Saturday, January 16, 2016

NASA, Navy, Air Force Report Harmful Effects from RF Radiation. Tobacco

NASA, Navy, Air Force Report Harmful Effects from RF Radiation. Tobacco

NASA Report, 1981
A NASA report published in April 1981, titled “Electromagnetic Field Interactions with the Human Body: Observed Effects and Theories,” discussed EMF and microwave RF radiation caused to humans. Effects of microwave radiation reported: headaches, sleep problems, neurological symptoms, cardiac symptoms, memory problems, increased cholesterol, gastritis, ulcers, increased fasting blood glucose, irritabiity, inability to concentrate, apprehension, and cataracts (clouding of posterior part of lens in those caused by microwave radiation instead of anterior clouding as seen with regular types).  Information for the NASA report was collected from over 1,000 written sources that “included journals, conference proceedings, technical reports, books, abstracts, and news items,”

Navy Report, 1971
On October 4, 1971, the Naval Medical Research Institute published a research report,“Bibliography of Reported Biological Phenomena (‘Effects’) and Clinical Manifestations Attributed to Microwave and Radio-Frequency Radiation,” which was a compilation of over 2000 references on the biological responses to RF microwave radiation.  It lists well over 100 negative biological effects caused by RF microwave radiation - here's a partial list from their report: corneal damage, tubular degeneration of testicles, brain heating, alteration of the diameter of blood vessels, liver enlargement, altered sex ratio of births, decreased fertility, sterility, altered fetal development, decreased lactation in nursing mothers, altered penal function, death, cranial nerve disorders, seizures, convulsions, depression, insomnia, hand tremors, chest pain, thrombosis, alteration in the rate of cellular division, anorexia, constipation, altered adrenal cortex activity, chromosome aberrations, tumors, altered orientation of animals, birds and fish, loss of hair, and sparking between dental fillings.

Air Force Report, 1994
A June 1994 US Air Force document, titled, “Radiofrequency/Microwave Radiation Biological Effects and Safety Standards: A Review,” acknowledges the non-thermal health effects.  Stated in its abstract, “It is known that electromagnetic radiation has a biological effect on human tissue.”  The introduction of the report states that “researchers have discovered a number of biological dysfunctions that can occur in living organisms” and that “exposure of the human body to RF/MW [radio frequency/microwave] radiation has many biological implications” that range from “innocuous sensation of warmth to serious physiological damage to the eye,” and added that “there is also evidence that RF/MW radiation can cause cancer.” Biological impacts: “damage to major organs, disruption of important biological processes, and the potential risk of cancer,” among many others which include “mutagenic effects,” “cardiovascular effects,” negative effects on chromosomes, and notes that “Soviet investigators claim that exposure to low-level radiation can induce serious CNS [central nervous system] dysfunctions.”

What's interesting is that these reports from US government agencies all document negative health effects from microwave RF radiation at levels below thermal thresholds, and they were all published before the 1996 Telecommunications Act was passed by Congress.  Section 704 of the TCA disallowed siting decisions for cell tower facilities based on health considerations as long as they don't exceed FCC's limits, which are thermal.  The only valid reason for rejection allowed by the TCA is aesthetics, so many cell tower facilities are camouflaged so that people would not see them. This is why cell towers are on school property and next to schools and residential areas, and you don't even know they are there.  How could this happen?  The 1996 TCA was passed after $50 million dollars in political contributions was made (p. 115, Zapped, by Ann Louise Gittleman, )  Since then telecom continues to obtain legislation in their favor, first with 6409a of the Middle Class Tax Relief Act which allows for colocations and approval of an additional 20' to a cell tower, then with AB 57 passing in California which allow for automatic approvals of cell tower applications if they are not processed within a certain time (150 days for new towers, 90 days for colocations) that they are submitted, and now they are lobbying to remove proof of significant gap from the 1996 TCA and replace with capacity. 

Even though doctors, scientists, and various groups have made about 1000 submissions asking the FCC to revisit limits since 2012,  little has been done by the FCC. ( Proceeding Number 13-84 on the FCC web site.   You can see the 1000 submissions here, ) Tom Wheeler, ex-President of the CTIA (Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association) and FCC chairman since 2013, has done nothing but to promote the wireless industry since his appointment by President Obama after Wheeler bundled $700,000 in political contributions to Obama (bundling is a process of consolidating political contributions without having to identify the actual contributors)  Comcast and Verizon contributed about $1 million to Obama He approved $5 billion for school Wi-Fi , fined wireless companies paltry amounts ($50,000) for exceeding FCC's thermal limits, and made changes to the Telecom Act to encompass wireless internet in March 2015 (after Net Neutrality passed) when wireless internet was not included in the 1996 TCA prior to that.  Tom Wheeler is now helping Verizon to implement 5G   and pushing higher speeds by fining AT&T a record $100 million in June 2015 for not providing speeds as fast as advertised   

Cell towers, cell phones, Wi-Fi, laptops may all be FCC compliant, but understand that FCC limits only means that there is not enough microwave radiation from it to cook you (i.e. cause a thermal effect).  FCC limits do NOT protect you from all health effects that are well below the thermal threshholds as found in peer reviewed studies.  FCC compliance is limited only to preventing heating effects.  Realize that this is the "safety" standard which our government is using to protect our children and all citizens.

You can read more on the FCC in Captured agency: How the Federal Communications Commission is dominated by the industries it presumably regulates written by NormAlster, Cambridge, MA:  Edmund J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University.  2015.  

Lesson from History of Tobacco
The tobacco industry knew since the '50s that tobacco caused cancer. But they funded scientific research that was intended to obfuscate its effects on health for decades. This has been done by, on the one hand denying the existing evidence, whilst on the other demanding absolute proof of causation and calling for more research. This research, much of which has been covertly funded by the tobacco industry, is designed to look at other causes of cancer and to water down the evidence linking smoking and disease. For example, the industry statements are peppered by fudging comments such as “unresolved” and "inconclusive.," Nothing has been “statistically proven”, no “scientific causality”, and no “conclusive proof”. Sound familiar? 

The mobile telecom industry is about twice the size of the tobacco industry, which means the telecom industry is even more powerful.  The tobacco industry generated sales of $500 billion globally and $35 billion profit in 2012  The mobile telecom industry has generated almost $1 trillion revenue globally. 

In 1985, Dr Lennart Hardell, was one of the few scientists who said that Agent Orange was carcinogenic while Monsanto denied such claims (In 2013, Agent Orange (made by Monsanto) was determined to increase chance of prostate cancer by 52%. Veterans from the Vietnam War were exposed to it. Agent Orange was used to spray large areas in Laos and Vietnam to clear forests in order to build bases. One million Vietnamese suffered disabilities or health problems as well as birth defects in children. ) He is an oncologist and professor of oncology from Sweden who served on WHO IARC (World Health Organization Int'l Agency Research for Cancer) when it classified microwave RF radiation as 2B possible carcinogen in 2011.
Here's a video by Dr. Lennart Hardell, talking about the hazards of wireless radiation.

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