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Year 2010 was exciting: EMF & Health finally became 'mainstream' in the news and public discussion. My personal risk-taking and pioneer role was awarded (professionally, not financially :-) But ... being aware of these risks and meeting more and more sick people is occasionally hard :-\
Most of the year 2010 I spent...finalising my PhD and starting new companies/iniatitives. So, that is why here have not been many blog postings.
Now I will share with you a Christmas Story...
... because it rhymes :-)
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Please, return to the Beyond Creativity -blog in 2011.
Update: 7th February 2015: The Lloyd's of London and it's underwriter CFC Underwriting Limited excludes any liability coverage for claims, “Directly or indirectly arising out of, resulting from or contributed to by electromagnetic fields, electromagnetic radiation, electromagnetism, radio waves or noise.” (Exclusion 32, page 7)
Update 30th March 2014: Swiss Re Insurance Company Warns of Significant Losses as a Result of EMF Radiation.
Update 15th November 2010: The Lloyd's of London Insurance Company: Electromagnetic Fields from Mobile Phones: Recent Developments - Emerging Risks Report. November 2010.
We-ll, the report did not include all items mentioned below. So, I sent a request/question to Lloyds.
Update: On 31st January 2011 I had an interesting telephone discussion with a Lloyds London representative. About The Bigger Picture. See below:
CBC National, Canada, 22nd September 2010: Cell Phones and Insurance Companies
Two of the world's largest insurance companies, Lloyds and Swiss Re, have recommended to other insurance companies to write in exclusion clauses against paying compensation for illnesses caused by continuous long-term non-ionising radiation exposure.[1,2] . The recent Austrian insurance company AUVA report confirms DNA-breaks caused by non-ionising radiation, but the report leaves many issues open. Remember what Swiss Re wrote in 2005?
"For the insurance industry, this standoff gives rise to an extremely dangerous risk of change composed of two parts: the classical development risk, that is, the possibility tha new research findings will demonstrate electromagnetic fields to be more dangerous than has hitherto been assumed; and the sociopolitical risk of change, in other words, the possibility that changing social values could result in scientific findigs being evaluated differently than they have been thus far. "
Update 24th September: This is bad news for those employers who expose their workers heavily to non-ionising radiation. Precedents: There are already several cases where the worker got compensation because their tumours etc were caused by mobile phone & other occupational EMF exposure [1,2,3,4,5] . And the amount of cases will most likely increase.
Her new book 'Disconnect' talks about this insurance dilemma and many other interesting topics.
The book is worth reading. Please, get your copy.
"The researchers all arrive at a unanimous conclusion about the functional changes in the sexual system of irradiated animals, expressed in a disturbed estrous cycle in females and disturbed reproductive functions in males and females, a decrease in the number of offspring and a lag in their development in the embryonic and postnatal period. ... Somatic defects, disturbed functions of higher sections of the CNS (Central Nervous System) in prenatally irradiated animals, functionally inadequate activity of the pituitary gland, pronounced changes in nuclein exchange in sexual organs, delayed results (in 2 - 3 generations) of the effect of MCW and UHF, disturbed ernbrogenesis -- these all suggest possible genetic effects.
This places before researchers the definite and complex practical task of protecting female labor, especially, and teenagers from the possible effect of radio-frequency EMF. In relation to this, in the USSR health rules have been amended which forbid women during pregnancy and teen-agers from working with sources of electromagnetic fields in the radio-frequency range." (pp. 38-40)
Next I will demonstrate the important work of Dr Zinaida Gordon and Dr Zorach Glaser.
So, a new union and society was established near Turku, Finland on the 4th of March in 2010. This union is called: "International Scientific Union of Electromagnetic Biology" and the Finnish part is called "Suomen Sähkö- ja Biotieteellinen Yhdistys ry. "
The website: http://www.isueb.org .
Professor in physiology, Osmo Hänninen was the initiator and together with a group of researchers he established this union.
The first press release is in Finnish, but within coming weeks there will be more information in English. I will update the website and this blog posting soon!
Ever since I returned from Norway, I have been dreaming about visiting the Magical Lapland.
Lapland is something special to me, since our family tradition has been to spend holidays in our Lappi cottage, already 30 years! We love to ski in the winter and hike/do mountain biking in the summer.
To me Lapland means pure nature. Lately, nature in Lapland has unfortunately become more and more polluted. An example: Flying insects (mosquitos, bees etc.) have disappeared almost totally from Lapland ,,, and high nesting/flying birds have more and more illnesses . Is it just a co-indidence, that this has happened during the period when 3G, TETRA and Digital TV were installed to thousands of masts and started to cover almost the whole Lapland? Of course we can always blame Kola area for air pollution and chemicals keep on interacting with EMFs . In that sense I enjoyed the discussion with leader Kurt Oddekalv from the Green Warriors of Norway. In his welcome speech in the International EMF Conference in Stavanger he pointed out that electro-magnetic fields are the biggest environmental problem in our planet.
Funny, I never thought that I would become an environmentalist ;-) I guess I will some day travel across Lapland and will map the least polluted areas. For curiosity.
Thank you for reading and commenting this blog in 2009! My Christmas greeting comes late, so, don't miss those entertaining Lapland videos (click the reindeer picture above).
It describes how one industry-minded researcher and three industry representatives make a poor literature review and then suggest that there is no reason to do research on electric fields any more. ,.
My own definition of Climategate:
”An Illusion Created by the Industry and some Misled Environmental Organisations to Make Consumers to Believe that:
a) By Buying CFL Energy Saving Lamps, Smart Meters and Electric Cars They Would Save the World and Environment.
b) While Simultaneosly These Poorly Constructed Devices Possibly Ruin the Health of Their Users and Create (Electro)Pollution in Massive Scale. - M.A.
Please, don't get me wrong: I have nothing against well-designed energy-saving devices and networks. However, the mass-marketed, existing ones are not well-designed. Additionally The Really Smart Grid would have been based on fibre and wired connections without transients or pulses. I told this to Finnish government ministers (especially Mauri Pekkarinen, but they don't listen since they prefer to spread Wonderful Wireless Technologies and to promote partially government-owned Mobile&Power industry :-\ I also contacted industry representatives, but they were not willing to change their plans. Currently, I am using another channel to promote more sustainable alternatives.
Remember what Robert O. Becker once said?
“I have no doubt in my mind, that at the present time, the greatest polluting element in the Earth’s environment is the proliferation of electromagnetic fields. I consider that to be far greater on a global scale than warming and the increase in chemical elements in the environment.”
- MD, Professor Robert O. BeckerBecker's prediction is more precise than I ever could have imagined :-( Glad to hear/read your comments about this!
(I will be participating the conference, only).As you propably know, the current ICNIRP guidance levels only protect from (acute) thermal effects.
This review is available at:
(Photo: Ferihegy airport, Budapest, Hungary, July 2009. An observation: two children very close to antennas.)
Increased leukemia and lymphoma rates come up regularly in FM / AM Radio + Television transmitter research papers (8 out of 10 papers). Mobile phone base stations are a newer phenomenon and the symptoms and illnesses seem to be more versatile ranging from sleep problems to neurological illnesses and breast cancer ( 10 out of 13 papers indicated increased risk ). It is difficult to compare these papers with each other, because not every paper has radiation power density measurements included.After all these findings, the WHO officially announces:
“Considering the very low exposure levels and research results collected to date, there is no convincing scientific evidence that the weak RF signals from base stations and wireless networks cause adverse health effects.“ .
Definitely, WHO International EMF Project folks are playing with the word ‘evidence’.
Independent researcher, Finland. Partner, Sustainable Mobile Inc. This blog is related to my research and personal interests.