|Betreff: (From Sylvie) Repacholi News|
|Datum: Mon, 21 Nov 2005 12:58:15 EST|
|Betreff: Re: (From Sylvie) Repacholi News|
|Von: Iris Atzmon
|Datum: Sun, 20 Nov 2005 18:10:29 +0200|
“The whole section on cancer seems more like a desperate attempt to maintain some positive statistical association from epidemiological studies alive than a factual and honest presentation of arguments both, for and against, carcinogenicity.”
who will sit in on the weeklong deliberations at Repacholi’s
invitation, has been assigned to the epidemiology working group, where
he will no doubt continue to maintain that the link between EMFs and
childhood leukemia is inconsequential.
Plante has played a villainous role in the EMF controversy. A decade ago, he was involved in stopping work on an epidemiological study on possible EMF cancer risks to electric utility workers. The Canadian-French study was the first —and the last— to investigate whether exposure to high-frequency transients could lead the cancer. The multi-million dollar study, published in the
Jack Sahl, another invited observer who will also sit in on the epidemiological working group, was a leading member of the UHSG for much of the 1990s. The USHG was the brainchild of Tom Watson, now of Watson & Renner, a law firm based in
It is not known who wrote the comments submitted by the USHG, but it is possible that every electric utility that is a member of the USHG was given the chance to review the WHO document and funnel its comments back to the WHO.
What is clear is that the USHG attempted to weaken the EHC document. For instance, while the draft states that, “evidence is increasing that magnetic fields could interact with DNA-damaging agents, at least in some cellular models,” the USHG suggested that for the “sake of clarity and balance... it would be useful to include... ‘Any such effects on DNA cannot, however, be considered as established’.”
USHG also proposed the following change in the chapter on protective measures: “It should also be pointed out that ‘redirecting facilities or redesigning electrical systems may be so expensive as to be inconsistent with the low-cost and no-cost steps typically viewed as prudent avoidance’.”
Nor was the USHG bashful about promoting the utility position, arguing:
“It would be useful for the summary to include a clear statement that the scientific research does not establish ELF EMF as a cause or contributing factor in any disease
or adverse health effect, including cancer.”
Very useful to industry, indeed.
Thanks to Repacholi, the electric utility industry has been and continues to be a full partner in the writing of the EMF document —a document which will be the WHO’s official position on EMFs for years to come. The most disconcerting part of all is that no one at the WHO thinks he is doing anything wrong.
----- Original Message -----From: JCMPelican@aol.comSent: Sunday, November 20, 2005 7:59 AMSubject: Re: (From Sylvie) Repacholi News
Dear Iris: I hate to "break the news" to Dr. Repacholi BUT kids under the age of 5 have DIED from chronic exposure to low levels of EMF/EMR and I believe most of those children who died from Leukemia, became ill due to sleeping in close proximity to electrical appliances/devices such as electric clocks, electric clock radios, fans, electric heating pads and blankets, cordless phone power supplies, etc. and/or from sleeping against walls opposite electric metes ("powerwalls")!!!This is not to say we shouldn't worry about childrens' use of cell phones. We should be "very worried!!!!" However, if he and others wouldn't keep denying and minimizing the "available research" which includes the EMF RAPID Interagency Committee Report that has never been presented to Congress as well as the 2002 California EMF Study, perhaps public service announcements and flyers could soon be provided to parents around-the-world so they can help provide safe sleeping environments for their children!!!! This awareness would, in turn, point out the need for caution in regard to childrens' cell phone usage.I know you know how important this and other EMR concerns are and I appreciate your efforts "to infoirm" very much!!! Take care - JoanneJoanne C. MuellerGuinea Pigs R Us731 - 123rd Avenue N.W.Minneapolis, Minnesota 55448-2127 USAPhone: 763-755-6114Email: email@example.com