a
number of other wireless devices, putting billions people
around the world on a daily risk of neurological and behavioral effects
until risk of developing cancer, neurological diseases and reproductive
and developmental problems.
Also, the current limits have been proposed 13 years ago, in 1998 the
"International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation» (ICNIRP) for
electromagnetic radiation from wireless technologies are completely
been to take account of wireless devices that influence everyday now over
4 billion people.
These safety limits are unaware of the developing fetus and young children,
the elderly, who are hypersensitive to radiation or immunodeficiency, the
most affected as most vulnerable to radiation.
A significant number of analytical studies and thoroughly discussed in
this publication has demonstrated biological effects of radiation
intensities at hundreds of times lower than current levels.
The assessment of the degree of risk of radiation known as the "Specific
Absorption Rate» SAR (Specific Absorption Rate) is considered as
insufficient to predict biological responses in the effect of radiation on
cells and tissues associated with changes in memory, behavior ,
reproduction, immune system, the disruption of sleep, causing frustration
and fatigue, and the creation of brain tumors after more than a decade of
The Committee recommends that governments and the World Organization to
set lower than current limits public exposure, but also professionally
exposed to radiation.
Similarly, all manner of companies involved in manufacturing wireless
devices and communication required to find solutions with reduced
population exposure to radiation.
As the most vulnerable groups identified as pregnant women and children of
all ages who need to avoid using any kind of wireless devices and should
be avoided indirect exposure to such radiations.
More generally, scientists are against the use of wireless networks,
mobile phones etc indoors in schools, and even premises.
Suggested, finally, the intensification of scientific research in such a
complex and multifaceted public health issue, such as the effects of
non-ionizing radiation, in order to clarify the mechanisms of action
compared with the emission of radiation modes (modulation, prolonged or intermittent
exposure, multiple exposures to different frequencies, etc.).
Those interested can read the summary article in PubMed:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21268443