Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Italian Supreme Court Affirms Tumor Risk from Long-Term Use of a Cell Phone

ICEMS vs. ICNIRP; Hardell vs. Interphone

October 23, 2012
The Supreme Court of Italy has affirmed a ruling granting worker's compensation to a businessman who developed a tumor after using a cell phone for 12 years. This is the first time that a high court —in any country— has ruled in favor a link between mobile phone radiation and tumor development.
Innocente Marcolini, a financial manager at an industrial plant in Brescia in northern Italy, used cell and cordless phones for five-to-six hours a day for 12 years. Then one morning ten years ago, Marcolini, who was 50 years old at the time, sensed an unusual tingling in his chin while shaving. He was soon diagnosed as having a benign tumor on the trigeminal nerve, which controls facial muscles and sensations.
Marcolini filed for workers' compensation alleging that his wireless phones were responsible for the tumor. At first, his claim was rejected. But, in December 2009, the Court of Appeals in Brescia reversed that decision and now, on October 18, Italy's Supreme Court affirmed the Appeals Court's ruling. No further appeals are possible.
"Marcolini wants people to know about the health risks associated with cell phone radiation," Riccardo Staglianó told Microwave News. Staglianó, a reporter for La Repubblica, a major national daily newspaper, chronicled Marcolini's story in his book on cell phone risks,Toglietevelo Dalla Testa, published earlier this year. The title of the book is hard to translate into English —it's something like Get It Out of Your Head. Staglianó explained that his book tries to warn the reader not only to keep the phone away from the brain but also to reject the "fake reassurances" from parts of the scientific community that there are no health risks.
Indeed, it's easy to see the decision as a battle between ICNIRP and ICEMS and their competing views of electromagnetic health hazards. ICNIRP does not recognize any risks associated with long-term, chronic exposures, especially those associated with tumor promotion. Cancer is not a concern, according to ICNIRP. ICEMS, on the other hand, sees large uncertainties and advocates precautionary policies to reduce exposures when possible.
The courts relied on the testimony of Gino Angelo Levis, one of the founders of ICEMS. Levis, an oncologist and a professor emeritus of environmental mutagenesis at the University of Padua, is also a founder and former president of the Association for the Prevention and Fight Against Electrosmog, known as APPLE. He is currently its vice president.
"The logic of the decision was very simple" said Fiorenzo Marinelli, who is with Italy's National Research Council in Bologna and has done his own EMF research. Marinelli also helped set up ICEMS but was not involved with the Marcolini case. In an interview, Marinelli pointed to the studies of Lennart Hardell and IARC's classification of RF radiation as a possible human carcinogen as grounds for the pro-compensation decision.
More than five years ago, Hardell's group at the Örebro University Hospital in Swedenreported that the use of cell phones for ten or more years significantly increased the risk of acoustic neuroma. Acoustic neuroma is a tumor of the acoustic nerve, which is known as the eighth cranial nerve. This type of tumor grows from cells which make up the lining or the sheaf of the nerve, called Schwann cells.
The trigeminal nerve —where Marcolini's tumor was located— is the fifth cranial nerve. Tumors on the trigeminal nerve are also from Schwann cells and are closely related toacoustic neuroma.
Acoustic Neuroma Linked to Cell Phones in Many Countries
Hardell first reported a link between cell phones and acoustic neuroma in 2002. Two years later, a group led by Stefan Lönn and Maria Feychting at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, as part of the Interphone projectfound a similar association among long-term users. At the time, Anders Ahlbom, Feychting's mentor at the Karolinska, told us that, "These are strong data." Feychting is the vice chair of ICNIRP; she took over Ahlbom's seat on the commission in 2008 after he had served the maximum of 12 years.
Then in 2005, a joint analysis by Interphone groups in five northern European countries, including Sweden and the U.K., again pointed to a long-term risk of acoustic neuroma. And at the end of 2010, a Japanese team, also working on Interphone, concluded that those who used cell phones for more than 20 minutes a day for at least five years had three times more acoustic neuromas than expected.
And finally, last year, the Interphone study team from the 13 participating countries reportedin their combined analysis that those who had spent the most time on cell phones had a higher risk of acoustic neuroma. But, due to growing tensions within the group, the researchers were unable to agree as to whether the link was real. The published conclusion advised that the elevated risk “could be due to chance, reporting bias or a causal effect.” Feychting and the rest of the Karolinska group are known to favor the explanation that the observed risk is due to chance and/or bias. For instance, in a government report issued earlier this year, Ahlbom and Feychting, together with Yngve Hamnerius and Lena Hillert, concluded that, "The few reported risk increases appear implausible."
One of the noteworthy conclusions of the Italian Supreme Court is its stated preference for the Hardell study over Interphone. The court cited Hardell's independence from industry funding, “unlike the IARC study,” which was partially paid for by cell phone manufacturers.
Paolo Vecchia, the former chair of ICNIRP took strong exception to the 2009 decision by the Brescia Court of Appeals. He and Susanna Lagorio, an epidemiologist at the Istituto Superiore di Sanità in Rome who worked on Interphone, attacked the judge for relying on “seriously flawed expert testimonies.” Writing in an Italian journal on occupational health, La Medicina del Lavoro, they accused Levis of being “clearly inexperienced” in the disciplines necessary to evaluate cell phone risks.
In a press release following the October 18 decision, APPLE —and presumably Levis— maintained that the Supreme Court had “acknowledged the presence of conflict of interest and thus ‘business bias’" within ICNIRP, IARC and Interphone. APPLE calls the decision an "important victory."
David Gee, a senior advisor at the European Environment Agency (EEA) in Copenhagen, doesn't think the court's preference for ICEMS' outlook over that of ICNIRP will prompt any immediate changes. "The Italian decision will still be dismissed by most radiation authorities and conventional RF experts," he told us, "Remember it was 20 years before the clear evidence of a twofold excess of leukemia from X-raying pregnant women was accepted by medical authorities. So I don't expect much from them yet."  But, Gee added, "Lawyers for the phone manufacturers will take notice and the more responsible companies will quietly begin to build serious radiation reduction into their new products."
As to whether there will be more litigation, Staglianó reported in La Repubblica that Levis is working on seven other possible claims and that a law firm in Turin is considering filing a class action suit with Levis's assistance. 
The Supreme Court decision is available here.
A news report on the decision from Italian TV may be seen here.
On a lighter note: A number of European newspapers that covered the Supreme Court decision ran a picture of Fiorenzo Marinelli and identified him as the plaintiff, Innocente Marcolini. Among them were the Daily Mail and The Sun in the U.K., Aftonbaldet in Sweden and even Brescia Today!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

郑雨周谢绝电讯塔 进驻丹绒武雅区各学府





Sunday, September 30, 2012

校园不要电讯塔 影响学子健康 居民签名反对

校园不要电讯塔 影响学子健康 居民签名反对

 柔佛新闻 2012-09-25 17:30 中国报

■ 约20人在黄高明(左7)带领下,拉横幅表明不要在古来国中校园内建电讯塔的意愿。







 居民强调,校园不应建设有辐射的电讯塔,恐影响孩子健康。 他们认为,当地收讯良好,电讯塔应建在郊外地区。











应给予解释 *范志圣(50岁,公主城第二期居民)



未咨询意见 *黄幼玲(46岁,公主城第一期居民)




会带来辐射 *杨桂珍(70岁,公主城居民)


不能开先例 *王友良(48岁,公主城第一期居民)





  • 檳州電磁波輻射公害防護聯盟要求教育部和衛生部以學生的健康為重,立即阻止電訊商在校園興建電訊塔;右起是梁錦源、涂仲儀、李斯傑、溫秀枝和王美麗。(圖:星洲日報)
教育部宣佈將在西馬中小學全面使用“1BestariNet”的新互聯網系統,以取代2010年停用的“School Net”。1BestariNet是教育部與楊忠禮通訊合作下,提供基於網絡儲存的虛擬學習平台,連接全國逾萬所學校高速互聯網的電子教學計劃。
1BestariNet把青蛙虛擬學習模式(Frog VLE)通過無線的4G寬頻連接學校,許多學校已接獲通知將落實這項系統。學校除了推行無線網路(WiFi)上網,有的學校範圍甚至已興建WiMax電訊塔。

计划未进槟城已遭炮轰 国阵反对校园电讯塔

计划未进槟城已遭炮轰 国阵反对校园电讯塔









我国教育部宣布将在西马所有中小学,全面使用新的互联网系统「1BestariNet」,取代於2010年停用的学校互联网系统「School Net」。1BestariNet 由马来西亚教育部与杨忠礼通讯合作下提供基于云储存的虚拟学习平台和连接全国10,000所学校的高速互联网的一项电子教学计划。

1BestariNet项目把青蛙虚拟学习模式(Frog VLE)经由4 G宽带连接全国学校,青蛙虚拟学习模式是极具人性化的程式,为各学校而定制。而且它也提供了完善的管理成面,使教师,管理人员,甚至学生能完全嵌入他们学习的环境。主要的是集行政和教学於一体的性能。截至今年3月,这项计划已覆盖全国1275间学校,并预计将在2013年或今年内,推行至全国逾万间中小学,以提倡资讯工艺时代的电子教育模式。这项15亿令吉计划,由杨忠礼电力旗下的杨忠礼通讯施工。

据我们所知,许多学校已接到通知将被施与此项系统。他们除了将在校内推行Wi-Fi/无线网路通信技术上网之外,还得在学校范围內兴建电讯塔(WIMAX~World Interoperability for Microwave Access - 即全球微波接入互操作性的发射塔,是一种高速、宽带无线数字式电信系统)。


身为父母及防电磁波辐射公害团体的一员,我们必须慎重的提醒大众,尤其是学校单位、董事会、家长、家协及各部门。Wi-Fi(无线网路通信技术)是与电讯塔使用相同的技术的发射器。一般家长都非常抗拒电话通信发射器(电讯塔)建设在居家和学校附近,但却没有发觉其实Wi-Fi使用的也是相同的技术,它也具有微波/电磁波辐射。英国的Stewart Report S1.42里提到“在没有与学校成员或家长达成任何协议,如此大强度的辐射是不应该落于学校或建筑物的任何一部分”



在2012年1月,美国环境医学学院宣告:“慢性暴露于无线电频率辐射是一种可以预防的环境危害,现已有充分数据,足以支持即时履行预防的公共卫生措施.... 孩子们特别有大脑发展被影响、和学习及行为受损的风险。




2012年8月23日,以色列卫生部副部长Yaakov Litzman 倡议其教育部长Gideon Sa'ar 停止在学校安装无线网络,尤其是在有据可查的危害报告下。我们坚定的相信,我们以民为本的政府是应该做得到,为我们的孩子提供一个“安全”的学习环境。





Press Release of Penang EMF Radiation Protection Association
24 September 2012:

Recently, the ministry of education is implementing 1BestariNet project in 10,000 schools in our country. The purpose of this 1BestariNet ( is to provide mobile Internet and high-speed 4G Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) in all schools throughout Malaysia. Ministry of Education in collaboration with YTL Communications provides wireless Internet high speed 4G Frog Virtual Learning Environment together with the effective schools throughout Malaysia.

The Frog learning platform is an inclusive solution that will meet the needs of all schools, regardless of their abilities or geographical and socio-economic barriers. All schools, whether urban or rural, will have access to the same, high quality resources and content, giving equal delivery of education to all Malaysian children. The new learning platform solution will support collaboration between high and low performing schools, sharing best teaching methods and resources – helping all schools to raise standards in the way teaching is delivered to students.

At the same time, they also requesting to erect a Wimax(World Interoperability for Microwave Access) tower in these school compound to allow the school enjoy these facilities (newspaper cutting attached to show what happened in few states).

As parents as well the members of EMF Radiation Protection Association, we would like to draw the attention of all parties to the severity of the matter. We need to act fast because parents and school administrators don’t seem to realize that there could be serious health consequences from overexposure to wireless radiation. We are writing to the following departments to express our concern:

1) PM office     2) Ministry of Education    3) Ministry of Health  and

The public, especially the school boards, PIBG (PTA) and administrators of all schools in the country must be aware that Wi-Fi uses the same technology as phone antenna. The Stewart report S1.42 states “The beam of greatest intensity should not fall on any part of the school or building without agreement from the school or parents”. Many parents would object to a phone mast near their homes or children’s schools and may not be aware that Wi-Fi is using the same technology.

We fully support the use of computers and the promotion of technology in education, but we believe that it must be implemented in a SAFE manner. We should not expose our children to unnecessary health risks by Wi-Fi, while there are hardwired options available.

 In May 2011 the World Health Organization's IARC (International Agency on Research of Cancer) has classified cellular phone / Wi-Fi radiation as 2B Possible Carcinogen. In October, 2011, Health Canada asked parents to reduce children's radiofrequency exposure since "children are typically more sensitive to a variety of environmental agents" and "there is currently a lack of scientific information regarding the potential health impacts of cell phones on children".

As to the IARC warning, it is indeed a serious one. Also in the 2b "possible human" carcinogen classification are DDT, diesel exhaust, and Chlordane among hundreds of other neurotoxins and possibly carcinogenic-to-human toxins. Do we allow Wi-Fi in our schools and think nothing of it? Would you allow DDT or Chlordane to be misted throughout the classrooms all day, 5 days a week, or diesel exhaust to be ventilated into the classrooms from the garages that house the school buses?

Homes and schools are the two places where children spend the most amount of time. Parents have the choice to take measures to reduce children's exposure to microwave radiation at home by using wired computers which offer the same educational benefits with better security and speed. However, children are now FORCED to use wireless laptops and tablets which bear long-term health risks, and they are given no choice to avoid this exposure.

These invisible waves are microwaves and   "Radio waves" is a lovely euphemism. Please do not continue to expose young children to microwave radiation throughout their formative years.

On 23 August 2012, the Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman in a call to the Education Minister of Israel, Gideon Sa'ar, to stop the installation of wireless internet in schools due to the well documented hazards of RF- EMF. It is our strong belief that our citizen-centric government should be doing the same to provide safe learning environments for our children.

We URGE the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health and all related parties to halt the installation of wireless internet and cell tower in all schools in our country to safe our children.

Reducing exposure at home and in schools will reduce the majority of cumulative exposure for children.

We recommend that wired alternatives to Wi-Fi be implemented; particularly in schools and libraries so that children are not subjected to elevated RF radiations.

Wired Internet has many advantages: it's faster, it can carry more data, it is more secure from hacking, and it doesn't irradiate kids.

Please join the call to withdraw wifi in schools in favor of adopting wired and shielded networks.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

坚信发出辐射危害健康 3花园居民不要转驳站

  • 大山脚辉煌园、光辉园及千禧园逾40名居民在互联网转驳站前, 再度抗议, 表达心中不安及不满。