Wireless technology has not been properly assessed for risks to human health and the environment
New peer-reviewed article presents a scientific argument for the revision of the limits
TUCSON, Ariz., October 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The International Commission on the Biological Effects of Electromagnetic Fields (ICBE-EMF) questions the safety of current wireless exposure limits to radiofrequency radiation (RFR) and calls for an independent assessment.
Published today in the magazine Environmental health, “Scientific Evidence Invalidates Health Assumptions Underlying FCC and ICNIRP Exposure Limit Determinations for Radio Frequency Radiation: Implications for 5G,” shows how the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) States and the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) have ignored hundreds of scientific studies documenting adverse health effects at exposures below the threshold dose claimed by these agencies, which was used to establish human exposure limits. The authors argue that the threshold, based on science from the 1980s – before cell phones were ubiquitous – is flawed, and that these threshold-based exposure limits do not adequately protect workers, children, people electromagnetic hypersensitivity and the public from exposure to non-ionizing radiation from wireless data transmission.
“Numerous studies have demonstrated oxidative effects associated with low-intensity RFR exposure and significant adverse effects including cardiomyopathy, carcinogenicity, DNA damage, neurological impairment, increased permeability of the blood-brain barrier and damage to sperm”, explains dr. Ronald Melnick, Chairman of the Commission and former Senior Toxicologist of the US National Toxicology Program at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. “These effects need to be addressed in revised, health-protective exposure guidelines. Additionally, the assumption that 5G millimeter waves are safe due to limited penetration into the body does not negate the need for health effects studies.
dr. Lennart Hardellformer teacher at Orebro University Hospital of Sweden and author of more than 100 articles on non-ionizing radiation, added: “Several robust human studies of cell phone radiation have found increased risks of brain tumors, and these are supported by clear evidence of the carcinogenicity of same cell types found in animal studies. .”
The Commission considers that an independent assessment based on scientific evidence taking into account the knowledge gained over the last 25 years is necessary to establish lower exposure limits. The Commission also calls for health studies to be carried out before any future deployment of 5G networks.
Elizabeth KelleyDirector General of the Commission, noted that “ICBE-EMF was commissioned by advisers to the International EMF Scientist Appeal, a petition signed by over 240 scientists who have published over 2,000 articles on EMF, biology and health”, and that “The Commissioners endorsed the Appeal’s recommendations to protect public and environmental health.”
For more information on the document and its co-authors, see: http://www.icbe-emf.org/activities/.
Joel M. Moskowitzdoctorate
SOURCE International Commission on the Biological Effects of Electromagnetic Fields