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VIDEO: Commonwealth Club Program on Health Effects of Cell Phones, Wireless Technologies & Electromagnetic Fields With Leading Experts

Commonwealth Club of California

November 18, 2010

“The Health Effects of Electromagnetic Fields”

 

Radiation emitted by cell phones and cell towers has been linked to DNA damage, cancer, immunological impairment, neurological diseases, impaired fertility and impacts on neurological function, including cognition, behavior, performance, mood status, and disruption of sleep. The radiation is also harming animals and nature, and is as much an environmental as human health issue. The program below from the Commonwealth Club of California presented riveting scientific and health policy presentations about the little known consequences of telecommunications technologies, electrification and new utility technologies like Smart Meters. Important new research was presented on EMF impacts on DNA, heart function and the role of electrification in the diseases of civilization, such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer and suicide.

Introductory Remarks –

William Grant, PhD, Chairman of the Health & Medicine Forum, The Commonwealth Club, & Camilla Rees, Co-Author of “Public Health SOS: The Shadow Side of the Wireless Revolution”

 

Watch Introductory Remarks

 

PDF of Introductory Remarks by Bill Grant, PhD

PDF of Introductory Remarks by Camilla Rees, MBA

PANEL I – History of Electromagnetic Pollution in Our Midst

 

Moderator: Camilla Rees, MBA, Ms. Rees is Founder of ElectromagneticHealth.org, Campaign for Radiation Free Schools and the EMF Help Blog™; Co-Author, “Public Health SOS: The Shadow Side of the Wireless Revolution” with Magda Havas, PhD, and Co-Author of “Cellphones and Brain Tumors: 15 Reasons for Concern” with the International EMF Collaborative. She has spoken widely on this topic, including at a U.S. Congressional briefing on wireless hazards in 2010. She is an Advisor to the International EMF Alliance.

 

Eileen O’Connoris Director of the Radiation Research Trust in the U.K., one of Europe’s most effective health advocates on the subject of electromagnetic fields, and founding Board Member of the International EMF Alliance, a consortium of global EMF advocacy groups. Nine years ago, Eileen learned she had breast cancer, and was living in a cancer cluster within 100 meters of a cell tower. With the support of leading scientists, CEOs and politicians, Eileen became a health catalyst who has educated the British Parliament, UK Health Protection Agency, WHO and the European Union on this emerging public health issue.

 

Watch Panel I – Eileen O’Connor, Director, Radiation Research Trust (U.K.)

 

Download Slides from Eileen O’Connor’s Presentation (Powerpoint)

 

Read T-Mobile & Deutsche Telecom Report Outlining Biological Effects from Cell Phone Technologies

 

Olle Johansson, PhD, Associate Professor and head of the Experimental Dermatology Unit, Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, and Professor, The Royal Institute of Technology. Dr. Johansson is a leading world authority in the field of EMF radiation and health effects. He has published more than 500 original articles, reviews, book chapters and conference reports within the field of basic and applied neuroscience. His interests include the health effects of man-made electromagnetic fields, as well as the functional impairment electrohypersensitivity.

 

Watch Panel I – Olle Johansson, PhD

 

Starling W. Childs, M.S. is a geologist, forestry consultant, and adjunct faculty member at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, who has focused on the effects of electromagnetic radiation on wildlife and nature. He is President of the Berkshire-Litchfield Environmental Council and a partner in EECOS, an environmental land-use consulting firm. He is heir to Great Mountain Forest in Norfolk, CT, a 6,000-acre privately-held property, home to many ongoing environmental research and educational projects as well as experiential education for Yale Forestry graduate students in resource mapping, land navigation, wildlife inventory, etc. (3 min video)

 

Watch Panel I – Starling W. Childs, M.S.

 

Magda Havas, PhD is Associate Professor of Environmental & Resource Studies at Trent University, Canada, where she teaches and does research on the biological effects of environmental contaminants, including radio frequency radiation, electromagnetic fields, dirty electricity and ground current. She has served as expert witness on matters dealing with electrical pollution in both Canada and the United States. Dr. Havas was the author of a 50-page scientific analysis on the potential adverse health and environmental impacts of a proposed citywide Wi-Fi initiative in San Francisco in 2007. Havas is author of the new BRAG Antenna Ranking of Schools Report, which teaches schools how they can assess radiation risk from neighborhood cell towers and antennas, and educates on minimizing microwave radiation in schools generally. She has conducted groundbreaking scientific research on the health impacts of electromagnetic fields, including demonstrating connections between wireless radiation and heart irregularities and diabetes. Dr. Havas is co-author of “Public Health SOS: The Shadow Side of the Wireless Revolution”, published from questions asked at a forum on EMF & Health at the Commonwealth Club in 2008, widely distributed globally to educate governments and the media on biological effects of microwave radiation. Dr. Havas is the creator of an important new EMF educational series, “Zory’s Archives”, summarizing thousands of previously classified U.S. military research studies and translations from Eastern European and Russian research demonstrating it has been well known, since at least the 1950s, that radiation of the kind used by cell phones and Wi-Fi networks is extremely harmful to health. www.magdahavas.com.

 

Watch Panel I – Magda Havas, PhD

 

Panel I Q&A

Watch Panel I Q&A

 

Nature Slide Show for Breaks with Song “Who Imagined?” by Joanne Shenandoah

 

Scenes of nature by various photographers, including Brian Luke Seaward, set to the song “Who Imagined?” by Grammy Award Winning Singer Joanne Shenandoah. Background for breaks at the Commonwealth Club program on “The Health Effects of Electromagnetic Fields” November 18, 2010. Much gratitude to all photography contributors.

 

Watch Video for “Who Imagined?”

 

PANEL II – Perspectives on the Science: Impacts on DNA, Cells, Organs and the Body’s Regulatory Systems

 

Moderator: Elizabeth Kelley, MA is Founder of Electromagnetic Safety Alliance, Inc. Ms. Kelley has been actively engaged in international efforts to address the potential harmful effects of electromagnetic fields from a health and public policy perspective for over 14 years. She formerly directed the International Commission for Electromagnetic Safety (ICEMS), a scientific organization, headquartered in Italy. She also was a public policy analyst for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington D.C. Her father, Floyd L. Goss, a prominent electric engineer with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, was a chief designer of the first electric power grid throughout North America. Ms. Kelley has testified before the national legislative bodies of the United States, United Kingdom, Japan and Brazil.

 

Watch Panel II – Elizabeth Kelley, M.A

 

See New Report on Mechanisms of Action: “Non-Thermal Effects and Mechanisms of Interaction Between Electromagnetic Fields and Living Matter” Nov 2010


DNA, Fertility & Developmental Impacts

 

Martin Blank, PhD, Associate Professor, Columbia University, Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics; Researcher in Biolelectromagnetics; Author of the BioInitiative Report’s (www.Bioinitiative.org) section on Stress Proteins; Editor of the journal Pathophysiology’s special issue on Electromagnetic Fields in March 2009; and Past President, Bioelectromagnetics Society. Dr. Blank holds a PhD from Columbia University in Physical Chemistry and a PhD from Cambridge University in Colloid Science, an interdisciplinary (biology, physics and chemistry) department.

 


Watch Panel II – Martin Blank, PhD

 

Cell Phones & Brain Tumors—What Does the Science Show?

Joel Moskowitz, PhD, Director, Center for Family and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley. As the UC Berkeley Prevention Research Center, it is one of 37 Prevention Research Centers supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The center’s mission is to improve the health of families and communities by establishing linkages between the University and government and community-based organizations. Dr. Moskowitz was recently involved in a review of 23 case-control studies on mobile phone use and tumor risk, involving 37,916 participants. The meta-analysis, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology in October 2009, found that the more robust studies showed using a mobile phone for a decade or longer was associated with increased risk for developing a brain tumor.

 

Watch Panel II – Joel Moskowitz, PhD

 

Download Slides from Joel Moskowitz’s Presentation (PowerPoint)

 

Lloyd Morgan, BS, Lead author, “Cellphones and Brain Tumors: 15 Reasons for Concern, Senior Science Fellow, Environmental Health Trust and Member, Bioelectromagnetics Society. A retired electronics engineer with 38 years of industrial experience, Morgan became involved in EMF research and advocacy as a brain tumor survivor. He is a co-author on two epidemiological papers: “Long-term use of cellular phones and brain tumours: increased risk associated with use for > or =10 years“ (awarded “one of the top ten articles for 2007 in the journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine), and “A new electromagnetic exposure metric: high frequency voltage transients associated with increased cancer incidence in teachers in a California school”. He is also author of “Estimating the Risk of Brain Tumors from Cellphone Use: Published Case-Control Studies” published in Pathophysiology in August 2009.

 

Watch Panel II – Lloyd Morgan, B.S

 

Download Slides from Lloyd Morgan’s Presentation (View in Slide Show Mode in PowerPoint)

 

Panel II Q&A

 

Watch Panel II – Q&A

 

Panel III – Underappreciated Risks

 

Moderator: Camilla Rees, MBA, Ms. Rees is Founder of ElectromagneticHealth.org, Campaign for Radiation Free Schools and the EMF Help Blog™; Co-Author, “Public Health SOS: The Shadow Side of the Wireless Revolution” with Magda Havas, PhD, and Co-Author of “Cellphones and Brain Tumors: 15 Reasons for Concern” with the International EMF Collaborative. She has spoken widely on this topic, including at a U.S. Congressional briefing on wireless hazards. She is an Advisor to the International EMF Alliance.

Schools, Cell Towers & Dirty Electricity

 

Magda Havas, PhD is Associate Professor of Environmental & Resource Studies at Trent University, Canada, where she teaches and does research on the biological effects of environmental contaminants, including radio frequency radiation, electromagnetic fields, dirty electricity and ground current. She has served as expert witness on matters dealing with electrical pollution in both Canada and the United States. Dr. Havas was the author of a 50-page scientific analysis on the potential adverse health and environmental impacts of a proposed citywide Wi-Fi initiative in San Francisco in 2007. Havas is author of the new BRAG Antenna Ranking of Schools Report, which teaches schools how they can assess radiation risk from neighborhood cell towers and antennas, and educates on minimizing microwave radiation in schools generally. She has conducted groundbreaking scientific research on the health impacts of electromagnetic fields, including demonstrating connections between wireless radiation and heart irregularities and diabetes. Dr. Havas is co-author of “Public Health SOS: The Shadow Side of the Wireless Revolution”, published from questions asked at a forum on EMF & Health at the Commonwealth Club in 2008, widely distributed globally to educate governments and the media on biological effects of microwave radiation. Dr. Havas is the creator of an important new EMF educational series, “Zory’s Archives”, summarizing thousands of previously classified U.S. military research studies and translations from Eastern European and Russian research demonstrating it has been well known, since at least the 1950s, that radiation of the kind used by cell phones and Wi-Fi networks is extremely harmful to health. www.magdahavas.com.

 

Watch Panel III – Magda Havas, PhD

 

Sam Milham, MD, MPH, retired physician-epidemiologist, Washington State Department of Health; author of new book “Dirty Electricity: Electrification and the Diseases of Civilization” and Member of the Bioelectromagnetics Society. Dr. Milham is a winner of the prestigious Ramazzini prize for his pioneering work in the occupational risks for cancer from electromagnetic fields. He has long been on the forefront of understanding biological effects from electromagnetic fields and was the first to link workers exposed to EMFs with higher rates of leukemia in 1982. Milham’s recent research has linked a school cancer cluster among teachers to ‘dirty electricity’, and has connected diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and suicides in the early part of the 20th century, previously assumed to be a function of urbanization, with electrification. He has also shown that much cancer in firefighters is due to radiofrequency radiation (RF) exposure, not to inhaled carcinogens. In addition to the Ramazzini Prize, Dr. Milham was awarded the Washington State Public Health Association Annual Award and the Robert Carl Strom Foundation Humanitarian Award.

 

Watch Panel III – Sam Milham, MD, MPH

 

Download Slides from Sam Milham’s Presentation

‘Smart Meters’ – The Shortsightedness of New, Radiation-Emitting Utility Technologies

 

Elizabeth Kelley, MA is Founder of Electromagnetic Safety Alliance, Inc. Ms. Kelley has been actively engaged in international efforts to address the potential harmful effects of electromagnetic fields from a health and public policy perspective for over 14 years. She formerly directed the International Commission for Electromagnetic Safety (ICEMS), a scientific organization, headquartered in Italy. She also was a public policy analyst for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington D.C. Her father, Floyd L. Goss, a prominent electric engineer with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, was a chief designer of the first electric power grid throughout North America. Ms. Kelley has testified before the national legislative bodies of the United States, United Kingdom, Japan and Brazil.

 

Watch Panel III – Elizabeth Kelley, MA on Smart Meters and the Electric Grid

 

SONG

“Heal the World Today” was created by Native American singer/songwriter, Shelley Morningsong.

 

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Download the Song “Heal the World Today”

 

Panel IV – Toward the Future

 

Moderator: Sissel Halmoy, M.S., Founder and Chair, International EMF Alliance, and Secretary General for Citizens’ Radiation Protection in Norway. Ms. Halmoy holds a Master of Science in Cybernetics, an interdisciplinary field of study in the structure of regulatory systems. Her career has been in technical development and project management in military and oil and gas industries, involving Penguin missiles and subsea oil production technology.

New Recommended Exposure Guidelines—The Rationale?

 

Olle Johansson, PhD, Associate Professor and head of the Experimental Dermatology Unit, Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, and Professor, The Royal Institute of Technology. Dr. Johansson is a leading world authority in the field of EMF radiation and health effects. He has published more than 500 original articles, reviews, book chapters and conference reports within the field of basic and applied neuroscience. His interests include the health effects of man-made electromagnetic fields, as well as the functional impairment electrohypersensitivity.

 

Watch Panel IV – Need for New Exposure Guidelines

10 Minute Video – Public Health Policy on Wireless Radiation

 

Gabriel North Seymour, Esq. Gabriel North Seymour is a legal advocate engaged in fighting corporate bullies and abusive government agencies to protect individual constitutional rights, environmental resources, preservation of landmarks, human rights, and birds and wildlife. Her legal practice is heavily focused on the effects of non-ionizing radiation on nature and wildlife. She follows in the large footsteps of her father, Whitney North Seymour, Jr., co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council, and grandfather, Whitney North Seymour, who was President of the American Bar Association.



David O. Carpenter, MD serves as director of the Institute for Health and Environment at University of Albany’s School of Public Health. He previously served as director of the Wadsworth Laboratory of the New York State Department of Health. Carpenter was recently named to New York’s Renewable Energy Task Force, charged with implementing plans to reduce electricity use through new energy efficiency programs in industry and government. Carpenter, who received his doctorate from Harvard Medical School, has 220 publications, 37 reviews and book chapters and 12 other publications to his credit.



Whitney North Seymour, Jr., Esq.

Mr. Seymour is Co-Founder, Natural Resources Defense Council; Board Member, Center for Responsive Politics (tracks money in politics and its effect on elections and public policy), former New York State Senator and United States Attorney, Southern District of New York; Independent Counsel in the Watergate era, and long-time pro bono attorney focused on electromagnetic fields. A longstanding environmentalist, much of his work has been focused on the impact of EMFs on wildlife.



B. Blake Levitt is an award-winning science journalist who has researched the biological effects of nonionizing radiation since the late 1970’s. She is author of Electromagnetic Fields, A Consumer’s Guide To The Issues And How To Protect Ourselves (1995; 2007) for which she won an Award of Excellence from the American Medical Writers Association. She is also the editor of Cell Towers, Wireless Convenience? or Environmental Hazard? Proceedings of the “Cell Towers Forum” State of the Science/State of the Law (2001). Ms. Levitt authored a chapter in Electromagnetic Environments and Health in Buildings (2004), entitled “Moving Beyond EMF Public Policy Paralysis”, and also formerly wrote for the New York Times. Ms. Levitt is a member of the Bioelectromagnetics Society. She has participated in U.S. Congressional briefings and was an invited speaker at the Royal College of Physicians in London on the environmental effects of ambient nonionizing radiation.


Watch Commonwealth Club 11-18-10. Panel IV – Public Health Policy Directions

 

Closing Words

 

Camilla Rees, MBA, Ms. Rees is Founder of ElectromagneticHealth.org, Campaign for Radiation Free Schools and the EMF Help Blog™; Co-Author, “Public Health SOS: The Shadow Side of the Wireless Revolution” with Magda Havas, PhD, and Co-Author of “Cellphones and Brain Tumors: 15 Reasons for Concern” with the International EMF Collaborative. She has spoken widely on this topic, including recently at a U.S. Congressional briefing on wireless hazards. She is an Advisor to the International EMF Alliance.

 

Watch Commonwealth Club 11-18-10. Closing Remarks

 

Program was co-organized by the Commonwealth Club and ElectromagneticHealth.org in association with Citizens for Health, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, Radiation Research Trust, EMF Safety Alliance and the International EMF Alliance. It was sponsored by three Commonwealth Club Member-Led Forums: Health and Medicine, Environment and Natural Resources and Science and Technology.

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