26
Jun
2006

Rebuilding Not Yet Reality for Fallujah

The US military launched Operation Phantom Fury against the city of Fallujah - destroying an estimated 70 percent of the buildings, homes and shops, and killing between 4,000 and 6,000 people, according to the Fallujah-based non-governmental organization the Study Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (SCHRD). Jamail and Fadhil found that the city remains under draconian biometric security, with retina scans, fingerprinting and X-raying required for anyone entering the city.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/062606M.shtml

Phone masts on the roof of our local secondary school have resulted in 10 teachers (at least) with cancer

Revised "Nutritional Protection from Microwaves"

Hi

I suppose you have to start by explaining that the guidelines are only based upon short term heating effects and so do not protect against long term low level exposure. However the radiation levels although called 'low' are still a trillion times higher than the natural background levels of microwave radiation! They just won't cook you!

Then the Freiburg appeal and the 6 mast studies not to mention the cancer clusters, the reflex study, etc.

Phone masts on the roof of our local secondary school (10 years) have resulted in 10 teachers (at least) with cancer. It is a big school with over 100 teachers but 2 have died already and one was of leukaemia. The teachers that have cancer are in the rooms where the radiation level has been measured as being the highest. between 0.7 v/m and 2.5 v/m, well below 'guidelines'.

The school is in London.

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John

This is an interesting one, because it raises the issue of latency caused by other factors as well as DNA and magentic fields.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=9276003&dopt=Abstract

J Environ Pathol Toxicol Oncol. 1997;16(2-3):205-7.

Exposure to a 50 Hz electromagnetic field induces activation of the Epstein-Barr virus genome in latently infected human lymphoid cells.

Grimaldi S, Pasquali E, Barbatano L, Lisi A, Santoro N, Serafino A, Pozzi D.

Institute of Experimental Medicine C.N.R., Rome, Italy.

The EBV genome in latently infected lymphoid cells offers an opportunity to follow effects on the transcriptional and translational product clearly distinguishable from those of the host cell genome. Exposure of Akata cells, a human lymphoid cell line latently infected by the EBV genome, to a 50 Hz EMF resulted in an increased number of cells expressing the virus early antigens. This finding provides additional evidence that DNA can be modulated by a magnetic field.

and then this:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=14765142&dopt=Abstract

Spinal Cord. 2004 Feb;42(2):99-105.

Characteristics of radiogenic lower motor neurone disease, a possible link with a preceding viral infection.

Esik O, Vonoczky K, Lengyel Z, Safrany G, Tron L.

Department of Oncotherapy, Semmelweis University, Hungary.

OBJECTIVE: To investigate the pathogenesis of the rare radiogenic lower motor neurone disease (LMND) on the basis of a meta-analysis of the published case histories. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The authors reviewed 47 well-documented radiogenic LMND cases from the English literature. RESULTS: The disease typically occurs following the irradiation of radiosensitive cancers situated near the spinal cord. It arises predominantly (46 cases) in the lower extremities; only one case involved the upper extremities. There is a male predominance (male:female ratio 7.8:1), and the patients are characteristically young (13-40 years, with four exceptions). An overdose does not seem to be a particular risk factor for the development of the disease, as total dose, fraction size and biologically effective dose are typically below 50 Gy, 2 Gy and 128 Gy2, respectively, which are regarded as safe doses. Other risk factors (chemotherapy, operations, etc) have been identified only rarely. Radiogenic LMND is manifested in an apparently random manner, 4-312 (mean 48.7) months after the completion of radiotherapy. DISCUSSION: The complete lack of a dose-effect relationship argues strongly against a pure radiogenic nature of the pathological process. The latency period is typically several years and it varies extremely, which excludes a direct and complete causal relationship between radiotherapy and LMND. As the interaction of ionizing radiation with living tissues is highly unspecific, thus a selective motor injury due to irradiation alone, without comparable effects on the sensory and vegetative fibers, seems improbable. CONCLUSIONS: On analogy with the viral motor neurone diseases, we suppose that radiogenic LMND may be preceded by viral (enterovirus/poliovirus) infection. Based on the meta-analysis, it is suggested that irradiation may be only a single component of the set of factors jointly resulting in the clinical state regarded as radiogenic LMND.

Further, there is the issue of the role of fungal infections such as from the stimulation of Candida Albicans in relation to consequences from EMF exposure.

In other words there are interactions between EM effects and bio effects, with each affecting susceptibility to the other. EMFs may make you prone to a virus or fungus, but similarly a virus of fungus may make your system more less resilient to EMFs.

Andy

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SERIOUS CONGLOMERATES OF CANCER AND OTHER PATHOLOGIES THAT HAVE BEEN TIE BY THE POPULATION NEXT TO ANTENNAS OF TELEPHONY
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/466717/

Cancer Clusters in Vicinity to Cell-Phone Transmitter Stations
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/580224/

Cancer Cluster in Spain 2000-2005
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/1319986/

RFID-WM-Tickets: Datensammlung eine wirkungslose Farce

Viel Kritik hagelte es für die personalisierten, via RFID-Chip auslesbaren Tickets zu den WM-Spielen. Mit dem beliebten Scheinargument "Sicherheit" wurde die Erfassungs- und Datensammelwut der FIFA legitimiert, der tatsächliche Nutzen der massenhaften Überwachung von Fußballfans geht indessen gegen Null, der FoeBuD sammelte die absurdesten Fälle.

Das Fazit: Die Technik hat auf ganzer Linie versagt. So sei der Versuch, den Schwarzmarkthandel via personalisierter Tickets zu unterbinden, grandios gescheitert. Ticketing-Chef Willi Behr habe eingesehen, dass es in Deutschland kein Gesetz gebe, das den Wiederverkauf einmal gekaufter Dinge verbiete. In der Folge wurden die Ordner offiziell aufgefordert, jeden Besucher mit gültigem Ticket in die Stadien zu lassen.

Auch Inhaber gestohlener Karten wurden anstandslos zu den Spielen gelassen. RFID-Chips, die sich partout nicht auslesen lassen wollten, führten zur Ausstellung von Blankotickets. Auch hier verlief der Besuch anschließend ohne weitere Kontrolle.

Den Schwarzmarkthandel konnte man nicht mal innerhalb der eigenen Reihen unterbinden: ein Mitglied des FIFA-Exekutivkomitees vertickte WM-Tickets zum Dreifachen ihres Kaufpreises.

Während auf der einen Seite absurdeste Auflagen gemacht wurden - ein gulli.com bekannter Fussballfan erhielt ein Platzverbot für einen WM-Austragungsort im Ruhrgebiet, ungeachtet dessen, dass er seinen Arbeitsplatz in der für ihn nun gesperrten Stadt hat - berichtete uns andererseits ein polizeibekannter Gewalttäter vom problemlosen Besuch des Spiels Deutschland-Polen - mit unpersonalisiertem Ticket.

Dass WM-Fans nach dem Kartenerwerb ohne Probleme in die Stadien kommen, ist natürlich zu begrüßen. Die FIFA muss sich nun nur die Frage gefallen lassen, wozu die ganze Personenerfassung und Datensammelei im Rahmen des Ticketverkaufs eigentlich gut gewesen sei. Bezahlt und ihre Privatsphäre aufgegeben haben die Fans, auf den gesammelten Daten sitzt die FIFA, der versprochene Nutzen: offensichtlich gleich null.

© COPYRIGHT 2006 GULLI.COM

http://www.gulli.com/news/rfid-wm-tickets-datensammlung-2006-06-26/

Mobile phone emissions and human brain excitability

Cell phone emissions excite the brain cortex

Public release date: 26-Jun-2006

Contact: Amy Molnar amolnar@wiley.com
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Findings may have implications for patients with some neurological conditions Electromagnetic fields from cell phones excite the brain cortex adjacent to it, with potential implications for individuals with epilepsy, or other neurological conditions. This finding is published in Annals of Neurology, a journal by John Wiley & Sons. The article is also available online via Wiley Interscience
http://www.interscience.wiley.com/journal/ana .

More than 500 million people in the world use cell phones which emit electromagnetic fields (EMFs). Though many studies have looked at the effects of EMFs on the body, few have focused on their effects on the brain. Such effects could be harmful, neutral, or beneficial and might be particularly important for individuals with conditions involving cortical excitability, such as epilepsy.

Researchers in Italy, led by Paolo M. Rossini, M.D., Ph.D. of Fatebenefratelli, used Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) to investigate brain function under exposure to electromagnetic fields from a common type of cell phone. Their study reports the effects of EMF exposure on brain physiology for the first time.

The researchers developed a double-blind study in which 15 young male volunteers were exposed to EMF signals from a GSM 900 cell phone for 45 minutes. They measured Motor Evoked Potentials (MEPs) during motor cortex TMS before, and immediately after EMF exposure, and also one hour later.

In 12 of the 15 subjects, the data showed an excitability change in the motor cortex adjacent to the cell phone. "Intracortical excitability was significantly modified, short intracortical inhibition was reduced and facilitation enhanced," the authors report. They found that the effects of the EMF were transient and the subjects' brains tended to return toward baseline conditions one hour after the exposure.

It would be premature to presume that this work implies that using a cell phone is bad for the brain in any way. Much more work needs to be done to understand whether these electrical changes in the brain make any difference whatsoever in the way we think or in any disease process in which cortical excitability is affected.

"It should be argued that long-lasting and repeated exposure to EMFs linked with intense use of cellular phones in daily life might be harmful or beneficial in brain-diseased subjects," they conclude. "Further studies are needed to better circumstantiate these conditions and to provide safe rules for the use of this increasingly more widespread device."


Article: "Mobile phone emissions and human brain excitability." Ferreri, Florinda; Curcio, Giuseppe; Pasqualetti, Patrizio; De Gennaro, Luigi; Fini, Rita; Rossini, Paolo. Annals of Neurology; July 2006; (DOI: 10.1002/ana.20906).

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2006-06/jws-cpe061906.php
http://en.chinabroadcast.cn/2906/2006/06/26/45@106970.htm

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Cell Phones Found to Activate Brain Areas
http://www.forbes.com/forbeslife/health/feeds/hscout/2006/06/26/hscout533445.html

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Cell phone signals excite brain

The weblog version of this message is at:
http://www.emfacts.com/weblog/index.php?p=499

Following on from the last message (#498) about the research by Professor Con Stough, from the Brain Sciences Institute at Melbourne’s Swinburne University, below is the latest from Italy, also finding an effect on brain function from cell phone use. This time finding that microwaves excite part of the brain but the researchers are hesitant to call this is an adverse effect. Such hesitancy is understandable as the cell phone industry is now the major funder of cell phone research. Say you found an adverse effect and watch your future funding dry up faster than a rain drop in the Sahara. Conversely, to suggest that there may be a beneficial effect is like money in the bank. The Dutch Health Council knows how it works.

Is there any evidence that artifically exciting the brain may have long tern adverse health effects?

One does not have to look far to find ample evidence that artifically stimulating the brain can have long term health consequences. Take methamphetamine (”speed”) for example. Quite effective in cranking up the brain but the brain quickly becomes addicted to the extra buzz with disasterous long tern effects. A common fact with taking stimulates (ahhh coffee!) is that they can become addictive. So if research shows cell phone use to have a stimulant effect on the brain perhaps there is an addictive effect as well?

A case in point from my files is that of a woman in Melbourne who first noticed headaches after purchasing her first GSM cell phone. The headaches became progressively worse and debilitating so she had to consult with her GP and a specialist who sent her off for a series of brain scans for a possible brain tumour. No tumour was found but the meninges layer under the scull at the position beneath where the phone was held was clearly inflamed as seen on the scans. Her GP then wrote to Telstra with a request to release the woman from her contract as her cell phone use was the most likely cause of the inflamination and headaches. The woman ceased using her cell phone but reported having withdraw like symptoms for some weeks afterwords.

Don Maisch


From Robert Riedlinger:

Cell phone signals excite brain, study finds

Mon Jun 26, 2006 12:30am ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cell phone emissions excite the part of the brain cortex nearest to the phone, but it is not clear if these effects are harmful, Italian researchers reported on Monday.

Their study, published in the Annals of Neurology, adds to a growing body of research about mobile phones, their possible effects on the brain, and whether there is any link to cancer.

About 730 million cell phones are expected to be sold this year, according to industry estimates, and nearly 2 billion people around the world already use them.

Of these, more than 500 million use a type that emits electromagnetic fields known as Global System for Mobile communications or GSM radio phones. Their possible effects on the brain are controversial and not well understood.

Dr. Paolo Rossini of Fatebenefratelli hospital in Milan and colleagues used Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation or TMS to check brain function while people used these phones.

They had 15 young male volunteers use a GSM 900 cell phone for 45 minutes. In 12 of the 15, the cells in the motor cortex adjacent to the cell phone showed excitability during phone use but returned to normal within an hour.

The cortex is the outside layer of the brain and the motor cortex is known as the “excitable area” because magnetic stimulation has been shown to cause a muscle twitch.

The researchers stressed that they had not shown that using a cell phone is bad for the brain in any way, but people with conditions such as epilepsy, linked with brain cell excitability, could potentially be affected.

“It should be argued that long-lasting and repeated exposure to EMFs (electromagnetic frequencies) linked with intense use of cellular phones in daily life might be harmful or beneficial in brain-diseased subjects,” they wrote “Further studies are needed to better circumstantiate these conditions and to provide safe rules for the use of this increasingly more widespread device.”

Medical studies on cell phone use have provided mixed results. Swedish researchers found last year that using cell phones over time can raise the risk of brain tumors. But a study by Japan’s four mobile telephone operators found no evidence that radio waves from the phones harmed cells or DNA.

The Dutch Health Council analyzed several studies and found no evidence that radiation from mobile phones was harmful.

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Mobile Phones Excite the Human Brain - Study
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/17991.php

Cellular phones do affect brain cells, finds study
http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/7354.html

How mobile phones excite for your brain
http://english.pravda.ru/news/science/29-06-2006/82668-mobile-0

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Cell phone signals impact brain physiology
http://www.newstarget.com/019467.html

See above link to short cell phone and brain physiology. It looks like the only article on the site regarding this technology.

Angie


From Mast Sanity/Mast Network

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The Spin Begins: Reporting the Italian cell phone study

Iris Atzmon send this story on. Note where the Italian researchers apparently suggest cell phone use “could possibly help if you suffer from migraines or other neurological disorders”. Helpful news for people troubled by headaches after using the cell phone. Why such bizarre statements from researchers who should know better? Don’t they read the relevant literature? I’m sure the Russian RNCNIRP and their Academy of Sciences will have a laugh at this one. They specifically advise that people with neurological conditions should NOT use a cell phone.

Why make such dismissive statements that are a godsend for the cell phone industry’s media spin doctors? Perhaps someone should inquire as to who funded this study……

However, note J. Fellows and E. John’s warnings about implications for children using cell phones at the end. Disney and Motorola take note….

Don Maisch

Read further under: http://www.emfacts.com/weblog/index.php?p=503

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Funding the Italian cell phone study

From David Bücher [re: last message]

Dear Don,

“Perhaps someone should inquire as to who funded this study……”

Easily done, see
http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/abstract/112660876/ABSTRACT

The Acknowledgements section from the full text article:

“The research was granted by Telecom Italia Mobile (project EC7305) and Associazione Fatebenefratelli per la Ricerca.

We thank E. Fusco and G. Pietrobono for their help with the experiments and Eng. D. Ponzo for technical support. We also thank Motorola GmbH, Corporate Technology, Niederkassel-Mondorf (Germany) for supplying the equipment. SAR and field measurements were performed by the Bioelectromagnetic Group at the Department of Electronic Engineering (University of Rome La Sapienza) and by the Section of Environmental Toxicology and Biomedical Sciences, Laboratory of Bioelectromagnetism (ENEA Casaccia, Rome).”

Best regards,

David Bücher

http://www.emfacts.com/weblog/index.php?p=504

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Cell phones change the brain Therapeutics Daily

(subscription) (press release) - Newtown, PA, USA ... The researchers, from Fatebenefratelli Hospital in Rome, found that the electromagnetic field (EMF) emitted by cell phones can cause some cells in the brain's ...
http://www.therapeuticsdaily.com/news/article.cfm?contenttype=sentryarticle&contentvalue=985106&channelID=26

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Mobile phone radiation excites brain cortex
http://www.mtbeurope.info/news/2006/607001.htm

Dr George Carlo: Portables en accusation
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/2302196/



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