Von: FRANCOIS SAVARD
Datum: Wed, 25 Jul 2007 21:29:17 -0400 (EDT)
An: Martin Weatherall
Martin, thanks for this email.
Joanne, hats off. Your web site and text has spurred me to write down some current ideas of my own, under the following five headings. Do let me know what you think.
1) Personal notes
I have been following the EMF issue for 21 years - since the summer of 1986, when I heard an on-air radio interview of Dr. Robert Becker. For 11 years (1990-2001), I worked as Ottawa International Airport's Superintendent, Environmental Protection. While at the airport, I steadily pushed the EMF health issue form worker health and environmental health perspectives. There was firm opposition from all sides, except for the union. I now teach math and science at a Community College.
I agree that bedroom exposure is critical, and that many serious health problems can be attributed to EMF exposure. I also agree that the WHO is dragging its feet, along with many Western governments.
The Western denial of the issue has been going on for fifty years plus. I can't help thinking that we need to get regular help from people in other countries - who are well ahead of us. If not, we will continue to have very limited success with US and Canadian authorities.
2) Battle Fatigue?
Many people have risen to challenge the EMF status quo in the States and Canada, only to get worn down by big government and industry. Dr. Becker raised the alarm in the 1970's and 80's, fought the good fight, wrote two major works, but he is still not known in the public at large, and I last heard he is going blind. Haven't heard from his colleague Dr. Marino lately. Arthur Firstenberg has carried out a huge effort since 1995 with the Cellular Phone Task Force. His book "Microwaving the Planet" is a vital piece in the effort to make Russian research more available in the West. But Arthur is electrosensitive, and won't use the internet as a matter of principle. He is also being worn down - at least that's my impression (please correct me if I'm wrong). Dr. Karel Marha is long since retired. He is a Czech biophysics expert who moved to Canada in the 1970's. He published a comprehensive book in the 70's - Electromagnetics and the Life Environment. He also managed to issue some vital reports through the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety - but these are now out of print.
But I must admit there is good news. Louis Slesin - bless his soul - is still hard at work with Microwave News. Dr. George Carlo is hard at it. Dr. William Rea in Dallas, with his environmental health clinic, is also still at it. Here in Canada, we have Martin Weatherall, Dr. Magda Havas, some strong activists in BC, Andrew Michrowski, etc.
3) Propaganda in Canada
In Canada, the Federal Government and the telecom and electrical industry continue with their concerted effort to quash public concern over EMFs.
a) Health Canada's Safety Code 6 is still in place, unchanged. In 1998-99, the Royal Society of Canada did a whitewash job on the Code and particularly on cell phones.
b) The Canadian wireless industry has recently put up a web site: www.rfcom.ca . It is hosted at the University of Ottawa's McLaughlin Centre for Population Health Risk Assessment. This is a very well-presented site. However, their list of references only includes no-effects research findings. The existence of much tighter standards in Europe and Russia is totally ignored. This site is so brazen I can scarce believe it. And yet, there it is. And it will convince many that wireless is safe. The same Centre is doing research on cancer and wireless for the IARC - funded almost completely by the industry. See http://www.safewireless.org/SWIMemberContent/SWIAlerts/tabid/187/ctl/ArticleView/mid/466/articleId/69/Cell-phone-use-and-cancer.aspx
c) Things are not very different in francophone Quebec. In the early 1990's, one of the province's leading environmental experts and ethicists wrote what amounts to a whitewash of EMF health effects, focusing on "risk management". He wrote the book during his stint as Hydro Quebec chair in Ethics at McGill University. Hydro Quebec is the provincial electric power public utility. Don't get me wrong - his intentions were certainly honourable. But how he managed to ignore the vast US and international documentation on the adverse health effects of EMFs is a mystery to me.
4) Expertise Abroad
There is a vast storehouse of EMF experience and expertise in the former Communist bloc and Europe. It would be terrific to have their experts come and speak in North America on a regular basis. I am thinking in particular of Dr. Yuri Grigoriev, head of the Russian Commission for Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection. The RCNIRP has 50 years of experience enforcing their very tight EMR-EMF standards, which they established in 1957. They are currently fighting to keep these standards in the face of WHO's blunt attempt at international harmonization.
A recent French book provides a comprehensive and detailed account of the EMF issue, world-wide, including Russia's contribution (Ces ondes qui soignent, ces ondes qui tuent, by Jean-Claude Lentin, publisher Albin Michel, 2001). For instance, Lentin reports that the Russians have asked for funds to translate their research, but the West has not come through.
Regular contact with more advanced and experienced people might help us avoid nasty conflicts within the EMF activist community - e.g. the recent flap over the Stetzer filters brought on by Health Canada's evaluation report.
Someone would have to pay for Dr. Grigoriev's trip. Are there any "objective," "scientific" public funds available for really honest conferences and meetings? Would Health Canada or the US EPA ever consider inviting Dr. Grigoriev? What a concept! And yet if an anti-industry, private source of funds is located, it immediately gets stuck with the usual labels: non-science, private interest, crackpot activist, etc. What a world.
Anyhow, those are my thoughts on the issue at hand.
Martin Weatherall wrote:
Betreff: EMF Issue.....
Datum: Thu, 26 Jul 2007 01:07:38 EDT
Dear François: Nice to hear from you and thanks for your kind words! This indicates to me that help "for the children" is right around-the-corner......
I was able to read your email but do not have the amount of time I need to respond specifically to most of the excellent points you make except to say that you definitely have a very good understanding of many of the issues involved.
I, personally believe the World Health Organization (WHO) will be forced to deal openly with prudent avoidance issues very soon. This will occur because every symptom and health problem is rising at such a rapid rate that statistics are being cited for individual problems such as even asthma alone as being capable of wiping out insurance coverage (at least here in the U.S.).
As you most likely know, the same is being said about rapid increases in the diagnosis of autism, Alzheimers and other diseases.
"Big Pharma" will not be able to continue releasing drug after drug considering the rate they are being pulled off the shelf and/or being assigned black box warnings. That industry as well as many others will soon have to begin to honestly address issues that have been hidden for years.
I am pleased to hear that my work has further inspired you considering the 21 years you have already been researching issues surrounding EMF/EMR exposures!
Your comments re the Russians are particularly interesting because I often write about the studies that remain "untranslated" and yet are a part of the PubMed scientific studies, often, including a U.S. reference in addition to the Russian institution, etc. For the study to state "no abstract available" -- Russian language only, or "Japanese language only," is inexcusable in this day and age. The studies are "too sensitive" and "too conclusive."
Your idea about having the Russian scientist come to meetings in Canada and the U.S. is a good one but as is the case already, "mainstream media" is caught up in the corrpution and greed along with industries and governments.
I have a new idea I will be writing about soon where the potential exists to have at least some prudent avoidance info re EMF/EMR reach over 53 million senior citizens. In the meantime, I plan a writing campaign (as time allows) and whether or not I receive any replies -- not only emails and letters to 2008 Presidential candidates for 2008 but also copies to head offices for national unions, medical associations, insurance companies and more.
I think the only way to "box-in" poliiticians to deal with this very serious situation is to point out to the various groups how this "criminal negligence" is adversely affecting their organizations, their own health, their families and so forth.
The other details you mention is "fuel-for-the-fire" -- I often look back and refer to what others have done re the cause because, as you indicate, there is a whole lot of information that came about through the efforts of many hardworking persons who for whatever reason are now not able to carry on the fight. We can not afford to ignore the important work of Dr. Ross Adey, Dr. Neil Cherry and others you mention.
Our words are powerful -- their silence supports this....... For the good of humanity, "THEY" will have to yield to common sense and protect the masses as best they can before it is too late for everyone!!!
Best wishes and take care - I will try and review more of your email when I have a chance - Joanne
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