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Mobile phones 'harm blood cells'
Mobile phone radiation may damage cells by increasing the forces they
exert on each other, scientists have said. The finding could be the key
to claims that mobile phones cause cancer and other health problems.
Swedish physicists looked at the effect of electromagnetic radiation on
red blood cells using a mathematical theory, New Scientist reported.
Experts cautioned that the finding was theoretical and said there was no
evidence of a danger to health.
There have been suggestions that mobile phones can cause brain tumours
and Alzheimer's disease, but research has been inconclusive.
The conventional view has been that radio waves could only damage a cell
if they were energetic enough to break chemical bonds or "cook" tissue.
But radiation given off by mobile phone handsets is too weak to do this.
Bo Sernelius at Linkoping University, Sweden, looked at another
possibility by modelling the properties of red blood cells. Water
molecules have poles of positive and negative charge which create forces
between cells. These forces are normally extremely weak - about a
billion-billionth of a newton.
The simplified mathematical model investigated the effect of
electromagnetic radiation in the field of 850 megahertz - about the
range used by mobile phones - on the blood cells.
The molecules all ended up with their poles aligned in the same
direction. The forces between the cells unexpectedly jumped by about 11
orders of magnitude.
If confirmed by experiments, the results could give an explanation for
tissue damage. Stronger attractive forces between cells might make them
clump together or cause blood cells to contract, New Scientist said.
Katie Daniel, deputy editor of the journal Physical Chemistry Chemical
Physics, said the finding was important. "It highlights the idea that
electromagnetic radiation might act on cells by affecting the attractive
forces between them rather than simply causing heat damage to tissue,"
Camelia Gabriel, from King's College London, who is taking part in the
Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research Programme funded by the
Government, said the theory was feasible. But she said the model was
extremely simple and may not apply to larger numbers of cells. "It needs
to be tested experimentally," she said.
Dr Michael Clark at the National Radiological Protection Board said:
"You can do anything with numbers. It is very interesting, but I can't
get excited about it until somebody measures it." Studies had not proved
there was any danger to health from mobile phones, he said. "There is no
evidence of cancer or anything else. So it is so far, so good. But it is
early days," said Dr Clark.
Story from BBC NEWS:
Published: 2004/04/06 18:04:06 GMT
© BBC MMIV
Message from Susan
Informant: Josef Hasslberger
Mobile phone use
U.K. Sunday Mirror
Scientists have discovered that a call lasting just two minutes can
alter the natural electrical activity of a child's brain for up to an
hour afterwards...THE CHILD SCRAMBLER THESE are the first images that
show the shocking effect that using a mobile phone has on a child's
brain. Scientists have discovered that a call lasting just two minutes
can alter the natural electrical activity of a child's brain for up to
an hour afterwards. And they also found for the first time how radio
waves from mobile phones penetrate deep into the brain and not just
around the ear. The study by Spanish scientists has prompted leading
medical experts to question whether it is safe for children to use
mobile phones at all. Doctors fear that disturbed brain activity in
children could lead to psychiatric and behavioural problems or impair
learning ability. It was the first time that human guinea pigs were used
to measure the effects of mobile phone radiation on children. The tests
were carried out on an 11-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl called
Jennifer. Using a CATEEN scanner, linked to a machine measuring brain
wave activity, researchers were able to create the images above. The
yellow coloured part of the scan on the right shows how radiation
spreads through the centre of the brain and out to the ear on the other
side of the skull. The scans found that disturbed brain wave activity
lasted for up to an hour after the phone call ended. Dr Gerald Hyland --
a Government adviser on mobiles -- says he finds the results "extremely
disturbing". "It makes one wonder whether children, whose brains are
still developing, should be using mobile phones," he adds. "The results
show that children's brains are affected for long periods even after
very short-term use. "Their brain wave patterns are abnormal and stay
like that for a long period. "This could affect their mood and ability
to learn in the classroom if they have been using a phone during break
time, for instance. "We don't know all the answers yet, but the
alteration in brain waves could lead to things like a lack of
concentration, memory loss, inability to learn and aggressive
behaviour." Previously it had been thought that interference with brain
waves and brain chemistry stopped when a call ended. The results of the
study by the Spanish Neuro Diagnostic Research Institute in Marbella
coincide with a new survey that shows 87 per cent of 11- to 16-year-olds
own mobile phones and 40 per cent of them spend 15 minutes or more
talking each day on them. And disturbingly, 70 per cent said they would
not change the use of their phone even if advised to by the Government.
Dr Hyland plans to publish the latest findings in medical journal The
Lancet next year. He said: "This information shows there really isn't a
safe amount of mobile phone use. We don't know what lasting damage is
being done by this exposure. "If I were a parent I would now be
extremely wary about allowing my children to use a mobile even for a
very short period. My advice would be to avoid mobiles." Dr Michael
Klieeisen, who conducted the study, said: "We were able to see in minute
detail what was going on in the brain. "We never expected to see this
continuing activity in the brain. "We are worried that delicate balances
that exist -- such as the immunity to infection and disease -- could be
altered by interference with chemical balances in the brain." A
Department of Health spokesman said: "In children mobile phone use
should be restricted to very short periods of time."
Informant: George Paxinos
Depleted Uranium Weapons
RACHEL'S ENVIRONMENT & HEALTH NEWS #788
The topic of depleted uranium is very much ON TOPIC for this list and I
hope the defense members on this list will pass it on. – For Australian
military personnel may soon be handling DU as part of their job.
There are now moves to establish a US training base in Australia where
joint US and Australian military training exercises will take place -
And the Australian army is purchasing some old secondhand Abrams tanks
from the US. I believe ones from Gulf War I, hopefully decontaminated by
now but with a half-life of 4.5 billion years is 10 years really enough???
The Abrams tanks are specifically made to use DU munitions and many of
the tanks conveniently come with two tonnes of DU armour plate built in
as protection. (Volvo take note!) The big question for the Aussie tank
crews will be the level of radiation inside the tanks. Check em out boys
before you take possession! And don't believe the bullshit the Pentagon
secondhand tank dealer spins about how the radiation levels are
It is likely that the purchase of Abrams tanks is part of a
"harmonization" of US and Australian forces. So that in future wars of
adventure over oil, the Aussies can bravely fight and die right
alongside the Yanks, using the same nuclear weaponry.
Hopefully the Australian government will not bow to Pentagon pressure to
go down the DU path.
Cancer in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset
The environmental consultancy Green Audit has answered criticism from
the UK Government's influential advisory group COMARE (Committee on
Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment). Response dated 30th
In 2002, in a citizens' epidemiology study unique in the UK, Parents
Concerned About Hinkley (PCAH) conducted a door-to-door survey of cancer
in the North ward of Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset. ("Wards" are local
authority administrative areas.) Green Audit analysed the results,
showing significant excesses of cancer. The cause is thought to be
internal radiation following inhalation and ingestion of radioactivity
blowing inland from nearby mud-flats, which are contaminated by
discharges from Hinkley Point Nuclear Power Station.
In September the South West Cancer Intelligence Service published a
study of cancer incidence in both the Burnham wards and two neighbouring
wards. The data confirm what PCAH found in Burnham North and also
confirm that proximity to the sea is associated with increased cancer
In November COMARE issued a Statement condemning the Questionnaire
study. Green Audit has now rejected most of COMARE's Statement because:
* it attacks PCAH's Questionnaire Survey for not being a definitive
study, whereas it was intended to be indicative; as a doorstep
questionnaire administered by volunteers it could never have been
* it makes a fatal error about the way the PCAH was conducted, assuming
that 30% of households had responded to a 100% canvass, which could have
introduced bias. In fact there was a 100% response to a 30% sample.
COMARE have allowed this error to remain although they have been told
about it repeatedly.
* it overlooks flawed analysis in the subsequent extended study
conducted by the South West Cancer Intelligence Service (SWCIS).
* it overlooks the fact that once the flaws are corrected the SWCIS
study confirms PCAH's findings.
* it uses a selective subset of the SWCIS data.
* it uses wrong significance testing.
* it says that chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (which accounts for much of
the excess leukaemia in Burnham) is not caused by radiation. This
assumption has no scientific basis since it relies on studies of
external radiation at Hiroshima.
Speaking on behalf on Green Audit Richard Bramhall said: "I have great
admiration for the courage of the local volunteers who knocked on
people's doors asking for sensitive personal information about their
health. COMARE pays lip service to them, claiming that they "don't wish
to criticise either the idea of carrying out such a survey or the
involvement of the local community." But they demonstrate a complete
failure to understand the realities of public concern and grass roots
action, condemning the study for not checking medical and histological
records. How can a local campaign group have access to such records? How
does COMARE think volunteers could interrogate people on their doorsteps
about whether their cancers were primaries or secondaries, or whether
they were distinguishing correctly between malignant or in situ or
The local health authorities have been remote, arrogant and dismissive.
They have refused to work with local campaign groups for fear of
"compromising their impartiality and public perceptions of their role".
Now, both COMARE and the cancer registry have applied inappropriate
statistical techniques in an effort to deny obvious enhancements of risk
near the mud-flats. They have even blamed X-ray mammography for apparent
excesses of breast cancer incidence. They seem to be unaware that since
mortality from breast cancer is also double what would be expected in
Burnham, blaming X-ray mammography suggests that it is killing women.
Cancer data have been withheld from competent public interest
epidemiologists on the basis of a rule which the Department of Health
adopted as a temporary measure for a different purpose - stopping open
reports and web sites from revealing too much information about
patients. Even the National Radiological Protection Board has criticised
the rule; at a recent meeting Board members were concerned that it would
be an obstacle to many studies crucial for public health. The NRPB's
Chairman has addressed their concerns to the UK Department of Health."
The Green Audit response is hosted on
or go to www.llrc.org and click
on the NEWS icon. It can be downloaded as html or as a PDF file.
The COMARE Statement is on
Informant: Richard Bramhall
Communicating by RF in James Lovelock's future Atlantis
Hi Klaus: Relevant to the many illuminating entries in your latest
posting (March 30, 2004) on covert high- tech modes for sending and
receiving information directly to the brain is James Lovelock's
futuristic vision of an Atlantis where the occupants "have no need for
speech or writing. The possession of an electronic nervous system makes
speech redundant; they are able to use radio frequencies to communicate
directly a wide range of images and ideas." (THE AGES OF GAIA by James
Lovelock, 1988. Page 222)
Best, Imelda, Cork
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Help Fight a Proposed Dam in Canada's Boreal Forest
Manitoba Hydro, one of Canada's largest utilities, is preparing to begin
a multi-stage hydroelectric dam and transmission project that would
cause lasting damage to the Heart of the Boreal Forest. Government
hearings concerning the first of a series of proposed dams, Wuskwatim,
will conclude in May. NRDC added this exceptionally pristine and
endangered stretch of Canada's boreal forest to our BioGems list earlier
If Manitoba Hydro goes ahead with Wuskwatim, other proposed facilities
-- including transmission lines that would cut directly through the
habitat of songbirds, moose, bears and endangered woodland caribou --
would likely follow close behind. These projects would clear the way for
new roads and other invasive activity in the region, destroying wildlife
and harming indigenous communities that depend on the land for survival.
» Call on Manitoba Hydro to suspend its plans until officials complete a
comprehensive environmental review.
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Bush and Blair made secret pact for Iraq war
Powell blames bad intelligence in Iraq invasion
Bremer has destroyed my country
Let's Make Enemies
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