RADIOFREQUENCY RADIATION FROM WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS SOURCES: ARE THE SAFETY LIMITS SAFE?

September 18, 2023

Would you like to hear what the world’s top experts have to say about wireless radiation?

On 14 June, the International Commission on BioEffects of Electromagnetic fields (ICBE-EMF) held a workshop at the Royal Society of Medicine in London.

It featured a line-up of top experts from around the world speaking on the topic: RADIOFREQUENCY RADIATION FROM WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS SOURCES: ARE THE SAFETY LIMITS SAFE?

The workshop featured presentations by:

  • Professor James Lin
  • Professor John Frank
  • Dr Erica Mallery-Blythe
  • Dr Kent Chamberlin
  • and David Gee

PART 1 PRESENTATION HIGHLIGHTS

David Gee, Workshop Chairperson, welcomed everyone and made a brief presentation: “Wireless Radiation; An Emerging Hazard 1972-2003”

Mr. Gee referred to two publications entitled Late Lessons from Early Warnings: Science, Precaution and Innovation, which he co-authored with Professor Jacqueline McGlade, while she served as the Director of the European Environment Agency. He summarized the basic questions that were asked: 

  • When was the first plausible scientific evidence about asbestos, X-Rays, climate change …
  • What happened to the knowledge as it grew, and it always does?
  • As it grew, what did society do about that information?
  • What were the consequences of their actions or, almost always, inaction?
  • What were the Cost/Benefits?
  • What were the Pros and Cons?
  • Are there any lessons we can learn from the history of X-Rays or asbestos, that we can deploy so that we don’t make these mistakes again?
  • The mistakes can be tragic. We are trying to avoid a similar kind of problem with radio frequency radiation today. 

Dr. Erica Mallery-Blythe’s Presentation (PDF of presentation slides)

Non-Ionizing Radiation Health Effects; Vulnerable Populations; Critical Role of Medical Doctor”

Medical doctors are regularly safety-trained on ionising radiation use, but have not be trained regarding similarly on non-ionising radiation. It is now known that all areas of the electromagnetic spectrum can affect biology. The focus of this lecture is primarily on the radio frequencies (RF) that can also be pulse-modulated at extremely low frequency (ELF).

Environmental toxicants can cause biological damage that can lead to acute and then chronic health effects. The public expect that safety limits protect biology, but this is not the case with exposure to radiofrequency radiation.

The voice of the medical doctor is missing. Doctors have never been trained about the health effects of non-ionizing radiation, nor have they been invited to participate in the debate, even though they play a crucial role in diagnosing and treating acute and chronic illness.

The International Commission on the Biological Effects of Electromagnetic Fields (ICBE-EMF) published a paper that challenges the validity of the assumptions made by the International Commission on Nonionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in their radiofrequency radiation exposure limits, entitled “Scientific evidence invalidates health assumptions underlying the FCC and ICNIRP exposure limit determinations for radiofrequency radiation: implications for 5G”, Melnick et.al., 2022.

This lecture focuses on two of the invalid assumptions reported in this paper by the ICBE-EMF: those relating to sensitive subpopulations.

Sensitive sub-populations (including children and those with Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity), have more variability in tolerance to radiofrequency radiation exposures. Children’s absorption has been shown to be greater and their developing systems can be affected differently. There is more time ahead for latent effects to manifest

Wireless technologies, non-ionizing electromagnetic fields, and children: Identifying and reducing health risks, by Devra Davis, et.al., 2023.

On radar and radio exposure and cancer in the military setting, by Peleg et.al., 2023

Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS) is an escalating public health issue. Estimates range in the literature up to 5% (3.5 million people) and even 10% in some countries, (UK equivalent would be 7 million people).

In 2005, the World Health Organization recognized EHS comprises symptoms within the central nervous system, reported to be triggered by exposures that are “several orders of magnitude under the limits of internationally accepted standards.”

Whilst EHS is the term used to describe acute symptoms, chronic health effects such as carcinogenesis are a well evidenced issue. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) designated RFR as a Group 2b possible Human Carcinogen in 2011 and the evidence has strengthened substantially since that time. Associated tumour types include Glioblastoma Multiforme and Schwannoma.

Dr. Mallery Blythe quotes Bernadino Ramazzini, who was a physician who founded the field of occupational medicine, saying in 1711: “It is much better to treat than to cure, and so much easier to foresee future harm and avoid it, rather than have to get rid of it after having fallen prey”. She concludes by saying “Biologically based exposure limits are urgently needed”.

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