Research into the health effects of mobile telephony

The Stewart Report
The basis for nearly all UK legislation and regulation relating to mobile phones is the Stewart report, published by the government in 2000. The report gives the sector a tentative all clear but is peppered with caveats urging the precautionary principal based on the need for more research. For instance:

  • There is now some preliminary scientific evidence that exposures to radio frequency (RF) radiation may cause subtle effects on biological functions, including those of the brain. This does not necessarily mean that health is affected, but it is not possible to say that exposure to RF radiation, even at levels below national guidelines, is totally without potential adverse health effects.
  • The Expert Group has recommended that a precautionary approach to the use of mobile phone technologies be adopted until more detailed and scientifically robust information becomes available.
That research is now being done internationally and at scale and demonstrates the wisdom of the Stewart Report's caution.

Sir William Stewart - Chairman Health Protection Agency - Panorama 2007.
"Well, the problem is that we simply do not know. I mean it can, as I said, not necessarily mean disease but it might. It might simply be that it's got no effect and it's not worth worrying about, or it might be that these are the human canaries of the future."

On its website Camden Council quotes the International Commission for Non Ionizing Radiation (ICNIRP) Report - commissioned by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as the authority for stating that there are no health effects phone mast radiation. The ICNIRP was founded by Dr Michael Repacholi. Before he founded ICNIRP Dr Repacholi worked for the mobile phone industry and was an expert witness for the 'phone industry, defending their right to site masts in controversial areas. Around half the funding for ICNIRP's WHO report came from the 'phone industry.

Legislation in France
On January 29th 2015 the French National Assembly passed a law which - inter alia - bans wifi from all nursery schools and daycare centres and requires wifi to be minimised in all primary schools by turning it off when not in active use for lessons. The same legislation set up the National Radiofrequency Agency, tasked with setting up scientific research into the health effects of radio frequency radiation. The legislation also requires a report on electro-hypersensitivity to be delivered to Parliament as a matter of urgency.

The Health Argument against Cell Phones and Cell Towers
Links to a wide range of research reports drawn up Ronald M Powell PhD, a retired U.S. Government scientist (Ph.D., Applied Physics, Harvard University, 1975) who worked with the electronics and electrical-equipment industries and the biomedical research community and currently works with scientists and physicians around the world on the impact of electromagnetic fields on human health.

The Bioinitiative Report 2012 - A Rationale for Biologically-based Public Exposure Standards for Electromagnetic Fields (ELF and RF)
The BioInitiative 2012 Report was prepared by 29 authors from ten countries, ten holding medical degrees (MDs), 21 PhDs, and three MsC, MA or MPHs. Among the authors are three former presidents of the Bioelectromagnetics Society, and five full members of BEMS.

Is wifi making your child ill - A report from the Telegraph quoted on MSN. Wifi and 'phone masts emit the same type of radiation. The difference is that wifi is less powerfull and controlled by the user whereas phone masts are more powerful and emit their radiation 24/7.

Wifi in Schools. A report on the effects of wifi in schools. Again note that 'phone mast and wifi radiation are the same.

How Exposure to Mobile Phone Base-station Signals can Adversely Affect Humans - Professor Hyland of Warwick University and the International Institute of Biophysics in Germany argues that the ICNIRP Safety Guidelines, which are widely followed internationally, are meaningless as they focus on the heating effect, which is irrelevant, rather than the subtler biological effects which are more difficult to measure but profoundly important.

Fascinating talk by Dr Erica Mallery-Blythe on YouTube about electromagnetic radiation health and children.

More links to come shortly.