Eminent Environmental Physician Laments Obstructions to the Research of Mobile Telecommunications Radiation

“Findings about long term effects delayed by 10 years”

Rainer Frentzel-Beyme, environmental physician at the University of Bremen (Germany), has lamented the tight links between the mobile operators and the government. An independent research of the effects of mobile radiation was therefore hardly possible and delayed by more than 10 years. “The state authorities are so closely linked with the operators that I cannot distinguish between them any more”, said Frentzel-Beyme in an interview with de.internet.com. Although he had been invited as an expert to attend several hearings in federal state parliaments and also in the German parliament (Bundestag), these had only served to vent pressures. Consequences such as a moratorium for the installation of new antennae as it had been introduced in Switzerland, France and Spain or the allocation of significant funding for more research had never followed, according to the professor.

At the moment, he works on a study of the effects of electromagnetic radiation on children. The study had initially been delayed. “After we had applied for funding for this study, we were told the subject matter was irrelevant according to a survey of other scientists”, said Frentzel-Breyme. Then, the study was commissioned from a different team, which had already previously published findings in favour of the mobile operators. “This really leads to the question how independent science can be if such explicit selection takes place”, he continued.

“Real independence requires that state funding for research should be totally independent from industry money. Since the Mobile Telecommunications Research Programme is half financed by the mobile operators and they have shown to be able to veto the allocation of funding, the course is already set against serious objective projects”, Frentzel-Bayme said. This tendency has been evident since the beginning of the 90s.”My first application to the operators to use the statistics of the German Cancer Research Centre (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum) to conduct an epidemiological study to comparatively examine 10% of the 800,000 registered C-Net (analogue) users versus D-Net (GSM) users, had been refused first by the operator Mannesmann and later also by the German Research Group for Mobile Telecommunications (Forschungsgemeinschaft Funk)”, he said.

Neither had the German Research Group (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft-DFG) been prepared to fund the study which had been conceived in 1993. “This delayed any findings with regards to long term effects by 10 years”, lamented the scientist.

When in 2002 a mobile mast was installed in Flachsmeer, a small community in Friesland, north Germany, the environmental physician hoped to examine the sleep disturbances of the local residents. Mannesmann (nowadays Vodaphone) refused, however, to switch off the installation as it had been previously agreed when the experiment was planned, the expert declared. In spite of their initial agreement, German Telecom was later no longer prepared to support the study either. “Telecom had initially been interested in this methodologically impeccably planned study, but later seemed to be forced to withdraw from it, and withheld the funding it had promised publicly during a residents meeting”, said the expert.

Friday, 24.03.2006



Translated by Andrea Klein

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Russia: Mobile Phones and Cancer in Children

The Chairman of the Russian Health Authorities, Gennadi Onishenko, published research results in the government publication Rossiskaya Gazetta, according to which mobile phones are particularly dangerous for children. He said:’… if a child uses a mobile phone for only two minutes, the biochemical activities of the child remains unstable for two hours.’

Furthermore, Hungarian research results had shown that the use of a mobile phone in adolescence increased the risk to develop a brain tumor later in life. He also added that mobile phones could cause sleeplessness, loss of memory as well as high blood pressure and that carrying them close to the body was dangerous to health. He recommended that children, pregnant women and car drivers with pace makers should not use them.

Source: FGF-Infoline, 10.02.2005


From Mast Sanity/Mast Network

Translated by Andrea Klein

Pooled analysis of two case-control studies on use of cellular and cordless telephones and the risk for malignant brain tumours diagnosed in 1997-2003

Int Arch Occup Environ Health. 2006 Mar 16; [Epub ahead of print]

Hardell L, Carlberg M, Hansson Mild K.

Department of Oncology, University Hospital, 701 85, Orebro, Sweden.

Objectives: To study the use of cellular and cordless telephones and the risk for malignant brain tumours.

Methods: Two case-control studies on malignant brain tumours diagnosed during 1997-2003 included answers from 905 (90%) cases and 2,162 (89%) controls aged 20-80 years. We present pooled analysis of the results in the two studies.

Results: Cumulative lifetime use for >2,000 h yielded for analogue cellular phones odds ratio (OR)=5.9, 95% confidence interval (CI)=2.5-14, digital cellular phones OR=3.7, 95% CI=1.7-7.7, and for cordless phones OR=2.3, 95% CI=1.5-3.6. Ipsilateral exposure increased the risk for malignant brain tumours; analogue OR=2.1, 95% CI=1.5-2.9, digital OR=1.8, 95% CI=1.4-2.4, and cordless OR=1.7, 95% CI=1.3-2.2. For high-grade astrocytoma using >10 year latency period analogue phones yielded OR=2.7, 95% CI=1.8-4.2, digital phones OR=3.8, 95% CI=1.8-8.1, and cordless phones OR=2.2, 95% CI=1.3-3.9. In the multivariate analysis all phone types increased the risk. Regarding digital phones OR=3.7, 95% CI=1.5-9.1 and cordless phones OR=2.1, 95% CI=0.97-4.6 were calculated for malignant brain tumours for subjects with first use use <20 years of age, higher than in older persons.

Conclusion: Increased risk was obtained for both cellular and cordless phones, highest in the group with >10 years latency period.

PMID: 16541280 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]




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