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WHAT IS IT: A report by 29 independent scientists and health experts from around the world* about possible risks from wireless technologies and electromagnetic fields. It updates the BioInitiative 2007 Report.
WHAT IT COVERS: The science, public health, public policy and global response to the growing health issue of chronic exposure to electromagnetic fields and radiofrequency radiation in the daily life of billions of people around the world. Covers brain tumor risks from cell phones, damage to DNA and genes, effects on memory, learning, behavior, attention; sleep disruption and cancer and neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s disease. Effects on sperm and miscarriage (fertility and reproduction), effects of wireless on the brain development of the fetus and infant, and effects of wireless classrooms on children and adolescents is addressed. Mechanisms for biological action and public health responses in other countries are discussed. Therapeutic use of very low intensity EMF and RFR are addressed.
WHAT IS NEW: This update covers about 1800 new studies reporting bioeffects and adverse health effects of electromagnetic fields (powerlines, electrical wiring, appliances and hand-held devices) – and wireless technologies (cell and cordless phones, cell towers, WI-FI, wireless laptops, wireless routers, baby monitors, surveillance systems, wireless utility meters (‘smart meters’), etc.
*The BioInitiative 2012 Report has been prepared by 29 authors from ten countries*, ten holding medical degrees (MDs), 21 PhDs, and three MsC, MA or MPHs. Among the authors are three former presidents of the Bioelectromagnetics Society, and five full members of BEMS. One distinguished author is the Chair of the Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation. Another is a Senior Advisor to the European Environmental Agency. Full titles and affiliations of authors is in Section 25 – List of Participants
Each year, about 100,000 people visit the site. In the five years since it’s publication, the BioInitiative website has been accessed over 10.5 million times, or four times every minute. Every five minutes on the average, a person somewhere in the world has logged on. More than 5.2 million files and 1 million pages of information has been downloaded. That is equivalent to more than 93,000 full copies of the 650+ page report (288.5 million kbytes).
* Sweden (6), USA (10), India (2), Italy (2), Greece (2), Canada (2), Denmark (1), Austria (2), Slovac Republic (1), Russia (1)
2012 November Getting Smarter About the Smart Grid, National Institute of Science and Law
This paper examines the technical shortcomings of the smart meter strategy along with its related economic, privacy, security, and potential health risks—explaining why this approach cannot lead to energy sustainability. It analyzes the failures of both federal grid policy and state regulation. It further explores and explains the technical challenges and economic potential of a true smart grid. Finally, it proposes a roadmap for a transformation to a renewable, sustainable electricity economy that could lead the way to a clean energy future. 2012 Professor Yury Grigoriev calls for order and the world needs to listen “Man conquered the Black Plague, but he has created new problems – EMF pollution”
The Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection has agreed to provide a detailed report for the world containing clear information on the most important Russian research results in RF/EMF radiation over the past 50 years. 2012 June Medical and Scientific Experts Call for Safe Technologies in Schools – “Safe Schools 2012”
This document serves to inform schools, Governing Bodies, Academy Trusts, School Boards, Education Authorities, teachers and parents of the professional, medical and scientific concerns about children using wireless technologies in schools. The information can be used to implement safe school policies, practices and guidance in order to safeguard the health and development of children and young people and to aid cognitive abilities, learning and achievement.
2012 June Recommendations regarding Wi-Fi, From the Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection(RNCNIRP), Prof. Yury Grigoriev
The Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection considers necessary:
1. That the Ministry of Health and other organizations responsible for public safety (including children) should pay attention to the regulation of Wi-Fi use in kindergartens and schools, the strengthening of sanitary controls for Wi-Fi use, and the development of an appropriate regulatory framework.
2. To recommend the use of wired networks in schools and educational institutions, rather than networks using wireless broadband systems, such as Wi-Fi.
2012 May IEMFA presentation: The two-perspective risk-assessment system in Europe – World health change possibly linked to electromagnetic fields The presentation gives an clarifying overview of the current system of risk-protection for EMFs in Europe and wider regions in the world. The historically-established system is based on an obsolete ‘Exact-Physics’ paradigm of technology institutions, plus a corresponding science interpretation. Such a paradigm is fundamentally inadequate for the complex dynamic domain of ‘Living organisms’. The established system thus produces misguiding EMF-risk information for worldwide health-protection policies, -regulations, – research and -communications. According to the ‘Complex Biology’ science interpretation of a growing life-science community, heterogeneous EMFs form a highly plausible work- and lifestyle factor of chronic multisystem diseases that increasingly occur worldwide. This threat of structural and serious damage requires an immediate precautionary approach. Implementing the existing guidelines of the Seletun-scientists Resolution is highly necessary to avoid further increase of public costs. 2012 April An increasing number of people worldwide complain that they have become electromagnetic hypersensitive (EHS), Yasuko Kato, Prof. Olle Johansson An increasing number of people worldwide complain that they have become electromagnetic hypersensitive (EHS). We conducted a questionnaire survey of EHS persons in Japan. The aim was to identify electromagnetic ﬁelds (EMF) and plausible EMF sources that caused their symptoms. Postal questionnaires were distributed via a self-help group, and 75 participants (95% women) responded. Reported major complaints were “fatigue/tiredness” (85%), “headache”, “concentration, memory, and thinking” difﬁculty (81%, respectively). Seventy-two per cent used some form of complementary/alternative therapy. The most plausible trigger of EHS onset was a mobile phone base station or personal handy-phone system (37%). Sixty-ﬁve percent experienced health problems to be due to the radiation from other passengers’ mobile phones in trains or buses, and 12% reported that they could not use public transportation at all. Fifty-three percent had a job before the onset, but most had lost their work and/or experienced a decrease in income. Moreover, 85.3% had to take measures to protect themselves from EMF, such as moving to low EMF areas, or buying low EMF electric appliances. EHS persons were suffering not only from their symptoms, but also from economical and social problems. 2012 March The Biological Effects of Weak Electromagnetic Fields, Dr. Andrew Goldsworthy The Harmful Effects of Electromagnetic Radiation. Dr. Andrew Goldsworthy has written an article about the harmful effects of electro magnetic radiation. It explains in some detail, but in lay-persons terms, the mechanisms underlying the various harmful effects of electromagnetic radiation from power lines and mobile telecommunication devices. The Industry can no longer claim that there is no known mechanism by which low level radiation can cause biological damage. It also goes on to say how the Industry, apparently deliberately, ignored warnings about the dangers involved in the specific pulse frequencies that they subsequently used in digital telecommunications. 2012 March The Austrian Medical Association (ÖAK) The Austrian Medical Association has developed a guideline for differential diagnosis and potential treatment of nonspecific stress-related health problems associated with electrosmog. Its core element is a patient questionnaire consisting of a general assessment of stress symptoms and a specific assessment of electrosmog exposure. The guideline is intended as an aid in diagnosing and creating EMF-related health problems. 2012 January IEMFA’s advice on wider risk assessment EMFs
The International EMF Alliance gave comments on a number of questions for risk assessment the European Commission had prepared for its scientific committee SCENIHR, in order to update its opinion of 2009 on the overall risks of EMFs. As was explicitly mentioned, comments were only to be provided on the relevance and the completeness of the posed questions for risk assessment.
2011 September 1-The Economist—and the Truth About Microwave Radiation Emitted from Wireless Technologies
2011 September 2-Scientists, Physicians and Oncologists from Several Nations Criticize The Economist’s Inaccurate Coverage of Cell Phone and Wireless Risks, Calling for Retraction In its unsigned commentary on September 3, 2011, “Worrying about Wireless”, The Economist makes a number of technical errors and misleading statements about microwave radiation that we write to correct. The governments of more than a dozen nations have issued precautionary advice and policies about wireless devices, including restricting cellphone use by children in France, India and Israel (See Worldwide Advisories at www.saferphonezone.com). The Economist would do well to consult with experts in these and other tech-savvy nations to learn the science behind these countries’ decisions so that it can provide accurate reporting on wireless safety and health matters.
2011 November IEMFA’s call for Transparent, Impartial and Pluralist Expert Assessment on health risks of non-ionizing electromagnetic fields (EMF) Post conference addition We are writing to express our concerns over the narrow range of speakers and agenda items for the November 16- EU Commission conference on EMF, and over the lack of transparency and pluralism in the evaluation of evidence by SCENIHR and other EU risk assessment committees. 2011 May Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans 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. Lyon, France, May 31, 2011 2011 May Leading IARC expert Anders Ahlbom linked to the Telecom Industry, Mona Nilsson Conflict of interest at the WHO,Professor Ahlbom, who is appointed to chair the expert group on epidemiology at the upcoming IARC evaluation of the carcinogenicity of mobile phone radiation, is the cofounder of “Gunnar Ahlbom AB” a Brussels-based lobby firm aiming to assist the telecom industry on EU regulations, public affairs and corporate communications. 2011 May Global Scientists Rebuke Coming Decision on Carcinogenicity of Radiofrequency (RF) and Microwaves (MW) by WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), Calling Any Opinion Rendered ‘Irresponsible’ Without Full Disclosure of the 2004 Interphone Study Results, International EMF Alliance In collaboration with the International EMF Alliance (IEMFA), scientists from Europe, North America, Australia and Israel have sent an Open Letter to Dr. Christopher Wild, Director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), calling for a postponement of the forthcoming meeting May 24-31, 2011 in Lyon, France, “Non-Ionizing Radiation, Part II: Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Field [includes mobile telephones],” at which determination of the carcinogenicity of cell phones and wireless technologies will be made.
2011 March Opinion of the International EMF Alliance (IEMFA) On the need for Independent and Credible Environmental Assessment IEMFA aims to disseminate coherent information and advice to national and international health authorities and policy-makers on the rapidly growing evidence of actual and potential effects on health and wellbeing by non-ionizing electromagnetic fields (EMF). IEMFA also addresses other stakeholders and individuals with an interest in the subject. IEMFA urges governments, health authorities and citizens to take precautionary measures, and proposes a new set of standards. The new guidelines for human exposure to EMF as presented in THE SELETUN RESOLUTION were published in Review of Environmental Health by a consortium of independent international scientists. March 2011 2011 March Electromagnetic Fields from Mobile Phones: Health Effect on Children and Teenagers, RNCNIRP
Professor Yury GRIGORIEV, Professor Valentina NIKITINA, Dr Oleg GRIGORIEV This Resolution was approved by members of the Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (RNCNIRP) at its Committee session on 3 March 2011. The Resolution evolved from scientiﬁc statements adopted by RNCNIRP in 2001, 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2009, taking into account contemporary views and actual scientiﬁc data. The Resolution represents a viewpoint of the professional scientiﬁc community and is meant for public dissemination, for the consumers of the mobile telecommunications services, as well as for the legislative and executive authorities who develop and implement health protection, environmental, communication, scientiﬁc and safety policies. 2011 March Radiofrequency/Microwave Radiation and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), Don Maisch, PhD 2011 The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), was established in 1965 as an agency of the World Health Organization (WHO) with a mission to develop strategies for cancer prevention and control. One of its prime roles is to evaluate and classify the carcinogenicity of chemicals and other substances (including electromagnetic radiation) through published monographs that will then be used by international and national health and regulatory agencies to protect public health. In order to block undue commercial influence in its assessment process the IARC has stipulated that in order to participate in its working groups, members must have no real or apparent conflicts of interests – meaning that they cannot be working for the affected industry. This does not eliminate the potential for commercial influence, however, as industry representatives, with an obvious bias to protect their commercial sector, can still be directly involved in IARC meetings. This is exampled by the May 24-31, 2011 IARC meeting that will be discussing the carcinogenicity of radio-frequency and microwave radiation. Other examples of the problems created by allowing industry involvement in WHO advisory groups, namely the Chernobyl Forum and the Electromagnetic Field (EMF) Task Group (2005) are examined with a warning on forgetting the hard lessons learned by the WHO from its past experience with the tobacco industry. 2011 WORLD HEALTH Urgently Needs Lower EMF Standards, International Scientists Say Olle Johansson, PhD, Karolinska Institute, Chair, Adamantia Fragopoulou, Yuri Grigoriev, Lukas Margaritas, Lloyd Morgan, Elihu Richter, and Cindy Sage, 2011 The ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH publication. The International Electromagnetic Fields Alliance (IEMFA) today announces a new published report and scientific Consensus Statement concerning health hazards of electromagnetic fields (EMFs). Led by Olle Johansson, PhD of the Karolinska Institute, the report published by a consortium of international scientists urges global governments to adopt significantly lower human exposure standards for electromagnetic fields. The recommendations are based on the latest body of evidence in biological sciences, and the public-health implications of the unprecedented global exposures to electromagnetic fields from telecommunications and electric power technologies. The scientists recommend specific exposure limits for different frequency fields, including microwaves, used in wireless communications, and ELF electric fields and magnetic fields 2011 2011 Norwegian FELO EHS Report, the English Summery: L. A. Solberg and B. G. Tilset In 2007-2008, The Association for Electrohypersensitive in Norway conducted a questionnaire among its members. The aim was to document the sources that the EHS react to, their symptoms, treatments/interactions that help, and how the handicap affects their daily life. The results were recently published in a report. http://epapir.info/felo/Rapport_V12_211210/index.html