Workers comp case re brain
dysfunction and microwave radiation
Worldwide CANCER and EMF increases
during 20th Century
Could you ask your members to try to find a graph for:
1] RATE OF INCREASE OF CANCER DURING 20TH CENTURY.
2] RATE OF INCREASE IN EMF POLLUTION IN 20TH CENTURY.
Then we can compare the two graphs.
Occupational exposure to RF/MW
and "Microwave sickness" (excerpt)
Some months ago I was contacted by the Trade Union
responsible for Australian crane operaters. They are receiving many concerns
about health problems from crane operaters who were working at elevations
close to active microwave antennas, such as mobile phone antennas on top
From our discussions it was apparent that there seemed
to be a connection with health complaints and working in close proximity
to antennas. The symptoms were the same as those listed under the condition
of "microwave sickness" in the Russian medical literature.
Could you please post this message, I believe people
in this group would no doubt have various opinions on this, I would appreciate
a varied response, as no one person I've met yet, can even begin to explain
I have worked in the construction and maintance of
towers/base stations etc for over 8 years.
I would like to know if anyone has ever suffered this
skin disorder(as above titled). I have it on the back of my neck. It resembles
a small pimple with a clear fluid in it, but it cannot be burst. Steroid
cream reduces the visual effects, but not all. Some days after heavy use
of the mobile phone these bumps get itchy and swell and more bumps become
present. Having worn a gold necklace during my periods at work, I believe
this is some how connected.
Doctors can not identify causes, and with all research
pointing to cell changes due to RF, I was wondering could this be a possible
heating and cell changing of the skin from my necklace re-radiating. I
know this is RF related because it increases and spreads when I'm actively
onsite and making heavy use of the mobile phone. I know when I'm holidays,
off work,-no sites-no phone, it reduces. Although, I have a permanent
set of dots that never go away.
I have noticed that several people who have worked
in the same field suffer similar small dots and dicoulouration around
the back and sides of their neck. It's especially evident on the men who
have worked in the industry longer than 10 years. I have also noticed
it on workers who have built power transmission lines. Is this a coincidence
or should we be doing some research on it. Or, could we just simply survey
the men, who for the past 50 years have built these RF emitting structures.
Your comments are welcomed.
Technology: Letter writers
sick of cell phone masts
Informant: Robert Riedlinger
"The Government want
us to say that these masts are completely safe and
aren't dangerous, but we can't say that"
Professor Lawrie Challis, The Government's New
Mast Safety Supremo
By Andy Mosley - Express & Echo - Friday January
The Government's new top adviser on mobile phone mast
safety has admitted transmitters have still not been proven to be safe.
Professor Lawrie Challis, the new chairman of the expert Stewart Committee,
said: "We cannot say there is no risk. You could never say that.
All you can do is take measures to reduce those risks.
"The Government doesn't want to hear that message.
They want us to say that masts are completely safe and aren't dangerous,
but we can't say that."
Speaking exclusively to the Express & Echo, Prof
Challis said more research needed to be carried out on cancer victims
- such as six-year-old Devon girl Emma Cann - who lived near the structures.
He said he did not think Government research had gone far enough and said
that investigations by other experts would now be considered.
He was speaking after a seminar on mast safety held
in Devon yesterday. At the same conference, a top university scientist
said he believed the Government had been looking at the wrong research.
Dr Gerald Hyland, of Warwick University's physics department
and the International Institute of Biophysics, said that 16 cancer clusters
had been identified throughout the country - including the area around
George Hill, Crediton, where the Cann family live. And he said some recent
research showed that people suffering ill health had got better once they
had moved away from the masts.
Prof Challis, who has recently replaced Sir William
Stewart as head of the Mobile Telecommunications Health Research (MTHR)
team, said: "we recognised while carrying out the research for the
Stewart Report three years ago that people hadn't been using mobile phones
for that long and some diseases take many years between the incidence
of a disease and the observance of a symptom. It could take up to 10 years
before we know for sure. There are fears that there might be biological
effects and it is not possible at present to be sure that exposure is
not without potential health effects. That is why we advised the precautionary
approach to the siting of masts.
"Conventional thinking would say exposure to radiation
would be too small to have any effect, but there may be things we still
don't know about, so we do need to be careful.
"I have been impressed by the fear factor. If
you have a mast near you and you have heard that they might be dangerous,
that can have an effect.
"We have spent quite a bit of time talking about
this and I think it will take a while until the public is convinced that
masts are safe."
Last week it was announced that new research into the
health effects of mast emissions was to be carried out. This is due to
begin this year, with studies on individuals who believe radiation from
masts has made them ill.
Prof Challis said: "We have received about 150
proposals for research, which we have to look at. The research will start
towards the end of the year once we have looked at the proposals."
He said he was more concerned about the safety aspects
of using mobile phones and had been surprised at the level of worry over
"Around 85 per cent of public concern when we
carried out the Stewart Report was about masts, which surprised us but
was a very important message to us. I am sure still more concerned about
having a phone two centimetres from my head than a nearby mast,"
However, he did admit that some of the recommendations
made in the Stewart Report regarding masts had not been fully met by the
Government. "I don't think it has done everything it could have done.
I would give it about eight out of 10.
"We asked for greater public consultation over
mast siting because we were aware that concern affects people's well-being
because they worry about it. There has been more consultation, but it
wasn't quite what we wanted to see," he said.
Prof Challis said research showed that radiation led
to an increase in a person's temperature of only one degree. "I don't
know anyone who is too concerned about this because the temperature of
a normal healthy human goes up and down by about a degree every day anyway,"
he said. "So heat isn't the issue."
He added that recent research had not added much to
the mast safety debate.
Prof Challis insisted the team that compiled the Stewart
Report was totally independent from Government or industry. "Our
concern was about public health not the wishes of Government or the profits
of industry," he said.
Prof Challis added that he was worried by the level
of mobile phone use among children.
He said more needed to be done towards educating youngsters
about limiting the time they spend on phones.
Informant: Iris from Israel
Following is the Forword of a report on the Russian
medical literature that was compiled in Germany in 1996-7. Unfortunately
the English translater had a personal crisis and never finished the translation
and so the report remains half finished - and with the price of translators
it will unfortunately have to remain so.
Biological Effects of Electromagnetic
Fields on Humans in the Frequency Range 0 to 3 GHz :
Summary and results of a study
of Russian medical literature from 1960 - 1996
Prepared for the German Federal Ministry for Postal
Services and Telecommunication in order to compare the differences between
West European and CIS (former Soviet Union) EMF standards.
Contract No 4231/630 402
Prof. em. Prof. Dr. med. Karl Hecht
Dr. rer. nat. Hans-Ullrich Balzer
Foreword by Drs. Hans-Ullrich Balzer and Karl Hecht,
The Institute of Stress Research, Berlin Germany.
As presented to the Tenth International Montreux Congress
On Stress, Montreux Switzerland, February 28 to March 5, 1999
There is a great deal of controversy about the biological
and psychobiological effects of electromagnetic fields on human beings.
In the discussions of results of studies of Western countries, which usually
take place over a time period of only 1 to 3 years, Russian medical literature
is neglected to a great extent. We analyzed about 1500 original works
of Russian medical literature from the years 1960 to 1996, in which the
effects of electromagnetic fields on humans, animals and plants were studied.
The following evaluation summary has to do to a large extent with examinations
carried out by company physicians involving several thousand industrial
workers subject to effects from electromagnetic fields, radar stations,
and high-voltage electrical plants, where the periods of influence spanned
a range of up to 20 years. The following symptoms are characteristic and
appeared much more often directly in relation to the number of years of
service by the worker in the plant.
* Neurasthema, neurotic symptoms
* Arterial hypotension, bradycardia or tachycardia
* Vagotonic displacement of the cardiovascular system
* EEG changes (deterioratrion of the alpha rhythm)
* Hyperfunction of the thyroid
* Sexual Potency disturbances
* Passive tremor of the fingers
* Disturbances in the hypothalamic-hypophyseal cortico-adrenal system
* Digestive system disorders
* Sleep disorders
* Slowing down of the sensorimotor system
* Hair loss
Subjective symptoms reported by the patients:
* Exhaustion, weariness
* Lack of concentration
* Profuse outbreaks of perspiration
* Spontaneous excitability due to hypotonic reaction conditions, especially
under heavy work pressure
* Heart trouble
A three-stage symptom complex was determined:
1st stage: Beginning symptoms which can last up to
three years without findings or a sympathicotonic reaction level.
2nd stage: Weakly pronounced symptoms lasting 3 to
5 years. A reversial gradually occurs from the normal or hypertonic level
to that of hypotonia.
3rd stage: Highly pronounced symptoms more or less
distinct replications of the symptom complex mentioned above.
Whereas the symptoms at stages 1 or 2 can subside into
remission, they become unremitting at stage three.
In extensive supplementary experiments on test animals,
it was determined that the biological effects of electromagnetic fields
depend on a number of factors:
* Duration of exposure to influence
* Individual sensitivity
* Kind of electromagnetic field
It also depends on the particular wavelength (when
the dose is the same): mm-waves cause hardly any biological effect at
all, cm-waves very little effect, d-waves a distinct effect, and m-waves
a very highly pronounced effect.
It has also been shown from the results of animal experiments
that electromagnetic fields (depending on the factors previously mentioned)
trigger an unspecific biological reaction over a long period of time (along
the lines of Hans Seyle) that later usually remain at a hypotonic level.
Comparisions were made between the symptom complex
caused by electromagnetic fields and by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).
Informant: Don Maisch