* Mobile phones and health-a UK perspective - EU Research into possible health effects-Project Overviews - New chairman for the MTHR Research Programme - Discussion paper for the third call for proposals - Correspondence between Dr Miguel MuntanÚ and Volker Hartenstein - Transmission tower emissions cripple farm operation in Germany (21/11/02)

TramŔs per Klaus Rudolph (Citizens' Initiative Omega)

Below some details of the absracts available in Pdf files, submitted to the MTHR Research Seminar Nov 11-12 2002. Some are interesting, below pasted a few sections, Sir William Stewart, announced that he was stepping down to devote more time to his new role as Shadow Chairman of the Government's proposed Health Protection Agency.

Kind regards,
Marre Dafforn


Sir William Stewart FRS Shadow Chair, Health Protection Agency

Since then various other reports have been published which broadly agreed with the Stewart Report analysis and recommendations and concur with the views that there is a need to adopt a precautionary approach 2-10.

Fourth, in line with the Stewart Report, which recommended a further up-to-date independent review (due May 2003) the NRPB, on behalf of government, has asked its own independent Advisory Group on Non-Ionising Radiation (AGNIR) to review the situation. Such a review is currently on-going.


Research into possible health effects, Sweden

 Kjell Hansson Mild
National Institute for Working Life, Umeň, and Department of Natural Sciences, Írebro
University, Írebro, Sweden.

Professor Lennart Hardell at Department of Oncology at the University Hospital in Írebro is heading a large epidemiological study on brain tumours and mobile phone use. The study comprising over 1600 cases has so far resulted in two published papers and two more are being considered for publication. It was seen that users of analogue phone had a statistical significant increased risk, OR = 1.3, with one year latency, and this increased with ten years latency to 1.8. The collection of new cases has continued since July 2000 and a new analysis will be done in Spring 2003.

There is also a study on salivary gland tumours that is almost completed and the results are to be expected during Spring 2003. At the Department of Environmental Epidemiology, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, professor Anders Ahlbom and ass. Professor Maria Feychting are participating in the large international WHO Interphone study, and they are also part of the PMC study headed by professor Paul Elliot, UK. More about these studies will be presented by others at the meeting.

At Chalmers in Gothenburg a dosimetry project is being done. They are especially interested in modelling the inner ear since this is neglected in present human head models. The model will then be used with FDTD calculations to obtain the SAR distribution for the inner ear.

Dr Igor Belayev at Stockholm University is investigating the stress response in brain cell and lymphocytes from rats exposed to microwaves.  In a 2D-gel electrophoresis a more than 2-fold change in several protein spots have been observed after exposure of the rats to 0.4 W/kg for 2 h. In another study biochemical markers in lymphocytes from persons claiming electrical hypersensitivity are studied. So far they have observed effect on chromatin conformation and appearance of 53bp1 protein foci, which is similar to the stress response from a heat shock.

The research group at Lund University is continuing their experiment with the blood-brain barrier in rats when exposed to low-level microwaves. They have now up to 1600 animals studied and the effect on the BBB is reported to be largest at around 20 mW/kg. Now they also report on damaged nerve cells in the brain as a result of the exposure.


EU Research into possible health effects --- Project Overviews 
* C. Dasenbrock

Therefore, the results of the total project PERFORM-A will be available in mid-2005. By that time the results of the epidemiological multi-centre study INTERPHONE, which is also conducted under the EU's 5th Framework Research Programme, are expected. The EU, the WHO/IARC and other institutions will then assess with great certainty whether EMFs, as they are emitted from mobile phones and base stations, cause an increase in cancer risks.

Programme for the MTHR Research Seminar 11th of November 2002
EU Research into possible health effects, Dr Dasenbrock PDF
Mobile Phones and Health - A UK Perspective, Sir William Stewart PDF
Research priorities within industry, Mays Swicord, Motorola PDF
Research into possible health effects in Italy, Guglielmo d'Inzeo PDF
Research into possible health effects, Sweden, Kjell Hansson Mild PDF
Research into possible health effects, Germany, Gerd Friedrich PDF
Research into possible health effects, Australia, Donald Cameron PDF
The Finnish Research Programme (2000 - 2003), Maila Hietanen PDF
The influence of mobile phones on driving, Andrew Parkes PDF
The Future for Mobile Phones, Dr Myles Capstick, University of York PDF
Risk Perception, Dr Simon Gerrard, University of East Anglia  PDF

Professor Lawrie Challis, OBE, Emeritus Professor of Physics at Nottingham University, will succeed Sir William Stewart, FRS, as Chairman of the THR Programme Management Committee.  Professor Challis is currently Vice-chairman of the Programme Management Committee and was formerly Vice-chairman of the Stewart Inquiry into Mobile Phones and Health.

The present Chairman of the Programme Management Committee of the MTHR, Sir William Stewart, announced today that he was stepping down to devote more time to his new role as Shadow Chairman of the Government's proposed Health Protection Agency.

Professor Challis said of his new role:

"This is an important and exciting research programme and we are all extremely grateful to Bill Stewart for getting the programme established so effectively. It is a great honour and privilege to follow in his footsteps."

Sir William Stewart, outgoing Chairman, commented:

"I was recently appointed Shadow Chairman of the proposed Health Protection Agency and I must devote a major part of my time and effort into the setting up of this hugely important new agency. I shall be sorry to step down because the MTHR is a good Committee. However I have worked well with Lawrie Challis for many years and am very pleased that the MTHR will be in his safe and independent hands."

Downloadable portrait photos of Sir William Stewart and Professor Lawrie Challis, along with other photographs from the MTHR scientific seminar on 11 November, are available to the media at www.mthr.org.uk/_download/

MTHR P3/02
11 November 2002

Following the publication of the report by the Independent Expert Group on Mobile Phones, chaired by Sir William Stewart, and the Group's recommendation for further research in this field, a Programme Management Committee (PMC) was set up to advise on this research programme. To date the PMC has published two calls for research proposals and the first tranche of projects is now underway.

The PMC has now decided to issue a third call for research proposals, specifically in areas where the Committee has identified a need for additional research in two areas, Psycho/Social Studies and Human Volunteer Studies: general and special populations. This document summarises the current views of the PMC in this respect. Interested parties are invited to comment on these proposals before the PMC issues a formal call for proposals. Please send any comments on these research areas to mthr@nrpb.org by Monday 2nd of December 2002.

(2) Main study:

In the main study the PMC would like to see some of the following subsidary questions addressed (in no particular order of priority):

(i) How has the message advocating a precautionary approach been promulgated?
(ii) Who has received and acted on the advice?
(iii) What impact has this advice had on groups' or individuals' behaviour, especially their use of mobile phones?
(iv) What impact has this advice had on groups' or individuals' attitudes to the sitings of mobile phone masts?
(v) How has the precautionary approach affected the mast roll-out programme?
(vi) Has the range of interpretations of the precautionary approach advocated by IEGMP had an impact?
(vii) Has there been a difference over time as to how individuals and groups respond to the precautionary approach?
(viii) Has familiarity and necessity changed individuals' and groups' attitudes to this new technology?
(ix) How do people's own perceptions of risk affect the advice they give to those in their care, for example, children and teenagers?

The main study will need to build on the results of the pilot study and applicants may wish to apply to undertake both the pilot and the main study.

Correspondence between Dr Miguel MuntanÚ and Volker Hartenstein, Member of the Bavarian Parliament

Dear Mr. Volker Hartenstein

I offer to your personal attention this "NEUE STRATEGIE DER INDUSTRIE" based on my own experience as one exposed to microwave radiation at the appalling distance of 5 meters as "Microwave Bombardment" since 1996 and owing to my knowledge in the field of industrial research (with several registered patents) and as Chairman of two companies for over 20 ys.

On July 12 1999 the European Commission established under the heading "Recommendations" the power limits of the ICNIRP. Surprisingly the whole members of this Commission tendered their resignation on March 16 1999. May this "Recommendation" cause the practical corruption of health of thousands of families throughout Europe?.

Yours faithfully,
Miguel MuntanÚ

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Dear Mr. Miguel MuntanÚ,

many thanks for your informations. I think the way explained in your attachment could be a first step to accomplish minimizing radiation pollution. To my knowledge the power flux density of 0,01ÁW/cm2 (= 100 ÁW/m2) however is to high. Health problems caused by long-term expusure would surely not be prevented.

With best regards
Volker Hartenstein

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Dear Mr. Volker Hartenstein

Thanks for your answer and prudent opinion about the limit of  power 0,01 microW/cm2 that I also share to protect to the population by long-term. This level express the fear that I have for my children (7) since we have supported during years 40 -  60 and even....more microW/cm2. Finally we left the our house with dead guinea pigs and irreversible health problems.

1║  We recognize that the present attention and the social problem is in great proximity of base stations (it affects 1 % of the population) since the biological alteration is "accumulative".

The School of RONDA (MALAGA) informs recently about 8 abortions last year near the base station (<50 meters) .

2║ The most important attention and the main problem is the power of microwaves that the mobile telephone introduces within the brain: Can surpass 3 000 microW/cm2 that is three million times higher that the direct radiation of microwaves emmited by the Sun (it affects 80% of the population)

The prudent limit of power of 0.01 microW/cm2 means to place the mobile telephone to 25 meters of distance and to forbid it in trains and transport public.

3║ Next: New communication by means of infrared optical antenna.

Best regards
Miguel Muntane┤

Transmission tower emissions cripple farm operation in Germany see: http://www.angelfire.com/on3/emfx/vet2de.htm

Informant: Robert Riedlinger

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