Dear Dr Holohan
In 2011 your office put some information on your website on the health and safety aspects of mobile phone radiation. Your website gave some very important warnings for vulnerable people such as children and young people.
In the light of these findings, the Chief Medical Officer of the Department of Health and Children strongly advises that children and young people who do use mobile phones, should be encouraged to use mobile phones for “essential purposes only” All calls should be kept short as talking for long periods prolongs exposure to radio frequency electromagnetic fields.
Also, in 2011 we had a Fianna Fail private members bill called The Mobile Phone Radiation Warning Bill. https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/bills/bill/2011/24/
This was an excellent proposal and Ireland would have been leading the world if this law was passed. However, the government fell and the new government had the crash to deal with, unfortunately it was dropped off the agenda. Now approximately 10 years later we still don’t have any warnings and at the same time we have this explosion in the densification of mobile phone radiation. Our children are assaulted by the radiation in their homes, in their classrooms, in public places, in fact everywhere as this radiation is ubiquitous. Professor Olle Johansson estimates that it is now at one Billion Billion times (10 to the power of 18) higher than the background radiation that existed on planet earth since the big bang. https://5g-emf.com/quintillion/
In reality very few people have an opportunity to look at these warnings on your website. Also, we know the mobile phone companies abdicate responsibility and cleverly only show the warnings six deep in the terms and conditions.
It appears that the DCCAE stance in following blindly the deeply controversial ICNIRP standards which the Industry helped create have shown apparent disregard when it comes to protecting the Health and Safety of our fellow citizens.
As you well know, we have new legislation in Ireland relating to EMF’s, the 2016 Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Electromagnetic fields) Regulations. Statutory Instrument No. 337 of 2016.
This legislation, now for the first time, clearly states in that Non-Thermal effects might have a detrimental effect on the mental and physical health of employees. So, Ireland now finally has recognised that there are Non-Thermal Bio-effects.
Surely this should be a wake-up call for DCCAE and HSE to come out and warn our population.
This Microwave Radiation Affects our Biology, it has effects which vary between people but it does have deleterious effects on all life forms. We are all electro sensitive and unfortunately experts say that approximately 3 to 5% humans are electro hypersensitive (EHS). This can be truly debilitating condition and can happen to anybody. There is a wonderful Irish website dedicated to EHS sufferers
https://es-ireland.com/electrosensitivity/ that needs support and publicity. There are many EHS sufferers in Ireland who were completely unaware of their condition.
Ireland was told in 2011 by the Committee on the Environment, Agriculture and Local and Regional Affairs of the Council of Europe to do the following
Council of Europe Draft Resolution Section 8.1. In general terms:
8.1.1. take all reasonable measures to reduce exposure to electromagnetic fields, especially to radio frequencies from mobile phones, and particularly the exposure to children and young people who seem to be most at risk from head tumours;
8.1.2. reconsider the scientific basis for the present electromagnetic fields exposure standards set by the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection, which have serious limitations and apply “as low as reasonably achievable” (ALARA) principles, covering both thermal effects and the a thermic or biological effects of electromagnetic emissions or radiation;
8.1.3. put in place information and awareness-raising campaigns on the risks of potentially harmful long-term biological effects on the environment and on human health, especially targeting children, teenagers and young people of reproductive age;
8.1.4. pay particular attention to “electrosensitive” persons suffering from a syndrome of intolerance to electromagnetic fields and introduce special measures to protect them, including the creation of wave-free areas not covered by the wireless network; 8.1.5. in order to reduce costs, save energy, and protect the environment.
To date our Government has done very little in regard to these demands.
Is it not time to get your colleagues in the DCCAE to take out the 2011 Warning Bill and get it re-introduced into the Dail. In a conversation with the EPA recently I got the impression that they also were not against the concept of warning people.
If we look to the science behind what many thousands of scientist’s word-wide are now saying about these 20 plus year old discredited / industry supported standards.
Please look at the Irish review article by Professor Tom Butler from UCC on the clear evidence of risk to children.
It is important when speaking with people about health and safety of mobile phones to stress that contrary to what Engineers may say, Microwave Radiation at levels present in mobile phones actually affects our Biology. These Pulsed Polarised Modulated Microwave Radiation do have significant Bio-effects.
There is one big issue that confounds and amplifies the widespread confusion that we are facing today. The misassumptions of Classical Physics in a Biological System, the famous “NIR” “Non-Ionising Radiation Story”.
Classical Physics tells us that Non-Ionising Radiation does not possess the energy to damage Chemical Covalent Bonds, so it could not damage DNA and is therefore perfectly safe!
This is part of the official disinformation that Telecoms Industry and Regulators routinely report to the public.
The disinformation comes because Microwave Radiation energy is classified in the Electro-Magnetic Spectrum as a Non-Ionising Radiation (NIR) and by definition the energy of this radiation is not strong enough to break a covalent chemical bond.
The typical energy of a covalent bond is in the order of 1 electron-Volt (1eV= 1.6 .10-18Joules). The force required to break a covalent bond is in the order of 1eV/0.1 nm ~ 1600 pN. (pico Newtons)
The energy in the microwave radiation is well below this level. At 3 GHz it is 1.8*10⁻24 joules.
So, this is the science that lays out the impossibility of Microwave radiation being able to damage DNA because it is too weak in energy terms to break any of the covalent bonds present in DNA. And this is the “rock-solid classical physics” that the whole disinformation story rests on. So, many Engineers will spout out this story, almost as religious Dogma and poo-poo the whole idea of Microwaves causing any negative health effects.
The only problem with the story is the horrible fact that Pulsed, Polarised and Modulated Microwave Radiation at the levels present in mobile phones does in fact damage DNA. Not expected, but sadly true. So, this is the reason why there is so much deliberate confusion, from an Engineering standpoint it is not going to happen, yet in Biology it happens!
This was first shown in 1995 by Professor Henry Lai from University of Washington and he was subject to attack by the Telecoms industry,
The work was reproduced in a large study financed by the EU in 2004. It is known as the 2004 EU Reflex Study.
Amazingly if you read the paper you will see the skulduggery the industry resorted to try to discredit this work.
This is the study that showed 24 hours of mobile phone radiation did the same amount of DNA damage as 60 CT Scans in or 250 years of The Earth’s background radiation. How many people would voluntarily submit to 60 CT scans in 24 hours?
Something else worth noting, life on this planet evolved over a two to three billion-year timeframe. Since the Big Bang and up to very recently the only microwave radiation present on our planet during the evolution of life is that low level background radiation that came from the big bang. This background radiation is also what could be describes a plain vanilla sine wave microwave radiation. The NIR microwave we now have today in mobile phones is Pulsed / Polarised / Modulated Microwave Radiation. This is what is thought to cause the problem, the pulsed and modulated signals, our body cells just can’t handle this radiation. I suspect the so-called engineering NIR “experts” just don’t understand how the telecom people modulate the basic microwave carrier radiation to carry the digital data.
As you know we are a Bio-electric species we are a collection of individual body cells (30 trillion ) who communicate one with each other via electromagnetic signals. Individual proteins have discreet electromagnetic signals, so frequencies matter. Professor Trevor Marshall and Trudy Heil shows “Hydrogen Bond” resonances is in range from 3 to 6 GHz which is also the typical range from Wi-Fi and 4G-LTE cellular communication devices.
Hydrogen Bonds play a big role in molecular conformity and the shape of protein molecules. Question: What happens when the hydrogen bonds start resonating under the influence of this radiation??
“DNA is constructed of two strands, consisting of sugar molecules and phosphate groups. Between these two strands are nitrogen bases, the compounds which make up organisms’ genes, with hydrogen bonds between them. Those hydrogen bonds have sometimes been seen as crucial to holding the two strands together.”
You can also clearly see the effect of spiking random frequencies (the so-called Dirty Electricity) can have on biological functions, read the papers of the epidemiologist Dr Sam Milham. Frequencies matter and certain EMF frequencies can have deleterious effects on Biology.
We know in simple lab tests with cell cultures that mobile phone radiation will rapidly create reactive oxidative species. This is one postulated mechanism of how Pulsed Modulated “NIR” in living systems can create oxidative species known as “Free Radicals” which in turn can damage DNA.
Even if there is some debate as to the nature of the mechanisms that can cause the damage to occur, there is no absolutely no debate that DNA damage does take place. https://bioinitiative.org/research-summaries/ Look at file number 5 RFR Comet Assay Abstracts (2017)
However even with science on the side of the Biologists, being right is not enough to upset the whole NIR house of cards story that is supported by a multi-trillion-euro global business.
https://bioinitiative.org/updated-research-summaries/ and hit link for Free Radical Oxidative Abstracts.
DNA damage is just one of the Bio-effects that mobile phone radiation inflicts on all living species. Just look at these two web sites which are up to date (2019) with the latest information on these Bio-effects.
· Evidence for fertility and reproduction effects: Human sperm and DNA damaged
· Foetal and Neonatal effects of EMF
· EMF is a plausible biological mechanism for autism (ASD)
· The opening up of the Blood Brain Barrier
· Epidemiology studies consistently show elevations in risk of Brain Cancers
· Evidence for Genetic Effects.
· Evidence for Childhood Cancers (Leukaemia’s)
· Significant disruption of our Voltage Gated Calcium Channels (VGCC)
· Decreased Melatonin levels, Breast Cancer and Alzheimer’s
As you know the limits for RFR from mobile phones in Ireland are coming from ICNIRP. The International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) exposure guidelines are where maximum permissible radiation exposure levels are set for Microwave Radiation, which are based on their heating effects and not their Biological Effects of the radiation. These Thermal Safety Standards (SAR Specific Absorption Rate Standard) are also set for all mobile phones sold. Thermal Based Standards are NOT a measure of the damage the radiation may be doing to a body, they are simply a measure of the amount of heat absorbed by the body.
The SAR test is quite a peculiar test in that it had to be modified during the testing of mobile phones, by adding a spacer between the “simulated body” and the phone being tested to allow all the mobile phones to pass the test. (that’s why the phones T+C’s were forced to say, hold phone X cm away from your body, an oxymoron considering your hand is part of your body).
Perhaps the only utility for these Thermal Heating Effects Tests lies in the fact that gives cover to every Government or Industry Organisation to “reassure” the general public that ….all surveyed sites without exception have been found to fall well below the international ICNIRP limits for general public exposure to non-ionising radiation. (Comreg)
Thermal Safety Testing came from the US Military, as during the cold war, Microwaves were being increasingly used both in Radar and in Weapons. Back in the 1960’s all people / scientists knew about microwaves were only their heating effects.
Susan Pockett from New Zealand says: https://www.mdpi.com/2312-7481/5/2/31/htm
“The so-called world experts on the adverse effects of the non-ionising radiation on all life forms are called the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) are in fact a small, self-selected, non-governmental organisation with known ties to the industry whose expansion it is charged with regulating. ICNIRP is a self-selected, private (non-governmental) organisation, populated exclusively by members invited by existing members.”
“The truth of the matter is that at most a few dozen scientists continue to defend the thermal-only paradigm. Five times that number—so far 242 EMF-active scientists from 42 countries—have signed the International EMF Scientist Appeal, which calls on WHO, the United Nations, and all member nations to issue health warnings about the risks of EMF exposure and to adopt much stronger exposure guidelines to protect humans and other species from sub-thermal levels of EMF.” “Official reports to governments throughout the Western world attempt to allay public concern about the increasing inescapability of the microwaves (RF) emitted by “smart” technologies, by repeating the dogma that the only proven biological effect of RF is acute tissue heating, and assuring us that the levels of radiation to which the public are exposed are significantly less than those needed to cause acute tissue heating.”
The SAR test itself has very recently been shown to be not fit for purpose by the Phone-Gate scandal in France and very recently by an ex IEEE scientist Om P Ghandi, where he states “data corroborate our findings that most cell phones will exceed the safety guidelines when held against the body by factors of 1.6–3.7 times for the European/ICNIRP standard or by factors as high as 11 if 1-g SAR values were to be measured as required by the U.S. FCC.”
Here we see the already discredited Thermal Safety Standards of ICNIRP are being openly flouted in France (one of few countries in the world to do independent post market tests). What is happening we may ask in Ireland about this, obviously it is the same situation (same phones). What are the DCCAE doing in Ireland about these 2016 findings by Dr Mark Arazi in France, nothing, and not only doing nothing but saying nothing.
When it comes to taking responsibility for any H+S claims related to EMF radiation in the future (remember Big Tobacco) the insurance companies have pre-empted everyone by saying they will not cover any H+S related claims.
The Global Insurance and Re-Insurance Companies have with their 2015 Electromagnetic Fields Exclusion (called Exclusion 32) stated that they will not cover any mobile phone radiation illness claims.
They know it is a high-risk area and are staying away from it. This should be another wake up call for the State, because are the insurance companies ever wrong? So, it will be Mr and Mrs Ireland that will end up with the bill.
Another aspect of risk to Ireland is the higher frequency energy of 5G radiation. Impossible to get the reality from the Operators but it appears that 5G base stations could require up to three times the energy in comparison to the 4G base stations. Couple that with the fact that we will have to have both 5G and 4G running together (at least doubling electricity usage). With the Internet of things connecting transmitters to many household’s electrical device, there will be insufficient renewable electricity in the world by 2030 and extra pressure on Ireland’s ability to meet our climate change targets.
Radio frequency Radiation pollution has swamped our planet. From everything that I have read it is impossible to think that there are no consequences for living species. Research in this field is expensive the mobile phone companies do inadequate research and there is clear documented evidence that in some cases that the research results are being filtered. The trillions of dollars in this industry have succeeded in neutralising our regulatory systems globally.
When I see young pregnant women sitting with two-way microwave transmitters and receivers on their bumps I want to scream!
I have some RF measuring devices I listen to that thump thump signal and think This is assault, this is wrong, this has to stop! People should be warned, people need to know that the foetus is being affected (DNA/Blood Brain Barrier /Free Radicals /VGCC /Hormone Disruption /etc etc).
When I hear the apologists (including our DCCAE) say there are no known adverse biological effects of RF it really grates. I worked all my career in the Pharmaceutical business and I know this is not true, because FDA gives Drug Companies NDA approval to use the RFR for this very reason. The NDA is granted because it does affect the biology.(improving bioavailability in chemotherapies for example).
We need the Medical Profession to speak out and lead us to a better place, where our children and our grandchildren don’t have to sit six hours a day in a quasi-microwave oven set at defrost (Schools).
Please look at the science, listen to the people who have studied this in great detail, and find a way to at least get these warnings out to our people. If you would like some more information I am happy to supply it.
Delgany Jan 28 2020.
Author of Smartphones and Wi-Fi. The Dangers of Smartphone Radiation. Kindle
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