Prominent Irish academic says radio wave emissions may cause an EHS reaction

It is heartening to see Professor Philip Walton of NUI, Galway, acknowledge--as is reported in the IRISH EXAMINER article below-- that a percentage of the Irish population may indeed be "extra sensitive to exposure from radio waves . . .." Professor Walton's convictions regards the health consequences of the Chernobyl disaster are well-known: there are no major ill-effects, he believes. I have pasted in below Peter Gleeson's article earlier postings I sent to you on this.


Imelda, Cork

Could you please add this background information that I've just received from B.E.S.T., to the message I have already sent you regard today's (Thursday, June 15, 2006) IRISH EXAMINER article.



"The background to this is that John and Rosie Ryan were at a meeting last week in Offices of Tipperary County Council (North) as the Councillors are assessing whether or not to put distance restrictions for phone masts into their County Development Plan. In attendance at the meeting also were reps from O2 and their "independent" scientist Dr. Philip Walton.... Definitely unintentionally he really did them no favours, it was great!! See his comments from that meeting on page 9 of the Examiner."



by Peter Gleeson

Holding a mobile phone close to the ear exposes you to up to 20,000 times more radio wave emissions than standing close to a mobile phone mast, a leading academic has said. Philip Walton, a professor of applied physics at NUI, Galway, said it was impossible to say if there would be long-term effects on humans from mobile phones as they had been in use for only 15 years. Professor Walton said a large report carried out by the Health Protection Agency in Britain, known as the Stewart Report, recommended that children be dissuaded from using mobile phones, except in emergencies. The report also cautioned about the need to aim the main beam of base stations away from schools. Professor Walton said it was possible that a very small percentage of the population was extra sensitive to exposure from radio waves emitted from base stations on mobile phone masts. It was clear that some of the people who did complain that their health had been affected by emissions from masts had a fear of such emissions and were suffering psychosomatically. Addressing a North Tipperary planning committee considering policies to protect consumers from possible health risks caused by mobile phones and masts, he said measurements taken on radio waves from mobile phone base stations in Ireland showed that they were significantly below the international safety standards. John Cummins, the Cahir-based chairman of Better Environment and Safer Telecommunications, said his group was set up following concerns about the proliferation of mobile phone masts. "More and more people in the country are beginning to experience symptoms which are associated with what is known as electrical hypersensitivity. This is a medically recognised condition in places like Sweden and California, where some 20% of the population suffer symptoms of this condition," he said. The symptoms include headaches, fatigue, dizziness or disorientation, weakening of the immune system, nausea, nosebleeds, lack of mental focus, memory problems, skin problems and depression. He said Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications had made 11 recommendations to Government in relation to mobile phones and phone masts in June 2005. One of these recommendations was that no equipment emitting electromagnetic emissions or radio frequency emissions be permitted to be sited near health centres, schools or other sensitive sites such as playgrounds or pitches. Mr Cummins said a number of county councils around the country were now forbidding the siting of mobile phone masts within one kilometre of schools and creches.

Chernobyl Heart On "Chernobyl Heart" and EHS

10 October, 2004

I've just come from viewing "Chernobyl Heart" an opening day entry at this year's Cork Film Festival. What a poignant and honest film, unsparing in showing closeups of children with horrific deformities, teenagers with thyroid cancer, and of countless other manifestations of shattered lives due to that ghastly Chernobyl radiation disaster. In the film it was stressed how invidious radiation is as it is invisible (a silent killer) and how it weakens the immune system's resistance to diseases.

At the Question and Answer session following the film, I asked Maryann DeLeo and Adi Roche whether any attention had been given to the possibility that these young victims now resident in hospitals, orphanages, and other institutions might also be EHS. I added that nearby masts and cellphones could cause these children further distress.

As my hearing is impaired I could not catch Maryann Deleo's response but later another attendee told me she--Maryann-- responded that their focus in "Chernobyl Heart" was solely on the health hazards of ionizing radiation.

I spoke briefly with Adi Roche before leaving the cinema and asked her to please take note of factors such as fluorescent lighting, etc, that could cause those unfortunate children even worse discomfort. I directed her to some online EHS sources.

Frankly, I don't think my introducing the subject of non-ionizing radiation effects was well-received by the audience, but such a cold-shoulder reaction should come as no surprise to any of us. We activists on this EHS beat know ours is the most unpopular cause in every country--except of course for our small number of dedicated supporters and ever increasing number of EHS affected.

But there are also some highly respected scientists who deny that the Chernobyl nuclear radiation accident had any disastrous health effects. And Irish professors feature among these, as can be seen in my posting to you earlier this year (EMF-Omega-News
28-02-04) which I have now pasted in below.


Imelda, Cork

Pasted from EMF-Omega-News 28-02-04: http://tinyurl.com/5pb7z

There are, however, some prominent academics and other radiation specialists here in Ireland who continue to deny in the face of astounding contrary evidence that the Chernobyl radiation accident has had any significant health effects on the population of Belarus. For instance, Professors Philip W. Walton, (Applied Physics) and Wil J.M. Van Der Putten (Medical Physics) at NUI (National University of Ireland),Galway hold this view and cite the published findings of UNSCEAR (the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation) as presented to the UN General Assembly in 2000 in their support.

The text of letters to the Irish Times by Professors Walton and Van Der Putten, and others are archived at Citizens Initiative Omega on these dates:

9/5/03 Subtitled: "Chernobyl bio-disaster is a myth say two Irish Professors"

14/5/03 Subtitled: "Effects of Chernobyl Disaster"

15/5/03 "A measured response letter to Chernobyl nuclear disaster"




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