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SCIENCE and RESEARCH: INTRODUCTION to TOPIC Studies and articles relating to human biology and low level microwave radiofrequency fields
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Exploring the rift between conventional and alternative health care - Stephen J. Genuis
" . . .Challenging the status quo with adoption of new ideas and skills has always been, and remains, the customary path to scientific and clinical progress. Perhaps it is time to incorporate credible science and reputable evidence, whatever the source, into the practice of mainstream clinical medicine. Perhaps it is time to consider medicine without descriptors and to integrate outcome-based measures as the primary indicator of high-quality health care. Perhaps regulatory bodies should protect the public by securing compliance with health care that delivers safe and optimal results. Perhaps bridges rather than walls should be erected between fragmenting medical disciplines. . . .
Stephen J. Genuis, MD Faculty of Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
" . . . . Although some degree of CS reportedly now occurs in up to 1 in 5 primary care patients presenting with diverse symptoms, this condition is rarely recognized by clinicians.54 As has occurred with many disorders in the past, including Parkinson's disease, asthma, ulcerative colitis, migraine headaches, multiple sclerosis, autism, and other clinical entities,11 many scientists have been reluctant to accept CS as a pathophysiologic disorder. However, emerging evidence continues to substantiate that significant exogenous exposures initiate a hypersensitive immune state, whereby the immune system becomes dysregulated with resulting impaired tolerance to minute exposures of foreign antigens, including chemicals. In response to such evidence, various governments have formally recognized the veritable diagnosis of CS,55 and increasing dialogue regarding CS has been generated in the legal community.56 As a preventable and reversible condition, CS requires public health attention to preclude toxicant exposures55 and informed clinical care to alleviate the suffering associated with CS and to preempt the potential chronicity of this disorder. . . ."
Letter to City Councils
The EMF debate changes: Laboratory proof that low powered electromagnetic fields do effect human metabolism
"The implementation of Hydro Quebec's Smart Meter program has lead to a lot of citizen resistance and heated debates over complex scientific issues. Basically the question is should society implement a Precautionary Principle with respect to this technology or continue to allow unrestrained use of wireless technologies under the umbrella of Health Canada's position that non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation has no effect on human health.
"I would like to share with you why I believe that in the light of some recent research, the foundation of this debate has changed. . . .
"The following document was prepared to support the municipality of Lachine, Quebec in their demand for a moratorium on the installation of Smart Meters by Hydro Quebec. Considering the importance of this information, I invite everyone to freely share this document with their own municipal authorities. . .
"Why focus on municipalities? Because they are the one layer of government the closest to the population and people tend to actually have a voice in many municipal issues.
Hydro Quebec's Smart Meter Program The Precautionary Principle with respect to EMF radiation
Letter to City Councils
STILL HOT: Radiofrequency Microwave Radiation Biological Effects and Safety Standards: A Review
This report has been reviewed by the Rome Laboratory Public Affairs Office (PA) and is releasable to the National Technical Information Service (NTIS). At NTIS it will be releasable to the general public, including foreign nations.
Part One - Martha Herbert and Cindy Sage (Keywords: Autism; EMF/RFR; Cellular stress; Oxidative stress; Mitochondrial dysfunction; Oscillatory synchronization; Environment; Radiofrequency; Wireless; Children; Fetus)
Although autism spectrum conditions (ASCs) are defined behaviorally, they also involve multileveled disturbances of underlying biology that find striking parallels in the physiological impacts of electromagnetic frequency and radiofrequency exposures (EMF/RFR).
Part I of this paper will review the critical contributions pathophysiology may make to the etiology, pathogenesis and ongoing generation of core features of ASCs. We will review pathophysiological damage to core cellular processes that are associated both with ASCs and with biological effects of EMF/RFR exposures that contribute to chronically disrupted homeostasis. Many studies of people with ASCs have identified oxidative stress and evidence of free radical damage, cellular stress proteins, and deficiencies of antioxidants such as glutathione. Elevated intracellular calcium in ASCs may be due to genetics or may be downstream of inflammation or environmental exposures. Cell membrane lipids may be peroxidized, mitochondria may be dysfunctional, and various kinds of immune system disturbances are common. Brain oxidative stress and inflammation as well as measures consistent with blood-brain barrier and brain perfusion compromise have been documented.
Part II of this paper will review how behaviors in ASCs may emerge from alterations of electrophysiological oscillatory synchronization, how EMF/RFR could contribute to these by de-tuning the organism, and policy implications of these vulnerabilities. Changes in brain and autonomic nervous system electrophysiological function and sensory processing predominate, seizures are common, and sleep disruption is close to universal. All of these phenomena also occur with EMF/RFR exposure that can add to system overload ('allostatic load') in ASCs by increasing risk, and worsening challenging biological problems and symptoms; conversely, reducing exposure might ameliorate symptoms of ASCs by reducing obstruction of physiological repair. Various vital but vulnerable mechanisms such as calcium channels may be disrupted by environmental agents, various genes associated with autism or the interaction of both. With dramatic increases in reported ASCs that are coincident in time with the deployment of wireless technologies, we need aggressive investigation of potential ASC - EMF/RFR links.
The evidence is sufficient to warrant new public exposure standards benchmarked to low-intensity (non-thermal) exposure levels now known to be biologically disruptive, and strong, interim precautionary practices are advocated. . . .
Papers finding adverse biological effects or damage to health from Wi-Fi signals, Wi-Fi-enabled devices or Wi-Fi frequencies (2.4 or 5 GHz).
Papers listed are only those where exposures were 16V/m or below. Someone using a Wi-Fi-enabled tablet computer can be exposed to electromagnetic fields up to 16V/m.
Papers are in alphabetical order. A file of first pages, for printing, can be found here (please pass on to schools).
A cross sectional study from New Zealand: Are adolescents at increased risk for brain tumours? January, 2013
"Cellphone and cordless phone use is very prevalent among early adolescents, but the extent and types of use is not well documented. This paper explores how, and to what extent, New Zealand adolescents are typically using and exposed to active cellphones and cordless phones, and considers implications of this in relation to brain tumour risk, with reference to current research findings. . . .
Dr. Grahame Blackwell
" . . . These are the only studies known of that specifically consider the effects of masts on people. All five of these studies show clear and significant ill-health effects.
"There are no known studies relating to health effects of masts that do not show such ill-health effects. In this respect, any statement by industry or official sources that claims (or suggests) that:
(a) There is no evidence of ill-health effects from masts; or
(b) The overwhelming evidence is that masts do not cause ill-health effects;
is completely and blatantly untrue.
Dr. Grahame Blackwell."
. . . a cross-sectional study includes comprehensive tables - Redmayne, Smith and Abramson New Zealand/Australia
KEYWORDS: Cellular telephone, Cordless telephone, Headache, Tinnitus, Sleep, Depression, Frequency- specific, Headset
Young people who made heavier use of cordless and cell phones reported an increased prevalence of headache. This was not the case overall for tinnitus or depression after allowing for common confounders. However those who had cordless phones operating on some frequency bands or modulation system, and those who used a headset with their cellphone were at a greater risk of suffering these conditions. . . .
"Our findings suggest the need to explore further the effects of cordless phone protocols (operating frequency and modulation system). An advantage of examining cordless phone use is that individual phones almost exclusively employ only one frequency band and one modulation type, unlike cellphones which commonly use several frequency bands and more than one modulation depending upon circumstances such as data traffic or terrain. Further, cordless phones generally operate on full power making it easier to calculate the power output to which the user is exposed. Future research involving children's health and well-being and exposure to RF-EMFs should include cordless phone exposure - particularly considering frequency and modulation.
"Passive exposure at home can be reduced substantially by placing cordless phone bases and WiFi routers in an area of the house remote from the bedrooms. To safeguard young people's well-being, we suggest it would be prudent to restrict their use of cellphones and cordless phones to less than 15 minutes daily. If parents were to require cellphones, cordless phones and other RF-EMF transmitting devices not to be in bedrooms overnight, this would remove a source of RF-EMF exposure and remove the significant likelihood of calls or texts causing broken sleep, which we demonstrate was strongly related to tiredness at school. . . .
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