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Mast Sanity responds to lobby group claims over wireless radiation



Wireless Communications TowerMast Sanity Press Release

The Pro-GM science lobby group Sense About Science[1] has just announced a new leaflet Making Sense About Radiation.[2] It appears to be a knee-jerk reaction to the recent Press coverage of the ground-breaking conference[3] held in London attended by both sides in the debate over Microwave Radiation and its health effects.

The leaflet makes sweeping claims that can not be substantiated such as the Draper study published in 2005, found a relationship between the chances of developing leukaemia and the distance a person lived from power lines in the UK, This does not show, however, that the pylons are causing cancer.  The increased risk may be because the children shared some other risk factor for leukaemia perhaps due to exposure to some other environmental conditions or carcinogens.[17]but there is no evidence that RF radiation causes harmful non-thermal effects[4] or non-ionising radiation does not have enough energy to damage or kill the cell, and so cannot cause cancer.

Trustee Yasmin Skelt said "We at Mast Sanity believe that it is a measure of desperation on the part of the Mobile Phone Industry lobby that they have resorted to such dis-information. [16] The tide of Scientific studies is clearly showing health effects at emission levels far below the limits currently applied in the UK."”

"It is well documented that this is exactly what the tobacco industry did over the safety of tobacco and the oil industry did over global warming. The methods are the same. 'Doubt' is their product."”

"However the evidence speaks for itself. Many scientists and indeed countries are now acting to issue health warnings concerning dangerous exposure to radiation emitted from mobile/wireless devices. Earlier this year 5 countries have issued warnings to their citizens of varying strengths particularly warning to restrict mobile phone use in children."[10-15]

The European Parliament is concerned about the health effects from this technology and has gone on record as such. [The European Parliament ] Is greatly concerned at the Bio-Initiative international report(8) concerning electromagnetic fields, which summarizes over 1500 studies on that topic and which points in its conclusions to the health risks posed by emissions from mobile-telephony devices".

Many eminent scientists in Europe[8] and beyond, most of whom have done original, published, peer-reviewed research in this field of Electromagnetic radiation as part of the International Commission for Electromagnetic Safety (ICEMS) have signed the Venice Resolution[7] stating: We take exception to the claim of the wireless communication industry that there is no credible scientific evidence to conclude there is a risk. Recent epidemiological evidence is stronger than before, which is a further reason to justify precautions to be taken to lower exposure standards in accordance with the Precautionary Principle.

Instead of taking positive action the UK Government is further cosying up to the Mobile Phone Industry by Prime Minister Brown appointing the Vodafone chairman as his business ambassador [9] .

Mast Sanity, on the other hand, is completely independent. We do not sell anything, we do not gain commissions, nor do we endorse any products or treatments. We do, however, in order to provide practical help to people, provide links to sources of information about shielding and interventions which some people may find useful.

Mast Sanity is the largest group in the country campaigning for the safe siting of masts and has links with related groups globally.

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