New urgent warnings on
wireless and EMF public health risks
A new updated BioInitiative 2012 Report says that evidence
for risks to health has substantially increased since 2007 from electromagnetic
fields (EMF) and wireless technologies (radiofrequency
The report reviews over 1800 new scientific studies and
includes 29 independent science and medical experts from around the
world. Cell phone users, parents-to-be, young children and pregnant
women are at particular risk.
Summary of Key
- Evidence for Damage to Sperm and
- Evidence that Children are More
- Evidence for Fetal and Neonatal
- Evidence for Effects on Autism
(Autism Spectrum Disorders)
- Evidence for Electrohypersensitivity
- Evidence for Effects from Cell
Tower-Level RFR Exposures
- Evidence for Effects on the
- Evidence for Effects on Brain Tumors
- Evidence for Effects on Genes
- Evidence for Effects on the Nervous
- Evidence for Effects on Cancer
(Childhood Leukemia, Adult Cancers)
- Melatonin, Breast Cancer and
- Stress, Stress Proteins and DNA as a
- Effects of Weak-Field Interactions
on Non-Linear Biological Oscillators and Synchronized Neural Activity
and cordless phones linked to cancer
Hardell, MD at Orebro University, Sweden says, "There
is a consistent pattern of increased risk for glioma (a malignant brain tumor)
and acoustic neuroma with use of mobile and cordless phones."
evidence shows that radiofrequency should be classified as a human carcinogen.
The existing FCC/IEEE and ICNIRP public safety limits and reference levels are
not adequate to protect public health."
dozen new studies link cell phone radiation to sperm damage. Even a cell
phone in the pocket or on a belt may harm sperm DNA, result in misshapen sperm,
and impair fertility in men. Laptop computers with wireless internet
connections can damage DNA in sperm.
Based on strong evidence
for vulnerable biology in autism, EMF/RFR can plausibly increase autism risk
aggressively investigate the links between autism disorders and wireless
technologies, we should minimize wireless and EMF exposures for people with
autism disorders, children of all ages, people planning a baby, and during
pregnancy, " says Martha Herbert,
Wireless devices such as
phones and laptops used by pregnant women may alter brain development of the
fetus. This has been linked in both animal and human studies to hyperactivity,
learning and behavior problems.
There is more evidence
than we need.
last five years worth of new scientific studies tell us the situation is much
worse than in 2007 and yet people around the world have so much more daily
exposure than even five years ago. Exposures are linked to a variety of adverse
health outcomes that may have significant public health consequences." (Editor's notes)
is now much more evidence of risks to health affecting billions of people
world-wide. The status quo is not acceptable in light of the evidence for
O. Carpenter, MD, co-editor Bioinitiative 2012 Report.
This study covers
EMF from powerlines, electrical wiring, appliances and hand-held devices;
and from wireless technologies (cell and cordless phones, cell towers, 'smart
meters', WI-FI, wireless laptops, wireless routers, baby monitors, and other
electronic devices). Health topics include damage to DNA and genes,
effects on memory, learning, behavior, attention, sleep disruption, cancer and
neurological diseases like Alzheimer's disease.
New safety standards are
urgently needed for protection against EMF and wireless exposures that now
appear everywhere in daily life.
from the BioInitiative 2007 recommendation of 0.1 uW/cm2 for cumulative outdoor
pulsed RFR down to something three orders of magnitude lower is justified in
2012 on a public health basis.
A precautionary action
level of 0.0003 uW/cm2 to 0.0006 uW/cm2 is suggested.
Applying a ten-fold
reduction to the 'effects level' reported in short-term studies or studies on
adults is intended to compensate for the lack of long-term exposure in a
particular study, or to adjust for using adult studies in considering children
as a sensitive sub-population.
We hold their future in
for the report go to the "many
independent scientists, researchers and experts who have labored, some for
decades - many of whom are no longer with us - to bring this body of science
into the public arena."
Cindy Sage, Co-Editor of the report extends gratitude to
her husband and family and
Avery, Drake, Ford, Jenner, Luke, Solei, and all the children whose trusting
faces remind us that we hold their future in our hands."
Ronald M. Powell (Ph.D., Harvard University, 1975) explains, in lay terms, the
implications of the BioInitiative 2012 Report for Smart Meters and Smart
Appliances. He compares the low RF power density levels at which biological
effects were reported in the RF Color Charts in the Report to the calculated RF
power density levels that Smart Meters and Smart Appliances can produce."
comparison shows the following:
Meters and Smart Appliances can readily produce RF power density levels at
which biological effects have been observed.
current FCC Maximum Permitted Exposure limits, for RF power density levels
for uncontrolled exposure of the general public, are too high (too
permissive) to protect against these biological effects.
much lower (more restrictive) exposure limits, like those proposed in the
BioInitiative 2012 Report, are needed.