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1 Public Health SOS Una St.Clair-Moniz, Executive Director, Citizens for Safe Technology Society


3 Sources of Wireless Radiation Cell phones Cell towers Cordless phones PDAs – Blackberry, Treo, iPhone Wireless games (Wii) Baby monitors Smart Meters Wireless headsets reduce exposure to brain but increase exposure to pelvic area Wireless Internet – Wi- Fi, Wi-Max, WLAN

4 Weight of Scientific Evidence shows Adverse Health Effects All studies show increased brain tumor risk after 10 years Malignant brain tumors – 40% increase 30 mins/day after 10 years – Interphone Heavy cell phone use by teens show four to five times more brain tumors by late 20s – Dr. Lennart Hardell, Sweden

5 BioInitiative Report Scientists Carl Blackman, PhD – employed by US Environmental Protection Agency, Martin Blank, PhD – College of Physicians/Surgeons, Columbia University – Prof. Michael Kundi, Medical University of Vienna – David Carpenter, MD, Director of Institute of Health, University at Albany – Dr. Lennart Hardell, MD, PhD, Department of Oncology, University Hospital, Sweden – Dr. Olle Johansson, PhD, Department of Neuroscience, Stockholm – Henry Lai, PhD, Department of Bioengineering, University of Washington – Dr. Hansson Mild, PhD, Department of Radiation Physics, Umea University, Sweden – Drs. Xu and Chen, Zhejiang University School of Medicine, China – James Burch PhD, Arnold School of Public Health, Unversity of South Carolina, Stanton Glanz, PhD, University of California, Cardiovascular Research Institute and nstitute for Health Policy, Dennis Henshaw PhD, Human Radiation Effects, Bristol University, David Gee, European Environmental Agency

6 BioInitiative Report Double strand DNA breaks and oxidative stress Stress proteins in cell = cellular distress RF induced gene expression changes Sleep, cognitive function and performance Blood brain barrier alterations Micronuclei and chromosome aberrations Neurobehavioral effects Analyzed over 2,000 peer reviewed & published research reports (Bioinitiative Report 2007)

7 Long term – Accelerated Aging Childhood & adult leukemia, Childhood & adult brain tumors Increased risk of Alzheimers and neurodegenerative diseases Altered immune function including increased allergic & inflammatory responses Pathological leakage brain/blood barrier Genotoxic effects (DNA damage) See BioInitiative Report and Public Health Implications of Wireless Technologies, Public Health SOS, Pathophysiology Reports

8 ECOLOG report for T-Mobile – April 2000 …mobile play role in development of cancer – notably tumors of central nervous system Direct damage on DNA, including synthesis and repair mechanisms Chromosome aberrations and micronuclei 5w/m2 Damaging effects on immune system from 0.2w/m2 – high stress hormones demonstrated

9 ECOLOG continued Effects on blood-brain barrier and activity of neurotransmitters demonstrated Changes in sleep EEG of humans 0.5w/m2 Impairment of cognitive functions 2w/m2 Epidemiological study of children exposed to pulsed high frequency caused decrease in capability to concentrate and increase in reaction times. Effects on central nervous system proven for intensities well below current guidelines.

10 1800 MHz RF radiation induces oxidative damage to mtDNA 2009 study, Dept. of Occupational Health, Military Medical University, China At 24 hours exposure RF radiation induced significant increase in DNA oxidative damage in the mitochondria of neurons. Mitochondrial DNA and RNA showed obvious reduction after RF exposure.

11 Sperm Head Abnormalities Male mice exposed to RF radiation from mobile phones caused up to 46.3% sperm head abnormalities compared to 2.13% in control group. Occurrence of sperm head abnormalities found to be dose dependent. Implications on the reproductive health of humans

12 MW/RF Radiation Exposure Study San Francisco Medical Society Changes in cell membrane function Major changes in calcium metabolism Changes in cellular signal communication Cell proliferation Activation of proto- oncogenes Neurodegeneration Activation of cellular heat shock proteins as if heating occurred when it has not Chromosome aberrations Micronuclei Reduction in melatonin secretions

13 Wi-Fi Alters Gene Expression Department of Medicine, University of Chicago – 2005 Exposed cultured human cells to 2.45 GHz 221 genes altered expression after 2 hours 759 genes altered expression after 6 hours Results indicated that RF 2.45 GHz can alter gene expression through non-thermal mechanism.

14 Why is Wi-Fi so Dangerous? It constantly transmits at full power – doesnt decrease power when not in use It is on 24/7 Exposure to full power microwave pulses from router every few seconds even if computer off. Scientifically proven biologically active Evidence of cumulative effects

15 Evidence of Cumulative Effects …results indicate changes in the response characteristics of the nervous system with repeated exposure, suggesting that the effects are not forgotten after each episode of exposure Neurological Effects of Radiofrequency Radiation, Dept. of Bioengineering, school of Medicine, University of Washington Soviets scientists warn of cumulative effects of non-thermal radiation doses, including reproductive and genetic effects

16 ELECTROSENSITIVITY Electromagnetic sensitivity recognized internationally – growing health disaster Chronic condition/disability of hyper-sensitive reactions to EMR Can only be reversed by reducing exposure EHS Proclamations – Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, New Foundland, Victoria Some people no recognizable symptoms, but does not mean they are unaffected.

17 What does that mean on an everyday basis? Dizziness Headaches Fatigue & Anxiety Sleep problems Skin disorders Tinnitus (ringing ears) Restless leg syndrome Thyroid disorders Arrhythmia Racing heart/palpitations Digestive changes High blood pressure Blood sugar levels Joint & muscle pain Memory & concentration difficulties

18 WHO Recognizes EHS …a phenomenon where individuals experience adverse health effects while using or being in the vicinity of devices emanating EMFs – EHS is a real and sometimes debilitating problem for the affected persons while the level of EMF in their neighborhood is no greater than is encountered in normal living environments. Their exposures are generally several orders of magnitude under the limits in internationally accepted standards.

19 WHO Fact Sheet #296, Dec 05 Electrohypersensitivity statement – EHS The symptoms most commonly experienced include dermatological symptoms (redness, tingling, burning sensations), as well as fatigue, tiredness, concentration difficulties, dizziness, nausea, heart palpitation and digestive disturbances. (*and headaches) 3% - 10% - Dr. Johansson, Dept. of Neuroscience, Sweden, Up to 35% - Dr. Havas, University of Trent, Toronto Recognized Disability in Sweden – support/compensation Irish, British, French, Italian, German, Austrian, Chinese, Israeli, Russian, Australian Doctors recognize EHS Expected to afflict 50% of people by 2017


21 Special Vulnerability of Children The developing organs of a child are the most sensitive to any possible effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields. –University Pittsburgh Cancer Institute The consequence of prolonged exposures to children, whose nervous systems continue to develop until late adolescence is unknown at this time. This could…result in diminished capacity for thinking, judgment, memory, learning and control over behavior. – BioInitiative Report



24 Our Children at Risk….. Electromagnetic fields are likely to penetrate the brain more deeply for children than adults…due to smaller sized brains and softer brain tissue. – University of Pittsburgh Cancer Inst Living tissue is vulnerable to EMF within the frequency bands used by cell phones, even below the threshold of power imposed by most safety standards, notably an increase in the permeability of the blood brain barrier and increased synthesis of stress proteins. – U of P Cancer Inst.

25 Urgency to Defend Childrens Health We also recommend that wired alternatives to Wi-Fi be implemented, particularly in schools and libraries so that children are not subjected to elevated RF levels until more is understood about possible health impacts.- BioInitiative Report s.

26 Canadian Changes Required Biological Standards are required to protect public – educate and lobby government Cellular companies must produce safer products – consumers demand safety Hard wiring of computers in schools, public places – parents protect children Siting of cell towers away from schools and homes and lowering of intensity

27 A Human Rights Issue SPEAK OUT – Let people know Remove wireless devices from your home Break the cell phone addiction Petition elected officials to stop involuntary exposure Write to the School/School Board/Minister of Education to hard wire computers in schools Protect children as they cannot protect themselves

28 What Citizens for Safe Technology is doing Education and Support Community, Political and Legal activities Petition EHS Recovery Centre

29 Calling All Good Men & Women ! The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. Edmund Burke 1729 – 1797 Irish political philosopher

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