MEDIA ADVISORY: Commonwealth Club of California To Host Program on “The Health Effects of Electromagnetic Fields” from Cell Phones, Wireless Technologies and Smart Meters – November 18th, 11:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Media Advisory

Contact: Emily Roberson

Media Relations, ElectromagneticHealth.org

[email protected]

or Camilla Rees

[email protected]


Commonwealth Club of California To Host Program on “The Health Effects of Electromagnetic Fields” from Cell Phones, Wireless Technologies and Smart Meters
Thursday, November 18th, 11:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


October 23, 2010, San Francisco, CA.  The Commonwealth Club will host a half-day program on “The Health Effects of Electromagnetic Fields” with leading international experts Thursday, November 18, 2010.  Registration and complimentary light lunch start at 11:15 a.m.; program begins promptly at 12:00 p.m.  Tickets $20 members, $32 non-members, $10 students (with ID). Register at Commonwealth Club 415-597-6705 or www.commonwealthclub.org

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The landmark program at the nation’s premiere public affairs forum is being co-organized by ElectromagneticHealth.org and will be the largest public forum yet in the United States on the hazards of cell phones, wireless radiation and ‘Smart Meters’.

Increasingly, citizens, as well as children, are complaining of a range of ‘electrosensitivity’ symptoms experienced near sources of microwave radiation, such as cell phones, portable phones, wireless routers, wireless networks in schools, and cell towers, as well as near compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) and ‘smart meters’. At the same time, scientists, physicians and environmentalists are warning of a rapidly emerging public health issue, with increasing numbers of people becoming sensitive; immunological and neurological illnesses being linked to it; and numerous species of flora and fauna experiencing serious environmental distress.

Unlike other public health and environmental issues, such as asbestos, lead, DDT, tobacco and a myriad of chemical exposures, hazards of acute and chronic exposure to electromagnetic fields is of extreme concern to many scientists as the entire population is exposed and at risk. Besides the personal and economic suffering of the 3-8% of the population who are today ‘electrically sensitive’, and those who have related cancers and other chronic illnesses, importantly, this form of radiation is known to interfere with DNA repair processes. The consequences of long-term impact on genetic material remains unknown.

Panelist Martin Blank, PhD of Columbia University, Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics, says, “DNA, our precious genetic material, is particularly sensitive to electromagnetic fields. If we are to protect our genetic code, it is critical that we take steps as a society to protect DNA from damage.

The Commonwealth Club program will feature leading international experts on electromagnetic fields and health, none of whom receive funding from the telecommunications industry.

Participants include Camilla Rees, MBA, co-author, “Public Health SOS: The Shadow Side of the Wireless Revolution” and Founder, Campaign for Radiation Free Schools & ElectromagneticHealth.org; Eileen O’Connor, Radiation Research Trust, U.K., Olle Johansson, PhD, Karolinska Institute, Sweden, Starling W. Childs, M.S., Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (by video), Martin Blank, PhD, Columbia University, Magda Havas, PhD, Trent University, Canada, Joel Moskowitz, PhD, University of California, Berkeley, Lloyd Morgan, B.Sc., Environmental Health Trust, Elizabeth Kelley, M.A., Electromagnetic Safety Alliance, Sam Milham, MD, MPH, Washington State Department of Health (ret.), Sissel Halmoy, International EMF Alliance, Norway, and, by video, David Carpenter, MD, Director of the Institute for Health and the Environment and former Dean, School of Public Health, State University of New York, Albany; Gabriel Seymour, Esq, public interest attorney; B. Blake Levitt, science writer, and Whitney North Seymour, Jr., Esq., Former N.Y. State Senator, U.S. Attorney, Independent Counsel and Co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Olle Johansson, PhD of the Department of Neuroscience at Sweden’s renowned Karolinska Institute says, Despite corporate denial of harm, radiation emitted by cell phones and cell towers has been linked to DNA damage, cancer, immunological impairment, neurological diseases, harm to sperm cells and impact on fertility, and impacts on neurological function, including cognition, behavior, performance, mood status, and disruption of sleep. It is important governments wake up and mandate revised exposure standards in line with the science showing biological effects.”

Camilla Rees, co-organizer of the Commonwealth Club event in association with Citizens for Health, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, Radiation Research Trust, the EMF Safety Alliance and the International EMF Alliance, says, “Governments have failed to protect public health. The Commonwealth Club program on “The Health Effects of Electromagnetic Fields” brings together a wide range of scientific and public policy experts for a long overdue conversation about the unchecked proliferation of electromagnetic fields; FCC exposure guidelines that are not adequate to protect biological systems; and about the federal preemption preventing state and local governments from limiting wireless technologies on either health or environmental grounds.”

Whitney North Seymour, Jr., Esq., Co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Counsel, former NY State Senator, U.S. Attorney and Independent Counsel in the Watergate era, and Board Member, Center for Responsive Politics, says “The evidence keeps piling up. Almost every week there is a new story that shows harm is being done, but the FCC and the industry spokesmen are covering it up, and that’s the challenge for us citizens—how to get the truth out, and how to get something done about it, and particularly how to get Congress to do something about it. The problem with this scenario is that Congress is bought and paid for.”

The Commonwealth Club Program on “The Health Effects of Electromagnetic Fields” hopes to illuminate for the public important scientific studies showing health and environmental effects from electromagnetic fields. It is being sponsored by three Commonwealth Club Member-Led Forums: Health and Medicine, Environment and Natural Resources and Science and Technology.

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View the Media Advisory from The Commonwealth Club Here

Credentialed media interested in attending should please RSVP to Riki Rafner, Director of Media and Public Relations, Commonwealth Club, at [email protected] or (415) 597-6712

Media are invited to join the panelists for lunch in the Commonwealth Club Board Room at 11:15 a.m. on November 18th. Also, a small, private, off-site reception with the experts will follow. Media interested in attending this, please contact Emily Roberson at [email protected] or Camilla Rees at [email protected]. Capacity at the reception is limited so please RSVP early.