Massachusetts legislators have introduced five bills this session to address public exposure to wireless radiation.
“Scientific literature has proven that exposure to wireless radiation is responsible for numerous medical symptoms and conditions,” said Lisa Lavine Nagy, M.D., government liaison for the Academy of Environmental Medicine.
A landmark study by the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) has proven that DNA damage as well as brain and heart tumors develop in mice exposed to cell phone radiation, she said. Other studies report lowered sperm count in men as well as damage to the fetal brain when a pregnant woman uses the cell phone.
Dr. Martha Herbert, specialist in pediatric neurology and a leading autism researcher at Harvard has observed links between wireless radiation exposure and autism.
An "Autism Innovations & Global Impact Conference," with "all the latest research on all aspects of detection, intervention and treatment," will take place April 28-29 at the Els Center of Excellence, Jupiter, Fla. www.elsforautismglobalconf.org. It was announced in a full page ad in the April 2, New York Times.
Golfer Ernie Els, twice U.S. Open champion, and his wife Liezl started supporting autism research in 2008 when it was discovered that their five-year-old son, Ben, was afflicted.
Autism Speaks, based at 1 E. 33rd st., New York, the principal non-profit in the autism area, with a $50 million+ budget, does not acknowledge a connection between radiation and autism. One in 66 children now has the condition, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Many people are already experiencing radiation related symptoms in schools, homes, and workplaces,” she said. “Effects can include insomnia, headaches, fast heartbeat, dysautonomia, anxiety, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), tingling, nausea, skin rashes, cognitive impairment, depression, and behavioral issues. Non-industry funded scientists indicate children and fetuses are especially vulnerable.
Doucette quoted Dr. Nagy as saying, “We must apply the precautionary principle and protect the public from potential harm with safe practices. These practices should be based on new data as well as the health experiences of people worldwide who are using these technologies.”
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As happened in the case of tobacco, EMFs (electromagnetic fields) are all too slowly being recognized as having negative health impacts, said Doucette. “The science on EMFs has existed for decades, and other countries have already established more protective radiation exposure limits. Many physicians in the United States are seeing patients every day with electrical intolerance induced by overexposure in their environment.”
The five Massachusetts bills were called the first steps in taking action and educating the public on responsible use of today’s technology:
- S.1268 Resolve creating a special commission to examine the health impacts of electromagnetic fields will look at non-industry-funded science and recommend public protections. Sponsored by Senator Karen E. Spilka and referred to the Joint Committee on Public Health. Co-sponsored by Jack Lewis, James B. Eldridge, Kevin J. Kuros, and Bruce E. Tarr.
- S.1864 An Act relative to utilities, smart meters, and ratepayers’ rights gives utility customers the no-fee choice of retaining non-wireless radiation-emitting water, gas and electrical meters and refusing installation of “smart” utility meters. Sponsored by Senator Michael O. Moore and referred to the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy. Co-sponsored by Diana DiZoglio, David Paul Linsky, Linda Dean Campbell, Kate Hogan, Jack Lewis, Marjorie C. Decker, Solomon Goldstein-Rose, and Jennifer L. Flanagan.
- S.107 An Act relative to disclosure of radiofrequency notifications requires manufacturer warnings be prominently displayed on product packaging of wireless radiation-emitting devices. Sponsored by Senator Julian Cyr and referred to the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure. Co-sponsored by Timothy R. Whelan and Sarah K. Peake.
- S.108 An Act relative to the safe use of handheld devices by children requires specific language be included on product packaging, as modeled by an ordinance unanimously passed in Berkeley, California. Sponsored by Senator Julian Cyr and referred to the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure. Co-sponsored by Timothy R. Whelan.
- H.2030 An Act relative to best management practices for wireless in schools and public institutions of higher education requires the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to establish wireless technology standards to protect the health and safety of public school students and staff. Sponsored by Representative Carolyn C. Dykema and referred to the Joint Committee on Education. Co-sponsored by Jack Lewis, Michael O. Moore, and Angelo J. Puppolo.
The U.S. National Toxicology Program released the first set of peer-reviewed findings from the $25M multi-year NIEHS study on the electromagnetic radiation emitted by cell phones. More findings are expected later this year.
The findings of DNA damage, brain tumors and heart tumors align with similar findings in epidemiological studies, and thousands of other laboratory studies done on wireless radiation throughout the world showing biological effects. The same type of electromagnetic radiation emitted by cell phones and tower antennas is used to operate all of today’s wireless devices and routers, and carries the same risks.
The following provide additional information for the bills as well as facts to clarify common misinformation about wireless technology: