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Wir haben Angst um unsere Kinder

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Offener Brief an die deutsche Bundesregierung 2006

HLV INFO 76/AT

18-07-2006

Hanna Tlach 18-07-06

Wer möchte den Brief an die Kanzlerin noch mitunterzeichnen? Per mail zurück an mich genügt.

MfG

Hanna Tlach
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Brief im Original s. Dateianlage

Offener Brief an die deutsche Bundesregierung 2006:

SENKEN SIE DIE GRENZWERTE beim Mobilfunk!


Sehr geehrte Frau Bundeskanzlerin Dr. Merkel,

als für Prävention engagierte BürgerInnen wenden wir uns entschieden gegen die Empfehlung des bei der WHO für Elektrosmog zuständigen Physikers Dr. Repacholi, das Wort „Elektrosensibilität“ nicht zu benutzen und unter Elektrosmog Leidende mit Verhaltenstherapie oder Psychopharmaka zu behandeln! Dr. REPACHOLI, der 1997 selbst erhöhte Lymphomraten bei Mäusen fand, gibt zu, jährlich 150 000 $ von der US-Mobilfunkindustrie zu bekommen.

Die WHO, die EU und die Bundesregierung haben 1997 die jetzigen Grenzwerte auf Empfehlung der ICNIRP e.V. in München übernommen, die aber nur die thermische Wirkung berücksichtigt. Der Tagungsbericht einer Israelin in der Anl. zeigt die „white wash“ Politik dieses Gremiums.

Nach Drs. RUZICKA und WARNKE z.B. in RICHTER/WITTEBROCK (2004) „Kommerz, Gesundheit und demokratische Kultur“ sind Schädigungsmechanismen aufgrund zahlreicher Studien u.a. aus osteuropäischer Forschung zunehmend plausibel. Nach RA WITTEBROCK gebieten Art. 2(2) und 20a des GG eine Überarbeitung der 26. BimSchV mit dem Ziel niedrigerer (Vorsorge)-Grenzwerte.

Unabhängige Mediziner wie Prof. Dr. med. ECKEL forderten schon im Jahr 2000: „Wir müssen die Grenzwerte unserem jüngsten Kenntnisstand anpassen“. Er riet zum „Salzburger Vorsorgewert“ nach Dr. med. OBERFELD, beschlossen von 19 unabhängigen Wissenschaftlern: „Die Bundesärztekammer hat sich dieser in Salzburg gefassten Erklärung angeschlossen“.

Eine Herabsetzung der Grenzwerte kurz nach dem Verkauf der UMTS-Lizenzen zur Haushaltssanierung erfolgte jedoch nicht wegen befürchteter Schadensersatzforderungen der Firmen. Andererseits ist bekannt, dass Versicherungsunternehmen wie die renommierte Schweizer RE es ablehnen, Firmen und Privatpersonen im Mobilfunk gegen Schadenersatzforderungen zu versichern. D.h. langfristig werden Krankheitskosten durch den zunehmenden Elektrosmog über die Krankenkassen auf uns alle abgewälzt! Wir appellieren deshalb auch aus Sorge über die Kostenexplosion im Gesundheitswesen an Sie, denn Prävention zahlt sich langfristig aus und Grenzwerte müssen die BürgerInnen vor Schäden schützen und nicht die Industrie. Wir sollten aus den Fehlern der Vergangenheit lernen, z.B. aus dem Buch des ehem. Staatsanwaltes der Frankfurter Holzschutzmittelprozesse Prof. Erich SCHÖNDORF „Von Ratten und Menschen“, wo von der Industrie auch die Übertragbarkeit von Ergebnissen aus Tierexperimenten auf Menschen angezweifelt wurde.

Es belastet das Immunsystem Gesunder und Kranken, wenn man sich nicht wenigstens am Schlafplatz vom in der globalisierten Welt aus vielen Gründen zunehmenden „Neurostress“ des Tages erholen kann.

Wir fordern deshalb vor allem Elektrosmog-arme Schlafplätze durch Senkung der Grenzwerte für Innenräume, (wie z.B. im BMW-Werk am Arbeitsplatz) sowie die Berücksichtigung nicht nur technischer und finanzieller, sondern auch gesundheitlicher Kriterien bei der Auftragsvergabe für den neuen Polizeifunk!

In der Hoffnung, dass Sie mit kluger Politik Schaden vom deutschen Volk sowohl durch ionisierende – aktuell im Irankonflikt - und auch durch nicht-ionisierende Strahlung – beim Mobilfunk – abwenden indem Sie die Grenzwerte drastisch senken,

grüßen Sie herzlich:

Prof. Dr. Georg Lind, Konstanz, //www.uni-konstanz.de/ag-moral/ , Vater dreier Kinder

Pfarrerin Lisa Neuhaus, Frankfurt/M., Mutter einer 16 jährigen Tochter

Prof. Dr. Karl Richter, St. Ingbert, //www..uni-saarland.de/fak4/fr41/Richter

Dr. med. Kirsten und Prof. Dr. med. Gerd Schnack, Allensbach, Präsident DGPP -

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Präventivmedizin und Präventionsmanagement e.V.

Dipl.-Psych. Hanna Tlach, Agendagruppe Gesundheit Allensbach, BUND-Konstanz

Dr. med. Bernhard Wöhrmann, Sipplingen, Allgemeinarzt, Ärzteinitiative Bodensee

Und mehr als 80 weitere UnterstützerInnen aus der Bodenseeregion.

Falls Sie diese Esmog-Petition an die Bundesregierung 2006 auch unterstützen wollen, nehmen Sie bitte Kontakt auf mit der Aerzte-Initiative@gmx.de und erfragen Sie dort eine Faxnummer.

Falls Sie mit der Veröffentlichung Ihres Namens in Medien wie Tageszeitungen einverstanden sind, schreiben Sie bitte „J“ für „Ja“ hinter Ihre Unterschrift, falls nicht „N“ für „Nein“

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Merkel: Öfter mal das Handy ausschalten
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Why Wi-Fi may be injurious to your health

Study to assess potential health risks of Wi-Fi access points in Toronto

By: Rosie Lombardi

IT World Canada (18 Jul 2006)

First, children living near power lines were believed to be at risk for leukemia. Then, cell phones were going to fry our brains
//www.infoworld.com/article/reuters/2006-06-30_N29294149.html . Now, should we worry about Wi-Fi hotzones?

Prompted by citizen concerns
//wirelesstoronto.ca/lists/archives/wirelesstoronto-discuss/2006-May/002221.html , the Toronto Board of Health is conducting a study of the potential health risks posed by Toronto Hydro Telecom's plans to blanket the downtown core with Wi-Fi access points //www.itworldcanada.com/a/search/5b12e3f6-1fcf-482e-b412-8ec93a17263d.html .

A meta-study of the research done in this area is under way, but no field research is planned, says Ronald MacFarlane, supervisor of environmental health assessment and policy at Toronto Public Health (TPH), which delivers programs and services determined by the Toronto Board of Health.

In 1999, TPH conducted a health assessment of human exposure to RF, and the objective of this second study is to provide an update.

"When cell phones were becoming popular in 1999, councilors responded to concerns in their wards and asked us to look into cell phone towers and antennae," he says. "Similarly, people are now concerned about Wi-Fi initiatives, and we've been asked to look into this so we can come back to council with our assessment."

Based on the recommendations of the first study, the Toronto Board of Health adopted a policy of 'prudent avoidance' in 1999 and determined that the level of exposure to radio frequency (RF) electromagnetic fields should be set at 100 times below Safety Code 6, a guideline developed by Health Canada.

"At this point, we're trying to determine if there's a conflict between prudent avoidance policy and actual usage of Wi-Fi," says MacFarlane. "The initial indications are that Toronto Hydro's Wi-Fi RF would be below our recommended level, and there would be no need to alter plans to meet the standard."

He expects the study and its recommendations to be completed and presented to council in early 2007.

To put the issue in perspective, MacFarlane explains that all manner of infrastructure and consumer devices – power lines, radio towers, Wi-Fi routers, cell phones, radio and television, and so on – emit electromagnetic radiation at different frequencies, with varying effects on biological systems.

The electromagnetic spectrum is divided into two major categories, ionizing and non-ionizing radiation.
//electronics.howstuffworks.com/cell-phone-radiation1.htm

High-frequency radiation with shorter waves at the ionizing end of the spectrum, such as X-rays and gamma rays, has undisputed detrimental effects on human health. At the borderline between ionizing and non-ionizing is ultraviolet radiation, emitted by the sun, which also has a clear link to skin cancer.

Controversy rages at the non-ionizing, lower-frequency end of the spectrum. At the lowest end are electromagnetic fields (EMF) such as those created by power lines. "The longer the wave, the fewer health effects we tend to find," says MacFarlane. "I know studies have looked at cancer caused by exposure to power lines, but the evidence is weak."

Radio waves, which are used in cell phones, Wi-Fi, radio, television and other consumer devices, operate at a higher frequency than power lines. Microwaves, which are used in radar and ovens, are a sub-set of radio waves, and have an even higher frequency. For RF emissions, there are few studies showing a clear impact, says MacFarlane.

However, he says he is reviewing research conducted in Switzerland that provides some fair evidence of a link between RF emissions from radio towers and sleep disturbances.

"This is something we see quite often in the literature – the RF impact on sleep," he says. "The Swiss changed their laws regulating RF emissions based on that study." But this is just one of a multitude of studies, some with conflicting findings, that the TPH is reviewing and considering to determine the patterns of risk.

Considering the vast array of infrastructure and devices that produce RF emissions, how much more would a Wi-Fi hotzone add to the totality of emissions people are exposed to in downtown Toronto? "It's like noise," says David Dobbin, president of Toronto Hydro Telecom. "We're already bombarded by radio waves. Our equipment operates in the same frequency and under the same licensing conditions as cordless phones, baby monitors and garage door openers.

Cell phone towers operate at 10,000 times the power of our Wi-Fi units, and FM radio towers are 100,000 times."

Tony Muc, a physicist and professor at the University of Toronto's department of public health sciences, agrees with Dobbin's description. "This particular application is yet another specific signal within this sea of electromagnetic fields we live in," he says.

"People have exploited radio waves since Marconi's time. And historically, natural electromagnetic phenomena have occurred as well. Biological entities have been exposed to them forever."

Dobbin points out that Toronto Hydro Telecom's equipment is more than fully compliant with all regulations set by the Canadian government. "Our emissions are a fraction of levels recommended by Safety Code 6 and the Toronto Board of Health. We've even gone so far as to get technical compliance declarations from our vendors such as Siemens to guarantee their equipment puts out less."

But many environmentalists distrust the regulations setting levels of exposure to RF, pointing out that it took decades to establish clear links between the harmful effects of DDT and regulatory decisions to ban it outright, and that no longitudinal studies have been done for RF.

"My response to that is that long-term studies have been happening in society since the advent of electricity," says Muc. "The background level of electromagnetic radiation, or 'electronic smog', has been increasing exponentially since about 1900. If we could look at a spectrum analysis then, we would see little beyond background 'noise', or the hiss of the universe."

Muc also points out that if RF emissions had been banned in Marconi's time, it would have prevented the progress of critical technologies society relies on today, such as the invention of television, radar and wireless.

But the spikes associated with human-generated RF are not easy to quantify or understand. "Take the CBC, for example, the transmission associated with that radio station, at that specific frequency, if we compare the ratio of the level today to 1900, it would be about a million," says Muc. "But that's a narrow window of the spectrum. If you go 10 kilohertz on either side of that band, you would only see an increase of maybe 10 or 100 times."

As a consequence, Muc has strong views on regulatory decisions setting RF levels below Safety Code 6. He says it is an international standard developed by scientists who've done extensive studies to find substantive connections between emissions and risks to human health.

"I think it's terribly misguided, under the rubric of 'prudent avoidance', to undercut standards. I think it's scientific nonsense, it's political, and it's socially short-sighted," says Muc. "So what is the point of the standards in the first place? It's trying to say, 'Because I'm ignorant, I want the number to be this.'"

He says this tactic creates even more public distrust of RF standards. "They're contributing to that distrust and that's why I'm against it. It's not all motivated by the military-industrial complex. I believe these standards are the result of good science."

But some disagree with that view. "My retort to that is that you have to question all authority," says Dr. Fred Gilbert, president of Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, which created an international stir and a precedent cited by critics of Toronto Hydro's Wi-Fi plans by banning Wi-Fi on campus
//www.cbc.ca/news/background/realitycheck/20060228.html .

"Every person viewed as an authority operates from a perspective that is limited. A physicist is not a biologist, nor is a biologist in a position to determine the effects caused by physical forces," says Gilbert, who believes in a precautionary policy in the face of evidence that is suggestive if not irrefutable.

He points out that the cause and effect relationship of smoking and cancer was not teased out for decades. "What we have is a set of standards that might be ill-based at this point in time."

No particular study swayed Gilbert, whose own background is in zoology, rather it is the preponderance of evidence suggesting behavioural, cellular and other impacts that were seen decades ago to be precursors to cancer in other scenarios. And some emerging evidence on new issues also played a role.

"Some of the evidence provided to me has been shocking from individuals who have electrosensitivity, who've been able to demonstrate their case and who've suffered abuse in trying to indicate to health professionals what they're dealing with is real," he says.

Muc has reviewed studies of in this area and says he is perplexed by the findings. "What I'm skeptical of is the demonstrable link between what they claim to observe or feel and actual electromagnetic fields. I remain baffled by that but I can't deny that people experience these things. It's like the issue of clairvoyance or predicting cards – it's hard to determine if they're random occurrences."

Gilbert acknowledges some of his personal experiences have also played a role in his reasoning. "I have some very good friends who are dealing with brain cancer
//www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId110117 and they are people who, because of their business, made extensive use of cell phones. You look at all this information and say, yes, it's anecdotal, but at what point do you as individual who has access to this information say I don't want this risk?"

Toronto Hydro Telecom's Dobbin is aware that emotions run high on the issue of RF exposure. "It's an emotional issue. I understand that people have concerns and that some people believe they've been negatively affected by RF. I sympathize with their position," he says. "But wireless services are a benchmark for modern living, and they are proliferating everywhere."

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Health risks of Wi-Fi and WLAN on our health
//omega.twoday.net/stories/1122031/

Swedes hit hard by WiMAX waves
//omega.twoday.net/stories/2163464/

Victory in six-year fight to recognise electrosensitivity condition
//omega.twoday.net/stories/2372636/

Elektrosmog: Schüler ziehen um

Weil über den Schulpavillons in Iberg eine Hochspannungsleitung verläuft, werden nach den Sommerferien verschiedene Schulklassen an anderen Orten untergebracht werden.

Dies hat die Schulpflege Winterthur-Seen beschlossen. Sie reagierte damit auf die Sorgen und Ängste der Eltern von 100 betroffenen Kindergärtlern und Unterstufenschülern, wie der «Landbote» gestern berichtete. Um den Aufenthalt der Schüler in den belasteten Pavillons zeitlich zu begrenzen, findet dort künftig nur noch Handarbeits-, Musik- und Stützunterricht statt.

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