More and more people are concerned with mobile phones, smart meters and wireless type devices and they have a good reason to be. But why are there not as many people voicing opinions? Can the lack of concern be contributed to, what you can’t see, can’t hurt you type mentality?
Smoking issues and concerns were the opposite, it was visual, as a non-smoker, it made you cough straight away. There was an immediate reaction and obvious cause association. The side effects of smoking also varied, a cough to start with, a cancer to end with. Electromagnetic fields side effects also become, for some people apparent immediately and for others increasingly worse as time progresses but because of the visual, people don’t make that association.
Unlike smoke and smoking, Electromagnetic Fields or EMF’s are the mirrors. We can’t see the fields they emit and unlike smoking it’s everywhere around us without our knowledge. This no longer gives us the ability to associate the “why are we feeling this way” to an electric or magnetic field, as growing up with something all your life, you will never know how you felt without it.
The fields are a whole range of waves that live in the wall of our homes, ride alone the air that we breath and penetrate our bodies as we live. The fields operate in what they call spectrums. This is the way to segment the waves into categories that are present around us. A frequency spectrum chart (below) is the best visual way to associate some of these objects we may be exposed to that may harm us.
We tend to understand things like sunburn, x-rays and radiation can harm us, but don’t understand the non-physical issues associated with fields from dirty power, pulsed frequencies and low powered microwaves, yet they exist.
Should we be concerned as where is the proof?
We have many worldwide health organisations that are typically made up of industry bodies. World Health Organisation, or WHO, who has thousands of documents supporting concerns with microwave frequencies. 80% in fact support there are issues with fields and frequencies the telecommunication and other industries use. Microwaves have, at least been classed by WHO as a possible carcinogen, which places it into the same category as lead and formaldehyde. As it’s a multi-billion dollar industry it will take quite a bit of time to turn it around. You only have to look at smoking and how long it has taken to make similar changes.
It took decades for scientists to be able to say for sure that smoking caused cancer. During those decades, the false impression created by industry supporters was that there was no connection between smoking and cancer, a deception which cost many lives. The issues associated to microwave frequencies and mobile phones surface after at least 10 years in most cases, so there will be a similar battle but on a much larger scale. All the studies that the telecommunications industries conduct, to ascertain that they are safe, only look at the first 10 years. Industry studies claim 70% have no concern able side effects yet independent studies claim to have a 70% rate of effects.
Russia has a very famous story of using microwave warfare on the US embassy during the cold war. This was using power levels well below what our existing phones and wireless modems beam out, yet they are classed as being safe? Who is kidding who.
What are some countries doing?
France – “To remove the health dangers of WiFi, Wimax, digital TV and digital Radio, the départments of the Drôme and the Ardèche in France are aiming by July 2010 to replace wireless with fibre-optic cables, at a cost of 123 M€ (184 M$). This will cover 100% of the population of 0.95 million, connecting 372,000 homes via the ordinary phone line through 213 switchboards.
It will provide ultra high speed broadband connection (100 Mbps) without any loss of signal due to distance, for a “triple play” service of Internet, telephone and TV. WiFi and WiMax will stop altogether because of their health dangers”
Germany’s government states it will not install WiFi in its schools until it has been shown to be harmless.
UK schools remove their wireless networks: Prebandal Preparatory School, Chichester, West Sussex; Ysgol Pantycelyn School in Carmarthenshirem, Wales; and Stowe School, in Buckinghamshire, England. London Times, November 20, 2006.
Russian National Committee for Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection warns that cell phones are unsafe even for short conversations. Children under 16, pregnant women, epileptics, and people with memory loss, sleep disorders and neurological diseases should never use cell phones.
The Israeli Ministry of Education publishes guidelines strictly limiting the use of mobile phones on all school grounds, citing children’s and youths’ increased risk of malignant tumors and the “passive exposure” experienced by children who do not use phones.
The precautionary approach is finally being adopted by more and more countries, government organisations and politicians in European countries but slow to take hold elsewhere.