You might be surprised to learn about what follows given the 13-year period since it should have been front page news. But with at least 5,000 studies now showing biological harm from electromagnetic radiation, this information is now more important than ever.
In 2000 – the same year the Stewart Report was commissioned by the UK Government – T-Mobil in Germany (the parent company of T-Mobile – now EE) commissioned Germany’s ECOLOG Institute (a renowned independent research institute) to review all relevant research available at that time with regard to the health risks from mobile telecommunications.
According to this article published by The Ecologist in 2007, what followed was a cover-up that would have otherwise have had investors and executives in mobile phone companies running for the hills.
The ECOLOG Institute’s review of over 220 peer-reviewed and published papers found strong indications for the cancer-initiating and cancer-promoting effects of the electromagnetic radiation produced by mobile phones.
Experiments on cell cultures at power densities much lower than the present guidelines showed strong indications for genotoxic effects from these fields, such as single- and double-stranded DNA breaks and damage to chromosomes. The findings also revealed influences on cell transformation, cell growth promotion and cell communication and carcinogenic potentials, as well as teratogenic effects (birth deformities) and loss of fertility in animal studies. Disruptions to other cellular processes, like the synthesis of proteins and the control of cell functions by enzymes, were also found.
Experiments on humans as well as animals showed harmful effects on the central nervous system, which ranged from neuro-chemical effects to modifications of the brain potentials and impairment of certain brain functions. Loss of memory and cognitive function, for example, were demonstrated in animal experiments. From experiments with human subjects who volunteered to be exposed to mobile phone radiation, clear evidence for influences on certain cognitive functions were shown. Other impacts on the brain included increased permeability of the blood-brain barrier to potentially harmful substances, which was observed in several experiments on animals exposed to mobile telephone fields.
Not only that, but the ECOLOG report also found indications for disruptions to the endocrine and immune systems. Stress reactions were reported, showing up in an increased production of stress hormones and a reduction of the concentration of the hormone melatonin in the blood of exposed animals and humans. Melatonin has a key control function in the hormone system as well as in diurnal biological rhythms – it is also known to inhibit the development of certain tumours.
A common observation in many of the studies was the importance of pulse modulation. Pulse modulated fields seemed to have a stronger effect than continuous fields and, in some cases, it was the pulse of a certain frequency which triggered the reaction, and the absence of pulse, or pulse of a different frequency, led to less significant effects or no effect at all.
This is a particularly important point because Smart Meters use pulsed modulated frequencies – and one measured recently by Stop Smart Meters! (UK) pulsed over 43,000 times per day. Wifi-based gadgets and routers also use pulsed radiation.
In conclusion, the ECOLOG report called for an immediate downward regulation of the power flux density that should be allowed by the guidelines, by a factor of 1,000. Despite these warnings, however, the UK’s “out of date” and “obsolete” standards continue to be used at levels which make no account for chronic exposures to sub-thermal radiation emissions which ECOLOG unequivocally reported as causing biological harm.
If you are wondering why you are only just finding out about this study some 13 years after it was prepared by ECOLOG, one of the report’s authors has a view. According to Dr Peter Neitzke, a co-author of the eventual report, when T-Mobile realised that the research was going to produce potentially damaging results, the company commissioned three other studies which were more likely to show no danger from electromagnetic radiation. Dr Neitzke’s study was then only available in German until a copy was leaked to the Human Ecological Social Economic Project (HESE) Project in 2007, who subsequently had it translated.
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