PRESS RELEASE from the Karolinska Institute, Department of Neuroscience, Stockholm,
Sweden, February 3, 2011
Scientists Urge Halt of Wireless Rollout and Call for New Safety Standards: Warning
Issued on Risks to Children and Pregnant Women
Scientists who study radiofrequency radiation from wireless technologies have issued a
scientific statement warning that exposures may be harming the development of children at levels now commonly found in the environment. Pregnant women are cautioned to avoid using wireless devices themselves and distance themselves from other users.
The Seletun Scientific Statement has now been published in Reviews on Environmental Health (2010; 25: 307-317). The article recommends that lower limits be established for electromagnetic fields and wireless exposures, based on scientific studies reporting health impacts at much lower exposure levels. Many researchers now believe the existing safety limits are inadequate to protect public health because they do not consider prolonged exposure to lower emission levels that are now widespread.
“Current US and ICNIRP standards for radiofrequency and microwave radiation from
wireless technologies are entirely inadequate. They never were intended to address the kind of exposures from wireless devices that now affect over 4 billion people.”
(Olle Johansson, professor, The Experimental Dermatology Unit, Department of
Neuroscience, Karolinska Institute, and The Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm,
Sweden) Read more…
The Seletun Scientific Panel today announces a Consensus Agreement
including ’10 Key Recommendations to Protect Public Health.’ They say the global population is at risk, that the current accepted measure of
radiation risk, the SAR, is inadequate, and that there is abundant
evidence biological effects are occurring at exposures ‘many orders of
magnitude’ below existing public safety standards.
1. The Global Population Is At Risk.
2. Sensitive Populations Are Currently Vulnerable.
3. Government Actions Are Warranted Now Based on Evidence of Serious
Disruption to Biological Systems.
4. The Burden of Proof for the Safety of Radiation-Emitting
Technologies Should Fall on Producers and Providers Not Consumers.
5. EMF Exposures Should Be Reduced in Advance of Complete
Understanding of Mechanisms of Action.
6. The Current Accepted Measure of Radiation Risk “the Specific
Absorption Rate (‘SAR’)” is Inadequate, and Misguides on Safety and Risk.
7. An International Disease Registry Is Needed To Track Time Trends of
Illnesses to Correlate Illnesses with Exposures.
8. Pre-Market Health Testing and Safety Demonstration is Needed for
All Radiation-Emitting Technologies.
9. Parity is Needed for Occupational Exposure Standards
10. ‘Functional Impairment’ Designation Needed for Persons with
In the United States, Congressman Dennis Kucinich announced on June
30, 2010 that he would introduce a bill calling for a U.S. cell phone
research program, warning labels on cell phones and an update of
antiquated radiation exposure standards. Six months later, no bill has
yet been introduced in Congress (https://tinyurl.com/4w43dks).
Earlier, in September 2009, Senate hearings were held on the health
effects of cell phones, presided over by Senators Arlen Specter and
Tom Harkin (https://tinyurl.com/469hbst). To the dismay of scientists,no action has yet been taken since the hearing sixteen months ago. At the hearing, Sen. Harkin said, ‘I found this really very interesting
and very challenging and I can assure you we are going to do some follow-up on this.’ Nothing has happened since.
Olle Johansson, PhD, who chaired the Seletun Scientific Panel, says
‘Current US and ICNIRP standards for radiofrequency and microwave
radiation from wireless technologies are entirely inadequate. They
never were intended to address the kind of exposures from wireless
devices that now affect over 4 billion people.’
Elihu Richter, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor (Retired),
Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Hebrew University, Hadassah
School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Jerusalem, Isreal, says,
‘We are already seeing increases in health problems such as cancer and
neurobehavioural impairments, even though these wireless technologies
are fairly new in the last decades or so for the general public. This
finding suggests that the exposures are already too high to protect
people from health harm.’
Public health advocate, Camilla Rees of ElectromagneticHealth.org, says,
‘Each time there is a briefing or hearing in a government body around
the world, lip service is paid to the concerns of scientists,
professors, physicians and citizens. Through their inaction, global
governments have supported the interests of the telecommunications
industry. We hope the Seletun Scientific Statement will finally get
the attention this very serious public health issue deserves.’
Read Full Announcement With Photos and Transcript of Video
Journalists wanting to read the full published paper, please contact
Dr. Johansson at Olle.Johansson@ki.se or +46-(0)8-52487073.
Camilla Rees, 415-992-5093