World Health Organization classifies radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as a possibly carcinogenic to humans

The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer – Press Release 208

IARC CLASSIFIES RADIOFREQUENCY ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS AS
POSSIBLY CARCINOGENIC TO HUMANS
Lyon, France, May 31, 2011 ‐‐ The WHO/International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B), based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer1, associated with wireless phone use.

Background

Over the last few years, there has been mounting concern about the possibility of adverse health effects resulting from exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields, such as those emitted by wireless communication devices. The number of mobile phone subscriptions is
estimated at 5 billion globally.
From May 24–31 2011, a Working Group of 31 scientists from 14 countries has been meeting at IARC in Lyon, France, to assess the potential carcinogenic hazards from exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields. These assessments will be published as Volume 102 of the IARC Monographs, which will be the fifth volume in this series to focus on physical agents, after Volume 55 (Solar Radiation), Volume 75 and Volume 78 on ionizing radiation (X‐rays, gamma‐rays, neutrons, radio‐nuclides), and Volume 80 on non‐ionizing radiation (extremely low‐frequency electromagnetic fields).

The IARC Monograph Working Group discussed the possibility that these exposures might induce long‐term health effects, in particular an increased risk for cancer. This has relevance for public health, particularly for users of mobile phones, as the number of users is large and growing, particularly among young adults and children.

The IARC Monograph Working Group discussed and evaluated the available literature on the following exposure categories involving radiofrequency electromagnetic fields:
¾ occupational exposures to radar and to microwaves;
¾ environmental exposures associated with transmission of signals for radio, television and wireless telecommunication; and
¾ personal exposures associated with the use of wireless telephones.
International experts shared the complex task of tackling the exposure data, the studies of cancer in humans, the studies of cancer in experimental animals, and the mechanistic and other relevant data.

1 237 913 new cases of brain cancers (all types combined) occurred around the world in 2008 (gliomas represent 2/3 of these). Source: Globocan 2008Page 2

Read the full press release here.

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Parliamentary Assembly – Council of Europe May 27th, 2011 calls for precautionary principle, warns against EMF, especially for vulnerable populations. …

Council of Europe (47 member states/countries, NOT part of EU) just adopted resolutions on May 27, 2011 by PACE (their Parliamentary Assembly – Council of Europe) to call for precautionary principle, warn against EMF, cell phones and Wi-Fi, especially for children, pregnant women and babies. Considers ICNIRP (WHO) Standard to have “serious limitations” and calls for reconsideration of the scientific basis of that standard. Recognizes EHS as valid disability.  http://assembly.coe.int/ASP/NewsManager/EMB_NewsManagerView.asp?ID=6685

The European Union (EU) (27 members states/countries): http://europa.eu/about-eu/institutions-bodies/index_en.htm adopted 2 resolutions (at near-unanimous votes) in Sep 2008 and Apr 2009 to call for precautionary principle, warn against EMF, cell phones and Wi-Fi, especially for children, pregnant women and babies. They called  ICNIRP (WHO) standard “obsolete”. Recognizes EHS as valid disability.

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/FindByProcnum.do?lang=en&procnum=INI/2008/2211

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/FindByProcnum.do?lang=en&procnum=INI/2007/2252

European Commission (Also part of EU) has an “independent” committee called Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) which published a report in 2007 http://ec.europa.eu/health/ph_risk/committees/04_scenihr/docs/scenihr_o_007.pdf saying there’s no evidence of harm by EMF and, again, published an updated statement in 2009 to repeat the same opinion http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getAllAnswers.do?reference=E-2009-2720&language=DA

Important to note that Prof. Anders Ahlbom was the Chair of SCENIHR in 2006/2007 when that report was published, and he was still an expert member of the committee in 2009 when the opinion was “updated”. Recent findings disclosed that Prof. Anders Ahlbom has a serious conflict of interest which was not declared. His brother Gunnar Ahlbom was working in the telecom industry since 1998 and since 2006 was contracted by a lobbying organisation for the telecom industry. The two brothers also have shared business interest in the same company Gunnar Ahlbom AB company (since 2010). This revelation has recently caused Prof. Anders Ahlbom to be removed as Chair for the WHO’s IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer)

http://tinyurl.com/3pr39rg

http://citizensforsafetechnology.org/CONFLICT-OF-INTEREST-AT-THE-WHO-World-Health-Organization,49,953

http://www.microwavenews.com/Ahlbom.html

Will these new resolutions be enough to cause school trustees across Canada to take a second look at implementing Wi-Fi in schools? Will it effect the Greater Victoria School District’s decisions? UPDATE: No, it hasn’t been enough. The Provincial Health Officer suggests that this body is too politicized and therefore it’s resolutions cause no need for change.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Parents call for halt to Wi-Fi installations in schools, citing health concerns

Resolution to be debated at weekend meeting

BY JANET STEFFENHAGEN, VANCOUVER SUN APRIL 27, 2011 COMMENTS (40)
Directors of a group that speaks for B.C. parents on education issues want to halt the installation of wireless networks in schools, saying the potential health hazard from low-level electromagnetic radiation is too great a risk for children.

They have prepared a resolution that’s expected to spark intense debate this weekend at a meeting of the B.C. Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils (BCCPAC) The motion says it’s time for schools to err on the side of caution, especially since there are alternatives to Wi-Fi that are superior in other ways and don’t pose the same potential risks.

“It’s a very hot topic,” confederation president Ann Whiteaker said Tuesday, adding she expects delegates to the annual general meeting will be divided on the issue and may amend the resolution to direct it toward elementary and middle schools only but not secondary schools. “It could go any way,” she said of the debate.

The resolution, which follows two years of study by a BCCPAC safety committee, calls on boards of education to stop installing Wi-Fi in schools where other networking technology is feasible. It reflects growing angst among some parents in B.C. and other parts of the country about the spread of wireless networks in schools.

That concern was not alleviated by a statement last year from Health Canada declaring that radio-frequency energy from Wi-Fi is extremely low and not a health risk.

Read more here.

This begs the question again, why is the Victoria School District’s or it’s Wi-Fi Committee recently signalling (as the article states) that it, “expects no policy changes as a result” when the Wi-Fi Committee hasn’t met to make it’s recommendations yet? They don’t meet until next week. Could it be true that this was simply a process meant to appease those with concerns, concerned members of the community have had their opportunity to air their concerns, District employees, administrators and trustees on the committee have done their job and listened, so is the District now done with this and continuing on with the wireless agenda?

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Radiation Protection Incorporated (Conflicts of Interest)

Electrical Industry operatives embedded within our health agencies ensure that allowable exposure levels to Electromagnetic Radiation remain dangerously high. Consequently regulations are more for the protection of corporations from citizen actions than to actually protect citizens from harm. This situation has destroyed the credibility of our health officials.

-Walt McGinnis-

In Canada, the creation of rules and guidelines pertaining to the protection of public health fall under provincial jurisdiction. Provincial ministries of health rely on the recommendations of their respective chief medical health officers for setting regulations allegedly to protect the public from harm. For example, each province has different regulations to limit public exposure to the toxic substances in cigarette smoke. They could also limit the public’s exposure to the toxic energy emitted from Electromagnetic (EM) Radiation-producing devices such as wireless internet, cordless and cellular telephone systems, baby monitors etc, if they chose to do so.

The setting more protective exposure limits could be based upon the thousands of scientific studies that show that everyday levels of exposure to EM Radiation is causing illness. But our health ministries refuse to do so. This article is about how our B.C. Chief Medical Health Officer has been able to dodge this responsibility, aided and abetted by individuals in Health Canada, in the World Health Organization, and in the international standard setting agencies, all to the benefit of the electrical industry.

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Failure of governments to do adequate research into independent scientific findings results in their relying largely on carefully-selected studies funded by the only entities paying for studies in North America – those corporate advisors that have stood to gain vast advantages from keeping allowable limits high, all at the expense of declining  public health.

Below I have listed some of the individuals involved in keeping biologically based EM Radiation exposure regulations from being established in Canada.

Read more here Radiation PRotection Incorporated

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Have you provided consent for your school district to expose your children to Wi-Fi? (sample non-consent form)

Peterborough parents aren’t waiting for the school district to provide them with non-consent forms. Instead, they’re proactively supplying their own documents.

Click REH-EMF to see a sample non-consent form to use and share with others or to modify to meet the needs of your school districts students.

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Press Release – Parents against Wi-Fi Gagged by School Board

April 26, 2011 For Immediate Release

Re: Press Conference, April 26, 2011, at 11 am in front of the Peterborough Public Library

Parents Against Wi-Fi Gagged by School Board

Peterborough – A group of concerned parents trying to convince their school board to remain plugged into the internet with cables…

read the rest of this press release click here.

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Resources & Links – Scientific evidence of Harm

Click on the link for a list for a sampling of the available research and open letters by scientists and other experts: BCCPAC-ResourceListAndLinks

More Resources

Porto Alegre Resolution http://www.icems.eu/docs/resolutions/Porto_Alegre_Resolution.pdf

Freiburg Doctors http://www.feb.se/news/Appell-021019-englisch.pdf

ECOLOG report http://www.hese-project.org/hese-uk/en/papers/ecolog2000.pdf

REFLEX report  http://www.powerwatch.org.uk/pdfs/20041222_reflex.pdf

WHO commissioned INTERPHONE study  Indications of possible brain-tumour risk in mobile-phone studies: should we be concerned? Occupational & Environmental Medicine http://oem.bmj.com/content/early/2010/12/15/oem.2010.061358

Addicted to your cell phone? You may be harming your health- Environmental Health Trust  http://ehtrust.wordpress.com/2011/02/25/addicted-to-your-cell-phone-you-may-be-harming-your-health/

Analyzing health impacts of mobile communications- Radiation and Environmental Biophysics Research Centre, Athens, Greece  http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/analysing_the_health_impacts_of_modern_telecommunications_microwaves.PDF

Public health implications of wireless technologies- Institute for Health and the Environment, University at Albany, 2009 http://www.kawarthasafetechnology.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/PublicHealth-Implications-of-Wireless-Technologies.pdf

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