* One question for WHO Dr. Michael Repacholi - Breakthrough in telepohone mast row - Study suggests hazard in City-County building basement - Letter to some Wisconsin newspapers - Whale numbers disputed (28/7/03)

One question for WHO Dr. Michael Repacholi

Permanent fraud in health investigation?.

To emit only 13 hours in four days is NOT long-term radiation is
publication of more health confusion and "delay tactic" in mobile

During 10 years the radiation emitted by one mast of base station is
87,600 hours.

Remember one mobile phone can modify the BBB in only 2 minutes use. (Dr.
L. Salford)

Yours faithfully

Miguel Muntané

----- Original Message -----
From: Don Maisch
Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2003 11:51 PM
Subject: Sydney Morning Herald spin on the French study

On July 20th the Sydney Morning Herald boldly announced that "New study
says mobile phones are safe". Now it does NOT say that in the study but
reporter Eamonn Duff obviously does not want facts get in the way of a
good title line. And to trivialise the whole issue the article finishes
off with a claim of the latest concern being "mobile mutant thumbs".

It is interesting to note that while the study was to test whether
long-term mobile phone use could cause cancer, the sustained period to
test for chronic exposure was four 1 hour exposures per day for three
days, and for 1 hour on the 4th day. I'm not a cell biologist so could
someone explain how in the hell this has any relevance on the chronic
exposure a user would experience after say 10 years of mobile phone use?

Rather than being a world-first study this is just another minor
footnote in a long history of inconclusive studies.


New study says mobile phones are safe

Breakthrough in telepohone mast row

After months of attempting to meet with the local mayor regarding their
concerns over radiation emissions from telephone masts, which have been
erected next to their homes and schools, protestors in the Algarve town
of Tavira were finally granted an audience with town hall officials on
April 16th.

But it had taken a petition signed by over 1,000 residents, and several
public protests, before Mayor Macaroe Correia agreed to allow two of his
representatives to meet with leaders of the protest groups. It is
understood that prominent coverage given to the protestors' concerns by
The Portugal News during the past two months has also increased pressure
on the mayor to, at last confront the problem.

One of the protestors, Teresa Drago, who attended the town hall meeting
on April 16th told The Portugal News that the mayor's representatives
were surprisingly more than sympathetic to local residents' fear of
health problems posed by the masts. Of particular concern are three
masts erected next to a primary school and kindergarten.

Teresa said that the town hall officials were fully supportive of the
protestors and agreed that everything should be done to protect the
health of residents and their children. According to Teresa the
officials also guaranteed that they would do everything possible to
protect the public from the "interests of the giant" network providers
responsible for erecting the masts.

Local government officials have arranged to meet with representatives of
the network providers to explore the possibility of re-locating all
telephone masts in and around Tavira to a distance of 500 metres from
residential properties and schools. Some other European countries have
already imposed restrictions on masts being built within 650 metres of
urban areas. A public meeting called by protesters for April 23rd has
been postponed until after the outcome of the discussions between the
town hall and network providers is known.

If Tavira's town hall officials succeed in persuading the mobile phone
companies to agree to the 500 metre limit it will certainly set a
precedent for the rest of the Algarve, and no doubt the whole of
Portugal. But the question still being asked, is how network providers
such as Optimus and TMN have been allowed to erect thousands of masts
throughout Portugal without official planning permission?

The Portugal News has received many thank-you emails and letters for
putting readers, whose homes have been blighted by telephone masts, in
touch with experts on the health dangers of radiation emissions. Dr.
David Best of London, an independent radiation consultant to BBC TV, has
been able to advise many of our readers on the ramifications of living
close to masts. So too has Mr. Les Wilson, Managing Director of
Microshield Industries, a UK company specialising in anti-radiation


Tavira's about turn in telephone mast row

One of the leaders of a protest group has told The Portugal News that
assurances given by the Tavira City Hall, that it would do everything
possible to protect residents from the harmful effects of telephone
masts' radiation emissions, have turned out to be without foundation.
Teresa Drago said that, during a meeting with local government
officials, both she and her colleagues were told that the Town Hall
agreed wholeheartedly about their concerns regarding radiation emissions
from five telephone masts erected close to schools and a housing
The officials confirmed that they had arranged a meeting with the
telephone operators and that the protestors could expect to see the
masts removed in the near future. As a result of these assurances the
protestors cancelled a demonstration meeting scheduled for April 23rd.

However, the meeting between City Hall officials and the telephone
operators appears to have done nothing to allay the fears of local
residents living under the shadows of the masts. Mrs. Drago said that no
action had been taken to remove any of them. All that has happened is
that two of the telephone operators. Optimus and Vodafone, have sent
letters to the protest groups stating that radiation emissions from the
masts are well within international safety limits and do not pose a
health threat.

The letters state that 1,600 studies worldwide prove that mobile phone
masts are perfectly safe. They also confirm that the five masts in
question have been tested and shown to be well within the World Health
Organisation's (WHO) safety guidelines. According to one of the letters,
radiation emissions from telephone masts are less dangerous than those
from hair dryers, TV or microwave ovens. The May 2000 UK Government
Stewart Report is also referred to as giving a clean bill of health to
cell phones and telephone masts. Teresa Drago has sent a 17-page reply
refuting the claims made by the operators.

The Portugal News has discussed the claims made in the letters with
leading experts on the health effects of cell phone radiation. Les
Wilson, managing director of London based Microshield Industries, said
that the Stewart Report called for safety exclusion zones to be erected
around telephone masts and also advised against children using cell
phones - points ignored by Vodafone.

Professor George Carlo of Washington DC, USA, pointed out that the 1,600
studies mentioned in one of the letters were no doubt carried out
several years ago and are now out of date compared to more recent
studies, which prove that cell phones and masts are health hazards. The
same applies to the WHO's guidelines. He added that many of these
studies were sponsored by the cell phone industry - hardly a platform
for impartiality. In the early 1990's the Professor was fired by his US
mobile phone sponsors after he published a report stating that radiation
emissions from cell phones were a serious health danger.

Teresa Drago and her fellow protestors are determined to continue their
fight to have the masts removed. A public meeting held in Tavira City
Hall on May 22nd again called upon the Mayor, Mac rio Correia, to
protect residents by forcing the telephone operators to remove the
masts. They repeated requests for him to explain why the masts were
allowed to be erected without the necessary local planning permission -
a question he has failed to answer on numerous occasions.


Study suggests hazard in City-County building basement

By Kate Nash

Some city and county employees who work at desks in the basement of the
Downtown government building are exposed to as much or more
electromagnetic energy on an average day than electric generation plant
operators or television repair people, a report found.

The study was commissioned by a law firm suing the city and the county
over what it says are occupational hazards produced by high
electromagnetic fields in the former offices of the Bernalillo County

Levels measured in some parts of the basement of City Hall far exceed
those at which people have been known to contract certain types of
cancer, according to Santa Barbara, California-based Sage Associates
Environmental Consultants, which did the study for the Bregman Law Firm.
The firm is representing former employees who have been diagnosed with
breast cancer.

"In a normal office, people don't expect these levels, unless they are
electricians or electric workers," said Cindy Sage, owner of the group
hired by attorney Sam Bregman to measure electromagnetic fields in the
area. "Those guys go into that job and accept or expect that. But the
people in the city and county don't. There's no implied consent (to be
exposed), "she said.

The study, conducted July 24, is the second to be done in the
City-County Building after Bregman filed the lawsuit in June. The
plaintiffs - Arthur Slater and James Monta¤o - say high levels of
electromagnetic waves inside the basement caused their cancer, a type
which is rare in men. The basement, which is now home to part of the
city's Public Works Department and the county Treasurer's Office, used
to house the Assessor's Office.

According to Sage and the report, released Monday, the basement offices
have magnetic fields that were measured at five to 10 milligauss at desk
level and between 10 and 100 milligauss at the floor level in various
parts of the basement. An average home has a level of one milligauss,
Sage said. An average office has between one and two, she said.

Chronic exposure to levels between two and five milligauss have been
known to cause certain cancers, she said. And the results, Sage said, mean
it would be prudent to move the employees who work there out of the area.

The building's electrical distribution unit is located in the basement,
city officials said. "Some offices in Public Works and the County
Treasurer's Office are probably unsuitable for continued occupancy where
magnetic field spot measurements at desks or in center-of-room are
chronically and significantly elevated above typical office levels," her
report states.

But plans to do so aren't in the works right now, city officials said.
Anna Lamberson, the city's director of Finance and Administrative
Services, who oversees building maintenance and security, said the
numbers found by Bregman's study and the city's study aren't far apart.

"The one thing that does strike me is the numbers are fairly similar. I
don't think that's been lost on anybody," Lamberson said. "What's
different is the interpretation. We have the interpretation from who we
believe to be the expert." Bregman, however, said Sage is also an expert.

The city's report, which the city says is more comprehensive, showed
magnetism levels that ranged from four to nine milligauss in parts of
the Treasurer's Office and four to 16 in parts of the Public Works
Department. The average field measurements across the area as a whole
typically averaged about one milligauss, the report states. "In our
report, OSHA said we didn't violate any OSHA standards, and they are not
going to come down and visit," Lamberson said.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is the federal agency
charged with establishing and enforcing workplace safety standards.
However, the city's report did list action it can take to make the
offices more comfortable. "That's what we intend to do," Lamberson said,
listing improvements to the ventilation system, improvements to some
drywall areas and carpet replacement as some examples.

County officials declined to comment, and a county spokeswoman said she
hadn't seen the Sage report. According to the city's report - done by
Mountain West Technical Associates and Enertech - the conditions don't
violate OSHA standards. But it notes there are no state or national
standards for exposure to electromagnetic frequencies.

However, Sage said the state of California recently labeled
electromagnetic frequencies as a carcinogen. "We now have sufficient
evidence to declare that EMFs are a carcinogen," she said.

In the meantime, Bregman, a former city councilor, said his case, which
is in the discovery phrase, continues to grow. Bregman said "five to ten
people have contacted me who have serious health problems or whose
relatives have serious health problems and want to look at this (case)."


Source: http://www.grn.es/electropolucio/emf040603.htm

Letter to some Wisconsin newspapers

This is a copy of a letter to the editor which I have sent to some
Wisconsin newspapers and several have already indicated that they plan
to use it.

Jim Protsman

July 23, 2003

Letter to the Editor

A recent study reported in the Journal of Experimental Psychology:
Applied showed that people talking on cell phones, whether handheld or
handsfree, during simulated driving tests, had reduced reaction time,
causing them to run more red lights and to react more slowly to other
vehicles than was true for people who were not using a cell phone.

Cell phone use is usually banned in hospitals because radiation from
these devices interferes with electronic monitoring devices that can
cause them to shut down or give false readings. In a Mayo Clinic study,
recently reported in The New York Times, it was shown that the farther
away a cell phone is from such an electronic device, the less likely the
chance of interference.

The human brain is a very sensitive electronic organ. When it is near a
cell phone, which is a powerful emitter of radiofrequency electromagnetic
energy, nerve signals in the body's nervous system significantly slow
down. This means a falling off of brain function, including reaction
time and all cognitive skills. The cell phone does not have to be on for
this to happen, just nearby (within a foot or two), because even when
turned off a cell phone continues to radiate electromagnetic energy.

There is a simple brain speed test that measures the adverse effect of a
cell phone on brain function. If I hold a cell phone in my hand, or have
one in a pocket, or close to me, I cannot count as fast, nor read as
fast, as when there is no cell phone near me.

To test for counting speed, all I need to do is count to 50 as fast as I
can (silently in my head) when holding a cell phone, and time myself
with a second hand on a timepiece. Then I repeat the counting test, this
time at least five feet away from the cell phone. I can count about
10-15% faster when not in contact with the cell phone. During the second
part of this test I should not be near any other electronic devices.

When counting speed drops, so does every other brain function. Hence it
is better not to use a cell phone when driving, or to even be near one.
You will be a better driver. New York has banned the use of cell phones
by drivers, and Wisconsin should seriously consider doing the same.


James Protsman

Re: Is This hypocrisy,Conflict of interests,or What??

Hi Klaus.

I happen to favor addition of cannibis to the list of prescribable
narcotics for pain or whatever else it might help.

Note that inhalation of marijuana smoke probably is not a good delivery
route, because the combustion products probably are dangerous to the
health, as are tobacco combustion products. One would expect about the
same lung cancer . . ..

I don't know whether yet another intoxicant is the right solution for
anything, though.

John Michael Williams

Whale numbers disputed

Pre-whaling population estimates upset conservationists
25 July 2003 TOM CLARKE

A new study estimating the original size of North Atlantic whale
populations - before whaling took its toll - is being heavily criticized
by researchers. Yet it backs the case for a continued ban on whale hunting.

The genetic analysis suggests that about 12 times more humpback and fin
whales once cruised the ocean compared with previous estimates1. This
was before their wholesale slaughter began in the nineteenth century.

Today's relatively small whale populations should be protected for
another 50-100 years before they are large enough to allow resumption of
commercial whaling, argues Stephen Palumbi of Stanford University in
California who did the analysis...

see further: http://www.nature.com/nsu/030721/030721-14.html

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