Long-term studies needed

Posted 8/7/19

The editorial opinion of Bill Kaune, PhD (Leader, July 31) stated that based on scientific standards set up by the U.S. government and assessments by scientists, electromagnetic radiation (EMR) poses …

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Long-term studies needed

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The editorial opinion of Bill Kaune, PhD (Leader, July 31) stated that based on scientific standards set up by the U.S. government and assessments by scientists, electromagnetic radiation (EMR) poses no medical hazard to the public.

While this is the general consensus it is largely impossible to assess long-term biological effects of EMR. Essentially all scientific studies depend on relatively short-term examination of adverse effects of EMR. Unfortunately, unlike toxins that exert damage acutely such as venom after a snake bite, EMR exerts its effects chronically, in most cases 24/7 year after year. What would be the long-term effect of EMR after 50-plus years of exposure? We can only speculate. However, the incidence of autoimmune illness and cancer continue to dramatically rise annually. Mental illness from anxiety and depressive disorders to psychotic conditions is also on the rise. Might EMR play any role at all in contributing to these illnesses?

The plan to begin providing 5G internet services will increase our exposure to EMR as will the installation of “smart” meters. Future modernization of homes with a panoply of smart devices will similarly increase our exposure. Hypersensitive individuals experiencing difficulty with EMR have made efforts to lessen the burden by shutting down devices in their bedrooms while sleeping. Some have moved “off the grid” to eliminate it entirely.

Long-term controlled studies of EMR continuing for years if not decades would be required to ascertain the absence of harmful biological effects. Until that is done the question of EMR “toxicity” cannot be refuted.

Jonathan Collin, MD
Editor-in-Chief
Townsend Letter

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Justin Hale

This issue regarding the 5G network is so dam frustrating, why are the "experts" conflicted on this issue, isn't science supposed to be about facts? The system either is or is not safe. I tend to lean towards the reasoning of Brussels, prove it's safe first.

Wednesday, August 7
ana wolpin

I very much appreciate a local MD questioning the impacts of EMR. The one quibble I have is with Dr. Collins' statement that general consensus is "electromagnetic radiation poses no medical hazard to the public." That was the general consensus twenty years ago, but as evidence of harm has mounted over the decades, that is no longer true.

As I commented elsewhere:

In 2002, over 1000 physicians signed the Freiburger Appeal, warning about the dangers of wireless radiation. Renamed International Doctors' Appeal 2012, ten years later that number had grown to over 3,000 physicians. It calls for a halt to the expansion of wireless technology and a moratorium on new base stations. "Over the past decade, the evidence of serious risks has been increasing and accumulating worldwide. As physicians, we observe a clear increase in health symptoms… including problems falling asleep and staying asleep, chronic fatigue, headaches, migraine, vertigo, tinnitus, unhealthy blood pressure levels and arrhythmias, concentration and memory problems, learning and behavioral disorders, a more frequent incidence of ADHD among children." http://freiburger-appell-2012.info/en/home.php?lang=EN

In 2007, a group of international scientists and MDs published the BioInitiative Report, summarizing over 2000 published research papers showing evidence of health risks from electromagnetic fields and wireless technologies. In 2012, an update added 1800 new studies "reporting bioeffects and adverse health effects of electromagnetic fields (powerlines, electrical wiring, appliances and hand-held devices) – and wireless technologies (cell and cordless phones, cell towers, WI-FI, wireless laptops, wireless routers, baby monitors, surveillance systems, wireless utility meters (‘smart meters’), etc.” This year, that report was updated again because the evidence of harm continues to grow: "Since 2017, the large number of newly published studies on neurological effects; and on free radical damage (oxidative effects) has warranted updating our research summaries again in 2019." https://bioinitiative.org/

In 2015, 215 scientists from 41 countries communicated their alarm to the United Nations (UN) and World Health Organization (WHO). This International Appeal—also updated in 2019—is titled "Scientists Call for Protection from Non-ionizing Electromagnetic Field Exposure.” It explains that "The various agencies setting safety standards have failed to impose sufficient guidelines to protect the general public, particularly children who are more vulnerable to the effects of EMF." https://emfscientist.org/index.php/emf-scientist-appeal

Most recently, the International Appeal to Stop 5g on Earth and in Space was launched, with 136,397 signatories from 200 countries as of August 9, 2019. They "urgently call for a halt to the deployment of the 5G (fifth generation) wireless network, including 5G from space satellites. 5G will massively increase exposure to radio frequency (RF) radiation on top of the 2G, 3G and 4G networks for telecommunications already in place. RF radiation has been proven harmful for humans and the environment. The deployment of 5G constitutes an experiment on humanity and the environment that is defined as a crime under international law.” Of those signatories, thousands are scientists, medical doctors, nurses, dentists, engineers, building biologists, and other professionals. https://www.5gspaceappeal.org/the-appeal

Many, many doctors and scientists around the world share Dr. Collins’ concerns.

Friday, August 9
TomCamfield

I'm sorry I missed the original debate on this, and I haven't read up on the subject. However . . .

I see that effects are said to be problems falling asleep and staying asleep, chronic fatigue, headaches, migraine, vertigo, tinnitus, unhealthy blood pressure levels and arrhythmias, concentration and memory problems, learning and behavioral disorders. Resulting from electromagnetic fields (powerlines, electrical wiring, appliances and hand-held devices) – and wireless technologies (cell and cordless phones, cell towers, WI-FI, wireless laptops, wireless routers, baby monitors, surveillance systems, wireless utility meters (‘smart meters’), etc.”

The future doesn't belong a great deal to me, now 90, but it seems we'd be better off spending worry time on the effects of global warming and climate change . . .exacerbated by the relentless over-population. Deaths are numerous already in this area, and the migration it is helping to promote is another whole new problem.

As mentioned, I'm 90. For the past 27 years I've stared into a computer screen 5 or 6 hours a day with none of the deleterious effects listed above. Of course I've spent very little time with an electronic device of any kind jammed up against my ear. I also don't suffer from hypochondria. Nor am i aging in fear. Check back with me in 5 or 10 years.

Friday, August 9