Experts call for strong policy action to protect the public and especially children who are more vulnerable.
Teton Village, WY – February 22, 2017 — Scientists from 10 nations evaluated the latest peer reviewed body of evidence linking adverse health effects to wireless (radiofrequency) radiation at an expert forum that was held in late January at the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies (IIAS) at Hebrew University. The scientists call for policy actions to reduce exposure, such as legislation that significantly and more protectively reduces human exposure to RF, minimization of wireless in schools and public places, and national campaigns about screen time and children’s health.
The event was organized in cooperation with the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and Environmental Health Trust (EHT). Findings included the large $25 million study by the U.S. National Toxicology Program, and other investigations confirming cancer-promoting effects, along with substantially increased cancer risks to regular long-term cell phone users, and important new studies indicating potential human health risks of 5G communication systems, wireless in schools, and the physical and psychological effects of screen time
Dr. Anthony Miller—long-term advisor at the World Health Organization’s IARC, and advisor to Environmental Health Trust—detailed the current epidemiological research on long-term cell phone users and stated that his overall conclusions are that in terms of the 2011 IARC classification, today radiofrequency fields should be considered probable causes of human cancer. Lecture videos are now available at the Environmental Health Trust conference website.
Evidence of Increased Malignancies and DNA Damage
Dr. Linda Birnbaum, Director of the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, prepared a presentation shared by Dr. Ron Melnick on the National Toxicology Program (NTP) study’s research findings on rats exposed to wireless radiation at levels mimicking long-term cell phone exposures. Findings include: increased highly malignant cancers of the brain; increased highly malignant cancer of the heart nerve sheath; and DNA damage in the brain. In addition to increased malignancies and DNA damage, lower litter weights were found in the wireless exposed rats of the NTP study.
“We feel obliged to call for strong actions of precaution by international regulators, above all for children and pregnant women,” stated Dr. Fiorella Belpoggi, Director of the Research Department of the Cesare Maltoni Cancer Research Centre Ramazzini Institute.
Dr. Fiorella Belpoggi of the Italian Ramazzini Institute released new partial findings of their cell phone radiation studies, which found, like the NTP study, lower birth weight in rats prenatally exposed to cell phone radiation. The Ramazzini study radiation exposures were orders of magnitude lower density of radiofrequency fields than the NTP study exposures and were set to mimic cell tower radiation exposure levels.
The meeting was co-chaired by Devra Davis, PhD, MPH, visiting Professor of Medicine of The Hebrew University, who provided an update on research findings that link wireless radiation to brain, liver and skin damage in prenatally exposed animals, and Professor Emeritus of Medicine, physician-researcher Charles Greenblatt, an acclaimed basic researcher and discoverer of ancient DNA.
Videos of Lectures and Presentation Slides are available at the Conference website here.
The press release can be found online here.