Message from the Council on Wireless Technology Impacts:
Concerned citizens should review the draft WH0
materials to apply the
Precautionary Framework to EMF and submit comments by June 30.
See details below.
What WHO is doing on application of the
Precautionary Framework to EMF
This statement is presented to clarify WHO's plans for the development
of the Precautionary Framework on Protection of Human Health.
WHO has embarked on a comprehensive, open and
transparent process to
develop a general framework for application of precautionary measures to
protect public health. The Precautionary Framework is intended to cover
all public health issues. Because the Framework is being developed by
staff of WHO's International EMF Project, in collaboration with other
key departments in WHO, there will be generic case studies on how to
apply the Framework for many health concerns, including EMF.
As part of this process WHO held an international
workshop in Luxembourg
in February 2003 in collaboration with the European Commission and US
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. At this workshop
inputs were received from a diverse range of stakeholders. Based on this
input WHO developed a comprehensive risk management Framework in which
precaution plays a role in every stage of the risk management process.
In this Framework, the application of
precautionary measures is
considered throughout the process and not "invoked" in response to
specific circumstances. Once this Framework is finalized WHO will
develop generic case studies for ELF and RF fields that will provide
information to Member States on ways they can apply the Framework to
suit their own circumstances and needs. This two-step process was
recommended by the Luxembourg Working Group.
The draft Framework has been made available for
review to the Luxembourg
Working Group participants, WHO management, the EMF Project's
International Advisory Committee, and other key specialists in the
world. The draft Framework is currently available for public comment on
the WHO EMF Project web site (http://www.who.int/emf). We encourage the
active participation of all stakeholders in this process. Please send
comments to Dr Larry Goldstein at firstname.lastname@example.org by 30 June 2003.
Message from Libby Kelly, Executive Director,
Council on Wireless
Tribute to Neil Cherry
I would appreciate you putting this letter on your EMR chat line to
share a little of Dr Cherry and his wife, Gae's bravery in his passing.
As you will all know Dr Cherry recently died. A wonderful scientist, and
man, who worked with courage and integrity for safer communication
technology and was so generous with his time in helping people,
including myself, suffering debilitating health effects from
The courage he showed in his struggle with Motor
Neurone disease was
the same he had shown when taking on the communication industry. He
used his illness to publicise the effects of electromagnetic exposure
and even when unable to hold a pen and strapped to his chair spent a
whole day in court giving evidence for a Nuclear exposed war veteran
suffering the effects of radiation exposure. Such was the courage of
He has been advocating the use of wind power in NZ for many years and
the week before he died an enormous wind mill was erected on the hills
near Christchurch. Neil was chairman of this wind power company, and
determined to get to see the dream come to fruition, he was driven as
far up the hill as the van could take him. 100 metres short of the site
he determinedly struggled in his wheel chair to get up the hill. Photos
of his beaming face beneath the newly erected huge windmill bear witness
to his courage and determination.
At his packed funeral many people spoke of his life and there was great
sadness in the early loss of a scientist who had so much courage to
stand up for what he believed in. Also much joy and laughter in their
memories of him. His wife spoke of her 'horror' each time he came home
with some issue he felt needed "investigating" as his way of
investigating was so thorough and all consuming there were no short
cuts. She has been VERY generous in sharing his precious time. She has
been the most wonderful wife in her staunch support of him and their
struggle with his illness.
During his battle for safer technology and siting of towers Dr Cherry
had two adversaries working for industry who continually tried to
devalue his work. Martin Gledhill from the National Radiation
Laboratory (arm of the NZ Ministry of Health) and Dr Black who always
gives evidence at hearings for industry of " no athermal effects' from
Two weeks after his funeral Dr Black wrote a letter to the local
newspaper which has bowled us over.
Dr Black wrote: " I am writing to express my sadness a the death of Dr
Neil Cherry. Although we often had a somewhat adversial relationship, I
have always maintained substantial personal and professional respect
Neil gave a learned voice to community concerns
about the rapid growth
of radiofrequency based technology. He stimulated the debate which
resulted in increased scrutiny of scientific and technical work
otherwise accepted at its face value. In some cases he identified
shortcomings resulting in improvements. He empowered people to know that
their concerns were important.
I enjoyed our meetings, which usually occurred at
hearings or court
cases. They were always cordial. Neil was a champion for the protection
of public health and the environment. He made us all think, and more
importantly think again I respected Neil and I liked him.
I offer my sympathy to his wife Gae and his
daughters. Jo and Carla.
Dr David Black. Senior Lecturer in Occupational Medicine.
University of Auckland."
Dr Black was known at the "Bete Noir" to those of us affected by EMR
exposure. He used to work in the electrical engineering side of the
communicaiton industry and when he became a doctor claimed to become
an expert witness on emissions having "no effects" and paid by industry
to rubbish all Neil"s evidence of adverse effects.
Did Dr Cherry's courage, generosity (he was not paid to represent the
public at hearings) research, and humanity finally bear fruit and give
Dr Black a concience? Or is he seeing the stand he has taken on "no
effects" suddenly being unsustainable.
Dr Cherry's intelligence, courage,persistence and humanity demonstrates
that one persons efforts can change things for the better. Those of us
he has helped in ChCh are very grateful to him and feeling his loss
Now we must all build on what he has achieved.
Wireless Devices, Standards, and Microwave
Radiation in the Education
Environment - Gary Brown, October, 2000
How Safe Is Wireless Computer Networking?
RNCNIRP web site (Highly recommended)
The following is from the official web site of the Russian National
Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (RNCNIRP)
Note their advice on the safe use of
Consider that in the "West" there is not ONE
government NIRP department
that would dare make such 'radical' recommendations (including ICNIRP).
The difference simply being that since the 50's in the "West" corporate
industrial interests have been able to take effective control over the
NIR regulatory process.
Informant: Don Maisch
Re to Imelda O'Connor, Cork Ireland
Hi Klaus, the Ouruhia site below has been updated with some interesting
links, but not quite ready for general consumption as has some general
programming glitches when printing out, and the links have moved down
one ie out of kilter and needs to be reworked with my limited computer
skills, something to do with Microsoft inserting it's own codes in an
attempt to rule the computer programming world.
Could you pass this on to Imelda please as I
haven't her email address.
In the ICNIRP guidelines, under the heading
"Indirect effects of
electromagnetic fields" they discuss the electrical sensitivity of
children 3 x more sensitive, and women 2 x more sensitive than men, page
21. Page 15 heading "General statement on safety factors" "There is
insufficient information on the biological and health effects of EMF
exposure of human populations and experimental animals to provide a
rigorous basis for establishing safety factors over the whole frequency
range and for all frequency modulations. In addition, some of the
uncertainty regarding the appropriate safety factor derives from a lack
of knowledge regarding the appropriate dose metric (Repacholi 1998). The
following general *page 16* variables were considered in the development
of safety factors for high-frequency fields:
effects of EMF exposure under severe environmental
temperature, etc) and/or high activity levels the potentially higher
thermal sensitivity in certain population groups, such as the frail
and/or elderly, infants and young children, and people with diseases or
taking medications that compromise thermal tolerance.
The following additional factors were taken into
account in deriving
reference levels for high-frequency fields:
differences in absorption of electromagnetic
energy by individuals of
different sizes and different orientations relative to the field:
reflection, focusing, and scattering of the incident field, which can
result in enhanced localized absorption of high-frequency energy."
This is obviously Repacholis work but admits there
are those in our
population that are more sensitive and at risk, and the percentage may
well be above 5% of the population which would warrant protection. The
guidelines also discuss research showing thermal effects below 1 degree
celsius and then dismisses all of the above with the curt response of
not enough scientific research, how much do they want?
The guidelines remind me that ignorance is bliss, but I hope that
someday people can take those responsible to a trail of their peers to
review their current status with a view of holding them accountable for
their stance and answering a question of professionalism, ethics and if
they have carried out their responsibilities to protect the public with
the utmost integretary and honesty, but there is usually an out on those
matters also, all care without responsibility.
ICNIRP guidelines http://www.icnirp.de/documents/emfgdl.pdf
Regards Denise Ward, Christchurch, N.Z.
O.T. Some very important themes
War may have killed 10,000 civilians,
Where Are The Weapons of Mass Destruction?
I will join with other citizens so that we
will be heard by our leaders
Is the Neoconservative Moment Over?
Informant: Thomas L. Knapp