10
Feb
2005

Doctors call for ban on child mobile phone use

Fast on the heels of the prominent article on Irish Doctors Environmental Association (IDEA) coming up with strong evidence that cellphones do cause health problems to vulnerable members of the population, in Ireland, posted at
//www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/articles/16470166?source=Evening%20Standard
is the following, printed in today's (Thursday, 10 February, 2005) print edition of the IRISH INDEPENDENT.

Best, Imelda, Cork, Ireland



IRISH INDEPENDENT, THURSDAY, 10 FEBRUARY, 2005, PAGE 5

"Doctors call for ban on child mobile phone use

Young children should be stopped from using mobile phones because of health risks, a doctors' group warned yesterday.

The Irish Doctors Environmental Association (IDEA) said children could be sensitive to electromagnetic radiation emitted from the devices.

Dr. Philip Michael, chairman of IDEA, said: "The Government needs to act by at least stopping children." He referred ministers to a report from the British National Radiological Protection Board which advised parents not to give mobiles to young children.

Dr. Michael said there was a body of research from Scandinavian countries which highlighted sensitivity to the effects of electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones. "They haven't been proved to be safe, while there is no conclusive evidence against them," he said.

Dr Michael said the studies, mainly from Sweden and Britain, had pointed to irritation, drowsiness and lethargy from using the phone.

He said there was no major research carried out in Ireland, but the group had carried out a small study among 16 people from the Irish Electromagnetic Radiation Victims Network [IERVN] over the last few years. This pointed to distressing side-effects from radiation, including excessive fatigue, confusion, paraesthesia (tingling) and dizziness.

Dr Michael said there was no recognition of this risk from the Government.

He added that IDEA had proposed a motion to come before a meeting of the Irish Medical Council suggesting that the Government should discourage children from using mobile phones except in emergencies.

Other motions also include a request that the government bans the building of base stations on or near schools.

Dr Michael said health experts would be carrying out a further phase of their study to see if they could prove the effects. He said the group had already made a submission to the Joint Committee on Communications, Marine and Natural Resources in relation to mobile phone radiation.

The Department of Communications said there was no valid scientific reason to warn against the use of mobile phones by children."


Irish Doctors Environmental Association (IDEA) Position on Electro-Magnetic Radiation
//omega.twoday.net/stories/502478/

SENSITIVITY TO NON-IONISING RADIATION IN IRELAND
//omega.twoday.net/stories/518018/
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