EMR Sanctuary – new website!

The purpose of the EMR Sanctuary website is to host a forum style online community dedicated to the growing segment of the world’s population affected by electro-sensitivity, also referred to as EHS. This condition manifests as a variety of health-related disorders attributed to bodily exposure to electromagnetic radiation (EMR), a type of energy commonly emitted by smart meters, mobile phones, Wi-Fi modems, telecommunication antennas and mains powered appliances.

This website will appeal to those who are electromagnetically hypersensitive, and there’s info there for those who want to inform themselves on the dangers of electromagnetic Radiation and how to protect themselves.

http://www.emrsanctuary.com

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Wireless Industry Confesses: “No Studies Show 5G is Safe”

Last week, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal grilled wireless industry representatives, who admitted the industry has done ZERO health & safety studies on 5G technology. Meanwhile, dozens of independent studies indicates that 5G is a risk to all biological life.

Blumenthal blasted the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)—government agencies jointly-responsible for ensuring that cellphone technologies are safe to use—for failing to conduct any research into the safety of 5G technology, and instead, engaging in bureaucratic finger-pointing and deferring to industry.

In December 2018, Blumenthal and U.S. Representative Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) sent a letter to FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr seeking answers regarding potential health risks posed by new 5G wireless technology. At today’s hearing, Blumenthal criticized Carr for failing to provide answers, and instead, just echoing, “the general statements of the FDA, which shares regulatory responsibility for cell phones with the FCC.”  Blumenthal also decried the FDA’s statements as “pretty unsatisfactory.” 

During an exchange with wireless industry representatives, Blumenthal asked them whether they have supported research on the safety of 5G technology and potential links between radiofrequency and cancer, and the industry representatives conceded they have not.

Blumenthal stated:

“If you go to the FDA website, there basically is a cursory and superficial citation to existing scientific data saying ‘The FDA has urged the cell phone industry to take a number of steps, including support additional research on possible biological effects of radio frequency fields for the type of signals emitted by cell phones.’ I believe that Americans deserve to know what the health effects are, not to pre-judge what scientific studies may show, and they also deserve a commitment to do the research on outstanding questions.”

“So my question for you: How much money has the industry committed to supporting additional independent research—I stress independent—research? Is that independent research ongoing? Has any been completed? Where can consumers look for it? And we’re talking about research on the biological effects of this new technology.”

At the end of the exchange, Blumenthal concluded,

“So there really is no research ongoing.  We’re kind of flying blind here, as far as health and safety is concerned.”

In November 2018, the National Toxicology Program released the final results of the longest and most expensive study to date on cellphones and cancer. Those studies found “some evidence” of a link to cancer, at least in male rats. However, the study only focused on the risks associated with 2G and 3G cell phones.

The latest 5G wireless technology relies on the deployment of many more new antennas and transmitters that are clustered lower to the ground and closer to homes and schools. There has been even more limited research with respect to the health ramifications of 5G technology, and the FCC has thus far failed to adequately explain how they have determined 5G is safe.

Source: Take Back Your Power

Note: 5G (“5th Generation”) will be integrated with thousands of satellites to blanket the earth.

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Why the Australian government will not advise the public on wireless technologies’ risks to health – at least for now

In stark contrast to a recent Italian court ruling where three Italian government ministries have acknowledged that there is a need to raise public awareness on how to use mobile phones safely (see [Italian court orders public safety campaign] and Lennart Hardell’s blog) it is highly unlikely such concern for public safety will be issued from the Australian government, considering the pro-technology bias of the agencies and individuals who currently advise government ministers on telecommunications issues.

Captured Agencies

Whenever public concerns are raised with Australian government and opposition members over telecommunications issues (mobile phones, smart meters, 5G), the standard response is to unquestionably follow the advice of the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) and the Australian Centre for Electromagnetic Bioeffects Research (ACEBR). Both agencies steadfastly follow the Procrustean dictates of the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) which do not allow for any deviation from ICNIRP’s dogma.

A Procrustean Approach

The following is the standard response from the current federal government to any members of parliament who dare raise questions on the safety of telecommunications technology.

The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) provides expert advice on radiation protection and nuclear safety matters to the Coalition Government. In order to provide the best advice on the protection of the Australian public from the effects of radiation, ARPANSA undertakes its own research and reviews the relevant scientific research. . . The Australian Communications and Media Authority’s regulatory arrangements require wireless devices to comply with the exposure limits in ARPANSA’s Radiation Protection Standard for Maximum Exposure Levels to Radiofrequency Fields – 3 kHz to 300 GHz (the ARPANSA RF standard). The ARPANSA RF Standard is designed to protect people of all ages and health status against all known adverse health effects from exposure to RF EME. The ARPANSA RF Standard is based on scientific research that shows the levels at which harmful effects occur and it sets limits, based on international guidelines [ICNIRP], well below these harmful levels.

So, whenever a politician from any party is contacted by members of their electorate with concerns over “RF EME” [radiofrequency electromagnetic energy] that politician will understandably ask for expert opinion from the government’s own expert agencies: ARPANSA and/or ACEBR. These agencies will in response send a variation of the above, and perhaps even the heavily criticized analysis led by Ken Karipidis from ARPANSA and Rodney Croft from ACEBR. The ARPANSA/ACEBR paper claims that there is no link between the use of mobile phones and brain cancer. Karipidis even claimed that “People say mobile phones can cause cancer but our study showed this was not the case”. It has been pointed out, however, that this claim was apparently made only by excluding inconvenient data from their analysis. For example, Joel Moskowitz of the University of California, Berkeley called it a “biased study” and Australian neurosurgeon Vini Khurana called the use of selected data “quite bizarre and unnecessary” [SSMA emphasis]. Read the Microwave News analysis here.

With the coming rollout of 5G soon to hit Australia, it is inevitable that there will be ever increasing public concerns expressed to local and state and federal politicians as a consequence of the many thousands of small antennas which will be placed in close proximity to homes and in workplaces. The 5G Appeal certainly gives credence to these concerns. Also see the report by the European investigative team, “Investigate Europe”: “The 5G Mass Experiment: Big Promises, Unknown Risks“, and the recent (Jan 7, 2019) ABC News item: “Huawei-made ‘small cell’ boxes hit suburban Sydney, as residents raise health concerns” and the commentary from Dariusz Leszczynski here.

So, how will Australian politicians respond to the public’s concerns?   Continue reading

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Australian residents and councils raise health concerns about “small cell” installations

The ABC reported earlier this month that residents in NSW have petitioned for the removal of small cell boxes.  “In a move that experts say will become more common as Australia prepares itself for the 5G rollout, TPG, in conjunction with China’s Huawei, has begun placing the transmitters — roughly the size of two shoe boxes — on power poles across the suburb of Ryde, in Sydney’s north-west.”

PHOTO: The small cell boxes that have begun popping up in Sydney. (ABC News)

The transmitters will initially be used to boost 4G in suburban areas.  Small cell installations are also essential to paving the way for the rollout of 5G.  Residents were not given a say in the matter.

In addition to concerns about health effects, security issues are being raised. “Huawei, which is building the small cell boxes on the 4G network for TPG, is banned from taking part in the rollout of 5G mobile infrastructure over national security concerns.”  It seems ironic that Huawei will, however, already have a foot in the door!

Community concern about small cell deployments is also being voiced in Victoria.

Moonee Valley City Council, in the inner and middle north-western suburbs of Melbourne, unanimously passed a resolution at its October 2018 meeting that calls for the cumulative impacts of microwave frequency technologies to be assessed.  Other items to be actioned included a request that TPG provide written confirmation that it has applied the Precautionary Principle.  See page 8 of the Ordinary Council Meeting Minutes for the full details of its TPG Small Cell Installations resolution.

The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV), the peak body for Victoria’s 79 councils, also passed a resolution in October regarding small cell installations.  Victorian council representatives at the twice-yearly meeting approved a motion that the “MAV call upon the State Government to lead a review of the cumulative impacts of ‘small cell installations’ on the residential community and, in light of the findings of this review, re-consider the appropriate planning referral process for the installation of small cells.”

If, like SSMA, the rollout of wireless transmitters mounted on power poles appals you, make sure that you raise this with your local council, as well as with Federal authorities.

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Have you seen dead or dying trees near towers or other EMF-emitters?

If so, here’s your chance to help shine a light on the effect that man-made electromagnetic fields (EMF) are having on trees.

The ‘Dead Tree Detective’ citizen science project, which is being run in association with Western Sydney University and the University of New England, gives people Australia-wide the opportunity to report observations of tree death.  The project’s ‘About’ webpage explains that “In the past, there have been many occurrences of large-scale tree death that were initially identified by concerned members of the public such as farmers, bushwalkers, bird watchers or landholders.  Collecting these observations is an important way to monitor the health of trees and ecosystems”.

Let’s take this opportunity.  It may be that anecdotal information linking EMF to tree-death will be given greater weight than the reports of adverse health effects of EMF exposure on humans.  So far there has been deafening silence from Australian health authorities when SSMA has requested smart meter post-rollout health surveillance surveys.

Contributing to the Dead Tree Detective project is easy.  You’ll need to be able to upload your photo/s and give the latitude and longitude coordinates.  If you haven’t got the coordinates, the entry screen gives you the option of marking the location on Google Maps, and they will automatically be inserted.  If the EMF source is a tower, you can also obtain the latitude and longitude coordinates for these from the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s website here.  (If you type in the suburb where the tower is, it will bring up a map showing all the towers and then you can click on the tower you’re interested in to get the latitude followed by the longitude, along with the accuracy.)  You can just load one set of photos or you can revisit the location in later months to document what happens to the tree/s.

You’ll need to register to upload data.  If you like, you can use a pen name, nickname or pseudonym as your login name.  You can also check out the data that other members of the public have already entered.

SSMA suggests that, in addition to recording existing dead or dying trees, you might also like to start taking observations when a tower or other EMF-source is being upgraded, or being installed.  If you are able to take a photo of the infrastructure whilst this is occurring so you have proof of the date for future reference, all the better.  Remember, depending on the topography of the location, the height of the trees and whether there is a line of sight from a tower or other EMF-emitter, it may be trees hundreds of metres away that bear the brunt of the radiation.

If you want to look at the calculated maximum levels of radiofrequency electromagnetic energy (EME) around an existing and/or proposed wireless base station you can obtain an Environmental EME Report.  Go to the Radio Frequency National Site Archive to access.  (You can use the Search function located at the top of the webpage without logging in.)  ARPANSA explains here that these values are calculated at 1.5 metres above a flat landscape (so considerably below the point that trees might be exposed to radiation).

Make sure when you load data on to the Dead Tree Detective that you include in the ‘Additional notes or comments’ box information about the proximity of towers or other EMF-emitters to the tree/s and any information you have obtained about the services that the infrastructure is hosting!

For assistance in recognising visible damage in trees exposed to radiofrequency radiation, download Helmut Breunig’s excellent report, entitled Tree damage caused by mobile phone base stations: An observation guide’.  

For an explanation of why trees are damaged by radiofrequency radiation, see ‘Why Our Urban Trees Are Dying’ by Andrew Goldsworthy, PhD.

Alfonso Balmori Martinez’s paper, The effects of microwaves on trees and other plants, also offers valuable insights.

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Planetary electromagnetic pollution: it is time to assess its impact

A recent paper contends that there is an urgent need to address electrosmog.

Authors of the paper, Dr Priyanka Bandara and Dr David O. Carpenter, point out that radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation experienced by people using various wireless devices has increased exposure by about 10¹⁸ times above natural background levels around the 1 GHz band.  That’s 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 times more exposure just to these frequencies!

An evaluation of 2266 studies in the Oceania Radiofrequency Scientific Advisory Association’s categorised online database found that most studies demonstrated significant biological or health effects associated with exposure to man-made electromagnetic fields.  Evidence also exists that radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation affects flora and fauna.

A coordinated international effort is required to reduce public exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation.

A PDF version of this open access paper can be accessed here.

An online version of the paper is available at: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanplh/article/PIIS2542-5196(18)30221-3/fulltext

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FREE Online EMF Summit | 9 – 15 December 2018

Are mobile phones, smart meters, WiFi and other common electronic devices poisoning your environment, harming your children, and causing a long list of serious diseases including cancer?  Thousands of independent studies say yes.  Here’s what you can do about it…

If you missed out on joining in on the EMF Summit in September, here’s another chance to catch some of the outstanding interviews that Lloyd Burrell has put together.

To register for the EMF Health Summit 2018, go here.

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