[Assessment of RF Emissions on BC Ferries by Planetworks – Babies – BioInitiative Report Chart on Reported Biological Effects from RF Radiation at Low-Intensity Exposure – Brain Tumour Cancer Risks – Cell Phones – Chevy RV Vans – Complaint Letters to Jill Hawe, BC Ferries re No Wi-Fi Free Zones – Doctor Joel M. Moskowitz – ELF – EMF Project – EMR – Faraday Cage – First Generation Smart Meter Replacements (Life Expectancy) – Health Canada Safety Code 6 – ICNIRP & WHO Conflict of Interest – Lennart Hardell – Mary Lowther – Olle Johansson – Paul Gardner, Northeast Group LLC – Perry Kendall – Pets – Radar – Smart Grid – Wireless Devices | Duke Point, Vancouver Island, BC – Canada – EU – Italy – Stockholm, Sweden – Berkeley, California, USA]
1) More on Dr. Hardell’s paper re. conflict of interest and bias in ICNIRP and the WHO. I highly recommend you read this 9 page report to get the history and significance of the industry connection with the WHO. WHO is the key to THE problem re. exposure to and proliferation of wireless radiation. WHO sets guidelines that Health Canada follows, blindly. Then provincial officers, like Perry Kendall, blindly follow Health Canada. The scientific experts are organizing to confront WHO for its support of the telecom industry at the expense of our health. As concerned citizens, we need to organize and voice our concerns, too, if things are ever going to change.
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World Health Organization, radiofrequency radiation and health
– a hard nut to crack (Review)
Electromagnetic Radiation Safety, June 21, 2017
Today the International Journal of Oncology published a critique of the World Health Organization’s pending review of the adverse health effects of wireless (i.e., radio frequency or RF) radiation. The critique was written by Dr. Lennart Hardell, the world’s preeminent researcher on brain tumor risk and long-term cell phone use.
His paper provides an historical overview of WHO’s EMF Project, WHO’s relationship to the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), and the relationships of both organizations to the military and electric and telecom industries.
Dr. Hardell notes that the WHO has relied heavily on members of ICNIRP, a non-governmental organization “with serious conflict of interest.” In their reviews of the scientific evidence for adverse health effects from wireless radiation exposure, ICNIRP dismisses the evidence for biological effects due to non-thermal exposures. By focusing only on short-term heating effects and ignoring the effects of chronic exposure to non-thermal levels of RF radiation, ICNIRP has been able to adopt RF exposure guidelines about 300,000 times more permissive than otherwise would be required. RF exposure standards in many nations including the U.S. have been heavily influenced by these guidelines. “The ICNIRP guidelines are of huge importance to the influential telecommunications, military and power industries.”
Dr. Hardell calls upon the public, NGOs, and the scientific community “to exert pressure on politicians to change the WHO agenda on RF radiation and health hazards and decide that WHO’s purpose is to support world health instead of industry interests.”
Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D., Director
Center for Family and Community Health
School of Public Health
University of California, Berkeley
2) In the EU, more money is ready to be spent on smeters and sgrid which have yet to provide any benefits. And note that some of the countries that have had smeters for a few years are now replacing the first smeters with “second generations” – life expectancy is 5-7 years. Hard to understand how having a meter that must be replaced every few years helps reduce carbon emissions.
Western Europe Smart Grid Investment To Reach $133.7 Billion Over Next 10 Years, Northeast Group Reports
Meanwhile, first-adopter countries of smart meters, Sweden [https://www.kamstrup.com/en-en/case-stories/electricity-casestories/case-malarenergi-smart-metering-sweden] and Italy [https://www.enel.com/en/media/press/d201606-enel-presents-enel-open-meter-the-new-electronic-meter.html], are now starting to replace first-generation smart meters with newer version, are now starting to replace first-generation smart meters with newer version, a process that will roll out over the next 10 years or so in these regions…
Strong EU-enacted climate policies, including reducing carbon emissions, and increasing renewable energy will need the above mentioned smart grid investments to cut the region’s human-made carbon footprint, and make sure a smooth transition to renewables, Northeast Group said.
Sent: June 23, 2017
To: Hawe, Jill <Jill.Hawe@bcferries.com>
Subject: Re: BC Ferries at Duke Point
Thank you for your response. I’ll definitely go by Duke Point then, instead of the more convenient Departure Bay. Are Queen of Alberni and Coastal Inspiration the only vessels on that run, or do I have to book specifically for one of them or ??? How do I best get off V.I. [Vancouver Island]?
Safety Code 6 was aimed at fully-dressed soldiers wearing appropriate EMR-reflective gear, not the general public in shorts and sunglasses. WHO IARC says that radio-frequency/microwave radiation from wifi, cell phones, etc. is a Class 2B carcinogen, right up there with lead and mercury, and WorkSafe BC reg. 5.58 states that exposing your employees to Class 2Bs is a violation. You might want to investigate the directors of the Health Canada Royal Commission on Safety Code Six, even IARC, because they are all heavily infiltrated with Big Telecom representatives. No one can get a clear answer if half the directorship has a vested interest in keeping the status quo.
BTW, I bought a 1990 Chevy 350 Getaway Van last summer, and tested it with a few short-drive overnight camping trips. Short drives were fine, but if I drove longer distances, eg. stop-start all day (shopping or whatever), I had leg cramps at night — not muscle spasms, they felt more like arterial spasms. Finally a friend pointed out that both driver & passenger sit about 4″ from the engine itself in that particular RV (and most others, unfortunately) so I took my Gauss meter and measured EMR (low frequency, up to 100 Hz). It squealed in the “danger” ranges as far as I could reach, and as far as my much-longer-armed friend could reach. I had to sell the RV for danger of blood clots (magnetic fields affect iron in the blood, hence blood flow).
I mention the Chevy because your ferry workers are in an enclosed metal space, aka Faraday cage, with all frequencies of EMR bouncing around and through them, everything from ELF (extra-low frequency up to 100 Hz) through Wi-Fi, cell, radar and who knows what else the ships themselves use. I’d hate to think my tax dollars are helping to pay for their long-term disability — but their tax dollars are funding mine, right? Too bad we can’t live in a world that’s safe for life itself instead of racing to the bottom with lots of loonies in our pockets.
Thanks again, Jill, for your response. If you could just clarify which ships to avoid on the Duke Point run, that would really help. Is there a certain way to know which is running and at what time?
From: Mary Lowther (name given with permission)
To: Hawe, Jill <Jill.Hawe@bcferries.com>
Subject: Re: BC Ferries at Duke Point
Dr. Olle Johansson, professor at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, the very institute that determines who gets the Nobel Prize for Chemistry and Physics each year, says that electromagnetic frequency radiation emitted from wireless devices like Wi-Fi should not be used until they have been PROVEN to be safe.
He says they have not. He says that the World Health Organization’s classification of this radiation doesn’t go far enough and that, from his studies, it should be classified as at least “probably carcinogenic”. He is presently studying the relationship between cell phones and facial cancer of babies.
Please remove Wi-Fi from the ferries. I don’t want the exposure. I don’t have a cell phone or other wireless devices for the above reason.
Sent: June 23, 2017
To: Customer Relations <email@example.com>
Subject: Fwd: BC Ferries – about results in your report
Hello again Jill. I looked a little further into your report and have this reply.
Planetworks, the company that did your survey [http://www.stopsmartmetersbc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Assessment-of-RF-Emissions-on-BC-Ferries-Executive-Summary-by-Planetworks-Dec.16-2016.pdf], is closely affiliated with the telecom industry and not considered to be independent by health experts. Their website shows that they work with and for the telecom industry http://www.planetworks.ca/. What you should have to represent the needs of those with related health issues is experts who have published research in peer-reviewed scientific journals about the biologic or health effects of EMF.
Also, your report makes it sound as if the levels found on the ferries are safe. The so-called ‘Safety Code 6’ is part of the problem here. It’s allowable level of RF allowed is a whopping 534 microwatts per square centimeter. Planetworks results showed that spikes were “only” 20% of the allowed levels. This is nearly 107 microwatts per square centimeter and there are proven biological effects at levels less than 1 microwatt per square centimeter. Studies indicate it is the actual spiking action that is most stressful and damaging to cells.
Here is just one chart showing some biological effects at levels way below .00034 microwatts per centimeter squared. Not only are ferry riders exposed to dangerous levels during the ride, but your staff is constantly exposed. I hope you will consider reviewing your policy on this – at a start, for those with health concerns. Keep in mind also, please, that some passengers travel on foot with their pets. Currently they are forced to sit, crammed close together in a steel box down below with signals bouncing all around just from so many other passengers using their phones.
Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters
“Cell phones will probably increase many neurological diseases and brain tumors over the next 10 to 20 years.”
~ Dr. Neil Cherry – Professor of Environmental Health Lincoln University, New Zealand