Limits Sought on Wireless Internet Access - Dialog between Iris and Miguel (22/12/02)
Limits Sought on Wireless Internet Access


AN FRANCISCO, Dec. 16 - The Defense Department, arguing that an increasingly popular form of wireless Internet access could interfere with military radar, is seeking new limits on the technology, which is seen as a rare bright spot for the communications industry.

Industry executives, including representatives from Microsoft and Intel, met last week with Defense Department officials to try to stave off that effort, which includes a government proposal now before the global overseer of radio frequencies.

The military officials say the technical restrictions they are seeking are necessary for national security. Industry executives, however, say they would threaten expansion of technology like the so-called WiFi systems being used for wireless Internet in American airports, coffee shops, homes and offices.

WiFi use is increasingly heavy in major American metropolitan areas, and similar systems are becoming popular in Europe and Asia. As the technology is installed in millions of portable computers and in antennas in many areas, industry executives acknowledge that high-speed wireless Internet access will soon crowd the radio frequencies used by the military. But industry executives say new types of frequency spectrum sharing techniques could keep civilian users from interfering with radar systems.

The debate, which involves low-power radio emissions that the Defense Department says may jam as many as 10 types of radar systems in use by United States military forces, presents a thorny policy issue for the Bush administration.

Even as the armed forces monitor United States air space for signs of military or terrorist attacks and gear up for a possible war with Iraq, the nation's technology companies hope that the popularity of wireless Internet access will help pull their industry out of its two-year slump. New limits on that technology could help undermine the economic recovery on which the administration is also pinning its hopes.

"Nobody, including the Pentagon, doubts that this is important for consumers and industry," said Steven Price, deputy assistant secretary of defense for radio spectrum matters. "The problem comes when it degrades our military capabilities."

So far, though, there have been no reports of civilian wireless Internet use interfering with military radar, Edmond Thomas, chief of the office of engineering and technology for the Federal Communications Commission, said.

Industry executives say that military uses can coexist with the millions of smart wireless Internet devices that can sense the nearby use of military radar and automatically yield the right of way. These devices are in use in Europe and will soon be used in the United States.

But Pentagon officials say that the new digital technologies are unproven and could interfere with various types of military radar systems, whether ones used for tracking storms, monitoring aircraft or guiding missiles and other weapons.

The Pentagon wants regulators to delay consideration of opening an additional swath of radio frequencies in the 5-gigahertz band that is eagerly sought by American technology companies and is already in civilian use internationally.

In this country, industry executives and some members of Congress see new spectrum-sharing technologies as a way to jump-start innovation and commerce. Last month, for example, Senator Barbara Boxer, a Democrat from California, and her Republican colleague Senator George Allen of Virginia, said that they would introduce a bill in the next session of Congress to expand the radio spectrum available for wireless Internet use.

The military-industry debate also involves the merits of a technical standard known as dynamic frequency selection, which is being used by advanced wireless Internet radios overseas to avoid interference.

Military officials are asking the American industry, and companies in other countries, to create and install even more sensitive versions of dynamic frequency selection - something that the companies say may cause the technology to operate incorrectly. American executives say that the military's demands may also curtail the capacity of wireless Internet services and could even force a complicated redesign of millions of computer communications systems already in place or nearly ready for shipment.

Informant: Volker Hartenstein, Member of the Bavarian Parliament also for the attached document "COST281 - watchdog"

Dialog between Iris and Miguel

Dear Miguel

Concerning what you wrote about the WHO study, I want to say that in Israel it is said that the study is not fund by the industry, but by Europeen Commission/union. And this was said by the israeli epidimiologist who is taking part in the research in the israeli arm of it, her name is Dr Sigal Sadezki.

A very big conference in Israel about the environment is happeneing these days, all the citizens in Israel are invited. Also a special part about the non-ionizing radiation already took place on the 18.12.2002.

The most known specialists in Israel, whose opinion it taken very seriously, they are the ones from the center of research of radiation, "Sorek" they are considered the most serious experts in Israel. They gave lectures also and there was also the representative of Israel in the WHO called Shialal Kandel. She said "we don't know" (damages from cellular phones), no proof etc. This people now made a special booklet very invested (the look, the colors, the quality of pages) about celullar phone.

I will write you some things from there, they distribute it in the country for the people: "Is exposure to electromagnetic radiation in the radiofrequency range dangerous to health? In high frequencies the radiaion causes to the heating of the tissue, and to biological damages which are called "thermal effect". But, by the last scientific knowledge, exposure to electromagnetic radiation under a certain level does not cause damages. This level is a lot higher than the level we are exopsed to in the daily life. There are reseaches and scientists who claim about damages of non-thermal levels, also in low levels, but they are not proven".

"How can one explain the heating feeling in the ear or head during a conversation? Probably, this feeling is derived from the heating of the battery and the handset, like electrical equipment and this is not connected to the radiation".

"Do cellular telephones cause to headaches, dizziness, fatigue and so on? Many users complain about that. By the scientific knowledge, it's likely they are not because of radiation, but not enough studies were conducted which could find out if the telephone causes it and if so what is the reason. Maybe these phenomenons exist, but they are derived from reasons that are not connected to the radiation like bad hearing, not convenient way of holding the handset, tension etc.

"Are some people more sensitive to the radiation? Maybe, but the phenomenon of "Electrical Hypersensitivity" is not proven.

Is there a recommendation to less exposure to the cellular phones? It seems that the phone doesn't cause damages to health, so probably there is no reason to a general recommendation like that. Still, worried people about health damages can decide to lower their exposure by a lower SAR rate or other.

Can cellular phone radiation cause cancer? Probably not. Generally, the opinion of the professional bodies in the world, electromagnetic radiation does not count as a carcinogen, but there is a need for vast further research which will take several more years until it can be determined in high certainty.

I remind you the case of the 14 cancers and dead animals up to 700 meters from cellular base stations, and from a conversation with a nurse in a hospital, she tells about a boy with a tumor in the acustic nerve in his ear. He said from his own initiation: "I used to talk a lot on the cell phone with this ear." She says it's not the only case.

All the best

Answer Dr. Miguel Mutané

The general public and the industry must have health security measures MAKE CERTAIN AND DO NOT SUGGEST.

1. She said "we don't know". Evasive expression ...kept . during more than.... 50 years.

2. High frequencies the radiation causes to the heating of the tissue, and to biological damages which are called "thermal effect".

Thermal effect only in DEGREE 9 (SCALE NINE DEGREES) About 6 meters in Base Station and about 0.05 meters in a mobile telephone (Hand, brain).

3. Last scientific knowledge does not cause damages.

Dr. Neil Cherry (27 Oct. 2000)Leif Salfords research on microwaves and the Blood Brain Barrier is probably very relevant. The BBB protects the brain from toxins and viruses. About 2 minutes on a cell phone can open the BBB and allow toxins, including prions, into the brain.

Dr. Neil Cherry. (May 2000). "Electromagnetic Radiation is damaging to Brains, Hearts, Embryos, Hormones and Cells. It is therefore a threat to Intelligent Hearty Life. Electromagnetic radiation resonantly interacts with bodies and cells, Interfering with cell-to-cell communication, cell growth and regulation, and is damaging the genetic basis of life."

Christoffer Johansen. Research director for cancer. He says "...the temperaturen inside the brain of Denmarks ca. 4 million mobile subscribers increases with 1/4 degree (centigrade) after 1/2 hours use...this causes concentration difficulties..."

He suggests that the antenna should be moved outside the car, to decrease the risk.

4. They are not proven" (Evasive expression and Delaying tactic.)

Dr. George Carlo said (October 1999): "Since I presented my findings, which they found surprising, they have failed to do anything. In that time there have been another 15 million users in the States and thousands more in Britain. "From a consumer point of view the delaying tactic is not good but from a business point of view its great".

5. "How can one explain the heating feeling in the ear or head during a conversation?

Probably, this feeling is derived from the heating of the battery and the handset, like electrical Equipment and this is not connected to the radiation".

5.1 Report of Professor Kasevich. Published in IEEE Spectrum, U.S.A.

Mr. Kasevich, founder of KAI Technologies, Inc. has 30 years of corporate research and development experience in electromagnetic science and engineering applications. Profesor Kasevich (August 2002) "We have more than enough experimental evidence to question the validity of formulating standards that take only thermal effects into account."

5.2, Dr N. Hankin. The Guidelines do not protect the health of all the alterations.

Letter of Norbert Hankin of EPA to EMR Network (Julio 2002). EPA is the Organism of Protection of Radiation of the Environmental Protection Agency into the U.S.A.

Dr Norbert Hankin informs into the protection against the Thermal effects of the microwaves in the Guidelines does not mean to protect the health of all the alterations.

Dr Norbert Hankin (July 2002). "The FCC's exposure guideline is considered protective of effects arising from a thermal mechanism but not from all possible mechanisms. Therefore, the generalization by many that the guidelines protect human beings from harm by any or all mechanisms is not justified."

5.3. Mechanical agitation of molecules and cells: Risk of Irrational violence.

Dr. Madeleine Bastide (Montpellier University). France shows that the low frequency of mobile phones generates malfunction in the system which controls stress. Concludes that this phenomenon may be responsible for the increase of violence observed in areas exposed to mobile phone and base station fields.

5.4. The molecular agitation by microwaves is mechanical. IEEE Spectrum.

Profesor Kasevich (August 2002) Electromagnetic theory and decades of experiments clearly indicate that the electromagnetic fields of radio and microwaves can also affect cells mechanically, without producing significant amounts of heat. The relevant physics starts with the fact that all living things absorb and scatter electromagnetic waves. As they do so, they convert, on a molecular level, the electromagnetic fields of the waves into mechanical forces. Our bodies are full of ions - in nerve endings, in cell nuclei, in muscles. In addition, the body's most common molecules, including water, have an irregular distribution of charge, so that they are influenced by an electric field (or a magnetic field if the ions or molecules are moving. Thus electromagnetic fields can physically move, reorient, or even alter molecules or ions-or their distributions - in the body. They can affect the rate of chemical reactions and the ability of molecules to pass through a membrane.

5.5. To focus attention on the alteration of the "Blood-Brain Barrier".

Profesor Kasevich (August 2002) Possible links between molecular or cellular effects and human health are controversial, but a number of experts are focusing their attention on the blood-brain barrier. This physiological complex, which includes as its primary line of defense the cellular lining of capillaries in the brain, shields the brain and central nervous system
from foreign and harmful substances. The barrier also seems to control the concentrations of ions in cerebral tissue. Radiation-caused movements or alterations of ions and molecules can be particularly vigorous when they are caused by electromagnetic pulses that are sharp and intense.

5.6. The Blood-Brain Barrier and "tiny gabs between the cells".

Professor Leszcynski (July 2002) The study found that exposure caused increased activity in a protein called hsp27 linked to the functioning of the blood-brain barrier. "[Increased protein activity] might cause cells to shrink-not the blood vessels but the cells themselves-and then tiny gaps come between those cells through which some molecules could pass." "The blood-brain barrier has been shown to be affected by radiation in animal studies. There is a lot of uncertainty about whether this happens in humans. We have shown some biological effects. If it did happen it could lead to disturbances, such as headaches, feeling tired or problems with sleeping.

A study by a Swedish research group even suggested it could lead to Alzheimer's disease." He also stated that a study by French scientists found similar results in rats.

6. Can cellular phone radiation cause cancer?

Probably ... not. Generally, the opinion of the professional bodies.


Risk associated to the use of mobile telephone. Dr K.H. Mild and Dr. L. Hardell. Professors Kjell Hansson Mild, Umeaa, Sweden and Lennart Hardell, Stockholm have published their report in the European Journal of Cancer. (22 August 2002). Among those who had used NMT-mobilphones there was a 30% higher risk to get a brain tumor. The longer they had used the phone, the greater the risk. For those who had used the NMT-telephone for more than 10 years, the risk was 80% higher. The risk to get a tumor on the side of the head where the phone was used was 2.5 times greater than on the other side.

Both professors think that the present accepted safety level of radiation for mobilphones is too high. Instead of the present standard of 2 W/ kg, it should have been 0.02 W/kg.

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