Saturday, October 4, 2008

Avoid Mobile Use While Pregnant

In 2000 I prepared a report for the planning commission of the small town where I lived in the Cascade foothills. The reason for this was a plan by one of the major land owners in the area to erect a cell phone mast tower across the street from the school and directly behind a daycare center.

Much of the data I presented was directly related to behavioral issues in children exposed to mast towers, cell phones, WI-FI and related EMF identified in the many studies reported up to that time.

This tower was not erected, however the members of the planning commission all focused on what the loss of convenience would do to them. They were already complaining about lack of coverage is out very forest covered community.

The loudest supporter of this tower was the school district. I presented the same data to the school board and no one seemed to be concerned with the children.

Of course, who knows what the future will bring. I tired to stop new antennae placed on a water tower directly above a children's playground, in a neighborhood with a high incidence of heart attack in 2003. Again, another college town lauding itself for being so wirelessly connected.

My word for the wise is to not take the industry propaganda so glibly.
Mobiles linked to kids' bad behaviour, Monday, September 8, 2008

Using mobiles while pregnant could cause problems for children Pregnant women who use their mobile phones could be causing their children to have behavioural problems, according to a new study.

The claim comes after a 15-year study into mobile health issues, which will be debated at the Radiation Research Trust Conference in London, beginning today.

Independent body Powerwatch published 'Mobile Phones and Health – 15 Years of Research' ahead of the summit and called on the Government to do more to warn of the potential dangers.

It claims there is 'overwhelming' evidence from a number of studies suggesting a link between mobile usage and brain tumours.

And children, who are said to be more susceptible to electromagnetic radiation because of their thinner skulls, are at particular risk, according to the research.

Those children who are exposed to mobile radiation before they are born because of their mothers' mobile use or early on in childhood are said to have an 80% boost in behavioural problems.

Powerwatch spokesman Graham Philips said: "We strongly recommend that the Government actively discourage use by children, including making public advice leaflets readily available in NHS waiting rooms across the country.

"Research into monitoring health effects around mobile phone base stations is now urgently overdue and the Government should allocate funding for this for the protection of the general public."

Debate about the safety of mobile phones has raged for years and other scientists have dismissed the latest claims as lacking supporting evidence.

Professor Patricia McKinney, epidemiologist at the University of Leeds, said the report "pulls together and interprets a highly selected sample of the published literature on the topic of the risks of mobile phone use", adding that it was a "biased appraisal".

Latest data suggests there are more than 70 million mobiles being used by Britain's 60 million people.'_bad_behaviour&in_article_id=298487&in_page_id=63

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